ChoralNet - Daily New postings in DailyDirector of Music Ministry Kathy White, %01 %b %2015 %04:%Feb:%st 4FebGMT+0000
Director of Music Ministry
Lake Oswego United Church of Christ
February 2015
Progressive, vibrant, Lake Oswego church seeks a creative, skilled Director of Music Ministry to lead the musical life of the congregation and accompany on the piano.
This faith community desires a trained musician who enjoys working in a variety of musical styles.
Responsibilities include worship planning in collaboration with the minister and worship committee, rehearsing and directing the choir, providing musical leadership during worship, and nurturing the musical life of the church. 
The music director will work approximately 12 hours per week, compensation commensurate with experience.
Choir responsibilities are for 10 months each year.
The position includes paid vacation and paid continuing education benefits.
We are looking for one person to fill the roles of music director and piano accompanist, but are open to hiring an already-established duo.
The deadline for applications is Monday, February 23rd
The new hire will begin in April after Easter.
See the full position description and application instructions at our church’s homepage:  Submit applications to  Online applications only.
New Treble Works for Childrens Chorus by Australian composer Sherelle Eyles by Instant Download Sherelle Eyles, %31 %b %2015 %22:%Jan:%st 22JanGMT+0000
  • Many scores and backing tracks are now available as an instant download to your email address which means no waiting as the file is sent immediately to your inbox.
  • A licence for 30 copies (AU$30)  allows the purchaser to make 30 copies of the score. For a licence of 60 copies, click Add to Cart and then click 2. For a licence of 90 copies, click Add to Cart and then click 3, and so on.  
  • Credit Cards may be used securely through Paypal. For all other orders and enquiries, a complete list of choral songs can be found on the Choral Page and ordered by email.
I am an Australian choral and instrumental composer, pianist and music educator. I currently specialise in compositions for children’s choirs, with an emphasis on Australian themes in my music. My pieces are educational in purpose and designed for children to enjoy the music.
    Looking for a cappella SSA, no divisi for trio Cynthia Frank, %31 %b %2015 %21:%Jan:%st 21JanGMT+0000, Folks,
    Our trio, River, has been invited to sing at a music festival this summer as part of an a cappella celebration.We've sung everything from Russian folk songs to Stephen Hatfield, Linda Spevacek, Deke Sharon, swing, protest songs, Palestrina, de Victoria, madrigals, Sons of the Pioneers, and originals. We're comfortable in several languages and with complex rhythms. We can swing. Each of us can take a solo. Solid blend. Alto to E below middle C, sopranos to high A. No experience in Asian languages or anything but simple vocal percussion, however. Humorous, serious, political (we're lefties), classical, modern harmonies are all welcomed.I'd love your suggestions!
    Many thanks,
    Cynthia Frank
    Mendocino Women's Choir and River (trio)
    Water music Denise Baccadutre, %31 %b %2015 %20:%Jan:%st 20JanGMT+0000 are some tried and true pieces I've done with choirs based on your theme...
    1.  Send Down the Rain, by Joyce Eilers, SA or SAB
    2.  I Dreamed of Rain, SAB, by Jan Garrett
    3.  Cantate Deo from "Water Music" by Handel, arr. Mayo, SA or SAB
    4.  A Distant Shore (The Water Is Wide), arr. by Marry Donnelly & George Strid, SA or SAB
    5.  Water Come a Me Eye, arr. Victor C. Johnson, SAB
    6.  Down to the River to Pray - arr. by Sheldon Curry, SA or SAB and also an arrangement by Roger Emerson, SAB
    What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, February 1, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %31 %b %2015 %20:%Jan:%st 20JanGMT+0000
    In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
    for you to enjoy: GSM - February 1, 2015
    Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed
    on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
    Rob Kennedy
    Great Sacred Music
    The Classical Station
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    your email address to
    Anonymous: Salve virgo virginum
    Ensemble P.A.N. with Tapestry
    Tomás Luis de Victoria: O quam gloriosum
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown
    Sir George Dyson: Hymn for a musician
    St. Michael's Singers, Jonathan Rennert
    Thomas Trotter, organ
    Ensemble P.A.N. (Project Ars Nova) was founded by three American
    musicians in Switzerland in the 1980s. 16th century Spanish composer
    Tomás Luis de Victoria wore several hats: composer, organist and priest.
    English composer Sir George Dyson was appointed Director of the Royal
    College of Music in 1937.
    Hieronymus Praetorius: A solis ortus cardine, Beatus auctor saeculi
    The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood
    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge
    Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
    Thomas Fitches, organ
    It is difficult to find two choral ensembles better than The Cardinall's Musick
    and the Elora Festival Singers. I have listened to their recordings for years and
    keep coming back to them as benchmarks of the highest standards in choral singing.
    George Frideric Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim ~ Samson
    The Sixteen; The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers
    Lynne Dawson, soprano
    We continue our survey of choruses from Handel's less well-known oratorios
    with the concluding chorus of Samson.
    Carson Cooman: I Will Pour Out My Spirit
    Royal Holloway Choir, University of London, Rupert Gough
    Samuel Rathbone, organ
    Matthew Locke: Three Voluntaries for Organ
    Gustav Leonhardt, organ
    Boston composer Carson Cooman creates a dramatic setting of this
    Whitsuntide text from Acts 2. English composer Matthew Locke was Composer
    in Ordinary to King Charles.
    Sir Hubert Parry: I was glad when they said unto me
    Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
    Sergei Rachmaninoff: Ave Maria ~ Vespers
    St. Petersburg Choir, Vladislav Tchernouchenko
    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Echo Fantasia in A minor
    James David Christie, organ
    Fisk organ at Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College
    Parry's setting of Laetatus Sum was composed for the coronation
    of King Edward VII in 1902. Russian conductor Vladislav Tchernouchenko (1936-) is
    a renowned choral conductor. Owen Jander's recollection of how the Fisk organ of
    Wellesley College came into being makes for fascinating reading. 

