ChoralNet - ChoralNet Daily New postings in ChoralNet DailyEnsemble Choir SPERA (Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, 23 March, 2015) Hajime Akiyama, %18 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%th 0SepGMT+0000 of the Ensemble Choir SPERA, an ecumenical choir in Japan will be held at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall on 23 March, 2015.
Tickets will be on sale on 22 November.
We look forward to seeing you at Opera City.

Ensemble Choir SPERA
Conductor: Koji Oguchi
Organ: Maki Nagase
March 23, 2015 (Mon)
Start: 19:00 (Open: 18:30)
Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall
Entrance Fee: 3,000 yen
Tickets will be on sale on November 22 (Sat)
Tickets are available from Opera City Ticket Centre (03-5353-9999) or e+ (
Inquiry: 03-3486-5175 or (Office Cuore)
Supported by: Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki and Kirisuto Shimbun, Co., Ltd.
For further information, please visit
Music of Sam Batt Owens Marilyn Oakes, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 any anthems in the public domain
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Sam Batt Owens
Starting: Now
For: 2 weeks
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I knew Dr. Sam Batt Owens very well and spent quite a lot of time with him. I am aware of many choral anthems he composed that are no longer in print. I'd be deeply grateful for one (1) copy of anything he wrote that is out of print or in the public domain. I am especially interested in his setting of Psalm 100 but would be very appreciative of anything you could send me. Best address for me is: P.O. Box 672275, Marietta, Georgia 30006. I will promptly return every anthem.
If, by chance, you know how to reach his daughter, Jodie, I'd be grateful for her contact information, as well.
Thanks very much.
Marilyn T. Oakes
Memorial Concert: Dr. Marilyn S. Jones Kelli Falls, %17 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 celebration concert remembering and celebrating the inspiring life, of long time choral music educator Dr. Marilyn S. Jones
September 28th, 2014
Brighton Center for the Performing Arts
The Princeton Singers' 30th Anniversary Concert Kal Sostarecz, %17 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000

30th Anniversary Concert!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00pm

Trinity Church, Princeton

When The Princeton Singers was founded thirty years ago, it was the dream of a few devoted singers and founder, John Bertalot. Under the direction of Bertalot and current Artistic Director, Steven Sametz, with the help of friends, the Princeton community, and generations of talented singers, The Princeton Singers is now recognized as one of the premiere professional chamber choirs in the country.

To celebrate, Steven Sametz has chosen a program of wonders, dreams, and visions from the Renaissance, to new works created through The Princeton Singers’ active commissioning program. We are joined by returning alumni to present works by Stenhammar, Debussy, Verdalot, and featuring Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, a reprise of Sametz’s Dante’s Dream, and the premiere of a new work commemorating the thirtieth anniversary season by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, Winter Stars.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please log on to

Introducing the L.A. Choral Lab - an eclectic choral program, Los Angeles, 9/26/14 Michael Alfera, %17 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000, September 26, 2014
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Los Angeles, CA
The L.A. Choral Lab is a newly-formed classical chamber choir based in Southern California consisting of 21 young professional choral artists. Watch their short "About Us" video here.
Their upcoming inaugural concert includes the following works:
Precious Lord - arr. Arnold Sevier [rehearsal audio clip]
From My Heart Springs a Song - Joel Martinson
glad and very, Op. 129 - Vincent Persichetti [i. little man - rehearsal audio clip]
Taaveti laul nr.137 [Psalm 137] - Cyrillus Kreek
Pablo Neruda in Love - Jeffrey Bernstein (2004)
Another Lullaby for Insomniacs - Matthew Brown (2011)
John the Revelator (Caldwell & Ivory) [rehearsal audio clip]
Bass/Baritone Section Leader Jade Maze, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Hyde Park Union Church in Chicago, IL is seeking a bass or bass/baritone to join the Sunday morning Choir as a paid section leader.  Section leaders are paid per call ($35/call so $70/week with more calls during Christmas and Easter seasons).  Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.  Singers are called for rehearsal at 9 A.M. on Sunday mornings, in preparation for the 10:30 A.M. service.    
Hyde Park Union Church is a congregation that appreciates fine choral and organ repertoire, as well as contemporary pieces rooted in jazz and other genres. So your singing style can be strong in either contemporary/gospel or classical music, no preference. We are looking for a positive person that is reliable with solid vocal technique and some music reading ability.
Please send resumé/intro letter and sound clips (if available) to Director of Music, Jade Maze at 773-610-2996
 interview will involve:
*A conversation with the director of music
*Singing, unaccompanied, a 2-3 minute excerpt of your choice that demonstrates your vocal ability
Hyde Park Union Church
5600 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
BASS and ALTO Choral Scholar Position Opening - New details Rozanna Goocey, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 United Methodist Church, Durham, NC

Rozanna Vancil Goocey, Director of Music Ministries and organist   -

ORIGINALLY looking for undergraduates - but now open to all education levels.  


*Provide musical leadership to the Trinity Choir from August 2014 - May 2015.

(Approximately 35 Weeks, which allows for some weeks off.  Some days off by director’s choosing, and some days off by Choral Scholar’s choosing.)

*Attend all scheduled rehearsals, Sunday worship services, and additional seasonal services as requested by the director of music.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  Sunday morning worship begins at 11:00 with a 10:15 call for the choir.  Additional services may include, but are not limited to: Advent Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday.  Christmas Eve is not required.

*Serve as soloist or in a small ensemble as requested by the director of music.

*Be a model of professionalism, punctuality, and musical excellence to the other choir members.

*Build positive relationships with other choir members and work to develop their musical skills.

*If an absence is required, communicate with the director of music well in advance and work to find a substitute.


*Excellent vocal technique: Consistent and relaxed tone, good range, working towards a degree in voice or just recently graduated.

*Excellent musicianship: Sight-reading, intonation, ensemble sense, stylistic awareness.


*Being part of a community of wonderful people who love to sing

*Opportunity to develop as a musician

*Summer break, and weeks off throughout the year.


$35 per call.


Submit resume via email to the director of music at the email address above.  An in-person interview will involve:

*A conversation with the director of music

*Singing, unaccompanied, a 2-3 minute excerpt of your choice that demonstrates your vocal ability.

  This could be from choral or solo repertoire, and English, Latin, German or Italian is acceptable.

*Sight-singing and aural skills evaluation
Soprano Section Leader - Church Choir Sara Hanson, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Seattle, WA (Wedgwood) is currently seeking stipend soprano leader for our Adult Choir for the 2014-2015 season. Qualifications for the position are excellent sight-reading skills, ability to lead the section vocally as well as by example, experience in choral singing, and a cheerful attitude. Occasional solo opportunities exist as well. Wednesday rehearsals 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.; Sunday warm-up and service 8:45 – 11 a.m.; one Saturday a Month, Mass as Cantor 5 PM with rehearsal before with pianist; as well as services during Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, and other services and concerts. The choir sings a wide variety of sacred choral literature, and presents at least one larger work each year. For more information contact Sara R. Hanson, Director of Music and Liturgy, 206.523.6776 x119 ]]>Join Elena Sharkova in Ireland summer 2016 - Galway & Dublin choir festival Michael Clohesy, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 Ireland Choir Festival 2016 with Elena Sharkova

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to again serve as a festival conductor for KI in 2016. After the moving experiences performing in the awe-inspiring venues of the 2014 Passion of Italy KI festival in Rome, I am thrilled to plan the next musical, cultural and historic exploration – this time to Ireland!

I am looking forward to creating a program that expresses the passion of Irish music and the richness of its history and culture. A program that joins the lives and sounds of two continents through young people singing in one voice - reflecting the thoughts and feelings of those from around the world. A program that embraces audiences with a boldness and clarity of expression they will relish and remember.

The festival begins in the beautiful city of Galway - the Cultural Heart of Ireland - where the charming cobblestoned streets will have us stepping back in time to Medieval Ireland. We will enjoy our rehearsals there, getting to know each other, building our collective voice and celebrating our individuality through stand alone performances. Our first Gala Concert will be an unforgettable experience as the sound of the festival choir resonates in the amazing acoustics of the Galway Cathedral (tbd).

Traveling from Galway to Dublin, we will experience the whimsy of the Irish countryside looking here and there for a four-leaf clover. In Dublin, choirs will have further opportunities for individual concerts before we build to a crescendo with our final Gala concert at Christ Church Cathedral (tbd).

We will seek out impromptu moments of song in town squares, in market places and in ancient laneways where Irish folk gather. Join us to share the joy of our talent, our unique ability to reach across the oceans and make new friends through song

Elena Sharkova

Contact KI for tour details | KIchoirs on Facebook

KIconcerts: Festival Riviera - France 2016 Choir Festival with Henry Leck


GOING BEYOND WORDS TO FEATURE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS MUSICIANS Stanley Schmidt, %17 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Beyond Words, now in its 22nd year will present another in its series called Choral Concert Live.  Featured will be musicians from The University of North Texas in Denton which is recognized as one of the top music schools in the world for Classical and Jazz.  Lidstener's will applaud the talents of the A Cappella Choir recorded at the ACDA National Convention in Dallas, March of 2013 un the baton of Dr. Jerry McCoy by Soundwaves Recordings of Huron, Ohio.  The Second part of the program features a significant choral work offered by the University of North Texas University Singers and Concert Orchestra, under the guidence of Dr. Richard Sparkks.  They Will perform Canadian Composer Allan Bevan's "Nou goth sonne under wode", a 30 minute  Good Friday meditation.
WHAT: Going Beyond Words, Choral Concert Live
WHEN: Sunday, September 21, 2014; Noon Central Time
WHERE: KVNO.ORG  Click on Listen
Prayer #1(From "Admajorem Die Gloriam" 1939)  Benjamin Britten'
Gloria  (From: "Mass for Double Choir"1922) Frank Martin
Entreat me not to leave you (2012) by American Composer Dan Forrest
Dream Variations, Mvt 2 and Song, Mvt 4 (From: "The Dream Keeper" 2009) William Averitt
Pianists for the Last two selections are Dr. Steven Harlos and Kiryang Kim
This was recorded at the ACDA National Convention in Dallas, 2013
This recording are available from: http://SOUNDWAVESRECORDINGS.ORG
"Nou Goth sonne under vode" by canadian composer Dr. Allan Bevan
The University of North Texas University Singers and Concert Orchestra, under the leadership of Dr. Richard Sparks
This 30 minute Good Friday meditation in four movements
It is scored for soprano soloist, narrator, mixed chorus SATB, and orchestra (2 oboes, 2 horns, harp, percussion, timpani, organ, and strings). Oneyda Padierna, an under graduate student is Soprano soloist and UNT faculty member Stephen Morscheck is the Narrator.  The performance was recorded on the UNT Campus on March 3, 2014.
An in depth description and discusstion of this work is available on my Blog of http://WWW.GOINGBEYONDWORDS.COM 
Look for show #3116.  
Comments may be directed to  A youtube version of this concert is also available at
When you are through listening you are encouraged to make plans to attend the ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City
ALBION - Birmingham Jewelery Quarter Andrew Throssell, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000
The choral group Albion gives concerts like no others! Its unique repertoire is made up of beautiful all-new versions of the music of Britain and Ireland. Much-loved songs like Danny Boy, Scarborough Fair, and Jerusalem – a staple of the Last Night of the Proms – are sung in special ‘reimagined’ settings with lush harmonies and soaring lines. Alongside them are striking new musical versions of favourite texts by Yeats, Robert Burns, and many other sources including the King James Bible.
“Without wishing to get to the point too soon, they are very, very good...Immediate and vibrant... Make an effort to see them live – I doubt you’ll regret it.”
Now Then magazine
Albion’s ten singers make inventive use of the special spaces in which they perform, surrounding the audience with sound, drawing people in to their new musical world. It’s an eclectic and exhilarating combination of familiar and fresh that audiences find compelling, moving, and unlike any other musical experience!
“SUPERB. Delay in clapping due to not wanting to break the spell”
Audience member, winter 2013
Albion come down from Yorkshire to Birmingham for the first time this autumn, bringing their WINTER SONGS show to the fantastic St Paul’s Church on St Cecilia’s Day. We’ll hear best-loved songs such as The Skye Boat Song and Loch Lomond alongside seasonal carols and songs including The Truth from Above and The Angel Gabriel. Music-lovers from Birmingham and beyond are invited to share in this special experience of beautiful music-making with a warm spirit.
“I was transported to another place for a short time – a little bit of heaven?”
Audience member, Christmas 2013
Touring this next March to TX, AR, LA, AL and TN... John Broman, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 All!  Happy Wednesday!
 I am writing today on behalf of my husband, Dr. John Broman, Director of Choral Activities at The University of North Georgia, Dahlonega campus here in North Georgia.  John is taking his college choir on tour this spring, and needs hosts and places to perform in the following cities/areas on the following dates: 
Fri. March 13 - Memphis, TN
Sat. March 14 - Fr. Smith, AR
Mon. March 16 - Dallas, TX
Tues. March 17 - Houston, TX   OR   Wed. March 18 - Houston, TX
Thurs. March 19 - Baton Rouge, LA 
Fri. March 20 - Montgomery, AL
His ensemble will number about 45ish and are about the sweetest kids you will meet! Dr. Broman, the conductor and the contact for this tour, is needing a place for his ensemble to sing on the dates listed above-- a church, a college, etc. and would need a group of awesome music supporters to provide overnight accomodations for the group.. (supper, housing and breakfast)...
Dr. John Broman can be contacted at or by telephone at 612-300-1060 -- He would be so thankful to hear from you if you have ANY ideas for this tour.  
Thanks much for supporting great choral music by kiddos who haven't traveled all that much.  :)
Tracie Heim-Broman, Choral Director and Wife
Elgar's "The Snow" orchestra parts Borrow or rent David Kowalczyk, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 orchestra parts for "The Snow" Elgar
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Novello edition (out of print)
Starting: October 1-December 10, 2014
For: 2 months
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I would like to borrow or rent the orchestra parts (not just 2 Violins) of Elgar's "The Snow" (Novello--out of print).
David Kowalczyk
St. Joseph's Academy
Gently Used Formal Dresses Natalie Vieyra, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000'm looking for 20 black floor length formal choir dresses. I'm new to my program and they have been wearing the same robes for over 30 years. We recently consolidated and the robes no longer match the school's colors. Is anyone looking to sell a set of formal dresses?  ]]>PAID Section Leaders: CATHEDRAL of SAINT PAUL (MN) Sean Vogt, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000
The Cathedral of Saint Paul invites applications for 3 open Section Leader positions (A1, A2, B2) for the Cathedral Choir/ Cathedral Schola Cantorum.  Section Leaders attend all scheduled Wednesday night rehearsals (7-9pm), Sunday 10am mass (with 9am call time), and other liturgies as assigned.  An appreciation for Roman Catholic liturgy and the highest caliber of sacred music is required.  The Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Schola Cantorum specialize in Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant. Christmas, Holy Week and Easter liturgies are required. Season begins in mid-SEPTEMBER and ends on the FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI (June). Performance expectations are consistent with nationally known professional resident ensembles.
Approximate Annual Compensation
$65/call @ approx 105-120+ calls = $6,825-$7,800+
The Cantor ministry flows from the Section Leader pool, at the discretion of the sacred music staff.
$75/call @ approx 52+ calls = $3,900+
Audition Procedure:
Prepare a solo aria (J. S. Bach Passion or G. F. Handel Oratorio); Prepare for sight-reading (rhythmic and melodic) and collegial dialogue. Please bring a copy of your CV/Résumé.  You may bring your own accompanist (if you prefer), although one is provided.
Plan for 15 minutes per audition.
Contact Dr. Sean Vogt by email only to schedule your audition:
Tenor Section Leader Wanted Paul Kusler, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Community in Winter Park (Diocese of Orlando) Florida is looking for a Tenor Section Leader.  Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Sunday morning Liturgy at 10am with warm ups beginning at 9:20am.    Opportunity and additional income is possible with weddings and funerals as well as cantoring other weekend liturgies.   Please email Paul Kusler, Director of Music and Liturgy at   Position is available immediately. ]]>Bass Section leader/soloist for Valley Presbyterian Church carolyn Eynon, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 starting Wed October 1 for a BASS/Baritone section leader and soloist for a large Chancel Choir in Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley, Az. Auditions are on Wed. Sept 24 at 6;00pm in the choir room. send resume to Paid position. All Wed nights  and Sunday mornings are needed. ]]>Belgian Summer Sing Marie Fox, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000, Belgium
July 21-25, 2016

The city of Ghent welcomes choirs from Europe and North America to perform in the stunning St. Michael’s Cathedral. Celebrate choral music as part of the “Ghent Arts and Music Festival,” Europe’s largest open-air cultural festival. Visit and perform in the capital city of Brussels and the beautiful and historic city of Bruges.
American Academy in Rome 2015 Rome Prize Robert Starkoff, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 American Academy in Rome online application form for the 2015 Rome Prize competition is currently available on the Academy website at

The American Academy in Rome is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and the humanities.  For one hundred and twenty years the 
Academy's eleven acre center in Rome has provided an inspiring environment for those who practice the fine and liberal arts.

The Rome Prize is awarded annually to about thirty candidates, each selected by a jury of distinguished peers through a national competition.

The winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work for periods ranging from six months to two years.  They are provided with stipends, residential accommodation, meals, private studies or 
studios, and most important, an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation.

Please visit the Academy website for more pertinent information about the Academy, the fellowship, application rules, guidelines, deadline, and fees.
Two New Sacred Unaccompanied SATB Releases From Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000  
Click the cover image to view (and listen to) the scores in their entirety.
Kurt E. von Kampen's "O Lux Beata Trinitas" sets both Latin and English text from St. Ambrose and II Corinthians. Careful attention to both voice leading and harmonic movement allows this text to float and shimmer and is ideal for filling up large performance spaces. The music material is accessible for a variety of mixed groups and would be ideal for schools with a religious affiliation. 
Andrew March's "Marian Antiphon No. 3", a setting of the Latin Liturgical text "Regina Coeli", utilizes rich, slowly unfolding harmonic progressions to emphasize the deep meaning of the text.  This title would be ideal for performance on a cathedral tour program and is sure to provide a rewarding challenge for your advanced mixed chorus.
New title for SSA and Piano by Patti Drennan from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %17 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000
Click the cover image to view the score in its entriety.
This new release for SSA and Piano by Patti Drennan incorporates three of Emily Dickinson's most popular texts, contrasting stylistically from a slow, emotional setting to a light and lilting feel, then back to a fuller and more passionate setting. These short works, intended to be performed as a complete set, are suitable for treble choirs of all ages and our sure to be an audience favorite. Take a look at the score today at
Middle School Choir- Rehearsal Help Shelley Mitchell, %17 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000 is my 3rd year teaching at a middle school in Indianapolis and I'm facing a new challenge that I'm just 'stuck' on.  Student's are 'shutting down'- rather than rising to the challenge.
In my 8th grade choir I have 56 students, 42 are girls.  The girls work very hard for me, but the boys become a distraction.  The students have the ability to sing SAB/3-part music, getting them to understand section work is difficult, as well as getting them to even get along.   Talking is our biggest issue.   When I work in sections its great, but then another section will just start talking, and now students are begining to show their frustration that the choir is not advancing as quickly.  The class period is an hour 1/2, which does not help.  I'm looking for any kind of inspirational ideas to keep students motivated, and excited to sing because many of them are 'shutting down'.  If you have any activities, videos, group work suggestions! anything helps. 
Please & Thanks in Advance!
MAGNIFICAT LECORNIER VINCENT, %17 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000 morning,
next year I want to organize a concert with several "Magnificat" for choir. I have the scores, because I have already conduct them, of Pachelbel (a capella), Vivaldi RV610 (soprano-alto solists and strings), Galuppi (soprano solo, horns and strings), and Durante (solists and strings).
Have you got any suggestions? I mean we can play in the first part Pachelbel (5mn) and Vivaldi (20mn), and in the second part Durante and Galuppi but I think Durante is a little light and less interesting...
Have you any ideas for another Magnificat with alto-soprano solos (for instance) and orchestra? But something not too hard like J.S.Bach.
Thank you for your answers.
Vincent Lecornier
Chef du Choeur de St-Nicolas (Paris)
Master class with a Russian choral conductor Ekaterina Anoshkin, %17 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000
Educational Bridge Project invites choral conductors, vocalists and choral singers to a master class with a Russian choral conductor Alexander Solovyev (Moscow).
Professor Alexander Solovyev is Dean of the Office for Foreign Students’ Affairs at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the artistic director and chief conductor of the internationally known Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory, which extensively tours abroad and participates in international festivals and competitions, including the last World Choral Games. The repertoire for the master class will include sacred choruses by Schnittke, excerpts from Rachmaninov’s Vespers, and contemporary works by Russian composers.
Websites for reference  (Personal channel of Alexander Solovyev on YouTube)
Master class will be held on October 18th (Saturday), 2-4 pm, at BU CFA, room 171
Suggested donation $10
Please contact Katya Anoshkin at for registration, so we know how many people to expect.
Princeton Glee Club Presents: Schola Cantorum of Oxford University Renata Dworak, %17 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000 University Glee Club Presents:  Schola Cantorum of Oxford University 
Oxford and the English Choral Tradition
Schola Cantorum of Oxford University, conducted by James Burton, brings music from the heart of the English choral tradition, including music by Gibbons, Parry, Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Thursday, September 18th at 7:30pm
Trinity Church
33 Mercer Street
Princeton, New Jersey
for more information, visit
Voci Presents “Voices in Peace XIII: Birth and Beginnings” (11/16 and 11/22) Terry Meyers, %17 %b %2014 %06:%Sep:%th 6SepGMT+0000
Voci’s thirteenth annual Voices in Peace concert will explore the power and fragility of beginnings. Through selections from Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda as well as works by Ysaye Barnwell, Claude Debussy, Pekka Kostiainen, Jude Navari, Arvo Pärt, Karin Rehnqvist, Hector Villa-Lobos and others, we sing of the magical energy found in dawn, birth, and transitions. Then in a collection of lullabies from around the world, including works by Eve Beglarian, Annea Lockwood, Alice Parker, and Ralph Vaughn Williams, we discover the fragility and hope for peace of that accompany new life.
Sunday, November 16, 4:00 pm

St Mary Magdalen Parish
2005 Berryman St
Saturday, November 22, 2:00 pm

St. Perpetua Catholic Church
3445 Hamlin Rd.
(Note the different start times for the two concert dates)
$25 suggested donation at the door
$20 advance
$15 students
FREE for children between 6 and 12
Available at the door or online at
Information: (510) 531-8714
Retreat: Why Do We Do it? Joshua Bronfman, %17 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000 just got back from my fall retreat with my top choir, and again I am faced with this inconsistency: Why do choirs go on retreat? Bands don’t. Orchestras certainly don’t.

I often receive a little grief from folks about the large expenditure of money. “Is this really necessary” and all that. My response is usually something like “Do you think I want to spend three days away from my family? Do you think I like to give away my entire weekend after working 14 hours days the first two weeks of school? Do you think I prefer spending a really big chunk of my budget on this and not on commissioning a piece, or bringing in a guest artist or going on tour, or whatever?” That usually ends the conversation.

Thing is, there is a pretty big benefit to retreat. Some might argue that it’s mostly in the minds of the singers, and not so much in the actual effect it has on the sound, but that is debatable.

The reason we go on retreat is trust. Singing is unique. It is a profoundly personal experience. We as singers know this. When you critique someone’s singing, you are, in some way, critiquing them; not like just their singing but them as a person. When a singer makes a mistake, there is no instrument sitting there between you and the mistake. It’s clear you made the mistake, and you need to fix it.

And so it is, that to sing in choir day after day, with people you don’t know, requires trust. And to take vocal risks in order to find your way to an informed and gratifying performance, it helps to know and trust those singers around you. Of course, this gets easier both with age, experience, and skill, but it is always an issue. Without trust, it is hard do this thing.

So for 18-21 year-olds, going on retreat, bonding socially, digging deep into new music, and sharing social time, we come to know and trust each other. I think it makes us better singers. We certainly enjoy being in the same room together for five days a week a little it more.

I guess this makes singers “weird” in a way. I guess I don’t care about that too much.

Name That Choir Tune (No. 6) Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
Enjoy more episodes of Name That Choir Tune.
Conducting Masterclass in Salt Lake City Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 ]]>Poster Session Applications Sought Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
The American Choral Directors Association will sponsor a session to disseminate the results of excellent research about any aspect of the choral art at its 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, February 25– 28, 2015. Participants chosen for the presentation will be required to prepare a poster describing their research and to be available during the presentation session to discuss their work with interested conference attendees.
LEARN MORE and APPLY today.  The deadline for applications is September 30.
Have Yourself a Wacky Little Christmas: new free carol arrangements by Larry Minton Larry Minton, %17 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000, Glökschen - SATB, piano:  an arrangement of the 19th century German carol. My version opens with the sopranos and altos; the men join in with bell sounds, a wacky waltz, ending with a quiet lullaby. English and German texts are included.
While Shepherds Watched their Flocks - SATB a capella: a Caribbean twist on the familiar carol text, with a new tune and excursions through the Bermuda Triangle to visit bits of Sweelinck's Hodie Christus Natus Est.
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy - SATB a capella: the famous Caribbean carol with the angels adding Gloria in excelsis Deo.
See them at Larry Minton's Choral Music:
First Year Doing a Chorus Andrew Pollard, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000,
My name is Andrew and this is my first year teaching a chorus with 4th and 5th grades combined as a after school event. I am trying to get some ideas on some easy pieces to do for a winter themed concert in January. I am trying to stay away from the holiday themed concert. This is the first time the school has done a chorus and the students are slowly starting to see how music can be fun. So I would need some pieces that would be interesting to keep them hooked! I am super excited and any help would be greatly be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Substitute organist or pianist needed for 9/21/14 service@11AM Ronald Baltimore, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 organist or pianist for 11AM service.
Please contact Pastor Veronica Palmer
SF Bay Area: Cantare Con Vivo's Ice Cream Social Family Concert Janice Lee, %17 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%th 0SepGMT+0000 Con Vivo's 2014-15 Concert Season "Learning to Live as One" presents...
"Steppin' Out With My Baby"
 Ice Cream Social Family Concert
 Sunday, October 5 at 4:00pm
 Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
 49 Knox Drive
 Lafayette, CA 94549
Tickets: $20 General, $50 Family, $10 Student
Our season begins with our annual Fall family concert of folk and popular songs mixed in with Broadway show tunes. Songs by Elton John, Nora Jones, a medley from Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore along with a group of Irving Berlin songs, It Might As Well Be Spring, Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Wanting Memories and other entertaining tunes will have you humming and smiling throughout, ready to eat all the ice cream you want following this afternoon’s entertaining season kick-off concert.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call Cantare office at (510) 836-0789.
Church Choir Director / Musical Accompanist (part-time) Wilshire Presbyterian Church, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000
Wilshire Presbyterian Church is a small multi-cultural urban church in the Mid-Wilshire/ Koreatown area.  Wilshire Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Since 1912, Wilshire Presbyterian Church has stood on the corner of Third and Western in Los Angeles, witnessing and taking part in the life of the city. Over the century, the surrounding area has transformed from cornfields to single family dwellings, apartment buildings and businesses, and immigrants from all over the world have settled in the surrounding neighborhoods. Wilshire Presbyterian Church mirrors this diversity. We are an inter-cultural congregation that welcomes and embraces people from all different walks of life. Our motto is: "Come As You Are, Be Inspired, Share God's Love." In short, we are a church for everyone.
Support the Wilshire Presbyterian Church community in worship services. This post requires an experienced choral conductor who has strong organ and keyboard skills. This versatile musician must be comfortable in multiple genres including; classical, world music, gospel, jazz and popular styles. The ability to read music printed in lead sheet form (improvising accompaniment from chords symbols) is essential. 
Job Responsibilities
Serve as conductor/accompanist for the chancel choir and organist/pianist for weekly Worship Services, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve services.
Coordinate and rehearse weekly quartet offertories with the (SATB) staff quartet. The quartet meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. The choir joins the quartet at 9:15 am.
Accompany Weddings, Commitment Services, Funerals and Memorial Services as needed for additional compensation.
Provide solo repertoire in multiple genres for Preludes and Postludes for weekly worship services.
Attend monthly planning meetings with the pastor and Worship Committee (usually the first Saturday of each month) to select the coming month’s repertoire and evaluate the effectiveness of the prior month’s service music.

Coordinate with substitute conductors/accompanists when a Worship Service must be missed due to vacations and other planned absences.
Arrange for staff and volunteer soloists to provide solos during the summer months in cooperation with the pastor.
Long Range Goal:
Create, in cooperation with the pastor, a customized Wilshire Presbyterian Church Worship Music Book. This collection of lively repertoire will support the multicultural, indigenous congregation’s need for a fifty-two Sunday program, roughly aligned to the church seasonal year (e.g. Black History month in February).
Hours and Compensation
10 hour a week:  This includes 3-4 hours at church on Sundays (ordinarily from 9am-12pm) to rehearse with the choir and play the music for the 10:30am Worship Service.   
$250 per week - paid monthly at the end of the month.
An additional $200 will be compensated per monthly Worship Committee Meeting.
Fees for Weddings and Commitment Services are in addition to the weekly salary and are to be paid by the couple.
Fees for Funerals and Memorial Services are in addition to the weekly salary and will be paid by the family of the deceased.
2 weeks paid vacation per year.
Vacation time or leave may not be taken during the Season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) through Christmas Eve or Lent (the four Sundays before Easter) through Easter Day.

Please Email Resumes to:
Subject line: Choir Director & Musical Accompanist Position
Please Mail Resumes to:
Attention: Worship Committee
Wilshire Presbyterian Church
300 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Fee paid: Gospel Choir Needed for Sunday January 18, 2015 in Lenox MA Andrea Goodman, %16 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Guest Gospel choir needed for the second annual Cantilena Chamber Choir MARTIN LUTHER KING CONCERT OF SPIRITUALS and open sing on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00pm at Trinity Church in Lenox, MA. Dr. King will be remembered in poems and speeches, but the focus of the program will be a spiritual sing along with the choirs. A choir from Western Massachusetts or Eastern NY State preferred but not essential. An honorarium will be provided for transportation and services. The Choir need only prepare 15-20 minutes of music to sing alone, and one short work to be sung by a three-choir ensemble.
Please send an mp3 sample and a weblink to: Deadline: September 26th, 2015. Applicants will be notified by October 1.
Associate Conductor of the Performance Division Julia Zarcone, %16 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000
Job Title: Associate Conductor of the Performance Division
CANTABILE YOUTH SINGERS of SILICON VALLEY, a independent choral organization in the San 
Francisco Bay Area educating and inspiring over 300 children and youth aged 4-18 is looking for 
a dynamic conductor and music educator for the full-time position of the Associate Conductor 
of the Performance Division. Successful candidate will work side by side with Cantabile's Artistic 
Director, Elena Sharkova, directing the top three choirs of the organization. Other
essential duties include direction of the musicianship curriculum, leading outreach 
performances and assisting in collaborations with local professional arts organization such as: 
Symphony Silicon Valley, Stanford Symphony, Montalvo Arts, San Jose Opera and Ballet San 
Position Status: Full-time, with competitive salary and benefits package
Cantabile offers the opportunity for artistic growth, mentorship and cutting edge musical 
performance and leadership-come join us!
Associate Conductor of the Performance Division Job Duties and Functions:
Direct a fifty-member choir of middle school students (aged 11-14). Lead the choir in weekly 
rehearsals and conduct in performances. Post weekly updates on the rehearsal blog. Create 
recordings of vocal parts as necessary and distribute to singers online. Conduct evaluations and 
auditions twice per year and create tracking information for these processes. Prepare program 
notes for all concerts.
Serve as assistant conductor to the Artistic Director and accompanist for Cantabile’s most 
senior choir, Vocalise (aged 14-18). Conduct sectionals, rehearsals and in concert. 
Serve as an assistant director of 16-member a cappella group of high school singers. Supervise 
and direct the singers in community and private events, serve as primary contact in booking 
and organizing performances.
Develop, articulate, and supervise delivery of a graduated musicianship-training curriculum 
based on the series called “A Young Singer's Journey” for students of Prep 3, Intermediate, 
Ensemble and Vocalise choirs. Train, supervise, and observe all musicianship instructors and 
student/parent helpers. Innovate new teaching solutions for musicianship curriculum.
Be responsible for artistic planning of the Festival and outreach to local school choruses and/or 
community youth choirs.
ANNUAL TOUR and Retreat:
Serve as assistant conductor on Cantabile annual domestic and international tours. Serve as a 
Bachelor in Music Education or Choral Conducting required, MM preferred Minimum of three 
years of successful teaching in a school or community setting Experience in staff and faculty 
supervision Commitment to working in a diverse and engaged artistic community
Office skills: facility with Google Suite, Microsoft office, social media platforms
Ability to communicate easily and effectively with multiple constituencies-parents, directors, 
board members and the public
Ability to multitask and handle a fast-paced work environment
Experience in producing concerts and events
To apply: 
Submit a cover letter telling us about your interest in the position and why you are a good 
candidate, and your resume/CV electronically to The secondary part 
of the review process will require submitting a 30-minute video of the applicant teaching/
conducting a choir class. 
The position is open only to those with current work permission and visa to work in the USA.
This position is full time and reports to the Artistic and Executive Directors of Cantabile Youth 
Singers. The role requires afternoon, evening, and weekend work throughout the teaching 
year about 50% of the time. Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary history when you 
respond. Professional references will be required from the selected candidate. Please submit 
all required materials to No phone calls please.
About Cantabile:
Our Mission Statement: Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley offers children and teens 
comprehensive choral music education and performance opportunities of the highest caliber, 
thereby engaging their hearts and minds, encouraging a lifetime appreciation of the arts and 
the diversity of humankind, cultures, and languages.
Cantabile is a non-profit, non-denominational youth’s choral program located in the Silicon 
Valley in California. Our choirs tour the world and sing locally and share their gift of song with 
many diverse audiences. Each year Cantabile hosts seasonal concerts, a community youth 
choir festival, class recitals, a fundraising gala, open houses and parent orientations. Cantabile 
singers frequently collaborate with Bay Area’s professional music and arts organizations such 
as Stanford Arts and Stanford Symphony, Montalvo Arts, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San 
Jose and West Bay Opera. Internationally acclaimed conductor and music educator Elena 
Sharkova has been Artistic Director of the Cantabile Youth Singers since 2004; she oversees 
all educational and performance aspects of the program and directs Cantabile’s senior 
choirs Vocalise and Aria.
More information about Cantabile can be found at:
Associate Director Emily Freeman, %16 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 choral organization looking for an associate conductor to oversee ensemble.  Local candidates preferred.
The role entails planning and leading rehearsals one evening a week, as well as coordination and planning with leadership.

Candidates should have a working knowledge of rehearsal structuring, healthy vocal technique, music direction, and versatility in working with a wide variety of musical styles and repertoire for different choir types. Desire a progressive and flexible thinker who works well with others.
Dedication and loyalty are highly valued qualities for this role.
The position will have access to all of the organization's resources, including but not limited to marketing and advertising, public relations, publicity, development and design, and administrative assistance.

Interested applicants should send their resume or CV to the email address listed.
Songbook Wanted Bonnie Burns, %16 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 singing group is in search of the songbook Celebration & Worship for Women Voices.  Please email if you know where we can find this or if you might have one. ]]>Church seeking part-time organist David Dornack, %16 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
Rose City Park Presbyterian Church is seeking an experienced organist to play for our weekly 10 a.m. Sunday worship service and to accompany the choir, which rehearses Thursdays from 7:30-9 p.m. from September through May.  We generally have 100 people in Sunday worship, and we have a 3-manual Rodgers Instruments Trillium Masterpiece Series 968 organ.  To learn more about our church and its mission, please visit This is a part-time position; no relocation package available.
If you are interested in this position, please contact our pastor by September 19:
Rev. David Dornack
Rose City Park Presbyterian Church
1907 NE 45th Ave
Portland OR 97213
503 282-0965
Tenor section leader Larry Gerling, %16 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church, Oceanside is in need of a tenor section leader. Thursday rehearsals 7-9. Sunday service at 10:30 with rehearsal at 9:30. Contact Larry Gerling  760 224-2178  or ]]>Announcing a short, easy, whimsical St. Francis' Day piece Clare Shore, %16 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000, friends!
If you're looking for a short piece to serve as an introit, etc., on St. Francis' Day, you can listen to (and order) my 'God Bless the Animals' for unison chorus and piano on SheetMusicPlus (Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing - EC.7693):
"Is your puppy jimmerjawed?
Does your cat have four left paws? Does your turtle lack a tail?
Does your parrot really smell? Oh, God bless the animals, pretty, witty animals.
God bless the animals, large and small, furry, hairy, stinky, smelly, slimy, feathered,
finned and scaly. God bless the animals (one and all)."
Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus Has Openings in All Sections for our Upcoming Holiday Concerts Bill Toups, %16 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000

The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus will be holding auditions for our upcoming holiday concerts, “A Gay Christmas Carol.” The concerts will be held on December 13th and 14th. Rehearsals for the holiday concerts will begin on Tuesday, September 30th.

The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus welcomes both singing and non-singing members.

The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus is committed to excellence in men’s choral performance, yet we welcome singers of all experience and skill levels.

If you are interested in joining TGMC, please email us at

The Artistic Director may conduct “vocal interviews” with new singers to determine placement into the appropriate voice section. This is not a high-pressure audition, and no prepared selection is required.

