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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 1999
SDSM& T PROFESSOR ELECTED PRESIDENT AND
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ChoralNet
James D. Feiszli, Director of Music at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was elected President and Executive Director of ChoralNet, the Internet Center for Choral Music, during the first Board of Directors meeting held August 12- 18, 1999. ChoralNet was created in 1993 after a group of men began to discuss the possibility of connecting the International Center for Choral Music in Belgium, and MUSICA, the international choral music databank, to U. S. choral musicians via the Internet.
Feiszli joined together with three other gentlemen from across the country, Walter Collins, co- founder of the International Federation for Choral Music, Mark Gresham, Editor of Chorus! Magazine, and Robert D. Reynolds, professor of music history at Arizona State University, and watched their initial undertaking, Choralist, evolve into a focal point for choral musicians on the Internet. After reaching unexpected success, ChoralNet was created in 1995.
“ When we began Choralist in 1993, we thought that we were creating a little e- mail discussion group for college choral directors, which would probably include maybe 250 people,” said Feiszli. “ Little did we imagine that it would evolve into something that touches so many people in so many places every day.”
ChoralNet is the gateway to professional choral music activity on the internet. It operates three e- mail discussion lists, seven world wide web message boards, maintains webpages for the American Choral Directors Association ( ACDA), International Federation for Choral Music ( IFCM), World Youth Choir, International Center for Choral Music, International Choral Bulletin, and World Symposium on Choral Music. ChoralNet also provides links to over 3000 online choral music resources. The not- for- profit organization is supported by major professional choral organizations around the world including the IFCM and ADCA.
ChoralNet users span across all continents and take part in the web forums, and use the website – which gets accessed over 8,000 times a day. The first Board of Directors meeting was held on- line over a period of seven days and twelve time zones due to its geographic location of Board members, from California to Slovenia. The not- for- profit organization serves as a resource for choral music professionals and fans all over the world.
To access ChoralNet, visit the website at http:// www. choralnet. org.
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