ChoralNet - Subscriptions for Archive User Your subscriptions on ChoralNet. To change your subscription options, go to message: And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Eric Bogle Simon Loveless, %19 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000 anyone know where to obtain an SATB arrangement of And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle?
I know they exist, but am drawing a blank in my attempts to obtain one
Borrowing request: Copes: Lo How a Rose Lynda Meek, %19 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 Lo How A Rose
Composer/Arranger/Edition: arr. V. Earle Copes
Starting: anytime
For: forever
Copies: 25
Willing to rent: No
This version of Lo How A Rose was arranged and published in the 1960's in Nashville, Tenn. It is out of publication now. The last time I saw it was at Andrew Price Methodist Church.
Concert: Christmas Eve at the Gesù, Montréal Patricia Abbott, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Chorale du Gesù, Patricia Abbott, dir., invites you to a concert followed by the Christmas service Wednesday, December 24, at the
Gesù Church, 1200 rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H3B 3J3, with organist François Zeitouni and Laurianne Bellavance, trumpet. Free admission.
No tickets required. Info: 514-861-4378.
Concert • 20h30/8:30 p.m.
Veni, veni Emmanuel (trad.)
Joy to the World (Lowell Mason after G.F. Händel, arr. Ruth Heller)
Dans le silence de la nuit (trad., arr. Georges Aubanel)
Sonate pour trompette et orgue (Gionanni Viviani)     
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (arr. Nancy Telfer)
Rondo (Jean Joseph Mouret)
Tollite hostias (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Minuit, chrétiens (Adolphe Adam)
Messe/Christmas Mass (Roman Catholic service in French) • 21h/9 p.m.
Procession : Noël Huron (trad.)  
Chant d’entrée : Il est né le divin Enfant (arr. Ernest Gagnon) 
Gloria : Les anges dans nos campagnes (arr. Georges Aubanel) 
Psaume :  R: Aujourd’hui, un Sauveur nous est né: c’est le Christ, le Seigneur (P.-A. Durocher) 
Acclamation : Alleluia de Saint-Augustin 
Offertoire : Où s’en vont ces gays bergers (Jean-François Dandrieu) 
Sanctus : de la Missa brevis  (Stephanie Martin) 
Anamnèse : Christ est venu 
Agnus Dei : de la Missa brevis  (Stephanie Martin) 
Communion : Sainte nuit (Franz Grüber, arr. Raymond Daveluy) 
Action de grâce : Noël nouvelet (Lucien Deiss) 
Chant d’envoi : Adeste fideles (arr. Georges Aubanel) 
Sortie :Toccata (Symphonie pour orgue no 5) (Charles-Marie Widor) 
Announcement: Le Chant des Oyseaux 2015 - Workshop for conductors Franck Pellé-Rolland, %19 %b %2014 %10:%Dec:%th 10DecGMT+0000 CHANT DES OYSEAUX 2015 - Workshop for conductors
Dates : August 9-15, 2015
Sponsor : Le Chant des Oyseaux
Location : Caunes-Minervois (south of France)
Join us for our workshop for conductors. It is open to choral conductors or students and music teachers who would like to take part and perform in a small high standard chamber choir. A few qualified amateur singers can be selected.
The workshop will focus on British and French music of the twentieth century.
Tutor : Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director
Bilingual workshop : English / French
More information on our website : 
Forum message: What is it called when... Marianne Saint George, %19 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 am working on my student teaching work sample and am trying to use precise language. Is there a proper term for what I usually call sprinkler consonants? That is, when a choir does not articulate their consonants together, giving a "t t t" after words like sat, or "s s s" after peace?
I appreciate any input. I tried to google the information, but without the correct term, it can be hard to find the correct term!
Announcement: Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015 Caroline Knaggs, %19 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015
Earlybird Registrations are Now Open!
'An unforgettable experience, not just a festival'
5 - 8 June 2015
Queen's Birthday weekend
Now in its 6th year, Australia's most exciting singers festival for choirs and individual singers, is proud to present internationally renowned composer, arranger and jazz singer from USA, here for the first time in Australia, 
Kirby Shaw
along with choir-in-residence, multi-award winning
The Australian Voices and Gordon Hamilton
Work with international conductors, composers and arrangers in some of Australia's finest venues.
Workshops & events include:
  • PD Training session for conductors & educators with Kirby Shaw on Thursday 4th June
  • MELBOURNE EISTEDDFOD Community Choirs Competition adjudicated by Kirby Shaw on Friday 5th June
  • CHOIR MASTERCLASS with Kirby & Markita Shaw on Saturday 6th June - afternoon (Limit of 4 - 5 choirs)
  • Perform RUTTER'S GLORIA conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire 
  • THE AUSTRALIAN VOICES in Concert on Saturday 6th June - evening
  • 'BEST of BRITISH' Proms concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 7th June
  • ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY choirs directed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM 
  • GRAND FINALE CONCERT in Deakin Edge on Monday 8th June
Registrations open now....amazing value!!! 
$99 Adult / $79 Conc (Earlybird price)
$149 Adult / $129 Conc (Regular price)
$189 Adult / $169 Conc (On-Site price) 
NB: If registering as a choir, complimentary entry for music directors & accompanists plus performance opportunities available.
Kirby & Markita Shaw Masterclass (Sat 6th June) - $499 per choir 
(Work one on one with the amazing Kirby Shaw and his remarkable wife, Markita.
Please register separately for this event. Limit of 4 - 5 choirs involved) 
For further information, please contact:
Festival Manager: Jan Hamilton 0419 337283
Announcement: Street Requiem – live recording of the world premiere just released Caroline Knaggs, %19 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000
Looking for a unique Christmas gift? The live recording of the world premiere of the Street Requiem is a unique and inspirational present.
Conceived by Jonathon Welch, Street Requiem is a highly accessible, contemporary work including English, African and Persian lyrics alongside a modern setting of the traditional Latin texts.
Recorded live at the Melbourne Recital Centre featuring Liane Keegan, Danielle Matthews, Jonathon Welch, Choir of Hope & Inspiration and the 300 voices of the School of Hard Knocks Absolutely Everybody Combined Choirs conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire and Dr Jonathon Welch.
Composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch.
Order online now
School of Hard Knocks – Empowering through the Arts.  
All proceeds support the School of Hard Knocks 
Borrowing request: Seeking to borrow/rent/purchase Lee Hoiby Hymn to the New Age Steven Edwards, %18 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 Vocal Scores
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Lee Hoiby
Starting: Now
For: Spring Semester
Copies: 75
Willing to rent: Yes
This work is no longer available for commercial purchase. I would like to borrow, rent, or even buy used copies.
Classified ad: Hymnos small ensemble auditioning SATB voices Eric Sorum, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000
Join a group of excellent SATB singers in performing music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and many types of traditional chant and folk singing.
The mission of Hymnos is to make singing a part of life - in both hearing great music of the past, and encouraging communities to join in singing great songs.  We wish to expand the audience of choral music and make singing a central part of social and spiritual experience by creating encounters between the average person and the most beautiful and exciting vocal music.
Our winter and spring events include a wide range of ways to bring music to the community, including singing at prayer services, choral festivals, and beer taprooms.
Rehearsals are Sundays, 4:00-6:00PM in St. Paul.  Major performance dates are Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1, May 29, 30, and 31.
Singers are given a monthly stipend of $40/month.
If interested, please write to Eric at:
Announcement: INTERNATIONAL CHORAL WEEK 2015 Carlos Armando Perez, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000
International Announcement
XX Choral Festival of Colombian Music
International Choral Week 2015
From October 13th to 17th 2015
 Buga, Colombia
 The Corporation For The Choral Development Of Buga Colombia, CORPACOROS,  the most choral organization of Colombia, with 20 years of existence, invites Mixed, Female, Male, University Choirs, Religious, Institutional Choirs, Youth Choirs and Vocal Groups to participate in the choral event CHORAL WEEK 2015. This XX CHORAL FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN MUSIC will be celebrated from October 13th to 17th, 2015 in Guadalajara de Buga, Colombia, a city of musical, amiable tradition. The event is celebrated since 1996, in agreement with the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, the Valle del Cauca State and the City of Buga. It usually hosts select choral groups of Colombia and in the last five years has invited choirs of United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Aruba  and Argentina.
GUADALAJARA OF BUGA is located in the center of the “Valle del  Cauca” State, in the West part of Colombia, with a population of 110,000 and a wonderful warm climate all year round due to its location in the Torrid Zone and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1576 and therefore it is a rich city in colonial architecture, pre-Columbian jewels and treasures, works of religious art, pieces of silver and beautiful gold crafts, wood statues, everything in impeccable state of conservation. The city has been declared Colombian National Patrimony and in addition the National Government named head of the Tourist Metropolitan Circuit. The city has a strong cultural and musical tradition, pretty landscapes, prolific soil, wonderful hotels, and enjoys a variety of typical food. Among its main attractions is the “Señor de los Milagros” Catholic Basilica image venerated by thousands of locals and pilgrims for all over the world. Guadalajara de Buga is located 43 miles (70 kilometers) to the north of the city of Cali, and the “Palmaseca” International Airport.

