ChoralNet - ChoralNet Daily http://www.choralnet.org New postings in ChoralNet DailyDirector of Music Ministries Richard C Harthttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453637%pm, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%nd 21OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453637 

TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

POSITION DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Director of Music Ministries DATE: October 2014

REPORTS TO: Pastor, The Session, and The Worship Committee

  1. PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To provide vision and leadership for the music ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church in accordance with the church's “Vision for Music Ministry” (see attached) and church policies, and in cooperation with the Pastor, the Session, and the Worship Committee.

  1. ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

The “Vision for Music Ministry” (attached) is integral to this position description and provides further guidance regarding the essential duties of the person serving as the Director of Music Ministries.

  1. Conduct the Chancel Choir in weekly rehearsal and services providing appropriate choral music for:

    • Weekly regular Sunday morning worship services

    • Special worship services, including Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Services

  2. Conduct or provide for the conducting of Chancel Ringers, Trinity's handbell choir and provide appropriate music for regular presentation at selected Sunday morning services.

  3. Assist Pastor as needed in worship design for regular and special services and programs including the recommendation of appropriate hymns, the recruitment of soloists, instrumentalist, and groups where possible.

  4. Effectively plan, select, purchase, and catalog appropriate music in the Church’s music library for the Chancel Choir, vocal soloists, ensembles, and instrumentalists, in accordance with the music budget.

  5. Recruit, encourage, and equip volunteers for participation in and the potential expansion of the church’s music ministry.

  6. Supervise and direct all salaried music staff, including but not limited to the hand bell choir director, accompanist, and music interns as well as all other music program volunteers in leadership capacities. Provide verbal feedback and written evaluations as directed for paid staff in consultation with the pastor, the Worship Committee, and the Personal Committee.

  7. Administer the Music Program by:

    • Planning the program music budget in consultation with the Worship Committee.

    • Abiding by current copyright law

    • Maintaining the church instruments, pianos, handbells, hand chimes, rhythm instruments, etc.

    • Consulting with Pastor and Worship Committee Elders in order to gain session approval for all major expenditures

    • Participating in Worship Committee meetings and other church functions when possible

    • Continually evaluating the entire music program and considering unique ways to grow and expand the music ministry of Trinity.

  8. Participate in continuing education events, such as the Montreat Music Conference, when deemed beneficial.

  9. Develop relationships with Presbyterian organizations to further resource, coordinate, and provide direction for the music ministry program.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 

Bachelor’s degree or higher, in music. Experience and education in choral directing preferred. Successful completion of a background check. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and professionally with Church Staff, Session Members, Volunteers, and with the congregation in general. Ability to prioritize workload, multi‐task, adapt to changes, and meet deadlines. Must work scheduled hours as needed.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the Director of Music Ministries. Depending upon an employee’s experience, training, and development, more discretion may be given to carry out the listed duties.

Vision for Music Ministry

Music Director Search Committee

September 23, 2014

Music is a ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church and a vital aspect of our life as a church of Jesus Christ. Music is an important way that we articulate our faith so it is a means by which we spread the Gospel. Sacred music is an expression of the spiritual life and thus should connect directly, obviously, and intentionally with spirituality. As ministry, music is one of the ways our members exercise their spiritual gifts and God-given talents “to build up the body of Christ.” As the Apostle Paul states, the church exists “to equip the saints for the work of ministry,” (saints being all believers.)

It is not mere coincidence that in our Presbyterian Church (USA) Constitution in the Directory for Worship, the element of music in the life of the church is described in the broader section on “Prayer.” As Martin Luther said, “The one who sings, prays twice.”

Music as Prayer: Congregational Song

Song is a response which engages the whole self in prayer. Song

unites the faithful in common prayer wherever they gather for worship,

whether in church, home, or other special place. The covenant people

have always used the gift of song to offer prayer. Psalms were created to

be sung by the faithful as their response to God. Though they may be read

responsively or in unison, their full power comes to expression when they

are sung. In addition to psalms the Church in the New Testament sang hymns

and spiritual songs. Through the ages and from varied cultures, the church

has developed additional musical forms for congregational prayer. Congre-

gations are encouraged to use these diverse musical forms for prayer as well

as those which arise out of the musical life of their own cultures.

Music as Prayer: Choir and Instrumental Music

To lead the congregation in the singing of prayer is a primary role

of the choir and other musicians. They also may pray on behalf of the

congregation with introits, responses, and other musical forms. Instrumental

music may be a form of prayer since words are not essential to prayer. In

worship, music is not to be for entertainment or artistic display. Care should

be taken that is not be used merely as a cover for silence. Music as prayer

is to be a worthy offering to God on behalf of the people.

Book of Order, Directory for Worship

W-2.1003, W-2.1004

Trinity Presbyterian Church has enjoyed a top quality music ministry since its founding in 1985. In it and through it we strive for excellence, seek to rise above mediocrity, and work to bring our best to God.

Qualities and Aspects We Seek to Maintain

Music in worship is a compliment to our worship and contributes to it. It is not seen as a performance or an end in itself. We appreciate and seek to maintain a focus on traditional and classical sacred music. The music program has helped us become a singing congregation. The choristers and musicians assist the congregation in expressing faith through music.

Those choristers and musicians are dedicated to this ministry. There is a high expectation for commitment to and participation in the music program, including regular attendance and punctuality.

Trinity has long enjoyed contributions from musicians beyond our membership, including guest instrumentalists and especially the music intern program. The latter affords music students experience in the church setting and also enriches our congregation.

Our music program is a means by which people are attracted to our church. Because of our music emphases many people come to sing and play instruments. Many others come to listen and be led in worship.

Ideas for Expanding Our Music Ministry

We seek ways to develop our music program for children and youth. Our hope is for them to have opportunities to participate in a variety of types of activities in which music figures prominently. We want them to develop a love for music and to have fun expressing faith through music.

Related to our conviction that music ministry should be available to all in some way or other, we wish to see opportunities for novices and non-singers to participate in beginner and educational music activities – for example, a beginner hand-bell choir using simple musical pieces anyone could learn to play.

Music can be an outreach service tool, such as visiting nursing homes, senior care centers, or the children's ward at the hospital. Christmas Caroling could be a project of the choir in which the congregation could participate, bringing holiday cheer to members and friends who need it.

A music director who is open and mindful of the myriad ways music can be an expression of faith and an uplifting experience for all will naturally find opportunities, both sacred and informal, to make music fun and a joyful experience. We wish to explore ways to use additional musical styles and genres as supplements to our traditional focus, but not as substitutes for that focus.

