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Items by Nancy Curry

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Comment: Re: Lupie dancing
Here's a thought: according to the photo accompanying his bio on this website, Jennings' cat's name is Lupie. He may have just slipped that into the list of animals as a little joke. That would also explain the name of his publication LLC.   http://www.chingching.org/cdRom/MusicCamp/Information/...
Comment: Re: Intonation in relation to vibrato?
It seems to me that there are several factors that could affect one's impression of a choir's sound, especially as judged from a vintage recording. Did the recording technology of the day accommodate and capture all the overtones and timbres produced by the choir, or do we hear only part of the true...
Comment: Re: Repertoire & Schedule for TINY HS chorus w/ Learning Disabilities
Gale,   Something to add to your folk music theme is a sociological underpinning, so that there is a reason for each song choice beyond "it's easy to learn".  In my work with gifted/LD youth, I have designed classes that used Dr. Daniel Levitin's The World in Six Songs as a basis.  We looked a...
Comment: Re: Repertoire & Schedule for TINY HS chorus w/ Learning Disabilities
Kirsten,   I have taught at a summer program for this population for several years; my students were assessed as gifted, but often brought other challenges as well, such as ADHD, OCD, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  I found that R. Murray Schafer's book "Creative Music Education" was very...
Comment: Re: seeking alternate text to Hallelujah from the movie Shrek
Mark,  I would encourage you to read the excerpt from a study of Leonard Cohen's work that was published in Rolling Stone magazine, and then find a suitable song for your needs that would not need any lyrics changed. To tinker with Cohen's poetry is to discard the main theme of hope and persever...
Comment: Re: Singing in the morning
Sorry, Andrew, but I agree with the other responders here.  A rehearsal at 10:00 is not unreasonably early in the morning.  If any of your students aspire to working as professional singers, they're going to have to learn how to be ready to go at that hour.    As an opera pianist, I know that...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Choral Music Education as Social Justice Education," by Emily Pearce
Emily,   it is so thrilling to see a music education student make the connection between building skills and building relationships in a musical ensemble. Since this idea excites you, I think you would be interested in the work of Jose Antonio Abreu, who established the student orchestra movemen...
Comment: Re: Looking for bass/tenor duet
Since your students are still in high school, I would steer them away from operatic repertoire that requires a more mature sound.  Sorry, Craig, I adore the Pearl Fishers duet, but it is a big project for high schoolers, especially as it's in French.    Here are a few ideas that I think are ...
Comment: Re: Nutcracker singers parts for "Land of Snow" scene???
The full orchestral score is available in the online IMSLP music library.  The choir is in Act I, No. 9, "Valse des Flocons de Neige" or Waltz of the Snowflakes.  Your best bet is to print out that number and make a vocal part from it for your singers.  Since the choir only appears in the middle ...
Comment: Re: cerebral palsy student
Perhaps your student can get some inspiration from the story of the rock drummer who lost his left arm in a horrible car accident, and found a way to keep drumming and stay with the band:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Allen_(drummer)   Do you have an electric keyboard in the classroom? ...
Comment: Re: ACCOMPANIST SELECTION
I agree with Lucy that inviting the top candidates to play for a couple of rehearsals is a great idea. So many questions can be answered simply by working with the pianist in a rehearsal situation, from musicianship to personality to ability to play different musical styles.    However, I woul...
Comment: Re: It Might Be Happy After All
Actually, CNN isn' reporting the whole story, which is readily available on a quick Google search, but I happen to know it because I was a Suzuki method piano teacher. The publisher chosen by Suzuki to make his materials available in the States was Summy-Birchard, also known as Birchtree Group, whic...
Comment: Re: Medieval/castle/show stopper?
What about a song from another musical that is set around a castle -- "Camelot" or "Shrek" or "Spamalot"?  From "Camelot" there is Guinevere's "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood", and from Shrek you could do Fiona's "I Know It's Today". From "Spamalot" there is "Find Your Grail", a great gospel-flavo...
Comment: Re: West Side Story cultural issue
You might start by acquainting her with the bigger picture -- the political climate of the time of its creation and the team that created the musical.  This is a landmark show because of the risks they took to bring themes of gang violence, racial tension, and murder to the Broadway stage...only a ...
Comment: Re: Elijah Pronunciation Help . . .
I asked the same question of a choral director colleague when I directed the song as a beginning conductor. As it turned out, he had performed Elijah Rock with Hairston conducting, when he was a member of a professional chorale. The question of pronouncing the name came up in their rehearsals, of c...
