Real-Life 'Chorus' Director Shares His Secrets

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Listen: Hear Smith Discuss 'The Chorus'

A scene from 'The Chorus.'

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Competing in the Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards this year is a low-budget film from France called The Chorus. In the movie, a lowly music teacher transforms a group of scruffy delinquents into a chorus of angelic voices.

Jeffrey Smith, the boys' choir teacher and music director of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, joins NPR's Fred Child to talk about the movie and what it takes to teach young boys to sing.

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