Projects

DR. JOEL PLAAG

Conductor, Teacher, Author

MY PROJECTS


Here are some of my most recent projects and concerts.

My next book:

Life Lessons from the Choir Director


MORE INFORMATION HERE

I'm a Choir Director??!

Rehearsing even the rowdiest volunteer choir and loving every minute of it.


PUBLISHED:

June 24, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

Conducting choirs is hard, but noone says it isn't fun.  I look at how learning an arsenal of gesture can change both your life and your choir's life.  Using stories of some of my successes and failures as a conductor, I introduce the world of expression, nuance and character.  I look at how to overcome some of the pitfalls that have marked my own conducting career.  


I also introduce my own system of marking meters, and introduce the reader to "the conductor's line," a valuable tool to learning a piece of music

CONCERTS


Nothing recently?  Not during the pandemic...

Chorale performance at St. Nicholas Church, Old Town Square, Prague.  January, 2017

OTHER RECENT CONCERTS:

Faure Requiem - Brenham Chorale, April, 2019, Brenham, TX

Seven Last Words of Christ, Dubois - April 2019 - St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Brenham, TX


HANDBELLS:

Cypress Creek "Disci-Bells" at the Handbell Association of America Area 9 Convention, Mesquite, TX






OLDER WRITINGS

Expressivity in Conducting Pedagogy


PUBLISHED:

2008


SYNOPSIS:

I look at the sequence of teaching conducting and promote teaching expressive gesture first, using the theories of Rudolph Laban.  Also included are surveys of conducting teachers and recommendations on teaching conducting using the Norton Anthology of Western Music.  Most of this text is from my doctoral research, including the findings from the survey of conducting pedagogues..



Nuances in Fermatas


PUBLISHED:

The Instrumentalist, September, 2006, Volume 61, No. 2, pp. 52, 54, 56.


SYNOPSIS

Inspired by my own experience teaching conducting, I wrote this article about different types of fermatas and how to conduct them.  In this article, I noted eight different  fermata situations and successfully navigating them.



TEACHING

Voice coach - June 2019


VENUE:

Resonance Opera Young Artist Program


PLACE:

Brenham, TX

Changing time: a guide to approaching tempo changes


VENUE:

Area 9 Handbell Association of America Convention


PLACE:

Mesquite, TX