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Field School Boys’ Choir Agreements 2015-16

This year members of the Field School Boys' Choir signed an agreement as part of their commitment to the team. Here it is. We are a non-auditioned middle school boys' choir with 31 members, grades 5th-8th, performing in the community approximately … [Read more...]

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

  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

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

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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Behind Two Parts – The Learning Curve of a Beginning Choir

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...]

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Building a Boys Choir – Assigning Parts

This week at The Field School of Charlottesville I'm still in the thick of understanding my boys' voices and getting through hearing all of them. I'm leaving the youngest for last because they're mostly all treble voices still so I know they'll be … [Read more...]

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Building a Boys Choir – Hearing every voice

The Field School of Charlottesville hired me last year to start the seeds of a future choral program. We began in September 2013 as a "Choir Club" after school on a Friday. 4 bright-shining, happy, song-loving boys joined me for an hour. There were … [Read more...]

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Building Confident Young Singers – 7 Tips for Parents on What to Know, Say, Do

Tonight I meet with the parents of my boys choir at The Field School of Charlottesville. I've been preparing the business items to go over, like our guiding principles, our calendar of performances, our uniform list, and other nuts and bolts to … [Read more...]

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Calm Your Heart By Singing with Others – Science and tales from the classroom

Singing with others is good for you. This NPR piece from last July reports on findings published in Frontiers in Neuroscience by Swedish researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. Singing with others calms your … [Read more...]

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There is a difference between those who "put their hand up" for a solo and those who do not. I was reminded of this as I led my boys choir, a small group at the Field School of Charlottesville. We've been learning "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and for … [Read more...]