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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 which was held over a period of seven days from Thursday, August 12 until Wednesday, August 18, 1999. This meeting was conducted online, utilizing the majordomo listserver capabilities of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
ChoralNet began in 1993 after a group of professional musicians 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, with 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, saw 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 ACDA.
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. ChoralNet Board members reside in geographic locations ranging 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:// choralnet. org.
Photo caption: James D. Feiszli, Director of Music at SDSM& T, was recently elected President and Executive Director of ChoralNet, the Internet Center for Choral Music on the Internet.
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