ChoralNet - ChoralNet Daily New postings in ChoralNet DailyCelebration & Reflection, Part I Andrea Macy, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%rd 15AprGMT+0000

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Bradley Ellingboe, Composer/Conductor

Ellingboe: Star Song - World Premiere (Orchestral Version)

Aimee Beckmann-Collier, DCINY Debut Conductor

Mozart: Coronation Mass KV 317

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

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Church in Need of Choir director Antonio Watson, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%rd 14AprGMT+0000
We are looking for a Christian choir director with strong familiarity with contemporary gospel music, experience at directing, able to work within a structured music environment under the direction of a Music Director, as well as work with other choir directors.  This is a paid position and pay is negotiable based on ability and consistency.  We have four choirs (Adult Choir, Young Adult Choir, Men’s choir, and a Children’s Choir) that sing a variety of gospel music styles.  We currently have three volunteer choir directors, and we are introducing this position as a strong support role to serve across all choirs.  The successful candidate would have a passion for encouraging others in music at all levels, and enjoys preparing for choir rehearsals.  Strong vocals are a huge plus.  Christian faith, music versatility, and a willingness to rehearse are a must.  Must be available to rehearse every Thursday at 6:30pm; and direct during church services every Sunday at 11:15am. We currently have an organist, drummer, keyboardist, Bass, and a guitarist.  If you are interested in auditioning and interviewing, please contact me directly at; or 626-644-4692.
A Concert of Psalms (including "Chichester Psalms") -- FREE! Ashley Conway, %23 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%rd 13AprGMT+0000 ]]>Gather us in Martha Evans, %23 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%rd 12AprGMT+0000 am looking for an SATB anthem titled "Gather Us In" with the words Gather us in, the love that filleth all -- Gather our rival faiths within Thy fold, Rend each one's temple veil, and bid it fall, that we may know that Thou has been of old."  I thought I remembered it as an Alice Parker arrangement, but searching for that is not panning out.  The melody was very linear, mostly unison.  The anthems that I've found by Haugen and Althouse don't have the correct words.  Any ideas? ]]>Saint Paul Swedish Male Chorus Spring Concert John Berquist, %23 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%rd 13AprGMT+0000 St Paul Swedish Male Chorus celebrates it's 133rd season with a Spring Concert on Sunday, April 27, 3 PM, First Lutheran Church, Maria St, St Paul, MN ]]>The Nashville Singers present a "Spring Spectacular" Todd Wilson, %23 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%rd 12AprGMT+0000
Nashville Singers Celebrate with “Spring Spectacular”
Choral and Orchestra Concert in Smyrna
Concerts Promote Music Education in Middle Tennessee
(April 23, 2014 - Nashville, TN)…  The Nashville Singers organization is presenting its inaugural “Spring Spectacular” choral and orchestra concert on Friday, May 9 in Smyrna.  Joining the men’s a cappella ensemble is TuneTown Show Chorus and the Music City Youth Orchestra for the 7:30 pm show at Life Point Church, 506 Legacy Drive in Smyrna.
The chorus has presented numerous concerts and other performance engagements, but this is the first time for the volunteer organization to hold a spring concert in addition to their holiday concert series.
Executive Director Todd Wilson responded, “When you bring a collection of musical talent like this together, you just know it’s going to be a special experience for the performers and the audience.”
Nashville Singers is a nonprofit performing arts organization founded in November of 2008 by a handful of men committed to excellence in vocal and choral performance. They are celebrating their sixth anniversary this year. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online by visiting
The group’s mission is to enrich lives through singing and the support of music education. This
support comes in the form of music education grants, college scholarships, master classes in area schools, and a vocal performance clinic called Acappella Academy. In the last three years, this all volunteer organization has awarded $5,000 in music education grants and scholarships, impacting 200+ students in seven schools across Middle Tennessee.
In the last three years, the group’s concerts have attracted a combined 1,500+ attendees from 41 cities in 10 states across the USA.
About the Nashville Singers
This auditioned choral ensemble performs a diverse, primarily a cappella repertoire, covering many genres of music. They have grown from four to 17 singers, racked up 68 performances for 37 organizations in eight counties across Tennessee. The singers travel from Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Hermitage, Nashville, Portland, Smyrna, and La Vergne to participate in chorus activities.
The Nashville Singers have had the pleasure of singing for several dignitaries, including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, United States Senator Trent Lott, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey to name a few. In 2013, The Nashville Business Journal’s annual “Book of Lists” ranked the Nashville Singers eighth in their list of the “Top 20” performing arts organizations in Nashville.
For more information about Nashville Singers, visit them online at or follow the chorus via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ReverbNation, and LinkedIn.
Media Contact: Sarah Beatty
Phone 615-974-2002
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Conference Morsel: Latin American Choral Music Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000 excerpt from the interest session “Unaccompanied Choral Music from Latin America,” presented by Cristian Grases during the 2014 Western Division Conference)
       One of the most interesting aspects of Latin American a cappella choral music has to do with the different approaches in which composers write for the vocal ensemble. When setting religious texts, both in Latin and vernacular, we encounter examples of wonderful vocal polyphony in a Renaissance style from composers of the Colonial Period (1524-1810) such as Manuel de Sumaya and Juan Gutierrez de Padilla. Conversely, during the Contemporary Period (1900-2014), composers created sacred a cappella choral music influenced by many different musical ideas such as twentieth-century harmony, extended compositional techniques, minimalism, poly-metrics, serialism, atonalism, among many others. Some important composers are Venezuelans Alberto Grau and Cesar Alejandro Carrillo, Brazilians Heitor Villa-Lobos and Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca, and Argentinean Antonio Russo, among many others.
       In the case of popular music, generally accompanied by traditional instrumental groups, composers and arrangers continue to explore the a cappella sound in diverse ways: creating unique vocal combinations, using the voices to imitate instruments, reconnecting with older compositional forms such as preludes and fugues based on folk or popular tunes, or even including eurhythmics and body percussion as compositional resources. The result is a fantastic rainbow of musical colors, combinations, ideas, and creativity; that constitutes the basis for a rich and tremendously varied body of choral literature that is not well known outside the regional boundaries.
American composer repertoire Megan McCormick, %23 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%rd 3AprGMT+0000 all,
I am looking for pieces by American composers that would be for a (medium) high school level choir with very few tenors and basses. SAB or SATB is acceptable. 
Please let me know if there is any repertoire that would fit this criteria that you or your choir has enjoyed! 
I look forward to ideas! 
Choral Graduate Teaching Assisstant - Central Washington Univerty 
Chicago area concert: New England Composer Lee Kesselman, %23 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%rd 3AprGMT+0000 Chorale, community chorus based at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn (Chicago western suburb) will present a concert of music by New England composers on Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 pm at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.  Directed by Lee Kesselman and accompanied by William Buhr.  Tickets at the door, 630-942-4000 or
Music by New England Composers
Sunday, April 27, 2013       7:30 p.m.
Belushi Performance Hall, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage
I. Originals
Chester                                                                        William Billings
America – 1770                                                            William Billings
Circus  Band                                                                        Charles Ives
Three Shakespeare Songs                                                Tom Benjamin
  1. It Was A Lover and His Lass
  2. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
  3. Sigh No More, Ladies
from And They Shall Teach Thee                                    Tom Benjamin
            Ladybird (women)
            Motto on a Doghouse
            The Owl and the Pussycat
Chantey (men)                                                                        Tom Benjamin
Together                                                                        Tom Benjamin
Last Words of David                                                            Randall Thompson
Velvet Shoes                                                                        Randall Thompson
Alleluia                                                                        Randall Thompson
Glory to God in the Highest                                                Randall Thompson
from Frostiana                                                            Randall Thompson
            The Road Not Taken
            Come In (women)
            The Telephone
Love the Earth                                                                        Nick Page
A Promise I Will Keep                                                            Nick Page
Pacific Youth Choir Seeking Elementary Music Specialist for Three Choirs Mia Miller, %23 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%rd 1AprGMT+0000
Pacific Youth Choir, based in Portland, Oregon, is seeking an Elementary Music Specialist for three choirs, Music Makers, Nova I, and Nova II.  Choirs rehearse on Sunday afternoons at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in NW Portland.
Music Makers – Kindergarten – 40 minutes
Music Makers focuses on development of vocal tone and uses a Kodaly-based curriculum.  Singers learn basic music concepts through singing games and folk songs.  Music Makers also includes an introduction to choral music.  Music Makers performs at one community outreach performance as well as the Spring Concert at the end of each season.
Nova I – 1st & 2nd Grade – 1 hour
Nova I focuses on development of choral skills and continued vocal development.  Singers participate in a more “traditional” choral rehearsal, while continuing to develop their musicianship skills through Kodaly-based activities.  Nova I performs unison and simple two-part music.  Nova I performs at two community outreach performances as well as at the December and Spring Concerts.
Nova II – 3rd & 4th Grade – 1 hour
Nova II continues to build on the skills learned in Music Makers and Nova I.  Singers continue to work on music reading skills as well as vocal and performance skills.  Nova II performs unison and two-part music. Nova II performs at two community outreach performances as well as at the December and Spring Concerts.
For more information, please contact and visit
PA choir available to host in July Chris McGinley, %23 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%rd 1AprGMT+0000 ChoralNet community,
My community choir has hosted traveling choirs for the last two summers (Voices of Namibia in July 2012, Nairobi Chamber Choir in July 2013) and we are eager to repeat the experience.  If you are touring the east coast this summer and are looking for a place to stay and perform for a day or so, please contact us!  
In the past, we've provided dinners, home stays, and presented joint concerts including collaborating on a joint piece.  
We are the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts
Ariana Women's Choir & Orpheus Men's Choir
Heartland Men's Chorus Names Dustin Cates New Artistic Director Rick Fisher, %23 %b %2014 %00:%Apr:%rd 0AprGMT+0000

Dustin Cates was announced as the new artistic director of Heartland Men's Chorus today. Cates will assume the role starting with the 2014-2015 season, the 29th season for the chorus.

A search committee comprised of chorus members, past board chairs, community arts leaders, donors and chorus staff conducted a months-long nationwide search to fill the position.

"Dustin exhibited the best balance of all the many attributes the committee was looking for in an artistic director," says Keith Wiedenkeller, chair of HMC's board of directors, who also led the search committee.

"His unique blend of choral musical expertise, programming experience, conducting style, people skills, personal charisma, and passion are a great fit for where the chorus is now, but more importantly, for where we hope to be in the future."

Cates is currently Director of Choral Activities at Olathe East High School and a member of the music ministry team at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and a Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He serves on the Alumni Board for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and is the President-Elect of the Kansas Choral Directors Association (KCDA), a group that awarded him the Kansas Outstanding Young Choral Director Award in 2009.

Cates first worked with Heartland Men's Chorus this year, as a guest conductor for "I Am Harvey Milk."

"I am humbled and honored to have been named artistic director of Heartland Men's Chorus," says Cates. "Over the past 28 years, it has become clear that HMC plays a vital role in the richness of Kansas City. It is my hope that we can build on our strong history of music-making, service, and advocacy to transform the lives of our singers and our community by spreading a message of inclusivivity, hope, and love."

Cates will be the fourth artistic director in HMC's history, following Gina Scaggs Epifano, Reuben Reynolds III, and Dr. Joseph Nadeau.

The chorus will conclude its 2013-2014 season with "Vegas, Baby," June 13-15 at the Folly Theater, under the leadership of guest conductor Anthony Edwards. The concerts will coincide with the announcement of the 2014-2015 season, the first under the artistic leadership of Mr. Cates.

Proudly singing out in Kansas City since 1986, Heartland Men's Chorus is a not-for-profit, volunteer chorus of gay and gay-sensitive people who are making a positive cultural contribution to the entire community. HMC performs a varied repertoire of music, including jazz, Broadway, popular and classical works, and regularly performs with more than 130 singers. In recent years, the chorus has become known for its musical documentary format which uses music, narration and multi-media to illustrate issues of social justice. The chorus performs a three concert season at the historic Folly Theater to an annual audience of more than 7,000, and performs dozens of community outreach performances each year throughout the Midwest.

In Memoriam: Sir Lindsey Lafford Estelle Cole, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000 world of music has lost a great friend and composer at the death of Sir Lindsay Arthur Lafford, Lord of Ridley - October October 27, 1912 – April 5, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter Julia Welbon, and his sons, Llewellyn and Peter.  Requiescat in Pace.

Lindsay Arthur Lafford, aged 101 years and 5 months, passed peacefully the morning of April 5th, 2014 after a brief illness.  Until his illness, he was playing organ for Sunday services, arranging pieces for the brass and piano trio in which he played, and preparing compositions for performance and publication. Learn more about his life at his website here: 

In Memoriam: C. Griffith Bratt Estelle Cole, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000 Musician, Composer, and Professor, C. Griffith Bratt joined the heavenly chorus on Easter Sunday, he was 99 years old. We all join in offering our prayers for his lovely wife, Mary, and the rest of his family, but know that our dear friend is now living a resurrected life in heaven (and as his son so aptly put it, "is now playing the organ for Jesus"!!). We are so grateful to him for his wonderful contribution to sacred music - both choral and organ, and for his long time friendship with all of us at Paraclete. He was composing right up until the end, and we will be honoring his legacy by continuing to publish his music that was left behind. We shall miss him!  Requiescant in Pace, Grif.

C. Griffith Bratt led the Boise State Department of Music for 30 years. “Grif” Bratt was hired in 1946 by President Eugene Chaffee to head the music department for Boise Junior College. He served as chair of the department until 1970 and he taught music theory, originated the Meistersingers choral group and was named composer in residence by the National Music Federation. He successfully led the department through the transition to a four-year program before retiring from the university in 1976.

Bratt also served as organist and choirmaster at Boise’s St. Michael’s Cathedral for 52 years and performed Sunday afternoon organ concerts that were broadcast by radio from what is now the Hemingway Western Studies Center. He also was awarded emeritus status at the cathedral. Since retiring from Boise State, Bratt and his wife, Mary, have continued to call Boise home. As a composer, he has amassed four full operas, two symphonies and hundreds of vocal, choral and chamber works. He has published several anthems and organ works with Paraclete Press Sacred Music. 
How to get middle school boys interested in singing? Aria Tonini, %22 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%nd 23AprGMT+0000 teach general music to ONLY BOYS, and I wanted to introduce singing and choir to them. I have tried before, but they just don't take an interest to it. Is there any repertoire that you have found to be engaging with middle school boys? Any tips on convincing them that singing isn't just for the 'nerdy' kids? ]]>Percussionist for Shrek Kale Thompson, %22 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%nd 22AprGMT+0000 Percussionist for middle school production of Shrek in Freehold, NJ.
The call times are below:
Monday, May 12 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 13 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, May 15 - Show @ 7:00pm
Friday, May 16 - Show @ 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17 - Show @ 2:00pm
Pay is $50 a call for this gig.  If you are able to help us out, I would greatly appreciate it.  Should you know of a pianist, I am still in the market for one.
Pianist Needed for Shrek Kale Thompson, %22 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%nd 22AprGMT+0000
Wanted: Pianist for middle school production of Shrek in Freehold, NJ.  You will be reading from the Piano/Conductor Score.
The call times are below:
Monday, May 12 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 13 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, May 15 - School assembly
Thursday, May 15 - Show @ 7:00pm
Friday, May 16 - Show @ 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17 - Show @ 2:00pm
Pay is $50 a call for this gig.  If you are able to help us out, I would greatly appreciate it.  Should you know of a percussionist, I am still in the market for someone to play set.
The Poet's Song, Melodia Women's Choir concerts Jennifer Clarke, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%nd 20AprGMT+0000 Women's Choir's two spring 2014 concerts, The Poet's Song, feature music celebrating Shakespeare 450 and settings of the work of other great poets. The program includes the world premiere of a commissioned work by London-based composer Errollyn Wallen, additional works set to great poetry, and selections from The American Songbook.
Saturday May 3, at 7:30 PM
Holy Apostles Church, 296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, NYC
Sunday May 4, at 4:00 PM
DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, NYC
Conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Laura Flax, clarinet
Nathalie Joachim, flute
Debra Kreisberg, saxophone
Michelle Cozzi & Chihiro Shibayama, percussion
Errollyn Wallen: world premiere commission, Full Fathom Five, with piano, flute, clarinet, tubular bells, timpani, and percussion. Words by William Shakespeare, from The Tempest
Herbert Howells: Piping down the valleys wild
William Mathias: Learsongs
Emma Lou Diemer: Three Madrigals 
Eleanor Daley: Echo
From the American Songbook:
All the Things You Are, words by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Jerome Kern
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me, words and Music by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell
Satin Doll, words by Johny Mercer, music by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington
Come Rain or Come Shine, words by Johny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen, Arranged by Mac Huff
More info:
The College of New Jersey Chorale and Orchestra presents Carl Orff's Carmina Burana Katie Kershaw, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%nd 20AprGMT+0000 College of New Jersey Chorale and Orchestra will present Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana: Secular Songs for Singers and Choruses to be Sung Together with Instruments and Magic Images" under the direction of Dr. John Leonard on April 30th, 2014. Presented on the Kendall Mainstage, there will be a 7:15PM pre-performance lecture by Dr. Wayne Heisler, Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies in Music and the concert will follow at 8:00PM. 
This performance will also feature:
Nicole Cascione, Soprano
Takaoki Onishi, Baritone
Anthony Wright Webb, Tenor
The Princeton Girl Choir
Visit;jsessionid=25117BBD8F909C61C8A5154478316B56?eventId=822774&presenter=TCNJ&venue=&event=&version= for details and tickets!
Con Brio announces its Spring Cncert Peter Amos, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%nd 20AprGMT+0000 Brio Spring Concert: Sunday May 4, 2014, at 4 pm at Christ the King, Old Lyme, CT featuring:
Vesperae de Dominica (K321) complete by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Patricia Schuman, Soprano               
Clea Huston, Contralto
Laurence Broderick, Tenor 
John Dominick III, Bass
Sacred Pieces: 
Kyrie from Mass in E-flat Major by Josef Rheinberger (8-part motet)
Jubilate Deo by Domenico Bartolucci
Exultate Deo by Giovanni Palestrina (5-part motet)
Love songs:
A Red Red Rose by James Mulholland
Cindy arr. Mack Wilberg
French pieces:
Dirait-on from Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen
La Fanfare du Printemps by Bovet (learned from a Sicilian chorus during our tour)
Ton thé t'a-t-il ôté ta toux? by Jeanne and Robert Gilmore
Ride the Chariot arr. Smith with Patricia Schuman
Praise His Holy Name by Keith Hampton
When the Saints Go marching In arr.  John Rutter
Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce
Tickets:  $30 ($15 student), available from any Con Brio member, through or by calling 860 526 5399. 
Part-Time Director, Riverside, CA Steven Borst, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%nd 20AprGMT+0000 Lutheran Church has been serving Riverside, CA for over a century and has a rich tradition of liturgical music. We are seeking applicants for a permanent, part-time position of Choir Director, beginning in the Fall. The Choir Director is called to serve the church by developing, coordinating and administering an effective and well-rounded choral program and providing leadership to and supervision of volunteers involved in this ministry while supporting the Mission, Vision and Values of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School.  A Baccalaureate degree and at least five years of choral music directing are preferred.  We follow the salary guidelines of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  Please email your resume along with references to: ]]>Accompanist Needed Johncie Carlson, %22 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%nd 19AprGMT+0000 accompanist position opening for chorale in central/northern Virginia.  Rehearse Mondays beginning August 25th through early December; two concerts in December.  Potential as interim or ongoing. Contact ]]>Southeast Missouri State University Chamber Choir and Percussion Ensemble Concert Peter J. Durow, %22 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%nd 19AprGMT+0000 ]]>TTB part-predominant tracks of CSN’s “Helplessly Hoping” now available. Jim Taylor, %22 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%nd 19AprGMT+0000
The beautiful three part harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping” may be of interest to students. Now Ken Theriot has made his recordings of all three parts available for purchase on SingHarmony®.com at this link:
He as posted a YouTube video of him playing and singing all three parts at this link: This could be inspiring to students who aren’t yet aware of what technology will allow them to do on their own.
SingHarmony®.com would like to encourage the leaders of all kinds of choirs to create and share part-predominant tracks of music their groups have mastered so that the joy of singing in harmony and quickly learning new repertoire can gain the largest possible audience. Please visit our web site,, watch the three short videos on our home page and then become a content provider, raising the profile of your group, and earning income as the part-predominant tracks you create are sold. Thanks.
Jim Taylor, President
SingHarmomy®.com Inc. ]]>
The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents a World Premiere by Tom Cipullo, Along with Brahms, Bruckner, Vaughan Williams on April 25 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan Jeffrey James, %22 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%nd 19AprGMT+0000
The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director, will present the World Premiere of a major new work by award-winning New York composer Tom Cipullo, in a program which also includes works by Brahms, Bruckner and Ralph Vaughan Williams, on Friday, April 25 at 8:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
Tom Cipullo's Credo for a Secular City, commissioned by the Cecilia Chorus of New York, is for full chorus, orchestra and baritone solo. It explores the intersections and tensions between belief and doubt in the modern world, drawing upon texts from great writers and thinkers, including Shakespeare, Descartes, Milton, poets, essayists and preachers, as well as parts of the Latin liturgy.  Mr. Cipullo, the winner of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House, and the 2013 Arts & Letters Award from the American Academy, is a master at combining music and text, and has received enthusiastic reviews for his abilities with vocal writing. ( Rising young American baritone Michael Anthony McGee, the 2010 recipient of the George London award, will be the featured soloist.
Also on the program will be three major choral orchestral works on the theme of musical- spiritual exploration of transcendence: Brahms’s Nänie, on poetry by Schiller; the Te Deum of Anton Bruckner, and Toward the Unknown Region, the breakthrough work by Ralph Vaughan Williams on poetry by Walt Whitman.  Joining Mr. McGee as soloists for the concert will be French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez and American tenor Noah Baetge.
Tickets for the April 25 concert range from $25 to $80, and can be purchased online at, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St. and 7th Ave.
For more information about this concert, visit or call 646-638-2535.
Haydn's "Harmonie" Mass at Southeast Missouri State University Peter J. Durow, %22 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%nd 18AprGMT+0000

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 21, 2014 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, along with the University Choir and Choral Union, will combine to perform Joseph Haydn’s late, great “Harmonie” Mass for orchestra, full choir and vocal soloists May 6 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with a free pre-concert talk slated to begin at 6:45 p.m. for all concert ticket holders.

Also on the program will be this year’s winners of the annual Concerto and Aria and Rising Star Competitions.  Sara Edgerton and Peter J. Durow, Department of Music faculty at Southeast Missouri State University, will conduct this concert.

The concert will open with the rousing “Overture to Nabucco,” written by the great Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi.  This popular overture includes lyrical melodies and exciting fanfares, highlighting all sections of the orchestra: the woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. 

The next two pieces on the program will showcase the talents of this year’ Collegiate Concerto and Aria Competition: Brittney Leimkuehler, soprano, and Andrea Ridings, violin.  Leimkuehler, vocal performance major at Southeast, will perform the famous “Michaela” aria from Georges Bizet’s beloved “Carmen” opera. Leimkuehler has been a member of the University Choir and Choral Union and is an active performer in the opera program at Southeast Missouri State University, having sung roles in “Cosi fan tutte,” “Suor Angelica,” “Dido and Aeneas,” and “Die Zauberflote.” After graduation, Leimkuehler plans to pursue a Master of Music in vocal performance. She is a student of Timothy Schmidt at Southeast.

Also on the first half of the program, the orchestra will perform the “Agathon” movement of Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade for Violin, Strings, Percussion, and Harp,” inspired by Plato’s “Symposium.”  Agathon was a tragic poet from Plato’s “Symposium,” and this movement is a musical tribute to the poet.  Ridings, a violin performance major at Southeast, will perform this work with the orchestra.  Ridings is active in Southeast’s chamber music program and has performed in the Opera Orchestra at Southeast. As a member of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Ridings has served as concertmaster and as principal second violin of that ensemble.  She studies the violin at Southeast with Brandon Christensen.

The first half of the concert will conclude with Peter Tchaikovsky’s brilliant “Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra.”  With its Mozart-like elegance and grace, this work highlights both the beautiful singing qualities of the cello as well as its capability for exciting virtuosic display.   The soloist for this work will be Michael Zyzak, this year’s winner of the pre-collegiate Rising Star Competition.  Zyzak, 16, of the Chicago area, began his cello studies at age four. In 2007, Zyzak made his professional solo debut with the Louisville Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jason Weinberger. He has also appeared live numerous times as an invited guest on WUOL 90.5. He is a first prize winner in numerous competitions, including the 2007 Louisville Orchestra Young Artist Competition, WUOL 90.5 Young Artist Competition, OMTA All-State Buckeye Competition and the 2009 Dayton Philharmonic Solo Competition. Zyzak was a prize winner in the 2010 Cincinnati Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition. In 2009, he became the first prize winner in the International David Popper Cello Competition, Hungary.  

The second half of the concert will present Haydn’s late, great “Harmonie” Mass, written in 1802.  This work will be performed by the Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union, along with vocal soloists Jacqueline Collett, soprano, vocal faculty at Truman State University; and Leslie Jones, contralto, Christopher Goeke, tenor, and Timothy Schmidt, baritone, all vocal faculty at Southeast.  This work is the last of the six late masses that Haydn wrote near the end of his life for the Esterhazy court.  In addition to strings, the work includes prominent use of winds (flute, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns, and trumpets); its title derives from the Viennese term for wind band: “harmonie.”


Tickets are available and may be purchased by calling the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or by visiting

"Solaris" - Northeastern State University Singers Jeff Wall, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000 guest conductor, Kenneth Davis.
Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alexander Kastalsky, Ola Gjeilo, Thomas Weelkes, Trond Kverno, Lili Boulanger, Moses Hogan, and Jester Hairston
Center for the Performing Arts.  Northeastern State University. Tahlequah, OK.

"Gypsy Life" Northeastern State University/Community Chorus Jeff Wall, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000
Center for the Performing Arts. Northeastern State University. Tahlequah, OK.
featuring music from Schumann, Brahms, Kodaly, Grainger, et. al.
What are some of your favorite warm ups? Aria Tonini, %22 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%nd 18AprGMT+0000 always struggle at the beginning of rehearsal to get the energy going. What are some of your favorite warm ups to really get things moving, but are also effective in warming up the voice? Does anybody know of any warm-ups that also focus on rhythms and such?
When to Say "Enough" to a Piece of Music Robert Neeb, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000 all,
I am a sophomore music education major and am currently working on teaching a piece of music titled "Dixit Maria" to my choral conducting class. There are a lot of things that I still want to correct in the next two weeks, but I probably won't be able to accomplish all that I want to in the allotted time.
What do you consider to be the most essential elements to perfect first and foremost when teacing a piece of music to a choir? When do you have to say "enough is enough" and move on to more music?
Thank you,
Free sheet music Andy Jeffrey, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000 am clearing out my school choral library to make room for new music and have many titles that are no longer in print.  I have varying numbers of copies of each piece.  If you are interested in any of this music, please email me at  After May 1st they will be recycled.  All titles are free.  Come and get them.  Email me with questions.  See the list below.
Carol       Williams SATB 1977
Carol Of The Birds French  Black SATB 1963
Est Dies Trophei Scarlatti C Smith  SATB 1981
Faith Is A Journey Schurr   SATB 1974
Festival Finale "God Of Our Fathers"    Maddy SATB 1949
Finale For A Festival (And This Shall be For Music)    Rodby SATB 1983
Gershwin: A Concert Panorama    Higgins SATB 1927
Gloria     Ness Beck SSAATTBB 1981
Gloria Sing Praise  Gooch   SATB 1990
Gloucestershire Wassail    Scott SATB 1944
Go Tell it On The Mountain    Maddux SATB 1987
Holidays Are Come    Kahmann SATB 1980
I Believe In You And Me Linzer / Wolfert  Funk SATB 1981
I Won't Last A Day Without You  Nichols  Nowak SATB 1971
Let Us Break Bread Together    Ringwald SATB 1963
Life Keeps Movin    Besig SATB 1982
Lift Up Your Eyes  Medema  Kelley SATB 1982
Make Christmas Last    Alonso SATB 1978
Mary Richardson   SATB 1913
Merry Christmas Past  Williams  Prin SATB 1977
Messa Di Gloria  Puccini   SATB 1951
Mexican Shelter Carol    Gaul SATB 1939
Never Let Go Of Your Dream  Zang  Ringwald SATB 1977
Nina   Gnotov / Krone SATB 1933
Oh, Blest Are They Tschaikowsky Noble Cain SSSAATTBB 1931
Our Father    Levy SATB 1959
Ours Is The World   Hayden Morgan SATB 1944
Over The Fields At Early Morn.   Geibel SATB 1903
Over The Stars There Is Rest   Christy SSAATTBB 1945
Paean Of Joy   Butler SATB 1977
Peasant Wedding March   Soderman SATB 1909
Pebble Beach    Butler SATB 1971
Preludes To Eternity Liszt  Reibold SSAATTBB 1946
Prison Secen From "ILTrovatore" Verdi Parks SATB 1907
Psallite: Let All Nations Sing   Althouse SATB 1997
Psalm 150    Newberry SATB 1955
Psalm 150    Lewandowski SATB 1951
Red Wing    Simeone SATB 1954
Rejoice And Sing Out His Praises    Hayes SATB 1985
Return  Of The Wise Men  Posegate   SATB 1974
Rise Up Shepards In The Night  Hayden Liebergen SATB 1994
Rock- A My Soul    Hayes SATB 1986
Rocked In The Cradle Of  The Deep  Knight   Ringwald SATB 1981
Rocking  Ossewaarde  Czech  SATB 1963
Roll Chariot    Cain SATB 1936
Rose My Heart    Lohr SATB 1913
Silent Night 2 -Part   Sewell SATB 1975
Sing To The Lord A Marvelous Song    Butler SATB 1973
Slient Night   Gruber / Wetzel SSAATTBB 1928
Soft Winds Over Bethlehem  Wetzler   SATB 1982
Starlight( I Know Why You're Shinin)    Clatterbuck SATB 1983
Tear Them Down    Shaw SATB 1986
The First Nowell    Andrews SSAATTBB 1928
The Halls Of Ivy Russell / Knight   SATB 1950
The Miller's Wooing    Fanning SATB  
The Sound Of The Glory  Harris  Coates SATB 1975
Viking Song   Coleridge - Taylor SATB 1911
We Wish You A Merry Christmas   The Krones SATB 1941
While Shepherds Watched Their Sheep  Dickinson  Jungst  SATB 1922
America Samuel Smith Robert Hunter SATB 1975
America My Own   Noble Cain SATB 1940
Creole Love Song Edgar Smith N.Clifford Page SATB 1924
Save The Last Dance For Me Pomus / Shuman Jay Althouse SATB 1960
All Poor Men   Fred Prentice SATB 1969
Alleluia Christ Is Born   Robert Graham SATB 1967
Almighty God Of Our Father   Will James SSAATTBB 1941
Ava Maria   Louis De Victoria SATB 1973
The Big Parade   Kahmann SATB 1987
Christmas Is Still The Best Time Of The Year   Johnson SATB 1986
The Closing Doxology   Lockwood SSAATTBB 1952
Come On Let's Go To Bethlehem   Patricia Hurlbutt SATB 1976
Blossom Time Selections  Sigmund Romberg Harry Wilson SATB 1921
Thia One's For You Barry Manilow Frank Metis SATB 1976
Aladdin   Ed  Lojeski SATB 1992
Beat! Beat! Drums   Howard Hanson SATB 1935
Boy Child Of Mary Melody From Malawi Austin Lovelace SATB 1974
Child Jesus   Robert Thygerson SATB 1972
Come , Close the Curtains of Your Eyes   Margrethe Hokanson SSATB 1949
Comin' Throught The Rye   Harry Simone SATB 1946
And One Bright Star   Gilbert Martin SATB 1975
And The Trees Do Moan   Harvey Gaul SSAATTBB 1929
Angels O'er The Fields   Clarence Dickinson SATB 1926
Cherubim Song   Muzicheski/ Tkach SATB 1939
Christmas Comes Anew   Ruth Artman SATB 1987
The 23rd Psalm( The Lord Is My Shepherd)   H. Schalit SATB 194?
The Creation   Willy Richter SSAATTBB 1931
Bedouin Song   Harry Shelley SATB 1906
Dream, Dream Spinner   Winnagene Hatch SATB 1981
Down By The Station Ricks / Gaillard Herbert Haufrecht SATB 1948
Come Saturday Morning (The Sterile Cuckoo) Fred Karlin Don Besig SATB 1978
Twenties Medley   Kirby Shaw SATB  
Credo    Samuel Gaines SSAATTBB 1936
The Bells   Frank Ahrold SATB 1967
As Lately We Watched    Wayne Howorth SSAATTBB 1939
Come to The Music   Joseph Martin SATB  
The Baby Has Come   Chesley Kahmann SSATBB 1972
Christmas Hymn   Hugo Jungst SATB 1895
Broadway Legends Lerner / Loewe Mac Huff SATB 1956
Children's Choral Director Regina Hoffman, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%nd 17AprGMT+0000 Beach Youth Music is a non profit in Hermosa Beach, CA.  Our mission is to to initiate and develop music education programs for Hermosa Beach Youth.  We currently support an after school band and chorus program on the Valley School Campus.

We are currently seeking a Choral Director to oversee two ensembles (3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders) that meet after school.  The current hours are Wednesdays from 2-4pm, but other afternoons can be considered.

Ideally qualified candidates will possess the following skills and be able to make a 5-7 year commitment to build the choral program.  The program runs during the school year from September - June.
  • Demonstrated experience and solid reputation in conducting vocal ensembles or choruses
  • Leadership and artistic creativity in developing repertoire programming which maximizes choir potential
  • Vocal skills and ability to direct and teach by exampleTraining in Vocal Pedagogy is preferred 
  • Educational and mentoring skills that foster personal growth and learning in children and youth
  • Conducts rehearsals and concerts with our accompanist
  • Follows a “safe environment program” for the Children’s Choir
  • Works in conjunction with the board to continue to grow the program and its offerings 
  • Develops annual programs including selection of quality choral repertoire and teaching basic music theory
  • Supervises all performers including hired instrumentalists, if applicable
If interested, please submit resume and letter to
Cleveland State University Chorale Brian K. Bailey, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%nd 16AprGMT+0000 State University Chorale
Brian Bailey, conductor
Sunday, April 27, 4:00 pm
Historic St. Peter Catholic Church
E. 17th and Superior, Cleveland, OH
Marenzio–Zefiro Torna
Duruflé–Four Motets on Gregorian Themes
Billings–I am the Rose of Sharon
Britten–Five Flower Songs
Vaughan Williams–Loch Lomond
Whitacre–Lux Aurumque
Joel, arr. Chilcott–And so it goes
Stacey Gibbs–Hold On!
Free admission, Free on-street parking on Sundays.
Used Choir Robes for Sale! Shelby Nerren, %22 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%nd 14AprGMT+0000 have used choir robes that we no longer need. We have 150 of them and are asking $3 each (OBO). They are a maroon and tan color and come in lots of varied sizes. They are hanging on very good wooden hangers that we will also include. Good condition. We will ship them to you but at YOUR COST. ]]>KyACDA Summer Workshop Bradley Almquist, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%nd 15AprGMT+0000 will host its 2014 Summer Workshop in Louisville, KY on July 14-15 at Christ Church Cathedral.  Guest Clinicians include Leslie Blackwell, Meg Frazier and Anthony Sears.  The workshop The Dance of Conducting: The Art and Meaning of Gesture will feature reading sessions and conducting masterclasses and interest sessions on score preparation and error detection.  Registration materials are available at ]]>SCCC Presents Beethoven's Mass in C & Broadway Favorites! 2 Concerts, 2 Locations! Katie Brengle, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%nd 15AprGMT+0000
Fall River, MA – The South Coast Community Chorale (SCCC) presents our 17th annual Spring concert.  The concerts will take place on Saturday May 17th, 7:30pm at Good Shepherd Parish, 1598 South Main Street, Fall River MA as well as Sunday May 18th, 2:00pm at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 249 Whittenton Street, Taunton MA.  This year our Spring concert will be featuring Beethoven's Mass in C as well as medleys from Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, and The Music Man.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door (Prices for students and seniors are $12 in advance and $15 at the door).  Visit our website at to purchase tickets online through Eventbrite®.  
So-so Pianist Directing a Choir Robert Neeb, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%nd 16AprGMT+0000 all,
My name's Robert Neeb and I'm a music education student studying at the University of Southern Maine. I will be graduationg in two years and I'm not the greatest pianist, so I'm quite worried about efficiently running a choir rehearsal (because the piano is VERY essential in effectivey teaching a choir). 
Obviously practice is the ideal solution to this problem, but in some instances I will more than likely encounter a piece that I won't be able to play. Any suggestions based off of experience? Are there any pianist-organizations in Maine that I could contact? Thank you!
Robert Neeb
Executive Director: Key Chorale, Sarasota Florida Joel Morrison, %22 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%nd 14AprGMT+0000 location: Sarasota, Florida 
Reports to: Board of Directors 
Supervises: Administrative staff, volunteers 
Collaborates with: Artistic Director, Board President 
Hours: Commensurate with job responsibilities 
Compensation: Commensurate with experience within the parameters of the Key Chorale budget 
How to apply: Email your pdf résumé with three reference contacts and cover letter to: 
 Search Committee, Co-Chairperson 
Organization Name: Key Chorale 
Location: Sarasota, Florida 
About our organization: Key Chorale, now in its 29th season, is a 110-member auditioned symphonic chorus which 
brings great choral music to audiences in southwest Florida. Key Chorale has collaborated with other arts 
organizations including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Circus Sarasota and Sarasota Young Voices and is 
dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality. Key Chorale is a not for profit 
corporation under section 501 (c) (3), incorporated in the State of Florida. Its 2013-2014 annual budget is $280,000. 
For a detailed profile go to: 
Job Summary: The Executive Director is responsible for the year round overall administration, financial 
management and daily operations of the Key Chorale. The Executive Director provides the leadership of the 
organization by developing a focused strategy consistent with Key Chorale’s mission and is an advocate for and 
champions efforts to broaden and promote Key Chorale’s presence in southwest Florida. 
Responsibilities and essential duties include, but are not limited to: 
 Working with the Artistic Director to create the season plan; 
 Working with the Development Manager to create short and long term fundraising plans; 
 Developing and sustaining a supportive coalition of new and existing supporters and funders; 
 Creating and implementing marketing, public relations and social media campaigns consistent with the 
 artistic standards of the organization; 
 Working with graphic design and website design services to develop marketing materials; 
 Seeking creative collaborations with other arts organizations; 
 Contracting for venues, with collaborators and as needed; 
 Providing logistical operations for both rehearsals and performances, as needed; 
 Developing the annual operating budget in collaboration with the Board of Directors Finance Committee; 
 Negotiating contracts with contracted staff and part-time musicians; 
 Supervising part-time contracted staff and volunteers; 
 Representing the Key Chorale in the community through the Sarasota Arts Alliance, community 
foundations and tourist development groups, as needed; 
 Ensuring regular communications with the Board of Directors and members of the Executive Committee 
 and other board committees, including the coordination of and attendance at meetings and committee 
 Ensuring that the Board of Directors is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all the 
 important factors influencing it.  
Qualified applicants may have the following attributes and experience: 
 Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, communications, music education or equivalent leadership 
 experience in performing arts administration or other nonprofit organizations; 
 Business and financial management experience; 
 Commitment to promoting choral music of the highest quality; 
 Outstanding communication skills for written and oral communications, public speaking, negotiation 
 and consensus building and networking; 
 Ability and experience working with graphic designers; superior computer skills; aptitude and 
 experience with social media and website management; 
 Understanding the principles and operations of nonprofit organizations including financial 
 management and reporting, bylaws, board of directors development, marketing and advocacy; 
 Demonstrated skills including the ability to galvanize individuals to work collaboratively with other 
 organizations on short- and long-term projects; and the ability to organize special events. 
Johannus Opus 240 classical church organ Lisa Butler, %22 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%nd 12AprGMT+0000 friend's husband owned this organ.  He was a doctor who passed away and barely played it.  It is in excellent condition and sounds beautiful.  It comes with AGO pedalboard and 7 external speakers and would be ideal for a church.  She is asking $5000 (they paid $30,000 for this).  Please contact me if you know anyone who might be interested, thank you.  Pictures and video available. ]]>Mozart and More Claire Mead, %22 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%nd 14AprGMT+0000

North Country Chorus and St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltones


Mozart and More


Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

Regina Coeli

and several short contemporary works

Choruses, soloists and orchestra under the direction of Alan Rowe

  • Friday 2 May, 7:30 pm, at South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Saturday 3 May, 7:30 pm, at Wells River (VT) Congregational Church
  • Sunday 4 May, 3 pm at Peacham (VT) Congregational Church

Tickets are available in advance from Catamount Arts or at the door.

