|Comment: Re: Most important American choral works written in last 50 years|
April 9, 2014
|Two remarkable vocal writers who happen to be best known for arrangements (which still fall under the heading of great choral literature).
Gene Puerling. If asked to pick just a few things, I would go with "All the Things You Are," "Fool on the Hill," and perhaps "Georgia on My Mind." (All SAT...|
|Forum message: Richard Sparks Intonation Series|
February 26, 2014
|I've been trying to reread some of these, it seems like this is needed:
blog series by
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. Overview and "What is Good Intonation?"
3. What System Do You Use?
4. Barbershop and Tuning (guest author Mike O'Neil)
|Comment: Re: Women's Choir pieces about singing, songs, etc.|
July 18, 2013
|Jeffrey Cobb has a wonderful setting of "We Are the Music Makers" combined with this Thomas Carlyle Quote:
"Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will."
|Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.|
November 9, 2012
Gene Puerling's setting of "All the Things You Are" is a constantly inspiring and remarkable piece of choral music. His huge catalog of arrangements for The Singers Unlimited are all stunning in their divisi richness, but I'm always especially moved by his self-imposed four-voice limitation on thi...|
|Comment: Re: ChoralTech: Making your Recordings Shareable|
November 2, 2012
John, you should look into the free service YouSendIt, which functions like email but allows you to send much large files (I think 50MB is the free limit).
|Comment: Re: You Are MISSING It!|
July 16, 2012
Amen, Scott! I just returned from the first half and had a life-changing experience, as did all of my students. Go NOW!
|Comment: Re: Make ACDA Better|
June 14, 2012
I agree with Richard - one of the things we repeatedly discuss at state meetings in Michigan is trying to reach our many constituencies. One thought I had is using the model of ChorTeach and publishing e-journals each month with a different R&S Area. It would effectively mean that every April ...|
|Comment: Re: Notice anything new?|
May 8, 2012
A lovely upgrade that increases usability (not always the case when websites are "improved"!!)
It seems like the first level menus now aren't functional (e.g. I can't get directly to "Repertoire in the Resources menu, only to the subcategories). I have done a force-reload, just in ...|
|Comment: Re: Myers-Briggs and Conducting|
March 19, 2012
For those interested in what it means to be an introvert, and how to better interact with them as students, colleagues, or leaders...this recent TED talk is outstanding. http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html
|Forum message: Ear infection & running rehearsal|
November 14, 2011
My wife suffered from a terrible ear infection last week and is now dealing with a likely ruptured eardrum. She describes significant deafness in one ear, sometimes with ghost pitches ranging between 1/4 step and whole step above the actual pitch (yuck!). Her first day back with her choirs was tod...|
|Comment: Re: Innovation is "In"|
October 18, 2011
I just started Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation" last night, and am already excited to apply the concepts to my own work, to my students, and with the organizations I'm involved with. It's a case history of effective cultures of innovation...|
|Comment: Re: Trusting your gut|
September 30, 2011
I think this quote:
a process that "accesses our accumulated experiences
is the most important point, and I would argue that it's the accumulation of experiences that TRAINS our guts. In that light, I'm not convinced a new teacher should trust their guts. (and I know some seasone...|
|Comment: Re: big Band and Chorus repertoire???|
September 23, 2011
Larry Lapin at the University of Miami has done quite a bit of writing for various instrumentations in this general realm, as have many of his students. Contact him at via this page. The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra is based there and is playing the kind of music you're looking for.
|Comment: Re: A Must See: Music Painting|
July 21, 2011
Lovely work...thanks for sharing it!
|Comment: Re: Looking forward to hearing Beethoven's 10th symphony|
June 1, 2011
In light of Tim Sharp's post about the NEA yesterday, I'm struck by another cognitive dissonance: namely, that the same people who believe the US government should get out of supporting the arts also repeatedly have supported the extension of copyright, historically a means of...supporting the art...|
|Comment: Re: choral background vowels- ooh, ah, oh??|
May 5, 2011
I just want to chime on to say that these sorts of wordless backgrounds are a much more common effect in the vocal jazz world, and you'd do well to get some inspiration from that corner. In particular, I submit Gene Puerling's marvelous writing for The Singers Unlimited. For me, his writing, parti...|
|Comment: Re: Big Band and CHORUS arrangements ???|
March 29, 2011
I have two arrangements of classic swing-era tunes for SATB+big band, both available through UNC Jazz Press.
1. Straighten Up & Fly Right
2. This Can't Be Love - currently only the SATB+r. section/4 horns is available, but I hope to have the full big band version onl...|
|Comment: Re: HS Men singing SATB|
February 18, 2011
Here's the article for anyone interested. I found it very enlightening!
|Forum message: HS Men singing SATB|
February 17, 2011
My 12-voice high school men's group, Chanticleer and King's Singers fans all, are very interested in experimenting with singing SATB repertoire in addition to TTBB. I'm curious about specific techniques, caveats, repertoire, etc. for this process. We've started with a madrigal, "Now is the Month o...|
|Resource: Jed Scott (Michigan, USA)|
February 3, 2011
|Comment: Re: Choral repertory with texts by Dorothy Fields|
December 8, 2010
Phil Mattson has a great a cappella arrangement of Pick Yourself Up. http://www.philmattson.com/
I'm just now reading the page-long tribute to Fields in Stephen Sondheim's new book of lyrics -- he's a BIG fan! (as we all should be...)|
|Comment: Re: Vocal Jazz tributes|
December 8, 2009
|David Scott at Berklee College of Music directs a group that specializes in this type of repertoire. I know he's published some pieces in Classic Vocal Jazz Series for Hal Leonard. He's a nice guy and would probably have some good input for you.
And while I second John's votes for the Hi-Lo's...|