Tenor Section Leader - FUMC Pasadena Jean-Sebastien Vallee, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
Tenor Section Leader
FUMC Pasadena
First United Methodist Church in Pasadena is a large church in a beautiful building with a magnificent musical tradition.
The Church sanctuary is large and beautiful with a historic organ and a warm and lively acoustic.
The Church chapel is more intimate and is also acoustically inviting -  the perfect space for solo and chamber music recitals.
 The Ideal Candidate:
  • Holds a graduate degree in Music
  • Excellent musicianship
  • Experienced and confident choral singer
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Perform at weekly Sunday Services with the Chancel Choir (10am service; September through June)
  • Perform for special services throughout the year (Christmas, Holy week, etc.)
  • Attend two (2) Thursday rehearsals per month (September through June)
  • Salary commensurate with experience ($4,000-$6,000 / year including 8 weeks off)
Interested candidates should send their resumé and a recording of a recent solo performance to Dr. Sébastien Vallée :
Deadline application: September 24, 2014
help with sacred repertoire Lori Maves, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 am looking for two pieces for my church choir.  I hope you can help.  I would like to do a choral arrangement of "You Have Been Good" by Twila Paris.  I can't find one.
Also, years ago, at a different church,  my choir did a piece with the following openeing line, "Thou dids't leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown when Thou camest to earth that day"( but in Bethehems town there was found no room....)   I believe it was part of a contata previously sung(sang?) (singed!) I think it was paired with "O Come to my heart Lord Jesus".....   But, I don't think that is the song. Please enlighten me if I am wrong.   Would anyone know what song that is, and if there is an octavo available for that piece? (Or, would anyone have the music I could borrow?)
Any help you can give on these would be great.  I tend to not want to substitute different music when I set my heart on certain pieces, and these are two I am setting my heart on (upon....?)
Thank you!
Choral Spotlight Festival @ Carnegie Hall - Space available Ricky Lee, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
Choral Spotlight Performance at Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall for Saturday, April 18.
An event that spotlights outstanding choirs and choral programs, allowing deserving ensembles the opportunity to be featured in a 30-40 minute SOLO performance on the Main Stage.
This opportunity is available for a limited time, as there will be much interest. 
Registration DEADLINE is OCTOBER 15 - to secure one of the Spotlight Ensemble spots
As a full service Performance Tour Operator specializing in performance tours for bands, choirs, and orchestras to International and Domestic destinations, we are also able to design a complete tour with lodging, meals, sightseeing activities, and tour escort to accompany the Carnegie Hall experience.
You are of God, little children (SATB) Jude Jicha, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000's my newest original hymn. It is short, but beautiful and doable with a choir of almost any skill level. There's lots of expressive opportunity for the conductor/choir in a concise piece. The  MP3 obviously doesn't have any allargando/fermata marks, but you'll get the idea if you preview the PDF along with it. I hope you like it.
Accessible Literature for Middle and High School Choral Ensembles & the Adolescent Changing Voice Marsha Olsen, %16 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 session will focus on literature selection for middle school and high school choral ensembles as well as understanding the adolescent changing voice in both male and female singers.   Along with a reading session and discussion or literature, this session will discuss four key elements essential to understanding the adolescent voice change including:  how to identify it, the stages of development, how to place voices within your choir, and repertoire selection. 

Instructor:  Dr. Felicia Barber, Assistant Professor, Music Dept, Westfield State University

Dates:  Friday, October 24th, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

           Saturday, October 25th 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Location:  Bates Hall, Room 126, Westfield State University

10 PDPs

Seating is limited.  To register, contact CENTER Program Director, Marsha Olsen,  

In Defense of New Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000

Recently I've come across articles, cartoons, and conversations where people depict the music industry as an unsavory and unnecessary evil. It occurred to me that, as a publisher, we were included as one of the bad guys! Well, that doesn't sit well with me. If you've ever wondered what exactly a publisher does, and what they can do for you as a composer or conductor, you can read the article HERE. I've also copied it below (though it's better formatted on the original page). 

I hope you'll see we aren't soul-sucking vampires who exploit artists and then go home and roll in gold coins. ;)


In Defense of New Music Publishing

5 Ways Publishers Help Composers and Conductors

I’m sure you’ve read about the evils of publishing companies, record labels, and the music industry at large. I recently came across one post on that called the publisher’s share of sales “unjust and morally reprehensible”, which made me wonder, is this the common perception of publishers? I was shocked anyone would see what I do as taking advantage of my fellow composers rather than a vital service to the field. Publishing isn’t a lucrative business, it’s a passion project we pursue to advocate for the music we love.

I can’t speak for other companies as I have little dealings with them and don’t presume to know how they do business, but I can share the main reasons we are an indispensable part of composers’ professional lives and why conductors need publishers too.


“Oh, you don’t want to perform my music, it’s not very good” said no composer ever.

This is, by far, the single most important part of what I do as a publisher. I deal with a ton of unsolicited music submissions and it takes a huge amount of time to separate the wheat from the chaff. Sure, not everyone likes the music we pick, but conductors whose tastes align with our own know they have a place to find something they’ll love.

It’s especially crucial when dealing with new music. A composer’s name is their brand; how can you get your foot in the door if you’re barely known? New music publishers willing to take on up-and-coming talent are a vital discovery tool. With the right curator, you get a resource like Saturday Night Live for comedians, a brand you can trust that will showcase great unknown artists so you get to know the next generation of composers.


This is the other biggie. I don’t mind sharing that a full 80% of expenditures for See-A-Dot Music in the last year were for marketing. My experience tells me most composers don’t have an extensive budget set aside for getting their music out there. One of my more industrious composers recently mentioned one of her pieces was doing very well because it had a handful of performances. I think it’s a good start; but I want to see 10x as many, and with a global outreach and dedicated budget, that’s totally possible.

It’s not about the money we spend on promotion, it’s also time. It takes our marketing team countless hours to send newsletters, design catalogs, update social media, make promo videos, and all that other marketing stuff. Most composers I know have day jobs and compose in their spare time, they don’t have time for the awkwardness of self-promotion. One composer referred to the divide between her ‘immortal work’ of music creation vs. ‘the mundane crap’ of music business. It’s no surprise how most people prefer to spend their free time.


Shoddy (or non-existent) websites, illegible scores, and poor communication/organizational skills are not uncommon plights of dealing with artistic genius. As a conductor I’ll hear a piece and search for it online, but will be unable to find it available anywhere; sometimes I can barely find information about the composer. One of the things I see publishers do is make sure every composer has their own page, that all pieces are available on-line, and professionally engraved. We follow up with every conductor who buys a score from us, respond promptly to emails, and offer rehearsal resources. This is huge for conductors, and it helps composers present themselves in the best possible light as well.

Of course, modern technology makes a lot of the above available to anybody. These aren’t secret tools exclusive to publishers, but the ability to manage it all and make it work and look great is our specialty.


A lot of what we do is build good relationships with conductors getting to know their individual ensembles to send the right kind of music their way. People we meet at conferences can attest: we are always asking about their choirs, what they like to sing, if they have themes for their upcoming concerts, and their level of expertise. We recommend specific repertoire that fits their group and match them with the right composer when they are interested in commissions. Building relationships is core to what we do and it’s invaluable to both conductors and composers.

It’s not just ensemble leaders, part of a publisher’s job is to connect with other key programmers as well, like festival organizers, who rely on a publisher’s curation to make their jobs easier. Publishers can open the door for composer who are starting out, or connect them in areas (like overseas) they might not have otherwise reached.


I recently had a conversation with one career composer in his mid-50’s who, until joining the See-A-Dot Music roster, had never published his work. He has many recordings, tons of commissions, and at least one master-piece that will be seminal to the canon of contemporary music. He shared with me his concerns about his music becoming lost after he passes away and wanted to find a way to keep his work alive years down the road; until recently he hadn’t thought beyond how to make a living.

This struck me with a deep sense of personal responsibility and the most intimate part of what I do. There’s a profound trust between myself and the composers that I will make sure their life’s work isn’t forgotten and it receives the legacy it deserves. It’s a great honor to work with these artists, one we don’t take lightly.


-Fahad Siadat

Director, See-A-Dot Music Publishing, Inc.

Wilhousky Battle Hymn with band Nathaniel Lew, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 a long-held dream, I have convinced the band director on my campus to do the Wilhousky "Battle Hymn" together with the chorus this spring. (The idea resurfaced when I heard the US Marine Band and the Morgan State University Choir do the piece together at Fort McHenry this past Saturday night.)
My question is whether the band arrangement available online is the right one. I have always (naively) assumed that Wilhousky made the band arrangement himself. But SheetMusicPlus sells a band version "by" Wilhousky but "arranged by" John Nielsen. Are those the right parts to use with the choral parts, or do I need to find a different, original Wilhousky band arrangement? (I have never heard Nielsen's name used in connection with this oft-performed piece.)
Thanks in advance for your guidance,
Nathaniel Lew
Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont
Part refund of membership fees on resignation Simon Loveless, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 I've put this in legal because I'm not sure where else it fits)
Those of you whose choirs charge an annual fee (as opposed to quarterly/monthly/etc)
If a singer resigns midyear, do you refund any part of their fees for the remainder of the year?
- always?
- only in certain circumstances? (which?)
- never?
And why?
Seeking applications for Assistant Professor of Music Education, Georgia College Jennifer Flory, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 Assistant Professor of Music Education
Position: Full Time Faculty, Tenure Track, 10-month
Location: Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
The Department of Music at Georgia College, a fully accredited member of NASM, seeks a dynamic person to coordinate and expand a Music Education program at one of the nation's top public liberal arts universities. We seek a highly motivated individual who is committed to music education, research, teaching, and engaged learning within the context of a strong liberal arts environment devoted to diversity, global engagement, and the free exchange of ideas. Diversifying our curriculum geographically, temporally, and thematically is a high priority, so evidence of comparative and cross-cultural scholarship is particularly welcome. Evidence of methodological innovation and creative teaching strategies is highly desirable. In keeping with the University's mission, we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity. For more information about Georgia College, please visit Applicants must have a terminal degree in music education (A.B.D. considered), and a record of successful public school teaching.
Preferred Characteristics: Experience and/or certification in an array of teaching methodologies (e.g., Dalcroze, Gordon, Kodaly, Orff-Schulwerk).
Job duties include: Coordinate the MME and BME degree programs. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the music education sequence.
Work closely with the College of Education, as a member of the Education Preparation Council. Active participation in professional organizations in the field of music education. Recruit and Mentor undergraduate and graduate music education students. Other duties assigned according to experience, expertise or departmental needs.
GCSU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We promote equal employment opportunities regardless of race, religion, color, gender, marital status, genetic information, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment. Persons who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources at 478-445-5596.
Georgia is an Open Records state. The finalist will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications must be made online, at this link:
You will be asked to submit a cover letter, a current CV, and the contact information for 3, and no more than 5, references. A writing sample stating your philosophy of music education must accompany the application. The philosophy should not exceed 500 words. Selected applicants will be requested to submit additional materials at a future date.
For more information about this position, please contact:
Cliff Towner, Chair, Music Education Search Committee
Mezzos and tenors needed Guillaume St-Gelais, %16 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 Segno Vocal Ensemble is looking for new voices for the actual season. Experience and sight reading skills are clearly a "plus". Short audition to be planned. 2014-2015 program will be all-canadian (French, English and Latin). For audio, please visit: ]]>Presenting The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute’s Sunday Seminar on October 5 in New York City Jeffrey James, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000
September 15, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
Presenting The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute’s Sunday Seminar on October 5 in New York City
The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute will present its second Sunday Seminar in New York City of the 2014-15 season, on October 5, 2014 - 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Nola Studios, 244 W. 54th St. (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 5th Floor, Studio 7.
Join Harold Rosenbaum and other choral conductors for problem solving sessions and in depth discussions of choral works and how to master the difficulties in them. The Seminar will also focus on individual conducting technique as it relates to all that which the group discusses. Attendees are welcome to come with questions about music they are or will be conducting.
Additional seminars will be offered on November 2, and November 30, 2014.
Sunday Seminars are open to conductors of community, college, high school, church and youth choirs.  Eight conductors maximum per session and auditors are welcome.
The sessions are $50 each, auditors $30. For complete details, including workshop application form, visit (scroll down to Sunday Seminars). Registration must be completed no later than two days before each Seminar.
For questions and more information, email Harold Rosenbaum at
Harold Rosenbaum, recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, is the founder and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. He is also lead choral conductor for Parma Recordings, and a Soundbrush Records artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Founders Award and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of “distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.”
A strong proponent of and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, Rosenbaum has commissioned more than 60 works, and has conducted more than 475 world premieres. Visit him at
For more information, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at
Mack Wilberg's TTBB Cindy Timothy Myers, %16 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Mack Wilberg's TTB Cindy
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Mack Wilberg
Starting: Octoboer
For: Until February
Copies: 85
Willing to rent: Yes
I am trying to do this piece for a PMEA festival.
Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita! at Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Sept. 28, 2014) Mark Anderson, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
Music in a Great Space Concert Series Presents Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita!

Music in a Great Space, the concert series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, presents Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita!, on Sunday, September 28, at 4:00 p.m.
The Music in a Great Space concert series kicks off its 22nd season by welcoming Philadelphia-based Lyric Fest to Pittsburgh for an afternoon of Italian arias and art songs, performed by soprano Jen Aylmer, mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, tenor Eric Rieger, bass Randall Scarlata, and pianist Laura Ward.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors (60 and over). Season subscriptions also are available: $70 for adults and $45 for seniors/students. For more information on the Music in a Great Space series, call 412.682.4300, or visit
Shadyside Presbyterian Church is centrally located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s university district, just a few blocks away from the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The church is situated on the corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, only one block off Fifth Avenue. Free on-street parking is available surrounding the church.
Stick Time: Youth ≠ Incompetence Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%nd 16AugGMT+0000
When did “youth” become a synonym for “incompetence?”  How can we accept - and teach! - musical pabulum just because it seems “age-appropriate?”
It could be argued that our younger singers need the BEST possible literature, just like their physical growth requires good nutrition.  You wouldn’t serve your kids a diet of Doritos®, would you?
There is a massive body of solid, meritorious, historically valuable (and yes, “age-appropriate”) choral literature available that is perfectly suited to young voices.  No, it probably won’t be handed out in a reading session with a flowery pink cover; nevertheless, the works that truly matter are well worth a little extra effort to locate them.
Here is a performance from a recent ACDA Divisional Conference.  This choir is performing a serious work, (the “Gloria” movement from a Mass), in a foreign language (Latin), by a composer of some historical importance (Benjamin Britten).  Don’t young singers in every community deserve the opportunity to sing such valuable music?
Take the Choral Journal Survey Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
The editor of the Choral Journal is currently conducting a reader survey to determine overall reader satisfaction with ACDA’s flagship publication.  The multiple-choice questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, yet it will provide enormously valuable information to the publication’s editorial team.  Naturally, the survey is anonymous.
Take the Choral Journal survey!
Student Conducting Award Applications Sought Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
ACDA will again offer the Student Conducting Awards during the next national conference, February 25-28, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors; to encourage score preparation and advancement of conducting and rehearsal skills; and to promote student activity at the ACDA National Convention.
These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:
     First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
     Second Prize, Graduate Level: $500
     First Prize, Undergraduate Level: $500 Second Prize, Undergraduate Level: $250
In addition, the sixteen semi-finalists (up to eight undergraduate and eight graduate) each receive complimentary registration to attend the 2015 National Conference.  The event is sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.
LEARN MORE about the student conducting competition and then APPLY. Application deadline is October 31.
GUEST BLOG: "My Summer with ACDA: a Treasure Revealed," by Lucas B. Ensign Scott Dorsey, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
       As I was walking to the vending machine at the University of Wisconsin Platteville before my Choral Literature course, I was stopped by Dr. Bob Demaree about a potential great opportunity. He said something to the effect of “How would you like to spend your summer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the ACDA national office funded through UW-Platteville’s PACCE program?” Without hesitation, I simply responded “YES!” This opportunity appeared to be a great segue into my student teaching semester this fall. From there, everything began to come together for this internship to take place.
       Prior to my time with ACDA, I had a basic knowledge of the association. I understood that it served thousands of choral teachers, it produced a monthly Choral Journal, and it put on great national conferences every other year. I knew that most of the offices in the association were volunteers and I envisioned a staff of fifty strong. Choral Net was a resource I had used before, whether it was the daily posts by Dr. Dorsey, or the forums posted by different members. By and large, ACDA was a new resource that I was still learning about.
After spending two months with the national staff, I learned all about ACDA.
The Staff
The national staff contains twelve full time members working in almost entirely one person departments. Each staff member contains individual responsibilities that develop, renovate, and perfect according the association’s needs.
On Site Resources
  • Staff members, working hard each day for the members.
  • Multiple archival rooms that include original Choral Journals dating back to 1959, thousands of recordings, conference program books, newsletters from each state, monographs, and more.
  • A museum in which ensembles perform and learn about ACDA, this includes an original Eric Whitacre electronic piano.
Online Resources
  • The Choral Journal, 1959 to present.
  • Monographs, individual pages for each division and state chapter, “how to” guides for just about everything needed from a member, ACDA history, competition information, national conference information, ACDA radio, up and coming initiatives, and all of the necessary contact information.
Student Benefits
  • Developing a student chapter
  • The Choral Journal
  • Chor Teach
  • The up and coming mentoring program
  • Job postings
  • Choral Net
  • ACDA Radio
  • Research Opportunities for all
  • The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing
New Teacher and Seasoned Teacher Benefits
  • The up and coming mentoring program
  • Research Opportunities for all
  • The Choral Journal
  • ACDA Radio
  • A gateway to address those issues so many other new teachers face
  • Job postings
  • The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing
  • Leadership potential, making a difference and paying it forward
  • Chor Teach
  • Graduate and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Choral Net
       After spending quality time with each of the employees at the national office, I have learned how ACDA functions, how I will proceed as an educator to use these resources in a respectful manner, the importance of being active within the association; whether as a conference attender, a guest blogger for Choral Net, an author for the Choral Journal, or an R & S chair member. The deepest lesson learned comes down to a new perspective as a student and soon to be teacher.
       As an undergraduate, we live, breathe, and think choral music. When graduated, he or she is unleashed into the public school systems, and put into a situation where the wheel is awaiting creation. Often times he or she is the only choral music educator in the school, and a longing for the intellectually stimulating environment that is within a college choral program begins to come forth. ACDA is a professional organization wishing to fill those needs, in whatever length is desired. This association is available to help accelerate your growth, dive into top quality discussion on teaching methods and literature, and lifelong professional connections develop. My summer experience has taught me that ACDA covers the gamut of resources, and you can benefit greatly from becoming a member.
READ MORE about Lucas Ensign's "Summer of ACDA."
Tenors and Basses NEEDED for Premier Chamber Choir in Delaware Ryan Pryslak, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000! A Few Good Men...
Opus One Vocal Arts, a premier chamber choir in Wilmington, DE now celebrating its 8th Season, is in need of tenors and basses to join us for our 2014-2015 Season.
Choir is made up of both professional singers and skill choral enthusiaists who enjoy performing a wide variety of repretoire in the greater Brandywine Valley community. This season will feature three main concert events: Fall 2014 includes a Halloween Themed Concert, a Holiday Cabaret Concert; Spring 2015 will end the seaon with a special concert themed "For A Royal Wedding" with for choir and chamber orchestra by Handel, Pinkham and others.
Rehearsals are Sunday evenings 6-8p.m. in N. Wilmington.
Please email our director Ryan Pryslak at or at 302-743-1201 with any questions and to discuss coming to our a next rehearsal and scheduling a hearing.
Pennsylvania's Sing Up! Membership Program Randy Yoder, %16 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000
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Hello ACDA-PA!
For the second year, ACDA is sponsoring the Sing Up! program to reach out to our colleagues and students and invite them to join ACDA.  You can easily help our membership to grow during September and October by simply mentioning it to colleagues and students who haven't yet discovered the world of great music and wonderful people that ACDA will bring to them.   It will only take a couple of minutes, and it will make a big difference in someone's musical life!

1) Complimentary memberships - National ACDA has offered the Pennsylvania chapter a total of 40 free one-year memberships.  They are available for people who have never been an ACDA member or who previously belonged, but have not joined for the last three years.  Simply ask your colleague if they would be willing to accept a free one-year membership, a $95 value!...if they are interested, just email their name and email (not post office) address to Randy Yoder at .  He'll send them the official invitation, and all they have to do is sign it, put a stamp on it and send it to the national office in Oklahoma City.....nothing to it!  Do it now, before they're all gone!

2) Student membership Initiative - Pennsylvania ACDA is pleased to offer 100 one-year memberships for just $5 to current college and university students. (The rest of the $35 cost is picked up by the state and national organizations).  The student must be a new ACDA member, a full or part time student and a Pennsylvania resident.  Pennsylvania's participation in the Student Membership Initiative will end on Friday, October 17, so don't delay! To access the printable registration form, click hereSimply ask your future choral leader to fill out and print the form, put it in an envelope with a check for only $5 written to "ACDA-PA" and send it to: Randy Yoder, 2101 Eastern Blvd., York, PA  17402.  Pennsylvania's participation in the Student Membership Initiative will end on Friday, October 17, so don't delay!

3) Colleague Referral Program - If you refer a friend and they join, both of you will receive gifts from ACDA........ Here's how it works:
  • For a limited time (until June 30, 2015), when you refer a colleague or student to ACDA and they become a member, ACDA will thank both of you.  Each will receive a thumb drive with 21 previously unreleased new choral works that were premiered during the 2014 divisional conferences.  Click here for details or contact Sundra Flansburg at to learn more.
  • Please note that new members who receive complimentary memberships or $5 student memberships are not eligible for the Colleague Referral Program.
AND.....don't forget to register for the 4th Annual ACDA-PA Fall Choral Conference at Seton Hill University on October 18 and 19!  Learn more and register here !
Thanks to all!
Randy Yoder, President
Matt Fritz, President-Elect
Chris Kiver, Vice-President
Susan Kelly, President-Elect Designate
Gospel Fest 2014! Derek Cressman, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000
Gospel Fest 2014!
On Saturday October 18th, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Trenton N.J. will hold it’s third Gospel Fest.  Under the direction of Rev. William Herd, participants will learn several anthems during the day and perform that same day at 4:00 p.m.   Participants of every age and ability level are welcome but we do ask that an adult accompany children under 12.
A schedule of the day is below.
10AM-12:30PM   Morning Rehearsal
12:30PM-1:15PM  Lunch (Soup & Salad)
1:15PM-3:30PM Afternoon Rehearsal
4:00PM Concert- a free will offering will be taken
Pre-Registration will help us be best prepared but it is not necessary.
For more information and to register to sing with us please go to the Gospel Fest! Tab at our Website,
New SATB accompanied piece: "We're Going Home" Michael Sandvik, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000

New SATB Piece: "We're Going Home" is available at my website, (also available from -


All pieces are on sale, 25% off the listed price, through September 21, 2014 as part of the website launch sale.


God Bless,

Michael Sandvik

New Piece for TTBB a cappella Michael Sandvik, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000

New TTBB Piece: "My Prayer" is available at my website, (also available from -


All pieces are on sale, 25% off the listed price, through September 21, 2014 as part of the website launch sale.


God Bless,

Michael Sandvik

Bless the Beasts and the Children Frank Williams, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000 have been trying to find a SATB or SAB arrangment for this song.  I want to use it for our Blessing of the Animals service.  I have contacted Hal Leonard and they said it is PERMANENTLY out of print.  I asked if they knew how I could obtain a copy.  They were unable to suggest anything but did mention to "google" it, so I did.  I saw a similar discussion on this on ChoralNet but Dean Macintyre(?) was looking for a two part arrangement. So to get to my question, does anyone have an SATB or SAB arrangement of Bless the Beasts and the Children that I could use?  
Thank you in advance,
Frank Williams
O Magnum Mysterium David Monks, %15 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 Christmas Motet, SATB with divisi.
South Pacific: In Concert Yvonne Dolby, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000
ProMusica Arizona presents South Pacific: In Concert
Friday, October 10, 8 pm
Saturday, October 11, 8 pm
Sunday, October 12, 4 pm
Herberger Theater Center, Stage West
222 E. Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
ProMusica Arizona launches its 2014-15 Season with the concert version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s massive hit South Pacific. This award-winning classic is set in an island paradise during World War II as sailors and islanders, men and women, confront prejudice and loss but find humor, happiness and love amid the perils of war. This historic musical features songs ranging from the haunting “Bali Ha’i” to the joyful “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” as people thrown together during war struggle through the conflict to find peace and common ground. The performance features the ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra along with professional singers in leading roles.
All seats are $40 (plus ticketing fees) at the intimate European-style Stage West at the Herberger Theater Center. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (602) 252-8497.
Bring your group to NYC Dennis Hunt, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
Bring your group to the Big Apple for unsurpassed cultural attractions;  world-class concerts and events;  a spectacular Broadway show; and international culinary delights.  For music ensembles, we offer performance options and exchanges with NYC area groups as well as workshop opportunities.  Let us customize a terrific tour for your group of 20 or more.  
Concept Tours is in the heart of NYC.  Tel. 800-300-8841,,
Announcing New Choral and Organ Releases from Paraclete Press - Advent and Christmas Music included! Josh Kanaga, %15 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Press' New Releases are now available! The new catalog features gorgeous new works by Robert Lau, Robert Powell, David Ashley White, June Nixon, and Hal Hopson.
Please follow the links below or visit our website to view the music and listen to audio samples. ENJOY!
Several of our New Releases include:
"Holy God We Praise Thy Name" by Robert Lau
"A Virgin Most Pure" by June Nixon
"Away in a Manger" by Antony Baldwin
"The Wexford Carol" by Robert Lehman
"By Gracious Powers" by Hal Hopson
Give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions, or if you'd like to place an order. 
Look forward to hearing from you!
Josh Kanaga
Paraclete Press
800-451-5006 ext. 309/ 774-801-2020
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Would like to purchase children's musical Edwina Cummings, %15 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 "Hallelujah, Yippie Kie Yay"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Pam Andrews
Starting: By the end of October 2014
For: To keep
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
Trying to locate and purchase a copy of this musical. Does anyone have it or know where I can get it?
Auditioning Singers for Hollywood Master Chorale Martha Butler, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000       HOLLYWOOD MASTER CHORALE’S 20th Anniversary
       Stay Tuned for Hollywood Master Chorale’s next 20 Years!
 Auditioning Volunteer singers, especially Tenor and Baritone.
HMC’s upcoming Season will be loaded with stimulating activity.
“Good Tidings”: (December 6th)A combination of holiday favorites and highlighting  J.S. Bach’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” BWV 191
“Stay Tuned”: (January 31st) A Cabaret fundraiser, celebrating Television’s musical history, featuring the talents of past and current singers!
"Masterworks in March": Mendelssohn:  featuring both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn in an interesting twist.
“20 (Songs) for 20 (Years): A program of 20 selections from HMC’s history representing the best of our past and present.      
AUDITIONS :  If interested, please contact our Audition coordinator, and then be prepared to sing with the rehearsal. Afterward the Director will give you an additional brief audition:
                                      WEDNESDAY, September 15th
                                      TUESDAY, September 23rd  (No other Tuesdays planned)

Contact HMC at:  Phone: 323-668-9233      e-mail:    or      HYPERLINK;  ""
Please include your contact information and a resume mentioning your vocal training and experience.

Rehearsal Schedule:  Wednesday evenings - 7:30 to 10:00 pm
Rehearsals held at:  Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church 
                             505 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90210   
For more information, please visit our website at:
Sing with Us!
Volunteers: A Ceremony of Carols Edward Palmer, %15 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 sopranos and mezzo-sopranos for December presentations
of Benjamin Britten's  A Ceremony of Carols. Respond  via Choralnet.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus Welcomes New Singers Sean Fleming, %15 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000

The Sheepscot Valley Chorus begins their 34th season when rehearsals commence Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00, at the Wiscasset Congregational Church on Route 1. With a long history of community music making, the Chorus welcomes and encourages new singers to join us. Singers wishing to participate may call director Linda Blanchard at 207-380-2768, or simply come to the first rehearsal, voice at the ready.


Our major works this fall are the beautiful and lively Magnificats (Song of Mary) of baroque composer Francesco Durante and classical composer Franz Schubert. The Durante has been attributed erroneously to Pergolesi (who was Durante’s student), so music lovers may be familiar with the work under Pergolesi’s name. Singers will enjoy working on these works together, as the differences between the baroque and classical settings are quite striking, with much variety. Both pieces will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and feature professional soloists. The second half of the program will include a mixture of classical works and lighter holiday fare.


Sheepscot Valley Chorus is directed by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. The Chorus will perform their concert Sunday, December 7th at 3:00 pm, as part of the Harbor Lights Festival in Boothbay Harbor. Please join us!

Baritone Choir Rep Rebecca Duren, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 ADCA Hive-Mind,
I have a small choir of freshmen boys (7 of them).  This year, they all happen to sit in that "Baritenor" range - no true tenors in the group as of yet. 
What are some of your suggestions for rep?  So far, I've taught them a unison Shaker tune, and we're working on the Dilworth Shine on Me (which is perfect since both parts are mid-range).
Ideally rep would be 2-part Bari Bari.  Thank you in advance for your insights.
Honoring America's Heroes Ben Snart, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Choralnet,
I am looking for pieces for an "Honoring America's Heroes" themed concert for my combined 7th and 8th choir. Heroes to be honored could include Firefighters, and Police Officers, as well as members of all branches of the U.S. Military. SATB scores are acceptable, but I don't have very many boys in my choir, so SAB, SAT, or 3 parts mixed would be preferable. If you could also please include the title, composer, and publisher information that would be extremely helpful.
Thank you very much.
Ben Snart
Middle School Musical Suggestions Jennifer Aitken, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 middle school performing arts class has 18 girls and 2 boys. I'm looking for suggestions for our Spring musical (junior version). Several of my girls are willing to play male characters, too. Suggestions? 
Thank you!
Elijah - Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece Marek Rachelski, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 - Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece
Join Marek Rachelski in singing this mesmerizing oratorio with the Niles Metropolitan Chorus and Musica Lumina Orchestra. Performance 7:00 PM Sunday, October 26, 2014. Rehearsals Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM now. 
@ St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem Avenue, Niles IL 60714
Call (702) 806-8421           
*Handel’s Messiah rehearsals begin 10.28.14
Messiah Performance Tuesday 12.2.14
Call (702) 806-8421           March 19, 2015: Rossini Stabat Mater
LOTS of young men Lauren Melberg, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 everyone!
I seem to have the best problem a middle school choir teacher can have. Currently in my 60 voice 7th grade choir, I have 36 young men. Over half of these young men are strong singers who love to sing. My issue lies in balancing their voices with the 24 women I have...there are a few strong young ladies, but the majority of them are pretty quiet.
What kind of repertoire do you reccommend? I am thinking SAB and putting some of the men on alto to augment the section and balance things out a bit. 
Is there any man-heavy music you can suggest? 
I don't want my men to run over my women, but I want to keep their interest in the long run and get them to continue choir!
Thanks for all the help!
Lauren Melberg
Free Choral Octavos Marilyn Biery, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, MI has a number of octavos in good condition to give away.  The complete list follows.  If you are in the area and can come by to get the music, it would be completely free.  Otherwise, we would ask for shipping - send me a message to work out the details.
Marilyn Biery, interim associate organist:
  1. Octavo, 16 copies And the Grateful People, SA Benedetto Marcello, arr. Robert S. Hines, Concordia 98-2267
  2. Octavo, 24 copies All As God Wills, SATB, Virgil T. Ford, G. Schirmer, 11906
  3. Octavo, 30 copies, Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise, SATB, Will James, H.T. FitzSimons Co, 2169
  4. Octavo, 20 copies, Love came down at Christmas, SATB, Eric H. Thiman, G. Schirmer, 10677
  5. Octavo, 13 copies, Come Unto Me, SATB, L. Stanley Glarum, Boosey and Hawkes, 5270
  6. Octavo, 28 copies, As On The Cross, SATB, Pfautsch, Lawson-Gould, 51299
  7. Octavo, 14 copies, Alleluia, Glorious Is Thy Name, SATB, Robert G. Olson, Summy-Birchard, B-1575
  8. Octavo, 28 copies, Te Deum and Benedictus in F, SATB, Elgar, Novello,
  9. Octavo, 40 copies, Jubilate Deo, Two part, Richard Dirksen, Lawson-Gould, 894
  10. Octavo, 32 copies, Arise, Shine, SATB, Richard Dirksen, Harold Flammer, A-6020
  11.  Octavo, 10 copies, Where the Music ComesFrom, SATB, LeeHoiby, G. Schirmer, HL 50488947
  12. Octavo, 30 copies, Lo, In the Time Appointed, SATB, Willan, Oxford University Press, 94.310
  13. Octavo, 27 copies, Blest Are the Pure in Heart, SATB, W. Glen Darst, H.W. Gray, 3052
  14. Octavo, 28 copies, All-Knowing God, All-Loving God, SATB, David N. Johnson, H.W. Gray, 3062
  15. Octavo 20 copies, Seek ye the Lord, SATB, J.V. Roberts, G. Schirmer, 3731
  16. Octavo, 13 copies, And the Best Is Love, Unison, Richard Proulx, Augsburg 11-1639
  17. Octavo, 40 copies, Easter anthem for SATB,Full Score and parts for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani and organ, Music by Ronald Arnatt, Text by Edmund Spenser, Oxford University Press, 94.227-70 (score and parts) and 94-227 (choral score)
  18. Thesauri Musici, Choralpartitur 27 copies, Vier Weltliche Deutsche Lieder Zu Vier Stimme, (by Meldert, Donato, Aichinger and Trinkt).  Doblinger, D. 14. 354.
  19. Thesauri Musici, Choralpartitur, 25 copies, Weihnachten I (Helder, Vulpius, Aldenburger), Doblinger, D. 1414
  20. Thesauri Musici, Choralpartitur, 31 copies, Weihnachten II, (Aldenburger, Vulpius, Anon.) Doblinger  D. 14. 611
  21. Octavo, 23 copies, A Lenten Love Song, Unison, Helen Kemp, Choristers Guild, CGA-486
  22. Octavo, 30 copies, Now the Eleven Disciples, SATB, David Hurd, Selah, 420-216
  23. Octavo, 14 copies, High Barbary, arr Gregg Smith, SATB, G. Schirmer, HL 50311420
Intermediate Choir Conductor Patricia Thel, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000
Director of Intermediate Choir of Trenton Children’s Chorus
Location: Trenton, N.J., USA
Web page:
Trenton Children’s Chorus seeks an experienced choral conductor for the Intermediate Choir (grades 6-8).
Trenton Children’s Chorus Mission:
“Empowering the social, academic and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music.”
History:  Founded in 1989, today’s program serves over 140 students in kindergarten through 12th grade from Trenton and the surrounding communities, and is under the care of a board of trustees, a paid professional staff, and volunteers.
Program:  The after-school program meets Tuesday and Thursday, September through May at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Trenton and includes rehearsal, drumming, music theory and enrichment, a generous healthy snack, tutoring and homework assistance in a caring, nurturing and safe environment.   The Trenton Children’s Chorus identifies and seeks educational opportunities for its members that they might not otherwise seek for themselves. TCC offers current students and graduates generous financial support for tutoring, music lessons, private secondary schools and college. Students are also placed in music and academic enrichment programs and summer camps.
Performances:  Performances have included venues at the United Nations, the Governor’s Mansion, the Governor’s Inaugural, the Library of Congress, Westminster Choir College and Princeton University.
Responsibilities include:
  • Selection of choral repertoire which reflects wide variety of styles and genres of age-appropriate literature
  • Cooperation with artistic director in combined performances
  • Rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30PM, with responsibility to be on site by 4 PM
  • Conduct three standard performances a year on site, with possibilities of performance “run-outs” to other venues
  • Maintain communication with other staff, parents, and assistants
  • Attend at least four required staff meetings a year
  • Help direct hired classroom assistant (high school student)
  • Work with Artistic Director to develop a curriculum
  • Report directly to Artistic Director
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Music
  • Experience in Music Education
  • Classroom Management skills
  • Good vocal, keyboard and conducting skills
  • Strong collaborative skills
Rehearsals will be conducted with a hired accompanist and rehearsal assistant (high school student)  TCC has support staff on-site during rehearsal.
Part-Time Position, No Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience
Position available September 2014/ Background check required
To apply, please send resume in pdf form attached in an email to Patricia Thel at :
Please include any written letters of reference, or contact information for references and a list of repertoire you think appropriate for middle school choirs.
Any youtube clips or mp3 recordings or websites would be welcome.
Finalists may be asked to conduct a group of students as part of the interview.
Trenton Children’s Chorus is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, marital status, race, ethnicity, color, age, sexual orientation, national origin, cr ]]>
New singers welcome! Jacqueline Coren, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 Pendle Hill Chorus in Wallingford, PA is beginning it's 22nd year.
We're a 35-40 voice community chorus. There is no audition.
Singers range from beginners to experienced. Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
Call Jackie Coren at 215-843-5254. "We work hard and have a good time!"
2 Tenors and 2 Bass/Baritones Needed for Philadelphia, PA area small ensemble Carol Grey, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000, a small vocal ensemble (12-18 singers) performing primarily a cappella choral music from the 15th through 21st centuries, is looking for 2 Tenors and 2 Bass/Baritone to round out the roster.  
Cantores is made up of a group of friends who love to sing – choral musicians all.   We are committed to excellence through choral performance.  Our members have a great deal of choral singing experience, are familiar with singing in various languages as well as English, have the ability to sight-read and learn music fairly quickly (we work on parts as needed), possess good vocal quality, and have the ability to adjust their sound as styles dictate. 
We rehearse weekly from 7:30-9:15 on Monday nights. We meet in the homes of some of our members (as well as other locations) on Philadelphia’s Main Line, making about equal amounts of music and fun.    
Our repertoire is drawn from madrigals, anthems, love songs, folk songs, spirituals, octavos, and occasional popular music and jazz arrangements in settings for two to eight voice parts.  We prepare one or two programs a year and give concerts in area churches and retirement communities.  
For additional information, please see our website ( and/or contact the director, Carol Grey, at or 267-847-4314. 
Substitute Pianist Needed October 5th Gina Seashore, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 pianist needed for Lutheran church, October 5th, 2014.  Two services:  8:15 AM and 10:30 AM.  Prelude, hymns, a few service pieces and postlude.   ]]>'Golden Voices of Montserrat', March 22-26. Nika Miakushko, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000
'Golden Voices of Montserrat' is an absolutely new vision of the choral singing! The updated program, variety of master classes, record of the common song and many other interesting events wait for all participants in the new season. However, one stays unchanged: Monastery Montserrat, which is looking forward to hear the new incredible choral voices!