    J.S. Bach: Cantata 14, "War Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit"
    Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
    Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto; 
    Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
    "If God were not with us at this time" is one translation of the German.
    This cantata was written for the Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany. It was
    written in 1735 long after Bach had written his five yearly cantata cycles. 
    Alessandro Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus
    The English Concert Choir and Orchestra, Trevor Pinnock
    Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot, sopranos; Catherine Denley, contralto;
    Ashley Stafford, alto; Stephen Varcoe, bass
    The English Concert Choir was founded in 1886 to give the first modern
    performance of Rameau’s Acante et Cephise.
    George Frideric Handel: Organ Concerto in A, Op. 7 No. 2
    Paillard Chamber Orchestra, Jean-Francois Paillard
    Marie-Claire Alain, organ
    French organist Marie-Claire Alain was renowned for her interpretations of Handel and Bach.
    Alessandro Striggio: Missa sopra Ecco si beato giorno
    Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
    Italian composer Alessandro Striggio wrote his Missa sopra Ecco si beato giorno for 40 voice
    parts except for the Agnus Dei which is scored for 60 voice parts.
    W.A. Mozart: Mass in C, K. 257 "Credo"
    John Alldis Choir; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
    Helen Donath, soprano; Gillian Knight, mezzo-soprano;
    Ryland Davies, tenor; Clifford Grant, bass
    K. 257 is one of three masses Mozart wrote towards the end of 1776.
    Artistic Director, Sandlapper Singers Lillian Quackenbush, %31 %b %2015 %18:%Jan:%st 18JanGMT+0000
    Artistic Director, Sandlapper Singers
    Position Available: July 1, 2016
    Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
    The Sandlapper Singers is seeking an energetic, creative, and experienced part-time Artistic Director to lead an established four-voice chamber choir of approximately 30 auditioned performers that, up to this time, has focused on American choral music.  The Artistic Director will have overall responsibility for artistic and musical leadership of the ensemble, will serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors, and will work closely with the board, executive director, and concert manager to ensure the smooth operation of the organization.  He or she will partner with other community and arts organizations to develop audience and expand programming options.  In addition, the Artistic Director will supervise and assist the director of an auxiliary youth choir, the Young Sandlapper Singers.
    Founded in 1996, the Sandlapper Singers is South Carolina’s premier professional choral ensemble.  The Sandlapper Singers has promoted the creation of new music, has performed for noteworthy public events, and has expanded its educational outreach to include sponsoring a youth choir, performing with high-school and college choruses, and offering vocal scholarships to promising high-school students.  It also performs occasionally with ensembles such as the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of South Carolina Symphony, and the Augusta (Georgia) Symphony.
    Salary negotiable based on education and experience.
    For full job description, please visit
    New Haven American Guild of Organists Northeast Regional Convention 2015 Joseph Ripka, %31 %b %2015 %14:%Jan:%st 14JanGMT+0000