Details at ]]>
Handel Easter Messiah Mark Calonico, %22 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%nd 13AprGMT+0000 single performance of “Messiah” will be held:
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Faye Spanos Concert Hall
3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA

Tickets are $25 in advance for adults, $30 at the door, and $10 for children and full-time students. Tickets
are general admission and advance purchases can be made via our web site at, by
calling the Stockton Chorale office at (209) 951-6494, or through any Chorale member.
The Jubilate Baroque Orchestra will accompany the Stockton Chorale for this concert. Jubilate employs musicians that perform Baroque music (c. 1620-1750) in a historically informed style. The instrumentalists play that orchestral music quite differently from modern orchestras and modern techniques. However, the effect is a combination of delicacy and accuracy that audiences rarely get a chance to hear and which will sonically transport listeners back to the time of “Messiah’s” premiere in 1742.

In addition to the voices of the Chorale and the orchestra, four magnificent soloists – Jessica Siena, soprano;
Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Ebbers, tenor; Silas Elash, bass – will help bring the story of
“Messiah” to life. Part Two of “Messiah” features choruses and solos that chronicle Jesus’ passion and death,
beginning with “Behold the Lamb of God” and ending with the well-known “Hallelujah” chorus. Part Three
celebrates the Resurrection with choruses and solos drawn from New Testament texts. Handel’s work
combines wonder, drama, and the sense of celebration that is so very appropriate for the time of year between
Easter Sunday and Pentecost. Highlights of the 68-minute concert include the emotional “He was despised”
performed by van der Ploeg and Ebbers performing the desolate tenor solo “All they that see him.” Soprano
Sienna, an area favorite, will perform the famous “I know that my Redeemer liveth” while Elash will perform
“Why do the Nations so furiously rage.”
Please join us on May 17!
Facebook Fan Gate? Richard Allen Roe, %22 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%nd 11AprGMT+0000 anyone using a "Fan Gate" on their group's FB page?  Is it helping to drive sales, "Likes" etc?
Best regards,
Rick Roe
Rockville, Md
GUEST BLOG: “The 26-Year-Old Recordings and the 42-Year-Old Lawyer,” by Marsha Nagorsky Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000
       This guest post came about because of spring cleaning. I got it in my head recently that it was time to clean out some old things, and this weekend it was going through old cassette tapes. I no longer have the equipment to listen to them, and even if I did, I’m fairly certain they would disintegrate before ever producing a sound. Most of the tapes were easy to toss—in these days of iTunes, I could easily download those pop tunes in glorious digital format.
       But there were a few tapes that were hard to part with, namely, my old recordings of my high school and college choral performances. I was lucky enough to be chosen for several “honors choirs,” one for ACDA, one for MENC, All-County and All-State concerts, and the like. Each of those recordings is a reminder of an extraordinary experience, and even if I couldn’t listen to them, I couldn’t bear to part with them. But then I realized—wouldn’t it be better to listen to them again?
       So I set out to track down new copies, which lead me to Scott Dorsey at the ACDA. While helping me track them down, he wondered aloud why they meant so much me (and asked me to commit it to writing for him). The only hard part for me was taking up way too much of his time with my gushing answer.
       I can’t say that music was everything to me in my teen years—I had lots of other interests including science and speech team—but music had my heart. I never felt as good as I did when I was singing, and I never connected with people as much as when I was singing with them. I was a geeky kid, and singing well not only helped me find my place in the complex school universe, it also expanded my world beyond it.
       Being invited to participate in those honors choirs allowed me to leave the safe boundaries of my home and high school choir room and travel—sometimes just to another local high school, sometimes to another state—without my parents, without the crutches of my friends, and be part of something bigger. I went on the train to Philadelphia and Baltimore and was forced to make new friends, live up to my parents’ and teachers’ expectations of me, and prove myself on a very big stage. Being in these choirs let me immerse myself for days on end in music, sing extraordinarily difficult pieces with immensely talented singers, and prove to myself and everyone around me that I could stand on my own two feet as an adult out in the world. I learned much of what I know about responsibility, hard work, teamwork, networking, and confidence because of these experiences. And, of course, we had fun. Oh, so much fun. The joy of seeing that there were music geeks out there in the world just like me was an unparalleled joy.
       I still think on those weekends with great delight. I am envious of the kids who are just now having those experiences, and sorry for people who never got to have them at all. There are still pieces of music that will bring me right back to those extraordinary weekends. When I hear the solo in Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, I can remember with complete clarity the fear and exhilaration of auditioning for that solo at an honor choir. When I hear Poulenc’s Gloria, I am transported to a hotel ballroom and a room with so many chairs I could barely see the bass section and a huge and amazing sound that I still can’t quite believe I had a small part in making. When I hear A Jubilant Song, I remember being on a train headed to the conference and practicing the complex harmonies and rhythms with a friend who sang a different voice part. Getting to be part of filling those ballrooms with sound—it changed me, and I am so grateful to have been there.
       The LP of the 1987 All-Eastern choir arrived on my desk today, and now I have to find a way to listen to it. I haven’t heard that recording in at least 15 years, and the suspense is killing me. But for now, I’m having such fun letting that package remind me of just how wonderful it was to make that recording in the first place.
(Marsha Nagorsky is Associate Dean for Communications at the University of Chicago Law School.  She will continue this discussion in two weeks with the column, “Why Singers Make Good Lawyers”)
National Conference Choirs Needed Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 American Choral Directors Association is currently seeking choral performance applications for the 2015 ACDA National Conference, scheduled for February 25-28 in Salt Lake City.
Read the Audition Guidelines for Performance, then complete the On-line Application.
The deadline for application is April 30.
Conference Morsel: Rhythmic Roots Scott Dorsey, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “Singing in the Groove: Connecting with our Rhythmic Roots,” presented by Brian Tate during the 2014 ACDA Northwestern Division Conference)
       Rhythm is energy. When you have your singers clap a simple pattern (clap, rest, clap, rest), usually the first thing that happens is, they speed up! Why is that? Rhythm is energy. And energy wants to move! Controlling rhythm is like holding the reins on a team of horses: you need to let the energy move, but you must also be grounded and “pull back on the reins” to control the pace. Have your singers mime holding the reins, feeling the horses run, and leaning back to feel the resistance. Go back to the clapping, if it starts to rush, remind them “pull it back…”, and invite them to notice when they collectively fall into a groove. Rhythm is not about counting, it is about feeling the pulse in your body, and - like all good singing - making music with your whole body. And our voice can be used as a rhythm instrument as well as a lyric instrument.
       Clapping on 2 and 4.   In gospel and similar genres, singers are often asked to clap on 2 and 4. This can be challenging! Why? One reason is that we can erroneously think that the clap is the main beat. The strong beats - 1 and 3 - happen in the feet. Listen to a drummer - the bass drum is on 1 and 3, and snare on 2 and 4. Have your singers walk in place slowly, feeling gravity grounding them. The step has the sensation of “down”. The clap has the sensation of “up”. Clapping on 2 and 4 uplifts us!
Monteverdi Vespers at Westminster Amanda Quist, %22 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%nd 4AprGMT+0000 Choir College presents
Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610
Featuring the Westminster Kantorei and Chamber Orchestra on period instruments.
Sunday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.
Princeton Meadow Church
545 Meadow Rd.
Princeton, NJ
Admission: $20 adults and $15 students/seniors
Box Office: 609-921-2663 or
Morten Lauridsen Choral Festival Featuring Composer and His Music heidi massie, %22 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%nd 4AprGMT+0000

~~Valley Concert Chorale to Host Choral Festival Featuring Composer Morten Lauridsen, National Medal of Arts Recipient, and His Music

Livermore, Calif. – The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating 50 years as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, will host a five-day choral festival featuring the music of choral composer Morten Lauridsen. Mr. Lauridsen, named an 'American Choral Master' by the National Endowment for the Arts and the 2007 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, will be present for the festival which will include two choral performances, choral workshops for high school and college choirs, and showing of a film documentary about  his life. 

The Chorale, in collaboration with the choirs of California State University San Jose, California State University East Bay, Las Positas College and Amador Valley High School, will participate in the workshops and present two performances of all-Lauridsen musical selections.  Details are as follows:

A Morten Lauridsen Festival with Morten Lauridsen

Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:00 pm
Mission Dolores Basilica
3321 Sixteenth St., San Francisco

Sunday, May 18, 2014
7:30 pm
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton

“This is a very special event for the Chorale, the colleges, high school and the community,” says John Emory Bush, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale. 
“Having Mr. Lauridsen present to lead choral workshops and prepare the choirs for two incredible concerts is very exciting, especially for singers.  It’s a great learning experience for everyone, especially for the college and high school students.”

Lauridsen is most noted for his seven vocal cycles and his series of a cappella motets which are regularly performed by distinguished ensembles and vocal artists throughout the world.  The two concerts will feature selections from his Mid-Winter Songs, Nocturnes, set to four poems, one of which is the moving Sure on the Shining Night, Dirait-on from his Les Chansons des Roses cycle, selections from Madrigali: Six "Firesongs", O Nata Lux from Lux Aeterna, and O Magnum Mysterium performed a cappella.

In addition, singers from the audience who know Dirait-on and Sure on this Shining Night are welcome to bring music and join the choirs in a reprise of these two selections.

“Mr. Lauridsen is one of, if not the most heralded choral composers in the world today,” explains Bush. “His choral works are some of the most moving and inspiring of pieces ever written, and we are so very fortunate to have him be a part of our 50th Anniversary season, sharing his skill and insight to his music.  It will be an experience the singers will never forget, and neither will the audiences who attend the May performances.” 

Film: “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
A special showing of the award-winning film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” offers a glimpse into the life and music of one of America's greatest contemporary composers. 

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 7pm.
Vine Cinema
1722 First St, Livermore

Tickets for the festival events are as follows:

May 14: Film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” - $10
May 17: Choral performance, Mission Dolores Basilica, San Francisco - $10-$25
May 18: Choral performance, Amador Theater, Pleasanton - $10-$25

(Student tickets $10 with valid student ID)

Tickets may be purchased online on the Chorale’s website at, or by calling (925) 866-4003.

More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at or by calling the general information line at (925) 866-4003.

About Morten Lauridsen
Morten Johannes Lauridsen (born February 27, 1943) is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007), he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout (on an isolated tower near Mt. St. Helens) and attended Whitman College before traveling south to study composition at the University of Southern California with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen. He began teaching at USC in 1967 and has been on their faculty ever since.

In 2006, Lauridsen was named an 'American Choral Master' by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide."

His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations, including O Magnum Mysterium by the Tiffany Consort, A Company of Voices by Conspirare, Sound The Bells by The Bay Brass and two all-Lauridsen discs entitled Lux Aeterna by the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Paul Salamunovich and Polyphony with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton. His principal publishers are Peermusic (New York/Hamburg) and Faber Music (London).

For more about Mr. Lauridsen, visit his website at

About Valley Concert Chorale
The Valley Concert Chorale is celebrating its 50th Anniversary season as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus.  Under the direction of John Emory Bush, the Chorale has offered a variety of musical performances to serve the diverse musical tastes of its audiences. 

Valley Concert Chorale’s mission is to engage audiences in the transforming power of music by sharing their passion and joy in live performance.  They are dedicated to excellence in singing choral music of all genres, nurturing the next generation of singers, and supporting musical endeavors in the Tri-Valley community.

The all-volunteer, non-profit chorale receives financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, fundraisers and donations.
About the Director
John Emory Bush has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Valley Concert Chorale since 1998.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is also trained as a pianist, organist and harpist. He was Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale for eighteen seasons and Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas from 2000-2010.  Mr. Bush is Principal Organist at First United Methodist Church, McKinney, Texas.  For the past fourteen years, Mr. Bush has divided his time between the Bay Area and Dallas, contributing to both musical communities.




Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb - conduct solos? Daniel Wade, %22 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%nd 3AprGMT+0000 am considering programming Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb for a concert next year and am a bit curious... since the work is scored for SATB soloists, SATB choir, and organ, is it common practice for the solos to be conducted or for the solo movements to be "conductor free?" Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreicated. ]]>birth and death dates for Wilfrid Shaw Mark Konewko, %22 %b %2014 %02:%Apr:%nd 2AprGMT+0000! I'm looking for the birth and death dates of Wilfrid Shaw. We are singing his An Evening's Pastorale TTBB. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. -Mark ]]>Agent/Business Manager for Michael Engelhardt (Composer) Michael Engelhardt, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%st 23AprGMT+0000 I'm ready to take it to the next level and need someone with ambition and business acumen go with me! I have a lot of momentum from recent success, and now it's time to get really serious. 
Pay: Standard 15% commission (negotiable)
Skills: Wordpress, social media marketing, sales, project management, accounting. 
Unfamiliar with my work?
4 All-State commissions in the last 2 years - Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Minnesota (this summer)
Arrangement of "Gaudete" has been on ACDA National Conf (2013), Regionals (2012), and multiple All-states. 
Works performed by professional ensembles such as Cantus and Chapter 6. 
Contact me at
7 pieces with Walton Music
1 piece with Hinshaw
a lot of self-published works
Hudson Valley Chorale (Rockland) - Karl Jenkins' Requiem Regina Faraldo, %22 %b %2014 %00:%Apr:%nd 0AprGMT+0000 Hudson Valley Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Jason Tramm, closes out its 2013-14 season with the Rockland and Westchester County Premier of Karl Jenkins’ Requiem. Jenkins, a world famous English composer, created a masterful tour-de-force with his “Requiem” in a distinctly modern style interspersed with Japanese Haiku verse. The 30-member chorale will be accompanied by pianist Michael Wittenberg, and an ensemble of strings and percussion instruments.
The remainder of the program will consist of folk music from around the globe. American works include “Songs of Faith” by Gwyneth Walker, “Down To the Water to Pray” arranged by Larry Harris, and a jaunty rendition of “Bile Them Cabbage Down” arranged by Mack Wilberg. The beautiful Korean folk song “Ahrirang” and the South African “Siyahamba” complete the program.
A complimentary reception offering snacks and beverages will follow the concert.
The Chorale is in its seventh year, and is becoming a favorite in the Bergen and Rockland Counties. Come out and enjoy top notch choral music at a reasonable price right in the neighborhood.
Concert date:  Sunday, May 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
Location:         Dominican Convent, Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY
Tickets:           $15
To purchase tickets or for more information,
Call:                 (845) 598-6749
The Masterwork Chorus Presents "Rejoice in the Lamb" Elaine Fiorino, %21 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%st 22AprGMT+0000
The Masterwork Chorus presents Rejoice in the Lamb at 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit.  This performance marks the kickoff of the Chorus’s concert tour of Germany where they will share the stage with Frankfurt-based host choir, Caecilien Chor, singing in historic venues in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, and Wachenheim.
Conducted by Music Director Andrew Megill and Associate Director Sun Min Lee with award-winning organist Daniel Stipe, featured works include Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, Foss’s Behold! I Build An House, Dove’s Seek Him That Maketh The Seven Stars, and a variety of American and African-American spirituals.  Solos will be performed by lead singers from the Chorus; Jocelyn Lieberfarb (soprano), Mary Pat Finucane (alto), Eric Schaefer (tenor) and Peter Tamburro, III (bass). Tickets are $30. 
Visit us on line at to purchase tickets, “like” us on Facebook and Twitter, and enjoy segments of our rehearsals and performances,   You can also learn more about our signature piece, Handel’s Messiah, as Maestro Megill explores the work in a series of videos addressing “just the facts”, a little eighteenth century soprano scandal, and the question “was Messiah the Jesus Christ Superstar of its time?”
Middle/High School Choir- Montana Emily Hackethorn, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%st 20AprGMT+0000 Choir Director Position open in Florence, MT for the 2014-15 School year!   ]]>Concert Accompanist Matthew Van Dyke, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%st 20AprGMT+0000 Township High School (Oakhurst, NJ) seeks a concert accompanist for their annual spring choir concert.  Growing chorus performing a unique array of music in different styles and genres.
The gig would last two days.  Wednesday, May 28 (2-6p) and Thursday, May 29 (5-9p).
Please send inquiries, performance resume, and any recordings that you feel would highlight your abilities to, Matthew Van Dyke - Director of Choral Activities.
Thank you!
Professional available as TENOR SOLOIST, CHURCH SECTION LEADER, COMPOSER, ORCHESTRATOR and MUSICAL ARRANGER for Soloists. Choral and Instruments Raimundo Santos, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%st 20AprGMT+0000
I am a professional Singer, Songwriter, Orchestrator and Arranger, with more than 20 years of experience, seeking job for:
- Tenor Soloist or Section Leader 
- Composing new music (specialist in Church Music and in Jazz)
- Orchestrating and/or making musical arrangements for voices (Soloists and Choral groups) and instruments, for Church Music, Classical Music, Jazz and Musical Theatre, among others.
I am available to work in any location.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Raimundo Santos
Cry Out and Shout! Oak Park Concert Chorale Spring Concert Paul Lindblad, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%st 21AprGMT+0000
The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Cry Out and Shout! on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West Division Street, River Forest, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at
OPCC remains dedicated to performing varied and exciting music. Come hear the Chorale’s spring concert featuring a cappella gems from the German baroque, Russian romantic and American 20th century choral traditions. Oak Park area composers Thomas Gieschen, Richard Hillert, Max Janowski and Philip Gehring will be featured. Works by Paul Christiansen will also be highlighted. OPCC will be joined by St. John Choristers (a Forest Park children's choir) and tenor Willard Thomen to celebrate these musical treasures. We hope you will be able to be with us.
Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: Israel in Egypt Janet Pfeiffer, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%st 21AprGMT+0000
May 11, 2014
Princeton Pro Musica in Concert:
Israel in Egypt
Concerto Grosso in G Major
Richardson Auditorium
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
The PPM Chorus and Orchestra close the season in grand Baroque style with a performance of Handel’s colossal oratorio “Israel in Egypt” (1736), with double chorus, period-instrument orchestra and soloists. “Israel in Egypt” has endeared itself to skilled choirs with its use of vivid tone-painting and dynamic rhythms to evoke the plagues and other details, from jumping frogs to whirring flies, pounding hail and swelling waves. Rounding out the program is Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G Major for orchestra and instrumental soloists.
Tickets at $25, $42 and $55.
Group discount of 20% for 10 or more.
Order your tickets online today at
For more information, call (609) 683-5122
LLOYD LARSON IS CLINICIAN AT MINNESOTA WORKSHOP Rikka Estenson, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%st 20AprGMT+0000 Larson will be the guest clinician at the Cantabile Church Music Workshop on June 12-15, 2014.
Sessions will be held at the Mount Carmel Conference Center on Lake Carlos near Alexandria, Minnesota.
The workshop will highlight music throughout the church year in a variety of voicings.
A brochure can be viewed at the Mount Carmel website
Registrations can be made at this same website.
Register before May 1st and recieve a $20 discount off your workshop fee.
Join with other church musicians in this time of singing and sharing.
Princeton Pro Musica Presents: A Symposium on Handel’s Israel in Egypt Janet Pfeiffer, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%st 21AprGMT+0000
April 28, 2014
Princeton Pro Musica Presents:
A Symposium on Handel’s Israel in Egypt
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ
Princeton Pro Musica will hold a symposium panel discussion prior to its May concert of great music by G.F. Handel, featuring the oratorio Israel In Egypt. The free symposium will be held at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, on Monday, April 28 at 7:00pm. No tickets are required.
Moderated by Dr. Ryan Brandau, Dr. Wendy Heller, Professor of Music at Princeton University, Dr. Andrew Megill, conductor of Fuma Sacra and the Montreal Symphony Chorus and a professor at Westminster Choir College, and Dr. Joyce Irwin, a scholar of religion and music and singer and former professor at Colgate University, will consider the work's exciting music, unusual libretto, and unique design in order to understand its special place in the history of Handel’s oratorios.
Memorial Services for Paul Salamunovich Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%st 21AprGMT+0000
From the Paul Salamunovich Page on Facebook:
We finally have the particulars for Paul's services. The rosary will be said for him Friday, May 2nd at 7:00pm at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood-Paul's home parish for the past 65 years and where he served as choir director for 60 years. The funeral Mass will be the next day, May 3rd at 10:00am. Due to logistics, the funeral will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood at Sunset and Cherokee where Paul went to school, sang in the boys choir, the men's choir and later was choir director. Burial will be private. 
I want to again post Paul's wishes for the funeral so everyone can plan accordingly. The format for the funeral was very important to Paul and was the custom among the members of the St. Charles Borromeo Choir family when one of them passed. When a member died, the choir came down from the choir loft and sat in the pews downstairs where the family would sit and sing from there. The idea here was that the choir WAS a family and they buried their own. In keeping with this and expecting there would be a number of former-choir members of the St. Charles/St. Basi’s, LMU, Mount Saint Mary’s College, LAMC, St. Charles Children’s/Boy Choirs, orchestra members, All-States, workshops, colleagues etc. that might come, he specifically wanted everyone to sing for him one last time and more importantly, together as a family. He wanted people who shared his journey and the joy of singing, to express it all together on his behalf and to help send him home to God. We will be printing a Mass program that will include the music so everyone will have one and can sing. All the music will be primarily in unison including the chant requiem. The only two exceptions will be the Arcadelt Ave Maria and the “O God Of Lovliness, both of which will be in 4 parts. We hope you can come and help us celebrate Paul’s life.
The Salamunovich family also wanted everyone to know that there will be a post-funeral reception with a light lunch, "al fresco" at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 3rd in the Sculpture Gardens, adjacent to the Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Loyola Marymount University where Paul was professor of music for 28 years. It should be a beautiful day at a a beautiful site overlooking the bluff as many of you may remember singing Spring Chorales there for many of those 28 years. We hope you can come after the funeral to continue the celebration of Paul’s life.
ROSARY:  FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 - 7:00 PM
St. Charles Borromeo
10800 Moorpark Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(at Moorpark & Lankershim)

Blessed Sacrament
6657 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(at Sunset & Cherokee)

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
Sculpture Gardens adjacent to the Sacred Heart Chapel
Loyola Marymount University Campus
1 LMU Drive 
Los Angeles, California 90045 ]]>
Adding more instruments that just piano Heather Kent, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%st 18AprGMT+0000 am a Music Education student at the University fo Southern Maine. I am taking a Chroal Conducting class and we were given pieces that we are going to conduct at certains schools. The piece I was given was Agnus Dei from "Missa Kenya" which includes piano, horn and percussion accompianment. 
My question for this piece and in general for other pieces, is it usually harder to add other instruments other than piano to SATB? And how would one go with praciting with both groups? Practicing together multiple times very close to the concert or multiple practices over a couple of months before the concert?
2014 Summer Choral Conferences (North America)? J.-C. Coolen, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%st 18AprGMT+0000
Hi, folks.
I'm looking for a choral pick-me-up conference this summer.
I'm looking for something with great choral experience (singing under excellent conductors) and workshops on choral topics. A focus or orientation towards choral music in Christian worship would be an added bonus, but not essential.
I've gone to the St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts in the past, and loved it.
Something in the East, South or Mid-West would be most accessible to me, though I'd consider going to the West or Southwest for something really enticing.
Any suggestions?
J.-C. Coolen
Greater Toronto Area
"Elijah" with organ Patricia Corbin, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%st 17AprGMT+0000 am interested in programming Mendelssohn's "Elijah" for next year and I may have access to a great organist as an accompanist. Has anyone done  "Elijah" with just organ accompaniment? I believe G. Schirmer used to publish an organ version. If you used it, what were your thoughts? Is it worth it?  Also, was it in its entirety or were there cuts involved? Thanks in advance! ]]>Teaching Italian Diction to High School Musical Theatre Students Ken Ahlberg, %21 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%st 12AprGMT+0000
My colleague and I plan to produce and direct the beautiful musical "The Light in the Piazza" next school year.  While many of the cast will likely be my choral students who have some exposure to learning foreign language diction, a notable percentage will likely not (yet) be part of the choral program.
I am asking for collective help in gathering ideas and resources to teach Italian diction for both the sung and spoken lines for all of the actors.  Only two roles are "English speakers" and the rest will play roles as native Italians, so the students must learn to feel comfortable with the lines and sound authentic - without a Minnesotan accent.
Another beautiful part of the show is how the characters come together despite their language challenges.  Consequently, I am also looking for suggestions to help my students to speak English with thick Italian accents for much of the show.
While we will not be teaching the Italian language, I would think that learning the meaning of several words and phrases would be useful just to interact on stage.  I would love your suggestions as to which words and phrases (and their meanings) you would recommend.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Ken Ahlberg
Choral Gems of the Classical Era Clinton Garmane, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%st 17AprGMT+0000 ]]>To the Glory of God Dean Travalino, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%st 14AprGMT+0000

~~On Sunday afternoon May 4, 3 PM, Westchester  Oratorio Society, Benjamin Niemczyk, conductor, will present a concert entitled, “To the Glory of Spring,” accompanied by the acclaimed REBEL Baroque Ensemble on period instruments. The performance which will be held at the South Salem Presbyterian Church features three choral works: Vivaldi, “Gloria," Haydn "Kleine Orgelmesse” and Bach “Hallelujah BWV 143.”
Soloist will be Miriam Chaudoir, soprano and Corrine Byrne, soprano and countertenor Biraj Barkakaty.

REBEL will also perform three instrumental pieces, Vivaldi "Concerto per archi in g minor RV 156,” Bach, “Concerto for Oboe d’amore after BWV 1055" and Hasse "Fuga & Grave in g minor.”

A pre-concert talk will be given by John Moran, musicologist (Ph.D., King's College, London) and REBEL baroque cellist and viola da gamba. player, from  2 pm to 2:30 pm, free to ticket holders.  Mr. Moran specializes in the historically informed performance of music and teaches at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
South Salem Presbyterian Church is located at 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY 10590. Tickets are $20 General, $25 Door, ($40/$50 Preferred), and available online or by phone (914) 763-9389,

New Release by Kurt Knecht and Jo-Michael Scheibe from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%st 13AprGMT+0000
New Release: This setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Heaven-Haven: a nun takes the veil” by Kurt Knecht is a longing for peace in the midst of conflict. Written for 8-part mixed chorus in the style of Palestrina, contrapuntal textures without using accidentals, this purely diatonic music would be suitable for for a high school honor chorus or similar festival choir, but would be appropriate for a college or professional choir as well. Take a moment to listen to this new release at
Click the title or cover image to listen to and view the score.
Church Music Director (Fairfax VA --USA) rees llewellyn, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%st 17AprGMT+0000

Fairfax Presbyterian Church (FPC) is searching for a Director of Music (DOM) for its Music Ministry.  The Church, located within the city of Fairfax, has 628 active members and provides two services for 9 to 10 months and one service during the summer.
The DOM will lead FPC’s music program to provide outstanding and inspirational classical and contemporary music that complements the Word of God.  The Director will provide the artistic vision of the music ministry, with a main objective of expanding the programs by recruiting new participants to experience the joy of vocal and instrumental sacred music.
The DOM will be responsible for developing and directing the Sanctuary Choir and an adult bell choir, an instrumental ensemble and administering the music program.  This is a part time position.
Candidates should be vocally trained, with at least 3 to 5 years of experience directing a major choir.  
If interested in the position, please send your resume to the Music Director Search committee, attention Dennis Egan at


Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble Joseph Quick, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%st 16AprGMT+0000 Sounds Vocal Ensemble is a new group located in the Tampa Bay area. We typically rehearse on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30, and produce a full concert every other month. The ensemble uses up to 16 singers on each concert, but not all singers are required to perform on every concert. Singers are paid by keeping a percentage of the ticket income they sell. The more tickets a singer sells, the more money he/she makes. Door ticket revenue is divided equally. The ensemble is a diverse group made of college students, music teachers, and advanced level musicians. All singers must be 18 or older. Singers who successfully audition and are accepted will not need to audition for every concert.
Concerts for Summer/Fall 2014:
"We the People"
This is a patriotic concert that will blend Americana music with famous speeches and documents from American history. Many of the selections will be tight, straight tone harmonies similar to Disney's Voices of Liberty. 
Auditions: Must be submitted by May 8 at 8pm. Send a headshot, resume, and video or audio file of a selection of 1 minute or less to (or link to a YouTubevideo)
Rehearsals: May 12, 19; June 2, 9, 23, 24, 26 from 6:30-8:30pm
Concert: June 27 at 7:30pm (Call time 6pm)
"Prayers and Petitions"
This project will include prayers from the Ute Nation of Native Americans, Haitian, Appalachian, Russian Orthodox, Celtic, and Christian traditions; as well as a Broadway tune, video game tune, and an ethereal piece by Chanticleer.
Auditions: Must be submitted by June 14 at 8pm. Send a headshot, resume, and video or audio file of a selection of 1 minute or less to (or link to a YouTubevideo)
Rehearsals: June 30; July 7, 14, 28; Aug 4, 18, 25, 26, 28 from 6:30-8:30
Concert: August 29, 30, OR 31 at 7:30pm
"Music of the Macabre"
Focusing on eerie, spooky music, this concert will be heavy and somber. Two pieces will feature improvisational singing, one will have overtone singing, and languages include Lithuanian, Latin, and Haitain Creole.
Auditions: Must be submitted by July 19 at 8pm. Send a headshot, resume, and video or audio file of a selection of 1 minute or less to (or link to a YouTubevideo)
Rehearsals: Sept 8, 15, 22; Oct 6, 13, 27, 28, (30?)
Concert: October 30 OR 31 at 7:30pm
Early Childhood Music Teacher Ramona Galey, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%st 16AprGMT+0000
Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music is seeking an experienced early childhood music teacher for private music education program in greater Baltimore area to teach ages 4-6, and possibly younger. Training in "Music Together," "MusikGarten" or "KinderMusik" is required. Knowledge of both Kodaly and Gordon methodologies preferred, but not required. Must be available at least one or two days during the week, Monday through Thursday, in late afternoon or early evening starting in September for the 2014-2015 school year. Hourly compensation ranges from $30 to 45 per contact hour, depending on experience and training.
To apply send your resume and availability to: Call 410-494-1480 and ask to speak to Tina Owens for additional questions.
Speaking of Voice: “Excerpts from Margaret Hillis' 'At Rehearsals'," by Mary Lynn Doherty Scott Dorsey, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 FROM MARGARET HILLIS' At Rehearsals (First published 1969) by Mary Lynn Doherty
At Rehearsals is an 18 page document written by Margaret Hillis (founder and conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus for almost 40 years).  Her advice on singing, score marking and diction is comprehensive, concise and highly effective.   If it was good enough for the Chicago Symphony Chorus under Hillis’ direction, it is good enough for me!  While many in the profession refer to it as “the bible”, if you are not familiar with it, I have pulled several excerpts from the resource that I hope you might find helpful for you and/or your singers. 
“The Chicago Symphony Chorus never sings a reading of a work: we sing a performance.  There is a vast difference. At best, notation is an inexact blueprint of the composer’s intentions. We try to sing these intentions even beyond the limits of our musical maturity (but not beyond the intelligent use of our individual vocal resources).”
Choral singing demands intense awareness of the music itself, the conductor, the total sound, and each individual’s contribution to the whole.”
“The need is for the vocal care of the best solo singing, wedded to the musical intelligence of the ensemble singer.”
“Be sure you are contributing your best vocalism at all times.  This means:
1. An even register, with no pressing in the lower range and no pushing on top.
2. An even well-controlled vibrato throughout the whole dynamic range.
3. Clarity and consistence of vowels throughout the entire palette of possible vocal colors.
4. In forte singing, never going nearer than 10% of the loudest you can sing.  Do not give in to the temptation to force if you are sitting next to a bigger voice than yours!
5. Keep the piano dynamic alive and intense.
6. Listen to the total sound. Be aware at all times your relationship to it.
Here is a link to the full document, through The American Choral Foundation:
I received permission from Chorus America to reference the document, as they hold the copywrite.
Thank you to Scott Dorsey and Cheryl Frazes-Hill (, Associate Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Director of Choral Activities at Roosevelt University, for consulting on this post.
Monday Motivation: You are the Only Limit Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 ]]>Teaching French diction efficiently Jane Clukey, %21 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%st 3AprGMT+0000,
I am a college undergrad music student and for my conducting class I am working on Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine". While melodically straightforward, there is a lot of French. I am spending most of my rehearsal time teaching the diction rather than working on the music and still am getting incorrect pronunciation. What is the best and most efficient way to teach French diction to a high school chorus?
Accompanist Available in Los Angeles! John Jesensky, %21 %b %2014 %02:%Apr:%st 2AprGMT+0000!
    My name is John Jesensky, and I am an accompanist living in Los Angeles.  I am well-versed in opera and musical theater repertoir. 
I'm also a great sight-reader, and able to play any style needed!  I'm availble for accompanying, gigs and lessons to anyone interested.
Visit my site for more info!
Tenor and Baritone/Bass section leaders Gianfranco DeLuca, %21 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%st 1AprGMT+0000 Cathedral of St. Patrick, located in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, is currently seeking tenor and baritone/bass section leaders. The Cathedral Choir sings on Sundays at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. There are additional liturgies at Christmas, during the Easter Triduum (Holy Week), and other times as announced. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm-9pm. Sunday morning call time is 10 am. Extra rehearsals may be called occasionally. The stipend is $40 per call. Requirements would include good sight singing skills, excellent intonation, an ability to sing in Latin and English, good leadership and pastoral sensitivity skills, and willingness to informally coach/advise volunteer section members. Singers with an interest in Gregorian chant and polyphony are especially encouraged to apply.
Please contact Gianfranco DeLuca, Director of Sacred Music, at:
704-334-2283, extension 425
The Cathedral of St. Patrick
1621 Dilworth Rd. East
Charlotte, NC 28203
Princeton Festival Choral Master Class Gregory Geehern, %21 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%st 1AprGMT+0000 Princeton Festival announces its 2014 Choral Conducting Master Class with Dr. Jan Harrington, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This 6-day professional choral conducting master class (June 23-28, 2014) is open to choral conductors and auditors by application. The master class will offer technical instruction, practical rehearsal strategies, choral warm-up ideas, as well as seminars on performance issues, score study, and preparation. Conductors will participate in daily conducting master class sessions with Dr. Jan Harrington and each conductor will conduct the Festival chorus twice daily. The master class will culminate in a public performance led by the participant conductors.
Please apply online at
Rehearsal Accompanist: Legally Blonde Act 1 April 22nd Grant Mech, %20 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000 pianist needed for work through of act 1 of the musical "Legally Blonde" from 3:00-10:00 on Tuesday, April 22nd at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, NJ.  Pay is $25/hour.  Dinner is also provided.  Contact Grant Mech at
Greater South Jersey Chorus presents Brahms' Requiem Randy Cornell, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 90-voice Greater South Jersey Chorus will present two performances of Brahms' German Requiem in May, 2014--on Sunday, May 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ; and on Saturday, May 17 at St. Isaac Jogues' Roman Catholic Church in Marlton, NJ. 
Consistent with Brahms' own philosophy, this inspiring work of solace and support for the living in the face of death's uncertainties will be sung in a seldom-performed English translation by Professor Leonard Van Camp. The two-piano, four-hands accompaniment will be played by Tamara Benitez and Qi Zhang, and Kelly Ann Bixby and John Andrew Fernandez will perform the soprano and baritone solos.
The Greater South Jersey Chorus Chamber Singers will present four shorter works on the theme of death and transcendance: Frank James Stanek's "The Choir Invisible", Dean Rishel's setting of "Death Be Not Proud", Daniel Gawthrop's "Sing Me to Heaven", and a new arrangement of the African-American spiritual "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" by Dean Rishel.
These will be the farewell performances by Artistic Director Dean Rishel, who has announced his retirement at the close of the present season. We urge all friends of the Greater South Jersey Chorus--and particularly former singers--to join us for these inspiring performances!  
Visit for details, program notes, and to purchase tickets.
Kids from Wisconsin 2014 Premiere Performance Tina Weiss, %20 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000
The June 24th premier will raise the curtain on another demanding summer season for the Kids From Wisconsin. 
June 24th, 2014
Horsduerves and Raffles at 5:30
Concert at 7:30
Wsiconsin Lutheran College, Schwan Concert Hall (View)
8800 W. Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Purchase tickets here
The 2014 Kids revue is entitled "Can't Hold Us," and it is an especially appropriate theme for the Kids this year, as they expand their reach beyond the performance stage. 

"As exciting as it is to begin a new year showcasing our fine young talent, we are also launching a new out-reach program called "Realize Your Dream" to ensure that music and performance remain a vital and valuable resource in our state," said Tina Weiss, Executive Director. The outreach will help the group continue its mission: "to seek out, train and showcase the musically gifted youth of Wisconsin to demonstrate the outstanding artistic talent, personal character and leadership potential present in Wisconsin's greatest natural resource, its young people."

The Premiere Performance is not just to showcase this years troupe, but it is a fundraiser for the "Realize Your Dream" outreach program.  Raffles and hors d'oeuvres begin at 5:30 along with a chance to meet the KIDS.

"Realize Your Dream" has already forged a partnership with Milwaukee's First Stage Theatre, The Boys and Girls Club in Wisconsin Rapids, younger show choirs and other similar groups across the state. Working with these younger, aspiring performers on what it takes to be a "Kid from Wisconsin". The program will teach techniques, develop relationships, and broaden knowledge through mentoring. The pre-show party will help fund this program in its inaugural year.

The troupe generally performs over 60 shows during the months of June, July and August to nearly 150,000 people over each season. 

It is not just their spectacular performances that make KIDS a crowd favorite.  The Kids are known for helping charitable organizations and service clubs by holding benefit concerts that raise thousands of dollars. 

The popularity of the KIDS continues to grow. Although similar to show choir this may not seem like some-thing for all types of audiences. Popular shows such as Glee have shattered this stereotype. Glee, which focuses on how show choir inspires people of all ages and backgrounds, has helped KIDS become even more popular across Wisconsin. 

About the Kids From Wisconsin:

Kids from Wisconsin has been delighting audiences throughout Wisconsin and across the country since 1969, including the highlighted annual performances at The Wisconsin State Fair. From the diversity of vocal talent and outstanding instrumentals to the stunning choreography and costumes, the KIDS continue to wow audiences.  The high-energy, exciting performances feature 33 singers, dancers and gifted musicians, representing Wisconsin's finest natural resource, its talented youth.  
The KIDS shows have helped raise thousands of dollars for worthy charitable organizations. 

