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Items by Larry Smith

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Comment: Re: Preparing and conducting Belshazzar's Feast
Thank you, Rich.  We only have a rear balcony, probably space enough for the two brass bands on each side.  I have considered "spreading things around".  That would take some creativity in our theatre, but we could build out from the front of the stage a bit and maybe some on the sides but becaus...
Comment: Re: Preparing and conducting Belshazzar's Feast
Thank you Simon and Thomas.  We have a 965-seat house but not a particularly large stage, especially when the acoustic shell is installed.  We did have plenty of space for Elijah and the German Requiem and we used larger seated risers for those concert.  For Belshazzar we would most likely use th...
Forum message: Preparing and conducting Belshazzar's Feast
I am considering staging Belshazzar's Feast with a college choir and community chorus.  In past years we have done some Twentieth-Century Repertoire, including Rutter's Gloria, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Adolphus Hailstork's I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes.  I find some echoes of Belshazzar's Feast i...
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
Thanks Clay, I have performed some of Dr. Cox's octavos in the past.  I just looked up his home page and found the Deo Gratias and also Symphonic Psalms.  Both look promising. I have done several of K. Lee Scott's works and always find his work compelling.  I know mark's work and he has also jus...
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
Thanks for the recommendation, Stuart.  I would be happy to take a look at any of your work.  Was God's Grandeur ever published?  It's a very good composition and a great poem.
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
Thanks everyone for these suggestions.  they are all very helpful and I am eager to hear more. 
Forum message: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
I am seeking suggestions for dramatic extended choral/orchestral works that have a Biblical or sacred theme or content. We performed Chichester Psalms by Bernstein, Rutter's Gloria, and I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes by Adolphus Hailstork.  For the past few years we have been singing mostly Classic, Ro...
Forum message: Help with Goza mi calipso by Albert Hernandez
My choir is preparing this piece.  There is a part of the text missing on page 9.  At first I thought there was a misprint in the music but when I went to the Hinshaw website and listened to the recording they have, there is clearly a second text that is sung by altos and basses that is not printe...
Comment: Re: Videoconferen-sing Your Ensemble
In the past month, my choirs have had Skype sessions with two composers, Patrick Hawes and Ola Gjeilo.  We had a great time asking them about their compositions which we are preparing for performance.  Both composers were very gracious and inspiring to the students and shared some insights into th...
Concert: U.S. Premiere of "Songs of Songs" by Patrick Hawes in St. Louis October 11
The Missouri Baptist University Chamber Singers, String Ensemble, and soprano Becky Self Thorn present the U.S. Premiere of Song of Songs by Patrick Hawes on Friday night, October 11 at 7:30 in the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts center on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in St...
Comment: Re: Secular Baroque music
Bach Coffee Cantata.  Funny, and all Bach. Beethoven and Haydn wrote some secular part-songs Mozart Nocturnes Lots of great part-songs from Schubert, Menedlessohn, Brahms Also the English madrigalists of the Classic/Romantic period And don't forget opera choruses from Handel, Mozart, Monteverd...
Forum message: Building a successful student leadership team for college choir
I am seeking some models for student leadership for my college choirs. I have not had an actual choir council or student board of directors, only student section leaders and occasional volunteers for specific jobs. I think it is time to change that and have an actual student leadership based on the...
Forum message: Wolfram Buchenburg "Veni dilecte mi"
I have heard this wonderful piece in the performance by the choir from University of Louisville. I would love to do this work but I do not find it in any catalog.  I found a good bit of his work published by Carus, but this piece was not listed there and I could not find it on other choral publish...
Comment: Re: Seeking music of Alun Hoddinott
Thank you Matthew.  I will get in touch with them.  Good to know this fine music is still available.   Larry Smith
Forum message: Seeking music of Alun Hoddinott
Some years ago I programmed two pieces by Alun Hoddinott, both published by Oxford University Press. Sing a New Song - SSAATTBB with organ Two Welsh Love Songs - SATB with piano I was told some years ago that both titles were out of print and have had no luck finding them anywhere for purchase. ...
Comment: Re: multicultural christmas selections
O meu menino, by Eurico Carrapatoso - Portuguese (Boosey and Hawkes/Hal Leonard) David Mooney has arranged a number of Irish Christmas songs published by ECS - http://www.ecspublishing.com/irishChoral.html   Italian and British - too many to mention   I can't help you much with Lebanese and C...
Comment: Re: teaching two part singing
Partner songs - two songs that create harmony but are two separate and distinguishable melodies.  I always think of pentatonic songs as well. They always pair together well.  The American spirituals "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" form a great partner song duo.  ...
