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Items by Nan Beth Walton

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Comment: Re: performing copyrighted music with just piano accompaniment
As long as you have purchased enough vocal scores for the instruments you are using, I don't think anyone cares which score you read from.
Comment: Re: Notice of resignation
If your relationship is otherwise good, I would try to get through the next high season (Advent and Christmas, perhaps).  If the relationship is not good, maybe two weeks would suffice.  If you are assked for an exit interview, I would be as candid as you can, but always professional.  If you wil...
Comment: Re: What relationship does your choir have with the church you rehearse at? What are the benefits?
Hi Chris,   Choirs that use our space pay for use of the space, probably less than what it costs to keep the utilities going.  I would not have choirs in residence, as I cannot find eough music slots dduirng services for the groups I already direct.  I sing with one choir that pays for use of t...
Comment: Re: Disrespected and Frustrated
My first year with middle school students was really difficult.  And I didn't follow a beloved teacher.  Kids that age are very wary, and they don't easily trust someone new.  Once they get to know and trust you, they can be very loyal and devoted.  I am sure that they feel a good bit of grief, ...
Comment: Re: Proper choir name
And Scott, I enjoyed reading the entire glossary, by the way!  I also have since found a source I forgot to reference, the "Worship Wordbook" from Augsbug Fortress that speaks if the sanctuary in a similar way.  So all of these times we have referred to the entire "room" as the sancutary, we have ...
Comment: Re: Proper choir name
Thanks, Scott!  I love learning new things and appreciate the variety of ways we can name something or understand something.  It brings a depth and richness, and I will remember this!   Nan
Comment: Re: Proper choir name
In the current configurations in most of our sanctuaries, there probably isn't a need to split hairs, since most choirs no longer are located in the chancel (the area around the altar.  Choirs were often behind the altar.)  I call my choir the chancel choir because their location is in the transce...
Comment: Re: Proper choir name
Scott, I am curious as to your source that "sanctuary" and "chancel" are historically synonymous.  I have not ever seen that anywhere that I have looked, which included prior to making this reply.   Thanks!   Nan
Comment: Re: Unpaid admissions to concerts
Our volunteers do not also admission. Theiir's is a valuable job and the reward of free admission seems little in comparison to some of the things they may be asked to do, or situations they may face.  In any case, to have them there to collect admissions is certainly valuable to the organization....
Comment: Re: Rodney Eichenberger at Cannon Beach
I look forward to meeting you, Matt!  
Forum message: Rodney Eichenberger at Cannon Beach
Are any of you attending this summer?  This will be my first time and I am very excited to go, since I sang under Rod for several years in the Seattle Chorale, and then again more recently in the Northwest Choirs event.  If you have gone in the past, I would be interested in your comments, particu...
Comment: Re: Students refusing to sing
I don't know if this would work, but based on  the complaints, I might write a letter to the families of your singers, telling them why you have selected the song, and why you think it is an important part of your students' education.  From a musical perspective, the genre of spirituals, chain gan...
Comment: Re: Appropriate? Use of sign language to augment music
I understand the pandering comment.  We recently had a big deal in my city with a choir that had regularly used a sign language interpreter and the deaf community.  This particular interpreter, who also works with deaf populations, used at least some (many) signs that were not accurate to the text...
Comment: Re: Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb - conduct solos?
As one who has sung the alto solo a couple of times, now, I am grateful for a conductor, especially after the pauses.  I could have probably done it with just the ogran, but where we were located, there was quite a bit of distance between me and the organ, and my back was to the organist.  I think...
Concert: Seattle Bach Choir, Sunday March 9, 2014 3:00 pm
The Seattle Bach Choir presents "God's Time", which includes Bach's Cantata #106, "Gottes Zeit ist die Allerbeste Zeit"; Howells' "Requiem" and "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis" (St. Paul's service); Bach's "Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden" from Cantata #208; Bruckner's "Christus Factus Est" and Mendelssoh...
Comment: Re: Advice in finding a new music director?
Our choir has done this twice in the past 15 years, and each time we used the same process.  We posted the position on this list and in the ACDA and AGO publications.  We had quite a large number of applications.  From those, we looked over all of them as a board, and then selected our ten/sixtee...
