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Choralosophy

Christopher M Munce

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This page is dedicated to driving a conversation for choral musicians with the PHILOSOPHY of Choral Music at the heart of every post and podcast episode. Topics will be wide ranging from the technical aspects of our jobs and careers all the way to the artistic interpretations and values that make us who we are as artists. Join me in this conversation in which I hope we can learn from each other.
 
Since the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, Choral Evensong has been an evening offering sung in cathedrals and churches of the Anglican Communion. Choral Evensong is followed by community supper ($6) with educational programs at 7:30 p.m. To subscribe to this and other Trinity Evensong podcasts copy and paste the following into iTunes or other Podcast managers: http://trinitycleveland.org/blog/category/choral-evensongs/feed/ [powerpress_subscribe title="Trinity Cathedral Choral Evensong ...
 
Choral History is a podcast dedicated to conversations with choir conductors from around the world. We explore the choral art form from the inside with honest talk from the artists themselves. The conversations are light-hearted and fun, but also honest and real, and explore the work of the conductor as you’ve probably never heard it before.
 
From live rehearsal audio with The Stairwell Carollers, each Podcast is 7 minutes or less.For singers who want to improve performance - solo or in chorus. Warmups, ear training, rehearsal and challenging vocal gymnastics with Director Pierre Massie are fun and engaging.Live and fresh, the Choral Cacophony Podcast will help any vocalist develop their range, enunciation, breath control and vocal quality. Sound advice for singers who want to improve their listening, rhythm and pronunciation for ...
 
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"How do we help people gather the tools necessary to navigate life in a better way?" Roger Emerson is a "choral household name," known for millions of copies sold of his choral compositions and arrangements. What you may not know? Roger Emerson is filled with joy, and his first goal is to help spread that joy to students and conductors. In this epi…
 
Choral Evensong Podcast Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Charles de Foucauld Evensong from Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland Join us as we commemorate Charles de Foucauld, Monastic and Martyr, 1916. The Trinity Chamber Singers will sing and the Rev. Adrienne Koch will officiate. This hybrid Evensong service is held in the nave and livestreamed here and at fa…
 
"Everyone should have the right to make music." Adán Fernandez is passionate about creating spaces in choral music that are people-centered and culture-centered. His work in the Catholic church with Coro Guadalupano (a Spanish-speaking choir) and his Simbayanan' Chorale (a Filipino choir) alongside his work with the National Children's Chorus has l…
 
An Unconventional Approach to the Urban Choral Classroom I believe one of the biggest goals is getting the students interested in singing choral music before we start trying to operate out of formality. How do we get students interested in something they are not familiar with? Odell Zeigler IV Support the Show Read the Blog Episode 86 Recently, I c…
 
"Face it, I think the days where you have someone on the podium - just directing and telling students what to do and we have a successful program - those days pretty much are over." Having an unconventional approach doesn't mean throwing everything we learned in school out the window! Rather, it means finding new, exciting, people-first ways to get…
 
I could NOT do this show without you. Please take 6 minutes and let me thank the various people that make this show possible. Most of all YOU! Thank you! Enter Choralosophy at Checkout for your discount! www.ryanmain.com www.graphitepublishing.com vocevista.com/choralosophy www.sightreadingfactory.com www.mymusicfolders.com www.mychoirrobes.com Pas…
 
How do you teach leadership? What does leadership mean in a choral setting? What is expected of choral leaders, and how can they best communicate with the conductor? What are the steps to becoming a great leader in your ensemble? Using John Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership, Dr. Keith Pedersen from Point Loma Nazarene University answers these questi…
 
Choral Evensong Podcast Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Hilda, Abbess of Whitby Evensong from Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland Join us as we commemorate Hilda, Abbess of Whitby. The Trinity Chamber Singers will sing and the Rev. Adrienne Koch will deliver the homily. This hybrid Evensong service is held in the nave and livestreamed here and at facebook.co…
 
"As you rebuild whatever arts program you may be involved with, I encourage you to remember that we are not back to "normal" - we are moving forward to something greater. To fully embrace this "greater," we may need to release a little bit of what has been to make space for what will be. We may need to challenge our traditions and set aside our com…
 
