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ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Choir-Geekery Run Amok
(With abiding respect for St. Matthew)  One possible definition of choral music might be “wherever two or more are gathered, there is a choir.”  We are not easily impressed by techno-gadgetry, but to one who is an unapologetic choir geek this is incredibly cool . . .  ...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "ACDA Hosts America Cantat VIII," by Tim Sharp
ACDA HOSTS AMERICA CANTAT VIII, by Tim Sharp   The America Cantat is an international choral festival that takes place every three years in a different American country. Past host countries include Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Columbia, and Mexico. I am proud to say that thro...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Lauridsen
ACDA News: 2015 National Conference Exhibit and Advertising Space Now Available
Interested in gaining access to the biggest choral audience of the 20154-15 academic year?  Then YOU need to advertise and exhibit during the 2015 ACDA National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah, February 25-28).  Access to this remarkable commercial opportunity is limited to ACDA’s...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: MS/JH Treble Choirs" by Nathan Dame
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MS/JHS TREBLE CHOIRS by Nathan Dame   1.  “Stars, Songs, Faces (No. 3 from a Sandberg Set).”  Nick Page.  Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard  HL48019128 2-part equal divisi and piano.  Call and response melodies combine with lush dissonances to create a great piece f...
ACDA News: ACDA Honor Choir Auditions Open
It’s one of the great features of any ACDA conference: Honor Choirs!   There will be five honor choirs rehearsing and performing during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City:      Children's Honor Choir     [EXCERPT] &nb...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Conductors Have Flappy Lips
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Forty Percent” by Scott S. Withrow)   "In an analysis of five choral conductors' rehearsals Thurman (1978) found that an average of forty per cent of rehearsal time was used for verbal communication by the conductors." (Choral Journal, January, 1...
ACDA News: "A Cappella Federation" Performs in ACDA Museum
The "A Cappella Federation" (Brian Hogan & Casey McCarty, co-directors) enjoyed a day of rehearsal on September 13, in the McMahon International Choral Music Museum located at the national office of the American Choral Directors Association.   This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visi...
ACDA News: CALL FOR PAPERS for ACDA’S 2nd National Symposium on American Choral Music: The Music of Latin America
The American Choral Directors Association Research and Publications Committee is inviting research papers to be presented at the Second National Symposium on American Choral Music to be held in Austin, Texas, June 12­–13, 2015.  The event will be cosponsored by the University of Tex...
ACDA News: Student Composition Contest
The American Choral Directors Association is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Music Composition Contest.      The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 and the prospect of having the work premiered during a divisional or national co...
ACDA News: Conducting Masterclass in Salt Lake City
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 6)
  Enjoy more episodes of Name That Choir Tune.
ACDA News: Poster Session Applications Sought
The American Choral Directors Association will sponsor a session to disseminate the results of excellent research about any aspect of the choral art at its 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, February 25– 28, 2015. Participants chosen for the presentation will be required to prepare ...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Youth ≠ Incompetence
When did “youth” become a synonym for “incompetence?”  How can we accept - and teach! - musical pabulum just because it seems “age-appropriate?”   It could be argued that our younger singers need the BEST possible literature, just like their phys...
ACDA News: Take the Choral Journal Survey
The editor of the Choral Journal is currently conducting a reader survey to determine overall reader satisfaction with ACDA’s flagship publication.  The multiple-choice questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, yet it will provide enormously valuable information to the pub...
ACDA News: Student Conducting Award Applications Sought
ACDA will again offer the Student Conducting Awards during the next national conference, February 25-28, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.   The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "My Summer with ACDA: a Treasure Revealed," by Lucas B. Ensign
MY SUMMER WITH ACDA: A TREASURE REVEALED, by Lucas B. Ensign          As I was walking to the vending machine at the University of Wisconsin Platteville before my Choral Literature course, I was stopped by Dr. Bob Demaree about a potential great opportunity...
Featured photo: Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir in Competition at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia (Jody Eaton)
Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir in Competition at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia (Jody Eaton)
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "A Launch We Can ALL Ride" by Sundra Flansburg
A LAUNCH WE CAN ALL RIDE by Sundra Flansburg   Sing it Up! Today ACDA launches its annual membership campaign, which runs through November 14. There has never been a better time to join ACDA.   Over the past year we have added a new ACDA Career Center, which has taken off as ...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Amy Hall
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Amy Hall (Waukee High School)   Our classes always meet at 8:45 a.m. so it has been imperative that we get the voice and body moving to ensure healthy singing throughout the early rehearsal.  An exercise that works well for accomplishing this is singing an arpeggio and then...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Are YOU a Barricade?
