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Items by Thomas H. Shellenberger

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Forum message: SSB in church setting
The very idea of patriotic music sung or played at our church is almost a "no-no".  Well, here we are....it's the 200th birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner this Sunday for heaven's sake. I would appreciate anyone's input as to how these types of occasions can be reconciled with church(and how yo...
Comment: Re: Need a Good Arrangement of Star-Spangled Banner
Hello: I have not promoted my own arr's on this site...but since you've asked for a med. diff. Star-Spangled Banner... My jazz quartet group, VJQ, sings an a cappella arr of the SSB which I did for them a few years back. Where I live is home to Little League BB World Series, and we were asked to ...
Comment: Re: We need songs with names of states in the title
...was it Ben Franklin who sang "I refuse to use the pen in Pennsylvania" in the musical 1776?  Now there's an idea!                                        t  
Comment: Re: We need songs with names of states in the title
Hello: There is an official state song for Pennsylvania, the title of which escapes me (if not most PA residents - I dare say you couldn't find five people able to sing it!)...which in and of itself should tell you something about its popularity.  And there have been many feeble attempts to write ...
Comment: Re: Are you interested in Brazilian music?
Hello: I am very interested in Brazilian music -- I only wish I spoke the language.  About 20 years ago, after a great deal of research, I was able to acquire the rights to create a transcription of a song by Gaetano Veloso.  The title is Um canto do afoxe para o Bloco do Ile (I think sometim...
Comment: Re: Bluegrass for Choir
Hello: Just three weeks ago my choir sang "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" - SATB, arr. Keith Christopher.  This is based on the old hymn-tune, SOJOURNER, found in many hymnals.  With the arrangement you can also purchase the parts(they come on disk) for mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass, along ...
Comment: Re: Walt Whitman Settings?
Hello: I sang in a performance of A Procession Winding Around Me by Jeffrey Van this past May.  Cannot recommend it enough.  You need an accomplished guitarist to accompany.  Whitman's stark, poignant, reflections on the carnage of the war.   Also, may I recommend Dello Joio's Song of the Op...
Comment: Re: Sacred anthem SATB with clarinet ( B flat)
Hello:  Check out discoverworship.com and look for a stunning arrangement of GIVE ME JESUS for SATB choir and viola OR clarinet & piano arr. by Lance Bastion. I directed it a few months ago using both instruments, with a mom (clarinet) and her daughter (viola).  It worked extremely well. ...
Comment: Re: Moravian choral music
Hello: I suggest that you look to the music department at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  Strong Moravian traditions live in that town. Good luck in your search for music.                                                              t  
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
Hello: I can make three suggestions to you...all secular and along the lines of popular or even light vocal jazz: 1. Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow - by Sigmund & Feller - SATB - Shawnee Press 2. Snow - from "White Christmas" - by Irving Berlin - SATB - Hal Leonard 3. Snowfall - by Claude Thorn...
Forum message: Brubeck tune?
Hello choral jazzers: I am looking for an SATB arrangement of Dave Brubeck's "Summer Song".  Anyone know if such an arr. even exists? When I taught general music years ago I know it was in one of the music series...but don't remember which one it was. Maybe you do...yes? If so can you lead me to ...
Comment: Re: Commencement marches
Look to the theme from The Valiant Years, a '60's TV series about Sir Winston Churchill, written by Richard Rodgers. The theme is very simple and noble, and I have always thought that it would lend itself well to a commencement processional.  You can hear it on the internet...and I suggest you do...
Comment: Re: A work to program with Die erste Walpurgisnacht?
Hello: May I suggest JOSHUA, by Mussorgsky?  It's from his opera Sallammbo, has a great choral part, sections for men's and women's choruses, and two solos..1/of moderate length for mezzo-soprano, and 2/a very short{4-bars} baritone solo.  There is an English edition(I believe G. Schirmer).  Y...
Comment: Re: A piece to introduce a church choir to Classical Music
Hello: I know you have and will receive suggestions from others re: the Mozart AVE VERUM CORPUS (Jesu, Word of God Incarnate).  Let me add my voice to theirs. A few others might include:  JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING by JS Bach; A VIRGIN UNSPOTTED by Wm Billings; ABENDLIED (EVENSONG) by FJ Haydn;...
Comment: Re: Rousing Ender piece for high school chorus
Great fun! Very old-school! Good massed choir number ! RUSSIAN PICNIC - arr. Harvey Enders -  Good luck in your search.                                              t
Comment: Re: Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers
Martin Banner, who has created very scholarly editions of not-so-well-known composers of the era you are looking for, is published by Alliance Music Publications.  I expect that you can find him rather easily here on the Choralnet, also.  His editions are very fine!  I think there's a good chance...
