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SCOTT DORSEY: Honor Choirs are the Future. There is the possibility that a potential Weston, Eph, or Robert is sitting in your classroom this semester.  Are you going to give that young choral mind the incredible experience that launches them to the musical moon by helping them apply for an ACDA honor choir?.”

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NEWS FROM THE COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT: Fired Band Director Jon Waters Files Lawsuit Against Ohio State University. I don’t have any specific knowledge or opinion, but it seems like this is speaks to larger issues in higher education.

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Richard Sparks: Books Worth Your Time VII–Daniel Coyle’s The Little Book of Talent–52 Tips for Improving Your Skills. Coyle is the author of The Talent Code as well.

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JO-MICHAEL SCHEIBE: 6 Great Quotes on the Future of Choral Music. “‘As I tell my instrumental colleagues, we have a little bit of an advantage in that choral music crosses so many genres. The choir has the ability to go in and out of the classical, popular, and sacred music worlds. People are thinking outside of the box to make this a relevant art form. This can sometimes be tough because we as conductors may feel pressure to play into pop culture’s ideas of what music is. Because we have so much at our disposal, it is a challenge to not lose sight of the past, the greats, the chestnuts, the strong traditions that have built choral music to be what it is today’. –Eugene Rogers, associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan”

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CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD has passed away. I always loved his Baroque recordings, especially this one of Handel’s Messiah.

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UK Study: Music Education Still Favors The Rich. “Sustained, progressive music education tends to be the preserve of children born to wealthier parents. This report shows that adults who had private lessons as children and sat a music exam were much more likely to still play an instrument – and the higher the grade achieved, the more likely they were to continue learning.