Author: Jonathan Rodgers

The Heartbeat of Youth Choir

This past July I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Baylor University’s Alleluia Conference for church musicians AND speak on Youth Choir related topics. I was so excited and humbled to have this chance. There were so many wonderful people in attendance and at my session both new and seasoned directors alike. It was a great time of discussion and encouragement. I left so encouraged […]

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Choral Techniques – Energizing the Rehearsal

Friends, it is good to be back with you on our online community. My teaching schedule this semester has been unusually hectic, but it involved teaching one of my courses: “Choral Techniques.” This has been a really fun class to teach because it deals with the nitty-gritty of how to develop a good choir and […]

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On the voice…pt. 1: Prepare the body/Posture

Introduction  If a student or parent in your church asked you if you would give private voice lessons, how would you respond? Would you be enthusiastic, reserved, hesitant or even nervous at the thought? Your answer might be dictated according to availability within your already hectic schedule, but my assumption is that many would respond […]

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Finding Purpose: Effective Left-Hand Conducting Gesture

SCRIPTURE: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”   –Ecclesiastes 9:10 (ESV) “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that […]

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Preaching FROM the choir: hallmarks of effective programming

If someone were to ask me what is the most important and difficult job of any choral director, I would say that it is a really difficult question; but after some thought I would probably say that it is the process of selecting literature for my choirs to sing.   What a tall order: select […]

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