ChoralNet - Subscriptions for Archive User Your subscriptions on ChoralNet. To change your subscription options, go to Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine Creates a Sizzle at ACDA National Conference with Classical Movements! Stephanie Aboukasm, %27 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000 all-male Cuban choir, Sine Nomine created quite the buzz this week at the ACDA National Conference, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Classical Movements. With Classical Movements' help, the group was able to embark on an extensive U.S. tour that has already included stops in Frederick, MD; Downingtown, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Fairfield, CT; and Washington, D.C. Their incredible sound, employing male voice for the soprano, alto, and countertenor parts, as well as tenor and bass, rang through the Salt Lake City Convention Center and drew in many interested fans at Classical Movements' booth following their performance. 
The group still has another leg of their tour left, where they will perform a cappella versions of traditional and modern Cuban works, early Latin American songs, and spirituals in the following cities:
  • Collegedale, TN: Sunday March 1 - 7:30 PM at Southern Adventist Church (4829 College Drive East, Collegedale, TN)
  • Asheville, NC: Monday, March 2 - 7:00 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ (20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC)
  • Charlotte, NC: Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00 PM at Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter (750 E. 9th St, Charlotte, NC)
For more information about the group and its tour, please contact Operations Manager, Cameron Grimes at or at +1 703-683-6040. Alternatively, if you are currently at the ACDA National Conference, stop by Booth #98 to speak with Classical Movements staff, Neeta Helms and Johan van Zyl. 
Sine Nomine performs at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT (photo credit: Sacred Heart University)
Announcement: FREE MusicSpoke T-Shirts at Booth #8014 Aliana Kae, %27 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 you're at 2015 ACDA in Salt Lake City, come visit us at Booth #8014 and get your FREE MusicSpoke t-shirt!
Limited quantiies, while supplies last, come sport the 'Spoke and get some swag! You might recognize some of the dapper fellows in the photos below: stop by and say hi!
Classified ad: Rossini: Stabat Mater and Faure Requiem CHICAGO AREA Marek Rachelski, %27 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000 Niles Metropolitan Chorus and Musica Lumina Orchestra present these two masterworks on Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 PM. Rehearsals Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM in Niles IL. Basses/Baritones are especially invited.
(702) 806-8421 for more information.
Classified ad: Director of Music Ministries Deborah Surniak, %27 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 United Methodist Church, an 880 member congregation located in the beautiful coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, seeks a part-time (30 hours/ week) experienced Director of Music Ministries to plan, organize, direct, and implement its traditional music ministries, including supervision of the assistant director, pianist, and organist.  The Director shall report to the Senior Pastor and provide vision and leadership for the entire Trinity traditional music program, while glorifying and worshipping God through music and nurturing and enriching the congregation.   The Director shall have primary conducting responsibility for two adult choirs (65 members total) and two adult hand bell groups (23 ringers) and shall provide oversight of the assistant director who directs children and youth choirs and bell groups and an orchestra.  The Director shall plan, develop, and implement weekly worship services and special seasonal worship services and performances.  The Director shall have a thorough knowledge of worship and sacred music and all genres of Christian music and demonstrate deep Christian faith and nurture an atmosphere of serving God as well as fostering excellence.  A Bachelors Degree in Music or Music Education, and/or equivalent knowledge and a minimum of 4 years experience in a leadership role in a similar church setting is required.  An understanding of Wesleyan theology is desired.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  A complete application will include a cover letter, resume, and a statement (not more than one page) of the candidates’ philosophy regarding church music ministry. Applications will be received through March 31, 2015. ]]>Classified ad: Easter at Christ Church—join us for Britten "Festival Te Deum" and Hampton "Repeating Alleluia"! Mark Sullivan, %27 %b %2015 %12:%Feb:%th 12FebGMT+0000 Christ Church choir is welcoming singers for our Easter services, which this year will feature the wonderful Britten "Festival Te Deum" and Calvin Hampton's "A Repeating Alleluia." All singers are welcome! Contact Mark Sullivan at ]]>Forum message: Help!!!!! Anna Jaggie, %27 %b %2015 %02:%Feb:%th 2FebGMT+0000,
I have been struggling to form a acurate description of a chorus teacher.
Would you please help me?
~Anna Jaggie
Forum message: Choral Workshop/Festivals David Covington, %27 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000 am interested in what Choral Workshop/Festivals that may be taking place in the USA this summer that one can either audition for or participate in. Several years ago, like many others, I took part in several such Workshop/Festivals with Robert Shaw that were held on the campus of Westminster Choir College. So, if anybody would recommend any such festivals that involve a performance of major works I would appreciate it. Or if you know of a source that lists the many workshops available, that would be helpful too. I have been out of the loop for several years but have 40 years of professional experience singing with or conducting choirs and hold a BM, MM and Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Education. Thank you.
Announcement: Women Composers Festival of Hartford Amelia Nagoski, %27 %b %2015 %02:%Feb:%th 2FebGMT+0000 are just a few days left to express your support for women composers and high calibre live performances with affordable tickets through WCFH's IndieGogo funding campaign. The swag is fun, and the cause is important for all of us!
Thanks very much for walking in the footsteps of Eleanor, Beatriz, and Isabella!
Announcement: St George International Choir Choir Festival Dimitris kitsos, %27 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000

St George International Choir Festival, 15-21 July 2015
The St George International Choir Festival takes place this year in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, capital city of Makedonia and second largest city of Greece. It is part of the St George International Music Festival which takes place annually and is based in Municipality of Volvi-Asprovalta, Vrasna, Stavros, in the Strymonic Gulf, 75km east fromThessaloniki.

The St George International Choir Festival is a non competitive event that welcomes the participation of choirs coming from all over the world by performing in the beautiful indoor and outdoor venues of Thessaloniki. Ancient Greek and Byzantine theaters, old castles, concert halls, various archeological places of significant importance and modern amphitheatres are some of them. 

The repertoire for each choir is absolutely free. No particular songs have to be performed mandatorily nor are there bans on particular periods or music genres. 

The variety of venues selected for the performances, the numerous events and the extremely rich repertoire make St George International Choir Festival one of the most attractive and spectacular international choral festivals. 

Concert: Pacific Edge Voices : 35 & Beyond : A Birthday Gala Lindy Miller-Castro, %26 %b %2015 %22:%Feb:%th 22FebGMT+0000

35 & Beyond: A Birthday Gala

6:30 pmNorthbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley

Pacific Edge Voices - A Birthday Gala: 35 and Beyond


Come party with us!


The members of Pacific Edge Voices invite you to a 35th birthday party, celebrating the group's musical hallmarks past and present, and a future filled with lively music-making and warm community. The party includes ample food and wine, a silent auction and raffle, lots of musical moments - including audience participation - and much more.


This is a special year for us: a new identity, a new direction, and a milestone birthday. We're offering a special birthday ticket price ("35 for 35") in the hope that all our friends and alumni will come out to relive special moments in our history, maybe sing a song or two, and inaugurate our next 35 years.


Also new this year: We are offering seating by tables of eight. You can reserve a premium table, with great sightlines and a bucket of bubbly, or one of the regular tables for eight of your favorite friends. Of course, tickets are also available individually.


Individual tickets: $35 each

Regular table $280 (seats 8)

Premium table $400  (seats 8, best sight-lines, bottles of bubbly for your party)


Order your tickets and tables online or by calling (510) 848-8022. Advance sales only and seating is limited

Concert: Haydn's Stabat Mater - Vesper Chorale and Vesper Chamber Orchestra Jenna Grisham, %26 %b %2015 %22:%Feb:%th 22FebGMT+0000 E R F O R M A N C E S
Saturday, March 14th - 7:30 p.m.
St. Matthew Cathedral
1701 Miami St. - South Bend, IN 46613
Sunday, March 15th - 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Chapel (Holy Cross College)
54515 State Road 933 North - Notre Dame, IN 46556

Vesper Chorale returns to its roots by offering a Lenten concert in its Basically Baroque Concert Series: Joseph Haydn's Stabat Mater. The lyrics of Stabat Mater reflect on mother Mary's suffering as she stands watching Jesus on the cross. Enrich your understanding of this solemn season by experiencing Stabat Mater and other Lenten pieces during this powerful performance by Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra and Guest Singers. Featured soloists include Elizabeth Scheicher, Soprano; Lisa Bloom, Alto; Emanuel Caraman, Tenor; and Johnny Boehlefeld, Bass. A pre-concert lecture will begin 30 minutes prior to concert time.

$28 Adult, $25 Senior, $14 Student/Child
Tickets are available at, by calling Shirk's Piano Gallery at 574-255-7889 or at the door.

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Indiana, Indiana Arts Commission, First United Methodist Church-South Bend, Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend Tribune, WNIT Public Television, WVPE

* Vesper Chorale and Children's Choir of Michiana are ensembles ofMusical Arts Indiana Inc. ]]>
Concert: Two Organs: Sacred and Profane Amy Dale, %26 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%th 19FebGMT+0000
Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers presents
Two Organs—Luis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle and music of Faure, Debussy and others
Jan Overduin, organ; Mark Vuorinen, conductor
Sunday March 8, 2015
3 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church
Duke and Water Streets, Kitchener
$25 General Admission
Tickets at
Concert: Cascadian Chorale "Welcome Home!" Joy DeCoursey-Porter, %26 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 Chorale, located in Bellevue Washington and under the direction of Dr. Gary Cannon celebrates its 50th year with a special Spring concert and corresponding CD release entitled "Welcome Home."
Please join us in celebrating 50 years!
Concert: Handel''s Esther: Grinnell Singers with Lyra Baroque Orchestra John Rommereim, %26 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000

The Lyra Baroque Orchestra, a professional period-instrument ensemble from Minneapolis, will join forces with the Grinnell Singers to perform Handel’s Esther.

The Performance

The concert will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Sebring-Lewis Hall in Grinnell. Although the concert is free and open to the public, tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at the Bucksbaum Center box office beginning at noon on Monday, Feb. 23. For more information, call the box office at 641-269-4444.

Members of the orchestra will perform on replicas of instruments in use during the 18th century, including a full complement of string instruments, as well as oboes, horns and trumpets. Iowa Public Radio plans to record the performance to be broadcast across the state at a later date.

Handel’s oratorio tells the story of Esther, the Jewish queen of Persia, as she acts courageously to save her people from destruction.

The production will feature guest soloists:

  • Linh Kauffman, soprano, as Queen Esther
  • Seth Keeton, baritone, as the villain Haman
  • Richard Joseph, tenor, as the King of Persia
  • Craig Lemming, tenor, as Esther’s Uncle Mordecai
  • Nicholas Miguel, baritone, as the Priest of the Israelites

Grinnell College Blanche Johnson Professor of Music John Rommereim will conduct.

The Panel Discussion

The performance will be preceded on Friday, Feb. 20, by a panel discussion titled “Stories Told and Retold: Handel’s Esther and Narratives of Oppression and Genocide from Biblical Times to the Present.”

The discussion will start at 4:15 p.m. in Lawson Lecture Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts Room 152. The panel will include Rommereim as well as:

Jacque Ogg, musical director of Lyra Baroque Orchestra will play harpsichord. The orchestra also includes Grinnell Music faculty member Guinevere McIntyre playing on natural horn.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Bucksbaum Center for the Arts has accessible parking in the rear of the building north of Sixth Ave., and Sebring-Lewis Hall is fully accessible. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

Concert: Song/Play: Music for Treble and Youth Voices Andrea Macy, %26 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000
A family friendly afternoon of music, entertainment, singing and fun! MacArthur Genius Fellow and Founder/Conductor of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Francisco Núñez leads the young, talented and energetic Distinguished Concerts Singers International in a culturally-minded and engaging program of original Latin-inspired music.  The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, a nationally recognized ensemble shares the stage with the Vancouver Orchestra Club in an equally entertaining program.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Tickets $20-$100
Visit or call CenterCharge at 212-247-7800
Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
Announcement: Cappella Cantorum Men's Chorus Registration/Rehearsal Barry Asch, %26 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000
Cappella Cantorum 30 voice Men’s Chorus non-auditioned Registration/Rehearsal will take place Monday, March 23, 7 PM, John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Rd. Deep River, CT 06417.  Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:30 pm. $32 covers Music and Registration. Spirituals, Gospel, Sea Chanteys, Classical and Broadway Music will be featured. Bring a black 3-ring notebook. Late registration will be the following Monday, March 30, 7 pm, at JWMS. Contact Barry at 860-388-2871 for more information, register & pay  on  The first concert is Sun. June 7, 3 pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd. Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Concert: Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus, Faure Requiem, Schubert Mass in G Barry Asch, %26 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000 “Requiem,” “Cantique de Jean Racine” and Schubert “Mass in G,” Concert: Sunday, March 22, 3 pm at St. Mark R.C. Church, 222 McVeagh Rd. Westbrook, CT 06498. Tickets online at $25, or phone 860-577-2950. Tickets at the door $28. The  Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus, led by Barry Asch, with the Cappella Cantorum Chamber Orchestra and featuring  Soloists: Soprano-Patricia Schuman and Baritone-Christopher Grundy. A reception follows the concert. ]]>Announcement: Tour with song in Hungary / Europe Anikó Kovács-Rózsavölgyi, %26 %b %2015 %12:%Feb:%th 12FebGMT+0000 Musik – Land Travel Agency specialises in the planning and organisation of customised tours and programmes in Hungary for choirs and other groups.

*Performance options:
Joint concerts with Hungarian choirs
Open-air concerts in Budapest, Esztergom or at Lake Balaton
Church concerts in Budapest, Esztergom or in other towns
Musical co-operation in church services
International Choir Meeting – Dorog
International Church Choir Meeting – Esztergom
Independent concerts/performance options.
*Tours, sightseeing:
Budapest, Esztergom, Visegrád, Szentendre, Plattensee  and other towns.
*Relaxation and fun:
Wine-cellar party with wine-tasting, puszta programme with horse-show and horse and buggy ride, medieval tournament with royal feast, winter/summer bobsled ground.
*Tour guiding:
in English, German, Italian, French, Danish, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Estonian, Swedisch, Portuguese or Hungarian
Here are a few examples of our programmes. Please look through our list and choose the most suitable for you.

 Programme – for choir 7 days
Tour with song in Hungary / Europe
Programme proposal for a choir (7 days, 6 nights)
1st day:                       
17.00   arrival at the hotel in Budapest, warm-hearted welcome with champagne,
occupation of the rooms, dinner with music
2nd day:                    
10.00   departure to the Buda Castle
10.30   visit to the royal castle, the Matthias Church and the Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion)
12.00   free time
13.30   lunch in Budapest
15.00   sightseeing (Heroes’ square, Vajdahunyad Castle)
16.00   departure to the Puszta (Lajosmizse)
17.30   Puszta programme
           welcome with apricot brandy and savoury scones
           horse and buggy ride, horse-show, riding possibility
           dinner with gipsy music at the village inn
21.00   departure to Budapest
22.00   night tour of the Budapest lights
23.00   arrival at the hotel
3rd day:         
09.00   departure to Esztergom
10.00   visit to the Cathedral, which is the biggest church in Hungary
11.15   church concert in the Cathedral or musical co-operation at a Holy Mass in the Saint Anna church
13.00   lunch in Esztergom
14.30   visiting the Christian Museum and/or free time
15.45   departure to Dorog
16.15   rehearsal, changing possibility
17.00   International Choir Meeting- Dorog
19.30   dinner with music and friendly evening with all participants of the Choir Meeting in Dorog
22.00   departure to Budapest
23.00   arrival at the hotel
4th day:           
08.00   departure to Lake Balaton
11.00   visit to the Abbey of Tihany
12.30   lunch in Tihany
14.00   bathing at Lake Balaton (in case of cold weather: trip to the surrounding area)
18.00   dinner in Balatonfüred
20.00   departure to Budapest
22.30   arrival at the hotel
5th day:                  
09.30   departure to Margitsziget
10.15   stroll at the Margitsziget (Margaret Island)
10.30   river cruise
12.00   free time in the city centre (Váci street, pedestrianized streets)
13.30   lunch in Budapest
15.30   departure to Piliscsaba
16.15   rehearsal in the culture house or in the baroque church
17.00   concert
18.15   departure to the wine-cellar
18.45   wine-cellar party with music and wine-tasting (6-8 wine varieties )Hungarian dinner with unlimited wine
22.00   departure to Budapest
23.00   arrival at the hotel
6th day:                     
10.00   departure to Szentendre
11.00   visit to the Kovács Margit Ceramic Museum or free time
13.00   lunch in Szentendre
15.00   departure to Visegrád
15.45   visit to the Castle of King Matthias or free time at the all year bobsleigh run
17.15   departure to the Solomon Tower
17.30   medieval tournament at the Solomon Tower
19.00   royal feast in the Renaissance restaurant
21.15   departure to Budapest
22.00   arrival at the hotel
7th day:          
09.30   home journey
Moore information: 
   Musik - Land Travel Agency
        Madách Imre u. 20.
        H-2534 Tát
Fax: 00 36 33 444 679

Announcement: International Choir Meeting in Dorog (Hungary-Europe) Anikó Kovács-Rózsavölgyi, %26 %b %2015 %12:%Feb:%th 12FebGMT+0000
Choir travel to Hungary – 2015
Dear Sir or Madam,
Dear Choir Members, Dear Singer Friends,

In the name of MUSIK - LAND Travel Agency we would like to invite Your Choir to Hungary in 2015
Get know, and discover hospitable Hungary trough singing together!
We offer the follows for You:

Appearance opportunities:
- Concert with a hungarian choir together
- Concert in a church in Budapest, Esztergom, or an other city
- Musical contribution in a divine
- International Choir Meeting in Dorog – 2015
- International Church Choir Meeting in Esztergom – 2015
- Concert by oneself

Tours and Sightseeing with English-speaking tour guides:
- Budapest, Esztergom, Visegrád, Szentendre and other cities,
  Balaton lake

Humour and lot of fun:
- Cellar-party with music and wine tasteing
- "Puszta" Programme (horse show, riding, carriage)
- Middle ages medieval tournament, and "king's feast"
- Summer sledge bob
- etc.

