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Items by Lana Mountford

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Comment: Re: Walt Whitman Settings?
David Conte's "Invocation and Dance" might work for your group.  It's available for SATB, and does use piano (4 hands) and some percussion, but it is a stunning work.   Invocation:  http://youtu.be/4RfjfyrsDwg   Dance:  http://youtu.be/-DyEKDPVbWI   Score:  http://www.morningstarmusic....
Comment: Re: Women's Choir and Brass ensemble
I have a setting of "Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind" for SSAA, piano, and brass quintet here on Choralnet in the Composition Showcase:  http://www.choralnet.org/306142 -- works are listed in alphabetical order, so scroll down and you'll find it.  There's a concert recording (with A Touch of Brass,...
Comment: Re: Most challenging song(s) for you personally that you were proud of yourself for learning and performing well!
R. Murray Shafer's "A Medieval Bestiary" -- some very bizarre stuff in there, but oh so cool!!  Took us awhile to get it, but it was definitely worth the effort.
Community Forum Post: Additions to the Library ...
Greetings!   I just added some 2-part arrangements of Christmas carols that I wrote for my seniors choir, GoldenTones, to the community Library.  Our 2012 holiday concert included carols and songs from around the world, so many of these have an "international" flavor.  Also in the library are t...
PDF Document: En Belén Tocan a Fuego - Voice 2
PDF Document: En Belén Tocan a Fuego - Voice 1
PDF Document: The Holly and the Ivy - Voice 2
PDF Document: The Holly and the Ivy - Voice 1
PDF Document: The Holly and the Ivy
PDF Document: Still, Still, Still
PDF Document: O Jul Med Din Glede (O Christmas, You Season of Childlike Delight)
PDF Document: Everywhere, Christmas Tonight
PDF Document: Il est Né, le Divin Enfant
PDF Document: En Belén Tocan a Fuego (A Fire is Started in Bethlehem)
Comment: Re: Teaching a new hymn
Tom, I sing in a UMC choir, and our church, too, uses the "red" hymnal, as well as the "black" hymnal ("The Faith We Sing").  And like your church, ours is also a "singing" congregation (this seems to be the case in most UMCs I've visited that haven't gone to a 100% contemporary/praise band style o...
Comment: Re: Sports themed choral music
Christine, I have an arrangement of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in two parts with piano accompaniment that I've used with a treble group as well as with my seniors choir.  It includes both of the the verses (beginning with "Katy Casey was baseball made, had the fever and had it bad. Just to roo...
Community Forum Post: How do you start a seniors choir?
I can't speak for all seniors choirs, but I can tell you how I started mine, and what I've learned from that process.   From the beginning, my involvement as been totally voluntary.  I'm the assistant conductor for Cantaré Vocal Ensemble, a 501(c)3 organization, and in 2008 we wanted to add ano...
PDF Document: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
PDF Document: Yankee Doodle
Community Forum Post: Where do you find music?
Greetings, friends ...   Finding suitable repertoire for my seniors choir has been a challenge since I first started my group.  Where do you go to find music for your groups?  Publishers? Online websites? Specific composers that write suitable music?  Let's start a resource list.   Many of ...
Community: Senior Singers and Choirs
A discussion forum for those interested in the care and feeding of seniors choirs and the "mature" singers who sing in them. A "mature" singer is generally defined as someone age 60 or older.  As "baby boomers" stampede toward retirement, seniors choirs are becoming more in demand.  Are we read...
Community Forum Post: Check-in, please
Greetings, folks!   I'm particularly interested in helping to establish a network among senior choirs -- no matter where they're located.   So, to that end, I'd love it if you would respond if you: 1) currently direct a senior choir, OR 2) currently sing in a senior choir, OR 3) currently w...
Comment: Re: Vocalise confusion
This is from Movement 2 from Prokofiev's Piano Sonata #8 in Bb (Op. 84) -- but I don't know who did the transcription (whether it was Prokofiev himself or someone else).   Here's the piano version of it:   http://youtu.be/xwyLRLcz4lc   Maybe that will get you started on the search for the c...
Comment: Re: Vivaldi Gloria SSA
The question of tenors and basses in Vivaldi's "Gloria" in D (RV 589) has puzzled music history folks for decades.  If he was writing only for young girls, why did he include tenor and bass lines?  Theories abound ...   I researched and wrote a paper on just this subject for a graduate course ...
Community Forum Post: A note of welcome ....
Greetings, frineds ...   I started "Senior Singers and Choirs" to provide a place for those of us involved with senior singers to meet, discuss, network, and otherwise help one another navigate through the sometimes tricky business of dealing with "mature" voices.   In September, 2008, I found...
Comment: Re: Fun unusual arrangements of carols for men's voices
Take a look at Carl Nygard's "Oh! Christmas Tree??" for TTBB a cappella -- Here's a link to the entry at JW Pepper that includes a partial score and recording:  http://www.jwpepper.com/O-Christmas-Tree/3287695.item#.UdSoPT6FSQ0   The opening lines: "Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas tree, I'm sin...
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
If you're looking for traditional words with new music, I would strongly recommend Gordon Thornett's "Noel" (published by Oxford University Press, available on JW Pepper website, probably others as well ... ) -- a setting of the lyrics from "The First Noetl" to totally new music for SATB + piano....
Comment: Re: Tone deaf
The question you ask is one that is faced by many choral directors, especially those who work with non-auditioned church or community choruses.     I work with a group of seniors -- a small choir of about 30 people, average age about 85 -- some of whom have never sung in a choir before.  I've f...
