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With our longtime family connections to Show Choir and a love of all things song/dance/musical theatre related-- and 17 years in college, high school, and middle school education--we came up with Productions in 2010 and first started contacting directors and boosters about their interest in our magazine. Here we are now, in 2021, the complete online Show Choir resource for directors, boosters, and

With our longtime family connections to Show Choir and a love of all things song/dance/musical theatre related-- and 17 years in college, high school, and middle school education--we came up with Productions in 2010 and first started contacting directors and boosters about their interest in our magazine. Here we are now, in 2021, the complete online Show Choir resource for directors, boosters, and

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In a suburb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, choir directors at Linn-Mar High School sing and dance with more than 450 students as...
01/28/2023

In a suburb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, choir directors at Linn-Mar High School sing and dance with more than 450 students as they prepare for a variety of concerts, shows, and competitions. Trent Buglewicz, Sarah Anderson, and Jack Jorgensen work daily with their students in ten distinctive vocal groups. These groups and individuals have been consistently rewarded for their performances at state competitions and auditions. I interviewed nine-year veteran at the school, Trent Buglewicz, to glean some insights about the success of Linn-Mar show choirs.

Read the full article at https://www.productionsmag.com/article/affecting-audiences-emotionally-linn-mar-high-school/

The phrase “break a leg” has been a long-standing tradition in the theatrical world. Some attribute the origin of this c...
01/25/2023

The phrase “break a leg” has been a long-standing tradition in the theatrical world. Some attribute the origin of this custom to John Wilkes Booth breaking his leg on that fateful evening at Ford’s Theatre. Others say this phrase was said by understudies to the actors as they went on stage in hopes they would get their big chance at the lead parts. Even others attribute the custom to the bending of the leg to bow or curtsy in curtain calls thereby wishing them a performance that prompts numerous curtain calls.

Read the full story here https://www.productionsmag.com/article/show-choir-stage-safety-checklist-2/

When sophomore Jordan Kelberg arrived at Elon University last year and met fellow sophomore Holland Cogan, they noticed ...
01/23/2023

When sophomore Jordan Kelberg arrived at Elon University last year and met fellow sophomore Holland Cogan, they noticed a lack of a performance groups that fit their niches. “We saw an opportunity to create something because Elon has acapella groups, Elon has a choir, but they didn’t really have anything in between that,” Cogan says. Unlike acapella groups and traditional choirs, Kelberg and Cogan wanted to go beyond using only vocal ability—they wanted to do choreography as well. They combined those elements and worked toward creating a show choir group.

Read the full story about Elon's show choir club https://www.productionsmag.com/article/elon-debuts-universitys-first-show-choir-club/

Music education is said to promote personal growth, deepen self-knowledge, and generally bring more joy to students. Fur...
01/20/2023

Music education is said to promote personal growth, deepen self-knowledge, and generally bring more joy to students. Furthermore, music education shares all the same goals as any other scholastic discipline; the aim is to help students find their personalities and understand their place in society. Chorus America found that many adults who grew up singing as adolescents and teenagers now credit their time in choir for their positive social and professional interactions, their creativity, their discipline, and their ability to listen and follow in the workplace.

Read more about how raising money and forming young professionals: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/raising-money-forming-young-professionals/

Music education is said to promote personal growth, deepen self-knowledge, and generally bring more joy to students. Fur...
01/20/2023

Music education is said to promote personal growth, deepen self-knowledge, and generally bring more joy to students. Furthermore, music education shares all the same goals as any other scholastic discipline; the aim is to help students find their personalities and understand their place in society. Chorus America found that many adults who grew up singing as adolescents and teenagers now credit their time in choir for their positive social and professional interactions, their creativity, their discipline, and their ability to listen and follow in the workplace. Read the full article here https://www.productionsmag.com/article/raising-money-forming-young-professionals/

The December issue of Productions Magazine is full of info-packed pieces on Linn-Mar show choir and how performances can...
01/18/2023

The December issue of Productions Magazine is full of info-packed pieces on Linn-Mar show choir and how performances can affect the audience emotionally, Elon University's first show choir club, how raising money through fundraising helps form young professionals, and a checklist for stage safety. Visit https://www.productionsmag.com/issues/december-2022/ to read through the entire December issue!

