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Why is singing so scary?

Within the next few days, a new book will be going to press: Diana Kodner Gökçe, author of Handbook for Cantors, Third Edition and a good friend and colleague of many years, has written a short book called Why We Sing: A Musical Guide for Catholics, aimed at helping...

Christmas with the Cathedral Singers (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Special Christmas episode)

Merry Christmas! If you have found your way here in some part of the calm after the Christmas storm, welcome. I hope your celebrations of the Nativity were full of beauty and prayer and lovely music--and that you got a nice long nap after. 🙂 This playlist is a...

A Christmas Playlist (Sing Amen! The Podcast, episode 12)

So! It’s almost Christmas, the calendar year is drawing to a close, and musicians everywhere are deep into the work of the season! First, as this year ends, a huge thanks to those who have followed this blog and podcast through our first six months. Despite a bit of a...

Children’s Choirs, Part 3: Youth Cantor Formation

Where does the next generation of cantors and music ministers come from, if not from the youngest singers now? An important part of a strong youth music program is keeping your children growing and challenged and eager to keep learning. It can be challenging for...

God Comes Tomorrow: Music for Advent and Christmas (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 11)

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite things here at GIA is going through the back catalog and wandering the not-right-off-the-presses areas of the warehouse, because there are so many treasures there—sometimes we get caught up in the allure of whatever is...

Children’s Choirs: How much can you really accomplish in 1 rehearsal? (Part II: Layered Learning)

In our post two weeks ago, we looked at how a short seven minute (or so) warm-up process can, very quickly, prepare a children's choir for successful learning--so if you missed that one, please go check it out, because it sets up for success in the rest of rehearsal....

Of Soulful Saints and Saintly Souls: a Choral Sampler (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 10)

(**UPDATE** This episode was completed and recorded before the tragic events at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. Thus what brief narration and commentary I give on the episode does not address the tragedy of eleven people who lost their lives nor the countless...

Children’s Choirs: So much unfocused energy, so little time… (Part 1: the Warm-up)

Maybe you see the children's choir once a week, on a weekday after school. Maybe you are wrangling kids from two programs--the parish school kids next door have homework/break time for a while after school until the public school kids get out and can join them. Or...

Conversation with David Haas, Part II: On Self-care and Avoiding Burnout (Podcast, Episode 9)

So out of David's and my long conversation several months ago we were able to pull not one but two podcast episodes; the first one was two weeks ago (please check it out if you haven't yet!), and here is part 2. Here we go a little into what seems like one of the...

The Reluctant Organist by Janette Cooper (treasures from the back catalog)

So one of the best things about working at GIA is...the warehouse. Being this close to that much music, that many editions, stacks and racks and boxes and so much music all in one place. Seriously, I'm such a nerd that stepping into the building and smelling that inky...

Newest Posts

Why is singing so scary?

Within the next few days, a new book will be going to press: Diana Kodner Gökçe, author of Handbook for Cantors, Third Edition and a good friend and colleague of many years, has written a short book called Why We Sing: A Musical Guide for Catholics, aimed at helping...

Christmas with the Cathedral Singers (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Special Christmas episode)

Merry Christmas! If you have found your way here in some part of the calm after the Christmas storm, welcome. I hope your celebrations of the Nativity were full of beauty and prayer and lovely music--and that you got a nice long nap after. 🙂 This playlist is a...

A Christmas Playlist (Sing Amen! The Podcast, episode 12)

So! It’s almost Christmas, the calendar year is drawing to a close, and musicians everywhere are deep into the work of the season! First, as this year ends, a huge thanks to those who have followed this blog and podcast through our first six months. Despite a bit of a...

Children’s Choirs, Part 3: Youth Cantor Formation

Where does the next generation of cantors and music ministers come from, if not from the youngest singers now? An important part of a strong youth music program is keeping your children growing and challenged and eager to keep learning. It can be challenging for...

God Comes Tomorrow: Music for Advent and Christmas (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 11)

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite things here at GIA is going through the back catalog and wandering the not-right-off-the-presses areas of the warehouse, because there are so many treasures there—sometimes we get caught up in the allure of whatever is...

Children’s Choirs: How much can you really accomplish in 1 rehearsal? (Part II: Layered Learning)

In our post two weeks ago, we looked at how a short seven minute (or so) warm-up process can, very quickly, prepare a children's choir for successful learning--so if you missed that one, please go check it out, because it sets up for success in the rest of rehearsal....

Of Soulful Saints and Saintly Souls: a Choral Sampler (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 10)

(**UPDATE** This episode was completed and recorded before the tragic events at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. Thus what brief narration and commentary I give on the episode does not address the tragedy of eleven people who lost their lives nor the countless...

Children’s Choirs: So much unfocused energy, so little time… (Part 1: the Warm-up)

Maybe you see the children's choir once a week, on a weekday after school. Maybe you are wrangling kids from two programs--the parish school kids next door have homework/break time for a while after school until the public school kids get out and can join them. Or...

Conversation with David Haas, Part II: On Self-care and Avoiding Burnout (Podcast, Episode 9)

So out of David's and my long conversation several months ago we were able to pull not one but two podcast episodes; the first one was two weeks ago (please check it out if you haven't yet!), and here is part 2. Here we go a little into what seems like one of the...

The Reluctant Organist by Janette Cooper (treasures from the back catalog)

So one of the best things about working at GIA is...the warehouse. Being this close to that much music, that many editions, stacks and racks and boxes and so much music all in one place. Seriously, I'm such a nerd that stepping into the building and smelling that inky...

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