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Choral

  • Alfred Music and SmartMusic Join Forces on New Interactive PerformancePlus+ Series

    SBO Staff | September 8, 2022Alfred Music and SmartMusic by MakeMusic have joined forces to bring directors the newest innovation in performance music—the PerformancePlus+ Series. These engaging selections for concert band, orchestra, and choir are presented with educational resources designed to enrich the rehearsal process and create outstanding performances. When PerformancePlus+ titles are accessed through SmartMusic, that’s when the full […] Read More...
  • Welcome Back to School!

    Thomas Palmatier | September 5, 2022As I talk with music educators around the country, an increasing number of you are being called upon to teach outside of the “comfort zone” you had coming out of college. Most of us graduated with an expectation of being a band director, orchestra director, or choral director, and many saw ourselves as even more […] Read More...
  • A Culture of Excellence and Caring in the Southwest Dekalb High School Band

    James Seda | May 2, 2022For well over 60 years, music and band have been vital parts of the student experience at Southwest Dekalb High School (SWD). SWD is in Decatur, Georgia, an eastern suburb of Atlanta. The SWD band program consists of marching band, three concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, various instrumental chamber ensembles, dance auxiliary team, color […] Read More...
  • To Conduct or Not to Conduct?

    SBO Staff | April 20, 2022When playing your chorale at the end of the warm-up, try an unconducted performance. This forces the band or orchestra to listen intently as an ensemble and promotes a unified approach to phrasing. This not only helps with their sense of time; it focuses the ensemble on breathing together. Joseph Canzano Tampa, FL   Read More...
  • New Beginnings

    Thomas Palmatier | April 2, 2022Some friends of mine expressed what a leap it must be to dive into the publishing world after such a long career in military music. However, over my almost four decades in uniform, I had lots of “first days” in new jobs, often in different countries. Luckily, I have help from Mike Lawson and all […] Read More...
  • Sony Classical Releasing “The Complete Mitropoulos Recordings for RCA and Columbia”

    SBO Staff | March 14, 2022The Complete Mitropoulos Recordings for RCA and Columbia  Release Date: April 22, 2022 Sony Classical announces one of its most significant historic releases of recent years: a 69-CD box set containing the recorded legacy of Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896–1960), who ranks by general consensus among the 20th century’s most brilliant conductors. Many of these legendary performances have never before been transferred from their analogue masters and released on digital medium. The […] Read More...
  • Changing of the Guard

    Mike Lawson | February 23, 2022It has been an immense honor to have served as editor of SBO Magazine since 2014. I got to do something that got me in a lot of trouble as a student – give teachers my “strong opinions.” I even got paid for it this time. I sat in this seat from the other side […] Read More...
  • San Diego Symphony to Restore and Renovate Jacobs Music Center

    SBO Staff | February 23, 2022Symphony unveils design for a revitalized music venue that embraces  the theater’s iconic architecture while enhancing overall experience Martha A. Gilmer, CEO of the San Diego Symphony, today announced a major project to restore and renovate its historic home, the Jacobs Music Center, as a long-term commitment to the vitality of downtown San Diego and […] Read More...
  • To Conduct or Not to Conduct?

    Joseph Canzano | December 18, 2021When playing your chorale at the end of the warm up, try not conducting and ask the band/orchestra work together as a team to deliver the music. In addition to helping with their sense of time and tempo, it will force them to listen carefully throughout the ensemble. Most importantly, it will require them breath […] Read More...
  • Music Educator Award™ Semifinalists Announced by The Recording Academy® and Grammy Museum®

    SBO Staff | November 17, 202125 Music Teachers From 24 Cities Across 16 States Have Been Selected A total of 25 music teachers, from 24 cities across 16 states, have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 1,135 initial nominations were submitted from 49 states. Nominations […] Read More...
  • Parish Episcopal School ‘Uplifts’ the Live Performance Experience with Adjustable Stage Platforms in New Theater Center

    SBO Staff | November 1, 2021Staging Concepts’ largest Uplift project to date features 36 adjustable platforms that can be raised or lowered to create stages with customized shapes and sizes For years, Dallas’ Parish Episcopal School adapted spaces or rented off-campus facilities for choral presentations, dance recitals, jazz band concerts, dramatic performances, and other live events showcasing student talent. As […] Read More...
  • Pushing for Change Even During a Pandemic – Accelerando at the Nashville Symphony

    Mike Lawson | October 9, 2021SBO catches up with Kimberly Kraft McLemore, vice president of education and community engagement for the Nashville Symphony, to catch up on their Accelerando program, learn how it fared during the COVID shutdowns, and how they are still pushing forward with their goal of making their symphony reflect the demographic makeup of the community it […] Read More...
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