- Conducting Choral Music (Robert L. Garretson) - interestingly, this covers not only the basic artistic aspects of choral conducting, but also has some chapters that read like a survival guide for choral directors in the primary/secondary school system
- Choral Music: History, Style, and Performance Practice (Robert L. Garretson) - a decent survey of the history and musical interpretation of choral music
- The Modern Conductor (Elizabeth A. Green and Mark Gibson) - mostly skimmed this out of curiosity; if I do any detailed reading/study on conducting, I'll save it for later
- A couple of recordings of works by Stravinsky and John Corigliano
- Recording + score of The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
- Recording of Don Giovanni (Mozart)
An opera guide book about The Magic Flute
- The Choral Experience: Literature, Materials, and Methods (Ray Robinson and Allen Winold)
Concerts I've been to lately:
- The Stanford Invitational Choral Festival last Friday. For anyone who is into choral music, this is an amazing event to attend. The groups range from high school to pro, and many of them will knock your socks off. And it's free!!!
Also, I dislike how the media sometimes portrays the entire African populace as a mob of constantly-warring, disease-afflicted, rag-clad beggars. This is an affront to their dignity. I met a lot of people during my short visit, including some hostile/shady/pathetic characters, but I also met people who were intelligent, caring, generous, funny, and hardworking. People like them live their lives as best they can, difficult as those lives are, and still maintain their sense of dignity, kindness, and joy.
This is not to romanticize conditions there - not in the least. The standard of living is drastically lower, and there is real hardship and need, especially in the areas of health care, public infrastructure, economic security, and education (based on my brief first-hand observations). I saw people who could not afford the 10-cent lunch for their child.