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Items by Alan Davis

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Comment: Re: What can conductors wear for hot weather performances?
Hi Anthony,    A few years ago, a friend and I were singing in a very large choral concert (140 singers + Full Orchestra) and the concert hall was extremely warm. Anyways, back then my friend and I came up with an idea. The idea, since we are both athletes (I run 10ks and Marathons from time to ...
Comment: Re: Literature
Requiem - arr. Craig Hella Johnson    
Comment: Re: Who is on your Choral Conductor list this Christmas?
I like this topic that your students chose to discuss. In no way does it reflect negatively on their current conductor, as it shouldnt. I too have thought about such a question and yet I've sung under GREAT conductors: Dr. Richard Nance, Dr. Brian Galante, Tim Fitzpatrick, Dr. Geoffrey Boers (Carneg...
Comment: Re: Masters in Choral Conducting
I gather information on each school over the course of a 2 year period, before considering to list a school on gradmusic.org.  Some of the information pertains to the following: Curriculum requirements Admissions Requirements Graduate student co-hort size Teacher -to- Student ratio (too many stude...
Comment: Re: Masters in Choral Conducting
Hi Chris,  I am the founder/developer of the website resource Gradmusic.org which lists program in choral conducting, composition, musicology, music education, and more.  I can tell you that the University of Arizona does have a masters in choral conducting degree. Also, NAU (Northern Arizona Univ...
Comment: Re: SATB with Viola
Hi William,  I have a new arrangement of the Irish Folktune "Shule Aroon" set for SATB choir, handdrum & violin. However, a friend of mines choir has requested that they perform this piece with Viola because they have an incredible viola player as well.  If you'd like I can send you a PDF of t...
Announcement: GRADMUSIC.ORG - New Design.
Gradmusic.org has expanded to include programs in Composition, Choral Conducting, Music Education, and Musicology. Soon it will list Vocal Performance and Instrumental programs in the United States. In addition, the Choral Conducting programs page will expand to include programs in Canada, UK, and A...
Comment: Re: Top DMA Programs
Hi Kyle,    I'm Alan Davis, I created the gradmusic.org website and have thorough knowledge of all the programs I list. Information that is included in my research is: -Professors of Choral Conducting - their bio's, years of experience, training, and courses they teach. -Courses and Curriculu...
Announcement: NEW COMP. - Go Lovely, Red Red Rose TTBB Seeks First Performance
My new composition Go Lovely, Red Red Rose is set for TTBB chorus, a cappella. The difficulty level for this piece would be mid-medium difficulty due to the meter changes, sparse divisi, and key changes.  This piece juxtaposes two verses from the famous poems Go Lovely Rose by Edmund Waller & O...
Comment: Re: Rarely performed pieces
All the singers for this ensemble are professionals, including two counter-tenors.   Accompaniment choices are wide open at the moment. I greatlly appreciate your recommendations of choral repertoire.     All the best,  Alan Davis  atdchoral.com gradmusic.org
Forum message: Rarely performed pieces
Hello Friends & Colleagues -    I am seeking to put together a program of Renaissance and Baroque choral music that features rarely performed pieces of high quality music for a vocal ensemble of 10-12 singers. Any pieces in 4, 5, or 6 vocal parts would be great.    If you know of any pie...
Comment: Re: Intonation II - overview and "what is good intonation?"
Hi Dr. Sparks,    First, I want to say that I really enjoy your insightful blog posts here on Choralnet. Second, I'm glad that you shared the two video examples for the use of vibrato within different choral literature styles. All that being said, I have always wondered about intonation, how I h...
Comment: Re: Programming Assistance Needed
Hi Clinton,    While reading this post the first two pieces that came to my mind were: Hope, Faith, Life, Love by Eric Whitacre; and Abendlied by Josef Rheinberger. Here you would have four areas of life, not stages of life, but rather themes within any stage of life, love, faith, and hope. Then...
Comment: Re: College Piece for a Learning Conductor
Hi Samantha,    A couple of years ago I put together a chamber group at the university where I study and for 3 months we worked on putting together an entire concert (45 mins) of choral music. Of course we had both sacred and secular works, but the group was, as I assessed, advanced. Since none ...
Comment: Re: Summer programs for undergraduates
Jay,    Rod Eichenberger has a summer conducting workshop in Oregon which is close to California. It is an annual workshop. The link is http://www.georgefox.edu/choralconductors/index.html   Rod Eichenberger is a great teacher and anyone who attends his conducting workshop would benefit...
Comment: Re: Bachelor Degree in Conducting for incomplete studies
Hi Rocio,    I think that the situation your husband is in is not as rare as you think. I've heard of atleast 3 other people going through the same situation last year. Out of all of my research into graduate programs, its quite extensive, I have never found a choral conducting degree online...