If You would like to read more information (for example complete reference list), and see some interesting and funny photos please feel free to visit our website:
The programme proposals on the website can be changed after your wishes and suggestions.

Let us surprise You!
If You wish we can send any informations about programs, accomodations, and prices.
Best regards,
Musik - Land Travel Agency

Rózsavölgyi Károly

        Musik - Land Travel Agency
        Madách Imre u. 20.
        H-2534 Tát

Fax: 00 36 33 444 679

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Announcement: CONDUTING 21C - Musical Leadership for a New Century Bo Nilsson, %26 %b %2015 %09:%Feb:%th 9FebGMT+0000 course aims to provide conductors with professional development by combining artistic excellence and social justice. It will take place on the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen in the Stockholm city centre. C21C is part of the Music & Humanity Festival also consisting of concerts, workshops and talks.  
Course Leaders:
André de Quadros, Lone Larsen and Agneta Josepson
Manado State University Choir, Indonesia and Voces Nordica, Sweden
Apply by April 13
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Announcement: CONDUCTING 21C - Musical Leadership for a New Century Bo Nilsson, %26 %b %2015 %09:%Feb:%th 9FebGMT+0000 course aims to provide conductors with professional development by combining artistic excellence and social justice. 
It will take place at Yale University within the second Yale International Choral Festival, which brings choirs from all over the world to Yale’s campus for five days of concerts and workshops.
Course leaders:
André de Quadros, Jeffrey Douma, Lone Larsen and Judy Braha.
Voces Nordicae and Yale Choral Artists

Apply by March 16, 2015
Read more
Announcement: Fest der Kulturen 2017 - "Grand Prix of Nations" from January 18 – 22, 2017 in Berlin, Philharmonie, Germany Luke Turrint, %26 %b %2015 %09:%Feb:%th 9FebGMT+0000

Fest der Kulturen 2017 - "Grand Prix of Nations"
January 18 – 22, 2017

Berlin, Philharmonie, Germany

After the 1st „Grand Prix of Nations“ 2015 in Magdeburg this event will continue to take place in Germany and hosted by Germany’s capital Berlin in 2017! The INTERKULTUR event is embedded in the Berlin "Fest der Kulturen" 2017 where the Rundfunkchor Berlin and further top class choirs and orchestras will be performing. The chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, one of Germany’s best concert halls, will offer a dignified ambiance for the „Grand Prix of Nations“.

The competition initially starts with an Open Competition, in which all choirs can participate regardless of their cultural background and their level of proficiency. If they have qualified for the following „Grand Prix of Nations“ they will compete in an exciting challenge for the Grand Prix. It will be a great joy for INTERKULTUR to welcome you as a participant at the „Grand Prix of Nations“ 2017 at the Berlin Philharmonie. Berlin is waiting for you!

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29

Announcement: Sing'n'Joy China 2015 - International Choir Festival & Competition from November 4 - 8, 2015 in Shunde, China Luke Turrint, %26 %b %2015 %09:%Feb:%th 9FebGMT+0000

Sing'n'Joy China 2015
International Choir Festival & Competition Shunde – Foshan
November 4 - 8, 2015
Shunde, China

Together in Harmony: Sing'n'Joy China 2015 invites singers from all over to celebrate a festival of music and global harmony in the land of the rising sun. Choirs who wish to participate in the festival only will have the opportunity to register for an Evaluation Performance with international jury members, for Friendship Concerts and for a huge festival choir project that combines several participating choirs. Interested choirs can also participate in the competitions of the event. Offered categories will be „Adult Choirs“, „Children’s and Youth Choirs“ and „Folklore“. The special feature of the event: In the Evaluation Performance, choirs can obtain valuable guidance for their participation in the 9th World Choir Games, to be held in 2016 in Sochi / Russia.

Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel:  +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29
Classified ad: Bass-Baritone Choral Scholar for Episcopal Church Karen Hindenlang, %26 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000

Choral Scholar position for bass / baritone available immediately in downtown Ithaca NY church, with Thursday evening, rehearsal 7:00-8:30, and Sunday morning warm-up and worship service, 9:30-11:40

Looking for singers with a collaborative spirit, superior sight-reading skills, excellent intonation, and the ability to sing comfortably with good tone and minimal vibrato.  No duties as section leader required other than modeling good vocal technique and rehearsal participation. Offering $25 a call (usually $50 a week), and experience in the classic tradition of sacred choral music under professional direction.  NB: no incense!

Please send brief résumé and, if possible, a short sound file or video to the Director of Music:
Forum message: Graduation/Convocation pieces Barbara Van Patter, %26 %b %2015 %13:%Feb:%th 13FebGMT+0000,
I direct a 25 voice SATB choir at a small Christian school. Any suggestions for graduation and/or convocation pieces?
Barbara Van Patter
Classified ad: Accompanist: The Palmer Singers at Wellington Edward Palmer, %26 %b %2015 %03:%Feb:%th 3FebGMT+0000 is a paid opportunity. We are a classically oriented chamber chorus. Rehearse in Wellington, Florida on Monday evenings. Open score reading is desirable, but not necessary. Vocal ability a plus as much music is a cappella
and one could also sing in a friendly, rewarding, no-nonsense atmosphere.
For more info, call Dr. Edward Palmer at 561 659 3641 or e-mail.
Announcement: Kevin T. Padworski selected as the next Artistic Director of the Colorado Chorale Kendall Bridges, %26 %b %2015 %04:%Feb:%th 4FebGMT+0000 T. Padworski will begin his tenure as Artistic Director of the Colorado Chorale beginning with the 2015-2016 season. He is also Director of Music & Organist at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver.  He performs extensively, and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards declaring mastery in three disciplines. Professionally, he has appeared with the Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Colorado Repertory Singers, Choral Arts Society, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Children’s Chorale, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Evans Choir, Lamont Chorale, and numerous solo and collaborative performances. As a conductor he has worked here and abroad, working under the mentorship of Duain Wolfe, Catherine Sailer, Lawrence Golan, Joseph Martin, Rollo Dilworth, and Simon Carrington. As a composer he actively writes for soloists, instrumental, and choral ensembles. He also enjoys maintaining a role as collaborative pianist with various organizations, including the Colorado Children's Chorale, Colorado Symphony, and the University of Denver.
Kevin began and organ, graduating magna cum laude. He later earned a certificate in Leadership his musical studies on piano at age 7, started learning saxophone when he was 9, began vocal and organ instruction at 13, and accepted his first professional organist position the same year. Upon receiving the Mozart Music Scholarship at Eastern University, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with recitals in saxophone from Duke Divinity School and a Master of Music degree in Conducting with Choral Concentration from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he was nominated for a Recital of Distinction and was named Outstanding Conductor.
Mr. Padworski is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians, American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, and is listed in multiple Who's Who publications.
Announcement: The Holly and the Ivy | Jason Horner | MusicSpoke Aliana Kae, %25 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%th 20FebGMT+0000

"The Holly and the Ivy," in a madrigal style, is carol arrangement for a cappella SATB choir and tambourine. It is well-suited for choirs with a range of abilities from high school, church choir, collegiate level singers, and community ensembles. The middle section features the use of alleatoric composition and is open to many creative possibilities. The final verse includes more dissonant harmonies and is inspired by thematic material that uses a harmonic progression most often recognized as Pachelbel’s “Canon.” 

Preview the full score while you listen to Jason's "The Holly and the Ivy" on MusicSpoke!

Classified ad: Seeking Soprano or Alto Section Leader (Spanish) -- Newark, NJ Ian Tomesch, %25 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%th 20FebGMT+0000 Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is seeking a paid soprano or alto section leader for its Spanish mass choir, which sings choral music in a variety of styles.
Required qualifications:
1. Proficient Sight Reader
2. Able to sing in and understand Spanish
Wednesday rehearsal, 7pm
Sunday call, 9:20 am for 10 am service.
To schedule an audition, contact Olfary Gutierrez, (973) 484-2400 or
Classified ad: Chorus of Communities in NJ auditioning new members for Spring Concert Richard Morgan, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 Morgan, Artistic Director of The Chorus of Communities (Essex Co., NJ) is continuing to audition new members for the COC's 25th Annual Spring Concert.  The 30 member chorus encourages all voice parts to audition, however, Soprano 1 is the current focus.  The concert will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 7:30 PM at St. Luke's Epsicopal Church in Montclair.  The concert will include Rutter's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' A Song of Thanksgiving and 3 Alleluias by Thompson, Young and Mozart.  Join us for a brief audition and rehearsals held each Monday evening from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church in Belleville.  For more information please check out our web site and follow us on Facebook! ]]>Forum message: middle school spring pieces Dawn Emerman, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000'm looking for some WOW spring pieces for my middle schools choir.  
2 or 3 part, but does not require a strong male presence (I only have 5 out of my 54 person choir).  I am looking for any genre, since I can always use it in future years, but would love something new to 'hook' the kids who say everything is old and/or religious.  I am new to the school and have been working with whats here...not great selection!  
Thank you so much!!!!   
Classified ad: Looking for a Choir in NYC to collaborate with EFA artist Anne Hege, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000
EFA Project Space, a nonprofit gallery in midtown is organizing an
exhibition of international artists that will open Friday, April 10th. The
exhibition explores the intersection of politics and the metaphysical. One
of the artists, Regina Jose Galindo, who is from Guatemala and much
celebrated and recognized in the international art community, is
orchestrating a performance that requires a choir. The performance is
deeply personal and political as well as spiritual. We are hoping to find a
choir that would be willing to give an hour-long performance on Saturday,
April 11, 2015, as well as a much shorter "sneak preview" at the opening
reception for the exhibition on Friday, April 10th.
*Brief Description*
A choir sings the phrase I’M ALIVE continuously for an hour. The phrase is
sung in different keys and rhythms, from the soft and melodic to the most
aggressive and discordant notes. The composition is defined by the choirs
in collaboration with the artist
If interested, please contact:
Claire Barliant, Curatorial Advisor, EFA Project Space, 212-563-5855 ext. 231
Classified ad: Governor's Honors Program Accompanist Tom Fitzstephens, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000
Support Staff Vacancy Area:
Music/Vocal Piano Accompanist (1) The Piano Accompanist serves as the rehearsal/performance accompanist for the GHP Music Department and works closely with the vocal instructor.  The Piano Accompanist must be able to lead choral sectionals, sight-read and perform solo vocal and instrumental repertoire, and accompany choral performances.
      Required Qualifications:
  • Three (3) or more years of experience successfully facilitating instruction, counseling, or school support services in a secondary or post-secondary environment.
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of professional integrity
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Significant experience working with gifted secondary learners
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Proven ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to participate in coaching and professional growth opportunities
Classified ad: Used Handbells Wanted Matthew Caine, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000 Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, Camden, SC, our children's and youth music programs have grown such that we are in need of an additional 5 octave (C3-C8) set of handbells. It is cost-prohibitive for us to purchase a new set at this time. In addition, we need to replace several bells between C4 and C7 of our existing set. Consequently, we are looking for a church, school, or community-based music group who may have handbells they are no longer using and would be interested in donating or selling them to us.
3 octave set (C4-C7), preferably Schulmerich
5 octave set (C3-C8), no preference of brand
Additional octaves (C2-B2, and C#8-C9) also welcomed.
Please contact Matt Caine at matthew(a)
*I am particularly interested in churches in Georgia and Florida, as I already have a trip scheduled to those states during the first part of March. However, I will also consider bells from other locations.
Announcement: 15th Annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford Heather Seaton, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 more information please visit the festival's website:
Concert: Boston Cecilia - 'BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem' George Imirzian, %25 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 to rehearsals being disrupted by the recent winter storms, we have decided to postpone the program of Sacred German Music for Double Choir we originally had announced until October 2015. In its place, The Boston Cecilia will be offering a performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Featured soloists will be Carolina Freiberg, soprano, and Paul Max Tipton, baritone. The chorus will be accompanied in Brahms’s version with piano duet by pianists Barbara Bruns and Carolyn Skelton. Conducted by Nicholas White. ]]>Classified ad: Choir Director Wanted Danny Marmorstein, %25 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000 Olam - Miami, FL

Rehearse and conduct volunteer Jewish temple choir weekly, preferably Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 p.m., 9 months of the year. Time off is similar to the public school calendar. Must play piano and accompany as well. $100 per rehearsal.
Once a month Friday night service choir sings 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. $150 per service
Jewish High Holy Days consist of 4 services; dates vary year by year according to Jewish calendar (lunar). $500 per service.
Total yearly compensation approximately $7000.

Announcement: The City of Angels Community Choirs - The First Noel: A Video Christmas Card Mike O'Donoghue, %25 %b %2015 %08:%Feb:%th 8FebGMT+0000

Leg Lamp Productions announces the release of a brand new video from a new choir that has been quickly gaining a name for itself in the Los Angeles, California area over the last few years. It's The City of Angels Community Choirs, and they are conducted by Richard Medrano. On December 13, 2014, the choir performed a stirring rendition Dan Forrest's arrangement of The First Noel. Over the last few weeks the staff at Leg Lamp Productions took a mastered audio file of that performance and created what it calls a" Video Christmas Card" set to this holiday classic. Using state of the art computer generated imagery, photographs, and classic works of art, this video tells the story of the Nativity from over 2000 years ago.

Recorded in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Stereo and filmed in Ultra 4K HD, it's a great way to put you in the mood for Christmas all year round!

There are two versions of the film: Vimeo: (HD 720P Version) You Tube: (Ultra 4K)


Announcement: Four new Einojuhani Rautavaara publications Henna Salmela, %25 %b %2015 %08:%Feb:%th 8FebGMT+0000
In My Lover's Garden (I min älsklings trädgård) SSAA
A suite of three choral songs to texts by Edith Södergran, English translation by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Swedish/English)
Four Songs to Poems by Aleksis Kivi. TTBB. Texts in Finnish.
Four Romances from the opera Rasputin SATB
According to Rautavaara these are "unabashedly sentimental and thoroughly melodic pieces". Available also for male choir.
Ave Maria gratia plena SATB
First edition of Rautavaara’s early male choir work in a version for mixed choir.
Available at (web shop)
Classified ad: Staff Section Leader Andrew Halladay, %25 %b %2015 %05:%Feb:%th 5FebGMT+0000
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Broomfield, Colorado is seeking staff section leaders for their adult choir, Soli Dei. Positions are currently open.
The main responsibility of the position is to provide singing leadership for the choir both in rehearsal and worship. Rehearsals are 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday nights. The season schedule (not including Wednesday rehearsals) can be found below.
Interested parites may send a letter of interest describing prior training and experience to Andrew Halladay at Recordings are appreciated, as well.
Forum message: English version SATB Schubert's Der Tanz Carol Pyle, %24 %b %2015 %23:%Feb:%th 23FebGMT+0000'm looking for an SATB arrangement of Schubert's Der Tanz with English text. Is there such a thing?
Carol Pyle
Announcement: Youth Choir on tour Tom Council, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Feb:%th 22FebGMT+0000
Dear Colleagues: 
Once again we are asking for your help in finding host churches for our youth choir, Elation.  They are touring with the musical "Godspell".  Here are areas we still need to fill.   Please respond back to me.
New Orleans, LA
Tallahassee, Fl
Somewhere between Tampa, Fl and Ft Myers area
Boca Raton to Orlando, Fl area
Pensacola, Fl
Baton Rouge. LA
Houston, Tx
Thanks for your help,
Tom Council
Announcement: Bread from Heaven-English Eucharistic Motets for 2 and 3 part voices Heath Morber, %24 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%th 20FebGMT+0000 to announce a new collection of Eucharistic motets in English from the Renaissance masters that I edited and is now ready for purchase!
All the relevant info, including a description and a generous sampling of the contents, is here:
Heath Morber
Director of Music
St. John's Catholic Chapel
Champaign, IL
Concert: The Kapelle--Concordia University Chicago Spring Tour Charles Brown, %24 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%th 19FebGMT+0000 Kapelle of Concordia University Chicago, under the direction of Dr. Charles Brown, will embark on a 10-day tour of the Midwest from February 27-March 8.  
Tour Itinerary: 

Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Church 
2645 Old Jacksonville Rd.

