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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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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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Offices Workers Who Sing Together Are Healthier – Newsweek Article

This recent Newsweek Article points towards the fact that office workers who sing together are healthier. From the article: "Making music together stimulates one’s creativity and helps one’s self-confidence,” notes Mark Ford, director of … [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...]