Things to Keep in Mind

We seek someone who will help maintain music ministry at the quality Trinity has always sought, while at the same time developing a deep spiritual connection with God through music. It would be helpful to find a candidate who is both a good choir director and a good song leader. Our goal is music ministry as a team effort with a leader directing the opportunities for wide participation by the congregation. Appreciation for and use of a variety of music genres is desirable and a means to touch the hearts of our congregational participants who are, themselves, diverse in background and interests.

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Cherubini's Requiem at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh (Nov. 2) Mark Andersonhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453624%pm, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%nd 20OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453624
Shadyside Presbyterian Church Presents Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor
 
Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents a Choral Celebration of All Saints on Sunday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m.  The service features Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor, presented by the church’s Chancel Choir, under the direction of conductor Mark A. Anderson, Director of Music Ministry.
 
In recognition of All Saints’ Day, which is traditionally observed on November 1, and in memory of those who have died in the past year, Shadyside Presbyterian Church hosts an afternoon of music and reflection.  The church welcomes the community to hear Cherubini’s setting of the requiem mass, presented in liturgical context, with communion and a homily preached by the Reverend Dr. David B. Antonson.  
 
Nursery care will be provided during the service.  Worship is free and open to the public; no tickets are necessary to attend.  For information on other musical programs at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, including the church’s Music in a Great Space concert series, call 412.682.4300, or visit www.shadysidepres.org.
 
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.  The church’s 1994 Reuter Organ (opus 2175), capable of playing the full range of organ literature, accompanies the choir and leads the congregation in worship.  As an American Classic instrument, it incorporates the German, French, Italian, and English schools of organ building to create an instrument of enormous versatility.  The 105-rank organ helps to uphold the highest standards of sacred music and carries that tradition vibrantly into the twenty-first century.
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SATB Section Leaders Needed Lee E. Hoffmanhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453608%pm, %22 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%nd 18OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453608Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento is seeking SATB section leaders. Responsibilities from September through June include rehearsals on Thursdays 7-9 pm, church services on Sundays 10:15 am-12:15 pm, plus additional rehearsals and festival services (e.g. Christmas, etc.). Among the required skills are strong sight reading, ability to lead sectional rehearsals, as well as a collaborative spirit. The choir consists of  volunteers, and it performs repertoire from all stylistic periods. Pay is $40 per appearance (i.e. rehearsal, service), typically $80/week; additional pay for rehearsals and services. Contact Ms. Lee Hoffman, Director of Choirs, at choir@westminsac.org or 916-442-8939 x308 to schedule an audition. The church is located at 1300 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 ]]>Fascinating London Music Auction:11/20/14 Sig Rosenhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453534%pm, %22 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%nd 13OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453534http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2014/music-continental-books-manuscripts-l14406/lot.135.html
 
Here, for those in well-connected research and collector circles is a prime, unknown source for Bach & his mileau by a member of the Silbermann organ family. Also valuable vocal/choral works by Krenek and the great Kodaly Psalmus Hungaricus! Over 200 lots in all at 34-35 new Bond street.
 
 
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ALBION - In the Devil's Arse Andrew Throssellhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453602%pm, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%nd 17OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453602Updated Youtube video. ENJOY!
 
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MM in Choral Conducting - The Boston Conservatory George Casehttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453563%pm, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%nd 15OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453563

 

STUDY CHORAL CONDUCTING AT THE BOSTON CONSERVATORY

Apply by December 1 for Your M.M. in Choral Conducting!

The Boston Conservatory's M.M. in Choral Conducting is a highly-selective program designed to train conductors to be dynamic and scholarly performers. With intensive coursework in conducting, score study and choral repertoire, the program has a strong academic foundation that will broaden your base of musical knowledge and diversify your skills as a 21st-century conductor. Additionally, you will have a variety of opportunities to be in front of the podium, from conducting in class and private lessons to conducting small and large ensembles.

 

Your Opportunities to Perform

Students receive varied opportunities on the podium–with a graduate ensemble of stipend performers, in private lessons and in front of large ensembles.
The Boston Conservatory Conductors' Choir
The Boston Conservatory Chorale
The Boston Conservatory Opera Chorus
The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus
Assistant Conductor, Newburyport Choral Society
Conducting Partnership with The Boston City Singers
Special engagements with Boston Conservatory music, theater, opera and dance productions

 

Core Courses

Academic Study
Choral Repertoire I, II, III, IV (Antiquity to the Present)
Score Study: Choral-Orchestral Masterworks
Score Study: A Cappella Masterworks
Theory Elective: Advanced Aural Skills I, II (Score Reading, Atonal Sight-Singing, etc.)
Advanced Pedagogy: Voice

Performance Study
Seminar in Conducting: Choral (Private Lessons and Conductors' Choir)
Seminar in Conducting: Orchestral (Conductors' Orchestra)
Applied Concentrate: Voice Lessons

 

Your Teachers

George Case, D.M.A., Director of Choral Activities, Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Choruses

Bruce Hangen, Director of Orchestral Activities; Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Orchestra 

William Cutter, D.M.A.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

Choral conducting students are eligible for merit-based financial aid. The typical award ranges from half to full scholarship. Other opportunities for employment exist through partnerships with the Newburyport Choral Society, Boston City Singers, work-study positions at The Boston Conservatory, and other arts organizations in and around Boston.

 

Apply by December 1

To learn more: bostonconservatory.edu/music/choral-conducting

 

 

 

Office of Admissions
(617) 912-9153

admissions(a)bostonconservatory.edu

bostonconservatory.edu

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Bach Cantata Choir opens 10th Season with "Kyrie" from B Minor Mass Ralph Nelsonhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453596%pm, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%nd 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453596

The Bach Cantata Choir of Portland will present a free concert on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00pm at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave in Portland, Oregon.  The concert, under the direction of conductor Ralph Nelson, will feature J.S. Bach’s Cantata #177, the “Kyrie” movement from Bach’s “B Minor Mass,” Jan Zelenka’s “Haec Dies” and Dietrich Buxtehude’s “Missa Brevis.”  The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.  A silent auction will follow the concert in the church parlor.  Doors open at 1:30pm. 