Comment: Re: GradMusic.Org - Where are Choral Directors studying?
Jerome - Thank you for your comments. I have entertained the questions in regards to students studying internationally. This upcoming summer I am expanding the Gradmusic.org site to include programs in Europe and Canada for conducting studies of both choral and instrumental mediums. I do know of...
Forum message: GradMusic.Org - Where are Choral Directors studying?
Hey Colleagues,    My name is Alan Davis and I created a website called GradMusic.Org which is a directory for graduate schools in choral conducting or instrumental conducting. I have recently gathered all of my statistics for the choral conducting part of my website. The numbers, for the 20...
Comment: Re: Preeminent Pedagogues of Conducting
Britt,    If I had to create a list of all the conductors I have seen, in action, and conductors who have written, and some conductors whom I've read about. My list would be as follows, keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list:   Teaching Conducting: Rodney Eichenberger - UWashin...
Announcement: GRADMUSIC.ORG updated and reformatted
Gradmusic.org is a website that gathers all the contact information and websites for over 100+ schools across the country that offer either an MM or DMA in Choral or Instrumental Conducting. The website will, in the near future, expand to other fields, such as; Music Education, Vocal Performance, ...
Comment: Re: Church Choir Repertoire
If not already suggested, Bruckner's Locus Iste would be a wonderful song for the dedication of a church. The text is precisely for such an occassion.      All the best,  Alan Davis www.gradmusic.org - founder
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Hey Julia,    You definitely asked a question that spawned a lot of responses, all individual to those who responded, and yet some collectiveness occurred.    I find your question interesting... and I have to say my opinion should not matter. Can it inform or advise another conductor t...
Comment: Re: Teaching students about the old conductors
I believe that using the term "Old Conductor" does not descriptively serve these conductors you are speaking about.    I personally refer to these conductors and others as "legendary conductors" and my list includes the follow (in no particular order): Rodney Eichenberger Dale Warland ...
Comment: Re: Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb
Pacific Lutheran University's CHORALE recently performed Rejoice in the Lamb. I am a singer within the Chorale ensemble and we have (I believe) 48 singers.   In addition, In the Analyzing music class I am taking we analyzed Rejoice in the Lamb and from both the performance and analysis experi...
Comment: Re: Portland State University...
Hi Sue!     Joshua, I absolutely agree with the advice that Sue has provided. However, either way you go staying in state or going out of state to another region of the country, you will find great programs. Research and make a short list of 5-8 schools and contact the conductors of those pr...
Comment: Re: Portland State University...
Dr. Sperry is relatively new to Portland State University and has already proven to be a very effective professor at that school. Since his arrival he has recorded a CD with the Portland State University Chamber Choir (check out the choir here  www.psuchamberchoir.com). He is a well known arrange...
Comment: Re: Choral cond./Early music - any programs/schools that I could make the two work together?
Look into Boston University, Indiana Unversity, University of North Texas, and Florida State University. All the programs I just listed have outstanding choral conducting departments and some of the top early music departments as well. Whether you do a degree in one field or the other or minor, ei...
Comment: Re: Need Chamber Choir Music Suggestions
Hi Everyone,   Thank you for your replies. I am looking for something within 7 minutes and acappella that can end the following set. The Lamb - John Taverner O Nata Lux - Thomas Tallis Locus Iste - Anton BrucknerS Sing me to Heave - Gawthrop    Kyrie (from Mass for four voices) -...
Forum message: Need Chamber Choir Music Suggestions
I have a chamber choir of 18-22 singers, SATB. I have removed a piece for our May 15th concert. The piece was about 7 minutes in length, a ccappella. I am hoping to fill the slot with 1 piece.  The Ensemble is filled with advanced singers at a Lutheran University. Singers are 20-22 years old.  ...
Comment: Re: Help Deciding to get Masters in Choral Conducting
www.gradmusic.org
Forum message: Gradmusic.org
Gradmusic.org is a new development of my ongoing list of Graduate choral conducting programs directory for programs across the United States. Right now I have 91 programs listed and am working on an international list.    This is a research tool for undergrads seeking to research Masters pro...
Comment: Re: Tomas Luis de Victoria (400th Anniversary)
Thank you ALL for your wonderful replies!   I have decided to go with O QUAM GLORIOSUM (one of his earlier motets)....   Then two movements from his Requiem (Officium Defunctorum): The Kyrie & Agnus Dei   Now I just need a title for the program.     Thanks, Alan Davis ...
