ChoralNet - Daily New postings in DailyVoice Parts Patricia Gaines, %19 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000 any one as ever performed Angels Are Making Their Rounds from the Cantata Night of the Fathers Love  I am looking for the practice cd SATB for my choir. We once had he entire Cd but it has been somehow missed placed. We need the parts for just this song and I ve checked with the company. They don't have it as a single and we also need it sent as sound files because it is urgent. So if any one out there has it and can  email the sound files  I could use it today. Thanks so much! ]]>New York Choral Society to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s ST. PAUL Nicole Guberman, %19 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000
New York Choral Society to perform
Felix Mendelssohn’s ST. PAUL
With Sarah Shafer, soprano; Haejung Shin, mezzo soprano; Vale Rideout, tenor;
Mark Delavan, baritone; and Princeton Girlchoir
David Hayes, Music Director and Conductor
January 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm
 CARNEGIE HALL – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

New York, NY – December 15, 2014
For immediate release
The New York Choral Society (NYCHORAL) and Orchestra and Music Director David Hayes, on Sunday,  January 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Carnegie Hall, will present the rarely heard St. Paul by Felix Mendelssohn. Soloists will include soprano Sarah Shafer, mezzo-soprano Haejung Shin, tenor Vale Rideout, baritone Mark Delavan and the Princeton Girlchoir. David Hayes will conduct. This performance will be sung in the original German with English supertitles.
The story of St. Paul is filled with drama, action, intrigue, murderous plots and miracles. Mendelssohn tells the story of the conversion of Saul (later known as the apostle Paul) through some of the most beautiful and dramatic choral music ever written. Mendelssohn was deeply influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach and was singularly responsible for the resurgent popularity of his music after his performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829. While St. Paul is full of nods to Bach in form and style, the beauty and expressiveness of this work, which The New York Times has called “serenely beautiful,” is Mendelssohn’s own.
St. Paul consists of three dramatic sections that take us from the martyrdom of St. Stephen to Saul’s conversion to the Roman Paul, and finally to his spreading of the gospel and the creation of the Christian church at Ephesus.
Music Director David Hayes says “I’m extremely pleased with the new direction we are taking at the New York Choral Society. This season, we are expanding our activities to include performances around New York City while continuing to bring exciting and thought-provoking programming to our Carnegie Hall audiences. I’m especially pleased to be working again with the wonderful Princeton Girlchoir for a performance of Mendelssohn’s rarely heard masterpiece, St. Paul.”
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm
CARNEGIE HALL – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
St. Paul by Felix Mendelssohn
David Hayes, conductor
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Haejung Shin, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout, tenor
Mark Delavan, baritone
Princeton Girlchoir
The New York Choral Society (NYCHORAL), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompasses well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The 175-voice symphonic chorus has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious music venues around the world.
For more than half a century NYCHORAL has enriched the cultural life of the New York community by performing a rich variety of choral music from classic to contemporary pieces, including newly commissioned works, to some 10,000 people per year; and by fostering interest and participation in choral music through education and community outreach, especially to children. Since 1984 the singers of NYCHORAL have also served as “ambassadors of music” abroad, with concert tours to Italy, Austria, China, France, Israel, Mexico, Croatia, Greece, and the Czech Republic. In 2014, NYCHORAL toured Central Europe and performed in a high mass in St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna, in Mátyás-templom, Budapest, and at Banffy Castle in Romania.
DAVID HAYES, Music Director of the New York Choral Society
David Hayes is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio/choral and operatic genres. His role as Music Director of the New York Choral Society complements his existing roles
as Music Director of The Philadelphia Singers; Music Director of the Mannes Orchestra The New School of Music; Interim Director of Orchestras at Temple University; and Staff Conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
The 2014-2015 season marks Mr. Hayes’ third season as Music Director of the New York Choral Society.
Mr. Hayes has served on the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2001–2011. He has also served as a cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic as well as for Sir André Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 1999 European Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Recent guest-conducting engagements have included a production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore for Opera Memphis, conducting Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and the East Coast Premiere performances of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as conducting the finals of the Fulbright Piano Competition with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Past seasons have included concerts with such significant ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Curtis Opera Theatre, European Center for Opera and Vocal Art, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Washington Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival and the Verbier Festival.
Trained as a violinist and violist, Hayes received his Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Hartford and a diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School.  He served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America from 2000-2009.
Tickets: $30 - $80
Call (212) 247-3878 or visit
Box office, 57th Street and 7th Avenue
CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800
Dan Dutcher | 917-566-8413 | 
2 NEW Chanukah Publications Available! Nicole Guberman, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000
Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah
Oh Chanukah! Oh Chanukah, S’vivon, Lichvod Ha Chanukah, Mi Y’malelHaneirot Halalu, and Maoz Tsur
Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah is a through-composed work, but the movements can also be performed separately.  It was arranged by Judith Clurman, Larry Hochman and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman.  New English translations were written by Judith Clurman.
The piece is published by Schott Music. The piano/vocal score and the version for chamber ensemble, by Larry Hochman, is available through the distributor Hal Leonard. The full orchestra can be rented from the publisher, Schott Music.
The chamber version is recorded on CHERISHED MOMENTS: SONGS OF THE JEWISH SPIRIT, a new CD on Sono Luminus (DSL-92182), with Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman. Ron Raines is the soloist on the recording.
This suite was premiered at Carnegie Hall on December 10, 2010 by the New York Pops, Essential Voices USA, and soloist Brian Stokes Mitchell, under the baton of Judith Clurman.
Al Hanisim  (For the Miracles)
In 2004, Judith and Ann Clurman commissioned Paul Schoenfield, one of America’s foremost composers, to write this setting of the Chanukah text Al Hanisim, for piano and mixed chorus, in memory of their parents. In 2006, Judith conducted the premiere performance at The Juilliard School with The Juilliard Choral Union and the composer at the piano. 
Al Hanisim has been published by G. Schirmer, as part of the Judith Clurman Choral Series.  It is available through the distributor Hal Leonard.
Al Hanisim was recorded live, with the composer at the keyboard, and Essential Voices USA, on CHERISHED MOMENTS: SONGS OF THE JEWISH SPIRIT, a new CD on Sono Luminus (DSL-92182), conducted by Judith Clurman.
The Consolation of Apollo/The Little Match Girl Passion: The Crossing Steven Gearhart, %19 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 Crossing
Donald Nally - Conductor
The Consolation of Apollo - Kile Smith
The Little Match Girl Passion - David Lang

Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 4pm
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803

David Lang's minimalist passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, has become a signature work of The Crossing. Immediate, stark, beautiful, it contemplates the value of recognizing the suffering of others.  Lang's work is so iconic, we commissioned a companion piece from Kile Smith whose libretto offers an unlikely, brilliant pairing: Boethius’ sixth-century musings on man and beast, and transcripts of the historic Christmas Eve 1968 broadcast of Apollo 8 astronauts reading Genesis.  Smith considers in music what we are and what we can be, how the earthbound free their imagination in flight.

with generous support from Eric Owens, The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, The Chestnut Hill Community Fund, and the Edward T. Cone Concert Series at Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study

The Consolation of Apollo/The Little Match Girl Passion - The Crossing Steven Gearhart, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 Crossing
Donald Nally - Conductor
The Consolation of Apollo - Kile Smith
The Little Match Girl Passion - David Lang

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 8pm
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 

