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After 44 years, Helmuth Rilling conducts his last concert as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival.  More here from Richard Sparks, including Rilling’s impact on his life.  It is hard to understate the influence of Rilling in the choral music world in the past 50 years.

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In Buffalo, NY, giving up cosmetic surgery in order to pay for music education:  sounds like a fair deal to me!

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When people sing in a choir, their heartbeats synchronise:  “researchers now want to investigate whether singing could have an impact on our health.”  That’s not why I do it, but I’ll take whatever reason gets people interested in singing.  For your health!

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James M. Lang with an article on how to prevent cheating in your classroom.  I like this part at the end: “You shouldn’t redesign your courses just to reduce cheating. You should redesign them in order to increase learning.”

City College of San Francisco may lose accreditation

The City College of San Francisco may lose its status as an accredited community college by the summer of 2014.  The accrediting body, the ACCJC, gave the school a “show cause” warning last year and just recently voted to shut down the college pending a review and appeals process.  There’s another article here on the decision, which explains how they got in this mess.  I’m not clear on its exact size (the chancellor’s quote mentions 85,000, wikipedia indicates some 33,000, and their own website is in the 55,000 range), but if this goes through it would be a disaster.  Working at a college that just went through this rigorous accreditation visit this spring, we were well informed of CCSF‘s challenges — many discussed it as our own potential nightmare scenario if we weren’t prepared.