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Items by Stephen Bigger

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Comment: Re: Choral music for Civil Rights commemoration?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFuynbzoqXo&sns=em This song "Shake this World" has been performed for various MLK celebrations, was included on the MLK celebration compilation CD, and seems to be a "hit" with choirs and audiences.  
Comment: Re: Multicultural Theme
http://youtu.be/MYgzD_4tEL0 Hi, Travis You might be interested in my piece called "World of Many Colors". It works great with piano accompaniment or even simply a capella. The choral section starts around 2:00. The round at the end is a nice crowd pleaser... :) Very do-able with a small choir
Comment: Re: seeking songs about diversity in the workplace
http://youtu.be/MYgzD_4tEL0 Hi Mark, i have a piece called "World of Many Colors" which was written to address some of the very issues you mentioned. It is intended for community or high school choir and is not difficult, yet an effective crowd pleaser with the round at the end. It sounds great wit...
Comment: Re: Choir and Sitar
Hi Virginia, I have a piece called "World of Many Colors" which uses Tanpura, but could also be adapted for sitar. Although the piece is currently scored in Fm it could be adapted to D or a key more suited to sitar. My original idea was to have sitar on this piece, so I would be happy to adjust ...
Announcement: Mozambique Choir Videos now being posted!
Video premier! Brand new videos of the Manda Wilderness Choir Festival in Mozambique are now posted!  http://www.stephenbigger.com/category/stephens-blog/   In the summer of 2013 I had the honor of being a choral adjudicator for the 2013 Manda Wilderness Choir Festival in Mozambique Africa. W...
Comment: Re: Upbeat SATB piece with piano
http://www.stephenbigger.com/shop/ Hi Jessica, hope it is not too late. There are several pieces here on my site in which you might be interested. All are available/performable either with piano accompaniment, a capella, or full orchestration. There are others, including one called Magnify! which ...
Comment: Re: need help locating "The King of Love My Shepherd Is"
I believe the composer is John Stainer. That is a beautiful piece, depending on the arrangement. There are some that really are watered down... hope this helps!
Comment: Re: Advice in finding a new music director?
Based on your description- I can honestly say I wish there was some way for me to work with your choir. I might invite you all to move to California if i had the room to put you up!  But seriously, the heart of your choir sounds so true it may be that you should simply publish this request. Your ...
Comment: Re: Winter Concert music needed
http://youtu.be/MYgzD_4tEL0   Hello, please consider my compsition "World of Many Colors" for SATB, piano (optional percussion), or orchestra accompaniment. We have used it as a winter concert closer with great success in the Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra.   I will be happy to send y...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for World Hunger concert
Hello, Jim Please consider my piece "World of Many Colors" with full orchestration and choir. I will be happy to send you a pdf of the score for your perusal.   http://youtu.be/MYgzD_4tEL0   Slbigger@rockarbormusic.com
Announcement: Exciting Trip to Mozambique for Manda Choir Festival
Back in December of 2012, I answered an ad here on ChoralNet for Guest Conductor of the Manda Wilderness Choir Festival. Well, the time is NOW! And I am very excited to be adjudicating the Choir festival and training the winning choir for their recording studio session. I will be joining Choirmaster...
Comment: Re: multicultural christmas selections
Hi Amanda,  What a fun concept for a holiday concert! I have an upbeat celtic piece called "Rejoice!" which is perfect for a multi-cultural theme. It is derived from the melody of Veni Emmanuel, but I have written non-religious, positive text so it is perfect for any audience. it is available wit...
Comment: Re: Music Ideas for "Winter Holidays Around the World" theme?
Hi again,  Thank you all for the inquiries into my music. I completely forgot about another piece which might be interesting for you. "Rejoice!" is a Celtic style arrangement of O Come O Come Emmanuel, (so it has a holiday sound) but I wrote alternate text for my community choir in the style of...
Comment: Re: Music Ideas for "Winter Holidays Around the World" theme?
Hi Judith, i have a piece that has worked well for the reasons you mention... "World of Many Colors" may fit your criteria and be something your choir and audience will enjoy. Please email me for a pdf score. It is available in SATB with full orchestration, or piano and djembe accompaniment. Than...