David Lang's minimalist passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, has become a signature work of The Crossing. Immediate, stark, beautiful, it contemplates the value of recognizing the suffering of others.  Lang's work is so iconic, we commissioned a companion piece from Kile Smith whose libretto offers an unlikely, brilliant pairing: Boethius’ sixth-century musings on man and beast, and transcripts of the historic Christmas Eve 1968 broadcast of Apollo 8 astronauts reading Genesis.  Smith considers in music what we are and what we can be, how the earthbound free their imagination in flight.

with generous support from Eric Owens, The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, The Chestnut Hill Community Fund, and the Edward T. Cone Concert Series at Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study

Davidson College Chorale Winter Tour Christopher Gilliam, %19 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Davidson College Chorale will tour the northeast January 2 through January 9, 2015. All concerts are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us for a concert in your area.
Bruton Parish Church
Williamsburg, Virginia
Saturday, January 3
8:00 PM
National Cathedral
Washington, DC
Sunday, January 4
3:30 PM
Moravian Academy
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, January 6
11:05 AM
Church of St. Joseph
Bronxville, NY
Tuesday, January 6
7:30 PM
St. John the Divine
New York, New York
Wednesday, January 7
11:30 AM
Looking to purchase James D. Moyer, %19 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 Vaughan William "HODIE" full score
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Starting: asap
For: purchase
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
I am looking to purchase a full score of Vaughan Williams "Hodie".  It is only available as a rental now (no longer able to purchase) - so if anyone has an extra - or one they want to get rid of - please contact me!!
James D. Moyer
New Music for the Season in South Bend, IN and South Haven, MI Nancy Menk, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 South Bend Chamber Singers
Nancy Menk, conductor
Christmas at Peace
Peace Lutheran Church
Blue Star Memorial Highway
South Haven, Michigan
Saturday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas at Loretto
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Indiana
Sunday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.
with Charles Lynch, Harp
and David Eicher, organ
Ben Parry - Christ's Nativity
Libby Larsen - A Simple Gloria
Verbum caro factum est - Ivo Antognini (World Premiere)
Angelus ad Virginem - Carol Barnett
O Nata Lux - Guy Forbes
When Christ Was Born - Donald McCullough
(A setting of 8 early Christmas carol texts)                        
1.    Whereas Adam Caused by Sin    
2.    Sun of Righteousness
3.    The Flow’r of Jesse
4.    So Blessed a Sight
5.    When Christ Was Born
6.    Carol of the Birds
7.    It Was Thy Day, Sweet!
8.    What Tidings?
Adam Lay Ybounden - arr. Ian Loepkky
A Christmas Carol Pair - Marjorie Rusche (World Premiere)
1. Little Lamb
2.  Ring Out, Wild Bells
The Christ-child - Gabriel Jackson
A Somerset Carol - arr. Dale Warland
Sussex Carol - arr. Philip Stopford
Behold New Joy - Shawn Kirchner
(Ancient Carols of Christmas)
Silent Night - arr. Malcolm Sargent
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Holy Worship Service
Salem Children Ministries
Salem Bells Choir
Salem Liturgical Movement Ministry
Salem Rebirth Choir, Sterling Overshown Director
Sanctuary Choir of Salem UMC
Featured composers to include George Frederick Handel, Adolphe Charles Adam, Camille  Saint – Seans, Cesar Auguste Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, François-Clément-Théodore Dubois
 Douglas E. Wagner, Kirk Franklin, William Walton,  Peter J. Wilhousky, Norman hutchins, patrick Love, et alia
R. Kenneth Thornton, Director of Music Ministries,
Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss, Senior Pastor
Please join us at THE SALEM UMC 2014 Advent-Christmas Worship Celebration
2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (7th Ave. at 129th Street)
Village of Harlem
New York, New York 10027
(212) 678-2700
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Eric Bogle Simon Loveless, %19 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000 anyone know where to obtain an SATB arrangement of And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle?
I know they exist, but am drawing a blank in my attempts to obtain one
Copes: Lo How a Rose Lynda Meek, %19 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 Lo How A Rose
Composer/Arranger/Edition: arr. V. Earle Copes
Starting: anytime
For: forever
Copies: 25
Willing to rent: No
This version of Lo How A Rose was arranged and published in the 1960's in Nashville, Tenn. It is out of publication now. The last time I saw it was at Andrew Price Methodist Church.
Christmas Eve at the Gesù, Montréal Patricia Abbott, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Chorale du Gesù, Patricia Abbott, dir., invites you to a concert followed by the Christmas service Wednesday, December 24, at the
Gesù Church, 1200 rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H3B 3J3, with organist François Zeitouni and Laurianne Bellavance, trumpet. Free admission.
No tickets required. Info: 514-861-4378.
Concert • 20h30/8:30 p.m.
Veni, veni Emmanuel (trad.)
Joy to the World (Lowell Mason after G.F. Händel, arr. Ruth Heller)
Dans le silence de la nuit (trad., arr. Georges Aubanel)
Sonate pour trompette et orgue (Gionanni Viviani)     
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (arr. Nancy Telfer)
Rondo (Jean Joseph Mouret)
Tollite hostias (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Minuit, chrétiens (Adolphe Adam)
Messe/Christmas Mass (Roman Catholic service in French) • 21h/9 p.m.
Procession : Noël Huron (trad.)  
Chant d’entrée : Il est né le divin Enfant (arr. Ernest Gagnon) 
Gloria : Les anges dans nos campagnes (arr. Georges Aubanel) 
Psaume :  R: Aujourd’hui, un Sauveur nous est né: c’est le Christ, le Seigneur (P.-A. Durocher) 
Acclamation : Alleluia de Saint-Augustin 
Offertoire : Où s’en vont ces gays bergers (Jean-François Dandrieu) 
Sanctus : de la Missa brevis  (Stephanie Martin) 
Anamnèse : Christ est venu 
Agnus Dei : de la Missa brevis  (Stephanie Martin) 
Communion : Sainte nuit (Franz Grüber, arr. Raymond Daveluy) 
Action de grâce : Noël nouvelet (Lucien Deiss) 
Chant d’envoi : Adeste fideles (arr. Georges Aubanel) 
Sortie :Toccata (Symphonie pour orgue no 5) (Charles-Marie Widor) 
Le Chant des Oyseaux 2015 - Workshop for conductors Franck Pellé-Rolland, %19 %b %2014 %10:%Dec:%th 10DecGMT+0000 CHANT DES OYSEAUX 2015 - Workshop for conductors
Dates : August 9-15, 2015
Sponsor : Le Chant des Oyseaux
Location : Caunes-Minervois (south of France)
Join us for our workshop for conductors. It is open to choral conductors or students and music teachers who would like to take part and perform in a small high standard chamber choir. A few qualified amateur singers can be selected.
The workshop will focus on British and French music of the twentieth century.
Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director
Bilingual workshop : English / French
More information on our website : 
Continuing Education Credit Available at Division Conferences Scott Dorsey, %05 %b %2013 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 members of ACDA attending the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City will have two options for continuing education:  Graduate Credit and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Both are conferred jointly by ACDA and the University of Central Oklahoma.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) are available to members at no cost.  The CEU Form is available online and will also be published in the conference program book.

