How to master left-hand directing - even when you're short on time Dec 09, 2021

I'll be honest with you...

 

The hardest thing I find about conducting is using my left hand...

 

Because if you follow Vladimir Gorbik, you know that he is categorically opposed to moving both hands in the same way.

 

Why? That's a matter for a separate post.

 

Suffice it to...

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How to deal effectively with difficult people in the choir - even if you've always hated conflict negotiation Dec 06, 2021

Sometimes I wish that working in church required going through some kind of conflict-resolution training.

 

Or - even better - hostage negotiation, because...

 

Have you ever felt like you're trapped in a conversation-gone-bad and you have no way out?

The other person might be saying...

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Why it's best to be the weakest among the strong Jun 22, 2021

by Vladimir Gorbik

I've mentioned before that I have people from all walks of life in my choirs.

I have professional musicians and singers... But I also have singers who have never sung before.

 

What unites all of them is their  willingness to learn.

 

That's why I work even with...

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"Petrified numbness" and what it has to do with you petrified numbness Jun 09, 2021

by Vladimir Gorbik

 

Today I'm going to tell you how easy it is to become totally absurd. And that happens when you don't work on your singing, and when you do not work on your humility.

 

A long time ago I was working with one particular choir. We sounded good but, of course, we always...

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When you think you know... but you don't false knowledge mistaken identity Jun 08, 2021

by Alena Plavsic

 

Some time ago I seriously embarrassed myself at a friend's wedding. All because I thought I had all the information I needed.

 

Here's what happened.

 

It was a beautiful spring day, the tiny Orthodox mission church was full of flowers, and everyone was excitedly...

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