Next stop, Oxford University and St. Edmund Hall. Betsy and I are joined by composer, conductor, teacher James Whitbourn. Or as he describes himself, a musician. We discussed the Oxford system of colleges and the wide range of choral opportunities it provides. I was fascinated by this because I had never taken the time to wrap my head around the fa…
 
"I want my singers to be happy; that's what it means to keep people-first!" This week, I spoke with Maria Ellis - Girl Conductor, entrepreneur, music educator, vocalist, and all-around wonderful human being. Maria is a popular clinician at choral workshops (and will be presenting at the ACDA Children's Choir Retreat in January!) and after listening…
 
Choral Evensong Podcast Wednesday, November 7, 2021 Leo the Great Evensong from Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland Choral Evensong: Leo the Great Join us the as we commemorate Leo the Great, Bishop, 461. The Choristers of St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights will sing and the The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft, Assistant Rector, St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights will delive…
 
"If we broaden our perspective, we realize it doesn't really matter if a chord is out of tune or someone needs to miss a rehearsal to visit the doctor." Dr. Jaclyn Normandie is the author of the book The Mindful Musician: Finding a Healthy Balance. As I am reading this book, I am inspired by her philosophies and her strong approach to challenging t…
 
The Second Installment Betsy Cook Weber’s Sabbatical Series! In this stop, Betsy visits Stockholm, Sweden to see Gary Graden and the St. Jacobs Kammerkör. Betsy, Gary and I discuss how an American born director ended up learning from Eric Ericsson and never leaving. We also dive into the philosophies, practices and approaches that lead to such a vi…
 
"It's about working together in kindness and love and spreading peace and positivity in this troubled world we live in." This is just one of a million amazing quotes that came from this conversation with Tom Brand and Rebecca Rosenbaum of the Elm City Girls Choir & United Choir School located in New Haven, CT. These two conductors and visionaries m…
 
Choral Evensong — Sunday, November 7, 2021 Choral Evensong and Organ Blessing Choral Evensong and Organ Blessing November 7, 4 p.m. Download the Bulletin: https://bit.ly/organ-blessing The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens, officiating Trinity will hold a special service of Choral Evensong this Sunday. As part of the service, the new Muller/Aeolian-Skinne…
 
Choral Evensong — Wednesday, November 3, 2021 Richard Hooker Evensong from Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland Choral Evensong: Richard Hooker Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #719993-A. All right reserved. 3 November Richard Hooker Choir Trinity Cathedral Choir Homilist The Rev. Dr. Matthew Woo…
 
In this unique episode, I speak with Adam Reinwald and Sara Langworthy - Beer Choir Twin Cities owner and enthusiast. Beer Choir is a fun and communal way to get people singing together in a no-pressure, no-commitment, super welcoming environment. Adam and Sara talk about what Beer Choir events or like, and how they reach the goal to always make th…
 
The First Installment of the a new series following Betsy Cook Weber on her Sabbatical I am honored to present to you a new series of podcasts and videos with Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. Dr. Weber is on Sabbatical this semester, and she reached out to me to partner in documenting her travels across Europe. Her mission? To discover the “secret sauce” of m…
 
In this episode, I speak with choral colleague Brad Dumont, who has choral experience at almost every level. In a single week, Brad works with a church choir, a community choir, a collegiate choir, and a children's choir. In all of the aspects of his work, Brad evaluates his choices to ensure a people-first approach in everything he does. As a resu…
 
Choral Evensong — Wednesday, October 27, 2021 St. Simon & St Jude Apostles St. Luke the Evangelist 27 October St. Simon & St. Jude, Apostles Choir Trinity Chamber Singers Homilist The Rev. Peter Faass Hymns 37, 639 Psalm 119: 89-96 Responses Jeremy Jackman (b. 1952) Service Edington Service – Grayston Ives (b. 1948) Anthem Beati Quorum Via – Charle…
 
In Episode 10, I have a conversation with a longtime friend from college, Jonathan Seligman. Jon is in his seventh year of teaching at Casillas Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA in a music program he built at the school from scratch. Jon shares an incredible amount of wisdom and passion in this episode, including an inspiring and emotional story…
 
