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ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Vocal Jazz Rehearsals"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: VOCAL JAZZ REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES: HOW DO THEY DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL CONCEPTS? (Steve Zegree, clinician)   This fun and informative session is for musicians of all levels and experience and highlights t...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Music in the Public Domain"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: NO STRINGS ATTACHED: ALTERNATIVE, AFFORDABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE MASTERWORDKS FROM OUTSIDE THE CANON (TREY DAVIS, clinician)   Of the thousands of multi-movement or extended choral masterworks that are appr...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: “ACDA Through the Intern’s Eyes” by Taylor Jack Conley
ACDA THROUGH THE INTERN'S EYES by Taylor Jack Conley          I have spent two summers in the ACDA national office, and the time has been profoundly fruitful. Working in the national office of an organization dedicated to the choral art allowed me to gr...
ACDA News: Fort Hays University Singers Perform in ACDA Museum
The Fort Hays Singers from Fort Hays State University (Terry Crull, conductor) paid a visit to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum on November 21, to share part of their 2014 tour repertoire.  The Fort Hays Singers’ concert tour will include performance throughout the central United St...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Intent Matters
If an English literature teacher assigns the writings of Hunter S. Thompson or Ernest Hemmingway, is she advocating drug or alcohol use?  Are choral directors who program a work with a sacred text proselytizing? Is the science teacher explaining human biology being lewd or provocative?   The an...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: What REALLY Matters?
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Vocal Registrations"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: UNTANGLING THE CONCEPTUAL KNOT OF VOCAL REGISTRATION IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHOIRS (Craig Denison, clinician)   This session will provide conductors a research-based and practical discussion of vocal reg...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Teaching Musicianship"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: MUSIANSHIP THROUGH REPERTOIRE (Elizabeth McKinney & Francisco J. Nuñez, clinicians)   Take an in-depth look at how Francisco J. Nuñez inspires and equips independent musicians in the Young People...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Thanks Be to God (Mendelssohn)
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Methods of Teaching"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THREE METHODS OF TEACHING PLUS ONE (Weston Noble, clinician)   Each one of us has a favorite method of teaching, but an outstanding teacher employs all three of the most commonly used methods. This sess...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Gospel Music"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE: ACHIEVING STYLISTIC NUANCE IN GOSPEL MUSIC (Rollo Dilworth, clinician)   The African American gospel tradition has become a regular part of choral programs in school, church, commun...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: No Thanks, I'm Tryng to Cut Down
After watching Curley stuff this Thanksgiving turkey, perhaps you’ll just have a sandwich instead.  Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!  
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "American Folksongs"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: TAPPING THE SOURCE: AMERICAN FOLKSONG COLLECTIONS (Dirk Johnson, clinician)   Many wonderful American folksong arrangements are programmed throughout the United States, giving singers exposure to this r...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Messiah"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: LOOKING OVER HANDEL’S SHOULDER AT MESSIAH (Helmuth Rilling, clinician)   Helmuth Rilling’s new book on Handel’s Messiah is aimed at conductors, singers, instrumentalists, and all those who know an...
ChoralBlog: "My Most Meaningful Mentor," by Jack Senzig
MY MOST MEANINGFUL MENTOR, by Jack Senzig          I met John W. Downey when I was a student at UWMilwaukee.  One day in class I was sitting in the front row next to the grand piano.   Dr. Downey played Debussy’s First Arabesque.   It was the most beautiful piece of music I had ever...
ACDA News: And the 2014 Membership Drive Winner is . . .
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Ellen?
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by Michael Ekbladh
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MIXED VOICES by Michael Ekbladh   1.  “SingUnto God.”  Paul Fetler. Augsburg Fortress 11-1244 Released in 1959, this powerful and rhythmic work is great for the advanced church choir or college choir, especially with the frantic buildup to ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: University of Texas-Arlington A Cappella Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-ARLINGTON A CAPPELLA CHOIR   The A Cappella Choir, under the direction of UT Arlington Director of Choral Activities Karen Kenaston-French, is the premiere choral ensemble of the universit...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Kodály Pedagogy"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: KODÁLY PEDAGOGY IN THE CHORAL REHEARSAL (Susan Brumfield, clinician)   This choral reading/group participation session will address readiness, preparation, and presentation of choral repertoire for you...
Concert: Young Men's Vocal Workshop
The University of Oklahoma’s School of Music will sponsor the annual Young Men’s Vocal Workshop on Friday, November 21, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The event concludes with a concert at 4:00 p.m.   For additional information, contact David Howard at dhoward@ou.edu.
