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ACDA stands for A Choral Directors vacAtion
Spotted in a little surfing around – ACDA is both a professional event and a refreshing time away from the usual responsibilties: Going to conventions are always refreshing for me. I learn, I hear, I get ideas-it’s great. I just came back from the ACDA Western Division Conference and had a blast! — There were […]
A beautiful tribute to Richard Proulx
I did not know him, but you cannot help but be impressed by this tribute, found on Hymnography Unbound.
The composer cult
I’m preparing a concert of all misattributed works for my next program, and it’s been lots of fun. There are so many pieces to choose from! The BWV is full of bogus Bach works, and unscrupulous publishers in the 18th and 19th centuries claimed that all kinds of stuff was by Mozart, Pergolesi, etc., so […]
Ancient Liturgy of Joseph Castaldo – revisiting and remembering
Composer Michael Kaulkin remembers Joseph Castaldo and points to some exciting things happening with the Choral Arts Society in Philadelphia: This month the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, my choral alma mater, will present a concert that epitomizes the kind of music making that went on in Philadelphia when I was a student there in […]
Paul Carey is Everywhere and Blogging It
UPDATED: Check out Paul Carey’s blog Three posts so far about Tucson: Day two thoughts, University Choirs, Thursday night choirs and Cincinnati’s ACDA He’s doing a great job of keeping us informed!
Choir dedicated to new works
Composers often complain that choirs don’t perform enough new works. Here’s a choir dedicated to only doing new works by Connecticut composers. Composers pay a fee for a fixed amount of rehearsal time with paid singers. They make a recording and a public performance. Maybe it’s not the wave of the future, but it’s […]
Not just for special effects.
Exciting things underway for ChoralNet
Some exciting plans are underway for ChoralNet and ACDA. Three of us met in Cincinnati at the Central Division conference this past weekend: Jim Feiszli, the founder of ChoralNet Tim Sharp, ACDA executive director me, the occasional blogger aka user 32 We brainstomed ideas for the future for ChoralNet and ACDA – what […]
Watch what you write on FaceBook, teachers
This was a bit alarming: Gloria Y. Gadsden, an associate professor of sociology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, was escorted off the campus on Wednesday because of jokes she had made on her Facebook page about wanting to kill students. On Monday the professor posted this update: “Had a good day today, didn’t want […]
Text your choir for free
A story from The Chronicle of Higher Education has me exploring another tool to communicate with my choir quickly and efficiently. Don’t miss this. Here is the article from the Chronicle and here is how I announced it to my choir. If you follow my tech presentations, this looks like the logical solution to […]