ChoralNet - Daily New postings in DailyChristmas Carol Consortium | Deadline: This Friday, April 3! Dale Trumbore, %30 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Past, Christmas Future! | A Commissioning Consortium for Two New SATB Carols
The deadline for participating in composer Dale Trumbore's new carol-commissioning consortium is THIS FRIDAY, April 3. As a participating chorus in the consortium, you'll receive two new SATB a cappella Christmas carols, each approximately 3 minutes long. The carols will be yours to premiere in Winter 2015, though participating choruses may program one or both carols in Winter 2015, or wait to program both at a later date as best suits their programming needs. One carolupbeat and livelywill set a text from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and the otherslower, more meditativewill set a contemporary text by contemporary poet Barbara Crooker. The scores will be delivered by August 1, 2015 as PDFs licensed for unlimited duplication by your choir; each will list you and your choir as commissioners and dedicatees. The level of both new carols will be well-suited for community choruses, collegiate ensembles, and advanced high school groups.
FAQs about the consortium and links to participate can be found here, or email Dale Trumbore directly about the project at Again, the deadline to join the commissioning consortium is this Friday, April 3!
Hailed by the New York Times for her "soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies," composer Dale Trumbore's compositions have been performed, awarded, and commissioned by organizations including ACDA, Ansan City Choir, Chanticleer, Choral Arts Initiative, The Esoterics, Kronos Quartet, The Maryland State Boychoir, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists, New York Virtuoso Singers, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and VocalEssence. She has written over twenty commissioned compositions, and her choral works are available through G. Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes, and MusicSpoke. Hear more of Trumbore's music at
Accompanist needed for New Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir James Backmon, %30 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 needed for New Amsterdam Boys & Girls Choir saturday rehearsals leading up to spring concert on Saturday, May 9th 4pm at Hunter College.
regular rehearsals are Sturdays from 1pm to 3pm
Please contact Director James Backmon for more information: 646 371 4007 /
Participate in the 2016 Normandy Music Festival - March Tori Cook, %30 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Music Festival
In 2016, the Normandy Music Festival welcomes bands, choirs and orchestras of all ages to its very first year in operation! The festival takes place in beautiful Normandy and follows a clinic/concert format. Ensembles will participate in a clinic with one of the four reputed clinicians and in the evening will perform in a joint concert with other festival participants. While the festival is non-competitive, an audition recording is required to participate in the festival-sponsored performances.
About the Clinic:
Each performing group will have a thirty-minute warm up slot, a thirty minute performing slot for instrumental groups (twenty minutes for choral groups), followed by a thirty-minute clinic/workshop by a clinician. The master class format of the clinics is not just a source of motivation and enlightenment for the performers; it is of great benefit to the directors because it provides the insight and procedures to elevate the group's performance to a higher level.
Choir Clinicians:
Dr Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, USA
Pr Véronique Malczuk, European Choir Clinician, Professor at the Caen Conservatory of Music
Artistic Director Sarah Hopkins, %30 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000
The Spokane Area Youth Choirs seeks applicants for an Artistic Director. This person will be responsible for all artistic endeavors of SAYC and will direct choirs. This is a part-time position.
The Choirs, founded in 1987, serve treble singers from the greater Spokane area between the ages of 7 and 18. This non-profit organization’s goal is the pursuit of musical excellence while building self-esteem and nurturing the artistic and personal growth of its members in a supportive environment. We seek someone with the enthusiasm, expertise, and desire to lead us in this endeavor.
Closing date: April 30, 2015
Start date: July 1, 2015
Full job description and salary range available upon request (509) 624-7992 or
Please submit letter of interest and C.V. to
Philadelphia singers wanted for a cappella choir Sara Brown, %30 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000

PhilHarmonia concert choir is looking for experienced Altos and Basses (preferably low Basses) who can read music and have excellent intonation. PhilHarmonia is a volunteer choir 24 to 28-person a cappella choir that focuses on old and contemporary classical music. We rehearse every Sunday (except holidays and during the summer) from 6:30 to 9:00pm in center city Philadelphia. If you are interested in auditioning, please email me a brief description of your choral/musical experiences. For more information please visit our website.



Need a Bass Section Leader Andrew Kilkenny, %30 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 Episcopal Church in Plainfield NJ needs a Bass for a Wednesday Rehearsal April 1st 7:30pm-9pm, and For Easter Sunday Call at 9:30am, and service starts at 10:30am! $50 per call, total of $100.
The choir is SATB, and we are singing (This Joyful Eastertide - Charles Wood, Hallelujah Chorus - Handel, My Lord what a morning - Spiritual, Thus on Easter morrow - Wood). Being able to read music is a must, and being familular with the Episcopal liturgy is a plus.
Best Contact Email:
Cell Phone: 732-991-6548
Tenor Section Leader Joshua Slater, %30 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000

Tenor section leader sought for Christ Church Cathedral Choir. Section

leaders should be strong sight-readers, familiar with the Anglican choral

tradition, and work well with volunteers. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7-9,

with an 8:45 call for the 10:00 Sunday service. Extra services are required

at Christmas, during Holy Week, and on Easter Day.

Qualifications: Strong sightreading, flexible voice, strong rhythm.

Please email a resume to or send by post to

Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103

Organization Website:

Pay average $65/call.

Surely You Are In This Place - Michael John Trotta SA(T)B/piano Michael Trotta, %30 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000 You Are In This Place
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 Elegant simplicity is the hallmark of this work that is sure to be a favorite in a liturgical, educational, or concert setting. Set for mixed choir and piano, the tenor part is optional and may be omitted as per the needs of your ensemble. 
This time honored text from the Old Testament reflects on the the wonder of discovering that the very “gate of Heaven” is in our midst everyday.

THE BIG SING VII James D. Moyer, %30 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000 Pennsbury High School Choral Music Department (Bucks County, Pennsylvania) proudly presents the "BIG SING VII" on Wednesday April 29th at 7:30 pm in the beautiful Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey).  The concert will feature all seven of the PHS Choral Ensembles and the Middle School Honor Choir.  Admission is $5 at the door.  The concert will be under the direction of Pennsbury High School Choral staff: James D. Moyer, Lindsey Bruno, Brian Krajcik and David Reimschussel.  Dr. Jason Vodicka will be the guest organist.  The concert will feature choral works by James Whitbourn, Ethan McGrath, William Mathias, Howard Hansen, WA Mozart, David Childs, Moses Hogan, Kevin Memley and the US PREMIER of "Salvator Mundi" by Thomas LaVoy.
Los Angeles Master Chorale Announces 2015-16 Season at Walt Disney Concert Hall Susan Gordon, %30 %b %2015 %04:%Mar:%th 4MarGMT+0000
For the LA Master Chorale’s 2015-16 Season at Disney Hall, Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts the US premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Canticle of the Sun featuring cellist Robert deMaine, and other Russian works in September.  “Made in L.A.” spotlights four world premieres by LA composers in November. Four holiday programs ring in the season in December. The Chorale presents Verdi’s Requiem with soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Joshua Guerrero and bass Morris Robinson in January. Bang On A Can All-Stars joins the Chorale for the West Coast Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields in March. A semi-staged production of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast created by Trevore Ross is set for April. A cappella gems cap the season in June. For further information about the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 2015-16 season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or a free brochure, call 213-972-7282 or visit
Monday Motivation: Message to Every State Governor Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 ]]>Conference Morsel: Singing VVV Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “The Evolving Voice: The Senior Years,” presented by Karen Brunssen during the 2015 ACDA National Conference.)
Vocal training and conditioning should always be age-appropriate, dependent on where the body is within progressive and constant changes. Singers in their “Senior Years” benefit from “mindful” concepts and strategies that efficiently coordinate support and vocal vibration.  Semi-occlusion exercises cleverly offer resistance to air flow, and are particularly helpful.  Singing VVV is an easy way to experience how semi-occlusion exercises encourage proper support muscle coordination and the positive consequences in vocal cord vibrations.  To become familiar with the action of support muscles while sitting, lean forward and say a long VVV.  Crescendo.  You feel the engagement of the muscles in the lower abdomen where the body is bent.  Repeat VVV.  Crescendo and notice that you can feel muscles engage against the seat of the chair.  Then sit up and dig your knuckles into your sides.  Say VVV.  Crescendo to feel oblique muscles engage.  Lean back firmly against your chair.  Say VVV,   Crescendo to feel your back muscles engage.  Now you are aware of muscles of support that contribute to moving air so our vocal cords vibrate.  Next stand and sing exercises or vocal phrases on VVV for 30 seconds.  Repeat it using a vowel or the text. You should notice an improvement in your singing. The body seems to remember just enough so that singing feels more resonant and vocally efficient.  Such positive self-feedback via vocal sensations and action of the support muscles is something to revisit regularly.  
(Make plans now to attend your 2016 ACDA Divisional Conference!)
THIS is What it's All About Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000
Some days we seem to be surrounded by rampant narcissism and seemingly endless self-promotion by wanna–be mini-celebrities.   So when something like this comes along, the only word that comes to mind is “refreshing.”
The recent ACDA national conference in Salt Lake featured a service project where choral students from Waukee High School (Iowa) led a choir exchange with their peers at Granite Park Junior High School in Salt Lake City.  The accompanying video fragment shows just a small taste of that valuable experience.
This is exactly the sort of altruism our founders had in mind when they penned the first six words of ACDA’s Purposes: “To foster and promote choral singing . . .
Thankfully, most of us educators already know that this life isn’t about cash.  It’s about helping others.
Bravo, one and all!
Meet the ICEP Conductors: LaBarr & Fredén Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2015 %21:%Jan:%th 21JanGMT+0000
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Shakespeare at the Library: Music on the Hill Chamber Chorus Concert May 1 Carol Bogard, %30 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000
Celebrate May Day and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” with music.
Music on the Hill and the Pequot Library present “Shakespeare at the Library,” a concert of the Music on the Hill Chamber Chorus performing words of The Bard in a variety of musical interpretations.  The concert takes place on Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave. in Southport, CT.
The Chamber Chorus, a 16-voice professional-level ensemble, will perform musical settings of Shakespeare’s sonnets as well as songs from the plays, then venture into modern reinterpretations from such popular musicals as Bernstein’s West Side Story and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate.  Artistic Director David H. Connell conducts.
Tickets:  $20 in advance at; $30 at the door.
Carolyn Eynon Singers carolyn Eynon, %30 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 tenors! Want to sing jazz with  a small, select, friendly, talented, warm, kind -hearted group of 3 tenors in a 20 voice Carolyn Eynon Singers?  We invite you to call for a Tuesday night audition with performances May 2,3 and 9
Thank you,,, Elligton, Kirby SHaw, Mac Huff, Michele Weir, Phil Matson, and our own talented bass, Michael Frassetti, are the composers of this jazz show PLUS our guest performer is Charles Lewis, valley's greatest jazz pianist. We do not memorize the repertoire, except for the final song.... Thank you for your quick  You are needed immediately; 3 - 30-2015.
Philomusica Concert Choir presents "Hope Eternal: From Darkness into Light" Faith Knabe, %30 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%th 0MarGMT+0000
Philomusica Concert Choir is please to present its May 2015 concerts “Hope Eternal: From Darkness into Light” on Saturday May 16 at 8 pm and on Sunday May 17 at 4 pm.  The concerts will be held at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, located at 1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ. 
This concert includes several selections describing the evolution of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This evolution crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period.
The concert opens with Heinrich Schutz’s “Passion Motets” SWV 56-60 Cantiones Sacrae written in 1624. (Romantic period)  The five motets are based upon St. Augustine’s expansion of Psalm 115 and are among the peaks of 17th century music.  Their dark into light sequence vividly portrays the struggle to attain salvation.
Johannes Brahms’ “Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?” (Why is the light given to those weary in spirit?) written in four “movements” also starts in darkness with the voices crying “Warum” (Why?). (Early Baroque period).   It ends with the narrator’s heart and soul being quieted and comforted.
Bob Chilcott composed the “Requiem” in 2010 (Modern).  The text is the Latin “Mass for the Dead” with the addition of “Thou knowest, Lord, the Secret of our Hearts” from the Book of Common Prayer.  The “Requiem” is meant to be to a contemplative setting appropriate for either a concert or a liturgical context.  Soprano Nadine Robinson and Tenor Patrick Hagen will be performing the solos in this gorgeous work. 
General tickets: $20 Adult; $15 Seniors/Students; $10 Children under 13.  There is a discount of $2 on tickets bought in advance.  Group discounts are available.  Our Lady of Peace Church is handicapped accessible. 
There will be large print programs, and assisted listening devices are available if requested 2 weeks in advance.
For further information call 888.744.5668, or email  Visit our website at  Like us on Facebook. 
1 Parts of the Chilcott notes are taken from notes by John Bowden in program notes   
Necessary pre-requisites for becoming a High School Choral Director? Jason Kertson, %29 %b %2015 %23:%Mar:%th 23MarGMT+0000 all,
I am in my senior year of high school, and, as I am a choir devotee, I would love to seek out a profession in directing a high school choir. 
A few basic questions...

1) What college classes are necessary and/or germane to becoming a better director?
2) Which four-year universities are some of the ideal options in pursuing this path?
3) Is any college education REQUIRED to become a full-time high school director? (I still plan to, I am just curious.) 
4) How many years could it potentially take to acquire a job as a full-time director?

Any and all comments and suggestions are extremely appreciated!

Thank you!

French language music by non-French composers Carol Zeven, %29 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 direct a choir in France and would like to do a concert with French language repertoire, written or arranged by non-French composers or coming from countries other than mainland France. My choir has 25 singers, and we sing SATB or SAB. I also have a sextette singing SSA. I have already Ah! si mon moine voulait danser arr. Donald Patriquin (Canada), Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen (USA), Louez le Signeur arr Ralph Johnson (Cameroon), Il est né arr Mark Hayes (USA) and a few more.  Does anyone have more suggestions, perhaps from earlier periods?
Carol Zeven
Associate Artistic Director Carol Manifold, %29 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000

SACRA/PROFANA, San Diego’s leading professional chamber choir, seeks an Associate Artistic Director to begin June, 2015.

Founded in 2009, SACRA/PROFANA has revitalized choral music in San Diego by tirelessly championing high-quality, innovative programming throughout the county. With a strong commitment to serving diverse communities, the ensemble has developed extensive education and outreach initiatives, including a month-long after-school program at the Monarch School for students impacted by homelessness. Noted for our bold approach to choral music, SACRA/PROFANA has been invited to perform with many artists of worldwide renown. These include legendary Irish band the Chieftains, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, producer Carlton Cuse (of ABC's hit show "Lost"), film composer Michael Giacchino ("Star Trek"), and composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz in the American premiere of Disney Theatrical’s "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Further information about our organization can be found on our website,

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Associate Artistic Director (AAD) of SACRA/PROFANA will work alongside the Artistic Director to develop, program and direct a diverse range of choral repertoire. The Associate Artistic Director will be responsible for periodically leading rehearsals. The AAD will be required to direct at least one full-length concert performance each season, in addition to directing portions of other performances throughout the season. The AAD may also be asked to prepare the chorus over a period of several rehearsals, for performances directed by the Artistic Director or other visiting conductors.

The AAD is supervised by the Artistic Director, and functions to support the Artistic Director’s creative vision for the ensemble.

The duties of the S/P AAD include but are not limited to the following:

  • LEADING REHEARSALS. Assists in the planning and execution of rehearsals, and is often responsible for leading full rehearsals in the Artistic Director’s absence, or sectional rehearsals in collaboration with the Artistic Director.

  • DIRECTING CONCERTS. Directs at least one full-length SACRA/PROFANA performance each season.

  • SCHEDULING. In collaboration with the Artistic Director, creates rehearsal and performance calendars.

  • S/P ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT. In collaboration with the Artistic Director and Board members, shares responsibility for the development of collaborative relationships with other arts and non-arts organizations to enable the realization of the S/P mission statement.

  • AUDITIONS & PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. Consults with the Artistic Director regarding the hiring of new singers and management of the current roster.

    ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Depending on qualifications, the Associate Artistic Director may be asked to direct additional performances and/or prepare the chorus for visiting conductors.


      At least a bachelor’s degree In music.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in directing a choral ensemble.

  • Basic piano proficiency.

  • A positive attitude and desire to work in a high-energy, collaborative environment.

  • Residence in or near San Diego County is highly desirable.

    COMPENSATION: The Associate Artistic Director will be paid a negotiable stipend per rehearsal period/performance (i.e., one stipend to cover several rehearsals and/or a performance).

    The targeted start date for this position is June, 2015.

    To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and recent CV to Krishan Oberoi, Artistic Director at All application materials must be received by April 27, 2015.

Music Director - Shoreline Chorale (Madison, Connecticut) Nan Ellman, %29 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000

We are searching for a choral director for our skilled 30-40 member community chorale, now in our 33rd year.

We seek a Musical Director with love of teaching people, enthusiasm, humor, broad knowledge of repertoire, and good organizational skills.  We favor an eclectic, mixed music repertoire (early, classical, romantic, contemporary, sacred, secular, spirituals, etc.) as well as a mixture of level-of-difficulty from moderate to challenging, with emphasis on quality.


Our key criteria are:

-    Teaching Skills

-    Conducting Ability    

-    Musicianship: Ear, Interpretation, Blending

-    Knowledge of Vocal Technique - prefer a performer

-    Love of People, Leadership ability

-    Good Organizational Habits and Rehearsal Planning

-    Personality/Sense of Humor/Enthusiasm

-    Broad Knowledge of a variety of styles of Choral Music

-    Ability and willingness to work with the Music Committee for music selection and progress


Other criteria are:

-    High Musical Standards and Expectations

-    Contacts in the Local Music Community

-    Works Well with Accompanist

-    Keyboard Skills

-    Past Experience as a conductor

-    Educates regarding the music, provides historical context, how to perform the piece

-    Priority of SCC Activities


Additional information:

Music is selected jointly between Music Director and Music Committee; Director has final decision.

Non-audition chorus; solos are performed by skilled members, as auditioned and selected by director.

We have two seasons (Aug-Nov, Jan-Apr/May), each with 1-2 concerts.

Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings in Madison, Connecticut.

Concerts are usually held in local church venues with organ and/or piano, and often with additional instrumentals.

Remuneration is approximately $1800-2000 per season (fall season and winter/spring season); $2600-4000 annual.
Accompanist is also employed for rehearsals and concerts.


This opportunity begins summer 2015 to plan the Fall season, with first rehearsal in late August.

We plan social dinner functions in September and January.

The fall concert is planned for November  


For further information, see the Chorale website at

Send statement of interest and resume to


or mail to:

Director Search

Shoreline Community Chorale

P.O. Box 57

Madison, CT 06443

Seeking Alto or Mezzo Soprano for Sacred A Cappella Quartet in Bethlehem, Pa Kathy Anthony, %29 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 alto/mezzo soprano (classically trained-sacred) needed for an a cappella quartet in the Lehigh Valley Area.  Must be an excellent reader, have a classic professional sound, work well with others and be able to blend with lyric soprano, lyric tenor and lyric bass. Rehearsals usually held in Bethlehem on the first or second Monday of each month. Performances are usually held on late Saturday afternoons (once a month). There are additional events. Performance opportunities are at the discretion of the director. If interested, please contact through e-mail.
San Diego Sings! Festival 2015 Carol Manifold, %29 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 Choral Consortium of San Diego recently completed its first large choral festival, San Diego Sings! Festival 2015, at the beautiful Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Each of twenty diverse choirs from the San Diego region presented a short set individually, and all of the choirs combined (1000 voices) to sing a new piece by Bradley Nelson commissioned for the event, "How Can I Keep From Singing", with parts for adult choir, children's choir, organ, and audience. Approximately 3000 people participated or attended the festival, which was free to the public.
Help finding best text-books for an Choral Conducting course Matthew Erpelding, %29 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 fall I begin my first college teaching post, and need some help finding the best textbook and/or resources for an Advanced Choral Conducting course.  The college has a separate Choral Methods course, so whatever I choose can be very specific to Choral Conducting.  I plan on cherry-picking some great teaching octavos, but does anyone here have any suggestions for some great supplementary materials?  Many many thanks! ]]>UBI CARITAS by Ivo Antognini ivo antognini, %29 %b %2015 %05:%Mar:%th 5MarGMT+0000 conductors and ChoralNet users,
enjoy this recording of my brand new UBI CARITAS (SATB, divisi a cappella).
Matthew Curtis sings all the voices.
The official world premiere will take place on April 19, 2015 at the Gantner Concert Hall - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire WI.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir will be conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff.
The piece is published by Colla Voce
Enjoy :-)
music composer
Sunday Inspiration: And With His Stripes We Are Healed (Handel) Scott Dorsey, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000
Composition Spotlight: Moon Man Scott Dorsey, %19 %b %2012 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase.  A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented.  Enjoy!)
Moon Man by Greg Bartholomew SATB (or SA) a cappella (click for PDF and Audio)
Level: High School or higher
Uses: Winter/Holiday
Program Themes: Winter Holiday
This Piece Would Program Well With: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas arr. Harry Simeone JWpepper and Sheet Music Plus
Merry Christmas!  I'm sure most conductors have had just about enough of the standard holiday fare so I'd like to serve you up something quite different.  Moon Man has an unusual text that Greg Bartholomew adapted from a poem by American poet Tom Clarke.   This song will have you eating your Moon Man cheese in a tin for Christmas Day.  Enjoy!
This piece is available from the composer.
(Original publication: December 22, 2012)
Seeking Bass Section Leader in Newport Beach (eventually Alto and Tenor, as well) Phoebe Jevtovic, %29 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 a bass singer to provide vocal leadership for the volunteer basses in our choir. This is a wonderfully positive, accepting environment with a growing music program. We have a Chancel choir, a Gregorian chant ensemble that sings the office of Compline weekly, and a Bell Choir. Section leader would only be expected at the Thursday night (7-8:30PM) choir rehearsal and the 10AM Sunday service (9AM call). Summers optional. Must be a good sight reader, have a strong, pleasant voice, and be patient providing leadership to amateurs. Please send a resume to the poster. ]]>CoMA Exploring Contemporary Vocal Music Mick Kahn, %29 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%th 0MarGMT+0000
This workshop is part of the CoMA Open Score project. We will be exploring six brand new compositions for flexible vocal ensemble by postgraduate students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. We will be working with the composers to share in the creative process of producing exciting and original choral works. The pieces will be varied in style and we will round off the day with an informal performance for the composers.
The workshop will be led by Sarah Leonard, a leading interpreter of contemporary vocal music and Musical Director of CoMA Voices. Sarah’s encouraging approach has helped many people develop their singing potential and understanding of contemporary music. This is the seventh year of this popular series of workshops at Trinity Laban. Previous experience of contemporary vocal music is not necessary.
Time and place: 10:30 to 17:00 on Sunday 26 April 2015 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Greenwich, London.
Cost: £20 (£15 concessions) for CoMA members.
Booking: contact Mick Kahn on 020 7249 5139 or
CoMA Voices is one of the ensembles of Contemporary Music for All, which promotes participation in contemporary music for musicians of all abilities. See
Winterlight: The Crossing @ Longwood Gardens Kevin Krasinski, %29 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%th 0MarGMT+0000

Winter Light
The Crossing @ Longwood Gardens

with Thomas Mesa, celloShannon Lee, violin
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 8:00pm
Longwood Gardens
1011 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Pēteris Vasks: Plainscapes (with cello and violin)
John Tavener: Svyati
Edwin Fissinger: Lux aeterna
Ēriks EšenvaldsStars
Ešenvalds:  Northern Lights
Ko Matsushita: O lux beata Trinitas

The legendary beauty of Longwood is mirrored in the swirling sounds and provocative textures of works for cello and choir by John Tavener and Pēteris Vasks; the concert focuses on light - of this world and beyond - in additional works of Ko Matsushita, Edwin Fissinger, and Ēriks Ešenvalds, whose stunning timbres mixing tuned water glasses with voices bring a new dimension to musical depictions of light.

Tickets available via Ticket Philadelphia; or call 215.893.1999

Choral Sheet Music Collection Taylor Ford, %28 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000 have a collection of various pieces of choral sheet music both popular and classical. I am selling this music at half the list price or less for each piece. This is a good way for school music directors and church choir directors to obtain sample copies and increase your music library while spending within your reduced annual budget. If you would like to see my Excel spreadsheet with the full details of each piece of music, send me your email address and I will email the list to you. ]]>First performance of Majestic Ride in the USA. Gordon Thornett, %28 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000'm pleased to announce that my choral sequence for Palm Sunday, "Majestic Ride", is being given its first US performance on Sunday 29th March at the First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida. (Music available for instant download from ]]>Sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" by Messiah Choral Society Sue Santoro, %28 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 join members of the Messiah Choral Society for a free, open to the public sing-along of selections from Handel's "Messiah" at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, 225 S. Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park, Florida on April 10th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  The sing-along will be led by our Chorusmaster, Karen Lecky-Springer, and our accompanist Kristine Griffin. We will have loaner scores available, and our members will also be willing to share. Hope to see you there!
Associate Director for community choral group Myra Muscar, %28 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 am interested in getting some feedback from groups who have utilized an associate director, what responsibilies did each have or was the associate strictly for emergency fill-in purposes?  Any experience with having to cancel a concert because of a director not being able to make a concert or even an accompanist at the very eleventh hour?  We have experienced the latter and now have two accompanists who alternate rehearsals so each are totally familiar with the music, working with the director, and able to perform four-in-hand concert preludes or accompaniment to choral pieces.  The budgetary isssues become quite different, however, with bringing in another director. 
Thank you in advance for the pros and cons you might have experienced.
What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, March 29, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %28 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - Sunday, March 29, 2015
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
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Hour 1
Leo Sowerby: I Was Glad
Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, Larry King
Larry King, organ
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Ambrosian Singers, Richard Bonynge
Joan Sutherland, soprano
Herbert Howells: Magnificat
Choir of St. John's, Elora, Noel Edison
Matthew Larkin, organ
George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No. 1)
Tallis Chamber Choir; Royal Academy Consort, Jeremy Summerly
Carson Cooman: Be Present, Holy Trinity
Royal Holloway Choir, University of London, Rupert Gough
Samuel Rathbone, organ
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Turtle Creek Chorale, Timothy Seelig
J.S. Bach, arr. Virgil Fox: Komm, susser Tod
Peter Richard Conte, organ
Wanamaker organ at Macy's, Center City, Philadelphia
Peter was a student of GSM host Rob Kennedy
Hour 2
J.S. Bach: Final Chorus ~ St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 ("Wir setzen uns in Tranen nieder")
Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling
John Tavener: Funeral Ikos
Francis Jackson: Benedicite in G
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
Darius Milhaud: Four Prayers ~ Sabbath Morning Service
Prague Philharmonic Choir; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz
Yaron Windmueller, baritone; Rabbi Rodney Mariner, reader
Eric Whitacre: Her Sacred Spirit Soars
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
Louis Vierne: Final ~ Sixth Symphony for Organ, Op. 59
Michael Farris, organ
The Casavant Organ in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Erie, Pennsylvania
Hour 3
Antonin Dvorak: Quando corpus morietur ~ Stabat Mater, Op. 58
Chamber Choir of Radio-Television Ljubljana; Mixed Choir of Obala Koper, Consortium musicum;
Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, Marko Munih
Ana Pusar Jeric, soprano; Eva Novsak Houska, mezzo-soprano; 
Jurij Rega, tenor; Franjo Petrusanec, bass
Randall Thompson: The Lord Is My Shepherd
Voces Novae et Antiquae; with members of the Philadelphia Festival Chorus
and the Choir of Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA, Robert A.M. Ross
Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Peter Stevens, organ scholar
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: For lo, I raise up
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Leo Sowerby: Requiescat in pace
Catharine Crozier, organ
The Aeolian-skinner Organ in Saint John's Chapel of the Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts
Hour 4
Johannes Brahms: Missa Canonica (1856)
St. Clement's Choir, Philadelphia, Peter Richard Conte
Ken Cowen, organ
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Te Deum in G
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Thomas Trotter, organ
Anton Bruckner: Psalm 114
Corydon Singers; English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best
Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat "Mein Herz erhebet Gott", Op. 69 No. 3
Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Frieder Bernius
Monika Meier-Schmid, soprano; Ute Wille, alto;
Georg Kaplan, tenor; Adolph Seidel, bass
J.S. Bach: Toccata in F, BWV 540
E. Power Biggs, organ
1714 Silbermann organ in Freiburg Cathedral
The Mass in the 20th Century Marsha Gibson, %28 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000
Blanche Moyse Chorale to present “The Mass in the 20th Century”
In mid-April, the Blanche Moyse Chorale will perform settings of the Latin Mass by the Russian/American composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) and by the Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974).  The concert will be performed twice: at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, April 10, at the Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls, VT, and at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 12, at Centre Congregational Church, in Brattleboro, VT.
To characterize the musical revolution of the early 20th century, Chorale director Mary Westbrook-Geha has chosen two choral gems, differing from each other as much as they differ from the great Masses of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.  Stravinsky’s “Mass for Mixed Chorus and a Double Wind Quintet” and Martin’s “Mass for Unaccompanied Double Chorus” are relatively short compositions.  Martin composed his Mass soon after World War I, when, as a young man, he was searching for a musical style that he could call his own. Stravinsky’s Mass, written a quarter of a century later, immediately after World War II, shows what some have called a mature style – reflecting his exposure to Schoenberg and other innovators of the time.
Both works display rhythmic and harmonic inventiveness which is bound to tease, and please, this concert’s listeners – even those with staunchly classical ears.
The Blanche Moyse Chorale, founded in 1978 as a program of the Brattleboro Music Center, is a chamber chorus of approximately thirty singers, who strive to attain the high level of musical artistry exemplified by its original director, Blanche Moyse.  For many years, the Chorale was the choral arm of the New England Bach Festival.  Since 2007, director Mary Westbrook-Geha has led the Chorale in performances of works by Handel, Copland, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Britten, Palestrina, Schütz, Brahms, and of course J.S. Bach.  Although based in the Brattleboro, VT, area, the Chorale includes singers from neighboring states and beyond.
Concert tickets purchased in advance are $18 for general seating or $35 for preferred seating, and may be obtained from the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, online at, or from any Chorale member.  Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for general seating or $40 for preferred seating.  All student tickets (college included) are $5. Both venues are handicapped-accessible.  For any special seating needs, advance reservation is appreciated.
Both performances are sponsored by Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and by Vermont Arts 2015 (a project of the Vermont Arts Council).  For more information, please call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, or visit
Saturday Respite: Basses to the Rescue! Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000
The next time you get a little cranky with the bass section (yup, we basses can be a handful!), consider that those deep mellow tones could save the day, at least according to these engineering students.
Union University Singers Visit ACDA Museum Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
Tennessee's Union University Singers (Christopher Mathews, conductor) paid a visit to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum on March 27, to share part of their 2015 tour repertoire.  The Union University Singers' concert tour will include performance throughout the southwestern United States.
This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visiting Choir Series.  The series features casual concerts in the McMahon Museum (located in the association’s national office building) by touring choirs that visit the Oklahoma City area as a part of their tour itinerary.
If your choir would like to sing in the McMahon Museum as a part of the Visiting Choir Series, contact Scott Dorsey at
GUEST BLOG: “Music Can Make a Difference and So Can You!” by Heather MacDonald Scott Dorsey, %24 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
MUSIC CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SO CAN YOU! by Heather MacDonald (Volunteer & Community Engagement Director, United Way of Salt Lake City)
       The mission of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. The ACDA hosted their 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City which provided a unique opportunity for two UWSL Community Schools to experience performances, coaching, and student interaction with two of the visiting choirs.
       Almost 300 choirs auditioned for the opportunity to perform at the Mormon Tabernacle and Abravanel Hall during the conference, and only 22 were selected. From that select group of top performers, Baylor University from Waco, TX and Waukee High School from Waukee, IA were given the opportunity to volunteer as part of their conference experience.
       Through the planning process, the ACDA was clear they wanted an opportunity for the visiting choirs to not just perform but to be able to interact with students and offer their expertise. Granite Park Junior High students started out by participating in icebreaker activities led by the Waukee High School students. During their time they also shared lunch, performed for each other, and were treated to a clinic where they learned performance tips and how they could better work together to be a cohesive choir.
       “My kids TRULY enjoyed every moment of this experience and it was a highlight of our Salt Lake City experience. I think every conference should have a component that resembles this as it was educational, fun, and incredibly rewarding to work together–confirming that music is a powerful tool that brings people together in unexpected ways.” – Amy Hall, Waukee High School Director of Vocal Music
       “The ACDA experience with Amy Hall and the Waukee High School choir was incredible for the students at Granite Park Junior High. The faces of my students said it all. Many of my students have never had the opportunity to see such a high-quality choir performance. It was also incredible for my students to get feedback on their singing from Mrs. Hall. It was an experience that truly inspired my students and one that they, and I, will never forget.” – Melissa Drake, Granite Park Jr. High Choir Teacher
       Kearns High School partnered with Jefferson Junior High to share their choir experience with both Kearns High and Jefferson students. The Baylor University choir, directed by Alan Raines, provided an engaging musical performance, participated in some activities with the Kearns and Jefferson students, and shared the message that college is important.
       “I think that Alan’s and the choir’s enthusiasm and very approachable manners made the assembly not only an inspirational showcase of college-level talent; but it also sent what I felt was a very clear message to the students that “college is a great place to go…you will have amazing experiences and opportunities if you go.” That message is so powerful with our students here in Kearns where only 68% of Kearns High School students graduate on time.” – Steve Whatcott, Kearns High UWSL Community School Director
       Through the power of volunteers, students were able to be inspired, have fun, and learn together.
water music Kristan Burkert, %28 %b %2015 %04:%Mar:%th 4MarGMT+0000 different sort of old:
Yemaya Asesu - traditional Afro-Cuban, arr. Joan Szymko (might only be SSAA, but worth looking at)
International Choral Week 2015 Carlos Armando Perez, %27 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000
International Announcement
XX Choral Festival of Colombian Music
International Choral Week 2015
From October 13th to 17th 2015
 Buga, Colombia
 The Corporation For The Choral Development Of Buga,  Colombia, CORPACOROS,  the most choral organization of Colombia, with 20 years of existence, invites Mixed, Female, Male, University Choirs, Religious, Institutional Choirs, Youth Choirs and Vocal Groups to participate in the choral event CHORAL WEEK 2015. This XX CHORAL FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN MUSIC will be celebrated from October 13th to 17th, 2015 in Guadalajara de Buga, Colombia, a city of musical, amiable tradition. The event is celebrated since 1996, in agreement with the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, the Valle del Cauca State and the City of Buga. It usually hosts select choral groups of Colombia and in the last five years has invited choirs of United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Aruba  and Argentina.
GUADALAJARA OF BUGA is located in the center of the “Valle del  Cauca” State, in the West part of Colombia, with a population of 110,000 and a wonderful warm climate all year round due to its location in the Torrid Zone and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1576 and therefore it is a rich city in colonial architecture, pre-Columbian jewels and treasures, works of religious art, pieces of silver and beautiful gold crafts, wood statues, everything in impeccable state of conservation. The city has been declared Colombian National Patrimony and in addition the National Government named head of the Tourist Metropolitan Circuit. The city has a strong cultural and musical tradition, pretty landscapes, prolific soil, wonderful hotels, and enjoys a variety of typical food. Among its main attractions is the “Señor de los Milagros” Catholic Basilica image venerated by thousands of locals and pilgrims for all over the world. Guadalajara de Buga is located 43 miles (70 kilometers) to the north of the city of Cali, and the “Palmaseca” International Airport.

