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Find Your Forte, with Ryan Guth

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Helping you step up to the podium with purpose, this podcast was created for the young choral director, but perfect for any passionate musician. Each episode features interviews with some of the world's most accomplished conductors, and is formatted to keep you energized and inspired during your morning commute, workout, or whenever you need that extra boost! Ryan Guth delivers a three-part episode beginning with "The Downbeat", a look into his guests' histories, failures, successes, and "lightbulb moments". The second part is the "Find Your Forte" segment, where the guest shares something they do well, and gives the audience some quick tips to take action. In the FINAL part, the "Accelerando" segment, guests will respond to rapid-fire questions about their morning routines, favorite concerts and books, exciting projects, and more!

Helping you step up to the podium with purpose, this podcast was created for the young choral director, but perfect for any passionate musician. Each episode features interviews with some of the world's most accomplished conductors, and is formatted to keep you energized and inspired during your morning commute, workout, or whenever you need that extra boost! Ryan Guth delivers a three-part episode beginning with "The Downbeat", a look into his guests' histories, failures, successes, and "lightbulb moments". The second part is the "Find Your Forte" segment, where the guest shares something they do well, and gives the audience some quick tips to take action. In the FINAL part, the "Accelerando" segment, guests will respond to rapid-fire questions about their morning routines, favorite concerts and books, exciting projects, and more!
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Helping you step up to the podium with purpose, this podcast was created for the young choral director, but perfect for any passionate musician. Each episode features interviews with some of the world's most accomplished conductors, and is formatted to keep you energized and inspired during your morning commute, workout, or whenever you need that extra boost! Ryan Guth delivers a three-part episode beginning with "The Downbeat", a look into his guests' histories, failures, successes, and "lightbulb moments". The second part is the "Find Your Forte" segment, where the guest shares something they do well, and gives the audience some quick tips to take action. In the FINAL part, the "Accelerando" segment, guests will respond to rapid-fire questions about their morning routines, favorite concerts and books, exciting projects, and more!

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Episodes

Find a Festival that Fits, with Jess McDowell

1/19/2018
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It’s easy to fall into a rut. It can happen with the music we select, our teaching methods, and even the festivals we attend. But there are lots of opportunities for a festival experience that can reward and motivate your singers, while also giving them a valuable performance experience. Jess McDowell, from Winter Park Ski - Music festival, talks about what to look for in a festival, and what you can do to make sure you have a great experience no matter where you go. [Subscribe on iTunes]...

Duration: 00:42:17


Agnes Isn’t the Boss of You, with Lynn Lyons

1/9/2018
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Performance anxiety is just the tip of the iceberg. Lynn Lyons breaks down the process of dealing with anxiety, and explains the difference between regular worry and something more disruptive. Her tips can easily be adapted to help the students in your class approach events like performances, solos, or auditions with more courage and confidence. [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “When you are comparing yourself to someone else, you are comparing your...

Duration: 00:42:51


What the Medal Really Means, with Melissa Rene Lozano

1/4/2018
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Success has a formula. Since this fall we have been talking to guests about achieving mastery, and now Melissa Lozano echoes those same lessons from a completely different discipline: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This world champion competitor brings her lessons from the ring so that you can apply them to your choir. [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “Martial arts...defines who I am, the journey I’ve made through life, where I’m going, and the impact I want to...

Duration: 00:34:42


Smack Some Trash with a Stick, with Brian Hehn

12/22/2017
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You have permission to be weird. You have permission to be creative, take risks, and make mistakes. Still unsure? Brian Hehn tells you exactly how easy, cheap, and fun it can be to introduce percussion to your choir, and the reasons why you should. Listen for some creative ways to incorporate percussion into the elements of your worship service in ways that are engaging and organic. [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “Hit a trash can with a stick. Does it...

Duration: 00:28:58


Starting a Middle School Feeder Program, with Adam Serpa

12/19/2017
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The best way to grow your current high school choral program is to fertilize the soil. Start a great middle school feeder program, so that in high school you can spend less time on basic choir fundamentals and more time in depth with the music. Don’t worry if that seems like an impossible task; Adam Serpa breaks down all the steps for you. So whether you are faced with revitalizing a withered existing program, or planting something brand new, we’ve got the information you need to get...

Duration: 00:41:18


CN Rewind: 8 must-do’s for choral directors in December, with Amanda Simon and Ryan Guth

12/15/2017
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In December especially, choral directors spend their days focused on serving others so much that they often neglect their own needs. Here are some ways to stay charged in the coming weeks until Christmas! You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. You have so many in your choirs who depend on your gifts to get them through this often very difficult season. You have the potential to help heal the pain of loss or loneliness that some people feel at this time. It...

Duration: 00:42:48


Quit Boring Them: Engage Your Audience & Inspire Your Choir, with Dan Vukmirovich

12/12/2017
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Dan V brings the energy in this episode! Having been a student of the Choir Ninja podcast since the beginning, Dan V uses the things he’s learned combined with his experience as a high-production-quality church musician to transport his choir’s audiences to other world. Listen as he breaks down his formula piece by piece. [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “If you get caught up in the minutia of learning the notes, the creative process get postponed...

Duration: 01:00:28


4 Functions of the Church Choir: Check Your Priorities, with Brian Hehn

12/8/2017
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Four Functions of the Church Choir: Check Your Priorities, with Brian Hehn Brian Hehn will fundamentally change the way you approach directing a church choir. In this episode we explore the four functions of a church choir and how most of us have gotten it backwards for years. It’s time to get excited about enhancing the congregation’s relationship with your choir through sometimes doing less. This one’s a game-changer! [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to...

