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ChoralBlog: My Most Meaningful Mentor
My Most Meaningful Mentor   Next to my parents, no one had more influence on me than Jerry Jordan, the former Director of Choral Activities at the University of Mississippi.  I am always thinking about the lessons he taught me and I am thankful to have had such a wise person in my ...
ChoralBlog: Taking Attendance on the iPad
Taking Attendance on the iPad, by Stephen Rotz   If you have large ensembles, you know that taking attendance is not always simple.  Inspired by Barbara Retzko’s article in ChorTeach, I have begun taking attendance using the iPhone/iPad app ‘Attendance2’ by David Reed. It is a fantastic ...
ChoralBlog: A Virtual Choir, but not Eric's
I received a wonderful "tweet" from Homar Sánchez Díaz, who was bragging on the Virtual Choir video that he and his students created. I thought it was very impressive - see what you think: http://www.youtube.com/embed/40DaB4niKuc This project was made by students, a...
Comment: Re: Two Debussy "Yver" questions
someone suggested to me that Eric Ericson's recording might have some of this old French:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qf7oH3GSVA
Comment: Re: What do you make of music published on ‘copy-proof’ paper?
Don,   I just saw this question - sorry for the delayed answer.   I have a feeling that I could outwit the paper with just a few steps with Adobe Acrobat:   1.  scan it in full color 2.  convert it to black and white 3.  send to copier   Have you tried that?   On a personal note:...
Comment: Re: Two Debussy "Yver" questions
Jean,   Thanks so much for pointing me to Musica.  I visit it frequently, as I'm sure you know.   However, recordings aren't the only way to go!  The IPA system works very well for basic formation of the French vowels and serves as a visual guide to the sounds that need to be made.  Have yo...
Forum message: Two Debussy "Yver" questions
We are preparing Debussy's Trois Chanson and we've run across some discrepencies:   1.  Is it an E or a D# in m. 42, b. 2 in the soprano?       2.  TEXT question.     Based on numerous recordings, I suspect that "deust" should be  [dœ] but my IPA source says [dwa].  What do th...
ChoralBlog: ChoralNet Founder James Feiszli is Professor of the Year - South Dakota
James Feiszli, Director of Music at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.   Fo...
Comment: Re: wrong (?) note in Kverno's "Corpus Christi Carol"
This is the Norsk Musikforleg version.  I think I'm not breaking copyright to post a portion, eh?
Comment: Re: The Choir as a Governmental Template?
I just saw this myself and was going to blog on it!  Great post.
Comment: Re: Palestrina "Sanctus" - metrical issue - measure bars imply wrong meter?
Chris,   Thanks for weighing in.  I was slightly bothered that every recording I heard seemed to ignore the metrical implication of "Dominus" and I began to second guess myself.  Also, I've not found an edited version of this work where I could check with someone else's thoughts on the matter. ...
Comment: Re: Palestrina "Sanctus" - metrical issue - measure bars imply wrong meter?
Ryan, thanks for the answewr - but this is the Sanctus from Palestrina's "Missa ut re me fa sol la."  They are similar!
Forum message: Palestrina "Sanctus" - metrical issue - measure bars imply wrong meter?
(update, I changed the title of this post to "measure bars imply wrong meter" instead of "rhythm.")   Calling Renaissance experts -    See these two examples:    At the beginning of the work, it is easy to feel the piece in 4/4.  ...
ChoralBlog: Who knew? Singing and Oxytocin
Choir and choral singing was everythere this summer - the internet was ablaze with news of how singing unified heartbeats into a singular rhythm.  There were articles everywhere - CNN, NPR,  and medical news.     Last week, TIME magazine added another interesting obser...
ChoralBlog: Innovators and Uģis Prauliņš
Have you ever noticed that American choirs tend to sing the same thing that other American choirs sing?  In my opinion, there are very few innovators out there - conductors that bring the music of the rest of the world to our country.  As for me, I count Kent Hatteberg as one of those peop...
ChoralBlog: Beginning again: Choir Camp
Greetings, ChoralNet!   It is good to be blogging here again.  I thought I would start with something practical to begin the year.   At Samford, we start our choir year with something called "Choir Camp."  It is a time when the students gather early on campus for an intense time of singing a...
