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Items by Andrew Miller

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Community Forum Post: liability insurance
Hey all,   I am planning to bring my choir of adult singers to perform at some pretty top-shelf venues within the next year or so. One of the venues requires a million dollars of liabiltiy insurance coverage.  FYI most of our performing will take place in MN.  I don't know where to start w...
Comment: Re: Seeking Christmas Eve anthems for church choir
"Hark, the News of the Herald's Angel" is a great one.  My uncle taught it to us in children's choir.  Probably one of the more amazing songs I have ever sung. 
Comment: Re: Disrespected and Frustrated
Some immediate thoughts that come to mind:  Humor goes a long ways.  Telling isn't selling.  Vulnerability is a necessity to trust.  Pick fun music. I used to sell Kirby Vacuums.  Through that job, I learned that people aren't buying your product, they're buying you.  Once they've bought [i...
Comment: Re: Proper choir name
You could always meet in the middle and call it the Chanceluary choir, or perhaps Sanctuancel choir..
Comment: Re: In Defense of New Music Publishing
Amen brother.  I have work published through four companies, and they have served me and my career very well. 
Comment: Re: Choral work with strings and/or oboe, trumpet
Kim,   I want to show you my most recent set, The Lamb and The Tyger (poems by William Blake).  They are both in the process of being published through Pavane Publishing, and will be performed by the world-famous Concordia Choir this Fall.  The Tyger won a national composition contest, which Da...
Comment: Re: Arrangers for the Middle School Choir
Jay Althouse. 
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
My "THE TYGER" is a beast.  Check it out.  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/The%20Tyger%20-%20Miller.mp3 It's being published through Pavane as we speak, and the Concordia Choir is performing it this fall.    I dare anyone to try it.  MWA HA HA!!!   ;)
Comment: Re: Repertoire Research Question
1.Have you taught middle school choir?  - YES 2.About how many students were in your choir?  -  56 in mixed, 20 in boys. 3.What resources do you use to find repertoire?   -   School library, I compose, choralnet, JW Pepper, ask colleagues 4.Do you find SAB or SATB music to be more succe...
Community Forum Post: Free Scores
Greetings fellow directors! Please share this information with anyone that would benefit from it - especially those with modest music budgets.  Over the last three years, I have been humbled with great success in the publishing realm, having now over a dozen published works through Santa Barbara,...
Community Forum Post: Free Scores
Greetings fellow directors! Please share this information with anyone that would benefit from it - especially those with modest music budgets.  Over the last three years, I have been humbled with great success in the publishing realm, having now over a dozen published works through Santa Barbara,...
Community Forum Post: Free Scores
Greetings fellow directors! Please share this information with anyone that would benefit from it - especially those with modest music budgets.  Over the last three years, I have been humbled with great success in the publishing realm, having now over a dozen published works through Santa Barbara...
Community Forum Post: Free Scores
Greetings fellow directors! Please share this information with anyone that would benefit from it - especially those with modest music budgets.  Over the last three years, I have been humbled with great success in the publishing realm, having now over a dozen published works through Santa Barbara,...
Community Forum Post: Free Scores
Greetings fellow directors!    Please share this information with anyone that would benefit from it - especially those with modest music budgets.  Over the last three years, I have been humbled with great success in the publishing realm, having now over a dozen published works through Sant...
Comment: Re: Double Dipping as a Music Director
I'm happy to hear you and your church worked out the issue Ann.  Always know you can count on us to weigh in and help each other out through the tough choices.  That's what a community is for! :)  
Comment: Re: Smoking
"Smoking is bad for a singer, but singing is good for a smoker", vocally speaking.  Deitrich Fischer-Dieskau (one of the most famous operatic bass-baritones ever to live) smoked heavily for 35 years through the larger part of his career.  He maintained flawless technique and range throughout be...
Comment: Re: Trouble with decrescendos
Images are great.  Tie in the mechanics too.  A killer image is to imagine they get to tell you they've just won a million dollars, but the person in the other room can't hear it, and they aren't allowed to whisper (use something anger-based too once in a while). The result is an engaged vocal a...
Comment: Re: I'm a great teacher... but my piano skills STINK!