How to participate:

Please send the following information:

Resume of the choir
Resume of the choir Director
Number of Singers, how many men and women.
Address / telephone number /email
Recording with a live performance or an essay with a minimum of three folkloric works of the original country. The recording must be recent.

Send it by e-mail:

Deadline: April 30, 2015
The organization will select the choirs for the festival’s participation before May 28th, 2015.  CORPACOROS,  will announce, via email the name of the accepted choirs and before May 30th  will release the official festival’s schedule.
The Concerts will be held in churches, cultural centers, universities, schools, historical centers, parks, the Teatro Municipal of Guadalajara de Buga and adjacent cities.
Each group will need to prepare:
  • Three popular works and/or folkloric music of its country of origin for the Final Concert to be held the Saturday October 17.
  • Caribbean Music, for a denominated Concert “the Choirs sing Caribean music”.
  • Also other works of free selection for the concerts in other venues of the city and adjacent cities.
  • The groups that have in their repertoire religious music will need to indicate that to us in order to perform their presentation at the city churches.
  • The repertoire must mainly be perform “a  capella”.
The festival is not competitive.


  • The participant choral groups will need to pay for the transportation , from the  city of origin to the city of Buga, Colombia. All the members of the delegation must carry a medical insurance policy at the moment of arrival to Buga.
  • The choirs will need to arrive to Buga, no later midday Thursday  October 14.
  • It is understood that the choirs authorize that their concerts are recorded or transmitted by radio and/or TV, and that yields their rights to the organization of the event.  All the choirs will receive a participation certificate.
  • The registration is free
  • The organization will pay :
    • The multiple accommodations and all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, of the Choir up to a maximum of 21 members of the delegation, during the whole festival, from the lunch of October 15th thru the breakfast of the morning of October 18th. If more that 21 members of the delegation is present, or the stay is prolonged, this must be paid to CORPACOROS at a    cost of $ 50  American Dollars, daily.
    • Transport from the first day until the last day of the festival, rides to concerts, etc. will be made in a bus that meet with the high standards of the festival.  The groups may have to share the bus with another delegation.
    • A Group Coordinator that he will escort the delegation during all the festival length.
General information about us is available on our Web page
Empire City Men's Chorus Transfigurations 5/10 & 5/12 Edward Angelo Enrique, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
How will you change when you see your real self?

A love song to the art of loving ourselves, with the musical reflections of Stephen Paulus, Kyle Randall, Mahalia Jackson,Francisco Guerrero, Orlando diLasso, Harry Belafonte, Michael Jackson, and more.
Sunday May 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Apostle
296 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001
Tuesday May 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
St Paul's Episcopal Church
199 Carroll Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

$10 Artists Tickets | For fellow choristers & musicians
$125 VIP (Couple) | Front row or table seating, select wine and hors d'ouevres
$75 VIP (Single) | Front row or table seating, select wine and hors d'ouevres
$30 General Admission | 15% discount if purchased by Sunday, April 26th, 2015
$20 Students & Seniors | 15% discount if purchased by Sunday, April 26th, 2015
$15 Mom for Mother's Day | Valid only for Sunday, May 10th concert
$5 Kids Tickets | For children 12 and under

ECMC is always looking for great people to help with our concert productions from box office, ushering, decorating, to setting up and breaking down. Join in the excitement of putting on a show and then enjoy watching it for free! Email for details.
Announcing the Hilton Head Choral Society 40th Anniversary Festival Bill Bergeman, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000

Music Celebrations is privileged to collaborate with the Hilton Head Choral Society of Hilton Head, South Carolina in celebration of their 40th Anniversary Season. We are proud to present a choral festival and gala concert to commemorate such an occasion. Participants will have the opportunity to sing in a festival chorus and participate in clinics led by world-renowned choral conductor, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope.

The Gala Concert will take place on Sunday, October 11th, at Holy Family Catholic Church on beautiful Hilton Head Island. We hope that you will join us on the gorgeous South Carolina coast for a wonderful weekend of choral music!

Fore more information, please visit our contact page.

Grand Philharmonic Choir Presents Bach: St. Matthew Passion Amy Dale, %27 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Good Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:30 p.;m.
Centre in the Square, Kitchener
Rufus Müller, Evangelist
Grand Philharmonic Choir
University of Waterloo Chamber Choir
Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Mark Vuorinen, conductor
Tickets $22 to $75 at or 519-578-1570
Help! I need American Oil & Agriculture influenced pieces Kevin Shultz, %27 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 everyone,
I am a fairly new teacher (3rd year) in Bakersfield, which is in Kern County, California. Kern is home to 3 of 5 largest oil fields and also accounts for 10% of US oil production, alone. Saying the culture of working in the oil fields is huge would be an understatement. Agricutlure is also a monster producer for our local economy (It's actually larger than our oil field industry), but less so in my pocket of town.  Our school site is putting on an Art Show to showcase this local interest and my choirs have been asked to perform. The groups that will be performing are our Chamber Singers (20 SATB singers), and our Men's Choir (16 TBB singers). I am in need of choral rep that would represent oil field and/or agriculture workers of any era of time. I already have Drill Ye Terriers, Drill (which was actually a railroad song but that is the style we're going for) prepared so we can forget that piece for now. Between the two groups, I need about 30 minutes of music. Below is my request:
Voicing: SATB, SAB, SA, TB, TBB, 
Accompaniment: Either a cappella or piano
Language: English
Age/grade: Chamber (10-12), Men's Choir (9-12)
Ability Level: Chamber (High-Intermediate), Men's Choir (High-Beginning)
Any help would be tremendous! If you have anything to share directly, you can email me at kevin_shultz(a) Thanks again! 
Pls Help! for finding extremely rhythmic songs which are very exciting ! Yap Sean, %27 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 having been finding for a piece that is extremely exciting and rhythmic. The voicing is SSAA or SSA and the accompaniment is not restricted. thank you so much :) examples are like Three Russian Songs by Emily Crocker, Ritmo. Thanks you !
style of piece: modern
duration: around 3-4 minutes 
language: no restrictions 
Thank you so much!!!!!
Wartburg Choir 2015 National Tour March 27-28, April 17-26 Stephanie Klemetson, %27 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
The Wartburg Choir under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson will present their 2015 National Tour Program this March and April in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri.
The program entitled “Spirit Song” will feature “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” by J.S. Bach, “Northern Lights” by Ēriks Ešenvalds, two movements from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and two world premieres by René Clausen. View the complete program here.
2015 Wartburg Choir Tour
Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
West Delaware High School
605 N New Street
Manchester, IA
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
1000 3rd Ave.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
1301 Lincoln Ave.
Owatonna, MN
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Basilica of Saint Mary
Corner of 16th St. and Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, April 19, 4:00 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1310 Main St.
Eau Claire, WI
Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave
Madison, WI
Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
545 Ardmore Ave.
Villa Park, IL
Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2821 N. Bell School Rd.
Rockford, IL
Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
2477 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Liberty United Methodist Church
1001 Sunset Ave.
Liberty, MO
Sunday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
210 R63 Hwy
Indianola, IA
For more information, visit or contact Stephanie Klemetson at
Seasons of the Heart Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, %27 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000 Park Chorale presents "Seasons of the Heart", a concert celebrating its 40th year of singing on Sunday, May 17th at 7 PM at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. Orchard Park, NY 14127. Solos and choruses from Elijah by Mendelssohn are among the selections. Soloists include Holly Bewlay, soprano, Jeffrey Thompson, tenor and Nicholas Kilkenny, bass-baritone. The artistic director is Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, accompanist Joanne Hollenbeck and asssitant conductor is Karen E. Saxon. For more details see ]]>Broadway Musical choral pieces Christine Allison, %27 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 All,
My community chorus is going to be doing a Broadway Musical program as a benefit for a playhouse. What are some of your favorite SATB pieces? I'm hoping that I can find some quality writing.
Thank you for your time and your suggestions.
Christine Allison
A Chorus for a Cause
Brahms Liebeslieder English William Spencer, %27 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 there: Has anyone done any of these in English? How has that worked? And are there any good-quality English translations available that are reasonably "modern" in approach (meaning no "dost thou" kind of stuff)?
Thanks! Bill
Toronto Choral Society Elaine Alexander, %27 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000 Toronto Choral Society and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra present Stabat Mater by Rossini at The Salvation Army Citadel at Lawrence Avenue and Warden Avenue. Tickets are available at the door for $30.00 for adults or $25.00 for seniors. Don't miss this rarely performed work! ]]>Blue Cummerbunds & Bow Ties Sarah Kavanagh, %27 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000 Cummerbunds & Bow Ties For Sale
90 Cummerbunds ($4 each)
65 Bow Ties ($1 each)
or $400 for all
***I am willing to negotiate prices and pay shipping within the United States!
“Five from the Folder: Women’s Voices” by Sarah Baker Scott Dorsey, %05 %b %2015 %17:%Jan:%th 17JanGMT+0000
1. “Letter from a Girl to the World.” Andrea Ramsey. SSAA. Alliance Music Publications, Inc.  AMP0768
Mild divisi. One of the most requested works performed. Opportunities for individual expression with spoken thoughts of empowerment.
2. “Boat Madrigal.” Steven Porter. SSA. Phantom Music PPI303
Fun introduction to the madrigal style. Great piece for developing treble choirs (or others just wishing to have a little fun), quoting the folk song, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
3. “No Time.” arr. Susan Brumfield. SSAA. Colla Voce Music. 21-20260
Simple and beautiful setting of a traditional camp meeting song. Pleasant divisi  presents even more depth in the piece.
4. “I Thank You God.” Gwyneth Walker. SSA(A). E.C. Schirmer Music Co. 5331
Haunting opening with piano and voice that moves gracefully from c minor with lyrics and harmonic development until ending in full, open C major. Tremendous impact from text and music.
5. “Tundra.” Charles A. Silvestri & Ola Gjeilo. SSAA. Walton Music. 08501772
The descriptive text of the composer’s homeland is described beautifully with the development of vast harmonic phrasing and steady movement of the voices and accompaniment. Stunning.
(“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
Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Billy? Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 ]]>2015 Conference Recordings Available Scott Dorsey, %06 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000
As anyone who was present in the halls can attest, the concerts offered during the 2015 ACDA national conference were nothing short of stupendous.
You can relive those brilliant performances – or hear them for the first time – on CD or DVD.  ACDA’s recording partner, Soundwaves, has recorded the concerts on both audio and video.
ORDER your copies today
Mobile Recording Isn't “What It Isn't,” by Jeff Tillinghast Scott Dorsey, %26 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000
"Is it better quality than a DSLR?" 
I wanted to test a new iPad video accessory called the Swivl this week, so I set it up in our auditorium for Music Day student performances. The Swivl is a base into which you set your iPad to record presentations and video with two major distinguishing features: first, the base features a rotating motor which tracks a remote held or worn by the presenter via infrared. This device has earned a lot of attention in education and in business by making it very easy to record presentations since the camera will track the presenter and keep them in the center of the frame. I'd tested it in several of our classrooms with student and faculty presentations already, but in the name of curiosity, I was using it in Music Day to test a second unique feature: the remote has a small microphone in it which transmits the audio signal back to the base to record directly into the iPad. Again, for presentations this is a great benefit since it will get clear audio signal from the speaker no matter how far away the iPad is. I wanted to take the notion one step further and record an ensemble from the stage with the remote mic. The ability to put a wireless microphone on the podium, for example, and transmit to a video camera further back in the hall was very intriguing to me.
I was setting the Swivl up in the Auditorium when a student looked at me and asked, "But is it better quality than a DSLR?" I hear variations of this question whenever I talk about mobile-based audio or video recording, and I think it misses the larger question. Certainly the recording quality of an iPad or any tablet or smartphone falls short of a professional-grade rig. Even a dedicated pro-sumer level specialized video camera or a handheld audio device like the Zoom H2 is going to have better input and be designed to process cleaner A/V. For the really important projects, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of a number of single-purpose devices to create superior multimedia. That said, it is surprising the results that can come from smartphone or tablet video and audio with some of the aftermarket accessories that are available. Furthermore, that I believe that these tools have a place in our recording arsenal isn't because they can imitate what they aren't (try and be a professional-grade field recorder, for example), but because of some of the things that make mobile computing so powerful:
Ease of sharing. I don't think this point can be overstated-- the highest quality recordings have very little value if they never get off the recorder. I have stacks of memory cards from projects gone by or rehearsals that I recorded and meant to share, but never took the time to move the files, do any necessary editing or converting, and then think about distributing. Mobile operating systems are built to publish and share content, and can do it in a variety of ways depending on your apps and subscriptions. By the time the audience had left the auditorium, I had created a Google Drive folder shared with our Music Department from the iPad and was uploading the video files to them. Similarly, I could have used Dropbox, or uploaded straight to YouTube or Vimeo if I wanted to publish them externally.
Simplicity. Mobile operating systems are built to be easy to navigate and the devices place a premium on design that's easy to learn quickly. That aesthetic extends to most of the apps available for mobile devices as well: there are many exceptions, but mobile apps generally tend to do one or two specific things and strive to achieve them with a minimal learning curve and amount of user input. This has a flipside in that many of the apps are more limited in their capacity, but when you find a great audio recorder such as Twisted Wave, its simplicity translates to quick setup and learning curve which won't bog users down.
Widespread Adoption. Gadgets are expensive, and none of us have large enough budgets that we want to dominate them with recording technology. By taking advantage of the devices that you, your musicians or your colleagues already own, you can build a range of accessories while not having to purchase single-use devices. In many cases, the app that corresponds to a piece of hardware is provided free from the manufacturer, meaning that you can have many people in your ensemble with the apps on their phones or tablets to allow for sectional or small ensemble recording, or to get help with setting up recording for concerts or events.
In the end, some of the biggest determining factors in the quality of audio or video are external to the recorder no matter what the hardware: lighting is going to make an enormous difference in the quality of video, and my tests for Music Day were hampered by not having the microphone in a good location for the often boomy acoustics in our hall. I gave the Swivl an "incomplete" for recording music via wireless remote, and I'll come back to it in the future with more thought to mic placement. The distinction is significant, though: in this case, I evaluated the device as a way to make capable recordings via iPad because of what that offers (the benefits of mobile computing), not what it doesn't.
Round-the-Clock Choral Music in ACDA Radio Scott Dorsey, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 of searching for a way to listen to choral music? Look no farther than ACDA Radio, providing a continuous stream of choral music 24 hours a day.
If you are a member of the American Choral Directors Association you are just a couple clicks of your mouse away from round-the-clock choral music delivered directly to your favorite device.
Enjoy! ]]>
NCCO National Conference: Application Deadline April 1 & other NCCO News Mitos Andaya, %27 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000

Dear Colleagues,

Sixth NCCO National Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 12-14, 2015

This is a reminder that the deadline for Calls for the Sixth National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon is Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 

Please be sure to consider submitting your application materials for Choral Performance, Literature Sessions, Interest Sessions, the two Panel Discussions on Teaching Choral Literature and International Opportunities, the Poster Session and the NCCO Choral Series.

Also, encourage colleagues, graduate students, and composers to send in their submissions as well. Details can be found on the website:

Additionally, keep an eye out for details about Advertising in our program book as well as the application process for the Graduate Conducting Masterclass with Simon Carrington which will come out in the ensuing weeks.

The Choral Scholar Spring 2015 Issue

The Choral Scholar Spring 2015 Issue will soon be posted online on our website with articles on works by Randall Thompson, Seth Daniels Bingham, and Maurice Duruflé. We encourage submissions for upcoming issues as well as attending the Choral Scholar lunch meeting at the Portland conference.

Seventh National Conference in 2017

If you and your institution would like to host our Seventh National Conference in 2017, please contact President-Elect, Randi von Ellefson, at

The NCCO Officers and I very much enjoyed catching up with many of you at the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City and look forward to seeing you in Portland! Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding conference submissions or any other NCCO opportunities.

All best wishes,

Mitos Andaya Hart

President, National Collegiate Choral Organization

On the Waterfront: Songs of the Sea Gary Lubarsky, %27 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000 Spring Concert is “a love song to the wild beauty of the North Shore”
From the majestic Atlantic to countless rivers, streams, marshes and tidal pools, the unmistakable power and beauty of water is central to life in this special place we call the North Shore. 
The Cantemus Chamber Chorus will pay tribute to the unique character of the North Shore when they present their 2015 spring concert, “On the Waterfront: Songs of the Sea,” at 7:30 PM on April 25 at Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, 149 Asbury Street, Hamilton; and April 26 at 4 PM at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport.
Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank notes that “the North Shore is a treasure trove of gorgeous waterways” and that “On the Waterfront” reflects this beauty by being “diverse, much like the shoreline, at times warm, inviting and accessible, at other times sharp, mysterious and rocky.” 
At the center of the program is Daniel Pinkham’s Alleluia for the Waters.  It flows through biblical references – from Creation to Noah, Moses to baptism – to arrive at an exultant conclusion.  “Pinkham’s waters,” says Frank, “are a bit rough, a baptismal immersion, ultimately jubilant and celebratory.”
Also featured are three movements from The City and the Sea by Eric Whitacre, who Frank calls “one of the brightest stars in choral music today.  His music,” she says, “displays stunning colors, brilliant text painting and harmonic complexity that are all unique to his work.” 
Other well-loved historical and contemporary choral works – folk songs, anthems, madrigals and motets – complete a concert program that moves with and embodies the rhythm of the tides and the power of the currents.
Tickets are available in advance at locations around the North Shore.  Thanks to the generosity of the Hamilton-Wenham Local Cultural Council and the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, some free tickets will be available at the library.  Call toll-free 1-888-CHORUS 1, or visit for more concert details and complete ticket information.
Cantemus gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. 
Cantemus is a member of Chorus America, and of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium, a cooperative association of diverse choral groups in Boston and the surrounding areas. 
Bach: Johannes-Passion (St. John Passion) John Yanns, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 Grace Church Choir will mark Palm Sunday with a choral-orchestral performance Bach's Johannes-Passion, BWV 245.
Todd Fruth, Tenor (Evangelist)
Philip Lima, Bass (Christus)
Eileen Callahan, Soprano
Diane Droste, Alto
Andrew Shryock, Tenor
John Yannis, Bass (Pilatus)
Joseph Fort, conductor
Grace Episocpal Church
76 Eldredge Street
Newton Corner, MA 02458
(617) 244-3221
Admission free
Organist and Choral Director Charles Linnell, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 John's Episcopal Church in Boonton is seeking a music director.  The successful candidate will play the organ for services and prepare the choirs. Sunday services, holidays, and weekly rehearsals for the adult and children's choirs. Small, but dedicated church. A dynamic personality and team player is desired. 
Forward resumes to Father Tim at
Indian Music Daniel Schwartz, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 know any Indian/South Asian rep for middle school (5th and 6th graders, only 12 students) that is unison or easy 2 parts?  Folk song perhaps?
Wanting Help with Video for New Choral Recording Trevor Shaw, %26 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000'm in the process of making a YouTube video for my composition "The Tree of Life", which is set to a text from Darwin's "On the Origin of Species".  I need your artwork - drawings, painting, or photos of images which you feel are well-suited to the text (Kids' artwork is totally fine!).  The first 15 people to submit *appropriate* images to me at will receive a free digital copy of "570- the Music of Trevor Shaw and Steve Murray" by Clinton Bray and New World Voices.  Thanks for your help!
Check out the details, including the text and the full track for inspiration here:
Tenor Section Leader Position Lee E. Hoffman, %26 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
The Chancel Choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento seeks a tenor section leader. 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 Eve, Maundy Thursday, 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 additional rehearsals and services. Contact Ms. Lee Hoffman, Director of Choirs, at or 916-622-5160 for more information. The church is located at 1300 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Need to Borrow Score to Flor Peeters "Chorale-Fantasy on 'Christ the Lord was Risen Today'" Stephen C Edwards, %26 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 "Chorale-Fantasy on 'Christ the Lord was Risen Today'"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Flor Peeters
Starting: As soon as possible
For: through April 5
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
I have all of the brass parts, I just need the score with the organ part---cannot find it anywhere.
Thank you so much,
Stephen C Edwards
Director of Music and Worship - The Union Church of Hinsdale
Tickets on sale today for 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert To Benefit Imagine No Malaria Bill Bergeman, %26 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 go on sale today for the 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert, an event featuring choirs and individual choral singers from across the nation. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., with 100 percent of ticket sales benefitting Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to reduce preventable deaths from malaria.
The 2015 gala concert will feature Ramsey as co-conductor, along with Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor of Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) Youth Orchestra, as the guest conductor. Festival veteran Tim Koch will serve as artistic advisor and Midwest Emmy Award winning soprano Adrienne Danrich will be the featured soprano soloist. Dove Award-winning pianist, composer and producer Mark Hayes has joined the 2015 festival team as the commissioned composer, along with Kenrick Mervine as accompanist/organist.
Please visit the Kennedy Center website to order your tickets.
Movement Steven Young, %26 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000!  Does anyone know of reperrtoire for upoper level high school/college/community that requires physical movement by the entire choir?  I am investigating this type of music and would be most appreciative of any suggestions. ]]>Mass Exodus of Boys! Zack Doyle, %26 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000 am in my first year at a high school in Kentucky (5th year teaching).  This year we have 65 in the program.  21 boys, 44 girls.  I split them into two classes, a freshman girl's choir, and a 10-12 grade SATB.
Next year, my roster has 58 singers.  That is close to normal numbers, BUT I only have 8 boys signed up (over half of my current guys are graduating, few are coming from the middle school)! Any advise on how to split my group?  These are the things I have pondered:
1 class (50 girls, 8 boys, yikes)
2 classes, an advanced choir with all of the boys and auditioned 4 sop & 4 alto, and then a women's choir of 42
2 classes, men's ensemble(?), women's choir
Any other ideas or comments on these 3 ideas?
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL LONDON 2015 Helmut Engel, %26 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000

The festival will take place at the beautiful Concert Hall of The Royal College of Music London on Saturday, the 24th of October 2015.

We offer complete arrangements with choice between hotel or youth hostel.
It is a festival, no contest.
Nevertheless there will be awards for best conductor / best repertoire / best presentation / best soloist singer.

Extra concert at a Church in the City of London.
End of registration is the 1st of July 2015.


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Would you like to sing Rutter's REQUIEM with Rivertree Singers and orchestra this summer? {EARLY BIRD ends MARCH 31} Philip Eoute, %26 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000 Singers & Friends Choral Festival performing Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living

Join Rivertree Singers for the 2015 Rivertree Singers & Friends Choral Festival under the direction of Dr. Warren Cook on June 26-27 in Greenville, SC. The 40-voice Rivertree Singers recently performed at ACDA Southern Division in Jacksonville, FL, and will be returning to Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, on May 23. The group has delighted and inspired audiences for over five years!

This exciting annual festival is a two-day event and will feature John Rutter’s Requiem. The festival culminates in a performance with over 100 singers and an orchestra. Please make your plans now to sing in this awe-inspiring event! Also, please invite your interested college and high school singers to participate. (Rising ninth graders and above are welcome to join.) This will be an enriching experience that you will not want to miss!

Register online at Early bird registration continues through March 31.

