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Items by Bruce Lengacher

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Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert
Please join the choirs of Acalanes High School for the 2014 Spring Concerts: "Voices of Change" on May 22 and 23, 2014 at 7pm at Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549. We will have Special Guests, The Devil Mountain Chorus  joining us on the 23rd. ...
Announcement: Seeking Exchange and Homestays in Seattle 4/24
Greetings Listers,  I'm touring with my two advanced groups 4/24-4/27 to Seattle. Our Homestay for Thursday night has fallen through and we're looking for an evening exchange/pizza dinner and home stays for 40 singers. 31 Female and 9 Males. We would be happy to recipricate for you if you toured t...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concerts
The Acalanes High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present the 2013 Winter Concerts: "In the Bleak Midwinter" on December 17 and 19 in the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road Lafayette, CA 94549,  at 7pm both nights. Suggested Donations are: $5 for adu...
Concert: San Francisco Bay Area Concerts
The Acalanes Union High School District's 11th annual Richard C. Hansen Fall Choral Classic Festivals and Concerts will take place on October 15 and 17 2013.  The 15th will highlight mixed choirs and take place at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church with guest conductor Dr. Jeffrey Benson from San Jo...
Forum message: Callig All Texan Choral Educators
Greetings from the Left Coast, I am the CMEA Bay Section Choral Representative and am in the process of replacing our sight reading music for our CMEA Choral Festivals. I'm trying to find a graded list of repertoire for all voicings; SATB, SSA, TTB, SAB. We need seven different sets that contain mu...
Forum message: Durante/Pergolesi Magnificat
Hello Listers, I'm performing the Durante Magnificat with my concert choir for the winter concert. The files on CPDL don't have string parts, but rather keyboard reductions. The parts are available for rent from Kalmus, but, since the piece is in the public domain, I was wondering if anyone on the ...
Forum message: SAB Sight Reading Repertoire
Greetings List,  I'm beginning a term as the Choral Representative for the California Music Educator's Association Bay Section. As part of this position, I'm  continuing the work of my predecessor and revamping our sight reading music for our choral festivals. I've obtained the Southern Music Com...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concerts
The Acalanes Performing Arts are proud to present the 2013 Spring Choral Concerts, "Our Heart's Delight". These concerts will take place Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday April 18. Both concerts begin at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center at Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94...
Forum message: Seeking up tempo piece about Love
Dear List,  Happy New Year. I've been fine tuning my repertoire for my choirs and am in need of an up tempo piece that would fall under the concert theme, "Our Heart's Delight". This would be for my Chamber Singers who number 25 and are voiced SSATB, but we do do some SATB rep. and also pieces ...
Comment: Re: After Concert Activites
Hi Steph,  I have two things that might work. The first I used last year for kids wanting extra credit, and the second is my first semester final for alll of my ensembles. I think both could be modified and provide an educational activity that would fill the time.    Singer Search Proj...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert
The Acalanes H.S. Music Department is proud to announce the 2012 Winter Concerts: "Old and New" on December 18th and 20th, 2012 at 7pm in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center. All Seats are general admission and suggested donations are:  $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and Students are Free. The hou...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
I love all the pieces listed so far and have a few to listen to that I don't know, but I have to put Bach's "Jesu Meine Freude" up there. Not only is the entire piece a palindrome structurally, but there is a point 2/3 of the way througth Ihr aber Seit Nicht Fleishlich, where the stretto starts th...
Comment: Re: Best Shakespeare texts set to music
Hi Ross,  My winter concert last year was "A Winter's Tale" Here are some of the Shakespeare settings I used:  Take, O Take, Those Lips Away         J. Edmund Hughes TB Sigh No More, Ladies          from “Much Ado About Nothing”     Gary Walth  SATB ...
Comment: Re: Favorite Women's Choir repertoire?
Hi Sarah,  I have a few for you:  Gaudete arr. by Michael Englehart- Walton Music Song Gatherings- Eric Tuan (this is a manuscript and if you contact me I will email you his information) The Eyes of all Wait upon Thee- Smith Ngana- Stepen Leek- Morton Music How like a Winter hath my ...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert
The Acalanes Union High School District will present the 10th Annual Richard C. Hansen Fall Choral Classic Festivals on October 16th for mixed choirs and October 18 for women's choirs. Both concerts will be held at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church 49 Knox Dr. Lafayette, CA 94549 at 7:30pm both...
Comment: Re: Sight Singing for HS with on-line exercises
Hi Kathy,  I use Sonicfit.com with my students. It is free, but if you want to track their progress, make assignments and assessments, you can contact Dr. Jeff Morton, who developed the program and for a nominal fee he will set you up with a database feature. I would suggest going to the site, ...
