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  • Good Fight

    SBO Staff | December 2, 2010As music educators know, teaching music and conducting a choir involves a great deal more than just showing up with an arm full of sheet music. It goes beyond long working hours, effective pedagogy, and classroom management. In the bigger picture, music educators must also maintain the frontlines of another unceasing battle: advocacy. Even though […] Read More...
  • Ryan Beeken Finds His Muse Inspiration in Music

    SBO Staff | September 28, 2010For some, finding one’s niche in life can be a life-long quest. For others, finding a passion that inspires one to be ambitious, determined, and humble all at the same time can be almost instantaneous, as if predetermined. The latter applies to Ryan Beeken, choral director at Waukee High School, in Waukee, Iowa. When Beeken […] Read More...
  • Brendan Jennings John Burroughs High School: Lights, Camera, Show Choir!

    SBO Staff | August 17, 2010As a result of the latest economic downturn, schools all over the country have felt the pinch. Budgets have been slashed, teachers laid off, and some have had to eliminate programs all together, particularly music programs and the arts. However, some music programs continue to thrive, despite the difficult environment nationwide. One of those is […] Read More...
  • Bill Liberatore: A Ferver for Music Travel

    SBO Staff | May 19, 2010As we all know, being a music educator requires a great amount of patience, logistical wizardry, a sense of humor, and an infectious passion for music that can be relayed to students. There are those teachers who fearlessly face these demands every day, and then there are those who embrace these challenges with a sense […] Read More...
  • Gregg Breinberg and the PS22 Chorus: Anything is Possible

    SBO Staff | December 8, 2009Photos by Claudio Papapietro One of the amazing aspects of music education is the range of effective ways with which music, and the important life lessons that its study holds, can be imparted upon young people. Perhaps no one embodies this diversity of methodology and repertoire so unexpectedly and with such astounding success as Gregg […] Read More...
  • The Unrelenting Ambition of Amanda Roeder

    SBO Staff | September 30, 2009In 2002, fresh out of college, Amanda Roeder joined Marblehead High School as the director of choral music. Over the past eight years, she has doubled the number of students involved in the high school music program, augmenting the music department’s curriculum to the extent that the high school now offers eight different music classes, […] Read More...
  • Mark Myers: Unity Through Music

    SBO Staff | July 28, 2009“We see these festivals we go to as a way to celebrate the many different kinds of music that are out there.” Having had the good fortune to step into a well-established program at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, Mark Myers has been taking his program to new heights. In just his sixth […] Read More...
  • Lin Warren: More than Just Music

    SBO Staff | March 24, 2009When Choral Director contacted Lin Warren about being the subject of this month’s UpClose feature, his immediate response was, “I don’t like talking about myself or touting my accomplishments. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m not sure how I feel about an interview.” This, as one can imagine, was not the typical response to an […] Read More...
  • Altruism and the Successful Choirs of Central Islip High School

    SBO Staff | November 18, 2008In September of 2000, John Anthony began his first job as a choral director at Central Islip (N.Y.) Senior High School. It was John’s own experience in his high school choir that inspired him to continue with his musical aspirations and become a choral director. As a student at Calhoun High School in Merrick N.Y., […] Read More...
  • Creating Their Own Legacy: Milwaukee High School of the Arts Choral Program

    SBO Staff | September 16, 2008Since 1991, Raymond Roberts has been at the helm of the highly successful choral program at the Milwaukee (Wis.) High School of the Arts. His choirs have performed at numerous state and regional music conferences, as well as with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Roberts has received recognition from the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association as an […] Read More...
  • The Up-and-Coming Choirs of Bonner Springs

    SBO Staff | July 14, 2008This May, Brian J. White completed his fifth year as the choral director of Bonner Springs (Kan.) High School and his fourth as the school’s music department chair. Under Brian’s watch, the choirs have grown immensely, swelling from the 85 kids he had when he arrived fresh out of university to the over 250 students […] Read More...
  • A Choir Takes Flight

    SBO Staff | March 11, 2008In the spring of 2000, Kathleen Kane, the choir director at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Mich., hosted a German high school choir touring the US. Though her students and their German guests worked together in the classroom for just a few days, Mrs. Kane struck up a friendship with maestro Bernd Spitzbarth. That brief […] Read More...
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