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Report: Singing in the Windy City

June 9, 2011

Over 5,000 educators, students, exhibitors and choral music lovers gathered from March 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois for the bi-annual ACDA National Conference. Four days of concerts, information sessions, exhibits, showcases and networking made clear that the world of choral music is as strong as the people who intend to keep it that way – and that’s a good thing!

2011 Director’s Resource Guide

The 2011 CD Director’s Resource Guide provides instant access to the services and products choral directors need and use. The following organizations, companies, and institutions include award manufacturers, music camp organizations, music education software developers, tour and travel consultants, trade organizations, uniform designers and distributors, and much more. With listings conveniently arranged alphabetically by category, […]

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 […]

SuBo and Sanctuaries

September 28, 2010

You probably already know who SuBo is. In case you don’t, that nickname refers to Susan Boyle, the 49-year-old Scottish singer who lived in relative obscurity until last year, when she auditioned for and won the opportunity to perform live on the British reality TV show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” Initially mocked for her “plain” appearance […]

“Glee” and the Real Music Classroom

August 17, 2010

Whether you like it or not, the recent boom in television shows and movies that focus on school music groups is undeniable. Shows like “Glee” and movies like High School Musical have been extraordinarily successful, and such programming shows no sign of abating in popularity. This recent trend begs some interesting questions: Do these shows […]

The Latest in Choral Fashion

Just as there are often dramatic differences between the presentations of a show choir, an a cappella group, and a concert choir, appropriate concert-wear for vocal groups likewise comes in many shapes and sizes. With an eye on staying hip to the latest designs and trends in choral fashion, Choral Director reached out to some […]

The “Glee” Effect

Show choir is riding high these days. And it may be helped at least in some small part by the emergence of TV shows like “Glee,” which glamorize elements of the choral arts and assist in building enthusiasm for choir among segments of the student population that might not typically gravitate towards vocal ensembles. An […]

2010 Director’s Resource Guide

May 20, 2010

The 2010 CD Director’s Resource Guide provides instant access to the services and products choral directors need and use. The following organizations, companies, and institutions include award manufacturers, music camp organizations, music education software developers, tour and travel consultants, trade organizations, uniform designers and distributors, and much more. With listings conveniently arranged alphabetically by category, […]

Filling up the Cup

January 20, 2010

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, […]

Looking Forward

As we usher in the new year and the start of a new decade, threats to our national security and economic stability stream across the headlines with alarming regularity. Yet, in the face of such uncertainty, music continues to yield a singular and unique power to bring people together and lift our spirits. In tribute […]

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