The 2014-15 season will include a unique presentation of Bach’s B Minor Mass over four separate concerts. At each concert, Artistic Director Ralph Nelson will discuss and demonstrate works familiar to Bach when he was composing each movement of the Mass. In particular, the choir and orchestra will demonstrate previous cantatas which Bach “borrowed” and re-wrote into the B Minor Mass, as well as works by other composers which Bach performed while composing the B Minor Mass.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014  2pm
“The Year  1733 - A Tale of Two Cities – Leipzig and Dresden”
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Haec es Dies
Dietrich Buxtehude: Missa Brevis
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 177, “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”
J.S. Bach: “Kyrie” from Mass in B Minor

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Accessible Paulus James Henryhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453577%pm, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%nd 15OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453577I am conducting a high school choral festival and was hoping to find a Stephen Paulus piece for them to sing. I know there are many to choose from, but this festival requires that the selections be fairly easy (but still SATB); many of the students come to the festival having never even looked at the music, so we'll end up teaching it that day. Any suggestions? ]]>Choral Medley from West Side Story arr Len Thomas Instrumental Parts Beth Mosierhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453589%pm, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%nd 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453589Item: Instrumental Parts needed
Composer/Arranger/Edition: arr Len Thomas Boosey & Hawks, Hal Leonard
Starting: March 2015
For: 2 months
Copies: Instrumental Parts
Willing to rent: Yes
 
Boosey & Hawkes say the instrumental parts are out of print for "Choral Medley from West Side Story" arr Len Thomas. The reference number they give is ENB 467. Can anyone help with either telling me where I can rent, buy or borrow these?  I own 70 copies of the SATB choral Medley.   We will need the music from March - May 10, 2015
Thank you!
Beth Mosier
 
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Working with stubborn students... Kelsey Snyderhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453528%am, %22 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%nd 11OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453528Hello!
 
My name is Kelsey and this is my first year teaching full time! I teach four choirs at a high school in central Virginia, where the program has been dwindling down for the past few years. I'm hoping I can move things in a better direction while I am here!
 
I am having a very hard time with my freshman class. There are about 25 of them, and probably 6 or 7 of them do NOT want to be there. They will not participate, and don't care that their grades suffer. I've tried a few different things, but because they don't want to be there, I sometimes feel like I don't want them there! Because the program is so small right now, I am holding on to full time employment by a thread. Since this is my freshman class, a group of students who I definitely need to stay enrolled next year, what are some things I can do to encourage those stubborn students? Also, I want to make sure my strong, more advanced students in that class don't get bored or lose desire to be there as well. Thanks in advance for any ideas! 
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Tenor soloist for Messiah in Maryland William Spencerhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453526%am, %22 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%nd 11OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453526Hello: The Harford Choral Society is in sudden need of a tenor soloist for a performance of Messiah in the greater Baltimore area on Saturday evening 20 December (dress rehearsal the evening before).

 

Please contact HCS via our website for more information, and if possible include a résumé and audio links.

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Constellation Men's Ensemble - Premiere Concert Lennie Cottrellhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453517%am, %22 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%nd 3OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453517Constellation Men's Ensemble, a new chamber choir in Chicago, is excited to present their first full concert, featuring an ecclectic range of music from around the world. The program will feature music from Russia, India, Georgia, Finland, England, Canada, and the United States. 
 
Saturday, November 1st, 7:00 pm
Unity Lutheran Church in Andersonville
1212 W Balmoral
Chicago, IL
 
Free to the public ($10 suggested donation).
 
Please join us for a reception after the concert!
 
www.constellationensemble.org
 
 
 
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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Name That Choir Tune (No. 11) Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453489%pm, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453489
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Singing in Salt Lake: Voces8 Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/452541%pm, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/452541
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
VOCES8
 
Voces8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall. The group records for Decca Classics and publishes with Edition Peters. Their London home is the Gresham Centre, forming the hub of their celebrated education work.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
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Sessions in Salt Lake: "Gypsy Music" Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/452423%pm, %09 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/452423
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
SING GYPSY MUSIC: REPERTOIRE OF GYPSY CHOIRS IN UKRANE AND RUSSIA (Jeffrey Buettner, clinician)
 
This session explores the music of Romani (Gypsy) Choirs of Ukraine and Russia from folk tradition to professional ensemble to discover the artistic value, gratifying performance experience, and pedagogical applications of Romani music. Elements of vocal production, performance intensity, improvisation, and theater will be presented, and the audience will sing examples from the repertoire. The intensity, drama, expressiveness, and excitement of Romani music are made accessible through simple arrangements in common modern notation. Appreciating the beauty of the musical tradition of Roma can have a positive effect on how the people are perceived
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
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Accompanist Wanted Christopher Hansenhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453513%am, %22 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%nd 0OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453513
Davis Street United Methodist Church seeks an accompanist to play piano for all worship services, support the choir at weekly Wednesday evening and Sunday morning rehearsals and submit music selections for a prelude, offertory, and postlude for the Sunday worship bulletin.  Incumbent works closely with the Director of Music Ministry and the Pastor.  The church’s Staff-Parrish Relations committee evaluates employees on an annual basis.
 
Qualifications include:
  • Proficiency as soloist, accompanist, and service-player
  • Ability to work as a team member to assure an appropriate program of music
  • Ability to play both traditional sacred and contemporary Christian music is also desirable. 
  • Familiarity with the United Methodist Church liturgy is desirable
  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience
Interested applicants can seek additional information by contacting the Director of Music Ministries at choirnrd@gmail.com.
Resumes with three references familiar with applicant’s music qualifications and cover letter should be forwarded to Davis Street United Methodist Church, 606 East Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215.  (Selectee subject to background check)
Position open until filled.  Compensation negotiable
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Christmas with Great Britten Jean Reedhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453511%pm, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%st 23OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453511- Southern Connecticut Camerata, Sunday December 14, 2014 at St. Paul's on the Green.  Featuring harpist Anna Reinersman.
  A reception with be provided after the concert.
     Join the Southern Connecticut Camerata for a wonderful holiday treat, featuring music of 20th century British composers, including Peter Warlock,
Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Malcolm and Benjamin Britten. 
     Highlighting the hour-long concert will be Britten's delightful Ceremony of Carols for three-part women's chorus accompanied by harpist
Anna Reinersman.  Ms. Reinersman currently resides in London - quite appropriate for this concert - and the Camerata is extremely fortunate to be
able to perform with her.  In addition to accompanying Ceremony of Carols, Ms. Reinersman will play a featured solo piece for harp.
     The men of the Camerata will sing Vaughan Williams' carol arrangements for Tenors and Basses, composed when he was a Field Officer in the war
and wanted his men to be able to sing carols on Christmas Eve.  The entire choir will sing George Malcolm's ravishingly beautiful Missa ad Praesepe
or "Mass at the Crib" composed for Malcolm's own choir at Westminster Catholic Cathedral in London.
  Praised by The New York TImes as "an elegant harpist", Anna Reinersman performs extensively throughout New York and Boston.  She was the harpist
for the entire run of Broadway's "The Producers", and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Mostly
Mozart Music Festival, and the Boston Pops.
   Ms. Reinersman is featured on our website www.sccamerata.org.  Visit our website for ticket information and directions to the concert.
   