Comment: Re: S.A.T.B. SECULAR vocal jazz style FATHER'S DAY CHART
Hello: With SMP your $65 allows you to make as many copies as you like...but you are held responsible for the copies you make.  You can't loan them to anyone...they are yours alone.  Otherwise it would be a violation of copyright law.   This is contractual...which you must agree to.  Check ou...
Comment: Re: S.A.T.B. SECULAR vocal jazz style FATHER'S DAY CHART
While not Father's Day specific, may I recommend to you a beautiful a cappella arr. of the Jule Styne's  MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY? Written for S.A.B. voices(with occasional div. for tenors) - some solos - of medium difficulty(if even that!) - Arr. by Matt Falker - Sound Music Publications -SMP08-032...
Borrowing request: finding a "lost" arrangement
Item: When Christ Was Born of Mary Free Composer/Arranger/Edition: Benjamin Husted Starting: summer 2014 For: two weeks Copies: 1-10 (or more) Willing to rent: No  Hello: Would really like to acquire some copies of my former theory/composition prof's wonderfully original setting of this ages-o...
Comment: Re: Selling Old Anthems/Collections
Hello: I, too,  have purchased much used music from Young's Music Store -- White Hall, PA (Allentown area). They make it easy...so I imagine they'll sell yours for you, too.  Great folks to deal with!  But...that aside...I'd be glad to take a look at what you have to sell, too.  Do you have a l...
Comment: Re: Top 10 Choral Classics
Wow!  I can't be specific as to when, but has not this question been asked on several occasions on Choralnet, in one form or another?  I mean, certainly not to be disrespectful...but how many best, top ten, favorite, and/or dream choral works are there? I think this question has been answered by m...
Comment: Re: Major Works Appropriate for HS Singers
Years back I had an outstanding student pianist who's repertoire was heavily into works by composers from Bach to Rachmaninoff.  One fine Spring day she and I discussed doing a piano/choral/orchestral work for the next school year, giving her lots of time to prepare.  What work did we perform? ...
Comment: Re: In praise of the sun
...my bad...of course it mentions the sun --- "...and this is the sun's birthday" ---                                t
Comment: Re: In praise of the sun
How about a song of thanks...doesn't mention the sun itself...but "i thank You God for this most amazing day" by Eric Whitacre.  Speaks for itself!!                                 t
Comment: Re: Cloudburst Vocal Jazz Anrrangement
Hello: The only arr. of CLOUDBURST I know is the one by Kirby Shaw, publ. through Hal Leonard. Here it is: HL 08748639 You can here it on the HL website.  Good luck!                                     t  
Comment: Re: Beautiful but simple Renaissance Piece
Hello: One of my absolute favorites continues to be LOOK DOWN, O LORD by Wm Byrd. I just listened to a wonderful performance of it on Youtube --- youtube.com/watch?v=oSrXl0A3Am4.  Won't disappoint!  Good luck...                                                  t
Comment: Re: Suggestions for church closing
Its's a beautiful text...and a wonderful sentiment!                       t
Comment: Re: Suggestions for church closing
Am interested in knowing the author of this text beginning "In the last days...".  Is there more text either before or after what you've provided?  Thanks...                t
Comment: Re: Coventry Carol (arr. Warland)
Thank you.  Wonderful Warland arrangement.  Publisher?                             t
Comment: Re: Burt Carols
Perfect -- Thank you!              t  
Comment: Re: A "virtual" Dona Nobis Round!
...in a word -- Chills -                   thank you --                               t
Comment: Re: SATB with Viola
Hello: An outstanding arrangement of AH, HOLY JESUS, by John Ferguson, SATB & solo viola will present a challenge to any violist.  May be a bit heavy for contest, but otherwise well worth the effort.  I believe it's published by Augsburg.  Good luck in your search.                 ...
Comment: Re: SATB Jazz Repertoire
Hello: Paris Rutherford did a fine arrangement of MOOD INDIGO a few years back. SATB.  I believe it was published by Belwin, but someone else may cover it now.  Worth checking into.  Good luck.                                         t
Concert: Homage a Fred Waring
For my FB friends in northcentral PA, here is a rare opportunity to hear the music of Fred Waring's renown Pennsylvanians right here, tonight, Dec. 6th, at the Williamsport Area High School Auditorium, at 7:30.  Presented by the Williamsport Chamber Choir, its Children's Choir & a 31-piece orc...
