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The Jane Pauley Show

After appearing on The Jane Pauley Show (NBC air date 12-23-04), the phrase, "the Magic of Television" has taken on a new meaning for me. Sure I've opened for major acts, toured the country, sung for massive audiences, but none of that prepared me for my trip into the looking glass which is NBC's studios at Rockefeller Plaza.

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A Point Of View

First articles are the hardest ones to write. "Who is this guy? What has he accomplished? And why should I care what he thinks?"  Let me start with the first question. Who is this guy? My name is Rene Ruiz. I was born in Austin, Texas.  I currently live in New York City. I'm single and live alone with my dog,  Buddy. I have the worst track record when it comes to relationships and the best DVD collection in the universe. I enjoy traveling andlong walks on the  beach. I am a Libra and a Methodist. I once laughed so hard at an Abbott & Costello movie, I passed an entire Oreo cookie through my left nostril.

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Willkommen, Bienvenue...

Welcome to the first installment of "Adventures in A Cappella Arranging," the new and hopefully improved "Arranger's Corner," which was featured in The CAN (The Contemporary A cappella News, CASA's official news magazine) through most of the 1990s. I'll be your host, as we explore the backwaters of a cappella arranging, one issue at a time. Then, if we get back before sunset, I'll pull off my mukluks and answer some reader letters. (Feel free to email me at deke@casa.org.) Before I start, I should make one thing very clear: although I'll do my best to give you high-quality, low-risk advice, it should be noted that there's no perfect solution for every situation. Music is art, and as such is reliably messy. Music theory is just that - a theory - and, as we've seen with Newton and Einstein, yesterday's perfect rule can be today's "sometimes, but..."

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CASA Chorus Interest Grows

It always takes time to create something new and different. The idea behind CASA Choruses is certainly that: build a national network of choruses that are a cross between college a cappella groups, barbershop choruses and community choruses. Since the initiative began last October, the word has spread and directors are now beginning to raise their hands to say Id like to start such a chorus! The most progress has been in Frederick, Maryland, where Carolyn Sexton has been auditioning singers and will be starting rehearsals soon for A Cappella Showcase. You can reach her at ACappellaShowcase@gmail.com.

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Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps

Contemporary a cappella has been around for over a decade, resulting in a dynamic and rhythmic sound and style that makes it different from barbershop, doo wop, close harmony, and other a cappell