  
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5-day conducting workshop with Noel Edison in Toronto Anne Longmorehttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453510%pm, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%st 23OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453510The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is now accepting applications from conductors for its 5th annual Choral Conductors' Symposium. The Symposium will be led by acclaimed conductor Noel Edison and will take place in Toronto from January 27-31, 2015.  Deadline for applications is November 21, 2014.
 
The full Symposium schedule and application details are on the TMC Symposium web page
 
The Symposium annually attracts talented conductors from across Canada and the U.S. who come together for a series of workshops and coaching sessions with Noel Edison. The five participating conductors work throughout the week on a diverse range of repertoire with the acclaimed 100-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the professional 20-voice Elora Festival Singers. The Symposium week ends with a free community concert that is also webcast internationally; each participating conductor conducts a number of works during the concert.
 
Enjoy video selections from the 2014 Symposium concert on YouTube.
 
Enjoy video selections from the 2013 Symposium concert on YouTube.
 
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Jazz and Humor -This Weekend! Colorado Chorale, Denver Kendall Bridgeshttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453509%pm, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%st 23OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453509Join us as we present a delightful concert of vocal jazz and humorous music. In the humorous vein, P.D.Q.Bach’s, “Oedipus Tex” will be featured. The jazz portion will include large group and small group vocal jazz ensembles.
 
TWO SHOWS:
Friday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 26, 4:00 pm
 
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 80113
 
In appreciation of community support over the years, the ticket price for the 2014-2015 Season is $15.00 per concert with students up to age 21 free. Tickets: http://coloradochorale.org/tickets
 
 

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WGBH 's new singing TV series Patricia Alvaradohttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453501%pm, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%st 20OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453501
Sing That Thing! is WGBH's new local TV series designed to showcase the best amateur choirs in New England in a contemporary production model that will reveal the passion, vitality, and timeless appeal of the choral experience. The series will be hosted by Anthony Trecek-King, the acclaimed artistic director of the Boston Children's Chorus.    
 
Sing That Thing! will have four competition categories: High School (8-60 members), College (8-60 members), Adult Small Group (8-16 members), and Adult Large Group (17-60 members). The choirs will perform before a panel of judges comprised of Boston-based arts luminaries and will receive feedback not only on such traditional metrics as Intonation, Rhythm, Blend, Diction, and Dynamics, but also on such factors as Complexity, Versatility, Stagecraft, and Audience Appeal.   
 
Tapings for Sing That Thing! will take place at WGBH Studios in Brighton, MA on Wednesday, February 11, Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13, 2015.  WGBH will select the date/time each choir is to perform, and will try to accomodate choir members commitments with WGBH's production needs.  Time commitment: 90 minutes.  Eight (8) groups, two from each category, will advance to The Finale, which will be taped on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Judges will choose category winners and an overall champion.  
 
To participate groups need to register before November 25th.
http://www.wgbh.org/artsdrama/Sing_That_Thing_Registration.cfm?
 
Please let us know if you have any questions:  singthatthing@wgbh.org
 
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New Shakespeare Set for SATB by Richard R. Rossi from Colla Voce Chris Matthewshttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453475%pm, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453475      
Click the cover image to listen to and view the scores in their entirety.
 
These new settings of popular Shakespeare texts are suitable for a wide range of mixed choirs and are ideally suited for festival type settings.  Take a listen today at www.collavoce.com.
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'frozen Heart" sheet music Linda Staigerhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453453%pm, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%st 17OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453453I am searching for men's choir sheet music for "Frozen Heart" from the movie "Frozen".    Can anyone direct me to a source?   Also, does anyone which group  actually sings it in the film?
 
Linda
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Reformation Commemoration - St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Cathedral Choir of the Basilica of St. Mary Christopher Aspaashttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453450%pm, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%st 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453450
Reformation Commemoration      Thursday October 30 7:30pm       The Basilica of St. Mary       Minneapolis, MN 
 
The St. Olaf Chapel Choir, under the direction of Christopher Aspaas, and the Cathedral Choir of the Basilica of St. Mary, under the direction of Teri Larson, are hosting a Reformation Commemoration. The combined choirs (numbering well over one hundred and fifty members) will lead a service based upon the Lutheran Liturgy of Vespers/Evening Prayer on Thursday, October 30—Reformation Day. We are assembling this ecumenical event to celebrate our common faith in an amazing space: the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
 
Together, we will sing “VII. Slava” from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil and Susan LaBarr’s stirring setting of Eugene Field’s Divine Lullaby entitled, I Hear Thy Voice. Those anthems, as well as others will be interspersed with hymns and psalmody as well as meditations read by author and poet Susan Palo Cherwien. Donald Krubsack's beautiful new hymn setting of Susan’s text, As the Dark Awaits the Dawn, will also serve as one of our hymns. If you want a sneak peek at some of our repertoire, Chapel Choir’s Fall Vespers at St. Olaf can be found here.
 
I invite you, you church choir members and anyone else interested to join us on Reformation Day at 7:30pm at the Basilica of St. Mary. Come, let us raise our voices and fill that glorious space in worship, thanks and praise.
 
We do have a page dedicated to this event here if you would like further information…
 
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Singers in Accord Concerts -- Nov. 8 & 9 Judy Arnsteinhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453449%pm, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%st 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453449
Choral Kaleidoscope
Featuring six amazing conductors!
 
Saturday, November 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 - 3:00 p.m.
 Good Samaritan UMC
   $20 Adult General Admission / $30 Reserved Seating
$15 Seniors, Students & Groups of 8 or more
Walk-up tickets will be $5 more (except reserved seats remain $30) 
 
As the fall landscape is transforming with each changing leaf, experience a Choral Kaleidoscope of changing sounds with Singers in Accord, featuring six amazing conductors ... in one concert! Nancy Grundahl, Matthew Mehaffey, David Mennicke, Jerry Rubino, Judy Sagen, and JD Steele will share the podium for these performances as they each lead the chorale through their own distinctive section of the program. 
 
We hope you will join us for this very special choral experience!
Both performances will be held at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, where Singers in Accord is pleased to be Choir in Residence (www.good.org).
 
To purchase tickets, visit www.singersinaccord.org.
 
