|Classified ad: Open Rehearsals- AV Mastersingers-Northborough MA|
August 18, 2014
|The Assabet Valley Mastersingers will hold open rehearsals/auditions for the 2014-2015 season Monday August 25, Tuesday, September 2, and Monday, September 8 at Church of the Nativity 45 Howard Street, Northborough, MA. Rehearsal are 7:30-9:45. The fall concert program will be Duruflé Requiem and...|
|Forum message: Vocalist Pledge|
August 5, 2014
|For the past few years our Membership Chair has in semi-fun adminstered this pledge/oath to our choir. I wonder if anyone has other versions of something similar?
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Welcome Ye Joyous Musician to the 2013 – 2014 AVM concert season!
To guide our musical journey wilt thou p...|
|Comment: Re: One Hit Wonders|
June 4, 2014
|Novello has an arrangement of Whiter Shade done by Nicholas Hare in their Novello Voice, Choral Pops series. Nice music but text is obtuse and hard to explain.
|Borrowing request: Purchase Used Full score|
May 23, 2014
|Item: Rutter Requiem- Full orchestration, not chamber version
Willing to rent: No
Want to purchased used Full Score of Rutter Requiem- Full orchestra not chamber version
|Forum message: Top 10 Choral Classics|
March 12, 2014
|What are the top 10 shorter choral works (2-10 minutes) that should be a part of every SATB chorus's repertoire? We would like to develop a concert program featuring choral treasures or classics (we usually do major masterworks, both classic and contemporary). After 40 years choral directing (sc...|
|Concert: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle- Massachusetts|
March 4, 2014
|A delightful work, Rossini at his best, eclectic in musical style, some great melodies and lots of wit. Presented in its 1863 version with two pianos and percussion. Sunday, March 9, 3:30 PM St. Marks School, Southborough MA. www.avmsingers.org
|Comment: Re: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle harmonium/piano tuning|
December 24, 2013
|We are performing the work also but the harmonium we have acquired (the owner also performs) we are assured is tuned to 438 so not as much a problem as you folks. It was used by another area chorus (Massachusetts) and worked well.
|Comment: Re: Recording of Hoggard edition of Brahms Requiem?|
December 7, 2013
|No commercial ones that I know of. We just did it and have a recording of our performance. Certainly not professional but OK. BTW avoid the recent BSO recording. It is badly flawed in production, not performance.
|Comment: Re: Triangle articulation symbol in Rossini score|
November 27, 2013
You may be correct about Carus, I have not seen it although I thought a recording I have of a local group performing was using Carus. However, the seemingly small changes are, I believe, significant to an overall understanding of the work. The modifications he made, apparently relluctantly,...|
|Comment: Re: Triangle articulation symbol in Rossini score|
November 26, 2013
|Thank you for your thoughts but the Gossett/Brauner is based upon the original performance materials as a chamber music performance, two pianos and harmonium. Ricordi, Carus, Kalmus etc are based upon the orchestrated version which has significant changes from what Rossini preferred and they do no...|
|Forum message: Triangle articulation symbol in Rossini score|
November 25, 2013
|In the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Brauner and Gossett edition, there is an articulation mark above notes (both in vocal and piano parts) that is an empty triangle. In earlier editions these were rendered simply as carets ^ or accents. Does anyone know what this empty triangle means?
|Concert: German Requiem- Northborough, MA|
November 4, 2013
|The Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present A German Requiem, Lara Hoggard translation, Sunday, November 10 at 3:30 PM at Alongquin Regional High School, Northborough MA. This best loved choral work will be performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, with orchestra and Steven Small, Baritone ...|
|Forum message: Standing aid for choral vocalists|
October 28, 2013
|Anyone have any experience with the Full Measure Rest? I have several vocalists in my community chorus who have a difficult time standing. These look like they might be a good alternative to chairs/tools in front but has anyone used them. They apparently attach to the riser so one can sort of si...|
|Comment: Re: Gounod Masses|
August 28, 2013
Written for Chorus,soprano soloist and Organ, I recommend Gounod's Messe Chorale published by Dr. J. Burz Musikverlag firstname.lastname@example.org
Some very special musical moments and a very interesting and worthwhile piece.
|Forum message: Rossini- Petite Messe Solenelle|
May 15, 2013
|I would like to do the First version for two pianos and harmonium. Anyone have experience with the various editions. Barrenrieter has one ed. Grossett but it lists just two pianos. Which ones have the piano and harmonium parts? Is there a vocal/choral score available, etc?
