Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Ebb and Flow

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Ebb and Flow

Article excerpt

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome, dear reader, to a new Journal of Singing publication cycle, and, I fervently hope, another year of productive, informative reading.

It had long been my intent to devote this installment of "Editor's Commentary" to a subject that I had been nurturing for some time: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and music. Emergent circumstances attendant upon this issue, however, necessitated postponing that idea until next issue. Additionally, the present column will be short; a guest essay would seem to obviate any need for expansive ramblings on my part.

Precedent for a guest editorial, readers may recall, was set with an earlier contribution by Dana Gioia, then Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts ("The Impoverishment of American Culture and the Need for Better Art Education," Journal of Singing 65, no. 1 [September/October 2008]: 11-13), and one hopes that similar contributions may warrant publication from time to time. Some of you may already be familiar with the piece by Karl Paulnack, due to its considerable Internet traffic since its origin in 2004. It was because of the various versions of the speech floating around the Internet, in fact, that Dr. Paulnack sent, along with enthusiastic permission to publish, his authorized text that appears on these pages. The piece finds particular resonance with me, having spent many years as a music department chair speaking with parents of prospective students and entering students about the relevance of a music major. I am certain that my NATS colleagues will agree that Dr. Paulnack's essay represents one of the most articulate, cogent, and persuasive arguments for music in the curriculum, one that gains importance and relevance in these troubled economic times. …

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