Concert Program
 
Rubino - Welcoming Reflections
The Star-Spangled Banner - Key/arr. Rubino
If Music Be the Food of Love - Dickau/Heveningham
Praise the Name of the Lord - Chesnokov
It's a Grand Night for Singing - Rodgers and Hammerstein/arr. Rubino
 
Mennicke - Spiritual Reflections
I Am the Light of the World - Mennicke
Blow Ye the Trumpet - Mechem
Lord, Listen to your Children Praying - Medema/arr. Schrader
 
Mehaffey - Celebratory Reflections
My Heart is Inditing - Handel
 
Grundahl - Earth Reflections
Wind - Carolyn Jennings/Prefontaine
Song of the Sky Loom - Kenneth Jennings
Earth BlessingMoore/Manno
 
Sagen - Cultural Reflections
Shedamati - Admon/arr. Joshua Jacobson
Sim Shalom - arr. Janowski
Dance the Horah! - Alkony/Amiran/arr. Jacobson
 
Steele - Community Reflections
Brazilian Rhyme/That's Why We Sing - arr. Steele
He Will See You Through - arr. Steele
Try Real Love - arr. Steele
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tribute to Stephen Paulus Philip Barneshttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453447%pm, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%st 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453447For his admirers and friends in the choral community, the passing of Stephen Paulus (Sunday, October 19) will be both a sadness and a blessing - that his struggles are at an end. Stephen enjoyed a rich and long relationship with various musical institutions in St. Louis, from the Opera Theater of St. Louis, to the Bach Society of St. Louis, and most recently the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus. A brief tribute by the SLCC may be viewed/heard at the following site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFLjJ1T32yE&feature=youtu.be
A commemorative retrospective of his choral music may also be heard on the Radio Arts Foundation of St. Louis on Wednesday, October 29, on its 7 pm (CST) show, Re-choired Listening. Listen online at www.rafstl.org
Stephen was a wonderful composer and a delightful & kind man; we will miss him, but are consoled by the many pieces he has left to us.
 
Philip Barnes
St. Louis (MO)
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Accompanist needed. Peter F Butler Jrhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453443%pm, %21 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%st 15OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453443The Thorsmen Norwegian Male Chorus of Salem, Oregon, is seeking an accompanist for rehearsals.  We meet on Monday eveinings from 7:30 to 9:00pm and have occasional singing engagements throughout the year.  We are one of a dozen men's choruses that comprise the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association and every June we all gather in a host city for our annual Sangerfest.  We are looking for someone with a good background in choral accompanying, but since we are small in number we would welcome a music student who wishes to gain accompanying skills and experience.  Salary is negotiable and would include travel expenses.  Interested parties should please contact Peter Butler at <whitewolf37@centurytel.net>  Thank you! ]]>Musical Director Needed Holli Albanesehttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453442%pm, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453442Musical Director Needed for "Zombie Prom" the musical!
 
Eisenhower Middle School in Freehold, NJ is seeking a musical director for their winter show.
 
SHOW DATES: Feb. 12, 7 PM
                     Feb. 13, 7 PM
                     Feb 14, 2 PM
(Student auditions will be held the week of Nov. 10)
 
Responsibilities:
  • Attend 1 or 2 weekly rehearsals, 5-7 pm at the school to teach music to energetic and passionate cast of middle school students.  (another director will always be present at rehearsals)
  • Attend all tech / dress rehearsals and performances (week of Feb. 9)
  •  Conduct actors from the audience and manage the "Samphony" performance orchestration tracks. (we will not be using musicians for this production; rather, we will purchase the rehearsal and performance tracks)
​Experience with children is a plus.
Piano skills are a plus.
 
We have a great time and produce a wonderful show... would love to have you on board!
 
Contact Holli for more information.
hvanalbanese@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us
 
 
 
 
 
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Looking for a few good singers Patricia Smithhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453441%pm, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453441Acappellago, a volunteer a cappella chamber choir meeting in the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking additional singers for its March 2015 concerts. Sopranos, altos & tenors are especially wanted. Auditions times may be scheduled between 5 & 6 pm on Sundays beginning on November 9 & through November 30, 2014.
 
Rehearsals will begin Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6-8:30 pm in Villa Park, IL. Concerts, "Where the River Meets the Sea" are scheduled for March 14 & 15, 2015. For more information, visit www.acappellago.org. To arrange an audition, please e-mail: music@acappellago.org.
 
 
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Church organist/pianist/accompanist wanted Victoria Linichhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453440%pm, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453440We are seeking a part-time musician to bless us with organ and piano liturgy during two Sunday morning services, and to rehearse with and accompany our choir.  Our church has a long history of valuing music and nurturing members to participate via choirs and performing ensembles.  Proficiency performing on both piano and organ are expected.
 
Qualifications
 Accomplished in playing during services, particularly liturgy and hymn accompaniment
 Piano performance should excel, with comfort in many musical genres
 Organ performance should be strong, or presently adequate with the intent to master
 Ability to read open score desirable
 Bachelor’s degree in music (equivalent experience considered)
 
Responsibilities
 Plan, prepare and play for two similar liturgical services on Sunday mornings
 Accompany the choir at one weekly rehearsal during choir season
 Play for occasional extra rehearsals, special services and events
 Reserve first right of refusal for occasional weddings and funerals (separate compensation)
 Meet regularly with the Pastor and Director of Music to plan and coordinate the musical and liturgical life of the congregation
 Attend monthly evening Worship Team meetings
 Attendance at staff meetings desirable
 Provide expert knowledge of the organ and pianos related to maintenance and repair
 
Position Details
 Permanent, part-time position (10-15 hours per week)
 Seeking to fill as soon as possible
 Salary range:  $11,000 to $13,000
 
Resources
 Moller organ: eight ranks, two manuals; 1948 console, $70K restoration of wind chests in 2007
 Growing 40+ member choir
 Singing, musically sophisticated congregation
 Vibrantly live 1856 plaster sanctuary renovated in 2008 under guidance of an acoustics engineer to assure the acoustics would remain after the replacement of the ceiling (and building roof)
 Expectation of a near-term ~$80K capital campaign to replace the console
 Upright piano in sanctuary, three others elsewhere
 
Coontact the Church office at 630-879-1999 (office@congregationalchurch.org) for an application or with any questions.
 
 
 
 
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Minnesota Center Chorale: A Civil War Portrait Jody Martinsonhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453437%pm, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453437Minnesota Center Chorale and special musical guests, Cristina Seaborn and Paul Imholte, will present a history of the Civil War in song on Sunday, November 2 at Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud, MN at 3pm.

A Civil War Portrait begins with the build up to war in the free spirited era of the minstrel song, as such by Stephen Foster, in a medley arranged by Joseph Martin containing, “Camptown Races; Oh, Susanna; Some Folks Do; Beautiful Dreamer; The Glendy Burk; and Swannee River”. The concert proceeds into pre-war sentiment with a performance by the choir of “Testament of Freedom” by Randall Thompson, and a few songs written by Stephen Foster for solo voice and piano, such as “I’ll Be a Soldier” – arranged for the first time into a choral score by Keith Larson. Additional selections include “Civil War” Medley by Greg Gilpin; “Lorena”, arranged by St. Cloud native and Yale University Glee Club director, Jeffrey Douma; and shape-note song, “Idumea”, arranged by Richard Bjella. The effects of war are evident in the song portraying Mississippi women decorating tombs of soldiers from both the union and the confederacy shortly after the war in “The Blue and the Grey” by John Purifoy. The concert concludes with audience participation in singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky.

