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The Stage - Official Performing Arts Podcast of the NFHS

By Dr. James Weaver on April 15, 2021 nfhs news Print

The NFHS Performing Arts Department debuted a new podcast in October 2019 called "The Stage". This podcast features guests from around the country and touches on topics involved with: music, speech, debate, theatre, academic competitions and arts advocacy. The Stage is for administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students and offers something for everyone.

The Stage is featured on a variety of platforms to make it more convenient for you to enjoy the podcast. 

Google Podcasts / Spotify / Apple Podcasts / Buzzsprout

Please give it a listen and help support Performing Arts

Episode #15 - Culture, Leadership and Positivity - From Barry L. Houser (Director of the University of Illinois Marching Illini)

See the video version


Episode #14 - Water Resources Selected as 2021-2022 National High School Policy Debate Topic. Authors interviewed! 

See the Map (Who Voted For What)

Read the Press Release


Episode #13 - Dr. Karissa Niehoff (Executive Director, NFHS)

Contact KMills@nfhs.org or JWeaver@nfhs.org to get connected with NFHS resources

2020 Performing Arts Conference: Follow-Up with Presentations


Episode #12 - David Starnes (Director of Athletic Bands - Western Carolina University) and Benjamin Schroeder (Varsity Performing Arts)

Together As One Varsity Info: Sign-Up Page

Together As One NFHS Info: Press Release

Forensic Quarterly and National Debate Topic Materials


Episode #11 - Jamey Aebersold (Jazz Master, Musician, Saxophonist, Publisher, Educator)

Jamey Info: Website JazzBooks.com

Related Articles: COVID-19 Resources Main Page, COVID-19 Aerosol Study


Episode #10 - Dr. James Weaver (NFHS) and Alan Greiner (Iowa High School Music Association)

Article: COVID-19 Copyright Guidance, Distributed Music Recordings (NEW INFO)

Content: COVID-19 Resources Main Page


Episode #9 - Dr. Brad Kent (Texas UIL/State Director of Music)

Article: Click here to read more about the Texas UIL Mariachi Festival

Content: March is Music in Our Schools Month (NAfME), Dr. Brad Kent Interview, Music Event Management (NFHS Learn Course), Steam the Mariachi Festival


Episode #8 - Dr. Kevin Minch (Truman State University/NFHS Speech Committee College Advisor)

Content: Low Income Music Opportunities, How State Associations Can Support School Music Programs, Dr. Kevin Minch Interview, Extemp Speaking Topics, High School Today 100th Issue!


Episode #7 - Dan Schuster (Part 2)

Content: 2020-2021 National HS Debate Topic Announced, National Credentialing Tiers, 10 Million Courses Delivered for NFHS Learn, NFHS Learning Center Performing Arts coursesDan Schuster Interview 


Episode #6 - Dan Schuster (Director of Educational Services/NFHS Learning Center and Performing Arts Courses)

Content: Music and Speech, Debate and Theatre Outstanding Educator Awards, Ballots for 2020-2021 National HS Debate Topic, Forensic Quarterly's Available for Purchase, NFHS Learning Center Performing Arts courses, Dan Schuster Interview 


Episode #5 - Adam Jacobi (Wisconsin High School Forensic Association/Speech and Debate Adjudication Training)

Content: New Articles on Speech and Music webpages, Upcoming Surveys, NFHS Music and NFHS Speech/Debate/Theatre Associations, Adam Jacobi Interview


Episode #4 - Mike Plunkett (Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association/Music Adjudication)

Content: Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band FinalsMusic Adjudication NFHS Learn Course (UPDATED AND FREE)Mike Plunkett Interview, Music Adjudication Article


Episode #3 - Alan Greiner (Iowa High School Music Association/Copyright)

Content: Debate Topic Announcement (Top 2)Understanding Copyright and Compliance NFHS Learn Course (FREE)Alan Greiner Interview, Outstanding Music Award InformationOutstanding Speech, Debate and Theatre Award Nomination


Episode #2 - Dr. Rich Edwards (Baylor University/Policy Debate)

Content: Oak Grove High School (MS)Adjudicating Speech and Debate NFHS Learn Course (FREE)Dr. Rich Edwards Interview, Forensic Quarterly / Policy Debate Quarterly


Episode #1 - Randy Cohen (Americans for the Arts/Arts Advocacy)

Content: Performing Arts Conference Recap, National Performing Arts Activities Week, Performing Arts School of Excellence, Randy Cohen Arts Advocacy Interview, National Debate Topic Ballot