The performance of the participant groups is held in the monastic complex Montserrat, on the same stage where a worldwide known boys’ choir Escalonia performs. It is the first time in a thousand-year history of the monastic complex that the choirs are allowed to perform there!!


To see more information please go at 

For more information please write via e-mail

Volume Issues Justin Wilder, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 colleagues,
I am new to my district this year and have a concert choir of 51 - which is awesome.  In the past, the choir has been amplified during concerts and therefore they sing with a thin, quiet sound.  I have developed a theory that the issue lies in their breathing and a general anxiety about singing out.  Does anyone have any exercies, pieces, or just general suggestions about getting young singers to actually sing out?  Thanks!!
WANTED: Martin Luther King Performers Joel Gluck, %15 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Cranston Clergy Association (Cranston, RI) will be holding its second annual "A Musical Journey of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr."  I am producing this spectacular event to be held at the amazing Park Theater in Cranston, RI on January 19, 2015.
Needed are gospel-choirs, singers, and instrumentalists  to join our interfaith chorus and band under the direction of Dr. Joel Gluck.  Music to be performed will center around the theme of peace and will include songs in Hebrew, English, and Latin.
Also desired are speakers who have a special interest or link to Dr. King.
If interested, please contact Joel Gluck at:  401-952-1345 or
Tenor Choral Scholar Scott Lamlein, %15 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000

The St. John’s Choir, in West Hartford, announces a position opening:


The Choral Scholars at St. John’s provide the choral backbone of the 30 voice intergenerational St. John’s Choir. In addition to learning and helping to teach great Anglican choral works to our younger choristers and volunteer singers, the Choral Scholars strive to create and participate in a wonderful community of music- making and the worship of God – a true “church within a church.”


Sunday mornings during the program year, including Christmas Eve and Easter.
Wednesday evening rehearsals, approximately twice per month, including dinner.

Special events, usually on weekends, 4 or 5 per program year.


$65 per appearance, additional for “longer” events.


Choral Scholars should have a positive attitude, an appreciation for great sacred choral music, and excellent vocal and sight-reading skills. Regular, on-time (early) attendance sets the needed professional example for our volunteers. Good communication skills, and a demonstrated desire to become part of a musical community are a must.


St. John’s is a beautiful, safe, and open place to share your musical gifts, with a talented and accomplished choir. A great resume builder and opportunity to build your repertoire of choral works are just part of the equation; the connection to experienced musicians and spiritual renewal that takes place in choral singing are gifts you’ll carry for your entire life.

Scott Lamlein, Music Director - St. John’s Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Avenue - West Hartford, CT 06119 860-523-5201, ext. 322 - 

2nd International Competition of Choral Composition "ENNIO MORRICONE" Leonardo Sagliocca, %15 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000

The Florence International Choir Festival is enhanced by a prestigious new initiative. The 2nd International Competition of Choral Composition "Ennio Morricone". A choral composition competition that will see the World famous Maestro Ennio Morricone, honarary Academy Award winner, nominate the best composition that will be the obligatory piece in the category M - Modern and Contemporary Music and it will be premiered during the Festival.

The winning composer will be member of the international jury on the 5th Florence International Choir Festival and will receive the award from the Maestro Ennio Morricone himself.

The compositions must be sent by 31/3/2015.

Here are the announcement of the competition which will set out the procedures and requirements for participation.

For more information please send an email to:

Open Rehearsal Lynne Morrow, %15 %b %2014 %07:%Sep:%th 7SepGMT+0000 the Oakland Symphony Chorus on Wednesday SEPT 17th in our new rehearsal space:
     MOCHA, Museum of Children's Art, in downtown Oakland, at 17th St. and Clay, 7:30-10pm.
We'll be singing and refining Mozart's Requiem, which we will take on TOUR next June 2015, along with Haydn's Mass in the Time of War and an array of American music.  We'll give concerts in Vienna, Budapest and Prague.
Come to the Open Rehearsal and hear what we do and how we get there.  Ask questions about joining OSC and going on Tour!
Men encouraged to join.
Sing´N´Joy Provo 2016, from March 16 - 20, 2016 in Provo (UT), USA Carola Kaspari-Husar, %15 %b %2014 %07:%Sep:%th 7SepGMT+0000

Sing´N´Joy Provo 2016
The American International Choral Festival
March 16 - 20, 2016
Provo (UT), USA

Bearing the slogan “Singing and Joy”, the Sing’n’joy Provo will be taking place from March 16 to 20, 2016. The Sing’n’Joy concept also includes concerts and manifold encounters between the participating choirs. The competitions will be taking place in the Covey Center of the Arts and Brigham Young University will open their De Jong Concert Hall for the Opening and the Closing events. One of the highlights of the event will be ensembles from BYU Choral Department presenting their highest quality of choral singing in the Grand Opening and maybe also on other occasions during the festival.
Conductors and Singers will be given the chance to attend master classes held by Morten Lauridsen and other choral experts and why not enjoy the beauty of the Utah valley, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts! With five national parks in close proximity, Utah is America's national park capital. Come and join INTERKULTUR in Utah and celebrate with us this international festival of choral music in Provo!
Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29

GUEST BLOG: "A Launch We Can ALL Ride" by Sundra Flansburg Scott Dorsey, %28 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
A LAUNCH WE CAN ALL RIDE by Sundra Flansburg
Sing it Up! Today ACDA launches its annual membership campaign, which runs through November 14. There has never been a better time to join ACDA.
Over the past year we have added a new ACDA Career Center, which has taken off as the place to find choral conducting and teaching positions across the U.S. If you are a job seeker, you can search available jobs, as well as upload your CV and create job alerts that will notify you when new relevant positions are posted. Your profile remains anonymous until you give permission to be identified. Employers know that the ACDA Career Center is the place to find the finest choral directors, teachers, and professors who are part of their professional association.
ACDA has two active pilot tests of the ACDA Mentoring Program running in the Eastern Division and in Minnesota, with a national rollout planned by December. Our custom-built online program takes the headache out of registering mentors and mentees, helps mentees find mentors who fit their particular interests, and offers a suggested program for developing a fulfilling mentoring relationship.
These new member benefits have been added to an already exciting list of reasons why choral conductors and teachers find ACDA an essential resource in their professional life. Are you a student or choral music educator? Visit our mini-website, designed especially for potential members. Watch some of the powerful member testimonials. Then join ACDA!
Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Amy Hall Scott Dorsey, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Amy Hall (Waukee High School)
Our classes always meet at 8:45 a.m. so it has been imperative that we get the voice and body moving to ensure healthy singing throughout the early rehearsal.  An exercise that works well for accomplishing this is singing an arpeggio and then coming back down with different voice parts holding the various scale degrees to fill out the vertical chord.  Using the syllables "See-ee-ee-ah-ah-ah-ah", all voices sing up the arpeggio 1-3-5-8 on the see-ee-ee-ah.  Sopranos stay on the 8 (ah), tenors descend and hold the 5th (ah), altos descend and hold the 3rd (ah), and basses round out the bottom finishing with the tonic on ah.  It then modulates up and we do it again.  Often we will hold the chord, tune various scale degrees and/or voices, utilize spin/vibrato and play with dynamic range while sustaining this chord.  It serves as a tuning tool on the way up singing the 1-3-5 accurately as well as an opportunity to tune and land a basic major chord.  It is also fun to work the same exercise in minor, or using other types of chords.  Sometimes we will also run in place on the final chord to get the heart and breath moving more naturally and efficiently!  The kids enjoy the physical aspect of "waking up" the body to prepare for a more productive rehearsal!  Happy warming up!
(My Go-To Warm-Up” features a favorite warm-up used by those choirs who have been selected to perform during the 2015 ACDA National Conference.)
Monday Motivation: Are YOU a Barricade? Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%nd 17AugGMT+0000 ]]>Piece for Student Conducting Matthew Newhouse, %15 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000, a little background first: I'm a junior at my high school and I'm in our top group, chamber choir. New this year, my director is letting me student conduct a piece and chamber choir in the spring this year. I am super excited for it!! Iit is a long time from now, but I don't exactly know what piece I want to do, though I do have some in mind such as Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo, White Stones by Thomas LaVoy, or a movement from Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil. If any of you have ideas of what I could do and tips that go along with them it would be much appreciated! THANK YOU! 

-Matthew Newhouse ]]>
Tenor Choral Scholar Position David Jernigan, %15 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%th 0SepGMT+0000 Church on Capitol Square is looking to fill it's 2nd tenor choral scholar position.  We sing mostly in the Anglican cathedral style and do quite a lot of early music.  This position sings with our Adult Choir and Schola Cantorum (a professional ensemble dedicated to performance of early music).  The position requires advanced sight-reading skills, sensitivity to choral singing, and an ability to work positively and collaboratively with volunteers and other members of the music staff.  Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings (and occasionally other evenings as well) and Sunday mornings and remmuneration is $50/call.  Christmas Eve, Easter, and other major feast days are required.  
To apply, send résumé with references to
Used Opera Scores Jean Andreozzi, %15 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%th 0SepGMT+0000 Good Condition Used Opera Scores
1. Shirmer 
     La Boheme - $25
     Cosi fan tutte - $25
     Marriage of Figaro - $25
     I Pagliacci - $25
     Magic Flute - $25
     Carmen - $25
     Manon - (Massenet - $25
     Gianni Schicchi $25
2. Ricordi
     Turandot - $25
     Gianni Schicchi - $25
3. Boosey & Hawkes
     Der Rosenkavalier - English and German - $65
4. Kahn - Elements of Conducting - 2nd edition 1975 - $10
remembrance day childrens songs Sharon Forsyth, %14 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 need a remembrance day song appropriate for grades 1-3. I find most of the music for this occasion to difficult and mature for the children I teach. We have been asked to perform for the school ceremony. What do you suggest? ]]>Tenor Soloist Needed for Bach Cantata Brad Whaley, %14 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, the music ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church of Des Plaines will present J.S. Bach's "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God), BWV 80 during the 10:30 A.M. service.  The tenor soloist will also sing the choral parts of the cantata.  There is one rehearsal on Saturday, October 25 from 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.  
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 675 E. Algonquin Road in Des Plaines, IL.  
Interested singers should send an email containing a resume and, when possible, sound clips to Director of Music Brad Whaley at
Star of my Heart - Christmas Carol David Monks, %14 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000's a Christmas Carol.  The Score is on Score Exchange, and here below is a recording of it being sung by Le Choeur d'Alzonne in December 2011.
I hold all rights, but a simple email gets around this.  Hope you like, and consider for inclusion in a Christmas concert
4th Grade Choral Repertoire Kimberly Luyben, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Fellow Music Teachers,
I am looking for some high quality choral repertoire for 4th graders.  I am specifically looking for a piece that can be sung as the opening number at the District Festival.  We will be combining seven, 4th grade choirs to total about 400 members.  Children will be singing in a HS gym and will have about an hour to rehearse the night of the performance.  We have EXTREMELY limited rehearsal time so I am hoping for a quality piece that is easy to put together the night of the event.  Thanks for your help!
3 Part for Beginner High School Choir -- very strict school! Cera Klinger, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000'm looking for music suggestions for my small (17 students, 5 boys) high school choir that has little to no experience with a choral setting.  My biggest drawback is that my charter school is under scrutiny from the surrounding districts and will not allow any sacred music/holiday music.  I've even tried to justify Latin text as classical but they are not willing to risk it.  Any suggestions? I've found that a lot of the SAB writing is too high for my boys.  ]]>Part-time organist needed Caleb Bennetch, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Johns United Methodist Church in Georgetown is seeking a part-time organist. Responsibilities include playing hymns at three services on Sunday mornings, accompanying choir on anthems with organ, and a prayer service and rehearsal on Wednesday evenings. 
Organist should be able to:
Sight read hymns, and include registration changes
Improvise on hymn tunes
Support choir on anthems including organ
Interested candidates should send resume to
Alto section leader Joshua Slater, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, CT, seeks a
regular alto or mezzo-soprano section leader.  Wednesday rehearsal, Sunday
service; average $65/call; high-quality Anglican church music. Strong sight-reading and rhythm desired.  Bring a Baroque work to audition; a knowledge of historical performance practice is a plus.  Extra services at Christmas, Lent and Holy Week, plus several Sunday afternoons.
Bass section leader Lou Carol Fix, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 George's Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA, has an opening for a bass section leader.  Good sight-reading skills and occasional solo work; welcoming church community that values all musical styles, especially classical.  Frequent a capella choral singing.  Intergenerational choir, mixed pro and volunteer.  $85/week.  Rehearsals on Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm, and Sunday mornings, 9:00am.  Sunday service at 10:00am; occasional extra services/concerts for extra pay.  Please reply to Lou Carol Fix, Organist/Choirmaster at or 610.248-3882 for more info. or to schedule an audition.  Position begins in late September. ]]>TAKING FLIGHT Jeffrey Bernstein, %14 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 MASTER CHORALE presents
music inspired by flight
part of the Pasadena Arts Council AxS Festival 2014
SATURDAY 9/20/14 - 7:30pm
SUNDAY 9/21/14 - 4:00pm
HILDEGARD: O Virtutis Sapientiae
JOSQUIN: Ave Maria
PALESTRINA: Sanctus from "Missa Sine Nomine"
WHITACRE: Cloudburst
McCLEAN: Vincent
WHITACRE: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
ESMAIL: Curiosity (composed 2014 for PMC)
THOMPSON: Choose Something Like A Star
looking for opener for choir competition ssa Van der Cruyssen Rudy, %14 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Friends,
I'm preparing with my youth choir our next choir competition for November. I have everythng, except... the opener !
Last competition, we started with Gloria Festiva ( Crocker): was super !
I'm looking for an upbeat score, ssa with piano, who will give the audience the feeling: BANG !
Any ideas?
Thanks a lot.
Rudy Van der Cruyssen
Rondinella Belgium
Suggestions for Freedom themed program Pamela Sawyer, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 choir will do a Peace themed concert this fall and I am planning the spring program, based on Freedom. We are a small but skilled Jewish choir, focusing on Jewish music, though we can always justify singing Brahms or the Beatles. Right now I'm looking at whatever has to do with this theme and happily and eagerly await your suggestions. 
Ringers needed! New community Handbell Choir F. Thomas Simpson, %14 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000
Are you a bell hog? Do you not get enough ringing during your week? Are you looking for a group of fun, hard working ringers?
Maybe you're new to the Handbell world are are looking for a fun way to spend your Tuesday nights?
Either way . . .
We're looking to fill a few more spots in our *NEW* Los Angeles based community Handbell Choir (we especially need 4-n-hand and Bass ringers - but welcome ringers of all skills).
Please fell free to contact me here. It's looks to be a fun, musically challenging and exciting group!
Thomas: or 609 529-3979
Sunday Inspiration: Kyrie (Byrd) Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000
Composition Spotlight: "Self-Awareness Missa Brevis" Scott Dorsey, %12 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Self-Awareness Missa Brevis by Bill Heigen for SATB Flute and Piano (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei)
Level: Advanced High School or Higher
Uses: General Concert Use
Program Themes: Sacred Mass Settings
This Piece Would Program Well With: Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo by F. Joseph Haydn available from Sheet Music Plus and JWPepper.
Bill Heigen is new to the Composition Showcase.  His first entry is a masterpiece.  The parts are very approachable, the range is reasonable and the overall affect is stirring.  I hear a kaliedoscope of color within each movement and throughout the work as a whole.   The harmonies are full and enticing yet approached in each part with excellent voice leading.   This would be a pleasant change from more traditional Mass settings.
Self-Awareness Missa Brevis is available from the composer’s website: - !store/cggp
For Him All the Stars Have Shone - text Michael Salvatierra, %14 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 Bob Chilcott piece sounds beautiful, and just right for a treble voices + SATB for Christmas selection, but I don't want to order it without knowing the text.  I can't find it anywhere.  
Could someone who has the piece post the text?  Thanks. 
Grades 1-4 choir curriculum Ruth Smith, %13 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 have recently taken over a choir with grades 1-4 and I'm looking for a good curriculum to go through as opposed to just learning songs, they are getting general music learning in music class though refreshers are good in choir I am looking for a curriculum that teachers voice a ear training as it relates to choir ]]>Online collection of student fundraiser donations Kathleen Vadala, %13 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 anyone used an online facility that provides individual student accounts for collecting fundraiser donations?  We tried to go through our school's online credit card payment and had a terrible time updating and confirming donations.  I've been sent fundraising links by students who have raised funds to go on church trips, etc, but can't remember what they were called.  Our concerns are that the site be secure and that the costs not be excessive.
Thanks -
Kathleen Vadala
What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, September 14, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %13 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - September 14, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Joao Lourenco Rebelo: Qui habitat
The Sixteen/Christophers, Harry Christophers
Rihards Dubra: Oculus Non Vidit
Cambridge Chorale, Michael Kibblewhite
Germaine Tailleferre: Nocturne
Frances Nobert, organ
Joao Lourenco Rebelo (1610-1661) was a Portugese composer of the renaissance.
The anthem takes its text from Psalm 91, verses 1-6. Rihards Dubra (1964-) is a
Latvian composer whose sacred music is rooted in the great music of the past.
Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) was the only woman member of Les Six in Paris
back in the 1920s.
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Magnificat a 12, tono VI
Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Prelude on the Welsh Hymn-tune Rhosymedre
Carlo Curley, organ
Harrison & Harrison organ in the Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England
The Magnificat for 12 voices by Tomas Luis de Victoria is included in a CD entitled
 "Music for the Duke of Lerma". The organ interludes were composed by Antonio
de Cabezon. Carlo Curley (1952-2012), a native of North Carolina, was styled
"The Pavarotti of the Organ".
Guillaume Dufay: Tibi, Christe, splendor patris
Currende, Erick van Nevel
Sir Edward Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Pietro A. Yon: Toccatina for Flute
David Hicken, organ
Currende is a Belgian early music ensemble which was founded in 1974. Bairstow's
anthem takes its text from the Liturgy of St. James. Pietro A. Yon (1886-1943) was
an organist and composer who became Organist of St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
in 1928.
Imant Raminsh: Ave verum corpus
Choir of St. John's, Elora, Noel Edison
William Marion Runyan: Great is thy faithfulness
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Marcel Dupré: Cortege and Litany, Op. 19 No. 2
Michael Murray, organ
Imant Raminsh (1943-) is a Canadian composer of Latvian descent. When Malcolm
Archer was Organist of Wells Cathedral, his choir produced a 5 CD set entitled
"The English Hymn".  Marcel Dupre (1886-1971) wrote his "Cortege et Litanie"
for piano originally. The work dates from 1923.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 164, "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet"
Leonhardt Consort; Tolzer Knabenchor; Collegium Vocale Gent, Gustav Leonhardt
Christoph Wegmann, soprano; Paul Esswood, alto;
Kurt Equiluz, tenor; Max van Egmond, bass
The German translates as "You, who call yourselves after Christ". The text includes
the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Sebastian Johns, treble I; Jon Wimpeney, treble II;
Edmund Rex, countertenor; Simon Chambers, bass
This hauntingly beautiful setting of Psalm 51 was composed for use in the Pope's private
chapel. A 14 year old Mozart heard it and wrote it down from memory.
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
Daniel Chorzempa, organ
the organ in "De Bovenkirk", Kampen, The Netherlands
The Prelude and Fugue are the opening and closing movements of Bach's Clavier-Ubung
sometimes called a German Organ Mass.
Luigi Cherubini: Requiem in D minor
Ambrosian Singers/New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti
Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore Cherubini (1760-1842) was regarded by Beethoven
as one of his greatest contemporaries. This Requiem was written in 1836 for the
composer's funeral.
Jehan Alain: Postlude pour l'Office de Complies
James Lancelot, organ
Harrison & Harrison organ of Durham Cathedral, England
Jehan Alain (1911-1940) was a member of the musical Alain family which included his
sister the organist Marie-Claire Alain.
GREAT AMERICAN VOICES: New Concert Series in West Michigan Patrick Coyle, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
First (Park) Congregational Church of Grand Rapids Announces GREAT AMERICAN VOICES Concert Series
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, Sept. 12, 2014 — First (Park) Conregational Church will be bringing world-class singers to West Michigan as it kicks off the inaugural season of GREAT AMERICAN VOICES in October. This first-of-its-kind series in West Michigan aims to further open the church’s doors to the community and to bring top-tier vocal talent and music from a variety of genres to Grand Rapids.  
“Our church tagline states, ‘no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here,’ and we are proud to announce Great American Voices in that spirit of welcome, inclusion and community life,” said Dr. Patrick Coyle, Minister of Music at Park Church.
The concert series begins Oct. 25 with Broadway stars (and sisters) Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway in SIBLING REVELRY, featuring Broadway, jazz and pop standards. A total of five concerts will take place in the series, featuring Michigan State University’s Men’s Glee Club, the 97th annual Candlelight Christmas, a choral collaboration (featuring Henry Mollicone's Beatitude Mass) and Chanticleer.
Season subscriptions as well as individual concert tickets are available. Subscriptions purchased by Oct. 25 receive 15 percent off. For more information about the concert series and ordering tickets, visit or call 616-459-3203.
Offering Balkan vocal music workshops Marita Topic, %13 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000
If you want to spice your repertoire with some beautiful Balkan Slavic music (Serbian, Croatian, klapa singing, Macedonian, Montenegrin...), do contact me! I'm available for giving workshops for choirs and ensembles in NYC area (and elsewhere on request) in Spring 2015. Also, I make authentic arrangements of Balkan songs, just make a musical wish. 
Marita Topic, conductor and singer in "Musica Viva" Vocal Ensemble, Sombor, Serbia
Check my youtube channel:
Building community in H.S. Treble Choir Bruce Rockwell, %13 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 our initial icebreaking activities, and now two weeks into the year, it's pretty clear to me that I've got some more work to do to break down some of the cliques in my treble choir (now in its second year at my school). The honeymoon is wearing off and it's clear that my girls aren't making a strong connection with one another. The new girls don't seem to be aware of the importance of giving over to the experience, and the returning students are a little disappointed in the new students and aren't taking on the job of mentoring in the way that I had hoped they would. It's translating into a very quiet, shy choral sound. So I'm looking for some suggestions for further activities that could help them get to know one another in a more meaningful way. There is a chapter in Debra Spurgeon's excellent "Conducting Women's Choirs" book about building community in a women's choir, but it mostly gives concrete of examples from university and community choirs. I am looking for some activities that will be more useful for beginning to intermediate level high school students. ]]>Ain't Got Time to Die rhythm question Lucy Moore, %13 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000'm having a friendly debate with a colleague regarding the treatment of the eighth notes on "all of my time" and other like spots in Ain't Got Time to Die.  I'ts notated straight eighth notes but most choirs seem to intuitively sing uneven eighth notes here.  Thoughts? ]]>"Emotions associated with love" repertoire Micaela Bratland, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 a special concert my school is planning in February, I am seeking women’s repertoire (SSA or SSAA, accompanied or unaccompanied) that pertains to different emotions associated with love; bliss, joy, jealousy, longing, hate .etc. I have a large 60-voice high school girls choir of sophomores and juniors who read reasonably well.  Though not necessary, I would appreciate if you could include the publisher information.

Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom!
Micaela Bratland 
Ensemble Choir SPERA (Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, 23 March, 2015) Hajime Akiyama, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 of the Ensemble Choir SPERA, an ecumenical choir in Japan will be held at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall on 23 March, 2015.
Tickets will be on sale on 22 November.
We look forward to seeing you at Opera City.

Ensemble Choir SPERA
Conductor: Koji Oguchi
Organ: Maki Nagase
March 23, 2015 (Mon)
Start: 19:00 (Open: 18:30)
Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall
Entrance Fee: 3,000 yen
Tickets will be on sale on November 22 (Sat)
Tickets are available from Opera City Ticket Centre (03-5353-9999) or e+ (
Inquiry: 03-3486-5175 or (Office Cuore)
Supported by: Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki and Kirisuto Shimbun, Co., Ltd. ]]>
Sing Contemporary Vocal Music at St John's Smith Square, London, UK Mick Kahn, %13 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 (contemporary Music for All) has been providing musicians of all abilities opportunities to actively participate in contemporary music for 21 years. We are celebrating with Gala concerts at St John’s Smith Square, London on Saturday 25 October 2014, performing a wide range of music commissioned by CoMA.
CoMA Voices meets on a project basis and we would like to invite you to join us for this exciting event. Our Musical Director is Sarah Leonard, a leading performer and teacher of contemporary vocal music. At lunchtime we will be performing Kali Yuga by John Tavener and a fanfare, One for the Album, written for the occasion by James Weeks. We will then join the CoMA Allcomers Ensemble in the evening to perform Forest of Clocks by Philip Cashian. It will be a day of varied and exciting music. We already have a good sized choir, but there is room for more singers in all voices. In addition to the day of the performance, rehearsals will be the afternoon of Saturday 4 October and the evenings of Tuesdays 14 and 21 October, all at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch. Previous experience of contemporary music is not necessary. The cost of the project is £32 (£25 concessions). Please contact  to book or for further information.
See for information about CoMA’s other activities.
Mick Kahn, Co-ordinator, CoMA Voices
Wm. Knabe Piano Jeffrey McIntyre, %13 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000'6" Wm. Knabe Piano for sale. This instrument was purchased new in January of 2013 and is in perfect showroom condition. Perfect for a choir room, sanctuary or home. $23,000 (firm) with adjustable bench.
Contact Jeffrey McIntyre at
Schulmerich handchimes, treble 4th/5th octave Jeffrey McIntyre, %13 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000 church in Atlanta is looking to purchase a 3 octave set of Schulmerich handchimes and the 4th and 5th octaves of treble bells (C#7 - C8).
Please contact Jeffrey McIntyre, Director of Music Ministries, at 404-805-4816.
Greater New Haven Community Chorus – Open Enrollment for Fall Concert Season Ends Thursday, September 18 (New Haven, CT) Dennis Burke, %13 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000 members are invited to attend this last rehearsal on Thursday, September 18 as a guest during the open enrollment period before committing to join the chorus. This provides an opportunity for interested singers to meet the chorus and Noah Blocker-Glynn, Artistic Director, to see if GNHCC provides an appealing atmosphere. Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, at 704 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.
A strong commitment to performance excellence is expected and there are opportunities for small ensemble work and solos by audition, including the auditioned 24 member GNHCC Chamber Choir.
The GNHCC Fall 2014 Concert -- War and Peace ~ Reflection, Honor and Hope -- is a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, honoring those who served, and the hope for peace. The program will feature Requiem for the Living (with chamber orchestra) by noted composer Dan Forrest, new compositions on historic war texts by composer Matthew Cramer, and other selections celebrating peace, hope and love.
Information about location, parking, and registration for the upcoming season can be found at  Please send all inquiries to
More GNHCC fall concert program information will be updated and available on our homepage soon!
ACDA Conference Deadlines Scott Dorsey, %06 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
Anyone who has ever attended an ACDA national conference knows they are large complex events that take untold thousands of hours of volunteer labor to stage.
Among the many challenges associated with a conference is the issue of keeping track of a wide variety of deadlines.   Here, then, is a complete list of these important dates related to the upcomng 2015 ACDA National Conference:
Honor Choir applications:  September 1-30
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Poster Session application deadline:  September 30
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Registration begins:  October 1
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Student Composition Contest Applications due:  October 1
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Conducting Masterclass Applications due:  October 1
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Student Conducting Competition applications due:  October 31
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Program Book advertising reservation deadline:  November 3
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Exhibit reservation deadline:  November 3
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Industry Showcase reservations due:  December 5
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Early Registration ends:  January 21
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Saturday Respite: One-Four-Five-One Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 it or not, this ridiculous theme song will probably haunt you for the rest of the day.  Sorry!
"War and Family" themed concert repertoire James Flaherty, %12 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 I was hoping that I could use some of your expertise in finding repertoire for my top high school ensemble. We are a choir of 60 balanced voices, that read very well. I am specifically looking for repertoire that would fit my concert theme of "War and Family", meaning pieces that could be used to to show how wars can change the dynamic of a family, or even popular culture. If you could include the publisher's and composer's information in any replies that would be wonderful!

I look forward to hearing from you!

James Flaherty]]>Voices West Presents "Dances of Love" Amanda Ingalls, %12 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000

Voices West is excited to welcome champion ballroom dancers Holly Collins and Craig Tomazin of the Littleton-based dance school, Adventures In Dance, and their beautiful ballroom interpretations of choral music from a variety of traditions. Voices West will sing as the couples ignite the dance floor – a combination sure to delight every concert-goer. Along with tangos, cha chas, polkas and the quick step, Voices West will perform Johannes Brahms’ elegant Neues Liebeslieder Walzer (New Love Song Waltzes) with 4-hand piano accompaniment featuring collaborative pianists Linda Cody and Cathy Motter.
Adults $18, Seniors and Students $15, Kids Under 12 always FREE! Advance tickets available at or in limited quantities at the door.
Wien Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
2nd International festival of choirs and orchestras in Vienna (Austria)
09.09. - 13.09.2015
VIENNA – one of the greatest metropolises of the world
There are few cities with as wide a cultural offer as that of Vienna which includes the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Boys' Choir, Vienna State Opera, and countless museums. The city also boasts astounding architecture with a plethora of historic buildings, e.g. the St. Stephen's Cathedral built in 12th century and the baroque Schönbrunn Palace. The vicinities of Vienna are also attractive to visitors. There are the Wachau valley on the Danube river and the Benedictine Melk Abbey. For many people Vienna is the most important music center of Europe where the famous Wien Music Festival takes place.
Lago di Garda Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
9th International festival of choirs and orchestras on Lake Garda (Italy)
14.10. - 18.10.2015
LAKE GARDA (Italian: Lago di Garda) - the most Mediterranean lake of all Italian Alpine lakes.
To the alert eye the lake offers a spectacle of natural brightness and colours which makes this place a unique holiday destination for all seasons. Visitors are impressed by places like Riva del Garda or Limone sul Garda with historic buildings and ancient traces of old Roman settlements as well as by imposing palaces and patrician villas that create a fascinating surrounding area for the Lago di Garda Music Festival. This magnificent backdrop provides the opportunity for amateur choirs and orchestras to experience an unforgettable touristic-musical event.
Henry Miller Piano Eric Winnette, %12 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 have a beautiful 6' Grand Piano.  It has been well maintained (rebuilt a number of years ago) over its use as a primary instrument for our worship.  Delightful sound.  Marvelous cabinet, brown, beautifully carved.   Due our congregation's growth, we chose to purchase a newer instrument.   ]]>Cracovia Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
7th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Cracow (Poland)
30.09. - 04.10.2015
CRACOW – one of the twelve most important towns in the world
The former capital of Poland is one of Europe’s last undiscovered destinations by mass tourism. Here the Holy Father Pope John Paul II served as a Bishop for more than twelve years. Centre of the old town is Rynek (main market place), one of Europe’s most beautiful and largest market places. This market place is divided by huge cloth halls as well as the gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. At the south edge of the old town rises the Wawelburg with the famous King’s castle. In these historic surroundings, in the renowned churches of Krakow as well as in the concert hall with its appealing acoustics, the concerts of the Cracovia Music Festival take place.
Director of Music - partime Eric Winnette, %12 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Job Description
RUC seeks a creative, collaborative and flexible music director to lead our music ministry, a vital part of our worship.  We are a progressive, socially involved, actively Open & Affirming/More Light church community and incorporate a wide range of music and worship styles—from experimental to traditional.  This is a salaried, part-time position (15-20 hrs/week during the church year).  A successful candidate must be familiar with sacred and secular music in a wide range of styles, able to plan and coordinate the music program with the Pastor and other staff, and demonstrate expertise in conducting a choir.  Requires high level of overall musicianship with exceptional keyboard skills, including proficiency at sight reading and improvisation, and a high degree of computer literacy and communication skills. Candidate will serve as principal musician, direct the Adult Choir, develop our new Children’s Choir, and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Commitment to a diverse musical program
  • Experience with choral directing with adults and children/youth
  • Able to accompany as well as direct
  • Skilled on both piano and organ
  • Musical degree and/or demonstrated, verifiable experience as a choral director
  • Able to rehearse Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings before service
  • Available to attend weekly staff meetings
Applicant information  

Please submit a current resume to
If you have posted any musical performances online that you would like to share with us, please include links to them in your application.
Prior to hiring, applicants will be required to provide information about references, undergo a background check, and complete at least two musical auditions.  
Paris Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Paris (France)
19.08. - 23.08.2015
PARIS - city of love, dreams and senses
Nobody can think of Paris without various associations and a multitude of pictures crossing their mind: the river Seine, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Napoleon, the Arc de Triumphe, the Champs-Elysees. No other city exalts the imagination like this metropolis, which is also particularly popular for its musical events. As of late these also include the Paris Music Festival.
Nouveau Productions Chorus Performance NYC Hannah Landsberger, %12 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
CLASSICALLY TRAINED SINGERS comfortable with independent a cappella singing needed for collaboration with highly publicized professional dance company in highly publicized event. Repertoire: Schnittke: Choral Concerto movement 4 and Whitacre: Lux Aurumque. Particularly need low basses
Rehearsals in midtown NYC October 14th, 21st, and 29th 6-8:30 pm., all notes must be learned by first rehearsal. Dress rehearsal October 30, time TBD. Performance in NYC October 30th
Must be able to attend all rehearsals. Honorarium for services.
If interested email resume and recording of solo to Include name and voice part in subject line of email. Qualified candidates will receive an email confirming an audition time.
Auditions: October 2nd, 4-10pm at Pearl Studios
Prepare the Whitacre and be prepared to sing against other parts. Music will be distributed with confirmation of audition
Administrative Associate Position Zanaida Robles, %12 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
Position Opening: Administrative Associate
(Monrovia, CA -  September, 2014) The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) seeks applicants for the position of part-time Administrative Associate. Pay is $14 per hour with an average time commitment of five hours per week.
The Administrative Associate’s duties will include:
-Attendance all major concerts and fundraising events
-Promotion support
-Database Maintenance
-Website Maintenance
-Support the board of directors with logistical tasks as needed.
The ideal candidate will have some experience in choral music or a music-related field. An outgoing personality, strong communications skills, and a positive attitude are a plus.
Please email cover letter and resume to
Toscana Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
7th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Tuscany (Italy)
22.07. - 26.07.2015
TUSCANY – country of cypress trees and soft hills
Italy’s most popular holiday region is renowned for its joy of life, culinary delights and rich culture. About half of the world’s art treasures can be found in Italy, a great part of them in the Tuscany. Particularly famous are Florence, the region’s capital, but also Pisa, Siena, and Lucca – the home of Giacomo Puccini. The concerts of the Toscana Music Festivals are arranged in the classy ambience of the Spa of Montecatini and the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta.
Modus Ensemble Concert Mauro Marchetti, %12 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Modus Ensemble of Rome. Vocal Group seeks opportunities for early music concerts in USA. Group size from 5 to 12 semi-professional singers specializing in early music, the Modus is recording a CD of Claudio Merulo "First book of motets for 5 voices." We are available to offer concerts of ancient Italian polyphonic music. It requires hospitality and travel and a little cachet. To contact Mauro Marchetti, director of the choir ]]>UM Church Choir Director Hillary Chrisley, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
Glendora United Methodist Church, Glendora, CA is seeking a part-time Choir Director to lead and support our fun and grace-filled adult choir.  The traditional choir, together with our pipe organ and organist/pianist, provides music for the 10:30am Sunday worship service.  Director responsibilities include once-a-week evening rehearsals, and selection of music for anthems and responses to be performed by the choir.  The Choir’s active period is September through June. Participation may be required at other special services during the liturgical year, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, etc.  Applicants should have at least 3 years comparable experience and applicable musical skills (sight reading, knowledge of theory and traditional/classical choral repertoire, etc.). The salary is $10,000. Please submit cover letter and resume to
Budapest Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
International festival of choirs and orchestras in Budapest (Hungary)
02.07. - 06.07.2015
BUDAPEST – a city with one of the best locations in the world
No visitor of the Hungarian capital can resist its beauty. The city enchants, impresses, and fascinates at the same time. The Danube divides the city into the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. The most interesting attractions of Budapest are the Fishermen's Bastion, the Mathias Church, the Royal Castle, the Citadel, and the Parliament building. It is here, “by the beautiful blue Danube,” that the Budapest Music Festival takes place.
Venezia Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
6th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Venice and Jesolo (Italy)
03.06. - 07.06.2015
VENICE – city of channels and gondolas
Since 1987 Venice and its lagoon have been on the UNESCO-list of cultural heritage. For many people it is the most beautiful city in the world, and is especially fascinating due to its architectural wealth. The heart of Venice - Piazza San Marco with the gorgeous Basilica - is one of the beautiful places in the world. In the proximity, at famous locations, the concerts of the Venezia Music Festival take place.
Saint Anthony of Padua RC Church, Wilmington, DE Louis Perazza, %12 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Anthony of Padua RC Church, Wilmington, Delaware.  Positions for SATB section leaders.  Excellent sight reading skills but also the right personality.  Must be comfortable mentoring volunteers and leading by singing example.  Stunning building and world class pipe organ.  Thursday evening 2 hour rehearsal.  Sunday morning 1 hour rehearsal and 1 hour church service. Salary is $20.00 per hour.  Please contact Louis L. Perazza, organist and choir master at with any questions. ]]>Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
4th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Calella on the Costa Barcelona (Spain)
29.04. - 03.05.2015
COSTA BARCELONA – a true bathing paradise
Long beaches covered with fine sand. Villages with white houses by the ocean. Crystal-clear sea. Underwater paradises and nature parks with untouched landscapes in all shades of green in small bays between rocks. As the cradle and inspiration of the artist Salvador Dalí the region is known for its impressive historic and cultural heritage. The concerts of the Costa Barcelona Music Festival wish to enrich the holiday feeling of the sunny coast region with musical accents.
Istra Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Porec (Istria, Croatia)
28.03. - 01.04.2015
ISTRIA - the country by the sea
The largest peninsula of the Adriatic is Croatia’s most popular holiday destination. Despite the relatively small surface of Istria it offers an unbelievable multitude of impressive sceneries to be discovered. The combination of natural beauties, the healing powers of air, sun and the ocean, as well as the hospitality of the local inhabitants are like magic. Besides gorgeous parks, a picturesque stone coast and long beaches the Croatian Riveria provides many superb cultural events, such as the Istra Music Festival with performances from choirs and orchestras from all over the world.
Trade use of Handbells? Jennifer Anderson, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 Minnesota colleagues --
I would love to find a church that is not currently using their handbells and borrow them.... for some sort of trade.  We cannot afford a set of handbells (plus I'm not sure how many would ring on a regular basis.)  Perhaps we could offer the loaning of some choral anthems in trade?
I'm guessing there are some churches that have some bells that are not being used.
Only adults would be playing the bells, and I would make sure they were well cared for (and if, for any weird reason, something happened, we would replace or repair any damage.)  I would be the person directing the ringers, and I would have direct responsibilities over their care.  The choir room is locked. (And the bells would be kept in a locked closet in the choir room.)
Please contact me if you think something like this might work. Thanks!
Jennifer Anderson, Director of Music
Central Presbyterian Church
St. Paul
Nova Vocal Ensemble presents Folk Mass Jonathan Bautista, %12 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000

Folk Mass

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7 pm

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

1020 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91202

Nova starts off the season with a program of contemporary folk song arrangements from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Japan, as well as new pieces that incorporate Gregorian plainchant melodies. You’ll hear the works of esteemed composers James MacMillan and Arvo Part, works of young up-and-comers Eric Tuan, Sarah Jaysmith, and Kentaro Sato, and, of course, a world premiere by rising choral superstar Dale Trumbore, her first as our composer-in-residence. This concert also features the Christ the King Pueri Cantores Children's Choir singing songs from Spain, the Philippines, South Africa, and America.

