The Singer Link

Network with Singers Around the Globe!

Hugh Ballou
  • Male
  • Blacksburg, Virginia
  • United States
Share on Facebook
Share

Hugh Ballou's Friends

  • Liz Garnett
  • Darius Ranier Thibodeaux
  • Nate Pence
  • Kyle Nielsen
  • St. Louis AICF
  • Robyn Lana
  • Roger Schmidt
  • Holly Manthey
  • Dean Monte Estabrook
  • Composer Greg Bartholomew
  • Leda Kol
  • Paul Saik
  • Paulo Faustini - Umbrian Serenades
  • Jan Altman
  • Harold Rosenbaum

Hugh Ballou's Discussions

5 Dumb Things Directors Say to Choirs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Cooney Oct 14, 2012. 4 Replies

 

Welcome! To The Singer Link!

Profile Information

Do you sing in a chorus or choir?
Yes
Are you a solo singer?
No
What types of music do you like to sing?
Classical
Are a conductor?
Community Choir, Other

Hugh Ballou's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Hugh Ballou's Blog

What Has Happened to Good Church Music?

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Does today's church "sell out" by dumbing down the quality of music in worship? Sadly, I see pastors giving in to an entertainment church model just trying to keep members attending and attempting to attract "young" people to join. Being totally out of touch with the millennial mindset, this is a strategy that is attempting those who want substance, not fluff.



This style of music is called many things such as, "7-11 Music" (7 words 11 times), "Holy Karoke", "Happy Clappy", "Jump for… Continue

Working through people

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 10:21am 0 Comments

Impacting people’s lives and moving toward a strong vision is what the Transformational Leader endorses totally. Maintaining the unswerving commitment to the vision and encouraging others is one of the key driving forces toward success. Music directors especially recognize that they are in the business of transforming people and their productivity. The other transformation that takes place is the key: transforming people’s lives through their participation in programs and… Continue

Becoming a Transformational Leader

Posted on August 8, 2008 at 10:36pm 0 Comments

Transform means change. How does the leader inspire, enable and empower others to bring change into an organization? By encouraging, sharing, coaching, trusting, modeling, valuing, reinforcing and many others. Being a Transformational Leader is similar in many ways to being a Charismatic Leader. The major difference is the focus of the Transformational Leader on working through people and not through one’s own power.



The Transformational Leader produces through people. The ideal… Continue

Building a Musical Ensemble As Transformation

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Conductors understand transformation experientially. The very nature of our work is that of transformation.



A group of singers shows up for rehearsal. They come to sing – each with a different perspective and possibly a different level of talent. The skilled choral conductor listens, instructs, motivates, encourages, and affirms the changes that are necessary to mold this unrelated group of singers into a unified sound. The product is called an ensemble. We strive for that unity as… Continue

Church Music Director as Transformational Leader

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

Being or becoming a church musician is a very different identity and skill set than a musician doing church music. There really is a tremendous difference! The church musician, the conductor of the choir, the music leader for worship must be focused on and dedicated to leading people in a strong spiritual journey through liturgy and worship participation. It is a unique and very special duty and delight! The conductor is, in fact, a spiritual leader, a transformational leader empowered by… Continue

Comment Wall (13 comments)

You need to be a member of The Singer Link to add comments!

Join The Singer Link

At 6:24pm on July 11, 2013, Peacing It Together said…

Thank you for including me. I look forward to sharing information about my work. Stay tuned to my blog.

At 9:07pm on March 27, 2012, Christopher Stewart said…

Na visotah Tummo

hey Hugh !

just a quick thanks for mentioning the bookcast in the recent newsletter...

wishing you joy & inspiration ! :o)

blessings,

Chris

At 11:27am on August 11, 2010, Christopher Stewart said…
Thanks for mentioning the Uncertainty Principle in the newsletter Hugh ! :o)

Hope you're having inspired times and loads of musical activities !

Best wishes,
Chris
At 5:21pm on September 8, 2009, Janet Lanier said…
Thanks for the information about this site Hugh. It looks like a very active community. I'm looking forward to exploring the pages.

Blessings,
Janet
At 11:01pm on May 25, 2009, Christopher Stewart said…

Hi ! Just want to thank you for highlighting my blog post in your latest broadcast email... very much appreciated !

Best wishes,
Chris

At 4:16pm on February 27, 2009, Robin Kissinger said…
Hi Hugh,
Well, I made it here.
Blessings and Happy Trails,
Robin
At 6:05pm on November 9, 2008, Paulo Faustini - Umbrian Serenades said…
Thank you for contacting us at Umbrian Serenades, Hugh! I'd be happy to add a link to this website from our website if you'd like!

Regards,
Paulo Faustini
At 11:21am on October 6, 2008, Ken Carter said…
Hugh,
I'll try to call you this week. Haven't gotten a reply re our Jerusalem project.
Ken Carter (866) 462-4659
At 9:48am on August 6, 2008, Emma Davis said…
Hugh,
Please feel free to share my info with others.
Emma
At 8:51am on August 6, 2008, Emma Davis said…
Hugh,

Thank you for the welcome and comments on the music that I posted! I love the Lord and I am glad to be a part of His family and this group. You asked me to let you know what I like. I took advantage of the site's My Theme optional settings and made My Page my own with color and attractive design. I have been a student of music for years and I have enjoyed the mini master classes posted by Doug Lawrence this week. I am interested in learning more that will help me to grow as a singer. My main goal is to joyfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that is worthy of such an excellent message.

