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The Spring 2017 edition of ChorTeach is now online

The fall edition of ChorTeach is now available online. Go to www.acda.org/publications, click on Choral Journal, then scroll down to ChorTeach logo. Contents: End-of-the-Year Activities in the Music Classroom by Andrew Bruhn Singing in a Chorus—Doʻs and Donʻts for Church or Community Chorus Members by Stephanie A. Henry Changing the Expressionless Faces that Sing in […]

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The Fall 2016 edition of ChorTeach is now available

The fall edition of ChorTeach is now available online. Go to www.acda.org/publications, click on Choral Journal, then scroll down to ChorTeach logo. Contents: 1. Ronald Staheli: Exemplary Music Evaluator by David Williams 2. Global Music in Christian Worship by Jeff Clouser 3. The Benefits of Singing—Resources for Conductors by Fern L. Burnett 4. Singing in […]

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Revisiting Rehearsal Principals

Summer is the time many of us dig into books, videos, etc. to prepare for the year ahead. Below are some of the principles I am re-visiting as I look ahead to the new year. Score study – There are many ways to begin, but don’t skip any of these: Text – read, comprehend, look […]

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From “Ah” to “Ah-Ha”: A creative process for empowered singing

The Greater Boston Choral Consortium (www.bostonsings.org) will be presenting a workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 10am to 12.30pm. The presenter, Stephen Paparo, President-Elect of Mass ACDA, is a certified practictioner of the Feldenkrais Method. The event is free to members of a GBCC organization and $10 to non-members. For more information please contact […]

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The Summer 2015 edition of ChorTeach is now available

Below you’ll find the articles included in the spring edition of ChorTeach.  To read them, go to www.acda.org/publications and scroll down to ChorTeach. ChorTeach is ACDA’s online magazine for choral director/music educators who are searching for answers and need fresh ideas or techniques to meet practical needs. Contents: Choir Member Placement and Its Acoustic Effects by […]

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Afrocentric Choral Works

by Ann Watson Born I recently attended the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network conference in Boston. This year the clinician was Mr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation and performance of Afrocentric music of all styles. Born in Trinidad & […]

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Calling all choral consortia . . .

“Sharing the Love: Collegial Support through Local Choral Consortia” . . . is the title of a breakout session being offered at the upcoming Chorus America Conference to be held in Boston, June 17-20. Whether or not you are able to attend, if you are involved in a choral consortium (or similar collaborative organization) we […]

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Choral Opportunities: MMEA 2015 Conference

by Faith Lueth, MMEA Liaison The 2015 conference for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (March 19-21 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center) has much to offer choral musicians. There are three days packed with a variety of choral offerings that include informative sessions, insightful rehearsals, and performances. The conductor for this year’s All-State Chorus is Rollo Dilworth. […]

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The Care and Preservation of the Voice

by Tony Thornton, MassACDA President-Elect As conductors and singers, we work very hard over a period of weeks to prepare for performance. Concert week may include additional rehearsals and certainly a dress rehearsal. This added stress can cause the immune system to weaken, making the body susceptible to illness; it would be a pity to […]

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Giving Voice to Female Conductors and Composers

by Lindsay Pope, Women’s Choirs Chair This past fall, I attended a conductors and composers forum at a nearby college. When it was time for the students to pose questions, one student remarked, “I am an aspiring composer. I cannot help but notice that of this entire panel, everyone save one composer is male. What […]

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