Registration: $95  ($75 through March 31)

Student Registration: $55  ($45 through March 31)


If you work with singers and would like promotional posters or flyers to encourage them to participate, please let us know in this online form:

Find out what to expect by watching last year’s festival performance of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living [pictured on the page]. Also, on our website you can see several clips of Rivertree Singers performing, including an excerpt from our SD ACDA conference in FL.
L.A. Children’s Chorus Concert Choir to make Debut at Stanford University Susan Gordon, %26 %b %2015 %06:%Mar:%th 6MarGMT+0000
The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) Concert Choir, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, tours to Northern California to make its debut at Stanford University’s newly opened Bing Concert Hall with a program entitled “Celebrating American Song,” featuring the world premiere of The Plentiful Peach by composer/sound engineer Mark Grey and librettist Niloufar Talebi, on Sunday, April 19, 2015.  The work, based on the beloved Persian children’s story Yek Hulou, Yek Hezar Hulou, was commissioned by LACC.  Grey’s music has been called “addictive” (Los Angeles Times), “revelatory” (All Music) and “full of energy” (Sequenza 21).  LACC also presents the Cherokee hymn Sgwa ti’ni se sdi Yi Howa; Henry Mollicone’s Spanish Ave Maria; Let Us Sing! arranged by Linda Tutas Haugen; and Meir Finkelstein’s L’dor vador arranged by Rebecca Thompson and featuring soloist Madeleine Lew.  In addition, the Stanford Chamber Chorale, under the direction of Stephen M. Sano, makes a guest appearance performing separately as well as combining forces with LACC to perform Randall Thompson’s Pueri Hebraeorum and the American folk song Shenandoah arranged by James Erb.
“Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is honored to bring its artistry to the Bing Concert Hall and further expand our valued relationship with Stanford University,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson.  She notes that the chorus has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the institution.  In 2008, LACC joined the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Beijing native Jindong Cai, for a highly successful tour to China that included performances in Shanghai and Beijing.
Described by critics as one of the region’s most “intimate” and “exciting” new venues, the 842-seat, $112 million Bing Concert Hall, named after Los Angeles-based philanthropists Peter and Helen Bing who provided the lead gift for the hall’s construction, opened in January 2013.                        
Concert tickets are $30-$60.  Bing Concert Hall is located at 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305.  For tickets and information, please call (650) 724-2464 or visit ]]>
Spanish Language Christmas Rep with or without instruments Wishart Bell, %26 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000 am looking for large or small SATB works in Spanish (preferably from Mexico) on Christmas or Advent themes.  These could involve authentic instruments or small orchestra. If they involve children, even better. Vesper Chorale and Childrens Choir of Michiana have a relationship with a Spanish language community in which we perform annual or bi-annual concerts.  ]]>CJ Replay: Rehearsing Messiah Scott Dorsey, %15 %b %2015 %19:%Jan:%th 19JanGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Messiah 1985: A Practical Approach to Rehearsing,” by Richard A. Smith)
       One of the greatest challenges as we study and rehearse the choruses from Messiah is to approach the work with a new diligence that will allow us to go beyond our past associations with it: we must learn to hear it and enable the singers in our choirs to sing it with first-time freshness. We must go beyond mere review to find a new plateau of performance level. Nothing less will suffice as we honor the composer whose 300th birthday we celebrate.
       The main body of this discussion will be a presentation of choral exercises based on selected musical content contained in four choruses from Handel's Messiah. These exercises should be considered representative rather than exhaustive examples of sets of musical goals and means for achieving those goals.
       By way of general description, each of the following exercises is an attempt to isolate certain difficulties and to solve inherent problems out of context. A short exercise, if properly designed, is a more accessible and efficient way of dealing with such problems than "running through" entire choruses. These exercises encapsulate the essences of each of the four choruses so as to illustrate character-oriented goals as an alternative to spending precious rehearsal time trying to explain them. There is throughout this discussion an emphasis on rhythmic precision, clarity of pitch, and nuance of phrasing which should serve to create habits that can be transferred into performance. When used for pre-rehearsal warm-up, these exercises can aid in preparing the mind and the ear, in addition to the vocal mechanism, for the rehearsal to come. They may also be helpful in structuring the· rehearsal. It is preferable to teach and rehearse these exercises by rote to prevent unnecessary addiction to the printed page. Once the exercises have been learned and the goals of each exercise clarified, singers may be encouraged to use them outside rehearsal in individual practice routines.
READ the entire article.
Web Site Survey Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000
The American Choral Directors Association wants to know how YOU use its on-line resources.  Please take a few moments to give some feedback on your experience with the ACDA Website and ChoralNet with a simple survey.
Take the ACDA Website Survey!
Meet the ICEP Conductors: DiOrio & Strand Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2015 %20:%Jan:%th 20JanGMT+0000
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Conductors Sought for Exchange with South Korea Scott Dorsey, %25 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is pleased to announce the 2016 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) with South Korea. ICEP is providing opportunities for the next generation of choral leaders to represent the United States as ambassadors to the world in the exchange of music, ideas, and cultures. In 2016, ACDA will host fourteen choral conductors from South Korea who will travel to the United States to be official guests in each of the seven divisions. In turn, the Swedish Choral Directors Association (SCDA) will host fourteen U.S. conductors to be official guests in the summer of 2016.
ICEP Application Deadline: July 10, 2015.
To apply online go HERE
Or visit the ICEP Choralnet Community at
Artistic Director/Conductor Jerry Cranfill, %26 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000
Job Announcement
The Virginia Choral Society of Tidewater, Inc.
Artistic Director/Conductor
Date:  March 23, 2015
Location:  Newport News, VA
Web page:
Position Title:  Artistic Director/Conductor
Organization: The Virginia Choral Society
Organization Summary:  The Virginia Choral Society (VCS), an IRS 501 c 3 corporation, is seeking an artistic director/conductor who has a passion for preparing and presenting a wide variety of choral music to the Tidewater community.  The VCS is a community-based choral group of approximately 100 voices that presents three major concert series each year; one in the fall, one during the winter holiday season, and one in the spring.  Each series focuses on a different choral style: the fall features lighter musical selections, such as music from Broadway, folk music, Americana, and pop from past decades; the winter series features contemporary and classical Christmas music both religious and secular; and the spring series presents choral works by the old masters such as Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Mozart.  
The VCS is one of the oldest continuously performing choral organizations in Virginia and was organized in 1931.  Beginning in August this will be our 85th concert season.  The VCS is home-based in Newport News, Virginia and performs throughout the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Reports directly to the Board of Directors, specifically the Managing Director.
  2. Select appropriately related music for all concerts taking the ability of the choir and concert length into consideration, together with appropriate past performances and the local audience.  During the selection of music, consultation with the Program Committee is expected.  Additionally, a future five year rolling plan should be developed and updated on at least an annual basis.  Final music selections must be made in a timely manner to allow the chorus to have the music on hand prior to rehearsals beginning.
  3. Plan and conduct all rehearsals and performances to assure the highest level of skill and professionalism during performances.
  4. Conduct auditions and select new singers.  Teach and motivate singers, maximizing their potential in musicianship and vocal quality.  Realize that this is a volunteer organization and a wide variety of knowledge and skills from the members is to be expected.
  5. Collaborate actively with the accompanist to maximize rehearsal time and be engaged in the selection of guest musicians and soloists when needed.
  6. Provide and review program notes for each concert in time to be published.
  7. In collaboration with the Chorus Council, ensure a system of regular communication that will articulate and reinforce expectations for the chorus members.
  8. Maintain close communication with Board of Directors of the VCS through attendance at monthly meetings and/or submission of a complete and thorough Artistic Director report prior to the meetings.
  9. Be available for the occasional public relations requirements that may come up from time to time including radio, press and television interviews. 
Qualifications and Experience:
  • An appropriate degree in choral conducting and training in music education.
  • Expertise and experience in conducting a full SATB choir and, for some concerts, a small orchestra.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing choral skills and musicianship.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to recruit, train and maintain a cadre of singers.
  • Expertise in planning thorough and well-organized rehearsals to engage and motivate singers.
  • An engaging public presence during concerts.
  • The ability to meld a group of singers with wide backgrounds in music skills.
  • Possess a good sense of humor.
The Artistic Director position is a part-time position that currently includes a 2-½ hour weekly rehearsal from early-August to early May along with Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts.  Salary is negotiable based on education and experience and is paid over 12 months on the last day of the month.
Application Procedure:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for at least three references to    Finalists will be interviewed and will be asked to conduct a rehearsal as part of the process.  Deadline for applications is Monday April 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  Review of candidates and the interview process will be conducted mid April to early May.  Position begins July 1, 2015.
Park Slope Singers looking for music director Frank Bolton, %26 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%th 0MarGMT+0000
The Park Slope Singers, a community chorus of between 50 and 60 people, is in search of a new music director / conductor. 
We rehearse once every week and sing two programs each year—in January and in late May or early June, performing each in two locations. Our rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:30 to 10:00 PM at St. Saviour church, at 8th Avenue and 6th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We generally have two Saturday rehearsals as well, one midway through a semester and one a few weeks prior to the concerts. 
During recent seasons, we have had on average 48 rehearsals, dress rehearsals and concert appearances each year. We pay $150 for each session. Our repertoire has been an eclectic mix of sacred and secular music -- classical, contemporary, traditional, spirituals, and some lighter choral fare; we generally do not sing popular songs or show tunes.  A listing of our past performances can be found here:

Our singers range in age from mid-20s to late 80s and include a wide range of abilities, including those with training, those who can sight-read and those who are more limited in their ability at reading music. Prospective members sing for the conductor in an informal audition to determine the singer’s musicality and range. For each program, we provide our members with a rehearsal CD to aid in learning their parts. We have a rehearsal accompanist at each of our rehearsals.

 We are looking for a music director who has a strong background in choral conducting, including, if possible, in secular settings.  A candidate should have a wide knowledge of the repertory both secular and sacred, be a sound vocal coach, run efficient and enjoyable rehearsals, be able to put together programs that will challenge but not discourage us.  It is important that our music director take our members' varying abilities into consideration when designing and preparing a program. 

Interested candidates should send a resume no later than April 8th 
Any questions can also be sent to that address.
Staff Bass Position - All Saints' Episcopal Church - Phoenix Scott Youngs, %25 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000
Staff Bass position available at All Saints Episcopal Church, Phoenix.
Demanding position, but great repertoire.  Professional skills, and responsible
attitude are required.  Rehearsals on Wednesday evening, two services on Sunday morning, plus monthly Evensong and special services/concerts.  Please check website:  and contact Scott Youngs, Director of Music for further information.
Artistic Director, Children's Chorus of Washington Victoria Kimble, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
Now celebrating its 19th season, the Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) is seeking an exceptional Artistic Director to enter into service in June/July 2016 to lead our nationally-recognized music program.   The Artistic Director job is a full-time position.  Widely acclaimed as one of the finest children’s choruses in the country, CCW requires a uniquely qualified leader, artist, and music ambassador to cultivate and strengthen the organization’s reputation for excellence.  Experienced candidates with vision and a strong background in choral youth music as well as proven leadership skills are encouraged to apply.  
Background on Children’s Chorus of Washington 
Founded in 1996 by Joan Gregoryk, long-time director and internationally-recognized leader in the field of children’s choral music, CCW is now among the finest children’s choruses in the country.  CCW was described at a recent Kennedy Center concert as a “world class cultural asset.”  CCW features five performing ensembles: Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Young Men’s Ensemble, Bel Canto and Treble Chorus, and a Prep Class.  With more than 165 singers in all programs between the ages of 6 and 18, CCW members are selected from more than 100 public and private schools in the greater Washington DC area.  CCW’s past international tours include Italy, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and China. In summer 2015, CCW will travel to France for a 10-day concert tour.  
The Artistic Director’s job description includes responsibilities as conductor, educator, and program leader.  To view the complete job description and access application materials, please visit
Marketing and Public Relations Manager Sara Casar, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
Leading worldwide concert touring company seeks experienced Marketing and Public Relations Manager.   This position is responsible for the coordination of all marketing, advertising, public relations, and development operations, as well as other special projects.  Responsibilities include coordinating and managing all press relations; reserving, designing, and managing advertisements and their respective deadlines; creating content and designing bi-weekly marketing emails; creating social media content with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and maintaining an overall positive image of Classical Movements and its clients.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint), knowledge in Adobe Photoshop, knowledge in PatronMail (or similar email marketing program), proficiency in social media outreach (Twitter and Facebook) preferred.  College degree required.  Required to work in our Alexandria, VA office.  Please email cover letter and resume to Sara Casar, Business Manager, at  Please include salary requirements, relevant experience, and classical music background.  No calls please.  Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, medical, and 401(k) plan.
Tour Manager Sara Casar, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
Leading worldwide concert touring company seeks experienced Tour Manager.   Responsible for the planning, implementation and management of international and domestic concert tours for orchestras, concert bands, and choirs.   Knowledge and contacts with international and domestic concert presenters and venues, knowledge of choral and orchestral classical music, experience with arranging or participating in group concert tours, and knowledge of foreign languages specifically German or Spanish preferred.  College degree required.  Travel may be required.  Required to work in our Alexandria, VA office.  Please email cover letter and resume to Sara Casar, Business Manager, at  Please include salary requirements, relevant experience, travel experience, classical music background, and language proficiency.  No calls please.  Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, medical, and 401(k) plan.
Paul Carey's Full Fathom Five is an Emotional, Direct, and Exciting Setting of the Famous Shakespearean Text Aliana Kae, %25 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Carey's Full Fathom Five available in both SATB and SSA versions, is This score is a delicate, ethereal interpretation of the famous text from Shakespeare's Tempest.
This score is a medium difficulty piece for Shakespearean-themed concerts, or a program with water, sea, or nature theme.
The richly-colored piano part employs the entire range of the keyboard in order to represent the depth of the ocean, as well as its rolling waves, while the voices intone Ariel's strange text, alternating between hushed moments and dramatic climaxes.  
See the full score. Hear the entire SoundCloud recording. Buy "Full Fathom Five" on MusicSpoke!
Thy Will Be Done, an Easter Oratorio Angela Rice, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 fans won’t want to miss Dr. Everett McCorvey’s Lexington, Ky., production of THY WILL BE DONE, an Easter oratorio starring Metropolitan Opera tenor Gregory Turay. McCorvey is the director of the National Chorale and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. The 90-minute work, composed by ACDA member Angela Rice, also features several award-winning UK opera students and graduates as soloists, chorus members and orchestra members.  Joseph Baber, UK’s noted composer in residence, has added new orchestration and instruments for the fourth annual production in Lexington. The second performances will be: Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m., Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Drive. Tickets may be purchased at You can read more about the oratorio at or at www.thywillbedoneoratorio. ]]>Thy Will Be Done, an Easter Oratorio Angela Rice, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 fans won’t want to miss Dr. Everett McCorvey’s Lexington, Ky., production of THY WILL BE DONE, an Easter oratorio starring Metropolitan Opera tenor Gregory Turay. McCorvey is the director of the National Chorale and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. The 90-minute work, composed by ACDA member Angela Rice, also features several award-winning UK opera students and graduates as soloists, chorus members and orchestra members.  Joseph Baber, UK’s noted composer in residence, has added new orchestration and instruments for the fourth annual production in Lexington. The two performances will be: Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Boulevard, and; Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m., Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Drive. Tickets may be purchased at You can read more about the oratorio at or at www.thywillbedoneoratorio. ]]>What does "allegro a capella" mean? Katie Costello, %25 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000're singing, in our choir, the Cum Sancto Spiritu from Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, and there's this direction - Allegro a capella. I always thought A capella meant unaccompanied. This is not unaccompanied. What it is is manic. Does anyone know another meaning for A capella? It seems to indicate that the chapel people should go wild and crazy... I'd be very grateful to benefit from someone's erudition.
Graphite invites you: 15-16 Consortium for SA and piano Timothy Takach, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000
Help us commission new music!
Graphite is looking for choirs who love to support the creation of new music to join us in our 3rd Annual Commissioning Consortium this year! We have commissioned two of our composers, Paul Ayres and Jenni Brandon to each write a piece for SA choir and piano. 
The scores will be delivered to each participating choir by August 15, 2015, and they will have exclusive access to the pieces during the 15-16 academic year. Depending on participation levels, we hope to keep the cost at $250-400 per choir.

- 2 new pieces by Jenni Brandon and Paul Ayres
- Delivered by August 15, 2015
- Cost: $250-400 per choir
- If you are interested, contact Timothy C. Takach at

Previous Consortiums:
2013-14    Eric William Barnum     “The Young Man’s Song,” TB and piano
2013-14    Jocelyn Hagen             “Speak the Truth,” TB and piano
2014-15    Matthew Culloton         “The Lobster Quadrille,” 2 part treble and piano
2014-15    Martha Hill Duncan      “Step to the Fiddle,” 2 part treble and piano
Texts for 15-16:

Paul Ayres: "Not For That City"
Text by Charlotte Mew

Not for that city of the level sun,
    Its golden streets and glittering gates ablaze—
    The shadeless, sleepless city of white days,
White nights, or nights and days that are as one—
We weary, when all is said , all thought, all done.
    We strain our eyes beyond this dusk to see
    What, from the threshold of eternity
We shall step into. No, I think we shun
The splendour of that everlasting glare,
  The clamour of that never-ending song.
  And if for anything we greatly long,
It is for some remote and quiet stair
    Which winds to silence and a space for sleep
    Too sound for waking and for dreams too deep.
Jenni Brandon: "Breakable"
Text by Annabelle Moseley

the sand dollar I have found,
are marked with little holes
in your nature,
powdered and breakable.
I feel your beauty
as I trace the patterns of your face,
and hold you from the salty grip of beachcombers.

You have been picked up many times
but never kept.
There is a void in your center,
where you carry the memory of your source,
where you vaguely remember the water
running through your body.
You wait for me to drop you where I found you
I smooth away the gritty sediment
and see the strength in you
who have emerged from the ocean
and carry the journey on your face.
CUBA - research SPONSORSHIP Glenn Haynes, %25 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 plan to travel to Cuba this summer.  Rules for research-related trips require a sponsoring organization.  I have one contact for the choir Vocal Leo to pursue, and hope to connect with other groups such as Coro Nacional, Entrevoces, or Coralina.  Perhaps I can gather information for your organization, or give a report in return for your sponsorship.  Also needed is a small digital recorder. ]]>Choruses in Tampa/St. Petersburg area Jon Arterton, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 - Music Contact wanted Glenn Haynes, %25 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 travel to Cuba this summer.  I would first like to make contact with someone there in the CHORAL or FOLK MUSIC areas -- preferably a director, composer, or other expert. ]]>Director Maria Fumai Dietrich, %25 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000
University of Pennsylvania Glee Club
Director Job Posting
The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club is seeking a Director.  As Penn’s oldest student performing arts group, Glee Club is a treasured University tradition lasting 153 years.  The Director plays an integral role in the creative and administrative success of the organization.  Platt Student Performing Arts House and Glee Club leadership are seeking an innovative and experienced vocal ensemble director with motivation to lead the Club into its next chapter.  Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Platt House Director Laurie McCall at by April 10th.
The historic University of Pennsylvania Glee Club is a prestigious brotherhood of performers that shares its unique blend of musicality, showmanship, and charm with diverse audiences both near and far. For over 150 years, we have brought communities together, serving as musical ambassadors from the University to the world.   As one of the oldest collegiate choruses in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club is a unique performing arts group with a spectacular blend of beautiful musical repertoire and outstanding productions.
Founded in 1862, The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club is the oldest student performing arts group at Penn.  Its rich musical history and timeless performance aesthetic makes the Glee Club a treasured tradition for the University.  Performing on campus and throughout the world, the Glee Club is the University’s premier musical ambassador.  The ensemble is made up of roughly sixty singers, instrumentalists, and technical staff.  Student and alumni boards govern the Glee Club under the auspices of Platt Student Performing Arts House.  In accordance with the mission of the organization and in collaboration with the governing boards, the Director is responsible for the Glee Club’s creative endeavors. 
The responsibilities of the Director include, but are not limited to:
  • Establish (with the advice of the Glee Club Board of Governors and the Glee Club Graduate Club Board) the artistic vision for the organization
  • Ensure student members experience engaging and enjoyable rehearsals and performances
  • Provide student members with opportunities to learn and perform a wide range of musical genres
  • Inspire and lead musicians to deliver creative performances, guiding them through musical scores with special attention to musicality, tone, tempo, phrasing, dynamics, and other musical elements, such that musicians leave the Penn Glee Club as improved performers
  • Ensure musical scores are purchased, arranged, and/or composed in a timely manner
  • Maintain productive, organized, and well-planned rehearsals throughout the year
  • In tandem with the Board, select and work with a designated student conductor
  • Conduct the Glee Club for on- and off-campus performances, unless otherwise decided with the student conductor and undergraduate Board
  • Direct the activities of the group—in collaboration with Club leadership—such as auditioning new members, selecting repertoire, preparing for performances, and coordinating rehearsals
  • Establish and develop meaningful relationships with the University of Pennsylvania community and beyond, maintaining the group’s reputation as musical ambassadors of the university
  • Establish and develop meaningful relationships with the University of Pennsylvania community and beyond
  • Ensure the sense of brotherhood among Glee Club members remains at all times; this includes serving as an advisor to the members of the Glee Club
  • Participate in Glee Club Graduate Club Board meetings and maintain an appropriate relationship and level of outreach with the alumni
  • Lead and uphold all Glee Club traditions, including, but not limited to, elections, new member induction, retreats, and social gatherings
  • Hold a minimum of 5 weekly office hours (to be posted) at a convenient time for members of the Glee Club and the student board
  • Conduct him/herself in a professional manner at all official Club events
The successful candidate will meet the following expectations:
  • At least 5 years of experience leading vocal ensembles
  • Knowledge and ability to teach a wide variety of musical genres and styles
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with production directors, Platt Student Performing Arts House staff, and University leadership
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Experience working in a University setting
  • Higher Education in Music (or equivalent experience)
Details of the Position:
  • Position reports to Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House, but is also responsible to the Glee Club student and alumni boards
  • 10-month contracted employee of The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club
  • Average 10-15 hours per week, including at least five hours at rehearsals
  • Affiliated staff of The University of Pennsylvania
  • Salary range: $13,000-$15,000 per year
  • No parking or travel expenses provided 
Over 50% off for S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program Dale Duncan, %25 %b %2015 %10:%Mar:%th 10MarGMT+0000 midnight Friday, March 27th, the Complete S-Cubed Sight Singing Bundle (How to teach Beginners to Sight Sing) is on sale for $99.  It is normally $209.
Yesterday, a Georgia teacher who has used the system all year sent this email:
Hello Dale,
I am sharing this with you second only to my principal--all three of my choruses (6, 7, & 8) earned PERFECT SCORES in sight reading! And none of them were easy--7th and 8th (both 3-part mixed) had tricky intervals (re-ti and re-fa) while 6th (elementary, 2-part) had rhythms like half notes against 8th notes.
THANK YOU for all the wonderful ideas you generously share with your colleagues! You are making an amazingly positive difference in the lives of my Chorus students!
London International A Cappella Choir Competition 2015 Joey Innes-Hopkins, %25 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000
London International A Cappella Choir Competition, in association with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars
We are delighted to welcome back the London International A Cappella Choir Competition to St John’s Smith Square, following the incredible success of the competition in 2014, eventually won by the Spanish choir El León de Oro. Once again, Peter Phillips of The Tallis Scholars will be chairing an international jury who will oversee heats from Tuesday through to Friday with the Grand Final taking place on Saturday 26 September.
The Competition opens on Monday 21 September in a wonderfully celebratory way with the 2000th concert by The Tallis Scholars in this their 42nd year.
The Competition
We are looking for 16 choirs from all around the world to take part in 2015’s Competition. Heats will take place from Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 September 2015 and the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 26 September 2015.
Alongside competition rounds, all groups will be invited to take part in lunchtime concerts around London and in workshops to enhance their performance technique.
Applicants are asked to send in a recording 20 minutes in length of unaccompanied performance of contrasting styles.
For the Heats each group will be asked to prepare a 20 minute programme of Renaissance (1450-1625) polyphony; a piece by Gabriel Jackson; and a piece of the group’s own choice.
For the Final each group will be asked to prepare a 20 minute programme of English Renaissance (1450-1625) polyphony; a different piece by Gabriel Jackson; and a piece of the group’s own choice.
Fee to enter: £400 per choir (if 75% of the choir is aged 25 or under on 26 September 2015, the fee is reduced to £100).
Deadline for entries: Friday 15 May 2015
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st Place: £3000
2nd Place: £1000
Audience Prize: £500
Full details, and a downloadable application form, can be found our website. Alternatively, please email with any questions you may have.
Do please feel free to circulate this information with any networks, colleagues or friends who may be interested in participating.
Mayo International Choral Festival, West of Ireland. 20th. to 24th. May Edward Horkan, %25 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000 International Choral Festival, West of Ireland. 20th. to 24th.May.
A record entry for our Competitions this year, with choirs from U.S.A., Portugal, Scotland, England and of course Ireland.
Competitions take place in Castlebar, the County Town, on Saturday 23rd. May.
During the Festival Week we hold Concerts in the various towns in the County, also various choral activities including Open Air Concerts at venues like The Mayo Peace Park, Street performances and Choral workshops.
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We are still open to Non Competing Choirs who may be visiting Ireland during May and would like to join us.
Best Regards Edward Horkan, Chairman Mayo International Choral Festival..
Sing Bach with City Chorus Karen Crane, %25 %b %2015 %10:%Mar:%th 10MarGMT+0000 11 April 2015, 11am-4pm in the hall of St Botolph’s, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL.
In preparation for its 3 July summer concert, City Chorus is running a special one-day workshop exclusively devoted to J S Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn (BWV 230). Cost for the day is £20, which includes loan of music, and which is refundable from your subscription, should you decide to join City Chorus for the whole term! City Chorus is a friendly and hard-working non-auditioning choir which holds its regular rehearsals on Tuesdays, 6.15-8.15pm, near Bank station.
The Bach workshop will be led by City Chorus’s regular music team of Paul Ayres (conductor) and Philip Shannon (accompanist).
Places for 11 April 2015 must be booked in advance with your name, contact details and voice part. 
Email or call City Chorus: Judith on 07981 429591 or
LA Children’s Chorus Honors “Frozen” Songwriters at Gala Bel Canto Susan Gordon, %25 %b %2015 %07:%Mar:%th 7MarGMT+0000
It promises to be an evening of musical magic, touching accolades and tremendous excitement when the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) honors at its annual Gala Bel Canto the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning songwriters behind Disney’s “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and LACC President and Vice Chair Edward J. Nowak (La Canada), Deputy General Counsel of The Walt Disney Company, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6 p.m., at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  The distinguished honorees are being recognized for their vast contributions to the arts and entertainment worlds.  The gala includes heartfelt tributes and compelling performances by esteemed special guests and LACC choristers, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, as well as a sumptuous three-course sit-down dinner by Patina, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction.  Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children's Chorus’s artistic, educational and scholarship programs.
“Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have touched countless lives around the globe with their incredible artistry, as has Ed Nowak through his visionary behind-the-scenes leadership at The Walt Disney Company over the past two decades,” says Gala Bel Canto Chair Cheryl R. Scheidemantle (Pasadena).  “LACC is proud to recognize their remarkable achievements.  We are also deeply grateful to Ed for his longtime support of LACC and its mission to provide quality choral music training to children.”
In addition to Scheidemantle, Gala Bel Canto committee members are Dianna Lau Beggs (San Marino), Andrea Bland (Pasadena), Mary Blodgett (San Marino), Lynn Boberg (Sierra Madre), Rachel Fine (Pasadena), Michele Hemmings (Pasadena), Allison Merryman (Pasadena), Andrea Patzakis (San Marino) and Ann Sunshine (Pasadena).
KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ and ROBERT LOPEZ, who receive LACC’s “Bel Canto Award,” wrote the original songs in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 blockbuster “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated feature ever released.  The Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film’s soundtrack was Billboard’s top-selling album of 2014, spending 33 weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 weeks at No. 1.  It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.9 million units.  Anderson-Lopez and Lopez won an Oscar® for the movie’s signature song “Let It Go,” which was also nominated for a Golden Globe® and earned the duo a Grammy® for best song written for visual media. Anderson-Lopez, Lopez, Tom MacDougall and Chris Montan share a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media.  The Lopezes reunite with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the rest of the “Frozen” favorites with a new original song in the all-new short “Frozen Fever,” which debuted March 13, 2015, in front of Disney’s live-action feature “Cinderella.”  The Lopez’s original musical “Up Here,” directed by two-time Tony® nominee Alex Timbers, will be featured in the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2015-16 season.  They live in Brooklyn with their two daughters.
Anderson-Lopez made her off-Broadway debut at Primary Stages with “In Transit,” a musical performed entirely without accompaniment, inspired by the rhythms and sounds of life on the subway.  The show earned her Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucile Lortel nominations.  Together with her husband and collaborator Robert Lopez, she wrote the Annie Award- nominated songs for the 2011 feature film “Winnie the Pooh,” as well as “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” a popular live show currently in its eighth year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Her work has appeared on “Dawson’s Creek,” Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets” and nationally in Theatreworks/USA’s stage adaptations of the children’s classics “The Tell Tale Heart,” “Fancy Nancy” and “Diary of a Worm.”  She is the recipient of the BMI Harrington Award and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a frequent guest moderator of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.  Also an actress, Anderson-Lopez was featured in the original cast of “Urinetown,” as well as the voice of Kanga in Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh.”  Anderson-Lopez, a graduate of Williams College.
Lopez is the Tony®-, Grammy®-, and Emmy®- winning co-creator of the worldwide smash hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.”  He shared two Emmy® Awards for his music for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets” and an Emmy nomination for his work on the musical episode of “Scrubs.”  His work has been featured on “South Park,” “The Simpsons” and “Phineas and Ferb,” as well as “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Third and Bird” and “Johnny and the Sprites.”  He has won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucile Lortel, Frederick Loewe and Edward Kleban awards.  None of his musicals have ever closed.  Lopez is a graduate of Yale College.
EDWARD J. NOWAK, who receives LACC’s Rebecca Thompson Founder’s Award, joined The Walt Disney Company in 1985 as senior counsel in charge of litigation worldwide and today manages several of the company's legal groups: litigation and employment, employee benefits, environmental affairs, product integrity and safety, immigration, and minors' employment. He is involved as both a lawyer and an executive in dispute prevention and the resolution of complex business issues throughout the company.  Before joining Disney, Nowak was associated with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.  He graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University, where he majored in music, and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  In addition to his work at Disney, he is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the advisory board of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; a member of the board of directors of Ryman Arts, a non-profit organization that offers an advanced studio art program for talented but underserved public and private high school students; and was Secretary and a member of the board of directors of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, which in 2006 honored him with its Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award for that year.  Nowak has served on the LACC board since 2012.  Both of his daughters have sung with LACC – Julia has been a chorister since 2008, and Caroline from 2008-2009.
Gala tickets are $375 per person with special sponsorship packages available. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which is one of the theatres at the Music Center, is located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90012.  For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit President/Vice Chair Edward J. Nowak
Name That Choir Tune (No. 29) Scott Dorsey, %24 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
Building Skills 20 Richard Sparks, %15 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000 from Daniel Coyle:  Tip #32 Make positive reaches
"There's a moment just before every rep when you are faced with a choice: You can either focus your attention on the target (what you want to do) or you can focus on the possible mistake (what you want to avoid). This tip is simple: Always focus on the positive move, not the negative one. . . .
A violinist faced with a difficult passage should tell himself, 'Nail that A-flat,' not 'Oh boy, I hope I don't miss that A-flat.' Psychologists call this 'positive framing,' and provide plentiful theories of how framing affects our subconscious mind."
So, do we ask our choirs to focus on the positive, on the goal? Or do we say, "Watch that pitch, it's a little under?" Demonstrate (play or sing) the correct pitch and make that the focus.
When the ensemble isn't precise, have them count-sing and focus on singing precisely together, then (when the countsinging is together) have every other one count-sing and and the other half sing the text, making sure that the consonants are line up exactly with the count-singing members of the ensemble. Then switch it around.
What are other ways you can make sure your ensemble focuses on the goal, not avoiding a mistake?
Choir Director David Crane, %24 %b %2015 %23:%Mar:%th 23MarGMT+0000
First Presbyterian Church, Thomasville, GA is seeking a Choir Director to oversee music for our traditional worship service.  This half-time position coordinates adult, youth, and children’s choral groups, our organist, and other musicians. All candidates must be practicing Christians who will profess the Essentials of the Faith of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  Candidates will be evaluated on character, competency, and chemistry, and in that order.  This position reports to the senior pastor.
The ideal candidate will possess or have:
- BME, choral; preferably an MME, choral
- conducting experience
- proficiency in piano
- background in sacred music
- desire and initiative to identify creative ways to grow the church's music ministry and
  its impact on congregational worship
To view the full description please use the following link to our church website:  Qualified candidates should mail a resume to First Presbyterian Church, c/o Dave Crane, 225 E. Jackson St., Thomasville, GA  31792.  For those needing additional information you may contact Dave Crane at 

Choir Director Deer Park HS Barry Talley, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000
The position of Head Choir Director at Deer Park HS is now open for applications.  The position will begin in the 2015-2016 school year.  DPHS Choir involves 480 students in grades 9-12. DPHS Choirs have appeared at four National ACDA Conventions as well as four TMEA Conventions since 1989. Deer Park is located in the Houston, Texas area. School enrollment is around 3,800 in grades 9-12.
Person will oversee a staff of 3+ full time assistants. DPHS has great facilities including a state of the art performing arts center along with a strong tradition of choral excellence.  Four middle schools feed the HS program.
Salary in DPISD begins above $50,000 for new teachers.  The head choral position has a stipend in a range of $8,000-$9,700 according to experience of person.
Interested applicants should fill out an application online at
Resumes must be sent to Barry Talley-Executive Director of Fine Arts
Eric Whitacre's Enjoy the Silence Rachel Landowski, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000,
My choir and I have fallen in love with this piece which is available to listen to on Whitacre's website, but I can't find a choral octavo so that we can get to work on it.  Does anyone know if it is published and if so where I coudl find it?
The Baltimore Songbook, Part II Dan Meyer, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000 Dan Meyer Choir will be presenting it's second installment of The Baltimore Songbook. These are a capella arrangements of pop songs written about Baltimore between 1830-1930. The performance is at The 2640 Space (2640 Saint Paul Street) at 4:00pm. Free. Get more information at ]]>Open Auditions for Hollywood Master Chorale Hollywood Master Chorale, %24 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 Master Chorale (HMC) is now holding auditions for our 20th Anniversary Concert on June 7th. 
We are auditioning for all voice parts, and request that singers come prepared to sing a solo with piano accompaniment (please bring an extra copy of music for the accompanist), and complete a short sight reading exercise. 
Auditions will be held prior to rehearsals between 7:00pm - 7:20pm on Wednesday April 1st, 2015, and Wednesday April 8th, 2015. Rehearsals run weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm-10:30pm.
Please email If you are interested in setting up an audition.
More information about Hollywood Master Chorale can be found on our website at:
LED Lighting in Rehearsal/Performance Spaces F. Anthony Thurman, %24 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Colleagues in Choral Conducting:
Does anyone have any experience working with LED lighting in rehearsal/performance areas in either secular or sacred settings?  The church where I serve as Music Director is considering updating/replacing our existing incandescent lighting with LED fixtures both in our choral rehearsal space as well as in our worship area.  Although our existing lighting is inadequate and we are looking forward to the improvements, I would like to hear from anyone who has had experience with LED or any other light source other than incandescent or florescent.  My limited experience with LED light technology gives me the impression that it is a rather cold sort of light, but it don't know if this would help or hinder my choir's ability to read the scores they are holding.  Our goal is to make things better, not worse, with this lighting upgrade.  Thank you!
Artistic Director, Germantown Chorus Catherine Feazell, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 Germantown Chorus is seeking application for artistic director for the 15-16 season. The Germantown Chorus performs at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) and other public venues approximately 5-7 times per year, of which 2-3 are major performances. The Chorus Director provides the artistic vision of the Germantown Chorus and is responsible for the leadership and direction of rehearsals and performances by the Chorus. The Director will lead the Chorus in a variety of music covering all genres from mid-August through mid-May.
Big Smile Entertainment is seeking Male Singers/Actors and Entertainers. Antanas Meilus, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000

Big Smile Entertainment is seeking Male Singers/Actors and Entertainers.


