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Beginning year 3 of an a cappella boys’ choir: Integrity

Week One: Integrity - where values and behaviors line up

  First class of Field School Boys' Choir 2015-16 was great. We are 29 singers strong as we enter our third year of the program. We will be using The 8 Keys of Excellence as a tool for contextualizing the school mission of "developing … [Read more...]

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A Cappella Camp – Summer 2015

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I wish everyone could see what I'm seeing at the heart of this swirl of singing boys at the Field School of Charlottesville, where I've been growing a choir for the past two years. This week I'm running an a cappella camp and it's filled with mostly … [Read more...]

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Keep the boys with a changing voice in the choir

All boys should be encouraged to sing, even if their voices aren't "there" right now

Last year the choir at The Field School Of Charlottesville started as 4 boys as an after-school club on Fridays. We now have 24 singers in a school of only 78 students. Two of the early members, two of our most responsible, attentive members … [Read more...]

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Feeling Nervous before Singing? Watch This.

Feeling a little wrung out about your upcoming performance? Thinking about reading through your lyrics one time too many? Futzing around on Facebook instead of resting or getting your outfit laid out so you can face tomorrow smoothly? If nerves … [Read more...]

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Ride the Wave – On Pre-Performance Focus and Cultivating a Spirit of Service

What thoughts we hold onto, where we turn our gaze, how tightly we cling to our ideas of who we are...performance is a great opportunity to shift the focus and drop in and channel something new.

You're singing this weekend. You're gonna rock. You're going to change by doing it. And yet, this actually isn't about YOU. It's about you stepping into something and leading the way for those around you. You invite your friends and … [Read more...]

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Broadway Cabaret Night to Benefit The Haven

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This Saturday night, one night only! November 22, 2014 7-9pm C'ville Coffee Broadway Cabaret Night where we'll be singing some of our favorite Broadway songs for a good cause. Find the Facebook event here. Suggested donation $10; … [Read more...]

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The Confident Singer – 12 week journey

This fall I reorganized my studio to make performing in front of others a non-negotiable part of our journey into our voices. The result? I am watching singers take leaps and bounds in their comfort performing. It's awesome! We just enjoyed our final … [Read more...]

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Singing Workshop – Antigua, Guatemala October 25, 2014

El taller estará en el salon a la izquierda de este monumento. Entra por la calle.

Les espero en sábado el 25 de octubre en Antigua, Guatemala - un taller de cantos, gratis, abiertos a todos. Detalles aquí/Details here sábado, el 25 de octubre 10-11am Monumento a Rafael Landivar 5 calle poniente No … [Read more...]

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Fall 2014 Student Recital – November 22 at The Haven of Charlottesville

Where we will be raising our voices in song and celebration.

One of the biggest misconceptions about singing and performing for others is that confidence is not a prerequisite - it's a result. You don't have to feel confident to perform. And if you wait until you feel confident you might be waiting your whole … [Read more...]

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Behind Two Parts – The Learning Curve of a Beginning Choir

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I'm leaving the school the other day and I say excitedly to our director, "Yeah, they sang in two-parts today!!" I walked away and thought..."Maybe this doesn't sound so impressive. Maybe I should translate why this is so exciting." And I got … [Read more...]