Orchestra Stories

Adjudicator Perspective: How To Prepare For Your Festival Performance

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Planning a festival should be a fun and rewarding experience. At WorldStrides OnStage, we take care of every single detail so our directors can focus on the most important part – the music! Adjudicated festival performance can feel intimidating, so we talked to several of…

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How To Combat Stage Fright

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You’re preparing for your festival, but your students – maybe even you! – are starting to feel the effects of stage fright! Simply put, stage fright is performance anxiety. Those with performance anxiety will often focus on the worst case scenarios, worry about failure, and…

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Announcing the High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House

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If you have been daydreaming of performing at the renowned Sydney Opera House in Australia, here’s your chance! The High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House builds upon the heritage of the Carnegie Hall Series and challenges accomplished 9th-12th grade musicians at one of the world’s most recognized and…

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Should Darth Vader Have Been A Conductor?

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Have you met our 2017 Festival at Carnegie Hall conductors yet? We are thrilled to provide students the opportunity to work with this caliber of music professionals. Applications for 2017 are available now and are due by September 23, 2016. Learn more about the application…

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How To Make Your Booster Club and Administration Your Biggest Supporters

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You’re ready to take your students to your WorldStrides OnStage program! You’re excited and the kids are pumped. For many teachers, it is also important to gain the support of their  booster organization, parent group, and/or administration! Here are a few tips on how to get…

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Musical Ensemble Engaged

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Does this scene look familiar? If your musical ensemble started out like this at the beginning of the school year, hopefully you’ve found a way to encourage the Barneys of your group to be more in-tune. If your ensemble is still at the “Barney stage”…

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12 Photos From The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

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The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall took place February 4-8 in New York City. The Honors Performance Series challenges elite students to perform at their very best as they rehearse and perform under master conductors. They also have the opportunity to perform…

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Top 10 signs of a conductor

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At this season’s conferences, you’ll be surrounded by other music educators. In day-to-day life, however, it can be tough to spot your fellow directors. Here’s a list of key indicators that you’re in the presence of another conductor. Serious hair game   Talks with his…

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A few of a music director’s favorite things (in winter)

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Winter concert season is upon us! During the back-to-back performances that make up a director’s holiday season, we hope you’re able to take a breath and remember some of your favorite things about being a music teacher. Here is a list of a few of…

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5 tips for a successful holiday concert

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So you’ve got a holiday concert on the horizon. You’re not alone! This time of year, cities and town across the country are treated to the voices and instruments guided by dedicated music directors just like you. As you put the final touches on your…

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