Stewardship and Service

One of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks volumes to our profession as choral directors.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

The Winter 2020 Star of the North issue features a number of articles that discuss various aspects of stewardship and service. We hope you will find inspiration in the legacy article about Michael Smith, who has unquestionably spent his career serving others.

The From the Field articles authored by Amy Johnson and Dwight Jilek, provide thought provoking insight from their respective districts. Our Star Program for this issue is the Montevideo Music Department which serves its community with an impressive range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.

The commissioning corner article is guest authored by Laura Krider from the American Composers Forum. No matter where you might be in your journey of commissioning new music, Laura shares some admirable points from the ChoralQuest Series from our friends at ACF that will enhance your commissioning experiences.

The Inside ACDA article, the Scholarship Sketches, the ACE Awards, and our ever-popular Pix Six are all here to give you up-to-date information and timely inspiration. On behalf of the Star of the North editorial team, we thank you for your readership, and for all that you do to serve your communities with the power of music.

Peter J. Durow
Managing Editor

Erik Doucette
Associate Editor

Garrett Lathe
Associate Editor

Cory Westgard
Associate Editor

Bruce W. Becker
Executive Director

Dariush Akhavan
Web Editor