GRADUATE CREDIT is available for one or two credits.  There is a tuition fee involved and application must be completed by JANUARY 30, 2015. ]]>
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Life with the Boys" Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
This session will investigate how participation in a male chorus impacts singers’ lives and identity and view the high school male chorus through the lens of singers’ personal experiences. Helpful models of relationships and values within the male chorus environment, strategies for teaching and maintaining balance while rehearsing male choruses, and male-specific neuroscience will also be shared. While this session will focus primarily on the high school male chorus, instructors of middle school and university male choruses may also find this session to be of interest.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Singing in Salt Lake: Spivey Hall Tour Choir Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
Singing with unmistakable spirit, refinement, and remarkable beauty of tone and expression, the Spivey Hall Tour Choir is the most advanced group in the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program. Representing Clayton State University and Spivey Hall as cultural ambassadors of the State of Georgia, they have performed to acclaim throughout the United States and abroad in Canada, Sweden, Norway, England, Austria, Czech Republic, and China. This summer they embark on a performance tour through Spain.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
“Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by John Warren Scott Dorsey, %01 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%st 17DecGMT+0000
1. “Salmo 150.” Ernst Widmer. Colla Voce 30-96620
Rousing, joyful setting by Swiss-Brazilian 20th century composer. SSATBB. Great combination of western classical tradition with Brazilian syncopation and cross rhythms. May be done in Portuguese or Latin.
2. “Sechs Chanson.” Paul Hindemith. Schott C 43 782
Core 20th century repertoire for chamber choir. SATB. Expressive settings of wonderful French Rilke poems on subjects of nature.
3. “Die Warnung.” Joseph Haydn. Peters 1183
From Haydn’s late 4-Voice Partsongs. SATB and piano. The 3 and 4-voice partsongs of Haydn are fun, light, very accessible, and filled with mock seriousness.
4. “O Magnum Mysterium.” Francis Poulenc. Salabert 16759
One of my favorite settings. SATB. Utterly homophonic, with Poulenc’s usual short, repetitive phrases and sudden dynamic contrasts.
5. “S’vivon” (from Arise and Be Free). arr. Barnett. Transcontinental 991293
Familiar draydle song. A light rock feel with jazz harmonies.
(“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
Summer Festival & Workshop Information Sought Scott Dorsey, %03 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%rd 22DecGMT+0000
The Choral Journal is now accepting information for the annual “Summer Festivals and Workshops” listing, scheduled for publication in the April issue.
Event organizers are asked to provide the following information:
     DATES of festival/workshop
     NAME/TITLE of festival/workshop
     LOCATION of event
     DESCRIPTION not to exceed 50 words
     CONTACT information (phone, email, website)
E-mail submissions to Amanda Bumgarner, Choral Journal Editor, at  The deadline for submission is JANUARY 20, 2015.
Teaching (and Creating) Rhythm with iOS Apps Jeff Tillinghast, %19 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000 fellow teacher asked for some advice to teach rhythm using iPads. Wearing my "educational technologist" hat, one of my goals is to find places where technology opens the capacity for students to learn in more intuitive, more creative, or more effective way. I think that music theory in general, and rhythm as a specific example, is an area where digital learning tools can let musicians experience and interact with the concepts in a direct and meaningful way. This is why I firmly believe in the power of teaching and creating rhythms through the use of drum machines and the piano roll editors. The underlying essence of rhythm that many students struggle with is the hierarchy of “beat->division->subdivision” (or big-beat, little-beat) and being able to apply that concept across multiple time signatures, particularly changing the type of note which gets the beat (e.g. 2/2, 4/4, 4/8). Anyone who has ever watched a beginning musician try and count or sight-read outside of 4/4 for the first time understands this challenge. Garage Band has a perfectly functional piano roll editor view for this, and it lets students see the micro and macro structures of time which make up the essence of rhythm. Rather than using the packaged Apple Loops, or recording audio in, try spending time drawing in melodies and rhythms on this "grid" view, changing the time signatures and noting (sorry) the different kinds of observations that can come out of this view when it comes to rhythm.
Software drum machines have a similar value in that they allow you to visually align beat and division in a way that is obvious and intuitive. Reason’s (PC/Mac) drum machine was one of the major Earth-shakers in my teaching: set the thing to loop continually, and have the kids program in beat and division until they hear a steady, even beat. Now move the divisions around to create other kinds of rhythms. What do you observe when you move them around, etc.? Finally, they can very easily translate the visual notation of the drum machine into “proper” musical notation. Unfortunately, ReBirth for iPad (Reason) is a visual/interface disaster. I have heard really good things about DM1 for iPad, and the visual interface there is more like what I’d want to see for this kind of free rhythmic exploration.
Finally, Impromptu is a very different but very compelling approach to teaching theory including rhythm and form. Impromptu was developed by Jeanne Bamberger, who was at MIT for many years, and is now at UC Berkeley. The software is currently Java, but she shared the beta of the iOS version a few weeks ago and said it was very close to release. I’d highly recommend her as a resource to your teachers, and when the iOS version is released it’s worth exploration. Unfortunately, she mentioned that the accompanying textbook (“Developing Musical Intuitions”) is out-of-print and being revised for her website, but Amazon has used copies available.
Aside from DMI, I highly recommend two other resources for teaching elements of music theory through digital environments: Music Theory for Computer Musicians, and Teaching Music with Reason. The latter was a curriculum that Propellerhead released to work with Reason, then decided not to update when they updated their software. They ended up releasing it as a free download under Creative Commons. While the songfiles won’t be useful without Reason itself, the workbooks are a great example of some of the approaches possible through digital composition and DAW software. It’s a bit hard to find, but there are copies floating in back corners of the Internet.
These three strategies all involve alternative forms of "notation," or visual ways of representing time, sound and silence. They all can lead into traditional notation, particularly if students then begin to write notation hand have to think about how the proper spacing of notation reflects the same visual layout of time that a drum machine or DAW does.  This is only one possible strategy, though-- if you teach theory or aural skills in your programs, do you have favorite digital tools which help? Discuss below and share any of your strategies!
Who's in YOUR Choir . . . These Guys? Scott Dorsey, %01 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%st 18DecGMT+0000 ]]>What is it called when... Marianne Saint George, %19 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 am working on my student teaching work sample and am trying to use precise language. Is there a proper term for what I usually call sprinkler consonants? That is, when a choir does not articulate their consonants together, giving a "t t t" after words like sat, or "s s s" after peace?
I appreciate any input. I tried to google the information, but without the correct term, it can be hard to find the correct term!
Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015 Caroline Knaggs, %19 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015
Earlybird Registrations are Now Open!
'An unforgettable experience, not just a festival'
5 - 8 June 2015
Queen's Birthday weekend
Now in its 6th year, Australia's most exciting singers festival for choirs and individual singers, is proud to present internationally renowned composer, arranger and jazz singer from USA, here for the first time in Australia, 
Kirby Shaw
along with choir-in-residence, multi-award winning
The Australian Voices and Gordon Hamilton
Work with international conductors, composers and arrangers in some of Australia's finest venues.
Workshops & events include:
  • PD Training session for conductors & educators with Kirby Shaw on Thursday 4th June
  • MELBOURNE EISTEDDFOD Community Choirs Competition adjudicated by Kirby Shaw on Friday 5th June
  • CHOIR MASTERCLASS with Kirby & Markita Shaw on Saturday 6th June - afternoon (Limit of 4 - 5 choirs)
  • Perform RUTTER'S GLORIA conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire 
  • THE AUSTRALIAN VOICES in Concert on Saturday 6th June - evening
  • 'BEST of BRITISH' Proms concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 7th June
  • ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY choirs directed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM 
  • GRAND FINALE CONCERT in Deakin Edge on Monday 8th June
Registrations open now....amazing value!!! 
$99 Adult / $79 Conc (Earlybird price)
$149 Adult / $129 Conc (Regular price)
$189 Adult / $169 Conc (On-Site price) 
NB: If registering as a choir, complimentary entry for music directors & accompanists plus performance opportunities available.
Kirby & Markita Shaw Masterclass (Sat 6th June) - $499 per choir 
(Work one on one with the amazing Kirby Shaw and his remarkable wife, Markita.
Please register separately for this event. Limit of 4 - 5 choirs involved) 
For further information, please contact:
Festival Manager: Jan Hamilton 0419 337283
Street Requiem – live recording of the world premiere just released Caroline Knaggs, %19 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000
Looking for a unique Christmas gift? The live recording of the world premiere of the Street Requiem is a unique and inspirational present.
Conceived by Jonathon Welch, Street Requiem is a highly accessible, contemporary work including English, African and Persian lyrics alongside a modern setting of the traditional Latin texts.
Recorded live at the Melbourne Recital Centre featuring Liane Keegan, Danielle Matthews, Jonathon Welch, Choir of Hope & Inspiration and the 300 voices of the School of Hard Knocks Absolutely Everybody Combined Choirs conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire and Dr Jonathon Welch.
Composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch.
Order online now
School of Hard Knocks – Empowering through the Arts.  
All proceeds support the School of Hard Knocks 
Seeking to borrow/rent/purchase Lee Hoiby Hymn to the New Age Steven Edwards, %18 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 Vocal Scores
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Lee Hoiby
Starting: Now
For: Spring Semester
Copies: 75
Willing to rent: Yes
This work is no longer available for commercial purchase. I would like to borrow, rent, or even buy used copies.
Hymnos small ensemble auditioning SATB voices Eric Sorum, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000
Join a group of excellent SATB singers in performing music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and many types of traditional chant and folk singing.
The mission of Hymnos is to make singing a part of life - in both hearing great music of the past, and encouraging communities to join in singing great songs.  We wish to expand the audience of choral music and make singing a central part of social and spiritual experience by creating encounters between the average person and the most beautiful and exciting vocal music.
Our winter and spring events include a wide range of ways to bring music to the community, including singing at prayer services, choral festivals, and beer taprooms.
Rehearsals are Sundays, 4:00-6:00PM in St. Paul.  Major performance dates are Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1, May 29, 30, and 31.
Singers are given a monthly stipend of $40/month.
If interested, please write to Eric at:
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL WEEK 2015 Carlos Armando Perez, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+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: February 28, 2015
The organization will select the choirs for the festival’s participation before March 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 19.
  • 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 15.
  • 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
Do you allow your music to be streamed? Christopher McCafferty, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000, All.

