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“A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” Omar Khayyam For the rest of the month of August, my Choral Potpourri and Choral Ethics Blog will focus on things to get you thinking so you are able to hit the ground running in the fall. Every Thursday, while you are sipping a nice, […]
Going Beyond Words w/ Stan Schmidt Show 2302: A Bundle of Magnificats This week on Going Beyond Words, host Stan Schmidt deals with one of the most known Biblical texts used by composers. We will explore seven settings of the Magnificat, spanning from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces. Listen now for a “Bundle of Magnificats.” For information about the […]
The newest issue of Choral Journal is available online. Following is a list of the articles you will find in this issue. ACDA members can log in with their username and password to view and download the newest edition. You can also read our electronic version. Below is a preview of the articles you will find in this […]
I know that summer time for many of us is a time to relax, rest up, and spend time with family, but….. There are tasks that we must complete prior to starting our school year. Even if we have completed these tasks in the past, it is important to reassess all 12 Summer “Do Nows” each […]
#53: Friday, August 2, 2019.
“Gamaya” by Paul John Rudoi.
Text from Vedic Sanskrit.
SA round, opt. percussion.
Rudoi’s Gamaya is a perfect selection to start the year, first as a rehearsal tool (as a round), and then evolving into a finished performance piece. Tuneful and lyrical, yet with depth and nuance; sure to reach your beginners and advanced singers alike.
“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” Alice Roosevelt Longworth It does no good to gossip about our colleagues and their ensembles. It doesn’t help the arts community in general or the choral community specifically to “bad mouth” others. We are all in this together and the […]
This week on Going Beyond Words and ACDA Radio, host Stan Schmidt will read you a “letter,” postmarked France. You will discover several choral gems from such composers as Guillaume Bouzignac and Guillaume de Machaut, as well as Franco composer Thomas Crecquillon. There will be music by Henri Dumont and a biblical history by Marc-Antoine […]
ChorTeach is ACDA’s quarterly online publication, designed for those who work with singers of all levels. A full annotated ChorTeach index is available online at acda.org/chorteach. Over 160 articles are organized into seventeen categories. For submission information, to view the index, or to read the latest issue, visit acda.org/chorteach. Volume 11, Issue 4, is now available online and contains the […]
Do you have a Choir Handbook? Is it useful? Who reads it? If you want to know WHY you should have a handbook, and exactly WHAT should be in it, this blog post is for you! Choral Clarity Blog Presents: How to Write An Effective Choir Handbook –Everything you need to know!
In this episode I share a small part of my “suck list” as well as my “not suck” list to demonstrate the healthy balance we all must have between acknowledging our struggles and giving ourselves credit where credit is due. I will also offer a short reflection on the National ACDA Convention including WHY I […]