Apr 20, 2018
This is the final episode of the
Choir Ninja Podcast. As always, the goal is to bring value to you
choir directors, so Ryan gives you a chance to get to know the
people behind the companies that have supported this show. Listen
to their origin stories, their goals, and what motivates them to
make the choral world better everyday. Ryan also has a special
farewell for Choir Nation, and a reminder that there is enough pie
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- Donald Beebe and Maryann Beebe, from Sheet
- Donald started playing piano as a child, and
loved the music store.
in Renaissance Studies from Yale
- Shifted to accounting
- Passion for early music combined with the
desire to get music inexpensively led to the creation of Sheet
- Customer care and service is cornerstone of
their business. Typical turnaround time is 2 weeks.
promote Arts Partner relationships, where they work with artists to
promote each other’s work.
Nation, what are you looking for in your music store? What
experience are you looking for? Donald wants to hear from
and Robbin Rose, with My Music Folders
and Robbin started a community choir. By coincidence, their first
rehearsal was the day after 9/11. They were expecting 60 people to
show up; double that number came to the first
started buying folders for their own choir, bought more than they
needed to get a discount, and then sold the extras to other choirs.
They sold out so fast, they decided, “Let’s do this
business has grown from one choral folder to band folders,
orchestra folders, and choir robes.
have worked with several notable clients to custom design the
folder they need for their specific needs.
and Robbin are musicians. They use their own products, and are
constantly testing and revising their products.
they buy and sell directly, the money that the save on not having a
distributor gets invested in quality. They never cut corners on
- Folders mean something beyond the most
utilitarian use. You can get a personalized folder to commemorate a
particular achievement or event, like a choir tour.
are launching “Song a Week,” a music subscription service that will
link new composers with new music to high school choir directors.
Membership give you a new piece each week, with the right to
reproduce as many copies as you want for your choir. The selections
will be curated to provide music appropriate for the season. Look
for www.song-a-week.com, launching soon.
Crafton and Adam Rabung, with Sight Reading Factory
needed something to help his choirs strengthen their sight-reading
skills. What he wanted didn’t exist, so he designed what he
mutual friend connected Don with Adam, a programmer whose job would
be to translate Don’s ideas into a computer program.
first customers were passionate about the product, so much so that
they wrote messages of appreciation, with suggestions for
- Ryan’s assistant, Stevie Berryman, is awesome
and Ryan is helpless without her.
Nation is also awesome. Thanks for going along on this
- Remember: sharing is important. This is not a
zero sum game. There is enough pie for everyone. It is our job to
make the pie bigger. A win for you is not a loss for anyone else,
and vice versa. You have the ability to do so much good in this
world. People just need an invitation, and to know that you care.
People need you; they don’t know it yet, but they need
- Choir Nation group on Facebook (What should a sheet music
Introducing Sheet Music Deals!
Sight Reading Factory (Use
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My Music Folders (Use promo
code “NINJA” at checkout for “last column” or
best pricing - usually reserved
for bulk purchases only!) WHILE YOU ARE THERE,
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