Forum message: Choral medleys of American music with orchestration
Our college choir will be touring to Europe in May 2014.  We may have the good fortune of partnering with a local orchestra in Czech Republic for some concerts and I am seeking some uniquely American repertoire to balance out the program which will likely feature excepts of Messiah.    I am p...
Comment: Re: Theme of light/day and darkness/night
In the Night, We Shall Go In - Imant Raminsh (Alliance music) Night of the Full Moon - Libby Larsen (ECS) Ecco mormorar l'onde - Claudio Monteverdi - good for morning There are a number of fine settings of "Hark, hark, the lark", the poem by Shakespeare - also a good morning text Gyorgy Ligeti's...
Comment: Re: Recruitment and FERPA at College Level
Normally, once a student has voluntarily submitted a transcript to your school,  you should be able to view it as long as you don't make it public.  That should not be limited by FERPA.  You might want to see if your state or school has additional restrictions.  I have found that our Admission...
Forum message: Recording and immediate playback in choral rehearsal
I want the simplest possible set up to record and give my choir immediate feedback in the rehearsal room. We have a good space with a computer and I have been advised that the Yeti microphone by Blue is a good choice when connected to a computer, but anything is OK with me that is simple.  I ...
Comment: Re: Great repertoire for collegiate chamber choir
There are a number of very fine works by Eric William Barnum, an excellent young composer: Afternoon on a Hill (same text as the one by Colin Britt, but very different) Lo, I am With You Always (a wonderful sacred piece) I also recommend works from the Renaissance period for Chamber choirs....
Comment: Re: Recommedations on preparing Whitacre Alleluia
Thanks, I have thought about the orchestral colors concept.  There is a choral tradition here in the US based on the work of Father William Finn.  he had many original concepts and one of his training methods, if I remember correctly, was talking about instrumental tones to his singers.  I migh...
Comment: Re: Recommedations on preparing Whitacre Alleluia
Thank you for the insight, Peter.  I have recommended the Youtube to my choir and many have listened to it - some almost endlessly.  I was wondering about some of the tempi myself. I think the penultimate section belies the pieces origins as an instrumental work.  The 2/3 priniciple or "golde...
Forum message: Recommedations on preparing Whitacre Alleluia
Hello colleagues,   I have chosen the new "Alleluia" setting by Eric Whitacre for my college choir this year.  We have not performed one of his pieces since "Lux Aurumque" 5 years ago and "Five Hebrew Love Songs" 6 years ago.  If you are not familiar with this new work, it is Eric's transcr...
Forum message: Choral Conduting - MM or MA?
We are researching Choral Conducting Masters programs and are considering whether MA or MM is the best fit for us. I personally have a MM, but I know some schools offer MA programs and we are trying to determine the relative benefits of each program for our institution and for prospective stud...
Comment: Re: Looking for SATB music w/ accordian accompaniment
The Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez has an accordion part.  It is a Christmas work.  I don't actually know if the accordion part is published but I have a recording that clearly features an accordion and I performed it many years ago using a synthesizer to create the accordion sound.  Some of ...
Comment: Re: OTHER "O Magnum Mysterium" settings?
I think you would find the setting by Francis Poulenc "different" and contrasting to those you have listed.   Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis MO smithl@mobap.edu
Comment: Re: American Choral Masterworks
Howard Hanson Song of Democracy would be a good option - text by Walt Whitman   Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis MO 63141 smithl@mobap.edu
Concert: Mozart Requiem, Friday, April 20 at MBU in St. Louis
The Missouri Baptist University Chorale, Choral Society, Orchestra and Soloists will present the Requiem by W. A. Mozart on Friday, April 20 at 7:30. The performance will be held in the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center on the MBU Campus.  Admission is free and all are welcome...
Comment: Re: What to do about tardy parents
You need to find out from your administration what options you have.  It's not a good thing to be alone with a student.  Many years ago I had that same problem when I was a Middle School and High School director.  After a few of those experiences (some were due to parents who worked at night bu...
Comment: Re: PDQ Bach or something similar
There is somewhere an arrangement of Allan Sherman's "No One's Perfect".  If the conductor is old enough to remember Norman Luboff, Fred Waring, and the Robert Shaw Chorale, this would be great.  If not, you could probably change the names of the groups to any of the hundreds of great choirs out...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre piece for "very senior" choir
Consider some of the Animal Crackers pieces.  For something accompanied with less divisi, the Five Hebrew Love Songs are some of his best work.   Grace and peace, Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis MO smithl@mobap.edu
Comment: Re: Carmina Burana
Don't know about O Fortuna, but I found a piano four-hands arrangement for "Ecce gratum" that is available from Schott.  The accompaniment is separate.  The choral part is the choral part only. That's all I was able to find.  I'd hoped to find Floret Silva separately but no luck.   Larry...