How to participate:

Please send the following information:

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

Send it by e-mail:
Deadline: February 28, 2015
The organization will select the choirs for the festival’s participation before March 28th, 2015.  CORPACOROS,  will announce, via email the name of the accepted choirs and before May 30th  will release the official festival’s schedule.
The Concerts will be held in churches, cultural centers, universities, schools, historical centers, parks, the Teatro Municipal of Guadalajara de Buga and adjacent cities.
Each group will need to prepare:
  • Three popular works and/or folkloric music of its country of origin for the Final Concert to be held the Saturday October 19.
  • Caribbean Music, for a denominated Concert “the Choirs sing Caribean music”.
  • Also other works of free selection for the concerts in other venues of the city and adjacent cities.
  • The groups that have in their repertoire religious music will need to indicate that to us in order to perform their presentation at the city churches.
  • The repertoire must mainly be perform “a  capella”.
The festival is not competitive.


  • The participant choral groups will need to pay for the transportation , from the  city of origin to the city of Buga, Colombia. All the members of the delegation must carry a medical insurance policy at the moment of arrival to Buga.
  • The choirs will need to arrive to Buga, no later midday Thursday  October 15.
  • It is understood that the choirs authorize that their concerts are recorded or transmitted by radio and/or TV, and that yields their rights to the organization of the event.  All the choirs will receive a participation certificate.
  • The registration is free
  • The organization will pay :
    • The multiple accommodations and all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, of the Choir up to a maximum of 21 members of the delegation, during the whole festival, from the lunch of October 15th thru the breakfast of the morning of October 18th. If more that 21 members of the delegation is present, or the stay is prolonged, this must be paid to CORPACOROS at a    cost of $ 50  American Dollars, daily.
    • Transport from the first day until the last day of the festival, rides to concerts, etc. will be made in a bus that meet with the high standards of the festival.  The groups may have to share the bus with another delegation.
    • A Group Coordinator that he will escort the delegation during all the festival length.
General information about us is available on our Web page
Forum message: Do you allow your music to be streamed? Christopher McCafferty, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000, All.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Music Events Unlimited
T 0049-151-70531420

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

On the 6th of December at 2p.m. the best 10 choirs of the republic joined at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall uniting their voices with the thousand choirs who celebrate the day in different cities all over the world.
A lot of pupils from 50 public schools were present at the hall. At the end of concert Little Singers of Armenia Choir joined with pupils and  together the were singing as to make the concert bright and remembered.
Announcement: Choral Composition Competition 2015 Tigran Hekekyan, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
                               COMPOSITIONS DEDICATED TO THE
The aim of the competition is the promotion and creation of a new and global choral repertoire for children’s choirs, with possibility of stage acting performances.
Special preference will be given to compositions in praise of
Love, Life and Peace on the Planet
Prizes foreseen for the winners are:
  • First prize - 2000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • Second prize - 1000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • The composition placed third will be performed during the choir’s tours
The basic requirements for the participants and the composition are:
  • Participation is open to composers from any country, aged over twenty.
  • Preferred languages are Latin, English and Armenian.
  • The compositions should be written for the “Little Singers of Armenia” children's choir – either for (SSA) or (SSAA) voices and percussion with or without piano accompaniment.
  • Duration should be no longer than ten minutes. Arrangements are not acceptable.
  • The compositions should be submitted by 1st of May, 2015. 
The Jury will consist of internationally renowned conductors and composers.
For additional information please contact our website .or write to .
Forum message: Antiphonal Piece for "From the Movies" Theme Stephen D Bruce, %18 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Listers:
We are doing a "choral pieces from the movies" theme, with works ranging from O Fortuna to When i Fall in Love. A standard feature of our concerts is spreading around the performance hall to do a multipart antiphonal piece. (Typically 8 to 10 parts, such as Rheinberger Kyrie, Gabrieli  Hodie, Scheidt In Dulci Jubilo. some accompanied, some not.) But I haven't been able to identify a piece like this that appears in a movie? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Stephen D. Bruce PhD
Con Brio Choral Society, Inc.
Announcement: Mayo International Choral Festival 20th. to 24th. May 2015 Edward Horkan, %18 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000
 Mayo International Choral Festival 20th to 24th May. 2015
See our web-site for details at <> , 
Closing Date for entries 31st. January 2015
With Best Wishes to all Choirs for a Happy Christmas and a Great New Year of Singing, 
Regards Edward Horkan, Festival Chairman.
Looking forward to a new year with plenty of song.
Please note both International and National Choirs -
2015 festival entry closing date is January 31st 2015.
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Classified ad: Seeking Music Director Maureen Conroy, %18 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000
Cantilena, a women's chorale, Arlington, MA.
Job Summ: Creates and develops two concert programs each year (December and May). Prepares chorus through weekly Monday evening rehearsals from September through May.
Reqts: Degree in choral conducting or related field, or equivalent professional experience, and a passion for excellence in choral performance. Experience in conducting choruses of serious amateur musicians; demonstrated excellence in performance/rehearsal planning and programming; broad knowledge of treble voice repertoire; ability to select and guide strong, experienced avocational singers in choral techniques, vocal production, musicianship, languages, and musical background/historical context. Sense of humor and strong interpersonal communication skills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Holidays!