It could be your practice technique.  Play new stuff at turtle tempo so you can process.  Split hands up only as a last resort, but otherwise, turtle tempo so both hands can process.  If that doesn't work, super turtle tempo, and if that doesn't work, turtle snail sloth super slug slo-mo tempo. ...
Comment: Re: After School Middle School Choir
Some of those kids are going to be really, like for real, talented.  I don't know that age is much a factor to be considered between 6-8 grade in determining how to split singers up.  I know plenty of 6th graders who are friends with 8th graders.  I know middle schoolers who are more emotional...
Comment: Re: Differentiating in the choir rehearsal
Humor!
Comment: Re: Unfamiliar curriculum
Are you a part of any band/orchestra/percussion forums?  A direct route you could go is to connect with others who teach those things and do skype sessions with the instruments laid out in front of you, so you both can go over each instrument and the teacher can help you with how to teach the inst...
Comment: Re: SAB acapella for Freshman/Soph non-auditioned choir?
I've spent the last two years writing SAB music for small high schools in North Dakota.  Google "Andrew Miller Santa Barbara" and you should find my page.  :)
Community Forum Post: "In Silence"
My latest commission performed by the Bemidji State University Choir under the direction of Dr. P. Bradley Logan. "In Silence" ..Link and poem below. Anyone interested in performing, let me know!  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/In%20Silence%20-%20The%20Bemidji%20Choir.mp3  In Sile...
Comment: Re: Most important American choral works written in last 50 years
Sorry, I should have justified this.  I am guaging "most important" on how many choirs perform them.  I would add Bestor's Prayer of the Children to this list.  This one, along with the previous five I mentioned, are in my mind some of the most frequently and widely performed modern choral works ...
Comment: Re: Most important American choral works written in last 50 years
Here are five to consider.    Biebl Ave Maria Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium Whitacre Water Night & Sleep Rutter Requiem (can we list major works?) Dickau If Music be the Food of Love          
Forum message: FINALE HELP
Hello,   One of my students just did a huge arranging project on finale 2014, for mac.  She either has the demo version or her program is glitchy, because she can't save files as etf, xml, pdf, or mus,  The only file extension she can save as is MUSX.  Curious if anyone has finale 2014, would...
Comment: Re: Classroom management, first year middle school choir director
Hi Jen!   I feel your pain.  I'd come from underneath, cater to some of their interests, speak their language, share some humor, let them call some of the shots.. it's really not as much about control as it is about them trusting you.  If they know you've got their interests at heart too, they...
Comment: Re: Behavior issues
Hi Ben,   I recommend to sometimes speak their language, cater to some of their interests, enjoy some humor with them.  I did that with my 9th grade girls, and it seemed to work pretty good!  Of course, there are always rough times with that age, but if they really like you (and trust you) the...
Comment: Re: 1st year choir directing ~ Several questions!
I meant music teacher "guy" Chase.  My bad!
Comment: Re: 1st year choir directing ~ Several questions!
Opening up is mostly psychological.  Find real-life scenarios and images where they naturally put it out there.  When they do a fun exercise where they use their outside voice, and then start singing notes, they will revert.  Don't settle until they've discovered what brings out their brave selve...
Comment: Re: When do I teach mixed and chest voice?
I'd say elementary.  Little ones tend to sing everything in chest voice unless they're taught about their two registers.  Andrew
Comment: Re: Sight Singing Assessment
I've made it into a game in my classes, where I'll have a sheet projected on the screen (or laminate sheets you hold and flip through, if you don't have a projector) with melodic fragments and rhythmic fragments.  I accompany them with a steady boom-chick on the keyboard (or, in the case of 3/4 and...
Comment: Re: Top 10 Choral Classics
  Musik's Empire - Lloyd Pfautsch Beati Quorum Via - Charles Villiers Stanford Sleep or Water Night - Eric Whitacre The Culprit - Richard Peasley Sicut Cervus - Palestrina Bogoroditse Devo - Rachmaninoff (or, if you've got the basses, Gretchaninoff's Our Father) Elijah Rock or The Battle of ...
