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Items by Frank Albinder

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Comment: Re: Need help finding a piece
How about the first of the Three Mystical Carols by Conrad Susa?   http://www.morningstarmusic.com/pdfs/2758.pdf
Forum message: Help with Haydn
Hi all,   I'm performing an arrangement (in English) of what seems to be a movement from a Josef Haydn oratorio. But I don't think it's from Creation or the Seasons. I've scanned the first page and pasted it in below. Any idea what it is? Thanks for any help you can provide!   Frank     ...
Community Forum Post: Opinions
Hi all,   I hope you're having a good holiday weekend (if you're in the US!). Someone submitted a lengthy article with footnotes and lots of hyperlinks as a Choral Discussions post. You can see it here: http://choralnet.org/view/449655.   I wonder if it would be better as a ChoralBlog article...
Community Forum Post: This Fri/Mon
Hi all,   I'm in Seoul for the World Symposium and probably shouldn't be moderating this week. I managed to keep up yesterday, since I was up at 4 a.m. and flew from DC to Atlanta to San Francisco to Seoul. But now that I'm here, I'm 13 hours ahead of Eastern time, so moderating this Fri/Mon woul...
Comment: Re: This Non-Profit Organization is a Chorus, Not the American Cancer Society!
If you're not already a member, I suggest you join Chorus America. Their work nicely complements the work of ACDA and focuses more on the business side of running a chorus. In addition to a wealth of materials on their website, they publish a few short books that include valuable information on cho...
Comment: Re: One Hit Wonders
Franz Biebl - Ave Maria
Concert: UVa and Wellesley perform Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
The Wellesley College Choir under the direction of Lisa Graham and The Virginia Glee Club at the University of Virginia under my direction will each present "solo" sets before the performance of the Vaughan Williams. If you're in central Viginia tomorrow, come join us!  
Concert: Washington Men's Camerata presents A Night at the Opera
For more information, visit www.camerata.com.
Announcement: Rutgers Glee Club to host Centennial IMC National Seminar
The Rutgers University Glee Club will be hosting the Centennial National Seminar for Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, Inc. from March 6-8, 2014 in the beautiful Nicholas Music Center on the Rutgers Douglass Campus in New Brunswick, NJ.   Our biennial National Seminars are unparalleled opportunitie...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for a "Parodies and PDQ" Concert
It might have been John Cage's 4'33", which a number of choral and instrumental groups have performed over the years. Here's a typical performance. 
Community Forum Post: What do you think?
Hi all,   In honor of Valentine's Day, someone has written what he thinks is a clever "top 10" list of reasons one should meet one's spouse in a choir. I don't think it's very funny and don't rally want to approve it. Wanna take a look? If you like it, I'm happy to be wrong. I'm just not feeling ...
Comment: Re: Men's Chorus Music
Hi Leigh,   It's great that you're starting an extracurricular high school men's group! There are a number of resources on ChoralNet that have addressed your question in the past. Take a look here for some suggestions that might work for you. You can also find compliations from previous postings ...
Comment: Re: Choral Library Software Help
A good place to start would be with this message from a previous question on a similar topic. It also contains links to other ChoralNet discussions about library software and links to resources already on the ChoralNet website. I'll be curious to hear what folks have to say about the "cloud" aspec...
Community Forum Post: Another user-generated name change
So here's another thread where the original poster changed her name mid-stream:   http://choralnet.org/432936   I suspect she did it because she thought better of discussion a delicate personnel situation pubicly under her real name. But I think it should be changed back. Martin, did you elimi...
Community Forum Post: I don't wanna name names...
...and I'm too lazy to check the logs, but I just got a post in the queue about auditions for the Golden Gate Men's Chorus. The Moderator Advisory on the post told me that it was 94% similar to one previous post and 100% similar to another. Looking at the previous posts, I see that someone approved ...
Forum message: Electric (battery-powered) Candles
Hi all,   After another Christmas concert using cheap ($1–$2 each) battery-powered candles from the local craft store, I'm determined to find something more reliable (and certainly more expensive) than what we've used in the past. Looking through the ChoralNet archives, I see it's been many yea...
Comment: Re: Victoria O Magnum Mysterium for TTBB?
Wow...thanks, Andrew! I'm always worried about how murky a Renaissance motet might sound when lowered substantially for men's voices, but I'll take a closer look and see how it feels. Ron, the groom likes the piece and since it's still Christmas on the wedding day (1/4/14), he thought he could get a...