Concert is free, though a free-will offering is encouraged.

Music on the Hill Chamber Chorus: "Music in Nature" Carol Bogard, %12 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 change of season inspires this fall concert by the Music on the Hill Chamber Chorus with Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson, Conductor. The 16-voice professional ensemble will perform "Toward the Unknown Region," a Vaughan Williams setting of Walt Whitman poetry; a richly textured a capella "Shenandoah;" and works by Randall Thompson, Sting, U2, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The music finds its complement in the concert venue, a striking design by modernist architect Victor Lundy with glass walls overlooking woodlands.
The concert takes place on Sunday, October 5, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance at
Join the Music on the Hill mailing list for updates on our Fall 2014 concert series, including "Bells Around the World" (Jubilate Ringers), "Songs of Thanksgiving" (Festival Chorus), and "Sounds of the Season" (Jubilate Ringers with Festival Chorus).  Visit
Roma Music Festival 2015 Gregor Laskowski, %12 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
4th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Rome (Italy)
05.03. - 09.03.2015
ROME – a multifaced myth
Names such as “Eternal City” or “Centre of the World” are not too modest. However, the Italian metropolis boasts them, and emphasizes its significance in the world history. During a short stay it is simply impossible to visit all attractions of the town whose history dates 3000 years back. Among the most important ones there are: the Vatican with St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps, the Catacombs, the Collosseum, the Roman Forum or Trastevere – the commercial district of Rome. You may enrich the cultural variety of this exceptional city by participating in concerts held in churches and concert halls during the Roma Music Festival.
Immediate opening for BARITONE position at Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware David Christopher, %12 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000 Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM) has an immediate opening for a paid baritone for the 2014-2015 season. The ideal candidate will have a well trained voice and strong musicianship skills as well as a strong sense of the classical/Anglican choral tradition.
SsAM is a vibrant and passionate faith community located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Delaware with a rich and diverse music ministry that reflects the mission and vision of the parish as well as the dynamic personality of the congregation.  Although strongly rooted in the Anglican tradition, music at SsAM frequently includes Negro Spirituals, World Music, Chant, Gospel, Drumming and the full spectrum of classical music from Renaissance to Contemporary.
A total of eight paid singers provide the professional core of the mixed adult choir which sings on Sundays for the 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist as well as for occasional services of Choral Evensong, concerts, and special feast days (Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter) throughout the academic year (September – June).  They also perform as a separate a separate chamber ensemble (The SsAM Choral Scholars), both in the context of liturgy as well as occasionally in concert.  There is a two hour Thursday evening rehearsal, pre-service rehearsals on Sundays and occasional extra rehearsals for special events.  Standard compensation is $50 per appearance.  A complete rehearsal schedule and music list is provided at the beginning of the season.
Although this is an ensemble position, a variety of solo opportunities frequently arise, particularly for those gifted at interpreting Negro Spirituals or crossing over into the Jazz and Gospel repertoire.  Singers interested in developing their opportunities as a solo artist are encouraged to investigate the church's “Artist-In-Residence” program.
Please visit the church’s website at to learn more.
To arrange an audition and to discuss the position further, please contact David Christopher, Director of Music at the church office 302-367-6550, or by e-mail at
Borrow, rent or purchase Barbara Stefan, %12 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000 Vivaldi's Gloria 589 full score and instrumental parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Walton
Starting: Immediately
For: through December 2014
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Nova Vocal Ensemble Seeks Tenor Jonathan Bautista, %12 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000 chamber chorus Nova Vocal Ensemble, a vocal group dedicated to performing the music of living composers almost exclusively, seeks a high-voiced tenor for the rest of the 2014-15 season.
Remuneration is 50 dollars per concert call with three concerts in the season: a Lessons and Carols on the evening of December 14, a solo recital with a couple of choral numbers on March 8, and an American music concert on June 7. If the candidate is a great sight-reader, he may still be able to join us for our October 12 concert as well. Additional paid gigs may come up during the year. Concerts are held in Hollywood and in Glendale at some of the finest performing venues in the Los Angeles area.
Commitment is usually four to five rehearsals per concert, and rehearsals are not yet paid. Rehearsals take place in Glendale on Sunday afternoons, usually starting at 2 pm.
If you are interested in performing the works of today's exciting living composers, such as Arvo Part, James MacMillan, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, and Dale Trumbore, please email with a vocal resume. Vocal samples are encouraged but not required. An audition will consist of range test and sight reading, so no prepared piece is required.
Choral Arts Cleveland looking for Singers ralph heimburger, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 Arts Cleveland has begun rehearsals for the 2014-2015 season.  Our first concert is in December which will feature Hodie by Ralph Vaughn Williams.  We will also be performing Carmen in concert in March 2015.  For more information about rehearsals and how to join, visit ]]>Build Vocal Method Resources for your Singers to Develop Outside of Rehearsal Jeff Tillinghast, %11 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 (

The choral ensemble is a poor vehicle for teaching individual vocal technique. With the limited time we have in front of our groups, and hopefully a large number of singers eager to rehearse, taking rehearsal time to work on individual singing technique beyond a basic level (breath, posture, free easy tone, etc) isn't realistic. At the same time, sending choristers home to practice their parts on their own often begins and ends with singing along to a practice recording, since most singers lack the functional piano skills to accompany themselves or the ear training and reading ability to accurately rehearse parts a cappella. In our ideal worlds, I'm sure many of us would envision our singers working in private study individually to develop their technique while we craft these skilled and trained voices into a cohesive ensemble. Using a variety of free or low-cost online resources, we can build a library of vocal exercises which allow singers to continue to develop their instrument individually without depending on advanced piano or reading skills.

I'll say up front that none of this is designed to replace instruction from a qualified vocal teacher. At the highest level of all ensembles will be singers who have desire and resources (time, interest) to pursue individual instruction and craft their voices as trained singers. For many ensembles, though, the bulk of our singers would probably like to develop their voice but are unlikely to add vocal lessons in addition to the choir. This is for them-- something they can practice at home that will positively contribute to their development.

Get a Method

Our first step is to find material in the public domain that relates to vocal instruction. Our normal public domain standby is CPDL, but aside from one sight singing collection, there is little for us in vocal methods there. Searching the voicings for solo voice does give us ample art song/lieder resources, which may be of interest.

The Internet Sheet Music Library Project is an extensive collection of works targeted for instrument and voice. While there are some choral works present in the database, the strength of the ISMLP is solo literature. Like CPDL, navigation of the ISMLP can be a daunting task at first, but one can find a category dedicated to Methods - a listing of instructional methods for a variety of instruments, voice included. Most of the resources in the ISMLP are high-quality .PDFs scanned from the original source.

Because they're in the public domain, you can assume that most of these methods are quite old. That's not to say that they are necessarily out-of-date, though-- The Modern Italian Method of Singing (1795) opens with the same technique instructions found in many current methods, and then launches in the Mezza di Voce (a familiar starting point for most technique methods today).

Create your Web Tools

Remember that our goal is to create resources to help the whole range of our singers, especially those without access to a keyboard or piano. I would argue that anyone studying choir at any level of school should at least be able to play find do and play it on the piano to give themselves a starting pitch, and some comfortable readers may be able to simply take the .PDF file and play the exercises for themselves. Let's assume that we want to provide some more aural support, though-- both to help the singers navigate the exercises and for the ear training benefits of practicing technique within the tonal context.

I suggest three possible examples of aural support:
1) create a recording of the entire exercise,
2) play tonic triad (or other relevant chord) on the pulse to help the singer navigate the exercise, or
3) play the tonic note (or appropriate root) in the rhythm of the exercise.
Each of these place the burden on the singer to follow different levels of support while performing the exercise. Of course, if your chosen method has a piano accompaniment, you can simply play that.

At this point, we are now staring at a seemingly daunting creation process-- recording each exercise in all of the appropriate keys. Considering differing vocal ranges, we are likely to have students start in different keys as well, meaning the order of exercises is going to be different. An oft-overlooked aspect of Sibelius is going to come to our aid though: the Scorch Plugin.

Scorch-ed Scores

Scorch is a web plugin which displays Sibelius scores and will play them back from within a web window. If we enter our public domain method exercises into Sibelius, we can embed the file into a web page so that singers can play them back without having to have Sibelius. In addition, and this is where it gets interesting for our purposes here, the user can control the tempo and key on their end. In other words, singers can choose the key in which they would like to perform the exercise. To move up the scale, they would click the new key and the accompaniment will transpose with them. Scorch is also available as an app for iOS ($1.99) and can access files sent via e-mail or stored in Dropbox. In the iOS version, musicians can turn on or off playback for individual instruments, so you could enter the exercise itself on one track and a sustained do on another, allowing musicians to practice with and without the exercise itself.

Differentiating our Musicians

Doing exercises out of a method book downloaded from the Internet is not a substitute for individual vocal instruction, nor will it grow soloists from our beginner singers. Using public domain material and generating these kinds of practice exercises can give our musicians ways to expand their skills, though, by giving them tools to use to practice their voice on a daily basis. What would a few minutes of scales and exercises in an individual setting, accompanied by a strong tonal accompaniment, do for your singers' instruments? Connecting your warmups and your choice of methods further reinforces the technique being developed in the rehearsal and allows the singers to continue to practice those skills developed in-ensemble on their own (while allowing you to introduce technical concepts during the rehearsal).


Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Dick? Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%nd 17AugGMT+0000 ]]>National Conference Performing Choirs Announced Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %18:%Jul:%rd 18JulGMT+0000
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to introduce the 40 choirs invited to appear during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (February 25-28).  Conference attendees will hear stellar choral music from:
Ansan City Choir
Baylor University A Cappella Choir
BYU Women's Chorus
California State University Long Beach Pacific Standard Time
Central Washington University Vocal Jazz 1
Choral Arts (Seattle)
Concordia Singers
Cypress Falls High School Varsity Women
Desert Chorale
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Singers
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Iowa State Singers
Kettering Fairmont High School Eleventh Hour
King's Singers
Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo
Miller Middle School Advanced Choir
Milwaukee High School of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Mira Costa High School Vocal Ensemble
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Muungano Nationa Choir of Kenya
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Real Group
Roanoke Valley Children's Choir
Salt Lake Vocal Artists
Sine Nomine
Singing Girls of Texas Training Choir
South Dakota Chorale
Spivey Hall Children's Choir
St. Mary's Int'l. School Varsity Male Ensemble
Tour Choir of the Maryland State Boychoir
University of Kentucky Men's Chorus
University of Michigan Men's Glee Club
University of North Texas Jazz Singers
USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Utah State University Chamber Singers
Utah Symphony and Utah Singers
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  American River College
Waukee High School A Cappella Choir
West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir
Plan now to attend the 2015 National Conference.  Registration begins October 1.
“Five from the Folder: Men’s Voices” by Joseph Piazza Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %20:%Jul:%rd 20JulGMT+0000
1.  “Jubilate Deo” from Cantiones sacrae et profanae.  Henk Badings.  TTBB. Harmonia-Uitgave, Hilversum H.U. 3419a.
Rhythmic, energetic setting of Psalm 66. Contrasting homophonic & contrapuntal sections employing stacked 4ths and 2nds.  Imitative cannons at the fifth especially playful & succinct. Contemporary & joyful. Moderate difficulty.
2.  “Fölszállott a Páva.” Zoltan Kodaly. Editio Music Budapest 3241.
Masterful part-writing, long elegant phrases, declamatory parallel chord structure lend to the nobility and pride of people longing for freedom and justice.  The Hungarian text calls for social change and equality.
3.  “Laulaja.” Einojuhani Rautavaara. Fennecs Gehrmans 9790550093119
Text taken from epilogue of the Kalevala, the epic Finnish poem. Rhythmic & declamatory opening and closing passages in b minor frame the middle section which employs octatonic scale passages & open expansive part writing.
4.  “Responsorium et Hymnus no.1 Adspice Domine de sede op.121” (Vespergesang).  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Caus-Verlag Vertrieb GMBH
Much in style of Bach motet, first movement reveals beautiful independent lines for each of three voices moving through traditional harmonies & key relationships.  Themes and countermelodies weave together in elegant countrapuntal lines brought together for a homophonic texture in concluding phrases.  
5.  “My Souls Been Anchored in the Lord.” Moses Hogan (ed. Eklund). Hal Leonard 08753675.
Exciting traditional spiritual. Broad opening statement prepares us for the Allegro in rhythmic syncopated block chords with sustained & chromatically shifting bass lines that provide energy & excitement.  Piece relies on verse refrain from with a final section of call and response for the chorus which leads to a climactic choral shout in rhythmic counterpoint.
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States.  To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at
Director, Portland Lesbian Choir Kimberly Casey, %12 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000
The Portland Lesbian Choir is looking for a permanent Choral Director to begin with us in February 2015. In addition to excellent musical skills and experience in directing choirs, we are looking for: good organizational, leadership and communication skills; commitment to consensus decision-making and to our statement of purpose; a good sense of humor and an understanding of women’s culture. Salary starts at $450.00 per month, and is negotiable depending on experience and the level of service provided. For additional information about the position, interested applicants can contact the search committee at the email address below.  Please send a letter of interest and a resume/vita to  The position is open until filled.  The first review of applications will be conducted on October 6th, 2014.   We look forward to hearing from you!                             
Substitute Organist or Pianist needed for September 21 and 28 Andrew Monath, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000 am in need of a sub for one rehearsal and one service on both 9/21 and 9/28.   Rehearsal would be at 9:45.   You would just need to accompany the choir.   There would be a conductor.   Service at 11am.   Prelude, 3 hymns, Offertory, a few responses and Postlude.   Arch Street UMC at Arch and Broad in Center City Philly.   Organ or piano are acceptable.    ]]>Festival Riviera with Henry Leck - South of France - summer 2016 choir festival Michael Clohesy, %11 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 Festival Riviera - France 2016 Choir Festival with Henry Leck

Welcome to the French Riviera

I am pleased to invite you to join my Festival in the South of France in the summer of 2016. The Côte d’Azur is a place of great enchantment and a wonderful location for our festival.

We will be based in Nice with visits to glamorous Monaco and Provence where the greatest of all the impressionists painted. There are opportunities for pre and post festival touring to Barcelona or Paris.

The reason we come together in Europe is to sing. To sing as one while singing as many. You can enjoy individual concerts, combined concerts, the comradery of festival rehearsals and the joy of warm and plentiful audiences.

Join us in the enchanting setting that is the South of France for a unique performance and touring experience.

Henry Leck

PS For any planning 2015 tours please note I’m leading the 2015 Passion of Italy Festival.

Contact KI for tour details KIchoirs on Facebook

KIconcerts: Festival Riviera - France 2016 Choir Festival with Henry Leck

Auditions for semi-professional choral singers in San Francisco Sven Edward Olbash, %11 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000 Arts (San Francisco) is seeking experienced choral singers of all vocie types to supplement the voices in our two performing groups, Ensemble and Chamber Chorus. These are not section leader positions, and no sectional rehearsals or solo responsibilities are required. These positions are for extra chorus to maintain balanced parts in our small chamber groups (about 24 voices).
Concert Dates
October 24 / 25
December 12 / 13
March 13  OR 15, AND April 3
May 15 / 17
Mondays 6:30–9:30 (Ensemble)
Wednesdays 7:00–10:00 (Chamber Chorus)
Stabat mater for 10 voices (Scarlatti)
Mass in G minor for double choir (Vaughan Williams)
St. John Passion (Schütz)
Mess en style ancien (Langlais)
The Peacheable Kingdom (Thompson)
Membership dues are waived for extra chorus members, who also receive a $35 per call honorarium. 
Audition information
Please e-mail an artist resume or brief bio to Include links to recorded solo performances if you have them. Individual auditions will be scheduled for the week of September 15th.
New FREE Hymn! Mason Shefa, %11 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Dear all,
I am offering my hymn to you for free. The music is very easy and is suitable for a choir of any size or experience. The text is suitable for Holy Week and Good Friday, because the text is about the Crucifixion. The music is doleful and painfully sad, which is also suitable for that season.
Here is the text:
The heavenly harps remained unstrung
In silence laid aside,
While on the cross the Saviour hung,
And wept, and bled, and died.

His groans awake the sleeping dead;
Like lightning Satan fell;
And when to death he bowed his head,
He shook the pow'rs of hell.

Well might the Roman soldier say
When he beheld the blood,
And felt the earth beneath give way,
'This is the Son of God.'

Now let me lift my weeping eyes,
And to the cross repair,
The cross of woe, where Jesus dies,
And find salvation there.
If you are a choirmaster and are interested in using this piece at your service, please contact me (click my email address below) for a full PDF. It is FREE OF CHARGE!
Mason Shefa
Part-Time High School Show Choir/Choral Accompanist Needed Robert Mohr, %11 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%th 23SepGMT+0000
Crete-Monee High School in Crete, IL (South Suburb of Chicago) is seeking an exceptional musician/accompanist for our two competition show choirs and one non-competitive group. There is also the potential another accompanist position with stipend for our spring musical available at the same online site.
Both competitive show choirs have competed on the national stage. Regular rehearsals are schedule for Monday evenings as well as once a month Saturday rehearsals. The performance schedule includes, but not limited too, four concerts and approximately six competitions. In addition to the various show choir material that is also played with ten other student musicians, the selected candidate will need to play more traditional choral literature.
We are looking for someone to work alongside our choral director and the instrumental combo director.    We are interested in someone with energy and enthusiasm, creativity, and have an appreciation for a diverse range of choral learners.    The candidate should also be an excellent musician with strengths in sight-reading and well versed in a variety of keyboard stylings.
If you fit this description and either have questions or would like to be considered for this position, please contact   Robert Mohr, Choral Director at mohrr@cm201u or phone at 708.367.2909. Please apply online at
HS Choral Leadership Excellence Forum - 9/27/14 Kathryn Simon, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 School Teachers! Are you looking for a way to foster leadership skills in your choir members? Send them to the High School Choral Leadership Excellence Forum (HS CLEF) on September 27th, 2014! This event is held in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Collegiaite Choral Conference and will take place at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  Find out more and register online on our new website.
Complete early registration by 9/20/14 for a chance to have one student attend HS CLEF for FREE!  One winner will be announced at the event and will receive a refund for their conference registration fee.  We hope to see your high school choral students at CLEF!

Sing A Mile High International Choral Festival, June 25 - 29, 2015 Chrys Harris, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 A Mile High International Children’s Choral Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary, June 25 - 29, 2015.
We believe that you and your singers will have a remarkable time with inspirational music on the campus of Colorado Christian University and in the beautiful performing arts center at The University of Denver.
Treble-voiced choirs will enjoy a non-competitive festival led by renowned conductor composer Dr. Rollo Dilworth, and resident conductor Jena Dickey, founder and artistic director of Young Voices of Colorado.  Students, directors and chaperones will spend 5 days (4 nights) interacting with other choirs from the U. S. and abroad.
We have planned several social activities for all participants (ice cream social, talent show/skit night, barbeque in the park, water park evening, and farewell party) and some special interest sessions for directors, accompanists, and administrators. 
Each choir will participate in the final concert in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts individually as well as part of the massed festival choir, and in optional Sunday morning church services.
For the reasonable cost of $645 per person, quadruple occupancy, ALL lodging, meals, and activities are included. Individuals will receive a festival t-shirt, and choirs will receive a commemorative plaque.  Our festival also includes a directors' conducting master class with Dr. Catherine Sailer, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Denver, and an administrators’ idea exchange with Margie Camp, Past President SWACDA.
We encourage groups to consider traveling to Denver a day or two early, so the singers can do some sightseeing and acclimatize to our mile high city before rehearsals begin.  If you wish to come early or extend your stay in Denver, we will be happy to arrange housing and meals at CCU for you and help you with your plans.
Choirs will be accepted on a rolling admission basis until the festival capacity is reached.
As you have heard, Colorado is a beautiful place to visit in the summer!
For a free promotional dvd, email founder and festival director, Chrys Harris at
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Choral Conference - 9/27/14 Kathryn Simon, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 all college students! The 4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Choral Conference (MACCC) is on September 27th at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. We've got some great sessions tailored just for you! Our conference headliner is Dr. Jeb Mueller from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Find out more and register online on our new website.
Pre-register by September 20th for a chance to attend MACCC for free!  One winner will be notified at the conference and will receive a refund of their registration fee.  We hope to see you at MACCC!

GOING BEYOND WORDS GIVES YOU A ROMANTIC LAMENT AND A COMPARISON Stanley Schmidt, %11 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Beyond Words, one of the longest running choral radio programs in the country will arouse your ear this week with A Romantic Lament by Johannes Brahms plus an engaging comprison on how Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach approached the same text "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" SWV 386 and BWV 76.    This is same of the same text that Franz Joesph Haydn used for his famous "Creation".
WHAT: Going Beyond Words
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 2014, Central Time
WHERE: KVNO.ORG (University of Nebraska in Omaha) Just Click on "Listen"
Nänie, Op. 82 Johannes Brahms
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra Conducted by Antoni Wit
CD Johannes Brahms Music for Chorus and Orchestra NAXOS 8572694 (2012)
Nänie (Song of Lamentation) Op. 82 is one of the least known of Brahm's Major Works and one of the most exquisitely beautiful in balance and repose.   It is a setting of the Poem Nänie by Friedrich Schiller.  The first sentence says it all, "Auch das Schöne muss sterben" Even the beautiful must die.
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes SWV 386 Heinrich Schütz
Dresdner Kammerchor; Cappella Sagittariana Dresden; Hans-Christoph Redmann
CD Geistliche Chor-Music 1648 Complete Recordings (2CD's)
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (The Heaven are Telling the Glory of God).   This work is unaccompanied and is scored for 
six choral Parts 2S, A, 2T, and Bass.   It is dedicated to the choir of St. Thomas in Leipzig the church that Johann Sebastian Bach would finally dwell in almost 100 years later.  With few exceptions most of the works in this 1648 collection were taken from
Luther's Bible, especially the New Testement.  It runs about 4.5 Minuets and might be a great selection to program along with Cantata 76 by Herr Bach if you have that opportunity.
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes BWV 76 Johann Sebastian Bach
The Monteverdi Choir; The English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Could Bach have known the piece by Heinrich Schütz?  His own Cantata #76 with that same name was the second to be performed after he took up his post as Kantor of St. Thomas Kirche.  It was in the Summer of 1723 and first performed in June of that year.
The text is loosely based on the Gospel reading for the day from the 14th Chaper ot Luke.   Conductor John Eliot Gardiner suggests that it is interesting to note that Bach chose to seize on the Liturgical time switch along with presenting himself to his new congregation in Leipzig in terms of his fundmental approach to the way music can interpret and intersect with Doctrine.
This work has 14 movements, solosits, Orchesta and runs about 33 minuets.
Please visit my blog at WWW.GOINGBEYONDWORDS.COM where you will encounter CD images and complete lists of music for all my shows during the last five years.    If you have further comments or questions please write to
On September 21st look for another Choral Concert Live freaturing the talented musicians from the University of North Texas.
Welcoming new choristers in Glenview, IL Lenore Dupuis, %11 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 
Welcoming new choristers in Glenview
Glenview Community Church is a welcoming and affirming UCC congregation in Chicago’s near- north suburbs. For almost 75 years, the GCC music program has been a cultural and spiritual beacon in the community.
The 50-voice Chancel Choir sings most Sundays at 10 am worship from September thru early June; rehearsals are 7:30 to 9:30 pm on Thursdays. From Mozart to spirituals, from jazz to John Rutter we aspire to inspire ourselves and our congregation. The chancel choir presents several major works each year, including annual Do-It-Yourself Messiah concert with local symphony orchestra.  We are especially seeking basses and altos, but welcome interested singers in all sections without audition. There are opportunities for solos and small ensembles as well. See Music Ministry website:
Please contact choir director Stephen Blackwelder at: for more information.
Director of Music Rosemary Geisler, %11 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
Director of Music
Holy Family Catholic Community
2515 Palatine Road
Palatine, Il 60067
Phone: 847-907-3424
Holy Family, is a welcoming, vibrant, passionate community seeking a full time Director of Music proficient in conducting, arranging, and piano or guitar accompaniment with the ability to merge sacred and secular music. This individual is responsible for the direction of all music for our contemporary Catholic liturgy and other musical programs.   A minimum of 3 years experience as a music director is preferred. The ability to work as a team member, collaborate with others and lead as necessary is required.  View our website for a full description.  Send resume to Rosemary Geisler, Parish Manager.
Handbells for sale Jonathan Wessler, %11 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 1/2 octaves of handbells in decent condition for sale, along with mallets (rather poor condition), table pads (also in rather poor condition), and a filing cabinet's worth of handbell music. Best offer. Message me if you would like more information. ]]>Sacred Christmas Stomp/Body Percussion etc for Youth Boys Greg Barmer, %11 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000'm looking for a sacred Christmas upbeat piece for 8 middle school boys.  I'd love to find something with exciting body percussion or African percussion or stomp style that is unison or 2 part with lots of rhythmic drive, etc that leaves them feeling very valued and fulfilled (as well as something that fits into a sacred concert).  In all my search nothing ever seems to "feel right."  This place is a great resource and I'm excited to have joined the ranks!  Many thanks! ]]>Borrow, rent, or purchase "A Christmas Story" ed. Leonard van Camp/Billings Lindsey Warren, %11 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 A Christmas Story
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ed. Leonard Van Camp Music by William Billings
Starting: ASAP
For: until Dec. 15th
Copies: up to 50
Willing to rent: Yes
This is out of print from Concordia. I am seeking permission to copy from the Van Camp Estate.  Hoping I could borrow some to offset our costs.
Pianist/Minister of Music Bertram Johnson, %11 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000
Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church is accepting applications for a Pianist/Minister of Music to share in the worship leadership of our congregation. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé including contact information for three references to Rev. Bertram Johnson at
  • View worship leadership as part of her/his personal ministry to Christ and the Church.
  • Experience directing choirs and leading worship.
  • Experience playing traditional, contemporary, and/or gospel music.
  • Dedicated to the spiritual growth of the choir and congregation.
  • Able to connect worship music to the sermons and themes of the liturgical year.
  • Play and direct weekly choir rehearsal and worship services.
  • Suggest anthems, offertories, and special music for worship.
  • Pray with choir and worship team.
  • Maintain regular communication with the Pastors for planning.
  • Coordinate substitute musicians when not able to be present.
Hours & Compensation: The MGPC choir meets weekly from September to mid-June. Midweek, night rehearsals last for 1.5 hours. Sunday morning rehearsal starts at 10:00 AM. Worship lasts from 11 AM until around 12:30 PM. The rate of pay shall be $250 per week for music preparation, weekly rehearsal, and playing at service. This will be paid monthly with the submission of invoice.
Summer Hiatus: The MGPC choir goes on hiatus yearly from the weekend after Father’s Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Choir rehearsals and choir direction duties are suspended during that time. The Minister of Music will be responsible for scheduling solo artists or musicians during this time. The rate during this time shall be $50 per week for scheduling and rehearsing with soloists, and $100 per service as an accompanist. There is no compensation on weeks with no scheduled service (i.e. during all-church retreat).
Supervisor:  The reports to the Worship Pastor.
Accountability: The Minister of Music shall be accountable to the Worship Pastor and Personnel Committee.
Open Call for Actors and Singers ages 14-22 Elven Hickmon, %11 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 NOTICE
For more information or assistance needed to reserve an audition slot, contact Elven Hickmon, general manager at
PerformOUTKC, Kansas City’s LGBTQIA Choral Theatre program holds open call auditions for their fall show “Affirmation”.
Open Call Auditions for Affirmation
Sunday, September 14, 21, 28 – 630-830pm
Sunday, October 5, 12 – 630-830pm
Location: All Souls UU
4501 Walnut St, KCMO
Open Call Auditions by Appointment Only. To schedule an audition appointment, please complete an audition request on our website If you have questions; please contact Elven Hickmon at
POKC is looking for actors and singers ranging in ages 14-22. We’ll be performing an original program of “Affirmation” an educational, empowering and excited performance experience of collective story sharing along with traditional choral standards that demonstrate the many facets that connect our issues, struggles, obstacles and positive enrichment that clearly define who we are as people. 
This will be an open and welcoming audition process. If you play an instrument, please indicate that on the online audition appointment form. Further information about the performance will be provided by email once you’ve completed your audition appointment.
You will be auditioning and meeting with Tim Braselton, artistic director & conductor of PerformOUTKC and he’s very excited to meet and welcome you to POKC!
Tenor for Schubert Mass in G David Piper, %11 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 tenor for performance of Schubert's Mass No 2 in G on Oct 16 in Foxboro, MA with a student orchestra and two combined high school choirs.
Pay negotiable, Reply to
David Piper
Handel Coronation Anthem: "Foundling Hospital Anthem" Steve Howie, %11 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 instrumental parts: strings & oboes
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Any edition would help, especially an edition that employs expanded solo movements
Starting: November 15, 2014
For: one month
Copies: 1 each
Willing to rent: Yes
Saint Peter Lutheran Church is looking to do a prayer & music event featuring the Foundling Hospital Anthem.  I have suitable copies for the voices, but am looking for instrumental parts.  We are doing the expanded version that includes both chorus and solos.  I am working off a Peters edition.  Would be happy to rent/borrow/purchase as appropriate.  
Bass spot open in new men's chamber choir Lennie Cottrell, %11 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 Men's Ensemble, a new 12-voice young men's chamber choir in Chicago, is auditioning basses for an open spot for our premiere concert in November. Rehearsals are on Saturdays in the early afternoon.
Email for more information!
Park Slope Singers: Women & Children First Katie Primm, %11 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000 join the Park Slope Singers as we present "Women & Children First," a fun concert with light-hearted songs for children and a mixture of madrigals and contemporary music about women. Some selections include Animal Crackers, Cluck Ol' Hen, Fair Phyllis and Eleanor Rigby.
There will be two performances with receptions to follow.
* January 24 @3pm at Church of the Good Shepherd (4th Avenue & 75th Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, as part of the Arts on the Corner series.
* January 25 @3pm at St. Saviour Church (8th Avenue & 6th Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn. 
For more information or to buy tickets online, visit
Golden State Choral Trophy 2016 from November 20-24, 2016 in Monterey (CA), USA Carola Kaspari-Husar, %11 %b %2014 %08:%Sep:%th 8SepGMT+0000

Golden State Choral Trophy 2016
The American International Choral Festival
November 20-24, 2016
Monterey (CA), USA

Choirs of the world, come and sing in California, the land of golden deserts, blue skies and wonderful people!

After the spectacular success of the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, INTERKULTUR is now working to spread this enthusiasm to other destinations within the United States. In 2016 the choirs of the world will sing together in Monterey, California, the brand new choral destination, for the Golden State Choral Trophy.

Conductors and Singers will be given the chance to attend master classes held by Morten Lauridsen and other choral experts and why not enjoy the beauty of the Monterey bay coast line: the magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called a unique meeting of land, sea and sky and is recognized as an ideal vacation destination.

Monterey offers iconic Californian experiences! Enjoy a drive on a winding road along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline on Highway One, which brings you to Monterey, the former capital of California, some 100 miles to the south of San Francisco. Monterey is one of the earliest settlements of the Spaniards. Even today, the Spanish city's history is visible everywhere. The countless historical buildings in the old town contribute to an almost Mediterranean appearance.

“The Golden State” has long been a popular designation for California and was made the official State Nickname in 1968. It is particularly appropriate since California's modern development can be traced back to the discovery of gold in 1848 and nowadays fields of golden poppies can be seen each spring throughout the state.

The Choral Trophy will be held in what is referred to as the “Indian Summer”, an ideal time for traveling to the West coast and an unusually dry, warm and sunny weather period in late autumn. November 24 marks the Thanksgiving Day so the American participants may enjoy this great choral gathering to stay a few days longer and celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday with their families at the Monterey Peninsula.

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29


Canta al mar 2016 from October 19 – 23, 2016 in Calella/ Barcelona, Spain Carola Kaspari-Husar, %11 %b %2014 %08:%Sep:%th 8SepGMT+0000

Canta al mar 2016 – Festival Coral Internacional
October 19 – 23, 2016
Calella/Barcelona, Spain

Due to the great enthusiasm among the choral scene regarding the festival Canta al mar 2012 INTERKULTUR will ensure that Calella will become the meeting place for choirs from all over the world on a yearly basis. Thus also in 2016 from Oct. 19 to 23.

In general applies that the fantastic metropolis Barcelona will be an attractive part of this festival. Either as venue for the competition and friendship concerts or simply as destination for a day trip. 3.5 kilometres of sandy beach as well as its location directly at the Mediterranean Sea and close to Barcelona make Calella a popular European travel destination. During the choir festival numerous friendship concerts will take place in the contemplative old town with its Catalan flair.

All concert and competition venues as well as accommodations and other event locations in Calella are situated within walking distance. Thus attending concerts and other events can be combined perfectly with a placid stroll through the historic old town. Here choirs will meet, celebrate and sing together and get to know other nations and their traditions. Mixed, male, female, children’s and youth choirs can participate in the competition in established categories and different levels of difficulty. Special attention is given to the categories “Folklore“ and “Pop“. No category will require compulsory pieces so that all participating choirs can choose an appropriate repertoire and perform in front of the jury without major restrictions.

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29


9th WORLD CHOIR GAMES 2016, from July 06 – 16, 2016 in Sochi, Russia Carola Kaspari-Husar, %11 %b %2014 %08:%Sep:%th 8SepGMT+0000

July 06 – 16, 2016
Sochi, Russia

From 2000 onwards the biennial World Choir Games have brought together hundreds of choirs and thousands of attendants from all over the world to celebrate unity and diversity through the art of music. 460 choirs from roughly 60 countries will bring this year to Riga a human and cultural experience that will inspire millions of others across the globe. Under the motto “Singing together brings nations together, the World Choir Games are an invitation to peace, love and equality sealed with the efforts of those who want to see the world a better place.

Around the choral world in 10 days

The World Choir Games have been a fixed meeting point for the ever-evolving choral world. The world’s largest choral competition takes choirs from all corners of the globe on a 10-day journey through a myriad of invaluable experiences. Whether new on the choral stage or not, choral music expertise, professional guidance and the brilliant pedagogical opportunities that the Games offer make the event impossible to miss. And music is not the only incentive! An exchange of positive human energy, a meeting of common ideals and a thirst for food for the soul make the World Choir Games and the ten-day journey a wonderful feast of human passion.

Sochi – the city of the Olympics

Where athletes competed for gold, choirs from all over the world will meet to sing! Following the 2014 Winter Olympics, the eyes of the world will turn once again on Sochi as the host of the World Choir Games 2016. The so called Black Sea Pearl will provide a new platform of international cultural exchange to the choral world in general and to the Russian people in particular. Sochi is unique among larger Russian cities with its scenic Caucasus Mountains, pebble and sand beaches and its spectacular architecture. The largest Russian resort will be soon preparing to step onto the world stage as the host of the 2016 World Choir Games.

Russian choirs at INTERKULTUR Events

Russian choirs have been an integral part of every INTERKULTUR event with about 50 choirs participating every year. They keep pouring enthusiasm, a lot of hard work and high quality singing on our stages and not surprisingly have often grabbed the well-deserved trophies offered in such event, the last being Sing’n’Joy Vienna 2014 where the Gnesins‘ Ensemble of Contemporary Music “Altro coro” conducted by Alexandr Ryzhinskiy was the winner of the prestigious Franz Schubert Choir Prize 2014.