All are invited to attend a free pre-concert lecture at 2:30pm at Calvary Church to be given on musical instruments of the Civil War, presented by fiddler/violinist Cristina Seaborn and string specialist/dulcimer/harmonica/banjo player Paul Imholte. 

Members of the Central Minnesota Civil War Roundtable will have a display of information in the Lobby and be on hand to answer questions.
 
Tickets are $15 - Adult, $13 - Senior, $5 - Student, free for children through grade 8.  Tickets can be purchased, and more information found, at: http://www.minnesotacenterchorale.org/concerts-events
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Sweet and Simple Craig Murrayhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453431%pm, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%st 13OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453431Good morning all,
 
I am looking for a sweet and simple ballad for my 1st year jazz singers (mostly freshmen). The are able to hold two parts at this point. All girls. A miracle might, :( , happen and I get some guys to sign up. But until then I think we are in SA or SSA (for brief times).
 
The ladies can hit middle C maybe a little lower (no A's in there) and the sopranos can regularly, and in tune, get G above the Treble Clef staff.
 
Their other songs for festival are One Note Samba, Tuxedo Junction, and Halleluja I Love Her (him) So.
 
Thank you for any help you can give.
 
Craig Murray
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Bach: Mass in B Minor (Oct 25) Daniel Abrahamhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453435%pm, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%st 13OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453435
The Bach Sinfonia
Daniel Abraham, conductor & artistic director
 
Opening Concert of Our 20th Season (2014-2015)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 PM • 7:20 Pre-Concert "Got Baroque" Discussion
Cultural Arts Center • 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
 
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Emily Noël, soprano
Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo-soprano
Sumner Thompson, tenor
John Taylor Ward, bass
 
A distinctinve historically informed performance -- 15 singers, extensive use of concertists and ripienists, all-professional vocalists and period instrument performers, and all specialists in early music. For soloist bios and additional information, please go to: http://bachsinfonia.org/concert1.shtml
 
Tickets: $40 / $36 / $15  **$10 off for any ACDA members with this printed annoucement**
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World premiere of "BEATI OMNES" by Ivo Antognini ivo antogninihttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453428%pm, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%st 13OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453428Hello, dear ChoralNet users,
 
the wonderful ECU Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Andrew Crane will give a concert on
Friday, October 24 at 9:00PM in the Peace Presbyterian Church, Winterville, NC.
During this concert there will be the World Premiere of my piece "B E A T I  O M N E S", for mixed choir, a cappella.
 
 
This is the concert programme:
 
I Will Lift Mine Eyes    Jake Runestad 
Túrót eszik a cigány    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
Zigeunerlieder Op. 103    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
  • 5. Brauner Buscher führt zum Tanze
Beati Omnes    Ivo Antognini 
Tempest Rhapsody    Daniel Elder
Gaude Jerusalem gaudio magno    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
Dajte novici na kolac arr.    Ambroz Copi 
Tonight Eternity Alone    René Clausen 
Ain’t Got Time to Die arr.    Hall Johnson
 
 
Ivo Antognini
music composer
Switzerland
www.ivoantognini.com
 
 
 
 
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Alto/Mezzo Section Leader Joshua Slaterhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453417%am, %21 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%st 11OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453417Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, CT, seeks a regular alto or
mezzo-soprano section leader.  Wednesday rehearsal, Sunday service, with
extra calls on Sunday afternoons roughly monthly; plus extra services
Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week.  Average $65/call ($130/wk); high-quality
Anglican church music. Strong
sight-reading and rhythm desired.  Please send a résumé to Joshua Slater,
music director, at joshua.slater@cccathedral.org ; bring a Baroque piece for
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GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 4): “Reaping What We Sow,” by Marie Grass Amenta Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/450155%pm, %08 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%th 14SepGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/450155
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 4): REAPING WHAT WE SOW by Marie Grass Amenta
 
(This is the fourth installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.)
 
Always do right.  This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain
 
Almost fifteen years ago, I had a wonderful church job and directed a community children’s chorus….but I wanted more musically. I began auditioning for some “plum” jobs. I had the education and experience but before this, the opportunity to audition for those types of jobs had not presented itself in my own community.  I began the rounds of interviews and auditions, some for long established programs, and always made it to the last round.  I got one of the three jobs I auditioned for—a newly established community children’s choir—but didn’t get the others. 
 
Of the two positions I did not get, one was probably over reaching for me but they let me down so kindly, I did not mind. The other position would have been a very good fit for me, for the community and for their organization as well. This was an established choral organization and was considered to be a premier group. I did not get the job for reasons having nothing to do with me or my ability. Knowing what I know now, my not getting the job the first time--and my two subsequent auditions after--had more to do with the “in fighting” within the structure of their Board of Directors, I just happened to be an innocent bystander.  I have never been treated so poorly in an audition. There were nasty comments, inappropriate questions and snide remarks.  The fall after my first audition, the position was again available and I was asked to reapply.  I had hoped the administration or situation had changed but if anything, they treated me slightly worse than the year before. The following year, the position was open again and I was called by the organization’s accompanist to apply.  Since the accompanist called me and others in the organization seemed to want me, I couldn’t imagine being treated any worse, but I was.  My instincts finally kicked in and told me the people running those awful auditions thought it was “professional” to be as nasty, demeaning and dismissive as possible. 
 
I am sharing this story not to complain about my treatment by that organization or to tell you I should have gotten that job; I am confessing.  My behavior after those three awful auditions was not stellar. I found myself bad mouthing the organization in public or to anyone who would listen.  I looked small and petty to those I complained to and instead of being sympathetic; I am sure they were uncomfortable and lost respect for me. I was horrified at myself.  One of the reasons I was horrified was it was exactly opposite to how I was raised and of me, as a person.  And I didn’t like it.  It was then I decided I needed to do an overhaul of my own behavior.
 
I began to think about my behavior in a new way and imagined myself in the very position of that choral organization.  My reaction to their treatment was an honest one. If they had treated me differently-- the way the other organization had--I would not have gossiped about them in public. I would have graciously accepted NOT getting the position and moved on. In a way, I was primed to behave the way I did.
 
