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Second Sunday after Epiphany-January 18, 2015

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 10:05:34 AM by Augsburg Fortress in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in epiphany, in Planning, in Samuel, in Sing the Stories of God's People

You have searched me out and known me. (Ps. 139:1)

All the baptized have a calling in God's world. God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn't important; it's where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called the place of his vision "the house of God, and ... the gate of heaven" (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.

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Evaluating Your Choir Program: Children's Choirs, part 2

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 10:21:56 AM by Karol Kinard Kimmell in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Planning, in planning, in punctuality, in recruitment

[Editor's note: Last week we heard from Karol Kimmel on building your youth choir program, with ideas about scheduling, worship suggestions, and continuing education. This week: more ideas from Kimmel on choir visibility, rehearsal punctuality, recruitment, and team-building.]

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Evaluating Your Choir Program: Children's Choirs, part 1

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 2:47:44 PM by Karol Kinard Kimmell in Assembly Song, in attendance, in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in descants, in hymns, in renewal

[Editor's note: This week begins part 1 of a 2-part article by Karol Kimmell about children's choirs, with applications for all ages: this week part 1 includes attendance/scheduling, liturgy and worship suggestions, and continuing education ideas.]

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Planning for the Fall Choral Season

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 1:11:06 PM by Anne Krentz Organ in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in fall planning, in Planning, in recruitment

[Editor's note: Rally Day and the startup of choral seasons is upon us, but there's still time to get organized for fall! Thanks to Anne Krentz Organ for writing these seasonal pointers, helpful whether you're highly organized or running last-minute. Either way, we're here to help with Prelude's ever-growing resources. Blessings to you in your music ministries this September.]

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Movement in the Children's Choir Rehearsal

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 7:30:20 AM by Bekah Schulz in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in creativity, in movement

As anyone who works with children can attest, children are movers. They are bodies in constant motion. As conductors, we often spend much of our time fighting against that natural urge by requiring them to sit in adult-sized chairs for the good portion of an hour. How much more would our littlest singers get out of choir if their natural propensity for movement was woven into the rehearsal, rather than squelched?

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Taking on the Children's Musical

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 7:48:01 AM by Sarah Hawbecker in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in musical

Some directors dread doing musicals, and even avoid them. I direct both a Christmas and a spring musical every year, because I believe that the positive benefits of these performances are huge. I am well aware of the cons, the biggest of which is simply the work. A LOT of work! Depending on the musical, there’s dialogue, staging, costumes, sets, props, and choreography. I guarantee that there will be some aspect of undertaking a musical that will take you outside of your comfort zone. Here are some things to consider:

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