ChoralBlog: COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   Welcome back to the Composition Spotlight.   Each week we look at a piece 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 ...
Forum message: Judge my choices and help me make my concert better
All . . . I'm pitching this concert to the collected brain on ChoralNet.     I'm open to suggestions on what might work better - this is for a 90-100 member chorus, with a smaller group singing the Muhly work.  If you like the program "AS IS" - let me know that as well.   Parameters:   *ne...
Comment: Re: Modesto - Fresno - Looking for choral opportunities
Thanks, everyone.  I appreciate your willingness to help!
Comment: Re: Christmas Program - Jauchzet Frohlocket
I'm just finding this post and surprised you didn't get any replies.   Here is my thought:  go easy on your church choir.  It will be much less frustrating for you and them if you find music that makes THEM sound good.  Easier is better.      
Forum message: Modesto - Fresno - Looking for choral opportunities
Friends,   An excellent soprano is leaving Tuscaloosa, AL and moving to California.  She has equal access to Modesto and Fresno.  Might you help me with the names of choirs and choir directors in those two areas?  I'm looking for an understanding of the choral landscape in those two places wi...
ChoralBlog: Can this be iReal?
I've gotta say - this looks good:     Hat tip to Michael Parker and other friends from FaceBook
Comment: Re: Rutter Requiem - organ with six instruments
All, on this same subject . . . .    1.  Can you tell me what instruments are used on: Sanctus:  (I know already that the Glock and Tympani are used) - what else? Out of the Deep: Kyrie elieson: Agnus dei   I'm doing these three movements during Lent and want to use the chambe...
Forum message: "Major" ensemble and NASM designation of "Large/Small" ensembles
College directors,   I'm trying to understand the philosophical approach schools are currently taking to requirements involving "major" ensembles in the university setting vs. the "large/small" designation that comes from NASM.   Inherent with that is this question:  what is an ensemble...
Comment: Re: Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb
I just did it with my 90+ symphony chorus and it was a great experience.  I think your 65 member group could do it easily.
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Effect or Meaning" by Edward Palmer
Like Josh, I don't follow your argument at all, Edward.   Isn't the fact that the voice can produce such a large variety of sounds part of what makes us human?   Let us celebrate all of the sounds it can make and employ them all, with creativity, in the expression of human emotion and th...
ChoralBlog: Introducing New Blogger: Richard Sparks
A few weeks ago I announced an opportunity to share the "bully pulpit" (i.e. ChoralBlog) with more authors.  It has been extremely successful!  We've had a number of guest bloggers (see here, here, here, & here) and new blogger Joshua Bronfman has already been qui...
ChoralBlog: GuestBlog on Stravinsky's Mass
Composer Spotlight: Igor Stravinsky’s Mass by Brson Mortensen One of the things that I love most about reading the Choral Journal is the opportunity to see different perspectives on the works of a particular composer. I am energized as I watch a scholar dig deep into a work and show me what...
ChoralBlog: Should we forbid teachers to text students?
From guest blogger Nick Cummins:   This Huffington Post article above deals with the texting issue and the ramifications of media and electronic communication.   In recent weeks, I have learned that some large school systems in Mississippi have programs that allow teachers to send mass t...
Administrative Announcement: ChoralNet is now Tweeting!
We are now tweeting news about choral music and happenings related to choral music.  Follow is at @ChoralNet!
ChoralBlog: First World Choir Problems
Eric Whitacre tweeted this pic last week.  Not sure if he created it but I loved it:      
ChoralBlog: Introducing Joshua Bronfman
We welcome Joshua Bronfman as a new blogger for the ChoralBlog.   Dr. Joshua Bronfman is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Dakota, where he directs the UND Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Varsity Bards. He also teaches graduate and und...
ChoralBlog: Choral Music of the Americas
This looks quite interesting:   The North Dakota State University Department of Music and the American Choral Directors Association announce the NDSU Choral Symposium: Music of the Americas, May 3-5, 2013, in Fargo, ND. This event will showcase the choral music and traditions of North, Centra...