|Concert: Gjeilo, Whitacre, Thompson- Westborough MA|
May 7, 2013
|Dark Night of the Soul- Ola Gjeilo, Five Hebrew Love Songs- Eric Whitacre, and Peaceable Kingdom- Randall Thompson will be performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers on Saturday, May 11, 8:00 PM, Westborough MA. The tenderness and poignancy of Gjeilo and Whitacre provide a sharp contrast to the...|
|Comment: Re: Community Choir questions|
April 4, 2013
|As the Founder/Director of a Suburban Community choir in its 36th season, I urge you to move slowly and start where your vocalists are not where you want to be. The first task for you is to create a musical environment such that your vocalists see a need for change. Second, match financial deman...|
|Comment: Re: El Grillo - translation for "Dalle" & "Beve"|
March 26, 2013
|Beve is drinking, dalle never sure so just said "play" (dalliance).
|Comment: Re: More about teaching your choir to sing musically|
February 28, 2013
|This TED Talk by Ben Zander "One Cheek Playing" is one of my favorites on performing the phrase. No longer found on TED but posted here.
|Concert: Voices of Light: Passion of Joan of Arc|
February 25, 2013
Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece, Carl Dryer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn.
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3:30 PM St. Ma...|
|Comment: Re: Easter Introit with trumpet and organ or piano|
February 14, 2013
Easter Proclamation from Dixit- Vivaldi- arr. Liebergen Carl Fischer Simple, unison or basic four part writing, but effective. Trumpet part included in score.
|Concert: Bach & Handel: A Different View|
November 6, 2012
Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:00 PM at St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury.:"The Ways of Zion do Mourn" (Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline) and Bach's "Lutheran Mass in g minor" with orchestra and Andrea Ehrenreich, Soprano; Pamela Dellal, Mezzo Soprano; Rockland Osgood, Tenor; Steven Small, Bass. Handel prese...|
|Borrowing request: Handel Funeral Anthem on Death of Queen Caroline|
October 22, 2012
|Item: Organ Part
For: one month
Willing to rent: Yes
Am using a Luck's edition (copy of Breitkoph) but there is no organ part and my keyboard person does not play figured bass. Thanks
|Comment: Re: Has anyone done the Bach Magnificat with organ and trumpet only?|
August 31, 2012
Sure, but as with all Bach orchestral things it requires an excellent organist. Bach orchestral reductions for keyboard are very difficult and may need some judicious modifications by the organists.
|Comment: Re: Are there any Asians in ACDA?|
June 25, 2012
The real question Philip is in your final statement- "primary goal should be about excellence." While that should be "one" of our goals I believe that if excellence is ACDA's primary goal it is a short sighted goal. Those of us who have worked in the High Schools are very aware th...|
|Comment: Re: Gay Composers|
January 19, 2012
You may be interested in this presentation at the Eastern Division ACDA conference on 2/17.
Best Kept Secrets- Commission Gems from GALA Choruses. Presented by Josesh Buches and John Quinlan.
|Announcement: Two Day Immersion Institute on Renaisance Music|
January 7, 2012
A two immersion program on Renaissance Music with clinicians Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini and Eamonn Dougan of I Fagiolini and The Sixteen. February 14 and 15 in Providence RI. For complete information and to apply http://acdaeast.org/providence/pim-general.html
|Forum message: Operetta Choruses|
October 11, 2011
I'm looking for some good Operetta Choruses, especially Gilbert and Sullivan, to include as a lighter segment on a concert program (not staged) along with Opera Choruses. They may include soloist and chorus. This is not my area of expertise but there must be some "classics" that should not be ...|
|Comment: Re: Victoria's "O Magnum Mysterium"|
October 5, 2011
Neither, the work does not fit strict meter. Look at phrase, textual inflection, etc.
|Comment: Re: Faure Requiem Orchestration|
August 14, 2011
I suggest you look at the Rutter orchestration of Faure, supposedly closer to Faure's original version. It present a whole new color and perspective on the piece. Essentially calls for divided violas (no violin) cellos, bass, and organ. 2 horns for movt. 1 and 2 need to be covered somehow
|Comment: Re: Rental costs - biting the bullet|
August 7, 2011
I would add that most all of the above applies to Community choirs as well. One of our goals and challenges is to introduce our vocalists and our audiences to new music and not just the tried and true standard repertoire. Every concert season we program at least one work that we have never done ...|
|Forum message: Operetta and Broadway Choruses|
June 13, 2011
We'd like to expand on our more traditional Opera Chorus format to include choruses from Operetta and Broadway Musicals. Looking for operetta suggestions and suggestions of good arrangments of Broadway choruses, probably not medleys.
|Comment: Re: Online Registration for Choir Members/ multi choirs?|
April 20, 2011
We use Google Docs for all types of registrations. Forms are very easy to set up, information automatically put into spreadsheet etc. Links to the form can be put on web site, for us, some are on a members only password protected sight.
|Forum message: Rutter Mass for Children- orchestration question|
April 11, 2011
Anyone know how essential the organ part is for the Rutter Mass for Children? Our normal concert venue has no organ and the churches we use all have the organ in the back.
