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Music About Music

May 19, 2010

It seems that composers, publishers, and conductors alike are drawn to music about music. Many composers past and contemporary have written music setting texts about music. Each year, several new works that fall into this category are released. This issue, I offer for your consideration a few ideas of choral works with texts about music. […]

New Releases for All Ages

September 30, 2009

In each article, regardless of topic, I try to feature old stand-bys, worthy pieces that have gone overlooked, as well as new releases. I recently wrote a series of columns highlighting choral music from history, which, by its very nature, neglected new releases. In an effort to achieve balance, I am turning my attention this […]

American Perspective Vocal Jazz, Part II: Medium Difficult and Advanced

March 24, 2009

Last issue, I explored vocal jazz arrangements that could give singers new to the idiom a successful foray into it. In this issue, I focus on arrangements for more experienced jazzers. I freely admit to not being an expert on the jazz genre or the vocal jazz idiom. There are plenty of experts out there, […]

Standard Choral Repertoire Part V: Post-Romantic

September 16, 2008

It is always interesting to see what new compositions will be released each year. In our eagerness to see the new releases, it can often easy to forget the old stand-bys. This is the fifth and final installment in a series of columns highlighting standard repertoire for the choral classroom. In this issue, I discuss […]

Standard Choral Repertoire Part IV: Romantic

July 11, 2008

This is the fourth installment in a limited series of columns highlighting standard choral repertoire. It is easy to get enamored by the music of today’s composers to the point where the classics that inspired them are forgotten. True music education must have as one facet a historical perspective. Students who only sing music in […]

Standard Choral Repertoire Part II: Baroque

February 5, 2008

This is the second part in a limited series of columns regarding repertoire that is considered “standard.” I have chosen to focus on these works rather than newer releases because so many new teachers seem not to have been introduced to these works prior to assuming a choral education position. Most of us are left […]

Christmas in July

July 6, 2007

Here are a few holiday favorites (and some you may not know). Believe it or not, it is already time to plan your next holiday concert. Here are some ideas for chorals for worship and/or school use. Happy Holidays!– Drew Collins, forum editor SATB

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