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Choirs With Community Impact

Choirs With Community Impact
Music must live on, and choir directors are the torch-bearers of the great cultural and community joy that comes from performing and experiencing it. This article will give you a few reminders of how we can use our choirs to better our community.

How To Get ‘RRRRREFRESHED’ This Summer

How To Get ‘RRRRREFRESHED’ This Summer

When school is in session, the pressure is on, and the schedule is non-stop! Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one day ends and the next one begins. Your days are super demanding and there is an endless line of people requiring your constant attention. The mad dash toward the spring concert is a giant whirlwind of endless details.


Then...in a moment…it’s all over. Whew! Finally!! School is out. Now…what to do this summer? There are many ways to fill your time this summer, but consider these five R’s as a formula for maximizing your time.

Passing The Baton - How To Ensure Ensemble Legacy

Passing The Baton - How To Ensure Ensemble Legacy
We all want continuity for our groups. Whether it's creating something that will stand when we leave it behind, or fostering pride and appreciation from our singers, ensemble legacy is an essential tool in the director's tool kit.

How To Get Your Music Published

How To Get Your Music Published
Ever written a piece of music and wondered how to get it published for sale? This article will give you a simple, 5 step process to get you started.

4 Simple Ways To Affirm Your Singers

4 Simple Ways To Affirm Your Singers
As directors, working to keep a positive atmosphere among our singers can be challenging. So, here are four simple and timely reminders to help us all maintain a positive and affirming environment within our ensembles.

What To Do With Your Choir In May?

What To Do With Your Choir In May?

Our contests and concerts are over

Easter has come and gone too

There’s still six weeks until summer

Oh, what is my choir to do?

How Choral Music Is Changing Uganda

How Choral Music Is Changing Uganda
The African Children's Choir is one of the premier choral groups on the planet. Read this article to find out about how they're using choral music to change both their community, and the world.

How To Improve Choral Sound Immediately

How To Improve Choral Sound Immediately
Our rehearsal time is limited, so there isn’t time for a complete overhaul of our ensemble’s sound.  However, there are a few quick tune-ups we can make to improve our choir’s sound right away.

How Much Money Do Composers Make?

How Much Money Do Composers Make?
Every wonder how much money is in the composing business? This article from ECM will tell you all the revenue splits that the industry has long kept secret.

Three Ways To Train Your Other Set Of Ears

Three Ways To Train Your Other Set Of Ears
Have you ever thought about your brain's ability to hear sound inside your head? With this article, learn how to use that internal auditory system to improve your choir's singing.

Espirit De Choir!

Espirit De Choir!
Five practical ways to inspire enthusiasm and build community in your choir

Pine Needles and Candle Wax

Pine Needles and Candle Wax
  Well, Christmas is over.  The joyous sounds of the season still echo through performance and worship venues all over the world, but Christmas is ...