After many years of creating custom music arrangements for show choirs, I have found that so many show choir directors h...
07/13/2022
The Best Custom Arrangements Even on a Budget – Productions Magazine

After many years of creating custom music arrangements for show choirs, I have found that so many show choir directors have great ideas when it comes to what they want—but how they convey those thoughts through notes and sound clips can vary tremendously. The common denominator, however, is they want the best arrangement possible.

https://www.productionsmag.com/article/best-custom-arrangements-even-budget/

After many years of creating custom music arrangements for show choirs, I have found that so many show choir directors have great ideas when it comes to what they want—but how they convey those thoughts through notes and sound clips can vary tremendously. The common denominator, however, is they w...

Make fundraising your forte! We know that you, as music educators, are always looking for ways to raise money for your m...
07/11/2022
Fundraising on a Major Scale – Productions Magazine

Make fundraising your forte! We know that you, as music educators, are always looking for ways to raise money for your music travel programs. To help you out, we have collected information on dozens of different fundraisers. Whether you want to sell a product, host an event, or gather donations online, you’ll find ideas and options here. Once you have chosen a fundraiser, you must also make sure everyone knows about it. We’ll provide you with the best tips in promoting your fundraisers so you can “Fundraise on a Major Scale.”

https://www.productionsmag.com/article/fundraising-major-scale-2/

Make fundraising your forte! We know that you, as music educators, are always looking for ways to raise money for your music travel programs. To help you out, we have collected information on dozens of different fundraisers. Whether you want to sell a product, host an event, or gather donations onli...

Located on a plateau of the Appalachian Mountains, Albertville, Alabama, is known as “the heart of Sand Mountain.” At Al...
07/10/2022
Stellar Musicians & Valuable Citizens Albertville High School Show Choir Part Two – Productions Magazine

Located on a plateau of the Appalachian Mountains, Albertville, Alabama, is known as “the heart of Sand Mountain.” At Albertville High School, the Choir Department is focused on the hearts of their students, with a mission to “provide a professional-level vocal arts program which emphasizes work ethic, perseverance, team dynamics, creative problem-solving, self-growth, and independent learning through the rehearsal and performance process.” The program develops valuable citizens and makes a difference in the lives of young adults studying music. Gavin Dover explains how he and his team mentor students to achieve these goals.

https://www.productionsmag.com/article/stellar-musicians-valuable-citizens-albertville-high-school-show-choir-part-two/

Located on a plateau of the Appalachian Mountains, Albertville, Alabama, is known as “the heart of Sand Mountain.” At Albertville High School, the Choir Department is focused on the hearts of their students, with a mission to “provide a professional-level vocal arts program which emphasizes wo...

Arrangers are so much more than music vendors. Because arrangers are not physically present—for the most part—when peopl...
07/07/2022
Collaboration & Communication with your Music Arranger – Productions Magazine

Arrangers are so much more than music vendors. Because arrangers are not physically present—for the most part—when people create a show, however, that relationship is often overlooked or underutilized. No matter the situation—whether one arranger or several are on the team, whether the show features all custom charts or a combination of stock and previously arranged titles—making each arranger involved a true part of the creative team will pay massive dividends.

https://www.productionsmag.com/article/collaboration-communication-music-arranger/

Arrangers are so much more than music vendors. Because arrangers are not physically present—for the most part—when people create a show, however, that relationship is often overlooked or underutilized. No matter the situation—whether one arranger or several are on the team, whether the show fe...

Own SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 4/26 on 4K Ultra HD™ & Digital! Comment with your favorite memory from the film and 20 winners w...
04/20/2022

Own SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 4/26 on 4K Ultra HD™ & Digital! Comment with your favorite memory from the film and 20 winners will be selected at random to receive the 4K digital movie! https://www.productionsmag.com/subscribe/

Community, Excellence, & CompetitionIn 2019, the Vestavia Hills Singers finished the competition season undefeated. Dr. ...
12/30/2021
Community, Excellence, & Competition – Productions Magazine

Community, Excellence, & Competition

In 2019, the Vestavia Hills Singers finished the competition season undefeated. Dr. Megan Rudolph, who led the choir program at the high school from 2000-2021, attributed the success of the group to the dedication of each student working for the success of the whole. During a 2019 interview, Dr. Rudolph explained her approach to teaching as well as the value of arts education. “We learn how to work together on something bigger than ourselves. We learn how to always realize that we are a part of a bigger chain, and if we’re not pulling our weight, we’re not going to be successful.” Building personal character, supporting good citizenship, and using constructive criticism effectively were hallmarks of Dr. Rudolph’s choir department. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/community-excellence-competition/

IN 2019, the Vestavia Hills Singers finished the competition season undefeated. Dr. Megan Rudolph, who led the choir program at the high school from 2000-2021, attributed the success of the group to the dedication of each student working for the success of the whole. During a 2019 interview, Dr. Rud...

