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ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Treble Choirs” by Ashley Conway
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: TREBLE CHOIR by Ashley Conway   1.  “Sisters” (from “My Girls”). Gwyneth Walker. SSA  a cappella. Treble Clef Music Press. This text can serve to unify women of all backgrounds because we, indeed, are all “sisters.” School-yard clapping and an upbeat tempo ma...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Szymko
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Singing Girls of Texas
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: FORT WORTH ACADEMY OF THE ARTS SINGING GIRLS OF TEXAS TRAINING CHOIR   Singing Girls of Texas (SGT) was founded in 2001 by the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, which has a legacy of providing excellent arts e...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Teaching Music Theory"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO TEACHING MUSIC THEORY (Alice Parker , clinician)   A melody-based curriculum will connect the student’s prior experience with the world of theory, providing ...
ACDA News: DEADLINE is TOMORROW for Student Conducting Award
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; to encour...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Local Gigs for the Choir
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Scheduling Choral Programs and Community Relations” by Robert L. Garretson)          What choral conductor has not received numerous requests for programs from various groups in the community? Each conductor must determine how many and on w...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Bel-Canto Singing"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE BEL-CANTO CHORAL TRANSFORMATION: CREATING THE BEAUTIFUL, BALANCED, BLENDED ENSEMBLE SINGING YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF (Laurier Fagnan, clinician)   Choral blend does not have to be b...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: METROPOLITAN CHORUS OF TOKYO   The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo (MET) is a joint mixed choir comprising members from “Koyukai”—a group of choirs with Ko Matsushita as their artist...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE   This year marks the eighteenth year in which the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble has been in existence under the direction of Arthur Lapierre. The Ensem...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Innovative Warm-ups"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: INNOVATIVE WARM-UPS FOR THE VOLUNTEER CHOIR: CREATIVE CONCEPTS TO IMPROVE CHORAL SOUND (Michael Kemp, clinician)   Directing volunteer choirs necessitates building choral sound, solving vocal...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 12)
ACDA News: 2014 Brock Commission to be Published
The 2014 addition to the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Choral Commission series has been selected for publication by Walton Music. Alice Parker’s work “The Definition of Beauty,” will be released in early 2015, according to the publishing firm.   “It is such a great work, and we are honored ...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 5): “‘Maestra Manners’ Explains All,” by Marie Grass Amenta
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 5): “MAESTRA MANNERS” EXPLAINS ALL by Marie Grass Amenta   (This is the fifth and final installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.)   “Fine manners are the m...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Pass the Baton, Literally
Giving a student the stick is one of those “Pay it Forward” things we are supposed to do as choral educators.  When we identify a student with both musical aptitude and the interest in becoming a conductor, it is incumbent upon us to then provide that fledgling conductor an opport...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Waukee High School A Cappella
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: WAUKEE HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA   A Cappella is an auditioned ensemble open to all students in grades 10-12 who demonstrate advanced musical skill, thus providing an intensive and highly rewarding mu...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Service Learning"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SERVICE-LEARNING, UBUNTU, AND CHORAL MUSIC: TRANSFORMATIVE MUSIC EDUCATION (Alicia W. Walker & James M. Meader, clinicians)   The African word Ubuntu conveys the interdependency of humans...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Deidra Douglas
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Deidra Douglas (Cypress Falls high School)   Daily reinforcement of the basic vocal development skills—breath control and support, vocal tone, vowel formation-- and consistent teaching of vocal placement within the choral rehearsal and individually, contributed to my stude...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: True Test
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: St. Mary's International School Varsity Male Ensemble
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ST. MARY’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL VARSITY MALE ENSEMBLE   This select ensemble is made up of students grades 9– 12 representing a dozen nationalities. They rehearse for twenty minutes each day during lunch,...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Chichester Psalms"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: HONORING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHICHESTER PSALMS BY LEONARD BERNSTEIN (Timothy Peter, clinician)   This will be an interactive session with recordings, conversation, and study of the ageles...
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Micronczarnia"
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.)   Microncza...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Poston)
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Life with the Boys"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SWAGGER, GENTLEMANLINESS, AND BROTHERHOOD: EXPLORATIONS OF LIVED EXPERIENCES IN A HIGH SCHOOL MEN’S CHORUS (Andrea Ramsey, clinician)   This session will investigate how participation i...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Spivey Hall Tour Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: SPIVEY HALL CHILDREN’S CHOIR   Singing with unmistakable spirit, refinement, and remarkable beauty of tone and expression, the Spivey Hall Tour Choir is the most advanced group in the Spivey ...
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: "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...