Forum message: In Search of Varied SSATB Repertoire
Greetings, I just finished my Chamber Singers auditions for next year and find my self with an ensemble that will be best suited to performing SSATB repertoire. Having already done some preliminary research, the bulk of what I've found is Renaissance (middle and late), some early Baroque, and a ...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert Announcement
The Acalanes and Las Lomas High School Music Departments are proud to present the 2012 Spring Choral Concerts: "Does it Really Matter? Performances will take place on 4/17 and 4/19 at 7:30pm in the PAC at Acalanes High School located at 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549. Suggested do...
Comment: Re: Favorite Lassus pieces
  Hi Ethan, This is one of my favorite di lasso pieces.   La Nuit Froid et Sombre   Bruce Lengacher Lafayette, CA
Comment: Re: Technology in the High School Choral Classroom
Hi Ashleigh, I use various forms of technology in and out of my rehearsal. I have a SmartBoard which I use for eartraining, sight singing, and to play performance videos. I also use a H2 Zoom digital recorder to podcast rehearsals for my students. There is a discussion board component to the pod...
Comment: Re: rehearsal/part recordings
Hi Julie, I've started using Choraltracks.com. It is a rehearsal recording service run and recorded by Matt Curtis from Chanticleer. He has a lot of tracks on his site, but you can also, for a fee per song, send him a piece of music and he records all of the parts and then masters them so that t...
Comment: Re: Take Six: Get Away Jordan
Hi Kayla, I think that it is published by Hal Leonard or Warner Brothers. I know that WB published Quiet Place and Spread Love. Best of Luck, Bruce  
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Chapel Concert
The two chamber ensembles of the Acalanes High School Music Department will be presenting a Chapel Concert at the Church of Santa Maria, located at 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, CA 94563 at 2pm on Sunday, December 11, 2011. This is a free concert and is being hosted by the Church of Santa Maria. Pl...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concerts
The Music Departments of Acalanes and Las Lomas High Schools proudly present the 2011 Winter Concerts; "A Winter's Tale" featuring settings of Shakespeare texts. The concerts will take place on December 13 and 15, 2011 at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafa...
Comment: Re: Choral clinic via skype
Hi Vicki, I've skyped several times, but not for a clinic. We commissioned Eric Barnum several years ago and Skyped during our class with him as we were working on his piece. You should use a good web camera (logitech is the one we used) and if possible you should have the sound run through a go...
Comment: Re: Taping kids doors on trips?
John, Your comment seems rather judgemental and formulated without any context. I don't think that using a small piece of tape on a door as a safeguard constitutes a fire hazard. The system, which I've used for 15 years is a way, short of hiring a security guard at added cost to the students, of...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert
Greetings, The Choral Music Students of the AUHSD will be presenting the 9th annual Richard C. Hansen Fall Choral Classic Festivals and Concerts on October 18th for Mixed Choirs (Concert Choirs and Chamber Singers) and October 20th for Women's Choirs. Our two guest conductors this year are: Lori ...
Choir: Acalanes High School Choirs (Lafayette, California, USA)
A Nine Choir program comprised of 5 curricular choirs; Chorale, Women's Ensemble, Concert Choir, Bella Voce (women's chamber), and Chamber Singers, two co-curricular choirs C.A.P., ManChoir, and two student run ensembles, MEN, and Women's Octet.
Comment: Re: Looking for "beautiful" Madrigal
Hi John, I have three suggestions for you:   Mia Benigna Fortuna-Cipriano de Rore Dolcissima mia Vita- Gesualdo Liqide Perle Amor- Marenzio I've done all three with my Chamber group over the years, as well as La Nuit et Froit et Sombre mentioned in the replies. They are all beautiful....
Comment: Re: Suggestions for computer solfege programs/software
Hi Lois, I've had a Smartboard for two years now thanks to a technology bond passed in our district. I use a variety of things, but the most successful in the classroom is a program called Sonicfit. You can check it out online at www.Sonicfit.com. A colleague developed it several years ago and I...
Comment: Re: In Search of Settings of Shakespeare Texts
Hi Brian, I would love to have recordings if they are available. You can either email them to me as mp3's or use snail mail to the address below. I appreciate your input.   Bruce Lengacher 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549
Forum message: In Search of Settings of Shakespeare Texts
Greetings Listers, I'm in the process of compiling a list of repertoire for next year's concerts. Winter will be loosely programmed around settings of Shakespearian texts and be entitled, "A Winter's Tale" The spring concert in conjunction with our GSA on campus and our Tolerance Workshops will ...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert
The Acalanes Music Department is proud to present the 2011 Spring Choral Concerts: "Five Centuries of Spring" on April 25th and 26th at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 both evenings.The school is located at 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549 Suggested Donations are ...
