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Church Christmas Service Coming Up? Need Choral Risers?

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Nov 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Katie Treadway

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Topics: Choral Risers, Choral, Risers

Types of Portable Choir Risers

Posted by Morgan McDonnell on Oct 4, 2017 1:45:00 PM


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Topics: Portable Choir Risers, Choir, Choral Risers

Acoustical Shells for Worship Spaces

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Sep 27, 2017 2:15:00 PM

Have you ever thought of being resourceful with your worship space? Maybe mix things up and create different spaces for your congregation? 

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Topics: Acoustical Shells, Church Music Equipment

School Music Groups 101: How To Get Started

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Sep 20, 2017 4:45:00 PM

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Topics: Portable Choir Risers, Choral Risers, School Music Equipment, Show Choir Risers, Acoustical Shells, Chairs

New School Year, New Music Lessons?

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Sep 13, 2017 3:45:00 PM
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Topics: Music Education, Portable Staging

Vacation Is Over? Ease and Fun Doesn't Have To Be.

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Sep 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

I just got back from vacation a few weeks ago. I had the opportunity to go to New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. Don't freak out just yet. I did have family in both of those countries. Wait, does that make it worse or better? Either way, my family and I had a lot of fun. It was a restful and enjoyable 2 weeks. This meme explains my thoughts about coming back perfectly. 

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Topics: Choral Risers, Easy-To-Use, Portable Staging, Show Choir Risers

After You Choose Your Stage, What Now?

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Jun 28, 2017 3:15:00 PM

Now that you've chosen your portable stage, now what? I'm pressuming you've picked a stage that is just right for your audience. Now that you've considered the technical side, how do you make the stage have that "wow factor"? 

(If you haven't already picked your stage, get a quote from us and check out our portable stages.) 

This blog post gave me the inspiration for this post, with many wonderful ideas. The ones I liked are:

  • If you can't go up, go wide
  • Cover it up
  • Skip heavy lighting features
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Topics: Portable Stages, Staging

How-To: Choral Concert Series

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Jun 13, 2017 1:30:00 PM


In researching choral concert series for you all to attend, I was wondering what it took to put on your own choral concert series in the summer. NPR has this great article on "Eight Things You Need to Know Before You Start a Music Festival". These three stood out to me:

  • Do Your Homework
  • Get Some Help
  • Learn To Let Go
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Topics: Choral Risers, Choral, Music, Festivals, How-To

Choral Festivals and Summer Camps

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Jun 10, 2017 2:05:50 PM

School is out! Take a breathe. Now get excited. I imagine now you're wondering what fun things you'll do this summer. Aren't we all?

Have you thought of summer camps for the kids or festivals for the whole family? I started researching things for me to do in the summer and of course music festivals came up. They're the staple for the summer in most cities. I'm based out of Chicago so I found many music venues and the summer set list for Milwaukee, WI festivals.

You can do this same search for local choral festivals and summer camps. If you have students that are in choral programs during the school year that want to continue having fun in the summer - sign them up for a camp in the summer! The local university in my town hosts music camps throughout the summer.

Maybe you just want to find your own music festival for a date night, or a family-friendly one. You'd be surprised how many you can find across the country. It might take some time finding one in your area, but here are some to start off with. I love making your work easier!

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Topics: Music Education, Choral Risers, Choral

Why Be In Choir?

Posted by Shalina Wozny on Apr 14, 2017 10:45:00 AM

We found this great blogpost from our friends at Moose Lake Community School. Why should you be in choir? Should your students be in choir? You may be pondering whether or not adding music to your child's activities is worth it. We think it is. Here are our Top 3 Reasons Choir is Important: 

  • Is therapeutic (puts aside pressures and concerns of the day)
  • Shows the positive impact a cohesive group can make beyond that which is possible for an individual
  • Teaches a historical perspective through music
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Topics: Portable Choir Risers, Music Education, Choir

Staging Made Easy

Simplifing Production Equipment

McDonnell International works to provide you with the best staging equipment. This blog will provide helpful information for all you need to know about our production equipment. Check out our helpful tips to help make buying, setting up, and storing equipment easy. 

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