Duration: 00:57:44


Children of Light, with Luke McEndarfer and Sharon Farber

12/5/2017
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Some of our episodes are inspirational in nature, and some are instructive. This one is both. You can’t help but be amazed by what the National Children’s Chorus is doing with their 800 students in 18 ensembles based in 3 major cities. Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer discusses what is ahead for this world-class chorus. But also, you get to hear the logistics behind commissioning an original work. Emmy nominated composer Sharon Farber describes her collaboration with the NCC, and...

Duration: 00:59:35


The Cost of Early Adoption, with Ryan Guth

11/28/2017
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The Cost of Early Adoption, with Ryan Guth The best choir directors are innovators, which is great for their choirs. But there are costs and risks involved in blazing a new trail, and those risks don’t just land on your shoulders, Director; they are shared by your choir. So before you implement that new vision or schedule or teaching method, make sure you are aware of your responsibilities. Ryan shares the lessons he has learned as a lifelong innovator/entrepreneur, focusing on his most...

Duration: 00:23:10


What You Win When You Lose, with Ryan Guth

11/22/2017
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TEACHERS: Share this episode with your choir! In our “winning is everything” culture, the goals of competition seem crystal clear: the medal, the role, the spot in the honor choir. Sometimes when the competition is fierce, those rewards don’t seem worth the effort. But there are rewards inherent in the audition process, and they are enduring. Competition is one of the most effective ways to become better at your art, and it deserves a place in your curriculum. Listen [Subscribe on...

Duration: 00:27:31


When You Are the New Kid, with Christopher Kurt

11/14/2017
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Just because you graduated high school, graduated college, and got a job doesn’t mean that you won’t sometimes still feel like the new kid. Ryan checks back in with podcast favorite and Ukulele Ninja Christopher Kurt about his first quarter teaching in a new school. Sometimes you just need to change your life. Whether that means a new methodology or a new zip code depends on you, but Ryan and Christopher cover some of the questions you should ask to help you decide. Listen [Subscribe on...

Duration: 00:43:01


Treat Your Bio Like Your Brand, Not Your Resume, with Stevie Berryman

11/7/2017
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Stevie Berryman’s original podcast about writing an awesome biographical summary was a big hit with anyone who could overlook such a tedious topic long enough to listen. And that’s the point. Your bio shouldn’t be boring. And even if you have no professional need to submit a bio for an event, every director can benefit from the self-reflection required for figuring out your personal brand identity. You are amazing at something. Let’s tell people about that.

Duration: 00:32:12


Performance Horror! with Shane Thomas, Jr.

10/31/2017
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Nightmare fuel. I don’t have any other words to describe this choral horror experience, shared by Shane Thomas, Jr. Like all the best Halloween stories, it’s equal parts trauma and comedy. So if you are feeling brave, dear Director, go ahead and listen to the scariest story shared in Choir Nation. Listen [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “I have over 500 people sitting in my auditorium. I can’t turn around and say, ‘See you later.’” - Shane Thomas, Jr. Bio:...

Duration: 00:17:11


Connect with their Culture, with Conrad Weber

10/27/2017
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Conrad Weber is a white, middle class man who has spent his entire music education career in a black, high-poverty school. Conrad talks to Ryan about how to build bridges across the cultural chasm, in a situation where none of the usual standards apply. This interview is raw and heartfelt, and is one everyone should hear, but will especially resonate with those who have ever felt out of step with the choral majority. Listen [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet:...

Duration: 01:14:01


Programs with Impact: Let's Go Digital, with Ryan Guth

10/24/2017
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You probably never studied graphic design, but your audience still deserves a concert program that doesn’t look like a church bulletin from 1998. If the economic and ecologic costs of paper programs have you concerned, Ryan is here to teach you how to go digital. He will lay out the advantages of digital programs, address some of the disadvantages, and walk you through the process of creating them step by step. Listen [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet:...

Duration: 00:27:09


The Keys to Success for Children’s Chorus, with Anne Tomlinson

10/20/2017
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Anne Tomlinson has served as Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Artistic Director since 1996, overseeing the educational and artistic development of the 400-member chorus and conducting LACC’s renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. She has positively impacted the lives of thousands upon thousands of children and helped shape LA’s cultural landscape in myriad ways over the past two decades. Today she talks to Ryan about the all the right keys: the best keys for children to sing in, and the...

Duration: 00:35:34


7 steps to more funding with less time and effort, with Elisa Jones

10/17/2017
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Whether you’ve been fundraising for years or are just getting started, you should always be asking “How can I make more money with less time and effort?” It’s not really about selling a product; it’s about thinking like an entrepreneur. In this episode, Elisa lays out the steps for raising money without taking unnecessary time away from your choir. Listen [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “The last resort should be having your students sell stuff. Why would...

Duration: 00:46:32


Cultivate a Partnership with the Athletic Department, with Coach Steve Cook

10/13/2017
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Choirs are Horrible the card game comes out today! Coach Steve Cook is the head football coach at the same Higginsville, MO high school where his wife Sarah Cook is a choir director. He has some recommendations for choir directors who want to build a cooperative relationship with their school’s athletic department (other than marrying the head football coach.) Working together brings unique benefits to both departments. After all, you really are already on the same team. Listen [Subscribe...

Duration: 00:46:01


Take Care of Your Credit Score, with Ryan Guth

10/10/2017
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As choir directors, we train hard to be able to help our singers and students. But whether you studied Music Ed or Sacred Music, it’s unlikely that financial literacy was part of your program. Today Ryan outlines how to read your credit report, and gives some simple tips for strengthening your credit score. Listen [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “Nobody’s going to spend crazy on the gas, because then it starts overflowing and catches fire.” Show...

Duration: 00:28:47

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