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Items by Dick Rhindress

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Comment: Re: Legal to Copy?
This resource targets educators.  Is there any difference in the law for non-profit community chorus? 
Comment: Re: Anti-War oratorios
These require significant forces, which I hope you will have:   Harry Somers - A Thousand Ages  (9 min) Reconcilliation - Stephen Chatman (short TTBB but fits the program, 4 min)  Bramwell Tovey - Requiem For A Charred Skull  (31 min) Christos Hatzis - Wormwood  (54 min)  
Borrowing request: Rutter Gloria
Item: Choral Scores & Orchestral Parts Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Rutter Starting: Aug 15 - Dec 10 For: 4 months Copies: 50 Willing to rent: Yes  Need to borrow/rent/buy vocal scores and instrumental parts.  Bennington County Choral Society, VT.
Borrowing request: VW Serenade to Music
Item: Vocal Scores & Instrumental Parts Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ralph Vaughan Williams Starting: Aug 15 - Dec 10 For: 4 months Copies: 50 Willing to rent: Yes  Request to Rent/Borrow/Buy Music. Choral scores and orchestral parts.  Bennington County Choral Society, Bennington VT.   
Comment: Re: Unpaid admissions to concerts
Indeed perhaps some of those who omit the ticket purchase may be relating to their experience as volunteers with other volunteer situations.  Whether intentional or unwitting they may be trying to give the message "enough is enough".   I'll take it one step further than the other advice you have...
Comment: Re: We need songs with names of states in the title
Methinks you'll be in for doing some of your own arrangements, but here are some thoughts to instigate your searches.   Don't forget the football fight songs, and medly arrangements exist.  What better in TX in October?  Americana at their core ... somewhat.   There's always "Moonlight in Ve...
Comment: Re: Conference Morsel: Locating Male Singers
I am not convinced that the concept "Adolescent boys are looking for opportunities to develop a masculine identity" is appropriately restricted to adolescents.
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
We were looking for the same last year, here's the list I developed. These first two we did last year, I highly recommend; great response from chorus and audience.  Snow-flakes by Steve Murray  http://www.berkshiremusic.net/choral/ Voices of Earth: Snow by Stephen Chatman   If you can consi...
Comment: Re: Darkness and Light Concert
Conspirare has "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" by Dolly Parton and arranged by Craig Hella Johnson.  Fits your theme well; might might help erase the pop/classical boundary, too.   For rousing:  Rise Again by Leon Dubinsky The Mary Ellen Carter by Stan Rogers  (many arrangements of both).  ...
Comment: Re: Choir warm up and exercises
Chase,   What is your purpose in warmups?  Is it getting the singers focused?  or getting the tubes cleared and lubricated?  or reminder/training in some vocal technique(s)?  or bringing the voices to full readiness?   I'm an elder-singer who has spent a lifetime singing in various communi...
Comment: Re: Breast Cancer Awareness program
The territory you wish to cover is quite directly addressed in the cycle produced by The Womens' Chorus of Dallas and the Turtle Creek Chorale called "Sing for the Cure".  It is a multi-commissioned set combining narration, poetry, song, and choruses.  It's available as a 2 CD set (Amazon, Spotify...
Comment: Re: When to Say "Enough" to a Piece of Music
Robbie, this is a classroom exercise, a learning situation, not headed to a concert.  Right?  The singers are your peers and many are likely your friends.  Why not ask them where the difficulties lie?  Where are the hard spots, what are they just not getting?  Every good and great director that...
Comment: Re: So-so Pianist Directing a Choir
Robert,   In the field of music education you will certainly find many calls upon your assumed talent as a pianist.  As Susan said, grab every opportunity while in school to improve those skills; they are pretty fundamental to the field you pursue.     OTOH, as a choral singer I strongly app...
Comment: Re: High School Choir Needs Men
Not a few community choruses could benefit from your sort of thinking.