Do you have your music on Spotify, etc?  Do you allow it to be streamed?  If so I'd love to hear the thoughts behind the choice.

Looking for responses from folks who've actually done it.


Chris ]]>
Research on Inclusive Choral Music Education- Your Help is needed! Elizabeth Rivera, %18 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000, ChoralNet users! If you have a few free moments to take a survey and help a student researcher, please read on. 
  1. My name is Elizabeth Rivera. I am a Choral/General Music Education student at the University of Delaware, and am conducting research on inclusive choral music education. This research is part of my senior thesis project, under the supervision of Dr. Duane Cottrell. I am attempting to create a framework for success in inclusive choral education and need the help and input of teachers like you! If you could complete the following survey, it would be extremely helpful. This survey is completely anonymous and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Here is the link to follow to take the survey:
Class scheduling Dawn Emerman, %18 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 am a 9th year teacher, 1st year middle school choir teacher.  I teach 6th grade choir, 7th/8th grade choir, and general music.  My school is completely changing our scheduling for next year and want our imput, so I'm looking for all of yours!
My schedule now splits up my choirs into several periods and I never see them together unless I pull them out of class, which teachers do NOT like, but they mostly do it.
I teach 5 periods a day broken into; 2 general classes, 6 7th/8th choir classes, and 2 6th choir classes.  We are currently on an A B day rotation.  
HELP please.  What do your schedules look like??
Conducting Intern, Mississauga Festival Youth Choir Tracy Wong, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000
Mississauga Festival Youth Choir
Conducting Intern (part-time, volunteer)
Founded in 1997, the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir is a registered charitable, not-for-profit youth choir serving children and youth in the Mississauga, Ontario area.  MFYC’s mission is to provide an inclusive, multi-cultural choral music education and performance program for all interested youth ages 7-19 in the community. We take pride in performing diverse repertoire from many cultures around the world, and in our ability to have fun as we learn.
MFYC seeks a Conducting Intern to join our artistic team for the second half of our 2014-15 season. Internship to begin in January 2015. This volunteer position offers promising young choral conductors the opportunity to practice their leadership and teaching skills through their involvement in choir rehearsals and performances. Conducting Interns will work closely with the Artistic Director in rehearsals of MFYC’s four choir levels (Cappriccio, ages 7-10), Ostinato (ages 10-13), and Cadenza (high school). The 4th level (Chamber Choir) is drawn from the Cadenza choir. 