This is a paid position as an independent contractor.


Strong candidates must be able to manage their own preparation for performances. They must also be able to swing between different characters and musical genres.   


All applicants must be 18 years or older, have reliable transportation and a good attitude.

Costumes are provided for performances; as well as good pay.

Minimal rehearsals required.


Please send resume, headshot, and any other materials (audio or video recordings) to Antanas Meilus, Music Director -


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We are not an agency, but function more like a co-op of Actors, Singers, Musicians, Choreographers, Dancers and Directors and Production staff who have come together with the common goal of producing a high quality entertainment solution for all budgets while leaving you with a smile!


Big Smile Entertainment recruits actors, singers, musicians and production staff who have attended some of the best theatrical and music colleges, universities and conservatories. These talented performers have performed with Professional Theatrical and Operatic Companies. Many of our staff have worked on Broadway, National Tours and in Films and Commercials; as well as been featured in Concert with some of the top names in the business.

Need choral or choir to record four songs Justus Stout, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal needs a choral or choir to record pieces for a current music project exploring mortality titled Death is Their Shepherd. Each of the four songs that call for choral parts have sheet music for each part, and can be previewed here:
The sheet music can be viewed here:
We have all the necessary recording equipment, and just need a willing choral or choir. If interested, please email me at or Thank you. 
Vivaldi-Inspired Paul Ayres, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 
London College of Music Chorus and Chamber Choir
Wednesday 25 March 7.00pm
St Matthew's Church Ealing, North Common Road W5 2QA (United Kingdom)
(nearest tubes Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common)

admission free
please come along and enjoy Vivaldi's Gloria, and new pieces inspired by this classic standard of the choral canon, by composers from Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK and USA - some of whom will be with us to introduce their work - we're excited and honoured to be giving seven world premieres!
plus LCM Chamber Choir sings Palestrina, Schubert, Gorecki and arrangements of Diamonds are Forever (007) and Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)
Tenor Section Leader for Excellent Church Choir Daniel Wagner, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 to illness we have lost one of our tenor staff singers.  We'd like to fill immediately and are open to temporary situations for the right candidate.
We are a United Methodist Church in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. This is a fine choir of about 35 with a number of professional singers among our members who volunteer their services because of the high quality of music and ministry.
We require at a minimum - an excellent solo voice, very strong sight-reading skills, an ecouraging demeanor that brings out the best in others around you, exemplary choral rehearsal skills including consistent score marking, attentiveness and self-correcting musicianship. Professionalism is a given - promptness and advance commuication are essential. We don't require specific denominational background, but our two staff singers support our musical and spiritual purposes.
Thursday evening rehearsals from 7-9pm
Sundays usually 8:30 call-time through 10:30am, with occasional two-service Sundays.
Occasional orchestra dress-rehearsals as scheduled in advance.
Must be available Christmas Eve (late) and Holy Week as scheduled
Must have reliable transportation.
Optional - for a versatile singer who enjoys the style, there can be additional paid services with our 11am contemporary service.  *This is not required of applicants*
Email an informal resume to (formatting is not an issue... where and what have you studied and sung? Who will give us a good reference? Are you a strong musician?  Any keyboard skills?  Anything else interesting we should know?
Youtube links and audio are very helpful.
Auditions for San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Kristina Valcarce, %24 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000!  All Voice Parts
San Gabriel Valley Choral Company
Zanadia Robles, Artistic Director
Audition Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Time: After 6pm by Appointment - contact (626) 487-9862 or email
Who should audition?
Adults with classical choral experience and sight-reading skills
How to prepare:
Singers should bring a bio and a short classical solo.  You may also bring 1 additional short solo in a contrasting style.  Be prepared for a brief (and friendly) musicianship assessment.  Auditions last for about 10 minutes.  
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia, 101 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia, 91016
Details about membership fees, concert attire, performances and outreach activities will be available at the time of audition.  All singers who audition are considered for solo and small ensemble opportunities as well.  
Founded in 1995, the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) is a non-profit choir based in Monrovia, CA.  SGVCC performs three to four concerts per year, singing a broad repertoire that includes classical, spirituals, pop, jazz, opera, folk music, and musical theater.  Comprised of singers from throughout the Southland, the choir provides and opportunity for its members to challenge themselves and to share their love of music with San Gabriel Valley residents.
Rehearsals for the May 17 performance of Verdi Requiem with orchestra will begin on Saturday, April 18; Rehearsals for our June 20 "Lights, Camera, Action!" concert featuring music of stage and film, will begin on Tuesday, April 21, 2015; Tour to perform Schubert's Mass in G at Carnegie Hall in 2016; SGVCC performs 3 - 4 concerts per year and rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 - 9:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Monrovia,  For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Zanaida Robles at (626) 487-9862 or
Larger Work for SATB Christmas Concert Matth Raj, %24 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
Hey there!
I'm looking for a larger Work (about 15-20' ) for a christmas concert with my adult satb choir. Accompaniment with string orchestra, or brass, or classical (fl, ob, tr, str) orchestra.
The normal repertoire of this choir is pop/jazz/rock.
Some of the singers do not like the classical repertoire . Maybe we can find a work that shows them that also classical music can be fun.
Last year we tried Rutters Gloria and they loved it!

Thanks for your help!
Arvo Pärt Passio Rupert Gough, %24 %b %2015 %10:%Mar:%th 10MarGMT+0000
The young professional choir LUMINA join forces with new media light artist Andy McKeown to present a uniquely atmospheric performance of Arvo Pärt’s PASSIO.
Thursday 26th  March 2015 at 8.30pm
St Sepulchre Church, Holborn, London EC1A 2DQ
ARTISTS:        Lumina
                       Bristol Ensemble
                       Mark Wilde – tenor
                       Stephen Salts - bass
                       Rupert Gough – Director
                       Andy McKeown – new media light artist
The Passio of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has been hailed as one of the finest works of our age. The suffering at the heart of the Easter story gradually unfolds against a slow moving tide of hypnotic musical undulations. For the first time this musical experience will be further enhanced with light projection by Andy McKeown. An internationally acclaimed artist, McKeown’s light installations have brought to life some of England’s finest civic buildings and cathedrals. 
Tickets £15 available from or on the door
GUEST BLOG: “First Things First” by William McConnell Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000
FIRST THINGS FIRST, by William McConnell
            Every high school journalism student learns a simple formula for the lead paragraph of a news story: Who - What - Where - When - Why - How. Those are the basics. If a reader goes no farther than that first paragraph, he or she has all of the pertinent information contained in the story.
            I regularly receive communication from church music leaders and pastors struggling with mandates from governing bodies that translate into some version of "we have decided that we are going to have a contemporary worship service." Some of those mandates come attached to an implicit or explicit message that the leader's continuing employment is contingent on that service's success in addressing whatever problem the governing body is addressing. "How," the church staff members opine, "do we do this?" And, sometimes the most poignant question, "Why?"
            My response usually begins with a series of questions. These include "Who is your church?", "What is your congregation trying to accomplish?", and "What need does a contemporary service (whatever that means) fill, that isn't being addressed somewhere else in your congregation's ministry?"
            Like the news story, every congregation's identity includes a Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Edicts regarding changes in style of worship imposed by congregational governing bodies often skip the first five of the vital components of a congregation's story. Style of worship is a question of How. That is the final question in building the story - not the first. How questions make sense only when Who, What, Where, When, and Why have been thoughtfully considered and conclusions internalized. Only then can questions of How be considered in proper context.
It's About the Phrase - Some of This, Some of That Scott Dorsey, %12 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
Call for Nominations: 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%rd 17MarGMT+0000 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize:
Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music.   Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc.  
When a dissertation may be nominated:
                The prize name indicates the year in which the relevant doctoral degree was conferred.
                Dissertations must be nominated in the calendar year following the year in which the degree was conferred.
                The prize is awarded in the calendar year following the year of nomination. 
The award:
The winner will be awarded a $1000.00 cash prize and a plaque.  The committee reserves the right to award two prizes or no prizes in any given year.
Nomination Requirements and Procedure:
1. An institution may submit only one document for that year’s prize.  In the event that there are two nominations of equal merit from one school, the letter from the Dean, Director or Chair of the music school (described below) must justify the additional nomination.
The submitting faculty member, institution and/or the writer must be currently a member of ACDA in good standing.
2. To nominate a dissertation send, by US mail:
                A)   A signed letter from the Dean, Director or Chair of the music school recommending that the dissertation be considered for the Herford prize.  (Letters from the Chair of the Choral area are not acceptable.)  The letter must include the following information:
                                the name of the student
                                the year in which that student’s degree was granted
                                the full title of the dissertation
                B)   An abstract of the dissertation, from which any material identifying the student or institution has been removed.
                C)   An unbound copy of the dissertation (it may be double-sided). Excepting the title page, any material that identifies the student or the institution must be excised from the document before it is submitted.
                D)  The full name, title and contact information for the faculty member making the submission and the
                full name, current position(s) and contact information for the dissertation’s author (USPS address, email address and phone number(s)).
3. The dissertation and accompanying materials must be received at the national office (address below) by the date announced below (and in the Choral Journal and on the website).  Faxed material will not be accepted.
4. All materials must be submitted together in one envelope.
If one or more of these requirements is not met, the dissertation will be eliminated from consideration. 
Nominations for the 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize must be received between Jan 1 and June 1, 2015. 
Mail applications to:
Craig Gregory

ACDA National Office

545 Couch Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73102-2207
phone: 405/232-8161-5328;
Teaching Musical Theatre Lyndsey Mitchell, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%rd 21MarGMT+0000 Everyone!

I'm not sure if this was the best place to post this question and I couldn't find any other resources on the internet where I could pose it, so here goes:
I am teaching a Musical Theatre class at the high school level. The curriculum essentially states that students must sing, dance, and act (and do all of the things that you would naturally accomplish when preparing a musical). 
I suggested to my administration that we remove it from the timetable and treat it as a sort of "X Block" because students will likely not have the room to fit it into their schedule and I will need after school rehearsals for the actual production anyway. They decided to let me do after-school rehearsals for the production and teach a completely separate course in addition to it. Not to mention they allowed anyone to take the course, whether they had an interested in Musical Theatre or not. 
I have about a 25/75 split of students who are actually interested in learning about Musical Theatre and related techniques and those who thought they would get to build sets for an entire semester (which is what a lot of them had been told). 
Some of them refuse to do any of the performance-based activities I have planned. I am the only music teacher in the high school and no one else in the district has taught this course, so I don't have too many people I could ask in my area. I'm also a first-year teacher in a new area, so again, limiting my resources.
Any ideas on what I should do? Should I change the focus of the class? Should I give 0s to the students who refuse to participate? The class has a reasonable mix of males and females, I have access to a music room and a dance studio during the time slot, and there are about 30 students registered.
Open to any and all suggestions!

Thanks, folks. ]]>
To take summer programs for credit or not ... Andrew Halladay, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%rd 21MarGMT+0000
Dear colleagues,
I am a full time Minister of Music at a Lutheran church and I was looking into some different options for summer programs this year. I found Westminster Choir College's "Conducting Institute" which looks very promising. My debate is whether or not to take it for credit. I have BM and MM in composition, so an additional MM or DMA in conducting or sacred music is something I'd consider someday. Unlike a public school teacher, my salary is not dependent on years of service, plus degrees, plus additional graduate credits. So, I don't see a direct benefit to paying double for the summer program. What do you all think? Would any of these credits transfer to a future graduate degree? Does the credit legitimize my experience in the program somehow? Thanks for your input.
Men's choir name? Monica Covitt, %24 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%th 0MarGMT+0000 would like to start a "men's" choir club at my middle school, and am looking for a catchy name to make it more intriguing.
Any ideas or success stories?
Life's a Ballgame Diane Fort, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%rd 21MarGMT+0000 sheet music
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Wynona Carr
Starting: ASAP
For: 1 month
Copies: 4
Willing to rent: Yes
Would like to buy sheet music with words.
This is a bluesy gospel song.
O sacrum convivium by Kim André Arnesen - Kantorei, Denver Kim André Arnesen, %23 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%rd 22MarGMT+0000
Huntington Men's Chorus 66th Annual Spring Concert Paul Blizzard, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%rd 21MarGMT+0000 Huntington Men's Chorus is pleased to present our 66th Annual Spring Concert to the Long Island community. We'll be performing a variety of musical selections, including Broadway show tunes, contemporary hits and classics, plus a tribute to our veterans and other favorites.  
The concert is 8:00 p.m. Saturday May 2, 2015 at Huntington High School, located at McKay and Oakwood Roads in Huntington, NY.
Tickets are available in advance from chorus members or the Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743, telephone 631-271-8423.  Advance sale tickets are $14, or $12 for seniors and students.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $15.  Please join us for an evening of fun and great music.
Need accompaniment or split Lori Poole, %23 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%rd 20MarGMT+0000 It Took A Lamb
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Geron Davis
Starting: Need by 4/20
For: Unsure
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
I need the accompaniment for It Took A Lamb - Geron Davis. I can get a digital copy or will pay for postage to mail a cd. Any help is appreciated!!
Wanted: Wenger travelmaster acoustic shell set Ross Shaver, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%rd 18MarGMT+0000 are a small community chorus in SW Florida who are interested in purchasing a good used Wenger acoustic shell.  Please contact Ross Shaver @ if you have a shell set for sale.
Thank you.
Leading French women choral conductors? J. Michele Edwards, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%rd 18MarGMT+0000 am looking for information about French women choral conductors (and maybe also some leading contemporary women composers writing for chorus).  I will be spending 5 weeks in Paris (April-May) and am interested in making contact with women musicians working in Paris.  Contact information (e.g., email addresses) would be especially helpful.  I am planning to make personal contacts and hoping to attend some rehearsals.
I searched the ChoralNet archive and found only a few replies to Laura Lane's 2001 post for info about French conductors and composers.
Thanks in advance for your replies and assistance.  
Sincerely, Michele
J. Michele Edwards
conductor and musicologist
edwards (a)
Professor emerita of music, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Bass/baritone needed by strong Brooklyn community chorus Katie Denton, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%rd 17MarGMT+0000
Bass/baritone needed by strong community chorus.  The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is performing a program of Italian and Russian opera choruses on June 12 & 14, 2015; rehearsals are Mondays 7-9:30 pm with an additional dress rehearsal on June 10.  For more information about the group see  Pay is $50 for each rehearsal and $200 for each performance.  Contact BCC Music Director Nelly Vuksic at 718-261-4494 or
Pacific Chorale auditioning for professional singers Ryan McSweeney, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%rd 17MarGMT+0000 Chorale will hold professional singer auditions for the 2015-2016 season on May 20, 27 and 30. The audition process is approx. 10 minutes long and includes a prepared art song or aria as well as vocal, rhythm, and sight-reading exercises. Auditions are by appointment only. Please use the Chorale's online registration form to notify Personnel Manager Nicholas Preston of your interest in auditioning. He will contact you to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the Chorale's website for more information. ]]>Pacific Chorale auditioning for volunteer singers. Ryan McSweeney, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%rd 17MarGMT+0000 Chorale will hold auditions for volunteer singers for the 2015-2016 season on May 20, 27 and 30. The audition process is approx. 10 minutes long and includes a prepared art song or aria as well as vocal, rhythm, and sight-reading exercises. Auditions are by appointment only. Please use the Chorale's online registration form to notify Personnel Manager Nicholas Preston of your interest in auditioning. He will contact you to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the Chorale's website for more information. ]]>Chamber Choir Director Opening in Skagit Valley, WA Jennifer Bouma, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%rd 17MarGMT+0000




Cantabile of Skagit Valley is looking for a new director. We are an auditioned, small chamber choir, founded in the fall of 2006. We have grown each year, accepting experienced new members who have the same love of choral music, and the dedication required to achieve artistic excellence. We normally perform in three concerts per season, in December and in the spring. We have performed at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in a joint effort with the choirs of Trinity Lutheran College and the Cascade Youth Symphony, participated in the bi-annual Music Festival in Leavenworth, sponsored a Church Choir Music Festival in Skagit Valley, sung mass at St. James' Cathedral in Seattle, held three benefit performances, participated in several Skagit Opera productions,  and performed at several Greater Seattle Choral Consortium sponsored events in Seattle. In May,  we will sing in the Emerald City Choral Festival with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. Our repertoire has ranged from Palestrina to gospel, and from Bach to jazz, including favorites by Lauridsen and Whitacre. We love singing both sacred and secular works, and have been privileged to sing the premiers of new compositions. 


Our current director is Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward, who is also the Chair of Music and Worship at Trinity Lutheran College, as well as an organist and composer. He has been with us for three years, and has decided to pursue activities closer to his home in Lynnwood.  Our previous director was Janet Skones-Hitt, daughter of Maurice Skones, formerly of Pacific Lutheran University.


We have developed a loyal core of audience members throughout Skagit Valley and beyond, who share our love of choral music. We are intent on perfecting our musicality and expressing of the magic to be found in wonderful works of art. Our spring concert will be May 8, 9, and 10, 2015 and will feature the Fauré Requiem, followed by several lovely Randall Stroope pieces, and ending with Chilcott's unforgettable Little Jazz Mass.  We hope you might be that special person who is able to help us in our continuing journey to be among the best choral groups in the Pacific Northwest. 


We rehearse on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, WA. We encourage you to visit us during a rehearsal in the near future, so that you might become acquainted with the group. We also have some recordings on YouTube (search for Cantabile of Skagit Valley), and on our website,


If you yourself are not a candidate, but know someone who might be, we would be grateful if you passed them this information. 


We look forward to meeting you and learning more about you. Please send your resume and letter of interest at your earliest convenience to: 


Lynne Rheinhardt, 333 Snohomish Dr., La Conner, WA 98257,

or you can email it to

Money is your Vuvuzela by David Harris - See-A-Dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%rd 16MarGMT+0000

A jazzy nonsense rollick on the virtues/vices of capitalism. Features audience participation and a Vuvuzela solo and is great for collegiate singers.

Four Part Mixed Chorus with Divisi, Soloists. and Vuvuzela


Kirkland Choral Society & Philharmonia Northwest Glenn R. Gregg, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%rd 16MarGMT+0000
Kirkland Choral Society presents
War & Peace
War and Peace imageJoin Kirkland Choral Society and Philharmonia Northwest for another passionate choral-orchestral feast at Meany Hall, University of Washington.
War & Peace features two of choral music’s finest paeans to peace. Haydn composed the masterful Missa in Tempore Belli (“Mass in Time of War”) in 1796, after his native Austria suffered a string of defeats to Napoleon. 140 years later, as Europe hurtled toward World War II, Vaughan Williams composed Dona Nobis Pacem (“Grant Us Peace”), a haunting, searingly powerful work, with lyrics by American Civil War poet Walt Whitman, that still stands today as a caution to us all.
Come experience the soul-stirring beauty and humanity of these two great works, brought to realization by 95 voices and full orchestra. KCS Artistic Director Glenn Gregg and PNW Music Director Julia Tai conduct. Click here to buy tickets at the advance price! (Details below.)
logo for emailsWar & Peace
Haydn: Mass in Time of War | Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle

In advance:  $20 Adult / $15 Youth or Senior | At the door: $25 / $18 | Buy tickets at the advance price!

Kirkland Choral Society   |   (425) 442-9240   |
Church needs a tenor for Easter Sunday Irina Georgieva, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%rd 15MarGMT+0000 Parish Needham, UU is looking to hire a tenor for:
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 rehearsal
Easter Sunday, April 5, 11:00am service
For more information, please e-mail
Thank you!
Director of Music & Worship Greg Davis, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%rd 15MarGMT+0000 Description for the Director of Music and Worship
Reports to: Senior Pastor
Hours: Full Time
Compensation: $37,000-$40,000
The Music and Worship Department at Broadmoor United Methodist seeks a Director of Music for a strong and stable traditional music ministry. The ministry seeks to provide opportunities for children-adults. The ministry has a beautiful, five years-young facility consisting of a large choral hall, multipurpose rooms, music library and workroom.  This position requires an organized, self-starting individual who can build and maintain teams for the various components to worship.   
1.     Direct Chancel Choir (Sunday morning choir).  Wednesday rehearsal; Sunday mornings both services
2.     Supervise and submit payroll information for Centenary College scholarship student-singers
3.     Recruit Centenary College student-singers as needed
4.     Direct Celebration Singers (Youth choir).  Sunday afternoon rehearsal; perform one Sunday monthly in 8:30 and 11:00 traditional services, and any other special services as needed (e.g., Christmas Eve and Good Friday)
5.     Work with Director of Student Ministries in planning events to for the year that will involve the Celebration Singers
6.     Supervise director of Super Senior Singers
7.     Supervise director of Carillion Ringers
8.     Work with Children’s Director and director of Glory Sounds (Children’s choir)
9.     Lead and participate in Men’s Ensemble
10.  Coordinate Ladies’ ensemble
11.  Supervise organist
12.  Funeral music coordination
13.  Supervise Parament placement volunteers
14.  Worship planning with clergy team
15.  Participant in weekly worship planning meetings
16.  Supervise Acolyte coordinator
17.  Music libraries (choral and instrumental)
18.  Communion element preparation
19.  Monitor and maintain organ, pianos, carillon, and handbells
20.  Supervise Children’s Moment coordinators
21.  Plaques for anniversaries
22.  Securing instrumentalists/soloists as needed
23.  Secure candles, palms, and ashes for special services in course of year
24.  Serve as a liaison between traditional worship and contemporary worship (The River).
25.  Other duties as determined in conjunction with senior pastor
26.  Monitor and maintain copyright subscriptions (e.g.,

1.     Prefer a minimum of a Bachelor Degree in music or an equivalent certification in church music
2.     Conducting and worship planning experience
3.     Understanding of the Christian liturgical calendar
4.     Excellent people/relational skills
4 Wenger choral risers "fourth step" for free Duncan Andrew, %23 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%rd 14MarGMT+0000 church has 4 Wenger fourth-step riser extensions for free to whoever comes to take them away. These are designed to mount behind the standard 3-step folding risers to provide another step above. Ask for Andrew Duncan at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, TN: 865-483-4357 or email  ]]>I have got my leave- Nicholaus B. Cummins- SATB divisi (unaccomp) Nicholaus Cummins, %23 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%rd 14MarGMT+0000
I Have Got My Leave (SATB/unaccomp)
Click here for a score preview
Click here to purchase the score
I have got my leave was initially composed for the Louisiana State University Chamber Singers in 2010 while I was completing my coursework for a Doctor of Musical Arts. I edited and reworked the composition for my choir at Delta State University in 2013. I have been very fond of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore since discovering his texts from the choral compositions of Vytautas Miškinis of Lithuania. The text, I have got my leave, is from the book Gitanjali (Song Offerings). This award winning book of poems by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) helped him win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

I have got my leave. Bid me farewell, my brothers! I bow to you all and take my departure.

Here I give back the keys of my door -- and I give up all claims to my house.
I only ask for last kind words from you.

We were neighbours for long,
but I received more than I could give.

Now the day has dawned
and the lamp that lit my dark corner is out. 

A summons has come
and I am ready for my journey. 

Stabat Mater by Rossini Elaine Alexander, %23 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%rd 13MarGMT+0000 Choral Society and the Scarborough Philharmonic present Sabat Mater on Saturday March 28 at 8 PM at the Salvation Army Citadel at 2021 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto.
Tickts are $30.00 for adults, $25.00 for seniors and $15.00 for srudents.
This is a rarely performed work!
UF Women's Chorale & Men's Glee Club Cory Alexander, %23 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%rd 14MarGMT+0000 University of Florida Women's Chorale and Men's Glee Club present a concert on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30PM in the University Auditorium on the UF campus under the direction of Dr. Cory Alexander.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Salmo 150    Ernani Aguiar


Weep No More    David N. Childs


Today, This Spring    Libby Larsen

1. Today, This Spring   

2. She Piped for Us

3. If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking


Drei geistliche Chöre    Johannes Brahms

1. O bone Jesu    

3. Regina coeli


How Can I Keep From Singing?    arr. Bradley Ellingboe


What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?    arr. Marshall Bartholomew


Shenandoah    arr. Paul Basler


Tell My Father (from The Civil War: An American Musical)    Frank Wildhorn

    arr. Andrea Ramsey


The Art of the Ground Round    P. D. Q. Bach

1. Loving Is as Easy    

2. Please, Kind Sir

3. Jane, My Jane

6. Nellie Is a Nice Girl

SGVCC presents "Resonant Witness" THIS WEEKEND!! Zanaida Robles, %23 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%rd 11MarGMT+0000
The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) presents "Resonant Witness" - a choral journey through grief, loss and injustice, on the way to hope, healing and reconciliation. The Civil Rights Movement, the Trail of Tears, the crucifixion of Jesus - these and other poignant images are woven into a musical tapestry that resonates within each of us through the music of J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Coleridge-Taylor, Hailstork, Johnson, and Robles. Visit
Tickets purchased in advance:
$15 General Admission
$10 Students with ID/Seniors 65+
$5 Children under 12
Tickets at the door:
$20 General Admission
$12 Students with ID/Seniors 65+
$5 Children under 12
To make a donation or to purchase tickets in advance, sned a check payable to SGVCC to: SGVCC, 101 E Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA  91016 or go online to or call (626) 253-7248
Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2016 Gregor Laskowski, %23 %b %2015 %10:%Mar:%rd 10MarGMT+0000
5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Calella on the Costa Barcelona (Spain)
04.05. - 08.05.2016
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.
Malta International Choir Festival 2015 Martin Morana, %23 %b %2015 %08:%Mar:%rd 8MarGMT+0000

Malta has regularly hosted international choir festivals and competitions since 1988. The islands of Malta and Gozo can boast of a very thriving choral scene and – with over 350 churches serving a population of about 400,000 – the choral tradition is, understandably, built around and mostly focused on sacred music.

The Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority will be holding another edition of the Malta International Choir Festival between October 29 and November 1, 2015. The organising committee of the Festival is aiming at expanding the extent of the Festival from a three-day Festival to a year-long choral activity that will see the implementation of a number of satellite projects.

Amongst this year's innovative elements is an International Composition Competition for young composers, a number of different workshops (for composers, conductors and choirs), educational collaborations with established organisations such as the World Voice Day promoters as well as a virtual community choir entitled Vrbe Nova linking the Choir Festival to our unique capital city, Valletta, which will be hosting the capital city of culture for 2018.

This year's Festival promises yet another very rewarding experience for our participating choirs. As can be seen from the programme in this booklet, the actual festival is jam-packed with both competitive and non-competitive activities to meet every choir's likes and preferences.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Malta in the coming months and to share the beauty and love for singing with other international choirs.

For further enquiries one should write to the undersigned on or else to the Artistic Directors on

Nova Vocal Ensemble Auditions April 12 Jonathan Bautista, %23 %b %2015 %06:%Mar:%rd 6MarGMT+0000
Nova Vocal Ensemble is holding its last round of auditions for the season on Sunday, April 12, from 11 am to 2 pm, in Glendale, near the Americana on Brand.
We offer small stipends for choral concerts and some gigs depending on the singer's commitment level and sight-reading skill.
Rehearsals are on certain Sundays during the year from 2 to 4 pm in Glendale.
Nova is committed to performing the music of living composers, including composers of film, video game, and television scores. Our June concert, How Sweet the Sound, will feature new interpretations of old American songs by such great composers of our time as Timothy Takach, Connor Koppin, and Casey Rule, plus a world premiere by composer-in-residence Dale Trumbore, and a special surprise at the end.
If you are interested, please send a preferred audition time and resume to
Monday Motivation: Sounds Simple Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 ]]>Conference Morsel: The Psalms Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “Psalms: Back to the Sources,” presented by Joshua Jacobson during the 2015 ACDA National Conference.)
What did the Psalms sound like in antiquity? We know that they were sung, not spoken. We know that 2,000 years ago they were performed in the Temple in Jerusalem by professional musicians from the tribe of Levi. Their choir comprised a minimum of twelve singers, but was usually larger. There was an orchestra with harps, flutes, trumpets, horns and percussion. The performance was responsorial or antiphonal, based on the binary structure of the Psalm texts. Performances were led by a conductor, and instructions for the conductor were embedded in the headings (“superscriptions”) of many of the Psalms. For example, Psalm 45 (King James Version) begins with these words, “For the leader; on shoshannim. Of the Korahites. A maskil. A love song.” To the best of our knowledge that could mean, “[instructions] for the conductor: [to be sung] on the shoshanim [mode], [performed] by the Korah clan, a skillful song, for wedding ceremonies.” Fifteen of the Psalms (120-134) begin with the heading, “A song of ascents (or steps)” (words which are omitted from the King James Version). According to the Mishnah, these Psalms were performed on the fifteen steps or risers in front of the Temple. “And countless Levites with harps, lyres, cymbals and trumpets and other musical instruments were there …, corresponding to the fifteen Songs of Ascents in the Psalms. It was upon these steps that the Levites stood with their musical instruments and sang their songs.”
(Make plans now to attend your 2016 ACDA Divisional Conference!)
Latin American Symposium Schedule Available Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%rd 14MarGMT+0000 schedule for the Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style has been released.
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium today.
Meet the ICEP Conductors: Wyers & Stureborg Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2015 %20:%Jan:%th 20JanGMT+0000
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Perpetuum Jazzile arr. of Africa by Toto Shawn Lawton, %23 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%rd 0MarGMT+0000 can I find an arrangement of Perpetuum Jazzile's version of "Africa" (originally by Toto)?
Does one exist?
I've seen the Emerson and the Lawson arrangements, but neither is the same as the arrangement above. Didn't see anything on their website either. 
RVW O Clap your Hands Lee G. Barrow, %22 %b %2015 %23:%Mar:%nd 23MarGMT+0000 Separate organ part (organ/brass version)
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Starting: ASAP
For: 1 week
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
I have the organ/brass version of the Vaughan Williams "O Clap your Hands," but the organ part has gone missing. I have ordered new parts, but it appears that they will not be here in time. Does anyone have the separate organ part (organ/brass version) who could get it to me quickly? Thanks.
Church Choir Seeks Tenor and Low Bass - New York, NY Irene Gan, %22 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%nd 22MarGMT+0000 Orthodox Church in Manhattan's Upper East Side is seeking a tenor and a low bass to join their small, mixed a cappella choir. The choir sings services on Sunday mornings (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), as well as other ad hoc services throughout the year (a schedule of these services will be provided in advance). The applicant should possess excellent musicianship and sight-reading skills; the ability to read Russian fluently is a must. Applicants interested in auditioning for this paid position should contact Irene Gan, Choir Manager, at ]]>Out of the South Blew a Sweet Wind - by Florence Price,African American composer Catherine Campbell-Nesbit, %22 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%nd 21MarGMT+0000 one copy of art song by Florence Price
Composer/Arranger/Edition: any edition
Starting: as soon as possible
For: indefinite
Copies: one
Willing to rent: Yes
I am trying to find the music to Out of the South Blew a Sweet Wind by Florence Price.  I cannot locate the music anywhere locally.  I am putting together a concert for my ladies chorale of songs by African American composers and would love to include this beautiful song for a soloist.  I am happy to pay for a copy or if someone could send me a pdf. that would be great.  It is not in the Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers but I think is included in a more obscure collection of African American Art Songs. 
Thanks for any help you can give me in locating this song.
Bass and Alto needed for Easter Sunday Hannah Carr, %22 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%nd 19MarGMT+0000 Saturday April 4th, 4:00- 5:30 in Back Bay
Service Easter Sunday 10 - 11 am, Rehearsal 8:45, Stratford Street United Church, West Roxbury
Repertoire: Mozart Spaur Messe, Octet. 
Compensation: 125$ for Saturday Rehearsal and Sunday Morning Service. 
Please email an audio file to Hannah at
Thank you! 
AUDITIONS for Maryland Choral Society May 10 Performance of RUTTER REQUIEM with an all-Professional Orchestra Stephen Caracciolo, %22 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%nd 19MarGMT+0000

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Maryland Choral Society
My name is Dr. Stephen Caracciolo and I serve as the Artistic Director for the Maryland Choral Society, a community performing arts organization that draws talented volunteer singer-members from the DC metro region. This post is a personal invitation to you and to the ardent choral singers whom you know to audition as a soprano, alto, tenor, or bass in the Society and to learn more about the music we make in rehearsals on Monday evenings 7:15 - 9:30.