What will we see on the stages of Sochi in 2016? High-quality singing at its best!

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29

New publications from Porfiri & Horvath Publishers for Mixed Choirs Kristine Görtz, %11 %b %2014 %07:%Sep:%th 7SepGMT+0000

Dear ChoralNet readers,
Recently Porfiri & Horváth Publishers has published new choral music for Mixed Choirs:


"Un Segundo dormido" (SATB) from Juan Bernardo Latini

"Aleluya dances" (SATB with percus. ad.lib.)

"I shall know why" (SATB) Roberto Brisotto

Visit our homepage and enjoy also amateur video recordings of some of our scores on YouTube.



We hope to see you soon!

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Sing Along Concert in Vienna (Austria) from May 6 – 8, 2016 Carola Kaspari-Husar, %11 %b %2014 %07:%Sep:%th 7SepGMT+0000

Sing Along Concert in Vienna (Austria)
May 6 – 8, 2016

Starting off some years back to bring the world of professional Choral music closer to everyone, the Sing Along Concert of the Berlin Radio Choir has already attained irrefutable Status by regularly attracting about 1,300 music-loving non-professionals, thus becoming a constant in Berlin's music scene. And not only in Berlin! Love of Choral music and of everything it inspires has already cap-tured the hearts of the many interested singers who have a craving to discover other grand music cities. And we cannot help but bring more along your way!

In 2010 the Choral flame of Sing Along was sent to the Aspendos Festival in Turkey. In 2014 we brought it to the Sing Along tour in Budapest, the Hungarian capital. While in 2016, INTERKULTUR, as the world's leading initiator and Organizer of international Choral events, will lead you to Vienna, the Austrian capital and World Capital of Classical Music.

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29


Int. Choir Competition & Festival Bad Ischl, from April 30 - May 4, 2016, in Bad Ischl, Austria Carola Kaspari-Husar, %11 %b %2014 %06:%Sep:%th 6SepGMT+0000

Int. Choir Competition & Festival Bad Ischl
April 30 - May 4, 2016
Bad Ischl, Austria

From 2014 on INTERKULTUR organizes this popular choir competition together with the city of Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH.This international choir competition, located in the midst of the picturesque landscape of the Salzkammergut has become one of the most important and most beautiful choral events in Austria by now. International renowned jurors and choral experts will evaluate the competitions and help the choirs with words and deeds during consulting rounds.

Apart from the competitions in the Kongresshaus, gala concerts and international friendship concerts will take place during the event. The international parade of the choirs in the historic old town is the colorful highlight of the festival. These features will establish a unique atmosphere of cordial encounters between the choirs, singers and visitors.

Bad Ischl – the Emperor’s city – offers not only romance à la Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef, but also attractive shopping pleasures, catering and unique possibilities for excursions to the wonderful Salzkammergut and its countless crystal clear lakes, impressive mountain region and homey cities.

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29


O FILII ET FILIAE - SATB & SA, cello, piano ivo antognini, %11 %b %2014 %05:%Sep:%th 5SepGMT+0000 conductors and ChoralNet users,
my two settings of "O FILII ET FILIAE" (O sons and daughters) are now available at Alliance Music Pub., Inc.
a) SATB, no divisi, a cappella - singable by any intermediate choir   ORDER
b) SA, cello, piano   ORDER
Here you can listen to 3 very different renditions of the mixed choir setting:
Corale Zumellese - Italy
University of Johannesbourg Choir - South Africa
Matthew Curtis - USA
Enjoy my music and have a nice day,
Ivo Antognini
music composer
Celebrate the Star-Spangled Banner! Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%nd 19AugGMT+0000 200th anniversary of the composition of the U.S. national anthem is only days away!  Help celebrate the event, and if you are a current ACDA member, help yourself to a FREE CD of rare Early-American vocal gems.

Post a photo of your choir singing the Star Spangled Banner (or commemorating this event in some other fashion) on Sing Up's Facebook timeline, then send your mailing address to ACDA ( The first 20 members to respond will receive a copy of this valuable musical collection.

Oh, say, can YOU see . . . ?
ACDA Launches Career Center Scott Dorsey, %20 %b %2014 %21:%Jun:%th 21JunGMT+0000
We are delighted to announce the new ACDA Career Center. Are you looking for a job, or just want to keep an eye on positions available?
  • Easily locate job postings that relate to your interests and priorities in the choral field. Create job alerts and search our listings using criteria most important to you – all free to you.
  • Let opportunity find you – without even trying. Post your resume/curriculum vita anonymously (you can even upload your information from LinkedIn). Your candidate profile allows employers and recruiters to review your credentials, experience, and career objectives. If they are interested in further discussing an opportunity with you they request contact information. Releasing that information is completely up to you based upon your interest in the job.
Visit the ACDA Career Center from and access the best way to find new positions in the choral field!
Books Worth Your Time V Richard Sparks, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000 for the late posting! Crazy day/week!
My next recommendation is a book by Doug Lemov, who you may know from the book Teach Like a Champion or its follow-up, Teach Like a Champion Field Guide. Both are terrific, all about better ways to teach. I recommend them, too!
But today I'll look at Doug's most recent book (along with co-authors Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi), Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better.
This is all about the art (and science, in some cases) of practice. Using examples from top-level athletes and established teachers, as well as those in business or even long-time surgeons, the authors show how deliberately engineered and designed practice can make us better at almost anything we do (this quoted from the inside dust jacket, but very accurate. The fact that they don't use musicians in their examples won't get in the way of figuring out how better to teach your students, or rehearsing/practicing with your choir to make them better.
Since much of what they did in looking at champion teachers was to try to find ways to get other, less experienced or less skilled teachers to learn how to follow those models, they discovered that it was important for them to find better ways for the teachers to practice their new skills. Otherwise they weren't successful. So now they had to discover the rules of successful practice, or their teaching technique wouldn't improve.
I'll give a random set of examples of chapter titles ("Rules") to give you an idea:
Encode Success
Let the Mind Follow the Body
Unlock Creativity . . . with Repetition
Practice "Bright Spots"
Correct Instead of Critique
Isolate the Skill
Integrate the Skills
Make Each Minute Matter
Shorten the Feedback Loop
Describe the Solution (Not the Problem)
Break Down the Barriers to Practice
Make it Fun to Practice
Leverage Peer-to-Peer Accountability
Walk the Line (Between Support and Demand)
Some of these won't be clear until you read the chapters (and remember, there are 42 "rules"). But it should give you an inkling of what's going on here.
Just as an example, "Shorten the Feedback Loop." This built on John Wooden's teaching (you can find a series I wrote about him here, fourteen posts about Coach Wooden's technique and approach): as a former player noted, "he believed correction was wasted unless done immediately" -- in other words, without quick correction, the player was building in the wrong thing--practicing the incorrect thing.
I wrote about this in terms of work with my choirs telling them the difference between scrimmage and drill. In a scrimmage, we're looking at a game (for us, concert) situation in practice--running through a section or complete piece. Whereas in drill, we focus on fewer things, much repetition, and constant corrections. While we need both (and the percentage spent in each will change as we get closer to the concert), without lots of drill, certain things simply won't get better. It's focused drill, with constant feedback, that will make the choir better in the shortest time. We still have to mix in scrimmage, otherwise they don't know how to get through a section or piece, but that's a matter of balance. I also discovered that my students quickly got the idea of the importance of drill and this made them much more patient with the quick start/stop/correction/sing it again of drill. As I put it in an earlier post, it greatly increased the density of accomplishment in my rehearsals.
I'm still reading and re-reading this book in little chunks, then thinking about how a particular technique or way of thinking might apply to me in my work with choirs. I suspect I will for a long time. And I hope you'll find it valuable, too!
ACDA Honor Choir Auditions Open Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
It’s one of the great features of any ACDA conference: Honor Choirs!
There will be five honor choirs rehearsing and performing during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City:
     Children's Honor Choir     [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     Middle School/Junior High School Boy's Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     Middle School/Junior High School Girl's Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     High School Mixed Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     College/Community Latin American Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
The audition process for all five honor choirs runs through September 30.
CJ Replay: Jacob Avshalomov Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Jul:%rd 15JulGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article “Jacob Avshalomov's Choral Works with Concertante Instrument” by Larry Wyatt)
       Jacob Avshalomov is a composer, conductor, and music educator whose life in music spans eighty years and three continents.  Avshalomov characterizes his approach to composing for chorus as follows:
What many composers have put into large-scale opera, I have put into large-scale choral works. In these lies the possibility to combine language and feelings in their purest forms without  distractions of scenety, lighting, and costuming for dramatic production. I am concerned that messages be projected straightforwardly from the mouths of humans ... combining literature, language, and feelings with music.
       He often collaborates with his wife Doris, an established poet. He classifies himself as a "conservative contemporary" composer.
       Avshalomov is a master composer who takes great care in text choice and settings. He is sensitive to the declamation and meaning of the texts. Through madrigal-style writing in the melodic and harmonic writing, along with appropriate choice of contrapuntal and harmonic textures, Avshalomov reveals himself to be a master composer, thoroughly grounded in compositional technique that serves poet and singer.
Rehearsal Posture Micah Horton, %10 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000'm a master's music ed student and have just begun directing a small church choir (8-12 members on any given day). This is my first time directing. It's a pretty laid-back environment. Most of the singers are older, very experienced, and quite talented (a few are retired musicians/music teachers). During rehearsal, everyone tends to sit (I know that for at least one member, there is a health concern that limits this person from standing for extended periods of time). Every choir director & teacher I've had has stressed the importance of standing while singing, and maintaining proper posture.
I know that having the singers sit forward on the edge of their seats is a good substitute for standing, but I'm trying to find the right balance. Most of my experience is with kids and teenagers. How do I encourage good singing posture while taking age, health, and environmental concerns into account?
Soon Ah Will Be Done (Original Version??) John Guarente, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Directors,
I found an old edition of "Soon Ah Will Be Done" (SATB) arr. by William Dawson in my college library, which contains an entirely different (and much longer) B section after the "weeping and wailing" chorus than the version that everyone usually does. Has anyone ever performed this version? Was it successful? Do you know of a recording?
John Guarente
Ocala, FL
Triad Pride Men's Chorus presents "Singing Out Loud and Proud" on Saturday, September 13 Bill Toups, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000
"Singing Out Loud and Proud" a joint Pride concert presented by the Triad Pride Men's Chorus and the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus on Saturday, September 13 at 8pm
Greesboro Cultural Center, Room 100
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC
$10 in advance
$15 at the door
Advance tickets at
or call 336-589-6267
Triangle Gay Men's Chorus presents "Singing Out Loud and Proud" on Saturday, September 27 Bill Toups, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000"Singing Out Loud and Proud" a joint Pride concert presented by the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus and the Triad Pride Men's Chorus
Saturday, September 27 at 8pm
Johnson Hall
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
1737 Hillandale Rd
Durham, NC
$10 in advance on-line
$10 children and students with ID
$15 at the door
Autumn Workshop with Community Renewal Chorus Zakary Siler, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Community Renewal Chorus ( will be hosting its Autumn Workshop Saturday September the 20th commencing at 9.00AM. We will be holding our workshop at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 621 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657. We will be working on vocal technique, choral blend through vowel and tone work as well as sightreading. The repertoire we will be rehearsing consists of works by Michael McGlyn and Ola Gjeilo as well as the Missa Luba. Contact artistic director Zakary Siler ( at for more information. We welcome anyone that is interested.  ]]>Alto Needed in the Raleigh/Durham area Bill Toups, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Camerata & Consort has an opening for an alto. We are currently a group of 8 musicians interested in early music in the Raleigh Triangle area; we sing and we have a consort with recorders, flute, crumhorns and string instruments.

Our music ranges from the later medieval period up to early baroque, depending on what the focus of a particular concert is.  Much of it is polyphonic vocal music ranging anywhere from one voice to all eight voices. Often the music is a cappella, but some pieces may be solo voice with an instrument or two, other pieces are entirely instrumental. It all depends on the piece and on the variety we wish to bring in a particular program. Our music features both secular and sacred music.
To schedule an audition please send an email to Lynn Hudson at
Choral music and robes Jonathan Wessler, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 have identified a number of rather interesting and somewhat rare choral scores in our library that we do not need. Additionally, we have come across a bunch of very nice red Almy choir robes that we do not need either. These items have been put on eBay at:
Any proceeds from these sales will go toward our music department initiatives. We are negotiable re. price! Thanks for your interest.
Susquehanna Chorale "A Candlelight Christmas" Pam Tricamo, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000
The glimmer of the processional candles in a darkened hall sets the stage for the Chorale’s exploration of the many colors of Christmas through songs in a variety of styles spanning nearly 500 years.
The choristers’ voices divide to create a tapestry of sound in Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium; they combine in chordal sonority to evoke the profound devotion and deep peace in Gorecki’s modern hymn to the Virgin Mary, Totus Tuus; they radiate good cheer in the traditional Wassail song. And they will strike the chord of tradition in their annual, candlelit finale, Silent Night.
Start your Christmas season with the radiant voices of the Susquehanna Chorale!
Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
High Center, messiah College, Grantham
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Leffler Chapel, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg
"Men in Song" Festival October 4-5 Noah DeLong, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000

A Two-Day Music Festival Celebrating Male Choristers Throughout the Tri-Cities Region 

First Presbyterian Church--Johnson City, TN

Men of ALL ages – from students to retirees – are invited to join the festival choir that will rehearse Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5. The group will be led by conductors: 
• Dr. Thomas Jenrette, ETSU Professor Emeritus 
• Prof. Noah DeLong, Milligan College Director of Choral Activities 
• Dr. Alan Stevens, ETSU Associate Director of Choral Activities 
• Dr. Matthew Potterton, ETSU Director of Choral Activities 

The festival choir will perform in a free public concert on Sunday, October 5, at 5:00 p.m. The concert will also feature the following ensembles: 
• ETSU BucsWorth Men's Choir; Dr. Alan Stevens, conductor 
• Heard Mentality, Milligan College; Dr. Charlotte Anderson, conductor 
• AMEn, Dr. Thomas Jenrette, Conductor 
• Appalachian Men's Express; Mark Kettner, conductor 
• MECCA Men; Jane Morrison, conductor 

There is no cost to participate in this festival other than the purchase of sheet music.  Register now to participate in this extraordinary event!

For more information and to register, go to:



CHANTICLEER in Concert in Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 7, 2015 Donna Frentrup, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Cathedral Cultural Series is proud to present a concert by Chanticleer, known as "an orchestra of voices," at the historic, acoustically marvelous Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8 pm.
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer has toured the world in its 36 performing seasons.
Doors open 45 minutes before each concert. Free, secure parking is adjacent to the Cathedral. To receive updates or more information, please write, call 313-237-5782, or visit
Mosaic Youth Singers, Detroit, MI Feb. 2015 Donna Frentrup, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Youth Singers will present a concert on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at 4 pm, at the Cathedral of the Most  Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.
Part of Detroit’s internationally-acclaimed youth development program, this awardwinning youth choir has toured Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Come
experience an upbeat and diverse program of music from across the world.
Doors open 45 minutes before each concert. Free, secure parking is adjacent to the Cathedral. To receive updates or more information, please write, call 313-237-5782, or visit
Empire City Men's Chorus Welcomes New Interim Artistic Director Edward Angelo Enrique, %10 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000
The Empire City Men’s Chorus is pleased to announce the appointment of Vince Peterson as its new Interim Artistic Director. Vince is a Brooklyn-based composer, conductor, and keyboardist.  He is the founder of Choral Chameleon, a ground-breaking and modern vocal ensemble in New York City the Organist and Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Carroll Street in Brooklyn and the Director of Children’s Choirs at The Lycée Français de New York.  Vince is also a member of the Board of Directors of The New York Choral Consortium, where he works to develop the choral art and cultivate new program offerings for NYC choruses, their directors, and their administrators.
As the chorus welcomes Vince as the new Artistic Director, it bids a sad but grateful farewell to our former Artistic Director, Matthew D. Oltman. Matthew led the chorus through its Fall 2013 thru Spring 2014 concerts in a year characterized by considerable musical growth and organizational development. ECMC wishes Matthew the best of luck in his new faculty position at Texas State University.
The Empire City Men’s Chorus, founded in 1993, is renowned for its eclectic multilingual repertoire of predominantly classical music. ECMC consistently present concerts which boast a variety of well-known composers as well as newly commissioned works by exciting young composers. As a gay and gay friendly organization, ECMC also believes that choral music can be a compelling artistic response to pressing issues within our communities.
Learn more about the Empire City Men’s Chorus at
Accompanist for Advanced SSAA Ensemble David Allen, %10 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 SSAA Ensemble of Kingwood United Methodist Church is seeking an accompanist for Tuesday evenings 7-8:30.  This group of talented women displays an intense desire for high-quality music and sing a wide range of genres.  This group has sung twice at the White House and for various events in the Greater Houston area.  Interested applicants should contact David Allen at ]]>Bass Section Leader Scott Drackley, %10 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 Section Leader needed for Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, Gladwyne, PA. Rehearsals Thursday from 7:30-9:00. Service Sunday - 9:15 rehearsal, 10:00 service. $50 per rehearsal; $80 per service. Extra services such as Christmas Eve and Holy Week services are mandatory. Please contact Scott Drackley, Organist/Choirmaster at
Now accepting choirs for the Windy City Festival with Z. Randall Stroope, April 9-12, 2015 Bill Bergeman, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000

Z. Randall StroopeJoin one of America’s premiere choral conductors and composers at one of America’s premiere concert halls for a rousing performance featuring works by Telemann, Clausen, the maestro himself, and more!

Select SATB choirs only.  Visit for music, logistical, and registration information.

Festival Concert at Orchestra Hall

Commission Opportunity for Women Composers Jane Ramseyer Miller, %10 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 Catherine Roma Commissioning Project

The mission of the Dr. Catherine Roma Women Composer Commissioning Project is to fund new collaborations between GALA member choruses and women composers, resulting in new works that celebrate diversity, promote social justice, and stir the human spirit. The first composition project will be performed by 12 women’s choruses in their hometowns across North America between December 2015 and June 2016 and then performed as a mass chorus at the GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, Colorado July 2-6, 2016.

For more information visit GALA Choruses and download the RFP. Deadline for composer applications is October 1, 2014.


Oct 1, 2014 Proposals due from composers
Nov 2014 Selected composer announced. Applications open for participating choruses.
Aug 2015 Commission completed and distributed to participating choruses.
Sept 2015 - April 2016 Virtual rehearsal/s with conductors. Each chorus performs the piece in the 2015-2016 season
July 2-6, 2016 GALA Festival 2016
Bass & Tenor Section Leaders Jesse Ratcliffe, %10 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 James' Episcopal is a vibrant church located at 73 Culpepper Street in Historic downtown Warrenton. The services are traditional--utilizing the 1982 Hymnal supplemented with outside hymnody and standard choral literature. The 20-member choir is a warm and supportive group
Section leaders are required for each Thursday rehearsal from 7 to 8:30PM and Sunday worship services at 10:15AM (warm-up from 9:15-10). The section leader will be prepared for each rehearsal, and on occasion lead a sectional. The responsibility for rehearsal participation will weigh as much as the Sunday service. This person will serve, not as a paid soloist, but a choir member, thus have the attitude of a team member that is focused on the musical development of the group which will enhance the worship experience. The choir sings almost every Sunday, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, an occasional Evensong plus two non-liturgical choral programs. Additional opportunities may be presented for additional compensation.
Compensation is $125 per week and $50 per additional service.
For more information, contact or 304-575-9027.
Many thanks,
Jesse Ratcliffe, Choirmaster
Singer in transgender process Garrett Lathe, %10 %b %2014 %07:%Sep:%th 7SepGMT+0000, colleagues!
This topic could be placed in several categories, and I am surprised that I couldn't find this same scenario in post history. There are two issues:
What to wear?
I have a high school aged alto who is in the beginning process of transitioning from female to male. She has stated she feels more comfortable in a tux, but is open to what our organization feels is best, and would be willing to wear a dress.
Have you had experience with a situation like this before? Did you have him/her match his/her section, or how she/he identifies him/herself?
Where to sleep?
How do you make room assignments with transgender singers? With their current biological sex, or the gender with which they identify? 
Thank you for sharing your experiences!
Cantus Salisburgensis Marie Fox, %10 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000, Austria
July 7-11, 2016

Perform at the spectacular Salzburg Cathedral and beautiful Mirabell Gardens, the backdrop to scenes from the “Sound of Music”. The Massed Sing performance is under the direction of Prof. János Czifra, the Salzburg Cathedral’s Music Director. Discover Salzburg’s picturesque Old Town and its towering castle, and share your music with choirs from around the world.
Canta al mar 2015, October 21 – 25, 2015 in Calella, Spain Carola Kaspari-Husar, %10 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000

Canta al mar 2015 – Festival Coral Internacional
October 21 – 25, 2015
Calella/ Barcelona, Spain

Due to the great enthusiasm among the choral scene regarding the new choir festival in Calella, INTERKULTUR ensured that Canta
al Mar is back again! And again Barcelona will be one attractive part of this festival - either as venue for the competition and friendship concerts or simply as destination for a day trip.

3.5 kilometres of sandy beach as well as its location directly at the Mediterranean Sea and close to Barcelona make Calella a popular European travel destination. During the choir festival numerous friendship concerts will take place in the contemplative old town with its Catalan flair. All concert and competition venues as well as accommodations and other event locations in Calella are situated within walking distance. Thus attending concerts and other events can be combined perfectly with a placid stroll through the historic old town. Here choirs will meet, celebrate and sing together and get to know other nations and their traditions.

Mixed, male, female, children’s and youth choirs can participate in the competition in established categories and different levels of difficulty. Special attention is given to the categories “Folklore“ and “Pop“. No category will require compulsory pieces so that all participating choirs can choose an appropriate repertoire and perform in front of the jury without major restrictions.

Enjoy with your choir a new and relaxing choir event at the Spanish Mediterranean Coast! Sun, beach and sea, singing and celebrating together – this choir festival joins holiday and passion!

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29

Int. Choir Competition and Festival Kalamata 2015, October 14 – 18, 2015 in Kalamata, Greece Carola Kaspari-Husar, %10 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000
Int. Choir Competition and Festival Kalamata 2015
October 14 – 18, 2015
Kalamata, Greece

INTERKULTUR’s first international choir competition in Greece – host is the romantic city of Kalamata located on the southern Peloponnese peninsula. Vibrant, calm and idyllic is not necessarily a contradiction as Kalamata demonstrates in an impressive way. Narrow lanes, a historic old town and the Apostles Church of the 12th century characterize this city and last but not least the sea, the mountains, the wine and the olives.

Singing in the land of gods – this event combines the advantages of an international choir competition with concert possibilities in a culturally significant city. This international competition offers categories of different levels of difficulty, line-ups and musical genres as well as a relaxed atmosphere with different nations against the impressive backdrop of this South European region.

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29

4th Vietnam Int. Choir Competition - Hội An 2015, April 29 - May 3, 2015, Hội An City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Carola Kaspari-Husar, %10 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000
4th Vietnam Int. Choir Competition - Hội An 2015
April 29 - May 3, 2015
Hội An City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Hội An can be translated as "peaceful meeting place". And if people were walking around the city, it was totally clear that this was the ideal place of assembly for choirs for peaceful competitions from both, local and abroad. Hội An's handcrafted and colorful lanterns are illuminating the city in the evening and colonial style buildings in Hoi An's old quarter offers the relaxed atmosphere for shopping and dining.

Hội An is located just a stone's throw from Danang City with its international airport right at the central coast of Vietnam. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to the 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. Quang Nam province has more than 120 km of coast line and even the competition venue is located directly at Hoi An's beach side.

In collaboration with the Vietnamese Central Government, the Provincial Government of Quang Nam and the City Government of Hoi An, choirs from around the globe will again have the chance to discover the beauty of the country, combined with an international choral event. Come and be part of it!

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29


"Voci dal Lido" - International Choir Festival, April 8 - 12, 2015 in Jesolo, Italy Carola Kaspari-Husar, %10 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
"Voci dal Lido" - International Choir Festival
April 8 - 12, 2015
Jesolo, Italy

Jesolo belongs to one of the top travel destinations in North Italy. Spacious beaches and the excellent infrastructure welcome visitors from all over the world to a city with an enticing ambiance. „Voci dal Lido“ unites the advantages of an international choir competition with outstanding possibilities for performances in one of Italy’s most stunning regions. The international choir competition comprises 10 categories with different levels of difficulty, casts and genres. The focus of this event is on mutual singing of the international choirs. INTERKULTUR gets together choirs and ensembles in an easy-going atmosphere so that they can learn from each other and motivate one another.

In addition to the INTERKULTUR event Target Travel, a specialised travel agency, offers excursions and possibilities for concerts in churches and at squares in Venice and the surroundings. We cordially invite all kinds of choirs to join us in Jesolo in April 2015 in order to celebrate a grand festival of choral music. 

Welcome at VOCI DAL LIDO!

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29

Canta en Primavera - Festival Coral Internacional, March 11 – 15, 2015, Málaga, Spain Carola Kaspari-Husar, %10 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
Canta en Primavera - Festival Coral Internacional
March 11 – 15, 2015
Málaga, Spain
CANTA EN PRIMAVERA – Sing in Spring!  This new INTERKULTUR Festival welcomes interested choirs to the south of the country and to the Andalusian capital Málaga. Málaga has cultural sites, churches, squares and picturesque alleys just made for mutual singing and is therefore the perfect place for this INTERKULTUR festival. Located close to this impressive metropolis are several locations well worth seeing such as Sevilla, Granada or Gibraltar. Outstanding concert halls, churches and theatres are available for the competition and the concerts. And as usual each choir can select those festival elements which suits its needs best: Competitions, concerts and further training.
Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29 ]]>
Name That Choir Tune (No. 5) Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000
The Tower Chorale Announces New Season Carlotta Wing, %10 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000, 2014
The Tower Chorale Announces New Season
The Tower Chorale is excited to present its 29th season, the fourth under the direction of Mr. Patrick Godon!

“Feliz Navidad - A Concert of Holiday Warmth”
This program features Spanish carols. You’ll hear sacred and secular holiday songs in a wide
variety of flavorful arrangements. Also on the program is “God Rest You Merry!” by Jim Winfield,
dedicated to the Tower Chorale. The singers will be accompanied by Dennis Zimmer on both
organ and piano and a brass quartet, guitar, harp, percussion, and flute. The Holy Trinity
Children’s Choir will join in as well. Concerts will be held on Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at The Holy Trinity Church, 111 S. Cass Avenue,

“Faure’ Masterworks”
Faure’s Requiem is truly one of the greatest masterworks ever written. The beauty of his music
brings rest, love and peace to all who sing it. This program will give you an opportunity to hear
some of his lesser known, but equally beautiful motets - including his famous “Cantique de Jean
Racine.” We will again be singing in our director’s home parish of St. Gregory the Great Church,
giving you the opportunity to hear us in a beautiful church in Chicago.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Cletus Church, 600 W. 55th Street, LaGrange and
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5535 N. Paulina, Chicago, Illinois 60640
“Folk Fest”
This fun program features two different periods of folk music. The first segment will highlight old
folk melodies from Stephen Foster, Woody Guthrie and more. The second segment will be some
of your favorite folk music by John Denver, Pete Seeger, Simon and Garfunkel as well as others.
Both segments of music will be featured at each performance. A fun folk fest!!
Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Nazareth Academy, 1209 W.
Ogden Ave, La Grange Park.
Tickets may be purchased on The Tower Chorale website:
$20 Adult, $17 Senior/Student, Children 10 and under Free.
For more information or to schedule an interview with a Tower Chorale representative, please
contact Carlotta Wing-Conley at 630-964-3963 or email at
Swingle - St Nicholas Kathleen Hacker, %10 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 A Visit from St. Nicolas
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ward Swingle - SATB with Brass Quintet
Starting: Now (September 9, 2014)
For: Until mid-December 2014
Copies: 45-50
Willing to rent: No
The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale a 501(c)3 Community Chorale is seeking to borrow or rent 45-50 copies of Ward Swingle's "A Visit from St Nicolas" (SBS-15).  Our concerts are December 5 & 6, 2014.  Thank you for help!
Kathleen Hacker - Director
Lompoc Valley Master Chorale
The Tower Chorale Open Rehearsals Carlotta Wing, %10 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000 Chorale - Open Rehearsals
The Tower Chorale will begin to prepare for its Christmas concert, “Feliz Navidad - A Concert of
Holiday Warmth” at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs.
Rehearsals are from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. each Monday evening beginning October 6, 2014. The
first two Monday rehearsals are open rehearsals for singers to try us out. The Concerts will be
held on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity
Church, 111 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont. Please see or call 708-505-9570
for more information. ]]>
A Call for Singers! Daniel Wade, %10 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000 join Community Presbyterian Church, in Mt. Prospect, as we present our annual Living Christmas Tree concert! Join us for this wonderful event. Come sing the Christmas carols and songs you know and love, as well as some you may have never heard. In addition to the traditional scared favorites, this year's program will include music by Bach, Britten and others. Singers of high school age and up are welcome. Come be a part of this wonderful holiday tradition, now in its 17th year!
Rehearsals begin Saturday, 10/11 with performances on 12/12, 12/13, and 12/14.
All rehearslas will be held at:
Community Presbyterian Church
407 Main St. (also known as Rt. 83)
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
For more information contact:
Dan Wade, Choir Director
Church phone: 847-392-3111
Church Choir Accompanist Position (part-time) Daniel Wade, %10 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church, in Mt. Prospect, IL seeks a part-time choir accompanist for our weekly choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (no Sunday services). Ideally, the accompanist will also accompany rehearsals and perform in special concerts held at the church. Our first special concert will be December 12th, 13th, and 14th, with rehearsals beginnig Saturday 10/11 (10 a.m. to 12 noon).
Title: Choir Accompanist 
Hours: variable, 1.5 weekly, more during special concerts
Compensation: $75 per call
  • Bachelor's degree in music with spcialization in piano/keyboard (preferred) or equivalent keyboard study.
  • 1+ years experience accompanying choirs
  • Good to excellent sight reading skills
  • Ability to read choral parts (in any combination) in both open and condensed scores
Interested parties should email their resume and a letter of interest to Dan Wade, Choir Director (
Objective Grading for Mass Choirs and Visiting a Choir to Observe! Suzanne Kraai, %10 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%th 0SepGMT+0000 have 90 students in my choir.  I'm looking for effective, efficient, and quantative methods or systems that work for grading "Rehearsal Ettiquete" objectively. 
I'd also LOVE to visit a choir (in the tristate area) and observe a rehearsal if anyone is up for it or knows of a great group to reach out to! 
Current Pop or Broadway Show Stoppers Suzanne Kraai, %10 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%th 0SepGMT+0000 All, 
We recently performed "Somebody to Love" SATB (in actuality more like SSAATTBB at times), and it was "epic" according to the kids. 
That being said, I'm looking for 1 song to top it now :-) 
I have the sacred, language, ballads, and 'must have' genres covered but am looking for a suggestion for a current pop song or broadway show stopper (that's available on jwpepper).  Any recs out there? 
buy used music and perform it Claudia Allen, %09 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 know a group must purchase music to perform it. What about if group 1, who has legally purchased the music, sells the music to group 2? Can group 2 legally purchase the music from group 1 and perform that music? The copies will be original copies, of course, in that case, but the publisher has only been paid once for it. 
Is it legal to resell music that a group has purchased?
Is it legal to perform music that a group has purchased from another group?
What about borrowed music? Is it legal to borrow music from a group and perform it? Thanks!
Accompanist Position Bethel Cong. UCC Owen Hofmann-Smith, %09 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Bethel Congregational UCC
Accompanist Job Description
September 9, 2014
Title:  Accompanist
Hours:  Average of 6 hours per week
Salary:  $9,500-$10,000 annually
Key Goals:  To provide organ and piano music for worship and other services of the church.  
1.An appropriate degree in music or equivalent experience.
2.Thorough knowledge of the liturgical year and its musical requirements.
3.Expertise on piano and organ.
4.Good sight-reading ability.
5.Ability to improvise, to transpose and to modulate from key to key.
6.Desire to belong to the music ministry team; follow the direction of and support the leadership of the Director of Music.
7.Experience accompanying choirs and working with a conductor.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1.To play for the Sunday services music which includes preludes, offertories, and postludes; to lead the congregation in hymn singing and to accompany choirs, soloists (both vocal and instrumental)
2.To play for Thursday night Chancel Choir rehearsals, Sunday morning rehearsals and worship services, and special services.
3.To play for weddings and memorial services (for additional compensation) as mutually negotiated with the pastor or music director.
4.To choose music appropriate to the services, the Christian Year, and to the philosophy of this church in consultation with the Senior Pastor and Director of Music.
5.To study and demonstrate continuous growth through new service music and regular practice.
6.To accompany the Sanctuary Choir on working retreats.
7.To provide, as required, by the Director of Music, organ or piano accompaniment for the Bell and children choirs.
Accountability:  Is accountable to the Director of Music Ministry and supports the Senior Pastor.
Evaluation:  The Director of Music Ministry in consultation with the Diaconate Committee, Senior Pastor, and Personnel Committee will conduct a performance review annually at the completion of the program year. 
The basis of evaluation of performance will be made by the Director of Music Ministry based on a combination of inputs from Diaconate, members of the choirs, other staff members, church leadership, and the congregation
Termination:  Bethel Congregational is an at-will employer.  Two weeks notice by either the Church Board, in consultation with the Senior Pastor, or the employee is requested to terminate employment. 
Probation Period:  The candidate will serve a six-month probation period.  At least two performance reviews will be given during the probationary period.
Submit applications to
Los Reyes Magos Choral Copies Joseph Farrell, %09 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Los Reyes Magos/ NAVIDAD NUESTRA / Para canto y piano
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ramirez, Ariel Lawson Gould
Starting: ASAP
For: January 6
Copies: 60
Willing to rent: Yes
Information on obtaining the originals or permission to photocopy 
Looking for an SATB Halloween piece for HS Choir Craig Bader, %09 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 Fall Concert is the day before Halloween and I don't have anything programmed that is "Halloweeny."  The concert has a different theme.  Looking for something spooky sounding that could be learned quickly by a decent HS choir.  Not into anything too cheesy either.  I have looked on "Pepper" and didn't find anything that suited me, so throwing it out to my colleagues here. 
Singing Men! Vocal Workshop Jennifer Moss, %09 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000
MassACDA is proud to announce the Singing Men! Vocal Workshop.  This session is provide amateur male choral singers with an opportunity to build specific vocal skills in a training session with a skilled voice teacher.  The workshop is led by renown singer Frank Kelley. 
September 20, 2014 @ 9am-Noon
Christ Lutheran Church, 
113 Union Street
Natick, MA 01760

$20 per person, no charge for ACDA members attending with chorister(s)
Email Tom Berryman for more info:
Visit mass acda to register today:
5 octave MalMark handbell package Toria Hale, %09 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 octave MalMark handbells set complete with 9 carrying cases,
8 tables with foam pads and covers,
gloves, music stands, lights, and mallets.
Purchased for church in 1999.
Worth $25, 570 new, asking $12,000
SSB in church setting Thomas H. Shellenberger, %09 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 very idea of patriotic music sung or played at our church is almost a "no-no".  Well, here we'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 you reconcile it!).  Thank you.
Music Director - Living Faith Lutheran Church CJ Redden-Liotta, %09 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%th 11SepGMT+0000

Living Faith Lutheran Church, a progressive ELCA congregation in Rockville, Maryland, is searching for a qualified Director of Music to lead its small, but growing, choir. This position is a choral music position with no keyboard responsibilities, however, some keyboard skills are helpful. The search committee values energy, knowledge and ability as much as prior experience.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to by September 15 for priority consideration. 

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the music ministry of the congregation.  Assist in planning regularly scheduled worship services and special services as requested, in collaboration with the church organist and pastoral staff.  Assist in selection of seasonal (church year) liturgical settings.

  • Recruit, develop and direct an Adult Choir that sings weekly at a liturgical worship service. Meet with adult choir weekly for rehearsal (traditionally held on Wednesday nights.)  Select music appropriate for the liturgical church setting and for the skill level of the group and individuals. The choir sings 40 weeks of the year and does not sing for 12 weeks each summer. (from approximately mid-June through the second week of September)

  • Lead the congregation in the musical aspects of the weekly worship service, in collaboration with the church organist and pastoral staff.  Communicate well with church organist, pastoral staff and Parish Administrator.  Attend staff meetings and Worship and Music Committee meetings.

  • Assist pastoral staff and the Worship and Music Committee in developing opportunities for participation in the music program by the youth of the church.

  • Recruit, develop and direct a Chime Choir that performs periodically at worship services.

  • Integrate instrumentalists from the congregation and other affiliated groups into the worship service on Sundays as available.

  • Purchase new choral music as needed and within the parameters of the church budget. Ensure the maintenance of the choral music files in an orderly manner.

  • Assure that the Employer is operating in accordance with all copyright laws and holds (at the Employer’s expense) all appropriate music licenses. Report usage as required by the licensing organizations.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary will be negotiated based on experience.

  • Annual continuing education funds of $500 provided.

  • Two weeks of annual vacation and two weeks of sick leave. The employee is expected to coordinate appropriate coverage when away on vacation.