Springfield, IL

Saturday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Zion Lutheran Church 
3866 South Old Highway 94

St. Charles, MO

Sunday, March 1, 7:00 pm
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 
13145 Blackbob Rd.

Olathe, KS 

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church 
801 W. 11th St.

Rolla, MO

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church 
223 W. Adams St.

Jackson, MO

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church 
211 S. 21st St.

Paducah, KY

Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Carmel Lutheran Church 
4850 E. Main St.

Carmel, IN

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
3425 Crescent Ave.

Fort Wayne, IN

Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm
Chapel of Our Lord
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta St.
River Forest, IL

Concert Program:
God Be in My Head                                                                                                                       Paul Bouman (b. 1918)
from Mass, Op. 84                                                                                                           Vincent Persichetti (1915–1987)
        Agnus Dei
Jubilate Deo                                                                                                                       Grzegorz Miśkiewicz (b. 1969)
Es segne uns Gott TWV 8:8                                                                                       Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need                                                                                         Virgil Thompson (1896–1989)
The Lord’s My Shepherd                                                                                                         arr. John Ferguson (b. 1941)
Dominus regit me                                                                                                                          Rihards Dubra (b. 1964)
Vidi Dominum Sedentem                                                                                                 Antonio Juanas (c. 1762–c. 1821)
Heilig                                                                                                                 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809–1847)
Christ Is with Me                                                                                                              Gerald Patrick Coleman (b. 1953)
Like as a Father                                                                                                                       Luigi Cherubini (1760–1842)
                                                                                                                                                     arr. Austin C. Lovelace
I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb                                                                                                        arr. Charles P. Brown (b. 1969)
E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come                                                                                                 Paul Manz (1919–2009)
I Can Tell the World                                                                                                                    Moses Hogan (1957–2003)
Sit Down, Servant                                                                                                                       Stacey V. Gibbs (b. 1962)
Müde bin ich geh zur Ruh                                                                                               arr. Thomas Gieschen (1931–2006)
Announcement: I-Park 2015 Environmental Art Program Agnes Miyuki, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%rd 18FebGMT+0000 Deadline: March 9, 2015
I-Park, East Haddam, CT (U.S.), is pleased to announce its 2015 Environmental Art Biennale Program, fifth in the series. It will consist of a 3-week on-site residency during which a variety of site-responsive, ephemeral works will be created and installed within the I-Park landscape. The program will culminate in a public exhibition on September 20, 2015. Artists working in all the creative disciplines supported by I-Park’s Artists-in-Residence Program, plus performance art, are welcome and encouraged to apply: visual arts including environmental sculpture and moving image, architecture, sound art/installation, inter- and multi-disciplinary practice, language arts and landscape/garden/ecological design. Between 12 and 15 artists will be selected for this curated residency and exhibition. A stipend of between $2,200 and $3,000 will be awarded to each artist or collaborating team, depending on their particular travel circumstances. Application fee: $30 (U.S.). Program and application materials are available at Contact: Leslie Wolf,, 860-873-2468.
Concert: San Gabriel Valley Choral Company's Spring Concert christine maddox, %24 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000
On Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm, join the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) for its spring choral concert “Resonant Witness,” a journey through grief, loss, and injustice, on the way to hope, healing, and reconciliation.  Featuring the music of J. S. Bach, Dvorak, Coleridge-Taylor, Hailstork, and Robles, this concert will be held in the beautiful Romanesque sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016).  Tickets range from $5-20 and may be purchased in advance at a discount here:
         Conceived as a musical tapestry that resonates within each of us, the concert will honor such harrowing human events as the Trail of Tears, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Crucifixion of Christ.  Highlights include a rare performance of a new version of “Amazing Grace” written in the Cherokee language and involving Native American flute, and Artistic Director Robles’ “Lift Ev’ry Voice,” a haunting arrangement of the Black National Anthem for solo and chorus, which was recently published by E.B. Mark Publishing for distribution by Hal Leonard.
         SGVCC, a mostly volunteer ensemble based in Monrovia, is experiencing tremendous artistic growth as it approaches its 20th anniversary.  In 2012, consummate conductor and soloist Dr. Zanaida Robles took over the helm as SGVCC’s artistic director.  Having recently earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California, her prior credits include serving as director of classical choirs for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as well as preparing elite choirs for performances with such greats as Josh Groban and Kristin Chenoweth.
         For more info on SGVCC, see  In addition to purchasing tickets online and at the door, tickets may be purchased by sending checks payable to “SGVCC” to 101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016.  Donations to SGVCC, a non-profit organization, are also gladly accepted online and by check.
Announcement: William Weinert Conducting Workshop with Professional Orchestra and Chorus Charles Gambetta, %24 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000
This summer the International Institute for Conductors will offer a 12-day workshop, “Conducting Choral Masterpieces,” in Bacau, Romania. This one-of-a-kind program offers both aspiring and experienced choral conductors unprecedented opportunities to work with a professional orchestra and choir on three iconic masterpieces from the choral/orchestral repertoire under the tutelage of four veteran conductors with over 100 years of teaching experience between them.
The Institute will accept up to 20 conductors for almost two weeks of study and performance, from June 20 to July 2, 2015. Joining Eastman Director of Choral Studies William Weinert on the teaching faculty are Robert Gutter, Conductor Emeritus of the Springfield Symphony and the Philharmonia of Greensboro; Ovidiu Balan, Music Director of the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra; and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Laban-inspired Embodied Conducting™ method.
The workshop repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’s Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria. Participating conductors will receive over 200 minutes of podium time including sessions with a piano sextet and vocal quartet, the full chorus with piano sextet, the full orchestra, and orchestra with full chorus. The faculty will also present classes in vocal techniques for conductors, score study, musicianship, and the Embodied Conducting™ method. In addition, all workshop participants will conduct movements from the workshop repertoire for two of four public concerts.
The fee, US $2,895, includes a double occupancy hotel room with breakfast for 13 nights. Applications submitted by March 15, 2015 will receive priority consideration; additional applications may be accepted after that date until the program is full. You will find complete details regarding the program including student endorsements and an online application form at or you may contact Institute Administrator Charles Gambetta at or by phone  336.643.8730.
Whether you are an aspiring conductor with at least one year of conducting study under your belt, an experienced conductor interested in mastering the essential skills and techniques for conducting choral works with orchestral accompaniment, or a collegiate choral conductor in search of professional development opportunities for promotion or tenure, this Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop will support your musical and professional development.
Be sure to check out the Institute ad on p. 55 of the Feb. 2015 ACDA Conference program!
Classified ad: Director of Music Ministries Steven Lind, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 Westfield is searching for a dynamic individual to lead the congregation in expressing its faith and love of God through a diverse music ministry. Under the leadership of the Senior Minister, the Director of Music Ministries exercises an important ministry that reaches out to staff, choir and ensemble members, the congregation and the community. The Director of Music Ministries will be responsible for leading the congregation in a blended worship using a variety of music traditions and styles, including classical, traditional and contemporary, through the adult and children choirs, song leaders, hand bell choir, multigenerational orchestra, and praise band.
  • Facilitate the worship of God and nurture faith through the music ministry.
  • Work directly with the Senior Minister in the planning and leading of worship and the music ministries.
  • Select appropriate instrumental and choral music for each service.
  • Rehearse and direct the various ensembles (choirs, orchestra, song leaders) for all regularly scheduled Sunday services. 
  • Provide instrumental and choral music at additional seasonal and special services through the year.
  • Provide music for services at weddings, funerals and other ceremonies.
  • Secure substitute musicians if not available and secure musicians as needed for special music programs.
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings of staff and other appropriate committees.
  • Maintain the music, supplies and instruments of the church, arranging for maintenance, tuning and upgrades of the organ, pianos and other instruments.
  • Prepare and manage the music ministry budget
  • Obtain all copyright authorizations required by law for the music to be performed.
  • Bachelor's degree in a music discipline is required.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and to comply with and follow FBC's Safe Child, Safe Church Policy, as well as other FBC codes of conduct at all times.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience as a music director.
  • Be an accomplished pianist; the ability to also play the organ is highly desirable.
  • Have experience with all age groups including preschool, children, youth and adults.
  • Have an understanding for discernment of others' gifts and the ability to apply them to the worship service.
  • Have computer proficiency to use current PC-based word processing, email, web browser, spreadsheet and music arranging.
Expected Behaviors in Support of Ministry
  • Lead the music ministries faithfully, conscientiously and responsibly with the ministers, committees and congregation.
  • < >chedule rehearsals and program times in support of overall music and worship.
    Schedule time for professional and spiritual growth.
  • Allow sufficient time for personal needs, family responsibilities, exercise, relaxation and recreation and other interests. Monitor and maintain a good health regimen.
  • Attend music events to support the development of the music ministry
    All inquiries and resumes should be emailed to, or you may call the church office and ask to speak to Pastor Mayra Castaneda at 908-233-2278. Thank you.
Classified ad: Bass and Tenor for Holy Week Andrew Wallace, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000's Corners Community Church in Westerly, RI needs a bass and tenor to join the volunteer choir on Manundy Thursday, April 2 and Easter Sunday, April 4.
Rehearsal: Saturday, March 21 9:30-11:00 am  OR  Thursday, March 26 7:30-9:00 pm
Service: Thursday, April 2 (Maundy Thursday) 7:00 pm with a 6:00 pm call.   Cantata plus hymns
Service: Sunday, April 5 (Easter) 10:00 am service only, 9:15 call   Two anthems plus hymns
Fee:  $50 per appearance
Contact Music Director Andy Wallace at
Announcement: 2nd CORALUA TRONDHEIM · Workshops · Singing Tour · Concerts Sara Martin, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000
More information:
Coralua Trondheim - Welcome to Norway!
Concert: VPNYC Presents Rossini's Stabat Mater! Rachel Weinstock, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000
Vocal Productions is proud to collaborate with renowned Maestro Geurguan Tsenov to bring this masterpiece right next to Union Square. Fueled by an all volunteer staff, Vocal Productions NYC is a non for profit company that showcases local talent young and old to give performers a chance to make music and the masses to come and enjoy it at an affordable price!
Two nights only! Thursday Feb 26th at 7pm and Friday Feb 27th at 7pm. Downbeat is at Washington Irving HS Auditorium 40 Irving Pl. Grab a bite and enjoy an hour of Rossini's most dramatic and beautiful music!
Tickets can be purchased online for $25 at: or at the door for $30. 
Concert: Côr World Choir. Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales on Saturday 21 May 2016. Jayne Minter, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000 are delighted to invite your choir to join the largest massed-voice choir ever assembled. This spectacular event will take place in the Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales on Saturday 21 May 2016.
Côr is Welsh for choir... The concert combining male, female and mixed voice choirs (20,000 voices) from across the world, will be accompanied by a major concert orchestra, renowned conductor and music director, together with some of the world’s finest solo artists and groups.

Televised and recorded for worldwide distribution the concert will highlight the power of choral music with both traditional and specially arranged pieces from well-known composers.

For your choir to be included in this unique and memorable event please complete the Registration Form via the website. All registered choirs will receive the Côr World Choir Music Pack with music, lyrics and CDs for your rehearsals.

Our website will provide updates, soloists and press releases which you may wish to pass onto your local media. Once you have registered you will be invited to join the Côr World Choir Community where you will be able to connect with all the participating choirs.

Our team has been staging large choral children’s concerts for the past twenty years including five consecutive nights in the 20,000 seater O2 Arena in London, as well as Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and Dublin, working with the finest sound engineers (Britannia Row) who produce unequalled quality of choral repertoire for huge audiences.

If you have any queries please send an email to
Wishing you and your choir the very best and hoping you will join us in Wales next year.
The Côr World Choir Team
Classified ad: Minister of Music Kyle Ball, %24 %b %2015 %12:%Feb:%th 12FebGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens
Opening for the position of Minister of Music for First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens Michigan. Duties include playing for one Sunday Service, directing the Adult Choir and overseeing the musical life of the church. Part time 15-20 hours a week. Qualifications: Proficiency in pipe organ, piano and voice and knowledge of the Liturgy. To apply, send resume too
Classified ad: Middle School Sight Singing Site Wide Sale on TeachersPayTeachers Dale Duncan, %24 %b %2015 %11:%Feb:%th 11FebGMT+0000
Teacherspayteachers has amazing resources for music teachers.  The S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program is just one of thousands of other programs and time-saving lessons available on the website.  The lessons are created by Real teachers in Real classrooms and available digitally instantly. 
Starting February 25 12:01 AM ending that evening at 11:59 PM, there will be a site wide sale.  Using the promo code HEROES,  you can get 28% off the S-Cubed program as well as almost all of the other resources on the site.
This this is a great time to take the plunge into S-Cubed, and begin having a great time teaching sight singing to your middle school beginners!
 It is the 21st century way to learn to sight singing to your beginners.
See what people are saying about S-Cubed:
It comes complete with video links to the lessons being taught to real beginners.  
Click here to subscribe to the YouTube Channel:
Click here to see the Complete S-Cubed Bundle:
Concert: Princeton University Glee Club in the Annual Nollner Memorial Concert: MUSIC FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS Renata Dworak, %23 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%rd 20FebGMT+0000
ON FEBRUARY 27, 2015 AT 7:30PM
O taste and see  - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Coronation Te Deum – William Walton (1902-1983)
I was glad - Henry Purcell
Hear my prayer, O Lord - Henry Purcell
Behold, O God, our defender – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
I was glad  – Charles Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
My heart is inditing – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
The Lord is a sun and a shield – William Croft (1678-1727)
Zadok the Priest –George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)
Princeton University Glee Club
Princeton University Chamber Choir
Princeton University William Trego Singers
Nassau Sinfonia
Gabriel Crouch, conductor
The Glee Club’s annual concert in celebration of the life and legacy of Walter L. Nollner brings three centuries of glorious ceremonial music composed for British coronations to Princeton’s campus. The music ranges from the extremely familiar (Handel’s Zadok the Priest) to the utterly unknown (William Croft’s grand anthem The Lord is a Sun and a Shield was composed for the coronation of George the First exactly three hundred years ago and has been performed in the United States on one solitary occasion since then!). The coronations represented range from James the Second in 1685 to Elizabeth the Second in 1953. 
Alongside Princeton University’s Glee Club and Chamber Choir, the concert will feature a professional baroque orchestra, with organ provided by University organist Eric Plutz.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
or contact Renata Dworak at

Forum message: Chorus crescendo in Handel's Messiah Jeremy godwin, %23 %b %2015 %23:%Feb:%rd 23FebGMT+0000 folks,
I'm working through Messiah as a learning project/future performing material. My undergrad isn't in music so perhaps this is a bit of a novice question. Is it proper performance practice for the chorus in Messiah to make use of a crescendo? If so, to what extent? There are some things I'm audiating but I want to make sure I keep performance practice.
My understanding is that the Baroque era used terraced dynamics almost exclusively. However, Bukofzer in 'Music of the Baroque Era' states that Handel specifically wrote in a decrescendo and anticipated the Mannheim School. Percy Young also advocated the use of crescendos quite regularly. 
Cheers and thanks!
-Jeremy Godwin
Classified ad: classical soprano wanted June Marano-Murray, %24 %b %2015 %02:%Feb:%th 2FebGMT+0000 needed to sing with church choir for evening rehearsal, March 25 and one service March 29 (Palm Sunday) for $115 total.  Church located in Hackensack, NJ.  Send resume if possible.   Contact June Marano-Murray at ]]>Announcement: "Night Before Christmas" fantasy youtube upgrade Ken Malucelli, %24 %b %2015 %06:%Feb:%th 6FebGMT+0000 Austin's multi-camera, stereo-sound video of my "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" fantasy for chorus and orchestra, which they premiered on Dec 13, has just been uploaded to youtube.  Maestro Heller did a spectacular presentation.  The link is here:
Scores for both the fully orchestrated and piano-4-hands versions are available through Prince/SF Publications, ASCAP.  You may e-mail me directly for further information.
Ken Malucelli
Prince/SF Productions and Publications
Announcement: Nancy Wertsch Music Reading Session at ACDA National Conference, SLC Chris Creaghan, %24 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000
Nancy Wertsch Music, Ltd. reading session at the National ACDA Conference, Thursday February 26th at 9:00am in Salt Palace, Room 150-G,
Come and explore the choral music of Nancy Wertsch in a reading session led by Dr. Brady Allred, the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists. Offering music in a diverse range of styles, Nancy will share some of her favorite compositions and newly available works, ranging from 2 part music and arrangements of American tunes to full-fledged concert suites. Perusal scores and recordings are also available in our booth #3018, across from Pepper Land. Looking forward to seeing you!
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Contact, Rev. Patrick Crerer (Rector) for details at:

