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Below are the 13 most recent journal entries recorded in Peace of Heart Choir's LiveJournal:

Friday, May 8th, 2009
11:34 pm
How our blog can function in regard to the website as a whole
Some of you might be asking, why does POHC need a blog? What's it going to do for us? Other than being cool as a website by itself, the blog can also be put into a website to make it super-easy to update! With the main site and its elements that don't change (mission, volunteer opportunities, general audition, etc) as a framework, we can embed the blog into an easy-to-access part of the site that automatically updates every time a new blog post is added through a nifty thing called an RSS feed.

A cool example of how it can work is on the site of one of my favorite composers, Bear McCreary. If you go to his main page, you see the main information on his site that doesn't really change all that often. But is his site out-of-date? NO!

Using his site as a framework, Bear has a blog that makes his site into a whole new thing: a conversation with his fans! Through the blog, he posts text, pictures, audio, video, and all sorts of other things. And the cool part? COMMENTS! If you look at one of his most recent posts, you can see that people can leave comments! Now, not just anyone can. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you can see that in order to post comments on his blog, you have to be registered and approved by him. There's also a way to make all comments go through moderation, that is, they have to be approved before they are posted. That way nothing we don't want posted will get posted. Bear uses a blog through the site Wordpress, which is a blog provider just like LiveJournal here. The fundamentals are the same, and the customization choices allow for various levels of security. That way we can make sure that everything that's on the blog is representative of the choir and its mission.

All of these special features don't have to be implemented all at once or even immediately. If the blog is approved, we can keep it independent over here on LiveJournal until we decide we want to add it into the framework of the site. Just having it here as a possibility builds our internet presence, as well as can very quickly help get information, materials, and music to our members in the most efficient way possible.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop me an email. Vote yes on a POHC blog!

Current Mood: hopeful
11:30 pm
Abby's concert is on Monday!
Just a friendly reminder that Abby's concert is this Monday, May 11th. Hope to see you there, and click on her picture below for more info!

Current Mood: optimistic
11:18 pm
Audition flyers galore!
Want an autition flyer in Mandarin? Here you go!Collapse )

Want an autition flyer in Arabic? Here you go!Collapse )

Want an autition flyer in Japanese? Here you go!Collapse )

So many options!!!

Current Mood: productive
11:02 pm
Feelin' Groovy, another choir's version

What do you think? I like our arrangement more, personally, but then again I'm completely biased.

Oh, and random, but this high school choir totally is really close to the town I grew up in. Crazy, the parallels keep coming!

Current Mood: hopeful
10:12 pm
Preview clip of Geantraí
Hey all! On the main website of Anúna, the choral group that premiered Geantraí, they have an audio clip of the tune.

Listen here!

The full track is available on iTunes, too, so definitely stop by!

Current Mood: bouncy
10:09 pm
A quick poll...
Poll #1397044 The Great Blog Question

How awesome can this blog be?

Eh, alright.
Useful, but not much else
Pretty cool
Super awesome

Current Mood: calm
10:03 pm
Spring concert flyer!
Hey all! Click below to get the flyer for the concert on June 7th!

Click through it a couple of times to get the full-sized version.

Current Mood: busy
9:50 pm
Sheet music for next season, and more!
In the future, we can use the blog to post sheet music for the beginning of the season! How, might you ask? Well, we can upload the PDFs to a private server and link directly here, or we can link to a shared Google Document doc so people can print the music without having to download it or have the attachments crash their email accounts. Awesome, huh?

Also, to make sure only the people in the choir have access to things like the sheet music and line MP3s, there's a way to lock posts so that only members of the community can see them. When people request to become a member, the maintainer (in this case, me) has to approve them, so that way we can make sure who does and doesn't have access to our internal materials. For all members-only posts, there is a little lock icon next to the entry, that way members who are signed in can differentiate between what's publicly posted and what isn't.

Additionally, we can also make all comments to any post, public or members-only, subject to approval by a moderator (me, perhaps Anne, perhaps someone else). That way, no one will be able to post something on the blog until it's been approved by the appropriate moderator. See, isn't that helpful and easy?

Current Mood: accomplished
9:43 pm
Info for upcoming concert!
Hey guys!

Here's a helpful map for our upcoming concert at BRC. Remember, leave plenty of time because you have to take the G train (and we all know about the G train...).

View Larger Map

If you have any questions about how to get there from where you are, check out the Google map or try the MTA TripPlanner. For the MTA, it's actually quite helpful. :)

Current Mood: curious
9:43 pm
Some awesome Ala Dal’oona, with dancing!

I think I know a few people who would be great dancing along with this tune!

Current Mood: impressed
9:31 pm
Geantraí, performed by the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain

This interpretation is CAH-RAY-ZEE! I actually worked with the conductor, Greg Beardsell, with my choir in Ireland, and I wonder if that's how he discovered the song (we were singing it when he came to help us out). He's a super great guy with a real knack for feeling music.

And that bodhrán player? Thanks for making me feel totally inadequate, buddy!

Enjoy, and thank our lucky stars Abby's not having us sing it at that tempo!

Current Mood: whoa...
9:23 pm
We're a Cause on Facebook!
Hey all you Facebookers, time to put your hands and show your love of POHC!

Add Peace of Heart Choir to your Causes, and invite your friends!

Come on, you know you want to!

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
12:45 pm
First post... testing 1, 2, 3!

Current Mood: curious
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