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Items by Stephen Stomps

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Comment: Re: Vocal Help
Whispering is not phonating. Does he hmm? Does he have a speech therapist/pathologist?  If so, can you get permission for access to specifics. Unless ther is phonation, you are just giving breathing lessons. Something else is going on if there is no natural phonation. Smile and Stop. Get him to a s...
Comment: Re: Getting individual voice lessons in the school day
I gave lessons for twenty-four years in Central New York. I gave up my prep period and after school period and was scheduled for a lesson period, as well, in a six period per day schedule. Thus, I was able to schedule small group lessons which I required for the six weeks. The key issue which won th...
Comment: Re: Shelves for choral folders in classroom
Ethan, They were industrial, green/grey, ugly, but made of heavy duty metal, nearly indestructable and held a lot. The shelves do not sag, ever. Industrial, user assembled open shelving. The standard, octavo sized file boxes sold by several music distributors, altho a bit flimsy in themselves, ca...
Comment: Re: Vocal repertoire adapted from symphony orchestra.
Barber's Agnus Dei is a choral setting of his Adagio for Strings   S
Comment: Re: Need a Good Arrangement of Star-Spangled Banner
I was thrilled by John Higgin"s arrangement for Sandi Patty.  SATB and soloist (Sandi Patty). It was broadcast at the end of some broadcast big event. THIS is a big event. Hal Leonard (HL4081 9124)   S
Comment: Re: Baby Grand!
New, Used or borrowed, the piano does no one any good if it is not used. The more it is played, the better it get...IF it is in good regulation and repair.  This is an object of adortion, but only normal caution and upkeep is needed. Seek recommendations from your piano tuner/tech. Certainly, it m...
Comment: Re: Favorite extended choral work?
Well, I just accidentally erased everything I wrote (grrr) so here it is again.  Since you already have the Rutter Gloria in your rep, I would not hesitate to add the glorious Requiem. and The Mass of the Children. But you may look toward a goal of where you would like your choir to be in several...
Comment: Re: Fugue for unauditioned high school choir.
Bach/Swingle: Fugue in c minor (Well Tempered Klavier)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U85-4EYgZk4           Glenn Gould So You want to write a fugue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPBro9mzoVM Genee:  Insalata Italianna   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHQHLNoWGE0   The Geograph...
Comment: Re: Need advice!
Hard g is fine altho I prefer the "ich-laut". Siebs, in his Buenen und Gesang Ausprache, also prefers the hard g. but I "refined" my German in Munich. Whatever you do, have your singers model your native German and not the spurious notions of American ears as handed down on Holy Tablets from most Un...
Comment: Re: Unison a capella piece for non-auditioned choir of 4th graders
Happy Birthday. What ever key. S
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Hans-Werner Zimmermann: Wachet auf, ruft auf der Stimme  http://youtu.be/zafZOJZ1RY8 Britten: Jubilate Deo Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb Thompson: Alleluia Lauridson: Dirait-on Lauridson: O magnum mysterium Victoria: O magnum mysterium Rutter: Requiem Debussy: Le damoselle elue  
Comment: Re: I'm a great teacher... but my piano skills STINK!
What Lisa said. I have heard too many times by the dreamy that your singers will learn to sight-sing...everything will be ok.  read between the letters:  B...S...  The singers will leave you in droves. EVERYBODY knows when a line of notes goes up or down and notation gives a good idea how long a ...
Comment: Re: Seeking Repertoire Suggestions: "The American Experience"
You might have Zaninelli's American in your files. It is a real extraviganza travelling accross the US from the Shenandoah River to the West. Pepper says it out of print.  S
Comment: Re: Seeking Repertoire Suggestions: "The American Experience"
Stephen Hatfield's, All too Soon, (see link, below). expresses the immigrant experience of leaving hardships of leaving home and moving to Nova Scotia (the composer is Canadian). The immigrants work hard to make a new life and then watch their children grow only to see them travel, themselves, to fi...
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
Heinz Werner Zimmermann's, Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme  but I got it, finally. Great piece! Stravinsky's, Illumina nos totally stifled me. S
Comment: Re: I can't get my middle school chorus to sing!
On, Talk Like a Pirate Day, I entered my classroom with a huge AAAARGH! and cajolled the choir to do the echo me. They were amused and taken aback that I even knew what AAARGH was or that there even was a Talk Like a Pirate Day. I let no one slide on this (nor did the other choir members) and soon, ...
