ChorTeach is ACDA’s quarterly publication for choral conductors and teachers at all levels. It is published online, and each issue contains four practical articles. If you are not already a member of ACDA, you can join as an Associate for $45 per year and receive access to ChorTeach and the Choral Journal online.
Last year I created an annotated ChorTeach index with seventeen categories for classification. A sample of the articles found in the “Interviews” category are below. To find any of these articles, click here and use the dropdown menu.
“Considering Choral Competition—Perspectives on Motivation” by David W. Langley and Shannon Jeffreys; Vol 9. Issue 3, Spring 2017
Three choral directors offer viewpoints on the topic of choral competition, discussing both benefits and negatives of attending adjudicated choral festivals and competitions.
“Jo-Michael Scheibe: An Interview” by Sean Burton; Vol 6. Issue 3, Spring 2014
Past national ACDA president Jo-Michael Scheibe shares on topics such as selecting repertoire, up-and-coming composers, and his thoughts on where the choral arts are headed.
“Recruiting, Training, and Mentoring Choral Music Educators to Make a Difference: An Interview with Anton Armstrong and Lynn Brinckmeyer” by Kirk Aamot; Vol 7. Issue 1, Fall 2014
Anton Armstrong and Lynn Brinckmeyer discuss what they have learned through many years teaching and training singers of all ages.
“Ronald Staheli: Exemplary Music Evaluator” by David Williams; Vol 9. Issue 1, Fall 2016
This article demonstrates how retired director Ronald Staheli encourages himself and choir members to self-evaluate in order to facilitate improvement as musicians and life in general.
“Singing in a Choir—Less Stress and an Enlarged Sense of Community” by Loraine Brugh; Vol 9. Issue 1, Fall 2016
The author of this article shares the results of an informal survey on communal singing that she conducted with her thirty-member ensemble, Kantorei, the chapel choir at Valparaiso University.
“The Aging Voice: An Interview with Six Conductors” by Mark Lawley; Vol 2. Issue 4, Summer 2010
Written specifically for choral conductors who work with mature adult singers, this article provides a glimpse into the mind of six conductors.
“The Vocal Edge” by Leanne Freeman-Miller; Vol 1. Issue 1, Fall 2008
This article summarizes Richard Miller’s pedagogical ideas that were presented during a weeklong workshop in Chicago.
“Warm-Ups, Repertoire, and Resources for Male Choirs” by Amy Hughley; Vol 1. Issue 4, Spring 2009
This article contains suggestions from middle school, high school, and collegiate male choir directors for reliable warm-up exercises, favorite spring repertoire, and resources for summer reading.