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Kyrie (Byrd)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Self-Awareness Missa Brevis"
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   Self-Awar...
ACDA News: ACDA Conference Deadlines
Anyone who has ever attended an ACDA national conference knows they are large complex events that take untold thousands of hours of volunteer labor to stage.   Among the many challenges associated with a conference is the issue of keeping track of a wide variety of deadlines.  &nbs...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: One-Four-Five-One
Like it or not, this ridiculous theme song will probably haunt you for the rest of the day.  Sorry!  
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Dick?
ACDA News: National Conference Performing Choirs Announced
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to introduce the 40 choirs invited to appear during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (February 25-28).  Conference attendees will hear stellar choral music from:   Ansan City Choir Baylor University A C...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Men’s Voices” by Joseph Piazza
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MEN’S VOICES by Joseph Piazza   1.  “Jubilate Deo” from Cantiones sacrae et profanae.  Henk Badings.  TTBB. Harmonia-Uitgave, Hilversum H.U. 3419a. Rhythmic, energetic setting of Psalm 66. Contrasting homophonic & contrapunta...
ACDA News: Celebrate the Star-Spangled Banner!
The 200th anniversary of the composition of the U.S. national anthem is only days away!  Help celebrate the event, and if you are a current ACDA member, help yourself to a FREE CD of rare Early-American vocal gems. Post a photo of your choir singing the Star Spangled Banner (or commemorating...
ACDA News: ACDA Launches Career Center
We are delighted to announce the new ACDA Career Center. Are you looking for a job, or just want to keep an eye on positions available? Easily locate job postings that relate to your interests and priorities in the choral field. Create job alerts and search our listings using criteria most i...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Jacob Avshalomov
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article “Jacob Avshalomov's Choral Works with Concertante Instrument” by Larry Wyatt)          Jacob Avshalomov is a composer, conductor, and music educator whose life in music spans eighty years and three...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 5)
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: What's Working?
Sometimes it seems that we spend all of our time in rehearsals (particularly in the later stages of the semester) focusing upon what’s going wrong, rather than celebrating what’s going right.   Yes, absolutely, we are supposed to identify areas that require attention and devise methods for h...
ACDA News: Take the Latest ACDA Poll
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the latest poll!  The question of the moment pertains to your use of warm-ups in the choral rehearsal.  Click here to TAKE THE POLL.
ChoralBlog: Star-Spangled Banner Week
       This week marks the 200th anniversary of the United States National Anthem.  The occasion will be marked by a large number of celebrations, from small town-square affairs to exhibits and events at the Smithsonian Institution.  Perhaps the biggest spla...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Michael Hayden
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Michael Hayden (Mira Costa High School Choir)   My choral go to warm-up is the lip bubble or lip trill. The movement of air created by bubbling takes out all the muscle in the sound, efficiently targets pitch and keeps the phrase moving forward. It also develops gre...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Music Humbles Us
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Deum Verum (chant)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty "
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   Seek a Pl...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Cheesy Movies Inspire Cheesy Commercials
"When you speak, it depends upon which part of the country you're standing in as to how stupid you sound."  
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by Richard Nance
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MIXED VOICES by Richard Nance   1. “Jubilate Deo.” Fredrick Sixten. SATB divisi. Gerhmans Musikforlag. Fun, rhythmically interesting piece. Continuous mixed meters in the joyful outer sections, lush sonority in the middle section.  Creative use of dissonance. Good for...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Tallis
ACDA News: October Choral Journal Now Available
The October issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:   “Blending Genres: Elements of Jazz in Finnish and Swedish Choral Music” (Williams) “Paul Salamunovich: A Beacon of the Choral Art” (Breden & Summer) “The Millenn...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Using Early Instruments
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Early Instruments and Choral Music,” by Joan Cantoni Conlon)          There is a growing awareness of the performance potential of music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Of equal importance, are the increased opportunities for acqu...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 4)
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Hogwood on Performance Practice
Famed conductor and scholar Christopher Hogwood shares his thoughts on the value of performance practice in this brief excerpt from his presentation during the 2007 ACDA National Conference.      
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: “The Building Always Wins,” by Thomas More Scott
THE BUILDING ALWAYS WINS, by Thomas More Scott               I just returned home from Paris, where I had the incredible opportunity to study at La Schola Cantorum under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA). The month-long program is modeled on the pedagogy of...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: This Should be Obvious
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: By & By (Gospel)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "When the song of the angels is stilled"
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   When the ...