    Welcome to New Haven! June 28-July 1, 2015

    Join us for an energetic and inspiring Northeast Regional Convention for the American Guild of Organists! Combining the instruments at Yale University and those at churches in the downtown area, New Haven offers a wealth of organs of different styles, housed in interesting and beautiful locations. A wealth of choral workshops, reading sessions, choral services, hymn festivals, and conducting workshops for church musicians and choral directors will also be featured.  Check out our workshops page for a complete listing:

    Within walking distance of the elegant Omni Hotel, convention participants can experience world-class organs, a distinguished music library, and a famous instrument collection, along with the beautiful Yale campus and New Haven's renowned restaurant scene. The dedicated members of the New Haven chapter, led by both upcoming and experienced leaders in our field, will foster a supportive and welcoming atmosphere for a convention of excellent opportunities for learning, fellowship, and artistic experiences. We welcome church musicians and organists of all types, levels, and interests, and promise programming of great variety!

    We hope to see you in New Haven next summer! Bring a friend!  Register HERE.

    Lars Gjerde, DMA
    Convention Coordinator

    ALBION - In the Star and Sheffield Telegraph Andrew Throssell, %31 %b %2015 %11:%Jan:%st 11JanGMT+0000

    Albion choir lift their voices to the nation

    Albion help to launch the 2014 Yorkshire Festival at Sheffields Millennium Gallery. Credit: Andrew Stepan

    Albion help to launch the 2014 Yorkshire Festival at Sheffields Millennium Gallery. Credit: Andrew Stepan

    Published on the 30 January 2015  15:08


    Local choir Albion, who celebrate their third anniversary next month, continue to reach for the stars – and this weekend they will appear on BBC national radio for the first time.


    The group have become well known in the region for singing new versions of traditional music.

    Last March they helped to open the Yorkshire Festival at the Millennium Gallery, featuring 100 singers, and in October they sang underground at Peak Cavern, Castleton.


    This Sunday they get the chance to tell the world about their story so far, as bass Andy Throssell presents the Meet My Choir feature on BBC Radio 3’s long-running The Choir programme.


    Andy, a teacher, divemaster and consultant, says listeners will hear some of Albion’s songs plus him introducing the choir and what they do. He recorded his part of the programme here in Sheffield, and the BBC have combined it with tracks from the choir’s CD, These Islands.


    Some of the group’s songs have local connections, including Scarborough Fair. And many of them have been completely written from scratch in the last few years by local composer and musical director Fraser Wilson.


    Albion’s appearance on BBC Radio 3 can be heard this Sunday from 4pm (90-93 FM, online, & on digital). Later in 2015 they will perform in Barlow, Wirksworth, Sheffield, the English Music Festival, and the Buxton Fringe.

