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Christmas in July: Piano/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 4:19:00 PM by Tim Shaw in planning, in advent, in christmas

I love the holiday season—even though it can be a stressful time—and I love the music that accompanies Advent and Christmas. Every year, I look forward to taking out my collection of seasonal music and playing through it again, and it always feels like spending time with good friends I haven’t seen for a while. It’s July, so you may (or may not!) be in planning mode for the upcoming year—I hope you’ll consider programming some of the following piano and organ repertoire. These are some of my favorite resources, and I find myself turning to them over and over again. Most of these titles are available through Prelude Music Planner. Some are in the public domain and are available (for free!) through the International Music Score Library Project (www.imslp.org).*

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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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Sending Forth: Tips for a Successful Youth Choir Tour, Part 1

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 7:54:11 AM by Mark Patterson in book, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in planning, in purpose, in tour, in youth choir

If you are fortunate enough to lead a youth choir, then the words “youth choir tour” may have been uttered to you at some point. These words may have come from a hopeful youth, an overly anxious parent, or that pesky, subliminal voice that urges each of us to keep trying new things to enhance and develop our music programs. These words may fill your heart with fond memories, or they might incite deep fear: “Is our group really ready to go on the road?” you may ask. In this two-part series, I will share some insights into planning a successful youth choir tour.

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Plan to Plan

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 7:54:56 AM by Kevin Barger in administrative, in assembly, in ensembles, in musicians, in pastors, in Planning, in planning

With Easter but a week away, it seems somewhat odd that I would be working on writing this blog about planning. But then again, this is precisely the time that I had planned to write this blog. So to everything, there is a time and a place.

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