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Your Monthly Music Meme Digest: August

Your Monthly Music Meme Digest: August

As professional musicians, our job allows us the luxury of being surrounded by beautiful music every day. For a lot of us, this may be the very reason that we chose music for our profession!  We envisioned ourselves living a life of pleasure, surrounded by...
The Seating of Your Choral Ensemble

The Seating of Your Choral Ensemble

By Bradley Ellingboe, Senior Editor of National Music Publishers Every chorus consists of individuals whose voices are unique, and finding a way to create unity can seem to be an overwhelming task. Taking the time to assign seats to each member of your choir can help....
Composer Notes on The Seven Last Words of Christ

Composer Notes on The Seven Last Words of Christ

I remember vividly the first time I read the story of the crucifixion. I was still a child, and the imagery is as powerful to me today as it was then. In setting the Seven Last Words, my intent was to capture my connection to the story, evoking emotions of love, fear,...
The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Words are a powerful tool that can build people up and tear people down. Growing up, I was taught phrases like “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” and “the pen is mightier than the sword”. I always knew that words were powerful enough...