St. Clement’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church

202 Avenida Aragon

San Clemente, CA  92672

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Forum message: Piano accompaniments for... Lance Harris, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%rd 18FebGMT+0000'm looking to do both Mozart's "Te Deum" and Gorczycki's "In virtute tua, Domine" with my choir and do not have access to any strings.  Does anyone know of a piano accompaniment that has been arranged for either one of these in the even there are not other instruments?
Classified ad: Used Choral Works for Sale Matthew Caine, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%rd 19FebGMT+0000 Columbia Choral Society has used copies of repertoire sung in previous seasons for sale. Octavos are available $0.50 per copy. Major works are available at $1 per copy. If interested parties will need music shipped, advanced payment (with cost of shipping added) will be required. All works are for mixed chorus unless otherwise noted. Prices quoted are for the entire set of available copies of a particular work. Please contact Matt Caine, matthew ( a ) if interested.
Grainger, Percy, arr. Irish Tune from County Derry 108     $54.00
Hayes, Mark Hodie Christus Natus Est   Orchestration   $10.00
Koshetz, Alexander Hear, Ye People 29     $14.50
Mendelssohn Hear My Prayer 192   SATB $192.00
Mendelssohn Hear My Prayer 64   SSA $64.00
Nelson, Ron What Is Man? 66 Boosey & Hawkes   $33.00
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai Song of the Shpherd Lehl (from Snegourotchka) 31 Schirmer SSA $15.50
Rubenstein, Anton Reve Angelique (Seraphic Song) 19   SSAA $9.50
Saint-Saens Samson and Delilah 6   In English $9.00
Schubert, Franz The Omnipotence 35     $17.50
Steff, William Battle Hymn of the Republic 45 Shawnee   $22.50
Wagner, Richard Finale, Die Meistersinger 145 Schirmer in English $72.50
Classified ad: Unused Choral Works for Sale at a fraction of the purchase price Matthew Caine, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%rd 19FebGMT+0000 Columbia Choral Society has unused copies of repertoire sung in previous seasons for sale. Octavos are available $1 per copy. Major works are available at $3 per copy. If interested parties will need music shipped, advanced payment (with cost of shipping added) will be required. All works are for mixed chorus. Prices quoted are for the entire set of available copies of a particular work. Please contact Matt Caine, matthew ( a ) if interested.
Berkey, Jackson Native American Ambiences 2 SDG $6.00
Bernstein, L  Chichester Psalms  23 Boosey & Hawkes $69.00
Billings, William The Best of Billings 7 Walton $7.00
Britten A Ceremony of Carols (SATB) 5 Boosey & Hawkes $15.00
Carter, Andrew Benedicite 2 Oxford $6.00
Copland, Aaron The Promise of Living 8 Boosey & Hawkes $8.00
Davison, Gary How Shall I Sing That Majesty 3 Little Bear $3.00
Durufle Ubi caritas, Op. 10 6 Durand $6.00
Gabrieli In Ecclesiis 11 Schirmer $11.00
Gabrieli Jubilate Deo  10 Bourne $10.00
Gorecki, H.M. Totus Tuus 9 Boosey & Hawkes $9.00
Guest, George Two Advent Carols and a Lullaby 2 Paraclete $2.00
Handel, G.F. Messiah 11 Novello $33.00
Hogan, Moses Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King 11 Hal Leonard $11.00
Hogan, Moses God's Gonna Set This World on Fire 5 Hal Leonard $5.00
Hogan, Moses Little David, Play on Your Harp 4 Hal Leonard $4.00
Hogan, Moses Lord, I Want to be a Christian 3 Hal Leonard $3.00
Johnson arr. Praise the Lord (Cameroon melody) 3 Earthsongs $3.00
Kodaly, Zoltan Abend Este 18 Universal $18.00
Lauridsen O Magmum Mysterium 3 Peer Music $3.00
Mechem Earth My Song 4 Schirmer $4.00
Mendelssohn There Shall a Star form Jacob 16 Kjos $16.00
Mozart God Is Our Refuge 3 National $3.00
Mulholland, J.Q. Banks O' Doon, The 4 Schott $4.00
Mulholland, J.Q. Canticle of Psalms 15 Colla Voce $15.00
Nordqvist, Gustaf Wonderful Peace 28 Walton $28.00
Perera, Ronald Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth 8 Jerona $8.00
Phillips, Craig Teach Me, My God and King 3 Paraclete $3.00
Rutter, arr.  All Creatures of Our God and King  9 Oxford $9.00
Rutter, John Magnificat 9 Hinshaw $9.00
Schuetz, H. Psalm 100 (Echo) 16 Presser $16.00
Sjolund, arr.  Silent Night 18 Walton $18.00
Sowerby, Leo Now There Lightens Upon Us 4 Theodore Presser $4.00
Spencer, Williametta At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners 8 Shawnee $8.00
Vivaldi, Antonio Gloria in D (RV 589) 10 Carus $10.00
Whitacre, Eric Water Night 8 Walton $8.00
Wilburg, Mark, arr. Fum, Fum, Fum 26 Hinshaw $26.00
Announcement: NEW for Black History Month! Zanaida Robles "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" from E.B. Marks Music Zanaida Robles, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%rd 21FebGMT+0000"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"
for Soprano Soloist, Mixed Chorus, and Piano
Zanaida Robles has created a marvelous new festival arrangement of “Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing” that brings new shades of meaning and drama to James Weldon Johnson's indelible words, while honoring J. Rosamond Johnson's original musical setting and melody.
Visit,, and for more information.
Zanaida Robles is a singer, conductor, composer, and music instructor born, raised, and educated in Southern California. As a concert soprano soloist, studio vocalist for film and television, and professional ensemble singer, Dr. Robles has sung throughout the United States, and in parts of Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, performing professionally under the batons of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Carl St. Clair, John Mauceri, Leonard Slatkin, Gustavo Dudamel, Jeffrey Kahane, Grant Gershon, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed background vocals for various artists including the Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, and Juanes. She has also worked as a singer and pianist on the hit Fox Television series “Glee.”
Dr. Robles has prepared choirs for performances with such artists as Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and Wayne Brady. As a DMA Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California (USC), she conducted the USC Thornton University Chorus for two years. Prior to this, she served for five years as director classical choirs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Under her direction, the LACHSA Classical Choirs performed for numerous festivals, concerts, and special events at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in venues throughout Southern California. She also served as chorus master for the CSUN opera department and interim director of the CSUN Women's Chorus. Dr. Robles is currently the Artistic Director of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, based in Monrovia, CA. She also conducts the Glendale College Chamber Singers and College Choir.
Dr. Robles is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the USC Scholar's Symposium Fellowship, the Young Musicians Foundation Gladys Turk scholarship, the USC Choral Department Scholarship, the USC Black Alumni Association scholarship, two L.A. Artist of the Future awards, the NFAA Young Arts level one award in classical voice, two Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Awards, the KCET Emerging Young Artist Grand Prize, the Cal State Long Beach 4-year Dean's Scholarship for Distinction in the Arts, and the NAACP ACT-SO national gold medal for music composition. She holds degrees from the USC Thornton School of Music, CSU Northridge, and CSU Long Beach. 
Announcement: Ireland Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova, June 2016, more affordable than ever Michael Clohesy, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%rd 19FebGMT+0000 Ireland 2016 Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova

I hope my note finds you doing well.

Will you be attending the National ACDA Convention this month? I am hoping to meet with directors and choirs interested in touring to Ireland with me in 2016.

As you may have seen the Euro is dropping and KIconcerts is passing all of these benefits on immediately. This means that the price for the festival is already $200 cheaper per person than it was when the festival was announced 6 months ago!

If you are coming to Salt Lake City and wish to discuss the festival, please know you are invited as our guest to a dinner I am co-hosting with KIconcerts on Wednesday, February 26.

In case you are not attending the convention this time, please feel free to email me or the great team at KI back with any questions or requests for further information.

I am delighted to be conducting the Middle School/Junior High Girls Honor Choir this year for ACDA and equally so to be leading a festival in Ireland – a country of unique culture and history, spirited musical traditions, and, of course, magic!

Please, let us know if you are considering joining us in Ireland and, if you are in SLC, for dinner on the 25th.

Warm wishes,
Elena Sharkova

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Announcement: Announcing ChoralFest USA - A Celebration of American Choral Music - June 14, 2015 at Symphony Space in New York, New York Jeffrey James, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%rd 19FebGMT+0000
February 23, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
Announcing ChoralFest USA - A Celebration of American Choral Music - June 14, 2015 at Symphony Space in New York, New York
ChoralFest USA was created by Harold Rosenbaum to delight and inspire audiences
with performances of choral works written by American composers since the time of
Aaron Copland, the dean of American composers.
This annual event, to be held at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City, will feature choirs from the New York region and beyond, singing in a free marathon concert. Each choir selected through the application process will perform for 15 to 20 minutes.
The final performance of the event will include the audience and choirs in a sing-along of Randall Thompson’s most popular work, “Alleluia”. Our hope and dream is to give choirs public exposure in an important New York City venue, to inspire choir directors to explore the vast repertoire of American choral music for future concerts, and to reinforce a love of American choral music in audience members.
The June 14, 2015 concert will be free and open to the public.

Doors open at 2:30 pm. In the spirit of Symphony Space’s legendary “Wall to Wall” events, audience members may come and go as they please, subject to seating availability, throughout the day.
We have selected all of our choirs for the June 14, 2015 event.

For choirs wishing to perform at our June 4, 2016 event:
Please download and fill in the informational form.
Applications must include a proposed repertoire of American music (15 to 20 minutes total, including pauses) and links to audio/visual samples of the choir in performance. There are no application fees or participation fees for choirs performing in ChoralFest USA.
American composers are defined as composers born in the United States, or those who immigrated to the USA and whose creative life was/is focused primarily in the USA.
Choirs may present a cappella music or music for choir and instruments. All ensembles using instruments other than a piano will provide their own players and instruments at their own expense. A piano will be available to choirs for the concert.

Any questions? Visit or contact Edie Rosenbaum, Managing Director, at
Harold Rosenbaum, recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, is the founder and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. He is also lead choral conductor for Parma Recordings, and a Soundbrush Records artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Founders Award and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of “distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.”
A strong proponent of and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, Rosenbaum has commissioned more than 60 works, and has conducted more than 475 world premieres. Visit him at
Concert: Chanticleer National Youth Choral Festival Joe Ledbetter, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%rd 18FebGMT+0000
MARCH 30, 2015 - 8pm
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, CA 
Chanticleer takes its extensive world-wide education program to new heights with its second National Youth Choral Festival™. The festival, which takes place between March 27 and 30 in San Francisco, will bring together over 200 student singers in 10 high-school choirs from across the country. The four-day choral immersion will place the visiting choirs in close, intensive interaction with the members of Chanticleer, who will coach them in all areas critical to the choral art. 
The Singing Life is under the artistic direction of Ragnar Bohlin, Chanticleer’s 2014-15 Guest Music Director and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and Chanticleer’s Education Director Ben Johns. It also features the participation of world-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, as soloist, composer and clinician.
The March 30th culmination will feature Chanticleer and the choirs in a day-long residency giving the choirs the opportunity to perform individually on the stage, and to attend master-classes led by Bohlin and Zajick. That evening, all ten choirs will come together with Chanticleer for a concert conducted by Bohlin, and instrumentalists from the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in a program featuring the west coast premiere of Lars-Erik Larsson’s “God in Disguise”, and the world premiere of “Birdsong” by Dolora Zajick, composed specially for the occasion.
The participating choirs were selected by invitation, all of them having some prior experience in Chanticleer’s international education programs. The gala concert program for The Singing Life will also include winning compositions from Chanticleer’s Student Composition Competition: “Shalom!” by SF School of the Arts High School student, Elio Bucky, and “Journey” by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater student, Karin Kuulpak. In addition to the world premiere of her composition, “Birdsong,” Ms. Zajick will join Chanticleer in singing Schubert’s “Ständchen, D. 920, and the festival chorus in selections from Rossini’s “Petite Messe solennelle”. The program also features the combined choir performance of another Chanticleer staple: “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl.
Concert: Choral Joy! Fran Thomas, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%rd 16FebGMT+0000 Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida sings songs from the heart of the American experience. The first performance is March 7 at 1 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL. An optional pre-concert brunch begins at noon.
The second performance is March 8 at 4 p.m. at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Drive, Estero, FL. 
Preferred seating is $30; open seating in advance is $20 or $25 at the door; veterans' and students' seats are $15. Students under age 18 are free with a paying adult. Call 239-560-5695 or visit for tickets.
The Chorale is in its fourth season under the direction of Dr. Timothy McDonnell.
Classified ad: Acoustician in the Midwest Mark Munson, %23 %b %2015 %13:%Feb:%rd 13FebGMT+0000 trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Bowling Green, Ohio are considering ways to improve the acoustics of the church sanctuary. I can make obvious suggestions regarding carpet and thick pew pads, but would like to encourage the trustees to consult an acoustician to increase the chances of getting it right. Any advice from experience or hiring a consultant in the Midwest would be appreciated. Thanks. ]]>Announcement: The Earth is The Lord's by Diane and Wes Hannibal arrng,by Roger Thornhil SAB Shawnee Press Hal Leonard Wes Hannibal, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%rd 15FebGMT+0000 SAB piece (flute optonal) Incorporating "For the Beauty of the Earth" Ideal for Spring, Earth Day, or Thanksgiving
Studio track available
Announcement: Oxford Choral Festival with Dr. Jonathan Talberg Roland Zuehlke, %23 %b %2015 %13:%Feb:%rd 13FebGMT+0000
Join Dr. Jonathan Talberg, the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir at California State University, Long Beach and mixed chorales from across the U.S. in the 2016 Oxford Choral Festival. Perform Fauré’s extraordinary REQUIEM — in its original version for Chamber Orchestra — and a trio of beloved American Spirituals as the cornerstone pieces of this wonderful event at the Sheldonian Theatre in the heart of Oxford. This sumptuous, magnificent 17th century building (where Haydn and Salieri played) has been the home of the Oxford Bach Choir for more than 100 years.
Visit Perform International’s booth 224 at the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City or our Website for more information.
Concert: Sacred Choral Music Festival w/ Guest Composer R. Kevin Boesiger - 7:00 p.m., March 7th in Granby, Connecticut Jerron Jorgensen, %23 %b %2015 %13:%Feb:%rd 13FebGMT+0000 Church Sacred Choral Music Festival with Guest Composer R. Kevin Boesiger
On Saturday, March 7th First Congregational Church of Granby, Connecticut will be hosting choirs of Old Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, South Congregational Church, and First Congregational Church as part of the innaugural season of the Barbara Crouse Memorial Concert Series. As part of the festival, each choir will workshop individually during the day (open to the public to observe) with guest composer and conductor R. Kevin Boesiger, who has numerous works published through Lorenz Company, Hope Publishing Company, and Pavane Publishing. Also included in the festival will be three miniature workshops (open to the public to participate) on such topics as singing technique, musicality, and vocal health. The daytime festival will conclude in a 7:00 p.m. concert, on which each choir will share their own anthems before joining forces and conclude the concert with three of R. Kevin Boesiger's compositions. Included in these will be the premier of "Here in the Silence," set to words by poet and minister Ron Cadmus.

About our Guest Composer

R. Kevin Boesiger received a Bachelor of Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Masters of Music in Music Composition from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is the Creative Arts Pastor at Christ Community Church in Beatrice where he has served since 1990. Boesiger was previously the Choral conductor for Southeast Community College in Beatrice where he directed the choir and served as the musical director for their stage productions for 12 years. A published composer with the Lorenz Corporation, Hope Publishing Company and Pavane Publishing, he has studied with Mark Hayes, Dr. Randall Snyder and Boyd Bacon. Kevin performs and conducts on a regular basis for many community events, including the Beatrice Regional Orchestra, and enjoys his time as a husband and father of four. He has been married to Tami since 1986. 

