Conductor Making Music

Top 10 signs of a conductor

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 or her hands. &nb... Read More

Performing Arts

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

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 a music director’s favorite things: Raindr... Read More

Faith-based concert tours

5 tips for a successful holiday concert

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 preparations, don’t forget about these simpl... Read More

Orchestra Programs

Watch: How Not To Rehearse an Orchestra

As conductors, we like things to go our way. (I’m attempting to avoid calling us, however affectionately, “control freaks.”) Especially in a high-stakes situation, it can be difficult for us to remember that, in rehearsal and performances, we only have control over what we’re doing on the po... Read More

Ford's Theater

5 Haunted Performance Venues Across North America

Happy Halloween from WorldStrides Onstage! Hopefully, you don’t have any ghouls in your ensembles this fall; however, spooks can be found at any time of year in haunted performance venues. Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN Touted as one of the most famous haunted sites in the United States, Ryman... Read More

Dr. Aaron Smith, U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club

Meet Dr. Aaron Smith of the United States Naval Academy

Students performing at our Annapolis Exhibition Music Festival are in for a special treat. They will receive tickets to a concert at the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Aaron Smith, Director of Musical Activities at the USNA, is an accomplished musician in his own right, and was kind enough to answ... Read More

Orchestra Programs

Enjoy The People With Whom You Are Making Music

Welcome to a new school year! As you find yourselves embroiled in preparations for yet another year of performances (in addition to all of the other stressors in your work and personal lives), it’s easy to lose sight of what it is you’re actually trying to accomplish in the classroom. I lost sig... Read More

Meet WorldStrides Composer Carl Strommen

Band directors traveling with us to a bowl game or parade event get an extra perk each year. Recently, WorldStrides began commissioning an original concert band piece with renowned composer and arranger Carl Strommen to be given to band directors each year. The first original piece, “Kivgik,”... Read More