To see the complete 2014 troupe roster and tour schedule please go to
Round in Italian? Rebecca Maurer, %20 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%th 11AprGMT+0000 all!
I'm in a bit of a situation.  My middle school choir - many sopranos and altos, one true tenor and one true baritone and one poor cambiata with the range of a perfect 6th - has been doing so well this year that I thought I'd push them to learn El Grillo by Josquin des Prez.  The problem is, I didn't start rehearsing it early enough and often enough, and now they're struggling with it.  I really want to do an Italian piece this year because I have an 8th grader who speaks fluent Italian, and I wanted to make her feel special by letting her teach us how to pronounce the text.  I tried to do this for Christmas, but we ran out of time then, too, and she was really disappointed.
I was hoping to find a 3 or 4 part round, or else a folk song that I could put some simple ostinati harmonies with.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'd have to be able to teach it in two 20 minute rehearsals, max...unfortunately, I only see this group during recess twice a week.
Rebecca Maurer
Composition Spotlight: Agnus Dei Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Agnus Dei by william copper for SAB a cappella (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO) Organ accompaniment edition available.
Level: High School or Intermediate Church Choir
Uses: General Concert Use, Communion Rite, Easter
Program Themes: Masterworks, Languages
This Piece Would Program Well With: Gloria (from “Paukenmesse”) by F. Joseph Haydn arr. Robinson available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus.
Willliam Copper has presented us with an Agnus Dei that includes a couple of unusual twists.  It is for SAB but invites the congregation to join in, doubling various parts in the imitative polyphony.  It also includes a guide to singing in “just” instead of the “well tempered” tuning.  For the conductor or teacher that doesn’t have a degree in early music, this is an excellent piece to start you and your singers on the road to a greater understanding.  The virtual recording of the piece is done in just intonation.  The ranges are very approachable and the rhythm is bright and energetic.  I could see using this in concert or during the Easter Season. 
Agnus Dei is available from the composer
Sunday Inspiration: Worthy is the Lamb (Handel) Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
Looking for Tavener Wedding Prayer Kevin St. Clair, %20 %b %2014 %02:%Apr:%th 2AprGMT+0000 Wedding Prayer (1987 or 1994)
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Tavener
Starting: ASAP
For: end of June
Copies: 20
Willing to rent: No
Needed for a wedding ceremony on June 28 – special request from the bride, who's a Tavener fan.  Tavener wrote several wedding pieces, including these two, but I haven't been able to have a look or listen to either one of these.  They're published on demand and require 3-5 weeks for delivery.  
Your help would be greatly appreciated – thanks!
"From the Odes of Solomon" now available from Burke & Bagley Greg Bartholomew, %19 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000 SATB settings of excerpts from the Odes of Solomon are now available from Burke & Bagley: 
The Odes of Solomon are believed to have been written around the year 100 A.D., and include strong parallels to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Scholars have debated whether the Odes should be considered Jewish, Christian or Gnostic, and whether they were first written in Greek, Hebrew or Syriac. Early Christian writings refer to and quote from them.
From the Odes of Solomon was premiered in concert on June 2, 2002, by the Ars Brunensis Chorus under the direction of conductor Roman Valek and choirmaster Dan Kalousek at the Husov Sbor, in Brno, Czech Republic. Their recording is available on CD.  From the Odes of Solomon is a Project Encore selection.
Full texts, recordings and a free downloadable perusal PDF score is available at  
Hudson Chorale - War & Peace Angela Usobiaga, %19 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000

~~Westchester’s largest chorus will close its fourth season on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Irvington High School with a program, War and Peace, featuring two transfixing choral compositions written during vastly disruptive and painful historical events: Franz Josef Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Times of Anguish, aka Lord Nelson Mass), penned at a time when Haydn’s Austria was being invaded by the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ deeply moving Dona Nobis Pacem, composed between the two world wars and based predominantly on the Civil War poetry of Walt Whitman,. 

While living during different historical periods and in different parts of the world, Walt Whitman, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Franz Josef Haydn are among those artists who reveal both their torments and their hopes regarding the times in which they were living, times which are not unlike those in which we are living today.  This program features three outstanding artists: Haydn is called the father of the symphony and was held in the highest regard both by Austrians and the Frenchman that were invaders in his country; Vaughan Williams is the first truly English composer of the 20th century and is so beloved by his countryman that he is buried in Westminster Abbey; and Whitman is considered one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century and is considered a national treasure.  Music lovers won’t want to miss this extraordinary coupling of two masterworks which will include professional soloists and full orchestra along with the Hudson Chorale.  Whitman’s beloved Beat! Beat! Drums! Blow! Bugles! Blow! accompanied by drums and bugles stands in musical and emotional contrast to the final words of both pieces: Dona nobis pacem (grant us peace). 

Following the concert, the audience is invited to join the performers for an informal reception, a long-standing Hudson Chorale tradition.  Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (914) 332-0133, or through the website:  Irvington High School is located at 40 North Broadway, Irvington, NY.  Handicap parking is available and conveniently located.

Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents Musical Parody: The DNA of Renaissance Polyphony Nancy Bryant, %19 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000 Schola Cantorum, under the direction of John Whitt, presents Musical Parody: The DNA of Renaissance Polyphony
A popular technique during the Renaissance and continuing into the present, parody refers to recasting music already in existence to another purpose. Central to the May program are movements from Claudio Monteverdi's Missa 'in illo tempore,' which parodies Nicolas Gombert's motet In illo tempore loquante Jesu. Also included on the program are Michael Pretorius' Christ lag in Todesbanden and Johann Walther's Christ ist erstanden (both derived from the ancient Easter plainchant Victimae Paschali laudes); the Agnus Dei movement from Victoria's Missa 'O quam gloriosum'; the eponymous motet, Andrea Gabrieli's Angelus ad pastores ait (parodied by Heinrich Schütz in his Der Engel sprach); and Jehan L'Heritier's Nigra sum sed formosa, upon which Palestrina also based a mass setting.
Atlanta concerts at 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road, NE, and at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, NE.
Tickets $20 online at; $25/$20 at the door
Parking is free at both venues.
Songs of Farewell Concert Series Presented by the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts Jennifer Shealy, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
The Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts' Concordia and Chamber Choir will present its spring concert series “Songs of Farewell,” featuring Fauré’s Requiem, in two choral concerts, under the direction of S. Katherine Shealy, assisted by Christopher G. McGinley.  
Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Church of the Good Samaritan
212 West Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA
Sunday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church
730 South New St., West Chester, PA
The program is the first installment in a three part, yearlong concert series called A Singer's Journey. “Songs of Farewell” will include music that explores this theme of departure from both a somber and uplifting viewpoint. Chamber Choir will perform three madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi that express the ache and despair resulting from losing a lover. Dan Forrest’s “Entreat Me Not to Leave You,” which borrows the text from Ruth 1:16-22, beautifully depicts Ruth’s unwillingness to abandon her mother. A setting of the Greek folk song “Dance of Zálongo” arranged by Carol Barnett recalls the fierce bravery of the women of Souli, who bid farewell to the world rather than be enslaved by the enemy. The program will culminate with a featured performance of Gabriel Fauré’s well-known Requiem, which captures both the sorrow of losing loved ones while also celebrating departure from earth and transcendence into Heaven. This performance will feature accomplished organist Charlie de Mets, as well as soloists from Concordia.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at
The Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA) is a Chester County-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing an environment that culturally enriches the community through exposure to the performing arts. Christopher G. McGinley and S. Katherine Shealy direct the PAPA’s choirs in seasonal performances, as well as at a variety of community events. Most recently, PAPA’s choirs have performed at the West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, the Brandywine River Museum, the King of Prussia Mall, and in multiple collaborations with Uptown! Entertainment Alliance.

For more information about upcoming concerts or to schedule a performance, visit Auditions for upcoming seasons will take place by appointment in mid-May. For more information or to schedule an audition, please e-mail
Scarborough Singers, SSA Chorale accepting new members - Westchester County NY Catherine Campbell-Nesbit, %19 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 Scarborough Singers, conducted by Catherine Campbell Nesbit, will be welcoming new members in April and May.  If you love to sing, and would enjoy doing so once a week with a welcoming, warm group of women, please contact the director for more information at  The group is an SSA chorale and rehearses  on Mondays from 12 to 2 at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church on Rt. 9 in Scarborough Manor ( between Tarrytown and Ossining).  There is no audition but some experience singing with a chorus ( even from high school days) or a church choir is helpful.  All ages are welcome.  Due to day time rehearsals, this is a perfect opportunity for stay at home Moms and retirees.  A wide repertoire is performed at twice yearly concerts.  Recent programs have included everything from Mendelssohn to Mancini, Judy Collins to J.S. Bach, and Broadway and movie classics such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and One from a Chorus Line.
Plan to attend a rehearsal to see if the group is a good fit for you by contacting the director at the e mail listed above.
Singers in Accord -- May 3 and 4 Judy Arnstein, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
 Sunrise image by Michael Borg
Westwood Lutheran Church  
 9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Saturday, May 3rd - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 4th - 3:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets
   $15 General Admission / $25 Preferred Seating
$10 Seniors & Groups of 8 or more / $5 Students
(Tickets will be $5 more at the door)
Singers in Accord and guest conductor Michael McGaghie present "Radiant Dawn," an array of choral works that journey through our daily cycle of light. Modeled after a traditional all-night vigil, the program travels an arc from sunset to sunrise. Vespers repertoire from across the ages will intertwine with nighttime music of wonder and dreams. The performance will feature Dominick Argento's "The Vision," a sumptuous setting of imagery from Dante's "Paradiso."The program will also include moving pieces by Barber, Lauridsen, and Chesnokov, closing with the joy of dawn's radiant arrival as heralded gloriously in the fireworks of J.S. Bach's "Cantata No. 79."
The public is invited to give a concert tribute honoring a loved one for whom they have kept or are keeping vigil. The free-will donations collected from the tributes will directly benefit Fairview Hospice, helping to fund their music and massage therapy programs not covered by Medicare or insurance. The tributes will be printed in the concert program and celebrated by the music of the performance.
Join us for this very special choral experience. Both performances will be held at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets visit
Tenor solo for Easter Moses Nonge, %19 %b %2014 %08:%Apr:%th 8AprGMT+0000 choir has a performance on Wednesday. I needed a good tenor solo that can stand for the day. ]]>Touching Performance Joshua Bronfman, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000
via Neatorama
Saturday Respite: Chocolate. FINALLY! Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 is over. Now, hand me the chocolate and no one gets hurt!
Honor the Earth - Sarah Hopkins Laura Sam, %19 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000 anyone know a USA source for Sarah Hopkin's Honor the Earth? How about a USA source for Harmonic Whirlies? 
Have you conducted this piece? If you have, I would love some insight on getting the score and whirlies without overseas shipping (extra time and expense). I cannot find the score offered online as a PDF download, even from Sarah Hopkins' website. 
Church Choir/Music Director DENISE ADINOLFI, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000 Haven Congregational Church (UCC) is seeking a part time Music Director to manage a vigorous church music program that enhances the worship and educational life of the congregation and embraces both contemporary and traditional sacred music. Responsibilities of this 10-month (Sept – June) position include coordinating, rehearsing and conducting choral and chime choirs, providing planning assistance for a community concert series as well as coordinating the music program with the Organist,  Senior Minister and Music Committee. The successful candidate will be able to work creatively with persons of different age groups and musical ability.  Position is available September 1, 2014 and the Search Committee is actively reviewing applications.  If interested, apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Music Search Committee, North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street, North Haven, CT 06473. ]]>NEED Batoto Yetu ASAP Joel Buford, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 Batoto Yetu
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Emerson/ Jacobson/ SAB
Starting: ASAP
For: 3 weeks
Copies: 3-4
Willing to rent: Yes
Hi I need Batoto Yetu by Emerson/ Jacobson, SAB asap.
Can you help?
If so please contact me
Thank you,
Joel Buford
Borrow Chilcott: Spirituals for Choirs (Oxford) Joshua Habermann, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 Spirituals for Choirs (Oxford)
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Bob Chilcott, editor
Starting: May 15, 2014
For: Until August 15, 2014
Copies: 25
Willing to rent: Yes
Hello, we are hoping to perform Joe Jennings' arrangement of Beulah Lan', which is published only in the Oxford collection "Spirituals for Choirs." Unfortuantely at over $20 per copy the colleciton is prohibitively expensive to purchase. We'd like to borrow 25 copies (or any fraction thereof) for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale summer season: May 15 (or slightly later) until August 15, 2014  We are glad to pay shipping and open our library to reciprocal borrowing. Responses to:
Thank you!
Joshua Habermann
Director, Dallas Symphony Chorus
Music Director, Santa Fe Desert Chorale 
Request to purchase Richard Hynson, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 like new set of Baerenreiter instrumental parts for J. S. Bach Mattaeusmpassion
Composer/Arranger/Edition: J. S. Bach, Mattaeuspassion, Baerenreiter Verlag
Starting: as available
For: n/a
Copies: looking for the wind set, both orchestra 1/2 string parts, continuo parts, and organ parts
Willing to rent: No
I would like to purchase a clean set of instrumental parts for J. S. Bach's Mattaeuspassion published by Baerenreiter.  Please contact me, if you would like to sell your clean, like-new parts.
Thank you,
Richard Hynson
music director
Bel Canto Chorus
Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra
Part time Assistant Minister of Music wanted Gary Gregg, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000
St. Paul Lutheran Church, a mid-sized Lutheran (ELCA) congregation located 20 minutes east of Princeton, seeks a part-time Assistant Minister of Music.  Average of 10 hours per week. Salary between $700 and $800 per month (10-months per year, September to June) commensurate with experience.  Two weekly Sunday Services (8:30am and 11:00am) during the academic year, summer schedule one service  with music at 9:30am; all choirs rehearse on Thursday evenings during the academic year.  Responsibilities are negotiable, but could include directing: the bell choir (2 octaves), pick-up choir (meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month), the children's music ministry, assistant direct the senior choir, & playing the organ and/or piano during worship.  Good communication and leadership skills, working well with all age groups, and experience with liturgical worship are desired. Please send a brief cover letter, resume and a list of references to our church office addressed "Attention: Search Committee" via mail (79 One Mile Rd. Ext.,  East Windsor, NJ 08520) or email (  Application deadline is May 1, 2014. ]]>
PIPFest 2014 with Guest Conductor, Stephen Hatfield, May 17 Diane Busby, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000
PIPFest 2014: A Youth Choral Festival
Saturday, May 17, 2014
7 PM
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Ticket Prices:
Advanced Tickets:  $12.00 ordered online at through PayPal (tickets will be available at Will Call at Benson Great Hall).  Advanced tickets are also available through any of the participating choirs.
At the Door - $15.00 – cash or check only.
Benson Great Hall, Bethel University
Partners in Praise Girls Choir celebrates 20 years of choral excellence by welcoming 11 outstanding choirs and 1 world renowned guest conductor, Stephen Hatfield to the stage at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University.  Choirs will be featured individually, presenting a wide range of repertoire from Handel to Billy Joel and John Lennon, and the evening will conclude with the Massed Choir performing several of Mr. Hatfield's dynamic works.
Brown Bag Lunch Forum: Choral Conductors are invited to observe Stephen Hatfield in action during the morning rehearsal at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and then engage in lively conversation during a lunch time forum.  Bring your own lunch! There is a nominal fee of $25, which includes a ticket to the evening concert.  For more information go to
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

About Partners in Praise Girls Choir:
Partners in Praise Girls Choir is a spirited, highly disciplined, joyous group of girls in 8th to 12th grades from the greater Twin Cities area. The choir provides vocal training, music education & performance opportunities in an environment that strives for artistic excellence.  Please visit our website  ( for more information about becoming a member of our musical family.

Temple Sings: Summer Conducting Symposium in Philadelphia, July 21-25 Paul Rardin, %18 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 SINGS 2014
Summer Seminar in Choral Conducting
July 21-25, 2014
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Join Paul Rardin, Mitos Andaya, Rollo Dilworth, and Christine Bass for Temple Sings, an exilhirating week of study in the choral art. We welcome choral conductors of all experience levels to our third annual symposium, which will feature daily podium time for all participants, as well as sessions on rehearsal techniques, score study, vocal health and technique, repertoire selection, and new choral literature. 
Praise from past participants:
"Temple Sings was the perfect blend of theory, repertoire, and personal discussion. I was able to conduct every day of the workshop with different practitioners, and the attention to what I needed most was provided in a safe environment."
"I grew so much as a conductor, and I have many exciting elements to take back to my choral classroom. The professors were fabulous!"
"I found so much value in every session, not just for the facts and information that were presented but because of the environment of sharing and community that was fostered by the faculty."
For more information and to register online, please visit the Temple Sings website.
We hope to see you this summer in Philadelphia! 
International Champion Quartet from Sweden to Perform in Nebraska TJ DiBacco, %18 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 are in for a rare treat on June 13-14, 2014, when the four young men of Ringmasters, the 2012 International Champion Quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society, perform. Their first concert with the Pathfinder Chorus will be in Omaha at Westside High School on Friday @ 7:30 pm. The second will be in Fremont at Midland University on Saturday @ 3:00 pm, as part of the Augustana Heritage Association Festival. Both events are open to the public. As a world champion of barbershop, Ringmasters blend their awesome virtuosity with the infectious energy of pop music.  Flying in from Sweden, this quartet’s vibrant show takes you from the barbershop classics, through Simon and Garfunkel, to the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Their hosts will be the local Fremont-based Pathfinder Chorus, currently ranked "10th in the world," as they prepare for their fifth consecutive trip to represent Nebraska and the Central States District (parts of six states) at the International Competition. The chorus will compete on July 4th with two musical selections specifically arranged for them: Make Them Hear You, from Ragtime, and the 1938 "Fats" Waller tune The Joint is Jumpin'. They will perform both of these songs in their June concerts, along with other exciting selections.
The Pathfinder Chorus, known as Nebraska's Premiere A Cappella Chorus, is made up of 100+ men of all ages and from all walks of life. They come from a 20,000 square mile area every Monday night to sing at the First Presbyterian Church, located at W. Linden & Nye Av. in Fremont. Men of all ages who like to sing are invited to visit the Pathfinder Chorus. Their purpose is to Enrich Lives Through Singing, and they are a 501(c)(3) organization. Open auditions will be held this Summer for any man who would like to sing in a world ranked chorus.
Thanks to the relationship between the ACDA and the Barbershop Harmony Society, the opportunity for students to experience this original American style has been expanded. To get tickets for the Omaha concert go to or call 402-522-6021.
The Language of the Discipline: Filling their Ears Jeff Tillinghast, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 of us in the field have a huge responsibility to the musicians in our ensembles: we are the channels of everything wonderful about our choral tradition, through which our singers learn about the history and future of composition, performance traditions and culture of music. If you went through a college music program, or an intensive professional training, you remember not only the performance training, but the theory, pedagogy and history training that went into your "comprehensive" musicianship education. For our singers, be they students or community and church members, we may be their only source of music "training" or expertise. While we are first and foremost conductors, and our singers come to us to experience singing rather than (or alongside) studying theory and history, we teach a de facto "survey of choral music" by what we program: our careful selection of literature from eras, styles, purposes and traditions. The common phrase in music education is "the literature is the textbook." What if we expanded that idea just a little-- instead of saying "the literature (that we perform) is our textbook," it was "the literature (of choral music) is our textbook?"
I believe that there's a performance-oriented argument to be made that our singers should listen to a representative sample choral music. We, as deeply passionate and well-versed professional musicians, who have spent our lives training a particular speciality, run the risk of taking for granted that our singers have the same intuitive aural performance ideal that we do. We know "the sound" that we have in mind. Do our singers listen to choral music enough to recreate it? How much rehearsal time could be saved, and what higher levels of performance could be attained, if your ensemble had a truly solid understanding of fluid tempo (as opposed to the metronome-controlled rhythm tracks that lock commercial music into a rigid beat)? There's a natural comparison to language learning: online language resources are flourishing because teachers and students understand that there's an inherent value to spending time listening to the language as often as possible rather than simply having direct classroom instruction to recreate a dialect and accent. Art rooms and studios, furthermore, are filled with samples and models both of projects that are there for direct modeling (e.g. we're studying lines, so here are examples of lines) and those that are simply great exemplars of art for purposes of inspiration and seeding one's creative toolbox.
There's also an aesthetic reason for us to encourage our singers to listen to music beyond that which we program: Everything that we do to raise the public level of knowledge about choral music serves our art. Last week, I wrote about some sources for streaming music online for you and your singers. If we believe that our role as conductor includes being a steward of the choral tradition, and we accept the responsibility of being the only "choral experts" that many of our singers encounter in their lives, then we may look for ways to expand our "textbook" beyond just the music that we program. I had the chance to sit in an English faculty meeting this week where the department was trying to build a list of "core texts"-- those works of literature that the department believed a student must experience before they left the school. Are there choral works that you think all of your singers should experience? Are there works which are the hallmarks of our field to which you would like to expose your ensemble? This list may sound like a programming list, but there are many reasons why your "my singers must hear" list could be different than "my singers must sing:"
  • Ensemble Type. A small chamber ensemble might not ever perform large works with symphony, for example.
  • Technical Difficulty. If you teach middle school, or conduct a senior open-sing, your groups might not do much avant-garde.
  • Volume. If you have three concerts a year with 12 pieces a concert, that's still only 36 works. If your "Desert Island listening" list is anything like mine, 36 works a year would need many years to cover that!
It's Not Just Mixtapes
There are a few easy and light-weight ways that you could offer supplemental listening to your singers. While you may initially think of this as a required element to add in (shades of our history-class "drop the needle" listening exams), I'd encourage you to think of this as a supplemental service to offer your singers for their enrichment. After all, they already must have some level of interest in music-- they showed up to your rehearsal!
  • Spotify Playlists. As I talked about last week, I believe that Spotify playlists are a great feature for being able to share music with your singers. As the Spotify library grows, it's quite possible to build a playlist with great listening examples and share it easily. Since Spotify handles the music licensing, this is also an extremely copyight-friendly way to do it.
  • YouTube Channels. YouTube is filled with videos of ensembles from elementary school to large community groups. Building a YouTube channel is an easy way to collect those videos in one place where your singers can access them.
  • A Blog. A great model for this is the 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (companion to the book). This is a little more time for you to actually write up a little description, but if you only wanted to offer a few album suggestions for each year or concert cycle, it wouldn't have to take that much time. Including a link to a YouTube example or the album for sale through iTunes or Amazon Streaming would make it easy for your singers to purchase the album. Tumblr is popular for easy and free setup of a small (typically short posts) blog.
  • An Internal Website. If you are a part of an educational organization, you can post recordings (even if they're copyrighted) for your singers through Fair Use and the TEACH Act. The catch is that you have to be able to restrict access to students who are registered in a course or educational program. If your school offers course websites that require a password to access, this is a good solution. If not, Google Sites would let you set up a very basic site with password protection.
Feed Their Ears
No matter how you do it, a small amount of effort could provide a great resource for your singers to expand their musical knowledge and experience. Offering this exposure to the breath and depth of the choral field to our singers is a rewarding service to our art, and can prompt great discussions during rehearsals as singers talk about their favorite new music. As the English faculty asked-- "What music do your singers need to know?"
Conference Morsel: The Yawn Space Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “From Birth to Death:  Vocal Pedagogy for a Lifetime of Singing,” presented by Deborah Mello during the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Conference)
       Let’s talk about being able to access the singing space with very young singers.  Without using technical terms we can lead our youngest singers to learn how to sing with a naturally lifted soft palate by employing kinesthetic exercises, imagery and visual aids.  I encourage my choristers to yawn as a constant reminder of the “singer’s space”.  Yawning is contagious and is something we can do together in a vocal warm-up sequence.  The choristers are encouraged to yawn with their mouths closed as they focus on the way the back of their throats feel.  Ask your students to describe what they feel when they yawn with their mouths closed.  Some responses from the children are:  “like a huge cave”, “cathedral space”, “like a reverse megaphone” and “laughing through my eyes” among others.  Allowing the choristers an opportunity to feel the space allows them to access it when singing.  Also naming the action helps them to remember.  With my community children’s choir, we call it the yawn space.
       Connecting movement to the yawn space is also very helpful.  Ask your choristers to pretend to be a Ferris wheel, where they take one arm and swing it in a circle over their head, allowing their voice to “follow their arm.  With a partner, sitting or standing, move in a seesaw fashion while singing a song.
       Visual aids are also invaluable for use with young singers.  Some of my favorites are:  a Hoberman Ball (an expanding ball), tennis balls cut in half and decorated as a boy and a girl, and a Sing-A-Ma-Jig (Mattel baby toy) that shows beautiful vowel shapes.
Artistic Director for Bisbee Community Chorus Sherry Hayes, %18 %b %2014 %00:%Apr:%th 0AprGMT+0000
The Bisbee Community Chorus, located in Bisbee, Arizona, is hiring an Artistic Director for the 2014-2015 season. The chorus, founded in 1988, is a non-auditioned mixed chorus of approximately 40 voices. The Artistic Director will be hired for a minimum of one August through May performance season, with four concerts during the season. Contact for a copy of the job description. Salary, commensurate with experience, and specific duties will be executed in a contract for services. The Artistic Director is a contracted position, and not an employee within the context of federal law.
Interviews will be conducted by the board of the chorus, with the interview to include a mock conducting session with chorus members. Interviews for qualified candidates will be scheduled as soon as practicable. It should be noted that there is also a position open in Bisbee for a Music/Choir Teacher. For more information see
Interested parties should send resumes and a minimum of three references to:
Bisbee Community Chorus
PO Box 5317
Bisbee, Arizona  85603
Or to:
Contact Sherry Hayes at 520-226-0227 if you have any questions or need more information.
Tenor Section Leaders for High Holy Day Choir Marla Aviva Bentley, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 additional professional tenors needed for High Holy Day Choir.  Please submit resume (including any/all experience in Jewish Music) and recordings to  Previous Temple/Synagogue experience helpful, but not required.  Looking for strong sight-readers, excellent technique, and a great attitude.  ]]>Director of Music Barbara Prince, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 Community Church in the vibrant Uptown area of Minneapolis is seeking a Director of Music.  Responsibilities include coordinating and leading music for Sunday morning worship services and other worship gatherings. This includes accompanying hymns and other service music on piano, organ, and/or other instruments, as able.  The Director of Music also prepares and conducts the Chancel Choir. Details of the position can be found on the church's website.  ]]>American Voices Nao Tsurumaki, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000
AMERICAN VOICES, featuring American Classics and Broadway favorites
   Children’s Chorus of Washington - All ensembles
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 4pm
National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW,
Washington, DC 20005
Tickets & Information:
$25/adult ($30 at the door)
$10/children under age 12 ($12 at the door)
$15 CCW alumni ($17 at the door)
WAMU as Official Radio sponsor

American Voices is a concert that the whole family will enjoy! The program will include works by some of our country’s leading composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, together with traditional American songs and favorites from Broadway. The concert will feature all five of Children's Chorus of Washington’s award-winning choral ensembles, who will perform separately and together for medleys from "The Sound of Music," "Les Misérables" and "The Lion King." Playwright and director, Mary Hall Surface, a Helen Hayes award winner for outstanding director of a musical, will give the performance a magical spin! ]]>
Three Centuries of the '60s Eileen Lettick, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 the direction of Christopher Härtel, Wallingford Chorus will present its spring concert, Three Centuries of the ‘60s on May 17, 2014 at 7pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 65 N. Main Street, Wallingford, Connecticut.  The concert visits the 60s decades of the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s.  The performance features Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G Major and the work of Brahms, Billings, Sullivan, Bruckner, and The Beatles.  O’Brien Strings will accompany the chorus.  General Admission is $15, Seniors $10, Students $5, and under 12 is FREE.   A reception will follow.  For more information visit or call 203 269-6218. ]]>Empire City Men's Chorus: A More Perfect Union - May 16, 17 and 18 Edward Angelo Enrique, %17 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000

Building on our artistic vision of fostering social and community dialogue, the Empire City Men's Chorus is excited to present its May 2014 concert series A MORE PERFECT UNION, celebrating the quest for freedom, peace and equality. Join us for a night of timeless political and social writings, speeches, and addresses woven into compelling music arrangements for men's ensemble.  Many of the featured texts come from historical luminaries like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Susan B. Anthony.  You will also hear Melissa Dunphy's award winning What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach, a setting of Philip Spooner's compelling testimony on marriage equality given in 2009 and the world premiere of John Conahan's One Song text by 13th-century Persian mystic and philosopher Rumi.  These works represent centuries of struggle for social equality, a struggle that continues to mold and shape a unique and great American nation.  But with all that greatness, there is still work to be done...

These works represent centuries of struggle for social equality, a struggle that continues to mold and shape a unique and great American nation. 

But with all that greatness, there is still work to be done...


Friday, May 16th @ 8pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

199 Carroll Street (b/t Court and Clinton Streets), Brooklyn

Saturday, May 17th @ 8pm

Church of the Holy Apostles

296 9th Avenue (near 28th Street), Manhattan

Sunday, May 18th @ 5pm

Church of the Holy Trinity

316 East 88th Street (b/t 1st and 2nd Avenues), Manhattan


Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.  VIP Admission areas distinguished by tables or front-row seating and will include select wine and catered hors d'oeuvres.  All venues ADA compliant.


Purchase tickets by end-of-day on Friday, May 2nd, for an early bird discount of 15% (applies to General and Student/Senior Admission only).


Can't attend any of the concert dates?  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount by clicking here.  ECMC is a 501c3 non-profit, and your donation directly supports our ability to make new and interesting contributions to the choral arts.

New FREE SATB Mixolydian Hymn Mason Shefa, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
Dear all,
I have just completed a new 4-part hymn in the Mixolydian mode! Writing the music in this mode gives it an unexpected flavor that feels fresh and exciting. The music is very easy and is suitable for a choir of any size or experience. The text is perfect for any season, because it mentions elements of each! (The Incarnation, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Transfiguration, Lent).
Here is the text:
How can God's Son come down,
And yet remain on High?
Put on He flesh indeed
His nature to belie.
Only through Love Divine
Can He to us draw nigh;
The Lord defeated death
To raise us to the Sky.
What Bounty found is This,
That sinful Man repairs;
That up did Laz'rus raise,
And our salvation bears?
Only through Love Divine
Can He to us draw nigh;
The Lord defeated death
To raise us to the Sky.
If you are a choirmaster and are interested in using this piece at your service, please contact me (click my email address below) for a full PDF. It is FREE OF CHARGE!
Mason Shefa
Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace-Wesley Jura Litchfield, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 copies in good, but used condition.   SAATB    Excellent choral piece for school or church  $10 for the set plus shipping.  Please respond with your email address.    ]]>Artistic Director - Gay Men's Chorus of Washington Chase Maggiano, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) seeks applications for the position of Artistic Director to provide artistic leadership and vision for the organization. GMCW seeks a targeted start date no later than September 2, 2014. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31, 2014. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae to searchcommittee @ gmcw . org.
About GMCW
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is one of the premier all-male choruses in the country. Entering its 34th season, GMCW has performed in venues all over the Washington region and across the nation. Our home in the nation’s capital provides GMCW regular opportunities to perform in events of historical and political significance. With 250+ volunteer voices and an annual budget of $1.1 million, GMCW presents a wide range of musical styles during its five-concert season. Additionally, as a part of GMCW’s mission to sing as a voice of equality to connect multiple communities, members of the chorus participate in 60 community and school events each year. GMCW is also home to two select ensembles; the 34-person Rock Creek Singers, and the 13-person Potomac Fever. 
About the Position
The successful candidate will have thorough knowledge of choral music across multiple styles, and proven experience conducting and teaching a large volunteer choir. He/she will have the ability to take GMCW to a unique, innovative, and consistently high level of artistry. It is expected he/she will work in a collaborative environment with GMCW staff, the Board of Directors, and will be a part of the greater Washington, DC and national arts and LGBT communities. The Artistic Director will make GMCW his/her principal professional commitment, though it is understood that GMCW may not be the sole professional activity.
The successful candidate will also have the ability to effectively engage with donors, connect with the audience in unique ways from the stage, and share a commitment to fostering equality across communities through music. He/she will be able to navigate the changing identity and acceptance of the LGBT community, and how that relates to our musical offerings and audience.  The successful candidate will have the ability to implement effective partnerships with other arts organizations, including choruses in the Washington, DC region.  
For a full description and list of duties, please visit our website at
Spoken Lyrics in Choral Music Eric Brown, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 anyone have any good tips for addressing spoken segments in choral music so it still sounds musical?  An example is "Merry Old Land of Oz" (from Wizard of Oz) where there is singing then spoken "with a ha ha ha and ho ho ho"...
My chorus SINGS beautifully, but have not mastered the art of the spoken lyric! 
Eric Brown
UMD Chamber Singers Crowdfunding Campaign Edward Maclary, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
Help send the UMD Chamber Singers to Seoul, South Korea!
The University of Maryland’s premier choral ensemble, the UMD Chamber Singers, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support their trip to Seoul, South Korea, where they will perform as one of the featured ensembles at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10). The ensemble, led by Edward Maclary, seeks to raise money to help pay transportation costs and to ensure that financial need does not keep any of their student members from participating in this incredible opportunity for musical exchange.
Full information about the crowdfunding campaign as well as a donation link can be found at their fundraising website hosted through UMD Launch at
For continued updates on the campaign, follow the UMD Chamber Singers on Facebook and Twitter:
Jazz and Beyond -May 20 - PEBCC Justin Montigne, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000

PEBCC Jazz and BeyondJazz and Beyond – Not your Ordinary Choir

Presenting an epic Daft Punk medley and Rihanna reimagined, Ecco and Ancora, the top performing choirs of the award winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, will present its highly regarded Jazz and Beyond concert May 20 at 8:00pm at the Marsh Arts Center in Berkeley.

Cutting edge choral music, a cappella jams, and nightclub solos set the mood of the evening, as sung by Ecco’s 40 voice mixed choir under the direction of popular conductor Clifton Massey.

The women’s ensemble, Ancora, captures the sounds and rhythms of Mexico City in A lo Chilango, composed by rising star composer Diana Syrse. Under the direction of  conductor Sue Bohlin, Ancora will also perform the lush Vocal Fantasy by local composer Anne Hege, and will channel songwriting wunderkind Lorde in a cover of Royals.

Rounding out the evening will be classic jazz and top 40 solos presented by talented teen stars of tomorrow from both choirs. The songs will be familiar but new arrangements will surely surprise and delight.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 • 8:00pm
The Marsh Arts Center
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Tickets $12/$18/$30 advance, $15/$20 door

Get tickets here.

S.F. Bay Area Concert Bruce Lengacher, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 join the choirs of Acalanes High School for the 2014 Spring Concerts: "Voices of Change" on May 22 and 23, 2014 at 7pm at Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549. We will have Special Guests, The Devil Mountain Chorus  joining us on the 23rd. Suggested Donations are: $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors 60 and older and Students are Free. 
Non, Nobis Domine                                                                         William Byrd (1540-1623)
Agnus Dei                                                                                                              Kinley Lange
Sansa Kroma                                                 Akan Playground Song arr. by Felicia A.B. Sandler
WOMEN’S OCTET              (WO)
Thinkin’ Bout You                                                                                                Frank Ocean
She Keeps Me Warm/ Same Love                                 Mary Lambert/Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                                                                              
Imagine                                                                               John Lennon arr. by The Innuendos       
Sicut Cervus                                                                Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina (1525-1594)
This We Know                                                                                             Ron Jeffers (b.1943)
Guide My Feet                                                               Traditional Spiritual arr. Tawn B. Thomas


Clarity                                                                       as performed by Zedd arr. Jonathan Sparks
Dona Nobis Pacem                                                                               Ko Matsushita )b.1962)
The Eyes Of All Wait Upon Thee                                                Robert Edward Smith (b.1946)
Song Gatherings:                  I. The Call, II. Interlude, III. Consummation            Eric Tuan (b.1990)                                              Soloist: Natalie Clendending and Liza Tremsina          
The Parting Glass                                                               Traditional arr. By The Wailin’Jennys



Clarity                                                                       as performed by Zedd arr. Jonathan Sparks
Non, Nobis Domine                                                                          William Byrd (1540-1623)
Agnus Dei                                                                                                              Kinley Lange
Sansa Kroma                                                 Akan Playground Song arr. by Felicia A.B. Sandler
WOMEN’S OCTET              (WO)
Thinkin’ Bout You                                                                                                Frank Ocean
She Keeps Me Warm/ Same Love                                 Mary Lambert/Macklemore & Ryan Lewis      
Imagine                                                                               John Lennon arr. by The Innuendos       


The Little Horses                                                           Adapted by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Sam was a man                                                                         Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
I know where I’m Going               Sharon Yao, Violin                             Trad. Arr. William Hall
Like a Tree                                        Soloists TBA        Margaret P. Douroux arr. by Lon Beery



The Moment I Saw  Your Eyes                                                                                    Joe Liles

Jeepers Creepers                                                Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren, arr. by Fred King
I'm Gonna Live Till I Die                 Al Hoffman, Walter Kent, & Mann Curtis; arr.t by Greg Volk
Sospirava                                                                                     Carlos Gesualdo (1516-1613)
The Coolin’    from: Reincarnations                                                     Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Lullaby    From Garden of Paradise                                                              Shawn Crouch (b.1977)
Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent Andrea Macy, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
DATESunday, June 8, 2014                           TIME2:00 PM
LOCATION:Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Grammy-Award Nominated Bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent join forces with DCINY to celebrate the American tradition of country-style Bluegrass music with an electrifying blend of gospel and folk in Carol Barnett’s, “World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” John Purifoy’s “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” spans the Civil War in three thrilling movements of choral delight. The concert will be performed by Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of 200 voices and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. Tickets on Sale Now. $20-$100. Call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or visit
Jefferson Johnson, Conductor
Barnett: The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass
Carol Barnett, Composer-in-Residence
With Special Guest: Dailey & Vincent
Michael Adelson, Guest Conductor
Purifoy: The Chronicles of Blue and Gray (New York Premiere)
John Purifoy, Composer-in-Residence
Jonathan Griffith, Chorus Master, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Save 30% with discount code DCD18709
Four 6-foot Malmark Bell Tables Patricia Guth, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 are replacing our bell tables and have four used tables we'd like to sell. Two are in very good condition while the other two have some minor issues with the center legs. They could probably be easily fixed by someone who has the know how to do so. These tables sell new for $190 each. We are asking $50 per table. Would prefer to sell all 4 together but will split them up if necessary. The tables are located at a church in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia and south of Princeton, NJ. Would prefer selling to someone who could pick them up but would consider shipping. Cost of shipping would be charged to buyer. ]]>RTB - Vivaldi "Gloria" - Roger Dean edition Kevin Bailey, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 piano/vocal scores
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Vivaldi "Gloria" - Roger Dean edition
Starting: May 1
For: two months
Copies: 25
Willing to rent: Yes
My choir is participating in a joint choral festival, for which we're singing Vivaldi's "Gloria." We've been asked to use the Roger Dean edition, to aid in consistency among the singers, etc., but we sang from a different edition two years ago, and purchased those. To keep costs low for the singers and for my church, I'm wondering if anyone owns this edition, and if I could borrow 25 of them for this spring. We can return them by end of June. Thank you!
Vanguard Voices: Spring Choral Concert with Premiere of "Requiem Brevis" Nancy Scott, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
Vanguard Voices, directed by G. Kevin Dewey, will present a concert of polychoral, a cappella music on Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 600 N. Brady, Dearborn, Michigan.  General admission tickets are $13 in advance (call 313-943-2354) and $15 at the door.

The concert will feature the world premiere of Requiem Brevis, an eight-choir work by Michigan composer Stuart Scott which was written specifically for performance in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church.

Additional polychoral works include two for double choir: Hodie Christus Natus Est (G. P. da Palestrina) and We Beheld Once Again the Stars (Z. Randall Stroope) and one for triple choir: Misericordiae Tuae (Ascanio Trombetti).

The 70-voice mixed chorus will also perform Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, featuring pianist Gerrie T. Ball, and works by Dan Forrest and Jack Halloran.

Vanguard Voices, established in 1992, is sponsored by the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department, and is choir-in-residence at Henry Ford Community College. The members of the 70-voice mixed chorus enjoy singing a cappella, with Vanguard Brass Ensemble, and with area symphony orchestras.
The Cecilia Chorus of New York - Master Class in Choral Conducting Laura Hogan, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000, June 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128

In this unique mix of master class and summer sing (a choral music reading session), The Cecilia Chorus of New York Music Director Mark Shapiro, a noted teacher of conducting, will work with emerging conductors as they lead an audience-chorus in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. In the first half of the program, Maestro Shapiro will provide on-the-podium feedback; in the second half of the program, he will lead a full-read through of the work. Maestro Shapiro will meet separately with participating conductors before the event.

Interested conductors should apply by May 23 by sending applications to In the application, please provide a resume, repertoire list, and three current recommendations from teachers or colleagues who can comment on your conducting ability and musicianship.

The fee for the master class is $100.