Classified ad: Wanted: Contemporary Worship Leader Tom Hammett, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
Part-time position.
Work Hours: 20 hours
Pay: Salary negotiable
USPS Mail to: BPC Personnel Search Committee
1624 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Classified ad: Cantus Auditions Paul Rudoi, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
Cantus Auditions
“the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” - Fanfare
Cantus is accepting audition materials for tenors, baritones, and basses!
Auditions for Cantus’ 2015-2016 season will take place on February 20, 2015, following preliminary review of application materials and notification of finalists.
Applications can be mailed or submitted electronically (electronic is strongly preferred), and must be postmarked or uploaded by January 2, 2015.
To submit electronically:
 - Go to (Password: cantussings) and click on the “+Add files...” button.
 - Please put your last name on all file names (“yourlastname-resume.pdf”)
 - Please compress all files into one zipped file with the following title format: “”. This is preferred but files may also be uploaded individually.
For regular mail, applications should be sent to:
ATTN: Recruitment
1221 Nicollet Mall, Suite 231
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Application submissions should include the following.
  • Application form: This form can be used as a fillable PDF (mandatory for electronic submissions)
  • Cover Letter (pdf only)
  • Headshot (1MB or less for electronic submissions)
  • Resume (maximum of 2 pages, pdf only)
  • A collection of recordings (mp3 only) that include the following:
    • Two varying vocalises of your choosing
    • Three solo repertoire selections. At least one of these must be an aria. At least one of these must be in a language other than English.
NOTE: Please be sure to send all required materials, including a filled out application form and cover letter.
Cantus holds annual auditions for singers interested in joining the ensemble regardless of availability.  Cantus is made up of nine singers (Five tenors, two baritones, and two basses) who are provided with annual contracts for full-time work with benefits and six weeks of vacation. Cantus is based in Minneapolis and St. Paul and tours an average of 20 weeks a year in addition to its home concert series, an active schedule of education outreach and an annual recording release.
For additional answers to questions about working for or applying to Cantus, please click here.
Please write if you have any further questions. We look forward to your submission!
Announcement: Registration Extention: Violettes Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition Becky Chaffee, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000,
This is Violettes 2nd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition (ages 10 thru 17). Registration is extended to Feb.1, 2015, with the on-line submittal is due: Feb 14.
1st place prize for the composition winner is $1,000, and 1st prize songwriter is a Professional Recording by Digitrax Recording Studios, $100 cash and Violettes Guitar Gig Bag. Music Professionals are Volunteer Judges who critique the entries.
For Registration and complete guidelines and prizes, see Or just go to my web site at

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

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

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

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

Ed Alstrom, Organist & Director of Music
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
Forum message: workshops/clinics/festivals for school choirs in NY/NJ/PA metro area? Stuart Rosenthal, %17 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 direct a high school chorus, middle school chorus, and two high school a cappella groups in central NJ. With a very long spring semester ahead, I am looking for winter or spring "enrichment" outings for any or all of these ensembles - something that would get us out and away from school for a day or even two, and give the kids some new energy and inspiration. This is my first year at the school and in the area, and I have no idea what might be available regionally in terms of workshops, clinics, festivals, or competitions. I am aware of the major festivals affiliated with the NJ ACDA, but don't know what else might be out there. I have been thinking that a workshop or a clinic of some kind (focusing on vocal production, style/interpretation, or any other aspect of performance) might be more immediately helpful than signing on with a "sing in Carnegie Hall for a fee" (or somewhere like Six Flags) operation, though we'll probably do those once in a while as well. Do any of you know of any activities of this kind in the area, or know where they might be listed online? We are in Princeton, NJ, but could get ourselves as far north as NYC or as far south as Philadelphia. Many thanks. ]]>Classified ad: AUDITIONS FOR VOCI WOMEN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE Susan Sands, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 sing with Voci, directed by Anne Hege, a warm and dynamic group of women of all ages with a strong sense of community!
Auditions for experienced choral singers in all voice parts will be held through Jan. 15, 2015. 
Voci is a 20-voice, auditioned ensemble, which performs classical music from a wide variety of historical periods. Now in its 24th year, Voci is considered one of the finest singing groups in the Bay Area.Voci promotes music for and by women.
Voci rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 PM in Orinda. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  Additional retreats and/or rehearsals are scheduled during the season.
Spring concert dates are March 14 and 15 and May 3 and 9.  The concert will revolve around two central female figures in music history:  Hildegard Von Bingen and composer/professor Nadia Boulanger.  Voci will perform works composed by them as well as inspired by them, including pieces by Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, Philip Glass and Eve Beglarian. 
The audition consists of the performance of a prepared solo piece a cappella and short ear-training and sight-singing exercises
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact artistic director Anne Hege at
Announcement: Countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo Roland Zuehlke, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
Join singers from across the U.S. in this grand musical salute to our fellow Japanese choristers as they start the countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. The program includes exchange concerts with Japanese choirs; an opportunity to visit the amazing cultural sights of Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo; and a culminating massed choir performance in Japan’s capital under the artistic direction of UH Mānoa’s Dr. Miguel Felipe. A special celebratory Olympic countdown kick-off event will be just one of the many highlights of this visit to Japan.
Announcement: Esa Einai el Heharim by Kurt Knecht | MusicSpoke Aliana Kae, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 Hebrew setting of Psalm 121 for SATB, the work is carried by long romantic lines and flowing piano accompaniment. Building to a powerful, anthem-like ending, this work is, like all great Hebrew music, impossibly sad and triumphant at the same time. Available in both SATB and TTBB arrangments, this score is best suited to high school, university, and church choruses. Read today's review on our blog of this timeless setting!
Hear it, see it, buy it today
Forum message: Japanese a cappella for women's voices Kayla Werlin, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 colleagues,
I'm seeking a Japanese piece for women's voices a cappella. The ensemble is an advanced HS women's choir of 35 singers. Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'm aware of Dwight Okamura's "Sakura, Sakura" and that's a bit too divisi for this group. We'll be doing Ro Ogura's "Hotaru Koi" arrangement in our non-auditioned group. What are some other interesting options for us?
Thanks again.
Forum message: Choir in 4x4 Jordan Norris, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
I have recently been informed that our school is planning to change to 4x4 scheduling (we currently use A/B scheduling).  I teach high school chorus and I am very concerned about the future of my program.  I have not heard of a program maintaining its success with this type of scheduling, since it would cause my students to have to register for my class twice in one school year, possibly 8 times over their time at the high school.  Many of my students are involved in other performing arts such as band, drama, and dance.  
I have a concert choir, a women's choir, and advanced a cappela choir, and a beginning choir.
Are any of you experiencing the same problem?  How did you make it work?
Forum message: With God On Our Side, Bob Dylan Simon Loveless, %17 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 anyone aware of an existing choral arrangement of With God On Our Side by Bob Dylan? SATB preferred
Announcement: call for scores - inspired by Vivaldi Gloria Paul Ayres, %17 %b %2014 %10:%Dec:%th 10DecGMT+0000
re-written Vivaldi Gloria project // London College of Music Chorus (part of the University of West London (UK)) is performing Vivaldi's Gloria in March 2015 - we would love to include in our programme new works inspired (in any way) by this classic work // deadline 2 February 2015 // for full details, please send an email to paul 3 ayres @ uwl 3 ac 3 uk [the number "3" is a dot, each time, in the email address] to request an information sheet // please read this information sheet *before* submitting any scores, so you are aware of the parameters and guidelines! //
Concert: Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents “Ave Maria—Glimpses of Mary” Nancy Bryant, %17 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000
Atlanta Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice ensemble under the direction of John Whitt, will present “Ave Maria—Glimpses of Mary,” featuring four different settings of Ave Maria by Bruckner, Parsons, Biebl, and Josquin.
The program includes two settings of the familiar Christmas carol, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (“Es ist ein Ros”) by Praetorius and Sandström, as well as Pearsall’s beautiful “In dulci jubilo” (“Good Christian Men, Rejoice”).
The concert will be performed at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 20, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, NE.  Tickets are available at the door for $20 general admission.
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Borrowing request: Instrumental parts for Oklahoma! medley by John Leavitt Christopher Miller, %16 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 Instrumental parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Leavitt
Starting: Jan. 2015-Mar 2015
For: 3 Months
Copies: One copy per part is OK.
Willing to rent: Yes
This item is POP and I really need to find the instrumental parts somewhere. I am willing to buy, rent, borrow, etc. Please contact me if you have any information.
Chris Miller
Concert: Sing-Along Messiah: Celebration of Sanctity of Every Human Life Jennifer Kreingold, %16 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000, Dec 20th, 3pm
Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th st)
The 2014 holiday season has been marred by international, national, and local examples of horrible injustice.  The value of human life itself has been placed in question, by unspeakable practices, all conducted in the name of "defending our freedom" and "rule of law."  It's time for Americans to come together and heal ourselves of this barbarism and injustice.  The Schiller Institute invites you to join us in a re-creation by the people - you and your neighbors - of Handel's great work.  This is not just a "sing along;" it is an invocation by the citizenry of the sacred principle of sanctuary.  Music will be performed at Verdi tuning of A=432 Hz.  ** All are welcome to sing! **
Concert: Midnight Mass: St Francis de Sales Choir to Perform Messe de Minuit pour Noel by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Selections from Messiah Kyrian Corona, %16 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 St. Francis de Sales Choir, under the direction of Jeannine Wagner, will perform the Messe de Minuit pour Noel by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and selections from Messiah for Midnight Mass and Christmas Day. The choir will be accompanied by a string quartet and noted organist Stephen Park. 
All are welcome to enjoy this sublime music in the acoustically spectacular St. Francis de Sales sanctuary. The choir will sing traditional Christmas carols before Midnight Mass. Founded in 1949, the St. Francis de Sales Choir is one of the leading Church choral groups in Southern California. Throughout the years, choir membership has been comprised of singers from the parish (several are founding members), as well as vocalists from the Los Angeles Opera, Wagner Ensemble, Independent Opera Company, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.  
Wed. Dec. 24, 2014
Carols begin at 11:15 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass
Thurs. Dec. 25, 2014
Christmas Mass at 10 a.m.
St. Francis de Sales Church
13360 Valleyheart Drive
Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Announcement: X. International University Choral Festival in Belarus - 2015 Katsiryna Saladukha, %16 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000 friends,