Comment: Re: middle aged mezzo with odd vocal problem - advice?
Get a clear medical opinion before you do anything.  If there is something physically wrong no amount of musical work that will help and you could do harm.  Voices, throats, tongues, all parts of the body change over time.  This may be something caused by any number of environmental or medical ...
Comment: Re: Best computer speakers
http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=products.family&ID=studiomonitors   I have the M-Audio speakers in my office.  They are shielded, so you get absolutely no interference or white noise from any other wireless or wired electronics.  The sound quality is superior to anything else I test...
Comment: Re: Young voice students
First, a great book is Teaching Kids to Sing by Kenneth Phillips.  Choristers Guild materials are also good. Second, if you are in an area that has a fine children's choir program, I think that is the best training ground.   (We happen to have several great ones here in St. Louis and most m...
Concert: Christmas at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis
Dear friends,   Every year all the performing ensembles of the MBU Fine Arts Division gather together on one program for Christmas at MBU. Every year, this event is our largest concert, ushering in the Christmas season. Every year this event showcases the Choirs, Bands, Ringers, Vocal Jazz,...
Forum message: Rosetta Stone and other suggestons for online language-learning program
I have recently received a couple of informational emails from Rosetta Stone promoting their Rosetta Stone Classroom program. I teach at Liberal Arts college with limited Language options for our students on campus (Spanish).  Music students seeking to take German, Italian, or French can take...
Forum message: A cappella choral fanfare for a building dedication
I am seeking a short, a cappella, English, sacred, SATB (divisi OK) piece to work as a majestic fanfare for the dedication of a new building. I would like something impressive but not terribly time-intensive.  I have just 4 rehearsals to prepare this piece and my choir is also in the midst of...
Comment: Re: TAP Machine for Learning to Read Rhythm
Yes, I recall using this in the 80s and early 90s.  I actually went looking for this recently and found that TAP had merged with Musicware, Inc. back in the 90s.  NOt sure anything is still available from them but maybe others have some knowledge.   Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University...
Comment: Re: Measures in music - how can I tell students quickly?
If they number all the measures you can really save a great deal of time by just referring to the measure number.  Otherwise, the system you describe would be useful once they all understand it.   Grace and peace, Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis MO 63141 smithl@moba...
Comment: Re: Music for Woodwinds and Choir
"The Settling Years" by Libby Larsen is a good three movement work for SATB chorus and woodwinds, published by ECS.   Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis MO smithl@mobap.edu
Comment: Re: Looking for "beautiful" Madrigal
Ecco mormorar by Monteverdi is a classic.  Also some very fine, simple pieces by Arcadelt, nice, lyrical pieces.   Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis smithl@mobap.edu    
Comment: Re: Classical rep for 2 or 3-part treble
Lots of great works by Schutz and other early Baroque composers.  Also consider duets from works of all periods.  It's true they may have been written for singing by just two singers but I think it's wonderful repertoire for young voices.  Also, you should really get them to do this one, if you...
Forum message: Ecce gratum from Carmina Burana arr. for chorus and piano 4-hands byHilgert Schallen
The Schott catalog lists an arrangement of Ecce gratum for chorus and piano 4-hands edited by Hillgert Schallen. This is a stand-alone arrangement and I having trouble findind a copy to confirm if it is, in fact, for one piano 4-hands and not the two piano arrangement directly from the Carmina...
Comment: Re: Conrad Susa's Carols & Lullabies - Sp. pronunciation guide?
The rest of the movements are traditional Spanish.  the Catalan pronunciations are provided because of the unique dialect.   Grace and peace, Larry Smith Missouri Baptist University St. Louis MO smithl@mobap.edu
Forum message: Storage boxes for larger scores and orchestral parts
My University has a great collection of Gamble boxes - enough to last us for decades for the traditional octavo size scores. We do, however, need something larger for ECS scores and for orchestral scores and parts.  Gamble does make boxes for these sizes- Their Deluxe Filing Boxes are 9.5x12....
Comment: Re: Mozart Requiem editions
And it appears that Kunzelmann is distributed here in the US through Peters.  Prices will be high in either case, I fear.   Larry Smith
Comment: Re: Mozart Requiem editions
who publishes the Beyer edition and who publishes the Levin edition?  For some reason I have had no luck finding this information.  I would like to get scores to look over but other than the names of the editors I cannot find the name of the publishers and relative prices of the chorus, piano/vo...