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Opening Notes

  • Rich Choir, Poor Choir, Politics Call the Tune

    SBO Staff | May 23, 2016Can you imagine a school football team that still uses leather helmets and metal spiked cleats? Read More...
  • With Respect to Copyright

    SBO Staff | April 9, 2015A good time to talk about respecting the oh-so-complicated world of music when it comes to copyrights Read More...
  • Building Bridges

    SBO Staff | August 27, 2014Editor Eliahu Sussman comments on an eventful summer. Read More...
  • Score One for the Kids

    SBO Staff | April 19, 2011During their annual holiday concert on December 16, 2010, the fifth grade chorus of Staten Island's Public School 22 received quite a surprise. Actress Anne Hathaway, a New York City native and co-host of the recent Oscars, came out of the wings of the stage to inform the group and the audience that arrangements had been made to fly the PS22 chorus out to L.A. to perform live at the 83rd Academy Awards. Read More...
  • Score One for the Kids

    SBO Staff | March 22, 2011During their annual holiday concert on December 16, 2010, the fifth grade chorus of Staten Island’s Public School 22 received quite a surprise. Actress Anne Hathaway, a New York City native and co-host of the recent Oscars, came out of the wings of the stage to inform the group and the audience that arrangements had […] Read More...
  • The Power of Public Performance

    SBO Staff | January 19, 2011The power of music is not exclusive to the concert hall or dedicated music lover. At approximately 8:00am on March 23, 2009, Antwerp, Belgium’s bustling Central Station was overrun by what might be described as a “flash mob.” For those who are unfamiliar, a flash mob is defined by Wikipedia as “a group of people […] Read More...
  • The Virtual Choir

    SBO Staff | December 2, 2010Music is an inherently social vehicle. Whether sharing a song behind closed doors with the other members of an ensemble or presenting it onstage to an audience, those who make music are communicating with everyone within earshot, transmitting emotions and ideas, both verbal and non-verbal, concrete and abstract. Interestingly, many of the methods by which […] Read More...
  • SuBo and Sanctuaries

    SBO Staff | September 28, 2010You probably already know who SuBo is. In case you don’t, that nickname refers to Susan Boyle, the 49-year-old Scottish singer who lived in relative obscurity until last year, when she auditioned for and won the opportunity to perform live on the British reality TV show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” Initially mocked for her “plain” appearance […] Read More...
  • The “Glee” Effect

    SBO Staff | August 17, 2010Show choir is riding high these days. And it may be helped at least in some small part by the emergence of TV shows like “Glee,” which glamorize elements of the choral arts and assist in building enthusiasm for choir among segments of the student population that might not typically gravitate towards vocal ensembles. An […] Read More...
  • Music is Power

    SBO Staff | May 20, 2010Music is unique among art forms in its capacity to empower people. It can transcend language and socio-cultural backgrounds, age and education, even mental and physical disabilities. It elicits emotion, whether from infants or the most educated among us, delving beneath thoughts and conscious feelings, to move us. Music, in one form or another, is […] Read More...
  • Choral Music Makes it Big on the Little Screen

    SBO Staff | May 19, 2010Wondering about what kind of exposure vocal music is receiving during primetime these days? The answer is “an awful lot.” Between “Glee,” “Clash of the Choirs,” “American Idol,” “The Sing-Off,” and the upcoming “Makin’ the Choir,” it seems that vocal-music-oriented television programming has never been more popular. While “American Idol” has been producing big ratings […] Read More...
  • Looking Forward

    SBO Staff | January 20, 2010As we usher in the new year and the start of a new decade, threats to our national security and economic stability stream across the headlines with alarming regularity. Yet, in the face of such uncertainty, music continues to yield a singular and unique power to bring people together and lift our spirits. In tribute […] Read More...
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