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[ju aɚ la:Ik ə ɹɛ:In ko:ʊt]

I took 20 students on a trip to see Fun Home on Broadway. Part of my job is to provide opportunities for student “exposure to the arts.” We sat in the back row in student group-priced seating. It was awesome. I … Continue reading

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do I sound…

A while back, I supported the Kickstarter campaign for a movie called Do I Sound Gay, in which writer David Thorpe explores how his voice works, how speech patterns are learned, and the relationship between sexuality and voices. Awesome, right? It … Continue reading

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breasts

There is a lovely recent piece in The Guardian about getting more women trained as conductors. It’s good. I’m in favor of all of it. More highly trained, passionate women conductors means more pressure on the glass ceiling, and eventually ensembles will … Continue reading

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lessons from looking

In a less-common-than-I’d-care-to-admit moment of following my own advice, I sang in a choir last week. It was the first time I have sung in a choir purely for fun with no leadership responsibilities whatsoever since 1997. I have my … Continue reading

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Using What You’ve Got

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be presenting a session at the Massachusetts ACDA summer conference called “Using What You’ve Got: No-Budget, Non-SATB Repertoire Solutions.” I’ll be presenting this session again at the CT ACDA next month, too. So, for the reference of … Continue reading

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pop diction

I am a huge diction nerd. My students learn IPA symbols every semester, and they have made schwa a running joke in my rehearsals. So I was tickled to read an article from Atlas Obscura about diction in pop punk music. … Continue reading

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If you can talk

Oooh, a study that examines vocal health in amateur choral singers! http://www.thevoiceproject.eu/index.php?id=584 The most common conversation about vocal health I have with young and amateur singers is when they are sick or stressed, and it hurts them to sing. They … Continue reading

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