    ALBION - In Decembers Profile Andrew Throssell, %31 %b %2015 %11:%Jan:%st 11JanGMT+0000 Carols - Hear what Profile Magazine had to say about ALBION and their contribution to the Christmas sound.
    Singing in Salt Lake: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000
    Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
    ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR (with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra)
    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who was the artistic director and chief conductor for twenty years. The repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and Baroque to the music of the twenty-first century, with special focus on the work of Estonian composers. Each season, the Choir gives over sixty concerts in Estonia and abroad. EPCC has been a guest at numerous music festivals and outstanding venues all over the world. Another important aspect in the Choir’s life is recording music (for ECM, Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi, and Ondine), resulting in Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance in 2007 and 2014. The Choir has fourteen Grammy nominations for recordings of works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and the music of Nordic countries. They will perform with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
    LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
    Sessions in Salt Lake: "Vocal Jazz Rehearsals" Scott Dorsey, %09 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000
    The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
    This clinic will be a lecture/demonstration of techniques that have been found to be effective, efficient, and productive for vocal jazz ensemble directors at all levels. The topics covered will include: introducing a new piece, using technology in your rehearsal, rhythm section involvement, standing orders and positions, developing vocal improvisation skills in rehearsal, and transitioning from learning notes to making music. Concepts will be presented as a demonstration rehearsal featuring the UNT Jazz Singers from the University of North Texas.
    LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
    Saturday Respite: Ooga chacka! Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000, yet another sound that will infest your ears all day . . .
    ACDA Salutes: J. Clark Rhodes Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2015 %15:%Jan:%th 15JanGMT+0000
    This is just one of the 74 choral conductors on the ACDA Wall of Honor. LEARN MORE about the Wall of Honor and MEET ALL of the award recipients.
    Afternoon Delight Chapman Flack, %31 %b %2015 %01:%Jan:%st 1JanGMT+0000 succulent sweets and the stimulating poetry and music of love as the Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical, and flamboyant moods of love through the centuries with a bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies.
    Lafayette Chamber Singers, 3 pm, Duncan Hall, downtown Lafayette.
    For main floor seating at tables with light refreshment, reservations are requested by Wednesday, February 4th.
    Caroline! Chapman Flack, %31 %b %2015 %01:%Jan:%st 1JanGMT+0000 the final concert of the season, the Chamber Singers will undertake a global journey of choral arrangements of folk tunes from England, Canada, France, Germany, America, South America, the Phillipines, and Scandinavia. The concert will feature arrangements by Hugo Alfvén, Percy Grainger, Franz Joseph Haydn, Orlando di Lasso, Nicholas Maw, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and will also include a performance of the Argentinian composer, Ariel Ramírez's, Misa Criolla.
    Lafayette Chamber Singers, 3 pm, Unitarian-Universalist Church, West Lafayette. Ticket information
    Bach Children's Chorus (Toronto) seeking concert venues April, 2015 Linda Beaupre, %30 %b %2015 %22:%Jan:%th 22JanGMT+0000 will taking a tour choir of about 35-40 choristers aged 12 through 19 from the Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir into New York in the third week of April.  We have just found out that one of our performance sites has not worked out. We have our own bus, and are available to do a concert anywhere in New York State on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon, April 24, 25 or 26. This is a very good choir, who sing SSAA repertoire both a cappella and accompanied in a variety of styles. We would love to perform a benefit concert for any community cause (perhaps an Out-of-the-Cold programme?). We ask only a performance site and an audience. If there were a chance that our choristers could be given a night's accommodation and/or a meal as well (billeting in pairs in homes is fine for us) that would also be helpful, but it is not absolutely necessary. Our accompanist is Eleanor Daley, and she will be on tour with us....many of you may know of her wonderful compositions. Here is a representative listing of the repertoire which we will be presenting on tour:
    • Bring Me Little Water, Silvey      Huddie Ledbetter, arr. Moira Smiley
    • Songbird      Sarah Quartel
    • Le Train d'Hiver     Marie Claire Saindon
    • African Celebration    Stephen Hatfield
    • Tum Balalayka    arr. Marjan Helms
    • Miss Jane Austen (from Songs from the Parlour)    Eleanor Daley
    • Three African Folksongs     arr. Scott Leithead
    • I Will Sing with the Spirit    John Rutter
    • O My Dear Heart      Eleanor Daley
    • O Be Joyful in the Lord     Eleanor Daley
    • One Voice      Ruth Moody (The Wailin' Jennys)
    • In the Mood    arr. Sterling
    • Big Yellow Taxi    Joni Mitchell, arr. Meghan Quinlan
