Directors' Toolbox

Traveling with Your Music Department

October 13, 2016

Traveling with your school ensemble can be a wonderful experience for your students and your program. It can help deepen the social ties within your ensemble and it can help grow your program. It is also a marvelous and fun way for the director to receive some important musical feedback and observations from exceptional clinicians and adjudicators—something that is usually missing during classroom observations.

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Press Releases

J.W. Pepper hires two new editors in choral product sales

September 27, 2016

Exton, PA – J.W. Pepper is happy to announce two new additions to our editorial department: Jennifer Moorhatch and Thomas Dean. Both have extensive experience with an array of musical institutions and genres, with a combined total of over 50 years in music education. They join a staff that is already immensely talented and well versed in the needs of educators, directors, and individual musicians alike.

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The Inside Voice

The Inside Voice: An Interview with Brian Balmages

August 26, 2016

Composer Brian Balmages’ sheet music can be found in music rooms across the nation. He has written music for every skill level from very easy to advanced. This, coupled with his ability to write music for both band and orchestra, is a big part of his success over the years, but there is something in his compositions that delves far deeper into the emotions of musicians and listeners alike.His ability to touch on raw emotion with his music is akin to many of the most notable composers throughout history.

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