We are happy to announce call for submissions for the X. Paparac Kvetka International Student Choral Festival, Belarus: Minsk, 13 - 17 May, 2015.

The Festival aims to preserve and develop the best traditions of Belarusian and world choral art, to provide youth with further musical education, and to establish artistic contacts among choirs from Belarus, near and far abroad countries.

With pleasure, we offer your Choir to take part in this incredible feast of singing and enjoy unforgettable experience of communication, outstanding choral work-shops, new friends, bright impressions, and lots of fun!

Application deadline is February 1, 2015.

Festival’s rules and application form can be found here:

We would be very grateful if you shared this information among your contacts and networks!

For any further information, please, do not hesitate to contact Festival coordinator: 
Alexander Ignatchik

Looking very much forward to see you in Minsk,

Organizing Team
Concert: Wagner Ensemble Presents Christmas Night, Christmas Light: A rich repertoire of carols and songs by living composers Kyrian Corona, %16 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000 Wagner Ensemble, under the direction of Jeannine Wagner, will perform it's annual Holiday Concert. The program, titled "Christmas Night, Christmas Light," will feature a rich repertoire of carols and songs of contrasting styles and musical eras including works by living composers: Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, and Sydney Guillaume.
The Wagner Ensemble was founded by Jeannine Wagner in 1991 under the auspices of the Roger Wagner Choral Institute. Under her spirited guidance, the Wagner Ensemble celebrates and promotes the musical legacy of her late father, the legendary Roger Wagner.  The Wagner Ensemble has dazzled audiences throughout Southern California and internationally in the performance of repertoire that includes choral masterpieces spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the present. 
Sun. Dec. 21, 2014
4 p.m.
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd. (at Wilshire Blvd. & Warner Ave.)    
West Los Angeles, CA 90024
Free parking in structure adjacent to church.
Suggested ticket donation: 
General $20. Senior/Student $15 at the door.
$15/$10 in advance
Call 323-656-7343 or 310-339-2488
Forum message: looking for contest rep Joshua Setten, %16 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000 I am looking for a 4th piece for my audition group to perform for contest. So far I have "Bogoroditse Devo", Dickau's "If Music Be the Food of Love", and "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord". I am looking for a secular, accompanied, upbeat piece to balance out my set.
any suggestions, oh great and powerful choral directors? thanks in advance!
Forum message: Korean or Chinese Song Suzanne Kraai, %16 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000'm looking for suggestions of a fun Korean or Chinese song that will be accessible for a green HS choir.  Ideally the song would be upbeat with a driving rhythm. 
Classified ad: Director of Music (Organist/Pianist/Choir Director) Scott Ressman, %16 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 United Church of Rockville Centre (New York), United Church of Christ, is seeking a part-time Director of Music.  Proficiency in pipe organ (1946 Aeolian-Skinner), piano, and choral direction.  Hand bells available.  Will work with Pastor in collaborative, progressive, creative, diverse approach to worship.  8-10 hours per week.  Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday.  Additional services during Advent and Lent.  Salary $12,000 - $15,000/year.  Email Rev. Scott Ressman: for position description.  No phone calls please.  PDF letter of interest and resume to or: United Church of Rockville Centre, 430 Morris Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY  11570.  Available March 1, 2015. ‘Open and Affirming’ congregation.  We're close to New York City -- only a train ride away to Broadway.  Familiarity with The New Century Hymnal and Sing! Prayer and Praise is helpful.   ]]>Forum message: Looking for women's barbershop (Sweet Adeline) rep ideas for beginners Michala Martin, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 have a group of pretty talented juniors and seniors who want to learn some Sweet Adeline's music.  I need some song ideas!  I am a novice barbershopper so lots of song suggestions for me to look up would be great.
*please don't just tell me to go to the Sweet Adeline's website - I've obviously already thought of that and got overwhelmed!  :)
Forum message: Teaching International Students Aubrey Connelly, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 colleague and I will be presenting a seminar on "Teaching Music in a Multi-cultural Classroom" at Florida's All State Music Convention in January.  We teach at a private K-12 boarding school in Florida with students from 42 different countries.  Although our students speak more than 42 combned languages, we hold all of our classes in English.  We also teach "American Style" (whatever that means) choir, piano, and orchestra as well as AP Theory.  We used fixed Do and we count rhythms.  In our upper school we have about 700 students with over 50% of them from China, other parts of Asia, South America, Central America, Mexico, and Europe.
We want to round out our presentation with information on how other music teachers address the unique challenges of teaching music to a diverse cultural group.  However, most of what we find on line is info on teachers who teach primarily inner city students who speak Spanish as their first language.  We would love to hear from others who may have experiences similiar to ours.  The goal is to gather information and do a better job of teaching music across culture and language barriers. 
We are not looking for ideas on how teachers share cultural ideas of music (and dance) but instead how we communicate with international students.  (And for the record, we do a lot of cross cultural musical activities, which is why we are not looking for more information in that area.) 
How do you get past the language barrier?  How do you teach students who are used to fixed do?  What do you do with pianists who play at a professional level but can't read notes and don't know what key signatures are?  How do you work with Asian students who were taught great technique but not musicality?  How do you help college bound music students who get a lot of family pressure to only attend well known colleges like Peabody or Julliard but you know they aren't rady for that?  What about international students who are aching to be musicians but their families want them to study busines or law and the families are counting on them to get an American education and support everyone back home?
We would love to hear your thoughts, and if you don't mind, share some of them in our presentation.
Forum message: excelsis connie masson, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 is no recent discussion of this in the archives, and the old threads seem to be about different kinds of Latin used. So I raise this again-- in sacred music, what is the correct pronunciation of "excelsis". If I could just have a breakdown depennding on composer's nationality, or time of writing, that would be helpful. ]]>Forum message: Short-ish work for ORGAN and choir Patricia Corbin, %16 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 
A former student of mine who is working on doctoral degree in organ performance is going to be guest organist for my spring concert at his home church with a newly refurbished organ. 
We  had to make some last minute repertoire changes and we will be doing Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" along with some a cappella selections. I am looking for another short work to round out the program that will really showcase him on the organ, and the reburshed instrument and isn't too tasking on the choir.
The concert is in mid March and the concert will be dedicated to the church's organist who recently passed away. I would prefer something that has some big/brilliant moments that we can all really sink our collective teeths into. Also, it would need to be originally written specifically for organ.  I was thinking about 3-5 minutes long, but it could be longer for the right work.Any suggestions?