In short, I believe we reap what we sow. As a result, I am never nasty to someone I audition and reject, or even to a singer whom I have to ask to leave my ensemble.  If you audition for me, I will calmly tell you if you did or did not make it when I told you I would and explain our audition protocol so there is no misunderstanding.  I have to believe my treatment of those who audition for me, if unkind or petulant, will come back to bite me. I try to do right and by doing so, am preventing a world of future bad feelings. And those bad feelings can linger for years. ]]>
How to Win a Nobel Prize Joshua Bronfmanhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453516%am, %22 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%nd 2OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453516Cal Newport, who writes one of my favorite blogs, posted this summary of a talk given in 1986 by Nobel Prize winner Richard Hamming. The talk he gave, and Cal's post, speak to the value of hard work, time use, and creating conditions to foster creativity. I found it a fascinating read, and super valuable to my work as a conductor, teacher, and creator. Cal's summarized points are as follows:
  1. "Luck is not as important as people think" - The luck goes to the prepared. The harder you work, the more "luck" you will have. Amen.
  2. "Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest" - I wish I could convince many of my undergrad music majors of this when they are thinking of skipping out on practicing.
  3. "Become comfortable with ambiguity" - I have hammer this idea in my choral lit class when they want to know exactly whether this or that piece is a motet. Well, the answer is, a lot of the time, it depends on who you ask. Same with diction. Anyone here study English diction? If you have, you know what I mean.
  4. "Creativity requires focus" - Finding time to clear things away and focus on one thing can be hard. This is especially doing that over long periods of time. 
  5. "Important work comes from important problems" - Hamming says, “If you do not work on an important problem, it’s unlikely you’ll do important work.” Yes. Absolutely.
  6. "Keep your door open" - This is hard, and counter to #4. But Steve Jobs thought the bathrooms were important.
  7. "Transform isolated problems into general problems" - I love this. Having problems with this student or this problem or finding this music. Find the answer, and allow the topic to open up into something new and broader.
  8. "Sell your results" - This is the thing we music folks do well. We pitch the why of what we do pretty well. Still, new ideas need to be sold.
Have a look at Cal's discussion, as well as the orginal talk. And while you are at it, read about Steve Jobs' obsession with the bathrooms at Pixar. It will give you somethign to think about for sure.
 
 
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Singing in Salt Lake: USC Thornton Chamber Singers Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/452238%pm, %07 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/452238
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
USC THORNTON CHAMBER SINGERS
 
The USC Thornton Chamber Singers have been hailed as a model of excellence since their inception in 1939. This past year, they performed in Beijing at the twelfth international Festival of Choral Music and were one of twenty-five choirs to perform at the tenth World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul. They were also featured performers at the 2014 Western ACDA Division Conference in Santa Barbara, California. The USC Chamber Singers have recently performed Britten’s War Requiem with conductor James Conlon at Walt Disney and Segerstrom Concert Halls, and Mozart’s Requiem with conductor Helmuth Rilling and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition to their extensive international performances, they have performed locally with artists such as Sir Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards, Barry Manilow at the LA Live Tree Lighting on NBC, and the Rolling Stones on the 50 & Counting Tour.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
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Sessions in Salt Lake: "Beautiful Sound with Tenors" Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/452258%pm, %07 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/452258
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL SOUND WITH TENORS (Stephen Sieck, clinician)
 
Oh, those poor tenors! So much of the music we sing is written with the capabilities of professional adult tenors in mind, but tenors between twelve and twenty-two years are still working things out. In this session, Stephen Sieck brings his expertise as a professional tenor and conductor to help us look at what’s going on with tenors’ voices—e.g., why they tend to reach for high notes or break into falsetto. We’ll develop some voice-building activities to give your tenors the warmth and range you and they want.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
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Stick Time: Assembly-Line Art? Scott Dorseyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453209%pm, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453209
The digital demands of life in the 21st century make it difficult (if not impossible) to be a serious artist.  iGadgets and other such intrusive devices demand undivided attention from their captive users, with far too many weak-minded lemmings utterly unable to disconnect themselves from their electronic leash.
 
The serious artist (or serious thinker in any field of endeavor) needs TIME to ruminate, to dream about the possibilities for improving the creation at hand, whether it be a piece of choral music, a poem, or a column such as this.  You, dear choral conductor, are just such an artist.  Moreover, you are an educator who must find a way to communicate your vision, your inspiration, and your passion to the singers in your care.  The muse does not function on an assembly line.
 
We in the arts must discipline ourselves to slow down.  Boundaries of time, space, and energy need to be established and carefully nurtured.  Otherwise, we run the risk of sacrificing beauty for expediency.
 
That said, listen to the following performance from a recent ACDA conference.  Do you believe our conducting colleague just “slungin' it out” or is this performance the result of a slow, devoted process that shaped the unmolded clay of a young choir into a thing of beauty?
 
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British Composer Awards shortlists announced Kate Simmonshttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453414%am, %21 %b %2014 %05:%Oct:%st 5OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453414
the British Composer Awards shortlists (3 works for each of several categories) have been announced
 
in the 'Choral' and 'Liturgical' categories, the composers are:
 
Paul Ayres
Harrison Birtwistle
Samuel Bordoli
Jonathan Dove
Ed Hughes
Cecilia McDowall
 
 
online link:
 
 
 
 
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Choral Scholars Opening Daniel Parsleyhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453409%am, %21 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%st 2OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453409
Choral Scholar Position Announcement
 
Announcing auditions for the 2014-2015 Choral Scholars paid internship program at Faith United Methodist Church. One Choral Scholar position is available for each vocal section (SATB chorus.) These positions are designed to provide real world experience for college students wishing to pursue careers in sacred music, music education, music ministry, or music performance.
 
Choral Scholar Requirements:
· A sincere desire to participate in the life of a church & to participate in the musical enrichment of FUMC.
· Superior musicianship skills; ability and desire to form relationships with congregation members and choir colleagues.
· Attendance and participation in Chancel Choir rehearsals, typically held Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 , and Sunday worship the Chancel Choir     participates in at either 8:30 or11:00 AM worship. Typically, Chancel Choir sings three times a month.
· Willingness to provide occasional solo or small group ensemble music for Sunday worship.
· Enrollment in a collegiate, degree granting program at an accredited academic institution.
 
      Choral Scholar Benefits:
· Monthly monetary amount ($160/month) for participation in the program.
· Experience working with gifted volunteer based ensemble; experience working as a musical leader.
· Education towards a more holistic understanding within the vast genre of sacred music.
· Exposure and increased knowledge of appropriate repertoire and understanding of the collaborative and interactive nature of liturgy and music.
· Opportunity for solo vocal work  in both fall and spring choral-orchestral masterworks presented in worship.
· Opportunity to participate in FUMC’s resident auditioned vocal chamber ensemble, Schola Cantorum.
· Working with a growing vocal music program and participating in the life of a vibrant congregation, which can further empower and support scholars for future  careers in music.  
 