    The Bach Children's Chorus is an award-winning choir, having won the Canadian Broadcasting Competition for Choirs twice and multiple awards at the National level of the Canadian Federation for Music Festivals. Please visit our website:
    If you are interested in having the Bach Children's Chorus perform in your area on one of the days listed in April, please contact me at, Thank you so much for your interest.
    Linda Beaupre
    Artistic Director of the Bach Children's Chorus
    Getting Young Men Out of the Throat or Out of the Nose James Brodeur, %30 %b %2015 %19:%Jan:%th 19JanGMT+0000!
    My name is James. I am the music teacher at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA and I am a first year teacher. 
    I have several singers in my Chorus who place the sound primarily in the nose, at least it seems to my ears. I have tried several "exercises" to help them. Dr. Dehning's "Singer's in the Nose, Singer's in the Well, Singer's in the Bell" from Chorus Confidential had some minimal success. We did a vocal exercise, starting on a hum and opening up to an [a] ... again, minimal success. I tried having them imagine they were smelling a rose, hoping to elevate the soft palate, but that did nothing. I know high school men have a brighter sound because of their age, but I guess I am looking for a little more "space" in the voice. Does anyone have any techniques or strategies for adding a little depth to the tone?
    Then I have a singer who I am working with for our Spring Musical who has the opposite problem: he centers the sound in the back of his throat; he also talks this way, too; similar to a "Kermit the Frog" type sound. With him, I have tried using some imagery to help him move the sound forward, with some success. For example, I had him imagine that the sound is being produced right in front of his mouth rather than inside it. I also had some success having him sing on an [i] vowel. Does anyonbe have any techniques or strategies for getting the sound out of the back of the throat?
    Thank you for your help!
    Spice, Magic and Mystique: The Music of Southeast Asia Andrea Macy, %30 %b %2015 %17:%Jan:%th 17JanGMT+0000
    DCINY presents an evening of history and culture from six different countries of the Southeast Asian region. SPICE, MAGIC, AND MYSTIQUE: The Music of Southeast Asia includes traditional music from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan conducted by Anthony Giles. This performance also features orchestral and wind ensemble music from the Ingelmoor High Symphonic Band and Orchestra under the guest direction of Ted Christensen and Jim Rice.​
    Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 PM
    Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
    Tickets $20-$100
    Visit or Call CenterCharge at 212.721.6500
    Box Office: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
    New Treble Works by Z. Randall Stroope and Cynthia Bradford from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %30 %b %2015 %15:%Jan:%th 15JanGMT+0000        
    Click the cover image to view the scores in their entirety.
    The beautiful Wedding Anthem "Come Into My Garden" by Z Randall Stroope is now available for SSA voices. This lush setting of text adapted from the Song of Solomon has everything you have come to know and love about Stroope's work: rich harmonies, stirring melodic motives, and more. Check out the score today at and be sure to take a listen to the audio sample of the original SATB setting.
    Cynthia Bayt Bradford has crafted two lovely works for children's choir.  The first is an upbeat and cheeky setting of various children's rhymes for two-part treble and the second is a calm and dreamy love song set in the style of a pavane for unison voices.  Check them out today at
    Big/Finisher Similar to Lauren Davis, %30 %b %2015 %13:%Jan:%th 13JanGMT+0000 for some "big" numbers for an end of the year mass choir concert. Specifically going for something with the feel of:
    Baba Yetu:
    or Jai Ho:
    Acapella or not, either is fine. 
    Five New SATB Releases from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %30 %b %2015 %13:%Jan:%th 13JanGMT+0000                  
    Click the cover image to view the scores in their entirety.
    Whether you are looking for an energetic work to show off your choir's festival chops, or looking for an addition to a church service, one of these new releases by Zack Taylor, David Lockart, Michael Larkin, or Brandon J. Spencer ought to do the trick.  Taylor's "Mon-Ke-Ya" and Spencer's "Gloria!" are both upbeat and full of exciting rhythmic variety while Larkin's "Set Me as a Seal" and Lockart's "From the Rising..." are both reflective and subdued.  In addition, Larkin's "The Tyger" could be used in a variety of settings.  Check out the scores today at   
    Sessions in Salt Lake: "The VOCES8 Method" Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000
    The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
    The VOCES8 Method is an innovative and energizing start to the school day designed to engage large groups or whole schools in musical activities that stimulate the brain and prepare students with a particular focus on numeracy, literacy, and linguistics. The book is based on research by the Institute of Education in London. In this interactive session, VOCES8 will share the VOCES8 Method and demonstrate how this can be shared with musicians and non-musicians alike. This is a fun, creative, and unique interest session for passionate choral educators.
    LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
    Singing in Salt Lake: Iowa State Singers Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000