Director of Contemporary Music Chris Caffee, %09 %b %2014 %06:%Sep:%th 6SepGMT+0000 United Methodist Church of Waxahachie, TX, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, is seeking a Part-Time Director of Contemporary Music to lead our Praise Band in our Sunday morning Awakening Contemporary Service.  A background in contemporary church music and the ability to play an instrument and/or serve as a lead vocalist is essential.    Experience in worship planning and possessing the leadership skills for a diverse group of volunteer and staff musicians who make up our well-established praise band is vital.  Applicants should have an appreciation for all styles of worship and seek to be a member of the church's Music & Worship Team that includes both contemporary and traditional leaders.  The full job description is available upon request. 
Please send resume and cover letter by October 31, 2014 to Chris Caffee, Minister of Music & Worship by email:  or by mail:  Chris Caffee, First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Avenue, Waxahachie, TX  75165. 
Stick Time: What's Working? Scott Dorsey, %20 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
Sometimes it seems that we spend all of our time in rehearsals (particularly in the later stages of the semester) focusing upon what’s going wrong, rather than celebrating what’s going right.
Yes, absolutely, we are supposed to identify areas that require attention and devise methods for helping our choirs continue to improve.  When was the last time, however, that you took a moment to acknowledge singers for things they are doing well? Positive reinforcement is a powerful part of the development of any relationship.
That said, let’s consider just three basic items from this selection recorded during an ACDA divisional conference.  What is working well here? (Please bear in mind this is a necessarily brief commentary and the present writer’s opinion is barely worth 2¢.)
The first thing we notice is the repertoire. Our colleague has decided to program solid, historically valuable choral literature for these young singers.  Repertoire selection is an area of some concern among many in the profession.  We also note that they are performing the work in its original language.
Then there is the matter of tone.  Our colleague has cultivated vocal production that seems at once healthy and age-appropriate while still fitting for the performance of a work by Brahms.  Another positive element is the apparent upper-body freedom exhibited by the singers.
Finally, we note that attention has been given to the structure of the phrase.  The performance has an organic sense of “breathing” as it ebbs & flows with regard to tempo, dynamic, and text declamation.
Even though it is early in the season, what do you hear in your own choir’s singing that deserves a word of positive acknowledgement?
Leadership and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Joshua Bronfman, %10 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000 article talks about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and their model of creating a sense of mission, vision, and purpose. It's an interesting read. I'm not sure it totally translates to the rest of the world...I wonder whether the model is repeatable outside of the community that it comes from (though not to cast an dispersions on the incredible impact the organization has, or the level of it's accomplishments). But still, the lessons are good ones, and certainly proivde me with some insight into how I might lead my chorus to new things. It certainly helps to have some world class organiztional folks behind you. The infastructure alone is remarkable. I think the most remarkable thing for me (aside from the remarkable organization and the clearly huge budget), is the sense of purpose and mission that everyone who is a part of the organization feels. It's inspiring.
Tonight was the first meeting of my community chamber choir. We are a good group: auditioned, mostly music teachers, professors, or folks with music degrees or currently pursuing degrees. We read through some new music, and we sounded darn good (better than last year in fact). At some point in the middle of rehearsal I looked around and saw all these people - some whom I'd only recently met, some who I've known since they were in middle school, a few whom had been in the chorus for decades - and I had this overwhelming feeling of gratefulness sweep over me. Here were people following me, but more importantly, following the vision of the organization. I just felt so lucky to be a part of it tonight. 
I think in some small way, the singers in my community group feel the way they do about this group in a similar fashion to the folks interviewed about the MTC. I guess I feel pretty lucky that we've got a healthy vision and common purpose. We recently hired a new Executive Director, who is all fired up to take us to new places. The future is bright.
How is your vision? Are the singers a part of it, or are they still finding their way? How hard has it been to create, nurture and grow that vision? Have you achieved your goals? What now?
5 Leadership Lessons From The Mormon Tabernacle ChoirForbes
Take the Latest ACDA Poll Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000's time to vist the ACDA website to take the latest poll!  The question of the moment pertains to your use of warm-ups in the choral rehearsalClick here to TAKE THE POLL. ]]>Star-Spangled Banner Week Scott Dorsey, %12 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
       This week marks the 200th anniversary of the United States National Anthem.  The occasion will be marked by a large number of celebrations, from small town-square affairs to exhibits and events at the Smithsonian Institution.  Perhaps the biggest splash commemorating the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner will take place in Maryland, home of Fort McHenry, where the week-long Star-Spangled 200 festival will celebrate the anniversary with over five dozen events, including concerts, tall ships, air showsfireworks, and more.  Closer to home, you can participate, too. The foundation Star Spangled Music offers may ways for you to mark the occasion in your own classroom or rehearsal space.
       For those of us trapped at our desks during this celebration, we can enjoy this performance of the original version of our National Anthem.
Charpentier's Messe de Minuit Marg Stubington, %09 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 any of you performed this with just organ accompaniment instead of small chamber ensemble (strings, flutes, continuo)?
I have programmed this for a 60 voice choir.
Thanks for your advice!
Pacific Chorale's John Alexander Singers release "American Voices" Ryan McSweeney, %08 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 Tuesday, September 9, Delos Music releases a new recording by the John Alexander Singers, the fully professional 24-voice chamber choir of Pacific Chorale. The recording features the music of American composers, including Dale Warland, Morten Lauridsen, Joseph Gregorio, Michael Rickelton, John Muehleisen, Norman Dello Joio, Eric Whitacre, and John Orfe, with guest instrumental performers Barry Perkins on trumpet and David Clemensen on piano. Pacific Chorale Artistic Director John Alexander conducts. The selections include three winners of Pacific Chorale's Young Composers Competition in their premiere recordings. This is the third recording to exclusively feature the John Alexander Singers; the group shared a release with the full Pacific Chorale on last year's "Frank Ticheli: The Shore and Other Choral Works," also on Delos. The recording is available on CD and digital download from Delos's website, as well as through distributor Naxos and retailers iTunes and
Track Listing:
1. Warland, Always Singing
2. Lauridsen, Chanson Éloignée
3. Lauridsen, O Love, Be Fed With Apples While You May
4-6. Gregorio, Love, thricewise (Liquor and lacquer / An amethyst remembrance / Kinsfolk) *
7. Rickelton, Pentecost *
8. Muehleisen, Snow (The King's Trumpeter)
9. Muehleisen, When All Is Done
10. Dello Joio, The Bluebird
11-12. Muehleisen, Two River Nocturnes (Prairie Waters by Night / River Moons)
13. Whitacre, Little Birds
14. Whitacre, Water Night
15. Orfe, Fire! *
16. Dello Joio, Song of the Open Road
 * Young Composers Competition winner
American Voices - PacificChorale - Flickr
Rent or Purchase Used "What Sweeter Music" Hayes Rick Fisher, %08 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 What Sweeter Music: A Festival of Carols
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Mark Hayes, Lorenz 65/2023L
Starting: Immediately
For: thru end of December
Copies: 60
Willing to rent: Yes
We are seeking copies of Mark Hayes' cantata "What Sweeter Music: A Festival of Carols" (Lorenz 2013) to rent or buy. If renting, we seek 60 copies. If buying, willing to buy more or less than that. Also seeking the orchestra score and parts.
Youth Church Choir Rep Suggestions Kate Mikijanic, %08 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 all,
I recently started a position conducting a youth choir (grades 6-12) at a church. Although the church's youth ministry program is thriving, the choir is unfortunately not. I've heard from parents that my predecessor was very opposed to any kind of contemporary music - and not even the typical contemporary/praise band type music that us choral scholars tend to steer clear of! Apparently she only programmed very serious music, such as hymns, anthems, and/or things in Latin that were difficult for the younger singers to relate to and connect with. I think this may be the deterrant for the high school students in particular who seem to want nothing to do with singing in choir.
I've only taught in public schools, so my brain is wired to find secular "winners" for middle and high school students to sing. I'm hoping to find suggestions for more contemporary sacred choral music, or at least music that would be engaging for young singers to perform in a church setting - multicultural pieces, spirituals, etc. SAB or SATB repertoire is preferred.
Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Borrow One Copy of Lukas Foss' "Lamdeni" (Out of Print) Timothy Newton, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Lamdeni
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Lukas Foss, Edition Salabert (1975)
Starting: ASAP
For: One week
Copies: Single Copy
Willing to rent: No
I am looking for a single of copy of Lukas Foss' "Lamdeni" for chorus and six instruments (Salabert, 1975), mentioned in some of the repertoire lists here on the ChoralNet. Hal Leonard has told me that it is permanently out of print and that the right to copy is dependent on me obtaining a single print version for copying. Thanks to anyone who may have this obscure, but interesting set of three chants.
Tim Newton
SUNY Oneonta
Concord Chorale Open Sing for its 46th Season Kristofer Johnson, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Chorale, an 80 voice auditioned civic chorus in the capital city of New Hampshire will hold its anual Open Sing for new members on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:15pm at Concord High School (#170 Warren Street, Concord, NH).  All interested singers are warmly invited to participate in open sing and then to sign up for an audition.  For more information, visit
More Cheap Apparel (Multiple Colors) Daren Small, %08 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 have found more dresses! All dresses are in pretty good shape and have many more years of use left in them. I have a myriad of sizes in the 4 available styles. All dresses are satin, long and formal style. Colors are Blue, Red, Burghundy, and Black (older and discontinued style). Also I have men's vests in 1 style (vertical stripes in silver, red, and black). I have pictures of all pieces that I would be happy to provide to interested people. Please e-mail with any inquiries. Thanks! ]]>Director of Music at All Souls Church Ed Harsh, %08 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
The Position
All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City seeks a gifted and visionary musician to serve as full-time Music Director, leading its vigorous music program into a bright and meaningful future. The position offers a tremendous opportunity for artistic expression and growth.
The Music Director provides leadership of the music ministry of All Souls and is responsible for the coordination of all music in the Church. Articulation and expression of the values of the Church through music is a primary objective in that s/he is charged with building connections with the congregation and bringing music alive for the All Souls community.
First among her/his responsibilities is to work in close collaboration with the ministerial staff to ensure that the music presented as part of Sunday morning services contributes to and enhances the depth and meaning of the spiritual experience. Among the many great musical resources at All Souls is its outstanding principal choir of professionals and trained amateurs.  An energetic Community Choir is likewise an important resource. Both ensembles look to the Music Director for inspiration and nurturing leadership.
Also of importance is the provision of organ and other instrumental music, both on its own and to accompany congregational singing. Ideally, the Music Director is an accomplished organist and is at the center of instrumental as well as vocal performance in the church. The church sanctuary features a recently rebuilt Holtkamp organ of 53 ranks, as well as a Steinway B piano. A second Steinway grand piano in the church social hall is used especially for summer services in July and August, which the Director coordinates with a less active role.
The Music Director provides expert insight and oversight regarding musical activity generally throughout the Church. S/he administers the music budget and oversees one full-time music support staff. The position reports directly to the Senior Minister.
The successful candidate will be a gifted and accomplished musician and a proven leader of stature and imagination. S/he will possess exemplary artistic ideals and great integrity, with personal values resonant with the values of the church.
S/he will be a gifted choral conductor. Given that the organ and piano will continue to play important roles in worship at All Souls, it is preferred that the Music Director also be a gifted organist and pianist.
The strongest candidate will be one who combines the above qualities and qualifications with openness, curiosity, and interest with respect to the diverse ways musical expression and spirituality can intersect.
  • Significant experience in the role of Music Director, or Assistant Music Director,  Choral Conductor  and Organist of an active church
  • Experience in planning and executing concerts of the classical repertory combining choir and instrumentalists
Education and Training
  • Classical training in conducting, organ and piano
  • Formal education in liturgical music
  • At least a Masters degree from a program of strong reputation
To apply:
Applications should be sent via email to and should include: a concise cover letter, a summary of relevant education and experience, and the names of three references. Deadline: September 15, 2014.  Read the full position description at
Perform at the Empire State Building during the 2014-15 school year Bruce Rickert, %08 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000

The Empire State Building is offering performance opportunities for choirs throughout the Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015.  Performances will take place on the 80th floors and will have an audience of ticket holders on their way to the 86th floor Observation Deck.  This will be a truly memorable experience for your clients.  Here are a few specifics:
• Performance on the 80th floor museum
• Groups sizes limited to 80 singers
• Applications required with DVD/MP3/YouTube recording
• Choral risers and electric piano will be provided
• Performances will take place on selected dates Wednesday & Thursday in October - December, 2014 and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in March - June, 2015
• Performance Times Available daily between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm, except on Wednesdays - 3 performance times 9:00 am - 12 noon.
• Performance Length:  30 minutes
• Secular Music Only
• $28 Performance/ticket  required for all participants, purchased directly through the Empire State Building
• Tour Operator Branding is available on forms and Signage at The Empire State Building
• More information found on our website -

To learn more about the above program - call today 800-220-0165.  The Performance guidelines and application are attached for your perusal.


In need of advice with a beginner's choir. Alex Probst, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 guys!
I know it's the second week of classes, so I'm not really surprised that I'm struggling with this, but I have a non select choir, and while so far they're fairly polite,  there's no real music behind their voices.  (At least not yet, which is why I'm asking for help)
We did a lot of excercises today, trying to get their voices out.  A lot of these involve making music with very nasal mask sounds, and going to a taller, choral sound.  I did this with most of my excercises, as well as breathing excercises.  (gut relaxed, breathe in, hold, out on an S sound for a few seconds).  
There was some small success, but really they're not responding.  Most seem nervous, afraid, withdrawn, or generally not interested.  I'm a pretty high energy guy, so I'm trying to instill that excitement, but it doesn't seem to be getting the effect I want.  
This choir has a heavy turn over rate.  I might get one kid for one year, and never see him again.  I do have a few lifers, kids who are showing improvement, but not to the point where I feel comfortable putting them in my select group.  But a lot of this is coming from the new 9th graders.  
I'm hoping it's just transitional shock, but I'm really trying to do everything I can think of to make this a successful choir, but I can only think of so much.
Does anyone have any tips for me?  I hope I'm on the right path, and that it will lead these kids to discover their inner musician.
Suggestions for a new year's eve concert (A cap. with piano or strings) Ira Spaulding, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000'd love to hear our suggestions for a new year's eve choral concert with paino or strings (or a capella). ]]>Volunteers: Sing with The Lakeside Choraliers Elena Rovetto, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000  Lakeside Choraliers is seeking SABTs for our 2014 / 2015 season and are in particular need of lower range voices. Our choral group was established in 1972. We sing a mix of Contemporary, Classical, Broadway and Spiritual Music. 
Rehearsals are Monday evenings beginning September 8th, from 7.30 to 9.30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4 Woodland Road, Montvale, NJ 07645.

A yearly fee covers dues for the fall and spring season, including the privilege of singing with the West Point Cadet choir on December 7th, our Holiday Concert on December 14th and our spring concert date TBD.

See our website for additional information.
Genghis Khan - See-A-Dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000

An eclectic mix of spoken word/chant and fun rhythmic harmonies, this nonsense piece is available for both mixed choir or men’s ensemble.

Four Part Mixed Chorus / Four Part Men’s Chorus


click on the image below to hear the piece

Notes of Joy 2016 Austria Choir Festival with Rollo Dilworth Michael Clohesy, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Austria 2016 Choir Festival with Rollo Dilworth

Join me in two of the great cities of culture in Europe; Vienna and Salzburg. We will present individual choir concerts and we will combine to sing as a festival choir - our echoes will join those from across the ages.

We’ll walk in the footsteps of the masters, we will immerse ourselves in the world from which much of our great music springs and we will enjoy the appreciation of warm audiences in commanding venues.

Austria is not be missed by any musician and it is the gateway to many other great musical cities such as Prague and Budapest.

I hope you can consider joining me in the summer of 2016.

Rollo Dilworth

PS For any planning 2015 tours please note I’m leading the 2015 Ireland Festival.

Contact KI for tour details KIchoirs on Facebook


Conducting Workshop with Craig Jessop-January 2015 - NYC James Meaders, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000

~~Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Conductor

January 16-19, 2015 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend in New York City
Craig Jessop, lead faculty

Intensive workshop providing hands-on experience for established and emerging conductors:
• Podium time – Videotaped podium time
• Private Lesson – Individual private lesson providing feedback and personal attention
• Orchestral Language – Learn from our faculty and instrumentalists how to speak the language of the orchestra and chorus
• Observation and Discussion – Q & A with visiting composers/conductors who will be featured during the weekend
• Attend performances – Attend the DCINY concert performances at Carnegie Hall/Lincoln Center and take advantage of world-class attractions in New York City
For more information and to apply, visit

 •If you wish to contact the author, please click on the icon next to the author’s name above.

Director of Music wanted Sara Gordon, %08 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000
Full Time
Director of Music – Job Description
Degree Requirements:  Minimum of Master Degree in Music in Organ Performance and/or Choral Conducting with knowledge and skills in both desirable and terminal degree preferred.
Experience requirements: 10 years church experience preferred, some of which has been spent in a large church setting.
  1. Director of Music will report to Senior Minister*.
  2. Director of Music will oversee the Associate Director of Music with the expectation that the working style will be  collegial and together they will oversee  all aspects of the Department of Music Ministry, sharing duties (as agreed upon by the musicians ) of conducting, and service playing.
  3. Director of Music will oversee other Department of Music Ministry personnel including Music Administrator, media specialist, choral section leaders, and part-time children’s choir directors.
  4. Director of Music will work collegially with Church Administrator to manage all financial aspects of Music Ministry.
* The Senior Minister bears ultimate responsibility for all church functions including worship and music.
  1. Plan music for all worship services in dialogue with Ministers and other music staff personnel.
  2. Determine how to share conducting and other musical performance responsibilities with church music staff. This would include  
    1. Chancel Choir
    2. Chapel Choir
    3. Cherub Choir*
    4. Jubilate Choir*
    5. Community Ringers Hand Bell Ensemble
*Cherub Choir and Jubilate Choir are conducted by two part-time choral directors/music educators.
  1. Playing with knowledge and proficiency in both Organ and Piano at a very advanced level for all worship services, weddings, funerals, and special services.
  2. Assist as needed the C2 Contemporary Service both in an advisory and visionary capacity . Occasionally assist with playing and/or singing within the C2 service when needed.
  3. Oversee care and maintenance of all instruments on church campus
    1. Hamburg Steinway 9’ grand piano (Sanctuary)
    2. New York Steinway 6’1” grand piano (Choir room)
    3. Yamaha C3 Conservatory 6’1” grand piano (Chapel)
    4. Two baby grand pianos and 4 upright pianos located throughout the campus.
    5. 3 manual 71 rank Lively-Fulcher Organ (Sanctuary)
    6. 3 manual Johannus Electronic Organ with Hauptwerk System installed (Chapel)
    7. Five Octaves of Malmark Hand Bells
    8. Five Octaves of Malmark Hand Chimes
    9. 3 Tympani
    10. Battery of Orff Instruments
    11. Battery of Auxiliary Percussion equipment
  4. Oversee Community Concert Series utilizing both internal and external groups in a manner that is an outreach to the membership of the church and greater Treasure Coast region.
    1. Internal Ensembles including:        
i.Atlantic Children’s Chorale*
ii.Atlantic Ringers
iii.Tapestry Brass
iv.Indialantic Chamber Singers*
*Atlantic Children’s Chorale and Indialantic Chamber Singers are independent 501c3 organizations and leadership would be subject to their board of director’s approval. Director of Music may or may not desire to direct the ACC Children’s Chorale, Indialantic Chamber Singers is currently directed by the Associate Music Director.        
  1. Participate and assist in other areas of church life including but not limited to:
    1. VBS/Children’s Summer Musical
    2. Family Advent Dinner
    3. Fall Festival
    4. Easter Festival
  2. Other duties as assigned by Senior Minister.
Please submit a Curriculum Vitae, Philosophy of Music Ministry and Statement of Faith to Steve Higgins at Deadline for applications is November 30, 2014.
SING with the Community Renewal Chorus! Zachary Siler, %08 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000
The Community Renewal Chorus is accepting new members. The winter semester will be focusing on the music of Ola Gjeilo and we will be bringing him in to workshop with us. We begin the season with our autumn workshop on September the 20th and rehearse subsequent Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9PM. If you are interested in the group, please contact artistic director, Zakary Siler ( for more details. Below is the mission and history of our group:
The Community Renewal Chorus is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, equality, peace, and justice through music.
Active in Chicago’s musical life for over 40 years, the Chorus has performed at public functions, on television, in churches and concert venues throughout the region. They were founded in 1970 by Harriet Ziegenhals and served until 2003 as musical ambassadors of the Community Renewal Society, personifying its struggle against racism and injustice.
The chorus forms a singing community – their membership personifies their commitment to diversity and inclusion by bringing together people of various races, faith perspectives, economic backgrounds, political affiliations,and sexual orientations. The Chorus has performed over 600 concerts in more than 175 different communities. Its repertoire encompasses music from many traditions and cultures, including major classical works, folk songs from diverse cultures, contemporary and tradition hymns, Broadway show tunes, spirituals and gospel, and songs that reflect hope for the city. As a group whose diversity truly reflects the face of urban America, the Chorus has been welcomed enthusiastically in many foreign countries. Since 1976, seven international “Friendship Tours” have been taken to Romania, Poland, the former USSR, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Scandinavia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Mexico.
Join the Dearborn Community Chorus Marcus J. LaPratt, %08 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 you love to sing?
Do you live in/near Dearborn, Michigan?
Do you enjoy making great music in a non-threatening environment?
Join the Dearborn Community Chorus!
This non-auditioned choir has been supported by the City of Dearborn for over 50 years.
The choir is made up of nearly 60 singers from all musical backgrounds.  No audition required!
Our repertoire includes a wide variety of choral works- traditional, contemporary, folk, jazz, international, etc.  Recent concerts have included Handel's Messiah, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, etc.  December 2014 will include a contemporary arrangement of Vivaldi's Gloria!
The choir gives two performances each year in Dearborn's state-of-the-art Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.
Additionally, the choir tours each year (alternating years with domestic and international tours).  Recent tours have included the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, as well as tours to Mackinac Island, Cincinnati, and Montreal.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7-9pm at the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center Choir Room on the campus of Henry Ford College- Dearborn, MI
Open rehearsals (all are welcome) will be September 9 and 16.
Minimal seasonal dues are waived for first-year members.
Contact Marcus LaPrat, Director, for more information.
UK Choral Directors : Are your choir performing 'Messiah' in the next twelve months? John Brackenborough, %08 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000 have been creating rehearsal cd's for choirs in my local area for three years now which have been well received. One of my pet projects has been to transcribe all
twenty of the choruses from 'Messiah' and, now they are complete, I am taking this opportunity to test the water. I would like to restrict this activity to the UK at
present as I would like feedback as to quality and usefulness. If this is positive, then I can look at expanding availablity.
The product is a stereo CD which primarily has the voice line front centre, played on piano as it would normally be when 'notebashing' at rehearsal. The other voices
are 'virtual' and surround the singing line to help with harmony and fill in non-singing gaps. Behind all this is a string accompaniment based on a facsimile of Handel's original score, 1st and 2nd Violin, Viola and Cello (continuo). The singing line is checked for note accuracy and phrasing against Watkin Shaw's Novello edition.
If you think a product of this sort may be useful to your singers, please contact me via e-mail on and I will send you a free sample disc (which includes one example of each voice) and details of pricing etc.
John Brackenborough
Director of Music Ministries Karen Johnson, %08 %b %2014 %08:%Sep:%th 8SepGMT+0000 Ridge Presbyterian Church
Job Description
Director of Music Ministries
The full-time Director of Music Ministries supports the full range of music ministries at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, including music leadership of a diverse set of spirit-filled worship services and special musical outreach events for the community at large, inspiring participating singers and instrumentalists as well as the “great choir” of our singing congregation to worship together creatively and enthusiastically in gratitude to God. 
Brief Description of Responsibilities:  The Director reports directly to the Pastor, Head of Staff and is responsible for: 
  • Providing vision and leadership for the music ministry, while ensuring the implementation of its mission and goals
  • Planning, preparing, and leading the music for weekly and special worship services
  • Preparing and providing organ, piano, and other keyboard music for weekly and special worship services
  • Planning and rehearsing adult and youth voice and handbell choirs
  • Overseeing children’s music ministries and supervising the Director of Children’s Music Ministries
  • Identifying, encouraging, and integrating the musical gifts of the congregation into services as an act of worship
  • Planning, rehearsing, and providing music for weddings and funerals.
Specific ResponsibilitiesThe following list reflects currently anticipated responsibilities.  The Director is expected to bring creativity and leadership to defining the role of this position and its specific responsibilities going forward.
PLANNING: The Director collaborates with the pastoral staff in planning and ensures sufficient resources for all music used in church services and events, including the music for all regular weekly and special worship services and musical events. These services and events currently include:
  • Two existing Sunday morning services
  • Special services, such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday
  • The launch, development, and continuing maintenance of the music for the new informal, acoustic, and participatory Oak Table Service held on Saturdays
  • Outreach music events, such as oratorio concerts during the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons and noon Music and Meditation services during Lent
  • Church weddings and funerals.
The Director also plans and maintains music budgets and special music funds.
DIRECTING CHOIRS, SOLOISTS, and ENSEMBLES: The Director rehearses and directs choirs, soloists, and ensembles. This currently includes:
  • Rehearsing and leading the following voice choirs:
  1. The Sanctuary Choir, an adult choir which sings each Sunday during the program year and at other special occasions
  2. The Youth Choir, consisting of youth singers (grades 6 – 12)
  3. The Oratorio Choir and soloists, who sing for two outreach concerts/services per year
  • Preparing and rehearsing soloists, instrumentalists, and ensembles, as appropriate
  • Rehearsing and leading one youth and two adult handbell choirs
  • Identifying youth and adults with musical gifts and interests and recruiting them for choirs and ensembles
  • Maintaining or overseeing the maintenance of all music materials and related items, such as the church music library and choir robes.
PLAYING THE ORGAN, PIANOS, and OTHER KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS:  The Director practices and plays the organ, pianos, and other keyboard instruments for all services and other music programs. This also includes:
  • Accompanying on the organ or piano while directing the choirs and soloists
  • Arranging for substitute organists/musicians for all services while on vacation
  • Preparing and playing the organ and accompanying soloists for church weddings and funerals (paid through honoraria); other organists and instrumentalists can be used with the permission of the Director
  • Overseeing the maintenance, repair, tuning, and general care of all church musical instruments.
OVERSEEING CHILDREN’S MUSIC MINISTRIES: The Director oversees the music ministry to children through 5th grade and supervises the Director of Children’s Music Ministries.
RELATING TO CHURCH STAFF AND CHURCH GROUPS: The Director attends weekly staff meetings, monthly meetings of the Worship and Music council, and other appropriate church group meetings to inform and be informed about key church priorities and events affecting the music ministry. 
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND NETWORKING: The Director continues to develop professional skills and knowledge through continuing education and networks with other music professionals, including maintaining membership in professional music organizations.
Time Commitmentfull-time (typically 40 hours per week, sometimes more)
Special Talents, Skills Preferred: The Director of Music Ministries will have a strong personal Christian faith, seeking spiritual guidance in planning and working, and leading the people in love and faith. Required training and experience includes:
  • A bachelor's degree in music with concentration in organ/keyboard, church music, choral music, or other similar subjects, along with extensive study and experience in these subjects and the many genres of worship music.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in church music ministry.
Desired training and experience includes:
  • Advanced degrees and/or additional courses or continuing education in music.
  • Some coursework, study, or experience in ringing and/or directing handbells.

(Click here to view/download the detailed job description.)

To submit a cover letter and resume please email, Attn:  Karen Johnson

Seeking Volunteer Choir Singers - All Parts Margaret Pasholk, %08 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000 church choir in Vallejo (northeast corner of SF Bay) currently has about 17 members, but we want to be able to tackle more difficult pieces that can only be handled with more singers.  We especially need male singers, but we welcome all parts.  Our rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30 PM and on Sunday mornings at 10 AM, preceding the 11 AM worship service.  
Questions may be directed to
An easy piece for Harvest, with congregational participation. Gordon Thornett, %08 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000'All Good Gifts' is a simple, catchy setting in 7/8 time of the well-known harvest hymn.  Mainly in unison, it contains a little 4-part harmony, and lends itself to congregational participation (in unison) in the easy refrain.  You can see, hear and print it out at ]]>Join 5,000 singers in Cork - Ireland's Flagship Choral Festival Leona Murphy, %08 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000 
From 29th April – 3rd May 2015 Cork will welcome choirs from across the world for a programme of choral concerts, national and international competition, and internationally renowned performers as thousands of participants bring the city to life for five days in May. For visiting choirs, Cork provides an opportunity not only to perform; but also to experience some of the world’s best choral music, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the mingling, singing and fun of the Festival Club, and explore the vibrant city of Cork and its surrounds on Ireland’s beautiful south coast.
As one of Europe’s premier Choral Festivals we have been attracting choirs from all over the world, to attend either in a competitive or non-competitive capacity, as part of the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy or in the Non-competitive strand of the Festival.
Competitively: Fleischmann International Trophy Competition
This is a high standard competition for amateur choirs of international standing. Choirs are expected to present: A programme of a cappella music representing an historically-balanced and coherent range of styles.
This must include:
  • a work composed before 1750
  • an original work by a living composer
  • and a work by a composer of the choir’s native country
Participation is strictly by application and selection only. The closing date for applications is 31st October 2014. Information on application procedures, rules & regulations and the Festival application forms can be found WWW.CORKCHORAL.IE 
Each year choirs from around world are also selected to participate in the Non-Competitive Strand of the Festival. Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, attend some of the festival events, sing, mingle, and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork. This is a great option for choirs who wish to enjoy what the Festival has to offer, without the competitive angle.
Each year the festival is delighted to host a number of Non-Competitive choirs from abroad who receive a schedule existing of different type of performances throughout Cork. These would usually include:
• Performances as part of the Festival’s popular Fringe Series
• Performances as part of the Festival’s Choral Trail
• Performance as part of the Festival’s Sacred Trail in one of the city’s churches
• Performance, on a selected basis, in one of the Festival’s concerts
We would encourage participating choirs to arrive to Cork some days before the Wednesday the Festival starts, to give the choir members time to rest, get a feel of the surroundings, and do some sightseeing. During the five days of the Festival, non-competitive choirs are usually very occupied with rehearsals, performances, and general festivities around the Festival, however, upon request, the Festival may perhaps be in a position to schedule sightseeing breaks as well.
Participation is strictly by application and selection only. The closing date for applications is 30th November 2014. Information on application procedures, rules & regulations and the Festival application forms can be found WWW.CORKCHORAL.IE
Your French Choral Literature Experience - Needed for Research Josh Allman, %08 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000 for all directors who have programmed French choral literature:
I am currently doing an undergraduate research project on French choral literature in the today's classroom. While we are looking specifically at Poulenc, we would love to know more about any experience you have teaching and conducting a French piece. I would love to know any of the following from directors who would like to share:
1. What piece(s) did you do?
2. What pedagogical challenges distinguished the teaching of this piece from other pieces?
3. Was teaching the language difficult?
4. What was the student response to the learning and performing of this piece?
5. What vocal and/or musical concepts were you able to impart to your students as a result of teaching your piece?
6. Overall, was your experience with your piece a positive one or a negative one?
7. Why do you think many directors today are intimidated by programming French choral literature?
Thank you in advance for your response. It's greatly appreciated!
Monday Motivation: Music Humbles Us Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 ]]>Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Michael Hayden Scott Dorsey, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Michael Hayden (Mira Costa High School Choir)
My choral go to warm-up is the lip bubble or lip trill. The movement of air created by bubbling takes out all the muscle in the sound, efficiently targets pitch and keeps the phrase moving forward. It also develops great warmth, richness and a mature healthy tone that we love! To start, begin with your choir bubbling “My Country 'Tis Of Thee.” The goal?  Sing the opening phrase all in one breath on the bubble.  Some students may have difficulty at first with getting the lips to bubble. It is due to tension. Have them gently and loosely push the sides of their lips together to loosen up the tension allowing the lips to bubble.  Do this every day! Now of course I use bubbling on any of our warm-ups (scales, leaps, sighs, harmonic warm-ups, etc.) but the real key is to “bubble” your repertoire.  Every day all my choirs will use this technique in our songs to clean up pitch, make up for lack of resonance or lack of unity in the resonance, and most importantly extend breath capacity for longer phrases. So if the sound isn’t quite what you think it should be…go back and bubble it.  Often, our singers will even say, “Mr. Hayden, can we bubble that section?” My response is... “Of course!”  This self analysis comes from them knowing something doesn’t sound right and most importantly doesn’t feel right. They know the bubble will fix it! This conscious awareness makes for an exciting and productive rehearsal. So…bubble…everything!
(My Go-To Warm-Up” features a favorite warm-up used by those choirs who have been selected to perform during the 2015 ACDA National Conference.)
Camerata Baltimore Auditions James Mayo III, %08 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 Baltimore, one of Baltimore's newest choral ensembles, will host auditions. We will welcome all to come audition with the following requirements:
- You must be musically literate
- You must sight-sing proficiently
- You must have a sense of humor
- You must be light-hearted
- You must be easy with which to get along
Music educators, music majors (instrumentalists and vocalists), and music enthusiasts are encouraged to apply.
Where: Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 128, Baltimore, Maryland
Time: 7pm - auditions (September 9th and 16th only - auditions will be closed after these dates), 7:30 p.m. rehearsal begins.
We are preparing Handel's Messiah for December performances - along with other repertoire for other engagements between Messiah performances.
If you are interested in performing, please contact James Mayo III at Please put "Audition" in your subject line.
Thank you! I look forward to hearing you sing!!
“Some glory in their Birth” by Michael A. Gray (SAB, piano) Michael A. Gray, %07 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 glory in their Birth is a setting of Shakespeare’s sonnet on absolute love’s unspoken fear. 
The latest in a collection of SAB+piano settings, “Book of Sonnets”, it’s available for free download at
Gently used octavo music--major works for SA, SSA, SSAA, SATB Nancy Nole, %07 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000$1.00 per copy  (not including shipping)
Johann Michael Haydn  "Vesperae Pro Festo"  "Sancti Innocentium"   Banner, edit.    SSAA 26 copies
Benjamin Britten   "Ceremony of Carols"   SSA  29 copies
Bob Chilcott   "Peace Mass"   SSA  12 copies
Gyorgy Orban   "Mass No. 6"  SA   19 copies
Aaron Rosenthal  "Voices of Terezin"   SSA   19 copies
S. Rachmainoff   "Six Choruses, Opus 15"  SA   13 copies
Niccola Porpora    "Magnificat"   SSAA    42 copies
Lloyd Pfautsch     "Musicks Empire"  SATB   18 copies
Kirk Mecham   "Seven Joys of Christmas"  SA/SSA   36 copies
Mark Hayes, arr.  "Sing Joy"  SATB  45 copies
Brad Printz, arr.  "Medieval Carol Fantasy"  SATB  23 copies
R. Vaughn Williams  "Magnificat"  SA w/ alto solo     40 copies
Children's Sabbath Linda S. McCreery, %07 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000'm looking for anthems for our adult choir that would be good for Children's Sabbath, which is Oct. 19 this year.  We've sung "Train Up a Child", by Pepper Choplin many times, but would appreciate other suggestions.  Could be SATB, SAB, 2-pt or unison.
Thank you!
Linda McCreery
First Year Teaching, Need Curriculum Kristin Pair, %07 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 am a recently graduated music educator that has been employed at a middle school, 6th-8th. I am charged with teaching both chorus and general music. I went in, spirits high, imagining an exciting year getting to know my students and teaching stellar lessons and really just enhancing their education. I went in wanting to share my passion for music and wanting to encourage that passion in others. However, I'm finding out very quickly that the reality is not like I was picturing it.
I feel like I'm planning lessons that are not only sub-par but that don't fit together into any sort of curriculum. I feel like I'm jumping around and not nearly as prepared as I thought I was going to be. I am blessed with a supportive administration and they've really been willing to help but there is only so much they can help with as none of them have musical backgrounds.
I'm less worried about my choral program. It's really my general music that is suffering most. I'm struggling to come up with a coherent, engaging curriculum that has my students wanting to learn and be in class as opposed to feeling like they've been forced into yet another class they don't really care about. What are some good resources that will help me in my planning that don't cost too terribly much? What do you do when you're planning a curriculum? How do you reach and engage your students even when the material for the lesson that day is more academic than they'd like?
Bass Section Leader - Boston Metrowest Juan Mesa, %07 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
St. Mary's Church in Holliston, MA is looking to hire a Bass Section Leader for a weekly rehearsal and one Sunday Service. Rehearsals take place on Thursday 7:30-9:30pm, and the Sunday service is at 11:30 am (call at 10:45am). We are initially looking for a substitute for a few weeks in September and October, with the possibility of expanding the commitment to a more permanent position.  There choir is made up of accomplished volunteers, skilled in traditional liturgical music. Excellent sight-reading skills are necessary. Our repertoire includes a variety of styles and genres, but is strongly focused on the traditional sacred music of the church, including Gregorian Psalms and 16th century polyphony.  Pay per call is $60 (rehearsal or service) with additional cantoring opportunities for weekly masses, weddings and funerals (compensated separately). If interested, please contact Juan A. Mesa, Director of Music, at
MUSICALS' CELEBRATION IN GREECE. 5th WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS. Thessaloniki 24th - 26th April 2015 Stratos Tsichlas, %07 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
24th-26th April, 2015
Organization : Choir ”KORAIS”
We have the great pleasure to invite you to the 5th World Choir Festival on Musicals, in Thessaloniki, the multicultural city of the Mediterranean with a long historical presence.
If you wish to participate in a celebration with the most wonderful  Musicals melodies of the international theatre and cinema, join us in our city next April, in a Festival dedicated to Peace, Friendship, Collaboration, Brotherhood and Solidarity of people. The 5th World Choir Festival on Musicals will be additionally dedicated to the memory of Thrassos Kavouras, the pioneer conductor and organizer of the most significant International Choir Festivals in Greece.
  • The Festival is addressed to all types of choirs and vocal ensembles all over the world.
  • The Festival does not have a competitive character. However an Audience Prize will be awarded to the best choir, after a voting, at the end of each concert.  
  • Each choir is invited to interpret five songs, at least three from Musicals while the remaining two offree choice, preferably songs from pop music, jazz or from film soundtracks.
  • The program of the first and the last day in the morning, will be open, allowing the participation to choirs that do not include Musicals in their repertoire.
  • The choirs may accompany their program with dancing performances and choreographies.
  • The Festival Opening Ceremony will take place at the Odeion of the Roman Agora, ancient monument of great value in the city .
  • The Festival gives the opportunity for dancing schools or dancing groups to participate with choreographies related with international Musicals.
  • The accommodation of the choirs will be at 3*, 4* and 5* hotels with a very attractive cost. Staying in Thessaloniki displays a special archeological and cultural interest.  In this way, choirs can combine their participation in the Festival with the visit to the ancient monuments of the city and daily trips in the surrounding area.( You can see the sightseeing  here ).
For further information, please visit our website: WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS              (
The 5th World Choir Festival on Musicals awaits your participation in the Musicals’ International Celebration.
For the Choir “KORAIS”
                 Stratos Tsichlas                                                    Jasenka Ostojić
   President of the Organizing Committee                                       Artistic Director
Choir “KORAIS”
53 Alkminis Str. 542 49
Tel.& Fax : 0030 2310 309900
e-mail :
                                                        The Odeion of the Roman Agora and the Rotonda
Lux Aeterna by Z.Randall Stroope Manolo Da Rold, %07 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 Corale Zumellese (female section) performs 
Lux Aeterna (female voices)
By Z.Randall Stroope Composer
Manolo Da Rold Conductor
Francesco Grigolo Organ
Tenor Section Leader, White Plains, NY Timothy Lewis, %07 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Section Leader/Soloist for Grace Episcopal Church, White Plains, New York.  Choir season runs September-May with 3rd Sunday of each month off.  9:15 a.m. call for 10:00 service.  Additional services at Christmas and Easter plus occasional concerts. Rehearsal each Sunday from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  There is no mid week rehearsal.  $125 per call.  Grace Church is within easy walking distance of the White Plains train station. Excellent sight readers who work well with volunteers are encouraged to apply.  Resume and history of paid church work to: Timothy Lewis, Director of Music ]]>Hudson Valley Chorale (Sparkill, NY) - Seeking New Members Regina Faraldo, %07 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000
Looking for a challenging and rewarding community chorus?
Come join the Hudson Valley Chorale (HVC).
We are looking for committed and enthusiastic singers! The HVC currently practices in Sparkill, NY at Dominican Convent Chapel, 175 Rte 340,  (Adjacent to St. Thomas Aquinas College and Thorpe Village; across from Venture Center and LIU), and welcomes new members in all vocal parts. Hudson Valley Chorale, a 25+ voice community choir founded in 2007, is comprised of singers 16 and over who share a passion for choral music. Under the direction of the renowned Dr. Jason Tramm, HVC performs a diverse repertoire for varied audiences.  You can visit, listen and participate in a rehearsal at any time to see if HVC is the group for you. Membership is open to singers who attend at least one full rehearsal and complete a brief vocal interview with our Artistic Director. The vocal interview is not an audition, but an opportunity for the Artistic Director to get to know the singer's vocal ability and general musical knowledge. It is also a time to review the requirements of membership and answer the singer's questions.  HVC members pay annual dues for the performance year to help cover operating expenses.  If you are interested in joining the HVC, please call Sue O’Brien at (845) 598-6749 or email us at
Our 2014-15 season starts in September on Monday the 22rd at 7:30 pm. Please visit our website, for more details on dates and times of rehearsals. We look forward to singing with you!
A reminder for Christmas Robin Mayhew, %07 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%th 10SepGMT+0000 know that there is still some time to go until Christmas is upon us but if one is still working out which Christmas carols to perform at any festive concerts please have a look at my 'free for everyone' piece titled The Age Old Reason for Joy.  I'm excited that here in the UK Songs of Praise, which is one of our national broadcaster's the BBC TV shows, have added the score to their music data library and that they love the 'new words' in the message.  I wrote it to teach the young and remind the older just what Christmas is really all about which is something that seems to get rather lost with all the commercialisation that takes place.  Everything for learning and performance is available as free downloads - the SATB score, a 2 part score for schools and young choristers, the words and accompaniment along with various other tools and audio.  There is also a link to YouTube where one can see a performance done last year at my local church with the choir helped out by children from the local primary school.  It was great fun to do.
Here's the link to the dedicated page
Best wishes and joyous singing
Robin Mayhew
Composition Spotlight: "Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty " Scott Dorsey, %05 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty  by Philip Orem for SATB Flute and Piano (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: Church Choir
Uses: Ordinary Time/Sundays after Pentecost, Funeral
Program Themes: Peace, Beauty
This Piece Would Program Well With: Speak and We Will Hear by Joseph Martin available from Sheet Music Plus and JWPepper.  
This is an excellent piece to start off the year.   The range and difficulty level are right for your typical church choir.  There is one G above the staff for sopranos that could easily be sung down the octave if that is an issue for your choir.  With the addition of the flute part, Philip Orem really caught my attention with Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty. 
Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty is available from the composer
Sunday Inspiration: Deum Verum (chant) Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000
Looking for Northern Virginia Director Position Ryan Pick, %07 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 name is Ryan Pick and I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2003 from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music located in Winchester, VA. I was a voice major piano minor. I am currently a professional singer, flute player, composer, and conductor living in Woodbridge, VA. I am a licensed Music Teacher in the state of Virginia. I have experience teaching band, choir, orchestra, general music, and hand bells/chimes. Currently, I am a General Music Teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. I am also an Assistant Choral Director of a non-profit community chorus located in Prince William County, VA as well as the Choir Director of a Lutheran Church also located in Prince William County, VA. To date, I have performed with, written for, and directed over 25 musical ensembles ranging from Choral to Instrumental. I am also pursuing a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership.
I am currently looking for a new Church Music position and/or a paid Director/Assistant Director position.
North Reading Community Chorale Section Leaders Carey Shunskis, %07 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000 Reading Community Chorale is looking for section leaders for its 30th season!  The Chorale is a 25 member ensemble that rehearses Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm at Aldersgate Church in North Reading.  A section leader will be a confident singer with good reading skills or the willingness to learn music on his/her own to help the choir.  The section leaders will have the opportunity to sing solos or participate in other ways to showcase their talent.  These positions are open to all ages and all levels of study.  A brief audition will take place during a Monday rehearsal and a small stipend may be availble if there is need and transportation may be able to be accomodated.  The concert dates are Saturday December 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday December 7 at 4:00pm with a diverse program of carols featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Lauridsen, Howells and Rutter.  More information can be found on our website.  Please email if you or anyone you know is interested!  Thank you and happy singing! ]]>Newly Published Sacred Suite for Choir Robert Ashford, %06 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Robert Ashford’s newly published Sacred Suite  offers three original melodies for “The Lord Is My Shepherd (23rd Psalm),” “The Beatitudes,” and “The Lord’s Prayer” ….soothing, calming, and uplifting melodies and harmonies that ease the mind, touch the heart, and comfort the soul.
A recording by the Concert Choir of State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, conducted by Professor Gerald Grey, can be heard (and scores are available) via the following link:  The cost of scores will be reduced or waived for financially burdened choirs.  For more information contact
Auditions: Adesso Choral Society Jean Reed, %06 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 are seeking more singers, to SATB!- currently we are small SSAA chamber chorus,
in existence for 10 years.  Average two concerts/year.
Focus is on music by emerging composers and arrangers,
however we also include classical in our concerts.
Please visit our website "Contact" section for an audition or with any questions.
Experienced soprano seeking church section leader position Barbee Monk, %06 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 all,
I am a soprano seeking a paid section leader and/or soloist position in a church choir.  I recently moved to New Jersey from Miami, where I received my Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.  I have several years of experience as a section leader in Catholic and Episcopal churches; possess excellent musicianship and sight-reading skills; and am comfortable singing with or without vibrato according to the needs of the ensemble.  I live very close to the city but am also able to travel to nearby counties of New Jersey (Hudson, Essex, Bergen, Union, etc).  I am also available as a substitute soprano and a soloist for oratorios and other special events.
Please contact me at, or call (904) 422-5890 if you know of any such positions.  I am happy to provide my resume, references, and any other information/materials upon request.
Thank you,
Barbee Monk
(904) 422-5890
Music Director (Part Time) Michael Main, %06 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000


