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Items by Andrew Brown

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Comment: Re: Edgy contemporary choral music (no pretty, please)
Mark Winges in San Francisco writes in the style you are describing.  He has written a few relatively under appreciated / unknown master pieces.  Meredith Monk and Libby Larson are more well known and definitely worth a look at.  ASCAPS adventurous programming winners are groups that would be ...
Comment: Re: Church Sanctuary Policy?
Charles, There are many reasons why this trend exists and, yes, one of them is postmodern theology about the meaning of "sanctuary".  However, this trend of noisy sanctuaries is not always a bad sign in terms of your church.  It can also represent a healthy, loving congregation that enjoys each o...
Comment: Re: new HS teacher: Help with altos (pitch, staying on part, etc)
Hi Bernadette, Train your choir to be Tonal Beasts!     1. Solfege everything you can as often as you can, every rehearsal, make it the culture of your choir.  We use solfege. 2. Teach them to love singing (and reading) music for its harmonic and melodic interest- NOT its rhythmic interest!! ...
Comment: Re: voice placement without formal audition?
Thomas Busse makes a good argument here (even though I've often been guilty of the very thing he writes against!).  I would also suggest that each song requires the possibility of revoicing your singers depending on your singers and circumstances.    Andrew
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Great discussion!  I have been reading this discussion for over a year now and have enjoyed your wonderful contributions.  Here are my humble contributions not yet shared on the list.   SSA Children's Chorus Modal Etudes Veljos Tormis (7 movements 45 seconds each.  Built on 7 modes each buil...
Comment: Re: Large Choral Works to be staged with Puppets
Hello All, Thank you for the many amazing ideas.  You all have given me a lot of avenues to explore.  Happy New Year!   Peace,   Andrew Brown
Concert: Brass Bells Vallejo CA
The Vallejo Choral Society, one of the oldest choral music organizations in the western United States presents Brass Bells, Sunday December 15 at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church 1350 Amador Street Vallejo CA.  Celebrating our 96th season with a collaboration with a brass quartet from the Vallejo S...
Comment: Re: Jazz Music for Young Children's Choir
Hi Kelsey Bob Chilcotts "Jazz Songs of Innocence" are written SSA but could easily be sung unison.  There is no polyphony.  There are several movements are worth looking at.  Piping Down Valleys Wild is interesting for young singers.  Father Father could include a jazz drummer and really groove...
Forum message: Large Choral Works to be staged with Puppets
Hello, I am looking for repertoire ideas for amature SATB chorus, professional soloists, instrumental ensemble and professional puppet theater company.  We would like to collaborate and create a performance art work by combining chorus and puppets.  I need ideas of large choral works, or sets o...
Comment: Re: teaching the concept of a glottal stop to church choir
Hi Julie, Do you actually mean a glottal onset?     Andrew Brown  
Comment: Re: Carrington search for 5 minute piece for mixed choir and treble choir
Hi Simon, Here are some ideas that should work in a festival chorus or advanced chorus situation.  All are SATB with either unison SA or SSA treble chorus. Ave Maria Franz Biebl ( SATB / SAA trebles sing SAT? trio) Hope for Resolution by Caldwell and Ivory (SATB / S) Like a Singing Bird by Bo...
Announcement: Vallejo Choral Society Mozart Requiem Reading Session
The VCS 2013 Summer Choral Workshop | Monday, Aug. 19th at 7pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 201 Doyle Drive, Vallejo View this email in your browser   ...
Comment: Re: Advice for administrator about young voices
Dear paul, What a travesity!  I would be dead on honest and direct.  1. She has no business speaking negatively to your students.  Anything in the future should be directed to you, in private. 2. Her understanding of music education is sophmoric and immature. 3. The national standards are cle...
Comment: Re: Misa Criolla by Ramirez
I havent seen the Lawson-Gould score.  I have only worked from another score (cannot recall from the top of my head) which has no intrumental parts.  
Comment: Re: Misa Criolla by Ramirez
Ariel Quintana's recording with his group Opus 7 from Southern California is excellent.  I have six recordings and  I reccommend it over all the others to any conductor who wants ideas for how to orchestrate the work.  And, yes, you will need to orchestrate it if you want to have anything other...
Comment: Re: Classification/measuring children's songs...
Hi Atilla, John and Paul are both correct that much of the grading methods used by publishers is subjective.  They really are more of starting place for a range of repertoire.  Kodaly resources rank their material (mainy folk songs) by the contexts within the music: solfege, range, rhythms, fo...
Borrowing request: 10 copies of Carols for Choirs Book 1 (Orange)
Item: Carols for Choirs Book 1 (Orange) Composer/Arranger/Edition: Oxford University Press Starting: ASAP For: Until December 20 Copies: 10 Willing to rent: No   The Vallejo Choral Society needs to borrow 10 copies of Carols for Choirs Book 1.     Andrew Brown Vallejo Choral Society ...
Comment: Re: Pieces about music and singing
Hi Mark, Veljo Tormis wrote a fabulous set of five Estonian songs called Laulud Laulust Ja Laulikust (Songs about Song and the Singer).  They are based on Estonian folk tunes and range from SA to quite divisi SSAA.  There is something for every level here.  The second song of the set is the f...