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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 […]

Langley Project Revisited

December 8, 2009

In 1976, Hans Fenger, a first-year educator in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, was tasked with teaching music to some 60 or so elementary school students between the ages of eight and 12. While Fenger loved music, he hadn’t taught it before, so he chose to focus on the repertoire he was most familiar with, pop […]

ACDA Turns 50

March 24, 2009

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the American Choral Directors Association, which has grown through the decades to become a highly respected international organization of over 20,000 directors worldwide. The ACDA provides its members with a passel of terrific offerings, including conferences where directors have the opportunity to find out the latest trends in […]

Annual Check Up

September 16, 2008

From mounting pressures brought on by national education reforms to a tightening economy and the ensuing shrinking school budgets, there’s a lot for music educators to think about when it comes to surviving in our nation’s schools. Yet, any reader of this publication would argue that the survival of choral curriculums is imperative to a […]

Show Choir: Enhancing Singing through Movement

November 15, 2007

photo #169; stevemarselstudio.com Often a controversial topic among choral purists, show choir has been steadily gaining popularity across the country as a viable outlet for musical and artistic creativity. Charlene Dalrymple of Oliver Ames (N. Easton, Mass.) High School caught the bug at an early age and is now in her third decade of promoting […]

Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising

February 28, 2007

Fundraising is sometimes seen as an awful chore which only takes away from teaching and rehearsal time. However, many schools and programs don’t have a choice – if that year-end trip is going to happen or if the piano is going to be fixed or the uniforms updated, the money has to come from somewhere. […]

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