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A CHORAL CONDUCTOR has been named professor of the year in South Dakota:  James Feiszli, Director of Music at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  He is the founder of ChoralNet which is derived from an email distribution list he started back in 1993.  I can only imagine how complicated and newfangled it must have been back then.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF TODAY:  I would suggest the word “discomfort” instead of “pain,” but I think he has a good point overall.  Also related:  “The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

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MAC USERS: Using Garage Band to record audio:  “You can use the iPad as a full digital recording studio with the proper hardware.”

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I LIKE WHAT THEY’RE DOING, BUT NOT WHY THEY’RE DOING IT:  Local McDonald’s in Australia blasts classical music and opera at night to deter loitering teenagers.  Management says it seems to be working.  I don’t like thinking of classical music as a punishment.  Decades ago it was rock music that represented rebellion against the “Establishment.”  Now it seems classical music is the rebellion against modern youth culture.

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THE CONSUMERIST has a post saying that students with fine arts degrees are doing respectably well: “The Wall Street Journal reports on a 2011 study from Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce, in which it found that the median income of recent fine-arts graduates was a respectable $42,000 and that the unemployment rate for those recent graduates was a better than average 7.8%.”  I’m not sure how this data reconciles with other studies I have seen that put arts degree students near the bottom in terms of income, though I am glad to see this encouraging news.

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JOSHUA BRONFMAN on why collegiate choral conductors should be involved with NCCO.