Classified ad: organist or pianist needed for Sunday, December 28th in Wayne NJ Frederick Irwin, %16 %b %2014 %05:%Dec:%th 5DecGMT+0000 are in need of an organ (preferably) or piano sub for Preakness Reformed Church in Wayne, New Jersey at the 10 AM service on Sunday, December 28th.  Responsibilites would include the following:
Play all hymns
Play prelude offertory and postlude
accompany soloist
A stipend of $175 is offered. Experience service playing is required.  Please contact Dr. Frederick Irwin, Director of Music, at (646)509-3808
Forum message: Need leads to It's a Grand Night for Singing Lee Peterson, %16 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 anyone know whose arrangement of "It's a Grand Night for Singing" is performed by the University of Utah Singers on YouTube?
The conductor is Dr. Brady Allred, the video was uploaded on March 2, 2009.
We are searching madly but haven't found this particular arrangement yet. If anyone knows, please send a private reply to me. We'd like to arrange purchase before winter quarter begins in January.
Thank you!
Classified ad: Music Minister/Director - Part Time Rob Stanley, %16 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 Description: Minister of Music (Part-time)
Summary of Responsibilities
The Worship Minister will be responsible for providing musical worship and leadership in the weekly Sunday worship services (typically 8:00am and 10:00am), plus special services throughout the year. The Worship Minister will lead recruitment, training and spiritual development of musicians who will participate in worship. Compensation for the Music Minister will be based on compatible skills and experience. 
Interested parties should email resume to
The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria and be able to fulfill the listed duties and responsibilities:
  1. Accomplished pianist
  2. Accomplished organist – certified
  3. Ability to read, transpose and arrange music
  4. Ability to lead and direct choral and instrumental groups
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Sunday Worship Services and Preparation
    1. Attendance & participation in all Sunday and special worship service.
    2. Selection of Music for Music Groups and Soloist (as necessary)
    3. Selection of Hymns in coordination with the Pastor.
    4. Sensitivity to congregational expectations and tastes.
    5. Rehearsals of Music Groups, Soloists and special musicians.
  2. Music Groups
    1. Responsible for deciding the number of singers, instruments, etc. within the groups. Must have a vision to increase opportunities for new musicians.
    2. Choirs:  Chancel Choir (Adults);   Junior Choir (Children)
    3. “Rock of Salvation” – Contemporary Adult Vocal Groups and Band.
    4. Soloist
    5. Able to play and/or sing with various groups.
    6. Arrange music for groups
  3. Special Events/Holidays – Services and Preparation
    1. Holy Thursday
    2. Good Friday – Cross Walk
    3. Ash Wednesday
    4. Easter Services (sunrise & traditional)
    5. Lincoln Park Day
    6. Thanksgiving
    7. Christmas Eve
    8. Special Children’s Services
    9. Other church events by arrangement and availability (Christmas decorating party, audio set ups for auctions, dinners, retreats, etc.)
    10. By special arrangement may assist with Vacation Bible School (VBS)
  4. Administration Responsibilities
    1. Communication with music groups and soloist to coordinate practices and performances.
    2. Music Library Administration: ordering, making copies, filing, storage, etc.
    3. Be a member of the Worship Committee and help to plan services.
    4. Coordinate music with Pastor for weekly worship services and special/holiday services.
    5. Coordinate bulletin information with Church office staff, i.e. special performances, rehearsal times and/or changes, etc.
    6. Preparation of Media Shout (projection) materials for each service
    7. Plan and obtain resources to cover scheduled absences and inform church office staff of schedule changes.
    8. Plan and obtain complementary instrumentalists for holiday and special services.
    9. Provide monthly update of actual and planned activities to Consistory either in writing or by attending monthly Consistory meeting.
  5. Participate in yearly evaluation sessions.
  6. Maintaining Sound System Equipment
  7. Maintaining Projector Equipment
  8. Recommending Equipment repairs or replacements
  9. Optional
    1. Weddings/Funerals – fee schedule may be negotiated with parties. Minimum $200.00 This fee goes directly to the musicians and arrangements are to be worked out between the parties. The church office will make the referral.
    2. Be available for special, unscheduled services as needed.
Forum message: Need repertoire for new community choir with few tenors Larry Brandenburg, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 for quality, adult literature for my 24-voice choir (second season) whose tenor section is weak.  Have looked at a lot of SAB (and will continue).  So much of that voicing is too juvenile for these adults.  I would love to find some SA(T)B (opt. tenor); SABarB or SSAB.  I would be especially interested in finding a few works for this choir that are of 6 -12 minutes duration.  Thanks in advance for your suggestions.  ]]>Classified ad: Bass needed for Christmas Concert Scott Toperzer, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 am looking for a Bass 2 for our Christmas Concert on December 20th.  Strong, warm, blendable voice is the ideal.  Concert is choruses of Handel, Berlioz, Grieg, carols and hymns with orchestra.  Rehearsal from 1-4 and concert at 7 PM.  Pay is $250.
Please contact Scott Toperzer at stoperzer at
Borrowing request: Misa Criolla Jacqueline Coren, %16 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 "Misa Criolla"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Ariel Ramirez
Starting: January 4
For: 4 months
Copies: 60
Willing to rent: No
I would like to borrow/rent copies of Ariel Ramirez' "Misa Criolla." It is for my community chorus of approximately 60 voices.  We begin rehearsals on January 11 and the concert is on Sunday, April 26. I would send the scores back to you by Monday, May 4.  I would be grateful for any number of scores. I would pay shipping both ways.    
Thanks very much!
Classified ad: *NOTICE* seeking an Accompanist for this week! Rasaan Bourke, %16 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000 congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack is looking for a professional piano accompanist for our Christmas performance this weekend.
Rehearsal - Wednesday, December 17th 7pm - 9:45pm
Performance - Sunday, December 21st 10:30am - 11:30am
For all the details please inbox me at
Classified ad: Executive Assistant - Arts Administration Jocelyn McGillian, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000

~~The Continuo Arts Foundation ( seeks candidates for Executive Assistant to the President.
   Responsibilities include but are not limited to: office administration and organizational duties, coordinating volunteers and intern staff, maintain database of and communication with members, management of seven intergenerational choral ensembles, rehearsal/concert set-up and management including annual concert series, musical collaborations, summer music festival and summer musical theater conservatory. 
   In addition to local programs, the Executive Assistant travels abroad with the President to coordinate international performance tours and festivals as well as occasional travel within the United States.
   The perfect candidate will have a degree in music, vocal performance experience and a deep dedication to the musical arts.  A flexible, energetic and professional demeanor is a must with the ability to wear many different hats and work in a fast paced environment. The Executive Assistant will meet, interact and work with industry leaders around the world and will be privy to unprecedented performance opportunities.  Previous arts administration experience is a plus but not mandatory.
  A three-quarter position, office hours include M-F 9-2 as well as:  rehearsals on Tuesdays until 9:30  concert, event and travel time tbd.  Competitive salary with generous and flexible vacation time. Starting date TBD.
Email resume and letter of interest to:

The Continuo Arts Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and cultures through music.  Supporting music education and musicians, Continuo Arts offers New Jerseys most comprehensive Intergenerational Choral Program inclusive of children through adult, senior citizens to professionals.  

