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meaning

The subtitle of the blog is “meaning, music, and conducting.” So I want to address meaning — what it is, why it matters. As defined by positive psychology research, meaning is the feeling of being connected to something larger than … Continue reading

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1900

I’m selling my house. It’s a project. My house was built in 1900. So, there’s no driveway, because there weren’t cars in my small Connecticut town in 116 years ago. The walls and ceiling are plaster, so they have cracks … Continue reading

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the same stream

Some conductors of students and amateurs know and use the power of community to improve artistry and technique. When the conductor is the teacher of singing and musicianship as well as the coordinator of mechanics and narrative, she also has … Continue reading

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letter to the editor version

Brilliant Facebookers suggested I actually write a letter to the editor of Choral Journal rather than just venting my gall into the internet void. Good idea! Dear Ms. Bumgarner: I was glad to see Josh Palkki’s thoughtful and sensitive article about issues … Continue reading

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maggie and milly and molly and may

There’s this poem by E. E. Cummings: maggie and milly and molly and may went down to the beach(to play one day)   and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and   milly befriended … Continue reading

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women composers

I couldn’t attend the ACDA National Conference last week, but I was thrilled to see that there was a session on women composers. I’m on the board of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a tiny but fierce group of musicians, … Continue reading

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ritual

I hear a lot of choirs warm up, and I run a lot of warm ups. Some choirs do the same warm-ups in the same order every single rehearsal; but I was taught that I should customize the warm up … Continue reading

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