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The Choral Contrarians

Eric Barnum and Richard Robbins

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The Choral Contrarians

The Choral Contrarians

Eric Barnum and Richard Robbins

3
Followers
18
Plays
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A couple of friendly conductors bantering about complex issues affecting the choral world.

Latest Episodes

Inspired at Home

Eric goes solo to give some inspiration for those who are staying home from the choral conventions taking place nationwide in the United States.

32 MINMAR 7
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Inspired at Home

Sacred Cow Tipping: Them Themes

Richard and Eric hobnob about the concept of theme.

52 MINFEB 17
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Sacred Cow Tipping: Them Themes

Canon goes Boom!

Richard and Eric make their return after a short winter hiatus to discuss the choral "canon" and some composers therein.

66 MINJAN 26
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Canon goes Boom!

What's the Point?

Finding out "the point" of something is worth considering. Richard and Eric try to figure it out as it relates to the choral artform.

83 MIN2019 DEC 5
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What's the Point?

Bring Your Tired...

Richard and Eric broach the subject and philosophy of being within the ensemble.

46 MIN2019 NOV 6
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Bring Your Tired...

Mr. Maslow Goes To A Choir Concert

Richard and Eric take an unusual approach in discerning what it means to have successful choirs in performance and practice.

79 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Mr. Maslow Goes To A Choir Concert

Sacred Cow Tipping: The 'Warm-Up'

Richard and Eric ramble on in attempting to tip over a perceived 'sacred cow' of the current choral scene: the 'warm-up'.

60 MIN2019 OCT 16
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Sacred Cow Tipping: The 'Warm-Up'

Retreat to Move Forward

Richard and Eric dig deep and cover the highly controversial and substantive topic of the yearly Choir Retreat, which is fraught with dangers, terror, and drama.

59 MIN2019 OCT 1
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Retreat to Move Forward

Cult of the Conductor

Richard and Eric take a look at an article about the late Robert Shaw composed in 2006 by Peter Phillips.

68 MIN2019 AUG 25
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Cult of the Conductor

Art for Art's Sake

Back after a short summer hiatus Richard and Eric take up the surprisingly controversial topic, "l’art pour l’art" (art for art’s sake).

72 MIN2019 AUG 8
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Art for Art's Sake

Latest Episodes

Inspired at Home

Eric goes solo to give some inspiration for those who are staying home from the choral conventions taking place nationwide in the United States.

32 MINMAR 7
Comments
Inspired at Home

Sacred Cow Tipping: Them Themes

Richard and Eric hobnob about the concept of theme.

52 MINFEB 17
Comments
Sacred Cow Tipping: Them Themes

Canon goes Boom!

Richard and Eric make their return after a short winter hiatus to discuss the choral "canon" and some composers therein.

66 MINJAN 26
Comments
Canon goes Boom!

What's the Point?

Finding out "the point" of something is worth considering. Richard and Eric try to figure it out as it relates to the choral artform.

83 MIN2019 DEC 5
Comments
What's the Point?

Bring Your Tired...

Richard and Eric broach the subject and philosophy of being within the ensemble.

46 MIN2019 NOV 6
Comments
Bring Your Tired...

Mr. Maslow Goes To A Choir Concert

Richard and Eric take an unusual approach in discerning what it means to have successful choirs in performance and practice.

79 MIN2019 OCT 28
Comments
Mr. Maslow Goes To A Choir Concert

Sacred Cow Tipping: The 'Warm-Up'

Richard and Eric ramble on in attempting to tip over a perceived 'sacred cow' of the current choral scene: the 'warm-up'.

60 MIN2019 OCT 16
Comments
Sacred Cow Tipping: The 'Warm-Up'

Retreat to Move Forward

Richard and Eric dig deep and cover the highly controversial and substantive topic of the yearly Choir Retreat, which is fraught with dangers, terror, and drama.

59 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
Retreat to Move Forward

Cult of the Conductor

Richard and Eric take a look at an article about the late Robert Shaw composed in 2006 by Peter Phillips.

68 MIN2019 AUG 25
Comments
Cult of the Conductor

Art for Art's Sake

Back after a short summer hiatus Richard and Eric take up the surprisingly controversial topic, "l’art pour l’art" (art for art’s sake).

72 MIN2019 AUG 8
Comments
Art for Art's Sake
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