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Reflections from South Africa, Part 3: A More Perfect Union

July 1, 2011


(I shot this video of the South Cape Children’s Choir when we were in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The name of this song is “Hope for Resolution” by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. Click and listen while you read.) We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered […]

Hoodrat, hoodrat, hoochie opera?

June 24, 2011


In case you don’t know the story behind the opera Carmen by French composer George Bizet, here’s a brief synopsis for you via hip-hop/R&B songs: Carmen to Don Jose: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” Don Jose to Carmen: “You make me wanna leave the one I’m with and start a new relationship […]

The DJ got us fallin’ in love again: Vail Residency dance party

June 8, 2011


I wish you could be a fly on the wall and see what I see one night each summer during the Colorado Children’s Chorale Tour Choir Residency Week in Vail, Colorado at the annual dinner and dance party night. (To see pictures from the dinner and dance, please visit the Chorale’s blog by clicking here.) […]

Reflections from South Africa, part 2: the melody of rhythm

May 27, 2011


(To read part 1 of my Reflections from South Africa, click here.) I shot this video of a high school choir during the second concert of our Colorado Children’s Chorale South Africa Tour in the township of Kwa Thema, Gauteng (Zulu for “gold”) Province. And each night after I did my room checks and put […]

Reflections from South Africa, Part 1

May 13, 2011


On Sunday night, I got back to Denver after a one and a half week performance tour of South Africa with the Colorado Children’s Chorale National Tour Choir. In case you don’t know, I’m an assistant conductor for the Chorale, which means that going to South Africa actually involved working, but intertwined with the work were […]

A spoonful of sugar: part 2

April 8, 2011


This is part two of a two-part thing. Here’s part 1 in case you missed it. Part 2 This year, among lots of challenging, “legit” choral literature, our Colorado Children’s Chorale Tour Choir has Owl City’s 2009 smash hit “Fireflies” in their repertoire. When the Tour Choir performs at schools in and around Denver and […]

A spoonful of sugar: part 1

April 7, 2011


Perhaps you remember this from around the time of our last Presidential election. The Ron Clark Academy is famous for taking hit hip-hop/R&B/rock songs and using them to help the kids understand and retain important concepts and content from the classroom. They use music to not only enrich the student’s comprehension of the subject matter, […]