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Items by Judith Tugendreich

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Comment: Re: multicultural christmas selections
Wexford Carol is a gorgeous irish melody.  Readily available in many arrangements.  Listen to it on YouTube.  Very effective if you have a flute or recorder playing along with it. 
Comment: Re: Activities for 4-hour choir rehearsal
The exercises and musical ideas in previous posts are all excellent.  The secret to surviving four hours  will be breaking up the singing with other acitvities.  If yours is a school where all students have iPads you could divide the kids up in teams, and use a site on Wikipedia--Bach's biography...
Forum message: Music Ideas for "Winter Holidays Around the World" theme?
 The theme  for my adult community chamber choir concert  this December is going to be "Winter Holidays Around the World".  We are looking for  music that comes from other cultures, and uses  melodies and harmonies representative of  that culture.  We have several Hanukkah songs on file a...
Borrowing request: Need to see./borrow
Item: September Song SATB Composer/Arranger/Edition: Kurt Weill Starting: ASAP For: short term Copies: Single or scan Willing to rent: No  The only arrangement currently  in print is a Hal Leonard one  with  complex harmonies. Need a more straightforward one   that my group can learn q...
Comment: Re: Your favorite funny/amusing choral pieces for HS and adult voices?
My group of 18 singers made a production number out of Banquet Fugue. Two of the men came out dressed as waiters with napkins over their arms, put a white cloth on the grand piano and set out silverware and wine glasses.  Four of the women walked in with fancy hats on, stood behind the piano,  an...
Comment: Re: singing "alleluia"
In addition to discussing the origin of the word Alleluia, it needs to be addressed how to sing it.  Too often a chorus will over emphasize the last syllable, giving it a kick as they finish the word.  Something that worked with my group when we worked on Thompson's," Alleluia," was to have them ...
Comment: Re: Go teach or pursue Master's first?
 In addition to all the wise comments above, if you have been in "starving student" mode for several years, it is nice have even an underpaid teacher's salary for awhile. If you are overdrawn at the National Bank of Mom and Dad, they will probably appreciate a respite.  If you have been putting y...
Comment: Re: Keyboard Note Input to Sibelius
Have you noticed it is our kids who rescue us!!  
Comment: Re: SATB arrangements in MIDI downloads.. recommendations of sites please
    I found a commercial Midi site on another thread in Choral Net. downloadchoralparts.com  .  Other sites that have free midis are cyberbass.com and cippo.net .  and http://www.chorusrehearsal.co.uk/ They also have CD's for sale. There are many sites that have   SATB mids:  http://...
Comment: Re: Keeping all of choir on task all the time
I have an adult choir, and they can be just as chatty as teenagers. The most effective thing is having everyone sing the part being rehearsed in a comfortable octave. It is good for their own reading skill development, both pitch and rhythmic, and makes them aware of other parts.  Sopra...
Borrowing request: You've Got to be Carefully Taught - SATB arrangement
Item: You've Got to be Carefully Taught Composer/Arranger/Edition: Rodgers and Hammerstein Starting: ASAP For: one week Copies: 1 Willing to rent: No     I can't locate an SATB arrangement for this timely song.  Hope I can find an out of print copy before I have to make the arrangement mys...
Comment: Re: Re-naming and re-branding a community chorus.
Why not call yourselves the GM Chorus, and skip the  Employee part of the title. Then you could subtitle it  " The Great Music Chorus"  or "Greater Michigan"  or something else with those initials.  It would keep your name recognition but eliminate the supposition one had to be an employee of...
Comment: Re: Satb anthem about the earth
"This we know"  is an excellent choice and my chorus performed it at a similar concert.  "This we know, the earth does not belong to us..." is set to music by Ron Jeffers, and is a nice work.  The words are often attributed to Chief Seattle, but were written in 1971 by a screenwriter for a film...
Comment: Re: Satb anthem about the earth
Just for the record, Chief Seattle did not write those words. Check it out on snopes http://www.snopes.com/quotes/seattle.asp  .  The words were written by a screen writer in 1971, and erroneously attributed to Chief Seattle.  They have been set to music  by Ron Jeffers, and is meaningful and...
Comment: Re: Age-Old Mystery of Intonation and Key in A Capella Music...
I have had many varied pitch experiences.  I have perfect pitch, but have had to constantly adjust as a cellist, pianist, singer, and now choral conductor.  I play cello with a Baroque recoder group which tunes lower than 440, and uses a lower third and leading tone.  When I play with piano, I ...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
My choir would nominate O Magnum Mysterium by T.L. Victoria.  His Ave Maria would be high on their list, as well as Adoramus Te,  sometimes attributed to Palestrina. And, of course, Ave Verum by Mozart.