Comment: Re: Seeking African music choral gems
Hi Susan,  please consider my new composition "YaLaLay" in Swahili. Video and perusal scores are available on youtube, or you can visit www.rockarbormusic.com to link through my website. SSAATTBB.
Comment: Re: Intonation XII - What to do when the choir goes flat?
Great post, thanks! Lots of really helpful observations...   Not to oversimplify, but besides a good pitch memory, the placement of the tongue is critical in not only singing on pitch, but also *sounding* in tune. Proper placement of the tongue is as follows: tip of the tongue at the back of the ...
Comment: Re: SATB color songs
"World of Many Colors" is one my new pieces. I'd be happy to send a perusal copy for you. :) the text is: REFRAIN The world is a coat of many colors, every facet of the rainbow; The prism always changes but the light remains the same. Many colors, many shadows are we.  (the refrain becomes a r...
Comment: Re: programming ideas for 2nd choir at a college
Hi Todd, You did not mention what sort of concert you are planning. Is there a theme? I might suggest 3 pieces that could land either at the beginning or the end. "World of Many Colors" (which features a round that creates a wonderful tapestry of sound), "YaLaLay" (in Swahili), a really fun piece...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for mixed, boy-dominated high school choir?
H Jean, What a wonderful "problem" to solve! Too many boys in the choir! :) If you have some strong basses, You could have a lot of fun with "YaLaLay" (in Swahili- it is easier than you think!). If you search that title on youtube you can hear it, and there is also a score perusal video under the ...
Comment: Re: Holiday Music
Hi Matthew, I have a Celtic piece (a little bit like Anuna) called "Rejoice!" based on Veni Veni Emmanuel, available with the original lyrics (your choice) or non-doctrinal lyrics perfect for high school or community groups. It is available in English or Celtic phonetics. It comes with orchestrat...
Comment: Re: Performance tips to become visually appealing
Hi Jonathan, wow, I wish more vocal groups would consider this important aspect of performance.  Of course the repertoire you are chosing will dictate exactly what is appropriate, but my first suggestion might be to get on youtube and search for african choirs. Movement is essential in their music,...
PDF Document: YaLaLay
Announcement: World Choir Composition and Video Release
Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra is pleased to announce the release of a new work by composer Stephen L. Bigger. "YaLaLay" is an energetic celebration in Swahili perfect for mixed choirs looking for modern works for thier repertoire. The piece may be performed in a variety of arrangements from...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Handel's Messiah.
Comment: Re: Saturday Respite: What Do YOU Make?
Well, I know I DON'T wanna make this guy mad.
Comment: Re: New/interesting Christmas repertoire for a community choir/orchestra
Hello, I have a Celtic setting/arrangement of the melody Veni Emmanuel. The piece is called "Rejoice" and is for choir and orchestra. The text is community friendly, and it was a hit last year at our Santa Cruz World Choir and Orchestra Winter performance. Please feel free to email me if you would l...
Comment: Re: Voice major about to have jaw surgery!
Peter, I am a professional singer, musician, and conductor. I am currently recovering from jaw surgery of a similar variety of what your son is facing. (no pun intended). I had maxiofacial surgery on Jan 12. Due to a variety of factors including having been run over by a tractor when i was 10- I had...
Comment: Re: Flashy finale piece
Hi, Doug. Check out "World of Many Colors".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYgzD_4tEL0   There is an extended orchestral prelude included in this performance, but the choral parts start about 3:25 into the video. The piece is available SATB with piano accompaniment or orchestra as needed.
Comment: Re: need upbeat closer
Hello, You are welcome to check out my composition "World of Many Colors" which is ideal for closing a concert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYgzD_4tEL0   The youtube link is to the full orchestrated version, but it is available for SATB choir and piano accompaniment with optional percus...
Comment: Re: New Thought choral music
Hi Kelvin, I am the director of The Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra. I have been developing a repertoire similar to what you are looking for. Here is a link to a video from our Winter (debut) performance of one piece called "World of Many Colors". The orchestral intro on the video is a bi...