 
     For more information and to schedule an audition with the Choral Scholar Program team, please contact by November 6th :
 
      Daniel Parsley, Worship Arts Coordinator and Chancel Music Director
      dparsley@faithumchurch.org
      330-499-6040 ex. 28
 
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Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra Shannon Lythgoehttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453402%pm, %20 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453402
Featuring A Touch of Brass and Eric Hamber Women’s Chorale
 
The brilliance of brass lights up Elektra’s celebration of the Christmas season. For many, Chez Nous has become the concert that launches the festive season in style with traditional melodies and exciting new works. On the program will be the world premiere of Winter’s Grace by Edward Henderson (poem by Luci Shaw), a work honouring the memory of the late Diane Loomer. Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights, in a new voicing for women’s choir will receive its world premiere, and we also feature the Western Canadian premiere of Gloria by Ontario composer Larysa Kuzmenko. Join us in New Westminster or Vancouver as we welcome special guests the Eric Hamber Women’s Chorale and their director Les Nerling and A Touch of Brass for our Christmas gift to you.
 
Tickets are Adults $28 / Seniors $22 / Students $15, available through www.ticketstonight.ca or by calling the Elektra office at 604-739-1255.
 
November 29, 2014
 
Queen's Avenue United Church
529 Queens Ave (at 6th St), New Westminster, V3L 1K2
2 pm
 
Ryerson United Church
949 West 49th Avenue, (45th and Yew), Vancouver, V5Z 2T1
7:30 pm
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I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say - Tallis, arr. Ward John Wardhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453390%pm, %20 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453390I've just posted my new SATB divisi arrangement of the Horatius Bonar hymn "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" at http://www.wardsattic.com/music.  Direct link to the PDF score is here.  The tune is Tallis' "Third Mode Melody" (used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis").  This arrangement is intended to be sung a cappella but does contain a piano reduction that could be used.  The text is suitable for a choir anthem in a Christian worship service, but probably not appropriate for public school choirs.
 
In memory of my wife, I'm releasing the arrangement for copy and performance free of charge provided that copies contain the complete score.  A version for men's voices alone is in the works and will also be available free of charge.
 
John Ward
 
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Kyrie by Ethan Gans-Morse - Seeadot Music Publishing Fahad Siadathttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453387%pm, %20 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453387

Written as a response to the 9/11 tragedy, this is a haunting minimalist meditation on the Kyrie. Not technically demanding, but a mental challenge for any group. We suggest you close your eyes and let these powerful harmonies wash over you.

 

 
buy link: http://seeadot.com/shop/kyrie/
 
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Middle school choir - Help needed! Amy Ververellihttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453380%pm, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453380I'm currently student teaching and from day one was given full command of the only choir at the middle school, because my mentor teacher is an instrumentalist (no vocal experience). It's 45 students, all different grades and experience levels (some have sung in children's choruses their whole lives, some are in 8th grade and have no musical experience, and everything in between) and only 5 boys. We have virtually no access to technology resources (no smart board, no projector, no curriculum books or sight-reading materials), half the class doesn't want to be here, and other than rehearsing their concert music I have no idea what to do with them! I need ideas for non-rehearsal activities! I'm open to anything that they'll engage with - improvisation, composition, literacy stuff, listenings. I feel totally out of my element because my own middle school choir experience was so limited, and my mentor teacher is literally no help at all. Because of the range of musical literacy, so far I've decided to start them from the ground up with solfege and all aspects of note-reading. But because of the large spectrum of experience, it's hard to even choose one method to teach their concert music. I'm not as afraid of classroom management as maybe I should be, but I'm more afraid of motivating them to participate and engage - I just want them to know how fun and rewarding singing in choir can be - but how do you do that if they're just taking choir because they didn't want to take PE again?
 
I know I'm just barely student teaching, but I feel like I'm pretty much on my own since my teacher wants nothing to do with the choir, and I really want this to be a learning experience, not just something I countdown impatiently for it to be over with.
 
Please help, I would love to draw from all of the wisdom and experience you all have. Any and all advice is welcome!
 
Amy
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Need help finding a piece Lance Harrishttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453377%pm, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453377

I need help with details on a piece from way back in my career. In our college madrigal group we performed two medieval carols, on titled, “Nova, Nova Ave Fit Ex Eva.” SATB, with soli interspersed between verses. Let me start by saying this: It is not the Williametta Spencer, Rudolph, DeLong, or Chilcott arrangements. I know because I've spent hours on youtube looking for this particular arrangement. The closest I can find to what I remember (and that is not necessarily highly accurate) is this performance, http://tinyurl.com/pvrpwkq , although I remember some slight differences.

 

I know it was in the library of John Brown University and I'm still trying to find a way to get someone to look there for me (so if there are any fellow Eagles reading this, please help a brother out).

 

If anyone knows the name of the composer or publisher, I'll be eternally grateful.

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Artistic Director Wanted for Los Cancioneros Master Chorale in the Los Angeles area Jeremy Brunsonhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453378%pm, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453378

Position is available for the 2015-2016 season (September through June). Contracts may be renewed annually. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  

Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, extensive performance and conducting experience and knowledge of diverse choral literature.

DUTIES:

Musical direction of the chorale, audition and selection of new chorale members, selection of music and singers to perform in specific programs, annual budget consultation for music and instrumental musicians (as needed), and meetings with the Board of Directors of LCMC.

RESUMES will be accepted from Oct. 20 through Nov. 24, 2014 at:

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale

Attn: Search Committee

P. O. Box 6634

Torrance CA 90504 

Or at:

LCMCDirectorSearch@outlook.com

Candidate interviews and finalist auditions will be held in January and February 2015.  

More information about Los Cancioneros Master Chorale and its 65 year history may be viewed at:

http://www.lcmasterchorale.com/

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S-Cubed Lesson 1 FREE Sight Singing Lesson until Saturday, October 25th Dale Duncanhttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453363%pm, %20 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453363Lesson 1 of S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program is free to download this week.  Ends on Saturday, October 25th at Noon Eastern.  Please share with your peers!  
For more information with links:  
https://www.facebook.com/InTheMiddleWithMrDBlog/posts/884146824937469
To go directly to the free download:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/S-Cubed-Lesson-1-The-Game-Successful-Sight-Singing-for-Middle-School-826815
Please follow my store!
Link to my blog with info on S-Cubed:
http://inthemiddlewithmrd1.blogspot.com/p/about-s-cubed-successful-sight-singing.html
 
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The Singing Revolution with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Baltic States June 2016 Roland Zuehlkehttp://www.choralnet.org/view/453368%pm, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000http://www.choralnet.org/view/453368