For more information, please visit

Fugue Independence Zachary McEwen, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 am a student currently studying at the University of Southern Maine. I am taking a Chorale Conducting class and I am currently working on the piece Dixit Maria. What are some ways to promote a student's musical independance whilst being thrown into the chaotic puzzle that fugue's can be?
While working on this moderatly chalenging piece, my number one method so far has been count singing (1 + 2 + T + 4 + ). This method has worked very well to break apart the lines for the rest of the students, so they can hear the contrapuntal lines interweave. While rehearsing the piece"on text", the energy starts to dwindle and forte's are reduced to soft piano's. Thoughts?
Thank you for your time!
High School Choir Needs Men Audrey Carman, %17 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 middle/elemtary school, singing in a choir was a fun thing for men to do. But now in high school, I'm finding the enrollment of guys in my choir dropping! Is there a way to get the men back on board? Thanks. ]]>experienced ALLENTOWN, PA CHURCH ORGANIST, PIANIST, KEYBOARDIST, ACCOMPANIST, CHOIRS DIRECTOR, HANDBELLS & HANDCHIMES DIRECTOR SEEKS WORK MICHAEL HUFFMAN, %17 %b %2014 %10:%Apr:%th 10AprGMT+0000 ALLENTOWN, PA CHURCH ORGANIST, PIANIST, KEYBOARDIST, ACCOMPANIST, CHOIRS DIRECTOR, HANDBELL& HANDCHIMES DIRECTOR SEEKS A CAREER POSITION, TEMPORARY WORK, SUBSTITUTE WORK.
ALLENTOWN, PA 18103-3143
Warrenton Chorale John Maerhofer, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 80 + voices of the Warrenton Chorale under the direction of John W. Maerhofer will present a concert of Choral Artistry at the Warrenton Methodist Church on Saturday and Sunday April 26 & 27 at 3pm. ]]>There Is A Green Hill (arrangement) Cheryl Camm, %17 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%th 11AprGMT+0000 was asked earlier this year to produce an arrangement of There Is A Green Hill using Horsley's melody for a youth theatre group to perform as part of a mystery play in the run up to Easter.
The arrangement is versatile with up to three harmony parts including a descant, as well as drones and bells in the accompaniment. It was given its first performances last week. I realise it may be a bit late for this year's Easter singing, but while we're all in the Easter mood, here it is...maybe for next year!
You can see part of the score here (click on the tiny score to the left of the page, and it pops out!):
Here's a full recording of the arrangement:
Conference Morsel: More Males, Please Scott Dorsey, %26 %b %2014 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “Level the Playing Field: Using Barbershop Harmony to get More Males into Your Choral Program,” presented by Adam Scott during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)
Wouldn't it be great if the guys recruited each other?
Getting guys to join choir is about scratching their itch.  If the ratio of guys to girls enrolled in band class are almost equal why does it seem so hard to recruit guys?  This session discusses the right types of songs to introduce, when to hold men's choir, rehearsal strategies, tag singing, and getting guys so fired up about music that they do the recruiting for you.  Harmony in the hallways will become the norm and you'll find guys in choir you'd never have expected.
Learning from Eric Ericson IV - Conducting Technique I Richard Sparks, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
These notes are from several sessions (hence I've abbreviated in some places) that Eric Ericson did on basic conducting technique. This took place at the Haystack Workshop in Astoria, Oregon. I was singing in the 16-voice chamber choir that did a concert as well as providing the workshop choir. These are exercises to practice, or which are useful in teaching conducting (I've used them regularly). I'll spread this over two posts, corresponding to the two days Eric did this. (Sorry for any formatting "oddities" -- I had to scan and old typed version to pdf and then convert to MS Word, which made for some challenges)
1) Posture - find a balanced posture - now rotate your body side to side—relax your arms and let them follow your body - note that the arms follow in a circular way - "you need to find a natural way for your body to conduct"
2) Put your thumb and forefinger together and press intensely, so intensely that your fingertips become white - but localize the tension so that it's only in your fingers, not your arm - move your arms freely, tension only in the fingers - "too much muscle can kill the music"
3) Now bring your hand up to a 'normal' position - feel attachments that lift your arm
  • lift , then relax - just let your arm drop - now close your eyes, lift and relax - now move your arm out to the side, lift and relax
  • have a partner lift your arm with no tension then let go - it should fall naturally
  • now feel as if your arm is being lifted only by an attachment at the finger - then from the wrist , elbow, shoulder
4) Now clasp your hands together and press them together hard - feel the intensity, but no tension in your shoulder
  • shake hands with your partner, very firmly - check with the other hand to see that there is no tension in the shoulder of your partner
5) To find the position of the hand while conducting, simply lift up from by your side - find a natural position - avoid the elbow out or in, just ''natural”
6) what the conductor does must help vocal production (E. doesn't want baton for this reason)
7) the focus of the beat is the entire hand (not the fingers—too tense/ not the wrist—too floppy)
  • the hand is where the choir reads the main information - the whole body gives 'resonance' (supports, is in agreement with) with the hand
8) conduct in 1 (Eric plays the piano) - "feel the magnetic pull towards the rebound spot" (ictus)
  • now try with both hands ("don't go too high - work in the center of the body")
  • feel contact with the breath and the level of the hands
9) bounce the beat off of the left hand, held at belly level
  • now bounce it off the left hand at the top, the hand at the top of the beat
  • now move the hand with no destination (like painting a wall)
(Eric plays a waltz - "you want a clear one that provokes what follows"}
10) now conduct with the whole arm - now focus in the elbow - see how awkward and inefficient
11) now conduct in a four pattern - E. watches and says: "don't let your elbow go out for beat 2" "don't put beat 1 in front of the body - it makes for an unnatural position"
  • "don't think beat as in "beating” (schlag), use the positive aspect of heartbeat"
12) (continue conducting in 4) - feel the hand leading the beat , the arm follows
(comments to class while conducting) "relax your shoulder" "concentrate the beat in the hand" "walk around a little bit" "smaller beat , very small"
13) E. has class alternate bars conducting 4 while counting 2 and vice-versa
  • then beat 3, count 1 (E. says onnne, going immediately to the 'n') beat 1 , count "1-2-3
  • then beat 6, count 2
  • beat 2, count 6
  • (exercises of the "least common denominator")
14} "The size of the beat is related to the tempo, not the dynamic
  • he does an exercise to help feel this: change tempo with the beats the same size - doesn't work
  • (he also notes that generally he doesn't want beat going above the eye level)
  • now he alternates randomly, playing the piano and calling out the changes one bar ahead
  • then improvises freely - conductors now keep that pattern against his rhythms
15) Independence of hands: r.h./1.h.
  • r.h. conducts four, l.h. goes up and down while you sing a scale:
  • then, do the opposite (the 1.h. goes the opposite direction of the scale)
16) Articulation: alternate:
  • make sure the articulation of the hand coincides with what the voice does
  • marcato calls for a faster rebound , contraction of muscle (E: "In America I generally feel there is too fast a rebound. This loses the possibility of sonority between beats .")
  • Eric uses 12/8 for developing a legato beat - plays the opening of the St. Matthew Passion while conductors conduct ("feel the pull of the beat" )
17) now conduct 12/8, but sing only the first 8th note of every beat on the syllable “pom”
  • Now on the 2nd eighth note
  • now on the 3rd eighth note
  • (you must think all the of the eighths and show the consequences of each beat
  • the class keeps up this pattern while E improvises jazz
ACDA National Office Closed for Holiday Scott Dorsey, %26 %b %2013 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
The National Office of the American Choral Directors Association has closed for the 2014 Easter weekend. The office will re-open at 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 21.
Auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Lisa Wong, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is in the planning stages for its 2014-15 season and I would like to invite your high school choral students to audition for our ensemble. All singers entering grades 9 - 12 are eligible; please note that we also accept middle school boys with changed voices.  The Youth Chorus provides a wonderful enrichment opportunity for your strongest students, wherein they rehearse and perform challenging repertoire alongside other like-minded young musicians.  

The Youth Chorus just concluded its season with an exciting collaborative performance of Mendelssohn’s Drei geistliche Lieder und Fuge and John Corigliano’s Fern Hill with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall.  They also had the unique opportunity to perform this year in a sold-out performance of John Williams’ film score, Home Alone, with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has said of the Youth Chorus, “…It was such a pleasure to hear the ethereal beauty of these youthful voices, trained to perfection of pitch and diction.” Next year’s performances should prove equally thrilling, including opportunities to sing in the summer Blossom Music Festival, to sing with the Joffrey Ballet in our holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and to once again share the Severance Hall stage with The Cleveland Orchestra.
Our weekly rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 1:45 – 4:30 p.m., and we make every attempt to avoid scheduling conflicts with school ensembles.  In the event there is an unavoidable conflict, students are always excused from our rehearsals to attend their school event.  We view participation in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus as an enrichment opportunity, and we want to work together with you to enhance the development of our students.     
Auditions are currently being scheduled for the following dates:
Saturday, May 3:  Rocky River Presbyterian Church
Sunday, May 11:  First Baptist Church (Fairmount Boulevard)
Sunday, June 7:  University Circle United Methodist Church
Students who are interested in auditioning should contact Michelle Holy at 216-231-7374 or to schedule an audition.  Students are asked to prepare a piece from the OMEA Solo and Ensemble list or a classical solo piece (no Broadway or “pop” tunes, please). Students will also be assessed on sight-reading abilities, and may be asked to vocalize to demonstrate their range. The solo does not need to be memorized and an accompanist is provided for the audition.
The Cecilia Chorus of New York Summer Sing/Master Class - Mozart Requiem Laura Hogan, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000, June 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128
In this unique mix of summer sing and master class, you are both audience member and choral singer for Mozart’s Requiem. In the first half of the program, The Cecilia Chorus of New York Music Director Mark Shapiro, a noted teacher of conducting, will work with emerging conductors as they lead the audience-chorus, unraveling the technical and interpretive elements of this essential but elusive masterpiece. In the second half of the program, Maestro Shapiro will lead a full-read through of the work – one of Mozart’s most beloved.
Admission is $15 and includes score rental.
For more information, please visit
The Cecilia Chorus of New York Summer Sing - Bach and Handel Laura Hogan, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128
Want to experience the joy of singing some of the great choral masterworks by Bach and Handel? Here’s your chance! The Cecilia Chorus of New York Music Director Mark Shapiro leads participants through an exhilarating sequence of choruses drawn from familiar and lesser-known cantatas and anthems by two of the most beloved composers of the Baroque era. Bach works will include excerpts from Christ lag in Todesbanden and the Magnificat; Handel works will include excerpts from the Foundling Hospital Anthem and the "Utrecht" Jubilate. The evening concludes with "Hallelujah" from Handel’s Messiah.
Admission is $15 and includes copies of the required scores.
For more information, please visit
Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Choir, Friday April 25 David Fryling, %16 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000
The Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Choir present “Longings, Journeys & Obsessions in Poetry & Song.” An all-unaccompanied program comprising an eclectic selection of unaccompanied ensemble music for choir, it spans the gamut from Renaissance motet to Aboriginal overtone singing, from English part song to traditional Iroquois chant, and from traditional folk song to the most innovative 21st century re-imaginings of what choral music can be. Please join us!
Friday, April 25, 2014 @7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Incarnation
50 Cathedral Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Tickets available at the door:
$10 General Admission
$8 Senior Citizen or non-Hofstra Student with ID.

                       -------------- Program --------------                                   
    Yanaway Heyona        arr. Brian. Tate    
    Sicut Cervus              Giovanni da Palestrina    
    The Road Home        Stephen Paulus        
    Shenandoah              arr. James Erb        
    Danny Boy                  arr. Fred Prentice        
    Hotaru Koi                   Ro Ogura            
    Past Life Melodies        Sarah Hopkins        
    Mata del anima sola      Antonio Estevez         
    Jenny Kissed Me           Eric William Barnum    
    I love my love               Gustav Holst 
    L'invitation au Voyage    Scott Perkins        
    Leonardo Dreams          Eric Whitacre             
    Betelehemu                  arr. Wendell Whalum    
    Son de Camaguey         Stephen Hatfield        
    My flight for heaven      Blake Henson        
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SF Bay Area's Cantare Con Vivo: "Musical Journey through Latin America" Janice Lee, %16 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 May 3, Cantare Chamber Ensemble (with Quijerema) presents...
"Musical Journey through Latin America"
Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Merritt College (12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA 94619)
Back by popular demand, and on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Chamber Ensemble will join with the Latin Jazz Fusion group Quijerema in presenting selections from numerous Latin American countries. The mixture of harmonies and rhythms from Africa and Europe blended with various indigenous cultures from Central and South America, Mexcio, and the Caribbean Islands offer a deeper understanding and appreciation of our evolving world. The exuberance and pathos fundamental to these pieces is unmatched. Merritt College sits high in the Oakland Hills with a stunning view of the entire Bay Area, from San Jose to Marin County. It is easily accesible and parking is plentiful.
Tickets: $20 general, $10 student
For tickets, please order at
Cantare Con Vivo * 1611 Telegraph Ave Suite 801, Oakland, CA 94612 * 510-836-0789
Children's choir wanted for recording Elizabeth Christopher, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 am looking for an experienced Children's Choir Director who is currently conducting an established choir to record some of my original songs.
Size of the choir does not matter. Most songs are either unison or 2-part harmony - nothing too complex. 

The project includes recording nine Scripture songs.

You will be responsible for teaching and rehearsing your choir in prep for the recording. You will also be the one leading them during the recording.

Rehearsal schedule depends on your availability.

Looking for a Spring-Summer 2014 release date.

Your pay will be determined by your experience.
NOTE: this ad was posted previously but it was confusing to people, so I am reposting so it is clear that you know up front that there is no choir - you provide the choir. 
Request to BORROW: Johnson "Where dwells..." (TTBB, 60 copies) Sean Vogt, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 "Where dwells the soul of my love"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Victor Johnson
Starting: ASAP
For: 2 weeks (will return on Mon, April 28)
Copies: 60 (TTBB)
Willing to rent: Yes
My men's choir is participating in a festival and would like to borrow this piece for just a couple of weeks. We need 60 copies of the TTBB arrangement. You can reach me by email at:
Many thanks,
Sean Vogt
Concert: I Love Paris (selections from the French choral repertoire) presented by the Sussex County Oratorio Society Curtis Wilson, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000

The Sussex County Oratorio Society’s annual spring concert will be held 3:30 PM, Sunday, May 4 at the First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Ave., Newton, NJ. Titled “April in Paris” the concert features a variety of pieces in both French and English including the spritely Ce joys de may by Clement Janequin; two of Claude Debussey’s “Trois Chansons,” Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder and  Quant j’ai out le tabourin; Cesar Franck’s majestic Psalm 150; and the hilarious Neighbors’ Chorus by Jacques Offenbach. The concert will conclude with Cole Porter’s familiar I Love Paris. The selections will feature solo and small group singing along with flute accompaniment by two of our very talented members. Funding is made available in part by the NJ State Council of the Arts through the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.


The Oratorio Society’s more than 50 singers are drawn from Sussex County and nearby towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Directed by Al Kopacka. the group’s fine performances have led to invitations to sing with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and at selected venues around the county.


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the door or from any Oratorio member. A post-concert reception will follow in the church hall. The First United Methodist Church is a wheelchair-accessible facility.



Ce moys de May            C. Janequin

Ah! I Would Never Have Believed        G. Costeley

Restore to Me (Psalm 51)            J. Lully

La Nuit            J. Rameau

On These Meadows        C. Gluck

Ce moys de May        C. Janequin

Veni, Jesu         L. Cherubini 

Neighbors' Chorus        J. Offenbach

Restore to Me (Psalm 51)        J. Lully

Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!        C. Debussy

Psalm 150            C. Franck
Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin            C. Debussy

The Doe                P. Hindemith
Since all is Passing            P. Hindemith

Notre Pére         M. Duraflé

Dirait-on        M. Lauridsen    

April in Paris     V. Duke / arr. T. Chinn

I Love Paris        C. Porter / arr. W. Stickles

Artistic Advisor Jayne Schuitema, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
The Vocal Music Workshop is seeking an Artistic Advisor.
(A part-time position)
The artistic advisor will be responsible to the executive director and will over see all the choral/vocal programs of the VMW.  They will be the immediate supervisor of all choral music staff.
The artistic advisor will, in collaboration with the executive director, set yearly concert themes; establish jobs descriptions and duties for contract music staff.  They will: work with music staff in repertoire selection; recruit and hire contract music staff – including accompanists; evaluate music staff; participate in recruitment of singers; securing venues for performances; work with outside instrumentalists; is responsible for overseeing all concert dress rehearsals.
The artistic advisor will also conduct 1 or 2 of the choral ensembles.
Skills & Qualifications:
  • Must have some Choir Director experience.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of musical styles and the ability to teach these varying styles to the choir, including demonstrated ability to teach good vocal technique.
  • Possess effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Possess good organizational skills.
  • Possess a positive attitude.
  • Must have as a core value diversity and inclusion.
The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity and initiative, strong organizational skills and a passion to grow the organization.
Salary: commensurate with qualifications and number of ensembles the candidate conducts. (Ranging from $6,000 - $16,000 annually).
Please send resume and a sample of work to:
Jayne Schuitema
Vocal Music Workshop
PO Box 68608
Grand Rapids, MI 49516
Or email to
Deadline for submitting resumes is April 30, 2014
An absolutely haunting piece - Kyrie Fahad Siadat, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
A haunting minimalist meditation on the Kyrie. Not technically demanding, but a mental challenge for any group. Can be sung entirely acapella or with an electronic looper for the soprano solo.
Hear the piece and see the score:
♪ Singing in Austria with Karen Kennedy - June 2015 Michael Clohesy, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
The invitation to
Austria Sings
JUNE 2015
KIconcerts: Singing in Austria with Karen Kennedy - June 2015
Every singer should have an invitation
to sing at least once in Vienna and Salzburg.

Perform in the land of
Mozart, Haydn, Mahler and other great masters.
Austria, the crucible of so much of our music.

Festival Gala concert, individual concerts
Immersion in this extraordinary culture
Touring, exploring and singing!

RSVP KIconcerts

Festival details | KIchoirs on Facebook | Contact KIconcerts
Divisional Convention Concert Recordings - EAST, NWEST Charles Peery, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000've successfully found recordings available from convention concerts for all divisions except Eastern and Northwestern.  I've scoured the Eastern program book, and looked online for Northwestern (I don't have a program book for that one.)   Does anyone know if these concerts were recorded and to whom one must go to obtain them?  Thanks in advance.
Chuck in St. Louis
H+H Singers Conductor, Handel and Haydn Society William Pappazisis, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
Vocal Arts Program
The Handel and Haydn Society announces an opening for a Conductor of the H+H Singers from August 2014–June 2015.  Based on mutual agreement, the contract is renewable on an annual basis.
Founded in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.  Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, H+H’s mission is to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.
The Vocal Arts Program (VAP) provides choral training and music classes to students in grades 3-12 on Saturdays throughout the school year at Boston Latin School.  VAP currently serves 150+ students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds in 52 communities throughout the New England region.  In addition to YMC, instruction in the Vocal Arts Program includes four other choral ensembles (Youth Chorus, Young Men’s Chorus, Young Women’s Chorus, Young Women’s Chamber Choir), musicianship classes, and a selective High School Soloists scholarship program for private instruction.  Families in VAP are given the opportunity to attend H+H concerts at Symphony Hall three times a year free of charge.
Founded in 1999, H+H Singers is currently comprised of approximately 30 children representing grades 3–5.  The mission of H+H Singers is to instill a long-lasting love for singing.  It is in this ensemble where students learn fundamental singing and aural skills, with a focus on the development of the head voice, and singing with a natural, free, and open tone.  The ensemble’s performance repertoire encompasses folk songs, children’s songs, spirituals, multicultural music, and arrangements of Baroque, Classical, and other vocal art music in unison, and two, and sometimes, three parts.  H+H Singers performs at the two major VAP youth choral concerts, as well as concerts at the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Handel and Haydn’s annual Society Ball.  The students also attend a forty-minute musicianship class, where they develop aural, listening, and music literacy skills.
Handel and Haydn Society seeks a highly qualified choral conductor to coach, lead and teach the H+H Singers, a choir of approximately 30 children’s voices representing grades 3–5.  Members are selected by audition, and demonstrate musical aptitude and potential.  Singers performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire drawing from folk music, spirituals, and arrangements of developmentally appropriate classical music, primarily in two parts.
This position reports to the Assistant Director, Education and is part of a team of 18 education faculty members, which includes conductors, musicianship teachers, collaborative pianists, and a vocal quartet.
Duties include:
  1. Teaching and conducting weekly a one-hour rehearsal (additional rehearsals as needed) on Saturdays, 9:30-10:30, September – May.  The program is housed at the Boston Latin School
  2. Plans and selects repertoire for 4-5 concerts annually; should have an entrepreneurial drive to seek out new run-out performances and other performance opportunities.
  3. Prepares the chorus for occasional special community events upon request, when the season’s schedule permits.
  4. Helps recruit and auditions new students throughout the year.
  5. Writes annual student evaluation forms.
  6. Keeps track of student attendance at each rehearsal and concert; contacts absent students and parents by e-mail or telephone. 
  7. Supervises a collaborative pianist.
  8. Meets with board members, donors, and funders to participate and/or speak at board meetings, educational or social events generating interest and goodwill.
  9. Addresses parents in the annual orientations to explain expectations and procedures.
  10. Attends periodic faculty meetings throughout the course of the season held at the H+H main offices.
Candidates should have:
  • Minimum of five years of music teaching experience at the elementary level and excellent command of vocal/choral performance methods and techniques, including those that specifically the development of young children’s voices.
  • Should be detail oriented, with excellent rehearsal time-management skills, as well as strong verbal communication, organizational and logistical planning skills.
  • Ability to inspire elementary-age singers through singing and the choral art.
  • Choral conducting experience is required.  Candidates should have extensive knowledge of the children’s choral repertoire suitable for students who are in grades 3–5.
  • Master’s degree with extensive training in choral conducting and choral methods preferred.
  • Keyboard skills are helpful, but not required (a pianist is provided.) 
This is a ten-month position during the school year (classes begin September 2014.)  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and paid in ten monthly installments.  The Conductor's engagement will be as an independent contractor for tax and employment law purposes; accordingly, so-called fringe or employee benefits, including workmen’s compensation, will not be provided. The Handel and Haydn Society is committed to diversity in its Vocal Arts Program by maintaining a faculty that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select. The conductor will receive complimentary tickets to H&H concerts at Symphony Hall, or other events.
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references online at
  • Candidates who do not complete an initial online application will not be considered.
  • Supplementary materials, such as recent choral concert programs conducted by the candidate; a DVD/CD of a performance are optional.
  • Credentials and supplementary materials will not be returned to candidates.
  • The filing deadline is Wednesday, May 7; interviews will be held May 9 – May 21.  Finalists will be notified by May 24.  Auditions for final candidates will be held on May 31, 2014, and will include rehearsal and/or classroom site visits in the candidate’s current position.  Finalists will be required to demonstrate their musical proficiency on their major instrument or voice.
All applicants must complete an initial online application at:
Supplementary materials only should be mailed or delivered to:
            William T. Pappazisis, Assistant Director, Education
            Handel and Haydn Society
            300 Massachusetts Avenue
            Boston, MA 02115
            617 262 1815 x126
Youth Chorus Conductor, Handel and Haydn Society William Pappazisis, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
Vocal Arts Program
The Handel and Haydn Society announces an opening for a Conductor of the H+H Youth Chorus from August 2014-June 2015.  Based on mutual agreement, the contract is renewable on an annual basis.
Founded in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.  Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, H+H’s mission is to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.
The Vocal Arts Program (VAP) provides choral training and music classes to students in grades 3-12 on Saturdays throughout the school year at Boston Latin School.  VAP currently serves 150+ students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds in 52 communities throughout the New England region.   In addition to Youth Chorus, instruction in the Vocal Arts Program includes four other choral ensembles (Singers, Young Men’s Chorus, Young Women’s Chorus, Young Women’s Chamber Choir), musicianship classes, and a selective High School Soloists scholarship program for private instruction.  Families in VAP are given the opportunity to attend H+H concerts at Symphony Hall three times a year free of charge.
Founded in 1994, the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Chorus was the first Vocal Arts Program ensemble. Today, the ensemble’s 50 members come from nearly 30 communities and sing repertoire that ranges from classical music to spirituals, folksongs, and world music.  Inspiring adolescent singers, and to challenge them to achieve their musical best, the Youth Chorus is an ensemble for boys and girls in grades 6–8.  It features approximately 50 members from the eastern half of Massachusetts.  The ensemble performs a broad range of repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods, along with folk songs, spirituals, and contemporary music.  Youth Chorus made its Symphony Hall debut in 1999, joining the Handel and Haydn Society ensemble for the world premiere of Dan Welcher’s oratorio, JFK: The Voice of Peace. Youth Chorus performed at the dedication of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge on national television with Bruce Springsteen in 2003, at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) division conference in New York City in 2006, and in Vox Lumiere’s rock opera The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in 2009. Youth Chorus has also been featured in performances ofCarmina Burana by Boston College ensembles, the Brookline Chorus, and Heritage Chorale.  The Youth Chorus performed in the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden during it’s 2013–2014 season.  The ensemble performs regularly at ACDA children’s chorus festivals and at Handel and Haydn’s annual Society Ball.
Handel and Haydn Society seeks a highly qualified choral conductor to coach, lead and teach the Youth Chorus, a choir of approximately 50 middle school singers.  Participating students are from grades 6–8; members are selected by audition, and demonstrate musical aptitude and potential.  Youth Chorus frequently with other choirs in the program at various performances.
This position reports to the Assistant Director, Education and is part of a team of 18 education faculty members, which includes conductors, musicianship teachers, collaborative pianists, and a vocal quartet.
Duties include:
  1. Teaching and conducting weekly a two-hour rehearsal (additional rehearsals as needed) on Saturdays, 9:00-11:30, September – May.  The program is housed at the Boston Latin School
  2. Plans and selects repertoire for 4-6 concerts annually; should have an entrepreneurial drive to seek out new run-out performance and possible tour opportunities.
  3. Prepares the chorus for occasional special community events upon request, when the season’s schedule permits.
  4. Helps recruit and auditions new students throughout the year.
  5. Writes annual student evaluation forms.
  6. Keeps track of student attendance at each rehearsal and concert; contacts absent students and parents by e-mail or telephone. 
  7. Supervises a collaborative pianist.
  8. Meets with board members, donors, and funders to participate and/or speak at board meetings, educational or social events generating interest and goodwill.
  9. Addresses parents in the annual orientations to explain expectations and procedures.
  10. Attends periodic faculty meetings throughout the course of the season held at the H+H main offices.
Candidates should have:
  • Minimum of five years of music teaching experience at the music school level and excellent command of vocal/choral performance methods and techniques, including those that specifically address the adolescent singer and the changing voice.
  • Should be detail oriented, with excellent rehearsal time-management skills, as well as strong verbal communication, organizational and logistical planning skills.
  • Demonstrate outstanding personal musicianship.
  • Ability to inspire middle school-age singers through singing and the choral art.
  • Choral conducting experience is required.  Candidates should have extensive knowledge of choral repertoire in classical music ranging from early music, baroque and classical eras, as well as experience in world music, folk, and contemporary music, all suited for middle school singers.
  • Master’s degree with extensive training in choral conducting and choral methods preferred.
  • Keyboard skills are helpful, but not required (a pianist is provided.) 
This is a ten-month position during the school year (classes begin September 2014.)  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and paid in ten monthly installments.  The Conductor's engagement will be as an independent contractor for tax and employment law purposes; accordingly, so-called fringe or employee benefits, including workmen’s compensation, will not be provided. The Handel and Haydn Society is committed to diversity in its Vocal Arts Program by maintaining a faculty that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select. The conductor will receive complimentary tickets to H&H concerts at Symphony Hall, or other events.
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references online at
  • Candidates who do not complete an initial online application will not be considered.
  • Supplementary materials, such as recent choral concert programs conducted by the candidate; a DVD/CD of a performance are optional.
  • Credentials and supplementary materials will not be returned to candidates.
  • The filing deadline is Wednesday, May 7; interviews will be held May 9 – May 21.  Finalists will be notified by May 24.  Auditions for final candidates will be held on May 31, 2014, and will include rehearsal and/or classroom site visits in the candidate’s current position.  Finalists will be required to demonstrate their musical proficiency on their major instrument or voice.
All applicants must complete an initial online application at:
Supplementary materials only should be mailed or delivered to:
            William T. Pappazisis, Assistant Director, Education
            Handel and Haydn Society
            300 Massachusetts Avenue
            Boston, MA 02115
            617 262 1815 x126
Young Men's Chorus Conductor, Handel and Haydn Socety William Pappazisis, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
Vocal Arts Program
The Handel and Haydn Society announces an opening for a Conductor of the Young Men’s Chorus, from August 2014–June 2015.  Based on mutual agreement, the contract is renewable on an annual basis.
Founded in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.  Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, H+H’s mission is to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.
The Vocal Arts Program (VAP) provides choral training and music classes to students in grades 3-12 on Saturdays throughout the school year at Boston Latin School.  VAP currently serves 150+ students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds in 52 communities throughout the New England region.   In addition to YMC, instruction in the Vocal Arts Program includes four other choral ensembles (Singers, Youth Chorus, Young Women’s Chorus, Young Women’s Chamber Choir), musicianship classes, and a selective High School Soloists scholarship program for private instruction.  Families in VAP are given the opportunity to attend H+H concerts at Symphony Hall three times a year free of charge.
Founded in 2006, the Handel and Haydn Society’s Young Men’s Chorus provides a vigorous and musically challenging experience for young males with changing and changed voices (grades 8-12).   Inspiring young men to sing and to challenge them to achieve their musical best, the Young Men’s Chorus is an ensemble for changed male voices (grades 8–12) features approximately 30 members from the eastern half of Massachusetts.  It performs a broad range of repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods, along with folk songs, jazz, spirituals, and contemporary a cappella music.  The Young Men’s Chorus’ mission is to allow these singers to study and perform repertoire from a wide variety of styles, time periods, and languages. Musical selections range from early and late classical music, to world, folk, and contemporary a cappella music. The Young Men’s Chorus has performed at Symphony Hall, Tufts University, the National Heritage Museum, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the Cutler Majestic Theatre, as well as at Handel and Haydn’s Society Ball, the 2011 MMEA All-State Conference, the Lowell Mason House, and the Massachusetts Superintendents’ Roundtable.  The Young Men’s Chorus and Young Women’s Chorus performed with New England Conservatory’s Youth Chorale and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Amato’s Illuminessence, an interfaith oratorio.  Both the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Choruses have appeared on Symphony Hall stage in the Handel and Haydn Society’s performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in 2013 at Symphony Hall.  The 2013­–2014 season featured the ensembles in Symphony Hall performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria¸ and Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem.
Handel and Haydn Society seeks a highly qualified choral conductor to coach, lead and teach the Young Men’s Chorus, a choir of approximately 30 changing and changed male voices.  Participating students are from grades 8-12; members are selected by audition, and demonstrate musical aptitude and potential.  YMC frequently with the Young Women’s Chorus to perform music for SATB voices from the Baroque and Classical periods.
This position reports to the Assistant Director, Education and is part of a team of 18 education faculty members, which includes conductors, musicianship teachers, collaborative pianists, and a vocal quartet.
Duties include:
  1. Teaching and conducting weekly a 2 ½-hour rehearsal (additional rehearsals as needed) on Saturdays, 9:00-11:30, September – May.  The program is housed at the Boston Latin School
  2. Plans and selects repertoire for 4-6 concerts annually; should have an entrepreneurial drive to seek out new run-out performance and possible tour opportunities.
  3. Prepares the chorus for occasional special community events upon request, when the season’s schedule permits.
  4. Helps recruit and auditions new students throughout the year.
  5. Writes annual student evaluation forms.
  6. Keeps track of student attendance at each rehearsal and concert; contacts absent students and parents by e-mail or telephone. 
  7. Supervises a collaborative pianist and 1-2 student assistants.
  8. Meets with board members, donors, and funders to participate and/or speak at board meetings, educational or social events generating interest and goodwill.
  9. Addresses parents in the annual orientations to explain expectations and procedures.
  10. Attends periodic faculty meetings throughout the course of the season held at the H+H main offices.
Candidates should have:
  • Minimum of five years of music teaching experience at the high school level and excellent command of vocal/choral performance methods and techniques, including those that specifically address the development of the adolescent and high school male voice.
  • Should be detail oriented, with excellent rehearsal time-management skills, as well as strong verbal communication, organizational and logistical planning skills.
  • Ability to inspire high school-age singers through singing and the choral art.
  • Choral conducting experience is required.  Candidates should have extensive knowledge of choral repertoire in classical music ranging from early music, baroque and classical eras into contemporary classical works, as well as some experience in world music, folk, jazz or contemporary a cappella music, all suited for adolescent and teen male singers.
  • Master’s degree with extensive training in choral conducting and choral methods preferred.
  • An affiliation with a college or university is a plus. 
  • Keyboard skills are helpful, but not required (a pianist is provided.) 
This is a ten-month position during the school year (classes begin September 2014.)  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and paid in ten monthly installments.  The Conductor's engagement will be as an independent contractor for tax and employment law purposes; accordingly, so-called fringe or employee benefits, including workmen’s compensation, will not be provided. The Handel and Haydn Society is committed to diversity in its Vocal Arts Program by maintaining a faculty that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select. The conductor will receive complimentary tickets to H&H concerts at Symphony Hall, or other events.
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references online at
  • Candidates who do not complete an initial online application will not be considered.
  • Supplementary materials, such as recent choral concert programs conducted by the candidate; a DVD/CD of a performance are optional.
  • Credentials and supplementary materials will not be returned to candidates.
  • The filing deadline is Wednesday, May 7; interviews will be held May 9 – May 21.  Finalists will be notified by May 24.  Auditions for final candidates will be held on May 31, 2014, and will include rehearsal and/or classroom site visits in the candidate’s current position.  Finalists will be required to demonstrate their musical proficiency on their major instrument or voice.
All applicants must complete an initial online application at:
Supplementary materials only should be mailed or delivered to:
William T. Pappazisis, Assistant Director, Education
Handel and Haydn Society
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
            617 262 1815 x126
Northern Virginia Musican Seeks Employment Ryan Pick, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 name is Ryan Pick and I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2003 from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music located in Winchester, VA. I was a voice major piano minor. I am currently a professional singer, flute player, composer, conductor, and private music instructor (voice, flute, piano, composition) living in Woodbridge, VA. I am a licensed Music Teacher in the state of Virginia. I have experience teaching band, choir, orchestra, general music, and hand bells/chimes. Currently, I am a General Music Teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. I am also an Assistant Choral Director of a non-profit community chorus located in Prince William County, VA as well as the Choir Director of a Lutheran Church also located in Prince William County, VA. To date, I have performed with, written for, and directed over 25 musical ensembles ranging from Choral to Instrumental.
I am currently seeking a part-time music position, either with a Church or a Community ensemble.
2014 MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music Brian Murray, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 
Online registration for the 2014 MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music is open. This conference takes place at the campus of the University of North Texas (Denton, TX). Costs are incredibly low for this one day event--$40.00 (plus lunch) for current teachers. Click below to register for this wonderful professional development opportunity that focuses on middle school / junior high choral music.
2014 MS Conference Flyer
Schola Cantorum on Hudson: Beyond Words Darlene Wyzga, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 Performances in Manhattan and Montclair
Beyond Words Choral Concert
— to include media illustrations —
Saturday, May 17, 2014 (New York, NY)
Sunday, May 18, 2014 (Montclair, NJ)
Half a century after Leonard Bernstein’s groundbreaking series of Young People’s Concerts, Schola Cantorum on Hudson asks the same fundamental question of a new century’s young people: “What is music?” Including the beloved Chichester Psalms and other Bernstein favorites, the concerts contain choral settings of several well-known instrumental selections, and one concluding selection that will invite audience participation. Following the popular success of the media element in Schola’s March concerts, audience members, will be able to access a parallel media production created for the event on their electronic devices.

Children under the age of 12 who bring an adult are admitted free of charge, and all are urged to bring an eDevice (tablet, smartphone, etc) for access to media illustrations (made available through log-in instructions at the concerts) that parallel the familiar stories being presented. The concerts focus on the evocative power of music in our lives.

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased in advance on the Schola web site for $20 or at the door for $25. All of Schola’s concerts are produced both in Manhattan (Church of St. Paul the Apostle, just south of Lincoln Center) and in Montclair, NJ (Church of the Immaculate Conception). Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to ensure timely notice of SCH news:
Chichester Psalms performed by Evergreen Chorale and JSO Christine Gaudreau, %16 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 Evergreen Chorale, Christine Gaudreau Musical and Artistic Director, in conjunction with Jefferson Symphony, Dr. William Morse will perform a concert featuring Bernstein's Chichester Psalms on April 25, 7:30 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, Denver, (Cherr and on April 27, 4:30 pm  at Rockland Community Church, Golden.  In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (4/27), both groups are performing also John William's Three Pieces from Schindler's List, Whitacre's 5 Hebrew Love Songs, two pieces with texts from Solomon:  Set Me as a Seal by Clausen and Arise Beloved by Powell, as well as Ola Gjeilo's Across the Vast, Eternal Sky.  In addition the program contains the premiere of Franz Roehmann's In Times Like These for chamber choir and strings - a piece set to the visionary 1935 poem by German poet Peter Gan.  Acclaimed violinist Gregory Walker is featured as soloist for the John Williams and Eric Whitacre selections and the concert will be conducted by Christine Gaudreau.  For more information and ticket see ]]>Music for High School Choir and Band James Mauk, %16 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 school is toying with the idea of doing a joint concert with the choir and band programs. We're looking for a good piece for choir and band to perform together as a finale for the concert. The band is good, and the choir regularly does advanced repertoire. We're looking for something that makes for a good finale and would not be extremely vocally taxing. Any suggestions would be great!
Jake Mauk
Ave Maria (SSATB choir) Cheryl Camm, %16 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 newest piece commissioned earlier this year by the Rock Festival Choir in Northumberland and premiered by them in their Spring Concert in March is a cheery setting of "Ave Maria".
It is rhythmically vital and has an obbligato tambourine part.
You can see a score sample, purchase copies, and hear the world premiere performance (towards the bottom of the page) here:
It proved very popular indeed with the choir and the audience, so I hope some of you will also enjoy performing it!
Cheryl Camm
The Age Old Reason for Joy Robin Mayhew, %16 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%th 11AprGMT+0000 new and free Christmas Carol for everyone.  Everything needed for learning and performance is available as free downloads from the dedicated page on my website - the SATB score, a 2 part score for schools, the words and accompaniment plus other aids.  You can also see and hear a performance via a link to YouTube on the same page. ]]>Calling all California Choirs - the Mission Day Festival is here! Brian Dehn, %16 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%th 11AprGMT+0000
A special statewide observance will be held to commemorate the 300th birthday of Fr. Junípero Serra and the history surrounding the establishment of the twenty-one missions of our 31st state. The event will reflect upon the contributions of California Indians during the Spanish Mission era, including presentations by Native American youth and Andrew Galvan, Mission Indian, reflecting on this period of widespread adversity and rapid change.
Treble and mixed-voice choirs, singers grades 4-12, will lead in these simultaneous commemorative programs, singing at two of California's most representative missions - Old Mission Santa Barbara and San Francisco’s Mission Dolores. Singers will present accessible and representative songs sung during the missions’ history. Music will be supplied at no cost to all choirs.
This is phenomenal educational and musical experience. It is a wonderful chance to explore new and exciting music, learn so much about our State's history, and of course, see firsthand the beauty of two of our California Missions. Both festivals will happen simultaneously - a true sign of solidarity and a desire to share our history.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 1:30 pm

All California Student Choirs are invited to participate in this historic event.
Information can be found at:
You can also contact the Pueri Cantores office at (714) 633-7554 or
Tips on how to look for repertoire? Sharon Henderson, %15 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000'm currently a music education student in college.  I have some questions about how to get started picking out chorale repetoir.  Any tips from picking elementary school repertoire all the way up to high school repertoire would be helpful. So, here are my questions:
-Where are some good places to look for repertoire?
-What are some things to look for or avoid when picking repertoire? 
-What is some repertoire that you have found student really connect to and enjoy? 
Calling all DON NEUEN students (past and present) Rebecca Lord, %16 %b %2014 %09:%Apr:%th 9AprGMT+0000 Don Neuen has been your conductor, teacher, mentor, or an inspiration in your life, we want to invite you to join us in celebrating and thanking him! After 60 years of conducting and 50 years of collegiate teaching, he is retiring from UCLA and preparing to launch into a more active phase of guest conducting, clinician work, and private teaching. His music ministry with the Hour of Power will also continue with gusto! I am sure if you were to see him conduct/teach, you would swear he’s never changed, except he’s better!
Don is still filled with the energy of a 45-year-old and his UCLA student evaluations are overwhelmingly positive. In fact, Don was just selected by the UCLA student body for a prestigious award, the My Last Lecture Award. This is the only student-selected award available for a faculty member and an enormous honor. Don was also recently awarded the highest honor available to a University of California faculty member, the rank of Distinguished Professor.
We are preparing a celebration to honor Don in conjunction with his final UCLA performance June 7th at 8 p.m. in Royce Hall at UCLA. We are reaching out to Don’s former students around the world to share their voices, memories, gratitude, and love with our teacher and mentor, who is near and dear to us all.
We would like to invite you to submit (via e-mail to ) the following:
  • Your contact information so Don can reach you and include you in updates and news
  • A brief note of gratitude and any fun memories you may have. Also include your major accomplishments since his time with you, and how his teaching impacted your life.
  • Any relevant photographs you may have
These will be used to create a book, “Don Neuen’s Life in Song” which we will present to Don for his retirement.
If you are available to attend Don’s June 7th concert in Los Angeles, it would mean the world to him! Please RSVP to Rebecca Lord so we can make arrangements for tickets and include you in post-concert festivities. The concert will include Beethoven’s C Major Mass, Choral Fantasy, and Hallelujah from “The Mount of Olives.”
I hope to hear from you soon!
Rebecca Lord, Associate Director of Choral Activities, UCLA
JANAČEK´S PRAGUE 2014 - competition of young vocal singers and vocal groups Michal Švarc, %16 %b %2014 %08:%Apr:%th 8AprGMT+0000 agency CTA in cooperation with Prague Conservatory announced competition of young vocal singers and vocal groups in the frame of Year if Czech music.
The year 2014 is a remarkable year for Czech music, with over sixty prominent Czech composers, performers, and musical organizations celebrating anniversaries incl. Leoš Janáček.
Categories: SOLOISTS

A/ Younger children´s group (9 - 11)
B/ Older children´s group (12 - 14)

C/ Youth group I. (15 - 17)

D/ Youth group II. (18 – 20)

E/ Conservatory students (15 - 20)


A/ Children´s (till 15 years)
B/ Youth (16 – 20 years)
C/ Adult (over 20 years)

1/ Classical vocal ensembles (á capellá)
2/ Ensembles with folk and country music repertoire
3/ Ensembles with pop-music and jazz repertoire (only for groups B/ and C/)

Registration deadline is 8th September 2014.

