Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Items by Bruce Sellers

Results: 10
Title Author Date
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
I'd say first and foremost the piece I was most proud of mastering was when I was singing with the Netherlands Chamber Choir and we prepared, recorded, and performed the Lamentatio Jeremiæ prophetæ by Ernst Krenek. It is reputed to be the most challenging choral work ever written. An a cappella tw...
Comment: Re: Finish this sentence.......
The question was for "composers known for shaping American choral music today", not arrangers or conductors. Shaw was not really a composer, and Parker is known primarily for the arrangements she did with Shaw, though she has done some composing in her own right. This is actually a pretty hard quest...
Announcement: Eric Ericson has passed
I just heard this morning that Swedish Radio has announced the passing of the great choral conductor, Eric Ericson. This hits me personally very hard as I had the great privilege of working with Eric for many many years in my career with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. We were one of only 2 or 3 grou...
Comment: Re: Bach's Christmas Oratorio
What John said is very true. I think his assertions about Bach's own singers are spot on. Having spent a goodly part of their performing lives doing Bach's cantatas every week as well as his other works in various forms, they were more than acquainted with the style and what was expected of them. ...
Comment: Re: Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Bruce and others,   I forgot a very very important consideration in regard to the Evangelist part. It is absolutely essential that the tenor Evangelist and the players (cello and organist) rehearse extensively, and I mean extensively!!! These types of secco recits should under NO circumstance...
Comment: Re: Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Bruce,   I can easily understand your concerns regarding using two performance dates. It can work in places like Germany or The Netherlands where people are always going to "flock to Bach", but Bach isn't quite as highly regarded nor known as thoroughly by the general population in the US as ...
Comment: Re: Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Having devoted a large part of my professional career to performing music of Bach, both as a tenor soloist and a member of professional ensembles, here are some random thoughts about BWV 248......   First off, I adore the 6 cantatas that make up what we call the Christmas Oratorio (in fact, I...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
"Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can just listen to the B Minor Mass?"--Michael Torke   'Nuff said.
Comment: Re: Decided on a BMus, then a Grad Diploma and thats it! No MM and No DMA
Desiree,   I can pretty much echo what has been said above, but this is one of those questions that has as many varied responses as there are people. I think it's always wise to get feedback from others in the field, especially us "oldsters" who've seen the passing of more than a few suns acr...
Comment: Re: Tell me your favorite double chorus works
First off, as was already mentioned, motets by Bach, which are quite nice to open a program with......my two favourites are "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied", BWV 225, and "Komm, Jesu, komm", BWV 229, especially the latter.  Also nice to open with would be any number of the double choir pieces by H...