A podcast dedicated to discussing ways to create ensembles that prioritize people and their connection as singers to the music, and the belief that through that connection (and only through that connection), outstanding and beautiful music can occur.
Music as an Experience, Not a Goal
Sometimes, you have students who impact you deeply.
And sometimes...you ask them to be on your podcast.
Why talk about students all the time, when you can just talk to them?
In today's joyful and laughter-filled episode, I chat with my recently-graduated student George Potenza about his experiences in choir from 6th-12th grade, what was impactful, and what he has learned. There is so much that I learned from this conversation, and I know you'll learn a lot too!
Be sure to check out the song that George proudced, FOOL by callista!
Valuing Learning Over Knowing
A "read and riff" episode, I read and riff on my latest Chorus Connection Blog Post, titled Valuing Learning Over Knowing.
Start With Relationships
Today's story-filled episode features Erik Jacobs, a middle-school-choir expert from northern Virginia. We talk about students and teachers and how to build individual relationships with each student to engage them and get buy in.
We also chat about something we agree on wholeheartedly - the importance of inclusivity in the choral classroom and field.
Don't miss this joy-filled, inspiring episode!
What is music if it's not for a message?
In today's episode, we speak with Adrian Dunn - a critically acclaimed singer, composer, and conductor - about his story, his compositions, and his truth. This conversation inspires all to think about the cultural context of the pieces we teach, and the importance of understanding the "why" of yourself, your singers, and your audience.
You can check out Adrian's latest composition, Emancipation: Act 2 (Live), recorded by The Adrian Dunn Singers and Rize Orchestra wherever you listen to music!
Unleashing Our Imagination, Our Creativity, and Ourselves.
Inspired by a quote from the book Untamed by Glennon Doyle, podcast host Kirsten Oberoi chats today about creativity and imagination in the classroom, in the choral field, and in life.
In what ways have you busted open the glass ceilings? How have you imposed yourself - your ideas and thoughts and dreams - onto the world, leaving it changed forever by who you are and what you bring forth from your depths?
Shifting to a Model of Wholeness
Today's episode features an exploratory conversation with singing voice specialist and trauma-informed voice car facilitator Megan Durham. Through this episode, Megan and I talk and philosophize together, as well as explore language, choices, intentions, and more. Megan and I come from two different perspectives - one-on-one voice perspectives and large ensemble perspectives. Whether you teach voice in a individual or group setting, this information is so valuable! I learned more about myself in this conversation than I expected to. You may learn about yourself as well!
In the episode, Megan recommends the book Stalking Wild Psoas by Liz Koch. Check it out!
Learn more about Megan on her website.
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Great resource that challenges some of the status quo
I have found this podcast to be a really great resource and a source of inspiration. Episode 20 with Roger Emerson was particularly great! (I would love to see his list of tried and true choral pieces that shouldn’t be forgotten!)
Thought provoking and professional
Kirsten has created a professional and thought provoking podcast that pushes the listener to self reflect and discover new ways of reaching every student in our classes.
Honest, relevant and full of the magic that is choral singing!
Building community through music is always at the forefront of everything Kirsten does. Each episode of this podcast is a meaningful exploration of ways choral educators can strive to build and strengthen our musical communities. Love listening and can’t wait to hear what comes next!