Are you worried about the dwindling number of shopping days before Christmas? Do you have a Choral Geek in your life? Look no farther; we've done the research and are here to help you. Here are 25 possibilities for you, from simple stocking stuffer to potentially life-changing gesture.
Basic equipmentThe most important part of a singer's equipment comes already installed, but there are some pieces of equipment that make singing well both easier and more fun. Help out your own Choral Geek with one of these:
Instrument protectionSingers' instruments are inside their bodies, so they should eat well, stay in shape, get plenty of rest and avoid sniffly toddlers and the sneezer in the cubicle next door. We all know the drill, and singers should also pay attention to The Two Hs: Hearing and Hydration:
This was written by an amateur choral geek who spends her days as a writer. It's well-researched and very engaging. Anyone who has ever sung in a choir will find many relatable moments in this book! Highly recommended.
If music history class had been more like this, I'm betting there'd have been less dozing off. Find out why 12-year-old Mozart narrowly missed aggravating the Pope, why Beethoven had a hard time getting a date, and which composer simultaneously conducted and accompanied Bach's St Matthew Passion despite having been given the WRONG SCORE.
For serious Choral Geeks who want to understand the development of choral music around the world in the last 100 years. Truly, it's very interesting! And for those who want to go even farther back, he also wrote a book on the 19th century.
Good listensThe 2015 Grammy noms are out; you can't go wrong with any of them (though MPR Choral Guy Tesfa Wondemagegnehu discusses them here):
Developing the next generation of Choral GeeksThey might be living in your house … or halfway around the world. You can help them grow!