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Before the Singing

Structuring Children's Choirs for Success

Dr. Barbara Tagg

25 April 2013

ISBN: 9780199920709

296 pages

Price: £34.49



Written for the collaborative community that supports children's choirs in school, church, and community contexts, Before the Singing is appropriate for artistic directors, conductors, music educators, board members, volunteers, administrators, staff, and university students studying music education or nonprofit arts management.

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  • A comprehensive guide to forming, expanding, and empowering choirs in school, church, or community context for excellence
  • Includes such topics as boards of directors, finances, rehearsals and parents, touring, negotiating transitions of artistic leadership, commissioning new works, promotion and fundraising, building community, preparing a choir to work with an orchestra and more.
  • Extensive repertoire list for children's choirs (over 700 titles)
  • Includes essays by fifteen nationally recognized leaders in the choral field including Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Sandra Snow, and Jim Papoulis among others.
  • Foreword by Francisco J. Núñez
  • Extensive bibliography of children's choir, business, leadership, music education, and arts related resources

About the Author(s)

Dr. Barbara Tagg, Assistant Professor, Music Education, Syracuse University, USA

Dr. Barbara M. Tagg is a member of the music education faculty at Syracuse University and conductor of the SU Womens Choir. She is founder and artistic director emeritus of the Syracuse Children's Chorus and has presented concerts and workshops in England, Europe, Canada, Hong Kong and China, as well as for universities and choral organizations throughout the United States.

Table of Contents

    Foreword by Francisco J. Núñez
    1. Getting Started
    2. Organizational Structure
    3. Beyond the Board
    4. Leadership Transition
    5. Finances
    6. Rehearsals and Parents
    7. Musical Matters
    8. Promotion and Fundraising
    9. Concerts
    10. Building Community
    11. Performing with Professionals
    12. Touring
    13. In the Words of Others
    14. Suggested Treble Repertoire


"Barbara Tagg's belief in the power of singing to change young people's lives radiates from this book ... Her love of the job and the dedication she has brough to it is clear ... This is a book to inspire you to start a children's choir, to encourage you to develop as a conductor in this field and to help you raise your game." - Christopher Bell, Music Teacher

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