Comment: Re: Quips for the Choral Rehearsal
I thought of a few more:   "You don't sing like you talk anymore than you dance like you walk."   "We don't sing word, we sing the sounds in words"   "That had about as much emotion as a choir of zombies"   "Sing it like you feel it"
Comment: Re: Quips for the Choral Rehearsal
I have a few that I've picked up over the years.     "When in doubt, sing it as written."   "Tenors, two fingers on the side of your neck. Do you feel anything? "   "Ladies, lovely harmonies, unfortunately, that's an unison line."   "I didn't know there was a setting of the ...
Forum message: Sartorelllo examples
I'm helping our Drama teacher find musical examples, preferably sheet music for his production of "A Wayward Company of Saints" and wanted to query the list to see if anyone had any sources. I've googled and can find audio/video examples, but no sources for sheet music. He wants examples for one...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concerts, "Songs From Far Away"
The Acalanes High School Music Department Proudly Presents the 2010 Winter Choral Concerts, "Songs From Far Away" on December 14 and 16, 2010 at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center at Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549 Suggested Donations: $5 for adults, $3 for S...
Comment: Re: Smart Boards
Hi Rob, I piloted a Smart Board last year and had it permanently mounted on my wall this year. It has changed the way I teach. I pdf'd all of my sight singing examples and can project them on the board. I can pdf any piece of music and show the singers exactly how to mark their music, as well as...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert Announcement
The Acalanes Union High School District is proud to announce the 8th Annual "Richard C. Hansen Fall Choral Classic Concerts". These two culminating concerts of our district-wide choral festivals will take place at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr. Lafayette, CA 94549 on Oc...
Comment: Re: SAB finale number?
Hi Michael, You might look at Mairi's Wedding, or Robert Alan Petker's Come to Me, O My Love. Best of luck,   Bruce Lengacher Acalanes High School Lafayette, CA
Forum message: In Search of Repertoire about Spring
Greetings List, I'm in search of music based on poetry about spring.  I've already programmed a couple of Mechem's "Five Centuries of Spring" and Hawley's "Io Son la Primavera" but am looking for pieces that will help fill out my program. I have five choirs to program for with the following voi...
Forum message: High School Nuts and Bolts
  Dear List, I'm co-presenting a session at the California ACDA ECCO Summer Conference at the end of July and would like to ask newer teachers what types of things they wish they'd have known when starting out. This session is done yearly and is always well organized and thorough, but I thought I...
Comment: Re: Where to perform in San Diego and San Francisco
Hi Amy, I would recommend the following venues in San Francisco Grace Cathedral St. Ignatius Church First Presbyterian Mission Dolores In the greater Bay Area there are a few others also: First Congregational ,Berkeley St. Mary's Chapel, Moraga Cathedral of Light, Oakland St. Paul's, Oakland St. Ma...
Forum message: Songs From Far Away
Greetings List, I'm starting to prep for next year's concerts and am looking for multicultural repertoire from around the world. Thank heavens for Standardized testing!I can finally catch up. Here is what I've come up with so far: Si Me Dan Pasteles-Puerto Rico Regle-Polish Lulajze Jezuniu ...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concerts
The Acalanes High School Music Department is proud to present the Spring 2010 Choral Concerts "Words: Spoken and Sung" on April 13 and 14 at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center at Acalanes High School 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549 Suggested donations are $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors ...
Concert: Starry Nights
Please join the choirs of Acalanes High School for their 2009 Winter Concerts, "Starry Nights" on December 15 and 17 at 7:30pm in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center located at 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549. We will be presenting two concerts programmed around the themes of Stars, the M...
Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concert Announcement
The Choral Music Educators of the Acalanes Union High School District are proud to announce the 7th Annual Richard C. Hansen Fall Choral Classic Concerts. These Concerts will take place on Tuesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church located at ...
Comment: Re: Ireland/Englad Tour Help
Brian, We toured England in 2005 and participated in the Shrewsbury International Music Festival. It was a great experience. You should look into singing at Chester Cathedral, St. Mary's in Aylesbury, Southwark Cathedral, and of course St. Paul's. Our final performance was at St. Paul's and it was ...
Comment: Re: Best Quality Pieces from CPDL
Chris, Here are my three favorites that I've used off of CPDL:    Dolcissima mia vita- Gesualdo Mia Fortuna Benigna- de Rore O Sacrum Convivium- Tallis Best of Luck, Bruce Bruce C. Lengacher Director of Choral Activities VAPA Department Chair Acalanes High School 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayett...
Comment: Re: A Celtic Christmas
Carol from an Irish Cabin- Dale Wood