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Items by Christopher Aitken

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Comment: Re: Chapel Acoustics
This always baffles me. Not sure why someone would want to put carpet where people's potentially dirty/wet shoes will be for the majority of the time. Anything but carpet would be so much easier to clean - and keep in good repair! Sounds like someone is just trying to keep the stone tile cost down b...
Comment: Re: Taking the "Christ" out of "Ubi Caritas"?
Is there another piece you could use instead?
Comment: Re: High School Choir Needs Men
Go to their athletic games. Write them notes of encouragement - nothing fancy, but something that shows you appreciate them and that you care about what it is THEY do. Then, they'll care about what you do. Try to find 2-3 of the most charismatic jocks. Start to relate to them. Get them in your choir...
Announcement: High School Chamber Singers seeks performance venues for tour 2015
The 20-member Chamber Singers from Asheville Christian Academy, located in Swannanoa (Asheville) NC, are seeking church venues of prime acoustical quality for a March 27-April 5 2015 tour. We would also require a quality tuned piano. Would you be willing to host our choristers? We'd love to hear f...
Choir: Asheville Christian Academy Upper School Choir (Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA)
Comment: Re: Choral piece featuring alto
My Song in the Night, by Paul Christiansen. Lovely piece.
Comment: Re: 2 year college choral festival clinician - recommendations?
Hi Dave -   Happy to help if I may. Please email me an address to which I may send my CV.   Best, Chris
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
Randi - Once, I took part in a concert that followed up Carmina with the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth. The messages of Carmina and Beethoven's musical setting of "Joy" was an intriguing juxtaposition. It was also a WARHORSE concert - two mammoths of the choral repertoire. I was drained - em...
Comment: Re: Essential choral music theory?
John -  Could you expound on the idea of whole-to-parts v. parts-to-whole? I find it fascinating.   Thanks in advance for your reply!   Best, -Chris
Comment: Re: Choral Arranger
Hi Mitchell -   I could do it for you. If you like, I have a lot of prior arranging work I have done that you could see, to get an idea of what I could offer you. Christopherscottaitken at gmail   Let me know!   Best, Chris
Comment: Re: Middle School Musical
Robert -   I have had tremendous success with Willy Wonka, Jr. It also tends to be a show that does well with selling concessions, before show and during intermission...wonder why...? Haha.   Annie, Jr. is also a good one.   Best, -Chris
Comment: Re: Choir that won't rehearse
Mike -   I can appreciate your situation. Sounds like you've tried nearly everything. Tell us - do you offer academic credit for this ensemble, or is it considered extra-curricular? Do you have ability to contact parents? Some parents will listen to your pleas (especially if their child is receiv...
Forum message: Ceremony of Carols - SATB version
Hi all -   Just wondering if anyone can speak to their personal success or their "less-than" success with executing the SATB arrangement of Britten's Ceremony of Carols. Purists, I'm sure, would argue to just do the SSA version - and I'm most likely leaning towards this anyway. However, I'm...
Comment: Re: Death and Mortality
There are a couple pieces among Haydn's 13 in particular is entitled "Der Greis", detailing the thoughts of an aging man - but one line in particular is "Der Tod klopft an meiner Tur" (Death knocks at my door). I suggest you give it a look. Incidentally, all of Haydn's 13 part-songs...
Comment: Re: Women's chorus repertoire
Ryan -   You may try a gorgeous new piece out - entitled "In My Eyes", under the Lawson-Gould label @ Alfred Publishing. It was written by Jonny Priano.   Beautiful - and there should be a recording online to hear as well.   Best, Chris
Comment: Re: University level, but beginning SSAA repertoire
Talia (and anyone else interested) -   Try the new composition "In My Eyes" by Jonny Priano. It's published by Alfred Lawson-Gould label. A wonderful piece of music. Sample recordings are available online.   Best, Chris Aitken
Comment: Re: Recording of Clausen "Gloria"
Phil -   You may try contacting Douglas Browne, Director of Choral Activities at Grove City College ( I sang it there in undergrad. No promises that he'll have a recording he can send you, since he might be bound by copyrighting or licensing or whatever. Not sure how that al...
Comment: Re: Beethoven 9 go-withs
Prayer for St. Cecelia, by Gerald Finzi.