For more info & to register, please visit:


Church Music Search Larry Schultz, %16 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000
an annual and international contest for composers and authors
RALEIGH, NC, April 15, 2014– The Music Ministry of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, is pleased to announce its first Church Music Search, a contest for composers and authors. This annual and international search calls for the creation of congregational hymns, choral anthems and orchestral music that engage and exclaim liberal Christian theology and associated themes.  Each year a different musical category and theological theme will be selected to resource Pullen and other theologically-liberal congregations with artistic and meaningful church music.
The 2015 search is for an SATB choral anthem suitable for adult choirs with keyboard accompaniment (organ or piano). Other optional instrumental parts may be included. The text of the anthem should express the meaning and celebration of Easter from a theologically-liberal viewpoint. 
An award of $1500 will be given to the creator of the winning selection (or divided equally between author and composer).  Though the Pullen Music Ministry will retain the right to print and use the winning selection in perpetuity, copyright will remain with the creator(s) and a publisher will be sought for the winning composition. 
Entries are submitted electronically and will be accepted through February 1, 2015. Find submission guidelines and enter at:
For additional information contact Larry E. Schultz at
2014 UMass Summer Conducting Institute Tony Thornton, %16 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%th 3AprGMT+0000
2014 UMass Conducting Institute: Wednesday, July 23 - Saturday, July 26
For four days this summer, join conductors Tony Thornton, Wayne Abercrombie, and Stephen Paparo for daily conducting master classes, seminars, and discussions to hone your conducting skills with both choral and instrumental ensembles. Public and private school music educators, church and community choir conductors, and graduate-student conductors are invited to apply for one of the 8 Institute Conducting Fellow positions. Undergraduate students who have completed two semesters of conducting study may apply. Those wishing to attend the Institute as an auditor/observer may do so for a reduced fee. 
•    Generous podium time in front of the Institute Chorus (approximately 90 minutes!) 
•    Conducting fellows will receive 2 private conducting lessons
•    Work with our resident string quartet
•    Improve and build your gestural vocabulary 
•    Learn to apply musical analysis (historical, structural, and vocal) directly to your conducting technique
•    Explore effective rehearsal techniques and warm-ups
•    Learn group vocal techniques to develop a beautiful and stylistically appropriate ensemble sound
•    Feldenkrais for Conductors with Dr. Stephen Paparo
•    Network with colleagues 
Music educators in Massachusetts will receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for their participation. Graduate credit is available ($145 for one credit; $245 for two credits) through UMass Continuing Education.
Email Tony Thornton at for more information or visit the website:
Early registration is recommended.
Registration deadlines:  May 31, 2014 (early registration)
                                June 15, 2014 (late registration) 
AN EVENING WITH JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT & THE MCE Lexi Scholes, %16 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%th 3AprGMT+0000


Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 8:00pm


St. Jean Baptiste Church

East 76th Streetand Lexington Avenue

New York City 10020


RACHMANINOFF Bogoroditse Devo

STRAVINSKY Pater noster, Ave Maria, Credo

MENDELSSOHN Verleih uns FriedenRichte mich, Gott

BRAHMS Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65, No. 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15






The Manhattan Choral Ensemble welcomes Joseph Flummerfelt to the podium in an evening of favorites from the Maestro’s 30-year conducting career. Chorus Master to the New York Philharmonic, former Artistic Director of Westminster Choir College, and Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Dr. Flummerfelt has selected a program of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky, with a closing set of his own arrangements of beloved folk songs.


Tickets: $30 Premium Reserved, $20 General, $15 Senior/Student

Scholarly Abstraction: Diction Texts Scott Dorsey, %24 %b %2014 %21:%Jan:%th 21JanGMT+0000
(The abstract to the article “The Many Facets of Madeleine Marshall: A Historical and Cultural
Perspective of Madeleine “Graham Jones” Marshall Simon (1899-1993), Author of The Singer’s Manual of English Diction,” by Sheri Cook-Cunningham, published in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing)
Madeleine Marshall Simon (1899-1993), a pianist turned vocal coach, enjoyed wide acclaim as an expert in English diction through her teaching career at The Juilliard School (1935-1986) and particularly after publication of her book, The Singer's Manual of English Diction (first published in 1953). By means of primary source materials, including an early version of her textbook containing her handwritten notes, personal correspondence from her time at Juilliard, and a handwritten phonetic transcription for Lily Pons, this historical investigation explores Marshall's life and career with specific attention to the cultural and professional contexts that informed her work. The argument advanced is that The Singer’s Manual of English Diction endured due to Marshall’s social and professional connections coupled with her comprehensive knowledge of the subject of diction.
(“Scholarly Abstractions” is a feature highlighting brief abstracts from recent graduate projects in choral music and research published in the IJRCS.  To share your thesis abstract, contact Scott Dorsey at
Conference Morsel: Singing the Great Composers Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “Masters in Miniature: Singing the Great Composers with a Small Choir,” presented by David Rayl and Zebulon M. Highben during the 2014 ACDA Central Division Conference)
       The vast treasure trove of Renaissance music provides a wonderful resource for choirs of all types. Consider a piece like Dowland's lute song "Come again, sweet love doth now invite."  It can be performed unaccompanied, like an English madrigal, but it also works well with the accompaniment of classical guitar. See the following edition:    Alternatively, but less desirable, one could use the harpsichord stop on an electronic keyboard. Treble choirs (for example a 7th or 8th grade female ensemble) can sing just the soprano line with guitar accompaniment. Because these lute songs are strophic, another performance option is the alternation of verses between those sung by an SATB ensemble and those sung by just sopranos. These lute songs have another advantage over the 'typical' madrigal by Morley and his contemporaries--the poetry is much stronger.
       There are other works from the Renaissance that have the same flexibility in terms of performing forces. For example chansons such as Sermisy's "Tant que vivray" can be approached in any of the ways described above.
       The authors strongly urge conductors of choirs of ALL types to explore the possibilities inherent in this vast and still largely untapped repertoire.
Director of Music/Organist Joel Bevington, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Apr:%th 2AprGMT+0000
  • Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church

Position Title:  Director of Music/Organist

Responsible to:  Senior Pastor, Staff-Parish Relations Committee


Position Summary

Our music ministry is an essential part of the traditional worship services, offering meaningful sacred music in support of and enriching the experience of congregational worship. We seek a Director of Music/Organist to continue this long tradition of providing high-quality music for our worship services, including choral, instrumental, and vocal solo. A master’s degree in music or equivalent experience is required. The director of music will be responsible for preparing and leading the Chancel Choir, developing the children’s choirs, and providing music for weddings and funerals. Because sacred music is not only a performance, but an act of worship, it is desirable that the choir director/organist be not only a gifted and qualified musician, but also a person of faith.



  • Mastery of organ and key board
  • Experience and training in choral conducting
  • Versatility with diverse styles of worship music
  • Administrative and planning skills
  • Experience working with children and young adults is desirable 


Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the pastor in planning worship and choosing music consistent with the scripture lessons, liturgical seasons, and worship themes
  • Direct, rehearse, and accompany the Chancel Choir for the 11 am weekly worship services
  • Direct, rehearse, and accompany soloist(s) for the 8:45 am Sunday worship service
  • Promote and develop a graduated choral program that includes children through adults
  • Plan and provide special music for services during Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, and Christmas 
  • Be available to the Pastor for consultation as needed with regard to music for worship, weddings, and funerals
  • Consult with brides/grooms regarding wedding music
  • Provide help in finding replacements when absent
  • Responsible for care and maintenance of all musical instruments in the church, including the organ, all pianos, handbells, etc.
  • Seek opportunities for outreach to the community through music
  • Provide spiritual leadership and encouragement to those within area of responsibility
  • Provide visionary leadership in the growth of the church and its music program



Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  


Please send your resume to:

Interim Church Music Director Steve Edwards, %16 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000 Interim Church Music Director, Falmouth MA. 
The First Congregational Church of Falmouth, MA is seeking an Interim Music Director to provide direction and support for our Sunday morning worship service. The Interim Music Director will be responsible for selecting, rehearsing and performing two anthems by the Senior Choir of twenty voices for regular Sunday morning church services, and revitalizing a Children’s Choir. Ability to continue an existing Bell Choir would be a plus. The church has its own organist for this interim period. Those interested should contact Ed Celette, Chairman of the Music Committee by email:  ]]>
Estonian pronunciation guide Leonard Enns, %16 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000 anyone aware of a good resource for Estonian pronunication?
Leonard Enns
Renaissance motet--how to stay together on four different parts Allie Macisso, %15 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000! 
I am currently a sophomore music education major, and for my choral conducting class I am conducting Hassler's "Dixit Maria" to a high school choir.  This piece is a Renaissance motet, and the parts are very independent from each other.  How do I lead a rehearsal with the whole ensemble without everyone getting lost and falling apart? 
Thank you! 
Associate Director of Music (full-time) Peter DuBois, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000
Associate Director of Music (full-time):  Large, metropolitan, socially active Presbyterian church, with a long-standing commitment to an active, visible ministry of music, seeks a full-time Associate Director of Music.  This is an integral part of our total worship and Christian education program.  Responsibilities include directing a graded choir program for children, directing and overseeing multiple handbell choirs, and working with the Director of Music/Organist in a comprehensive music and arts ministry.
Experience working with children is essential.  Bachelor’s degree in music is required, with three to five years’ experience working in a church music program.  Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.  Send letter of interest with a resumé including three professional references to:
Chair, Associate Director of Music Search Committee
c/o Third Presbyterian Church
4 Meigs Street
Rochester, New York  14607
Position to begin Summer, 2014.  Application deadline is May 15, 2014.
For full position description, and more information about the church and its programs, visit - or email for a position description
Youth Choir Tour Needing help Tom Council, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000
Dear Colleagues:
It happens to us each year.  Pittsburgh is looking to be a bit of a challenge to find a church to host us.  So, we are having to move the route a little and we are now looking in the Erie, Pennsylvania area for Thursday June 26.
We also need to find a host church in the Memphis, Tn area for Saturday June the 28th.   One of our early commitments as backed out.  
This choir is performing the musical Godspell as a worship service.  If interested or need more information, please contact me direct and I will send more info.
Once again thanks for your help. 
Tom Council
Suggestions for popular pop songs good for beginning choir Chase Samuels, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000, my kids in my afterschool choir LOVE popular modern music. They are a beginning choir, does anyone have any suggestions?
Also, does anyone have any suggestions on RECRUITING new members? Thanks!
UW-Eau Claire Choral Adjunct Position Alan Rieck, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000
Choral Conductor-Music Educator. Instructional academic staff position (80%) in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at the rank of Associate Lecturer beginning August 18, 2014.  
Masters degree from a regionally accredited institution in music education or choral conducting required, doctoral degree preferred.  Demonstrated success as a choral conductor required, experience at the collegiate level is desired. At least three years of demonstrated success as a middle or high school choral music teacher are required.  Commitment to equity and inclusiveness and /or ability to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to desired. 
Conduct Women’s Concert Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Symphonic Choir (an SATB ensemble performing choral masterworks with orchestra).  Observe choral music education student teachers.  Other courses and responsibilities may be possible according to candidate interest and departmental need. Participate in recruiting and choral department events.
The Department of Music and Theatre Arts serves approximately 320 music majors and minors supported by 27 full-time and 9 part-time faculty.  The department and its musical programs are highly regarded in the state and region and enrich the Eau Claire community while providing outstanding academic opportunities.  Our faculty are well known for the quality of their performances and for their innovative teaching.  Academic programs include the BM degree in performance, theory and composition; the BME degree in instrumental, choral and general music education; the BA and BS degrees in music and music history.  All degree programs are fully accredited by NASM.  The department also serves 95 majors and minors supported by 6 full-time faculty and two staff in undergraduate programs in theatre arts and dance and offers BA degrees in theatre and theatre education, as well as a minor in dance.  Applicants are encouraged to peruse the department’s website at
UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad.  We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.  
The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.
Applications are submitted electronically.  Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site:  Once you are registered and logged in, please upload the following items:
  • Letter of application addressing position qualifications
  • Curriculum vita
  • Audio recording of 3 recently conducted choral  selections
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript(s)
  • Three current letters of recommendations
Please direct requests for additional information to:
                Nichole Akright, Academic Department Associate;
To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by April 27, 2014.  However, screening may continue until position is filled.  The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process.  Criminal background checks are required prior to employment.
UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
Solo Literature Thomas Sabatino, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 students often asked me to recommend a solo piece (art song, show tune, etc.) to learn and perform for an audition. Does anyone have a "Top 5" list of solo songs titles that would help a student "stand out" at an audition? I'm looking for top choices in every voice category. Thanks for any help! ]]>Director of Music – Salaried, part-time First United Methodist McDonough, GA Bryce Pringle, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000
McDonough First United Methodist Church was founded in the mid-19th century. The church has grown into a healthy and vibrant congregation. It is a vital part of the community with its focus on missions, Christian education and service.
Director of Music – Salaried, part-time
Develops and leads the worship music ministry for McDonough First United Methodist Church in consultation with Senior Pastor and other staff/team members. Recruits, equips, motivates, supervises and shepherds volunteers, musicians and the laity in supporting all the music ministry needs of the church.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with the Senior Pastor and staff in planning music for Sundays and all special services.
  • Recruit, equip, motivate, supervise and shepherd volunteers, musicians and the laity in support of music programming.
  • Develop musical teams and ensembles for services.
  • Communicate faithfully with the Senior Pastor and staff.
  • Participate in the life and ministry of the church.
  • Direct and/or manage all choirs during all services and rehearsals.
  • Additional duties as required by Senior Pastor and/or SPRC Chairman.
  • Personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills – highly developed ability to build relationships.
  • Skill in wide range of musical styles including Christian classics and contemporary.
  • Experience with technical aspects of services i.e., sound systems and lighting.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and motivate musicians and technical team.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music or related field, preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience in church related setting, preferred
Please send resumes to:
McDonough First United Methodist Church
Attn: Ms. Janis Price
151 Macon Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Deadline for submitting resumes May 16, 2014
Good Friday Worship with the Music of Purcell and Tavener John Cook, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 us on Good Friday, April 19th at 7pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA for a service of Reflection and Rememberence on the Sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. The passion according to Luke's Gospel will be our guide as we honor Christ with selections from Funeral Music for Queen Mary by Henry Purcell and two anthems from renowned British composer John Tavener: The Lamb and Song for Athene.
Music is offered by the 35 member Westminster Chorale, Westminster Brass, Organist Mark Babcock and Minister of Music and Fine Arts, John Cook. This presentation is made possible by the Westminster Fine Arts Series.
For more information please visit and click on the [Fiine Arts Series] tab.
Announcing The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop – August 2014 in Buffalo, New York Jeffrey James, %15 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000
The 2014 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop will be held at the State University of New York at Buffalo from Sunday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

This six-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
Space still available for Oregon Bach Festival's Choral Teachers Workshop Elin England, %15 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 is still time to sign up for the 2014 OBF Choral Teachers Workshop! Not only will you have the opportunity to see Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College work with the 84 voice Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, you will also participate in Dr. Therees Hibbard's daily BodySinging classes and see how the SFYCA participants experience the engagement of the whole body when singing, and how that effects tone, phrasing, rhythmic integrity and musicality.  In addition, you will sharpen your conducting skills and rehearsal techniques in seminars led by Dr. Sharon Paul of the University of Oregon and Anton Armstrong, hear from the new Program Director of Master Class in Conducting, Edward Maclary, and observe a rehearsal of the Master Class led by Helmuth Rilling.
Workshop dates are July 3 – July 7.  Registrants are welcome to arrive earlier and stay later to observe additional SFYCA rehearsals. The registration fee is $300 and includes all workshop materials and select concert tickets.  One graduate credit is available from the University of Oregon.  Registration deadline is May 31.
For more information about the program and to sign up, see the Choral Teachers Workshop page on the OBF website: 
The Capital Hearings Composer Competition Ehren Dohler, %15 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 Capital Hearings, a 14-member mixed vocal ensemble, are proud to announce the 2014 (Inaugural) Young Composers Competition!  We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit mixed a cappella works of two-to-five minutes in duration that align with our 2014 artistic theme, Seasons.  A cash prize of $500 will be awarded.  For full information, please visit
From formal concerts and embassy soirees to holiday caroling and flashmobs, the group's wide-ranging repertoire of classical choral favorites, vocal jazz, and contemporary arrangements has established it as Washington D.C.'s most versatile vocal ensemble.
If you have any questions, please direct them to
"Voyage au coeur de l'impressionnisme" (The Heart of Impressionism) Guillaume St-Gelais, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 Segno Vocal Ensemble is proud to present, for the first time in Quebec City, swiss born Frank Martin's Mass for double chorus (a cappella) on May 10th 2014, 8 pm. While being a grandiose but yet very intimate work, it was written in the heart of the impressionistic period best represented by Claude Debussy. Martin would actually compare his musical style with the one of the French master. The concert will also present a very interesting work by Lili Boulanger, first woman composer to win the prestigious "Prix de Rome" in 1913. Works by Marcel Dupré (also recipient of the "Prix de Rome" in 1914), Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel will also be featured in the program. Ensemble vocal Dal Segno - Québec, Canada will also present an unedited work by Quebec composer Denis Bédard.
"Psaume XXIV" (Lili Boulanger)
"Adoramus te", from Deux Motets (Denis Bédard)
Messe pour double choeur a cappella (Frank Martin)
4 Motets, op. 9 (Marcel Dupré)
Trois chansons de Charles D'Orléans (Claude Debussy)
Trois chansons (Maurice Ravel)

Chapelle du Musée de l'Amérique francophone
2, côte de la Fabrique, Québec (Québec) G1R 3V6

20 $CAD (presale)
25 $CAD (door)
Free for everyone under 18
For complete information:
Guillaume St-Gelais, artistic director and conductor
I Want to Buy Your Used Choir Shell Adam Christie, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000,
Does anyone have an old or used choir shell they would be willing to sell?
Adam Christie
Barnett: A Bluegrass Mass, feat. Monroe Crossing at Carnegie Hall Christine Papania, %15 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 Concert Productions presents Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, featuring bluegrass quintet Monroe Crossing, with the Masterworks Festival Chorus, led by esteemed Guest Conductor Philip Brunelle at legendary Carnegie Hall.


Monroe Crossing

David Robinson – Banjo, Resophonic Guitar

Derek Johnson – Guitar

Lisa Fuglie – Fiddle, Mandolin

Mark Anderson – Bass

Matt Thompson – Mandolin, Fiddle

Click here to watch a view to learn more about Monroe Crossing.


Within the 12 movements of Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, she blends the classical mass, modern choral sophistication, touching poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation into an exhilarating musical experience. As reviewed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune during its World Premiere in 2007 – “The contrasts between the sophisticated classical choral sound and the jubilant bluegrass harmonies were effectively used to make the text come alive…the triumphant Gloria…was an exuberant success. Likewise, the Credo…became a powerful Gospel number. This mass was a compelling statement of faith that ended on a note of sublime grace and peace.”

Guest Conductor Philip Brunelle is Founder and Artistic Director of VocalEssence, comprised of the 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus and the 32-voice professional Ensemble Singers.

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of music with esteemed Guest Conductor Philip Brunelle! Click here to learn more about this concert and to book your tickets.


Tickets: $20-$110

CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800

Box office at 57th & 7th Ave.

Music to avoid at festival, land mines Barry Martindale, %15 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 any of you have experiences with music to avoid at festival.  Music with "land mines."  I try to avoid music with clapping simply because you never know if a student is going to zone out and clap at the wrong time. 
A title that comes to my mind is "In Flanders Fields."  too many fermatas.
Any thoughts?
New Christmas carol by Peter J. Durow from Colla Voce Music, LLC Chris Matthews, %15 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000
It's snowing here in Indianapolis, a perfect time to announce the release of a new Christmas carol. This new setting of the final stanza from Jean de Brébeuf's "Huron Carol" by Peter J. Durow evokes images of a simpler time, of pine bows and twinkling candlelight. The straight-forward part writing and homophonic texture throughout make this title suitable for church choirs of varying abilities, but doesn't lessen the beauty of the music. The addition of an oboe will make for a memorable performance. Be sure to check out our other Christmas titles by using the "Christmas" tag at
View and listen to the score by clicking on the cover image.
The Choristers - Bruckner Mass in E Minor - NW Suburbs of Philadelphia David M. Spitko, %15 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 ]]>Chicago Choral Artists Concert Wayland Rogers, %15 %b %2014 %05:%Apr:%th 5AprGMT+0000 
With one foot in the past and one foot in the present, guest conductor Wayland Rogers' rich and varied program provides a comprehensive look not only at the sacred music borne of the early decades of the nation, but also the work of contemporary composers drawing on the same traditions for inspiration. Featuring music selected from The Sacred HarpThe Southern Harmony, and even oral tradition with the assistance of our conductor, with more current selections from Bobby McFerrin, Stephen Paulus, and Rosephanye Powell, join us as we make our way through American history by way of shape-note hymns, African-American spirituals, and Shaker songs — and as we explore these echoes of the past in modern sacred writing. Concerts on May 3, 4 and 11. For venues and times visit.
Conference Morsel: Sharing Resources Scott Dorsey, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Mar:%th 14MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “Extencec New Works: Sharing Resources and Successes,” presented by David Hodgkins with Alan Harler and Deborah Simpkin King during the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Conference)
       I am a self-proclaimed Troglodyte. To me an app is something you order before dinner and a tweet is a birdcall. But even I can see the possibilities that are inherent in the internet to share large swaths of concrete, useful information – full scores and recordings – of unpublished extended new works, especially that publishers often find too risky to publish.
       In my 20 plus years with Coro Allegro I have premiered quite a number of wonderful new works that have been embraced by both audiences and performers, only to have the score sit on a shelf because there is no way to share that information in a format that is easily distributed, user friendly, and above all can be displayed in a format that is protected from piracy.
       Until now.
       The session I gave with Alan Harler and Deborah Simpkin King in Baltimore had a new wrinkle: In addition to the typical bibliography about each work, we were able to present the full score with a sound file embedded in the score, so that each work can be simultaneously listened to and viewed on a computer, all with the click of a button, thanks to new technology and the wizardry of John Delorey and his talented minions at WPI. This could revolutionize the way in which conductors research and share resources and successes. In a short time our session will be posted on the ACDA Eastern Division website. I invite you to check it out.
The Best Thirty Minutes of a Career Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
       If you have attended even a single ACDA Conference, you’ve seen it.  It’s the look on the face of every conductor as they turn to acknowledge the applause of peers at the conclusion of their appearance on the main stage of the Conference.  One calls it “The Grin.”
       But it’s the NEXT look to cross their faces that is the most profound and to our way of thinking vastly more important.  It is the look of unrestrained pride in the accomplishment of the singers under their care – a feat that often bring tears to their eyes. 
       It’s a fair bet that most singers in the choirs we hear at Conferences don’t grasp the magnitude of performing for a room full of choral directors.  But the conductor certainly does.  One colleague summed it up rather nicely. As he stepped off stage following his performance at a recent divisional conference, he said to us, “That was the best thirty minutes of my career.”  He wore the biggest grin one has ever seen.  And a well-deserved grin it was, too.
       Sound interesting?
       Then you – yes, YOU! – should audition to perform at the 2015 ACDA National Conference, scheduled for February 25-28 in Salt Lake City. Read the Audition Guidelines for Performance, then complete the On-line Application.  The deadline for application is April 30.
       You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The best 30 minutes of your career awaits!
Conference Flyer for Junionr High / Middle School Conference Scott Dorsey, %05 %b %2014 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 more information HERE.
Hallelujah Chorus James Filosa, %15 %b %2014 %02:%Apr:%th 2AprGMT+0000 the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel's Messiah, according to both the Watkins Shaw and the Schirmer editions, the dynamic marking at the beginning is forte for the Hallelujahs, yet a few conductors seem to want to have every second Hallelujah sung piano or even pianimisio.  Has any one out there have an explanation for this?
Many thanks
One World Singers "Musicals That Changed The World" Nick Frazer, %15 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000

The One World Singers community chorus gives its regards to Broadway with "Musicals That Changed The World", featuring theatre classics with full-chorus, solo and small group performances.  Songs that pushed the boundaries of what was socially appropriate and opened the hearts of people around the world. 

2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. performances take place Saturday, May 10th at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter Street. 

The event will include a silent auction benefitting One World Singers.

Tickets are $15. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets available by phone @ 303-355-7472 and 303-250-7202.Tickets also available at the door for each performance. 

For more One World Singers information, go to .


Brass Parts needed James Fowler, %15 %b %2014 %00:%Apr:%th 0AprGMT+0000 Glad Resurrection
Composer/Arranger/Edition: David Lantz III
Starting: ASAP
For: One week
Copies: 1 each of Trumpet I & II; Trombone I & II
Willing to rent: Yes
It will be a first for our Church choir of 15-20 to have brass on Easter morning.  We have the brass players lined up.  Just need their parts.  Hope you can help!
Jim Fowler
getting female belters to blend in SATB choir Alicia Phelps, %14 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000 am the choral director of an non-auditioned adolescent SATB choir in southern Maine. Recently I have noticed that as the group has been solidifying parts and starting to blend with eachother that a few female voices stick out more and more. These girls belt higher notes in the vain of musical theater unlike the rest of the choir, who sing in more of a head voice. I have tried a number of different methods to get these girls to blend in such as moving above their belt down into the middle range and working at softer dynamics, but nothing has been particularly successful. Does anyone have any advice for how to get these girls to blend with the rest of their sections? 
Tenor I Section leader/soloist at Westminster Presbyterian-Minneapolis Barbara Prince, %14 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church
Tenor I Section Leader/Soloist
Beginning in September 2014
Wednesday Rehearsal:   6:30-8:30
Sunday Rehearsal and Service:   9:15-noon
Additional special services as called
Send resume and 2 letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Melanie Ohnstad, Minister of Music and the Arts
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403-2419 or
For more information contact Barbara Prince:
Thank you!
Bach ST. JOHN PASSION Walter Wells, %14 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 State College PA Choral Society, under the direction of Russell Shelley, presents the PASSION ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN by Johann Sebastian Bach, on Saturday, May 10, at 7 PM in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park Campus of Penn State. For more details and ticket ordering, please visit our website at ]]>Soprano/Director seeking substitute jobs for soloist, pianist, conductor, or Section Leader Doris Williams, %14 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000 am Doris Williams, soprano that can fill in for soloist, accompanist on piano, conductor.  I can play organ as well minus he pedals.  Visit  I specialize in EArly Music, celtic, American.
Church Organist/Pianist Jean Bartholomay, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
Part Time Music Minister Position open at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI.  Duties include playing for worship on piano and organ, accompanying the Adult Choir, and overall administration of our Music Ministry. For a complete Position Description go to:
The Spotsylvanians Spring Concert - The Joyful Sounds Of Spring Michelle Gibson, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 exciting, awardwinning Spotsylvanians presents their annual Spring Concert, featuring music from broadway to spirituals and more! The concert will also feature soloists from within the chorus, and the select ensemble The Spotlighters.
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 pm
Location: Spotsylvania Middle School, 8801 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania
Tickets: $8 seniors (60+) and students
            $10 adults
            children under 12 are FREE
For mroe information, visit
Paid section leaders for Ridgefield, CT church Darren Motise, %14 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 are being held for soprano, alto, tenor and bass section leaders for the choir of Saint Mary Catholic Church in beautiful Ridgefield, CT. These are regular paid positions. Please call Darren at (845) 242-7276 or email: Thanks! Ridgefield is approximately an hour drive from NYC. It is adjacent to Danbury, CT and South Salem, NY.  ]]>Atlanta Schola Cantorum Jeffrey McIntyre, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 Parody - The DNA of Renaissance Polypyhony. Featuring masterworks based on previously existing musical themes; Motets and Mass movements of Palestrina, Victoria, Gabrieli, Schutz, Monteverdi, Walther, Praetorius, Taverner, L'Heritier, and Gombert, under the direction of John Whitt.
Friday, May 9, 2014, 8:00 PM
Covenant Presbyterian Church
2461 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
$20 in advance; $25 at the door.
An Evening With Frederick Moyer Carol Donovan, %14 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 Moyer with the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra ]]>Instrumentalists teaching choir JoAnn Nelson, %14 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 an instrumentalist I don't have too much experience working with a choir. The only experiences I have are thourhg assignments in college. I personally have very little vocal/choral experoence as well. What would be some suggestions to help a non-singer in their first year of teaching to direct a choir? ]]>How to balance repitoire Rosemarie Lawrence, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 now I am studying to be a Music Educator at the University of Southern Maine.  Currently I am taking a few courses having to do with choral music and teaching choral music. 
My question is what is a good balance or a good way to balance repitoire in a high school setting.  With pop music being so prevelent these days I am concerned about how to get students to thoroughly enjoy a wide variety of repitoire.  How to mix in classical, world music, and current music is a mystery to me.  What is too much/too little of one thing.  And how to get students to enjoy new music, not just put up with it.
Thanks so much!
Community Chorus Director Judith H Belock, %14 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 community chorus needs choral director.  Four part harmony.  Prepare and produce two concerts per year.  Daytime weekly practice for 10 months. Resume to Silver Ridge Park West Chorus, P.O. Box 3178, Toms River, NJ 08756-3178.  Questions? Call Judy Belock at 732-228-8742. ]]>East Central MN Chorale Artistic Director/Conductor Jean Knight, %14 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000
The East Central Minnesota Chorale is seeking an applicant for the position of Artistic Director and conductor.
Applicants should possess the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
5+ years of experience with vocal instruction and conducting
Good communication skills
Good organizational skills
Keyboard competency
Familiarity with grant writing and administration desirable, but not required
Responsibilities for this position start May 12th with auditions. Regular rehearsals occur in Cambridge, MN on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 beginning in September. There are approximately 32 weeks of rehearsal season requiring   3-4 hours per week of rehearsal and prep time. The ensemble performs in 3 concert series per school year. The artistic director is expected to attend board meetings once a month prior to rehearsal. A complete job description can be found on our website at
Compensation is dependent on qualifications. (Range $6000-7000)
Email resume to: Application deadline is April 30, 2014
Questions may be directed to Jean Knight at 612.390.1759
Auditions for Nova Vocal Ensemble Jonathan Bautista, %14 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 Vocal Ensemble, a chamber choir dedicated to performing works by living composers, seeks singers with excellent musicianship who have a strong commitment to ensemble singing.

We look for the following in our singers:
-The ability to quickly learn challenging choral music
-A versatile vocal mechanism with the ability to sing with and without vibrato
-A positive attitude and a commitment to engaging, high-energy performances

Interested applicants are invited to reply with the following:

-Which audition time you prefer (10 minute slot on 4/27/2014 between 12 and 2 pm)
-Your voice part
-Your vocal resume

Applicants should be prepared with the following for the audition:

-Sight-reading excerpt from a current Nova piece
-Vocal exercises with the Artistic Director to evaluate your range and timbre.
-Sing in a quartet with current Nova singers.

Commitment is four rehearsals, dress rehearsal, and concert. Usually three or four concerts a year. Paid gigs arise on a case by case basis. Rehearsals are in Glendale.

We look forward to meeting you
Two New Traditional Publications, plus a new piece in MS Paul Carey, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 am happy to announce two new releases in my new relationship with Henry Leck's highly respected Creating Artistry series. "Clap Your Hands" is a fun, energetic American folk tune set for SA (with a touch of SSA) and piano. Suitable for quality children's choirs through high school, this would make a great, energetic ending number (Hal Leonard Cat # 00123567). "I Got a Robe" (Hal Leonard Cat # 123566) is a medium difficulty SATB a cappella arrangment of the well-known spiritual. It was commissioned by Lorraine Milovac and the Upper St. Clair H.S. Choirs in Pittsburgh. This is also an uptempo number. I have a few perusal copues available for those intrested. Contact me at for info.
Clap Your Hands at Hal leonard website:;
I Got a Robe at Hal Leonard website:;
Also, a just premiered commission for the Heritage Chorale is now available for perusal by interested choirs. "Peace flows into me" is a setting of a beautiful Sarah Teasdale poem for SATB/piano. This piece is medium difficulty and features some gorgeous harmonies and soaring vocal lines. There is also a twinge of sadness that appears here and there, reflecting Teasdale's tendency toward, shall we say, mystical melancholy. I can send interested folks a pdf file of the piece if they like.
Thanks all for supporting not-yet-dead composers,
Paul Carey
CARMINA SLOVENICA Na juriš in the mood! sabina sneider, %14 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000

From marching songs to swing

Author of the project and conductor: Karmina Šilec

Carmina Slovenica
Instrumentalist: Janez Dovč

Na juriš in the mood! with music from the time of the fight against fascism.
From music of pre-war Paris, Jewish, French and Italian partisan songs, American swing to Slovenian partisan songs.
From Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Kiss me Good Night, Sergeant Major, Lili Marleen, Remember Pearl Harbor, Je suis swing, to Hej brigade and Na juriš.

Artistic Director, Tucson Masterworks Chorale L T Kayden, %14 %b %2014 %06:%Apr:%th 6AprGMT+0000
Tucson Masterworks Chorale is southern Arizona's 100-member high-level community chorus, now in its 65th season.

We strive to make the great masterworks of choral literature, from pre-Baroque to contemporary, accessible to singers and audience members from all walks of life, to grow musically, and to encourage cultural participation in our community.

We are a NonProfit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Season:  August–May (10-month renewable contract beginning August 2014)
Rehearsals: Weekly, Mondays 7–9:15 pm, Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Concerts: 2-3 per year
Deadline: April 28, 2014
Applications will be reviewed by the end of April; interviews will then be scheduled.
Choral and Orchestral conducting experience required. Email for full description.

Send cover letter, resume, and two references to:
Learn more about us at
Top Canadian Choir Visits Ireland Ali Doole, %14 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%th 11AprGMT+0000

Top Canadian Choir Visits Ireland-  Christ Church Cathedral, Monday April 28th, 8pm
Canada's award-winning chamber choir SPIRITUS teams up with Ireland's internationally acclaimed New Dublin Voices for what promises to be a wonderful one-off concert in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral on Monday, April 28th at 8pm.
The Canadians are visiting Dublin as part of an Irish tour which culminates in the 2014 Cork International Choral Festival. Conducted by Timothy Shantz, this outstanding choir will perform a wide-ranging selection of choral music including beautiful Canadian folk songs in contemporary arrangements.
Joining SPIRITUS is New Dublin Voices in a programme of striking contrasts between great masterpieces of the Renaissance and the exciting and provocative music of our own times.
Since its founding in 1995, SPIRITUS Chamber Choir has enriched Canadian choral scene with performances of high-quality choral repertoire. Known for its diverse programming, SPIRITUS has championed music both old and new from around the world, and integrated a variety of performing and visual arts within its performances. At the 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, SPIRITUS took First Prizes in both the mixed-voice adult choir and contemporary music categories.
New Dublin Voices, founded by its conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, is a leading Irish chamber choir famous for concert programmes that are fresh and innovative and span a very wide range of style and period. NDV takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers, and is a regular prizewinner on the European circuit of elite choral competitions.
Tickets available online at, at the door or can be reserved by email:

For more information about this event please contact
or tel Edith Pritchard, General Manager +1 403 922 7021

SPIRITUS programme will include:
Ola Gjeilo Phoenix: Agnus Dei
Schütz   Die mit Tranen saen
Daunais  La Carpe
MacMillan Alpha & Omega
Pärt  Nunc dimittis
Wadsworth Spring is Here
MacDonald Tabula Rasa
Sled   Sparrow’s Jig
Girvan  V’la l’bon vent
Dalglish  Paradise
arr Smail  The Maple Leaf Forever

Gala Spring Concert Allan Needle, %14 %b %2014 %09:%Apr:%th 9AprGMT+0000's oldest unaffiliated mens chorus founded in 1866: The Mendelssohn Glee Club will present a varied program featuring songs from the popular repetoire, as well as a sixteenth century madrigal, a Schubert lied, national  and international folk music, a selection from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance", and much more. Featured guest artist: mezzo-soprano Anna Cley will present a brief program of her own and will join the men of the club in their rendition of Franz Liszt's arrangement of the Schubert lied "Die Allmacht" ("The Omnipotence")
When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Where:The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan: 30 West 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus
The concert is free by invitation available through any club member or by calling condiuctor Gene Wisoff (212)362-8550 
More information on the web at
Help me choose rep for our Vienna/Salzburg/Munich tour! Kayla Werlin, %14 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 colleagues,
Next spring I'll travel to Vienna, Salzburg and Munich with my SATB high school choir. I'd love to hear your ideas for tour repertoire.
- a cappella
- sacred or church appropriate
- some selections suited to service participation
- mixture of American and Austrian/German repertoire
- connected to the cities we're visiting
- suited to advanced high school singers
I'm eager to hear what you have to suggest! Thanks in advance.
Monday Motivation: Lemonade of Life Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Mar:%th 15MarGMT+0000 ]]>Speaking of Voice: “Inspired Connections” by Mary Lynn Doherty Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
       When was the last time you were truly moved by a musical experience?  This past week, I had the distinct honor of hosting Nick Page for a three day residency with my college students and children’s choir.   Nick is one of those rare individuals who are extremely talented but totally accessible at the same time.  He uses music and humor to cultivate joy and harmony in people.  The culminating event of the residency was a Community Sing where, for an hour and a half, people of different ages, backgrounds and experience levels sang together.  Everyone was asked to make a real connection to each other, through music.   The ensemble feeling that was created made the experience mean so much.
       As I reflect on the residency, I am thinking about my most meaningful choral experiences and they have all involved conductors who cultivated close relationships within the ensemble.   In terms of singing, these ensembles were also the most satisfying.  When our singers feel most comfortable, they probably sing more naturally and freely. There are so many phenomenal musical experiences to be had, but it cannot just be about the repertoire.  While I would like to think my singers remain my priority at all times, I know that sometimes the music takes over.  We never have one without the other, but fostering connections with and among my singers at every rehearsal should be the first priority.
       I read the following last year and it has stuck with me – this was written by a student at Macalaster College:
Music reminds us that in the end, our pursuits to be active, helpful members of society are about people. In our classrooms, we discover wonderful strategies for improving the world, but they will get us nowhere without compassion.   ~Andrea Wilhelmi
Kearsarge Chorale presents “Music of the Spirit” a concert of music that expresses human aspiration. Richard Haines, %14 %b %2014 %02:%Apr:%th 2AprGMT+0000
First Baptist Church, New London, on Sunday May 11, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.
From Franz Schubert’s youthful Mass in G, composed in 1815, through works of Mendelssohn and Fauré, to a brand new composition by David L. Almond, “Music of the Spirit” seeks to examine the universal striving for peace and reconciliation.  Each piece on the program takes the listener on a journey that ends in a vision of unity and serenity.  This is music shining with hope.
Schubert’s Mass in G was composed when the composer was but eighteen years old.  The original score was not printed until 1845, some years after Schubert's death.  Famous as a composer of German song – Lieder – Schubert shows his talent for text-painting in this youthful work with his remarkably effective use of harmony. 
Famous for the lovely soprano solo, “O for the wings of a Dove”, Felix Mendelssohn’s Hymne, “Hear My Prayer” was composed almost 30 years after Schubert’s Mass in G.  The work is a mini-cantata.  It opens with a prayer for aid in adversity.  The soloist’s adversaries are represented by the chorus in the dramatic middle section.  The work ends with a quiet sense of assurance.
Gabriel Fauré, like Schubert, was a young man when he composed Cantique de Jean Racine in 1864-5.  The piece won Fauré the first prize when he graduated from the École Niedermeyer in  Paris.  This lovely work will be accompanied by the strings.
The concert will conclude with the first performance of a new work for narrator, chorus, and chamber ensemble.   Reflections – A Tribute to Dietrich Bonhoeffer by David L. Almond was composed to honor the life of this great 20th century pastor and theologian.  Imprisoned by the Gestapo in 1943, Bonhoeffer was hanged in 1945 not long before the end of World War Two.  Like the protagonist in Mendelssohn’s “Hear My Prayer”, Bonhoeffer battled the forces of evil with prayer.  The work makes use of two hymns Bonhoeffer knew and loved.