Responsibilities include:
1. Assist in rehearsals and sectionals
2. Prepare for occasional events upon request, when schedule permits
3. Maintain regular communication with artistic staff
4. Meet with Artistic Director regularly to review procedures, rehearsal-concert plans
1. Currently pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Music or Music Education
2. Advanced vocal and/or piano training
3. Good musicianship skills
4. Experience working with or teaching children music
5. Experience in choral singing
MFYC rehearses every Wednesday 6.30-9pm at the Mississauga Seniors' Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road, Mississauga.
To apply for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and updated resume to
Bach Magnificat - Rutter Christmas Carols - 12/19 and 20 Christine Gaudreau, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 Evergreen Chorale and Jefferson Symphony Orchestra are presenting Bach's Magnificat and John Rutter's Christmas Carols under the directions of Christine Gaudreau.  The concert will be performed twice,  Friday, December 19 at 7:30 pm at Central Presbyterian Church, Denver and on Saturday, December 20 at 4:30 pm at Rockland Community Church, Golden.  Tickets at ]]>Open Rehearsals for Choral Art Society of the South Shore Spring 2015 Season Marie Schlag, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000
Now in its 56th season, Choral Art Society of the South Shore is holding open rehearsals on Tuesday, January 13th and January 20th at 7:30 – 9:30pm at the First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate.  New members are welcome to join us.  We suggest you arrive at 7:15 to meet and greet, get your music, etc. We are a non-auditioned community chorus. We need voices for all parts – soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.  The ability to read music is not essential, but is helpful.  You do need to be able to “carry a tune in a bucket”. 
On Sunday, May 3rd at 4 PM we will perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Puccini’s Mass for Four Voices at Scituate High School. This year we are celebrating our conductor Danica A. Buckley’s 10th anniversary with Choral Art Society and are excited to be performing this uplifting music, accompanied by orchestra and professional soloists.
We are a very friendly group and love to sing. You will learn in rehearsals each week and audio files will be provided for each part for practice on your own.
For more information contact 781-925-3638 or email at  Visit our website You can listen to us and email us.  Like us on Facebook. 
Open Rehearsals in January for The Tower Chorale Carlotta Wing, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000
Tower Chorale - Open Rehearsals
The Tower Chorale will begin to prepare for its concert Faure Masterworks” beginning Monday evening, January 5, 2015.  Rehearsals are held from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. each Monday evening at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. The first two Monday rehearsals are open rehearsals for singers to try us out. The concerts will be held on Sunday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Cletus Church in La Grange and Sunday, March 9, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago.  Come sing with us.  Please see or call 708-580-0997 for more information.
Pieces for Double Choir or Choir with Chamber Opportunity Angelica Dunsavage, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Choral Community,
I find myself asking for a very specific type of music for a very specific circumstance. My HS choirs are going to perform at a competition in April. Typically, only my smaller chamber group goes to these, with about 20 students. However, this being my first year at the school and to gain more interest, I am opening it up to my other auditioned choir as well. In total, we will have approx. 35 people going, with part evenly divided. 
Since we need to compete as a unit with two groups, I am thinking of programming repertoire that features small groups or possibly double choir. This will allow both groups to shine while working together. I need repertoire ideas that have this in mind. I know of the Double Choir classics- Bach, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, etc. However, I'm also looking for something not too challenging, but really interesting. Maybe Romantic/Contemporary. Anyone have ideas? All options will be considered.
H Parker "Seven Greek Pastoral Scenes" David P. DeVenney, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 instrumental parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Horatio Parker
Starting: now
For: 2 months
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I am seeking either a full score or instrumental parts (oboe, harp, and strings) to accompany Horatio Parker's Seven Pastoral Scenes, first published by G. Schirmer in 1913.  They were written for the Eurydice Society of Philadelphia, a women's singing organization. The score was published with piano accompaniment, and while the instrumental parts may have been published at the same time, no trace of them seems to have survived.  I am trying to locate the parts for a February performance.  There is a Recital Publications reprint of the Schirmer score from 1993.  Imslp also has a PDF copy of the Schirmer score posted on its website.
Having scoured academic libraries throughout the country, there is little doubt that these parts exist there.  I am hoping that, just perhaps, someone has a copy of these parts in their institution's choral library.  If so, I would be very grateful to be able to borrow them.
Thank you -
David DeVenney
Choral Director Daniel Shigo, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 JAMES SHIGO is voice teacher, bass-baritone and scholar of historical vocal pedaogy, who seeks a position as CHORAL DIRECTOR. He has held positions as a public school music educator, has appeared as a full-time professional singer with the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera for more than two decades, and has extensive experience as a choral artist in the New York City area, both as a church musician, as well as a member of the prestigious New York Choral Artists. He is also the author of "Hidden In Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based Upon The Famous School Of Manuel Garcia (VoiceTalkPublications, 2013). Find his studio website at: and his blog VoiceTalk at www.voice-talk
Announcing The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop – January 2015 at Columbia University in New York, New York Jeffrey James, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
December 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
Announcing The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop – January 2015 at Columbia University in New York, New York
The first 2015 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop will be held at Columbia University in New York, New York from Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9, 2015.
This five-day event is open to choral conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers, expand their contacts and have an intensive experience with 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award winner Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, one of the world’s leading choral conductors.
The HRCCI includes rehearsal and performance conducting opportunities, one-on-one instruction and individual guidance.
Rosenbaum has conducted over 1,600 concerts during his 40+ year career. He has conducted and taught at the Juilliard School, Queens College and Adelphi University, and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Choirs at the University at Buffalo.
The Institute is limiting enrollment to 12 conductors so each participant will receive close attention and hands-on guidance. Each attendee will receive a private lesson, plus opportunities to rehearse the choir comprised of the participants and others, with constructive feedback by Rosenbaum.
For complete details, including workshop brochure and application form, please visit Questions can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at
Harold Rosenbaum, recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, is the founder and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. He is also lead choral conductor for Parma Recordings, and a Soundbrush Records artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Founders Award and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of “distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.”
A strong proponent of and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, Rosenbaum has commissioned more than 60 works, and has conducted more than 475 world premieres. Visit him at
INTERNATIONAL POP CHOIR FESTIVAL BERLIN Helmut Engel, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The 4th International Popchoir Festival Berlin will take place at the Concert Hall of the “Universität der Künste” on Saturday, the 9th of May 2015

Enjoy your stay at the thrilling City of Berlin!
It is a Festival, no Contest!
Nevertheless there will be awards for: 
Best Conductor / Best Repertoire / Best Presentation / best Soloist singer
We offer complete arrangements!!

Travel dates: 6/7 May – 10 May 2015
A second Open Air Concert (covered stage) is possible
Registration is possible until the 1st of December 2014
The INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BARCELONA 2015 Helmut Engel, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The Festival will take place at the beautiful Concert Hall PETIT PALAU of PALAU DE LA MUSICA.
Extra Open Air Concert at the concert stage of Poble Espanyol
The Festival Concert date is Friday evening, the 15th of May 2015.
Open Air Festival Concerts will take place on Saturday afternoon, the 16th of May 2015
We offer complete Travel packages / adjusting the length of your stay is possible
Registration is possible until the 1st of February 2015!
All kinds of choirs can join the Festival. It is a Festival, no contest.
T 0049-151-70531420
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL LONDON 2015 Helmut Engel, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000

The festival will take place at the beautiful Concert Hall of 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 April 2015.


Music Events Unlimited
T 0049-151-70531420

Cantoría Hipponensis next Concert: X Choral Christmas Victor Duart-Belloque, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000
Timely accomplishing the milestones in our choral Course cycle, Cantoría Hipponensis will celebrate its 10th Choral Christmas in a row. It will take place next Sunday December 21st, at noon, the forth one of Advent, accompanying the Eucharist, from the heights of the ancient choir stand of Cristo Rey Parish in Valencia, Spain, witness of the birth of Cantoría Hipponensis now 10 years ago. 
Afterwards, we will descend to ground level to offer our concert of carols to the assisting audience as a form of wishing happiness to this Christmas.
We will be accompanied by Maestro Arturo Barba Sevillano in the organ and we will be conducted by Inmaculada Buriel Montoro. 
More information in:
1.- LAUDATE DOMINUM………………..       P.A.Soler
2.- KYRIE …………………………………      Ch. Gounod
3.- BENEDICAT VOBIS.…………………      G.F. Haendel
4.- AVE  MARIA ………………..…………..      T.L. Victoria
5.- SANCTUS…………………………………    Ch. Gounod
6.- AGNUS DEI……………………………..       Ch. Gounod
7.- AVE VERUM CORPUS…………………     W.A. Mozart
Carols concert
1.     RIU RIU CHIU………………………….Anónym S XVI
2.     VILLANCICO MEXICANO………….Traditional.Choral V. Ramón Noble
3.     EN LA MÁS FRÍA NOCHE………...(Away in a Manger) James E. Spilman
4.     EL DESEMBRE CONGELAT………..Manuel Oltra
5.     CAMPANA SOBRE CAMPANA…Traditional Andalous  Arm. L-G. Farreny
6.     A ADORAR AL NIÑO……….…....Traditional Venezuela. Arr. E. Cifre
7.     YA VIENE LA VIEJA…………..…Traditional Spain. Arr. E. Cifre
8.     O MENINO…...--Traditional Alves (Portugal) Mario de Sampayo y Ribeiro
9.     SANT JUSEP SE FA VELLET………Valencia. Luis Blanes
10.  ADESTE FIDELES……………………John Reading S.XVIII
11.  NOCHE DE PAZ……………………….Franz Grüber
World Choral Day in Armenia 2015 Tigran Hekekyan, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
World Choral Day is celebrated since 1990.
Thousand of Choirs from 150 countries celebrate this day in the world. Every year the number of participants and audience is growing more and more. The aim is to raise the public awareness respecting choral art.
It’s already the 4th year Armenian Little Singers International Association with the help of Ministry of Culture and Yerevan Town Hall is organizing the concert dedicated to the World Choral Day.

