What is Choral History?

July 2, 2015

So what is this thing? Well, you can listen to my explanation in Episode One, but I guess it’s worth a few written words as well.

I am a choir director. When I started in this business and began attending ACDA, NCCO and other choir gatherings (in addition to concerts and all that), I got to know a lot of other choir directors. I’ve become friends with many folks from all walks of choral life, some “big,” renowned people, some “small” but fighting the good fight in their own corner of the world. Along the way I’ve had some really wonderful conversations and definitely have not met a single person who matches the stereotype of the snobby conductor. At conferences I would see these people in the hallway or in the hotel bar, and we would often talk about choir director stuff…schedules, auditions, repertoire, boards, grading, orchestra unions, you name it. I find it’s easy to talk to these folks, and we speak the same language.

I noticed that these talks were almost always fun, funny, maybe a little snarky, and honest…very real. Not the stuffy, formal conversations we tend to hear with conductors and choir directors when they are interviewed for the local paper or on NPR. This was two people talking shop, telling stories, catching up, and having fun (often over a beer).

At the same time, I have been listening to a podcast called WTF with Marc Maron. The conversations he has on that podcast are with comedians, but as I listened I slowly realized that the interactions he was having with his guests were mirroring the great conversations that I was having with colleagues and friends. There was a lot of “inside baseball” talk, a lot of laughing, and some good, honest, open discussion of whatever happened to come up.

So, being the absolute genius that I am (sarcasm, in case you don’t know me), I put two and two together and came up with this podcast. So there you go.

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Josh

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