Forum message: Victoria O Magnum Mysterium for TTBB?
Hi all,   One of my men's choir singers is getting married and he'd like us to sing the Victoria O Magnum at the wedding. While there are plenty of editions of the original voicing (Countertenors aren't part of our normal voicing) and even some transcribed for SSAA (I'm checking to see if one of...
Comment: Re: Winter Concert music needed
Hi Sara,   I'm also a ChoralNet moderator and I wanted to chime in about your dissatisfaction with composers promoting their works. People who post repertoire queries are free to specify that they only want suggestions for standard, tried-and-true repertoire. We moderators try and screen out post...
Comment: Re: Glee groups
Hi Mandy,   I guess I don't really understand your question. The group depicted in the TV show Glee is clearly what we in the U.S. call a show choir. The creators of the TV show have admitted that it's a show choir, but they didn't think they could work that into a catchy title, so they settled o...
Comment: Re: Permission to Arrange vs Mechanical License
You need a mechanical license if, for example, you're going to put a piece on a CD, duplicate the disk and sell them. When the article says you don't need an additional license for a "straight cover," I think they're talking about someone singing a song pretty much the same way as the original artis...
Comment: Re: Serenade to Music - RVW
You can rent them from the publisher, Oxford University Press. Here's a link.
Community Forum Post: Gentle Reminder message to the masses
Hi all,   After a particularly frustrating day of moderation, I was moved to write a message including some "gentle reminders" for our users as the new school year gets underway. Could you take a look at it and add any thoughts as flags? Thanks!   F.
Comment: Re: Unusual acapella choir song?
How about R. Murray Schafer's Epitaph for Moonlight?
Community Forum Post: Festival Announcements
Hi all,   A festival promoter posted 15 different messages about their festivals next season. I hate it when folks do this, so rather than approve them all at once (combining them didn't seem to be a viable option since there are so many), I'm approving a few today and will leave the rest for you...
Announcement: Update on David Janower
As many of you know, our friend (and constant ChoralNet contributor!) David Janower (SUNY-Albany, Albany Pro Musica) suffered a stroke while recovering from cancer surgery last March. David's family set up a site at Caring Bridge for updates on his condition. Here is the latest from David's wife Pa...
Comment: Re: "Toll the bells"
A quick Google search led to this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKRoyhNI9EI&autoplay=1
Comment: Re: Choir Music Database
Have you searched the ChoralNet archives? This question has come up a lot over the years, so you'd probably get some useful information by looking at past threads on the subject.
Borrowing request: Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Item: Dona Nobis Pacem Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ralph Vaughan Williams Starting: 8/23/13 For: 7 months Copies: 65 Willing to rent: Yes  Hi all,   I'm looking to borrow 65 piano vocal scores of the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem for performances in November 2013 and March 2014 by the Vi...
Community Forum Post: Advice on message in queue
Hi all,   Could you take a look at this message and let me know what you think? My first inclination was to toss it, since it's not choral. But I could see why it could be approved as well. Thoughts? Thanks!
Forum message: Vaughan Williams "Dona Nobis Pacem" Reduced Orchestration(s)
Hi all,   I'm going to be conducting the Vaughan Williams next season, and because of space and budgetary restraints, we can't use full orchestra. Vaughan Williams wrote a reduced orchestration for strings and piano and I wonder if any of you have had experience using it. I know it pales in comp...
Borrowing request: Looking for a copy of Wikander's Kung Liljekonvalje TTBB
Item: Kung Liljekonvalje (King Lily of the Valley) Composer/Arranger/Edition: David Wikander Starting: Whenever For: For perusal Copies: 1 Willing to rent: No  Hi all,   I'm looking for a copy of David Wikander's Kung Liljekonvalje (King Lily of the Valley) in the TTBB version. The publishe...
Community Forum Post: Amusing post
You might find this post funny. I've flagged it and am waiting to hear back from him. Wonder why he thought this would be appropriate for ChoralNet?   http://choralnet.org/view/418211
Featured photo: The Virginia Glee Club at the University of Virginia, Frank Albinder, Conductor
The Virginia Glee Club at the University of Virginia, Frank Albinder, Conductor
Comment: Re: need to know pop choir songs
Hi Touradj,   I would be helpful if you could give a little more information. What type of choir will be singing the music? Age? SATB? And when you say "non-classic and pop," could you give some examples? The Beatles? Broadway? If you give more specifics, I'm sure folks will be happy to make some...