Comment: Re: New Choir Teacher. Not sure how to approach some issues.
 These are all fabulous solutions and I shall adds some suggestions which I have found very heplful aiding high school singers through their various stages of development.  Breathing, Focus (Placement) and Resonance are three interdependant elements essential to vocal production. As the needs of...
Comment: Re: "You are not along" concert ideas
"You are not Alone" from Into the Woods. S
Comment: Re: Teaching a new hymn
  Make a plan to add x number of new hymns for each season or one new one for each season over say, five years. You can choose the new hymns in commity, by your self as the music professional, your clergy or whatever is appropriate. BUT FIRST!!!!!! your clergy MUST sing with vigor and quality and ...
Comment: Re: Suo Gan; a good SATB arrangement?
K. Lee Scott's arrangement is very nice. S
Comment: Re: Recruiting and Retaining Students in a small district
Happily done.  Your singers may come up with different suggestions but the excercise really gave focus to the process. The singers also became more invested in the process and, face it, it is the students who meet other students and are, thus, the recruiters.  S
Comment: Re: Sports themed choral music
William Schuman's Mighty Casey has some quite good choral parts. Here is a You-Tube link:  https://www.youtube.com/results?nfpr=1&search_query=William+Schuman+Mighty+Casey listen view watch Description Number Level Price Qty   UPC: 073999498394     Publisher ID: ...
Comment: Re: Recruiting and Retaining Students in a small district
Terri, I pulled this from the ACDA Archives. This proved to be quite a good solution for us and gave the members more "ownership" and involvement in the future.   Last year, as a Learning Styles activity, I wanted to collect a set of talking points before the high school hosted the eighth grad...
Comment: Re: Visual projections in choral concerts
Roger,  I have successfully used and seen projections used in concert. The first was a symphony concert Sciabin's Poem of Fire (I hope memory serves, it was, however, Scribin). He had written the piece for some "color organ" which must have been pretty lame in the early 1900. The projections in t...
Comment: Re: HELP WITH MY VOICE! D:
Elliott,   We have all been there as will every male singer (as well as females).  You cannot hurry the process. Trying to "sing" through this time of maturation will not help hurry the process. Indeed, it may hurt. Some of my guys voices did not settle down until they were Juniors in High School...
Comment: Re: Building a successful student leadership team for college choir
I gave my high school students oppurtunities to gain experience in leadership while assuring that things got done by having the choirs nominate and elect various officers each year. Each ensemble elected a president, vp, secretary (who took daily attendance), treasurer (as needed), librarians (take ...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for American Folk music concert
Zaninelli's Americana is really spectacular. Well voiced and very greatful writing, stirring piano accompaniment. Shenandoah, Sweet Betsy from Pike and one more I can't remember now. I just checked Pepper site tho and it says it's OOP. Worth it to beg borrow or steal. Great piece for any part of ...
Comment: Re: Standing up - yes, standing up
Custom orthotic inserts could help. My health plan, BCBS, covers them for me. You need a perscription. My orthotics and very good shoes to start with, have made a HUGE difference. S
Comment: Re: Science Related Choral Selections -- Request for additional ideas
DuFay's Nuper rosarum flores is science. S
Comment: Re: Proliferation of excessive excess
 I have been processing Jane's initial and subsequest statements with great skepticism and, in the meantime, I took advantage of an hour of a group guided quiet prayer session. When it came time for the private, quiet part, you must have been thinking and writing about this issue because all the c...
Comment: Re: How to teach singers who didn't have a good foundation
This one illustration is essential for every singer. Without the knowledge of proper breathing technique, there can be no real singing. If your singers lift their shoulders when taking their breath, they are not breathing, if the rib cage comes in when breathing, they are not breathing. If the bell...
Comment: Re: Judge my choices and help me make my concert better
I would add Britten's, Jubilate Deo, as an appetiser. Love the Finzi, a composer who seems a bit overlooked in the US. I'd love to hear this concert.  S
Comment: Re: Carmina burana, piano version
I don't know the 2 piano/4 hand versions, I have performed the two piano version several times and the one-piano with a superman twice. The greatest hurdle I see is collecting four pianist. S
Comment: Re: Teaching Private Voice Lessons-Where to begin?