Yours,
Emma
 
 
 

Latest Activity

Gregor Laskowski posted events
11 hours ago
Gregor Laskowski updated an event
Thumbnail

Paris Music Festival 2016 at France

August 17, 2016 to August 21, 2016
6th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Paris (France)17.08. - 21.08.2016PARIS - city of love, dreams and sensesNobody can think of Paris without various associations and a multitude of pictures crossing their mind: the river Seine, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Napoleon, the Arc de Triumphe, the Champs-Elysees. No other city exalts the imagination like this metropolis, which is also particularly popular for its musical events. As of late these also include the Paris Music…See More
11 hours ago
Sarah Maiellano posted an event

Philly POPS Holds Auditions for Festival Chorus at Philadelphia

September 29, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is holding auditions for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Festival Chorus, a 125-voice ensemble, will be performing with the Philly POPS Orchestra in two series: the popular Christmas Spectacular series, December 4-22, under the direction of David Charles Abell, and Broadway’s Greatest Hits, April 15-17, under the direction of Music Director Michael Krajewski in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 6:00PM to…See More
Friday
Box Office posted an event
Thumbnail

Messiah...Refreshed! at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

November 29, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal ConductorHandel: MessiahThomas Beecham/ Eugene Goossens' 1959 Re-Orchestration for full symphony orchestra Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International Christopher Job, Bass Baritone Soloist John McVeigh, Tenor SolosistClaudia Chapa, Mezzo-Soprano SoloistPenelope Shumate, Soprano Soloist DCINY proudly ushers in the holiday season at Carnegie Hall with the fifth annual performance of Thomas…See More
Thursday
Caroline Knaggs posted a blog post

Street Requiem: for those who have died on the street - California premieres

Welcome Ministry, a communal response to poverty, presents the California premieres ofStreet Requiem: for those who have died on the streetby Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch AMwith additional orchestrations by Steven Couch Saturday, Aug 29 - 7pmOld First Presbyterian Church1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 Sunday, Aug 30 – 2pmCongregational Church of San Mateo225 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 Dr Kathleen McGuire, conductorFrederica von Stade,…See More
Aug 25
Angela Usobiaga posted an event
Thumbnail

2015 TACONIC OPERA GALA: OPERA GOES INSANE at ArtsWestchester Gallery

September 17, 2015 from 7pm to 9:45pm
Taconic Opera, now in its 18th season in Westchester, will present another unusual fundraiser on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in White Plains at the ArtsWestchester Gallery at 31 Mamaroneck Ave.  The Gala’s theme, Opera Goes Insane, will feature the company’s lead professional singers performing “mad scenes” from famous operas while guests dine in total serenity.  This event is an entertaining, upbeat, and unique way to support the continuation of live, professional opera in Westchester…See More
Aug 24
Angela Usobiaga posted an event
Thumbnail

Hudson Chorale, now rehearsing in Pleasantville, welcomes new members in September at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church

September 14, 2015 at 6pm to September 21, 2015 at 7:30pm
Since 2010, Hudson Chorale, Westchester’s largest chorus, has been performing in venues throughout Westchester, bringing the best in choral singing to the Hudson Valley. The chorus now enjoys a region-wide reputation among both singers and audience members for its outstanding programming, superb artistry and interesting repertoire that ranges from the great masterpieces of the past to engaging contemporary compositions.   The Chorale is welcoming new members in all voice parts (SATB) beginning…See More
Aug 14
Erica Kelly updated an event

New York City Master Chorale Auditions at Turtle Bay Music School

September 2, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm
The New York City Master Chorale, a 75-member classical chorus, is holding open auditions for singers with significant choral experience and strong sight-reading skills. Auditions for the 2015 - 2016 season will be held on September 9 by appointment. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings in Manhattan at the Turtle Bay Music School.This season includes a December concert entitled “The Star of Bethlehem”, and a 10th Anniversary Concert at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center featuring Bernstein’s…See More
Aug 13

Notes

Conan Features a Choir on His Show

Conan features the Scala and Kolacny Brothers choir on his TV show.

 

What's next? Are we getting some culture on TV?

 





The all female choir performs…

Continue

Created by SingerLink Apr 23, 2011 at 10:43am. Last updated by SingerLink May 1, 2011.

The Christian West and Its Singers

Here's a review of a great new book "The Christian West and Its Singers" by Jeffery Tucker:



Jeffrey remarks:


"So rather than a review, I say to you, this book exists. Perhaps it has opened a new chapter in history of the study of Christian…
Continue

Created by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010 at 9:08pm. Last updated by SingerLink Aug 29, 2010.

Presentation Mini Master Class





Maestro…
Continue

Created by SingerLink Sep 29, 2009 at 7:58am. Last updated by SingerLink Aug 10, 2010.

Working With Singers

Here's a great video on working with singers from I… Continue

Created by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010 at 9:21pm. Last updated by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010.

Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt

Here's a preview of an new book about Joseph Flummerfelt





In Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt: Thoughts on Conducting, Music, and Musicians, Donald Nally presents a window into the mind and heart of one of America's most celebrated and distinguished choral…
Continue

Created by SingerLink Jun 2, 2010 at 6:55am. Last updated by SingerLink Jun 2, 2010.

Great Offers

 


Stories from
Great Leaders

Events

© 2015   Created by SingerLink.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service