Going Beyond the Score: How to Involve Your Instrumentalists in the Important Task of Adapting the Music as Your Show Ev...
12/30/2021
Going Beyond the Score: How to Involve Your Instrumentalists in the Important Task of Adapting the Music as Your Show Evolves – Productions Magazine

Going Beyond the Score: How to Involve Your Instrumentalists in the Important Task of Adapting the Music as Your Show Evolves

Most of the top show choirs in the nation work closely with an arranger throughout the entire show production process, from conception to performance. Groups such as these put on shows that approach a level of professionalism, particularly in the way they integrate their musical scoring with their stage visuals. For the 99% of directors who don’t have the luxury of an arranger co-producing their show, this level of performance might seem unattainable. But with just a little bit of effort, any director—with the help of instrumentalists—can take a score beyond the notes on the page to achieve a higher level of performance not unlike those displayed by top choirs. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/going-beyond-score-involve-instrumentalists-important-task-adapting-music-show-evolves-2/

Most of the top show choirs in the nation work closely with an arranger throughout the entire show production process, from conception to performance. Groups such as these put on shows that approach a level of professionalism, particularly in the way they integrate their musical scoring with their s...

Finding Your “Golden Brick”: How to Push Boundaries with SuccessOne of my mentors in college, Ron Simpson, taught a less...
12/30/2021
Finding Your “Golden Brick”: How to Push Boundaries with Success – Productions Magazine

Finding Your “Golden Brick”: How to Push Boundaries with Success
One of my mentors in college, Ron Simpson, taught a lesson that has since informed my composing and arranging every day. He described what he called the “Golden Brick Rule”, and it concerned how to break convention and try creative things without going too far. Imagine you’re looking at a red brick wall, only one of the bricks is made of gold. To what is your eye immediately going to be drawn? The golden brick, of course, is going to stand out among the red bricks. Taking the analogy further, if you had a wall that was made entirely of golden bricks, no single brick would stand out. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/finding-golden-brick-push-boundaries-success/

The Golden Brick Rule One of my mentors in college, Ron Simpson, taught a lesson that has since informed my composing and arranging every day. He described what he called the “Golden Brick Rule”, and it concerned how to break convention and try creative things without going too far. Ima...

Singing vs. Shouting: Vocal Advice from an ExpertIn show choir, our end product is the result of hours of practice and p...
12/30/2021
Singing vs. Shouting: Vocal Advice from an Expert – Productions Magazine

Singing vs. Shouting: Vocal Advice from an Expert
In show choir, our end product is the result of hours of practice and preparation. These are hours split among the many facets of the genre, the two primary facets being singing and dancing. I tell the singers in my studio that to be an outstanding performer you need to prioritize four tasks: 1) vocal technique, 2) musicianship skills, 3) communication/acting ability, and 4) developing mental strategies that help them to overcome any challenges they may encounter. This article addresses the vocal technique component of being a performer, and it will aid you in helping your singers reach a level of excellence that will keep them singing with a clear, energized, and healthy tone from the beginning of your season to the last note of your closer at the final competition. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/singing-vs-shouting-vocal-advice-expert-2/

In show choir, our end product is the result of hours of practice and preparation. These are hours split among the many facets of the genre, the two primary facets being singing and dancing. I tell the singers in my studio that to be an outstanding performer you need to prioritize four tasks: 1) voc...

