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ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "Travel and Concert Production Industry Member Collaboration," by Tim Sharp
TRAVEL AND CONCERT PRODUCTION INDUCTRY MEMBER COLLABORATION by Tim Sharp          Each year throughout the world, thousands of choral music concerts and concert productions take place that are made possible to hundreds of thousands of audience members through the hard work and creative eff...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Trick-or-Treat, Walt Style
With Halloween coming up, here’s a little taste of Disney’s take on trick-or-treat, circa 1952.  
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: The Real Group
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: THE REAL GROUP   The Real Group is a groundbreaking vocal group based in Sweden made up of members: Emma Nilsdotter, Katarina Henryson, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther, and Anders Jalkéus. With the voice as ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Women's Vocal Colors"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: COORDINATING VOCAL COLORS IN WOMEN’S CHORUSES (Philip Silvey, clinician)   As members of an equal voice ensemble, singers in women’s choruses have the potential to collectively cr...
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...
Comment: Re: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . J.K.?
Thanks Cindy!  I'm happy this silly little resource is of use to you.  For a complete list of "Who's in Your Choir...?" imagaes, visit: http://choralnet.org/search/choralbuzz?keys=Who%27s+in+Your+choir&submitButton=Search   ~Scott
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . J.K.?
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Vocal Percussion"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: VOCAL PERCUSSION IN CONTEMPORARY CHORAL MUSIC (Justin Glodich , clinician)   The session will focus on vocal percussion and its place in contemporary vocal music. The importance of rhythm, st...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Anúna
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ANÙINA   Anúna was founded in 1987 by Dublin composer Michael McGlynn with the aim of defining and developing a choral expression for his ancient and richly cultural homeland. Much of...
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: Mixed Voices” by Craig Zamer
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MIXED VOICES by Craig Zamer   1.  “Komm, Jesu Komm.” J.S. Bach. BWV 229 cpdl #04012 Funeral Motet for double SATB choir. Can be performed a cappella, with colla parte instruments, or just continuo.  Concludes with a four part chorale.   2.  “Il Carnevale di Ven...
ACDA News: New ChorTeach Issues Available
The fall issue of ChorTeach (ACDA's online magazine for choral directors at all levels) is online.  This latest installment includes:        "Having a Vision - A Question of Sanity?" (Meharg)      "Recruiting, Training, and Mentoring Choral Music Educators to Make a Difference"  (Aam...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Pärt Magnificat
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Deterministic Techniques in Arvo Pärt's Magnificat” by Allen H Simon)          Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) has gained notoriety in the 1990s for his minimalist works such as Berliner Messe and Passio. Vestiges of the composer's ...
ACDA News: Choral Conductor Salary Survey
In an effort to better understand the current financial condition of those in the choral music profession, we are in the process of soliciting information from choral conductors in the United States and Canada though the Choral Conductor Salary Survey.   This study, produced with the su...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Miller Middle School Advanced Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED CHOIR   Established in 2002 under the direction of Anthony E. Arnold, the Miller Choral Music Department is a group of young men and women dedicated to the principle of excellenc...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Musical Theatre Gems"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: CHORAL GEMS IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE CANON THAT FIT YOUR PROGRAM (William Sauerland & Brandon Adams, clinicians)   There is a treasure chest of choral gems in the musical theatre canon that...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 11)
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Voces8
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: VOCES8   Voces8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg, ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Gypsy Music"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SING GYPSY MUSIC: REPERTOIRE OF GYPSY CHOIRS IN UKRANE AND RUSSIA (Jeffrey Buettner, clinician)   This session explores the music of Romani (Gypsy) Choirs of Ukraine and Russia from folk trad...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 4): “Reaping What We Sow,” by Marie Grass Amenta
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 4): REAPING WHAT WE SOW by Marie Grass Amenta   (This is the fourth installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.)   “Always do right.  This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: USC THORNTON CHAMBER SINGERS   The USC Thornton Chamber Singers have been hailed as a model of excellence since their inception in 1939. This past year, they performed in Beijing at the twelfth international ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Beautiful Sound with Tenors"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL SOUND WITH TENORS (Stephen Sieck, clinician)   Oh, those poor tenors! So much of the music we sing is written with the capabilities of professional adult tenors in mind, ...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Assembly-Line Art?
The digital demands of life in the 21st century make it difficult (if not impossible) to be a serious artist.  iGadgets and other such intrusive devices demand undivided attention from their captive users, with far too many weak-minded lemmings utterly unable to disconnect themselves from their el...