On the 6th of December at 2p.m. the best 10 choirs of the republic joined at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall uniting their voices with the thousand choirs who celebrate the day in different cities all over the world.
A lot of pupils from 50 public schools were present at the hall. At the end of concert Little Singers of Armenia Choir joined with pupils and  together the were singing as to make the concert bright and remembered.
Choral Composition Competition 2015 Tigran Hekekyan, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
                               COMPOSITIONS DEDICATED TO THE
The aim of the competition is the promotion and creation of a new and global choral repertoire for children’s choirs, with possibility of stage acting performances.
Special preference will be given to compositions in praise of
Love, Life and Peace on the Planet
Prizes foreseen for the winners are:
  • First prize - 2000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • Second prize - 1000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • The composition placed third will be performed during the choir’s tours
The basic requirements for the participants and the composition are:
  • Participation is open to composers from any country, aged over twenty.
  • Preferred languages are Latin, English and Armenian.
  • The compositions should be written for the “Little Singers of Armenia” children's choir – either for (SSA) or (SSAA) voices and percussion with or without piano accompaniment.
  • Duration should be no longer than ten minutes. Arrangements are not acceptable.
  • The compositions should be submitted by 1st of May, 2015. 
The Jury will consist of internationally renowned conductors and composers.
For additional information please contact our website .or write to .
Antiphonal Piece for "From the Movies" Theme Stephen D Bruce, %18 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Listers:
We are doing a "choral pieces from the movies" theme, with works ranging from O Fortuna to When i Fall in Love. A standard feature of our concerts is spreading around the performance hall to do a multipart antiphonal piece. (Typically 8 to 10 parts, such as Rheinberger Kyrie, Gabrieli  Hodie, Scheidt In Dulci Jubilo. some accompanied, some not.) But I haven't been able to identify a piece like this that appears in a movie? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Stephen D. Bruce PhD
Con Brio Choral Society, Inc.
Mayo International Choral Festival 20th. to 24th. May 2015 Edward Horkan, %18 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000
 Mayo International Choral Festival 20th to 24th May. 2015
See our web-site for details at <> , 
Closing Date for entries 31st. January 2015
With Best Wishes to all Choirs for a Happy Christmas and a Great New Year of Singing, 
Regards Edward Horkan, Festival Chairman.
Looking forward to a new year with plenty of song.
Please note both International and National Choirs -
2015 festival entry closing date is January 31st 2015.
Thank you for your support in 2014.
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Singing in Salt Lake: The Real Group Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
The Real Group is a groundbreaking vocal group based in Sweden made up of members: Emma Nilsdotter, Katarina Henryson, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther, and Anders Jalkéus. With the voice as their sole instrument, they have created a unique musical expression in the field between jazz, pop, and Nordic European choir music. The group has been touring the world for almost three decades. In 1989 the group graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with the highest degree, and since then they have often been asked to perform at prestigious offi cial events along with their regular concerts, such as the Swedish queens birthday when they performed the Abbaclassic ”Dancing Queen” together with the former Abba member Anni- Frid Lyngstad. The group also sang at the opening of the Fifa World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Their wide repertoire has made it possible for the group to collaborate with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, pop bands, and artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Toots Thielemans, and Sir George Martin. The Real Group has made seventeen CDs and produced their own concert tours, TV programs, and been artistic directors for an A Cappella Festival in Seoul, South Korea. In 2008, the Real Group initiated and hosted “The Real A Cappella Festival” and in 2012 “The Real Group Festival” with visitors from more than twenty countries. They are in the process of developing the online educational site “The Real Group Academy.” In 2012 and 2013 the group toured as ambassadors for the charity program Star For Life in Sweden and South Africa. The Christmas album A World for Christmas was released in 2012 on Universal Music.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Women's Vocal Colors" Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
As members of an equal voice ensemble, singers in women’s choruses have the potential to collectively create vibrant sonorities. While disparities between voice size and color can make a unified sound elusive, conformity to a single tonal model may produce a generic quality that sacrifices the vitality of individual voices. Varied musicianship skills, personality types, learning styles, and life experience also impact ensemble unity. Teaching singers to coordinate (rather than blend) vocal colors encourages them to shade and integrate these unique timbres instead of neutralizing them. The importance of mindfulness, relatedness, position, and part distribution all come into play.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
CJ Replay: Singing Quakers Scott Dorsey, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Singing Out of the Silence: A Survey of Quaker Choral Music” by Dan Graves)
       The practice of singing among members of the Society of Friends is inextricably tied to the history of Quakerism itself. In the mid-seventeenth century, the first generation of Quakers rejected music, although not outright. If Friends sang "with the spirit and with understanding also" (1 Corinthians 14:15), their singing was acceptable. If, however, the singer was not in the same "condition" or frame of mind as the composer of the music, the singing was viewed as lying. The Truth Testimony was broken under such circumstances; therefore most singing violated Quaker principles?
       Secular music led people away from God and was avoided as frivolous. Modeling his behavior after a seventeenth-century Friend who burned his musical instruments to avoid being led into sin, an eighteenth-century Friend, upon converting to Quakerism, felt obligated to stop playing his cello. Saddened by the loss, but unable to bring himself to burn the instrument, he dug a grave and buried it.
     With minor exceptions, these attitudes were strictly enforced during the Quietistic period of the eighteenth century. That period was followed by extreme turmoil during the nineteenth century, leading first to several splits among Friends and, ultimately, to the breakdown of eighteenth-century stereotypes. The major split among Quakers in America occurred between 1827 and 1828 in Philadelphia. This so-called Orthodox Hicksite division split Friends into two branches with vastly divergent practices in many areas, including singing. The Orthodox Quakers were strongly influenced by the American religious mainstream and the evangelical revivalist movement. They settled in the Midwest and turned to common religious practices, such as paid pastors, programmed worship services, and singing. The Hicksites, on the other hand, continued the silent worship of unprogrammed meetings, with no singing during worship.
       Today singing practices among Friends remain divided along much the same lines. In the United States, however, about two-thirds of all Qualms belong to branches descended from the Evangelical Friends, who have both congregational and choral singing as part of their worship meetings. Among American Hicksite descendants and British Friends, virtually all still hold silent, unprogrammed meetings for worship.
READ the entire article.
Building Skills 9 Richard Sparks, %17 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 from Daniel Coyle: Tip# 13 "Find the Sweet Spot." Once again, I recommend Coyle's book highly.
For this tip, Coyle speaks of finding "a place, right on the edge of your ability, where you learn best and fastest. It's called the sweet spot."
He then gives hints on finding that "sweet spot" of learning by comparing the "comfort zone," where the sensations are, "Ease, effortlessness. You're working, but not reaching or struggling," to the sweet spot where the sensations are of, "frustration, difficulty, alertness to errors. You're fully engaged in an intense struggle—as if you're stretching with all your might for a nearly unreachable goal, brushing it with your fingertips, then reaching again." And finally, to what he calls the "survival zone," where the sensations are "confusion, desperation. You're overmatched: scrambling, thrashing, and guessing. You guess right sometimes, but it's mostly luck."
Coyle gives the example of a 13 year old clarinetist, part of an Australian study, who in a particular practice session, suddenly focuses intensely on her mistakes, figuring them out, and fixing them. The author of the study noted that the girl "learned more in that span of minutes than she would have learned in an entire month practicing her normal way, in which she played songs straight through, ignoring any mistakes."
This is analogous to my prior discussions of "drill" versus "scrimmage" (borrowed from the studies of John Wooden's teaching/coaching techniques), which you can find in this post, this one, and here.
It's our job to try to keep the choir as often as possible at that sweet spot, where they're having to stretch hard to accomplish something (learn a difficult passage, rhythm, vocal skill, etc.). This way, their learning will be at the optimum speed. That isn't all we need to do, of course, since we need to run through passages or pieces as well ("scrimmage"), but you can read about that in the other posts.
But our choice of repertoire is also something that needs to push our ensembles beyond their comfort zone. Finding the balance of some music that they can achieve more easily, but some that is almost beyond their abilities (but not pushing them into the "survival zone") is our challenge as a conductor. I've posted earlier about choosing repertoire, and often have tried to find one piece (often contemporary) that will push my students in ways they've never been pushed before. Since I've been involved with Swedish music, that's provided some of this music for my choirs (in recent years with the University Singers at UNT, Sven-David Sandström's Agnus Dei and Thomas Jennefelt's O Domine). But the specifics can and must vary, depending on the level of your choir—children, middle school, high school, college, or perhaps a program you've built versus a poor one you've just taken over—it's our job to find something that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h our choir's abilities. I've found it's often just that piece that the choir struggles with at first, perhaps dislikes, that they like best by the time they perform it. And it's those pieces that push your choir's abilities ahead faster and further than any others.
This is my last post before the holidays—have a wonderful break—and I'll "see" you again in January.
Seeking Music Director Maureen Conroy, %18 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000
Cantilena, a women's chorale, Arlington, MA.
Job Summ: Creates and develops two concert programs each year (December and May). Prepares chorus through weekly Monday evening rehearsals from September through May.
Reqts: Degree in choral conducting or related field, or equivalent professional experience, and a passion for excellence in choral performance. Experience in conducting choruses of serious amateur musicians; demonstrated excellence in performance/rehearsal planning and programming; broad knowledge of treble voice repertoire; ability to select and guide strong, experienced avocational singers in choral techniques, vocal production, musicianship, languages, and musical background/historical context. Sense of humor and strong interpersonal communication skills.