I would not deign to teach piano eventho I have played for 60 years. I have three degrees in voice, I have taught singers in schools of music and high schools since 1970 and my singers have earned around $2 million in financial aid packages from prominent music schools and they have careers in educ...
Comment: Re: Voice problems
In 2009, I was having surprizing vocal difficulties to the point that I wanted a "real" voice doc in NYC, Philadelphia which had acknowleged clinics. I mentioned this to my doctor that me previous attempt at local ENTs had not been very good so when I said, "Real ENT" he was rather put out and sent ...
Comment: Re: Choral program closer
I always looked for a closer until I heard several well known and popular choral ensembles perform rock-em-sock-em closers which really served to be an apology for everything which came before and completely wiped away the memory of the most effective pieces of the performance. Therefore, I always, ...
Comment: Re: Tone deaf
I am very sceptical about "tone deafness" as a starting point, especially in men.  You do not mention the age of the man in question but this lack of pitch sensitivity may be attributed to the fact that he never sang during or after puberty: he simply doesn't know where to put the tone. Below is fr...
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
  I have been pondering this with little specific suggestion. I eliminated Catulli Carmina from consideration...truly taxing; perhaps more so than the Ninth Symphony Finale.  Honegger's (sp) King David  is written for similar forces. But, I did think of assembling a suite of pieces which closely ...
Comment: Re: Literature for chamber choir with orchestra
Bach's Liebster Gott, wann werd' ich sterben (bwv 8) is one of his most charming and intriguing cantatas. Very nice writing for chorus and orchestra. It does call for oboe d'amore duet but, in need, flutes cover the range and do not detract from the effect. Rutter's, What Sweeter Music is always pl...
Comment: Re: Quintessential a cappella pieces?
Paul Hindemith's, 6 Chanson are ravishing little pieces. Set in French with usable English translations, they are musts. Benjamin Britten's, Glorianna Dances, which, I believe must be from the Opera of the same name, are treasures which exhibit the best of Britten's techniques...just when you think...
Comment: Re: Where did you get your choir robes?
Academic. High quality. Design to your specs. Excellent workmanship and many options. The Academic robes I replaced were fourty years old and still in more than acceptible condition. S
Comment: Re: RIP, John Howell
  Long before I met John on ChoraleNet, I realized that he had had a significant impact on my choice of music as a career.  The various unconcious reminicence's of his career as an entertainer led me to the the question, "were you a member of the Four Saints?" He was and I had been stricken by thi...
Comment: Re: Heart We Will Forget Him by ??? (in search of arranger/composer)
I would suggest James Mulholland's which features a lovely horn solo (which may have been omitted). I first heard a performance at New York State School Music Association convention, years ago. The audience was audibly weeping by its conclusion.If that is not it, do it anyway. S
Comment: Re: Male Adolescet Voice Help
Brianna, I would be happy to take your survey. I have taught voices since 1970 and have taken particular interest in changing voices with  good success. S
Comment: Re: Seeking up tempo piece about Love
Hindmeth's Since all is Passing (from the 6 Chanson) is a very brief song of love. S
Comment: Re: Seeking ideas for program called "Out of This World"
When I first began teaching in 1970, I found Ode to Man in Space.  I looked for it several years ago with no luck. I don't remember the composer or edition but you might have it filed in your choral library from BC. Don't faint at this suggestion but I believe it could work because it is really...
Comment: Re: SATB or SATB/SATB plus brass & percussion ideas?
Dania lPinkham's Fanfares S
Comment: Re: Age-Old Mystery of Intonation and Key in A Capella Music...
But if there is a harp in the pit, the key may be D flat because that is where harps are tuned. That, according to my Russian harpist friend trained at the St. Petersburgh Conservatory. I only launch arrows with them, myself. S
Comment: Re: Long Time Choir Members Need to Call It Quits
  There is a possible fix which will not only preserve peace but help your choir. I would imagine that these singers have never been taught to sing. They might breathe incorrectly, they may have tension problems which will effect tone and pitch. These singers can still be taught how to sing prope...
Comment: Re: -er exercises
 Time to introduce the "schwa".  You can devise a vocalize (stress-followed by unstressed vowells:doo-da etc. perhaps modelling with your hand (press down on Doo, lightly lift on the da), gradually have the singers shorten and lighten the da until the length and weight are in proper proportion. ...