Featured photo: In Memoriam Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
In Memoriam Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Art Lapierre
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Art Lapierre (American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble)   I use a basic ascending/descending major 9th arpeggio with various combinations of neutral vowels, vowels with voiced and unvoiced consonants, as well as text. I usually (although not always) harmonize this with a r...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Fools
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: USAF Singing Sergeants
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SINGING SERGEANTS   The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington DC, the group is one...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Scary Orchestras"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SCARED OF THE ORCHESTRA? RELAX, THEY’RE HUMAN, TOO (John Nelson, clinician)   Choral and orchestral conductors generally live on different planets and are often uncomfortable being in e...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: O Pastor Animarum (Hildegard)
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: WESTRIDGE VARSITY TREBLE CHOIR   West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir comprises forty young women in the seventh and eighth grades who demonstrate love for singing, commitment to musicianship, and dedication to ch...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "A Cappella Singing"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: A CAPPELLA POP: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA SINGING (Brody McDonald, clinician)   This session will teach you everything you need to get started in the fastest growing vocal g...
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "We Three Kings"
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.)   We Three ...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Autumn Leaves
October weekends are great for viewing fall foliage.  The stunning colors, crisp air, comfy sweaters, and steaming cups of hot apple cider combine to make it one of the wonderful experience of the year.  For those of us in southern climes, autumn is considerably less vibrant.  As a ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: CAMERATE VOCAL SINE NOMINE   Founded in 2003 by its first director, Enrique Fililú O'Reilly, and directed since 2008 by Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine is a u...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Perfect Repertoire"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE PERFECT REPERTOIRE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT CHOIR (Andrea Solya, clinician)   This session will explore repertoire and resources from the Renaissance to the 1900s suitable for less experien...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Purcell
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: The King's Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: THE KING’S SINGERS   Acclaimed worldwide for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charisma, the King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work — synonymous with the very best in vocal ensem...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Singer-Friendly Rehearsals"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: BRAIN-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES FOR SINGER-FRIENDLY REHEARSALS (Charlene Archibeque & Debbie Glaze, clinicians)   This session will use the latest discoveries on how the brain functions to demo...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by Rika R. Heruth
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER:  MIXED VOICES by Rika R. Heruth   1.  “Buccinate in Neomenia Tuba.” Giovanni Croce. Mark Foster Music Co. No. 423 A double choir motet inspired by the architecture of St. Mark’s Cathedral.  The cori spezzati style of this wo...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Intuition in Rehearsals
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Chaos Theory and the Choral Conductor: Learning to Trust Musical Intuition” by Ray Wheeler)   How can conductors be more intuitive in rehearsals?   1) Be sensitive to intuitive impulses. Being aware of intuition as a valuable tool in conductin...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Maryland State Boychoir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: MARYLAND STATE BOYCHOIR   Now celebrating its twenty-eighth season, the Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as “Official Goodwill Ambassadors.” The Boychoir performs ov...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Future of the Choral Art"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: NEW AMERICAN VOICES: BUILDING THE FUTURE OF THE CHORAL ART (Dale Warland & Jake Runestad, clinicians)   Led by famed choral conductor Dale Warland and award-winning composer Jake Runestad...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 10)
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Eleventh Hour
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ELEVENTH HOUR   Eleventh Hour is a select group of eight vocalists from the music department at Kettering Fairmont High School. They have appeared on several educational conferences, including Ohio MEA state ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Learn to Sing Chinese"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: YES, YOU CAN LEARN TO SING CHINESE IN SIXTY MINUTES (Jing Ling-Tam, clinician)   If you have been fearful of wading into the “deep waters” of performing Chinese choral music, this...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 3): “Kindness is NOT for Wimps,” by Marie Grass Amenta
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 3): KINDNESS IS NOT FOR WIMPS by Marie Grass Amenta   (This is the third installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.) “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” Jean-Jacques Ro...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Hand Me a Whip! (Music with Sacred Text)
It’s a common scene in summertime blockbuster movies.  The hero has just overcome some tremendous obstacle and just as he (and we in the audience) breathes a sigh of relief, all you-know-what breaks loose.  The walls cave in, imminent danger rears its ugly head, and our hero finds himself scram...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR   Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who w...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Vocal Jazz Rehearsals"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS (Jennifer Barnes, clinicians)   This clinic will be a lecture/demonstration of techniques that have been found to be effective, efficien...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Downs Win Games