Comment: Re: need some advice when recording parts with Finale
I do this quite a bit for my choir, and I play the notes in with the keyboard and Hyperscribe as an entire SATB score.  I then go to studio view and then assign different woodwind instruments to the voices.  I usually change the highlighed voice to oboe, english horn or bassoon, and leave other ot...
Comment: Re: justifying a high school chamber choir
Since he hasn't heard the group, and it is portable in size, could you request an appointment and sing something a cappella for him in his office?  Also, I don't know if you gig out at all, but if your choir performs outside of the school setting, you could certainly make a case for the group as an...
Comment: Re: Stanford's 'The Blue Bird'
If the soprano has the breath control for it, sure.  I have sung this in a group with one on a part, and it was challenging, but possible, however, the soprano was not too happy with the dificulty of it.
Comment: Re: I can't get my middle school chorus to sing!
One of the best tools for my small middle school group (I was in a K-8 school) was a program that the local University put on called "For Boys Only".  They gathered boys from grades 5-8 for a day of workshops and singing together songs that they had previously prepared.  The University men's choru...
Concert: Chichester Psalms
Sunday, November 24, 3:00 pm: The Seattle Bach Choir presents Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and the French choruses from "The Lark", along with Howell's "Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing", Bach's choruses from "Magnificat in E flat", Britten's "Festival Te Deum" and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desir...
Comment: Re: Looking for Notation Software advice
I am deeply devoted to Finale, and have not had the problems that others describe.  I am a Mac user, and I think there may be more Finale issues in teh Windows environment.    I use the M-aaudio Keystaion 61 and it works great!   Good luck!  
Comment: Re: Help! Instrumentalist dealing with attitudes
I think that you can gain a lot of mileage when you find a way to incorporate student concerns/questions/needs into your teaching, no matter how annoyingly they are presented.  You may decide to make a list of any such items, and as you look into your plans in teaching, find the way that you think...
Comment: Re: Is your conductor a board member?
Our Artistic Director is not a member of the board and has no voting rights.  We are currently under the direction of the fourth Artistic Director in our history.  The Artistic Director really has the voice of greatest influence in all artistic matters, and we haven't had a board of directors that...
Comment: Re: de la Lande "De Profundis"
Thanks, Thomas.  I think we might have founda  source, but if it doesn't work out, I will contact you.  Sorry to hear about the crashing of the computer!  What a loss!
Forum message: de la Lande "De Profundis"
The Seattle Bach Choir is considering this piece and I wonder if any of you have conducted it, and if so, where you might have obtained a full score and parts.  Or, have you ever seen a full score?  I notice that there is one available to purchase in imslp, as well as a downloadable MS that appear...
Comment: Re: HELP! Young church music director dealing with attitudes
Hi Lukas!   When I first entered my current job as church music director, I used some sort of questionnaire or survey on a nearly annual basis.  I asked many questions, and especially those about choral literature.  Especially fascinating was the range of comments that came from the members.  ...
Comment: Re: Men's quartet or trio for Maundy Thursday
I just wrote one on the slightly altered words of institution called "This is His Body".  I can send you a pdf and mp3 file, if you like.  If you do decide to use it, I would ask for a modest sum, like $10 for forever use in your setting.  It is a really big hit with my choir and the women are je...
Comment: Re: Music licensing fees
Thanks, Dan, that is quite interesting and does ease my spirit a bit!
Comment: Re: Music licensing fees
I am quite clear on what the permissions cover, and do my very best to make certain that everyone I work with knows this, too, though as you can imagine, a lot of my church members don't understand why churches cannot have permission for free.  Because they are my arrangements, I pay the fee out ...
Comment: Re: Music licensing fees
Thanks, John.   That these fees are negotiable is helpful.  I am attempting that with my most recent situation, and pray that I will be successful.   Nan
Forum message: Music licensing fees
I have, on a few occasions, created arrangements of music still under copyright.  I always go through the process of obtaining a license (or in some cases, attempting to obtain a license, as there have been some cases where I could not locate the copyright holder based on the listed copyright hol...
Comment: Re: software to organize music library?
I use Filemaker Pro for every sort of cataloging I do.  You can define as many fields s you like, there is no limit to the amount of text that can be entered into any field, and you can change the ordering criteria (sort by: title, date used, voicing, etc.) just by clicking on the category.  It ...
Comment: Re: Where do you buy your choral music?
