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Items by Toni Gould

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Comment: Re: SA or SSA literature
An SSA collection that has delivered good value for our church's 10-voice women's ensemble is "You Raise Me Up" by Tom Fettke - if material toward the pop end of the contemporary continuum is of interest to you. Includes well-known praise/worship songs, the lovely Getty hymn "God of Grace", the titl...
Comment: Re: Top 10 Choral Classics
Lucy, just want to say I really love your statement of criteria:  ... the work has to have singable phrases, words that will reach an audience, and that special quality that captures - Allen Pote called it the "hook" ...   and to it I would add (based on decades of experience accompanying choirs ...
Comment: Re: Projecting Hymn Lyrics
I sympathize with your preference for being able to see the music, Ron - based on practical experience in my small United Methodist Church, I think projecting the full treble/bass score may be more or less feasible & desirable depending on (1) the size of your screen, (2) the characteristics and...
Comment: Re: How to get choir to take rehearsal seriously?
Here are a few things that have worked well to develop good rehearsal habits for my choir (which until a few years ago had been accustomed to a very lackadaisical approach that wasted a lot of time):   Start rehearsal exactly on time, every time without exception, no matter how many singers (or h...
Comment: Re: choir anthems for the "aging" voice
Sharron, I can relate - our 16-18 voice no-audition choir has mostly singers age 60+ (including two 80-year-olds), and it's a continuing challenge to find music they can deliver well  that is accessible to them while still meeting special needs including limited ranges. Here are some that have work...
Comment: Re: Music Library Software
My church's first-ever music library/archive system is a very simple one I set up - no library software, I just use Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, which includes extensive details about each title. Very rudimentary, not actually a database, but very easy to use and update. I keep it on Google docs...
Comment: Re: I'm Not Sure What to Make of This
Who knew the Russian Police could get down and funky? Or ... something.
Comment: Re: Choir Robes
I think that in a "blended" worship format as described, robes tend to set a choir apart visually instead of literally and figuratively "blending" with a more casual, eclectic worship style.   My own experiences with this issue ..... The choir I accompany & co-lead stopped wearing robes all b...
Comment: Re: What do you make of music published on ‘copy-proof’ paper?
Both as an accompanist and co-director of a church choir, I would be loathe to purchase music on copy-proof paper as described. I am and always have been militant about purchasing sufficient copies for accompanist and all singers. However, I do find it useful sometimes to make "page turn" and "mark-...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
When I came across this thread, two responses came to mind INSTANTLY:  Mozart's "Ave Verum" ... and Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria". I would be hard pressed to name either as THE top because they are both so wondrously satisfying. And I say this with many towering giants of choral music circling my brain...
Community Forum Post: Annual music budgets?
I'd like to hear from other Music in Worship community members what annual music budgets they work with. I'm hoping that hearing from others will help me put my situation in perspective, and also perhaps serve as a reference point when it's time for me to negotiate next year's budget with the church...
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
Leos Janacek - "Glagolitic Mass"