For more information on the festival, please see below:
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Festival in Sanctuary: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., individual choirs workshop with guest composer and conductor R. Kevin Boesiger (open to public to observe)
Miniature Workshops in Choir Room: (open to public to participate)
  • 9:50 - 10:10 a.m., "Musicality Makes Music" with director Mattie Banzhaf
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., "Keeping a Healthy Voice" with director Jerron Jorgensen
  • 11:20 - 11:50 a.m., "Singing Secrets" with soprano Dr. Christi McLain
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church of Granby
               219 N Granby Rd
               Granby, CT 06035
Admission to observe the workshops and attend the concert is free, with a free-will offering accepted at the door. First Congregational Church of Granby is an Open and Affirming congregation. Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible.
Featured photo: ACDA National Conference is THIS WEEK Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%rd 15FebGMT+0000 LA Master Chorale Showcases Two Compelling World Premieres Susan Gordon, %23 %b %2015 %06:%Feb:%rd 6FebGMT+0000
The 110-member Los Angeles Master Chorale continues its vital role of expanding the choral music repertoire when Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts two highly anticipated world premieres based on the theme of ascension by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner and distinguished Korean-American composer Nackkum Paik on Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  They include Kirchner’s most ambitious piece to date, Songs of Ascent, a lyrical seven-moment work for voices and strings set to the Psalms pilgrims sang on their journey to Jerusalem.  Paik’s work, Succession, written for triple choir, features the Chorale with special guest the Los Angeles Chamber Choir.  Paik employs the story of Elijah as a parable for the relationship between first- and second-generation Korean-American immigrants and the tensions, conflicts and hopes for prosperity they share.  The program also features Eric Whitacre’s Her Sacred Spirit Soars, set to a poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri, and Brahms’ three-movement a cappella piece Fest und Gedenksprüche.
“The Chorale is tremendously excited to present a major new work from our dear friend and colleague Shawn Kirchner,” says Gershon.  “Everything he touches turns to musical gold.  And we are also so eager to collaborate on a new piece with Nackkum Paik, who is an extremely talented composer.”
Succession is the Chorale’s sixth “LA is the World” commission, an ongoing initiative conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror LA’s vibrant multi-cultural fabric.  It is funded in part by the James Irvine Foundation.  The concert is sponsored by Wilshire Bank and the Korea Times.
Tickets range from $29 - $129.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Announcement: new recording of THE ONE IN EVERY FORM Lee Kesselman, %23 %b %2015 %06:%Feb:%rd 6FebGMT+0000 Community College choir and director Mark Lathan have sung a beautiful performance of my THE ONE IN EVERY FORM:
Lee Kesselman
Concert: An Evening of Beautiful Music: Lift Thine Eyes | From Age to Age | 2/27-28 Brennan Michaels, %23 %b %2015 %03:%Feb:%rd 3FebGMT+0000 Age to Age returns to Music at Wayzata Series and St. Olaf Catholic Church in February with “Lift Thine Eyes,” performing renaissance to contemporary choral pieces by composers Byrd, Gibbons, Whitacre, and Barnum. Come join From Age to Age for an inspiring evening of beautiful choral music.  Admission at the door: $10 Adults/$5 Students and Seniors, and Free Will Offering. 

February 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391

February 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 


Concert Program:

O frondens virga- Hildegard von Bingen

Lamb of God- Jeffrey Van

Dazzling as the Sun- Gwenyth Walker 

Gloria from Mass for Four Voices- Thomas Tallis

Ave Maria- Javier Bustos

Open Thou Mine Eyes- John Rutter

O Clap Your Hands- Orlando Gibbons

Oculi Omnium- Eric Whitacre

Lift Thine Eyes- Felix Mendelssohn

God and the Universe- Charles Stanford 

Unto the Hills Mine Eyes I Lift- William Byrd

Cantique de Jean Racine- Gabriel Fauré

My Eyes for Beauty Pine- Herbert Howells

Lead Me Home- Eric William Barnum

Sing Me to Heaven- Daniel Gawthrop

In the Shepherd's Keeping- Charles Forsberg   ||   find us on Facebook

Announcement: Version 5.0 of Christian Virtual Hymnal released Gary Rader, %23 %b %2015 %02:%Feb:%rd 2FebGMT+0000

Version 5.0 of the Christian Virtual Hymnal has just been released. It provides highly customizable, transposable sheet music for over 3,800 public domain versions of hymns taken mainly from modern hymnals (e.g., Celebration Hymnal, Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, 1991 Baptist Hymnal, New National Baptist Hymnal - 21st Century Edition, Christian Life Hymnal). It also contains around 170 SATB spirituals from John W. Work's American Negro Songs, and a full orchestral version of Handel's Messiah.

Features include:

  • Transpose to any key.
  • Reorder and/or delete any verses.
  • Display as SATB, lead sheets, tablature, shape notes or chord charts.
  • Extract any combination of parts.
  • Scale to any size and automatically re-format and justify.
  • Export verses only to text file
  • Play as MIDI file

For instance, any available computer font and size can be used for verses. So to help accommodate older folk with diminished vision, words can be made larger and then the music can be automatically re-castoff and justified to accommodate that change.

This software is available for both Windows and the Mac. More complete information is provided (including a list of all included music and a free fully-functional evaluation version) at

Gary Rader

Announcement: ACDA-PA 2015 Composition Contest Randy Yoder, %23 %b %2015 %02:%Feb:%rd 2FebGMT+0000
American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania
announces the
5th Annual Composition Contest

Pennsylvania composers are invited to submit works to ACDA-PA. The winning composition will be premiered at an ACDA-PA Conference in 2015.
  • Entry deadline: May 15, 2015
  • Winning Composition Award: $1,000
  • Contest sponsored by ACDA-PA, Randy Yoder, President
  • Eligible composers: Pennsylvania residents who are 18 or older by March 15, 2015
  • Compositional requirements: an original work for Middle School chorus, approximately 3-5 minutes in length. Although “Middle School” is a general term,composition should be accessible to singers between 6th and 9th grades.(texts must be free of copyright restriction, or written permission from the copyright holder of the text must be included in the application)
  • Additional Information may be obtained from Peter de Mets, Chair, ACDA-PA Composition Contest at pdm@peterdemetsmusic
  •  ACDA-PA 2015 Summer Conference, August 3 and 4 at Elizabethtown College
  •  ACDA-PA 2015 Fall Choral Conference, October 30 and 31 at Susquehanna University (new location!)
Announcement: Connecticut College Collaborative Choral Festival Wendy Moy, %22 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%nd 19FebGMT+0000 inaugural Connecticut College Collaborative Choral Festival will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 with our headliner clinician, Dr. Peter Bagley, University of Connecticut Emeritus, Andrew Howell, and Frank Martignetti. The purposes of this festival are to foster music making and artistry at a high level within a supportive environment and to bring our community together in song. 

Participation in this festival will include the following:
• an on-stage clinic,
• an off-stage clinic and written feedback,
• the opportunity to perform in the Festival Chorus, and
• social and networking activities for both directors and students.

All of these activities are included for $125 per choir. Scholarships are available for choral programs that need assistance. Registration is due April 1. Click the following link for the form:

For more information on the day see or contact Wendy Moy at or (860) 439-2724.

Sponsored in part by the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
Concert: New Shoots: Comtemporary Music for All Mick Kahn, %22 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%nd 18FebGMT+0000
St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JN
CoMA London Ensemble
Conductor: Gregory Rose 
CoMA Singers
Director: Janet Oates
Celebrating CoMA’s relationship with London’s Conservatoires, CoMA London will play compositions by students, past and present, from Royal Academy of Music plus a new piece by Alexander Campkin and CoMA Singers will sing pieces written for them over the years by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Tickets £10 (£7 concessions) on the door
CoMA: Contemporary Music for All enables musicians of all abilities to actively participate in contemporary music.
Announcement: new HINENI recording Lee Kesselman, %22 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%nd 16FebGMT+0000 thanks to Tom Trenney and the Women's Chorale of Doane College for this new recording of my HINENI (Publ Boosey & Hawkes):
Lee Kesselman
Classified ad: Room available in Salt Lake SATURDAY Joshua Nannestad, %22 %b %2015 %04:%Feb:%nd 4FebGMT+0000 have a non refundable room at the Days Inn Downtown Salt Lake City for ACDA next week. I'll be leaving Saturday afternoon, so the room is available for cheap to any interested party. Once again, the room is available for Saturday night only. Make me an offer if you are looking for a room. Thanks! ]]>Classified ad: Early Music Singer wanted tenor or baritone or alto Palo Alto, CA Doris Williams, %21 %b %2015 %23:%Feb:%st 23FebGMT+0000 for an early music singer to sing some French duets, singing Dufay sometime in June in Palo Alto at a most wonderful acoustic setting.  Performing will be my Kit on gamba, me on voice and lute.  That's all I have planned right now, so if you need to sing more let me know.  I was planning a FRench program of Machaut, and maybe some modern french pieces, edith piaf etc. I have done mostly Renaissance music, but am exploring now a little medieval stuff.  Need to be a quick learner, or rehearse the music I send you.
Call me Doris Williams at 650-213-6463. check me out at or lutesandflutes youtube channel.
Announcement: Butterfly-New Recording John Beeman, %22 %b %2015 %00:%Feb:%nd 0FebGMT+0000 just received a woderful new recording of my composition, "Butterfly," for SATB choir and piano by the First Readings Project conducted by J. David Moore.
The score may be ordered from JWPepper, SheetMusicPlus or from my website http://www.johnbeemancomposer
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, February 22, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %21 %b %2015 %22:%Feb:%st 22FebGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - February 22, 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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H. Walford Davies: Psalm 130, "Out of the deep"
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger
Francis Grier, organ
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Stephen Cleobury
Saul Quirke, treble
J.S. Bach: O Lamm Gottes unschuldig
Wilhelm Krumbach, organ
Sir Henry Walford Davies was Master of the King's Music from 1934-1941.
Allegri's setting of the penitential psalm 51 features several soaring high C's.
This Bach chorale prelude is one of works discovered by Professor Krumbach
at Yale University in 1982. The University had acquired the manuscripts from
Lowell Mason in 1852.
Thomas Tallis: Miserere nostri
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Pierre Villette: Jesu, dulcis memoria
BBC Singers, Stephen Jackson
Jean-Baptiste Lully: O dulcissime Domine
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
Thomas Tallis' motet Miserere nostri is scored for seven parts. Listen to the
canonic writing which displays Tallis' immense skill in writing counterpoint. French
composer Pierre Villette studied with Maurice Durufle. Italian-born French composer
Jean-Baptiste Lully spent most of his professional life working for King Louis XIV.
George Frideric Handel: Let our glad songs to Heaven ascend ~ Deborah
The King's Consort, Robert King
J.S. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
John Longhurst, organ
1948 Aeolian Skinner organ in the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah
Handel's oratorio Deborah uses a libretto based on chapters 4 & 5 of the Book
of Judges in which the prophetess Deborah fortells the death of the Canaanite
commander by a woman. John Longhurst was Tabernacle organist from 1977-2007.
Robert White: Portio mea
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Arvo Part: Da pacem Domine
Hilliard Ensemble
16th century English composer Robert White was the son-in-law of Christopher
Tye. Da pacem Domine was commissioned by Jordi Savall in 2005.
J.S. Bach: Motet No. 3: "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 227
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Ivars Taurins
The eleven movement motet "Jesu, meine freude" is the most complex of the six
motets which Bach wrote.
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson
Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) wrote his Requiem in 1922-23.
He was a contemporary of Ottorino Respighi whom he succeeded as the Director
of the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome.
Alexandre Guilmant: Paraphrase on "See the conqu'ring hero comes"
Jonathan Bielby, organ
1860 Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall, England
The Henry Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall was built for an exhibition hall
in Newport, South Wales in 1860. It was moved to Huddersfield Town Hall. The
instrument was was rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison in 1980.
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat mater
Montreal Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
June Anderson, soprano; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) was another one of those musical
geniuses who died at far too young an age. He was primarily known as a composer
of comic operas. But he also wrote church music which was stood the test of time.
His setting of the 13th century meditation Stabat Mater by Jacoponus is still widely performed.
Healey Willan: Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue
Patrick Wedd, organ
1914/1995 Casavant Organ of the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montreal
Dr. Willan's Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue is widely considered to be his finest organ composition.
Concert: Between Heaven And Hell Nicolas Alberto Dosman, %21 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%st 20FebGMT+0000

Colby College 

Chamber Choir

Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall
March 9th, 2015 8pm

Between Heaven and Hell: The Human Experience and Journey of the Soul

The Colby College Chamber Choir and Colby String Quartet make their Weill Recital Hall debut in this concert of music by living composers and composers of the 20th century. The first half of the concert features compositions that address the complexities of the human experience, including life and death. The second half addresses experiences of the soul and the beyond.


  • Colby College Chamber Choir
  • Nicolás Alberto Dosman, Director
  • Colby String Quartet


Forum message: Policy for choir tours - who covers the director's costs? leslie Piper, %21 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%st 15FebGMT+0000 is your policy for covering the director's costs on an international tour? We had assumed that we'd have over 20 singers traveling on our upcoming tour, meaning that we'd get the complimentary package for the director. We now have only 18 singers going, ands the board has suggested that I pay a portion of my tour costs. There doesn't seem to be an understanding that this is NOT a vacation for me, and that I have spent two years proposing, setting up and organizing this tour - and although I understand that this is an opportunity to educate my board and the community, I am hoping to find a policy statement somewhere, or at least get a consensus of my colleagues to bring back to the board. Please tell me how you address this issue, which is quickly becoming prickly among my board members. ]]>Announcement: Tour Concert Venue/Host - Omaha Area Aaron Carpenter, %21 %b %2015 %13:%Feb:%st 13FebGMT+0000 Land of Lakes Choirboys will embark on their 39th Annual Summer Concert Tour in June 15, 2015. We are a non-profit boys' choir developing young gentlemen thought the discipline of music. We are in seeking a host venue for an evening concert and overnight stay in the Omaha Area on June 15th. 
There re is no fee associated with hosting the choirboys. 
Please se contact me if your community or organization might be interested in helping.
Announcement: Going to ACDA? Spend an hour singing with the composers of the Independent Music Publishers Co-op! Abbie Betinis, %21 %b %2015 %10:%Feb:%st 10FebGMT+0000
Will you be in Salt Lake City on Friday?  Come spend an hour singing with the composers of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative!  We'll read fourteen new pieces in a variety of voicings (the scores are yours to keep). 
Our composers will be in rare form... conducting, singing solos, playing the piano, and introducing their music -- but we need YOU to come sing in our choir!  Grab a friend, and be there to discover music of depth and quality, a resource for remarkable music!  
Tim can't even hold all the scores.Independent Music Publishers Cooperative Reading Session
Friday, Feb 27, 1:00 pm

Meeting Room 150 G, Salt Palace Convention Center
ACDA 2015 National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

Featuring music by:
Elizabeth Alexander (Seafarer Press)
Abbie Betinis (Abbie Betinis Music Co.)
Jocelyn Hagen (JH Music)
Linda Tutas Haugen (Ephraim Bay Publishing)
Edie Hill (Hummingbird Press)
J. David Moore (Fresh Ayre Music)
Timothy C. Takach (
With special guests: Philip Brunelle, Carolyn Cruse, and Patrick Walders
Independent Music Publishers Cooperative -- EXHIBIT INFO
Wed Feb 25 (9am) - Sat Feb 28 (1pm)
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Booth #203, 205, 207
* Browse over 250 titles that you won't find anywhere else at the convention!
* In a hurry? Simply pick up a prepared packet of our best-sellers or our new issues organized by voicing.
* Enjoy our iPod listening stations as you follow along in the score.
* Purchase scores and CDs by check, cash or credit card.
* Stay and chat with our composers.
We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

Abbie Betinis
(on behalf of all of us at
PLUS: We've teamed up again with Graphite Publishing (music of Ola Gjeilo, Paul Ayres, Matthew Culloton, and more) to share a luxurious 3-booth exhibit and one register. Find everything you need for your upcoming programming in ONE place: Independent Music Publishers Cooperative (next to Graphite Publishing).
Classified ad: Accompanist needed IMMEDIATELY for Arcadian Chorale, Matawan, NJ Marina Alexander, %21 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%st 1FebGMT+0000 Assistant needed IMMEDIATELY for rehearsals of The Arcadian Chorale, a 60-voice ensemble now in its 22nd season in Monmouth County, NJ.
The Chorale rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:45 PM, at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 883 Rt. 34, Matawan, NJ
Currently, the group is preparing its spring 2015 program, "Ooh la la!---A celebration of  French Composers." Repertory includes works by Faure, Debussy, Rameau, Saint Saens, Bizet and others.
Succesful candidates need to read open choral score/parts, as well as provide fundamental accompaniments.
Competative remuneration available.
For an overview of ensemble's activities, please visit
Respond DIRECTLY via email and/or phone to:
Marina Alexander, Musical & Artistic Director
phone: 908-770-3705
Announcement: Ogontz Choral Workshop with David Hill / Paula Rockwell / George Kent - graduate credit may be available Andrew Lidestri, %21 %b %2015 %00:%Feb:%st 0FebGMT+0000
The Ogontz Arts Foundation presents the
Choral Workshop at Ogontz

Directed by David Hill
July 25 - 31, 2015
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, visit, email, or call our office at 603-838-2462
Now in its 26th 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.
Choral Masterworks Series   
Each year, the choral workshop will showcase a choral masterwork carefully selected from the wide gamut of musical repertoire.  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. 
Choral Conductor’s Seminar
Following its success when introduced last season, this 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 for participation in addition to the main workshop offerings but may be audited by all workshop participants.