Our next concert in on May 10 in the New Concert Hall at UMBC performing John Rutter's Requiem with a full orchestra of the professional musicians from the Howard County Concert Orchestra.

Can You Tell Me More About the Membership of MCS?
The majority of singers in MCS also sing weekly in a church choir: including those with Episcopalian, Baptist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Disciples of Christ congregations to name a few. We also have singers who want to participate in a choir since their church has gone praise band. A couple also sing in at least one other community choir. Several members are clergy, clergy spouses, and part time church musicians desiring an expanded musical experience for themselves outside of their parish duties. We come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Rehearsals are focused, purposeful, and fun. Break time feels like a gathering of close friends and family around sweet and savory snacks.

What Would I Need To Do To Prepare For an Audition?
Having just completed our March concert and gearing up for our May performance of the Rutter Requiem with the UMBC Camerata and professional instrumentalists of the Howard County Concert Orchestra, MCS is putting out the call for auditions to singers with substantial choral experience in the region. Interested singers should review the membership information on the link below and then contact me directly at to set up a time to meet. The short excerpt to prepare is the Sanctus movement of Rutter's Requiem, contact me by email for the attachment.

What Should I Do Having Read This Far?
Congratulations, you have made it to the fourth paragraph! That can only mean you must share a love for choral music and are considering adding MCS and fine choral singing to your week as a means to enrich your life, to network with others of similar interest, and to celebrate community around great music. Don’t pass up this opportunity to learn more about MCS, to share this post to friends and family, and to contact me soon for an audition this week. Rehearsals begin again on Monday evening March 23 in Camp Springs, but I will continue to meet new people past that date as I receive requests.


Here is an excerpt from our concert last weekend

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Stephen Caracciolo, D.M. [car-ah-CHO-low]
Artistic Director, Maryland Choral Society


Audition Excerpt to Prepare Ahead of Time
Rutter Requiem, Sanctus movement
You will be singing along with the recording below.


Email me at to receive the score.


What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, March 22, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %22 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%nd 20MarGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - Sunday, March 12, 2015
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
To subscribe to my weekly playlist emailing:  send your email
address to
Hour 1

John Rutter: Most glorious Lord of life
Cambridge Singers; brass and percussion of the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Rutter
John Birch, organ
Franz Schubert: Tantum ergo in E flat, D. 962
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Vienna State Opera Chorus, Claudio Abbado
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Dalia Schaechter,
alto; Jorge Antonio Pita, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, bass
Herbert Howells: Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
George Frideric Handel: Let the bright seraphim ~ Samson
The Sixteen Orchestra and Chorus, Harry Christophers
Lynne Dawson, soprano; Crispian Steele-Perkins, trumpet
Randall Thompson: The Eternal Dove
Harvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Somerville
Benjamin Britten: Festival Te Deum, Op. 32
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, George Guest
Henri Mulet: Carillon-sortie
John Balka, organ
Ruffatti organ in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
Hour 2
J.S. Bach: Sanctus and Hosanna ~ Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman
Barbara Schlick, soprano; Kai Wessel, contralto;
Guy de Mey, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass
Manuel Arenzana: Dixit Dominus
Mexico City Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Jaurez Echenique
Irasema Terrazas, soprano; Gabriela Thierry, mezzo-soprano;
Flavio Becerra, tenor; Jorge Cozatl, bass; Ivan Juarez, bass
Francis Jackson: Sing a new song to the Lord
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
Salomon Sulzer: Uv'shophar gadol
Erno Sandor, baritone; Gyorgy Karman, organ
Rene Clausen: O vos omnes
Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy
Leo Sowerby: Arioso
Larry King, organ
Aeolian-Skinner organ in Trinity Church, Wall Street
Hour 3
Alessandro Striggio: Ecce beatam lucem
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel
Sir Edward Elgar: Great is the Lord, Op. 67
Worcester Cathedral Choir; Donald Hunt Singers, Donald Hunt
Adrian Partington, organ
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Choir of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston
John Rutter: Winchester Te Deum
Cambridge Singers
Brass and percussion of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Rutter
Max Reger: Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor
Peter Hurford, organ
1978 Rieger organ in Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany
Hour 4
Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei
Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
Thomas Fitches, organ
Anton Bruckner: Psalm 150
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Barenboim
Ruth Welting, soprano
Felix Mendelssohn: Hear my prayer
Choir of St. John's, Elora, Noel Edison
Karina Gauvin, soprano; Matthew Larkin, organ
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Nicholas Danby, organ
Greek choir looking for exchange with Italian choirs Antonis Ververis, %22 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%nd 18MarGMT+0000 Choir "Animato" from the Greek island of Lesvos is looking for an Italian partner choir (preferably from Rome) for possible exchange during August 2015.
Contact: Antonis Ververis, director
Early Music Choral Festival Paul Lindblad, %22 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%nd 15MarGMT+0000
Do you love to sing?
The Oak Park Concert Chorale in conjunction with the Oak Park Public Library is hosting a two-part Early Music Choral Festival for singers who are interested in the experience of singing madrigals, cannons and other early choral music. - No experience required.
Morning Session runs from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a short public performance in the library.
Afternoon Session, open only to those singers who attended the morning session, runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., again followed by a short public performance in the library.
When: Saturday March 28, 2014
Session 1: 10:00am – noon;
Session 2:1:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch, Veteran’s Room (second floor),  834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Cost: Free
Contact: Oak Park Public Library – phone :708.383.8200, website:
Oak Park Concert Chorale – phone: 708.383.4742, email
upbeat music for ssa Van der Cruyssen Rudy, %22 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%nd 15MarGMT+0000 friends,
I'm working on a new program with my youth choir . I don't know why, but almost every score we have prepared till now is a 'ballad'. Last rehearsal my kids asked: "please', can't we sing a score with more power, more upbeat, more tempo, challenging,..;"?
If the choir members even ask for it, it must be serious...
Any suggestions? Ideas?
Score for ssa with piano if possible.
Thanks for your help!
Rudy Van der Cruyssen
Youth choir Rondinella, Belgium
Organist St. Andrew's United Methodist Church Cherry Hill, NJ John Exley, %22 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%nd 12MarGMT+0000 Andrew's is an ecclectic United Methodist Church looking for a part time organist who is proficient in all styles of music. Time commitment 8 to 10 hours per week. Email to  ]]>Music Director St. Andrew's United Methodist Church Cherry Hill, NJ John Exley, %22 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%nd 12MarGMT+0000 Andrew's is an ecclectic United Methodist Church looking for a part time choir director who is proficient in all styles of music. Duties include directing the adult choir, overseeing the orgnanist, bell choir, and children's choir. Time commitment is 20 hours per week. Email to ]]>Mini broadway show April Manalo, %22 %b %2015 %06:%Mar:%nd 6MarGMT+0000 for an SATB who can sing solo, duet and quartet in a 45 min Broadway set in West Covina on April 5, Sunday at 7pm during a private birthday party. Honorarium $50 per singer. 
Please contact me for details if interested. Thanks!
1. All I ask of you (duet phantom)
2. The American Dream (tenor solo miss saigon)
3. Someone Like You (soprano or tenor solo)
4. Defying Gravity (duet Wicked)
5. Last Night of the World (duet miss saigon)
6. What I Did For Love ( alto solo A Chorus Line)
7. My Favorite Things (soprano solo Sound of Music)
8. Music of the Night (solo Phantom of the Opera)
9. Anything you can do ( SATB) 
10. Circle of Life (SATB)
Seeking advice on part mp3 files Jura Litchfield, %22 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%nd 11MarGMT+0000 would like to use commercially prepared mp3 files that feature each part of a choral score individually for practice at home.  My concern is that unless these come from the store, I will be violating copyright laws.  If my students each have printed copies can I make part audiofies?  Does any business provide this service?  
Composition Spotlight: This is Why My Homework Isn't Done Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2012 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase.  A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented.  Enjoy!)
This is Why My Homework Isn't Done by Mike O' Mara SATB a cappella (click for PDFAudio and Video)
Level: High School
Uses: General Concert Use
Program Themes: High School Life, Choral Comedy
This Piece Would Program Well With: PDQ Bach's My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus.
High school directors, let me present your new best friend.  Mike O'Mara is the Jonathan Coulton of the Madrigal! He has his finger on the pulse of youth culture and will have your students sharing that life with your audience.  It is my opinion that we choral directors do not always have the needs of our audience in mind.  We focus on moving the choir to the next level and desire to present masterworks because they are what we know and enjoy.  Take a step back and think about what a little humor will do for the parents and families that attend your events. Laughing together builds community.
This is Why My Homework Isn't Done is one of ten modern madrigals written by O'Mara.  My personal favorites have texts about why the science teacher must be an alien and why Facebook is keeping you up at night. See videos below.  I think you will be seeing more from this composer.  Watch the FEED in the Composition Showcase for a chronological list of new entries.  
(Original publication: December 16, 2012)
Sunday Inspiration: O Vos Omnes (Gesualdo) Scott Dorsey, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000
Irish Blessing - Graeme Langager James Brodeur, %22 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%nd 0MarGMT+0000 Irish Blessing
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Graeme Langager SSAA Version
Starting: April 2015
For: Approximately 6 weeks
Copies: 9
Willing to rent: No
I would really love to use the SSAA arrangement at our upcoming Graduation Mass. Since it is out of print, would anyone be willing to let us borrow some copies? Thank you for considering this!
Latin Translation Accuracy Ivan Odom, %22 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%nd 1MarGMT+0000, I am a junior in High School who is in the process of writing a latin spiritual choral work. I am having trouble finding latin words or phrases for this piece. Obviously, being in high school, I have no knowledge of how Latin actually works. I went to enter English words and phrases in Google translate and selected variations that sounded right to me in context of my piece in terms of rhythm and harmony. However, I fear that my attempt will not be accurate and therefore annoy many choral directors and/or proffessors in the future if I decide to publish it with the text as it is right now.
At this point, anything helps. I'd very greatly appreciate your replies.
Thank you.
Sight Singing for High School Choirs Marty Wilson, %21 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%st 22MarGMT+0000 teach vocal pedagogy and am astonished at how difficult one of my student's choir director has set the bar on sight singing. Has anyone noticed this before? How can students run before they can walk? He has material on his high school curriculum page that is very difficult. Is there a reason some choir directors do this? Thanks for any help on this.  ]]>An Evening of Mozart kenneth mccluskey, %21 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%st 20MarGMT+0000
The Mohawk Valley Choral Society will sing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem” along with several other Mozart pieces, at 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 3rd in Annunciation Church in Ilion, NY.  The concert, conducted by Randy Davis, will include soloists Lisa Jones, Lucille Beer, Michael Roddy and David Kolb.
Tickets are $12 dollars in advance and $15 at the door.  Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts in Little Falls, Center Stage Pianos in the New Hartford Shopping Center or at Hummel’s Plus in Herkimer.  Tickets may be reserved by calling (315) 823-1615 or on the website
University of Toronto Summer Choral Conducting Symposium Openings Hilary Apfelstadt, %21 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%st 16MarGMT+0000
University of Toronto Choral Conducting Symposium 2015
This intensive, one-week seminar is an excellent opportunity for music teachers and community and church choir conductors to gain professional development and continuing education credits (graduate and undergraduate).
Monday, July 6th until Friday, July 10th, 2015
(8:30 – 4:30, M – TH; 9 – noon on Friday)
Dr. Mark Sirett Composer/Conductor, and Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario, will lead the daily Directors’ Chorus for all participants, demonstrating rehearsal strategies appropriate to a variety of choirs.   He will also present sessions on teaching the adolescent voice and working with young choirs.
Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Toronto, will coach 8 - 12 advanced conductors in rehearsal with the Symposium Singers.  Master class conducting applications will include CV’s listing examples of applicants’ recent work and must be submitted by May 1, 2015.  (Regular registration for other participants is due June 1, 2015.)  Repertoire includes works by Handel, Fauré, and Lauridsen.
Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff, Chair of Music Education at the University of Toronto, will coach intermediate level conductors and also present “daily sing” sessions involving a variety of music from different cultures. 
The seminar will focus on:
Leading adolescent choral ensembles          Effective conducting technique
Choral repertoire and resources              Choral pedagogy and rehearsal planning
Vocal health and pedagogy
Other Collaborators:
Elizabeth McDonald, soprano, U of T voice faculty member, teaching vocal pedagogy for conductors and offering individual coaching
Dr. Emily Martin, Bucknell University (PA) voice faculty member, teaching yoga for singers. 
For more information, email:   or visit for a copy of the application form.
Mother's Day Concert Repertoire for Women's Chorus Bill Paisner, %21 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%st 2MarGMT+0000
As our concert dates a year from now fall on Mother's Day, has anyone ever put together a complete women's chorus Mother's Day concert, around 14 songs? If so, I would love to see your program. If not, individual song ideas would be great (SSA, SSAA, SA). I have searched Choralnet, but found very few women's chorus songs relevant to this holiday. English, please.
Bill Paisner
Director, Southwest Women's Chorus
Website for Handling Tickets? Jack Senzig, %20 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000 am putting on a school musical and don't want to deal with ticket sales.  A couple years ago I found a website that allowed you to upload your theater seating chart, then handled ticket sales.  They took $.50 from each ticket after collecting through credit cards and paypal.  They also would send a check to my school.  I have not found the site again.   
Any suggested services?  
Anyone use or Eventbrite?  
Where did you find the best deal for small shows of about 450 seats?
Jack Senzig
Gifford Elementary School
Vocal Music Director
Trombone parts for Mozart's Sparrow Mass William Spencer, %21 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%st 2MarGMT+0000 Trombone parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Mozart
Starting: ASAP
For: 2 months
Copies: 1 set
Willing to rent: No
Hello: Does anyone have the three colla parte trombone parts for the Mozart Sparrow Mass/Missa Brevis in C, K. 220/196b that I could please borrow? The set we have does not include any, for some reason. Thanks in advance! Bill
Tenor and Baritone Needed for Cantata 4/5/2015 Lisa Richardson, %21 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%st 0MarGMT+0000 are two openings for 1 tenor and 1 baritone that can sing a ~25 minute modern Easter Cantata in Levittown (Long Island). Must be available for one rehearsal from 2-4 pm on Saturday 3/28 and the service on Sunday 4/5 from 10-11:30 am (9:00 am call time). The pay is $50 for the rehearsal and $100 for the service. The music is not terribly difficult but singers should know how to read and independently hold down their parts with ease. Robes will be provided -- no special attire is necessary. Send resumes to: no later than Tuesday, March 24th, 2015. ]]>Faure REQUIEM Rasaan Bourke, %21 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%st 0MarGMT+0000
Mara Adler O’Kelly. In the words of soprano Babara Boney, by age16 Mara had developed a unique“pure angelic sound,” which is capable of conveying raw emotion.” She first appeared on the professional stage at the age of 15 as The Bird Seed Vendor in the San Francisco Opera’s 1999 production of Louise, once again commended for her singing by Rene Fleming.

More recent singing achievements thus far include ; Sophie in Werther with
Opera Company of Brooklyn; Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor in 2010, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks, and leading roles with Opera New Jersey and Garden State Opera. She is 1st place at the 2009 5-Towns Music and Art Competition. She has been a soloist with Collegium Westchester and Central Presbyterian Church in New York City. Mara is the featured artist on a newly released CD, “His Master’s Voice” by Brooklyn composer Philip Salter. Still able to move audiences with her voice, Mara is known for delivering inspiring performances, and bold interpretations of her roles.
Michael Corvino. For his work as Tony Esposito in The Most Happy Fella, The New York Times exalted, “The baritone Michael Corvino brings a robust voice and disarming vulnerability to the role. Mr. Corvino brings both a Verdi baritone richness and a crisp articulation to the title song”.

Michael Corvino has proven to be one of America’s leading verismo and Verdi baritones. With over 200 performances achieved of Verdi’s leading baritone roles, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike. The New York Times praised his performance of Germont as “splendid”. Paul Joseph Walkowski of raved of his Rigoletto, “Baritone Michael Corvino not only sang beautifully and with great passion, but his voice captured both the strength and vulnerability of the character. His performance was simply riveting and could easily become a signature role, he performed it so well.”

Mr. Corvino began his operatic career in 1997, singing the role of Sharpless with Opera Northeast’s production of Madama Butterfly. Since then, his career has continued to grow and flourish, taking him to Europe, Asia, and Central America, as well as to many houses in the United States. In the 2000 ­ 2001 season, he joined the roster of New York City Opera, where he made many returns in the years to follow. Roles in his repertoire include the title role in Rigoletto, Germont (La Traviata), the title role in Nabucco, Amonasro (Aïda), Iago (Otello), and the Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), as well as Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tonio (I Pagliacci), Marcello (La Bohème), David (L’amico Fritz), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), among many others. On the concert stage, he has sung All Verdi concerts with Dayton Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Birmingham, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, in addition to a gala concert with Opéra de Montréal. In the 2010 ­ 2011 season, he joined the Metropolitan Opera roster, as part of the casts of Capriccio (R. Strauss), Roméo et Juliette (Gounod), and Don Carlo (Verdi). In 2012, he joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as part of the cast of Simon Boccanegra (Verdi).
David Hurd, The only time the International Congress of Organists was held in the United States (Philadelphia 1977), a young organist from New York City was awarded the First Prize in Organ Performance by a panel of distinguished international judges. The next day, another panel of distinguished judges from around the world, again operating in the blind, awarded the First Prize in Organ Improvisation--and the winner was the same young American organist. David Hurd, then Music Director at the Church of the Intercession (Episcopal) in Harlem, within the space of a couple of days had walked away with the two most prestigious organ prizes in the world at the time.

Two decades later David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the country, with a long list of awards, prizes, honors and achievements to his credit. He studied both at the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School and at Manhattan's High School of Music and Art. Later he attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a music degree in 1971, and went on for further study at the University of North Carolina and, back in New York, at the Manhattan School of Music. His organ teachers have included Bronson Ragan, Garth Peacock, Arthur Poister, and Rudolph Kremer.

Since 1976, David Hurd has worked at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, first as Director of Chapel Music and later also as Professor of Church Music and Organist. In the late eighties, three other seminaries awarded him honorary doctorates for his contributions to church music.

David Hurd is the composer of dozens of choral and organ works published by a number of major houses. He was Vice Chairman of the Standing Commission on Church Music of the Episcopal Church for a number of years.

As a concert organist David Hurd enjoys increasing recognition both at home and abroad. He has performed throughout North America, and has been a featured artist at both national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1981 he was invited to perform at the Internationaal Orgelfestival Haarlem, which meets in Gouda, the Netherlands, during which he received the diploma for improvisation at the Stitchting Internationaal Orgelconcours.

For relaxation David Hurd may take a break from composing and from the organ, but not from music. He loves to play recorders, and is accomplished on instruments from Sopranino through Contrabass. Evenings, when not on the road performing, may well find him practicing with the Chelsea Winds, an ensemble he helped found in 1993.
Rasaan Hakiem Bourke began his artistic journey at the age of ten, with a fascination for the Pipe Organ at Holy Rosary Church in The Bronx, where he and his family attended Mass.  He began teaching himself to play the piano and organ; and, at the age of 15, began taking formal lessons.
Bourke has since studied with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Dr. James Jordan of Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey (conducting); German organist Stefan Engels (organ); and internationally acclaimed Bach interpreter, Christa Rakich (organ).
In 2007, he was named Assistant Conductor to Dr. Thea Kano, Founder and Artistic Director of the New York City Master Chorale.  Since that time, he has helped Dr. Kano and the NYCMC prepare and execute five successful seasons, in which were performed: Mozart’s Requiem; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Bach’s Magnificat; Rachmaninoff’s Vespers; Faure’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria (for which he served as organist); Durufle’s Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo; and the world premiere of contemporary composer Paul Leavitt’s Requiem.
In 2009, he performed as pianist for the NYCMC, conducted by Dr. Kano, in their performance of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at Carnegie Hall.
Rasaan Hakiem Bourke feels called, by his music, to reveal what the face of God might look like to the one seeking it.
In 2013, Rasaan Hakiem Bourke added to his list of accomplishments, founder and CEO of The Renaissance Chamber Collaborative. Bourke manages to fly from one desk of start up documents to his other desk here in Hackensack as our Director of Music.
Saturday Respite: The WORST Thing About the Beach Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
The worst part of being at the beach is LEAVING the beach.  For all those whose sunny spring break is about to end, here's a look back at that magical place, the tropical beach.
NO! I don't wanna get on the plane!  No . . . NO . . . NO!
ACDA Salutes: F. Melius Christiansen Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2015 %15:%Jan:%th 15JanGMT+0000
This is just one of the 74 choral conductors on the ACDA Wall of Honor. LEARN MORE about the Wall of Honor and MEET ALL of the award recipients.
Chorale du Gesù presents Musique sacrée au féminin Patricia Abbott, %20 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000, March 29 at 4 p.m. at the Église du Gesù, 1202 de Bleury, Montreal
Chorale du Gesù, Patricia Abbott, dir., with François Zeitouni, organist,
presents Musique sacrée au féminin - sacred choral works for women’s voices
Tickets : $15
Missa Brevis for Three Voices                                        Stephanie Martin* (1962 - )                           
• Kyrie
• Sanctus et Benedictus
• Agnus Dei                             
Kyrie (from the Mass in C minor)                                     Imant Raminsh* (1943 - )                                          
Cathédrales   (organ solo)                                                Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
from 24 Pièces de fantaisie, Op. 55 No 3                                                                                                                                               
Messe basse                                                                    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)                                          
• Kyrie
• Sanctus
• Benedictus    
• Agnus Dei
Nigra sum                                                                          Pablo Casals (1876-1973)                                           
Suite brève, Opus 6 no 2 (organ solo)                               Rachel Laurin* (1961 - )                                 
• Prélude
            • Intermezzo                                       
            • Romance
            • Toccata
Peace Mass                                                                  Bob Chilcott (1955 - )                        
• Kyrie
• Gloria           
• Sanctus
• Benedictus
• Agnus Dei     
Lux aeterna                                                                  Z. Randall Stroope (1953 - )               
* Canadian composers
Marin Baroque, Birds of Paradise Linda Price, %20 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 WEEK AWAY! San Anselmo and Berkeley!
MARIN BAROQUE Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, with renowned early brass ensemble THE WHOLE NOYSE and Music Director Daniel Canosa, present Birds of Paradise: Exotic Music of the Old & New Worlds. Janequin, Flecha & Fernandez, and music of the Latin American missions.  Sixteen voices, percussion, vihuela, Baroque guitar, shawm, cornett, and early brass instruments are all featured.
On the program:
Le Chant des Oiseaux full of bird song by Clément Janequin; an ensalada, San Sabeya Gugurumbé, with a mixture of Castilian, Catalan, Portuguese, and African vernacular by Mateo Flecha; the plaintive Con Que La Lavare by Juan Vasquez, a popular poem and song in 16th-century Spain and a beautiful example of a villancico; and other music from the Latin American missions.
Saturday, March 28, 8 pm, First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo
Sunday, March 29, 8 pm, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley
Tel. 415-497-6634. $5-$25. Email (our March concert, Jewish Music of the Baroque)
Tenor & Bass Needed James Douglas, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 and bass needed to augment choir for Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
St James' Episcopal Church, Long Branch, NJ
Hymns, service music, two anthems.
One rehearsal at 9am, one service at 10am. 
Fee is $100.
Please contact Jim Douglas for further info at
FT Performing Arts teacher, K-8 Susan Rice, %20 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000
Cathedral School for Boys seeks an energetic, responsible, knowledgeable, music and/or music/drama teacher for grades K-6 (possibly K-8) whose teaching/coaching approach aligns with the school’s mission and philosophy. This is a full time position. 

Music Responsibilities: 
Plan and teach developmentally appropriate music classes daily to grades kindergarten through sixth grade or eighth grade
Create a scope and sequence for music curriculum (skills, understandings and activities)
Prepare students and logistics of music performances including but not limited to Grandparents and Special Friends Day and Lessons and Carols (Christmas celebration)
Help select and lead music for lower school chapel
Plan and teach Project Based Learning units in both divisions
Assess student skills and communicate through progress reports 
Lead an Upper School advisory of eight to ten students
Collaborate closely with second music teacher and other teachers in both divisons

Drama Responsibilities:
Plan and teach drama classes in both divisions
Develop a scope and sequence for drama skills
Programming plays (performances) in both divisions which includes collaborating with parent volunteers, classroom teachers and administration 
Creating all blocking/choreography for all productions and directing each production
Communicating with parents, teachers and those impacted by productions (kitchen staff….)
Management of costume closet

• Experience in music or music/drama education (minimum of three years classroom experience) 
• Ability to analyze student behaviors, identify challenges, and suggest solutions 
• Strong verbal communication skills 
• Strong organization skills, including time management and follow-up 
• Ability to work effectively in a team
• Knowledge of child cognitive development and different learning styles 
• Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with appropriate course work in music and drama

Cathedral School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. People of color are encouraged to apply. Compensation is competitive and includes health, dental and vision insurance and TIAA/CREF annuity program. 

Interested individuals should e-mail cover letter, résumé and references to:

Paul Bertrand 
Head of Lower School 
Cathedral School for Boys 
1275 Sacramento Street 
San Francisco, CA 94108 

To learn more about Cathedral School for Boys, visit
A Tribute to John Rutter Christina Kennedy, %20 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000 of Stow Chorus & Orchestra presents John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the participation of the Weston Middle School Chorus, as well as "Psalm 150," "This is the Day," and "For the Beauty of the Earth." Also featured is the New England premiere of Bert Appermont's trombone concerto, Colors, with soloist Alexei Doohovskoy.  All works will be presented with full orchestra.  Tickets are available to purchase online through midnight on Friday, March 20th.
Sunday, March 22nd
3:00 PM
Hale Auditorium
55 Hartley Road
Stow, MA
Open rehearsal is Saturday, March 21st from 1:30 to 4:50 p.m.
For more information, please visit our website, email or call 978-707-9887.
Los Angeles Master Chorale to perform transformative Masterpiece Water Passion After St. Matthew Susan Gordon, %20 %b %2015 %06:%Mar:%th 6MarGMT+0000
Water becomes an extraordinary and transformative musical instrument taking center stage as it flows, drips, gurgles, splashes, bubbles and crashes to create a staggering array of percussive sounds when the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents Oscar and Grammy® Award-winning composer Tan Dun’s riveting Water Passion After St. Matthew, “a masterpiece for the ages” (AllMusic), on Saturday, April 11, 2 pm, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7 pm, at Disney Hall.   Written for choir, soprano and bass soloists, chamber ensemble and 10 illuminated water bowls, the piece features moments of shattering intensity and frenzy contrasted by silence and stillness.  Whispers, shouts, chants, laughter, Mongolian overtone singing and the high-pitched Eastern Opera vocal traditions emerge from the chorus while the singers “play” Tibetan finger bells and river stones and rattle ominous thunder sheets.  Featured guest artists include Delaram Kamareh, soprano; Stephen Bryant, bass; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Cécilia Tsan, cello; David Cossin, lead percussion; and Yuanlin Chen, digital sampler.
The Chorale gave the work’s LA premiere in 2005, which was praised as “splendid and adventurous” (Variety) and remains one of the most talked-about concerts in the choir’s history.  Commissioned by Helmuth Rilling for the 250th Anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, whose seminal works include the St. Matthew Passion, Dun’s piece “plays with watery symbols of baptism, creation and rebirth” (Newsday).  It is also drenched with metaphysical metaphors for cleansing and renewal that recall ancient Chinese water rituals from the village where Tan Dun was raised.
Tickets range from $29 - $129.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
“Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices (Christmas)” by Christopher Aspaas Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MIXED VOICES (Christmas) by Christopher Aspaas
1. "Carol of the Advent." Philip Dietterich. Hope Publishing Company
A lovely SATB and organ setting of the "People Look East." Buoyant and lilting with a contemplative a cappella middle verse, this is an accessible and exciting setting for almost any choir.
2. "Hodie." Robert Parker. Self Published
A colorful work based on the Sweelinck "Hodie" that is a must for Christmas if you have an orchestra! Exciting 'movie-music' moments and exciting instrumental and vocal flourishes make this SATB (some divisi) work a great surprise.
3. "African Noel" Andre Thomas. Lawson Gould
Thomas recently took over The FSU Men's Glee Club and re-arranged this holiday favorite for tenor-bass choir. Captures the same energy and colors of the original. A few measures of six-part divisi so a slightly larger tenor-bass ensemble may be needed.
4. "Alleluya Sasa!" Ben Allaway. Santa Barbara Music Press
One-of-a-kind! Written in the style of a Kenyan folksong, this is a vital and rhythmic piece for Christmas. The score looks daunting, but learns very quickly with more advanced ensembles. A great tenor soloist (or two) and good ethnic percussionists (as well as some choralography) make this a future holiday classic.
5. "Stay With Us." Egil Hovland. Augsburg Fortress.
This work by Norwegian composer Egil Hovland is a touching setting for SATB choir an keyboard. A stirring middle section for SSAA is bookended by two sections for the whole ensemble, and it is a beautiful benediction for an evening program.
(“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: Byrd Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 ]]>Church Choir Workshop Ideas Kenji Bolden, %20 %b %2015 %00:%Mar:%th 0MarGMT+0000,
Planning on hosting a church choir workshop this summer in my town but wanted to ask for topic ideas. Your help would be greatly appreciated!
Program Director Allison Renn, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 ( is a nonprofit that hires music teachers to provide comprehensive, in-school music education to over 7,600 children in Bay Area elementary schools who would not otherwise be exposed to music in a formal setting.  Our music classes are completely integrated into the school day, reinforcing other academic activities.

zSharp music teachers are embedded in one or two schools, teaching weekly music classes coordinated with the school's regular teachers to ensure that music class reinforces other lesson plans. As such, zSharp music teachers are ready and able to serve as faculty members at their school(s) and interact with their colleagues accordingly.