Requirements: Degree in choral conducting or related field, or equivalent professional experience, and a passion for excellence in choral performance. Experience in conducting choruses of serious amateur musicians; demonstrated excellence in performance/rehearsal planning and programming; broad knowledge of treble voice repertoire; ability to select and guide strong, experienced avocational singers in choral techniques, vocal production, musicianship, languages, and musical background/historical context. Sense of humor and strong interpersonal communication skills. Willingness to advise Board in artistic decisions affecting the chorus.

Application deadline: Feb. 16, 2015
Email Cover letter, resume and contacts for 3 references to
Messiah Sing-In with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir Christine Howlett, %18 %b %2014 %05:%Dec:%th 5DecGMT+0000'S MESSIAH SING -IN with the HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC & CAPPELLA FESTIVA

Join us at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY on Saturday December 20, 2pm. 

(Get your tickets soon...we're almost sold out!)

Sing along with the renowned Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Cappella Festiva in Handel’s most popular choral work.  Where else can you participate in a Messiah Sing-In with professional orchestra and incredible soloists including Courtenay Budd, soprano, Ryland Angel, countertenor, James Ruff, tenor, and Andrew Cummings, bass.

Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Leslie Gerber and Maestro Howlett one hour prior to the concert.

Tickets are available at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072 or in person at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845-339-6088.  (Tickets range from $25-$50, and student rush tickets are also available.)

Please join us and help make this an annual event for our community.

This series is sponsored by the Bruderhof, Rhinebeck Bank & Dr Jeffery Perchick Memorial Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Herzog's, the Kingston Plaza, and many others!

Happy Holidays!



Episcopal and Catholic musical liturgical settings - SATB - ready to print Bill Heigen, %07 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000 United Conference (VA/MD/DC/DE) Emi Eiting, %16 %b %2014 %11:%Jul:%th 11JulGMT+0000 Ruiz-Bernal Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, %30 %b %2014 %13:%Jul:%th 13JulGMT+0000 Partlan Susan Partlan, %31 %b %2014 %20:%Jul:%st 20JulGMT+0000 Da Rold (Mel - Belluno) Manolo Da Rold, %06 %b %2014 %06:%Aug:%th 6AugGMT+0000 Art Agency Prague s.r.o. - concert tours to Czech republic, Austria and Germany Tereza Skrivanova, %15 %b %2014 %08:%Aug:%th 8AugGMT+0000 Ayres (London, U.K.) Greg Bartholomew, %25 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Voices of Montserrat. International competition-festival Nika Miakushko, %28 %b %2014 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000 Secco Music Eugenio Costa, %21 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%st 3OctGMT+0000 Voli's Music Eugenio Costa, %21 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%st 3OctGMT+0000 Elektra Sound - Tessitura Shannon Lythgoe, %02 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%nd 18NovGMT+0000 Diction Resources Trudy Miller, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 the Middle With Mr D A Blog for Middle School Teachers Dale Duncan, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%rd 14NovGMT+0000 Scott Music - Daily Choral Conducting & Arranging Blog Jed Scott, %20 %b %2014 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 Training Resources for Singers Christopher Sutton, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 parts Phil Whitehead, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 IPA Colin Stave, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 Elektra Sound - instructional video series on YouTube Morna Edmundson, %09 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 Apparel susan white, %09 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%th 2OctGMT+0000 Matthews (New York, USA) Cortlandt Matthews, %29 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 Ashford Robert Ashford, %06 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 Bach Festival Choral Teacher's Workshop Cole Blume, %30 %b %2014 %19:%May:%th 19MayGMT+0000 Gate International Choral Festival Christa Tumlinson, %28 %b %2014 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 Choral Music Fahad Siadat, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Tobias Johansson, %18 %b %2014 %12:%Feb:%th 12FebGMT+0000 Dinners Bruce Rockwell, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Jul:%th 15JulGMT+0000 forum for exchange of ideas for planning, presenting, and promoting madrigal dinners. ]]>Wanted: Contemporary Worship Leader Tom Hammett, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
Part-time position.
Work Hours: 20 hours
Pay: Salary negotiable
USPS Mail to: BPC Personnel Search Committee
1624 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Cantus Auditions Paul Rudoi, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
Cantus Auditions
“the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” - Fanfare
Cantus is accepting audition materials for tenors, baritones, and basses!
Auditions for Cantus’ 2015-2016 season will take place on February 20, 2015, following preliminary review of application materials and notification of finalists.
Applications can be mailed or submitted electronically (electronic is strongly preferred), and must be postmarked or uploaded by January 2, 2015.
To submit electronically:
 - Go to (Password: cantussings) and click on the “+Add files...” button.
 - Please put your last name on all file names (“yourlastname-resume.pdf”)
 - Please compress all files into one zipped file with the following title format: “”. This is preferred but files may also be uploaded individually.
For regular mail, applications should be sent to:
ATTN: Recruitment
1221 Nicollet Mall, Suite 231
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Application submissions should include the following.
  • Application form: This form can be used as a fillable PDF (mandatory for electronic submissions)
  • Cover Letter (pdf only)
  • Headshot (1MB or less for electronic submissions)
  • Resume (maximum of 2 pages, pdf only)
  • A collection of recordings (mp3 only) that include the following:
    • Two varying vocalises of your choosing
    • Three solo repertoire selections. At least one of these must be an aria. At least one of these must be in a language other than English.
NOTE: Please be sure to send all required materials, including a filled out application form and cover letter.
Cantus holds annual auditions for singers interested in joining the ensemble regardless of availability.  Cantus is made up of nine singers (Five tenors, two baritones, and two basses) who are provided with annual contracts for full-time work with benefits and six weeks of vacation. Cantus is based in Minneapolis and St. Paul and tours an average of 20 weeks a year in addition to its home concert series, an active schedule of education outreach and an annual recording release.
For additional answers to questions about working for or applying to Cantus, please click here.
Please write if you have any further questions. We look forward to your submission!
Registration Extention: Violettes Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition Becky Chaffee, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000,
This is Violettes 2nd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition (ages 10 thru 17). Registration is extended to Feb.1, 2015, with the on-line submittal is due: Feb 14.
1st place prize for the composition winner is $1,000, and 1st prize songwriter is a Professional Recording by Digitrax Recording Studios, $100 cash and Violettes Guitar Gig Bag. Music Professionals are Volunteer Judges who critique the entries.
For Registration and complete guidelines and prizes, see Or just go to my web site at