Comment: Re: Can "Non-auditioned" still have a screening process for members?
My situation may be a little different from the typical adult community choir, as the average age of my singers is about 85 or so.  I direct a non-auditioned seniors choir, GoldenTones Vocal Ensemble, made up of residents from a couple of "retirement homes."   Althought we're non-auditioned, we ...
Comment: Re: Good TTBB Pieces for Music Fraternity
My all-time favorite TTBB a cappella:  "Seeing Nellie Home," arr. Alice Parker/Robert Shaw - Lawson-Gould Publ / Alfred Music.  Call it an "oldie but goodie" -- it's been a huge audience hit whenever my groups have performed it.   Lana Mountford Bellingham, WA
Comment: Re: Composing and Arranging: Insights for conductors, composers, and choristers
Thanks for posting this, Donald.  I didn't start composing until rather late in life, and only then because I was "pushed" into it by one of my professors, who thought a small piece I'd written in order to have something to use for Finale class showed promise (it was an arrangement of "O Dear! What...
Comment: Re: Community Choir questions
Hi, Chris --   I'm the assistant director for a 40-voice community choir in the Seattle, WA area.  I also sing in the group.  Seattle is blessed with a large number of choral opportunities -- lots of EXCELLENT community choirs, professional choirs, etc., which means we're usually competing for ...
Comment: Re: Choral compositions with overtone singing
R. Murray Schafer: "The Manticore" from "The Medieval Bestiary" (1996, Arcana Editions)   Lana Mountford Bellingham, WA
Community Forum Post: Switching from Finale to Sibelius -- advice?
Hi, folks!   I'm seriously contemplating moving from Finale to Sibelius.     A little background: I made my living working in software development for 32 years, so I'm usually not intimidated by new software.  I've been using Finale since 2003, have kept up with the nearly annual upgra...
Comment: Re: Long Time Choir Members Need to Call It Quits
You don't say whether this is a church choir or a community choir.  Not that the answer would necessarily be different, but the approach to solving the problem might be.   Here's my opinion (and it may be an unpopular one):  I think telling an older person that they can no longer sing is a ...
Forum message: Looking for "Fairy Tales for ADULTS" - program ideas ...
I'm starting to consider a theme/program for our spring 2014 concert (yes, over a year away ... ).  I've been playing with the idea of "fairy tales for adults" -- settings of (possibly) nursery rhymes and/or narratives about/from fairy tales suitable for a very good 35- to 40-voice SATB adult cha...
Concert: Seattle's Cantaré Vocal Ensemble presents "What Sweeter Music ... "
This year’s holiday concerts are scheduled for December 7, 8 and 9 and will be presented at three different locations, each chosen for their acoustic excellence. Friday’s concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood; Saturday’s event will be in West Se...
Comment: Re: Choral music documentaries?
My favorite documentary about the power of choral music is "Song of Survival." http://www.musicmotion.com/product.htm?pid=434396 It recounts the story of the Dutch, English, and Australian women who survived 3 1/2 yrs in a prison camp in Sumatra during WWII. Working from memory, two of the women re-...
Comment: Re: re Bernstein's Chichester Psalms
Linda is absolutely correct.  I had some coaching sessions with Abe Kaplan about 5 yrs ago when the group I assistant conduct performed Chichester, and, having heard of his close association with Bernstein, I asked him the same question: why the stipulation that a boy or countertenor sing the Psa...
Comment: Re: Choral/Vocal work featuring piano
Anything by Caldwell & Ivory would certainly fit your criteria, especially "Ain't No Grave" and "John the Revelator."  Both are published by Earthsongs, and have very interesting and very challenging piano parts.   You don't mention whether your vocal ensemble is SATB or something else, ...
Comment: Re: Humorus Madrigal
"O Proud Left Foot," by Steve Murray, Cypress Press. SATB a cappella   Imagine "The Hokey Pokey" written in the style of Shakespeare, then set to music.  VERY funny.   Here's a recording to give you an idea of how it sounds:  http://www.box.com/shared/99etjgam30 (Cantaré Vocal Ensem...
Comment: Re: Farewell to Music Director
One of my favorites for a retiring church leader:  May You Know God's Grace, Lloyd Larson, Shawnee Press.  I've used it for a retiring organist (shortly after his 60th anniversary as the organist at the UMC I was serving in at the time), and for a retiring pastor.  Lovely, accessible, appropria...
Community Forum Post: Are we visible?
This may be a very dumb question, but how many conductors a) know about the "Compsers of Choral Music" community, and b) read here regularly?   I still get confused as to whether to post my questions or announcements in the Choralnet Forums OR in one of the Community Forums.  And I didn't ev...
PDF Document: This is the Day That the Lord Has Made
PDF Document: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
PDF Document: Phil the Fluther's Ball
PDF Document: Mipney Mah?
PDF Document: Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind
PDF Document: Riders on the Earth
Comment: Re: Rutter's " I Will Sing with the Spirit" - transposed lower for older singers?
Hi, Catherine --    The best sacred music publisher I've found so far that is actually focusing on seniors is Lillenas Music -- here:  http://www.lillenas.com/nphweb/html/lmol/innerpage.jsp?c=LMOL&cs=CHOIR&sc=SENCH&ss=NA&nid=lcol   Our holiday concerts feature mostly ca...