Sheetmusicplus.com and jwpepper.com get most of my orders.  The teachers discount at sheetmusicplus.com helps and discounts on multiple copies in addition adds up to an advantage, also!  Servece at jwpepper.com has also been quite good. thogh not much in the way of discounts.  Masters music has...
Comment: Re: Time required to prepare instruments for worship
Thanks so much, Scott!    The value.  Under the pastor with whom I worked for nearly twenty years prior to our newest pastor, as well as under our newest pastor, the value that has been most stated, and for me, most sought, is to involve as many people as possible in the worship leadership ...
Comment: Re: Time required to prepare instruments for worship
Thanks John,   I do keep hymn files and when there is a new instrument (this year trombone was used for the first time in Advent and Christmas and my french horn files were limited), I create a new part based on the prior files.  And, God bless Finale, it doesn't take too much time to create...
Comment: Re: Time required to prepare instruments for worship
John, thanks so much for your in depth comments and I am grateful that I can always count on very thorough replies from you.  In this instance, it is especially helpful.   I mention this in my reply below, but I am the person who does all of the arranging and composing here.  We couldn't po...
Comment: Re: Time required to prepare instruments for worship
Thank you all so much!  And John, I probably didn't give enough information, but I was looking for the responses you would make initially before I do that.  The in depth responses of both John and Scott are quite helpful to me.  Let me tell you a bit more about what I am doing, for those of you...
Forum message: Time required to prepare instruments for worship
I am currently in a situation where my job may be redefined (reduced hours and reorganization of hours) and I am needing to gather some information from others regarding the amount of time it takes to prepare instrumental groups for worship services, whether it is for joint music with the choir (w...
Comment: Re: Long Time Choir Members Need to Call It Quits
My motto in my church choir is "the only way out of this group is in a coffin".  That has been pretty much the case, by the way.  Everyone has left us singing up until the last moment, except for the two women who had Alzheimer's, who left our choir when theywere no longer competent to live at h...
Borrowing request: Owens: My Lord, What a Mourning
Item: My Lord, What a Mourning Composer/Arranger/Edition: Sam Batt Owens/ Augsburg Starting: not in a hurry For: Purchase Copies: 10 Willing to rent: No   This appears to be out of print.  I would love to buy some additinoal copies for my growing choir.
Comment: Re: Pitoni's "Cantate Domino"
I conduct it in one at a reasonably perky clip, and I am relying on the text, "Sing to the Lord a new song" to inform that interpretation.  My first experience with this piece as a singer was also at a fairly brisk tempo, so that influenced me as well.  I am going for a sense of great joy.   ...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Palestrina- Alma Redemptoris Mater   Nan Beth Walton
Comment: Re: Go with "tradition" or make a new one?
I rather agree with David.  I think it shows good faith on your part to keep the tradition, for this year, at least, and then once you have experienced it, you might suggest a new tradition for next year, if you think it really doesn't work well.  I think the fact that the kids came to you is a ...
Comment: Re: Are choir directors - by nature - too controlling?
My own style is more teacher than director.  I mostly direct the choir form the piano, except when we are working with the orchestra.  I always ask if anyone needs to hear a section, or a single line, when we are working on new music, and my groups generally feel quite free to pipe up with their...
Comment: Re: Looking for a Round
Here you go:  http://folksongcollector.com/toope.html
Comment: Re: Sheet Music Organizing Software?
I love my Filemaker Pro and can create as many fields as I want. I can type in complete texts (we print those in the buletin), and sort by any of the fields.  I have been quite satisfied with the ease of use.
Comment: Re: Praise Team Difficulties
There is a reason that my current title is Director of Music and not Minister of Music.  There needs to be someone who oversees the whole process, and hopefully a person who will look out for the involvement of everyone who wants to participate, and assign the various times and music as that pers...
Comment: Re: How l-o-n-g do we go?
I usually ask my choir members about their attendance in June...trips and such that would take them away on a Sunday, and then pick the best populated of those Sundays to be our last Sunday for the regular year (June 10 this year).  However, I have my email list active and in addition to the solo...
Comment: Re: "Growing" a church choir
I very much agree about the effectiveness of members of the choir extending a personal invitation to others who sing.  This has been effective in my choir, and continues to be so.  I have one guy who is particularly aggressive in this way, sometimes changing the balance of the group in a way I w...