Comment: Re: help with a concert title
OK, I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek here, but this could work if your market likes a cheekier, informal approach:   See! Hear! Now!   Other suggestions:   Notes from Home Current Voices   NC
Comment: Re: Name for New Choir
How about techno terms or scientific terms with a twist? Could sound modern for a 21st century group:   The UltraBlues The Wave Function (if you're located near the beach) The Free Radicals Ozonics (Oz-sonics) Euphonics Ultrasonic The Chromatics (could use the "colour" definition of "chrom...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
Perhaps your administrators are thinking that a "virtual choir" is equivalent to an online choir, and it seems like every college in the country is looking for ways to sign up students online these days.    Eric Whitacre's virtual choirs seem to be more of a marketing venture, for both his compo...
Comment: Re: After school choir repertoire help
Um, that should say "The World in Six Songs" was inspired BY Daniel Levitin. I don't mean to imply that I provided inspiration for the esteemed Dr. Levitin!    NC
Comment: Re: After school choir repertoire help
What about choosing a theme that can incorporate some learning outside of strictly music?  I have done some short-term classes with a similar population, and I build it around an interdisciplinary topic.  Since my situation is at a summer program, I don't worry about teaching part-singing, thoug...
Comment: Re: Collaborative Piano & Musical Theatre grad programs for Choir accompanist
The Collaborative Piano Blog lists over 100 schools that currently offer degrees in collaborative piano. He is working on adding links to the list, but a quick Google search on the school's name will turn up lots of info on your own.   http://collaborativepiano.blogspot.com/2005/11/degree-pro...
Comment: Re: Bella Angioletta by Gesualdo translation and errata
Oops. I stand corrected.  Thank you, gentlemen.  I spend much more time with romantic operas than renaissance madrigals, so from now on I'll leave the madrigals for the experts!   NC
Comment: Re: Bella Angioletta by Gesualdo translation and errata
Eddie,    I think the "prestane" is a mis-print, and "prestame" is the correct spelling, as it is the contraction of the verb "prestare" (in the infinitive) or "to lend" and the pronoun "me" or "to me".      My best shot at a word-by-word translation is:     Beautiful little ang...
Comment: Re: Making a Concert Checklist
As a long-time accompanist, may I suggest:   1.  Have a piano tuner check over the school piano, making sure all the keys and pedals work as well as tuning the instrument (also clearing out any pencils, paper clips, etc., that have fallen inside the piano).  If there are no funds to service...
Comment: Re: Solutions for reading glasses
What about bi-focal reading glasses?  They are clear glass (no correction) on the top and a reading magnifier on the bottom of the lens.  As an accompanist who has to wear reading glasses with my contact lenses, I'm seriously considering giving these a try, so that I wouldn't have to look at the...
Comment: Re: Help with gaelic language in celtic traditional song?
That's not Gaelic, that's mouth music, or celtic scat singing.  It is a traditional practice to create nonsense syllables that imitate the sounds of the dance band, originating, I guess, in the days when villages might not have any musicians around to play for dances or for entertainment.  A cou...
Comment: Re: part plunking
Matthew,      Why not just contact one of the colleges in your area and hire a piano student to record the parts for you?  If you can borrow a small portable digital recorder, great, but I've also had good luck with SmartMusic on my laptop using the built-in microphone.  Even an undergrad...
Comment: Re: HELP: show choir song to fit Mission Impossible theme??
OK, how about:   "Eye of the Tiger", the theme from Rocky III -- lyrics about facing a challenge and fighting to victory, music suitably 80s-cheesy for fun choreography. Available in SATB with CD.     http://www.jwpepper.com/10066258.item   "Theme from Spider Man"  -- from the anim...
Comment: Re: HELP: show choir song to fit Mission Impossible theme??
How about the Glee "mash-up" arrangement of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another"?  They have the swash-buckling, take-on-the-world attitude that any self-respecting spy would have, especially in the Mission Impossible movies!  Available in SATB or SAB with an accompaniment CD.   ...
Comment: Re: Opera Conducting
Matthew,   Since you mentioned opera coaching in your other post, and now are interested in conducting opera as well as accompanying, I'd like to offer a little advice from my own experience as a repetiteur, music director and coach:   1.  Get a solid piano technique.  Playing an entir...
Comment: Re: Famous people who sang in church choir
Here's a link to a newspaper article that lists famous people that sang in church choirs.  Among the famous names on the list: Kevin Costner, Aretha Franklin, Dudley Moore, Bobby McFerrin, Tina Turner.   http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=f1NSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rjYNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3459%2C53...
Comment: Re: Eyecup song
The audio clip plays fine on my Windows Media Player (I have Windows 7).  The first phrase sounds a lot like the Oscar Meyer Weiner song. (on second hearing, it IS the Oscar Meyer Weiner song!)   Allison:  If you can't find the printed music anywhere, I can write it out from the audio c...
Comment: Re: Pronunciation of "H" in Handel Messiah "Hallelujah"
Here's some interesting evidence -- John Walker's "A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language", 1791 (found on Google Books)   "H 394. This letter is no more than breathing forcibly before the succeeding vowel is pronounced.  At the beginning of words it is al...
