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Items by Tim Sharp

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Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "My Summer with ACDA: a Treasure Revealed," by Lucas B. Ensign
Lucas, You were a delight to have at ACDA this summer. I look forward to following your career in our wonderful choral art!
Comment: Re: Books Worth Your Time VI
Excellent!
Comment: Re: Moravian choral music
Hi Travis,   Happy to help. Contact me and I will offer some trails to follow.   Tim Sharp
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Life-Long Singing: An ACDA Priority" by Tim Sharp
The take-home impression I left China with during my last visit there was the amazing variety and quality of senior adult choral groups I heard. I had the pleasure of adjudicating a choral festival in Beijing, and what I heard and saw was an impressive array of ensembles made up of older singers. It...
Comment: Re: ChoralTech: The Modern Conductor
I agree, Jeff, with your list and your point. I would add to this list the ability to do fast and efficient searches of IMSLP/Petrucci, WorldCat, CPDL, etc., and the ability to know the various levels of credibility for the various levels of online information sources such as these.
Comment: Re: Choral Caffeine: More Pitches
You are right, David. It comes in at 120.00 HZ, which is half-way between our B and B-flat. We will think of it more in terms of baroque tuning.
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: Conference Reflections: Los Angeles by Paul Carey
Hi Paul, Thanks for this encouragement toward what will be a stellar choral event in Dallas next month. I am in Dallas this weekend walking the venues and adding two more hotels to our block of excellent places to stay. The exciting news is that while we are at capacity with our hotel reservations, ...
ChoralBlog: A 4th of July Virtual National Anthem Sing
Join me on July 4 along with the combined choirs of our US Military singing "The Star-Spangled Banner". Forward this video* to your singing friends, choir members, relatives....anyone that would like to sing along with our US national choral treasures, the Navy Sea Chanters, Army Ch...
ChoralBlog: Don't Do it For the Kids
As part of the preparation for this summer’s General Convention, the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church commissioned a report on a possible revision of the Hymnal 1982.  According to Robert Hendrickson, program director of the St. Hilda’s Hou...
ChoralBlog: Arts Continue to be an Economic Engine
While many industries in 2010 were struggling to recover from the recession, the nonprofit arts and culture industry continued to serve as an economic engine for the country, pumping billions of dollars into the national economy, a new report from the Americans for the Arts finds. Based on ...
ChoralBlog: Reserve the Date Now!
You will want to reserve the date of March 13-16, 2013, now, for the next National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.   Pictured here is the Meyerson Symphony Hall, the Winspear Opera House, and the entire contiguous art district of Dallas, the home for our 2013...
Comment: Re: Finding our way
Here are some of our notes from the goals that came from the two days of leadership discussion. You will observe that these are purposefully stated in the present tense, meaning, we ARE going to do this:   ACDA Leadership Planning Session June 7. 8, 2012 Short-Term Goals   ...
Comment: Re: Finding our way
Hi Philip,   Thank you for your post, and you are exactly right...involvement was the message, and involvement in Dallas was in great evidence by our membership. Our state, region, and national officers and treasurers are dedicated to going back to their home areas and engaging with the ideas...
ChoralBlog: ACDA in Pictures
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the picture history of the American Choral Directors Association is full of great images from ACDA's tremendous heritage. This document is now available as a digital download. It is great to be able to say the images from the publication Portraits of A...
ChoralBlog: Greetings from Cuba
The American Choral Directors Association is south of the border this week for the inaugural U.S. / Cuba Symposium of Choral Music, May 25-31.  Taking place in sunny Havana, the event features rehearsal demonstrations by Cuban choral conductors and performances by some of Cuba’s be...
ChoralBlog: ACDA to Publish International Journal of Research in Choral Singing (IJRCS)
The American Choral Directors Association is honored to announce it is now the publisher of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing (IJRCS), adding this distinguished research journal to its existing suite of choral publications. Adding IJRCS to ACDA’s supporting cast of...
ChoralBlog: How Do You Measure a Year in the Choral Life?
