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Standing in the center

Articles written by choral directors for choral directors

The following titles are links to various articles written by choral directors, most of whom are from the NW Division of the American Choral Directors Association. These are just the beginning of hundreds of such articles published in newsletters and online over the past twenty years. More will be added.

I have attempted to categorize these in rather general subject areas. You'll find inspiration and help in all of this material. Please keep coming back to this page. Your colleagues have much to offer in these timeless writings. I repeat. These titles are just the beginning of many more to come as we scour past online and print newsletters

 
  ACDA Events/Membership  
    Serendipity - Gary Weidenaar-7-10-12  
    ACDA is about affirmation - Leora Schwitters 3-15-08  
    Reading session serves 70 (summary of the first Summer Institute, 1996) - Howard Meharg - 9-15-96  
    Memo to choir directors who are not members of ACDA - Sue Green - 8-15-09  
    Tacoma for you in 2002 - Karen Fulmer - 9-1-2001  
  Auditions (Honor Choirs and Scholarship Applications)  
    Success in higher education-before and after the interview -Giselle Wyers - 5/15/2002  
    College Scholarship Auditions - Giselle Wyers 4/15/08  
    Tips for making audition tapes - Mary Svenvold - 1-15-2003  
    The audition process; how to make your life easier - Laurie Cappello-Marcy - 2003  
  Choir by genre  
    Children's Choirs  
      Ten commandments for the children's choir director - Henry Leck - 1-15-91  
      Healthy singing for developing treble voices - Rebecca Rottsolk-4-15-97  
      The Eichenberger experiment - Judy Herrington - 1997  
      In the moment - Sandra Brown-Williams - 9-5-2001  
      Blikket Auf...look up! - Sandra Brown-Williams - 5-15-2002  
      How pure a thing is joy! - Sandra Brown-Wiliams - 1-16-2002  
      Are warm-ups really necessary for children's choirs? - Lynn Brinckmeyer - 1-15-97  
      Artistry, respect, commitment, mission statements and guiding values for children's choirs - Tamara Schupman - 1999  
    Community Choirs  
      Community choir members...why do they sing? - Solveig Holmquist - 9-15-98  
      Thoughts for your community chorus - Paul Schultz - 1-16-2006  
    High School Choirs  
      A few smart ideas I hve figured out after many years of teaching that work especially well for me - Suzie Schatz-Benson -4-1999  
      Turn loose, allow them to take ownership - Rich Lapp - 4-15-96  
      You want a good rating at contest? - Connie Branton - 1-15-99  
      Teaching to the test - Howard Meharg - 4-15-97  
    Middle School Choirs  
      Did you find any music for elementary or middle school choirs on your trip to New Zealand and Australia? Neil Lieurance - 1997  
  Conductor and singer health  
    Training for a lifetime of singing - April Duvic - 4-15-14  
    Energized body can change life of a singer - Solveig Holmquist - 1-15-01  
    Do you hear what I hear? (Hearing health for the conductor) - Matt Strauser - 1-15-2002  
  Education/Public schools and choral music  
    Cell phones, candy wrapper, and crying babies - what do they have in common? - Renie Clement 1-15-2003  
    Confession and repentance, perceptions and realities - Howard Meharg - 9-5-95  
    What price existence? - Ginny Packer - 8-15-98  
    Christmas observances in the public schools; a legal opinion - Jay Alan Sekulow - 12-2-98  
  Humor  
    More answers from students taking music exams - 1-5-2001  
    Improve your immune system by singing -2002  
    Who were Christ's parents? - 1997  
  Individuals honored/interviews  
    Wayne Hertz remembered fondly - 1-1997  
