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Travel Dreams Come True

March 22, 2011

Jeff Nesseth, director of choirs at Central High School in Burlington, Illinois, loves to travel. Since taking over the CHS choral music program in 1996, he’s brought his vocal groups across Europe, with stops in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Eastern Europe, among other locations. Jeff was introduced to the excitement of traveling with a […]

New Releases: American Heritage

January 19, 2011

This month, I highlight recent choral arrangements of various “American” genres. Our musical heritage is a broad one, and includes many genres. These include, but are not limited to, Bluegrass, Native American, Shaker hymns, African American spirituals, Sea Island spirituals, Gospel, Jazz, Broadway, Stephen Foster, William Billings, early psalmody, Civil War songs, and more. The […]

March, 2010

May 19, 2010

Roland Sponsors Most Powerful Voices Choir Contest Roland Corporation U.S. is the musical instrument sponsor of the Most Powerful Voices choir contest, presented by the Gospel Music Channel and the American Heart Associations Power to End Stroke Campaign. This online choir competition is designed to involve entire worship communities, encouraging church members and their friends, […]

2010, January

January 20, 2010

Los Angles Master Chorale High School Choir FestivalFounded by the Master Chorale Associates in 1989, the 21st Annual High School Choir Festival will be held on April 16, 2010 and will bring together more than 25 schools and 900 students for a day of singing under the baton of music director Grant Gershon. This year, […]

Filling up the Cup

This latest Choral Director reader survey tackles the issue of fundraising, often a thorny subject among educators. Whether you agree that extracurricular events like festivals and performance tours should be funded by the district or not, for most directors who hope to provide such opportunities for their students, fundraising is simply a way of life, […]

Newer Music for Advanced Choirs

We all know that sorting through the stacks of new choral music released each year can be a daunting and time-consuming task. While I often feature “tried-and-true” works in this column with a handful of standout pieces that fit a particular issue’s topic, for this issue I decided to focus entirely on recent releases. My […]

Solving the What-to-Wear Dilemma

July 28, 2009

Oh no! The concert starts in two hours and I don’t know what to wear!” Fortunately, the vast majority of choir students aren’t faced with this predicament, as most choral directors require that their students wear mandated performance attire, whether that be robes, tuxes and dresses, or even simply matching t-shirts. Taking the guesswork out […]

2007, Aug/Sept

September 6, 2007

Performances in ViennaVienna is often on top of the performance wish list of amateur music groups and choirs from all over the world. Additionally, the city offers innumerable avenues for visitors to explore and enjoy the history, culture, and artistry of music. “Voices of the World, ” a series of open-air recitals held from April […]

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