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Choral Music Makes it Big on the Little Screen

May 19, 2010

Wondering about what kind of exposure vocal music is receiving during primetime these days? The answer is “an awful lot.” Between “Glee,” “Clash of the Choirs,” “American Idol,” “The Sing-Off,” and the upcoming “Makin’ the Choir,” it seems that vocal-music-oriented television programming has never been more popular. While “American Idol” has been producing big ratings […]

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 […]

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Voice

February 5, 2008

It is easy to understand why singers are more prone to voice difficulties than others: the demands placed on their vocal cords are much greater. Like the athlete who must maintain good physical condition in order to perform well, singers must also take great care to protect their “instrument” from harm. Below are some simple […]

Virtual Insanity?

September 6, 2007

Imagine sitting in a concert hall with a conductor standing in front of a bank of laptop computers, speakers, and video cameras with no visible performers, except their images on the laptops#133; Now, according to the Web site, physorg.com, a computer scientist from the University of Manchester in the U.K., Dr. Barry Cheetham, has developed […]

Taking Advantage of All Available Tools

May 7, 2007

A recent show on the ESPN television network featured a roundtable discussion with several famous veteran football players from the ’50s, ’60s ’70s and ’80s. The conversation focused, among other topics, on the use of weights and training, and whether it made the players of today better than the players of “yesteryear.” One of the […]

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