In the musical Rent, Seasons of Love asks “how do you measure a year in the life?” The clinical way of doing so sounds something like “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes”, but the song rhetorically asks, how do you really measure a year in the life? ...
ChoralBlog: Exploring a U.S. Choral Voice
In 1780, future U.S. President John Adams famously wrote to his wife, Abigail, “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give th...
ChoralBlog: ACDA International Choral Academy
In this space last week I introduced some of the educational opportunities that will come along with the World Choir Games this July in Cincinnati. This week I want to direct attention specifically to the ACDA International Choral Academy, July 8-9. Among the thrilling performance and w...
ChoralBlog: We Are the World
The World Choir Games arrive this summer, and for the very first time, to a U.S. city, bringing over 350 choirs from around the world to Cincinnati, Ohio. International adjudicators and workshop presenters include Rollo Dilworth (USA), Oscar Escalada (Argentina), Morten Lauridsen (USA), John Augu...
ChoralBlog: USA/Cuba Choral Summit
The Pope may be one of the most celebrated visitors Cuba has welcomed this spring, but next month, the American Choral Directors Association will be there, joining with choral conductors and composers of Cuba for the ACDA initiated US/Cuba Choral Summit in Havanna.   This ev...
ChoralBlog: Searching for an American Choral Style
On June 29-31, ACDA celebrates the conclusion of the initial phase of our multi-year partnership with the Library of Congress in the National Symposium on American Choral Music, “The Search for an American Style.” The Symposium features keynote speaker/composer Conrad Susa, along with...
ChoralBlog: Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs
The April Harvard Business Review offers a condensed version of Walter Isaacson's biography of the innovator's innovator, Steve Jobs. In the article The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs, Isaacson extracts 14 lessons leaders can glean from the life and work of Apple's Steve Jobs. ...
ChoralBlog: Miracle--Community Becomes Art
Turning a community into an art form is for me, a miracle. This miracle is taking place throughout the world, every day. In New York City, a community of lawyers, judges, and clerks, under the direction of miracle-worker Kathryn Schneider, formed the City Bar Chorus.   And not to...
Comment: Re: Guest Blogger: A Day in Life of a ChoralNet Moderator on Duty
Marie: What a clever post! It is a great peak behind the curtain of this important contribution. Thank you.
Comment: Re: What Makes An Idea Stick?
For anyone still reading here, take a look at Dan Roam's presentations, and his approach to making presentations. This tracks well with "sticky" ideas:  http://www.danroam.com/
Comment: Re: What Makes An Idea Stick?
Thanks, Leon, for the recommendation of Positivity. It is now on my list. I particularly like your point that you are using the "sticky" idea with your personal political activities. I will take political thoughts through the filter of this theory.
ChoralBlog: What Makes An Idea Stick?
My thanks for ACDA Northwest Division President-elect Dr. Gary Weidenaar for pointing me to the thinking of Chip and Dan Heath in their 2008 book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. For anyone interested in creativity and innovation, this book gives thought-provoking stories to ...
ChoralBlog: The History of the Future
If you are working with colleagues that are hesitant immigrants into today's digital learning environment and networking, the following thoughts are offered toward moving closer to be part of the history of the future. As those of us digital immigrants work alongside digital natives, we can b...
ChoralBlog: Survey Open to All ACDA Student Members
Student members of the American Choral Directors Association are encouraged to let their voice be heard regarding the Strategic Planning Membership Survey that is currently available through the ACDA website. Constitutionally, the only members of ACDA that vote in elections are "Active Members", b...
Comment: Re: Collaboration Results in Great New Things
Greetings, Edward,   ...And thank you for the dialogue. One of the aspects of collaboration that I think is misunderstood is the notion that collaborators have to be friends, or even like each other.  The goal of collaboration is not to reach consensus, since agreement does ...
ChoralBlog: Collaboration Results in Great New Things
Four and a half centuries ago there was a struggle over the high art of vocal polyphony in sacred compositions and the church’s need to have its sacred texts presented in an intelligible manner. Strong measures could have been made to thwart the expressive writing of vocal counterpoint,...