Author of the Newsweek article “Why Calling Merit Racist Erases People of Color.” One of the raging debates today in education centers around the ways in which we can expand access to fruits of high quality education to more students. And that is a wonderful debate to have, and an important one. However, a troubling strain of that song is the tende…
 
This week, I speak with Mike Kregler, jazz pianist, choral composer, and choral accompanist. He provides the valuable insight on the choral community from an accompanist point of view, discussing some of the unique differences of vocal study (an instrument inside of you that was built) versus playing an instrument that is not a part of your body. M…
 
Choral Evensong — Wednesday, October 20, 2021 St. Luke the Evangelist St. Luke the Evangelist Choir Men of the Cathedral Choir Homilist The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston Hymns 26, 482 Psalm 147 Responses Plainsong Service Edward C. Bairstow in E-flat (1874-1946) Anthem Prayer – Stephen Brown (b. 1945) —————————– Evensong Order of Service Prelude Opening Pre…
 
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Krishan Oberoi, Director of Choral Activities at Providence College, Artistic Director of the Falmouth Chorale, Principal Guest Conductor and Founder of SACRA/PROFANA, and also...my husband! Krishan has a unique story that brought him to choral music, and has had a major philosophical shift over the past six years …
 
One of the foundational principles of this show is that we, as humans AND as colleagues don’t have to agree about everything. In fact I will take it a step further: we NEED disagreement and dialogue in order to learn and grow. This episode is based on that principle. I recently came across Kirsten Oberoi during a Facebook disagreement and thought i…
 
"You can write an amazing score or an amazing song, but it can sit in a drawer forever if there's no people to sing it." This episode is near and dear to my heart, as I interview two of my long-time students. This past summer at our South Shore Children's Chorus Summer Choral Intensive, these two singers came up with a saying about my direction: "s…
 
Choral Evensong — Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Teresa of Avila 13 October Teresa of Avila Choir Trinity Chamber Singers Homilist The Rev. John Drymon Hymns 35, 24 Psalm 42: 1-7 Responses Jeremy Jackman (b. 1952) Service Fauxbourdons by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) Anthem Sun of my Soul – Todd Wilson (B. 1954) —————————– Evensong Order of Service Prelud…
 
At some point, we have to come back to choir, (or quit) and the Covid risk will not be zero. So, it is now unavoidable that we will have to become comfortable engaging with humans in close proximity because they NEED us. Choir is essential. Nicola Dedmon recently wrote a great article in the ACDA Western Division’s Tactus magazine over the summer t…
 
This week's episode kicks off the SSCC Series, where I chat with the staff of the South Shore Children's Chorus (Quincy, MA) that I founded in 2016. Here, I speak with Liz Schorr - an expert in engaging in mindfulness in the classroom and creating equitable space using trama-informed approaches and responses with students. Inspired greatly by the B…
 
Choral Evensong — Wednesday, October 6, 2021 William Tyndale & Miles Coverdale The Trinity Cathedral Choir Todd Wilson, director Organist: Nicole Keller Homilist The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens Hymns 29, 541 Psalm 119: 89-96 Responses Craig Phillips (b. 1961) Service Harold Friedell in F (1905-1958) Anthem Draw us in the Spirit’s tether – Harold Fri…
 
Brought to you by members of my Patreon, who have collaborated with me to create this episode. This is the first time I have done a MULTI topic show. I think you will enjoy it! Support the Show! Topics in this short episode include: How are you navigating the return to “normal” activities? Do you get flack for not following the zeitgeist in a very …
 
This week, I speak with choral colleague Dale Duncan, a middle school choral conductor in Atlanta and creator of the S-Cubed sight singing program. We dive into what creates a culture of acceptance in a classroom, as well as swap student stories that prove a people-first approach is inspiring and worthwhile. The episode may seem long, but you won't…
 
In this episode, I read some recent reviews from the Apple Podcasts App, as well as some questions that came in through the website. Then, I have clipped out a portion of episode one of Reconstructing the Dialogue. A new podcast on which I am but one voice of many. Journalist Mónica Guzman, Professor Erec Smith and author and frequent Newsweek colu…
 
A basic description of our job as choral conductors or music teachers is to get a bunch of humans to make the specific noise at specific times to the best of their ability. There are standardized ways of getting these specific noises to happen, and also common terms that we use to describe the noises. As a conductor and teacher, I pay specific atte…
 