Comment: Re: Favorite opera chorus for HS
The first operas that come to mind are Carmen and Die Fledermaus, both of which have great chorus scenes, and there are many others that have great ballroom scenes as well. Some suggestions that would be approachable for a high school choir:   "Les voici, voici la quadrille!" -- Carmen, Act ...
Comment: Re: Ideas for High School Musical Revue
Music Theatre International, a rental supplier of musical theatre materials that deals mostly with schools, has a long list of revues and jukebox musicals in their catalogue. You simply rent the materials from them and pay a royalty fee per performance, which is calculated from a variety of fa...
Comment: Re: movie music
Here is the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Best Movie songs: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/06/23/entertainment/main625544.shtml The top five are:    1. Over the Rainbow    2. As Time Goes By    3. Singing in the Rain    4. Moon River    5. White Christmas ...
Comment: Re: Appalled by Article in inTune magazine featuring Florence & the Machine
Karyn,      What exactly did the article say that raised your ire?  Since the magazine is primarily about pop music, which you'll agree has a much different aesthetic than classical choral singing, I'm curious to know what they said about her with regard to vocal technique, which is what ...
Comment: Re: voice videos?
Joy, this is brilliant!  I agree that students need to learn something about the physiology of singing.  No band teacher would put an instrument in a kid's hands without explaining how it works, how to handle it and what not to do...shouldn't choir teachers encourage the same respect and underst...
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a great Christian Music Curriculum for Elementary
As a Musikgarten teacher, I taught the class called "God's Children Sing" to the junior Sunday School classes at my church for several years.  You might find these materials useful for your classroom, since the repertoire is sacred but aimed at young children.  The information about Musikgarte...
Comment: Re: Hallelujah Chorus
This version appeared at Christmas time on another online community I frequent (apologies if the language offends anyone). It's actually part of a larger collection of alternate lyrics for Messiah, and I love the way the words rhyme with or resemble the original, as if this is what a listener mig...
Comment: Re: "A Victorian Christmas"
Take a look at Washington Irving's story, "The Christmas Dinner", from his memoirs of traveling in England - http://www.classicreader.com/book/1061/5/    According to Wikipedia, Irving, who lived in the earlier part of the Victorian era, had a lasting influence on the way Americans celebrat...
Comment: Re: Operetta Choruses
In addition to Victor Herbert and Gilbert & Sullivan, there are some other operetta composers from that era that are worth investigating:   Franz Lehar -- The Merry Widow.  The Merry Widow waltz, "Lippen schweigen", was changed from a solo to a chorus number in the 1958 revision, and the...
Comment: Re: Opera for Children
Cinderella is a great idea, but perhaps looking for Rossini's Cinderella (La Cenerentola) or Massenet's (Cendrillon) might yield better results, as Puccini didn't write a Cinderella opera.  The first scene of Cenerentola is do-able for students, but it also includes a basso buffo role that is a ...
Comment: Re: Opera for Children
A friend and colleague of mine was in one of the first productions of "Help, Help the Globolinks!", which was originally commissioned by Hamburg State Opera.  She said that Menotti found it hard to cast the lead role, Emily, because she has to play the violin as well as sing.  Fortunately, my f...
Comment: Re: African American Surge Music
I was curious, so did a little Googling.  Bruce Springsteen's website (!) provides some in-depth and well-researched liner notes for his album "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions".  The notes quote Lee Hays, of the Weavers, describing the evolution of "I Will Overcome", an uptempo rhythmic...
Comment: Re: Opera for Children
What are your resources?  The voice types, ranges and numbers of members in your ensemble? What kind of rehearsal time do you have?  What do you intend to do for scenery/props (that is, travel with a truck-full of set pieces, or throw a few props and a bench into the back of a van?) Do you ha...
Comment: Re: urgent Schnittke query
A YouTube search provides a demonstration that I think helps answer your question.  The pianist in the Princeton University performance stands up and strums the strings with both hands, from the center outward. I'm assuming that he puts down the required keys and holds them in the sostenuto peda...
Comment: Re: Opera Choruses for Women's Choir
The Chorus of Peasant Women from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin is really lovely and not difficult to sing.  Even the Russian is not too difficult, because the text is rather repetitive.  It may be available in an English choral setting, though, and the Schirmer edition of the opera score is...
Comment: Re: "Jai Ho" Translation Help
Out of curiosity, because I like this song, I did a little searching online.  It turns out that there are several versions of the song with varied lyrics, and the words you're looking for aren't in the original version nor the Pussycat Dolls version that used an English translation.  It also doe...
Comment: Re: Story-oriented Musical Theater numbers
From Shrek, the Musical:   "Story of My Life" -- the fairytale creatures bemoan their fate as they are banished from Duloc                                          "What's Up, Duloc?" -- Lord Farquaad and chorus crow about the new Duloc under Farquaad's ...