Standing in the Center

Choral Leaders Write

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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 (Job applications, Honor Choir Auditions, 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

 

CHOIRS 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

Looking for multi-cultural pieces? Ten recommendations - Brian Hoskins-March 25, 2014

 

 

Five Levels of rehearsal engagement - Brian Mitchell - 10-15-13

 

 

A few smart ideas I have 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

Hymns or praise choruses? (unknown author) - 4-15-2000

 

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 "1997 Teacher of the Year"  1-15-97

 

Giselle Wyers interviews Sandra Snow, 2010 Summer Institute presenter - Giselle Wyers 3-15-09

Loren Ponten writes about Dr. Robert (Bob) Scandrett who died November 30th, 2014

 

Inspiration

Your song - Anonymous - 4-15-2002

 

Transcending the ordinary through the search for learning and the art of music-making - 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! Consider the impact you have had - Mark Robinson - 1-15-2003

 

No place I'd rather be - Mark Robinson - 9-11-2001

 

It really is a celebration - Pat Patton - 4-15-2000

 

Chronos and kairos more than Greek to Pat Patton - Pat Patton - 1-15-2001

 

The Seasons - Marcia Patton - 4-15-96

 

A commitment to Athenian values - Howard Meharg-1-15-2000

 

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

 

"Manaical" Suzie Schatz-Benson recalls influence on her life - Suzie Schatz-Benson - September 15, 1998

 

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

 

Directions for singing - Charles Wesley 1761

 

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

 

Conducting

Communicative gestures: going beyond beating time - Lori Wiest, 11-15-1998

 

General

 

Questions from the Choral Conscience - Steven Zopfi, October 16, 2011

 

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

 

The adjudicator's predominant theme---depth of sound 
by Richard Nance (reprinted by permission from his article in WA ACDA's UNISON of Winter, 2000 -  


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

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