Monthly Archives: February 2013


This is a new thing I’ve begun doing with my youngest singers.  They think it’s fun.  I tell them, “lock!” and they lock all their muscles tight, pulling their shoulders up and holding their legs together and tensing their faces. … Continue reading

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confirmation bias by proxy

Confirmation bias is not a conscious preference for information that supports your position.  It’s the unconscious tendency not even to consider the possibility that we are wrong. I have a theory that conductors feel biased on behalf of the composers … Continue reading

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This is another invisible part of a conductor’s job: choosing what the ensemble should perform for its concerts.  We call it programming.  I’m currently finalizing the programming for my community choir, so it’s on my mind. A lot of programming … Continue reading

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