Comment: Re: The Bully Pulpit
Marie and Nick,   Would love to have you both.  Why don't you forward some things my way?  Either look over what we've done in the past or take a moment and look at Julia's suggestions.   plc
Comment: Re: The Bully Pulpit
Julia,   There has been a governing force behind ChoralNet for many years.  Recently, the leadership of ChoralNet moved to become a sub-committee of the ACDA Technology committee and that group is led by Jeff Tillinghast.   Over time, we've debated the purpose of each element of ChoralN...
Comment: Re: The Bully Pulpit
Julia,   Those are good thoughts.   However, we've dedicated the ChoralBlog to be more about opinion and current issues - it is something we've thought about and not just something that happens.  This is the front page of ChoralNet - and it is a very public space.     The categori...
Comment: Re: Technology enables art in Les Miserable
Thanks for that.   I never make a distinction between singers and musicians in my normal conversation and I feel strongly about it - like you!   I think I meant to say "Singers and conductors" or something like that.  I appreciate the note.   philip
ChoralBlog: The Bully Pulpit
Everyone,   Might you be interested in speaking from the bully pulpit of choral music?   Wikipedia gives this description of a bully pulpit:   position of authority of sufficiently high rank that provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be li...
ChoralBlog: Technology enables art in Les Miserable
Singers and musicians will be interested int he technical adjustments that make the new movie version of Les Miserable possible in a movie to be released this Christmas.   I still remember the first time I saw this show.  I was in London, probably in 1989, and sitting high in the balcony beh...
ChoralBlog: Studying Choral Music and Musicians - a click away
I hope everyone that follows choral music is aware of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing - an online resource that is edited by James Daugherty.   We are fortunate to have this journal and I'm glad that it is now officially associated with ACDA.  From the ACDA website: ...
ChoralBlog: It's all about the phrase
The e-mail arrived from a young colleague in her first year of teaching. Her words were were direct, and the pleading tone was crystal clear: "They're singing the correct notes. NOW what do I do?" To which I replied, "Now, the FUN begins! Now you get to create the magic and the...
ChoralBlog: Commission a New Choral Work for $1 - $100 (or free)!
Commission a New Choral Work for $1 - $100 (or free)! If you missed the first announcement about this unique, first-time, low- or no-cost Commission Project that is taking place from July 15 until October 15, 2012: More than 30 talented, highly-motivated composers are participating in this speci...
ChoralBlog: Reggae Barbershop
ChoralNet user Joshua Bronfman give us this:
ChoralBlog: Atlanta Symphony Discriminates Against the Wrong Skin Color
Fascinating news from the Old South - from the Marietta Daily Journal: Who knew that the most important qualification for performing onstage with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was not one’s musical expertise, but the color of one’s skin?   Who knew that the defining characterist...
ChoralBlog: ACDA Online - Choral Loans Information
David Topping informed me about the current status of acdaonline.org - it is your first place to go to for your choral loans!  Bizarre, isn't it?   We made the move to acda.org over the summer of 2008.  You can read about the short history of the acda.org sight right here.   If you hav...
ChoralBlog: Family Guy Choir Video
I didn't know a choir had made an appearance on Family Guy:    
ChoralBlog: The Chick-fil-A Choir Concert
This Chick-fil-A controversy was brutal, wasn't it?   I stayed on the sidelines - I didn't express an opinion or buy a sandwich or protest or anything.   I watched Facebook erupt with pictures of chicken sandwiches and thoughtful condemnations of those that bought them.  I'm sure you sa...
Comment: Re: Copyrighting a program
It seems a bizarre question to me, Jim.   I don't sense that any of us pay close enough attention to other combinations of works - so you might put together the most profound combination of music on the face of the earth - and some of us would applaud you.  Others would think you programmed ...
ChoralBlog: Communicating with Living Composers
A guest blog from an not-yet-dead and anonymous composer:   How to Communicate with Not-Yet-Dead Composers Most composers never expect to become rich and famous. (Do we wish we could become rich and famous? Oh, sure!) The vast majority of us have day jobs that pay the bills (eve...
ChoralBlog: New Choral Journal Index
Everyone,    For years, Scott Dorsey has done an invaluable service for ACDA members by placing all of the articles of the Choral Journal into a manageable resource.  He based his project on Gordon Paine's monograph, a work that featured CJ organization for the first ei...