Community Forum Post: Deleted Message
Hi all,   I flagged a message from John Long on Monday in which for German folksong arrangements and, in particular, a choral arrangement of Schnizelbank. I asked him to edit the post to include voicing, size and level of the choir before I approved it. John wrote me tonight to say he couldn't f...
Comment: Re: Community Choir questions
Hi Chris,   I suspect that you'll get such a wide variety of responses here that all the data might not be of much use to you. I recommend you visit www.chorusamerica.org and look at the books they sell on the business side of running a chorus. The data they've compiled over the years is organize...
Forum message: William Stickles Biography?
Hi all,   Does anyone know anything about William Stickles (1882-1971), the prodigious arranger/composer? He wrote scads of arrangements of Broadway tunes for choirs of all voicings, but my internet searches have come up empty when I try to find anything about his life. Thanks for anything you mi...
Concert: Virginia Glee Club from UVa on tour next week
Greetings, colleagues,   I'll be taking the Virginia Glee Club, the University of Virginia's 142-year-old men's chorus, on our annual spring break tour starting this weekend. We'll be traveling from Massachusetts to Illinois, so if you live near any of our concerts, come join us for an evening of...
Comment: Re: Choir rehearsal on April Fools Day - any ideas?
I've got one:   -Show up on time -Have a pencil at the ready -Don't forget to bring your music -Don't talk  -Leave your cell phones in your pockets/purses/backpacks -Pay attention to everything your conductor says, and do it!   S/he won't know what hit him/her! :-)
Comment: Re: When you hear "Glee club," what do you think of?
I share Eloise's Southern California Glee Club history, having sung in the Pomona College Men's Glee Club as an undergraduate. We had a Women's Glee Club too, and like the Clubs at Oxy, we sang some pieces separately, but mostly sang together. I think this tradition at some small liberal arts coll...
Comment: Re: The "new" Battle Hymn?
A quick Google search revealed this, from an article in the NY Daily News:   "Carol Cymbala [the conductor] and keyboard arranger Jason Michael Webb wrote a breathtaking arrangement with soaring harmonies and gospel-style riffs."   Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politi...
Comment: Re: It is truly fitting
Have you visited www.musicarussica.com? If you can't find the music there, the owner, Vlad Morosan, will be happy to help you. Good luck!
Announcement: Sing Schubert's Mass in G in Washington DC
Schubert's Mass in G 5 Rehearsals + 1 Concert (and a great cause) = An Awesome Choral Experience Nothing says "make-the-winter-months-better" than choral singing.  Here's a great opportunity to get your tabernacle on with like-minded choristers to perform Schubert's Mass in G in just 5 rehearsa...
Community Forum Post: An interesting problem
Hi all,   A message just arrived in the queue under New Print Publications for a piece by Philip Orem. The Moderator Alert said it was 94% similar to this post from three days ago, submitted under New Recordings. It creates an interesting problem and something to watch out for. Technically, w...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir Repertoire by female composers
I second the recommendation of Elinor Remick Warren. She was a fascinating and gifted composer. You can read more about her here. We did several of her works for men's chorus last spring and, as Lynne says, they're challenging but original and definitely worthwhile. She's also one of most performe...
Comment: Re: Age-Old Mystery of Intonation and Key in A Capella Music...
This topic has been discussed on ChoralNet a number of times in the past, including here, earlier this year. You can use the Search function on the ChoralNet home page to find more discussions on the topic. And if you're going to write a dissertation on the topic, make sure you spell a cappella co...
Community Forum Post: Stray post
A response just came in to what appears to be a stray post that should have gone on the Hebrew Psalm thread:   http://choralnet.org/view/403797#404159   This is the sort of thing that Allen could easily repair, but since we don't have him at our beck and call anymore, please be careful a...
Comment: Re: "handshakes of separation"?
A simple Google search of "How many handshakes separate us from Beethoven?" revealed some good stories (though not Rutter's). Here are a couple:   "A college friend of mine studied piano (1 shake) with a student of Schnabel (2 shakes), who studied with Liszt (3 shakes). A fourth shake gets...
Comment: Re: Barber's "God's Grandeur" - typos?
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