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Author, Conductor,

Teacher, Clinician

Dr. Joel Plaag

ABOUT ME


I've always been fascinated about the process of learning to conduct and lead rehearsals.  I love rehearsals, actually.  It's where I feel most authentic.  My goal now is to help other choir directors connect with their inner selves, so that we can quickly learn to lead more effective, exciting and fun rehearsals and not have to spend years struggling to find that authentic self like I did.


I started leading church choirs many years ago, and hold degrees in Music Education and Conducting with a great deal of both orchestral and choral conducting experience.  I taught college for a long time, but my love for helping others won out and I joined Cypress Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Director of Traditional Worship.  It's a role I have a lot of pride in, as I love my bell choirs, my chancel choir and community chorus. 


A few years ago, giving a workshop on conducting, one of my handbell choir members strongly encouraged me with those simple words.  "You should write that down!"  It nagged at me and awakened my love of writing that had taken a back seat, as our hobbies often do.


Now, two books in and a third on the way, it seems there's a lot to talk about in the world of conducting, directing and leading rehearsal.  I hope you'll come along with me as we explore what I think is the most wonderful art of all - the art of rehearsal.

Caring for Your Choir
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Singing in the Moment
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I'm a Choir Director??!
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I'm a Choir Director??!

Poogie the Pup Publishing, 2020


The nuts-and-bolts book on conducting.  I discuss why we sing, the mechanics of conducting, preparing for rehearsal, rehearsing the choir, and, of course, all of the other things we do.  We talk about patterns, how to set up the rehearsal room, warm-ups, and even how to mark the music.


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Singing in the Moment

Poogie the Pup Publishing, 2021


Our most difficult critic, our best ally and our most difficult adversary in directing choirs is with us all the time - our selves.  I talk about how to treat ourselves and how to get through some of the inner struggles that plague all of us in the arts.


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Caring for Your Choir

Poogie the Pup Publishing, 2023


Preparing for rehearsal, the library, getting ready for concerts, dealing with problems in concerts, dealing with rejection, and, of course, caring for your choir are all covered in my latest book.  Though I wrote this one specifically for volunteer choir directors, those in schools will find useful ideas, too.

Available starting in September on Amazon or wherever books are sol.d.


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Playlist of live reading Singing in the Moment

Events

WHERE IS JOEL?

March 29

7 PM

May 5

7:30 - 9 PM

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Theodore Dubois

The Cypress Creek Community Chorale

The Forum at Cypress Creek Christian Church

Dvorak Mass in D (concert)

The Centrum

6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, Texas

July 11 3:15-4:30

July 13 9:00-10:15

July 22-26

Daily sessions

"How Do I Conduct That?"  

Handbell Musicians Association Convention, Hartford, CT

"Caring for Your Choir" (daily workshops)

Association of Disciples Musicians Conference

Tulsa, OK

Recent emails to the choir.

Let's get in touch

 
 
 
 
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