    Maurice Skones passes away - Paul Skones - 5-15-2002  
    Richard Sparks conducts Swedish Radio Choir -1-15-2003  
    Laurie Guttormsen remembered - Solveig Holmquist - 9-2001  
    Karen Fulmer named "Teacher of the Year" - 1-15-97  
    Interview with Sandra Snow - Wyers-Giselle-3-15-09  
  Inspiration  
    Your song - Anonymous - 4-15-2002  
    Transcending the ordinary through the search for learning and the art of music - Peter Wordelman -2006  
    Building a soundtrack for life - Giselle Wyers 8/15/09  
    Spring cleaning...considering a fresh approach - Renie Clement - 5-2002  
    Lessons from the Little Red Book - Robert Ward - 10-15-97 (guest author)  
    Twelve quotations from Robert Shaw - 9-4-99  
    Keeping the cage clean; a Robert Shaw story - Rayl- 10-15-98  
    On having trees fall on me - Leora Schwitters - 4-15-10  
    Stop and consider the impact you have had - Mark Robinson - 1-15-2003  
    No place I'd rather be - Mark Robinson - 9-11-2001  
    Chronos and kairos more than Greek to Pat Patton - Pat Patton - 1-15-2001  
    The Seasons - Marcia Patton - 4-15-96  
    The spirit of life will flow again (a commentary on events of 9-11) - Howard Meharg - 10-15-2001  
    So be it! - Howard Meharg - 10-15-2004  
    The honor system - Howard Meharg - 4-15-98  
    Recreational reading recommendations for musicians - Neil Lieurance - 9-19-2001  
    How sweet the sound, preserving the national voice - Geoffrey Boers - 9-15-98  
    Parable of the talents - Paul French - 9-5-99  
    Jess - Suzie Schatz - 1-15-99  
    Time to sharpen your saw - Jane Iverson - 1-15-2002  
    That's what I want to do, what I want to be, what I want to give - Francis Gloria - 1997  
    The power of we - Michael Frasier - 10-5-2001  
    CDs, sample copies, and a book...another way to find inspiration - Jane Iverson - 1-15-2003  
  Music in Worship  
    Music for worship: sentiment or sentimentality; restrained or unrestrained; old or new; a search for principles - Robert Wetzler (composer) - 1-15-2001  
    What is musicianship and how do you teach it to the church choir? Matt Strauser - 5-15-2002  
    Good music collections for smaller church choirs - Ben Brody - 2-2005  
    Coping with the stress of music ministry - Paul Aitken - 2006  
  Multi-cultural  
    Tell me there's more to hear and see yahamba - Russ Seaton - 2-15-2005  
    Does ethnic music take you from your comfort zone? Ted Totorica - 9-15-98  
  Rehearsal Technique  
    General  
      Thoughts on successful programming - Kathryn Olson-5-15-94  
      The unaccompanied choral rehearsal - Leslie Guelker-Cone - 9-15-98  
      The rule of seven - Julie Adkins - 1996  
      Of mind and heart; teaching more than music in choir - Sarah Graham-Hilden - 1999  
    Style  
      Believe in the style first and the notes will come - Jim Angaran - 4-15-96  
      Expanded views of authenticity in music (part 3) - Paul French - 1-5-2001  
    Tuning  
      Feeling the numbers; just intonation as a practical matter - Paul French - 1-15-2000  
      Your musical basket, artificial or true? - Jim Angaran - 4-15-97  
    Preparing for contests  
    Warm-ups  
      Kinesthetic approaches to vocal warm-ups - Rich Nace - 5-5-96  
    Sight-singing/music reading  
      Sight-singing...break it down - Sue Green - -5-17-10  
    Choral tone  
      Attaining good choral tone (part 2) - Chris Lamb - 9-2001  
      Attaining good choral tone (part 4) - Chris Lamb - 9-2001  
    Phrasing  
        Creating beautiful phrases - Leora Schwitters - 4-15-10  
    Text/Lyrics//Diction  
      Taming the text - Randel Wagner - 5-15-2002  
  Vocal jazz  
    The Waldo King listening list - Linda Fahlgren - 1997  
    Ideas in vocal jazz by Linda Fahlgren - Linda Fahlgren - 1999