Thanks so much,
Becky Chaffee 
865/850-9220 ]]>
Voce Camerata & Consort presents “Carols and Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away” Bill Toups, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000          December 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
WHERE:        Auditorium at Carol Woods Retirement Community
                    750 Weaver Dairy Road
                    Chapel Hill, NC
COST:           Free
Carol Woods Retirement Community presents Voce Camerata & Consort performing “Carols and Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away.”
Gloucestershire Wassail                                                                                                         Traditional
Ecce Dominus Veniet                                                                                                  Michael Praetorius
           (1571 - 1621)
Verbum Caro Factum Est/Dadme albricias                                                                 Cancionero de Uppsala
Cancion de la virgin                                                                                               Anon. (16th Century)
                                Recorder Consort
Angelus ad Virginem                                                                                              Anon. (13th Century)
O Pulcherrima Mulierum                                                                                                Jacques Arcadelt
                     (?1507 - 1568)
Laetentur Coeli                                                                                                                 William Byrd
                      (1540 - 1623)
O Magnum Mysterium                                                                                          Tomas Luis de Victoria
                  (c. 1548 - 1611)
A un Niño Llorando al Hielo                                                                                       Francisco Guerrero
          (1528 - 1599)
Nous voyons que les hommes                                                                                       Jacques Arcadelt
                                Crumhorn trio
Nowell Owt of your slepe aryse                                                                                             Traditional

El Desembre Congelat                                                                                                         Traditional
Apple Tree Wassail                                                                                            Traditional/Anonymous
                                Recorder Consort and Vocal solo             
Three German Songs:
Ach, Bittrer Winter                                                                      Johannes Werlin (1588 - 1666)
So Treiben Wir den Winter Aus                                                                                  Traditional
Der Winter Kalt                                                                          Johannes Eccard (1533 - 1611)
Drive the Cold Winter Away                                                                                                  Traditional
                                Recorder Consort and Vocal solo
Hodie Christus Natus Est                                                                                        Jan Peters Sweelinck
                     (1562 - 1621)
Bass/Baritone Soloist/co-Section Leader Edward Alstrom, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000
The position of Bass/Baritone Soloist/Co-Section Leader at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield is available in January. We are one of the largest Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, focused on musical excellence and having fun doing it. The music we do is wildly diverse, and rarely follows the same course two weeks in a row.

This position is one of five paid staff singer positions, and is on payroll from September to June. During the summers (July-August), there is a volunteer choir. The soloists are not on payroll then and are not required to be present, but could be hired for solos or choir fortification on a occasional basis during the summer.
The Chancel Choir is 20-25 voices. They lead worship at the 10:00 am service every Sunday; there is a 9:15 call for rehearsal/warmup. There is also an 8:00 am service in our Chapel, at which the five soloists rotate, so you would need to be present roughly once every 5 weeks for that in addition.
There are also the special services you might expect: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve (8p and 11p), and Easter (9a and 11a). These pay extra, as do extra rehearsals and solo work for concerts, etc.
The staff singers are required weekly in rehearsals (Thursdays from 7:30 until 9:30pm) from the beginning of September through the end of June, tracking the liturgical season.
The position requires you to be a great singer, be open-minded about and able to perform all types of music (this ain’t no Oratorio Society), sight read like crazy, be a groovy guy, play well with others, and be here when we need you.

Compensation is $125/week, broken out into $50/rehearsal and $75/Sunday, and extra for extra duties as they come up.
If interested, no phone calls, please - e-mail an mp3 of you singing something (no more than two pieces) along with your resume to Ed Alstrom, the Music Director, at After these are gathered, we will notify those whom we plan to audition in early January.
We are looking to fill the position in mid to late January.

Ed Alstrom, Organist & Director of Music
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
workshops/clinics/festivals for school choirs in NY/NJ/PA metro area? Stuart Rosenthal, %17 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 direct a high school chorus, middle school chorus, and two high school a cappella groups in central NJ. With a very long spring semester ahead, I am looking for winter or spring "enrichment" outings for any or all of these ensembles - something that would get us out and away from school for a day or even two, and give the kids some new energy and inspiration. This is my first year at the school and in the area, and I have no idea what might be available regionally in terms of workshops, clinics, festivals, or competitions. I am aware of the major festivals affiliated with the NJ ACDA, but don't know what else might be out there. I have been thinking that a workshop or a clinic of some kind (focusing on vocal production, style/interpretation, or any other aspect of performance) might be more immediately helpful than signing on with a "sing in Carnegie Hall for a fee" (or somewhere like Six Flags) operation, though we'll probably do those once in a while as well. Do any of you know of any activities of this kind in the area, or know where they might be listed online? We are in Princeton, NJ, but could get ourselves as far north as NYC or as far south as Philadelphia. Many thanks. ]]>AUDITIONS FOR VOCI WOMEN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE Susan Sands, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 sing with Voci, directed by Anne Hege, a warm and dynamic group of women of all ages with a strong sense of community!
Auditions for experienced choral singers in all voice parts will be held through Jan. 15, 2015. 
Voci is a 20-voice, auditioned ensemble, which performs classical music from a wide variety of historical periods. Now in its 24th year, Voci is considered one of the finest singing groups in the Bay Area.Voci promotes music for and by women.
Voci rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 PM in Orinda. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  Additional retreats and/or rehearsals are scheduled during the season.
Spring concert dates are March 14 and 15 and May 3 and 9.  The concert will revolve around two central female figures in music history:  Hildegard Von Bingen and composer/professor Nadia Boulanger.  Voci will perform works composed by them as well as inspired by them, including pieces by Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, Philip Glass and Eve Beglarian. 
The audition consists of the performance of a prepared solo piece a cappella and short ear-training and sight-singing exercises
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact artistic director Anne Hege at
Countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo Roland Zuehlke, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000