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Rehearsing Bach
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “J.S. Bach and the Concerto: Ritornello as a Guide to Rehearsal” by Chester L. Alwes)          When a student conductor starts to rehearse a choral/ orchestral work of J.S. Bach by announcing "we'll skip the introduction and begin at measure...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Salt Lake Vocal Artists
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: SALT LAKE VOCAL ARTISTS   Organized in 2010, the Salt Lake Vocal Artists, are the international ambassadors for the Salt Lake Choral Artists, an organization of seven choral ensembles and over 300 singers.  ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Aging Voices"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE EVOLVING VOICE: THE SENIOR YEARS (Karen Bunssen, clinician)   Voices change and evolve throughout a lifetime. As an ever-increasing number of amateur and professional “Singing Senio...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Critical Thinking"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS WITH SINGERS (Matthew L. Garrett, clinician)   Choral directors constantly work to balance performance challenges with the delivery of academic content in school prog...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: University of North Texas Jazz Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS JAZZ SINGERS   The University of North Texas Jazz Singers is the premier vocal jazz ensemble within the Division of Jazz Studies in the College of Music. Jazz Singers perform a chall...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 15)
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Improvisation"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: CIRCLE SINGING: INCORPORATING GROUP IMPROVISATON IN YOUR CHORAL REHEARSALS (Jeremy Fox, clinician)   Circle-Singing is a group improvisation exercise for students of any age and experience level. Incorp...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY MEN’S CHORUS   The University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus is a ninety-voice ensemble comprising freshmen to graduate students, representing a variety of musical backgrounds and academi...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Deviled Eggs and Choral Music
My 15-year old nephew likes deviled eggs.  He likes deviled eggs A LOT.  Like most teenage boys, the kid is ravenous, and when there are deviled eggs in the house, he eats them like his life depends on it.  The only thing is, he will only eat them when his mother (my sister) makes t...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: All in Your Hands
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: South Dakota Chorale
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: SOUTH DAKOTA CHORALE   Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the South Dakota Chorale is a collaborative network of musicians combining the talents of singers locally, regionally, and across the nation. In thei...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Resonance"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: BUILDING SOUND AND SPIRIT (Amanda Quist, clinician)   Choruses and conductors of every level can benefit from an increased understanding of the principles of resonance in the trained voice. Through the ...
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...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Arlene Sparks
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Arlene Sparks (Dreyfoos School of the Arts Singers)   I have been using this warm-up for 30+ years as a way for my students to learn to develop an even range from top to bottom.  It has become even more relevant today as our culture is presented with a variety of singing/t...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: O Magnum Mysterium (Palestrina)
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Building Community"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: BUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE CHORAL ENSEMBLE (Joy Paffenroth, clinician)   Getting your ensemble to sing together is one thing, but really getting them to be a cohesive group in all aspects is another. Thi...
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Child of Mine"
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.)   Child of ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Nittany Valley Children’s Choir Concordia Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: NITTANY VALLEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR   The Nittany Valley Children’s Choir (NVCC) is a community arts organization based in State College, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1997 to fi ll a need in the Centre County reg...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Fallon's Frightening Friends
Close your eyes and listen to Jimmy Fallon's impressions of various comedians.  Some of them are terrifyingly accurate.  
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Muungano National Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: MUUNGANO NATIONAL CHOIR   Muungano National Choir was founded in 1979 by the Late Hon. Boniface Mganga who was the first director and remained in office until his death in July, 2012. The name Muun...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Literature by Women"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE XX-FILES: GREAT LITERATURE BY WOMEN’S COMPOSERS (Eliza Rubenstein & Magen Solomon, clinicians)   The music is out there, and we’ll help you find it! This session will provide you with repert...
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: Steffen Wins Brock Student Composition Contest
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce that Andrew Steffen, a graduate student at Oklahoma State University, has won the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition for 2014.   His prize-winning work, “Spells of Herrick” (SATB, piano), will be premiered by the ...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Boy Choir” by Ken Taylor
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: BOY CHOIR by Ken Taylor   1.  “Annabel Lee.” Patti Drennan. Hal Leonard 08703365. Beautiful, haunting setting of Edgar Allan Poe; simple TBB with divisi.   2.  “Kyrie Eleison” – Dan Davison – Hal Leonard 08501555. Energetic TB piece; it feels like it was ...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Hildegard
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Expressive Conducting"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: A RECIPE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXPRESSIVE CONDUCTING TECHNIQUE: HARMONIC RHYTHM ADD LABAN AND BODYMAPPING (James Jordan, clinician)   Using a groundbreaking combination of Laban Movement, Laban Movemen...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Milwaukee High School of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: MILWAUKEE HIGH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE   The Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an award-winning group comprising the most advanced singers from the vocal music pro...
Featured photo: In Memoriam: James Erb
In Memoriam: James Erb
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Legal Photocopying
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Guidelines from the MPA Music Publishers' Association of the United States” [pg.41])   When can I photocopy? This question is asked every day by music educators nationwide. Most music educators want to respect the rights of copyright owners, but ...