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The Language of the Discipline: Filling their Ears
Many of us in the field have a huge responsibility to the musicians in our ensembles: we are the channels of everything wonderful about our choral tradition, through which our singers learn about the history and future of composition, performance traditions and culture of music. If you went through a college music program, or an intensive professional training, you remember not only the performance training, but the theory, pedagogy and history training that went into your "comprehensive" musicianship education. For our singers, be they students or community and church members, we may be their only source of music "training" or expertise. While we are first and foremost conductors, and our singers come to us to experience singing rather than (or alongside) studying theory and history, we teach a de facto "survey of choral music" by what we program: our careful selection of literature from eras, styles, purposes and traditions. The common phrase in music education is "the literature is