The Chorale, led by Artistic Director, David L. Almond, will feature soloists Joanne Weatherson, soprano, and William Wieting, baritone.  A chamber ensemble featuring the Take Two String Quartet will accompany the chorale.  The quartet will also perform works by Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Kearsarge Chorale is an all-volunteer organization now entering into its 6th year of performing fine choral music. We draw our singers from many towns in the Kearsarge, Lake Sunapee region.  David Almond has been director of music at First Baptist Church, New London, for 8 years. This concert is supported by contributions and by a grant from the Choral Arts Foundation of the Upper Valley.
Admission is free; a free-will offering will be received. Call 603.526.4559 for further information.
Losing Middle School Choir Steve Novotny, %14 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000 All, 
Currently I teach in a small school district (350 K-12).  My position has gone from teaching K-6 general/vocal to 3-12general/vocal.  
3-6: two sections for each grade 23min everyday
7-8: every day for 43min
HS: everyday for 55min
There is another teacher teaching 5-12 band and a part-time teaching K-2
I have told administration that the schedule above is too much and am asking them to find a solution that will lighten my load.  Their solution is to give MS choir to the band director.  We as a music department object to this proposal for many reasons.
The continuity of building the choral program will be diminished going back and forth between two directors from 6th to MS to HS.
The load put on one person to teach all MS music:  Fewer students will be able to participate in festival events(solos & ensembles) because one person must prepare ALL kids.  This year for MS festival our department had 2 bands, 3 choirs, 6 ensembles and 31 soloists.
Concern regarding retention and recruitment transitioning from MS to HS.  
My administration has asked for research about the pros and cons of the above proposal.  I would appreciate any experience you have that might be relevant to the success of a small school music program.   
Tenor Available for Afternoon Good Friday Services John Lapetina, %14 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000 anyone is in need of an extra Tenor or a substitue for an afternoon or morning service on Good Friday, I am available.
I am an experienced Tenor Section leader, holding that position for the last three years at St. George Episcopal in Ardmore, and I am free during the morning / afternoon of Good Friday. I live in southern New Jersey, so any place in the Philadelphia region is a possibility for me.
If interested, please contact me at
SAB acapella for Freshman/Soph non-auditioned choir? Deanne Casperson, %14 %b %2014 %00:%Apr:%th 0AprGMT+0000 for SAB a capella 9th/10th non-auditioned choir - sacred, secular, anything? ]]>Looking for singing job in Florida Patricia Alberson, %13 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000 name is Patricia Alberson and I live in Jacksonville Fl. I am a trained Alto and have sung with The Lost Colony Choir and also as a soloist. 1985-1987.
I also have sung with the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale 1995-1999. I also was a paid church cantor/soloist at Assumption Catholic Church 1982-1995.
I am interested in choral or church jobs.
Patricia A. Alberson
Reedaptations, with the Atlantic Reed Consort Liz Everson, %13 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000
Chamber music with a modern edge.
Featuring vocal works of Mozart, Handel, and Schubert, all set to unique accompaniment composed by the Atlantic Reed Quintet specifically for this concert. 
May 10, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA
Tickets available online through Alexandria Choral Society
Adults $25.00
Seniors/Military $15.00
Students $10.00
Youth (13 and under) No Charge
Masterworks Choir of Enterprise Roy Hoobler, %13 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 2014
May 5th at 7pm, Heritage UMC
May 11th at 4pm, Open Door Baptist 
Panis Angelicus - Frank / arr. Rutter,
Lord Make Me an Instrument - Willcocks,
Go Not Far from Me - Zingarelli
Praise the Lord with Joyful Song - Hopson
Seek Ye the Lord - J. Carter
The Lord's Prayer - Malotte
Ave Maria - Bach / Gounod
How Great the Love - M.K. Beal
May 18th at 4pm, First UMC of Enterprise
Same program as above and 
selections from Faure's Requiem
I.  Introit Kyrie
III. Sanctus
IV. Pie Jesu
VI. Libera Me
(Sung in a mix of English and Latin)
A piece to introduce a church choir to Classical Music Kelsey Millerschin, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000!  I'm a director of a very small (10 people on a good day) church choir and I'm trying to find a piece we can use as a "goal" to work towards.  (I have to make a presentation on a measurable goal that I've set for the choir to the church board).  I'd like to do something within the Classical realm since the group is mostly used to singing just Protestant hymn arrangments.  
I'm preferrably looking for something in English, maybe Latin, with organ or piano.  I was thinking an old work of English polyphony, like Tallis or Byrd, or possibly Handel?
The choir is all pretty good readers, but we have a stronger men's section than women's.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated!  
St. Andrew UMC invites Denver-area choirs David Kates, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000
St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado  is embarking on a large choral project and we would like to have your choir participate.  On Sunday, June 29th at 3:00 pm we will present a new work called The American Spirit which explores the Constitution Of The United States.  This epic work features choir, narration and full orchestra.  It was composed a couple of years ago by Mark Hayes and premiered by Mr. Hayes at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The St. Andrew choir was one of several that had the honor to participate in the premiere.
Mark Hayes is coming to Denver to perform The American Spirit.  We would like you to invite your singers to join us.  Enclosed you will find a rehearsal schedule.  We ask that singers attend at least 2 of the rehearsals during the month of June and then attend all of the functions on Friday and Saturday (June 27th and 28th) of the actual weekend of the performance.
For rehearsal schedule and more information please use this link   This will take you to the flier posted on the St. Andrew Web-site.

Mark Zwilling
Director Of Music and The Arts
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
9203 South University Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO    80126
Phone 303-794-2683 Ext 112
St John Passion Allen H Simon, %13 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 John Passion advertisementFirst Lutheran Church of Palo Alto, CA, presents Bach's St John Passion in the original 1724 version today, Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4:00pm.
First Lutheran Church choir 
Katherine McKee, director
Colby Roberts, Evangelist
Frederick Matthews, Christ
Claire Kelm, Jacque Wilson, Thomas Hart, soloists
with an orchestra of period instruments
Jin Kyung Lim, organist
$12 admission (or 4 for $40); $5 12 and under
First Lutheran Church
600 Homer Ave.
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
Blueprint Ensemble Arts presents: Vermilion Melodies, Sapphire Harmonies Crystal Holmes, %13 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
Blueprint Ensemble Arts presents: Vermilion Melodies, Sapphire Harmonies
Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 7:07pm
Holladay Park Church
2120 NE Tillamook Street
Portland, Oregon 97212
*Free of charge!
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Blueprints's Finale season consists of concert programs decided upon by the singers themselves! Whether the pieces find their origins in the singers' pasts, their favorite artists, their own catalogues, or simply something they've been dying to sing, anything goes!
Join Kaliave, Lumiatra, and The Super Cuts as they present a mélange of pieces from a wide variety of genres, and an even wider range of places, and finish your evening at Holladay Park Church with a rousing finale!
A reception will follow the performance where you can meet the singers, hear our latest news, and enjoy some light desserts. Everyone is welcome!
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> As a primary goal of the organization is to provide all people with opportunities to experience choral music, with support from KARMA, this Blueprint organization-sponsored show is free to the public.

The Knowing And Redefining Music Accessibility (KARMA) program strives to provide open access to music and the arts to all people, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, socioeconomic status, or any other facet.
For more information visit
Choral Workshop with David Hill Andrew Lidestri, %13 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 Ogontz Arts Foundation presents the
Choral Workshop at Ogontz
25th Anniversary Year

Directed by David Hill
July 26 to August 1, 2014
Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Ogontz Choral Workshop offers extraordinary opportunities for singers, church musicians, and choral conductors to work on repertoire and choral interpretation with some of the world's leading choral directors.  Registration is open to anyone and no auditions are required (registration and tuition payment is required).  Past Ogontz participants have come from across North America and have included singers and musicians of all backgrounds.  At Ogontz, these participants (with the featured guest artists), learn together, rehearse, relax, and sing for a glorious week in an intimate rustic retreat in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
**NEW**    Choral Masterworks Series    **NEW**
Beginning in its 25th anniversary season, the choral workshop will showcase a new program called the Choral Masterworks Series.  There are so many deeply moving pieces of music worth studying and performing in the vast repertoire of composers through the ages but what makes certain pieces survive and be renowned as masterpieces of their creators?  Each season we will choose a masterwork to build our whole week’s experience around.  All participants will learn what makes these pieces the famed opuses we have come to love and respect through a deeper look at the history and composition of the works. 
**NEW**    Choral Conductor’s Seminar    **NEW**
Also new for the anniversary season, this new seminar will offer a few additional sessions to explore what it’s like on the podium.  This will be an opportunity to try and discover, during the week, what conducting is about. It is probably the most mercurial of all the arts. There is no sound, no visible picture and, yet, in the right hands, there is an incredible result which is difficult to analyze. What must conductors be able to do and manage? Over the course of a few sessions, and with the help of willing candidates, we can discover together what is emerging, along with willing singers!  This class will have a separate sign-up in addition to the main workshop offerings.
For More information, or to register, visit

About the 2014 Session

Music of France
Choral Workshop with David Hill
Saturday, July 26 to Friday, August 1

Other Faculty 
George Kent, Artistic Director of The Ogontz Arts Foundation
Paula Rockwell, voice faculty, Acadia University
The 2014 session will be Saturday, July 26 to Friday, August 1st and will be led by David Hill (director of the Bach Choir, London, BBC Singers, Yale University, and other posts). The session also includes opportunities to work with a specialized voice faculty member (Paula Rockwell, Acadia University).
To coincide with our chosen masterwork, the entire week will be French themed.  Delve into carefully selected works of acclaimed French composers, enjoy a variety of French culinary delights, and expect a few French themed surprises throughout the week as we celebrate this phenomenal culture.

Individuals may choose to one of the following forms to attend as:
  • RESIDENT participant - staying at Ogontz - tuition, meals, special events, lodging included
  • NON-RESIDENT participant - not staying overnight at Ogontz - tuition, meals, special events included
  • RESIDENT NON-PARTICIPANTS "Camp Followers" - family members or friends who want to stay at camp but not participate in the sessions can also attend. 
Works to be studied include:
Gabriel Fauré – Requiem - a masterwork of extraordinary quality, Fauré’s Requiem sets new standards for all others to follow. We shall try to discover what makes it particularly special and, in spite of its familiarity, work through the many technical challenges it sets for all voices. It is a work of profound intensity, sounds relatively straightforward, yet it demands so much of all involved. You'll understand it differently by the time you leave!
Other Repertoire:
Francis Poulenc - A selection of motets - Salve Regina, Exsultate Deo, O Magnum Mysterium
Gabriel Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine
Pierre Villette -  Hymne a la Vierge                                           
Olivier Messiaen - O Sacrum Convivium

Participation Types & Rates

I.RESIDENT PARTICIPANT - $705  Register Here
Includes accommodations at Ogontz, meals at Ogontz, recreation, tuition/singing sessions, special events, and NH State Rooms & Meals taxes.  Score expenses are not included.  
Includes your meals at Ogontz, recreation, tuition/singing sessions, special events, and NH State Rooms & Meals taxes. Score expenses are not included.  
III.NON PARTICIPANT - $500  Register Here
Non-participants do not/cannot participate in singing sessions including rehearsals, master classes, and warm-ups.  This is the category for spouses, family, and friends coming with you who are not going to sing.
IV.STUDENT PARTICIPANT - $400  Student Registrations must be arranged via phone at 603-838-2462 or email at Click Here for more info
Reserved exclusively for persons enrolled in a college program.  Includes accommodations at Ogontz, meals at Ogontz, recreation, tuition/singing sessions, special events, and NH State Rooms & Meals taxes.  Score expenses are not included.  
Please note: For score purchase information, please contact the Ogontz Arts Foundation Offices at 603-838-2462 or
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Prior to 4/1/14 – 100% of fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge
Prior to 5/1/14 – 75% of fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge
Prior to 5/15/14 – 50% of fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge
After 5/15/14, refunds for fees paid are no longer possible for new or existing registrants.

About the Artists

David Hill                                                       
Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talent has been recognized by his appointments as Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society and Associate Guest conductor of The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton in 2002 in recognition of his Services to Music.  
Born in Carlisle in 1957 and educated at Chetham’s School of Music, where he is now a Govenor, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the tender age of 17. He took an organ scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge under the direction of Dr George Guest and returned to the college as Director of Music from 2003-2007. David Hill’s previous posts have included Master of the Music at Winchester Cathedral (1987-2002), Music Director of The Waynflete Singers (1987-2002) Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral, Musical Director of the Alexandra Choir (1980-87) and Associate Conductor and then Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus (1986-1997).  He is in great demand for choral training workshops worldwide and his handbook on the subject Giving Voice was published in 1995. He is a choral advisor to music publishers Novello, for whom he has edited a number of publications. As an organist, David Hill has given recitals in most of the major venues in the UK and has toured extensively abroad.  
David Hill’s broad-ranging discography of over 70 recordings, including many award-winners, can be found on the for Decca/Argo, Hyperion, Naxos and Virgin Classics labels. The discs span repertoire from the renaissance to the present day. With The Bach Choir David Hill has contributed to the film sound tracks of Kingdom of Heaven, The Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek the Third. He is engaged in a series of recordings of major English choral composers with The Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Naxos.  David Hill has appeared as guest conductor with the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia 21, the Northern Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonqiue de Strasbourg as well as the Netherlands Radio Choir and RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin.
Paula Rockwell                                                
Since returning to Nova Scotia, after completing her graduate studies at University of Toronto, Paula Rockwell has been steeped in musical projects, performances and music festivals in her home province, Canada and the US. She teaches Voice, Diction for Singers, Scene Studies and the Singing Actor at her alma mater Acadia University and creates productions for Acadia’s Singing Theatre Ensemble where she is the artistic director. She has been featured on several recordings and co-produced her debut CD entitled Fleeting Melodies, a collection of 20th century art songs and arias.
Paula has taken on several operatic roles since graduating from University of Toronto working with the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Vancouver Opera, Tidal Opera,  Orchestre Baroque de Montreal, Opera Nova Scotia and Maritime Concert Opera. Her recent performances include the role of Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Opera Nova Scotia. She sang the role of Dulcinea in ONS’s Informoperal in Massenet’s Don Quichotte as well as Donna Elvira with Maritime Concert Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Second Lady in Die Zauferflöte. She has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, Chorus of Westery, RI, North York Philharmonic, ON, Symphony New Brunswick, Peterborough Singers, The Music Room Chamber Series in Halifax as well as for many fundraisers, including Music for Haiti, Women Only at Pier 21 and ONS’s Opera Valentine. Paula is heard every summer giving masterclasses, vocal warm-up morning sessions and a recital in Lyman, New Hampshire at The Ogontz Choral Symposium. This will be her 20th year!  
Recent projects include directing Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Scenes from Street Scenes by Kurt Weill and an opera excerpt show entitled The B Boys of Opera for Acadia’s Singing Theatre Ensemble, soloist with Acadia University’s Choral production of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, ONS’s Opera Valentine Fundraiser. She also was the vocal coach for Halifax Summer Opera Workshop productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She will be performing Beethoven’s Symphony #9 with Symphony New Brunswick in May 2014.
George Kent                                                    
George Kent has consistently devoted his life to raising the artistic standards not only of his home community Westerly but also of Rhode Island (and New England) as a whole. The Chorus of Westerly, which he founded in 1959, is now widely known as a Rhode Island performing organization of reliable artistic excellence. George Kent has always believed in the ability of young children to learn the great choral scores of music literature and since 1959 he has been teaching to youngsters age eight and over such works as the Bach B minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony, and Brahms’ incomparable Requiem. Generations of children have, with George Kent’s training, developed a lasting love of music.
During his tenure with the Chorus he directed over 2,500 singers spanning the ages of eight to eighty-eight, toured with the Chorus twice in Britain (1981 and 1995) and once in Italy (1987) and has performed in Providence and in Westerly. Mr. Kent has taught music at Rhode Island colleges and universities for over forty years. He served as Assistant Music Director and, in 1986, as Acting Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and during that tenure performed the orchestra’s Young Person’s Concerts as well as the regular scheduled classical and Pops concerts. In September, 1988, he was awarded one of Rhode Island’s coveted Governor’s Arts Awards. In 1995 the Chorus of Westerly earned the A&BC’s Jabez Gorham Award for excellence in the arts. He has also received the Award for Excellence in Music from the South County Center for the Arts (1998), the Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts, New England (1999) and the History Maker’s Salute Award from the R.I. Historical Society (2001). Mr. Kent received the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island’s Award for Individual Achievement (2004) and was named a distinguished alumni by New England Conservatory (2003). In May 2006, Mr. Kent received the prestigious Pell Award. The Pell Awards honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence both in Rhode Island and nationally.
With the Chorus of Westerly George Kent has presented ten first United States performances of major 20th Century British works for chorus and orchestra. On three occasions the Chorus brought the composers of those works (in 1984, William Mathias, Lux Aeterna, and in 1990 Paul Patterson, Mass of the Sea and again in 2001, his Millennium Mass) to lecture on their music both in Westerly and at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.
George Kent has also brought Britain’s most famous choral conductor, Sir David Willcocks, to the states and collaborated with him from 1990-2010 on the annual Choral Symposium held each summer at his music camp facility, Camp Ogontz, in Lyman, New Hampshire.  This summer program has also included other sessions with Richard Marlow, Herbert Bock, James Litton, and, currently, David Hill.
George Kent has been Organist/Choirmaster at Christ Church, Westerly, since 1956 and, in May 1996, was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York’s General Theological Seminary for his outstanding contribution to church music in America.

More About Ogontz

A Typical Choral Workshop Day at Ogontz
8 am - Breakfast
9:15 am - Morning Warm-ups
10:30 am - Morning Sing
12:30 pm - Lunch
2 pm - Afternon Master Class
3:15 pm - Afternoon Sing
4:30 pm - Free time
6:30 pm - Dinner
8 pm - Evening Sing or Night Activity (Recitals, etc)

Schedule varies on a given day.  All activities are optional.
Camp Ogontz is a magnificent 300-acre facility in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The camp overlooks Lake Ogontz, a small, semi-private lake with a spectacular view of the mountains beyond.  Ogontz is owned and operated by Lynn and George Kent (Professor of Music, University or RI), and is home to a variety of short, week-long, arts related summer camps and workshops throughout the summer.  There are over a hundred buildings on the premises including a large rehearsal hall, a boathouse, and a fabulous dining hall.  Visit this link for info on Ogontz facilities.

Living space at Ogontz varies from several medium sized indoor log cabins (with indoor plumbing and enclosed bedrooms), to about 45 Adirondack style cabins (with three open sides, roll down heavy flaps, tables, personal cubbies, beds, chairs, electricity) that are all close to shower rooms and toilet facilities.  These Adirondack cabins are a little bit more rustic, but recent renovations have drastically improved their quality and comfort.  All cabins are shared by one to four people depending on your preferences (during the Choral Workshops, these cabins rarely have more than two people and solo cabins are possible).  If you choose to be a "resident" camper, you will be given a housing preference sheet prior to your attendance.  Visit this link for info on accommodations at Ogontz.
David Hill participants are treated to full and delicious meals three times a day. The food at Ogontz is prepared daily in the camp's large kitchen and the Ogontz chefs are legendary.  Ogontz strives to provide the freshest ingredients from local sources, some foods even grown and raised on the property.  The Dining Hall can seat about 150 people at a time and has a warm rustic charm to it with wooden floors and large windows looking out over the facility from three different sides. warm afternoons and evenings where an outdoor meal is planned, there is a large wrap around deck connected to the Dining Hall that can accommodate the entire camp. Also outside the deck is a special grill and smoker. On occasion during the sessions, meals may be held at other camp locations such as on a hill or next to one of camp's beautiful waterfalls.

The Ogontz onsite bakery prepares bread, desserts, and other tasty items daily, ranging from the famed Ogontz Chocolate Chip Cookies to daily loaves of house made bread.

Menus are set by the Ogontz team.  A main dish is always featured and a vegetarian option is always available.  At this time, Ogontz is not able to accommodate special dietary concerns, but the kitchen staff is always willing to talk with participants about ingredients in that particular days meals.  There is a large refrigerator in the dining room that guest can place their own food items and beverages in.
The Ogontz General Store has snacks and goodies available for purchase. A Shaw's Grocery Store and Walmart are also located about fifteen minutes away in Littleton.

Both Resident and Non-Resident Participants (and Non-Participants) have all meals provided as part of their costs/tuition.
During your time at the Hill week, outside of singing, you have a lot of optional time to rest, relax, have fun, or explore. 
Ogontz Recreational Features:
  • Over 350 acres of New England Forests, Pastures, and Wildlife
  • Private Lake
  • Acres of mountain trails to explore
  • Private Swim area with dock and floating raft
  • Four Tennis Courts
  • Volleyball Court
  • Boathouse containing Canoes, Sailboats, Row Boats, & Kayaks
  •  “Green Chairs” relaxing social area
  • Arts & Crafts House
  • Costume  House
Ogontz is secluded in the woods but a short drive to Littleton where guests are able to find:
  • A fully equipped gym (affordable daily and weekly rates)
  • Historic town with many interesting shops
  • Nationally acclaimed Littleton Bookstore
  • Franconia Notch State Park
  • Pharmacies
Superstores such as Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Shaw’s
LEVEL 3 jazz vocal S.A.T.B. with BIG BAND CHARTS Darcea Hiltz, %13 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 LEVEL 3 vocal jazz S.A.T.B. with BIG BAND CHART - MOON GLOW, etc.
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Mike Carubia or other
Starting: July/Aug
For: 2 mo-9 mo.
Copies: 19 + S.A.T.B. parts
Willing to rent: Yes
Looking to lease if necessary - kindly respond to this email or
Need a copy of "The Parade of the Teddy Bears" TTBB Casey Hayes, %13 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 "The Parade of the Teddy Bears" for TTBB
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Sammy Cahn, JW Bratton arr. Claire Stafford
Starting: ASAP
For: one week
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Hello!  I am looking for a copy of the OOP The parade of the teddy bears; four part male voices, T.T.B.B., words by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, music by John W. Bratton, arr. by Claire Stafford   Looking to perform it with the Cincinnati Men's Chorus and will take care of all rights to perform and copy.  Hit me up at  Thank you!  -Casey
3rd Florence International Choir Festival 23-25 July 2014 Leonardo Sagliocca, %13 %b %2014 %08:%Apr:%th 8AprGMT+0000

The second edition of the Festival ended with the wonderful notes and voices of choirs from 4 continents and 17 countries! A really good result for this ambitious Festival!

We are happy to communicate that the deadline for the subscriptions at the Festival has been delayed until 10th May 2014 considering the increasing number of "last minute" requests. Feel free to contact us for any kind of questions and problems, we will be happy to solve your doubts and encounter your wishes. You can apply online at this link:

The Festival takes place in the wonderful city of Florence, Italy, famous throughout the World for its magnificent cultural and artistic heritage, its warm welcome, accomodation capacity and outstanding quality of food and wine.

FICF is organized by the "Ensemble San Felice", an internationally renowned vocal and instrumental group that has been performing all over Europe for almost 20 years, its concert activity ranging from the medieval to contemporary repertoire.

The 3rd edition of FICF will take place from 23rd to 25th july 2014 in some of the most prestigious places in the historical center of the city, such as the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio and the magnificent Basilicas of Santa Croce, San Lorenzo and Santa Trinita.

This Festival will be a great chance to spend wonderful days to celebrate Friendship, Music and different Cultures.

The organization will be happy to arrange longer stay to give the chance to visit the beautiful areas and cities near Florence, like Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa, Arezzo.

For more information, please visit our website ( and write to:

Loyola Marymount U Choruses Present Memorial Concert for Paul Salamunovich Mary Breden, %13 %b %2014 %06:%Apr:%th 6AprGMT+0000
The Loyola Marymount University Choruses will present the 49th Annual Spring Chorale on Friday May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel on the Westchester campus.  Appearing in the concert will be the Concert Choir, Consort Singers, and Women’s Chorus, all conducted by Dr. Mary C. Breden, Director of Choral Activities.  Featured on the program will be the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.  The performance will be dedicated to Paul Salamunovich, late Music Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Chorale, LMU Music Professor Emeritus and former Director of the LMU Choruses, who passed away on April 3.
Tickets for the May 2nd concert are $15 and $12 and are now on sale through the LMU Central Ticket Agency.  Discount for senior citizens, faculty and students are available.  For further information concerning the Spring Chorale, call the LMU Choral Office at 310-338-5154 or the LMU Central Ticket Agency at 310-338-5466. 
Loyola Marymount University is located at One LMU Drive in the Westchester area of Los Angeles.  Entrance to the campus is off of Lincoln Blvd. between Jefferson Blvd. and Manchester Blvd.
Sunday Inspiration: Crown Him with Many Crowns (Courtney) Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
Mozart Coronation Mass Wind Set (Carus Verlag) Robert Stoskopf, %13 %b %2014 %00:%Apr:%th 0AprGMT+0000 have a new set of wind parts for Mozart Missa in C (Coronation Mass), KV 317 for sale. Set includes:
  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Corno I in C
  • Corno II in C
  • Clarino I
  • Clarino II
  • Trombone I (alto)
  • Trombone II (tenore)
  • Trombone III (basso)
  • Timpani C-G
Asking price: $30.00 + shipping.
Lions Gate Chorus a capella Concert Sheryl Beach, %12 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000 60 Years of Amazing
Saturday,  Nov 22, 2014
Mark your calendars , you don't want to miss it!!  We will be announcing the headliners shortly.
Check all details at
See you there!!
A Night at the Theatre Beverly Lennon, %12 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 Middletown Concert Chorale will  present their spring concert "A Night at the Theatre", featuring selections from the genres of opera, musical theater, and movies. Composers include Verdi, Offenbach, BersteinGershwin, Schwartz, Hamlisch, Larson and others.
The concerts will be as follows:
Saturday, May 10, 7 PM, North Congregational Church, 96 Beason St., Middletown, NY 10940
Saturday, May 17, 7 PM, St. John's Lutheran Church, 391 Mount Hope Rd., Middletown, NY 10940
Sunday, May 18, 3 PM,  St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 15 Walnut Street, Walden, NY 12586
Tickets: $8.00  Seniors/Students $5.00
Light refreshments after each concert.
Italian Renaissance Music: Southern Connecticut Camerata Jean Reed, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000"New Leaves, New Loves"  -
Location:  St. Matthews/Wilton Presbyterian Church Parish Hall, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT.
Date:  Sunday April 27, 2014 at 5PM.
Madrigals by Monteverdi, di'India, Marenzio and others, based on texts from the
1590 pastoral tragicomedy Il Pastor Fido by poet Giovanni Guarini.
The program also includes hapsichord and flute selections attributed to Vivaldi.
Concert guests are invited to sit at large cloth-covered tables to enjoy the concert; hors d''oeuvres will be served.
      Tickets: $20 per person; $140 for party of 8 at one table.
Tickets available through email Purchase ahead of time is recommended.
Reservations for party of 8 per table are available through this same email address.
   For details about the Camerata, visit
Summer Performing Arts Instructors Needed DeLashea Strawder, %12 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 Youth Theatre of Detroit has several openings for its Youth Performing Arts summer day camps.  These positions will run from July 14th through August 1st, 2014. The positions require a high level of flexibility and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. The ideal candidates are comfortable working in a team environment. Must be willing to work occasional evenings as required. Responsible for the artistic training or coordination of Young Artists in Summer Camp, and the artistic direction of specific elements of the final Summer Camp showcases performed for family and friends. 

Job Description
Summer Performing Arts Instructors are contracted to plan and facilitate artistic training of young artists and direct final program showcases for family and friends.  The primary staff contact for the Summer Teaching Artist is Mosaic’s Associate Artistic Director.  
Primary Responsibilities:
• Directs artistic elements in the final showcase including selection of repertoire with approval from Artistic Leadership team.
• Supports the physical and emotional well-being of the young artists. Ensuring that young artists are supervised at all times and maintain a safe and enjoyable environment. 
• Participates in Young Artist recruitment efforts for Mosaic programs. Including but not limited to presentation-demonstrations to Young Artists and parents, flyer and postcard distribution and one-on-one follow up with individual Young Artists.
• Participates in auditions for Mosaic Summer programs (where appropriate) and makes scholarship and acceptance recommendations.
• Assists with facilitation of parent, Young Artist and summer programs meetings.
The ideal candidate for the Summer Teaching Artists will have excellent time management, organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills. He/she will have experience teaching theater, vocal music or dance to young people. In addition, the candidate should have:
• Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Theater, music or Dance and/or equivalent experience
• Minimum of 1 yr. teaching experience.
• Experience working with youth ages 7-10
• Passion for Mosaic’s mission of empowering young people through excellence in theatre and music
To Apply:
Email cover letter, resume and three references to with the subject: Performing Arts Instructors. Applications will be reviewed immediately and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Mosaic is an equal opportunity employer.
New FREE Passiontide Anthem Mason Shefa, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000
Dear all,
I have just completed a new 5-part (SSATB) unaccompanied anthem that I am giving away for free to all who want it for Tenebrae/Passion week/Passiontide. Difficulty level: Expert. The text comes from the Vulgate translation of Lamentations 1:2 (Part) "She (Jerusalem) weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks." In the piece, I have symbolized the tears of the woman as she begins to cry: the tears begin to fall, sparse at first, and then flowing freely. The setting of the word "lacrimae" in the tenor on "la" begins a falling chromatic motion that resembles the sound of a wail. The waxing of the tempo towards the middle signifies the increased panic and desperation felt within her as she aimlessly wanders through the night crying, and the waning of the tempo at the end marks her moment of complete resignation and despair.
Here is the text, in Latin:
Plorans ploravit in nocte et lacrimae ejus in maxillis ejus.
If you are a choirmaster and are interested in using this piece at your service, please contact me (click my email address below) for a full PDF. It is FREE OF CHARGE!
Mason Shefa
A peculiar situation...easiest, least expensive path to teaching credential--HELP!! Will Fox, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000,
After a 20+ year career in music ministry, I now teach direct choirs at a private high school part-time and have had overwhelming and successful results in my few years there, having led my choir to the state championship each year. While I love my setting and have no urge to leave, I am finding it difficult to maintain a living and the schedule of teaching music privately and teaching at the school. I'd like the opportunity to get a job teaching full-time at a high school. Of course, I hope that the school I currently work at will find its way to a full-time position, but I don't sense it happening soon. I have people calling me about this because of my success, but I can't apply because I don't have the teaching credential. I have fallen in love with this new career, love the age group, and have this uncanny way of making amazing music with my students!
Here is the problem: while I am highly educated, I do not have a teaching credential, nor do I have a B.A. in Music or Music Ed. In order to get certified and to compete for a public high school job, I'd need to finish a B.A. or a Master's Degree in Music Ed. At 50 years old, I can't afford a degree in terms of time or money. I'm not trying to short cut the system. I simply am wondering if anyone is aware of highly practical, efficient, fast-track, and less expensive ways of completing an online degree program that would gain me certification. Any help is welcome.
MacMillan St. Luke Passion (U.S. premiere at Duke) Rodney Wynkoop, %12 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000,
James MacMillan's brand-new St. Luke Passion will receive its U.S. premiere at Duke Chapel on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 4 pm, with Mr. MacMillan present.  The Duke Chapel Choir performs with the Durham Children's Choir (Scott Hill, director), the Riverside HS Sirens (Jill Boliek, director), and the Orchestra Pro Cantores. the 70' work presents the words of Christ in English through the children's choir, often in 3-part harmony, while the rest of the story is told by the adult choir.
The composer has written this about the piece:
Luke's gospel is concerned with the idea of the Kingdom of God which points forward to the same author’s Acts of the Apostles. This started me thinking about a more spiritual, inward, and pared-back approach to create a focused work about an hour long. I decided to frame the Passion narrative with a Prelude exploring the Annunciation to set the scene, and a Postlude taking us beyond the Crucifixion to the Resurrection and Ascension. These incorporate Gospel texts where Luke explains the Kingdom of God. Any Passion that casts Christ as a soloist immediately makes him take human form as an adult male, whereas I wanted to examine his otherness, sanctity and mystery. Employing a children’s choir grants a measure of innocence to Christ as the sacrificial lamb, while the vocal line is either in unison or in three parts reflecting the oneness or Trinitarian implications of God. I tried to make the choral writing as varied as possible, sometimes homophonic, sometimes with upper or lower voices, at other times just a unison line. The crowd sections move into polyphony to show the chaotic, angry or fearful world of the street. 
The concert is presented in conjunction with the Duke Divinity School and the Duke Initiatives for Theology and the Arts (DITA), who helped commission this work. Tickets are available at the Duke University Box Office:  919-684-4444,
Haydn "The Creation" Schirmer English Translation Hugh McDevitt, %12 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000,
I'm doing a little background research on Hadyn's "Creation," and I'm curious where the English translation used in the Schirmer edition of the piece comes from.   I've read a few books written specifically about this work and haven't come across this answer yet, although I may be missing it somewhere.
Thanks for any pointers you can provide!
Hugh McDevitt
San Jose, California
Need to borrow Jazz Songs of Innocence Lunette Arledge, %12 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 Jazz Songs of Innocence
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Bob Chilcott
Starting: Immediately
For: two months
Copies: 18
Willing to rent: Yes
I'd like to do one piece, The Echoing Green, with my church choir women on a program we're doing in June. The piece isn't published separately. We'll take excellent care of the scores and will be happy to pay a rental fee.
Manger, Voce Chamber Singers Jane Waldrop, %12 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
Voce Chorus Manager Job Description
Voce is a non-profit arts organization based in Reston, VA. Founded in 1989, this acclaimed chamber chorus consists of 20-24 volunteer voices presenting three concerts per season.
Voce seeks a Chorus Manager to work with the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors in the general management of the concert season. Duties include:
  • Maintain schedule of tasks for the season
  • Assist with maintaining accurate records
of performances and outreach
  • Check the Voce phone number, P.O. Box and email account regularly, and respond or forward in a timely manner

  • Coordinate bulk mailings: sort and print labels, print bulk mail documents for PO, coordinate labeling and drop-off
  • Respond to requests for paid performances
  • Assist with singer recruitment via placing online ads and press releases, coordinate details of auditions with artistic director and applicants
  • Maintain up-to-date roster of singers, dues payment status and contact information
  • Report to the Board of Directors monthly
on tasks and needs
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Manage social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and engage our social audience within frequent posts on appropriate topics.
  • Coordinate the writing, editing and distribution of event press releases

  • Assist in creation and distribution of emails and newsletters
  • Maintain list of arts calendars and update regularly
  • Send bulk emails to email list – Voce Scoop newsletter, donation appeals
  • Create program ads to exchange with other arts groups
  • Work with web design firm to update website with concert details, ticket information and singer bios as needed
  • Manage brochure, postcard and poster design, printing and distribution
  • Coordinate the creation, editing and printing of concert programs and any other print collateral needed during the season
  • Coordinate with location staff to book rehearsal and concert sites
  • Process ticket orders (phone and online)
  • Manage will call list and onsite ticket sales
  • Manage set up and tear down of performances, including ushers and box office table items (brochures, email sign up sheets, etc.)
  • Schedule and coordinate recording services for concerts
  • Draft and mail annual appeal letters and thank you letters to donors
  • Coordinate program ad sales
The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently on a variety of tasks with staff and board members, a strategic thinker with an enthusiastic attitude and a flexible schedule. Candidate should be organized, attentive to detail, able to plan tasks from start to finish, meet deadlines, able to anticipate needs and come up with appropriate solutions to issues that may arise.
  • Experience as choral musician ideal, but not essential
  • A leadership role in arts administration, non-profit fundraising, marketing or development is a huge plus