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Program Director.  The Program Director is responsible for the overall quality of the zSharp program.
Major responsibilities include:
  • Serving as zSharp’s primary contact with partner school representatives (principals, teachers, PTA members)
  • Supervising, mentoring and coaching all zSharp music teachers, including designing and executing all formal and informal evaluations
  • Revising zSharp’s benchmarks and curriculum as necessary
The Program Director will also:
  • Provide energetic, visionary leadership, disciplined commitment to excellence, and effective, adaptive program strategies in the realization of zSharp’s vision for music education in the Bay Area.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and other staff in planning programs for zSharp schools (selecting and assessing school partnerships, identifying staff, scheduling, budgeting, evaluating programs).
  • Troubleshoot and re-design programs, and strategies based on evaluation data and client feedback.  Promote regular adoption of high-value best practices into zSharp’s professional culture.
  • Maintain a culture of excellence through well-articulated and enforced performance and discipline policies.
  • Cultivate a strong sense of camaraderie and high morale among all program staff.
  • Maintain written job performance evaluations based on written rubric that defines clear, observable, measurable work expectations.
  • Actively recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of all employees.
  • Assess and revise zSharp’s curriculum and resource materials, and create new support materials for teachers and schools.
  • Identify, design and implement training programs for music teachers (schedule workshops and observations; identify facilitators from among staff or external educational consultants).
  • Collaborate with principals, program staff, and other parties to plan and schedule program-related events (in-school concerts, school cultural assemblies, etc.).
  • Collaborate with evaluation staff to revise assessment tools (surveys, questionnaires, etc.).
Applicants should meet most, if not all of the criteria listed below and possess a strong passion for bringing quality music education to diverse student populations. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage many projects simultaneously and to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of curriculum design and educational assessment
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Sibelius or Finale a plus)
  • Minimum 5 years of elementary music classroom teaching experience
  • Experience designing and facilitating music education training
  • Basic understanding of music theory
  • Knowledge of music pedagogy methods including Orff and Kodaly
  • Knowledge of California and Common Core standards and ability to integrate into a curriculum
  • Managerial and administrative experience.
  • Education: Masters degree preferred, credential preferred.
Salary dependent upon qualifications.  Health insurance provided.
Interested and highly qualified applicants should forward their resumes and a thoughtful cover letter to

Thanks for your interest!
Music Director Wanted Matthew Murray, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000
The Tri-City Community Chorus, based in Saco, Maine is seeking a new Music Director beginning in August, 2015.  
Founded in 1998, The Tri-City Community Chorus is a chorus of dedicated singers drawn from all walks of life from South Coast area of Maine, who contribute their time and talent to the performance of choral music. The organization is searching for a dynamic and inspiring choir director to lead our choir. The ideal candidate will uphold the organization’s artistic integrity and demonstrate mastery of diverse musical styles and repertoire while instilling a love for music and a desire for artistic excellence.
For complete job posting please visit:
New Cantata Commission Joshua Armenta, %19 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 all,
I am about to start writing a choral cantata of approximately 18-25 minutes for chorus, soloists and organ (with an eye towards orchestra in the future) which will use the Latin Exsultet text in a concert setting. I am looking for a consortium of 4-5 college or university choirs that would be interested in commissioning the work. 
If you are interested, please contact me at
Thank you all!
Josh Armenta
NDSU Choral Symposium Announces Featured Presenters Michael Weber, %19 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
The North Dakota State University Challey School of Music, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Composers Forum proudly announce the "NDSU Choral Symposium: Contemporary Composition in America."
Featured Presenters include: Steven Sametz, Jocelyn Hagen, Tim Sharp, Abbie Betinis and Craig Carnahan.

Noted composer, conductor, and lecturer Eric Whitacre will headline the three-day symposium, presenting sessions on his music and working with NDSU choral ensembles.

Composers, conductors, choral enthusiasts and music students are invited to attend and participate in sessions highlighting American choral music of both emerging and established composers.

Topics to include commissions, publishing, second-performances, composition competitions and programming. Guest presenters will include nationally and internationally known composers.

Information for registration and housing can be found at:

Proposals for presentations are due June 1, 2015.  Please go to this link for more information:

Choral Director for Gaithersburg Chorus Laurie Levy-Page, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000
Gaithersburg Chorus, a non-audition, city-sponsored adult chorus seeks an experienced Choral Director.  Responsibilities include: selecting a varied repertoire (including classical, standards and Broadway show tunes, among others) within guidelines established by the cultural arts division of the City of Gaithersburg; conducting rehearsals (currently 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Gaithersburg’s Activity Center); choosing section leaders and soloists through an audition process; overseeing an accompanist and the artistic and musical affairs of the chorus.   The chorus rehearses from late August through December and then January through late May, with concerts in December and May (venues vary).  Member registration and administration of the chorus are handled by the City of Gaithersburg; the Choral Director works in consultation with the Program Supervisor and the City’s Arts and Events Division Chief.
Gaithersburg Chorus was founded in 1987 and many of its members have made multi-year commitments to singing with the chorus.  When asked about their priorities, chorus members indicated that they value singing challenging repertoire and continuing to learn and grow as musicians.  In their Choral Director, they seek someone possessing excellent musicianship and able to teach vocal skills. Their new Director should be positive, patient, even-tempered and respectful of singers of all levels of expertise.  Members seek someone with a good sense of humor, who will use rehearsal time efficiently and effectively and enjoy working in several musical genres.  In recent years, repertory has included Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitor,” Sherwin/Strachey’s “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and a medley from Rent by Jonathan Larson.
This position is classified as an independent contractor and compensated $4,424 annually, with additional compensation if the Choral Director also serves as the rehearsal accompanist.  Interested candidates should send resumé, letter of interest, names of three references and links to audio or video samples (if available) to Program Supervisor Laurie Levy-Page at  Feel free to email with questions; no phone calls, please.
Application deadline:  April 10, 2015 ]]>
Clinton Bray & New World Voices sing the Music of Trevor Shaw and Steve Murray Trevor Shaw, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 Clinton Bray and New World Voices present their new album "(570) the Music of Trevor Shaw and Steve Murray" available on iTunes, CDbaby, Amazon Mp3, Google Play and various streaming services.  The album takes an exciting approach towards choral compositions, blurring the lines between classical music, jazz and other styles.  Highlights include Steve Murray's award-winning, jazz-tinged cycle "The Blueberry Lesson", Trevor Shaw's "The Tree of Life", a setting of a text by Charles Darwin and "570", a tribute to Trevor Shaw's parents which features piano, drums and even pedal steel guitar.
Buy it now at on sale for only $5.00!
Training section leaders Bruce Rockwell, %19 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000 do you train and/or empower your section leaders to lead more productive sectionals without you? And especially with the younger students (I'm talking about high school freshmen here), what do you do when there is a small cadre who refuse to work the minute your back is turned? ]]>copyright Connie Sandoz, %19 %b %2015 %07:%Mar:%th 7MarGMT+0000!
I have a friend that teaches elementary music. She is doing a 1st and 2nd grade original play that includes a lot of nursery rhyme songs but also bits and pieces of popular songs - "What Does the Fox Say", "Cool Kids", "Singing In The Rain", "Lollipop Kids", "Surfing USA", "Spoonful of Sugar" get the picture. I'm sure the nursery rhymes are public domain but does she need to get permission to use a portion of the popular songs? If so, where does she get that? Does it take long to get the permission? Her show is about five weeks away.
Thank you!!
Ensemble Companio: Love's Faces (Brooklyn, NY) Joseph Gregorio, %19 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 Companio presents
Love's Faces
A concert of music about the many faces of love
Featuring music of Pierre Passereau, Maurice Duruflé, Paine Denson, François Roussel, John Stainer, Lars-Erik Larsson, Vince Peterson, Billy Joel, and The Beatles, as well as folk music from around the globe including arrangements by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw
Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
199 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY
$20 general admission; $10 students/seniors
Tickets available at the door
Founded in 2011, Ensemble Companio (Joseph Gregorio, dir.) is a volunteer chamber choir that performs throughout the northeastern United States. Its mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music.
Ensemble Companio derives its name from a late Latin form of “companion,” which meant “one with whom one shares bread.” The name reflects the musicians’ belief that sharing in choral music is an essential, nourishing, and healing endeavor akin to the sharing of food.  For more information, please visit
New Choral Introit for Easter! Steve Danyew, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000"Arise and Sing" Choral Introit
SATB Choir and Organ with optional Brass Quintet and Timpani
A festive, jubilant opening to your Easter Sunday services, this piece pairs perfectly with the hymn "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," in the key of C major. Listen to a recording and see the score here.
Available in print or as a digital download.
Takach: 15 -16 Secular Winter Consortium - SATB and piano Timothy Takach, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 the 15-16 season, I will be writing an 18-20' cycle for SATB and piano using secular winter texts. I'm looking for one choir or choral program from each state to support this as part of a consortium. Click here for a pdf with all of the texts and more information, but here are some highlights:
  • 6-7 movements: 4-5 for SATB, 1 for SA and 1 for TB
  • Possible obbligato instruments
  • Cycle is meant to be performed as a whole. but each song can stand alone
  • 4-part choral writing (no divisi), with an easier, well-supported tenor part
  • 2 newly commissioned poems by Anthony Silvestri and Brian Newhouse
  • I'm only taking one choir from each state!
  • Scores delivered by Aug. 21, 2015 (pdf).
Cost - $400.00 per participating group. Includes the license to make copies for your singers.
A participating group will have exclusive use of the new score for the 15-16 academic season, and can keep the scores in their library for future performances.

Check the map to see if I still need your state! If your state is yellow or red, I'd like to hear from you!

What is a consortium? A commissioning consortium is a group of people who come together to commissiong a work. A consortium allows for a more affordable way to support the creation of new music. Each group contributes a portion of the commissioning cost, and is listed as a member of the consortium in the score.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me.


Timothy C. Takach, Composer
I. Commissioned poem
Anthony Silvestri
I’ve commissioned Anthnoy to write a text for the opening
of the cycle. He will pull thoughts and images from the other
texts in the cycle, and this poem will serve as a parallel
bookend to the final poem by Wendell Berry. This cycle is not
only about the jounrey of the weather, but also the journey of
our souls - how we survive the slow, dark season.
II. After Harvest – SA (opt. harp or vibes instead of piano)
Monica Raymond
(This movement is done - listen to it here.)

The gleaning done, the ashen pods and vines,
just twitch and rattle with what’s left behind.
The purple stubble on the fields below
erasing now with patches of first snow.
Cornstalks turn ghostly. Wagon, barn and rake
give up their shapes, and the new shapes they take
no longer presage any human thing.
The wilderness recalls her underling.
We need the strength of all we can endure,
to grant what earth gives up and  make it sure.
The twining and the gathering is the easy part
for now the rind is ripe and heavy like the heart.
The liquid light that poured into our flesh
must take us through the night of cold and emptiness
when colors of the world fade into one.
The web of branches stretches till it’s gone.
III. Journal of a Prairie Year - TB
Paul Gruchow
And there are the dawns and the dusks
when the snow is falling,
when the lights in the villages
take on a fat and gauzy glow,
when the whole prairie world, although dark,
seems somehow aglow,
when the sky above the storm
becomes the particular pale pink
of a prairie rose in bloom.
When the winter sky puts on that face,
the only possible response is to keep silent,
as before any many-splendored thing.
IV. Blizzard
Juhan Liiv, trans. H. L Hix and Jüri Talvet
A blizzard races a blizzard,
neither can defeat the other:
now one pulls ahead,
now it is behind the other.
I watch until my eyes tire,
the mind’s world enters my thought:
A blizzard races a blizzard,
neither can defeat the other.
V. Winter Walk
Brian Newhouse
The longest night
The brightest moon
The sharpest sting of cold
The barest branch
The hardest earth
My breath the only cloud
And I am out walking to ask the winter moon:
Who will I be when the spring rains come?
The air so still
Smoke rising straight
The snowbanks sleep so deep
The quiet star
The silent night
A lone bird wakes and sings
And I am out walking to hear my heart,
And I am out walking to hear my heart.
VI. Last Night’s Moon
This morning, the wind and a bent weed
working together…
drawing the shape of last night’s moon
in the snow.
    - Scott King

From the willow,
melting ice dripped,
from the alder
wet snow slipped.
High on the air came a cry:
I hear, I hear!
I’m coming, I, the spring,
I’m coming, I’m coming!
    - Juhan Liiv
VII. Returning
Wendell Berry
I was walking in a dark valley
and above me the tops of the hills
had caught the morning light.
I heard the light singing as it went
among the grass blades and the leaves.
I waded upward through the shadow
until my head emerged,
my shoulders were mantled with the light,
and my whole body came up out of the darkness, and stood
on the new shore of the day.
Where I had come was home,
for my own house stood white
where the dark river wore the earth.
The sheen of bounty was on the grass,
and the spring of the year had come.


Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of  Timothy C. Takach has risen fast in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach has received many commissions from organizations including the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, the Bowling Green State University Men’s Chorus, The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, the Cherry Creek High School Meistersingers, VocalEssence and the Western Michigan University Chorale. His compositions have been heard on NPR and have been recorded by ensembles across North America.
The 2007 Texas and the 2009 Florida All-State Choirs performed his piece “The Darkling Thrush,” and his arrangement of “What Child is This” was featured on the 2007 Boston Pops holiday tour. His arrangement of “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” was included in a 2006 worldwide Christmas radio broadcast. Takach has received grants from the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and yearly ASCAP awards since 2004.
He is a co-creator of the theatrical production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914, by Peter Rothstein. The critically adored show has had over 100 performances since it’s premiere in 2006. He was also selected for the 2014 Nautilus Music-Theater Composer-Librettist Studio.
Takach studied music composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. He has frequent work as a presenter, clinician and lecturer for conventions, schools and organizations across the country. He has been Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a featured presenter at Vassar College’s Modfest. He is a full-time composer and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus - Bach 140 and Bruckner Te Deum Nancy Menk, %19 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000 Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, Nancy Menk, director, performs Bach's Cantata 140 and the Bruckner Te Deum with the LaPorte County Symphony and soloists Sarah Gartshore, Jori Jennings, Emanuel Caraman, and Peter van de Graaf on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. at the Elston Performing Arts Center, 317 Detroit St., Michigan City, IN.  Philip Bauman conducts.  For tickets call 219-362-9020.  ]]>The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven Vanessa Pezzutti, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 26, 2015, 4 p.m.
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
410 South Atlantic Ave. Beach Haven NJ 08008
Free will offering
This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites.
The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Red Bank Vanessa Pezzutti, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 25. 2015, 8 p.m.
Red Bank United Methodist Church
247 Broad St. Red Bank NJ 07701
Tickets: $15 presale, $20 adults, $5 students
This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites.
The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Toms River Vanessa Pezzutti, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 19, 2015, 4 p.m.
The Presbyterian Church of Toms River
1070 Hooper Ave. Toms River NJ 08757
$12 Donation Requested
This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites.
The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Neptune Vanessa Pezzutti, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 p.m.
West Grove Memorial United Methodist Church
102 Walnut St. Neptune NJ 07753
This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites.
Meet the ICEP Conductors: Williams & Sjöberg Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2015 %20:%Jan:%th 20JanGMT+0000
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
CJ Replay: Are Singers More Aesthetic? Scott Dorsey, %15 %b %2015 %19:%Jan:%th 19JanGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Choral and Orchestral Conducting: An Interview with Robert Shaw” by Antonio M. Molina)
Molina: Would you now care to comment, based upon your wide range of experiences, upon some ideas or concepts which I have come upon in my comparative study of choral and orchestral conducting? For instance, several conducting books make the observation that the general musicianship of most choristers is inferior when compared to that of most orchestral players. Would you agree?
Shaw:  Almost always. yes. Obviously, there are exceptions. Certainly, the singer's musicinship is often inferior in terms of the strictly musical-technical digital proficiency. But it is almost the opposite in terms of the general richness of the total aesthetic. And by this I mean knowledge of painting, poetry, literature – a wider humanistic background. For instance, in the United States, many of us have experienced a certain large coefficient between medicine and music there are doctors' orchestras in New York and Cleveland and other places. In the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, almost half of our members were associated with medicine either as doctors or nurses, interns or laboratory technicians. We were in an educational complex at Western Reserve and Case University where there were a lot of medically related studies going on. Anyway, what I wanted to say was: If you tested the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus on strictly musical proficiency, or on vocal proficiency, the results may not be very high. But if you gave everyone a general test of knowledge of the fine arts, of history, philosophy, and so on, the Chorus might outrank the Orchestra by 10 to 15 points.
READ the entire article.
Building Skills 19 Richard Sparks, %05 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 from Daniel Coyle:  Tip #31 To learn a new move, exaggerate it.
"Going too far helps us understand where the boundaries are. . . . Don't be halfhearted. You can always dial back later. Go too far so you can feel the outer edges of the move, and then work on building the skill with precision."
This has multiple uses:
  • Many things a choir does need exaggeration at first—dynamic shapes and all kinds of expression. Then they can be brought back to the desired level of subtlety.
  • In teaching a new concept to your choir (let's say the difference between bright and dark sound), an exaggerated example will make the concept clearer—not intellectually, but in concrete terms—faster than anything else. Royal Stanton used a great example: asking your choir to sing a passage as if they were a country western singer . . . then as an operatic basso. It's a quick way to fully understand what you mean. After that the concept can be made more subtle, to the point that your choir knows exactly what you mean when you ask them for a little brighter or darker tone quality.
  • Much as mentioned in the earlier post on slowing things down, exaggerating slowness can make certain things much clearer to the choir.
  • And in conducting, for yourself or for a student of yours, a new move can be exaggerated until it becomes natural. If you have a particular habit you'd like to change, practice the opposite in an exaggerated way—the new habit (the way you'd like to do it) will feel quite natural fairly soon.
Think of other ways you can exaggerate . . . to get to where you or your choir need to be.
Water theme for last HS choir concert... Michael Popplewell, %19 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000 all, with a water theme for my May HS choir concert, I'm still looking for a few more ideas for beginning through advanced SATB choirs as well as a boys' TBB (limited TTBB) piece...  (my girls are singing "Bring me lil water Sylvie" which I purchased from Moira Smiley's site, and they're digging into the body percussion with abandon!)  Other songs include: "Let the River Run" arr Hella Johnson, Riversong by Andy Beck, There will come soft rains Ruth Grey, River Sleeps beneath the sky-Lighfoot, Moon is distant from the sea-Childs, River in Judea-Leavitt, When sun comes after rain-Matthew Emery, Seal Lullaby-Whitacre, Famine Song-Culloton
Anything else come to mind??  I'm really excited for this concert, there's so much out there that fits in with this theme: abundance of water, scarcity of water, & all of the natural beauty associated with it!  I did just realize that I have nothing from before 50 or 75 years ago (maybe the exception being Leadbelly's Sylvie..) so any renaissance or baroque pieces would be welcome...
email: popplewellm(a)
Street Requiem – For those who have died on the street Caroline Knaggs, %19 %b %2015 %04:%Mar:%th 4MarGMT+0000
Street Requiem – For those who have died on the street
By Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch AM
Sunshine Premiere
Sunday 22 March, 6pm – 8pm
Performed by the Voices of Brimbank, Brimbank Multicultural Community Choir, Western Health Choir, singers from the Absolutely Everybody Choirs and guest instrumentalists and soloists; Rosamund Illing, Veronica Gauci and Jonathon Welch.
STREET REQUIEM was composed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Kathleen McGuire and Andy Payne as a tribute to people who have died in the streets. Jonathon Welch conceived of STREET REQUIEM with the aim of bringing a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling to come to terms with street violence, war and a loss of safety on our streets.

It is a contemporary work including English, African and Persian lyrics alongside a modern setting of the traditional Latin texts. The harmonic language finds common ground through the work's multiple styles with melodies drawn from various modes.

The Voices of Brimbank Choir performed in the world premiere of this work in 2014 at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Melbourne International Singers Festival. This is the choir's much anticipated opportunity to present this work to their own community.

Enjoy what is planned for a fabulous choral performance on the lawns of Brimbank Municipal Offices, Alexandra Avenue, Sunshine from 6pm - 8pm.  We will have a community BBQ but bring along your blankets, chairs and picnic dinner and settle for a unique experience in Sunshine!
This is a FREE event!
School of Hard Knocks
Light Up Sunshine
Part of Cultural Diversity Week
Interim Artistic Director, Aurora Chorus Kristan Burkert, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000 Chorus of Portland, Oregon, seeks an Artistic Director for its winter term 2015 as sabbatical replacement for Joan Szymko. Program, rehearse and conduct a non-traditional seasonal winter concert for this 90-member women’s chorus.
Salary: $1760/month August – December.
Rehearsals on Thursday evenings beginning September 10, 2015. Concerts on December 13, 2015: matinee and evening performances.
Plan for an 80-minute concert without intermission. Examples of prior concerts available online at along with access to our choral library catalog listing over 500 titles.
Apply by resume and cover letter to: by May 1, 2015.
Submit a proposed concert title and links to performances or sample scores for 3 songs you would program: one “audience favorite,” one “musically significant” and one conveying the concert theme. Please reference any YouTube recordings of your conducting.
More information online at
Quartet Needed Christopher Hansen, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000 Davis Street United Methodist Church in Burlington North Carolina seeks a soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (quartet) to join in singing their Easter Cantata.  The Cantata will be performed as part of the Easter Sunday morning worship service on Sunday April 5th.  There will be a required rehersal with orchestra on Saturday April 4th.  Payment will require that you attend both the Saturday rehearsal and Sunday performance.  If interested in this singing opportunity please contact Chris Hansen at ]]>Pacific Chorale performs Verdi, Howells & Poulenc May 17th Ryan McSweeney, %18 %b %2015 %23:%Mar:%th 23MarGMT+0000 May 17th, Pacific Chorale closes its 2014-2015 concert season with John Alexander conducting Verdi's dramatic, seldom-heard Te Deum and Poulenc's irresistble Gloria. In addition, Associate Conductor and Artistic Director-Designate Robert Istad makes his debut conducting the Chorale and Pacific Symphony in Howells' ethereal Hymnus Paradisi, one of the 20th century's most beautiful, uplifting depictions of Paradise.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Concert preview at 4:30 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Herbert Howells: Hymnus Paradisi
Giuseppe Verdi: Te Deum from Quattro pezzi sacri
Francis Poulenc: Gloria
Pacific Chorale • Pacific Symphony
Elissa Johnston, soprano • Nicholas Preston, tenor
Robert Istad, conductor (Hymnus Paradisi) • John Alexander, conductor (Te Deum and Gloria)
Tickets $25-$135.
ACDA members can receive a 20% discount when ordering through Segerstrom Center for the Arts by using promo code CHORAL, or by calling Pacific Chorale directly at (714) 662-2345!
To inquire about student/senior rush ticket availability, call (714) 556-2787 after 10 a.m. the day of the concert.
Chromebook Justin Foth, %18 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 all,
My school is going one to one next year and we are required to use chromebooks in our classrooms on a regular basis.  I have looked for quality music education apps for google but am coming up short.  I teach 5th and 6th grade general music, as well as 6th 7th and 8th grade choirs.  I had hoped we would go with ipads seeing as I would easily be able to use Smartmusic, Forsecore, and several other apps but Chormebooks are what we get.  Any help would be greatly appreciated! 
NYC Tour Mike Allen, %18 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 am wanting to take my choirs to NYC from Washington State. I have a done my own performance tour but clearly that would not include a performance at Carnegie Hall. Hvae you used a tour company that you would positively recommend? I am looking at Spring of of 2016. Thanks for any suggestions!
Mike Allen
South Kitsap HS Vocal Music
Port Orchard, WA
Director of Cantare Children’s Choirs of Oakland David Morales, %18 %b %2015 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000
Date: March 18, 2015
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Web page:
Director of Cantare Children’s Choirs of Oakland
Cantare Children’s Choirs of Oakland is seeking an experienced Choral Director with proven artistic and administrative skills to cultivate and inspire diverse students for our nationally recognized music education program. Cantare serves over 2,500 students weekly in nine inner city elementary schools, seven after school choirs, and the Nova choir for middle and high school auditioned singers. All programs are tuition-free.
Job Description:
Title: Director of Cantare Children’s Choirs of Oakland
Reports to: Cantare Board of Directors
Benefits: Yes
Hours: Full-time
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Artistic Responsibilities
  • Recruit and audition middle and high school students for Nova choir.
  • Select Nova’s repertoire representing a wide variety of music from numerous cultures and styles,
  • Conduct Nova rehearsals and community performances, and performance tours. 
  • Effectively manage Nova choir logistical information to students, families and volunteers.
Supervision and Support of Teaching Artists
  • Recruit, assign, supervise and evaluate teaching artists for both in-school classes and after-school choirs.
  • Provide professional support, including professional development workshops, repertoire selection, teaching artist guidebook, curricula and program materials as needed.
  • Develop assessment templates for in-school classes and after-school choirs.
  • Oversee repertoire selection for annual Spring Concert, coordinating with teaching artists and volunteer planning committee in executing organizational tasks.
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with school and community partners for both in-school class and after-school choirs.
  • Prepare and monitor annual Children’s Choir’s program budget.
  • Coordinate with grant writers, reviewing text, budget information and assessment results for grant applications, and maintain positive relationships with funders.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly Board meetings, and quarterly Education and Outreach Committee meetings.
  • Represent CCCO to prospective donors, funders and the community-at-large. 
  • In coordination with the Education and Outreach committee, help to facilitate the college/vocational Mentoring program for Nova high school choir members.
  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director regarding artistic and strategic planning.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music
  • Excellent conducting skills and experience with children.
  • A thorough understanding of music education standards for elementary grade levels
  • Effective teaching and coaching skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and public communication skills, both written and spoken.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Music
  • Kodály method teaching experience
  • Experience working in diverse cultural environments and underserved communities
  • A passion for transforming children’s lives through music
How to Apply: Please send Cover Letter, Resume and References to
Application deadline: April 24, 2015
Compensation: Commensurate with education and experience
Start Date: July 1, 2015
About Cantare Con Vivo:
Mission Statement: Cantare Con Vivo seeks to foster a diverse community of compassion and understanding across generational, cultural and economic boundaries, through the beauty and power of choral music.
Vision Statement: Inspiring people to live in harmony, treating one other with dignity.
Richmond Women's Chorus Ensemble Director Martin McFadden, %18 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
Description of Position Duties:
Monument City Music (MCM) seeks applications for the position of Director of the Richmond Women’s Chorus (RWC). MCM seeks a target start date no later than June 20, 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 15, 2015.
About Monument City Music
The mission of Monument City Music is to provide musical excellence to inspire, entertain, educate, and unite our communities. Founded in 2001. Monument City Music first established the Richmond Men’s Chorus in that year. The plan to add a female component was realized in 2009 with the formation of the Richmond Women’s Chorus. Monument City Music provides the structural and financial support for both choruses and will to so for additional future ensembles. The MCM choruses have performed at venues around Virginia, special regional and local events such as Richmond’s Grand Illumination, and the GALA Festival in Denver.
About the Richmond Women’s Chorus
The RWC is an all-female community of singers. We are a diverse chorus and welcome all women singers, regardless of sexual orientation. We are a member of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, but we are primarily a women’s chorus. Our mission is to provide musical excellence to inspire, entertain, educate, and unite our communities. With 30+ volunteer voices, RWC presents a wide range of musical styles during its concert season, including: classical, modern (Western and international), opera, and Broadway. The chorus conducts several Main Stage concerts each season, along with fundraiser cabarets, community events, and other outreach activities. By the conclusion of its 2014 season, RWC had reached over 800 people in venues including the UNOS Tree of life Celebration and Lighting and a St. Mary’s Hospital closed circuit concert for patients.
About the Position
The successful candidate will have thorough knowledge of choral music across multiple styles, and proven experience conducting and teaching a volunteer chorus. He/She will have the ability to take RWC to a unique, innovative, and consistently high level of artistry. It is expected he/she will work in a collaborative environment with chorus members, section leaders, the MCM Artistic Committee and the MCM Board of Directors.
The successful candidate will be able to connect the mission of MCM to our musical offerings and audience.  He/She will have the ability to implement effective partnerships with other arts organizations, including choruses in the Richmond metro area, and national arts and choral communities.
Core Responsibilities:
  • Conduct a minimum of two major concerts each season.
  • Encourage and develop smaller ensembles for concerts and other fundraising performances.
  • Provide musical direction, coaching, and leadership at rehearsals.
  • Audition and select all the members of the RWC.
  • Work collaboratively with the RWC Accompanist.
  • Select guest artists for applicable performances.
  • Conduct all rehearsals and performances for the RWC, or find capable replacement.
  • Work with section leaders to provide and solicit feedback to focus rehearsal time.
  • Act as a member of the MCM Membership Committee to brainstorm strategies to attract and maintain members and to expand the diversity of our membership
  • Prior to the start of the season, and together with the MCM Artistic Committee and designated committees/working groups, schedule the performance season, including selection and acquisition of literature.
  • Stay within budget constraints for items under the artistic and music budgets for the RWC as set forth by the Board of Directors of MCM.
Description of Position Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated success in conducting a well-rounded repertoire of works in a variety of styles and venues.
  • Responsibility for Main Stage concerts, cabarets, and community outreach or other performances.
  • Knowledge of SSAA repertoire, and preferably the ability to create new arrangements.
  • A commitment to diversity.
Information Required to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining suitability for the position, along with a resume of pertinent experience to, before April 15, 2015. Questions may be directed to this email as well, or call (804) 537-0094. Please make sure the subject line is: MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH. ]]>
The Fairfield County Chorale and The New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Schonberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw" Elisabeth Rose, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
The Fairfield County Chorale, under the direction of Maestro David Rosenmeyer, presents Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 and Schönberg, A Survivor from Warsaw with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton, Music Director.  The performance will be held at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue in Norwalk, CT.
Guest soloists are Amanda Pabyan, soprano; Leah Hawkins, mezzo-soprano; Halim Shon, tenor and Keith Harris, baritone.  
There will be a repeat performance in Woolsey Hall in New Haven on Thursday, April 2nd, conducted by William Boughton.
All tickets are $35 general admission or $30 in advance; students pay $5.  Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available for $30 each if bought together.
For more information or reservations, call (203) 254-1333 or visit the Chorale’s website at
Transformational Conducting & Teaching: A Choral Workshop Brian Winnie, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 
For Registration:
Website Design/Graphic Design/Marketing Rockstar Sought! Iris Derke, %18 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000
POSITION OVERVIEW: DCINY seeks a dynamic and talented individual to assist in website, graphic and marketing.  We are seeking an individual who is a creative thinker, problem solver, a good multi-tasker, and passionate about creating the best designs for web and print. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success in a creative field and/or agency environment and will be able to manage multiple projects at different phases simultaneously. The designer will work on web and print projects for consumer and trade markets such as concert programs, marketing brochures, advertising, posters, emails, digital banners, website landing pages and more.  This role is integral to the successful preparation and presentation of concerts in prestigious performance venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Disney Hall.