Bethany United Methodist Church in Purcellville, VA, is taking applications for an experienced, part-time Music Director.  Part-time will entail each Sunday morning, one evening choir rehearsal per week and special services such as Christmas Eve and Holy Week, etc.  Ability to play piano preferred but not required.  Send resumes, attention:  SPRC Chair, to or by mail to Bethany UMC, 100 West Main Street, PO Box 487, Purcellville, VA 20134.  For more information or to request a job description, e-mail or call the church office at 540-338-7648. 

North Jersey Chancel Choir Invites You! Rasaan Bourke, %06 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 Chancel Choir
Try-It Rehearsals for Bangor Area Children's Choir - September 10 and 17 Robert Ludwig, %06 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Bangor Area Children's Choir is currently holding auditions for new members, aged 9-18. Those interested may attend a "Try-It" Rehearsal on September 10 or 17 from 4:00-5:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 56 Center Street, Bangor, or contact the Artistic Director ( to arrange a private audition. Additional information is available on our web site -, including our spring newsletter detailing the accomplishments of the 2013-14 season.  ]]>What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, September 7, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %06 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - September 7, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Pierre Villette: Hymne a la Vierge
The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood
Herbert Howells: All my hope on God is founded
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton
Jeremy Cole, organ
Flor Peeters: Aria, Op. 51
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Pierre Villette (1926–1998) was a student of Maurice Durufle. Herbert Howells studied
with Sir Charles Stanford at London's Royal College of Music. Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
was a Belgian organist and teacher.
American spiritual, arr. by Clayton Erb and Jubilant Sykes:
Were you there?
London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton
Jubilant Sykes, baritone
Sir Hubert Parry: Jerusalem
Canterbury Cathedral Choir and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Allan Wicks
David Flood, organ
Norman Cocker: Tuba Tune
Jonathan Bielby, organ
Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall
Jubilant Sykes is a native of Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Allan Wicks was organist of
Canterbury Cathedral from 1961-1987. The Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall was
originally built for an exhibition hall in Wales. It has been rebuilt by Harrison and Harrison
several times.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 137, "Lobe den Herren, den machtigen Konig der Ehren"
Choir of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig; New Bach Collegium Musicum, Hans-Joachim Rotszch
Arleen Auger, soprano; Ortrun Wenke, alto;
Peter Schreier, tenor; Theo Adam, bass
The familiar tune "Lobe den Herren" which we often hear sung in churches today is the centerpiece
of this glorious cantata. Be sure to read Craig Smith's detailed notes on the cantata.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Richard Hickox
Vaughan Williams conceived of his setting of John Bunyan's Christian allegory as an opera. In reality
it is probably best presented in churches which have the resources to mount a production involving
40 soloists, chorus and orchestra. The work is rarely performed and recorded which is a pity as the
music captures the many moods of this great English composer.
Saturday Respite: Cheesy Movies Inspire Cheesy Commercials Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000"When you speak, it depends upon which part of the country you're standing in as to how stupid you sound."
Looking for World War I medley for boys' choir - unison or 2-part Leslie Bricker, %05 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000'm looking for settings of World War I songs (e.g., Tiperary, Home Fires Burning, etc), preferably in medley form.
Unison or two-part
Piano accompaniment
My group:
Elementary school boys' choir 
40 members
8-11 years old
Easy to moderate level
Contra Costa Children's Chorus Seeks Accompanist (Level 3) Andrew Brown, %05 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000
Accompanist Needed for Contra Costa Children's Chorus
The Contra Costa Children's Chorus (CCCC) seeks an accompanist for its Level 3 chorus.
• Regular accompanist for Level 3 (ages 9 - 12)
• Accompany rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-6:00pm in Lafayette, CA    
• Accompany up to 6 concerts in the SF Bay Area during the 2014-2015 season (September – June)
• Desire and love of working with children
• Ability to play medium to difficult accompaniments
• Rehearsal and performance accompanying experience needed
• Ability and desire to help with music theory in break-out groups during rehearsals
• Kodály background a plus
SALARY:  Compentative based on experience
TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 12, 2014

Since 1984 the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus (CCCC) has been providing high quality choral music education to children in the San Francisco East Bay. Co-founded by Iris Lamanna and Sandy Warner, and now under the artistic direction of Andrew Brown, the chorus continues to enrich the musical life of its members, their families, and the community at large. Over the years the chorus has grown to include 4 choir levels, 2 Honors ensembles, a Summer Music Institute, and its own summer musical theatre program Theatre Arts for Kids.

As a Kodaly based program the CCCC offers a comprehensive program of musical and vocal training, and performance of a wide variety of high caliber choral repertoire from all musical periods and styles. Its pursuit of excellence has earned the chorus national and international recognition, singing at many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Canterbury Cathedral, La Madeleine in Paris, Smetana Concert Hall in Prague, and the Vatican.

Contra Costa Children's Chorus Seeks Accompanist (Level 1) Andrew Brown, %05 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 Needed for Contra Costa Children's Chorus
The Contra Costa Children's Chorus (CCCC) seeks an accompanist for its Level 1 chorus.
• Regular accompanist for Level 1 (ages 5 - 7)
• Accompany rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00pm in Lafayette, CA    
• Accompany up to 4 concerts in the SF Bay Area during the 2014-2015 season (September – June)
• Desire and love of working with children
• Ability to play medium to difficult accompaniments
• Rehearsal and performance accompanying experience needed
• Ability and desire to help with music theory in break-out groups during rehearsals
• Kodály background a plus
SALARY:  Compentative based on experience
TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 12, 2014

Since 1984 the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus (CCCC) has been providing high quality choral music education to children in the San Francisco East Bay. Co-founded by Iris Lamanna and Sandy Warner, and now under the artistic direction of Andrew Brown, the chorus continues to enrich the musical life of its members, their families, and the community at large. Over the years the chorus has grown to include 4 choir levels, 2 Honors ensembles, a Summer Music Institute, and its own summer musical theatre program Theatre Arts for Kids.

As a Kodaly based program the CCCC offers a comprehensive program of musical and vocal training, and performance of a wide variety of high caliber choral repertoire from all musical periods and styles. Its pursuit of excellence has earned the chorus national and international recognition, singing at many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Canterbury Cathedral, La Madeleine in Paris, Smetana Concert Hall in Prague, and the Vatican.

Nashville Singers in concert! Todd Wilson, %06 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000 early and save! or ]]>brand new choir Ben Hanson, %04 %b %2014 %02:%Sep:%th 2SepGMT+0000 I have a question for all you choir directors out there. I am teaching in an alternative high school which just recently added a general music course. This year, we added a non-audition choir for all students. It is a very small group right now (less than 10) and I have 1 boy currently. I want to encourage him and the rest of them. Any suggestions on repertoire? ]]>ACDA-PA Elementary Honor Choir Randy Yoder, %05 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000
Give your students a day of joyful singing!
With Guest Conductor Steven Fisher of the Keystone State Boychoir
Open to singers in 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grade
Seton Hill University Greensburg, PA
Saturday, October 18, 2014
For more information and registration, please visit:
                                                                                  Registration continues until Friday, September 12
Tenors needed at Grace Church in Newark Joseph Arndt, %05 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 
The choirs of Grace Church in Newark seek a professional tenor. Primary role will be singing in a choir of men with professional singers and excellent volunteer singers.
Rate is $115 per call.
Regular schedule is Sunday rehearsal at 9 am with service at 10:30 am (done by approximately 11:45 am).
Occasional Saturday morning rehearsals and mid-week services (standard rate applies).
Excellent sight reading abilities and ensemble skills required.
Mandatory appearances: Concert on November 16 at 4 pm, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day (done by noon), Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Day.
Contact Joseph Arndt.
No phone calls, please.
Grace Church (Episcopal)
950 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Auditions: Southern Connecticut Camerata Jean Reed, %05 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 are 28-members chamber chorus, currently seeking
2 altos and one soprano. Two concerts are performed  each year
in Norwalk-Wilton CT area.
Our December 2014 concert will feature works by Britten,
George Malcom, Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Please visit our website for contact information or to schedule an audition.
Alto & Tenor Vacancies in Bloomington-based Liturgical Choir Priscilla Weaver, %05 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000
After a successful first season, the Bloomington-based liturgical choir Laetare is currently auditioning singers for alto and tenor vacancies. Upcoming performances include the Byrd Mass for Four Voices (et al.) in a Latin mass on All Saints' Day, and Hugo Distler's Weihnachtsgeschichte during Advent.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings in Bloomington.
Email for details.
Borrow Ritsch, Ratsch, Filibom Joseph Farrell, %05 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Ritsch, Ratsch, Filibom,
Composer/Arranger/Edition: DeCormier
Starting: ASAP for Christmas Concert
For: Through Christmas 2015
Copies: 62
Willing to rent: No
Tenor Section Leader, Briarcliff Manor, NY Kenneth Potter, %05 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000 am seeking a Tenor section leader, good sightreader, capable of being the only tenor most weeks.  Rehearsal Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m., service 10:30.  No midweek. Two anthems each week.  Choir of 13-15.  Solo ability a plus but good choral sound more important.  Choir year from September to mid June + Christmas Eve/Good Friday. Pay is $75 per service.  Scarborough Presbyterian Church, Briarcliff Manor, NY.  
Ken Potter, director/organist.  845-480-1416 <>
Undergraduate Composition Contest - Manchester Choral Society Brad Dumont, %05 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000
Submission Deadline:          Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Submission Type:                Compositions should be sent as a final draft PDF file to Dan
                                           Perkins at with the subject "MCS Composition Competition." 
Eligibility:                            Applicant must be a current student in New England at the
       undergraduate level, between ages 18 and 23. 
Composition Requirements: 
  • 4-5 minute composition
  • Must be accessible to SATB Amateur Community Chorus
(see and Youtube channel “lostboynh” for recordings and repertoire history)
  • Accompaniment is limited to flute, harp, piano or organ, or any combination.
                        (Not piano AND organ)
  • Text is to be determined by the composer, but must be in the public domain and should fit the themes of “peace,” “Christmas tapestry,” or “December holiday.” Concert will include Benjamin Britten Ceremony of Carols and Stephen Paulus Christmas Dances.
Selection Criteria: 
  • Overall quality of the composition
  • Accessibility for the choir and audience
  • Choice and setting of text
  • Use of available instruments
Along with your composition please submit a paragraph describing your composition and why you might have chosen a specific text or instrumentation. Include a heading with your name as you would like it to appear in any publications, your date of birth, and any university or institution you may be associated with.
Winner will have their piece performed by the Manchester Choral Society and conductor Dan Perkins in their "Christmas Tapestry" concerts on December 13th and 14th in Manchester, NH.  Winner retains all rights of ownership and publication.
Winning prize:  $250.00
Questions should be directed to Dan Perkins at
Mission of MCS:
The Manchester Choral Society is committed to sharing and promoting the best choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant performances, collaboration, and educational and community outreach.
Established in 1961, MCS is a non-profit, auditioned community choir and continues to be one of the region’s most respected choral organizations.
To seek relevance and hope through music
To bring communities together
To promote a sense of unity and peace
Dan Perkins, Music Director
Dan Perkins is in his 24th year at Plymouth State University (NH), where he is professor of music and director of choral activities and in 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor.  In 2011, he was honored as the American Choral Directors Association New Hampshire Choral Director of the Year.  Dr. Perkins is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He is
  • music director of the Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra,
  • co-founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and Chamber Orchestra,
  • principal guest conductor and director of choral activities for the New Hampshire Music Festival. 
  • He has served as music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra and worked as principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi. 
  • He will return to Vietnam in the fall of 2014 as guest conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Orchestra.
He is a frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and will lead their 2014 performance tour in Colombia.  His choirs have performed and studied in England, Poland, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Morocco, Vietnam, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Armenia, Georgia, and throughout the United States.  He will lead the PSU Chamber Singers on a performance/study tour in Chile in May of 2014.   He was guest conductor for Mid-America and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in April of 2014.  The chorus of 250 included singers from PSU, MCS, NHMC, and schools in Iowa, Texas, California, Texas, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. 
Perkins is a co-founder, with Dr. Trish Lindberg, of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, and pianist for the Trio Veritas.  He holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland where he was associate conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir and the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus.  He lives with his wife, Jill, in New Hampshire and they are the parents of two sons. 
Unison songs for Timothy Jones, %05 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 love the sound of choirs singing in unison and try to program unison singing into concerts. I am looking for new pieces and I know this smart community will have some great ideas. What unison pieces do you love?
I'm currently working with an adult mixed community choir and a 6th-12th grade mixed recreational choir. Looking for accompanied, unaccompanied, any language or style.
Anxious to hear your suggestions!
Notre Dame's Eight Commissions by Leading Composers Leigh Hayden, %05 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 Anniversary Choral Celebration
March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series
University of Notre Dame
The festival showcases the University's choral tradition in this first-ever concert event by Notre Dame’s Chorale, Glee Club and Vocale. Each ensemble performs their signature repertoire separately then combines as a mass choir for the concert's stirring close. The 10th Anniversary Choral Celebration includes eight works commissioned by some of today's leading established and emerging contemporary composers:
  • Sven-David Sandström
  • Grammy winning composer, Augusta Read Thomas
  • Tim Takach, co-founder of Cantus
  • James Blachly, conductor and 2013-2014 Zander Fellow at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Brad Balliett, composer and bassoonist
  • Cary Boyce, artistic co-director and composer-in-residence of Aguavá New Music Studio
  • Grammy nominated pianist and composer, Gabriela Lena Frank 
Nathan Gunn sings Elijah Leigh Hayden, %05 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 Gunn
March 1 at 2 p.m.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series
University of Notre Dame
Superstar baritone Nathan Gunn portrays the title role in Felix Mendelssohn’s dramatic and powerful oratorio Elijah, a story of powerful, warring personalities and miraculous events told through some of the most beautiful and sublime music of the 19th century. Sung in English. 
In partnership with Sacred Music at Notre Dame, the Presenting Series brings Felix Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece, Elijah to life. This epic oratorio depicts the life of the Old Testament prophet in choruses, arias and orchestral passages of great beauty. Impeccably scored and operatic in character, this moving work is widely considered to be the best oratorio of the 19th century. 
Co-sponsored by Sacred Music at Notre Dame.
Organist/Pianist First Parish Unitarian Universalist Cheri Minton, %05 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Massachusetts
Organist/Piano Accompanist Job Posting – September 2, 2014
First Parish in Arlington is a buoyant, vibrant and growing community of nearly 400 members with a youth group of more than 80 members.  At the heart of First Parish’s ministry is a thriving music program with a 30-member choir and a number of talented singers and instrumentalists.  We seek an accomplished and resourceful Organist/Pianist to join our staff in a part time position.  With the arrival of a new Music Director this fall and our current meeting house renovation, the incoming Organist/Pianist will join First Parish at an exciting and defining moment in the history of the congregation.
Please visit our website for more information about the Music Program at First Parish:
Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Music Director, the Organist/Pianist performs at the organ and piano at Sunday services during the approximately 40-week program year. The Organist/Pianist is responsible for providing service music (prelude, postlude, offertory, incidental music) and for accompanying the choir and other musicians.  In collaboration with the Music Director, Minister and the Music Committee, the Organist/Pianist plans and performs music that enhances worship and the spiritual life at First Parish.  The Organist/Pianist must work effectively as part of a team in a faith community, including the music director, minister, worship and music committee members, fellow employees, church choir, and members of the congregation.
This is a part-time position (10-12 hours per week) and is not benefits-eligible.  The program year runs from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through the second Sunday in June; the position is available on October 1, 2014.
A Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent and church performance experience is required.  Advanced or Master’s level music study is desirable.  Excellent sight-reading and skill reading choral scores are essential.  Improvisational skills and a familiarity with diverse musical genres are highly desirable.
A basic understanding of Unitarian Universalist or religious liberal principles will be helpful.
  • Provide organ and piano music for all worship services. Sunday morning rehearsal and worship service (9:00 – 11:30 am.)
  • Current special services include two Christmas Eve services, two Easter services, and two music-focused Sunday morning services with a Saturday dress rehearsal immediately preceding each.
  • Provide accompaniment for Thursday evening choir rehearsals (currently 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.), Children’s Choir rehearsals, when requested (currently 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays), and specifically arranged rehearsals with vocalists and/or instrumentalists.
  • Facilitate congregational singing through musical accompaniment for hymns
  • Work in collaboration with the Music Director, minister and others planning worship services to encourage the musical talents and broad participation of members of the congregation.
  • Provide timely information regarding musical selections to the church office for publishing in the service bulletin
  • Recruit and prepare substitutes to perform during scheduled absences, in consultation with the Music Director.
  • Provide input on the condition of the church’s musical instruments to the Music Director and Music Committee so that appropriate maintenance and repairs can be arranged.
Compensation:  Salary range $11-13,000 per full program year for the part time position.
How to apply:
Interview and rehearsal audition to be arranged. Please send cover letter, resume and any relevant documents to,  attn.: Organist Search Committee. 
Paper applications will not be accepted.
Additional Information:
The Organist/Pianist reports to the Music Director.
Music for private services outside of the regular Sunday morning services, such as for weddings and memorial services, are not part of the Organist/Pianist’s responsibility.  Organist/Pianist has the first right to play for and be compensated for weddings and memorial services booked at First Parish.
First Parish has a 16 rank E. & G.G. Hook tracker organ, (Opus 523, built in 1869, with three couplers, and two "composition pedals."), Kawai and Steinway concert grand pianos, and a Yamaha electronic keyboard.
First Parish is accessible by public transportation via bus from Harvard Square or Alewife Station (Red Line).
Denver, CO: paid positions with caroling company Timothy Jones, %05 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 Singers seeks energetic, versatile, professional singers for paid seasonal positions with one of several active performing groups
Singers will be caroling, a cappella, in quartets. Music is jazz and pop-infused renditions of traditional and modern carols. All voice parts needed, particular need for tenors
Live auditions (by appointment only) Saturday Sept 13 2014
Full information and contact via this link:
Happy Holidays!
Anonymous 4 Leigh Hayden, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 4
September 20 at 7:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series
University of Notre Dame 
The acclaimed quartet returns to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series with a program of 13th century motets from the Montpellier Codex. Marie-Marion examines fin amours—images, metaphors, turns of phrase—as applied to both earthly love (Marion) and devotion to the Virgin Mary. 
Co-sponsored by Sacred Music at Notre Dame.
Lux Aeterna by Brian Schmidt Manolo Da Rold, %05 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Corale Zumellese performs 
Lux Aeterna
Brian Schmidt Composer
Manolo Da Rold Conductor
O Filii et filiae by Ivo Antognini Manolo Da Rold, %05 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Corale Zumellese performs in world premiere:
O Filii et filiae by Ivo Antognini
Manolo Da Rold conductor
Llangollen Eisteddfod 2015 Syllabus Available Now! Elise Davies, %05 %b %2014 %09:%Sep:%th 9SepGMT+0000
Embrace your talent, and bring it to the world stage for Llangollen 2015. Please follow the link to our website to download the New Competition Syllabus for the 2015 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
All of the information you need about how to apply can be found in the Syllabus but if you have any further queries please contact us at
The dates fo rhte 2015 Eisteddfod are from the 7th - 12th July.
We look forward to receiving your applications.

Kind Regards,
The Eisteddfod Music / Events Team
TENOR AND BASS SECTION LEADERS/SOLOISTS Hannah Carr, %05 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%th 12SepGMT+0000
Stratford Street United Church in West Roxbury is looking for Tenor and Bass Section Leaders for a start date of September 14th. Rehearsals begin at 8:45 for a 10:00 AM service. Fee for 8:45 to 11:00 is $75, with an extra rehearsal on the last Sunday of every month from 11:15 to 12:45 for an additional $50. Paid singers will often sing as a solo quartet during the Offertory. 
Please email an audio file of your voice, singing a cappella, to Hannah at
Alto and Tenor Section Leaders needed (Freehold, NJ) Mark Hyczko, %05 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000

Professional Alto and Tenor Section leaders needed (Freehold, NJ)


St. Peter’s Church (Episcopal)

33 Throckmorton Street

Freehold, NJ 07728


Choir meets from Sunday after Labor Day until Father’s Day


Section leader requirements:


1 - Rehearsal every Thursday evening 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

2 - Sunday service at 10:00 AM with rehearsal at 9:00 AM.  

3 - Additional service calls on Christmas Eve at 10:00 PM, Ash Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Maundy Thursday at 7:30 PM, Good Friday at noon, Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM and usual Easter Sunday service.  No Christmas Day services required.


Pay is $55 per appearance.


St. Peter’s is a small historic Episcopal parish located in Freehold, NJ.  The vested choir sings the full range of music from, but not limited to, the Anglican tradition.  More information on our church and music program can be found at


Please send resumes to organist/choir director Mark Hyczko at

Church Accompanist Marcus J. LaPratt, %05 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000

First United Methodist Church of Dearborn
Job Description

The Accompanist works under the leadership of the Minister of Music to prepare the Chancel Choir for the 10:00 am worship service two Sundays per month and for any special services.  The accompanist is accountable to the Minister of Music, the Pastor, and the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
• Experience working with a church choir.
• A background in piano.
• A minimum of three (3) years experience accompanying a church choir.
• Rehearse weekly (approximately mid-August through mid-June) with the adult choir.
• Accompany the adult choir and congregation for the 10:00 am Sunday worship service.  (This includes the anthem, sung responses, hymns, and incidental music such as prelude, postlude, communion music, prayer choruses, etc.)
• Attend each rehearsal prepared to play at least the upcoming three (3) anthems.  (This includes all vocal parts and accompaniment.)
• Rehearse with instrumentalists as needed for any services, to be determined in consultation with the Minister of Music and the Pastor.
• Rehearse with and accompany other music ensembles at the church as needed (handbells, youth ensembles, etc.)
• Be available to play the organ, as needed.  This would include Sunday morning services and special services
• It is expected that the accompanist would notify the Minister of Music, with as much advanced notice as possible, when he/she could not attend a rehearsal or a service.
• The adult choir does not rehearse or sing for two months during the summer, but the accompanist is still expected to accompany hymns, anthems, etc for Sunday morning services during this time.
• Paid time off in accordance with the FUMCoD staff benefits policy.
• Salary to be reviewed yearly by the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
• Accompanist will receive rights of first refusal to accompany weddings, funerals, etc. for separate independent compensation.
(Special services include, but are not limited to, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Sunday evening programs.)
A criminal background check is required prior to employment.
The Accompanist and the Staff Parrish Relations Committee will review this job description annually.  Any problems relating to the performance of these responsibilities shall be brought to the attention of the Accompanist by the Pastor and/or Staff Parrish Relations Committee Chairperson.   Job related concerns of the Accompanist shall be taken to the appropriately assigned Staff Parrish Relations Committee member.  All parties shall attempt to resolve concerns in a timely manner and shall be given an appropriate time frame in which to do so.
The annual compensation for the Accompanist will be commensurate with experience.  Additional Special Services (Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve services, etc.) will receive additional compensation.