PLAN FOR SUCCESSIt is unlikely that you would leave for vacation without first choosing a destination, packing a bag or ...
08/23/2021

PLAN FOR SUCCESS
It is unlikely that you would leave for vacation without first choosing a destination, packing a bag or deciding on your mode of transportation. Whether it's a vacation, a staff meeting or what's for dinner, planning is an essential part of completing any task successfully. School fundraising is no different; in fact, it's very similar to planning for a vacation. Choosing your destination should be the easiest part. The fundraising committee says, “We have X amount of dollars and we need to raise Y amount of dollars in order to purchase the new computers for our lab.” Substitute whatever your need is and you’re done! Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/plan-for-success-2/

PREPARING TO TAKE THE STAGE ONCE AGAINDue to the heavy impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts and live events industr...
08/21/2021

PREPARING TO TAKE THE STAGE ONCE AGAIN
Due to the heavy impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts and live events industry, we anticipate performers, backstage crews, theater directors, guests, and any role in between are beyond enthused for the return of theater this fall. But safety remains a major concern as the pandemic continues to be a lingering threat. No matter the venue size or location, performance halls will likely have to be more strategic and creative than ever in their spatial panning in order for the audience to feel safe and comfortable, while enjoying the performance. Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/preparing-take-stage/

IS THERE A FUTURE IN VIRTUAL COMPETITIONS?At the end of February of 2021, I was adjudicating the only show choir competi...
08/18/2021

IS THERE A FUTURE IN VIRTUAL COMPETITIONS?
At the end of February of 2021, I was adjudicating the only show choir competition for the year. It was a pleasure to be a part of the team as this marked 20 years of judging at this high school. It was a virtual competition, and I was quite curious about how it would work. Read the full story at: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/future-virtual-competitions/

10 REASONS TO HIRE A TOUR OPERATOR FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE TRIPPlanning a student trip or group tour takes time and experti...
08/16/2021

10 REASONS TO HIRE A TOUR OPERATOR FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE TRIP
Planning a student trip or group tour takes time and expertise. It involves multiple suppliers such as airlines, motorcoach companies, attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. There is a way to make this process simpler for you. Here are ten great reasons you should hire a tour operator for your next trip. Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/10-reasons-hire-tour-operator-performance-trip//

A SINGLE SOUND SOLUTION FOR MANY ACOUSTICAL NEEDS AT ASSUMPTION COLLEGEThe new Curtis Performance Hall at the Tsotsis Ac...
08/14/2021

A SINGLE SOUND SOLUTION FOR MANY ACOUSTICAL NEEDS AT ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
The new Curtis Performance Hall at the Tsotsis Academic Center at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, was built to serve many needs. Class lectures, theatrical performances, choir concerts and movie showings all happen at the hall. And those many needs require vastly different acoustics. To determine the right sound solution, the school leadership partnered with acousticians, architects, consultants and sound experts. They set out to determine how to create the best-sounding, best-looking space to accommodate the various needs of the students. Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/single-sound-solution-many-acoustical-needs-assumption-college/

Productions Magazine June 2021 Issue: The 5 Types of Show Choir Storytelling - It’s easy to think of show choir as being...
08/11/2021

Productions Magazine June 2021 Issue: The 5 Types of Show Choir Storytelling - It’s easy to think of show choir as being divided into two camps: those who do “story” shows and those who do “traditional” shows. But that mindset overlooks a crucial fact: that ALL songs tell a story and therefore ALL shows are story shows. This article outlines the five most common types of show choir storytelling to help directors choose what is right for their choir. View our June 2021 digital issue here:
https://cloud.3dissue.net/26196/26199/26424/57096/index.html?73026

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Own SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 4/26 on 4K Ultra HD™ & Digital! Comment with your favorite memory from the film and 20 winners will be selected at random to receive the 4K digital movie! https://www.productionsmag.com/subscribe/
Community, Excellence, & Competition

In 2019, the Vestavia Hills Singers finished the competition season undefeated. Dr. Megan Rudolph, who led the choir program at the high school from 2000-2021, attributed the success of the group to the dedication of each student working for the success of the whole. During a 2019 interview, Dr. Rudolph explained her approach to teaching as well as the value of arts education. “We learn how to work together on something bigger than ourselves. We learn how to always realize that we are a part of a bigger chain, and if we’re not pulling our weight, we’re not going to be successful.” Building personal character, supporting good citizenship, and using constructive criticism effectively were hallmarks of Dr. Rudolph’s choir department. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/community-excellence-competition/
Going Beyond the Score: How to Involve Your Instrumentalists in the Important Task of Adapting the Music as Your Show Evolves

