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Creating Meaningful Connections through a Collaborative Commission

At a time when social divisiveness is on constant display and our differences are highlighted in a contentious way, choral music that brings communities together and focuses on shared values is more important than ever. Well-crafted and meaningful repertoire creates a lens through which young singers can focus on their community and develop a meaningful…

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Outside the Commissioning Box

When it comes to commissioning music, one size does not fit all. It can have many different variables. Some people, when they think about commissioning, have their own bias, and they believe that it only works in a certain way. Here are some assumptions many conductors make regarding the commissioning of a work: It costs…

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State-by-State News

ICDA’s 2016 Robert M. McCowen Memorial Award Recipient: Joleen Nelson Woods The Iowa Choral Directors Association presented the Robert M. McCowen Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to choral music in Iowa to Joleen Nelson Woods at the 42nd Annual Summer Symposium at the end of July. Joleen is well known and respected for her untiring…