Comment: Re: The Traits of a True Mentor
Thanks, Jerome, for your comments. According to Bozeman and Feeney, mentoring is "...a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and psycosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development, entails informal communicati...
ChoralBlog: The Traits of a True Mentor
In her February 7 The New York Times article, "What Doctors Can Learn From Musicians", medical doctor Danielle Ofri offers the term "coach" for what I believe are the traits of a true mentor--one who gives "...unflinchingly honest criticism, laced with an unfailing optimi...
ChoralBlog: ACDA Smartphone Mobile App - With Love!
On March 15, ACDA members and choral enthusiasts will have yet another fabulous benefit available to them: a Smartphone App!  This application will include ACDA’s exclusive “First Listen” program (in collaboration with Naxos) and “Choral Library” (reviews of...
Comment: Re: Whitney joins the heavenly choir
I thought this was her finest moment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcjP4LgW0Rw&feature=share
Comment: Re: Where the Magic Happens
Ivo,   Your Enlish is very clear, and your composition is "magical". Looking forward to seeing you at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati this July.   TS  
ChoralBlog: Where the Magic Happens
ChoralBlog: The Arts Teach
In Elliot Eisner’s book The Arts and the Creation of Mind (2002, Yale University Press), Eisner states, “The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.” In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows, Eisner outl...
ChoralBlog: 5 Challenges for the Nonprofit World in 2012
In the January "Outlook" from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Perry/Preston/Wallace outlines five issues facing all of us that work with not-for-profit entities, related to our dependency on grants and other forms of philanthropy. The following are the issues, followed by my ponderings r...
ChoralBlog: Surviving Innovation
In a recent Wall Street Journal article (Sat/Sun, January 7/8, 2012), columnist Spencer Ante outlines how corporations survive beyond the corporate life expectancy of 40 years, and how to avoid the terrible toll of not responding to ongoing innovation. Most of us work for non-profits, but the...
ChoralBlog: Music in our Schools
Many opportunities for the American Choral Directors Association await us individually, as well as an association, in this New Year as we engage in the process of creative collaboration. Collaboration is significantly different than its sister processes of mediation, arbitration, negotiatio...
ChoralBlog: Make a Difference
Today begins a new era for the American Choral Directors Association as we ask all of our members to help determine the priorities for the actions and resources of our Association. Today, our Stratetic Planning Membership Survey goes live at www.acda.org, and asks our membership to weigh-in on wh...
Announcement: Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Performances "Most Memorable"
http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=272&articleid=20120102_272_D1_CUTLIN773069
ChoralBlog: Shaping Your Vision for 2012
At my first American Choral Directors Association National Leadership Conference in the summer of 2008, I asked members of ACDA's National Board to give me names of outstanding leaders across the country with which they were familiar, that I might contact for a conversation toward my own ment...
Comment: Re: For Unto Us A Child Is Born
Philip, Thank you for your tireless work at bringing interesting, provocative, and delightful choral items to our focus on your routine blogs. You have done so throughout the years, week in and week out, and I know with your lovely family and challenging choral and work demands, you have many more...
ChoralBlog: My "Tenth" Lesson, of King's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
In 2004 while on sabbatical study leave in Cambridge, England, and thanks to the kindness of my faculty sponsors there, my family and I were able to attend the annual King's College Lessons and Carols service that takes place in the King's College Chapel on Christmas Eve. As the program s...
Comment: Re: Nine Hundred Real Men Sing
We have to find a way to encourage this in every state. This is a very worthy endeavor. Thanks, David, for this additional good model!
Comment: Re: Nine Hundred Real Men Sing
The four of us in front of this amazing display of young men in the University of Oklahoma football stadium are OU faculty members Mark Lucas, Richard Zielinski, Steven Curtis, and I was there as a guest. This was an amazing day of singing, and I wish every state would take on a project such as th...
ChoralBlog: Students with Smartphones Study More
As ACDA continues to build its forthcoming mobile app, I thought it would be timely to share a recent study from StudyBlue that reveals students with access to smartphones study material for classes approximately 40 minutes more per week than students without access to a smartphone. This figu...