Most of the top show choirs in the nation work closely with an arranger throughout the entire show production process, from conception to performance. Groups such as these put on shows that approach a level of professionalism, particularly in the way they integrate their musical scoring with their stage visuals. For the 99% of directors who don’t have the luxury of an arranger co-producing their show, this level of performance might seem unattainable. But with just a little bit of effort, any director—with the help of instrumentalists—can take a score beyond the notes on the page to achieve a higher level of performance not unlike those displayed by top choirs. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/going-beyond-score-involve-instrumentalists-important-task-adapting-music-show-evolves-2/
Finding Your “Golden Brick”: How to Push Boundaries with Success
One of my mentors in college, Ron Simpson, taught a lesson that has since informed my composing and arranging every day. He described what he called the “Golden Brick Rule”, and it concerned how to break convention and try creative things without going too far. Imagine you’re looking at a red brick wall, only one of the bricks is made of gold. To what is your eye immediately going to be drawn? The golden brick, of course, is going to stand out among the red bricks. Taking the analogy further, if you had a wall that was made entirely of golden bricks, no single brick would stand out. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/finding-golden-brick-push-boundaries-success/
Singing vs. Shouting: Vocal Advice from an Expert
In show choir, our end product is the result of hours of practice and preparation. These are hours split among the many facets of the genre, the two primary facets being singing and dancing. I tell the singers in my studio that to be an outstanding performer you need to prioritize four tasks: 1) vocal technique, 2) musicianship skills, 3) communication/acting ability, and 4) developing mental strategies that help them to overcome any challenges they may encounter. This article addresses the vocal technique component of being a performer, and it will aid you in helping your singers reach a level of excellence that will keep them singing with a clear, energized, and healthy tone from the beginning of your season to the last note of your closer at the final competition. https://www.productionsmag.com/article/singing-vs-shouting-vocal-advice-expert-2/
PLAN FOR SUCCESS
It is unlikely that you would leave for vacation without first choosing a destination, packing a bag or deciding on your mode of transportation. Whether it's a vacation, a staff meeting or what's for dinner, planning is an essential part of completing any task successfully. School fundraising is no different; in fact, it's very similar to planning for a vacation. Choosing your destination should be the easiest part. The fundraising committee says, “We have X amount of dollars and we need to raise Y amount of dollars in order to purchase the new computers for our lab.” Substitute whatever your need is and you’re done! Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/plan-for-success-2/
PREPARING TO TAKE THE STAGE ONCE AGAIN
Due to the heavy impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts and live events industry, we anticipate performers, backstage crews, theater directors, guests, and any role in between are beyond enthused for the return of theater this fall. But safety remains a major concern as the pandemic continues to be a lingering threat. No matter the venue size or location, performance halls will likely have to be more strategic and creative than ever in their spatial panning in order for the audience to feel safe and comfortable, while enjoying the performance. Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/preparing-take-stage/
IS THERE A FUTURE IN VIRTUAL COMPETITIONS?
At the end of February of 2021, I was adjudicating the only show choir competition for the year. It was a pleasure to be a part of the team as this marked 20 years of judging at this high school. It was a virtual competition, and I was quite curious about how it would work. Read the full story at: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/future-virtual-competitions/
10 REASONS TO HIRE A TOUR OPERATOR FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE TRIP
Planning a student trip or group tour takes time and expertise. It involves multiple suppliers such as airlines, motorcoach companies, attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. There is a way to make this process simpler for you. Here are ten great reasons you should hire a tour operator for your next trip. Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/10-reasons-hire-tour-operator-performance-trip//
A SINGLE SOUND SOLUTION FOR MANY ACOUSTICAL NEEDS AT ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
The new Curtis Performance Hall at the Tsotsis Academic Center at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, was built to serve many needs. Class lectures, theatrical performances, choir concerts and movie showings all happen at the hall. And those many needs require vastly different acoustics. To determine the right sound solution, the school leadership partnered with acousticians, architects, consultants and sound experts. They set out to determine how to create the best-sounding, best-looking space to accommodate the various needs of the students. Read the full story here: https://www.productionsmag.com/article/single-sound-solution-many-acoustical-needs-assumption-college/
Productions Magazine June 2021 Issue: The 5 Types of Show Choir Storytelling - It’s easy to think of show choir as being divided into two camps: those who do “story” shows and those who do “traditional” shows. But that mindset overlooks a crucial fact: that ALL songs tell a story and therefore ALL shows are story shows. This article outlines the five most common types of show choir storytelling to help directors choose what is right for their choir. View our June 2021 digital issue here:
https://cloud.3dissue.net/26196/26199/26424/57096/index.html?73026
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