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Items by Joshua Cheney

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Comment: Re: Music for Women's Voices on theme of Autumn/Evening
Everyone,    Thanks so much for the replies!   Joshua Cheney
Forum message: Music for Women's Voices on theme of Autumn/Evening
Dear Friends,    I am looking for music that is appropriate for high school age females (my Women's Chorale is 9-12, unauditioned voices, approximately 45 singers) on the themes of Night, Autumn, and Evening.  Music that is accompanied by piano is highly preferred, but I would consider somethin...
Comment: Re: We need songs with names of states in the title
Make sure to get a hold of "Carolina In My Mind" by James Taylor.  That one is a Tar Heel State favorite.   Also:   "My Old Kentucky Home" "Lamentation Over Boston" - A William Billings song that would fit the patriotic theme (it refers to the Revolutionary War) and the state of Massachusett...
Comment: Re: Mousy, quiet girls
Hey Bruce,    You and I have the exact same problem!  It's definitely a super frustrating thing.  Here are a couple things that I do in order to really get my ladies to sing out a little bit.   1) Teach them about how much breath it actually takes to make a good sound.  They are all used t...
Comment: Re: Instrumentalists teaching choir
JoAnn,    I agree with Henry.  The first thing to do is find a great community choir in which to take part, and if you are a religious person perhaps joining the choir (if there is one) at your place of worship as well.  There are a plethora of workshops offered all over the country for choral...
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
I must agree with Austen.  Menotti's "The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore" is incredibly challenging, but an amazing artistic ride.  Some of the other tough ones to perform are the Beethoven "Missa Solemnis" (simply for the physical demand to sing it), the fugue from the 3rd movement of the...
Comment: Re: Favorite Ave Marias
Arvo Pärt, Sergei Rachmaninov, Franz Biebl, Javier Busto, Morten Lauridsen.
Comment: Re: Repertoire Suggestions for "Songs of Home" theme
Kate,    My choirs (high school age-level) and I are giving a performance with a very similar theme tomorrow night.  Here's our program:   SSAA A Girl's Garden - Randall Thompson The Lord of the Small - Dan Forrest Jordan's Angels - Rollo Dilworth At Last - Mack Gordon, Harry Warren; ar...
Comment: Re: Adding graduate schools in choral conducting to final list
Lukas,    Not to rain on your parade, but you might run into the issue of graduate programs not allowing you to pursue two Masters degreees simultaneously.  When I started my graduate program, I intended to study Clarinet Performance and Choral Conducting simultaneously.  Both program directo...
Comment: Re: Repertoire Suggestions for "Songs of Home" theme
Kate,    Pretty much any one of the Parker/Shaw spiritual or folk arrangements would be great for that kind of program.  Good luck!
Comment: Re: Middle School Chorus: separating students by gender
Sounds like this is the overall opinion, but the separation of 7th Grade boys and girls at my school has worked wonders.  Gender specific choirs in middle school are the way to go.
Comment: Re: Rachmaninoff Vespers preferred edition
Bob,    I agree with Peter.  The Musica Russica edition is fantastic.  Good luck with your performance!   Josh Cheney
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
For me, anything by Lauridsen is a true joy to sing.  His Nocturnes probably take the cake for me.  Also, John Corigliano's "Fern Hill", Tallis' "Lamentations of Jeremiah", and Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil".
Comment: Re: Jack of All Trades...
Parent (!) Financial Manager Loan Officer Driver Booking Agent Accompanist Math Teacher ELA Teacher Personal Trainer
Comment: Re: Seeking unusual works for Female Choir
I have been looking at Whitacre's "She Weeps Over Rahoon" for my women's chorale.  It's SSA with piano and english horn; the poem is by James Joyce.  Very surreal sounding and I have never heard it performed live.  Maybe you'll like it!  Good luck!
Comment: Re: New Music Week: "Dyevka po sadu khodila"
Not to nitpick Scott, but I am in this choir, and we performed at the 2012 Southern Division Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Glad to see you enjoyed the performance!  We picked up this piece from the Gnesin Convservatory Chorale in Moscow, Russia.  
Comment: Re: Your all time favorite SSA piece
Sarah,    Might be a little difficult for high school ladies, but Duruflé'sTota Pulchra es from the Quatre Motets is fantastic.  Good luck!