Entries by Janine

Harnessing the Healing Power of Song

Colla Voce of the Sierra has started a new chorus!! Crescendo is a chorus for adults with Parkinson’s, their families and their caregivers. Colla Voce partnered with McConnell Music Therapy to bring this program to the Auburn area.  Check it out in the Auburn Journal:  Harnessing the Healing Power of Song.  Kudos to music therapist […]

No Time…

Ok guys… forgive me in advance… can’t help it… too funny. A choral conductor was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to her and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a handsome prince.” She bent over, picked up the frog and put it in her pocket. The frog spoke […]

Are Choral Conductors Crazy? Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride…

I was relating a story to a colleague that occurred during my first week in the CSULA Master’s of Music summer program a few years ago, and she said, “well, choral conductors ARE all kinda crazy, right?”  Yes.  Well I guess so, but not that kind of crazy… I’ve been burning the candle at both […]

Choir Members: Family By Choice!

Not All Families are Related by Blood : Mozart Redux “It isn’t just the music that moves me. If a family is a group of people among whom more is unspoken than expressed, defined by all that doesn’t have to be explained, then this is my musical family.” We’ve all probably heard the comment “too […]

The Beauty of Artistic Community

Curator Magazine articles pop into my email box almost daily with interesting perspectives on a variety of subjects.  This morning “The Beauty of Americana” caught my eye.  The writer talks about folk music and the power of creating our art in community.  Have a look… it is worth the read.  ~jd “If my theory is […]

with a wave of his hand…

When I was a kid, our family spent a majority of the summer weekends camping in the foothills outside of a little hole-in-the-wall called Grizzly Flat.  My dad would rig up our fly rods at the crack of dawn every morning.  We’d be out on the forest stream with the mosquitoes, pointing our rods ahead […]

shakin’ it up (part 2): participartory arts

“Getting In On The Act:  How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation” is a study commissioned in 2011 by the James Irvine Foundation.  It addresses 21st century questions: “How can arts institutions adapt to this new environment?” “Is participatory practice contradictory to, or complementary to, a business model that relies on professional production […]

Singers Synchronize Heartbeats

“Choir Singers Synchronize Heartbeats:  Singers in a choir unconsciously coordinate their breathing patterns, which leads to synchronized heart rates…” … isn’t it outstanding when science confirms what we have known all along?? …