Classified ad: Director of Choirs Karen Engle, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Choral Directing
The University of Windsor invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the School of Creative Arts in the area of Choral Directing at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2015 or September 1, 2015. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
The University of Windsor's School of Creative Arts houses both a BMus and a BA in Music, with an undergraduate complement of approximately 140. We are committed to learning-centered education, emphasizing the development of excellent musical, creative, and critical thinking skills. Our students include not only those wishing to pursue careers in music, but also those excited about the way music studies will enrich their lives and their work in other professions. Within learning communities characterized by creativity and interdisciplinarity, faculty and students learn alongside one another, embracing musics of a rich diversity of cultures, styles, places, and times. For further information about our School, please visit our website at
The successful candidate will continue the University of Windsor’s tradition of excellence in choral music. Significant professional experience and pedagogical expertise in choral conducting are expected. An ability to teach in a secondary area supporting the School’s curriculum is required. The candidate will be a team player who is able to contribute effectively both to our School, and to the larger Windsor-Essex community. Participation in annual recruitment campaigns will also be required.
Essential Criteria: The successful candidate will have: DMA or Doctor of Music completed by the date of appointment; an ability to teach in a secondary area; a demonstrated track record of recordings and relevant publications; a demonstrated capacity for conducting; a track record of teaching undergraduate courses; and a willingness to contribute to the administrative activities of the School and of the University
Preferred Criteria: Preference will be given to candidates with: a capacity for successful grant writing; and an interest in interdisciplinary, collaborative pursuits
Applications will includeA letter of application, specifically addressing the essential criteria and including a statement of citizenship/immigration status; a current and detailed curriculum vitae; a statement outlining professional interests and potential for creative/scholarly achievement; a teaching dossier or evidence of teaching effectiveness that might include sample course outlines, teaching evaluations, and/or audio-visual recordings of rehearsals; a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; samples of recordings of recent performances; graduate transcripts; and three current letters of reference forwarded directly by the referees to the Chair.
The short-listed candidates may be invited to provide further information in support of their applications. To ensure full consideration, complete an online application ( by the deadline date of January 5th, 2015. Applications may be considered after the deadline date, however acceptance of a late submission is at the discretion of the Appointments Committee.
Questions and reference letters to be sent to:
Dr. Karen Engle, Chair, Appointments Committee, School of Creative Arts
University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor, ON N9B 3P4
Phone: 519-253-3000, Ext. 2828 Email:
The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 14,000 students. The University of Windsor is a welcoming community that is committed to equity and supports diversity in its teaching, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of the University's Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Members of Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.
For accessibility related accommodation, please notify the Employment Coordinator (staff positions) or the Faculty Recruitment Coordinator (faculty-related positions). More general information on the University's accessibility policy can be found on the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility website. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Announcement: Who is This Boy by Fahad Siadat - See-a-dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 lingering and somber piece that is a retrospective look at the nativity with familiar imagery in a new light. The moving harmonies convey a sense of both sorrow and wonder that will touch singer and audience alike.
Concert: FREE Family Concert - A Festival of Lessons & Carols with SF Renaissance Voices J. Jeff Badger, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 San Francisco Renaissance Voices under the direction of Katherine McKee for this traditional Festival of Lessons & Carols including a festive holiday reception afterwards! This event is modeled after the Festival of Lessons & Carols first performed in 1918 at King's College, Cambridge (England) where it has been performed every year since. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to sing carols along with us to get you into the holiday spirit. A tradition of the festival is to commission a new work each year to be performed and we are delighted to premier ????????? 1963 ???? (Christmas, 1963) by New York City composer Nicholas Rastegar. This is a free event and no tickets or reservations are required - our holiday gift to you!
One performance only, December 20, 7:30 pm at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue (between Irving and Judah Streets), San Francisco.
Forum message: Looking for Short German Piece Derrick Hawks, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000'm trying to find something short and quick for my choir that comes from the traditional choral rep. Preferably in German... Any help? I'm a band guy who is taking care of a choir for the year--so excuse my lack of choral-lit knowledge :)  ]]>Classified ad: Portland Alto Needed Steve Kloser, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 for Portland, OR alto to record original SATB tunes.  Compensation on a per tune basis.  Click to and look for tunes by Kloser to get an idea of the style.  Please call Steve 503.679.4346 ]]>Announcement: World Choral Day 2014 Tigran Hekekyan, %15 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 Choral Day is celebrated since 1990.
Thousand of Choirs from 150 countries celebrate this day in the world. Every year the number of participants and audience is growing more and more. The aim is to raise the public awareness respecting choral art.
It’s already the 4th year Armenian Little Singers International Association with the help of Ministry of Culture and Yerevan Town Hall is organizing the concert dedicated to the World Choral Day.