  • Must be legally able to work in the United States
  • Full time resident of Northern Virginia (Fairfax County)
  • Voce does not have a physical office, so work would be done from your own home. Consistent access to computer/internet/home office equipment is essential.
This is a part-time position. Compensation is paid as an independent contractor (a 1099 is provided at the end of the year). Benefits are not provided for this position. Anticipated start date: August 15, 2014
Interested and qualified candidates should send a résumé and cover letter, as a PDF or in the body of an email to:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will confirm receipt. No phone calls please.
Voices of London Festival 2014 Hilary Campbell, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 Voices of London Festival is a brand new festival for London, celebrating the extraordinary range of choral diversity on offer in the capital and beyond. The festival will showcase ensembles of all shapes and sizes, from community choruses and youth choirs to professional chamber choirs and operatic ensembles.
We are delighted to be hosted by St James' Sussex Gardens, parish church of Paddington, in the heart of London. Fast becoming one of the most popular concert and recording venues in London, St James' boasts a highly flexible performance space and wonderful choral acoustic.
The festival, which will involve well over 400 performers, is being run by a team of experienced choral conductors, all of whom trained at the Royal Academy of Music. 
Further Details
Twitter @VoicesofLonFest
Phone 07740 354817
Festival Venue St James’ Paddington, Sussex Gardens, London, W2 3UD
Friday 27 June Workplace Choirs Day
Early evening performance involving:
P&O Choir (Winners of BBC2’s Sing While You Work Series 2)
Hearst Choir
4Tunes (Channel 4)
Irwin Mitchell Choir
Standard Chartered Choir
Saturday 28 June Community Come and Sing Day
Led by Ralph Allwood
Sunday 29 June Youth Choirs Day
Collaborative afternoon performance involving:
The London Youth Choirs
Highbury Young Singers
Malcolm Arnold Academy
Tuesday 1 July Chamber Choirs Day
Collaborative evening performance involving:
De Merc Chamber Choir
The Choir of St Mary Merton
Blackheath Chamber Choir
Wednesday 2 July Early Music Day
Evening concert: Knightley Voices
Friday 4 July Contemporary Music Day
Early evening performance: Take Note Choir
Evening composition competition and concert: Music Makers of London
Adjudicators: Judith Weir and Stephen Jackson
Saturday 5 July British Music Day
Evening concert: Blossom Street
Sunday 6 July Festival Finale
Evensong with the choir of St James
Followed immediately by:
Harvey Passion and Resurrection
bass and tenor needed for Easter Ronald Baltimore, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 the choir. You can contact me at 908-644-3044 or e-mail me at
Pay is negotiable.
Ronald Baltimore, Organist/Choir Director
Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral (Episcopal)
Newark NJ]]>
Help! My student doesn't know how to sit still.... Erin Morrison, %12 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 I am a music education student and I need help with classroom management. I run a choir of middle school girls whom are mostly well behavd, but I have one student who I have had to stop rehersal over 15 times in an hour to disipline. She has ADHD, but her parents don't like giving her medication every day of the week, so Sundays (our rehersal days) are her day off. She bounces off the walls, can't keep to herself, and is extremely frustrating. Her parents even give her sugar before rehersal some weeks which makes it worse. I have tried seating charts, a discipline plan where she can sit out to calm down, talking to her parents about ways they handle when she gets too over active, but nothing has seemed to work. Because of this, I've had to cut my spring concert program in almost half so we can actually learn the music in time due to not getting through music well with her in rehersal with having to discipline her so often. 
So please, anyone have any advice? I am at a loss here.
Audition for The Boston Cecilia Nicholas White, %12 %b %2014 %10:%Apr:%th 10AprGMT+0000 Boston Cecilia's March 21, 2014 performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor at Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory)
The Boston Cecilia
Audition Information
We have immediate openings for all voice parts for The Boston Cecilia 2014-2015 concert season.
Please call the office at 617-232-4540, or email the General Manager at
The Boston Cecilia is Boston’s longest-existing amateur chorus, famed in recent years for period instrument performances of Handel and Bach as well as revelatory readings of recent masterpieces. Last season, under the exciting leadership of Nicholas White, featured critically acclaimed performances of the Duruflé Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and sublime choral works by Howells, Mathias and others. The chorus is comprised of about 60 volunteer singers. Founded in 1876, Cecilia's reputation for stylish performances, winning highest praise from audiences and critics alike, continues with the 2014-2015 Season.
Audition Information
Auditions are 10 minutes in length and include vocalizing, sight-reading (on one’s own voice part) and singing a prepared piece (welcome, but not required.) Pre-summer audition dates are set for the following times:
Monday, May 19, 6:00-7:30pm
Monday, June 2, 6:00-7:30pm
Monday, June 9, 6:00-7:30pm
There will also be three “look-ahead” rehearsals with the chorus, following these auditions from 7:30-10:00pm. Potential new singers are welcome and encouraged to attend in order to become familiar with The Boston Cecilia. All auditions and rehearsals will take place at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445.
2014-2015 Season Information
The 2014-2015 season performances will include Dvorak’s Mass in D, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Christmas music by John Tavener and Richard Rodney Bennett, Bach’s Singet dem Herrn and works by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann.
Concert Dates
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:00pm (All Saints Parish, Brookline)
Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 8:00pm (Church of the Advent, Boston)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 3:00pm (All Saints Parish, Brookline)
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 8:00pm (All Saints Parish, Brookline)
Rehearsal Information
Monday evenings, 7:30pm to 10:00pm at All Saints Parish, Brookline.
(Rehearsals begin Monday, September 8th at 7:30pm.)
Occasional Saturday morning rehearsals - once or twice a year.
Free parking and T-accessible.
Green C-line: Dean Road
Green D-line: Beaconsfield
What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, April 13, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %12 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern on The Classical Station.
Most of the music on this week's playlist can also be found on Spotify at this link: GSM - April 13, 2014
Also on Sunday evenings you can hear more choral music both sacred and secular on Wavelengths and
Peaceful Reflections beginning at 9 p.m. eastern.
J.S. Bach: Fantasia super: Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735
Hans Fagius, organ
1728 Cahamn organ at Leufsta Bruk, Sweden
Michael Teschner: All glory, laud and honor
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Orlando Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
H. Walford Davies: Psalm 130, "Out of the deep"
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger
Francis Grier, organ
Our Palm Sunday program opens with Bach's chorale prelude
on "All glory, laud and honor" followed by the Teschner tune on
which Bach's work is based. The Gibbons' setting of "Hosanna to
the Son of David" continues the triumphal mood of Christ's entry
into Jerusalem, while Psalm 130 looks ahead to the sad events of Good Friday.
Franz Schubert: Six Antiphonies for Palm Sunday, D. 696
Capella Bavariae, Wolfgang Sawallisch
John Ireland: My song is love unknown
Choir of St. John's, Elora, Noel Edison
Paul Halley, organ
Schubert composed his Palm Sunday Antiphons in 1820. Samuel Crossman
wrote the poetry for "My song is love unknown" in 1664. Paul Halley adorns
John Ireland's gorgeous hymn-tune with subtle reharmonizations and a stunning
Sir Edward Bairstow: The Lamentations of Jeremiah
Choir of St. John's, Elora, Noel Edison
Michale Bloss, organ
William Horsley: There is a green hill far away
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Rene Clausen: O vos omnes
Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy
The late 19th century English cathedral organist Edward Bairstow infuses
his setting of "The Lamentations of Jeremiah" with gut-wrenching pathos.
Listen to the contrast in moods between Horsley's treatment of the crucifixion
drama with contemporary American Rene Clausen's setting of "All you who pass by".
Thomas Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington
J.S. Bach: Valet will ich dir geben: choralis in pedale, BWV 736
Hans Fagius, organ
1728 Cahamn organ at Leufsta Bruk, Sweden
We conclude our first hour of this week's program with music which underscores the
triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 82a, "Ich habe genug"
Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi
Ian Bostridge, tenor
This cantata's text muses about our desire to leave the miseries of this life and be united
with Jesus in heaven.
Felix Mendelssohn: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Chamber Choir of Europe; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Raimund Spogis, baritone
Mendelssohn greatly admired Bach's music. You will hear nods to the baroque master
both in structure and style in this passiontide anthem.
J.S. Bach: Es ist vollbracht ~ St. John Passion, BWV 245
Paris Orchestral Ensemble, John Nelson
Stephanie Blythe, contralto; Jerome Hantai, viola da gamba
So many times Bach's music foreshadows the musical periods and composers who followed
him. "Es ist vollbracht" is a good example of Bach writing in an emotion-charged romantic style.
Frank Martin: Passacaille
James Lancelot, organ
Harrison and Harrison organ in Durham Cathedral, England
The Swiss-born composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) wrote just two pieces for the organ:
this Pasacaille and an Agnus Dei.
Ernest Bloch: Sacred Service
London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Ernest Bloch
Marko Rothmuller, bass-baritone; Dorothy Bond, soprano; Doris Cowan, contralto
Passover and Holy Week run concurrently this year. We mark Pesach with a performance
from 1950 of Ernest Bloch's moving "Sacred Service" conducted by the composer.
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546
Daniel Bishop, organ
Willis organ in Liverpool Cathedral
When I was active as an organist in the Episcopal Church from 1969-1997 I played this
monumental Prelude and Fugue in C minor at the conclusion of Palm Sunday services.
It captures the mood of the triumphal entry into Jersualem as well as the pathos of Good Friday.
Free Workshop with David Hill in New Haven, CT Lars Gjerde, %12 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000
The New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites church musicians, choral directors, choral singers, and music teachers of all backgrounds and levels of experience to an inspiring morning with English master choral director David Hill, conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum. We will meet at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church, 425 College Street, New Haven, on Saturday, April 26, from 9am-1pm. There is no fee to attend, but there is optional lunch for purchase, with signup required by April 20 (see below). Professor Hill will lecture and give practical demonstrations about choral leadership techniques, and members of the AGO will play and conduct in a masterclass, with all attendees functioning at the choir. Optional catered lunch is available for $10. Contact Bill Speed to sign up (with or without lunch):
David Hill has a long and distinguished career as one of the leading conductors in Europe. His talent has been recognized by appointments as chief conductor of The BBC Singers, musical director of the Bach Choir, chief conductor of the Southern Sinfonia, music director of Leeds Philharmonic Society and associate guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton in recognition of his services to music. In 2007 he was named an honorary member of the Royal School of Church Music and in 2010 an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. With over seventy recordings to his credit, Hill has performed virtually every style and period in the choral repertoire from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony, from baroque oratorios to modern masterpieces for chorus and orchestra. He has commissioned dozens of works from leading composers of today, including Judith Bingham, Francis Pott, Patrick Gowers, Sir John Taverner, and Philip Wilby. Previously, Hill was Master of the Music at Winchester and Westminster Cathedrals, Music Director of the Waynflete Singers, Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus, and Director of Music at St. John’s College, Cambridge.  M.A., University of Cambridge.
Blue Heron sings Spanish Masters John Yannis, %12 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 Heron Spanish Masters, April 26 at 8 pm

Blue Heron will conclude its 15th subscription season with a wonderfully varied program of Spanish sacred and secular music from the late 16th and early 17th centuries.


Alonso Lobo (c.1555-1617) used a motet by Francisco Guerrero (c.1528-1599) as the basis and inspiration for a complete Mass. The text of the motet, Simile est regnum caelorum, is drawn from the biblical parable of the workers in the vineyard (found at the beginning of Matthew 20). Other works, both sacred and secular, from this period will be offered as well, some accompanied by instruments such as dulcian, guitar and vihuela.


Born in Osuna, Spain, Alonso Lobo was a choirboy in the Seville's Cathedral chapter, where he presumably studied under the great Francisco Guerrero. In 1591, he was installed there as assistant to Guerrero. Two months after he arrived, he was asked to direct the choir in his master's (Guerrero's) absence. Lobo was appointed maestro di capilla of the Cathedral of Toledo in 1593, where he remained until his return to a similar post in Seville in 1604. He spent the remaining decade of his life in Seville.


Although modern audiences are largely unfamiliar with Lobo, many contemporaries considered Lobo to be Victoria's equal (including Victoria himself). Musicians throughout the Baroque period also maintained a very high regard for Lobo's work. Come hear Spanish Masters on April 26!


Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe, director
Martin Near, Jason McStoots, Reginald Mobley, Mark Sprinkle, Paul Guttry, voices

Marilyn Boenau, dulcian

Charles Weaver, guitar & vihuela


FREE pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Christopher Martin (Boston University)

Pre-concert talks are sponsored in part by The Cambridge Society for Early Music.


FREE parking is available (with validation in the church lobby), 

at University Place Garage, 214 Mt. Auburn Street (behind the Charles Hotel).


As always, you can order tickets on line at or get more information by calling

617-960-7956, or sending an email to

Deborah Lewis Appointed Executive Director of LA Children’s Chorus Susan Gordon, %12 %b %2014 %05:%Apr:%th 5AprGMT+0000
Deborah Lewis, an exceptional and highly regarded arts administrator with three decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Director of the renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) following a nationwide search, it was announced by LACC Board Chair Jennifer Terry.  Lewis previously served as Executive Director of Angels Gate Cultural Center, the acclaimed visual and performing arts organization located San Pedro heralded for its broad reach throughout Southern California and beyond.  Prior to that she was the executive director of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, for which she administered its national grant and scholarship programs and also provided arts organizations with key technical assistance in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
“We are very excited to welcome Deborah to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Terry.  “She has an outstanding track record of more than 30 years in arts administration as an engaging team builder with wide-ranging community ties who brings people together, a proven fundraiser with an enviable record, and an extremely effective management style praised by artists, donors, community partners and staff alike.  Her strong skills and deep passion for music will help propel the Los Angeles Children’s to a new level of growth and esteem as it heads into its third decade.”
“It is an honor to serve in this vital leadership capacity with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” states Lewis.  “A musical jewel, the chorus has a superlative reputation for its exceptional artistry, highly developed training program for young singers and successful community partnerships.  I look forward to working with all of LACC’s constituents to ensure that the chorus reaches new heights artistically and administratively.”
During Lewis’s tenure at Angels Gate Cultural Center, she oversaw 50 studio artists who participate in multi-year on-site studio residencies, four art galleries that present exhibitions by local and international artists, as well as an extensive array of community arts classes and in-depth visual and performing arts classroom residency programs throughout the harbor region.  She was also responsible for the planning and implementation of the center’s short-term programs and long-term planning while successfully leading expanded fundraising efforts. 
In her previous post with the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation (ELA), Lewis provided ADA consultancies to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Pasadena Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre and LA Stage Alliance, among other organizations.  Additionally, she has provided audio description training and consultation to the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service for the Rose Parade, the Center Theatre Group, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities conference through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She is a founding member of the Audio Description Coalition and the California Audio Describers Alliance.  Lewis joined the ELA Foundation after 15 years of work at Special Audiences in Atlanta, Georgia, where she brought the arts to over 100,000 disabled and disadvantaged people annually.  As senior writer with Audio Description Solutions, she has also provided audio description for the Visitors Centers of such National Parks as Mesa Verde, Mammoth Cave, James Garfield, Keneewaw, New River Gorge and Pinnacles as well as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 
Lewis earned a BA from Otterbein University in Ohio and has completed the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and the Annenberg Foundation’s “Alchemy” leadership programs.  Lewis, who lives in Altadena, California with her husband, Boyd, has been a singer since the age of 10 and currently sings in Canterbury Choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS – lauded as “one of the world's foremost children's choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly) – is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability.  Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1995, LACC’s roster includes more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from more than 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing program.  LACC has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe.  It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito ("Infinite Love"). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of LACC’s commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics.  LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC's “The Tonight Show” and was featured on Public Radio International's nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit
Echoes of Peace, Visions of Hope - Four World Premieres Jennifer Flory, %12 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000 choral students Brianna Riley and Mitchell Moore speak with Creekside Elementary student Isaaiah Wilson about his writing. Georgia College’s choral ensembles, including University Chorus, Women’s Ensemble and Max Noah Singers, will perform April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Milledgeville to present “Echoes of Peace, Visions of Hope.”
The theme of peace will be reiterated throughout the concert and is a subject very close to choral director Dr. Jennifer Flory’s heart. “When the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings took place in December 2012, I felt very connected to the community of Newtown, Conn.; my aunt and uncle live there and my cousins went to school in the same district,” Flory said. “The theme of peace has been on my list of future concert ideas since I came to Georgia College; this event prompted me to bring it to fruition.”
Flory has been working with several composers for more than a year to compile and create the perfect repertoire for this concert. Four of the works being performed were written specifically for this concert and for the Georgia College choirs. These pieces have never been performed before.
Dr. David Johnson, assistant professor of music theory and composition at Georgia College, wrote “Sing Me at Dawn” for the Women’s Ensemble, and John Hennecken, Georgia College alumnus and adjunct professor, wrote “Motet”, which will premier with a performance by Max Noah Singers.
Georgia College creative writing major Bri Neves wrote text that was used in New Zealand composer David Hamilton’s piece, “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Hamilton also used text from poems written by Milledgeville’s Creekside Elementary School students to accompany his composition.
“I jumped at the chance at getting involved,” said Cindy English, 4th and 5th grade teacher at Creekside Elementary School. “My students love to do anything for the community, and they are very creative writers.”
Fifth grader Isaaiah Wilson, who is also a member of the Creekside Elementary chorus, is one student who contributed through writing a poem. Wilson said it made him “feel special” to be able to contribute to the writing of a song, and he even shared his views on what peace means to him.
“It just means working together, not fighting and everyone getting along,” Wilson said.
At the end of the concert, the Creekside Elementary Chorus and the Georgia College choral ensembles will perform Hamilton’s premiere together.
Admission is free and donations are encouraged to benefit music scholarships.
For more information about the performance, email or call 478-445-4839 or visit
ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.
Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.
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Region 26 A capella chorus competition Sheryl Beach, %12 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000 Capella is HOT, hot , prepare to be thoroughly entertained as  700 of the best singers will be “strutting their stuff” in the Sweet Adeline Region 26 competition on May 1 – 4, 2014
We are proud to say that Region 26 is the only ALL CANADIAN region, which encompasses BC, Alberta , Saskatchewan and the Territories.  Sweet Adelines International Inc is a not –for -profit worldwide organization.  There are  27,000 members in 11 countries all committed to  advancing the musical art  form of a capella harmony (barbershop style) through education and performance.
To give you a preview of the fine art of a capella,  there will be a free performance at  12:30 pm – 1:00 pm  on  Friday May 2 at the   Centre Court, Guildford Town Centre .
The Competition will be held at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium- 10238 - 168th St.,  Surrey,  BC  V4N 1Z4
Schedule:               - Quartet Competition May 2, Friday – 6 pm
                 -Chorus Competition  May 3, Saturday – starting Noon
                 -Show of Champions  May 3, Saturday  - 7 pm  
Tickets can be purchased at the door - For more information contact  Yvonne Meyer
Please also  visit our website to find a  chorus rehearsing near you!!!  
Saturday Respite: Coffee in April in Paris Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
April in Paris? Coffee in Paris? How about ANYTHING in Paris! (The company one keeps whilst one is in Paris probably has something to do with enjoying the experience)
Take the Latest ACDA Poll: "How much is your rehearsal pianist paid? " Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000's time to vist the ACDA website to take the poll of the week!  This week's question pertains to the salary paid to your rehearsal pianiost.  TAKE THE POLL. ]]>Contemporary Classics Claudia Fallert, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000 Charles County Youth Choir Concert
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Lindenwood Cumtural Center
400 N. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO.  63301
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Mozart Requiem Daniel Farris, %11 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000 22 and 24 April 2014, Southwestern's vocal/choral division will perform an evening of Classical music to include Mozart’s Requiem, K. 626 and selections of chamber music of Leopold Mozart and Franz Josef Haydn (Mozart’s two “Pappas”). This production is a collaboration of the choirs of Southwestern, conducted by Dr. Daniel Farris, the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Robert Chambers, the keyboard faculty of Southwestern, and featured DFW-based soloists. The soloists are bass-baritone Dr. David Grogan of the University of Texas in Arlington, Orpheus Ensemble and Dallas Bach soloists mezzo-soprano Katrina Kledas and soprano Heidi Klein, and tenor Nic Garza. Dr. Grogan, Katrina Kledas, and Heidi Klein will be teaching a master class featuring Southwestern students, an open-question forum on professional singing, and teaching voice lessons to selected students of Southwestern’s vocal/choral program. All are encouraged to come to the master class and forum if interested.

The concert performances, master class, and open-question forum are free to the public. Contact Daniel Farris at or 580.774.3208 for more details about the artists-in-residence or the Mozart program.


Chamber Choir:

Ein kleines Haus by F. J. Haydn (1801)


Two Lieder by Leopold Mozart (1761), arr. for woodwinds by Daniel Farris (2014)

1.  Die Zufriedenheit im niedrigen Stande

2.  Geheime Liebe


Du bist’s, dem Ruhm und Ehre gebühret by F. J. Haydn (c.1796)


Southwestern Singers, Community Chorus, and Southwestern Symphony Orchestra

Requiem, K. 626 (1791, completed by F. X. Süssmayer and J. Eybler, ed. L. Nowak)

Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross" at Shadyside Pres. Church on Good Friday, April 18 (Pittsburgh) Mark Anderson, %11 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000
Evening of Music and Readings at Shadyside Presbyterian Church features Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross
Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents an Evening of Music and Readings on Good Friday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. The service features portions of composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s setting of The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, presented by the church’s Chancel Choir and string quintet, under the direction of conductor Mark A. Anderson, Director of Music Ministry.
Shadyside Presbyterian Church welcomes the community to hear selections of Haydn’s oratorio. On Good Friday evening at Shadyside, choral movements will be interspersed with readings, homilies, and periods of silence to allow for individual contemplation.
Worship is free and open to the public; no tickets are necessary to attend. Free on-street parking is available surrounding the church. Additional information about Holy Week at Shadyside Presbyterian Church may be found by visiting For information about the church’s Music in a Great Space concert series, call 412.682.4300, or visit

Shadyside Presbyterian Church is centrally located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s university district, just a few blocks away from the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The church is situated on the corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, only one block off Fifth Avenue.
Tour Hosts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and/or Delaware Aaron Carpenter, %11 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000 Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota is in search of two or three venues in North/Easter Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
We will be on a 16-day concert tour and already have 13 performances booked but have openings on June 18, 19, 20 and 21.
We travel with 31 choristers who would need housing and a few meals.  We generally arrive at a venue around 4:30 p.m. and depart the following day by 8:00 a.m.
There is no cost to host the choir.  We do take a free will offering and would be interested in partnering with you for a cause (organ fund, Music Ministry Fund, etc.).
Please contact Aaron Carpenter, Artistic Director, at
Thank you for your consideration.
Four Composers Recognized by PROJECT : ENCORE™ Darlene Wyzga, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000
PROJECT : ENCORE™ of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, a bridge between conductors and new, post-premiere choral compositions and their composers, is proud to announce this quarter’s acceptance of--
“The Birds” by David Basden
“Televised Address to the Nation on Civil Rights” by Aaron Gervais
“Psalm 109” by Paul Reale
“I Shall Not Care” by Brandon Michael Stewart
into its keyword searchable database of new post-premiere choral compositions vetted by an international panel of prominent conductors.  Congratulations, all!
CONDUCTORS are urged to sign up to receive the quarterly publication, Sing It Again!, for regular updates on new repertoire!
COMPOSERS are urged to submit compositions that have been premiered, but have not been extensively performed beyond the premiere--as frequently as one per quarter--for review and possible upload into the prestigious PROJECT : ENCORE™ database.
South Salem High School Choir Teacher Mary Lou Boderman, %11 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000
Outstanding full time high school choral position in the Salem Keizer (Oregon) School District, which is known as having one of the most outstanding music programs in the country. The South Salem High School Choral Program has long been known for their tradition of excellence in both concert and jazz choir. The district is seeking candidates that are experienced with evidence supporting outstanding achievement in the area of vocal music education.
Music at South Salem High School is strongly supported by the school administration and active parent booster organization. This position offers an excellent salary and benefits.
Please contact:
Mary Lou Boderman
Supervisor of Music
Need string parts-Rossini Stabat Mater-#8 Inflammatus Marina Alexander, %11 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 String parts only - Rossini Stabat Mater - #8 Inflammatus
Composer/Arranger/Edition: G. Rossini
Starting: ASAP
For: N/A
Copies: 1 each (vi 1, vi2, vla, vcl, DBs)
Willing to rent: No
For a program in May, I need the just  the string parts from Rossini's Stabat Mater, for JUST movement #8 - Inflammatus et accensus.
If you have them and can send them by either fax or PDF, I would be most grateful.
Please contact me directly -
All thanks,
Marina Alexander
2014 Music Sales Choral Binders Allison Weissman, %11 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 recent choral music online with the new 2014 Music Sales Choral Binders!  These binders offer a glimpse at the diversity of recent titles within the Music Sales Group choral catalogues (particularly Chester Music and Novello) and include Sacred, Secular, Christmas and Pops genres.
The 2013 Binders were also recently put online and you can find everything here:
For more information, visit
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Multicultural and Fusion Music Reading Session and Workshop - Featuring Dr. Janet Galván Jennifer Sengin, %11 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
Presented by Dr. Janet Galván
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, New Jersey
$75 – ACDA Members
$35 – ACDA Student Members
$90 – Non-ACDA Members
Register Here
Register by May 1st to ensure a reading packet.
Questions? Email Jennifer Sengin
Explore! Experience! Engage! Embody! Empower!
Dr. Galván will present compositions from various cultures (from many places in the world and different styles from the United States) and fusion music composed with influence from various cultures. She will present ideas to help conductors approach music from an historical and cultural context resulting in confident, informed, performances that honor the authentic practitioners. She will demonstrate how process can instill passion, respect, and lead to building bridges of understanding.
This workshop will provide participants with a reading packet of 40+ titles in a variety of voicings and difficulty levels – something for everyone! Participants will receive information about performance practice, rehearsal techniques, and vocal techniques as it relates to multicultural music as well as general strategies for teaching music from different cultures.
Dr. Galván is a highly sought-after guest conductor and clinician and a leader in the area of Multicultural music. She excels in finding new and exciting repertoire as well as engaging singers throughout the learning process. Dr. Galván will select pieces to explore in-depth while reading others.
Sponsored by NJ-ACDA
The New York Voices in Concert (Cincinnati Region) Kurt Sander, %11 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 Department of Music at Northern Kentucky University welcomes
The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble
in Concert
NKU Jazz Festival welcomes Grammy award-winning jazz vocal ensemble New York Voices! They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend.
Friday, May 3, 2014
Greaves Concert Hall
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY  (Greater Cincinnati Region)
Tickets $15  General Admission
call 859-572-5464 for tickets and info.
2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium Kurt Sander, %11 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 the 2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium
"Orthodox Liturgical Music Composition:  Fostering a Living Creative Tradition in the English-Speaking World"
June 12-15, 2014
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY (Greater Cincinnati Region)
The 2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium is a four-day event specifically dedicated to singers, conductors, and composers of all Orthodox traditions.  The symposium will encourage and explore the current state of Orthodox choral composition in the English-speaking world today.  The event will include opportunities for participants to sing new Orthodox choral music, to participate in discussions, to hear presentations, and to attend a very special concert featuring newly-composed Orthodox choral works performed by the East/West Festival Choir under the direction of Peter Jermihov.
At this symposium, you will be able to:
• Sing new or recently-composed works by Glagolev, Zes, Resanovic, Lucs, Sander, Monk Martin, Hrebenko, Ryabchenko, Toensing, Karam, Zakkak, Gan, and many others.
• Hear presentations by some of today's most active composers and scholars in the field of Orthodox music.
• Attend a concert of new Orthodox music by the East/West Festival Choir under the direction of Peter Jermihov.
• Meet new friends and enjoy great conversation.
• Sing in the choir at the newly-constructed church of St. George in the Divine services featuring chant and choral music composed in the past 20 years and specifically written for the in the English language .
Special guest speakers, conductors, singers include:
Fr. Sergei Glagolev (composer)
Tikey Zes (composer)
Irene Riazanova (conductor)
Peter Jermihov (conductor)
Vladimir Morosan (musicologist, conductor)
John Michael Boyer (chanter)
Nicolas Schidlovsky (musicologist)
Richard Barrett (chanter)
Kurt Sander (composer) 
Register today by visiting our website at:
Sibelius 3 available? Craig Hawkins, %11 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 am interested in upgrading my Sibelius 2 just up a step or two, but all I find online is Sib 7. I have no interest or need for all the bells and whistles of the most recent (and final) version. I'd like ot have a seperate version for my second computer without having to continually transfer saving and printing back and forth. I'm aware Sib 3 can save in earlier versions, so that is where I'm looking to go with for my second set up. Thank you for any leads you may share.
organist/accompanist & handbell director Bryan Greer, %11 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000
Come Grow With Us!  Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia, seeks a part-time organist/accompanist and handbell director to be part of our exciting music ministry.  The ideal candidate will provide organ music for all traditional worship services, accompany choral ensembles in rehearsal and worship, and direct the handbell choir.  Additional opportunities include preparing small ensembles and soloists, weddings, and funerals.  Extensive experience in choral accompanying and leading congregational singing is expected; experience in directing handbell choirs is preferred.  Salary commensurate with experience and AGO guidelines.  If you would like to be considered for this vital role in our thriving church, please submit a resume with cover letter to Search Committee Chair, Shady Grove UMC, P.O. Box 817, Mechanicsville, VA 23111; or by email to .
"The Armed Man" and Beethoven 6 in Ashland, Wisconsin Russell Thorngate, %11 %b %2014 %07:%Apr:%th 7AprGMT+0000 Northland Festival Choir will join the Chequamagon Symphony Orchestra to present Karl Jenkins's "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" as part of "A Concert for Peace," on Saturday, April 12 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, Wisconsin. The choir, the combined choral forces from Northland College, will be directed by Dr. Russell Thorngate, Director of Choral Activities at Northland College. The second half of the concert will be Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, directed by Joel Glickman.  ]]>What are You Listening To? Jeff Tillinghast, %11 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000 the early days of listening to music on the Internet, the only available offerings were those "commercially viable" genres that could attract enough attention to warrant the high set-up and operation costs. Now that streaming music online has become standard and widespread, there are wonderful sources for choral music and other classical/art musics available online. For conductors and singers alike, this is a huge opportunity-- for us as conductors, it's an easy way for us to discover new compositions or ensembles. For singers, especially young singers who may not have exemplars of "the choral sound" in their ears, an opportunity to experience what choral music can sound like at its highest levels can be highly valuable. With that in mind, here is a quick run-down of some options which may help you and your musicians fill your ears.
Spotify is both an app and a web service which allows you to select particular albums, artists or songs to listen to (as long as they are in Spotify's licensed library). There is a free version with ads, and a paid subscription model without ads. A relatively recent development is that the mobile apps for Spotify are now free (they previously were part of the paid subscription), although you do have to be online to listen. Spotify has built up a comparatively sizeable choral library, and is continuing to add to their resources. 
A benefit of Spotify for conductors and teachers is that other users can follow you, similar to Twitter or the like, and see what you're listening to. You could use this to curate a weekly listening list or just recommended examples. You can also create individual playlists and share them. 
iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio has been around since early iTunes days, but it recently got a significant facelift. iTunes obviously has an enormous volume of licensed material through the iTunes store, but it is limited to curated radio stations that have failrly broad categories (e.g. "Classical," "Gospel"). Also, the selections tend to be fairly conservative-- the chances of an expert ear stumbling upon something new and interesting under the heading of "Classical" are fairly low. Regardless, it is an easy and accessible option for younger musicians looking for an entry point into art musics.
SoundCloud is becoming an interesting mix of performers recording music that is in the public domain and recordings from new composers and works seeking publication. While, like Spotify, you can search for individual tracks, you can't easily connect one to another (i.g. "If you like this, then..."). SoundCloud has no major licensing agreements, although curiously some recordings from Sony Classical appear in their library. All in all, this is not likely to be useful for passive exploration, although a browse for new works and compositions from time to time yields some interesting fruit.
Perhaps the first major player in the current audio streaming landscape, Pandora has always seemed to be less interested in licensing choral and classical works than expanding the commercial genres. Offering no individual song choice selection, Pandora asks you for a place to start and then selects songs that it thinks you will like (according to Pandora's own "Music Genome Project"). The thumbs-up/thumbs-down device helps prune the radio selection. Unfortunately, once you get specific in a genre of limited selection through Pandora's library, that means you're likely to get a lot of your original track repeated as it tries to figure out what else to offer you. It is, however, a great way to easily fill entrance music before a concert.
Finally, we get to Grooveshark. This is a bit of an oddity in that, like the early days of YouTube, it offers forward whatever content users upload regardless of ownership. This means that there can be much more varied selections available contributed by aficionados of particular artists, genres or eras. It also means that, in the most part, those recordings are in flagrant copyright violation. The RIAA is obviously pretty vocal in opposition to Grooveshark's existence, but Grooveshark has been able to so far fend off legal shutdown based on its compliance with specific takedown requests. The controversy around it causes other third-parties to keep their distance, so it's a website only (no apps available). 
If that all sounds a bit contrived for you, here are the basics: Grooveshark advertises themselves as the largest library of streaming audio on the Internet. That may be true, but it's mostly illegal (certainly in the spirit of the law if not the letter). Be warned when a singer comes to you wanting to share a Grooveshark playlist with the class that the product itself is most likely not legal--- but that can be a great entry point into a conversation about copyright and digital citizenship as artists with your ensemble!
In summation
I'm a big fan of what Spotify offers as an educator and listener. Pandora and iTunes Radio have advantages if you're looking to create background music for something, but aren't great tools for targeted research or sharing specific examples with your group. Grooveshark is very popular, but should come with a large red flag for you if it comes up in your ensemble.
Conference Morsel: Selecting Choral Literature Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Mar:%th 20MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “The Quest for Quality Choral Literature,” presented by Christopher Kiver during the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Conference)
       What was the first piece of music you encountered that made you want to pursue music? For me, it was as a fourteen year-old violist playing Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. I probably only played 30% of the notes accurately, and knew little about music, but I knew immediately this was something special - haunting melodies, driving rhythms, beautiful orchestral colors, incredible dynamic contrasts, each rehearsal further piquing my interest and excitement as more and more of the score was revealed.
       So much music is available to us through live performance, reading sessions, publisher mailings, and the internet. Repertoire lists abound in choral newsletters, journals, and state adjudication lists, though rarely with objective evaluation of a composition’s quality. The following prompts are intended as a starting point for thinking more objectively when selecting repertoire.
       Is the text rich in meaning, nuance and color? Are the melodies interesting or memorable (not necessarily on first hearing)? Does each section of the choir have melodically interesting lines? Does the composer include enough harmonic variety to surprise the ear? Is there rhythmic variety? Is the accompaniment compelling? Does the piece stand up to detailed analysis? Will the composition engage singers intellectually, musically and emotionally? If performing this work, what other great music are the singers missing out on?
       Quality repertoire exists in all genres and historical periods. If the only first-hand experience of music for our singers is through participation in choirs, don’t all singers deserve to sing the very best music?
I need 5 Knowledable Choir Enthusiasts!! Andrea Myburgh, %10 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000 Opera is growing at a tremendous pace. We are now ready to add Choirs to our Only Opera website. I am not that knowledgeable on Choir Singing, more Opera for me. I started a few months back and already we are a success!! Now I am looking for 5 people to join me and to guide me in how to develope a section for Choirs Only :)
I will ask you to join Only Opera, create a profile and to upload, Choir Music, Choir Youtube, Choir Videos not on Youtube and write blogs about Choirs and the passion which drives it! Please read my Blog at . It will give you an understanding of what I am trying to achieve.
Madrigalia presents: Singer's Choice Daniel McInerney, %11 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000
Date:                         April 7, 2014
Contact:             Dan McInerney: 230-2894;
                        Business and Concert Manager
For Immediate Release:
Madrigalia presents:  Singer’s Choice
May 17, 2014
7:30 PM
Fairport United Congregational Church of Christ
26 E. Church St., Fairport
May 18, 2014
4:00 PM
Baptist Temple
1101 Clover St., Rochester
Tickets: $15; $5 students
Tickets are available on the web at, or at the door.
Singers of Madrigalia Take to the Podium
ROCHESTER, NY – The members of Madrigalia come from all professions. Whether they are doctors, lawyers, teachers, real estate agents, or marketing professionals, they are united by their common passion for singing.
For Madrigalia’s closing concert of the 2013-2014 season, the singers will focus that passion not only on singing, but also on planning and producing the entire program.
“Many choruses periodically plan concerts with repertoire chosen by their members,” said Dan McInerney, Business Administrator for the ensemble and long-time tenor. “But Madrigalia took that idea one step further and decided to also have members conduct the rehearsals and performances. With several music teachers and conductors in the group, it seemed like a natural progression of the idea.”
May’s concert program, entitled “Singer’s Choice,” is organized into four sections: “Songs of Singing,” “Songs of Wind, Earth, and Light,” “Songs of Heritage,” and “Songs of Spirit.” The light program predominately features music of American composers, including Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson, Frank Ticheli, Morten Lauridsen, and Z. Randall Stroope.
Initially a group that performed only Renaissance madrigals, Madrigalia concerts now draw from a much wider repertoire of music spanning several centuries. Programs often include premieres of new works and works of American composers.
The concerts will take place across the area: May 17 at the United Congregational Church of Christ in Fairport and then on May 18 at Baptist Temple in Rochester.
KUBLA KHAN by Samuel Taylor Coleridge SATB 6:40 James Johnson, %10 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000 famous poem is among the most exotic in all of English literature. Coleridge (1772-1834) became
addicted to opium, and the fantastic visions he experienced are depicted in Kubla Khan. I have tried to
reflect these many moods in their abrupt changes and clashing emotions. Animato, difficult - 6:40.
All my compositions are written in Sibelius, so fully profesional scores and mp3 demo files are available.
Please look at a list of some of my other choral works on my ChoralNet page.
Thank you, James Johnson
Williams BA '64, Yale DMA '78, organist in Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard 1971-1991,
ASCAP, AGO, Mensa, Who's Who in America,
Your Experience with RVW's Sea Symphony Susan McCreary Duprey, %10 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000!
I'm interested in hearing from colleagues who have rehearsed and performed Ralph Vaughan Williams' SEA SYMPHONY.  What was your experience?  Was it worth it?  How was it received?
Susan McCreary Duprey
Kona Music Society/Windward Choral Society
Artistic Director
Singing Holiday - RelaxSing Tuscany - 10 to 17 September 2014 Jill Wood, %10 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000
RelaxSing is an Events company, which brings people together for short breaks or holidays to relax and sing in spectacular locations.
Our Events are always exciting and different as a choir is formed from whoever comes to the Event, so the make up is quite different each time.
No experience is needed, just a love of song and a sense of fun.

To find out more about this all inclusive singing holiday, please click on the flyer below ;

RelaxSing Tuscany 2014
Artistic Director - Dutch Fork Choral Society Tracey Hagerty, %10 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000
Established in 2001, the Dutch Fork Choral Society is a 35 – 50 member, SATB community choir whose mission is to share, preserve, and advance the art of choral singing, by helping people experience the transforming power of choral music.  Performing a varied and challenging repertoire, we aim to delight our audiences while encouraging and developing the talents of our members.  We serve the northwest communities of the Columbia, South Carolina area.
Season:  August – May
Rehearsals: Weekly, Tuesdays 7 – 9 pm, Chapin United Methodist Church
Programs:  3 per year (1-2 performances each)
Deadline:   April 27, 2014
Send cover letter, résumé, and three references to:
Tracey Hagerty, Board President
PAM Summer Conferences on Worship & Music William McConnell, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000 1970, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians has sponsored summer conferences on worship & music. These are opportunities for rest, rejuvenation, and recharge for church musicians, pastors, church music participants of all ages, and members of congregations (any denomination - not just Presbyterian). This summer, conferences are offered at:
Montreat Conference Center
Montreat, NC
Week I - June 15-20/Week Two - June 22-27
Leadership includes: Jon Walton, Susan Palo Cherwien, Paul Westermeyer, Chris Aspaas, Kenney Potter, Shannon Jeffreys, Heather Potter, Ed Rollins, Deb Carr, Sue Mitchell-Wallace, and Andrew Henderson
Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Conference Center
Hunt, TX
June 15-19
Leadership includes: John Bell, Reggie Weaver, Pearl Shangkuan, Tony Alonso, David Harris, Mary Ibis, and Stewart Wayne Foster.
Registration rates rise on April 15
For more information, go to
William McConnell
Concordia Camerata and Fesitval Choir perform Elijah Jason Thoms, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 Concordia Camerata and Festival Choirs will present a concert on April 13th at 4:00pm featuring Schubert's Mass in G and Mendelssohn's Elijah (with cuts).  The concert is directed by Dr. Jason Thoms, Director of Choral Activities at Concordia College-New York.
Featured soloists are:
Michael O'Hearn - Elijah
David Kellett - Obadiah and Ahab
Anne McKenna - Soprano
Sarah Marvel Bleasdale - Alto
Izaak Thoms - Child
Concert will be in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College-New York in Bronxville, New York.
Tickets are just $10 at the door.
"Madrigals for a Merry Month" May 2nd at Pequot Library Carol Bogard, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 on the Hill will present a concert of madrigals from across the centuries featuring members of the Chamber Chorus conducted by David H. Connell, Music on the Hill artistic director.  The concert will include chansons from the medieval troubadours, merry madrigals from the English and Italian Renaissance, and part-songs from more recent periods in America and the United Kingdom.  In the spirit of springtime revelry, the concert selections present the timeless celebration of flowers, love, and spring!
The concert takes place on Friday, May 2, at 8:00 p.m. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport, CT.  Tickets:  $20 at the door or reserve in advance at  For information, e-mail or visit our website:
Help me finish a set for Spring Concert!! Jacob Notch, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000, I am directing a smaller select Treble Choir who can sing medium-difficult two-part, simple 3-part, and unisons beautifully.
I need help finding an appropriate closer for their set in my Spring Concert. I've scoured everywhere and nothing. Desperate for new ideas!
Song 1 - "When I am Silent" - SA with piano acc. - beautiful song inspired by Auchwitz and the youth that died there.
Song 2 - "Bist du bei mir" - Unison with piano acc. - sung in German, theme: peaceful rest, nearness of loved ones at the end of our lives.
Song 3 - WHAT???? I want to end hopeful, but not cheesy. Beautiful but not slow. Prefer English
Any ideas for song three?
Calling all TENORS! Audition for Oakland Jazz Choir- APRIL 23 Heather Fong, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
THE OAKLAND JAZZ CHOIR is looking for a couple of bouncy tenors  with a penchant for Jazz.
If you love jazz AND want to join a community choir, give us a try.  
We're different and we love it!
Express your passion for jazz within our warm and welcoming community.
Our confirmed 2014 gigs include:
Sunday, July 6-  Fillmore St. Jazz Festival  S.F. 10-11:15 am 
Sunday, September 14- Old First Concerts - Old First Church S.F.- 4 pm  
Saturday, November 1 - Musically Minded Academy, Oakland 8 pm
Come sing with us!