About the 2015 Session

Music of Italy
Choral Workshop with David Hill
Saturday, July 25 to Friday, July 31

Other Faculty 
George Kent, Artistic Director of The Ogontz Arts Foundation
Paula Rockwell, voice faculty, Acadia University
The 2015 session will be Saturday, July 25 to Friday, July 31 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 Italian themed.  Delve into carefully selected works of acclaimed Italian composers, enjoy a variety of Italian culinary delights, and expect a few Italian themed surprises throughout the week as we celebrate this phenomenal culture.

Individuals may choose one of the following registration options:
  • RESIDENT participant - staying at Ogontz - tuition, meals, special events, lodging included
  • NON-RESIDENT participant - not staying overnight at Ogontz - tuition, meals, special events included
  • STUDENT participant – a special rate available to individuals currently enrolled in a full time college program
  • 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:
Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) – REQUIEM - Ildebrando Pizzetti's Messa di Requiem (1922-3) exemplifies a shift in sacred Italian composition from the operatic extravagance of the nineteenth century to neo-Renaissance polyphony of the 20th century, a shift spurred by liturgical reforms and Pope Pius X's Tra le sollecitudini. The Messa di Requiem is an exemplary model of Italian sacred music from the early twentieth century due to its incorporation of chant and Renaissance polyphony, and it uniquely applies neo-Renaissance techniques to the Requiem Mass text. - The Choral Scholar - Fall 2014
Other Repertoire:
The Chester Book of Motets, Volume 1 - The Italian School for 4 Voices - The volumes of this expanding series are devoted to a wide range of sacred renaissance motets with Latin texts, and contain a mixture of well-known and unfamiliar pieces, some of which are published for the first time.  All appear in editions by Anthony G. Petti
Chester Book Contents:
Alma Redemptoris - Da Palestrina
Christus Factus Est - Anerio
Ego Sum Panis Vivus - Da Palestrina
Exultate Justi - Da Viadana
In Monte Oliveti - Ingegneri
O Rex Gloriae - Marenzio
O Sacrum Convivium - Croce
Regina Caeli - Soriano
Requiem Aeternam - Anerio
Sicut Cervus - Da Palestrina
Super Flumina - Da Palestrina
Tribus Miraculis - Marenzio

Participation Types & Rates

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. 
Includes accommodations at Ogontz, meals at Ogontz, recreation, tuition/singing sessions, special events, and NH State Rooms & Meals taxes.  Score expenses are not included.
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.
Please note: For score purchase information, please contact the Ogontz Arts Foundation Offices at 603-838-2462 or
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Prior to 4/1/15 – 100% of fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge
Prior to 5/1/15 – 75% of fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge
Prior to 5/15/15 – 50% of fees are refundable minus a $25 cancellation service charge
After 5/15/15, 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 Governor, 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 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 Westerly, 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 performed 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 of 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. 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
Classified ad: Bass Wanted for Palm Sunday & Easter Rick Rosen, %20 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 of the Messiah Chancel Choir in Lower Gwynedd, PA (19002) needs a bass to join the section for rehearsals and Palm Sunday & Easter services. We have rehearsals on Thursday, 3/26 from 7 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, 4/4 from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Services are – Palm Sunday (3/29 - rehearsal @ 8:30, service @ 9:30) and Easter Sunday (4/5 - rehearsal @ 8:00, services @ 9 & 11 a.m.) Fee is $50 per session = $250 total. Music includes Ride On King Jesus – arr. Kern, The Palms - Faure, O Haupt vol Blut und Wunden - Mendelssohn (Palm Sunday), and sections from Vivaldi’s Gloria (Easter Sunday), plus hymns & service music. Contact Minister of Music Rick Rosen via email.

Classified ad: Seeking experienced grant writer for a SoCal community choir christine maddox, %20 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 San Gabriel Valley Choral Company is seeking an experienced grant writer to explore funding options and secure grants for our programming.  SGVCC, a mostly volunteer ensemble based in Monrovia, CA, is experiencing tremendous artistic growth as it approaches its 20th anniversary.  In 2012, consummate conductor and soloist Dr. Zanaida Robles took over the helm as SGVCC’s artistic director.  Having recently earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California, her prior credits include serving as director of classical choirs for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as well as preparing elite choirs for performances with such greats as Josh Groban and Kristin Chenoweth.
Pay for the grant writing position will be based on funds secured.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to Debra at  Questions are also welcome.
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Joshua Slater, %20 %b %2015 %19:%Feb:%th 19FebGMT+0000 Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut seeks a tenor section leader and soloist.  The choir rehearses Wednesday night and Sunday morning, and sings a 10am service Sunday.  Roughly once per month we have an additional event on Sunday afternoon, or in the case of Holy Week or Christmas Eve, during the week.  Additional opportunities are available for cantoring and solo work, as well as for use of the facilities.  Pay averages $65/call with more for cantoring.  
Substitutes are also needed on all voice parts, for times when our regular section leaders are ill or unavailable.  
Strong sightreaders with a good sense of rhythm are preferred.  Please send a résumé to Music Director Joshua A. Slater at and bring a Baroque work for audition; hard copies may be sent to Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103
Announcement: Princeton Festival Conducting Master Class Gregory Geehern, %20 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 8-day professional conducting master class is open to conductors and auditors by application. The master class offers a group of select conductors the opportunity to develop their gestures, learn useful rehearsal techniques, study and perform examples of Baroque and Classical repertoire, undertake performance-practice tutorials, and lead daily rehearsals with the Festival chamber chorus and orchestra. 

Conductors and auditors will participate in daily master-class sessions with Dr. Jan Harrington and each conductor will conduct the Festival chorus daily and 4 rehearsals with the chamber orchestra. The master class will culminate in a public performance on June 27th, led by the participant conductors.
Enrollment is limited to 9 conductors, with no limit for auditors. Auditors attend all sessions, including the master classes and seminars, but will not conduct the Festival chorus. Auditors may request a private conducting session with the clinician for an additional fee of $65, payable to "The Princeton Festival," during the course of the master class.

Master class goals for conductors —

  • Enhance practical conducting skills during daily master classes.
  • Daily seminars on a variety of topics related to choral conducting.
  • Conduct the Festival chamber chorus twice daily.
  • Conduct the Festival chorus and orchestra in a public performance at the end of the master class.
  • Video and audio recording of your performance.
  • Have fun making great music, make new friends.
Please visit for more information.
Forum message: Tips for Energizing Early Morning Rehearsals Katie-Anne Papizzo, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 there,
I am a new teacher midway through my first year as a full-time choral director.  I am looking for some helpful tips, warm-ups, exercises, games etc. that would be appropriate to use with Gr.9-12 students to wake them up and get them excited to sing early in the morning.  Our rehesarsals are at 8:00am and often students come in late, looking exhausted and they sing with very little energy and focus to their sound.  
I try to mix up the warm-ups we do each class so that it is not the exact same pattern every morning, but we always start the class with a warm up.  I often try to teach them a short melody/round by rote and we do a number of different exercises for app. 10-minute warm up which includes some popular exercises such as the number warm-up with claps to replace specific beats (1, 1-2-1, 1-2-clap-2-1 etc).  I feel like I am always presenting new (and old) material with enthusiasm and energy, but I am struggling to get the same kind of response from my students.  We are working on a varied selection of repertoire including popular songs such as Gone, Gone, Gone, Hunger Games Medley, Bohemian Rhapsody and some traditional choral pieces (which they really seem to dislike) such as a beautiful setting of Kyrie Eleison by Schram).  I have been teaching them solfege and we are working weekly on their sight-reading skills so I often will do a "solfege note-find" exercise during warm-ups to work on their ear training.
I would really love some feedback as to what kind of exercises you have found work well to "up the energy level" of your singing groups.  I'm not sure if it is the mid-year blues, or if my students are just bored by what we are doing, but I am really looking for any ideas you might have to help re-energize my students.  If you have fun repertoire selections that might have the same effect, I would be very appreciative of that as well!  I find one of the biggest struggles I am faced with right now is picking music that they will enjoy singing.  I want to have a rounded selection of repertoire that covers various genres and styles but they always grunt and groan when we go to work on music that is not familiar to them.  I am classically trained and I feel like a good deal of energy should be spent teaching them about world music, and incorporating singing in new languages, but my students are so unreceptive to anything "new."  Does anyone else feel as though they are facing the same struggles or am I alone in this?
Thanks for your time everyone!
Forum message: Cantique de Jean Racine - Faure. Orchestration. Les Block, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 looking all over...
What are the common orchestrations for this work?  Better yet, what does the "normal" full orchestration look like?
I know Rutter is strings and harp... 
I'm interested in something similar to this video on youtube:   (btw...Enjoy!)
shorthand is fine.
ps. if you googled this and found it right away...let me know what you searched for...
Les Block
Choralis Camerata
Niagara, ON
Concert: Where Peace Begins Korland Simmons, %20 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000
One of America’s finest professional vocal ensembles, The Marble Choir, under the direction of Kenneth Dake, presents Where Peace Begins, Wednesday, February 25 at 8PM. 
Focusing on the timeless cry of humanity, “Dona nobis pacem” (Give us peace), Where Peace Begins features classical masterworks of Thomas Tomkins, William Byrd, René Clausen, Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Caracciolo.  The choir’s wide-ranging repertoire will also include contemporary jazz-inspired works by Anders Paulsson and Gunnar Eriksson, a gospel setting of the Prayer of St. Francis by M. Roger Holland, and rousing African-American spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan.
The Marble Choir will be joined by saxophonist Aaron Heick of the CBS Orchestra, New York percussionist Ben Wittman and classical/jazz/gospel pianist Chris Whittaker.
To learn more about The Marble Choir please visit  To read Kenneth Dake’s blog about the concert repertoire and listen to audio samples click here. To download the full program, click here. ]]>
Announcement: SEE-A-DOT Music Publishing reading session - Salt Lake City 2015 National Conference Fahad Siadat, %20 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000 National Conference- Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Palace, Room 150-G
Come join us for an hour of great new choral music with See-A-Dot Music Publishing director Fahad Siadat and guest conductor David Harris. We will share a small collection of our favorite works from the catalog best suited for collegiate and community choirs and discuss strategies for how to approach them with your choir. We look forward to seeing you then!
If you are planning to attend please let us know by RSVP'ing on our facebook event:
I’ve also included a link to the READING SESSION PACKET, which contains excerpts for all pieces we will go over during the session. We will, of course, have packets available at the session, this is just for you to check out ahead of time. If you’re interested in any of the pieces we will also have full perusal scores and recordings available at our booth near the Regional Repertoire and Standards Exhibit. Preview scores and recordings are also available on our site at
I hope to see you there!
Fahad Siadat
Concert: The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents A Cappella Extravaganza Concert on March 1 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Manhattan Jeffrey James, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000
February 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents A Cappella Extravaganza Concert on March 1 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Manhattan
What: The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents A Cappella Extravaganza Concert
When: Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 PM
Where: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 East 88th St., between First and Second Aves. in Manhattan
New York, NY – The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director, will present A Cappella Extravaganza, a concert on Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 East 88th St., between First and Second Aves. in Manhattan.
The Cecilia Chorus of New York, with guest artists C4, the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, winners of the 2014 ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, will present a program of contemporary choral sounds, interwoven with a selection of a cappella masterworks from Tudor England.
Tickets for the March 1 concert are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at
For more information about this concert, visit or call 646-638-2535.
C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective performs pieces written within the last 25 years; premiering and commissioning new choral work; and mentoring emerging singers, composers, and conductors of today’s choral music. They have received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Visit them at
The Cecilia Chorus of New York, a secular chorus, was founded in 1906 by Metropolitan Opera coach Victor Harris. Since its founding, the Chorus has evolved into one of the finest avocational performing arts organizations in New York City. Recent performance highlights have included the commission and premiere of Tom Cipullo’s Credo for a Secular City at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2014, the New York premiere of the Mass in D (1892) by Dame Ethel Smyth and revivals of works by Peter Mennin and Isabella Leonarda, as well as the Chorus’s first-ever commission/premiere for Carnegie Hall, Divis Cetera by Raphael Fusco in 2012. The Cecilia Chorus of New York was awarded third place for The American Prize in Choral Performance in 2013.
Music Director Mark Shapiro was appointed the seventh Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York in 2011. He is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning such an award with more than one ensemble. His work has been praised by The New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” and “uncommon polish,” and characterized by New Jersey’s Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” His bio is online at
For photos or press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Art Consulting at 516-586-3433 or
Announcement: Easter Introit Steve Kloser, %20 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 Introit is written for SATB choir with optional piano accompaniment.
This is the perfect piece to get Easter Service started in a reverent, energetic manner.
Click to  to listen and view.
Kokopelli Press
Portland, OR
Announcement: 16th PRAGUE CHRISTMAS Michal Švarc, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000

Our "Golden City" Prague looks especially romantic and particularly friendly during the time of Advent and Christmas. Maintaining our rich advent tradition is very popular in Prague.

Beside performances in beautiful Prague churches, we offer you participation in following categories: Children´s, Youth adn Adult choirs, Vocal ensembles, Musica Sacra, Gospel and Spirituals and Folklore ensembles.
It is not only the contest but a unique opportunity to meet other choirs from different countries, sing together and make new friends in the magic atmosphere!
Classified ad: Director of Music Hilary Whelan, %20 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000
Our Lady of Light Catholic Community, Fort Myers, FL is seeking a full time Director of Music.  Candidates should possess a BA in music with 3 + years of experience.  Candidates must be proficient on piano and keyboard. Experience in Catholic Liturgy and conducting choir/vocal groups, specifically leading a contemporary ensemble, is preferred. Successful candidate will be responsible for recruiting, training and coordinating the music program for our parish of 2,800 households.  Interested candidates should obtain an application from our website and return it along with their resume and cover letter to Parish Business Administrator
Classified ad: Choir Director - Capital City Sweet Adeline Chorus - Indianapolis, IN Christina Lamb, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000 City Chorus, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is searching for a new director for our Sassy, Sensational, Sweet Adeline chorus. Our wonderful master director, Bev Miller, is retiring at the end of April 2015, after 28 years of gracious service. Capital City Chorus is a high performing chorus that has qualified to compete at the Sweet Adelines International competition multiple times and has finished in the top 10. Our most recent International appearance was in Baltimore in 2014. More information, a job description and application are available on our website at ]]>Borrowing request: Need to Borrow Choral Scores for Rutter Gloria Jeffrey DeLay, %20 %b %2015 %06:%Feb:%th 6FebGMT+0000 Rutter Gloria (at least movement #3)
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Rutter
Starting: ASAP
For: A few weeks
Copies: 30-55
Willing to rent: No
My chorus is being provided with scores of the Rutter Gloria, but we need to begin rehearsing before they will arrive. I can pick-up anywhere in the Chicagoland or Lake County area, or could pay shipping from elsewhere.
We'd also love to borrow Rutter's "O Clap Your Hands" and "This Is the Day," but the Gloria is of first importance.
Concert: LA Master Chorale Gala 2015 to Fete President & CEO Terry Knowles for Remarkable 15-Year Tenure Susan Gordon, %20 %b %2015 %09:%Feb:%th 9FebGMT+0000
It will be an unforgettable evening of music, glamour and heartfelt tributes when the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) honors President & CEO Terry Knowles, who is stepping down at the conclusion of the season after 15 years of visionary leadership, at its annual gala celebration, “LAMC Gala 2015,” on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A highly regarded arts luminary noted for her key role in bringing the chorus to national prominence, Knowles has led the organization since 2000 through the most phenomenal growth period in its 50-year history. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams is the Honorary Gala Chair. The event features champagne and hors d’oeuvres in Disney Hall’s dramatic lobby, a remarkable private performance by the Chorale conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon on stage, a gourmet dinner by Patina in PB Hall, the LAMC’s signature “Surround Sing,” during which Chorale singers encircle gala patrons and shower them in glorious song, irresistible auction items, and dancing to the music of Wayne Foster Entertainment. BNY Mellon is Gala Benefactor. Kiki Ramos Gindler and LAMC Board Chair David Gindler are Platinum Gala Patrons.  Gala proceeds help support LAMC’s artistic and education programs throughout the year.
“Under Terry’s exceptional and visionary leadership, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has become one of the world’s preeminent professional choirs, enjoying unsurpassed artistic expansion, remarkable fiscal growth, robust community partnerships and a stellar international reputation,” states David Gindler. “We are extremely grateful to her for the incredible impact she has had on the Chorale as well as on the city of Los Angeles and the choral community at large. There is no stronger advocate for choral music than Terry, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale has benefited beyond measure from her unwavering support, shrewd management and deeply felt passion. Through her work, she has touched the lives of so many people, and her legacy will endure long after she steps down.”
The Gala Committee includes Co-Chairs Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Kiki Ramos Gindler, as well as Raymundo Baltazar, Agnes Lew, Marian Niles, Wendy Pylko, Sonia Randazzo and Jann Williams.
Highlights during Knowles’ remarkable tenure with the Chorale include facilitating the choir’s transition to Walt Disney Concert Hall, increasing the Chorale’s operating budget by more than 80% to $5.4 million, and expanding its season and institutional profile significantly while working closely with Artistic Director Grant Gershon to help realize his artistic vision for the past 15 seasons. She has also overseen ambitious commissioning projects, tours to Europe, New York and the Midwest, the release of six commercial CDs, a recording partnership with Decca Classics, the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading Southland music organizations, and the launch of the “Voices Within” education outreach program, inspiring the next generation of composers, singers and music lovers. Under Knowles’ management, the Chorale has twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award.
LAMC Gala 2015 tickets start at $650 per person with tables for 10 patrons starting at $6,000.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles. For gala information or to purchase tickets, please call 213-972-3162 or visit
Forum message: "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Replacement Kyle Schneider, %20 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000 Morning, Folks!

