If there’s any time during the year that’s best for introducing classical music to the uninitiated listener, it’s summer. Thanks to seasonal changes in venue, pricing, and repertoire for many notable orchestras over the summer months, concerts during this time create an enticing entry point to the art form of live classical music.
For some, band camp has concluded and the school year is underway; for others, camp is in full swing, complete with marching and maneuvering basics, sectional rehearsals, and color guard catches. The tail end of summer is an intense time for marching ensembles, a time that sometimes finds parents and new marching students a bit surprised by the level of commitment asked of them. There are compelling reasons, however, to put aside other activities until November (or so) and make room for the full-time commitment marching band requires.
Despite the fiscal challenges classical music faces in today’s changing musical landscape, I’m very grateful for the few remaining radio stations dedicated to classical and jazz. I set the tone for my day by listening to our local gem of the airways on my way to work.
On December 14th, Middle Earth fans got the chance to take in the next installment of Peter Jackson’s imagining of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Midnight marked the release of the first of his three films telling the story of The Hobbit.
Tips for Holiday Concert Season Survival
It’s that time of year again… the time when people love the sound of joyous holiday music to put them in the mood to celebrate with friends and family. Whether the songs are nostalgic, fun, reflective, or worshipful, no one can deny that music is a big part of what makes the holidays so magical.
Over the past few posts, we have been discussing the qualities that define an excellent student leader. The first two traits this three-part series has explored are a student’s attitude of service and his or her commitment to excellence. A third pivotal trait in a leader’s effectiveness is the student’s ability to communicate information in a live, face-to-face setting, as well as “read” his effectiveness in his followers.
In Part I, we explored the undeniable tie between a student leader’s attitude of service and the ensemble’s willingness to follow a leader who exhibits this indispensible trait. While foundational, attitude only goes so far, however. The desire to serve must also be backed up by true ability in the core competencies of musical and marching skills.
With marching band season gearing up once again, directors find themselves looking to their flock of students in search of that indispensible percentage that will prove themselves leaders.
On July 23, 2012, J.W. Pepper hosted Summer Sing, a choral music reading session in the company’s corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania. While reading sessions are a standard practice for Pepper, inviting musicians into the corporate location for such an event was a first, and as the hundred-plus attendees of the sessions will attest, a great success.
A continuation of the discussion of the value of cinematic soundtracks to the world of both serious music and to music education…