We can expect “Excellence” and be inclusive of all ability levels at the same time! That’s it. That’s the Blog. Car Thoughts on the topic Just kidding. There’s more. On the Choralosophy Podcast over the last several years, I have presented my thoughts on choral music curriculum in several episodes. From grading policies, to literacy instruction, as…
 
On this episode I speak with Dr. Jamie Hillman, the Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hillman and I discuss his experiences and philosophies with people-first approaches to singing. His vast experience ranges from starting a choir with incarcerated men at a prison in Massachusetts, through adjudicating solo and chor…
 
This week, I speak with friend, choral colleague, and music educator Justine Hansen, who poses the question: Do we need to commit to a large shift away from performance-based music education? Why is there so much research that Music Education is one of the best things we have to offer humankind, and yet public school education systems aren't "follo…
 
Panel discussion featuring three insightful Professors In this week’s special panel conversation, I am finally responding to what has been a frequent listener suggestion for a podcast topic. A “no BS” discussion on the Choral Grad School decision that weighs so heavily on many of us, sometimes more than once in our careers. So, I invited a group of…
 
Why do choral directors feel the need to audition their singers prior to them joining the ensemble? Community and children's choir singers are often too afraid of auditions to even show up, no matter how inviting you make it. In this first episode, we'll discuss how choral ensembles should reexamine closely their audition processes, and present a p…
 
This special episode is something a bit different, in that it is a recap of a shared experience. All the way back on Episode 17, Marques Garrett challenged me to intentionally find an opportunity to be an “only” in the room. I had reflected in that conversation that, as a white guy, I don’t think I’ve ever been the “only one” in a room. “I don’t kn…
 
Removing Barriers To Honest and Emotional Singing J. D. Frizzell J.D. Frizzell is a standout educator and clinician. In this episode, we discuss Dr. Frizzell’s successful approach to getting his singers to come out of their shells! We all want our ensembles to sing with passion, honesty, and expression, but how do we achieve this in an objective, m…
 
Part of the Oxford Series on the Choralosophy Podcast Visit Oxford’s Expansive Choral Catalogue! The next installment of the Oxford Series is THE John Rutter. We have all grown up knowing the name and legacy that John represents. In this conversation, my goal was to give you a peak behind the curtain revealing the human side of the legend. We discu…
 
CDC published epidemiologist returns to the show to discuss the science of schools in the shifting sands of Delta. Since appearing on the show in November on Episode 49, Dr. Høeg has been very busy both researching and making public commentary about the issues surrounding Covid, kids and schools. Since her first Choralosophy appearance, she was a s…
 
CDC published epidemiologist returns to the show to discuss the science of schools in the shifting sands of Delta. Since appearing on the show in November on Episode 49, Dr. Høeg has been very busy both researching and making public commentary about the issues surrounding Covid, kids and schools. Since her first Choralosophy appearance, she was a s…
 
A Back to School Special From Choralosophy Podcast Iowa ACDA SRF Presentation Listen in, or watch on YouTube for the complete presentation focusing on the practices, philosophies and RESULTS made possible by Sight Reading Factory. I discuss the “first day of school” reading activity, the way I rip off the bandaid by removing all keyboard assistance…
 
A Back to School Special from the Choralosophy Podcast This time, we have William Bennett of Cane Bay High School in the hot seat to reflect on Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” research and practice as well as its implication in the choral rehearsal setting. Warning: sportsball metaphors are used gratuitously. In this short discussion, we will impart on you…
 
A Back to School Special from Choralosophy Podcast Zachary Singer Zach Singer weighed in on the main page of Choralosophy.com with an idea to share with us. He calls it being a “cultural custodian.” As we get back to being busy, I thought you might enjoy a few bite sized episodes with some practical, usable ideas. Tune in to hear Zach’s thoughts ab…
 
Expertise Cannot Be Earned as a student. We must test our academic ideas in the real world. I recently had a lot of time to think and reflect while driving home from the convention circuit, so I went LIVE in the Choralsophers FB group to discuss some reactions to audience feedback from the Success Rubrics episode. One of the ideas that drew the mos…
 
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