MusicFirst Aims for Complete Online Music Teaching Solution Jeff Tillinghast, %05 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000
Despite steps forward by standards such as Teoria and, theory and notation instruction software has yet to catch up to the types of software and services that would let music teachers take full advantage of 1-to-1 and BYOD teaching environments. MusicFirst is a new company with several familiar faces aiming to capture the blended learning music market, although it is still a work in progress. I had an opportunity this summer to see some of the features of MusicFirst in action, and hear their goals moving forward.
MusicFirst comes from noted Music Ed Technologist James Frankel. As Frankel described at a special interest session at ISTE this summer, he originally started with needing a web-based content package for music which would allow recording and distributing audio along with access to sheet music selections. The absence of a robust web-based recording platform is a major weakness in music classrooms trying to move to a 1-to-1 environment, and even app-based solutions such as GarageBand or TwistedWave on the iPad are a bit clunky for most music class needs. The recording and playback engine in MusicFirst appears to be much more satisfying for individuals recording and submitting practice examples, and will allow ensemble directors to really manage the process of collecting and reviewing those recordings. Anyone who has tried to manage that process through Audacity and Dropbox, for example, knows that there is much opportunity for a new tool here.
In these initial tools, MusicFirst resembles a true web-based competitor to SmartMusic-- distribute sheet music, including access to method book libraries, and record practice examples. MusicFirst is seeking to build out a comprehensive platform, though, by including other features that represent history, theory and notation, including some you may recognize:
  • Musition
  • Auralia
  • Noteflight
  • Naxos Music Library
  • Focus on Sound
Other components round out what is clearly a package designed offer a wide range of music education resources. All of these are wrapped within a learning management system which offers the tools and features one would expect from any classroom LMS: assign activities, collect student submissions, grade/evaluate and return comments, and manage student data over time. Again, since this is all web-based (and is built on HTML 5), the entire package should be device-agnostic and work for a variety of school technology deployments.
Herein lies two key questions about MusicFirst. First, how successful will the web-based environment be? Musition and Auralia, for example, are still available only in their traditional desktop application settings. While data can be collected through the web portal, the program must be run within Windows or Macs, which would eliminate Chromebooks or iPad programs and force choral students to use laptops. If Musition and Auralia could be ported to a completely web-based package, it would represent a major step forward above currently available web-based theory and ear training software. Those familiar with these two programs know that there is little in the programs that couldn't be rebuilt using HTML 5, so this seems like an easy problem to solve.
Second, and this question may be more fundamental to the nature of the product, do music teachers want a complete learning management system purely for music classes? This platform will clearly be most appealing to schools with some kind of 1-to-1 or BYOD environment. Those schools, though, largely have their own learning management systems such as Moodle, Canvas, Haiku or Schoology already in place. It has been my experience in the case of textbook publishers who offer their own assignment portal or LMS-lite that teachers find it awkward or burdensome to use a seperate environment for their classes while complying with school, department or district requirements to use their core LMS platform. In essence, they must use two duplicate systems and find shortcuts to connect the two. If MusicFirst can integrate Single Sign-On authentication with other LMS, employ a standard linking file that makes it easy to access individual assignments from an external website or LMS, or even deploy their individual tools as external packages in cooperation with the other LMS vendors, it would go a long way to avoiding some of the burden of early textbook web systems.
In the end, these may point to a different audience for early adoption of MusicFirst: youth choir programs, which often offer theory/ear training curriculum, but with a minimum of dedicated instructional time set aside. These programs could ensure that their young musicians have the appropriate technology to support the entire platform, and likely don't have existing systems which MusicFirst would duplicate. 
MusicFirst has an impressive goal and is already offering tools which are major contributions to a technology-enhanced music teaching environment in the web-based recording platform. Monitoring their growth and how they manage the entire suite of tools they're trying to integrate will show how useful the platform will be as a comprehensive teaching environment.
“Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by Richard Nance Scott Dorsey, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Jul:%th 18JulGMT+0000
1. “Jubilate Deo.” Fredrick Sixten. SATB divisi. Gerhmans Musikforlag.
Fun, rhythmically interesting piece. Continuous mixed meters in the joyful outer sections, lush sonority in the middle section.  Creative use of dissonance. Good for developing listening and tuning skills!
2. “Missa Brevis.” Ruth Watson Henderson. SATB divisi. Hinshaw Music HMB241
A sophisticated setting of the mass (minus Credo). Perfect for a nice section of program or could be done in liturgy.  Beautiful contemporary writing with some excellent rhythmic and harmonic challenges.
3. “Sechs Lieder in Freien Zu Singen, Opus 59.” Felix Mendelssohn. SATB. Choral Public Domain Library
Fantastic set of partsongs about spring and nature.  The most famous of the six is "Die Nachtigall," but all of them are wonderful for both choir and audience.  
4. “O quam gloriosum est regnum.” Tomas Luis de Victoria. SATB. Choral Public Domain Library
Lyrical motet filled with expressive polyphony.  The text is perfect for All-Saints or memorial services, about the Saints in heaven dressed in white robes.
5. “Nelly Bly.” Steven Foster, arr. Halloran. SATB divisi.
A sparkling arrangement, a joy for both the choir and audience. Perfect for the beginning or end of any set of American folk music.  Be aware there are two versions by Jack Halloran published by Fred Bock Music available, if you want Chanticleer version, you must order anthology.  Well worth it!
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States.  To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at ]]>
Choral Music Baseball Card: Tallis Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Jul:%rd 15JulGMT+0000 ]]>Private Voice Instructor Needed Jenny Warkentin, %05 %b %2014 %01:%Sep:%th 1SepGMT+0000
The Hastings High School Choral Department (6A) is looking for an energetic professional voice teacher to assist with the promotion and growth of our on campus private lesson program. Applicants must have a very strong knowledge of vocal pedagogy, the solfege sight-singing method, the TMEA All-State audition process and the UIL Solo & Ensemble contest procedures. It is also necessary to have very strong communication and organization skills. We are looking for someone to be a positive motivator for our students and who is passionate about promoting musical excellence. Pay is $17.50 per 25 minute lesson.  Work schedule will mainly be during the school day (approximately 11:00-1:00) with after school options as well (approximately 2:35-4:35 or 5:50).  Please contact Jenny Warkentin at
SSA old hymn arrangements Judy Petree, %04 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 for hymn arrangements for SSA, please no new upbeat stuff, just plain old time music with great piano accompaniment.  My older ladies are tired of the back beat and want to sing 'something easy'. By 'easy' they mean something they know from 60's and 70's that they sung in their church. Looking for COUNT YOU BLESSINGS, COME THOU FOUNT, ETC.  No spirituals, got enough;  just old hymns that excite an older generation. I direct 12 very accomplished ladies, 3 on each part, excellent altoes and second sopranoes. Some great medleys would be nice. Saw Hojun Lee's arrangement of Count you blessings--ladies said 'no'. Please find me something or arrange me one. We are tired of contemporary poppycock. ]]>Multicultural Folk and Traditional Music James Brodeur, %04 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 December 11th, our music program will give a Winter Concert. Our theme this year will be multicultural folk and traditional music. I am looking for folk/traditional music from various cultures around the world. Does anyone have an repetoire suggestions? We are an all-boys, 7-12 Catholic high school. So I am looking for high school men's choir music and middle school male choir music. 
Thank you for your help!
Peace be with you,
COME SING WITH THE SPOTSYLVANIANS!! Judy Myer, %04 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000 SPOTSYLVANIANS chorus is now accepting new members for the 2014 fall concert season. Openings are currently available for all vocal parts, and new singers will be accepted through September. Auditions are not required.  The SPOTSYLVANIANS rehearse every Monday night from 7-9 pm at the Marshall Center located at 8800 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania, VA.  Under the direction of Mr. C Alexander Smith, The SPOTSYLVANIANS is an award-winning chorus with an exciting contemporary sound.  Come join us as we prepare for our Christmas concert being held on December 13th and 14th.  You'll be glad you did!!
For more information email or visit our website at
BASS position available Joy Meade, %04 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%th 21SepGMT+0000
Eastminster Presbyterian Church of Stone Mountain, GA is accepting auditions for a talented singer to serve as a leader within our bass section.  The position is approximately 42 weeks per year, with a summer break.  Our regular choir schedule consists of a Wednesday night rehearsal and one Sunday morning service for which we offer $75 weekly ($37.50 per call) compensation. 
For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the Director of Music:
Andrew Meade
Director of Music
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Stone Mountain, GA  30087
Looking for 2007 out of print songbook Ginger Kent, %04 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%th 20SepGMT+0000 Adore a Little Children's Christmas songbook
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Word publishing
Starting: ASAP
For: Until Dec 15th
Copies: one or more
Willing to rent: Yes
Hello~ The tracks for this are so sweet for young small choir; hoping to find the songbook, so the children can see the notes etc.; have not been able to find!~
ONE copy would help!/Thank you! 831.582.0999
Coral Art Society of NJ Starts a New Season Ralph Jones, %04 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 the Choral Art Society of New Jersey began rehearsals for its 53rd concert season in Westfield. Music Director Martin A. Sedek has prepared an exciting and innovative roster of choral works to be performed in January 2015 and May 2015.  
The January 25, 2015 concert will be a celebration of works for choir and organ with its centerpiece the beautifully majestic "Messe Solennelle" by Louis Vierne.  Also on the program will be works by Brahms, Faure, Gardiner, and Mendelssohn.
On May 2, 2015 the choir will be joined by a full string orchestra in presenting "Viva Vivaldi" a tribute to Vivaldi, with Vivaldi's "Gloria," as well as the world premier of Martin A. Sedek's "Four Seasons Cantata." The cantata's texts are the choral settings of Vivaldi's own sonnets that inspired his "Four Seasons."
Members of the Choral Art Society hail from Union, Somerset, Bergen, Hudson, and Middlesex counties. Music Director Martin Sedek is on the choral and theory faculties at Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music, where he serves as Assistant Conductor for the choral program and is Visiting Professor of Music Theory and Conducting. He is an award winning composer of choral and orchestral music, sings professionally throughout the NY/NJ area, and is a Ph.D candidate in music theory and composition at Rutgers University. 
We always welcome new singers to join us and experience this wonderful community of choral music lovers. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 8-10 pm at the Presbyterian Church, Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street, in Westfield, NJ.  For additional information about the Choral Art Society of New Jersey please visit us at:, contact, or call 855-946-7652.
GOING BEYOND WORDS OFFERS HOPE AND UNDERSTANDING Stanley Schmidt, %04 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%th 19SepGMT+0000 Beyond Words with Host Stan Schmidt advances your listening experience with an invitation to take an hour this Sunday, September 7th at Noon Central Time, to think on humanity and why we get ourselves into sticky situations that are sometimes hard to change.   For the last 13 years we have taken this weekend to recall the tragedy of 911.   We will never forget this part of our history when so many were killed.   However, it is perhaps time to look at this event in a different persepctive.   The Music on Going Beyond Words (Show 2041) is designed to offer some hope for our future and may enlighten us to a new understanding of why we are where we are.
WHAT: Going Beyond Words
WHEN: Sunday, September 7,2014
WHEN: Noon Central Time
WHERE: KVNO.ORG   Click on listen.
A Hope Carol  David Conte
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Sung by Chorissima; Susan McMane, Conductor
CD Voices of Hope and Peace
PRIVATE LABEL 0601 (2006)
O Dulcissime Domine  Jean-Baptiste Lully
Le Concert Spirituel; Harvé Niquet, Director
CD Louis Le Prince - Missa Macula non est in te & other French Composers
I Sat Down Under His Shadow Edward Bairstow
These are They that Follow the Lamb  John Goss
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter, Director
CD Hail Gladdening Light - Music of the English Church
Shofar:  An Oratorio in four parts by Robert Stern
I     Tekiah: Whole
II   Shevarim: Broken
III Smashed
IV  Tekiah G'Dolah: Whole
Coro Allegro; David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
CD Awakenings - Robert Stern Shofar;  Ronald Perera Why I Wake Early
You are encouraged to visit the Blog of  http://WWW.GOINGBEYONDWORDS.COM where you will find CD images and complete lists of music for the last five years.   You may send you comments or questions to    Enjoy your listening with Going Beyond Words.
Bernstein's 'The Lark' in SSAA Voicing Candace Cook, %04 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 anyone know where I can find "The Lark" - or at least the 3 primary movements - in SSAA or SSA voicing? ]]>Choir Robes Used RED Eliza Andrews, %04 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Choral Robes:  from a high school choir.  These are about 10 years old, but they were worn 2-3x per year and kept in storage.  They do not have stoles.  There are 78 in a variety of Adult sizes.  Items are all in great condition!  Each Robe is $10 per robe if purchased individually or $700 for all of them.  Buyer pays shipping.  All items sold as is where is.  email for pictures. ]]>Choir Robes Deep Blue Eliza Andrews, %04 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Choral Robes:  from a high school choir.  These are about 10 years old, but they were worn 2-3x per year and kept in storage.  They do not have stoles.  There are 43 in a variety of Adult sizes.  Items are all in very good condition!  Each Robe is $10 per robe if purchased individually or $400 for all of them.  Buyer pays shipping.  All items sold as is where is.  email for pictures. ]]>Used Choral Robes BURGUNDY Eliza Andrews, %04 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%th 18SepGMT+0000 Choral Robes:  from a high school choir.  These are about 15 years old, but they were worn 2-3x per year and kept in storage.  They do not have stoles.  There are 30 in a variety of Adult sizes.  Items are all in great condition!  Each Robe is $10 per robe if purchased individually or $250 for all of them.  Buyer pays shipping.  All items sold as is where is.  email for pictures. ]]>The La Jolla Renaissance Singers Open Auditions Christine Micu, %04 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%th 17SepGMT+0000
The La Jolla Renaissance Singers are auditioning new members for the 2014/2015 Season! Auditions are still open for Basses, Tenors and Altos. If you are a singer in the San Diego area with great musicianship skills who likes to sing qualilty music with other good musicians, come visit a rehearsal and check us out. 
About LJRS: Since 1963, the La Jolla Renaissance Singers have been bringing the finest of early choral music to the San Diego area. Based in La Jolla, California, the elite choir draws members from across the county. The 25-member group performs vocal music written from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, with occasional forays into the Romantic and Modern periods. Members are singers with strong sight-reading skills. The group performs in concert halls, museums, and churches, as well as in libraries, parks, and for private parties in period costume.
Auditions will be held as part of our normal rehearsal time on Wednesday nights from 7:45 to 9:45pm. Auditionees are encouraged to attend rehearsal to get to know the group and so the group can get to know you. The audition process includes participating in a rehearsal, singing a musical selection in a quartet (music sent to you ahead of time), and going through some vocal exercises with the director following rehearsal.
Email to schedule an audition. Please include information about your voice part and prior choir experience.
Director of Music & Organist - St. James Episcopal Church, Cincinnati Alex Gartner, %04 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 James Episcopal Church in Westwood, Cincinnati, OH, seeks its next Director of Music and Organist, to begin employment on January 1, 2015. These positions may be coupled together or held separately.

St. James is the Episcopal Church serving Cincinnati’s West Side, and prides itself as using the arts to show Christ’s love in the broader community. In the past, The church has hosted several concert series featuring local artists, two successful summer music camps, and many other special concerts and musical events.

Director of Music
The Director of Music is responsible for the oversight of all music programs at St. James Episcopal Church – Westwood, working in partnership with the Rector to ensure the highest quality of worship, choir, and other music-related activities. This position may be coupled with the Organist position, should the proper candidate present themselves.
Hours: 12-15 per week
Compensation: comparable to American Guild of Organist Standards

At least a Bachelors Degree in Music Education or Music Performance is required, though a determination of actual experience or alternative certification may be considered. Previous experience managing a church or school music program is desired. Keyboard skills are required.

In partnership with the Rector and the Music Ministry Lay Leadership Team, the Director of Music will work to oversee and provide musical opportunities to enrich the spiritual and musical life of St. James. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing musical leadership at all regular Sunday 10:00 a.m. worship services and at other Principal Feasts and Holy Days by selecting appropriate service music, working with the choir and other musicians, and actively seeking new and innovative ways to worship through music;
  • Conducting and rehearsing the St. James Chancel Choir on all Sunday service, when singing, and at all rehearsals (the choir currently rehearses at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings and on one Sunday afternoon and one Wednesday evening per month);
  • Offering musical guidance and supervision for all weddings and funerals hosted at the parish;
  • Envisioning new ways to serve the congregation and the surrounding community through unique musical programming;
  • Maintaining positive relationships with our community partners to identify new areas to grow and support these ministries;
  • Responsibly managing the music program's budget and memorial contributions;
  • Coordinating and maintaining St. James's choral and instrumental music libraries in an organized fashion.


The Organist is responsible for providing musical leadership on the keyboard during church services, working in partnership with the Director of Music and Rector highest quality of worship. This position may be coupled with the Director of Music position, should the proper candidate present themselves.

Hours: 3-5 hours per week
Compensation: $150 per Sunday; $25/hr for additional rehearsals

At least a Bachelors Degree in Music Education or Music Performance is required, though a determination of actual experience or alternative certification may be considered. Candidates will need to demonstrate their organ and piano skills in a worship service. Previous experience working with choirs and familiarity with the Episcopal liturgy is desired, though not required.

In partnership with the Director of Music and the Rector, the Organist will work to ensure the highest quality of music at all worship services at St. James. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing keyboard leadership at all Sunday 10:00 a.m. worship services and at other Principal Feasts and Holy Days;
  • Offering a variety of music in multiple styles on a mix of organ and piano;
  • Accompanying the St. James Chancel Choir for all rehearsals and in worship or other performances (the choir presently rehearses at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings and on one Sunday afternoon and one Wednesday evening per month);
  • Serving as the primary musician for all weddings and funerals hosted at the church, subject to availability;
  • Leading the St. James Chancel Choir while the Director of Music is away.
Interested candidates for either/both position(s) should submit a cover letter, résumé, and list of references to Fr. Jim Strader at by October 1, 2014.
More information, including full position descriptions, can be found online at
Carolyn Eynon Singers carolyn Eynon, %04 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 are final auditions tonight Thursday Sept 4, at 6;00pm for soprano, tenor and alto singers in the expanding 28 member chamber choir; the Carolyn Eynon Singers.
Call 480-529-2630 for an appointment; all experience levels welcome; rehearsals start Sept 9 at 7;00-9;00pm in Paradise Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church.
Valley presbyterian Church Bass section leader/soloist carolyn Eynon, %04 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%th 16SepGMT+0000 growing Chancel Choir is in need of a dedicated, compassionate and talented bass section leader and soloist on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley. Contact Carolyn Eynon asap at or Starting immediately.
RTB: The Friendly Beasts arr. Farlee Glenn R. Gregg, %04 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 The Friendly Beasts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Robert Farlee
Starting: ASAP
For: Until December 8
Copies: Up to 90
Willing to rent: Yes
Need as many copies as I can get (up to 90) of The Friendly Beasts, arr. Robert Buckley Farlee. Publisher Augsburg. Now out of print. Would also like to get instrumental parts and full score for same, if available.
Dr. Glenn R. Gregg
Artistic Director
Kirkland Choral Society
Score Marking Allan Laino, %04 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%th 15SepGMT+0000 Listers,
I’m conducting a study on score marking strategies used by conductors of both choral and orchestral repertoire. I’m in the process of gathering conducting scores, articles (for example, Dennis Schrock’s interview with Margaret Hillis in Choral Journal-Feb 1991), and books that might be useful. Can anyone guide me to specific systems that they have used or encountered? I would greatly appreciate any help you might be willing to offer.
Many Thanks,
Allan Laino
DMA Candidate in Choral Conducting
University of Maryland, College Park
Did ANYone ever sing this piece?! Need help with finding it!!! Carey White, %04 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%th 4SepGMT+0000 Interlochen Arts Camp in 1988, I sang with the Intermediate Madrigals (a middle school group). 
We sang a funny piece that played upon the name Alexander--had to do with a lover and his lass, and in every verse, it was either AlexANDher, or AlexBANNED her, AlexFANNED her or AlexCANNED her etc.  We thought it was hilarious.  I cannot remember the title, composer or even if it was a real madrigal (probably not) or a modern imitation.
I don't think Interlochen has a record from way back then, so if ANYone has ever sang it or can help me, I would be MOST grateful!!!
Thank you,
Finally have men! Andrea Herrera, %04 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%th 3SepGMT+0000 have simple choir songs, with no arrangements for voices, but I've been coming up with them fine on my own, mostly in thirds.  Until now I have had a group of soprano and alto, but now I have two tenors.  How can I add voices for them, or should they sing with the sopranos or altos, if I do not have time to come up with parts specifically for them???  I am so excited, but I want to use them to their full extent, and I'm not that technical with music writing, but I would love to come up with some neat arrangements?? Any ideas/??  ]]>Montverde Academy Music Conservatory Faculty Recital Aubrey Connelly, %04 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000 is cordially invited to attend the Montverde Academy Music Conservatory Faculty Recital on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of the Montverde Academy, 17235 7th Street, Montverde, Fl. 34756.  The recital features an evening of music by faculty members Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, Brandon Bangle, Lillian Green, Teresa Holton and Mary Mincy.  Admission is free and there will be a catered reception in the auditorium portico after the performance.  For more information, visit the school website at ]]>East Coast premiere of 90-minute oratorio, Pietà, by John Muehleisen Darlene Wyzga, %04 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Cantorum on Hudson proudly announces the east coast premiere of Pietà, an oratorio by John Muehleisen, as the centerpiece of its 20th Anniversary Season, in March of 2015.  The composer will be present for both performances, and on site with all singers in the week prior to the productions.  This will be the work’s first performance with a paraprofessional organization, and the first to bring it to young people!
The composer’s own libretto combines writing as disparate as Kipling, Owen, Blake, Martin Luther King, orthodox hymnology and scripture in its exploration of compassion and mercy. This deeply moving oratorio has only received two performances prior to Schola’s East Coast premiere. This project represents Schola’s most intense engagement effort to date, involving 
  • The Dominos, 30-voice treble choir, of St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City, Joseph Napoli, Director; and
  • VOX, 40-voice male choir, of St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City, Gianpaolo Eleria, Director. 
Schola Cantorum on Hudson singing at the Dom in Salzburg
Ave Regina Coelorum (SSA) by Manolo Da Rold Manolo Da Rold, %04 %b %2014 %07:%Sep:%th 7SepGMT+0000 enjoy listening to my new creation "AVE REGINA COELORUM", for SSA (div) a cappella choir
Ave, Regina caelorum,
Ave, Domina Angelorum:
Salve, radix, salve, porta

Ex qua mundo lux est orta.
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa,
Vale, o valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.


It is published by Alliance Music Pubblications




High School Conservatory Auditions Aubrey Connelly, %04 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%th 13SepGMT+0000 Montverde Academy Music Conservatory is holding auditions to accept new voice, piano, and string students for the 2015-2016 school year.  Audition dates are November 14 and 15.  Interested students should complete an audition application at our website  Click on the Fine Arts tab and then the Music Conservatory tab.  The website also has detailed information about our academy, the audition process, our courses and our faculty.  The Montverde Academy Music Conservatory is an independent day and boarding school for musicians in 7th through 12th grades and postgraduates. ]]>2015 National Conference Exhibit and Advertising Space Now Available Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %20:%Jul:%rd 20JulGMT+0000
Interested in gaining access to the biggest choral audience of the 20154-15 academic year?  Then YOU need to advertise and exhibit during the 2015 ACDA National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah, February 25-28).  Access to this remarkable commercial opportunity is limited to ACDA’s Industry and Institutional members only.
Space in the both the Program Book (the February issue of the Choral Journal) and the exhibit hall is limited, and will sell fast, so do not put this off.
You can LEARN MORE and APPLY online.  Contact Chris Lawrence ( with any questions.
Interrupting our current program . . . (Eric Ericson) Richard Sparks, %30 %b %2014 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000 finally found my copy of Ron Jeffers' notes from attending a workshop with Eric Ericson. These are so good and illustrate many aspects of Eric's art, so I thought it worthwhile to interrupt my current blog series on worthwhile reading to give this. As the pdf states, it's from a workshop in 1981 (Haystack is a large rock--shaped like a Haystack--at Cannon Beach, OR).
Most of you will know Ron as the owner of publisher earthsongs or for his (invaluable--and this really is a book you want on your shelf!) book on translations of Latin texts (or the follow-ups in other languages by different authors). But you may not know that Ron was an absolutely first-rate choral conductor at Oregon State University and other places.
Well, so I did recommend a book after all!
Enjoy Ron's notes!
October Choral Journal Now Available Scott Dorsey, %03 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%rd 20SepGMT+0000
The October issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
“Blending Genres: Elements of Jazz in Finnish and Swedish Choral Music” (Williams)
“Paul Salamunovich: A Beacon of the Choral Art” (Breden & Summer)
“The Millennial Generation of Parents” (Dupont)
“The Impact of Risers on Learning and Performance” (Rafe)
    . . . and MUCH more
The October issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
CJ Replay: Using Early Instruments Scott Dorsey, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Early Instruments and Choral Music,” by Joan Cantoni Conlon)
       There is a growing awareness of the performance potential of music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Of equal importance, are the increased opportunities for acquiring early-instrument reproductions. Thorough investigation and sumptuous recordings by such groups as David Munrow's Early Music Consort of London have combined 'authentic' instruments and voices. These performances have imparted a vitality and increased dimension to music which too frequently has been treated too preciously.
       Incorporating instruments into early choral music has many advantages. First, instruments provide contrast in timbre, either (a) by changing vocal and instrumental sonorities on successive
stanzas of part songs, as in Dowland's "Come, again," or (b) by contrasting vocal timbre as an entering voice in a round, as in Ravenscroft's "He that will an ale-house keep," or (c) performing an entire motet, chanson, or madrigal with different but balanced sonorities on each part, or ( d) simply by allowing the instrumentalists to insert a purely instrumental interlude among the choral pieces, which they very likely will be' anxious to do.
       Second, instruments can enhance the spirit or prevailing character of a piece. such as the addition of bowed stringed instruments to double voice parts in ]osquin's or Gombert's Mille regretz intensifies the languishing melancholy of those pieces.
       Third, instruments may add ornamentation, as doubling or substituting instruments may (a) add melodic embellishment or cadential trills, (b) fiII in melodic skips with rapid or slow runs, depending upon the character of the piece, (c) intensify the rhythmic aspects of the music with staccato or repeated figures, or (d) play echoing or alternating patterns which enhance the concertato/ripieno aspects of the music.
READ the entire article.
Chicago SINGS! Choral Festival Sean Berg, %03 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%rd 23SepGMT+0000 SINGS! Festival of Choirs - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND - May 22-24, 2015 

In addition to continuing to offer ensembles outstanding tours and performance opportunities to International and Domestic destinations, we invite choral ensembles to consider participating in our Choir Festival to be presented in THE WINDY CITY - Chicago, IL.

Visiting ensembles will be welcomed to the Chicago for rehearsals and a festival performance at the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church, located in downtown Chicago.

This 3-day event allows choral ensembles to participate in rehearsals and culminating festival chorus performance, with professional musicians, under the direction of our Festival Guest Conductor & Composer, Dr. John Leavitt!

Individual choirs will have the option to be featured in a 15-minute solo performance at the final Festival Concert by audition.

Festival participation is open to High School, Collegiate, and Community ensembles of all sizes and does not need to be a balanced ensemble. Registration Deadline is October 15, 2014.

Opt for a Festival ONLY or full residency package.  Special pricing for local ensembles not needing hotel accommodations. For detailed information on the Guest Conductor, Proposed Itinerary, Cost, and Application, please contact SECHRIST TRAVEL at or call 425-948-7714 - CHICAGO SINGS! -

Winter Pieces Cameron Streicher, %03 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%rd 20SepGMT+0000 All,
I'm looking for a collection of winter pieces that I can use for my community choir. Preferablly a song cycle with 3 - 6 pieces in it that is around 10 - 20 min. long. Any suggestions?
Hal Hopson "Sing Noel" Jean Bartholomay, %03 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%rd 21SepGMT+0000 "Sing Noel" Service of Lessons and Carols SATB
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Hal Hopson
Starting: October 15
For: Until January 1
Copies: 30
Willing to rent: Yes
We are doing a combined Church Choir Christmas Service and would like to borrow or rent these if possible.  
Williamsport Civic Chorus Seeks New Director Tina Swisher, %03 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%rd 20SepGMT+0000
PT Choral Director
The Williamsport Civic Chorus is a singing community in our 71st season, with about 50 members who range in age from 17 to 77.  For the last 17 years, we have been led by Ned Wetherald as Music Director.  Ned has announced his retirement at the close of the 2014-15 season, and we are seeking a new director.
The responsibilities of the director include, but are not limited to:
* musical direction, including choice of material, mode of production, concert themes, etc.
* attendance and participation at monthly board meetings
* recommendation/procurement of soloists and accompanist(s), as needed
* more details on website,
The Civic Chorus is a friendly, energetic group of musicians and non-musicians alike.  We are accomplished in the performance of classical selections, and with patient and able direction, have performed genres ranging from bluegrass to African folk music.  We are looking for a director who will honor the high performance standards we have established, and lead us to ever-new heights.
A detailed job description is available on our website,, as well as additional information about the choir and previous performances.  Resume and cover letter should be submitted to the search committee via  Deadline for application is December 1, 2014.
Choirs of America | 2015 COA Festival for Choirs - West Region Geoffrey McQueen, %03 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%rd 22SepGMT+0000
Taking place in the Los Angeles area on Friday, April 10, 2015, the COA Festival for Choirs - West Region will feature a full day of high magnitude choral music education and performance programming. During the event, participating choirs will enjoy:
  1. An adjudicated performance with on-stage performance review and written comments / ratings;
  2. An observational requirement (watching another choir perform);
  3. A full one-hour clinic with a world-class clinician;
  4. A school exchange opportunity to sing for and with other participating choirs; and
  5. Our highly acclaimed Premiere! A Massed Choir Event.  During Premiere! participating choirs will work our Premiere! Composer, Dan Forrest, on a newly commissioned piece... then perform the new piece in a dedicated recording session in massed choir format.
Cost is $75.00 per Singer. Directors and Chaperones are free.  Space is limited.  We would love to see (and hear) your entire choral program at the 2015 COA Festival for Choirs!
For further details, please visit our website at…
    ]]>Choirs of America | 2015 COA Festival for Choirs - Midwest Region Geoffrey McQueen, %03 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%rd 21SepGMT+0000
    Taking place in Chicago on Friday, March 20, 2015, the COA Festival for Choirs - Midwest Region will feature a full day of high magnitude choral music education and performance programming.  During the event, participating choirs will enjoy:
    1. An adjudicated performance with on-stage performance review and written comments / ratings;
    2. An observational requirement (watching another choir perform);
    3. A full one-hour clinic with a world-class clinician;
    4. A school exchange opportunity to sing for and with other participating choirs; and
    5. Our highly acclaimed Premiere! A Massed Choir Event.  During Premiere! participating choirs will work our Premiere! Composer, Dan Forrest, on a newly commissioned piece... then perform the new piece in a dedicated recording session in massed choir format.
    Cost is $75.00 per Singer. Directors and Chaperones are free.  Space is limited.  We would love to see (and hear) your entire choral program at the 2015 COA Festival for Choirs!
    For further details, please visit our website at…
    Thanksgiving 2014 Erin Woehlke, %03 %b %2014 %21:%Sep:%rd 21SepGMT+0000 together as handbells, instruments, drums and voices start the holiday season. Present Music‘s vocal ensemble, Hearing Voices, will perform alongside Milwaukee Handbell Choir and the Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group. Celebrate creation with Ince’s Hammers and Whistlers, commissioned by PM in 2006, with jubilant sounds from the brass and choirs and be a part of Kevin’s newest sound montage! ]]>Modern American Masters: Ola Gjeilo & Morten Lauridsen in Concert Brad Zabelski, %03 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%rd 20SepGMT+0000 January 2015, a concert series will be presented by The Bay-Atlantic Symphony. These concerts will feature Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey as well as artists-in-residence: Ola Gjeilo and Morten Lauridsen.
    40 voice chamber choir + chamber orchestra + Ola Gjeilo & Morten Lauridsen on piano performing their own works....."Lux Aeterna", "Dirait-on", "Dark Night of the Soul"...and more! 
    Dr. Jed Gaylin, Conductor of The Bay-Atlantic Symphony 
    Jack Hill, Conductor of Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey & New Jersey ACDA State President 
    Soprano and Bass section leader needed for 2014-2015 Aaron Medina, %03 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%rd 19SepGMT+0000 Joseph Catholic Church has an immediate opening for a soprano section leader for the 2014-2015 choir year. Pay is $75/week and includes one hour rehearsal on Wednesday night (8-9pm), 11:00 mass on Sunday, plus one other weekend liturgy. The year begins September 7 and ends May 24. Style of music is a cappella, chamber, classical, traditional. Please email Aaron Medina at the church if you have any questions. ]]>soprano soloist/section leader Maria vanKalken, %03 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%rd 18SepGMT+0000 for a Soprano section leader/soloist for 30 member SATB choir-  Old North Congregational Church in Marblehead. Wednesday evening rehearsals 7:30-9:30 -$65; Sunday morning warm up, 9am prior to 10am worship service- $90. The position doubles as soloist/section leader for Festival Chorus- 100 voice community choir - 2 concerts per year with orchestra, extra compensation. Lots of solo opportunities. Annual salary (Sept-May) is approximately $6,500-$7,000. I am also interested in hearing from singers who are willing to be on the substitute list. Excellent sight reading and good people skills required. Should have a car for Sunday mornings- Mass transit bus available mid-week. Please contact Maria at for more details. ]]>Director of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary Patty DeViva, %03 %b %2014 %18:%Sep:%rd 18SepGMT+0000

    Job Description

    Since its first season in the summer of 1999, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary has enriched the lives of countless high school-aged students, their mentors and their standing-room-only audiences. Six weeks of intense small and large ensemble rehearsals with more than thirty performances directed by internationally renowned conductors and choreographers provides young musicians, dancers and actors with challenging, life-changing experiences. This is truly an amazing performing arts experience that is designed for the serious and talented student.
    The director of the Performing Arts Institute (PAI) is responsible for all aspects of the program design and management. From defining the ensemble offerings to hiring its leadership, developing the promotional campaign, recruiting students, selecting performance literature, welcoming audiences, auditioning candidates and accepting appropriate applicants, this is a wonderful opportunity for the right arts administrator. Throughout the year, the director is supported by an assistant and the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School summer management team as well as all major full-year departments of the School.

    While planning and executing this highly regarded summer program, the PAI director serves on the full-year faculty of Wyoming Seminary as a member of the Fine Arts Department with limited teaching or conducting responsibilities.
    On the landscape of American independent boarding and day schools, Wyoming Seminary, founded in 1844, is a distinguished institution known for its tradition of excellence. Its 795 students, ranging from toddlers to high school seniors and postgraduates, engage in rigorous academic studies along with an enriching blend of the arts, athletics, and special interest clubs. The new $16.3 million Kirby Center for Creative Arts is the venue for the extraordinary performing arts offerings of Wyoming Seminary, including the Performing Arts Institute.

    The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate considerable background in the performing arts, possess seasoned interpersonal and management skills, show evidence of creative programming ideas, be mindful of the need for generating program revenue and balancing budgets, and give evidence of experience in marketing through creative publications as well as the electronic media. Exceptional communication skills in both written and spoken forms are essential. To set a sense of community appropriate for adolescents, the director is expected to lead by example and to support the values and traditions of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School.
    To explore this opportunity further, candidates should click the link below to complete an application on Wyoming Seminary’s Web site:
    Or you can mail your letter of interest and resume to:
    Ms. Chloe Kalna
    Administrative Assistant, Performing Arts Institute
    Wyoming Seminary College Prep School
    201 North Sprague Avenue
    Kingston, PA 18704-3593

    or email Chloe Kalna at
    Celebrating one year of amazing new choral music! - See-A-Dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %03 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%rd 19SepGMT+0000 2007 I conducted my first ensemble and quickly learned how frustrating it can be to find great new music for a choir. I was drowning in websites with thousands of scores and struggled to find music I was excited to perform. There was no quality control and no way to discover new work; the whole thing felt too big and overwhelming.

    I started asking friends:

    • How many arrangements of “This Little Light of Mine” do I need?
    • This the 21st century, how can a score be on a 6-week back order?
    • Why aren’t there decent recordings of these pieces?
    • How am I supposed to find great work from composers who don’t already have big names?

    One year ago this month we officially launched a different kind of publishing company intended to answer these questions, and it’s been met with excitement and support from conductors around the country. We started small and worked hard to offer better ways for conductors to discover music they’d never heard before. We’ve expanded to include a broader range of composers and have encountered even more new and exciting music because of it.

    We are proud to offer this kind of resource, one that helps conductors discover new music for their groups. Our composers are thrilled as well, they appreciate that we keep things small and personal and maintain an individual relationship with each of them.

    In fact, many of them wanted the chance to say a little something to you:

    if you cannot see the video, please go to:

    As our own way of showing our appreciation, See-A-Dot Music Publishing is offering a 25% discount on everything in the catalog from now through Sept. 15th. Just use the code year125off when checking out.

    Thanks for a great first year; you can expect the same high level of quality music and service as we continue to grow!


    Fahad Siadat

    Director, See-A-Dot Music Publishing

    bass section leader Elisabeth Gray, %03 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%rd 17SepGMT+0000 Anne's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, MA seeks a bass section leader for its 20-voice Adult Choir.  Qualified candidates will have a blending voice, excellent sight-reading skills, and a cheerful attitude.  Thursday rehearsals 7:30-9:15 pm; Sunday services: 9:00 am warm-up for 10:00 service, plus occasional evensongs, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week services.  $25 per rehearsal; $75 per service.  Contact Buffy Gray to arrange an audition: ]]>Auditions for the Chorus of Communities 25th Season Richard Morgan, %03 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%rd 15SepGMT+0000 Chorus of Communities will  be holding its first rehearsal on Sunday, Sept. 21st from 3:00-4:30 PM.  Rehearsals are held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Belleville, NJ.  If you would like to audition for the chorus please come early and meet the Director, Richard Morgan.  All voice parts are welcome!  The Chorus of Communities is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and will begin preparations for the Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  This concert will be held at St. Peter's Church, Belleville and will include Vaughan Williams beautiful Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio.  The 30 member chorus will be conducted by Richard Morgan, Artistic Director and accompanied by Dr. Brian Harlow.  Visit our website for further information. ]]>New SATB Setting of Song of Solomon Text: Set Me As A Seal Michael Sandvik, %03 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%rd 14SepGMT+0000
    New Piece: "Set Me As A Seal is available at my website, (also available from sheetmusicplus).
    All pieces are on sale, 25% off the listed price, through September 21, 2014 as part of the website launch sale.
    God Bless,
    Michael Sandvik
    Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and African-American Style Gospel Music Directors Randell Franklyn Busby, %03 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%rd 12SepGMT+0000
    PLEASE read the entire post before responding.
    Prepare music for and direct a volunteer choir choosing repertoire as appropriate; and/or play the piano/organ/keyboard; for worship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

    In consultation with Chapel leadership, plan and prepare for Feast Days (for Roman Catholics) and special services like Thanksgiving, New Years, memorial services and special events as directed by Chapel leadership.

    This position requires a great deal of musical flexibility (which is far more important than a vast repertoire or “technique to burn”): all military Chapel services are defined by the officiating Chaplain (who can change from week to week). The Chaplain has final approval of all music, musical style and liturgical standards.

    The ability to read music (bass and treble clef) is a requirement. The ability to sight-read any four-part hymn and the ability to improvise or extemporaneously "noodle" on a given hymn tune are expected.

    The ideal person for this job will first and foremost have the heart of a servant, and be able to play the repertoire of the Christian tradition musically and with joy. We do not seek "artists" or "performers".

    Special requirements:
    •  Understand and respect that all work is performed in a military environment, with structures and protocols that may be different from those encountered in a typical local church environment.
    • Understand and respect that all work is performed in a pluralistic ministry environment; the role of this position is to serve the needs of all persons in attendance--regardless of their theological or doctrinal perspectives.
    • The person filling this role must scrupulously observe the non-discrimination policies of the United States government, the U.S. Department of Defense, and our own company policies relating to race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, creed, religion, physical ability or limitation, and sexual orientation. If there is any hesitation, don't apply.
    • Be able to pass a thorough background check--including FBI fingerprint check. Persons convicted of crimes involving weapons, violence, or domestic abuse need not apply.
    • Be a US citizen or a US permanent resident with a minimum of 3 years legal residency in the United States.

    Rather than a "bell-and-whistles" resume, please respond via eMail with a narrative of your educational qualifications and all music-related work (paid and volunteer) in the past 5 years. Be as specific as possible as to the types of music and instruments played, and congregations served (size, average age, type of music played and directed, etc.).
    While it is not a requirement, we would appreciate hearing of your faith or spiritual journey and of your interest in serving the spiritual needs of others using by your gift of music (brevity is a virtue).  :-)
    Additionally, provide at least 3 work-related references who can be contacted via eMail and speak from personal experience about your work and relationships with the people you served.

    3rd Annual New England Area ACDA Collegiate Conference Sandra Howard, %03 %b %2014 %11:%Sep:%rd 11SepGMT+0000
    We invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual New England Area Collegiate ACDA Conference, to be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The 2014 conference will feature presentations by choral music educators and conductors from the region and will offer professional networking opportunities for attendees. The focus for this year’s conference is choral repertoire and performance practice.
    The Conference Schedule:
    9:00-9:30 a.m.        Registration & Coffee in Redfern lobby
    9:30-10:10 a.m.      Centergy Warm up - Prof. Diane Cushing, Keene State College
    10:20-11:20 a.m.    Baroque Repertoire & Performance Practice - Dr. Daniel Carberg, Keene State College
    11:30-12:30 a.m.    Contemporary Composers: Repertoire & Collaboration - Dr. Rachel Samet, Bucknell University
    12:30-1:30 p.m.      Lunch at Zorn Dining Commons (provided)
    1:40-2:40 p.m.        Folksongs for Children’s Choirs - Ms. Becky Luce, Bernice A. Ray Elementary School, NHACDA Children’s Choir R&S Chair
    2:50-3:50 p.m.        Vocal Jazz Repertoire & Teaching Strategies - Prof. Karen Sayward, Boston College, NHACDA R&S Jazz Choir Chair    
    Registration Fee:        $10.00 ACDA collegiate member
    (includes lunch)              $15.00 collegiate non-member
                                        $25.00 ACDA member
                                        $35.00 non-member
                                        FREE   collegiate chapter advisors
    Registration closes on Sept. 10th, go to:
    For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Howard:
    4th Festival Coral de Verão | 26 - 29 June 2015 Quee Ming Seah, %03 %b %2014 %08:%Sep:%rd 8SepGMT+0000 Choristers and Conductors,
    We are very excited to invite you to the 4th Festival Coral de Verão 2015 to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 26 – 29 June 2015.
    As with our previous editions, the festival is a collaboration between EGEAC, the Festas de Lisboa'15 (Lisbon's annual festivities) and Sourcewerkz, from Singapore. This international gathering of goodwill is the perfect mirror of the Portuguese way to receive foreigners - with open arms. Over the past three years, the festival has had the honour of hosting some of the most artistic and culturally diverse choirs including ONE Chamber Choir from Singapore, Ars Nova from Hungary, Poliot Children’s Choir from Russia, Choristers from the University of Michigan, USA, members of the World Youth Choir Alumni as well as the Polish National Youth Choir. This year is no different and we look forward to more choirs coming to join us in this choral cultural exchange.
    Come and join us in Lisbon at the 4th Festival Coral de Verão 2015, for a great choral and intercultural experience! Do drop us an email at for more information about the festival! You can also visit our facebook at
    With warmest regards,
    Dr. Paulo Vassalo Lourenço
    Artistic Director, Festival Coral de Verão
    Director of Choral Studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal
    Name That Choir Tune (No. 4) Scott Dorsey, %02 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%nd 13SepGMT+0000
    Gorgeous Joshua Bronfman, %02 %b %2014 %04:%Sep:%nd 4SepGMT+0000 three minutes and thirteen seconds. Maybe grab a cup of coffee. Close the door, turn up the volume. Listen.