  • Design printed materials for conventions and special events and promotions, including posters, advertisements, flyers, and postcards
  • Develop web content – harvest, write and design information for the web, and maintain site organizational structure 
  • Update web site using on-line content management program (Wordpress) and Salesforce.
  • Design on-line collateral, such as banner ads, e-cards, and miscellaneous graphics
  • Create email marketing campaigns
  • Produce all other graphics-based collateral relating to operational needs, including security badges, signage, proposals and forms.
  • Manage programs for all concerts, including gathering information, compiling, editing, and proofreading
  • Assistance in general PR and marketing support for the company
  • Manage several multi-tiered projects simultaneously – must be able to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines with creativity and competency
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualifications:
  • Bachelor/Advanced Degree in graphic design or equivalent experience
  • At least 2-3+ years of applicable work experience in a similar position
  • Experience using design software and processes, including: Adobe CS 5.5 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, etc) on a PC platform
  • Knowledge of preparing files for print
  • Excellent knowledge of design for web and digital applications and visual communication principles (typography, layout and composition, color theory, usability, etc); Strong knowledge HTML and CSS; knowledge of Javascript and PHP a plus
  • Knowledge of Wordpress Content Management System (CMS). Able to maintain a Wordpress site, add and edit pages, upload images, etc.
  • Familiarity with on-line web content management systems and on-line email marketing solutions (ie. Vertical Response).
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Prior experience with Salesforce ideal; knowledge of similar CRM software.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and listening skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.   Highly self-motivated; Able to multi-task
  • Knowledge, experience, interest and background in classical music and concert production

  • Resume showing work history
  • Portfolio of professional creative web and print projects (online or PDF) ; Portfolio including printed materials and web site urls 
  • Salary history or requirements, and contact information for at least three references
  • Please email your materials to
ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Distinguished Concerts International, New York is a classical music production company based in New York City existing under the motto “The Art of Performance – the Power of Education”.  We work with national and international institutions to present full-scale choral masterworks, instrumental performances, chamber music series, and various innovative projects.  DCINY is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable performer and audience experiences. DCINY is a creative producing entity with unmatched integrity that is a talent incubator, a star-maker, and a presenter of broadly accessible, world-class musical entertainment.
DCINY Seeks Experienced Recruitment/Development Candidate Iris Derke, %18 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a successful and busy NYC Classical Concert Production Company seeks a very special and experienced Recruitment/Development Candidate (classical music background and music degree required), living in the NYC metropolitan area or ready to relocate.  Must be self motivated, a self-starter, and able to multi-task, with a genuine passion for classical music.  Base salary + commissions + full benefits + Matching 401K + an office within walking distance of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  Send resume, 3 references and cover letter telling us why we should meet you to Please include examples of your successful recruiting, whether within your choir, school, or organization. No phone calls please. Here’s your opportunity to join a great team and work with talented conductors, composers, and artists from around the globe.

Now in its eighth successful season and with a combined roster of concerts and recitals in major concert venues in New York and Los Angeles, DCINY is a creative producing entity with unmatched integrity that is a talent incubator, a star-maker, and a presenter of broadly accessible, world-class musical entertainment.  Distinguished Concerts International New York is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable performer and audience experiences.  
Duruflé in the Club! Nick Dahlquist's "Kyrie" (SATB) | MusicSpoke Aliana Kae, %18 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 and singable for any choir, Nick Dahlquist's "Kyrie" is sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser thanks in part to its emotional directness. More advanced choirs will enjoy the content and craft put into this score if they are willing to dig deeper into the music. The chant-like melodies and occasional pop sensibilities create a dark cry for God's mercy that builds throughout and ends with a long, fading effect. The variety of textures built into this piece evoke the process of calling out in a time of grief or uncertainty. This innovative setting of the classic "kyrie" is for mixed choir with piano accompaniment and optional string quartet. 
See the full score. Hear the entire SoundCloud recording prior to purchase. Buy "Kyrie" on MusicSpoke today!  
Seeking a Choir Director for our Lutheran Church Scott Ponsor, %18 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 congregation is seeking a choir director. It is a paid part time position averaging 7 hours per week from Labor-Day through Pentecost. We are hoping to fill the position in April if possible. Please email me at to apply or with any questions.
General Responsibilities:
As a leader of Good Shepherd’s Worship and Music Ministry, the Choir Director contributes significantly to the overall worship experience and ministry of the congregation.  Good Shepherd’s Worship and Music Ministry, as embodied in its traditional and contemporary music programs, enables members of the congregation and the community to participate in praise, learning, and contemplation through the unique means of music.  Throughout the church and its activities, music is a welcome and appreciated element in the life of the congregation.  The Choir Director, therefore, has a variety of responsibilities related to the Worship and Music Ministry, across services and events.
Specific Responsibilities:
Include but are not limited to:
  • Plan and select choral music for the Chancel Choir each Sunday after Labor Day through the Day of Pentecost at the 11:00 am service, and once per month at the 8:30 am service.  The 8:30 am schedule shall be determined jointly with the Pastor and Organist.  In order to involve as many vocalists as possible in the worship life of Good Shepherd, the Chancel Choir schedule for the 11:00 am service may be occasionally suspended in order to provide vocalists who are not members of the choir the opportunity to sing. 
  • Rehearse, prepare, and lead the Chancel Choir, with rehearsal once weekly during the choir season (Labor Day – Pentecost) as well as a shorter rehearsal prior to the service at which the choir will sing.  An accompanist will normally be available; however, in the absence of an accompanist the Choir Director is responsible for accompanying the choir during rehearsals. 
  • Recruit new choir members and instrumentalists as appropriate.
  • Work with the Organist to obtain both instrumental and vocal soloists or ensembles to perform special music at the traditional services with the frequency of these performances to be determined by the Organist and/or choir director with the consent of the Worship and Music Ministry.  Rehearse vocalists for services and special events.
  • Provide choral music for the following additional services during the year: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Lenten Services, Holy Week and special Easter services, and Thanksgiving, if these services fall within the time of the employment agreement.
  • Serve as a member of the Worship and Music Ministry and work with the Ministry and the Pastor to enhance the worship life of Good Shepherd by assisting in the general planning of the traditional music program.
  • Be responsible to the Congregation Council through the Worship and Music Ministry.
  • Working with the Organist, the Pastor, the contemporary worship music leader, and the Worship and Music Ministry, explore opportunities for collaboration between the traditional and contemporary music programs and pursue joint programs as artistic requirements and budgetary constraints allow.
  • Provide the Organist with choir music no later than two weeks before the first rehearsal of that music.
  • Ensure that by the start of business on Thursday of each week that the church secretary has all the information needed to prepare each week’s bulletin listing the anthem for the traditional service(s).  When the choir will be singing lyrics in a language other than English, this will include a translation of the lyrics into English.
  • Maintain the system for organizing and maintaining the sheet music library.
  • Address the congregation’s yearly spending plan concerns related to the traditional services.  This includes the planning for the overall music spending plan each year and special events as necessary.
  • Make certain that all vocalists and instrumentalists at the traditional services have legal copies of the appropriate music so that they can rehearse and bring the music to services.
  • Make all arrangements for and with a substitute choir director for scheduled vacation time or other scheduled leave time.  This includes notifying the Pastor of the substitute and the date he/she will serve.  It also includes notifying the Chair, Staff Support Committee via a voucher of the information needed to pay the substitute so that the Chair, Staff Support Committee can review and certify the voucher in time for the substitute to be paid properly.
  • Coordinate with and orient the substitute with details of the service and general procedures used for music and worship at the church.
  • Inform the Chair, Worship and Music Ministry and the Pastor of any suggestions the choir director might have for improvement of worship at the church.
  • Purchase all necessary choral music or other worship supplies, adhering to current copyright laws, and work with the Worship and Music Ministry to hire instrumental and vocal soloists, as required.  Expenditures for this shall not exceed the amount provided in the church’s annual spending plan for this item. 
  • Abide by the policies of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as well as any that the Congregational Council may adopt.  
  • Experience in directing and rehearsing choirs and other musicians (critical).
  • Proficient at reading music.
  • Possess knowledge of choral music suitable for traditional services covering all eras from the 16th century to the present.
  • Strong vocal skills required, strong keyboard skills sufficient to accompanying the choir during rehearsals.
  • Ability to be flexible and creative in meeting the congregation’s need for a vibrant  worship service.
  • Ability to listen, communicate, interact, understand and relate confidently with the Pastor, lay staff, and members of the congregation.
  • Experience in supporting congregations in worship.
  • Pass background checks, as required.
Of Wind and Water--Kutztown University--program Henry Alviani, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
Blue Skies                                                                                                                               Irving Berlin, arr. Steve Zegree
Stormy Weather                                                                                         Ted Koehler/Harold Arlen, arr. Kirby Shaw
Summer Wind                                                                                     Johnny Mercer/Henry Mayer, arr. Jay Althouse
Beyond the Sea                                                                                                                                  Charles Trenet, arr. Kirby Shaw
                                                                   AFTER HOURS VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Adonai Ro’i Lo Eschar (Psalm 23)                                                                                                                   Gerald Cohen
Seal Lullaby (poem by Rudyard Kipling)                                                                                                      Eric Whitacre
La Lluvia (The Rain; Ecuadorean panpipe melody)                                                                          Stephen Hatfield
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (William Shakespeare As You Like It)                                                  John Rutter
                                                                 UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Super flumina Babylonis               (Psalm 137)                                                Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1532-1594)
Ecco mormorar l’onde (Hear the murmuring waves)                                     Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Auf dem See (On the lake)                                                                                          Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1848)
Will There Really be a Morning (poem by Emily Dickinson)                                        Dan Campolieta (b. 1984)
Noche de Lluvia (Rainy Night; poem by Juana de Ibarbourou)                                  Sid Robinovitch (b. 1942)
                                                           CHAMBER SINGERS
Africa                                                                                                      David Paich & Jeff Porcaro, arr. Roger Emerson
Candle on the Water from Pete’s Dragon                                        Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn, arr. Ed Lojeski
Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas                                    Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, arr. Mac Huff
Wade in the Water                                                                                                     Negro Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
Dust in the Wind                                                                                                           Kerry Livgren, arr. Melissa Gump
Walk on the Water from Soul Surfer                  Britt Nicole, Dan Muckala, Joshua Crosby, arr. Hank Alviani
                                                                     BEAR VOICES
Water Night (poem by Octavio Paz)                                                                                                             Eric Whitacre
Loch Lomond                                                                                                                                             arr. Jonathan Quick
I’ve Been in the Storm So Long                                                                           Negro Spiritual, arr. Jeffrey L. Ames
A Song in the Wind                                                                                                                                           Houston Bright
                                                                             UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Down by the Riverside                                                                           Traditional American song, arr. John Rutter
                                                  VERSE 5: AUDIENCE SING ALONG
Bach and Friends - Celebrating J.S. Bach's 330th! Jon Arnold, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 Lanier Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jon Arnold, present Bach and Friends, a concert celebrating the 330th Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. Accompanied by organ and strings, the music will include works by Bach, as well as composers in his family and those who influenced him and those who were inspired by his music. The concert will be on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 21 at 4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. For advance price tickets and more info, visit
  • Das Word Ward Fleisch – Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672)
  • Alles was ihr tut – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707)
  • Der Gerechte – Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703)
  • Jesu, meine freude – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Lobet den Herrn – J.S. Bach
  • Et misericordia eius (from Magnificat) – C.P.E. Bach (1714 – 1788)
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten – Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
  • Geistliches Lied – Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
  • Birthday Ode to Big Daddy Bach – P.D.Q Bach (1742 – 1807)
Of Wind and Water Henry Alviani, %18 %b %2015 %12:%Mar:%th 12MarGMT+0000 Kutztown University Department of Music will present a free concert of choral music featuring the University Choir, Chamber Singers, Bear Voices, and AfterHours Vocal Jazz Ensemble Saturday night,March 28, 7:30pm in Schaeffer Auditorium. Of Wind and Water will include music from classical pieces by Palestrina (Super flumina Babylonis), Monteverdi (Ecco mormorar l'onde), and Mendelssohn (Auf dem See), popular pieces Candle on the Water (from Pete's Dragon), Colors of the Wind (from Pocahontas), Walk on the Water (from Soul Surfer), and Africa and Dust in the Wind, jazz arrangements of Summer Wind, Stormy Weather, Blue Skies, and Beyond the Sea, traditional choral music by Eric Whitacre Night Music and The Seal Lullaby, and John Rutter Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind and Down by the Riverside, spirituals Wade in the Water (Moses Hogan) and I've Been in the Storm So Long (Jeffrey Ames) and folks songs Loch Lomond (Jonathan Quick) , all on the subject of wind or water. ]]>New Ark Chorale "Dance on My Heart" James Green, %18 %b %2015 %11:%Mar:%th 11MarGMT+0000 a concert presented by the New Ark Chorale, Michael Larkin conducting. 
   "Dance on My Heart"
("Music that Uplifts Heart and Soul")
A Birthday, Michael Larkin
Come Live With Me and Be My Love, Michael Larkin
i carry your heart with me, David Dickau (poem e.e.cummings)
There is a Lady Sweet and Kind (ttbb), Michael Larkin
Dance on My Heart (SSAA), Alan Koepke
Sure on This Shining Night, Morten Lauridsen (poem James Agee)
Dirait-on, Morten Lauridsen (from the Les Chansons des Roses cycle)
O Nata Lux, Morten Lauridsen
Let Me Fly, arr Robert DeCormier
Deep River, arr Matthew Culloton
Music Down In My Soul, arr Moses Hogan
Musiks Empire,  Lloyd Pfautsh
To Saint Cecilia, Norman Dello Joio

The  New Ark Chorale, Michael Larkin, Music Director
presented at Ebenezer United Methodist Church
525 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711
March 28, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets available at the  door. $15.00 / adlt, under 18 free.
web site for info:
Name That Choir Tune (No. 28) Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000
Highbridge Voices at Mission Dolores Basilica Mary Clementi, %18 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 Highbridge Voices for an evening of music that spans centuries and continents on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 7PM at San Francisco's historic Mission Dolores Basilica. The 33-voice youth choir from New York City's South Bronx will perform a one-hour concert as they visit the west coast for the first time. The concert is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
VIVALDI Gloria Mvmt 1
MENDELSSOHN Verlieh' uns Frieden
LANGE Esto les digo
DICKAU If Music Be the Food of Love
SILVEY Nine Hundred Miles
PARANJOTI Dravidian Dithyramb
HAMPTON Praise His Holy Nme!
KAGARUKI Jenga Imani Yako
GUZMAN Chanflin
Highbridge Voice Youth Choir, Bronx, NY  Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir
Bass/Baritone sub needed for Maundy Thursday - Houston TX Edmund Murray, %18 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000 a Bass/Baritone for a Solemn High Mass on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church. Additional rehearsal on Wednesday, April 1st from 7:00-9:00 PM. Potential for opportunities at additional Holy Week services. Music includes Anglican chant and plainsong as well as motets by Durufle and Tallis. For more information, contact

Edmund Murray

Organist and Choirmaster

Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church

Principal Church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

7809 Shadyvilla Ln.

Houston, TX 77055

email: <a href="mailto:olwchoirmaster(a)">olwchoirmaster(a)

College Student Singing/Conducting Opportunity, American Collegiate Singers Jimmy Shepherd, %17 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000

The American Collegiate Singers is an auditioned 16 voice a cappella chamber choir comprised of college music majors that tours to middle/high schools to educate and perform high level choral music. 


What’s unique about this group is that each singer has the opportunity to conduct the ensemble regularly throughout the tour.  You can choose either to sing only, or to sing and conduct, which puts you on the podium conducting a choral selection once or twice a day while on tour.  You will will also have opportunities to lead sectionals during rehearsals and to teach students about choral music while on tour.  You’ll gain real experience that will look fantastic on your resume!


The choir will meet May 12-24, 2015 in Northern Kentucky, a few miles from downtown Cincinnati.  The tour locations will include middle and high schools in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.


For more information, including how to audition, please visit:



Menotti "Missa 'O Pulchritudo'" and works by Samuel Barber Thomas Mustachio, %17 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000 Glen Ridge Choral Society, soloists and chamber orchestra present Gian Carlo Menotti's Missa 'O Pulchritudo' along with choral and solo works by Samuel Barber.  Thomas Mustachio is the conductor.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.
$20 Adults  |  $15 Seniors  |  $10 Students
Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Avenue (corner of Clark Street)
Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028
Christmas Past, Christmas Future! | A New Carol Consortium from Composer Dale Trumbore Dale Trumbore, %17 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
Composer Dale Trumbore is assembling a consortium of choruses interested in commissioning two new SATB Christmas carols for Winter 2015 programming, and you and your choir are invited to participate!
The consortium is called Christmas Past, Christmas Future; details are below (and here), but feel free to contact Dale at with any questions about the project.

Christmas Past, Christmas Future!

A 2015 Christmas Commission Consortium

I know it's only March, but I'm already looking ahead to Christmas! Christmas Past, Christmas Future is a consortium of choirs who want the opportunity to premiere new Christmas carols in Winter 2015.

I'll be writing TWO new carols, both for SATB a cappella choir. One piece will set text from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and one will set a new poem by contemporary poet Barbara Crooker (hence the name of the consortium!). The Dickens piece will be a jubilant, lively work; the piece setting Barbara Crooker’s text will be a slower, more peaceful composition. Both will be approximately 3 minutes long. (To preview the texts, email

How does the consortium work?

The members of the consortium will be the first choruses to premiere these brand new compositions. As a member of this commissioning consortium, you'll have the exclusive right to perform these two new works with your chorus in Winter 2015, as well as the right to continue programming both pieces whenever you’d like in the years to come.

Will these pieces be a good fit for my choir?

The two new pieces will be a perfect fit for advanced high school groups, college/university choruses, or community choirs. Both pieces will be around the difficulty level of my works Ring Out, Ye Bells! or Where Go the Boats. Again, both will be a cappella.

Why are you writing so many Christmas carols?

really like Christmas carols! I've always loved singing them and playing them on the piano, and I discovered in 2013 that I love composing them, too. I've written two carols so far: VocalEssence premiered Ring Out, Ye Bells! in 2013, after it won their Welcome Christmas! carol contest. Last winter, my piece The Christmas Rosewon Tampa Bay Master Chorale's carol competition. My goal with this new consortium is to create two new a cappella carols that can be sung by a variety of choruses for many Christmases to come. 

When will I receive my copy of the new carol?

The score for each piece—licensed for performance by you and your choir—will be emailed to you by August 15, 2015. You'll be free to program them for 2015, or at any time in the future, as best fits your programming needs. If you only want to perform one of the two pieces this winter, that's fine, too. 

So I get to support new music, premiere two new pieces, and my name + my chorus's name will be listed on those scores for all eternityHow do I participate?

Sign up here to join the consortium! The commission fee for these two works is $225, and the consortium will close on Friday, April 3, 2015. I can't wait to share these two new carols with you and your choir!

Wisdom, Wit, & Wonder; San Francisco Choral Artists Greg Davis, %17 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000 Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, Artistic Dir., presents WISDOM, WIT, & WONDER, Mar 21/28/29 in the San Francisco Bay Area: A wild romp through a variety of styles, sounds, and textures, from madrigals to Conrad Susa to Composer-in-Residence Daniel Afonso’s can’t-help-but-tap-your-feet Brazilian folk-song (complete with body percussion, finger snapping, and clapping)—meet the composer! Featuring masterpieces of the choral repertoire, including Susa’s beloved Landscape II, Renaissance works, and pieces that will be new to most USA audiences. Some pieces are lush and soaring, some dark and yearning, some with driving rhythms, some with loose flowing melodies. And the texts are similarly wide ranging. Two world premieres--from Afonso and Composer-Not-in-Residence Wayne Eastwood's A Garden among the Flames, inspired by the 13th c. Spanish poet, Ibn ‘Arabi. More at ]]>Director of Music - St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Louis Brian Reeves, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Ladue, Missouri
Director of Music
St. Peter’s Church seeks a full-time Director of Music to continue an established and thriving music 
program. The Director of Music will assume responsibility for all aspects of musical life in the parish 
including acting as the Principal Choir Director and Principal Organist. 
Located approximately 10 miles west of downtown St. Louis, St. Peter’s has approximately 1,400 
baptized members. The congregation enjoys a rich history rooted in the Anglican tradition, and can best 
be described as an idiosyncratic blend of low-church sensibility with a deep respect for traditional 
Anglican liturgy and music. 
The Director will oversee the Adult Choir, St. Peter’s Singers, the Children’s Choir, and the Handbell 
Choir, as well as maintain and further develop the Choral Evensong and the Concert Series. We welcome 
applicants interested in expanding musical opportunities for youth & children. Additional information 
about the music program, instruments and recent performances is available at
The successful candidate will possess a deep understanding and sympathy for the Anglican musical 
tradition. Proven excellence in choral rehearsing and conducting is a must, as are consummate organ 
skills, including hymn accompaniment and improvisation. Candidates must also possess a minimum of 
five years prior work experience in choral conducting. A Bachelor of Arts degree is required; graduate 
work is desirable. The Director of Music will work collaboratively with the Rector to plan services, while 
maintaining primary responsibility for the development of all aspects of musical worship. 
Ideally, the new Director will begin September 1, 2015. A competitive salary and benefits package will be 
based on education and experience, in line with the AGO guidelines.  
The detailed job posting for this position is available at To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three 
references to by May 1, 2015. Any questions about the church, the music 
program and this opportunity may be directed to this address as well.
SATB/piano and SSA works by Rich Campbell now available in print Michael Kaulkin, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Music is delighted to offer three works by composer Rich Campbell.  Follow the links below to view the scores up close and hear the works in live performance.
  • If I Can Sing, I Still am Free -- an infectiously beautiful and fun-to-sing piece for SATB chorus and piano. Ideal for high schools.
  • Celebrate a New Day - a festive and rhythmically interesting piece composed for the Australian Boys Choir's 75th Anniversary.  It is voiced for SSA and suitable for any treble voice choir.
  • Winter Stars - a short, pensive SSA women's choir piece based on poetry by Sara Teasdale
Swirly Music is a non-profit service serving as a storefront for composers who publish their own music.  As our catalogue grows, we hope you will consider Swirly Music among your regular resources for new repertoire.  Please join our new mailing list if you would like to receive an overview a few times a year of new composers and titles added.  We also post information more frequently on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you for taking a look!
Michael Kaulkin
Founder, Swirly Music
Acaville Internet radio show Ken Malucelli, %17 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000 new Internet radio program devoted entirely to choral groups and smaller a cappella ensembles is now available for streaming at  Each program features a group from somewhere around the U.S. in live, in-studio interviews and vocal selections.  The show's producers were recently in the San Francisco Bay Area and selected about a dozen groups, amongst which were Musaic, whose program airs this evening and will be rerun this coming Saturday, Talk of da Town, a Christian chorus from Stanford and  the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers.  The complete schedule is listed on the show's site.
Happy listening!
Ken Malucelli
Mass ACDA 2015 Summer Conference Jennifer Moss, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000
Registration for the Mass ACDA 2015 Summer Conference is now LIVE, and we would love for you to join us! Set against Smith College's beautiful campus in Northamption, MA from July 19-22, featuring headlining clinicians Jerry Blackstone & Lynne Gackle, and performance groups, Lorelei & The Young @ Heart Chorus. This conference is sure to rejuvenate and inspire you!  
Register at today! 
Schronen - Moon for SSSAA Alwin Michael Schronen, %17 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000, Alwin Michael - MOON for SSSAA a cappella
Publisher: SCHOTT Music C 55504
Preview and/or "Buy Download" on NOTAFINA
This musical setting of a German poem by an unknown poet (English translation by Matthias Rein)
has won second prize at the prestigious composition competition of the ChorVerband NRW in 2012.
The charming clusters in the lower voices ensure a quiet and peaceful mood in which the highest soprano voice emerges.
Thus, this delicate setting is a vivid graphic expression of the words of the poem.
Schronen - GLORIA for SSAATTBB Alwin Michael Schronen, %17 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000, Alwin Michael - GLORIA for SSAATTBB a cappella
Publisher: Edition Ferrimontana EF 4230
PDF Preview
Schronen - Light & Love TTTTBBBB Alwin Michael Schronen, %17 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 Michael Schronen - Light & Love for TTTTBBBB a cappella
Text writer: Charles Anthony Silvestri
Publisher: SCHOTT Music C 55505
Preview and/or "Buy Download" on NOTAFINA
In this sonorous and colourful composition for male choir, commissioned for the award-winning male-voice choir of Chorknaben Uetersen who recorded the piece on CD under the direction of Hans-Joachim Lustig (product number RPO6075 on the label 'Rondeau'), Alwin M. Schronen paints a tonal picture of the poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri. Listen to shades of light, shining stars, explosions … and … love!
Conductor for Older Adult Chorus Jeanne Kelly, %17 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000

Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest and fastest growing choral program for adults over age 55, is looking for a qualified choral conductor to conduct part-time in Leesburg, VA starting in September 2015.  We have 13 chorales in the Baltimore/Washington area and run two 15-week semesters annually, September-December and January-May.  The challenging SATB repertoire is the same for all of our chorales since some will perform together at the end of the semester.  All chorales rehearse once a week, usually during the day, for 1.5 hours and the conductor is paid a flat rate for each rehearsal.  Performances are scheduled in December and May.
Qualifications for the conductor are:
·        Bachelors degree in music with focus on vocal performance or conducting  and 5+ years experience conducting community choir, church choir, high school or college choir OR Masters degree in choral conducting and at least 3 years conducting experience. 
·        Piano skills - to conduct from the piano during rehearsals
·        Understanding of vocal technique and ability to explain it
·        Enjoy working with senior adults – experience with this age group preferred
·        Patience and personality
·        Sense of humor

This is an excellent part-time opportunity for a conductor who has evening choral conducting duties since this Encore chorale rehearses during the day. Encore is also looking for conductors outside of the DC-Baltimore area to help establish affiliate Encore chorales.  Contact us for more information.  Read more about Encore at
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a part-time position with no benefits.  Conductors are paid a flat rate for each rehearsal conducted and are expected to make a commitment to a full semester, minimally. 
Application Procedure:
Submit your resume and letter of introduction to by May 15, 2015 for consideration.   If you have web links to video of performances, please include that in your submission. 
New Hanukkah piece, "The First Candle" SATB/Piano Richard Hyman, %17 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000

“The First Candle” reminds us that the simple act of lighting a Hanukkah candle represent the human values of freedom, tolerance, faith, and peace.

"The first candle shines for freedom;

The freedom to be who you are.

The first candle is our faith in life;

The spirit that's brought us so far."

With its flowing piano accompaniment and choral parts that effortlessly evolve from one texture to another, the music poignantly reinforces the universal message expressed in the words. 

To preview this unique and moving piece, please click the publisher's link, below:
High School Choir/Music Position in Ski Country Jeff Dixon, %17 %b %2015 %05:%Mar:%th 5MarGMT+0000, 
This is a pre-emptive post of a job soon to be available for the 2015-2016 school year at Summit High School located in Frisco/Breckenridge, CO.
I am full-time teaching two choirs, music theory, piano, guitar, and also drama classes. I have over 150 kids in my program alone (about 750 student population) with higher projected numbers for next year. I will leaving the district to pursue my master's in choral conducting next school year. Please let me know if I can answer any questions!
(The posting will proably look similar to this)
POSITION:   Vocal Music Teacher (2015-16 School Year)

- Bachelor's degree required.
- Active teacher authorization or license issued by the State of Colorado.
- Must be “Highly Qualified” according to the Colorado’s definition of a “Highly Qualified” teacher under the No Child Left Behind Act (effective January 1, 2004 for current teachers and 2002-03 for newly hired teachers).
- Endorsement in the area(s) of teaching assignment preferred.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Effective time management and organizational skills.


Plans instruction and assessment aligned with District learner outcomes and State achievement standards.  Supervises assigned students and maintains a positive learning environment.  Adapt instruction to meet the individual learning needs of all students resulting in an increased probability of advancing their achievement. Primary professional efforts are directed toward the development and success of their individual professional goals and specifically towards instructional improvement and the development of expertise in all areas of instruction.  Maintain positive inter-personal relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members.


- Teach the approved Summit School District’s curriculum.
- Participate in PLC group meetings focusing on student learning and individual growth goals/goals.
- Participate in the development and enhancement of a school-wide culture that promotes professional growth and student learning.
- Provide support and knowledge that inspires and encourages the professional growth of teachers at the PLG group meeting and school-wide as resources are utilized for the enhancement of student learning.
- Contribute to the professional development of other teachers including but not limited to modeling the use and application of best practices, and peer support with lesson planning and designing consistent with state standards and district goals.
- Plan standards based learning, including selection of content, instructional strategies, and assessments, appropriate for all learners and aligned with District outcomes.
- Teach to an identified learning objective, presents content accurately, implements a variety of instructional strategies, checks frequently for student understanding, and monitors student progress.
- Adapt instruction to meet the learning needs of all students thus increasing the probability of advancing their achievement.
- Promote and maintain student behavior expectations conducive to learning and maximizing learning time.
- Establish and demonstrate positive human relations with students, parents, other staff members, and the community.
- Maintain an ongoing program of professional growth that meets District requirements and expectations and personal professional goals.
- Contribute to the decisions made by the District and School regarding school student achievement goals, budget, facility allocation, curriculum revision, and extra-curricular activities.
- Ensure the accuracy, completeness, confidentiality, and security of all student information.
- Comply with District and School policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates a commitment to build and maintain a safe, fair and respectful working and learning environment that honors the cultural diversity of students and staff.
- Other duties as assigned.


Summit School District using online certified application.