Comment: Re: Daily Rehearsal "Objectives" - need suggestions
Just the other week, I did something I've never done before.  I had my non-audition choir take a QUIZ!  I never had to do quizzes in choir, and in my experience I haven't seemed to notice that many other choirs to quizzes, but in my efforts to be a more effective educator, I decided it's time to p...
Comment: Re: Daily Rehearsal "Objectives" - need suggestions
I feel your pain.  Even though structuring our rehearsals and laying out objectives can seem like a hinderance, it's actually really good for us.  Choral directors in particular are prone to being a little ADD and sporatic, so we naturally resist structure that makes us put what we do into concret...
Comment: Re: The "New Voice Type" coming to our choruses
Sigh the tone. :)
Comment: Re: Church choir recruitment/attendance
Find a hymn that's melody is in the lower middle range of the voice, for the congregation to sing.  Write a descant to it that's easy and pretty.  Include the descant in the bulletin.  Have ladies in congregation sing it when it comes to that point.  Ask your pastor if he/she can make an announc...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for wide range of musical periods
For your advanced choir, Lloyd Pfausch's "Musik's Empire" would be perfect.  The text and music tell the story of the evolution of music.  It has a sacred perspective, it's haunting, invigorating, reverent, and beautiful!!!   A couple suggestions for the earlier stuff: Attende Domine - Chant -...
Comment: Re: minor thirds, perfect fifths, and intro to major-minor (dominant) sevenths
I'll add that in referring to well-tuned fifths, if by 'wide' you mean further apart than one might imagine, I find that to be false in most cases.  I find that the upper note of the 5th is notoriosly sharp, verging on the minor 6th, so I always tell my singers to sit down a bit on the 5ths.  It w...
Forum message: Singing in the morning
Hello all,   I just got done having a conversation with my supervisor, who is an instrumental musician.  He would like me to move my college chamber singers rehearsal from 3:00pm to 10:00am, because currently my class overlaps with Jazz Combo, and they've always had it at that time, so they get...
Comment: Re: SAB repertoire for non-auditioned school choir
http://www.sbmp.com/SR4.php?Search=andrew+miller   I carry your heart and If Music be the Food of Love.  :)
Comment: Re: Expanding a music program: need advice (long message)
Since you've got administration behind you, with promised funds toward your program building efforts, go for it.  You'll succeed in what you set out to do, it will more greatly benefit your professional development to build than to go somewhere else and maintain, and it will benefit the world more ...
Comment: Re: Popular singers with good technique?
Good Technique: Jewel Whitney Houston Garth Brooks Christina Agulara on some things The lead singer of U2 Bad Technique: Steven Tyler Britney Spears Ashley Simpson Metalica Avenged 7fold Bob Dylan Adele (sounds good, but not very healthy) Most others. ;)
Comment: Re: Seeking advice
Thanks for your replies!  Bridgit, I think as composers we think alike.  I would love to see some of your stuff if you want to share.  And, I've got a few more finished things for middle school I could show you if you're interested. My email is andrew.j.miller.4@bismarckstate.edu.  
Comment: Re: Miserere by Allegri. Editions?
This one:  http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/alle-mis.pdf  
Forum message: Seeking advice
Hello everyone,   I'm in the process of composing this piece (see links below).   Score:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/As%20the%20sun%20opens%20the%20flower.pdf Recording:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/As%20the%20sun%20opens%20the%20flower.mp3   The next v...
Comment: Re: Mysterious Gloria
O Gloria Mysterium...
Comment: Re: Help with "being myself" when leading church music
Let's start with the why your personality changes.  Only you can truly answer that.  But here are some options that might shine some light if you're having a hard time understanding this part of yourself.  It could be any of these, any combination, or none at all. 1. You're missing some confiden...
Comment: Re: Mysterious Gloria
I'll take a look at it.  Email me at andrew.j.miller.4@bismarckstate.edu
Comment: Re: gregorian style song for ssa
This piece I wrote fits exactly what you're looking for.  Let me know if you want to purchase copies of this.  Email me at:  andrew.j.miller.4@bismarckstate.edu   Score:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/A%20Simple%20Alleluia.pdf Recording:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3...