My high school select choir (approx. 20 voice, 5 per section, SATB divisi, multi-genre) has asked for a replacement for our traditional staged interpretation of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for our annual fundraiser event on the grounds that it promotes coercion in an era when coercion and self-respect are top of the list in the minds and hearts of our community. We have staged this in standard format, role reversal, with altered lyrics (before my tenure here), and in numerous other ways. I have stated that, should they search and find a suitable replacement, I would consider changing the programming, while also stating the need that their replacement have similar effect on the audience (who all think that "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is cute and funny). I am entirely open to a change in repertoire (a portion of the 40 chart set is a little dated, anyways), and I would certainly entertain suggestions.
These young musicians all read well and sing well past their grade-level equal. 
With all of that in mind, I wanted to check in with you: 

Do you use any staged pieces that pair up students during the holidays? If so, what do you use? 
Classified ad: Sing the Music of Eric Whitacre! - Bay Area Jan Pedersen Schiff, %20 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000
Just Voices – the professional a cappella ensemble of Singers Marin, is preparing the music of Eric Whitacre for a few small, intimate performances.  Looking to expand the ensemble to 12 voices, we are currently auditioning highly skilled singer/musicians for all voice parts.  The music will require at times for singers to be one on a part.
Seeking singers who want to perform for the love of the repertoire and experiencing the joy of working with other professional level singers – as this is a non-paid ensemble.
Repertoire will include:
A Boy and a Girl
Go Lovely Rose
I Hide Myself
I Thank You God
Lux Aurumque
Rehearsals are on selected Wednesday evenings in Mill Valley.  
Performance dates are: April 26th,  May 3rd and  May 9th
For more information or to schedule an audition:
Borrowing request: Need to borrow, purchase rolney duverny, %20 %b %2015 %00:%Feb:%th 0FebGMT+0000 Gracious Spirit
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Gottschalk/ Christiansen
Starting: Immediately
For: for a week
Copies: 5 copies
Willing to rent: Yes
 I would like to borrow, purchase, or rent 5 copies of Gracious Spirit Arranged by Paul J. Christiansen. I thank you.
Announcement: Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium accepting conducting participants! July 13-17, 2015 Caron Daley, %20 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000 Colleagues,
The HSCCS welcomes conducting participants to the 3rd annual Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium, July 13-17 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium exists to provide quality summer instruction in choral/vocal pedagogy, conducting technique, choral repertoire, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. The event draws together school/university educators, church musicians, choral singers, and undergraduate/graduate music students from across North America.
In 2015, Dr. Richard Sparks joins our resident teaching team as guest clinician!
2015 Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium highlights:
- Daily Dalcroze Eurhythmics sessions
- Daily conducting sessions and masterclasses with Symposium Chorus - Faure Requiem and Haydn Te Deum No. 2 in C
- "Morning sing" sessions
- Vocal/choral pedagogy sessions
- Individual vocal/keyboard/conducting coachings
Register online by May 1st!  Visit for complete schedule and registration information!
2014 Reviews:
“The faculty was approachable, encouraging, insightful.  The chorus was really great – personally and musically.”
Graduate student in Choral Conducting, USA
“I have learned so much!  Highly recommend!  Best wishes for the future of HSCCS!!  I have attended lots of these kinds of events – this was by far the best.”
Church Choral Director, USA
“All of the conductors improved during the symposium, some very greatly.”
Church Choral Director, Canada
“This has been the most collegial and team-oriented symposium I’ve been to.  Thank you for creating a familial environment.”
Graduate student in Choral Conducting, USA
Concert: Schola Cantorum on Hudson Presents: No Greater Love Darlene Wyzga, %20 %b %2015 %00:%Feb:%th 0FebGMT+0000
Schola Cantorum on Hudson Presents:
Sunday, March 8, 2015
5:00 PM

Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 N. Fullerton Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Tel: 973-744-5650

Pietà, an oratorio by John Muehleisen
The Dominoes of St. Dominic Academy, Joseph Napoli, Director
VOX of St. Peter’s Preparatory School, Gianpaolo Eleria, Director
Omega Dance Company
John Muehleisen will host s pre-concert discussion of Pieta 25 minutes prior to each concert.
The composer’s own libretto combines writing as disparate as Kipling, Owen, Blake, Martin Luther King, orthodox hymnody and scripture in its exploration of compassion and mercy. This 90-minute, deeply moving oratorio will have only received two performances prior to Schola’s East Coast premiere. This project represents Schola’s most intense engagement effort to date, involving The Dominos, a 30-voice treble choir, of St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City, directed by Joseph Napoli; and VOX, a 40-voice male choir, of St. Peter’s Preparatory School, Jersey City, directed by Gianpaolo Eleria.
The composer will be present for both performances, and on site with all singers in the week prior to the productions. This will be the work’s first performance with a paraprofessional organization, and the first to bring it to young people!
Meaning and Message of John Muehleisen’s Pietà - in the words of the composer:
In Pietà, the focus is on the meaning and the message of the work, with the music serving as a means to an end—an important means, to be sure—but not the focus of the work. Let’s start by addressing the meaning of Pietà by considering the word itself. Aside from its association with the profoundly moving and beautiful statue by Michelangelo, this Italian word is frequently translated as “pity.” In our contemporary culture, the word “pity” has unfortunately taken on something of a condescending and pejorative meaning, but for the purposes of my Pietà, I have focused on the deeper, more profound connotations of “compassion” and “mercy.” (The word is also sometimes associated with the notion of “piety,” which adds another layer of meaning altogether.)
Before discussing the meaning and message of Pietà more broadly, I want to dig a bit deeper into the word “compassion” itself, which is frequently understood as being synonymous with “empathy.” But as with “pieta,” there is a deeper, more profound (and more literal) meaning: “to suffer with” (com = with; passion = suffering). Our modern day understanding of “passion” is largely associated with great enthusiasm, strong emotion, or romantic ardor, but the deeper and more spiritual connotation of the word is the notion of “suffering,” from the Latin “passio.” This is the meaning associated with Bach’s monumental Passion oratorios, and this same meaning has profound implications in the context of my Pietà; for to have compassion for someone means having empathy for that person, which at its root grows out of love, the true heart of Pietà.
Concerning the broader meaning and message, I wrote the following almost two years ago now, at the beginning of the conceptual stage of the project in an effort to focus and clarify my own thoughts about why I felt so strongly about creating this work.
For many years I have observed the continuing decline in the civility of the political rhetoric, social discourse, and interactions between people in our culture and throughout the world on many different levels ranging from the interpersonal to the international. So many decisions made today and so many of the interactions between people are done without compassion, without mercy, without justice, without kindness and humility, and, above all, without love. Over the past several years, I have experienced an increased desire to express my personal concerns about these issues through my compositions. I deeply believe that music has the power to provoke, to heal, and to transform people’s minds and hearts. Music enters the ears, is processed by the brain, but seems inexplicably, almost mystically, to pierce the heart and to stir the soul—in the best of outcomes—to action. Our nation, our culture, and our world are desperately in need of healing, and in need of following a higher standard of interaction and discourse, both interpersonally and internationally.
Pietà is a major commission that addresses the issues raised above in a way that will provoke listeners to think about how they treat one another: whom they treat well and whom they treat poorly; and ultimately it offers answers to tragedy and loss, as well as a path to healing. The commission is not only the most extensive and sophisticated choral work I have composed to date, but I also hope that it will be the most meaningful and profound work thus far in my career, bringing together choral, solo vocal, and instrumental forces to provide a musical experience of emotional and spiritual intensity and conviction. I’m honored and grateful that Robert Bode and Choral Arts have chosen to partner with me in bringing to life Pietà’s message of hope and love. It is testimony to their vision and commitment as an organization to commission a major new work with such a timely and universal message of healing so desperately needed in our world today.
Pietà provides listeners with the opportunity to confront and explore a set of values and principles that have become increasingly important for our nation and for the world globally: the need for compassion, mercy, justice, and love as a means to restore and heal human relationships, not just between individuals, but across our society and between nations and cultures as well. It also addresses the question of how we respond to the manifold tragedies and injustices we see every day on the news and in our lives. Do we respond with anger, despair, revenge, apathy, criticism, and judgment, or with compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and love? We see examples of all the responses above almost on a daily basis, especially if we watch the news. Pietà asserts that we have been shown a more virtuous path, a better way…which will we choose?
Tickets: $25 Advance, $30 at the Door
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Forum message: cello choir and SATB (adult) chorus - villa lobos-ish? Bruce Simonson, %19 %b %2015 %22:%Feb:%th 22FebGMT+0000
One of our community's young adult mezzos just graduated from college, and is back in town for a short time.  I'm thinking of asking her to perform Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras #5 with us.  We have (coincidentally) a phenomenal cello choir this spring, so the planets have aligned.
I'm looking for a second half, which would give our SATB adult chorus (circa 40 voices) something with the cello choir.  Any ideas?  I think it would be great to follow in the Villa Lobos vein, but I'm not aware of pieces that would make sense.
I'm thinking of starting with Bachianas Brasileiras #1; then #5; intermission, and then ... what (for chorus and celli?).
Forum message: Anthem based on Acts 2:14-21? Denise Gregory, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000 am looking for an anthem based on Acts 2:14 - 21 for three or four part women's voices.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. ]]>Forum message: Choral Riser Recommendations Sydney Blade, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Feb:%th 18FebGMT+0000 school district is looking to purchase new choral risers. I have been doing my research, but would like recommendations, if anyone has any, on the best quality and most affordable risers. Thus far, I have looked into Wenger, SICO, and Melhart risers.
Thank you!
Concert: Celebration of Peace Festival with guest composer Jake Runestad John McDonald, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Feb:%th 17FebGMT+0000 ]]>Borrowing request: Need to borrow or purchase Michael Jackson: A musical tribute Diana Coronel, %19 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 accompaniment CD and sheet music
Composer/Arranger/Edition: arr by Billingsley
Starting: ASAP
For: a month
Copies: 1 for CD 15 for sheet music
Willing to rent: Yes
I can be contacted at 517-667-1689
Borrowing request: Need to borrow or rent showtrax CD Diana Coronel, %19 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 Michael Jackson: A musical Tribute
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Taylor
Starting: ASAP
For: a month
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Hello, I am a music teacher in Chicago Illinois and would really like to rent the showtrax CD for this medley to use in our Michael Jackson concert this spring. Thank you!
Classified ad: Auditioning Singers in Music City Todd Wilson, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Feb:%th 14FebGMT+0000
Announcement: July 2016 Janet Galván Ireland Choir Festival more affordable than ever Michael Clohesy, %19 %b %2015 %16:%Feb:%th 16FebGMT+0000

I look forward to seeing those of you interested in our Ireland Festival at ACDA later this month and am happy to be in email contact with any not going to SLC and who wish to discuss the festival.

KIconcerts has announced they are passing on all the savings from the strengthening of the Euro making most packages around $200 cheaper than when quoted last year. This is an exciting development which I hope enable you to think about your choir or a smaller group of singers joining us for this incredible musical, cultural, and personal experience in Ireland - the Emerald Isle. If you cannot bring your entire choir, a small group of singers might enjoy the experience with the massed choir.

Ireland is full of stunning landscapes, inspirational locations, rich history, and magical warmth. Ireland’s music and dance have become beloved throughout the world. We will experience the culture that inspired this great art. The best part of the tour, of course, is making music in carefully selected venues for Irish audiences. Having toured Ireland with the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, I can assure you that the audiences are warm, welcoming, and friendly, and singers in this environment perform with a tangible heightened excitement and energy.

Your choir will join other superb choirs for the festival performances and will have the opportunity to perform as individual choirs in astounding venues.

I would be honored to have you join me, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and your singers.

Ádh mór agus gach dea-ghuí
(May the road rise to meet you)