See salary schedule at:


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Istra Music Festival 2016 Gregor Laskowski, %17 %b %2015 %10:%Mar:%th 10MarGMT+0000
6th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Poreč (Istria, Croatia)
16.03. - 20.03.2016
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.
THIS WEEKEND!! The Colorado Chorale Presents: Love Songs Kendall Bridges, %17 %b %2015 %04:%Mar:%th 4MarGMT+0000 the Colorado Chorale for a wonderful evening of music!
This concert will feature Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and special guests Nicolò Spera and Jenny Diaz Spera.
Schronen - Sacred works for male choir Alwin Michael Schronen, %17 %b %2015 %06:%Mar:%th 6MarGMT+0000 Alwin Michael Schronen
Sacred works for male choir - TTBB - (Latin)
Stick Time: Love is in the Air Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %17:%Mar:%th 17MarGMT+0000
Without question, sacred texts comprise the vast majority of poetry set to choral music.  We don’t know what sort of words are most frequently scored from the body of secular works, but certainly the topic of romantic love has to be near the top of the list.
Bach composed a work about coffee, for Mozart it was a magic flute, and Copland covered cats.  All of them, though, also addressed the issue of romantic love.
Most folks, at some point in their life, fall in love.  It seems a great global unifier; one might not necessarily understand a particular language, but the actions the bespeak tenderness between two people have a certain universality.  It’s a particular energy, a soft look in the eyes, a smile reserved for that special person.
Poets have been expressing their thoughts on love for as long as quill pen could be put to parchment.  Poetry that bespeaks remarkable, arching passion has flowed from such hearts and minds as those of Lord Byron ("She walks in beauty"), William Shakespeare (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) and Garcilaso de la Vega (“Amor di mi alma”) to name only a few.  Many of those profound expressions have been set for the chorus, a vehicle that seems particularly well-suited to such poetry.
One example of a choral setting of romantic prose is this excerpt from a recent ACDA conference.  The opening words of The Passionate Shepherd to his Love by the Renaissance-era poet Christopher Marlowe are well-known: “Come live with me and be my love, and we shall all the pleasures prove.”
Listen. Enjoy. Be moved. Then bring home flowers!
GUEST BLOG: “Writing for the Choral Journal” by Amanda Bumgarner Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
The Choral Journal editorial board reviews all article submissions through a blind review process that typically takes 8-10 weeks. After that time, the author will receive notice of acceptance, rejection, or request for revision and resubmission. A high quality of writing and solid research is expected from all submissions. First-person language should be avoided, and there should be a clear thesis statement and headings to guide readers through the articles. Full submission guidelines are available at: Contact information for column editors is available on the last page of every Choral Journal.
Possible reasons an article is rejected for publication are:
1) lack of scholarly writing style
2) little or no citation
3) no value to readers (i.e., not a new topic or not offering new research)
4) self-promotion or promotion of a teacher/colleague
5) unclear thesis
Approximate word counts for articles are:
Feature articles: 4,000-6,000 words // Column articles: 1,500-3,000 words
The editor is currently accepting submissions on any of the following topics:
The voice
Performance practice
Adult choral music
History of choral music
Multicultural choral music
High school choral music
Music in worship
Philosophy of music making
If you would like to discuss a topic or abstract, feel free to contact the editor at: ]]>
Carmina Burana Ragazzi Laurel Oger, %17 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000 evening,
In Orff's "Carmina Burana," the Ragazzi chorus performs in movements No. 15 and 22. Are the children typically on stage for the full production, or do they enter closer to their movements?  Most movements are "attacca," but there are breaks between No. 10-11 and No. 14-15. How do choirs/orchestras manage the logistics of the Ragazzi chorus?
Many thanks,
"The Crucifixion" (Stainer) in South Manchester, UK David Marsden, %16 %b %2015 %23:%Mar:%th 23MarGMT+0000 Sale Methodist Singers will perform John Stainer's Lenten Cantata "The Crucifixion" on Sunday afternoon 22nd March at Carrington Lane Methodist Church, Sale, M33 5NE, UK, starting at 15:00.
The soloists will be Adrian Hough (tenor), David Hay (bass); Katie Jones will be the organist and the performance will be conducted by David Marsden.
No charge for admission.
Musica Russica releases Kastalsky’s "Requiem" and Steinberg's "Passion Week" Vlad Morosan, %16 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000 new scores of masterwork stature have been published by Musica Russica.
The first, Alexander Kastalsky's Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes, a setting of the Orthodox Requiem honoring the fallen soldiers of World War I, was published in 1917, and has yet to be performed in full or recorded in its Russian homeland. At the time of its partial premiere in Moscow, it was hailed as the most important Russian sacred work after Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil. 
The second, Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week, was composed in 1923, but never performed in Russia or anywhere else until its premiere in April 2014 by Portland-based Cappella Romana. (The present edition was prepared in conjunction with that premiere and the subsequent recording -- mentioned in a separate announcement on ChoralNet.) This towering chant-based masterpiece builds upon Gretchaninoff's Passion Week and Rachmaninoff's Vigil, but in some respects surpasses both of those works. Steinberg was a student, protege, and eventually son-in-law of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and succeeded him as professor of composition at the St.Petersburg/Leningrad Conservatory.
Rehoboth Beach Choral Workshop with Jim Papoulis Duane Cottrell, %16 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000 2-day workshop is a great way for choral musicians to find new choral repetoire, attend interest sessions with composer Jim Papoulis, get re-energized  by mingling with colleagues and RELAX at Delaware's wonderful beaches. Find more information at
"Come for the beach. Stay for the music."
Maximilian Steinberg's "Passion Week" re-surfaces after being lost for 90 years Vlad Morosan, %16 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000's not a commonplace occurrence in this day and age for a lost choral work of masterwork stature to surface after 90 years of obscurity. But this is exactly the case with Maximilian Steinberg's "Passion Week," written in 1923 and given its world premiere only in 2014, by Portland-based Cappella Romana. After the premiere performances, Cappella Romana recorded the present CD, which is officially being released on March 24, but which has already been receiving some reviews. Here is one such review:
I was privileged to have been part of Cappella Romana's premiere and week-long recording sessions as their Church Slavonic coach, and I can assest that all the superlatives in Benedict Sheehan's review are accurate and well-deserved. No lover of fine choral singing can remain unmoved by Steinberg's music and Cappella Romana's interpretation of it. 
Musica Russica is the publisher of the score used by Cappella Romana in this recording. The score is available at:
You can pre-order the recording (which will be shipped March 24) at:
Choral Conductors Workshop with Rod Eichenberger Debbie Hawblitzel, %16 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000
Sponsor: George Fox University
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon - (at Cannon Beach Community Church)
Info: This 5-day professional development workshop, designed for conductors of choirs at all levels, gives special emphasis to the important role non-verbal skills can play in rehearsal and performance.
·    Explore movement activities designed to improve intonation, timbre, rhythmic accuracy and to expand dynamic range.
·    Examine the effect of the conductor's posture and gesture on vocal production and choral tone.
·    Experience how effective pacing and affirmative instruction improves both focus and retention in the choral rehearsal.
·    Enhance practical conducting skills during daily master classes.
·    Enjoy daily reading sessions from a large packet of octavos personally selected by Rod Eichenberger.
Contact Name: Debbie Hawblitzel, managing director
Contact Phone: 503-554-2620
Web site:
Choral Conductors Workshop with Rod Eichenberger Debbie Hawblitzel, %16 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000
Sponsor: George Fox University
Location: Alexandria, Virginia - (at Alfred Street Baptist Church)
Info: This 5-day professional development workshop, designed for conductors of choirs at all levels, gives special emphasis to the important role non-verbal skills can play in rehearsal and performance.
·    Explore movement activities designed to improve intonation, timbre, rhythmic accuracy and to expand dynamic range.
·    Examine the effect of the conductor's posture and gesture on vocal production and choral tone.
·    Experience how effective pacing and affirmative instruction improves both focus and retention in the choral rehearsal.
·    Enhance practical conducting skills during daily master classes.
·    Enjoy daily reading sessions from a large packet of octavos personally selected by Rod Eichenberger.
Contact Name: Debbie Hawblitzel, managing director
Contact Phone: 503-554-2620
Web site:
Novello (Channon) edition of Judas Maccabaeus--realized continuo part? David Puderbaugh, %16 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 everyone,
I recently received the rented orchestra parts for an upcoming performance of Judas Maccabaeus and thought all was well when I saw the part labeled "Keyboard Continuo (Organ & Harpschord)".  Upon inspection of it, it appears to be only a realization for the organ, with only those movements realized that the editor felt should be.  The rest of the piece:  title after title of various movements with the phrase "organ tacet" after each.  Basically, it appears to be a realized organ part for the choral movements and a few select arias, but all of the secco recitatives and most of the arias have nothing realized.  I should also mention that the rental parts included a full score (from an earlier edition: the choral tenors and altos use old clefs and there is German text underlay throughout in addition to the English), but in the movements that use instrumental ensemble, again there is no realization of the continuo part.
What am I missing here?  The extensive front matter in the vocal score states, "The hire material includes a fully realized principal keyboard part, and also an editorial organ part,..."  I have called and written to Schirmer Rental Library, in the hope that they just didn't pack the part that I need.  I am still waiting to hear back from them.  Have any of you performed this edition with orchestra, and how did you handle this issue (assuming you needed the realized part!) if it came up?  Thanks!
Native American Sun Chants Timothy Powell, %16 %b %2015 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000'm looking for some reputable and historically accurate sources on Native American particular the sun dance chants of the plains tribes. If there are recordings with them, that would be stellar. Any help out there?
Thanks in advance!
Looking for Singers Andrew Kilkenny, %16 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 Episcopal Church is looking for singers of all voice parts. Choir currently represents SATB, and sings a vast variety of music. The semi-professional Choir of Men & Women represents all voice parts and leads the 10:30am Eucharist, all major feasts, and special concerts during the academic year from September to June. We welcome any and all who wish to join us. We rehearse Wednesday Evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the choir room, and meet again on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. in the Choir Room to warm up for the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist. For more information please contact Andrew Kilkenny via email, telephone, or during church hours, he will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Phone: 732-991-6548
Accompanist, Organist, Pianist available Joanne Archibald, %16 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 am an experienced accompanist (vocal, instrumental, musical theater) and church musician/handbell choir director looking for substitute work, beginning immediately for accompanist jobs and beginning in May 2015 as church organist/pianist. I have great sight reading skills and am able to read open score. I have worked as vocal coach and MD for many theater productions. Coordinating musicians and encouraging young talent is also a forte. I would prefer to work in the Western Ct, Central Ct and Eastern NY areas at this time, although I may be willing to relocate within a year or so.  ]]>Hymn to Freedom SATB arr. Read. Borrow/Buy/Rent Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, %16 %b %2015 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Hymn to Freedom SATB
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Oscar Peterson, arr. Paul Read
Starting: May 1st or sooner
For: May 30
Copies: 40 to 60. Would like to buy 60.
Willing to rent: Yes
We have had this on back order for more than a year! Would love to buy but will settle for renting or borrowing.
We will pay shipping costs. 
Orchard Park Chorale, PO Bix 21, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, artistic director
Boys' Choir Looking for Tour Host in NE, CO, AK and MT Aaron Carpenter, %16 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minneosta will be embarking on their annual summer Concert Tour.  We are seeking hosts for 26 boys, ages 8-15, an evening concert (perhaps a joint concert with your choir), an overnight stay and a few meals.  There is no cost to hosting the Land of Lakes Choirboys.
Specifically, we are in need of the following locations:
Iowa/Nebraska near Omaha - June 15, 2015
Colorado near Pueblo - June 17, 2015
Alaksa near Anchorage - June 23 and 24, 2015
Montana near Bozeman and Billings - June 28 and 29, 2015
Please contact Aaron for more information.
The President of Estonia invites American choirs to the 2016 Baltic Choral Festival under Dr. Geoffrey Boers Roland Zuehlke, %16 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000
Toomas Hendik Ilves, the President of the Republic of Estonia, expressed his wholehearted support for the 2016 “Embrace & Explore” Choral Festival under the artistic direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers. In his letter President Ilves explicitly recognized the deep connection between choral music and the history of the Baltic States. Join Dr. Boers and choirs from the U.S., Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in this unique music education tour in June 2016. Perform in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn as well as at the famous Song Festival Grounds.
Visit our website for more information.
ideal rehearsal room Anne Miller, %16 %b %2015 %16:%Mar:%th 16MarGMT+0000 would your ideal rehearsal room have in it and how would it be laid out?  Thank you! ]]>O gäb's doch Sterne die nicht bleichen II Alwin Michael Schronen, %16 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 gäb's doch Sterne die nicht bleichen II
TTTBBB + overtone singing a cappella
Composer: Alwin Michael SCHRONEN
AS Musikverlag Tholey/Saar - Germany
AS 40.014b
Schronen O gäb's doch Sterne die nicht bleichen
WAC Contest 2015 Alwin Michael Schronen, %16 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 Video Competition for Treble and Women's Choirs

Organizer: Alwin Michael Schronen and AS-Musikverlag Tholey/Saar - Germany

In this international Video Competition for Treble and Women's Choirs you can win a very special prize for your choir: a new a cappella composition of Alwin Michael Schronen dedicated to you and specifically tailored to your choir.


There are two categories with different requirements. A choir may only participate in one of the two categories. Three prizes will be awarded:
  • Jury-Prize-Category I: "Medium difficulty": The winner receives a composition of Schronen of medium difficulty.
  • Jury-Prize-Category II: "High difficulty": The winner receives a composition of Schronen of high difficulty.
  • "Audience Award": The choir whose performance contribution receives the most "Likes (thumbs up)" on YouTube wins a voucher of 500 euros from AS Musikverlag.
  1. Renier Aguilar - Philippines
  2. Bine Becker-Beck - Germany
  3. Prof. Matthias Beckert - Germany
  4. Jürgen Faßbender - Germany
  5. Dr. Tim Koch - USA
  6. Hans-Joachim Lustig - Germany
  7. Dion Ritten - Netherlands
  8. Composer Alwin Michael Schronen - Germany
  9. Prof. Jan Schumacher - Germany
  10. Martin Winkler - Germany
  11. Chunlung Lin - Taiwan
To enter:
  1. Register your choir no later than July 31, 2015 by Email:
  2. Record choir on video performing the composition "Tantum ergo" (Category I) or "Moon/An den Mond" (Category II). Important criteria include: a high-standard of choral singing, good picture- and sound quality, and an attractive presentation.
  3. Upload this video on YouTube no later than September 30, 2015 and make the video first on the status "not listed". The title should be include the following: "WAC 2015", "Name of the choir" and "Composer and Title of the choral work". The description should read: "Name of the choir", "Information about the choir's origin, location etc." and the "Name of the conductor".
  4. After successful upload write and send an EMail with the link to the video "not listed" to:
    The Email must also contain: the complete address and a short vita of the choir and the conductor or the link to the website of the choir, which contains complete informations.
  5. On Octobre 1, 2015, the day after the Entrance Deadline (Septembre 30, 2015, midnight), set the status for "public" on YouTube, advertise your video on social networks and collect as many "thumbs up" as possible for the Audience Award. "Thumbs up" are counted from October 1 through November 30 2015. Negative "thumbs down" have no influence on the result.

Important Dates:

WAC 2015 Closing Date for applications: July 31 2015
WAC 2015 Entrance Deadline for the videos: September 30 2015
WAC 2015 Publication of the videos: October 01 2015
WAC 2015 Publication of the winners: December 01 2015

Terms and conditions:

By participating you agree to be bound by the official rules and the decisions of the jury.

Official rules:
  • The scores of the two pieces must be purchased on or in a music store of your choice in the full number of singers. There is no additional does to participate in the competition.
  • Each choir must have registered no longer than Juli 31, 2015 by EMail
  • All entries, with attached link to the unlisted video on YouTube must be received by Email on or before midnight, Septembre 30, 2015.
  • All participating choirs will be published on the October 1st 2015 on the official WAC-Website and on facebook on October 1, 2015.
  • All contributions will be evaluated and judged by the jury and the winners will be published on December 1, 2015.
  • Winners will be notified by Email. If a winning choir fails to respond by Email within 14 days of notification, the second place winner will be automatically notified and awarded first place.
  • Composition-Prizes: The winning-choir will receive a new a cappella choral work of Alwin Michael Schronen in the level of difficulty of winning choir's competition category, which is specifically and individually composed and dedicated to the choir and its conductor, no later than June 30, 2016.
  • All copyrights (music and lyrics) remain with the authors. The winning-choir has the right to the premiere up to 6 months after receipt of the composition. The composition will be published.
The judges' decision is final. The jury is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, misdirected, undelivered or incomplete entries vi Email or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider ( ISP), website or other connections, for the availability or jumbled,failure of computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure in relation to the competition. The jury is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, caused by the user of the website. ]]>
Accompanist - Garden State Philharmonic Masterworks Chorus Lynda E. Rabens, %16 %b %2015 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000
The Garden State Philharmonic Masterworks Chorus, a part of the Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society, is a community chorus at the Jersey Shore, performing a wide variety of music from classical to popular, often accompanied by the Garden State Philharmonic.
This position provides accompaniment for weekly Wednesday evening chorus rehearsals for approximately four major concerts and occasional community performances during the Philharmonic’s September to June season.  Flexibility is required for occasional additional rehearsals, leading sectional rehearsals, and some administration.   The successful candidate will have experience accompanying a chorus in classical and popular music; be an excellent sight reader with ability to play from an open choral score, and anticipate, follow and support the Artistic Director & Conductor during rehearsal.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should email a resume to the Choral Manager at
Choral Risers for 80 singers to rent/borrow/buy used David Kim, %16 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 church is looking for a set of choral risers for 80 singers. This is for the Easter services. We need them from April 2nd through Easter Day (April 5th).  ]]>New SATB Release by Wesley Reed and Jo-Michael Scheibe from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %16 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000
Click the cover image to view and listen to the score in its entirety.
Wesley Reed's subdued setting of George Meredith's introspective text is a must have for any choral library.  Featuring intuitive voice leading and subtle harmonic movement, this title would be an ideal choice for adding a moment of reflection to any mixed-voice choral concert.  Be sure to view and listen to the score today and don't forget to visit to view all of our most recent releases.
Mozart: "Coronation Mass" - Carnegie Hall, NYC Jason Draper, %16 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000
Manhattan Concert Productions presents Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass, performed by the Masterworks Festival Chorus and soloists, with New York City Chamber Orchestra and conductorZ. Randall Stroope. Also on the program is an array of choral works, including Gorczycki’s “In virtute tua,” Childs’s “The Moon is Distant from the Sea,” and Russian folk song “Veniki,” all performed by the National Festival Chorus and led by conductorJefferson Johnson, and a performance by Susan E. Wagner High School Symphonic Band, led by conductor Paul Corn.

To Purchase Tickets: 
Three New Treble Works from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %16 %b %2015 %13:%Mar:%th 13MarGMT+0000            
Click the cover image to view the scores in their entirety.
The Turtle and the Flamingo - The lyrics of The Turtle and the Flamingo are based on a poem written by James T. Fields (1817-1881).  The humorous story of a young turtle who falls in love with, and is rejected by, a “blazingly beauteous” flamingo is one that both singers and audiences will find enjoyable.  Fields penned a more serious ending for the love-sick turtle, but the composers couldn’t bear to add it to this song for children’s choirs.  They have instead chosen to end their song with a verse allowing the lively turtle to live and love another day. 
Christmas at Lulu's - A fun, secular Christmas song with a twist:  Lulu has her mind made up about her Christmas wish list.  She’s lucky enough to get everything her heart desires – plus a little something unexpected.
Rajske Strune Zadonite (Strings from Heaven) - This moving arrangement of a traditional Slovenian carol is ideal for children's choir and would add a unique addition to a "Christmas Around the World" type concert.
Be sure to visit to peruse all of our new releases and don't forget to check out the "Related Items" and to search the "Christmas" tag as well.

Meet the ICEP Conductors: Puderbaugh & Ekblad Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2015 %20:%Jan:%th 20JanGMT+0000
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Monday Motivation: It's Called "Balance" Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 ]]>Conference Morsel: Dynamic Formations Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2015 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “The Senses Collide: Connecting Artful Movement and Dynamic Formation in Performance,” presented by Rick Bjella during the 2015 ACDA National Conference.)
       Mentioned earlier was the aspect of allowing the music to be enhanced through careful logistics, such as the case of our CARMINA BURANA presentation and the manner in which the choir took the stage.  As we think of staging the choir, it is critical to allow ourselves to let the music speak more completely through some creative staging.  When I was at Lawrence University we were invited to sing at the National ACDA Convention in Oklahoma City in 2009.  We performed on the final day of the convention and I knew (as I had experienced as a member of the audience for many years) that there would be a weary bunch of conventioneers after three days of listening to choirs.  We decided to open that performance with KNOWEE by Stephen Leek, the brilliant Australian composer who set this selection with our four soloists having lanterns searching and calling out for a metaphorical lost aboriginal child representing the loss of the sun around the hall.  The blackout, and then seeing only the single lanterns around the audience, immediately woke up a tired audience.   We had another experience that came to us at Texas Tech University that involved the centerpiece to our concert called MIRRORED MESSAGES involving the first eight measures of the JS Bach chorale, COME, SWEET DEATH.   I first heard this sung by the Dale Warland Singers and was completely mesmerized.  After the brief presentation of the opening bars, the choir is then set free to improvise completely on each note of those measures.
       Allowing time to hear and reflect what others are saying, interpreting syllables, and coloring every inch of these opening phrases with individual color and life.  At the suggestion of Paul Head, we decided to move off the risers at that point and move independently forward reflecting passionately this powerful text and drama.  We also had red scarves for the women that had been purchased much earlier and quite frankly were not working well in performance.  One of the singers came up with the brilliant idea of waiting until this moment to show the scarves and to carry and hold them with the obvious symbolism seen be all.  Then, we moved to Piazzola’s blistering tango/fugue, LA MUERTE del ÁNGEL (the death of an angel) that portrays the startling story of one woman trying to help in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro and is unfortunately murdered.  The scarves were used in this piece in a rather sensuous fashion imitating street life in Brazil, and then in a manner that portrayed the blood of this missionary as well.  It was a simple not choreographed six minutes that left the audience (and the performers) completely drenched in emotion.  Although this simple move caused things to momentarily move backwards musically in rehearsal, it eventually caused the entire concert to take a giant leap forward by drawing visual attention to this centerpiece through the use of the scarves and the free motion of the choir reaching far beyond the risers.
(Make plans now to attend your 2016 ACDA Divisional Conference!)  
"Only You" -The Flying Pickets Clarence McCoy, %16 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000 anyone know of an arrangement of the pop tune "Only You" as recorded by the British acappella group The Flying Pickets in the early 80s? I would like to find a version for male voices if there are any out there. ]]>University of Toronto Choirs in Concert March 22 and March 29 Hilary Apfelstadt, %16 %b %2015 %03:%Mar:%th 3MarGMT+0000 University of Toronto Choirs will present two concerts to conclude the academic year.  On Sunday, March 22nd, at 2:30 p.m. in MacMillan Theatre on campus, MacMillan Singers and the Women's Chorus will present "Traditions." MacMillan Singers will perform works by Bach, Brahms and Haydn, conducted by Hilary Apfelstadt, Elaine Choi, and Frances Farrell.   The Women's Chorus will present a program of compositions from various cultures, led by Frances Farrell, conductor, and Leanne Piller, assistant conductor.  
On Sunday, March 29th, at 2:30 p.m. in MacMillan Theatre,  the Women's Chamber Choir and Men's Chorus will combine forces to form two mixed choirs, each led by a pair of graduate conductors.   Music ranges from Renaissance to contemporary and includes both accompanied and a cappella works.  Student instrumentalists will comprise a chamber orchestra, as well as serving as keyboard accompanists.   Conductors are Brad Barnham, Leanne Piller, Mark Ramsay and Tracy Wong. 
Both concerts fulfill degree requirements for the graduate conductors, either in the master's or doctoral programs in choral conducting.    Tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert.  
Exultate Chamber Singers presents O be Joyful, March 20 Hilary Apfelstadt, %16 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000 Chamber Singers will present "O be Joyful," a program of psalm settings ranging from Renaissance to contemporary periods, by composers such as Di Lasso, Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Britten, Vaughan Williams and Daley. Toronto organist Dan Bickle will accompany. The featured work is Mozart's Vespers, K. 339, accompanied by instrumental ensemble.  Special guest choir is the Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir who will join with Exultate in several works as well as singing individually.   The concert will take place at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Toronto (383 Huron Street) at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20th.  Tickets are available at the door or on line at
Workshop: Marketing Your Chorus in Today's New Media World Kathleen Hannan, %16 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000
The New Jersey Choral Consortium will sponsor a workshop, Telling Your Story in Today’s New Media World: Discovering 21st Century Marketing Strategies on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 South 2nd Street, Highland Park, NJ  08904.  The workshop speaker will be Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance John McEwen.
In this interactive workshop on marketing and audience development, participants will learn tips for branding their chorus and navigating New Jersey’s new media landscape.  Mr. McEwen will also discussed collaborative marketing and media resource.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to ask specific questions and share ideas with their colleagues.  There will be ample time for discussion, and light refreshments will be served. 
This workshop is free for all members of the New Jersey Choral Consortium.  Nonmembers are welcome to attend; admission is $10 per person.  To attend, please RSVP to Kathleen Hannan, NJ Choral Consortium president, at 201-738-2130, or contact  More information about the New Jersey Choral Consortium is available on its website
Unity Choir Barbara Repp, %16 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000
                                                     UNITY CHOIR CONCERT
    The Unity Choir, comprised of over 40 singers from more than 20 churches, will present Requiem by Gabriel Fauré on Palm Sunday afternoon, March 29 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church 111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton NJ.  Henry Repp will direct as well as accompany on the three manual Peragallo pipe organ.  Harpist André Tarantiles will again augment the accompaniment in addition to instrumentation by Mark, Nathaniel, and Thomas Hontz.   Cassandra Lambros, soprano, and David Young, bass will complement the choir.  The group will also present Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Tantum Ergo featuring tenor soloist Tom Carle.  A moving rendition of The Cross by Harriet Ware will be sung by Phillip Lid.  Additional anthems included will be the breathtaking Evening Prayer by Henry Balfour Gardiner and Abide with Me arranged by John Bertalot.
      A free-will offering will be received.  The church is handicapped accessible and has ample parking.  A reception will follow and all are welcome to attend this outstanding concert.
Lutheran Youth Choir's 2015 Choral Composition Contest Deadline Approaches philip spencer, %16 %b %2015 %02:%Mar:%th 2MarGMT+0000
The Lutheran Youth Choir International, an ecumenical touring choir for American and German high-school-age youth founded in 2005, reminds all composers of its 2015 International Choral Composition Contest.  All composers who desire to contribute to the genre of excellent sacred music suitable for high school age singers are invited to enter the Lutheran Youth Choir’s annual choral composition contest—with a $500 prize. No entry fee is required. The winning composition will be performed by the Lutheran Youth Choir during its next festival in 2016. 
The deadline for entering this year's contest is May 1. Contest details and information may be found at
Joshua Hummel of Hartford, Connecticut was the winner of the 2014 contest, and his entry "Grace and Providence" will be performed at the choir's 2015 Festival of American Vocal Music in Mansfeld, Germany, July 25-August 4, 2015. A few openings remain this summer for interested high school students who love to sing. A $3,500 registration fee includes round trip airfare to Germany, instruction, music, entrance fees, housing and most meals, and more.  Generous financial assistance is available through a new Double Scholarship program.  Go to for information and application materials. Application deadline is April 1.
Taconic Opera: La Traviata - like you’ve never experienced it before! Angela Usobiaga, %16 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000
After its success in 2013 with a Lucia di Lammermoor sing-a-long and a sold-out crowd, Taconic Opera returns to White Plains with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata in the same format.  Because the concept was so popular last year, it had to be moved to a larger venue, The Play Group Stage, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY for a single performance on March 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm.  It is an experience not to be missed at an affordable price, and in the convenience of central Westchester.
Conducted by the Musical Director, Jun Nakabayashi, the orchestra and lead singers of Taconic Opera will perform a semi-staged production of La Traviata (orchestra, costumes, minimal sets) and the audience members, if they choose, can be part of the chorus of the opera.  Music will be provided if you do not have your own La Traviata score.  The roles of Violetta and Alfredo will be sung by young and catapulting stars of the opera firmament who will thrill the audience with their mastery of both the music and the dramatic acting of this Verdi classic. The Taconic Opera chorus will sit among the audience - which the conductor will face at the correct times - so that any willing audience member can feel like a true blue chorus member in a live opera.  The setting is intimate and the leads fully engage the audience to make them a part of the performance.  It is a unique and unparalleled artistic experience that left audiences raving last season. 
Tickets are $33, $25 for seniors and $15 for students.  Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-855-886-7372 or online at  Score reservations (optional-$10) can be made by phone only. 
CME Institute Ireland Megan Marshall, %16 %b %2015 %01:%Mar:%th 1MarGMT+0000
The 2015 CME Institute will be hosted by Maynooth University outside Dublin, a gracious and historical campus uniquely suited for the intensive four-day residential conducting course.  The Institute will be held from July 14-17, 2015.    
In partnership with Ireland's Music Generation and Association of Irish Choirs and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education will be led by conductor and master teacher Doreen Rao with an Irish and International faculty of exemplary musicians:  Mandy Miller, Lee Kesselman, Kathy Armstrong, and Mary O'Brien. 
Deadline for registration discount is April 1st!  
Further details about the Institute and registration for the 2015 Institute can be found online at:
Wausau Lyric Choir -Choral Director Position Shelly Bitner, %15 %b %2015 %22:%Mar:%th 22MarGMT+0000

Start Date: September 2015


The Wausau Lyric Choir (WLC) is an auditioned ecumenical community choir of approximately sixty adults dedicated to excellence in the performance of classical sacred choral music. Its mission is threefold: to achieve performances of high artistic merit; to exemplify the values expressed in the music; and to communicate these values to as large an audience as possible.


WLC was founded in 1972 as an adult vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of sacred music. The Board of Directors manages the corporation according to the bylaws of the organization. The board holds regular monthly meetings and special meetings, and organizes committees to carry out duties on behalf of the organization. For more information about the choir visit Wausau Lyric Choir on FaceBook.  


  1. Establish and maintain the highest possible artistic performance standards for the WLC.

  2. Conduct annual auditions for prospective new members.

  3. Be responsible for all musical decisions, including selection of repertoire, soloists, additional accompanists, etc.

  4. Prepare for and conduct weekly Sunday evening rehearsals from 6-8 p.m. in Wausau, September through early/mid June, as well as one five-hour Saturday rehearsal per semester

  5. Select sacred repertoire for two concerts per year: one in early-mid December and one in late April-early May

  6. Select popular music repertoire for the annual “Summer Serenade” fundraiser event held in early/mid June, including auditioning and choosing soloists and small ensembles for performance at the event. This also includes the selection of pieces for the entire choir. Work with Summer Serenade committee on selection of a theme for the event.

  7. Work with choral librarian and be responsible for ordering musical scores as needed.

  8. Be available and willing to promote performances through connecting with all local/area media media - television, radio and print media

  9. Coordinate with volunteer marketing chair to approve posters, programs, ads, etc.

  10. Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and attend monthly board meetings, providing a director’s report.  Assist board in identification of suitable performance venues and advise board on budget issues as needed.


  1. Master of Music degree strongly desired

  2. Minimum of three years experience preparing and conducting a chorus at the high school level or above

  3. Ability to conduct chamber orchestra preferred

  4. Demonstrate professional knowledge of vocal technique (pedagogy and production)

  5. Extensive knowledge of sacred choral literature

  6. Ability to motivate and direct performers

  7. Excellent communication and organizational skills

  8. Work effectively with the accompanist(s) and volunteer singers


Highly qualified applicants, please send electronic application documents consisting of a cover letter, resume, a list of repertoire performed in the last three years and a list of three (3) references to: Additionally, mail a DVD containing 15-30 min. of a choral rehearsal, including warm-ups, conducted by you, and a 15 min. segment of you conducting a choral ensemble performance.  


Mail to: Wausau Lyric Choir

    P.O. Box 2328

    Wausau, WI 54402-2328


All documents and DVDs must be submitted and postmarked on or before April 10, 2015.

Applications will be reviewed by the end of April.

Questions may be directed to Mary Waid, Search Committee Chair,

Free download of S-Cubed Lesson 1 for all until March 21 Middle School Sight Singing Dale Duncan, %15 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 and used by a real teacher in a real public school classroom with true beginners.  
Lesson 1 of S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program for Beginners reflects the philososophy of the program...Having fun while teaching serious sight singing skills to your beginning sight singers in this age group.
Between now and Saturday, March 21st at midnight, Lesson 1 will be FREE.  It's normally $20.  
Enjoy and tell all of your peers!  Teaching sight singing to your beginners doesn't have to be a pain!  Click below, download it, and give it a try with your students this week!
Dale Duncan
Creator of S-Cubed
Museum art gallery Joseph Piazza, %15 %b %2015 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000 am looking for suggestions of choral works that could correspond to classical, impressionist, expressionist, modern or post modern paintings.  It could be a literal reference or just a suggestion of a style or genre.  TTBB or SATB works from any period are welcome.
Thanks for your ideas.
Joe Piazza
Music Director, GGMC