Comment: Re: Choral with Percussion
You are welcome to check out "World of Many Colors" SATB live by the Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra- This video was performed with small orchestra, but we have done it with piano and percussion only.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYgzD_4tEL0&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL ...
Concert: World of Many Colors! Winter Concert, Santa Cruz, Dec 13, 7pm
World of Many Colors! Winter Concert by The Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra. December 13, 7pm at the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA   The Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra, a multi-generational, multi-cultural choir and instrumental ensemble performs ancient to modern music from arou...
Comment: Re: Who needs a choir?
There is also some software called "symphonic choir" which allows input of specific unique text with a variety of styles, ensemble size, and other choices. I am thinking of using that for rehearsal tracks for my choir. Still have to research that so please don't think this is an endorsement.
Announcement: New Video completed
We just finished a video of "Shake This World". Please feel free to view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFuynbzoqXo
Comment: Re: Repertoire Suggestion: I need your ideas of finale pieces with "peace theme" for choral festival
Hello, I have 3 originals suggestions for you: 1. "Shake This World", an Anthem for Peace. SATB (optional solo or duet - the solo can be offered to up to 3 singers dividing sections) This is perfect for youthful singers wanting something with energy and a strong message. 2. "World of Many Co...
Announcement: Santa Cruz World Choir and Orchestra Auditions!
Dear Santa Cruz Area Choir or Artistic Director,   You are being contacted because you lead or direct a performance ensemble in the Santa Cruz area and may be facing certain challenges many musical groups are experiencing. My purpose in reaching out to you is to share some ideas that will...
Community Forum Post: India Winter Music
Can anyone suggest some holiday/winter choral music from India or the Middle East? SATB preferred. Thank you!
Comment: Re: Know of any family choirs?
Thanks for your posting. I am starting an intergenerational community choir and orchestra in Santa Cruz, CA this fall. While I have directed plenty of church and school choirs over the years- this will be the first time I have started a large format ensemble with no established parent organization...
Comment: Re: Versatile octet looking for repertoire
Hello, I have 3 brand new choral compositions ranging from chant to modern. "Magnify!" (Hogan meets Brahms), "Kyrie" (polyphnic chant), "World of Many Colors" (Middle Eastern upbeat) Please email me if you are interested in hearing/seeing samples. Thank you!
Comment: Re: Choral pieces on "Neighbours" theme
Hello, I have a work entitled "World of Many Colors" which highlights the similarities and celebrates the differences of cultural neighbors all over this globe. The style is upbeat, modal Middle Eastern (text in english). If you are interested, please email me and I will send you a sample pdf and re...
Comment: Re: Script for a Renaissance/medieval Christmas Feast
Hi Jean, In 2003 I wrote a script for our Christmas Concert called "A Very Early Christmas". This uses Shakespearean and commedia de'larte stock characters to portray the story: i.e. Narrator is Halequin/Nick Bottom, Herod is Pantalone, Mary is Columbine, Innkeeper is Falstaff, etc... The tone is hu...
Comment: Re: Calling All Composers
Hi Clay, I have several original pieces which might interest you. The first is a brand new world style choral piece I finished this month called "World of Many Colors". It was written with an Indian/middle eastern style. Our choir performed it last week for our Spring Concert and they really enjoyed...
Choir: Santa Cruz Community World Choir (Santa Cruz, California, USA)
The RockArbor Santa Cruz Community World Choir is a newly formed multi-generation, multi-cultural choir under the direction of Stephen L. Bigger. Our repertoire includes World Music from all ages, featuring classic to modern selections, original compositions by the conductor, and other exciting musi...
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a Middle School Boy's Choir
If you want a piece for treble choir that has both classic and modern elements, I have a Kyrie chant style piece in 4/4 which sports an energetic 12/8 percussion beat under it. The added percussion is inspired by the movie Avatar (the kids in my choir love this treatment), but the piece can stand al...
Comment: Re: Looking for Palm Sunday Processional music - youth oriented, upbeat?
I have a contemporary Palm Sunday processional called "Hosanna, Hallelujah" perfect for youth (or adult) choir which could include congregational participation on the refrain. Choral parts, charts, and recording are all available. I also have an Easter anthem called "Christ is Risen!" for choir and ...