Comment: Re: Scholarly Abstraction: Community Choir Singing
A fine analysis, yet the study is 10 years old.  And studies like this are based upon data that is old before the study is published, that's a truth of the genre.  Much remains the same, yet changes in our demographics and consumption patterns, the near constancy of personal music delivered via m...
Comment: Re: Most important American choral works written in last 50 years
Don't overlook the works speaking to causes.  Their importance is of a different sort, hopefuly both profound yet ephemeral, perhaps less about music than about music as the medium to communicate and educate.  A literature survey is incomplete without recognizng them.  Since the greater social s...
Comment: Re: SSA/SA music with places as a theme
For "Wairua Tapu" you want to contact Karen Grylls:  http://www.choirsnz.co.nz/profile/dr-karen-grylls  She conducts it on the recording "Gaude/Rejoice" by the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir.  http://www.trustcds.com   I believe she has been doing some work with the Toronto Children's Choir,...
Comment: Re: SSA/SA music with places as a theme
I presume that for a summer concert you want lighter fare...  From a mostly North American perspective:  many of these are pop/ballad style which your non-readers will find easier to memorize, and your exeperienced singers improv some harmonies.  Depends on skill levels, eh.   Might be fun to...
Comment: Re: Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers
Consider Antoine Blanchard, most of his works appear lost but a few survive.  Clearly overlooked and forgotten.  Jubilate Deo (psaume 65), Misericordias Domini (psaume 88).  There's a recording by Choeur de Paris-Sorbonne.
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
If you want new and different you might want to look at pairing two by Leonard Enns:  Logos (22min) or Missa Brevis (14min).  Both performed by the Elora Festival Singes on "Northword" (Centrediscs). Fine and accessible; Logos uses larger forces but not a full orchestra.   Also Healey Willan's ...
Comment: Re: Festival Repertoire for heavily male-voice mixed chorus
Consider Jonathan Quick's arrangement of "Loch Lomond".  He has various arrangements of it in different voicings; plus I've heard others that I don't see published so it's definitely worth contacting him to check what he may have to fit your specifics.  It's different enough to be a challenge -- o...
Comment: Re: Community Sing-A-Long
Lance, Who comes to these "musical offerings"?  Is it a concert for primarily the church membership or does it attract a community-wide crowd?  If it's primarily for the church try assigning a few choir members to "spy" on the congregation next time you throw them a new and unusual hymn.  How man...
Comment: Re: Men's Chorus Music
You might want to be in contact with Chor Leoni.  They have a major effort in promoting men's chorus groups in high schools across Canada, and sponsor one directly in Vancouver.  The staff at "Music Plus" in Waterloo, ON should be helpful on what's popular and useful.     Consider giving them...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for a "Parodies and PDQ" Concert
You might want to look at "Three Limericks" by Arthur Frackenpohl, there is a neat "Lob der Faulheit" by Gotthold Lessing which becomes "In Praise of Laziness" by Franz Joseph Haydn, also the Lessing/Haydn "Die Beredsamkeit" / "Rhetoric", and Mark Schweizer's "The Weasel Cantata" mixes muical and ...
Comment: Re: College Theory Program and Great Choirs
The unanswered assumption here is whether the student's wishes to be a music major are more appropriate for him than a broader college education with perhaps a dual major.  So often kids who are fine musicians also excell academically in other areas; those talents should be honored as well.  I k...
Comment: Re: World War II rep for high school men's choir
There's a bunch of good suggestions on the Chor Leoni CD "Songs of War and Peace".  http://chorleoni.org/store/products/songs-war-peace/  Their selections run from pops to classics.  The medley "Songs Soldiers Sing" might be appealing to HS boys.  And considering their commitment to education an...
Choir: Bennington County Choral Society (Bennington, Vermont, USA)
The Bennington County Choral Society is a mixt voice unauditioned community chorus performing two concerts each year plus providing music for community events.  Members come from the county and surrounding communities.  Music performed ranges from the traditional mass and oratorio and choral stand...