Also- how much of a contribution are the strings in the full orchestral version vs the chamber version which does not...|
|Concert: Wine, Women, and Song- Orff/Brahms- Massachusetts|
March 17, 2011
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 56
Sunday, March 20, 3:30 PM, St. Mark's School Southborough, MA
Performed by Assabet Valley Mastersingers and Algonquin Regional High School Concert Choir
Two Pianos and Percussion
Phiilip Lima- Baritone
|Comment: Re: Does anyone remember choral rounds/warm-ups that are epitaphs?|
February 23, 2011
I'm pretty sure it is Monumnetal Warmups by Grove.
|Comment: Re: SATB music about animals|
January 20, 2011
These are from a program we did quite a while ago. Good luck.
All Creatures Great and Small
Assabet Valley Chambersingers
Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Director
El Grillo (The Cricket)..................................................................... Josquin des P...|
|Announcement: Call for Articles|
November 22, 2010
Troubadour is seeking to publish articles of varied content in our thrice-yearly newsletter.
Content is divisible into two broad areas: Research and Non-Research
· Research - Particularly sought are articles in which the research is directly applicable to use i...|
|Concert: Bach and Charpentier- November 13|
October 21, 2010
Magnificat- J.S. BachTe Deum- Marc Antoine Charpentier
With orchestra and soloists
Soprano - Jean Danton
Mezzo-Soprano - Pamela Dellal
Tenor - Charles Blandy
Baritone - Thomas Jones
Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 PM
St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, MA
Information at: av...|
|Forum message: Companion Piece for Lauridsen "Lux Aeterna"|
September 14, 2010
We want to do Lux Aeterna with our church choir but we also have 4 excellent soloists. Searching for a companion piece for the Lauridsen that would feature our soloists. Ideas or suggestions welcome.
|Comment: Re: Extreme Rehearsal Makeover|
September 14, 2010
Interesting that neither musicianship nor empathy-sensitivity (interpesonal relationships) are among the valued characteristics. Perhaps this a commentary on the artistic and musical awareness of the vocalists but it does explain why some conductors who are decidely arrogant, egotistical, and au...|
|Comment: Re: I want to go to the 2010 National ACDA Conference in Chicago but I'm lacking the money!|
August 19, 2010
Eastern Division offers Collegiate awards and will be offering awards to retired ACDA members. If you are Eastern Division watch our ChoraLink and/or webpage for information later this fall once National announces fees etc..
|Comment: Re: Performance in church?|
July 19, 2010
Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard asks the question, "What is Worship?" some people say "Worship is like a drama. The Pastors, and Assisting Ministers and Choir - - they are the actors. God is the prompter, and, we are the audience." Kierkegaard says, "No, the Pastors and Choirs and Ass...|
|Community Forum Post: ChoraLink notice|
July 17, 2010
If you did not get your copy of ChoraLink let us know. Check out these resources onour website.
Browse our updated Division website http://acdaeast.org and check out What's New.
Technology tips for the novice and adventuresome http://acdaeast.org/technology.html
Whose Who in 2010-2012 L...|
|Blog post: It's Not the Music|
July 8, 2010
It’s Not the Music
Thank you for taking a few moments to explore this corner of the ED website. My hope in this corner is not to instruct but rather to present some ideas and thoughts that might stimulate some discussion and/or reflection. Express your thoughts or reactions on ...|
|Concert: An American Perspective|
May 8, 2010
|Featuring- A Jubilant Song- Dello Joio, The Mask- Bolcom, Old American Songs- Copland, Six American Hymns- Gardner. Saturday, May 22, 8:00 PM Chapel of the Cross, Westborough, MA avmsingers.org
|Comment: Re: Branding ACDA|
May 7, 2010
|I like this description ( "Members of the American Choral Directors Association work daily to foster and promote quality choral music throughout the United States and the world. Our association is made up of inspired and dedicated choral directors, living and working as local ...|
|Forum message: Outstanding Choir/ Choral Conductor|
March 18, 2010
|What is the best, most outstanding international chorus you have heard, either live or on recording?
What Choral Director (living) would you most want to study with?
|Forum message: Mozart Requiem- Beyer-Levin|
March 15, 2010
|I am interested in any discussion about the relative merits and differences in the Beyer and Levin editions of the Mozart Requiem. I understand each corrects some longstanding errors in Sussmayr but how are they different from each other.
|Concert: Eijah- Southborough MA|
March 9, 2010
|Mendelssohn's Elijah will be presented Sunday, March 14 3:30 PM at St. Marks School concert hall Southborough MA. Philip Lima- Elijah; Andrea Matthew, Soprano; Catherine Hedberg, Mezzo Soprano; Matthew DiBattista, Tenor. Full Orchestra. For information www.avmsingers.org|