We're looking for:
Ability to sing on pitch
Strong feel for syncopation
Solid ability to hold harmony against other parts
Ability to blend vocally with others (singing and listening at the same time)
Team-focused attitude and a love for jazz
Ability to commit to weekly rehearsals (7:00 - 10:00 pm) on Wednesday night, private practice on your own, occasional sectional or special rehearsals, and ability to make time for gigs.
Vocal ensemble experience preferred
Sight reading/music reading is helpful, but not required
Solo or lead singing abilities are helpful, but not required
Contact us NOW if interested!
Auditions will take place at:
The First Unitarian Church of Oakland - 7:30pm
685 14th St
Oakland, CA 94612
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC / KEYBOARDIST - First Congregational UCC of Santa Rosa, CA Leann Conley-Holcom, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
– For Immediate Release –
The First Congregational United Church of Christ of Santa Rosa is a progressive, open and affirming church, welcoming everyone regardless of age, race, education, economic status, marital status, sexual orientation or special needs.  A varied music program is an integral part of our weekly worship service.  If you want to learn more about our church, please visit our website:
The ideal candidate for our Director of Music/Keyboardist will have a foundation in traditional choral music and its role in worship, yet be ready and willing to blend in a wide range of musical styles.  The ideal candidate will also possess strong keyboard skills in order to lead weekly evening choir practices and Sunday morning rehearsals as well as provide service music during Sunday services.
Job Summary/Responsibilites
The Director of Music shall:
  • work with the Minister, staff and Worship Team to enrich the ministry of our church;
  • provide musical leadership to the choir and the congregation;
  • expand upon our church's musical heritage so that it evolves with vision, energy and diversity;
  • incorporate choral, global and contemporary music into worship services;
  • direct weekly choir rehearsals and Sunday morning pre-service rehearsals.
  • play keyboard for congregational hymns, prelude, offertory and postlude in Sunday services;
  • provide music for special annual services such as Christmas and Lent;
  • take one Sunday a month as Sabbath, having coordinated music for that Sunday ahead of time.
The salary for this contracted professional part time position is commensurate with training and experience.
To apply or for more information about this opportunity
  1. Please email a current resume, along with the names and contact information (phone and email) of 3 references.  Indicate your connection to each reference.  Send your information ATTN: Chair, Director of Music Search Committee,
  2. Email a statement (no more than 100 words) in answer to this question:  What is your background with and feeling about using different musical styles in worship?
Purpose of the Position
To provide music leadership to the choir and congregation and expand upon our church's musical heritage so that it evolves with vision, energy and diversity.
Desired Education and Experience
  • B.A. in Music
  • Strong keyboard skills
  • At least 2 years experience in choral conducting
  • Ideally, have experience in church music ministry
  1. Develop and coordinate the music program for Sunday services (see #4).  Direct weekly evening rehearsals, pre-service rehearsals, and play keyboard for congregational hymns, prelude, offertory and postlude during Sunday services.
  2. Work collaboratively with the Minister, accompanist and Worship Team in planning and coordinating music for Sunday worship.
  3. Select appropriate anthems and music for weekly services and notify the church office Administrative Assistant in a timely manner of title and composer of anthem for inclusion in the weekly bulletin.
  4. Once a month, the Director of Music shall take one Sunday off, but is responsible for arranging music and musicians for those Sundays.
  5. Arrange for performance of instrumentalists or vocalists as needed within budgetary constraints.
  6. Maintain a music library and acquire new music as necessary and within budgetary constraints.
  7. Arrange for purchase and maintenance of music supplies and equipment.
  8. Oversee the two line items in the church budget that apply to music.
  1. The Minister will serve as the supervisor of the Director of Music/Keyboardist.  In addition, the Director of Music/Keyboardist is expected to work closely with the Worship Team to coordinate seasonal selections and set the general tone of worship services.
  2. Annual performance reviews for the Director of Music will be conducted by the Minister with input from the Worship Team and the Choir.  The Minister will report to Council.
Terms of the Position
  1. This is a contracted professional part-time position.
  2. Please refer to the church's Personnel Policy for other terms of employment and for a description of “at will” employment.
  3. The position requires availability for weekly evening rehearsals, Sunday morning rehearsals, Sunday worship, as well as annual Christmas Eve services and Holy Week special services.
Music Available Lee Stein, %10 %b %2014 %11:%Apr:%th 11AprGMT+0000 Charlotte Chorale has 83 copies of Credo by Mark Hayes available for purchase at $1 each (plus or shipping or postage cost).  For more information or to purchase, contact The Charlotte Chorale at 941-204-0033 or ]]>Sing in Norway - 24th to 29th August 2014! Sara Martin, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 Trondheim - International Choir Festival 
Registration deadline: 30th April 2014!
Register before 30th April!
Borrow Treble Toyland Carla Strandberg, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 Toyland, SSA
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Victor Herbert
Starting: By May 15
For: Three weeks
Copies: One Want to request copying privileges
Willing to rent: No
Invito all'Opera - Open International Concert - 26 April 2014 - Geneve (CH) Marco Raimondi, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000 concert will be held on April 26, 2014 at 20 at the Victoria Hall in Geneve and will be performed by the Amadeus Choir and Symphony Orchestra (Milan - Italy) with soprano Barbara Post conducted by Maestro Marco Raimondi
The event aims to bring together singers and musicians from all over the world and all those who have in their repertoire the following program are invited to participate with the choir and the orchestra Amadeus which already gathers members from 15 countries.
The tests will be held at the Victoria Hall from 17 hours.
Anyone wishing to take part in the event (participation is free) can write to
See you there!
Sinfonia - Il barbiere di Siviglia G.Rossini (1792-1868)
Una voce poco fa  - Il barbiere di Siviglia G.Rossini (1792-1868)
Preludio - Traviata G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Noi siam le zingarelle - Traviata G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Di Madride siam mattadori - Traviata G.Verdi (1813-1901)
O madre dal cielo  - I Lombardi G.Verdi (1813-1901)
O Signore dal tetto natìo - I Lombardi G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Ouverture - L'Italiana in Algeri G.Rossini (1792-1868)
Vedi le fosche - Trovatore G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Ave Maria - Otello G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Sinfonia - Nabucco G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Va pensiero - Nabucco G.Verdi (1813-1901)
Casta Diva - Norma V.Bellini (1801-1835)
New York City Master Chorale: An A Cappella Renaissance Esther Lee, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
Featuring a cappella works by 16th and 17th century composers, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Allegri, Gibbons and Lotti.  Thea Kano, conductor.
Friday, April 25, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
213 West 82nd Street
New York, NY 10024
$25 (students)/$35 general
Cuba's premiere men's choir Sine Nomine returns to the US in 2015! Available for booking Feb 20 - Mar 10, 2015 Laura Smith, %10 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000
Cuba's premiere men's choir Sine Nomine returns to the US in 2015! Available for booking Feb 20 - Mar 10, 2015
After a successful West Coast Tour earlier in 2014, Sine Nomine will be returning for an exclusive participation in the ACDA 2015 National Conference and Classical Movements is booking their concerts and arranging their U.S. 2015 tour.
Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, an award-winning a capella men's chamber chorus from Havana, Cuba performs a wide range of musical genres including traditional historical works, spirituals, and contemporary Cuban music. Founded in 2003 by its first director, Enrique Filiú O’Reilly, Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine has established itself as a premiere group in Cuba’s rich choral environment. Unique to this ensemble is the use of male voices for the soprano, alto, and countertenor parts as well as the standard tenor and bass lines.  The focus of Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine is to embrace the Cuban public with choral repertoire that represents centuries of artistic choral performance. The current director, Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, has led the ensemble since 2008.
Sine Nomine will offer brilliant and exciting performances, and will bring musical excellence to your audiences.
If you are interest in presenting this exceptional Cuban ensemble, please contact Alessandra D’Ovidio to discuss dates and fees, at
Classical Movements, Inc. is pleased to announce its United States Touring Division for Professional Ensembles. The division specializes in arranging all concert and tour logistics in the United States for professional and nonprofessional ensembles of a high artistic level. For a complete artist roster, please click here
UW- Madison Concert Choir presents St. John Passion Anna Volodarskaya, %10 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000, April 12, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Choir and the University of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will be performing the Bach's St. John Passion.

Soloists include Daniel O'Dea, Paul Rowe, Ben Schultz, and more! Make sure you come see this wonderful event in Mills Hall in the Humanities building.

This event is $15 for the general public, and $8 for Students and Seniors. Purchase your tickets through the Union Theater Box Office (608) 262-2201. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
American University -- Chamber Singers Daniel Abraham, %10 %b %2014 %06:%Apr:%th 6AprGMT+0000 UNIVERSITY CHAMBER SINGERS
Daniel Abraham, conductor & director of choral activities
Joseph Gascho, organ
Henk Klop Continuo Organ Dedication
Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 PM & Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 PM
Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
American University • Washington, DC
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707): Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 150            
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Gottes Zeit ist die aller beste Zeit (Actus Tragicus), BWV 106 
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
If I Got A Ticket arr. Roy Belfield, Jr.
J. S. Bach: Sonata in A Minor after Reinken, BWV 965
J. S. Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229                                                                              
Wade in the Water arr. Moses Hogan
M.L.K. - words and music by U2, arr. Bob Chilcott
High School Choir Director Nick Burdick, %10 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 of Choirs, Seymour High School
Starting in 2014-2015 school year
For more information, contact Talmadge Reasoner: 812-522-4384
Need to borrow/rent/purchase Dennis Houser, %10 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 Dona Nobis Pacem
Composer/Arranger/Edition: R. Vaughn-Williams
Starting: July 2014
For: 5 months
Copies: 75
Willing to rent: Yes
Graduate Assistantship available at Bowling Green State University Mark Munson, %10 %b %2014 %10:%Apr:%th 10AprGMT+0000 choral graduate assistantship has unexpectedly become available for the 2014-15 academic year at Bowling Green State University.  Choral graduate assistants pursue masters degrees in either choral conducting or choral music education, assist the three fulltime choral faculty members with an array of choral ensembles, and conduct their own chamber choruses.  GAs receive both a tuition waiver and a stipend.  Those interested should contact Dr. Mark Munson at as soon as possible. ]]>Pure-tone Soprano Available for Holy Week Services in Las Vegas Jean Cole, %10 %b %2014 %06:%Apr:%th 6AprGMT+0000! I am an experienced "high church" (for lack of a better term) soprano from San Francisco who has unexpectedly relocated to the Las Vegas area on family business. My voice is on the lighter side but is warm and carries. I use vibrato only rarely, as ornamentation or when the style calls for it. I can sing either first or second. My pitch and facility with languages are excellent, my reading is very good (including square-note chant), and I am a quick study when it comes to unusually difficult pieces. I have significant experience with traditional Lutheran, Anglican, and Roman Catholic repertoire, and in particular, early music. Please feel free to contact me at if you are interested. Thanks for reading my ad! ]]>The Holy City/Adams Mary Jane Phelan, %10 %b %2014 %10:%Apr:%th 10AprGMT+0000 someone please telll me what ediition/arr. of "The Holy City" the Mormon Tab. Choir is singing on youtube and if it's still in print. Many thanks.  MJP ]]>Conference Morsel: Great Music on CPDL Scott Dorsey, %03 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%rd 15AprGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “It’s Not Just Old Music: Discovering Quality and Engaging Music on CPDL,” presented by Ryan Kelly during the 2014 ACDA Southwestern Division Conference)
It is easy to disregard certain pieces on CPDL because their scorings do not exactly match what one’s choirs typically perform. Think creatively, however, and remember that centuries of performance practices often remind us how composers, conductors, and choirs of the past have often adapted works for their singers’ needs. Here are some performance ideas to consider when browsing through CPDL’s vast holdings of public domain scores:
1)      Do you have a younger choir that performs two- or three-part music? Don’t just look at “official” choral music; consider also the great composers’ duets and trios for your choir.
2)      There is no shame in performing two- or three-part music with large and accomplished ensembles. If it is a beautiful two-part piece, composed by a first-rate composer, why not perform it exquisitely with your advanced ensemble? This can be a great palate-cleanser in the middle of a heavy choral program.
3)      Are you apprehensive about programming a six-part madrigal or motet with your choir? From the Renaissance, all the way through the Classical era, it was common for instruments to double voice parts (colla parte, literally, “with the part”). It was also common in early music for an instrument to play a voice part without any singer performing that part. Therefore, do not shy away from the six- to eight-part madrigals or motets. Invite some instrumentalists to double parts or to play parts singers are not singing—this is very historically authentic and can add beautiful timbres to a choral concert.
Lawrence High School Choir Performs in ACDA Museum Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
The choir from Lawrence (Kansas) High School (Dwayne Dunn, condictor) paid a visit to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum on March 19 as a part of their 2014 performance tour.  The choir's 115 singers filled the Museum to overflowing with sound.
This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visiting Choir Series.  Other recent choral performers have included the Nordic Choir from Luther College (Iowa), the Schola Cantorum from Houston Baptist University, the Baylor University A Cappella Choir, the Concert Choir from William Jewel College, and the Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma.
If your choir would like to sing in the McMahon Museum as a part of the Visiting Choir Series, contact Scott Dorsey at
Learning from Eric Ericson III - Robert Sund Richard Sparks, %01 %b %2014 %03:%Apr:%st 3AprGMT+0000
As you read the thoughts of various musicians who worked with Eric, you’ll discover commonalities—which is only natural—but each from a slightly different perspective.
For me, one of the best things about doing this series is giving me the excuse to get in touch with my Swedish friends. This week it’s Robert Sund. I met Robert in 1989, on my first trip to Sweden. But I really got to know Robert when we were judges that same year at the first Marktoberdorf competition. Since the judges’ deliberations were all done in German he helped me find the right word as we discussed the performances. I’ve had many meetings with Robert over the years, but I learned still more during this conversation.
Robert has a background that is out of the ordinary compared to Swedish choral conductors. He took piano lessons for 6 years (until he was 14) but his real love was jazz. He played piano, trumpet, trombone, and other instruments, listening to a lot of music (Swedish Radio had a big band in those days), formed his own band and did arrangements for them. When he went to Uppsala in 1963 to attend the famous university there (the oldest in Sweden, founded in 1477), he went to study English and his intention all along was to be an English teacher and for music to be an avocation. He hadn’t even sung at that point.
He auditioned for the orchestra at Uppsala on trombone, but was told that they rarely used trombones and he ought to sing. He quickly met a group of singers who heard him play jazz and they formed the Olsson Quintet, an all-male group singing jazz and other light music. He auditioned for the great men’s chorus, Orphei Drängar, conducted by Eric, in 1964, but didn’t get in that year, so sang in Allmänna Sången (one of the oldest choirs in Uppsala—formed in 1830, but had just become a mixed choir in 1963) and took voice lessons. The next year he was accepted into OD—Eric had already heard of the Olsson Quintet—and began his long association with Ericson. He says he’d never even heard of Eric when he arrived at Uppsala!
Robert and the Quintet became involved in the famed “Caprice” concerts which were held every December and were programs with fun, funny, and surprising elements (and usually a special, surprise guest—if you want to hear more—you can order CDs containing music from different Caprice years: here or here). Because of Robert’s skills as an arranger (again, self-taught) he was on the program committee and very involved with OD early on.
You should know that Eric loved jazz, so this was something he and Robert very much shared. And if you were around Eric very much or heard him sitting and improvising at the piano, you’d inevitably hear some jazz.
As time went on, Robert did his master’s degree in psychology (as well as musicology) at Uppsala and later worked briefly as a psychologist. However he gradually realized that music needed to be more than an avocation, so he began studies at the College of Music in 1971. He was Eric’s assistant with OD from 1968 (taking rehearsals when Eric couldn’t be there) and became conductor of Allmänna Sången in 1970. His conducting debut with OD was in 1969 when Eric was ill and he also took the choir on tour.
During the time he was at the College of Music (1972-75), he sang in the school’s chamber choir (which he said was fantastic in those days with many fine singers and conductors who’d later become well-known) and also in Eric’s Chamber Choir from 1973-77. From 1985 to 1991 he and Eric were co-conductors of OD and he took over totally in 1991, retiring in 2008.
So now, to let Robert speak about his experiences with Eric:
I was always very close with Eric – always with him, making programs, discussing OD. He was interested in my family and children, even up until the very end. The Olsson Quintet had dinner with him and Monica every first of May, which also lasted until very near the end.
In terms of programming he was always very careful, wanted other opinions, and delayed making decisions – the program committee for OD had to push him a bit. He always wanted to hear what other people were thinking. In this sense he was very open to questions from choir, patient (perhaps even when he might not have been) and his manner was gentle. This way of working with people (as opposed to conductors who get angry) was one of the things I admired and learned from him.
His workload was amazing, especially in those days. [Sparks: during this time he rehearsed OD one night, the Chamber Choir on another, had the choir at St. Jacobs in Stockholm (with whom he did all the major works with orchestra) on another, the Radio Choir three days a week, the Chamber Choir at the College of Music, and teaching at the College of Music—and remember all of these groups toured at different times of the year as well]. He loved to rehearse and could easily and happily spend 10 minutes balancing one chord and getting it in tune. If there were two minutes left at the end of rehearsal he wouldn’t end early, but start another piece. OD were often astonished if a guest conductor came in and stopped rehearsal early. As an example, OD was on tour one year and they had a dinner together at a restaurant. Eric asked everyone to bring their music to the restaurant and then rehearsed (in the restaurant) until shortly before the concert.
He used the piano frequently in rehearsal (although lots of a cappella singing as well, of course) and relied on it to show what he wanted. He was a marvelous pianist and would either demonstrate how he conceived the music or use it to help with tuning, difficult harmonies, or other aspects of the music. I also use the piano as a tool in my rehearsals.
Very early on Eric began recording not only concerts but rehearsals. You’d always see him with his headphones on, humming along as he listened to the last rehearsal. This was very much part of his routine. I’d imagine this began at the Radio where he had access to recording equipment. He loved technology and as soon as portable recorders were available he brought them to all his rehearsals and concerts. This allowed him to hear what the choir was doing from a different perspective.
Uppsala was a place where he totally relaxed and where many of his close friends were. With OD he was one of the guys. When I went to Stockholm to study I was surprised to see the awe with which he was regarded. People would say, “Do you know him already?”
You asked about his sound: if you’ve heard the recording of Swedish songs he did with the Real Group it shows that Eric loved a light, clear sound with fantastic intonation. He always spent time with phrasing. In some ways he was reluctant for the choir to go to the extremes of forte, because he could lose that lightness, balance and intonation. In the same way, he emphasized vowels for their effect on tuning and color and de-emphasized consonants. He rarely went for drama, but beauty of sound and wonderful intonation.
He had a great sense of humor and used it to relax the choir. The worse things went, the more funny he’d become.
Eric has been my only teacher. Not only during my studies at the College of Music, but also during 20 years of close cooperation in different choirs I have learnt almost everything I know by watching him work. Of course I have studied other famous conductors and picked up details here and there, but I am most lucky to have had the opportunity to have been so close to the greatest master of them all.
Voice Teacher Maureen Fromme, %10 %b %2014 %04:%Apr:%th 4AprGMT+0000 voice teacher and choral director recently moved to Bay Area.  I have directed public and private school choirs in USA and internationally; also church choirs.  Voice teaching experience for students age 13- adult.  Proponent of healthy voice technique- singing for life.  Learning to use the voice intelligently and artistically.   Also tutor for beginning music theory and piano. 
MM in vocal performance- Manhattan School of Music
Experience as recitalist and oratorio soloist
Tenor needed for Bach cantata Scott Toperzer, %10 %b %2014 %01:%Apr:%th 1AprGMT+0000 a tenor ringer for a performance of Bach's Cantata BWV 4 Christ lag in todesbanden.  Rehearsal Wednesday April 23 7-9 PM, Dress Rehearsal Saturday April 26 9-11AM, performance April 27 2:30 call time 4:00 concert.  Pay $250. Concert is in Ridgefield, CT.  Contact Scott Toperzer at ]]>Chief Editor of Publications, National Collegiate Choral Organization Mitos Andaya, %09 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000
JOB TITLE: Chief Editor of Publications, National Collegiate Choral Organization
RANK: Member of the NCCO Executive Board (along with the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer)
START DATE AND LENGTH: 2 year-term, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2016 (with possibility of renewal)
DESCRIPTION: The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) seeks a Chief Editor of Publications to fulfill two primary responsibilities. 
Firstly, the Chief Editor would serve as the principal editorial manager for our scholarly journal, The Choral Scholar ( The Chief Editor would be responsible for all editorial content and would work with a team of Managing Editors to publish biannual volumes of the journal, in October and April of each year, respectively. The Chief Editor retains the right to appoint as many Managing Editors as he/she deems appropriate. The Chief Editor would also be responsible for maintaining the Editorial Board of TCS, which consists of reputable published scholars with interests and expertise in all manners of choral music performance, scholarship, and pedagogy. The Chief Editor would be a non-voting member of the NCCO Executive Board, and would also report to the President as necessary. The Chief Editor would be occasionally asked to participate in Executive Board meetings. 
Secondly, the Chief Editor would also oversee the management and artistic content of the NCCO Choral Music Series ( These duties would include the curation and selection of new works every two years (or once per term) to coincide with the annual conference every odd-numbered Fall (2015, 2017, 2019, etc.). The Chief Editor would be responsible for soliciting new scores from composers, as well as appointing a committee from within and outside the membership of NCCO to select three to five new works for inclusion in the Choral Music Series. The Chief Editor would work with the Managing Editors to help bring these scores to print and prepare them for online publication and dissemination.
Individuals may nominate colleagues they think may be appropriate for the position. Individuals are also welcome to self-nominate. Nominations are due by May 15, 2014, and the NCCO Executive Board will have a selection made by June 15, 2014. Please send nominations to  
 Those nominated will be asked to submit the following information:
-- Contact information (Name, email, phone)
-- Curriculum Vita
-- 2 examples of scholarly output
-- List of three references that can speak to your organizational and communication capacities
RVW: Serenade to Music Clyde Thompson, %09 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000 Serenade to Music
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Starting: June 16
For: two months
Copies: 50
Willing to rent: No
Want to rent or borrow
Accompanist needed Miriam Davidson, %09 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 Crusis Women's Choir in Philadelphia seeks an accompanist for its spring concert, June 7 & 8, with tech rehearsals on June 2 & 5. The choir performs a varied repertoire and is looking for an accompanist who posses excellent piano and sight-reading skills. Previous collaborative/choral experience is preferable.
Knowledge/Skills: High level of piano expertise with a strong emphasis on rhythmic stability, skilled at rehearsal techniques, following a conductor and taking direction. Ease with many musical styles is required. This is a paid position with the possibility of a regular, weekly position in the fall (info available upon request).
Please send a cover letter, resume and up to three references including name, position, phone number and email address to
Anna Crusis is a widely recognized vocal ensemble in the Philadelphia area, committed to excellence in the tradition of women's choral music. Anna prides itself in seeking out works by women composers as well as commissioning new pieces. Our membership embraces multi-culturalism and our repertoire reflects the rich diversity of human lives and struggles. Our singing members and board of directors are all volunteers. Anna self-produces two major concerts a year and performs many community outreach programs each season. We can often be seen singing at benefits, community events, rallies, prisons and shelters—anywhere that music can bring a sense of empowerment and hope.
Anna is a charter member of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses. GALA is the world's only association committed to serving the LGBT choral movement. ( Anna is also a member of Sister Singers Network, a cooperative web of feminist choruses and
ensembles, composers, arrangers, and individual singers working together to support and enrich the women's choral movement (
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir strives for musical excellence; empowers, challenges and uplifts its audience with music that inspires and transforms. Anna’s music reflects the rich and varied lives of its membership. Anna’s feminist sensibility is reflected in the diversity of its membership and audience, and in the way its singers engage in the activities of a creative, vocal community.
Showtrax for Steve Zegree SATB "Alright, Ok, You Win" Danielle McRoy, %09 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 Showtrax CD/Tape
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Steve Zegree
Starting: ASAP
For: Through May 10, 2014
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
The CD/Showtrax accompaniment for this piece is out of print! I would be happy to purchase it from anyone who has it!
Thank you!
Sing in Ireland with Rollo Dilworth - June/July 2015 Michael Clohesy, %09 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000
It would be great if you could join us
Ireland Sings
KIconcerts: Ireland Sings with Rollo Dilworth, summer 2015
Festival gala performances and individual concerts
Dublin and Belfast in early July next year

We’ll feature some Irish pieces
collaborating with Irish clinicians and young Irish choristers.
North America and Ireland united through song!

RSVP KIconcerts
Get the audience to join the song - Money is your Vuvuzela Fahad Siadat, %09 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000
A jazzy and wild ride on the virtues/vices of capitalism. Features audience participation with smart phones and a Vuvuzela solo and is great for collegiate singers.
Hear the piece and see the score:
Maryland Opera Studio presents "Die Fledermaus" Edward Maclary, %09 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000 University of Maryland Opera Studio presents a fully staged production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s beloved comic operetta "Die Fledermaus." The members of the Maryland Opera Studio, the UMD Opera Chorus and the UMD Symphony Orchestra will be led by Edward Maclary. Performances take place in the Kay Theater of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on April 11, 13, 16 and 19. For tickets and further information, please visit <>
The Canticum Novum Singers Presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on April 12 at Church of Saint Jean Baptiste in New York, New York Jeffrey James, %09 %b %2014 %15:%Apr:%th 15AprGMT+0000
April 9, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
The Canticum Novum Singers Presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on April 12 at Church of Saint Jean Baptiste in New York, New York
What: The Canticum Novum Singers Presents J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion
When: Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM
Where: Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, 184 E. 76th St. (at Lexington Ave) in Manhattan
The Canticum Novum Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director will present J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM at Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, 184 E. 76th St. (at Lexington Ave) in Manhattan.
This second concert of The Canticum Novum Singers’ 41st  season will present this Bach masterwork that continues to move audiences almost three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas’ Church in Leipzig, Germany. Standing as one of the pillars of Western sacred music, it is at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.
Soloists will be Andrew Fuchs, tenor (Evangelist), Craig Phillips, bass (Jesus), Laura Heims, soprano, Jeffrey Mandelbaum, countertenor, Sean Fallen, tenor and Christopher Herbert, baritone. Special guests will be the Artemis Chamber Ensemble.
Tickets for the April 12 event are $60 and $40. To order, call 212-866-0468 or visit For MTA transportation information, visit
The Canticum Novum Singers, hailed by critics and audiences alike, is now in its 41st season under the direction of its founder, Harold Rosenbaum. During the past 40 years, this chamber choir has achieved both national and international recognition for its stylistic versatility, vocal blend, and expressive range. The ensemble has presented dozens of world, American, and New York premieres by composers ranging from Handel, J.C. Bach, Faure, and Bruckner, to Harbison, Berio, Schnittke, Rorem, Schickele and George Benjamin. Their website is at
For photos or other press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or
Looking for song Martha Evans, %09 %b %2014 %13:%Apr:%th 13AprGMT+0000 have this ear worm running through my head, but I can't remember the name of the song!  The opening lyrics are "Waiting, waiting, waiting for Emmanuel to appear."  I believe it could be part of a larger Advent "cantata" and has a calypso-style beat.  I'd like to be able to use it for my choir this Advent, so any direction would be appreciated! ]]>Bass/Baritone needed for Easter John Lapetina, %09 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000 George Episcopal Church in Ardmore PA is looking for an extra Bass or Baritone for Easter Sunday. This is a last minute advertisement as the Bass we had contracted for this service no longer can participate. Pay commensurate with experience. One service on Easter Sunday, April 20 - 9 am call for a 10 am service. One paid rehearsal available and encouraged on either Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 pm. Choir consists of volunteers and four paid section leaders. You would be an additional paid singer.
For additional information, please contact John Lapetina -
American Boychoir - Lancaster, PA Sean Browne, %09 %b %2014 %12:%Apr:%th 12AprGMT+0000 spring tour of the world renowned American Boychoir will include a stop in Lancaster. The performance at Manheim Township High School is open to the public. The concert will take place on Monday, April 28th at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium located at 115 Blue Streak Boulevard in Lancaster.
Tickets are available at the door ($10 adults and $5 students/children).
So far this year American Boychoir has toured in South Korea as well as cities throughout the northeast and southern regions of the United States. This current tour will bring them across the American Midwest. In June, the boys will travel to Normandy, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Another highlight of the year has been filming the movie “Boychoir” starring Dustin Hoffman. The American Boychoir is featured in both the movie and the soundtrack.
Artistic Choral Director Ruth OShea, %09 %b %2014 %06:%Apr:%th 6AprGMT+0000

Who:  Artistic Director for SATB community chorus in El Dorado County, California
Rehearsals:  Weekly -  Monday evenings 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm (currently)  
Where:  6040 Mother Lode Drive, Placerville, CA 
(held in the worship center at the Placerville Church of the Nazarene)
Stipend:  Monthly stipend – 10 months per year  -  (August to May)
Deadline:  Applications being received now.   Selection by June 30, 2014

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is a community-based mixed chorus dedicated to bringing quality choral music to the citizens of El Dorado County. Made up of volunteers from multiple generations and backgrounds, Cantare is dedicated to delivering an uplifting, transcendent experience for all who attend our concerts.  Local singers are invited and encouraged to join Cantare, affording an opportunity for talented individuals to develop and polish their vocal and choral performance skills.

The chorale sings a wide variety of repertoire—classics, traditional, folk, jazz, Broadway, spirituals—in four-, six-, eight-part harmonies.  It pays particular attention to blend, expression, and dynamics.  It strives to bring educational and historical perspectives to the audience regarding the musical selections it performs.

Over the past 21 seasons Cantare has participated in many community events including Veterans Day and Memorial Day tributes, community concert events, Placerville’s annual tree-lighting festival, and brings the joy of music to seniors in El Dorado County convalescent and retirement communities.  Cantare presents seasonal concerts in the Spring and the Fall and extends events into Sacramento County, the California State Capitol, and Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit the following via email to ASAP and no later than June 15, 2014, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

1.  Professional résumé.
2.  Completed application form (provided by Cantare)
3. Two references (including phone numbers and email addresses) and up to three (optional) letters of reference, reviews, or a combination of the two.
4. Artistic samples of your work, if available.

Applicant Review & Selection
Applicants will be screened for the following criteria:
1. Musicianship:  knowledge, skill, and artistic sensitivity in performing music
2. Directing skills:  technical skills in choral conducting communicating nuances of musical expression to singers
3. Communication: demonstrated skills in conveying information, exchanging ideas--working with groups and individuals
4. Leadership: demonstrated capacity to build loyalty and a following in similar situations
5. Community Interest: understanding of and proximity to El Dorado County

Contact Cantare Chorale with any questions at or call Ruth O’Shea at 530 677-6964.
Visit Cantare at:


Scholarly Abstraction: Community Choir Singing Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2014 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000
(The abstract to the article “Update on Community Choir Singing in the United States,” by Cindy L. Bell, published in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing)
This article reviews and responds to recent reports by professional music and arts associations, most prominently the 2003 Chorus America study, announcing that over 23 million American adults sing weekly in community-based choirs. By considering this recent research in combination with studies of community choirs spanning the past 40 years, this article presents an updated literature review of the research on adult amateur singers. These studies produce a consistent demographic and musical profile of today’s adult amateur singer and point to collective universal issues facing community choirs, such as diversity, gender, and developing communication systems. In focusing on the significance of community music in the lives of adult amateur musicians, the author proposes research agendas and models for addressing emergent issues. Additionally, this article advocates that community choirs are valuable resources by which to construct research studies that examine the long-term effects of public school music education and extend our knowledge of lifelong musical learning.
(“Scholarly Abstractions” is a feature highlighting brief abstracts from recent graduate projects in choral music and research published in the IJRCS.  To share your thesis abstract, contact Scott Dorsey at
Conference Morsel: TOO Concerned with Tuning? Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Mar:%th 19MarGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the interest session “Starting a Group,” presented by Deke Sharon during the 2014 Western Division Conference)
       People in "a cappella" [the form of pop ensemble singing] have become too concerned with tuning.
       Perhaps it's the prevalence of pitch correction in recordings and pop music, but groups seem ever-concerned with their pitch, and moreover judge other groups as if tuning is the point.
       People usually do not decide what they like or want with their logical minds. They make them with their hearts, and then they justify them intellectually. That's been proven time and again, and is at the core of everything from political campaigns to grocery store product placement.
       To bring it closer to home, do you remember when Ben Folds said to the Beelzebubs in Season One of The Sing Off: "There were some tuning issues, but I just didn't care!" That's exactly what I'm talking about. A great performance with heart and sincerity will always trump technical prowess.
       Do you know who else doesn't care? You don't care. Do you hate all Motown music? Most likely not. I'll bet there are many songs that make you happy But the vocals are well outside what would be considered "in tune" nowadays. And they're beautiful. And real.
       Moreover, if you're focusing primarily on tuning on stage, you're not performing and you're not communicating. You're manufacturing sound.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus Amanda Coleman, %08 %b %2014 %22:%Apr:%th 22AprGMT+0000
The May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of May Festival Music Director James Conlon, have been chosen to perform in Spring For Music’s fourth annual festival season at Carnegie Hall on May 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Spring For Music is designed to allow chosen organizations to showcase their artistic philosophies through distinctive and creative programming in one of the world’s most competitive musical environments.
Tickets for this performance are just $25 and are available now via the May Festival Box Office  or via the Carnegie Hall Box Office beginning on February 28. Please visit or for more information or to purchase tickets.
Riverside Choral Society, Mozart & Britten Kirsten Lundberg, %08 %b %2014 %21:%Apr:%th 21AprGMT+0000
What:  The Riverside Choral Society presents Mozart’s Requiem and Britten’s Cantata Misericordium.
Courtenay Budd, soprano; Margaret Lattimore, alto; Lawrence Jones, tenor; Richard Lippold, baritone; David Salsbery Fry, bass. Patrick Gardner, conductor. Gardner is also Director of Choral Activities at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, in New Brunswick, N.J.
When:  Friday, May 9, at 8 pm
Where: The Holy Trinity Church, 213 West 82nd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.), New York City
Tickets: $25 and $35. Order online at or send a question to  
For More Information: The Riverside Choral Society is at, or 212-780-2181. Questions? Contact
VocalEssence Auditions Philip Brunelle, %08 %b %2014 %20:%Apr:%th 20AprGMT+0000 dates:
April 12, 2014
May 3-4, 2014
May 10, 2014
Full audition details at
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from September through June, plus special rehearsals and dress rehearsals as needed for each concert. Most rehearsals take place at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. VocalEssence singers are expected to commit to the full VocalEssence concert season.
The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers are a paid professional chorus of 32 singers. The Ensemble Singers have a rigorous schedule and typically rehearse from 6:30-9:30pm on Tuesday evenings plus other special rehearsals as needed. The singers perform at most season and community concerts, plus local, national and international tours, recordings, radio broadcasts, daytime performances and for other special occasions.
The VocalEssence Volunteer Chorus is a volunteer based ensemble of approximately 100 singers. The rehearsal runs from 7-9:30pm on Tuesday evenings plus dress rehearsals for each concert. Chorus members sing on most season and community concerts.
Complimentary Download – Grammy award winning Baba Yetu Iris Derke, %08 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents an opportunity to receive a free download of Christopher Tin’s BABA YETU. Each year choirs around the world perform the masterworks of choral/orchestra repertoire, newer works and premieres.  Share what your chorus is doing to promote the choral art each season.
Please click on the link below and fill out this short survey within the next 48 hours to receive your free download of Christopher Tin’s Grammy-Award winning BABA YETU.
UCD Choral Scholars and Ivo Antognini Fund it Campaign Grainne O'Hogan, %08 %b %2014 %10:%Apr:%th 10AprGMT+0000
University College Dublin Choral Scholars have launched a crowdfunding campaign through Irish website to support their commissioning of a new choral work by internationally-acclaimed Swiss composer Ivo Antognini. The campaign went live on Friday 4th April 2014, and will finish on Friday 16th May 2014. Details of the campaign can be found at the link below:


UCD Choral Scholars, directed by Desmond Earley, hopes to commission Swiss composer Ivo Antognini to write a set of three choral pieces for the choir, based on texts by Irish poets. UCD Choral Scholars regularly perform Antognini’s stunning choral arrangements, and through this project hope to enhance this international musical relationship.

The target for the campaign is €7,000 and full information about the background and aims of the campaign, as well as details of the rewards available to funders, are available on the Fund it page above. Anyone who registers with, anywhere in the world, can fund projects. Information on the campaign can also be found on the UCD Choral Scholars Facebook and Twitter pages. Upon reaching their fundraising target, the plans for this commissioned work would be:

• World Premiere at UCD Choral Scholars Christmas Concert, Dublin, December 2014.

• Swiss Premiere, Antognini Festival, Switzerland, May 14th to 17th, 2015.

• Performing it regularly in the UCD Choral Scholars programme thereafter.

The video below is a link to the choir’s project video which gives an overview of the Fund it campaign.


For more information please contact:

Soprano/Director seeking substitute jobs for soloist, pianist, conductor, or Section Leader Doris Williams, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000 am seeking substitute jobs for Vocal soloist, piano accompanist for a service or choir, or conductor in any style or genre.  I perform on the lute also a variety of music, from Renaissance to Modern spiritual.  I composed my own version of Psalm 23, winning an international award for it!  Contact Doris Williams at 650-213-6463. I live near Palo Alto, California.  Visit my website at  I have two music degrees in vocal performance, speciatlly in Early Music.
Grand Philharmonic Choir presents--St. John Passion Amy Dale, %08 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 Friday performance of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (1725 version). Sung in German with English surtitles. Presented by the Grand Philharmonic Choir with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and soloists including Colin Ainsworth, evangelist. Friday April 18, 7:30 p.m. at Centre in the Square, Kitchener. Tickets $20 to $70 with discounts for seniors and under  30s, 519-578-1570 or ]]>FINALE HELP Andrew Miller, %08 %b %2014 %16:%Apr:%th 16AprGMT+0000,
One of my students just did a huge arranging project on finale 2014, for mac.  She either has the demo version or her program is glitchy, because she can't save files as etf, xml, pdf, or mus,  The only file extension she can save as is MUSX.  Curious if anyone has finale 2014, would be willing to email me at my personal email, so I can send you this file to open on your program and convert into a file format I can open with finale 2012 for windows.
Please and thanks!! :)
Artistic Director - Men's Chorus - Puerto Vallarta Mexico Richard Canter, %08 %b %2014 %17:%Apr:%th 17AprGMT+0000


Name of Organization: Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus
Position: Artistic Director
Job Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Closing Date: April 30, 2014
Type of Position: Part-time, flexible hours, evenings and weekends
Time Commitment: 10 - 15 hours per week, September – May; 3 - 5 hours per week, June – August
Remuneration: Honorarium commensurate with experience and qualifications; this is a contracted position with no benefits
Organizational Website:

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: The Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus is a men’s chorus of approximately 30-40 volunteer singers, founded 2 years ago as the first gay chorus in Mexico. Chorus members are Mexican nationals and expatriates from North and South America with widely varied musical skills. The organization is bi-lingual (Spanish and English) and the current concert season is September through May. Several major concerts and numerous smaller community appearances are scheduled throughout the season.

COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination for Mexicans and international guests. The community has a 900 seat professional theater, and three active community theater complexes. There are a number of excellent art galleries and restaurants and the town is surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on the west and the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains to the east.

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will be someone who is fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish, a Mexican national and/or a music leader with demonstrated success in working in multi-cultural and generational settings. The candidate must be passionate and knowledgeable about the art of male choral music as well as a proven leader and inspiring music educator. The candidate must be a team builder and player, fully supportive of the organization’s Mission Statement and Leadership Code of Conduct. Please see a more detailed description of qualifications and duties on the organization’s website at Artistic Director Position Description (top bar, right side, Home Page for English and Spanish).

HOW TO APPLY: Please send applications immediately, via email ONLY, addressed to Review of applicants and preliminary interviews, in person or via Skype, will begin immediately. Submissions will be accepted until final candidates are selected, no later than the end of April 2014. Questions about this position may also be addressed via email to

Email applications must include the following items:
• Cover letter
• Resume or Curriculum Vitae
• Links to performances, if available
• Three references or contacts of individuals familiar with your work experience or background – one colleague, one supervisor and one subordinate

All applicants will be notified when final candidates have been selected. Final candidates will be scheduled for in-person interview, including brief chorus rehearsal with music mutually decided upon by candidate and selection committee.