Forum message: Tomas Luis de Victoria (400th Anniversary)
2011 is the 400th anniversary of Victoria's death, and the idea I have is to perform his earliest choral work and his last choral work.    I have heard that his last choral work is a Mass, if so than maybe a movement of that mass would work just fine for this performance.  I have searched a...
Comment: Re: Masters Recital Rep Ideas
Greg Bartholomew - The 21st Century ( A Girl Born in Afghanistan) - composed in 2002.      This piece is stunning.The text is adapted from the Nobel Lecture given on December 10, 2001, by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.      ...
Comment: Re: STB repertoire?
http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Category:3_part_choral_music   If you click this link and scroll down you will see a list of over 100 songs for STB voicing.   Hope it helps!   All the Best, Alan Davis  www.alanmusic.com
Forum message: Conducting THE LAMB (by Tavenver)
I am working on conducting John Tavenver's THE LAMB and it has not time signature markings. Any suggestions from anyone who has conducted this piece before would be very helpful!   Thanks, Alan Davis www.alanmusic.com
Comment: Re: Sophomore starting Gradate school research
Check out my MM(only) and DMA pages on my website.      www.alanmusic.com
Forum message: DMA + MM Choral Conducting Grad School LISTS!
Hey Everyone,   It is 2011, happy new year! Over the past year my MM(only) and DMA choral conducting graduate school lists have become quite a resource! The two pages of my website in 2010 saw just over 2,000 views (obviously some people view those pages multiple times!).    MM(only) li...
Comment: Re: Selling choral music on ebay
I have well over 700 pieces in my library. Im 25 years old and hope to eventually have 3 or 4,000 individual pieces of choral music. All mine is cataloged and I have (5) copies of each piece. The J.W.Pepper store people use to think I was crazy coming in there (when i was 19, 20, and 21) and buyin...
Comment: Re: A capella suggestions for good high school choir
O Nata Lux - Thomas Tallis   www.alanmusic.com   I have recently edited and arranged into an SAATB.
Comment: Re: Choral Materials (Method Books and DVD's) Suggestions?
Dr. Freer,    I just ordered your book and DVD. I just remembered that you suggested that book to me over a month ago about my choral methods presentation on FIRST DAY ACTIVITIES.    Hi Again Tom,   I was a student at Western Washington University when you came out there to presen...
Comment: Re: Cinema-related choral pieces?
EvenStar by Howard Shore (lord of the rings) Its very beautiful and in a language created for pure beauty. I've seen published versions of it online and heard a few performances before.    I am trying to think of others, so if I do i'll be sure to reply again. 
Forum message: Choral Materials (Method Books and DVD's) Suggestions?
I am an undergraduate BME major that plans to go to grad school in the future... Maybe be a DCS at a University in the future. Over the past years some of my mentors have suggested a few books to me (about choral conducting, methods, etc), and my own interest has grown to dozens of books and DVD...
Comment: Re: Choral works with solo violin and/or oboe
Obviously not for this season, but for future holiday seasons I would recommend:   Brian Galante - In The Bleak Midwinter -  SATB choir with Piano and Solo Violin. A very beautiful piece!
Comment: Re: Graduate School Help - MM in Choral Conducting
Hi Shane,   Being a junior Music Ed student at Pacific Lutheran University I can relate to your research, and I have completed quite a bit of it.  Since you are looking for less competition between students, more podium time, and research, I would suggest a program that has a Masters ONLY ...
Comment: Re: Allegri Miserere for High School?
The soprano part is why I was going to edit an excerpt of the piece to be only 2 or 3 minutes long and NOT include the section where the soprano goes up to the high note. So I am looking at going up to measures 22 and skipping the whole next section OR measure 29 then skip to the next section.  ...
Forum message: Allegri Miserere for High School?
I know this piece well (having sung it before). So, I am wondering if the first 22 or 29 measures would be suitable for a HS advanced mixed ensemble?
Comment: Re: What are some Activities for First day of classes: 7th-9th and 10th-12th Choirs.
Thank you all for your responses. I highly appreciate this wonderful choral community and how we can communicate in such ways.  :-) Happy Holidays!   Alan Davis alanmusic.com
Forum message: What are some Activities for First day of classes: 7th-9th and 10th-12th Choirs.
Hello Choralnet Community,   I am currently taking a Choral Methods class at Pacific Lutheran University and one of our projects is to give a 10-12 minute "poster presentation" on a QUESTION each student thinks we should all be able to answer after finishing this class. My question that I am ...
Forum message: Choral Conducting Grad Programs LISTS
www.alanmusic.com   I have recently updated the DMA degree programs list on my website, along with the MM Only degree programs list.    I made these lists as a One stop shop resource for all those looking at graduate school choral conducting programs.    *If you att...