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Publications: A philosophy of teaching

From years ago, in the Indiana Choral Directors state newsletter, this initial statement of my own philosophy of teaching:

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My current written statement is posted on this blog.

#TBT: Ball State University Chamber Choir

Fourteen years ago I took the Ball State University Chamber Choir on tour — Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa.

The repertory was challenging for the group, but it represents a year of hard work and great singing and solid choral fun.

Zach Winningham

Ball State University. Somewhere around 2002.  Zach Winningham shows up for a Concert Choir photo shoot without a bow tie.  I pull from my jacket pocket the extra one I keep with me.  And I tie it around Zach’s neck.

The school photographer caught the moment.

I love this photo.

Random mid-week update

I had dinner this evening with Jesse Diaz, my much-loved grad assistant from my last two years at Ball State University.

Jesse is moving from Saint Louis, where we both landed for a spell, to Palm Springs, California, to take a teaching job nearby and be with his partner who is now working there.

Even though we have rarely seen each other here in Saint Louis, I’ve enjoyed knowing he is nearby, and I’ve been pleased to hear of his continued growth and successes!


Whilst picking raspberries tonight, I was attacked by mosquitos.


The curried chicken salad is made.  I used the plate trick to cut the grapes.  And I toasted some almond slices to throw in as well.


My summer vacation commences two weeks from today.  I am truly ready for the respite, and the travel.


The new ceiling fan gets installed tomorrow in the home office.  This will truly complete the current renovations.

Except that now I’m really wanting a lamp above the kitchen sink, where there is currently no direct light.

Home Depot, here cometh I.

Today’s news

1.  I had a backstage tour of the MUNY today, thanks to company manager Sue Greenberg.  What fun that was!

2.  I have stepped down to an ankle sleeve, away from the more rigid splint I was in.  This seems to be all the support I need.

My new attachment for the next eight weeks.

My new attachment for the next eight weeks.

3.  I have a new garage door, with an opener!

4.  Spamalot was great fun last evening.

That's Webster alum (and my former voice student) Jacob Lacopo, second from right, in this big number from Spamalot at the Muny.

That’s Webster alum (and my former voice student) Jacob Lacopo, second from right, in this big number from Spamalot at the Muny.

5.  Charlie the Baritone (Charlie Ingram, my senior voice student) sang the pre-show at the Muny last evening.  He was wonderful. I especially enjoyed hearing him do some pieces we’d worked on in lessons.

With Charlie Ingram after his Muny pre-show set last evening.

With Charlie Ingram after his Muny pre-show set last evening.

6.  Eli Wedel is in town.  I visited with him at the Muny last evening.  Eli was a Ball State University Singers member, traveling to China with the group and serving in both the glee club and the band. I’d not seen him in six years.

7.  Traffic today was ugly on the return trip home.

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