Dr. Janet Galván

KIconcerts: Ireland 2016 Choir Festival with Janet Galvan
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Announcement: Cuban ensemble, Sine Nomine's U.S. tour off to a sizzling start! Cameron Grimes, %19 %b %2015 %15:%Feb:%th 15FebGMT+0000 Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine arrived in the Nation's Capital last Friday and has been having a successful U.S. Tour, thus far! The group has performed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut and will be in Washington, D.C. this weekend before heading to the ACDA conference in Salt Lake City next week. Even though temperatures have been below freezing, and the snow has continued to fall along their journey, that hasn't stopped the Cubans from warming the hearts of each audience member along the tour. Here's a couple of photos of them at their concerts and exploring New York City!
Announcement: Vivace 2015 - sing about the pleasures of life! Agnes C.Szalai, %19 %b %2015 %13:%Feb:%th 13FebGMT+0000 and sing about the pleasures of life! After 4 years of interruption, Veszprém, Hungary hosts again the unique choral festival of Vivace. Under the most favourable financial conditions, there are still a few more free places for good choirs of all types. Check the site: , and see you soon, first on our screen, then in the City of Queens and Choral Music. ]]>Concert: "Luck o' the Irish:" Music on the Hill Festival Chorus with Jubilate Ringers Carol Bogard, %19 %b %2015 %07:%Feb:%th 7FebGMT+0000 on the Hill celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a "Luck o' the Irish" concert of the Festival Chorus and the Jubilate Ringers handbell choir.  The chorus will perform traditional Irish songs, including "Carrickfergus" and "'Tis the Last Rose of Summer;" choral settings of the poetry of W.B. Yeats; and a wordless "Londonderry Air" arranged by Percy Grainger.  Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson conducts.
The Jubilate Ringers will premiere Artistic Director David H. Connell's "The Heart's Content" composed for four-octave hand chimes. The group will reprise Dr. Connell's  suite of Irish dances arranged for handbells, which the group premiered in 2014.  "Give Us a Dance Then" includes the jigs, reels, and waltzes of a traditional Irish ceili. (Downton Abbey viewers saw the Scottish equivalent of a ceili dance at the end of Season 3.)  Dr. Connell conducts the ringers.
The concert takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the Wilton Episcopal and Presbyterian Church complex (WEPCO), 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton.  Tickets are $20 purchased in advance at; $25 at the door.  Children and students, free.  For more information, direct an e-mail to
Classified ad: Artistic Director, Gateway Men's Chorus - St. Louis Joe Gfaller, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Feb:%th 3FebGMT+0000
Feel free to review the GMC website – – to obtain more information about our organization. Please send resume and cover letter to no later than March 20, 2015.  No phone calls please. 
The Gateway Men's Chorus (GMC) affirms and promotes gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education.  GMC has become one of the most successful choral arts organizations in St. Louis. The chorus has distinguished itself in both its breadth of musical repertoire and longevity.  The 2014-15 Season marks the organization’s 28th season. GMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, governed by a 10-member Board of Directors with an annual operating budget of roughly $200,000.
With the upcoming departure of GMC’s current Artistic Director after four excellent years of service in the role, GMC has an opening for the position of Artistic Director (AD).With oversight from the Board, the AD is responsible for developing and executing the artistic vision of the Gateway Men’s Chorus through program and membership development, creating a positive and professional rehearsal environment, and generating community engagement. He or she will oversee the development of the artistic and production components of the budget and, in partnership with the Executive Director and board leadership, serve as a public face for the organization. The AD is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Artistic Director is responsible for artistic operations of the Gateway Men’s Chorus, a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts organization, ensuring the organization fulfills its mission to promote gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education.
  • Develops and communicates programmatic vision for each concert season, determining concert repertoire which best responds to the needs of GMC’s organizational mission, budgetary scope, singer ability, singer development, and audience engagement.
  • Determines composition of GMC performance ensembles, guest artist line ups, soloists, section leaders, Harmonix, Footnotes, Homegrown Cabaret, and other small ensemble touring/community engagement groups.
  • Secures all necessary rights and licenses for music performed by GMC, and ensures the organization is in compliance with all copyright regulations, in performance or subsequent distribution of music.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, determines appropriate performance schedule for GMC, including venue and number of performances per concert.
  • Develops vision for the physical production of each concert in collaboration with the Production Committee, including but not limited to scenic design, projection design, lighting design, costume design, and use of choreography.
  • Develops strategy for singer retention and recruitment in collaboration with the Membership Committee.
  • Is responsible for public appearances on behalf of GMC, including but not limited to GMC-sponsored fundraising events, other events in the St. Louis LGBT or arts communities, media interviews, singer recruitment events, and donor cultivation opportunities with individuals, corporations, foundations, or government agencies.
  • Manages weekly full chorus and small ensemble rehearsals, in partnership with the rehearsal accompanist, ensuring a high level of singer engagement and education throughout the rehearsal process.
  • Develops all external resources for singers, including rehearsal track recordings, listening tracks, and print and digital music distribution. Maintains archives of these resources.
  • Develops and implements future touring initiatives, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, including but not limited to regional collaborations with other choruses and local education initiatives for school-aged children in the St. Louis region.
  • Coordinates and manages musical aspects of all organizational events, aiding in developing project plans in conjunction with the Executive Director.
  • Handles all aspects of human resource oversight for above-listed direct reports, including paid part-time artistic employees, contract musicians, and between 6 and 10 volunteers, including but not limited to, hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, and applying board-approved employee policies in accordance with federal and state requirements.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with other local and national LGBT and arts organizations, in particular: GALA Choruses, Chorus America, CHARIS, Band Together, The Muny, and Grand Center.
  • Represents GMC to GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, participating in the GALA leadership retreat and other GALA groups and activities. 
  • Assists in the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives, as well as policies and procedures for GMC artistic operations.  
  • Establishes plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implements policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Core Competencies
To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies.These core competencies represent effective administration of GMC and its programs, fulfilling GMC’s mission.
  • Job Knowledge:  The AD understands the technical aspects of managing a company of singers and musicians, as well as working within a nonprofit organization. He or she has the musical background required to improve the quality of vocal production of individuals and ensembles. The AD is an excellent, accomplished choral conductor, adept at a wide variety of musical styles.  The AD understands the duties and responsibilities of the position, remains up-to-date with best practices, clearly understands the mission of the organization, and continuously works to promote GMC and achieve its goals.
  • Communication:  Strong written and oral communication skills are critical. The AD communicates effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats.  Examples of oral communication include working with singers who may have varying levels of pre-existing musical knowledge, inspiring audiences from the stage in performance or at special events, and communicating institutional vision to funders. Examples of written communication include program letters, a weekly column in GMC’s internal singer e-newsletter, and concert descriptions for board, staff, and singers.
  • Charisma: As the primary face of GMC to the organization’s many audiences, it is critical that a successful candidate can delight, entertain, and charm a wide range of constituents, from occasional ticket buyers to long-time supporters and from deeply committed members of the LGBT community to straight allies. The AD builds support and internal buy-in for GMC initiatives across the organization.
  • Management:  Successful candidates will have strong organizational and HR management skills. The AD will be comfortable in a hands-on role, willing to do the tasks necessary to execute the job successfully.  He or she will build solid rapport with his or her team of direct reports and assist in transition planning for specific positions as needs arise. .  The AD will also be responsible for helping set the Production Budget each year and working within it.
  • Initiative:  The AD looks ahead to the future growth of GMC by developing strategies and visions that help build the company’s existing resources so that it may continue to thrive, assessing opportunities for growth on an on-going basis. From interactions with GMC’s members, donors, sponsors, grantors, audience, Board and staff, as well as others in the nonprofit sector, the AD recognizes and brings to the attention of the President of the Board challenges that may affect the organization.  The AD displays initiative in developing action plans and resolving problems as they occur, in consultation with the Executive Director, President, and other members of the Board.
  • Dependability:  The AD is relied upon to remain conscientious and thorough with respect to accurately achieving the organization’s goals. He or she ensures each concert achieves the highest level of artistic excellence possible. 
Education and/or Experience
A successful candidate will have strong training in choral conducting. An undergraduate degree is required, and the attainment of an advanced degree is preferred. The Artistic Director must possess the above skills, knowledge and qualities with at least three years’ experience successfully leading a choral ensemble. Background in education and existing relationships within the LGBT community and/or the St. Louis arts community is a plus.
Work Schedule / Travel
The production-centered nature of the AD’s role makes many of the position’s responsibilities cyclical. With a fiscal year of August 1-July 31, GMC produces three major concerts, typically in December, March, and June.GMC also produce at least three other fundraising events per year, and a series of member recruitment events.The Chorus holds rehearsal every Monday night during the season, as well as one full-day intensive rehearsal on a Saturday each concert cycle. The Board meets on a monthly basis, one evening each month.Board Committees meet one to two times per month, typically in the evenings.While some of the work of the AD must be accomplished during rehearsals, the Artistic Director will work with the President and Executive Director to determine regular “in office” hours. Working hours may flex as activities demand (e.g., more during the lead up to concerts and events, fewer in weeks / months between concert cycles).The AD must be able to travel to attend occasional conferences, training, and other events as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
Physical Demands
While performing these duties, the Artistic Director is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear.The position requires occasional computer use so the employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen.The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Reports To: Gateway Men’s Chorus Board of Directors
Director Supervisor: Board President
Supervises: Rehearsal Accompanist, Pit Band, Sign Language Interpreter, Chorus Managers, Dance Captain, Librarian, Section Leaders, Production Committee, Membership Committee
FLSA Status: Exempt with pay based on 20 hours/week.  Note: GMC anticipates that this position, which is currently half-time, will grow to a three-quarter time position under the leadership of this hire.
Compensation/Benefits: Compensation is commensurate with experience; this is a non-benefits eligible position
Start Date: July 15, 2015
Classified ad: Cornell University -- Assistant Director of Choral Music Robert Isaacs, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Feb:%th 1FebGMT+0000

    The Department of Music at Cornell University announces an opening at the rank of Lecturer, two-thirds time, starting July 1, 2015.  The appointment is a renewable, non-tenure-track position (with benefits) and will be for an initial term of three years.
    The assistant director will teach, conduct, and assist the director of choral activities in all aspects of Cornell’s nationally renowned choral program.  The ideal candidate will be someone with equal passion for repertoire and pedagogy -- a conductor who can work effectively with very bright students from a wide range of musical backgrounds (everyone from beginners to those singing at a professional level), while helping to develop innovative rehearsal techniques and contributing thoughtfully to our campus dialogue about musical leadership.  Outstanding rehearsal and teaching skills are the top qualification, ideally matched with professional vocal experience and/or exceptional keyboard accompanying skills.  Masters degree or equivalent professional experience required.
    Specific duties of the position will include:
            •   conducting the Cornell Chorale
            •   serving as Associate Conductor for the Cornell Glee Club, Chorus, & Chamber Singers
            •   assisting in administration of departmental choral music, including music for Sage Chapel
            •   participating in other departmental, college and university activities, as determined by available time and the successful candidate’s talents and interests.
    Cornell’s choirs maintain a busy schedule of performing, touring, and recording, with some 40 performances annually, including in the current season appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  A long tradition of excellent student management, with each generation of student leaders mentored by alumni, allows the conductors time to focus on musical concerns.   Regular collaborations with professional organizations (the American Symphony Orchestra, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, etc.) and multiple annual commissions (from composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Roberto Sierra, Bernard Rands, Lisa Bielawa, Toby Twining, Christopher Cerrone, Chen Yi, etc.) keep the choirs on the forefront of current performance practice.
    Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation testifying to their strengths as conductor, teacher and administrator by March 2, 2015.  Electronic applications are required.  Applicants may apply at  Any letters of recommendation that must be submitted in hard copy may be sent to:
        Choral Search Committee
        101 Lincoln Hall
        Cornell University
        Ithaca, NY 14853-4101
    Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Robert Isaacs at Please do not send recordings or other materials at this time.
    Information about the choral ensembles and the department may be found at:

    Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Classified ad: MUSIC DIRECTOR/ORGANIST Sheldon Erickson, %19 %b %2015 %00:%Feb:%th 0FebGMT+0000 Paul Lutheran Church, ELCA (1658 Excelsior Ave., Oakland, CA 94602, 510-530-6333, seeks Director of Music skilled in choral conducting, organ, piano, and accompanying, in a liturgical church setting with a blend of traditional and contemporary choral and liturgical music.  The congregation at St. Paul includes many talented amateur and professional musicians with a willingness to participate in the music program, including many soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and a 25 voice SATB Adult Choir with many tenor and bass voices.  Responsibilities include: planning the music program; directing the Adult and Bell Choirs (September through May); church organist; accompanying soloists; and Special Services on Holy Days.  23 rank 3 manual Wicks organ and Kawai grand piano in Sanctuary.  Part time position.  $24,000 - $29,000, annually. Position is currently open.
Please send resume to Sheldon Erickson at ]]>
Concert: The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass Martha Banghart, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Feb:%th 3FebGMT+0000

The Deer Creek Chorale will sponsor the Maryland premiere of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass bringing together the Monroe Crossing and 4 guest choirs with Dr. Paul Rardin (Temple University) on the podium. Monies raised from the performance will assist in the building of a house in Bel Air, Md. Many of the singers will be a part of the build-day on April 25th. 

Composed for Monroe Crossing by Carol Barnett
Commissioned by Mike and Kay McCarthy and brilliantly executed by composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlain, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass blends the classical mass, modern choral sophistication, touching poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation into an exhilarating musical experience.

Originally premiered by Monroe Crossing with VocalEssence, a Minnesota-based professional choral group led by Philip Brunelle, choirs from Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, California, Indiana and Washington DC have since brought Monroe Crossing in to perform The World Beloved.

“It’s a classical piece of choral music that’s a stunningly beautiful work of art. It's given us the opportunity to work with some of the great choirs and conductors and bring bluegrass music to a classical audience for the very first time,” says bass player Mark Anderson. For more information, go to

Concert: Deer Creek Chorale A Cappella Festival Martha Banghart, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Feb:%th 3FebGMT+0000 concert for the Susquehanna Chapter of Habitat for Humanity featuring 8 A Cappella groups with GQ or Girl's Quartet as the headliner. For more information, go to ]]>Concert: Mendelssohn Symphony #2 - "Lobgesang" Jerry Ulrich, %19 %b %2015 %03:%Feb:%th 3FebGMT+0000 Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra and (3 of the 4) GT choirs present Mendelssohn Symphony #2 ("Lobgesang") on Sunday, March 1 in the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts on the GT campus. More information is available at ]]>Classified ad: Join the Colburn Community Chorale in singing Rutter's "Mass of the Children" in Zipper Hall Mikhail Shtangrud, %18 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000
The Colburn Community Chorale is seeking experienced singers, ages 18 and up, to join the ensemble for the Spring 2015 semester. The Chorale meets on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:30pm in Mayman Hall at the Colburn School.  Spring concert will be on Saturday, April 25 in Zipper Hall, featuring John Rutter's beautiful "Mass of the Children".
To set up an audition appointment, email or call (213) 621-4548. For more information, visit

The Colburn School is located in Downtown LA, diagonally across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Colburn School's mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment.
Classified ad: Director of Children's Music Ministries (Part-time) David Allen, %18 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%th 20FebGMT+0000 of Children’s Music Ministries (part-time)
Title: Director of Children’s Music Ministry
Reports to: The Director of Music, Worship, and Fine Arts
Introductory Statement
Kingwood United Methodist Church is committed to a comprehensive music ministry with children.  Music is a mode of teaching and transmitting the joy of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Goals of Children’s Music Ministry
The goal of Kingwood United Methodist’s Children’s Music Ministry is to offer weekly opportunities for faith development and enrichment through worship, developing vocal and instrumental musical talent and appreciation.  The director will have primary responsibility to develop a high-quality, spirited, inviting music ministry for young children within and outside the congregation.  Significant support and assistance will be available from the Director of Music, Worship, and Fine Arts.  It is expected that the Director of Children’s Music will work to develop and foster excellent relations and involvement with parents of participants, weekly volunteers, and the Directors of Music, Worship, and Fine Arts and Director of Children’s Ministry.  Ideally, the Director of Children’s Music will be engaged in the overall life of the Kingwood United Methodist Congregation and take advantage of musical opportunities such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Confirmation Class.
  1. Select curriculum appropriate for a graded choir program (Pre K-5th grade).  There are currently three choirs: Cherubs (ages 3 and 4) Alleluia ( K-2) and Wesley (3-5).
  2. Incorporate instrumentation into the program. This may include use of Orff Instruments, Handchimes/Handbells, and Rhythm Instruments.
  3. Coordinating and training volunteer directors. 
  4. Direct the grades 3-5 choir.
  5. Coordinate and lead the choral component of a summer Fine Arts Camp.
  6. Present at least one musical a year that incorporates all graded choirs.
  7. Work with the Children’s ministry Team to coordinate scheduling and special events.
  8. Submit the annual budget needs for children’s choir program in coordination Children’s Ministry Team and music leadership.
  9. Oversee the maintenance, care, and tracking of all music, instruments, robes, and other children’s music ministry property.
  10. Provide assistance for both the Director and Associate Director of Music, Worship, and Fine Arts as needed.
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Music Education or a Bachelor’s of Music with experience with children’s music is preferred but not required.
  2. Proven organizational and communication skills
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Twyla Demases via email or mail Kingwood United Methodist Church c/o Twyla Demases 1799 Woodland Hills Drive Kingwood, TX 77339.
Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015
Concert: "Let's Dance" with the John Alexander Singers and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe Ryan McSweeney, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Feb:%th 22FebGMT+0000 Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Pacific Chorale's John Alexander Singers join forces with Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Bill Cunliffe and his jazz combo Imaginacion for a dance-inspired evening of song ranging from Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes to Pharrell Williams' "Happy." Artistic Director John Alexander conducts, with acclaimed piano duo Reid Alexander and Jo Ellen DeVilbiss joining the fun in the Brahms waltzes, as well as selections by Copland, Farwell, and Grieg.
Tickets start at $19, and are available through Pacific Chorale (714-662-2345) and Segerstrom Center for the Arts (714-556-2787).
A concert preview will take place in the hall at 7 p.m., hosted by Associate Conductor Robert Istad.
Aaron Copland: "The Boatmen's Dance" from Old American Songs
Arthur Farwell: Navajo War Dance, Op. 102, No. 1
Aaron Copland: "Stomp Your Foot!" from The Tender Land
Edvard Grieg: Norwegian Dance for 4-hand piano, Op. 35, No. 1
Johannes Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65
Irving Berlin: Cheek to Cheek
Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn: Come Dance With Me
Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer: Moon River
Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes: Só Danço Samba
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart: My Funny Valentine
Bill Cunliffe: El Optimista
Bill Cunliffe and Melissa Sweeney: Shoot the Moon
Antônio Carlos Jobim and Norman Gimbel: The Girl from Ipanema
Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke
Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn: The Last Dance
Pharrell Williams: Happy
Concert: Cantare Con Vivo Presents "Lord Nelson Mass & Fern Hill" (Walnut Creek, CA) Janice Lee, %18 %b %2015 %21:%Feb:%th 21FebGMT+0000
Cantare Con Vivo Presents
"Lord Nelson Mass & Fern Hill"
Music by Franz Josef Haydn & John Corigliano
The Chorale joins forces with CSU East Bay, 180 singers in all, and accompanied by full orchestra, in presenting these two very different and moving choral masterpieces. Haydn's Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times) is thought by many music scholars to be Haydn's greatest single composition. Its nickname reflects Napoleon's surprising defeat in the Battle of the Nile in 1798 by Britain's Admiral Horatio Nelson.
American composer John Corigliano, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music, composed Fern Hill in 1961 for choir and chamber orchestra. The text by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas reflects on youthful pleasures intertwined with the beauty of nature as viewed by a young and carefree speaker, later recognizing the loss of innocence that accompanies age and growing awareness.
Combined Choirs & Orchestra
David Morales, Artistic Director - Cantare Con Vivo
Buddy James, Professor of Music - CSUEB
Event Details:
When: March 14, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Where: Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
Event accessible by BART, a few blocks from the Walnut Creek BART Station
Ticket Prices:
$10 Students $30 Senior $35 General Admission
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(510) 836-0789
Janice Lee, Administrative Director
Arturo Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant
Announcement: Choral Director Familiarization Tour with Dr. Geoffrey Boers Roland Zuehlke, %18 %b %2015 %20:%Feb:%th 20FebGMT+0000