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
for me personally... The most challenging works I have performed...and very fortunately with the Phila. Orch were: 1. Penderecki - St. Luke Passion 2. Barber - The Lovers   I never worked so hard, as a chorister, than in performing these works!                                 ...
Comment: Re: Song suggestions for a jazz choir
Hello: Have you checked out Sound Music Publications (smpjazz.com) ?  They've got a ton o' a cappella arr's.  Also, just found a link on today's Choralnet postings, curiously enough:  try  http://fabioalessi.webs.com/ There are some interesting a cappella arrangements here, too.  I think some...
Comment: Re: Using an instrumental method book to teach vocal literacy
Hello: This isn't the first time I've heard of a choral teacher using and instrumental method.  Personally, as an instrumentalist also, I don't think this is a bad idea.  As a high schooler, my horn lessons always included a singing component....thank you Mssrs. Ressler & Michalski.  For my...
Comment: Re: Finish this sentence.......
Shaw.                                t
Forum message: Teaching a new hymn
Hello: I am choir director at a Methodist church.  We use the "red" hymnal, don'tcha know.  Our's is, thankfully, a "singing" congregation...they sing standard hymn fare very well.  But there are quite a few hymns in the Methodist Hymnal that have never been touched...e.g. Come Sunday, or I Wa...
Comment: Re: Christmas Music with Organ
Hello: May I suggest "Christmas Day", by Gustav Holst. Merry Christmas!                                       t
Comment: Re: Requiring Enrollment in Chorus to Participate in Vocal Jazz Ensemble
I'm talking to you as a vocal jazzer... If you must have "vocal jazz" in the mornings (and I'm not saying I like that idea!) then you should let them know that what you expect of concert choir you can expect of them!  All the good principles of choral singing can and should be applied to a vocal j...
Forum message: Peter Knight arr's
Hello: I am trying to locate the Christmas carol arrangements of Peter Knight, late English composer and arranger.  They were originally recorded in the early/mid 60's by the Royal Philharmonic, the Beecham Choral Society and a host of military brass for a RD collection entitled "The Glory of Chr...
Comment: Re: Where to pick back up...
What about your high school band...is it in the same predicament?  Does band meet in the same block as choir? Although I am long-retired I  remember well that we had a band/choir block.  Week 1: band on M-W-F, choir on T-T; Week 2: choir on M-W-F, band on T-T.  Of course it wasn't ideal, but i...
Comment: Re: Oh, What A Beautiful City (a/k/a Twelve Gates...)
If we're talking about the same spiritual, there is a gospel setting by Andre Thomas published at Heritage Press. My church choir loved it.  Very nice! with a great piano accomp!  JW Pepper has an audio of this available on their website.  Good luck...                           ...
Comment: Re: Choral Music Storage Boxes from JW Pepper
Will they last?  NOPE!  These, in my experience, will last even less longer than your file folders.  There's nothing to open in a file folder...it's just there.  Not so with a box.  Two tuck-in ends to deal with. As they age they become brittle & tear easily...espec. for chorals that are u...
Comment: Re: E or ME jazz pieces for concert choir
Hello: May I suggest a couple easy SATB(even easier than pieces you've mentioned!) jazz vocals?  Both quite fun and can be up an running in one rehearsal. Here they are: 1. That Song Can Make Me Smile - by Gregory Yasinitzky - he's at Washington State Univ. 2  Blue Monk - Thelonius Monk/arr....
Comment: Re: Composition review at Shawnee?
I have to agree with Mr. Miller...there are a ton o' publishers, big and little, out there who might have a look at your work.  Be persistent! Good luck.                                 t
Comment: Re: Thanksgiving songs (thanksgiving) for church choir
Thank you, Mr. Stanley M. Hoffman of E.C. Schirmer.  Excellent list of their Thanksgiving chorals! Wow! This thread worth bookmarking...There's a lot o' music here!                                    t
Comment: Re: Thanksgiving songs (thanksgiving) for church choir
Hello: A choral staple -- "Let All Things Now Living" - published, I believe, in settings for S,A as well as two-part mixed.  Arr. by K.K. Davis (I think)...and published by E.C. Schirmer. Medium easy!  This text set to the tune of "The Ash Grove"...simple harmonies...and very nice, if a little t...
Comment: Re: Christmas Anthems with Flute
Hello: Shawnee publishes(or published) a wonderful arr. of LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING(A1507) for SATB, guitar, piano, & flute by Roy Zimmerman.  You can hear it online at www.hearchoirs.net.  Great beauty here! All best...                                           ...