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What is News?

On the eve of the new CASA website launch with its greatly expanded news section, I'm finding myself thinking a great deal about news. What is the news, besides that which is new? To give the question some context, I'm reminded of the funeral for Princess Diana. Millions of people worldwide wept openly... and yet they never met her, never knew her, and likely nothing she ever did had any impact on their lives. Yes, she was a philanthropist, but there are thousands of people who work harder every year, and they completely unknown. featureimage: 

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In an amplified age, a cappella singing is getting new attention

From classical to doo-wop to barbershop, music sung "a cappella" — by unaccompanied voices — is enjoying a boom in popularity across the country. A cappella singing is the vocal equivalent of working without a net: No piano or orchestra accompanies singers or helps them find the pitch. The singers have to do it all.

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The Gift of Song

If you're reading this, it's pretty much a given that you love to sing. And that you have singing as a part of your life. But here are others who are not so fortunate. People who have been without singing in their lives since their last year of compulsory choir in grade school, turned away by the cultural meme that tosses 1% of us onto the stage and relegates the rest to the audience. featureimage: 

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Threshold Choir ministers to the dying

For Kate Munger, music is a healing force. In 2000, the retired music teacher started the Threshold Choir, a group of women who sing at the bedsides of the terminally ill in private homes, hospitals and hospices across the country. For more, visit http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/05/LVFU14I5FJ.D...

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Twenty-Nine Percent

The latest figures are in, and statistics show that recorded music sales are down 29% in the past year across the country. This isn’t just for Take 6; this is for everyone, from Radiohead to Rhianna. Considering most businesses (including music) run on a narrow margin, this is terrible news. However, it’s only the latest decline in a trend that’s shown a 10-30% decrease in sales every year since the birth of Napster. Budgets have already been slashed, record stores closed, record labels bankrupt. featureimage: 

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