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GUEST BLOG: "A Choral Challenge," by Amanda Bumgarner

A CHORAL CHALLENGE by Amanda Bumgarner
       Once a month, the Choral Journal appears in your mailbox or inbox. I am not so unrealistic as to think that you eagerly devour every word from cover to cover, down to the last book review. Perhaps that is the case for some (and if so, I would love to hear from you!), but I suspect that the majority of you flip or scroll through the pages, stopping only when a title or photo catches your eye.
       As the editor, however, my job is to read every single word within these pages. While that may sound like an unfortunate task, I have, in fact, found the opposite to be true. I continue to be fascinated by the breadth of the choral art, and I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my own knowledge while working to bring that knowledge to the wider body of ACDA. Truthfully, had I come across many of these articles on my own, I likely would have passed them by; so I understand why not every feature article may appeal to you. I offer a challenge to you this month: Consider taking the time to read just one column or feature article outside your personal area of interest. You may be surprised.
       Over the past months, I have learned about the history of performance practice, details of specific composers, and read in-depth analysis of both beloved and lesser-known choral works, to name just a few. As you look back on the first half of 2014, I hope you can also say you have learned something new. If not, what are you waiting for?
       For those interested in submitting an article for publication consideration in the Choral Journal, email me at:
on April 29, 2014 11:59am
Au contraire, I look forward to the Choral Journal each month, and end up reading most of it. Thanks for the good work you do.  The Journal seems to improve each year. 
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