On the 6th of December at 2p.m. the best 10 choirs of the republic joined at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall uniting their voices with the thousand choirs who celebrate the day in different cities all over the world.
A lot of pupils from 50 public schools were present at the hall. At the end of concert Little Singers of Armenia Choir joined with pupils and  together the were singing as to make the concert bright and remembered.
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Jeffrey McIntyre, %15 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000
The position of Tenor Section Leader at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Buckhead is available in January. Covenant is a small but vibrant congregation, with a focus on mission and thoughtful, energetic worship services. The music prepared for worship services spans the centuries, from Palestrina through contemporary composers, in keeping with a musically informed, diverse and progressive congregation.
This position is one of four paid staff singer positions, in a choir of 20 voices. The congregation places a high priority on the choral music at the church, and has high expectations from the quartet. Two anthems are presented each Sunday, and one of those may feature the quartet alone. Though the position is primarily that of section leader, there are ample opportunities for solo work, as well as working with the quartet.
The staff singers are present weekly in rehearsals (Wednesday, 7:30 until 9:00) from the middle of August through the middle of June, tracking the liturgical season. In the summer months, the staff singers alternate leading the worship service. There are approximately 80 calls per year.
The position requires proper vocal training, excellent reading skills, adaptability to various musical styles, and a schedule that is compatible with the church’s requirements. In addition to the Wednesday rehearsals, staff singers attend a 10:30 warm-up/run-through rehearsal before the 11:00 AM worship service.
Compensation is $42.50 per call.
To arrange for an audition, please contact:
Jeffrey McIntyre, CAGO
Director of Music Ministries
Announcement: 4th Bali International Choir Festival Haorld Yonathan, %15 %b %2014 %09:%Dec:%th 9DecGMT+0000 BALI INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL 
29th July - 2nd August, 2015
Denpasar City, Bali Province - Indonesia
The 4th Bali International Choir Festival will be held again in Denpasar City- Bali, Indonesia. The last festival attracted more participation from various choirs in Indonesia and overseas countries.
Bali is a real paradise, and for the forth time this world class choral event will be held on the island of God on July 29th - August 2nd, 2015. With the beauty of tourism in Bali, joy and sweet memories and all the activites, this event is a perfect combination of the interaction between the love of art, performance, friendship and fun.
For the international choirs, making music on this magical island with excellent local choirs and enjoying the heart warming of spiritually of Balinese culture is a once of lifetime oppurtunity. 
The choir could compete on various categories, such as Mixed Choir, Musica Sacra, Gospel Spiritual, Children, Youth, and folklore.
For more information click the link below
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Grant Mech, %15 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000 section leader needed for semi-professional choir at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (East 31st St., Manhattan), beginning January.  Wednesday rehearsals from 7:00-8:30/9:00 and Sunday services at 11:00, usually with a 10:00 call.  Weekly stipend is curently $65.   ]]>Concert: Combined choirs perform Handel's Messiah Concert Marilyn Meyer, %15 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 Sunday, December 21st  3:00 pm  Eighty voice choir and full orchestra will perform the Handel's Messiah at Agoura High School Performing Arts Ed. Center in Agoura Hills, CA  ( west L.A. County)
Under the direction of Ed Lojeski   Soloists are:  Heidi Cissell, Tracy Van Fleet, Darrell Rowader and Abdiel Gonzalez  
Tickets  $10  on line at   or at the door.
Come enjoy the timeless Christmas classic.
Featured photo: Princeton University Glee Club in the Annual Football Concert against Harvard University Renata Dworak, %01 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%st 16DecGMT+0000 MESSIAH, Singalong or Listen, 2014 Barry Asch, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000
      MESSIAH Sing or Listen, Dec. 21st, The Kate in Old Saybrook
     The Sixth Annual Holiday MESSIAH Sing or Listen (Christmas section) will be presented Sunday, December 21st at 4:00 pm in the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT.  
      This holiday event is sponsored by Cappella Cantorum, open to all, featuring professional soloists: Soprano-Louise Fauteux, Mezzo Soprano-Stephanie McGuire, Tenor-David Finley and Baritone-Christopher Grundy. The Conductor is Music Director Barry Asch with accompaniment  by Assistant Music Director Deborah Lyon. Bring your Messiah scores, or one will be provided.
     There is a $10.00 fee for singers and audience.  Singers should arrive by 3:30 pm  for seating in sections and rehearsal. General seating tickets are available by calling The Kate box-office at  877-503-1286, or 
Classified ad: Live Event Multicam Media Production Scott Crawley, %14 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000, ChoralNet!
My name is Scott Thomas Crawley, and I'm the owner/operator of CRAWLEYWOOD Productions LLC, which is a digital media services company based out of Los Angeles, CA.  I also run a film production training program for students who are eager to learn how to write, shoot, and edit creative content for real-world clients (Sharp Focus Media Academy).
After filming and editing the amazingly talented Burbank Chorale's Christmas Concert last year, I've decided to offer my production services to any other choirs that may be interested in having their events captured in Ultra-High-Definition quailtiy for entertainment purposes or promotional use.  Here is just a small glimpse of what we can provide.
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have about our pricing and availability!  Thanks so much in advance!
Scott Thomas Crawley
Senior Creative Director
CRAWLEYWOOD Productions -
(323) 363-0345
Borrowing request: Libby Larsen's "Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes" Megan Boyd, %14 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000 Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Libby Larsen
Starting: February 2014
For: 4 weeks
Copies: 35
Willing to rent: Yes
I am look to borrow/rent copies of Libby Larsen's "Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes" for my doctoral recital in February 2014. Rehearsals begin on February 12 and I could have the music returned to you by the first week of March. I would pay shipping fees. I am also willing to take whatever number of copies you have even if it's less than 35. Thanks!
Borrowing request: Faure Requiem Miriam Chaudoir, %14 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 Score and Orchestral Parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: 1893 edition
Starting: January 2015
For: 6 months
Copies: Full set of parts
Willing to rent: Yes
I'm mounting a performance of the 1893 chamber version of the Faure Requiem and am looking to borrow or rent the score and parts. My library currently only contains the full orchestra version.  I'll need the parts from February through the beginning of May.  Willing to pay a rental fee, if necessary.
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, December 14, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %13 %b %2014 %23:%Dec:%th 23DecGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - December 14, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed
on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
To subscribe to my weekly playlist emailing:  send
your email address to
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Cast me not away
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger: Morgenlied ~ Three Sacred Songs, Op. 69
St. Clement's Choir, Philadelphia, Peter Richard Conte
Carson Cooman: Adam lay ybounden
Royal Holloway Choir, University of London, Rupert Gough
Samuel Rathbone, organ
Samuel Sebastian Wesley's anthem Cast me not away takes its text from
Psalm 51:11. Morgenlied is one of three sacred songs comprising Opus 69 by
Geman composer Josef Rheinberger.  Adam lay ybounden is a 15th century
English text which scholars think might have been written for a mystery
Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Rene Clausen: Set me as a seal
Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy
John Stanley: Trumpet Tune
J. David Williams, organ
Aeolian-Skinner organ in Riverside Church, New York, New York
Austrian composer Anton Bruckner wrote his setting of the Ave Maria text
in 1861 for seven unaccompanied voices.  Rene Clausen (1953-) is Professor
of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Blind English
composer John Stanley (1712-1786) could accompany a Handel oratorio after
hearing it played through once.
Thomas Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Alfred Schnittke: Our Father in Heaven ~ Three Sacred Hymns
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier
John Tavener: As one who has slept
Polyphony, Stephen Layton
Thomas Tallis (c1505-1585) wrote his setting of the responsary Loquebantur
variis linguis
for Pentecost in the polyphonic style. The tenor has the
cantus firmus around which Tallis weaves a gorgeous musical tapestry.
Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) wrote Three Sacred Hymns in
1983-84. English composer John Tavener wrote his setting of As one who has
from the Liturgy of Saint Basil in 1997. The text is "As one who has slept,
The Lord has risen And rising he has seen us."
Francis Poulenc: Four Motets of Penitence
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Camille Saint-Saëns: Berceuse in E, Op. 105
Joachim Dorfmuller, organ
French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) wrote his Quatre Motets pour
un temps de penitence
in 1938-39.   French organist and composer Alexandre
Guilmant arranged Camille Saint-Saens' Berceuse in E, Opus 105, for organ
in 1897.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 186, "Argre dich, o Seele, nicht"
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
The title of cantata BWV 186 translates as "Trouble thyself not, O Soul".
The text is taken from Salomon Frank. The cantata was first performed in
George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 09, Psalm 135
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers
Patrizia Kwella, soprano; James Bowman, alto;
Ian Partridge, tenor; Michael George, bass
Handel wrote his eleven Chandos Anthems whilst in the employ of James
, Duke of Chandos, at his country home Cannons from 1717 to 1718.
Gregorio Allegri: Messe Vidi Turbam Magnam
A Sei Voci, Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) is best known for his exquisite setting of
the penitential psalm 51. This mass entitled "I saw a great multitude" is
one of several sacred compositions which Allegri wrote in a style which
traces its lineage to the polyphony of Palestrina.
Zoltan Kodaly: Missa brevis
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell
Andrew Reid, organ
Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) wrote his Missa Brevis in
1945. It is largely a reworking of his Organ Mass written in 1942.
Classified ad: Christmas Eve Midnight Mass accompanist needed RCatholic Lisa Mischke, %13 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 and carols and midnight Mass at Catholic church in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Organist needed, pianist playing organ okay. Please contact
Thank you.
Forum message: Reviews for All State Chorus conductors Scott Lounsbury, %13 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 coordinator for new Hampshire's All State Mixed Chorus, I am responsible for hiring conductors, and I am interested in seeing ideas of whom I should be approaching, and whom did not have a good weekend with whose kids.  I would imagine that conductors may well have a similar discussion group, but the other way around...("Stay away from New Hampshire, because the current coordinator is a real jerk..."  That would certainly give me an idea of what I should be working on, yes?)  I did a search here for similar wording, and found nothing.  Does anyone know if there is such a discussion?  I am looking to have a good idea of who has a proven record of being inspirational for the kids in their All State or a larger festival setting.  This really should be a private, eyes-only kind of thing, yes or no?  Which is why I suspect that somewhere there exists such a discussion group, but I am not yet invited to be with the cool kids.  
(Cool kids out there... What would I have to do to join your ranks?  Analyze Whitacre while standing on the tracks while a train is coming around the bend?  That could be exhilarating, but I imagine I would not survive the hazing. :(  )
Forum message: tuner Susan Raccoli, %13 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 anyone know where I can find a simple battery-operated tuner with just 7 notes? I had the perfect one and lost it.
I use it to find my pitch for vocal exercises. Since I do this in the car, I would like one that operates with just one button.
I do not need one that includes a metronome, and I do not need a chromatic tuner. I have checked our music store
and also online, and found nothing like this.
Classified ad: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass needed - Christmas Eve Gavin McIlhinney, %13 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000, Alto, Tenor, and Bass needed for 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Liturgy. Standard Anglo-Catholic/Episcopal liturgy. Pay is $25... Mostly seeking high-school students because our budget doesn't allow for a higher amount, but if anyone else is willing, that would be excellent. Please feel free to advertise to your high school students. Also in need of boy & girl trebles (age 8-14). A small stipend will be distributed. Rehearsal is at 6:00 PM right beforehand. Contact Choirmaster/Organist, Gavin Patrick McIlhinney as soon as possible. or (215) 692-4613
Standard Christmas hymns, Anglican Chant, John Rutter "What Sweeter Music", and Latin Gregorian Propers. 
Classified ad: San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2015 Auditions Helene Whitson, %13 %b %2014 %10:%Dec:%th 10DecGMT+0000
The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us in Spring 2015 for the beginning of our 20th Anniversary Year.  We have openings in all parts.
Tenors and Basses especially are needed.
Program:   Looking Back:  American Music Highlights From Our First 20 Years 
Eric Whitacre:  Water Night  *  Animal Crackers
Stephen Paulus:  Afternoon on a Hill
David Conte:  The Waking
Kirke Mechem:  Blow Ye The Trumpet
Aaron Copland:  The Boatmen’s Dance  *  The Golden Willow Tree
Irving Fine:  Father William  *  Lobster Quadrille (from Alice in Wonderland)
Alice Parker:  Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal  *  Wondrous Love
James Erb, arr:  Shenandoah
Walter Kittredge:  Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
Ralph Hunter, arr.:  Temperance Songs:  Sparkling Water  *  Sign Tonight
Rehearsals began Monday, January 5, 2015

Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m. in:
Trinity+ St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
1668 Bush Street
San Francisco
To arrange for an audition (ability to blend and sing in tune, some sight reading skill expected) or obtain further information, contact Music Director Robert Gurney at 415-721-4077 or For further information about us, check our website at
Our concerts will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Our Spring 2015 season, Looking Back:  American Music Highlights From Our First 20 Years, is a selection of San Francisco Lyric Chorus singers’ American music favorites from our past 20 years of programs.  
Formed in 1995, San Francisco Lyric Chorus is an auditioned, medium-sized, mixed-voice chorus that performs a diverse repertoire with an emphasis on classical choral music and rarely performed works. We are an inclusive and welcoming community of singers, committed to excellent musicianship and creative programming.  The Chorus has featured performances of works by such composers as Berlioz, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré, Dufay, Josquin, Bernstein, Gjeilo, Howells, Pärt, Tavener, Lauridsen, Verdi, Britten, Whitacre, Dvorák, Kodály, Corigliano, and San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem, as well as our 10th Anniversary commissioned work, Illinois composer Lee R. Kesselman's This Grand Show Is Eternal and the December 2009 World Premiere of Robert Train Adams’ Christmas Fantasy.
We have a wonderful sense of community and enjoy making music together and sharing it with our audiences. We would like to meet you!
Concert: The Eastern Star - Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert Paul Lindblad, %13 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present The Eastern Star on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:00pm, at  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at
Join OPCC for an evening of choral gems to herald the Christmas Season. This exciting concert highlights the work of seven Chicago area composers. Featured will be the premiere of new compositions by Harvey Hahn (Cary) and Rowen Bell (Oak Park). Pieces by Carl Schalk (Melrose Park), Paul Bouman (Oak Park), Paul Lindblad (Des Plaines), the late Richard Hillert (Melrose Park), and the late Victor Hildner (Oak Park) will also be showcased.
Come celebrate with us.
Announcement: Registration Extension for Violettes Youth Songwriter Competition Becky Chaffee, %13 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 by Becky 2nd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition (ages 10 thru 17). Registration is extended to Feb. 1 and the on-line submittal is due: Feb 14, 2015.
1st place prize for the composition winner is $1,000. 1st P;ace for teh songwriter is Professional Recording of song by Digitrax Entertainment Studios, $100 and Violettes Guitar Bag. Music Professionals are Volunteer Judges who critique the entries.
For complete guidelines and prizes, see Or just go to web site at
Classified ad: choral risers to rent/borrow in Boston? Robert Isaacs, %13 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000 
Hi -- does anyone know of a company which rents choral risers in Boston?  Or alternately:  does anyone in that area own a set (sufficient for 60-70 adult singers) which you'd be willing to rent to us, in late January?
Thanks so much for any advice you can share!
Borrowing request: Instrumental parts to "Pergolesi" Magnificat Allen H Simon, %13 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 Durante, Magnificat
Composer/Arranger/Edition: public domain PDFs
Starting: ASAP
For: .
Copies: .
Willing to rent: No
Does somebody have PDFs of instrumental parts for the "Pergolesi" Magnificat by Francesco Durante? Or at least the first movement? It's in public domain, and CPDL has a vocal part, so I'm thinking somebody might have them. I thought I had them in my files but it turns out I don't, and it's scheduled for Christmas Eve!
Classified ad: Music Director/Organist/Choir Director Meg Newhouse, %13 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 Parish UU in Lexington, MA seeks an experienced organist/choir director to lead and direct our music ministry in a way that creates an atmosphere of spiritual depth, human solidarity, and joy.  The position may be filled by one FT or two PT people. College degree in music (or equivalent) is required; graduate study preferred. First Parish is a welcoming midsized Unitarian Universalist congegation whose mission is to be known for its love, seeking, and service. We are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants should read the full job description at and send a statement of interest and a professional résumé  (as a Word document) to by January 30, 2015. ]]>Classified ad: 4 Step Wenger Legacy Riser Tony Rangel, %12 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 Wenger Legacy Risers.  4 are in fully working condition and 1 needs two casters replaced (just started looking for replacements).  These risers certainly have cosmetic wear, but are safe, roll queitly, and are a breeze to set up.  These are not touring risers; therefore they don't collapse.  Sturdy, safe, and a great deal for someone out there!  
These same risers are over $1700 new.  I would like to get $400 for each fully working riser and would negotiate for the 5th.  Obviously, shipping will require some more conversation.  Backrails and mounting hardware is included.  Grey carpet.  
Email with questions or to request pictures.
Classified ad: URGENT - Tenors and Basses needed for Christmas Eve Guillermo Munoz, %12 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine needs tenors and basses for the Christmas Eve service - 8pm service, 6:30pm call. Please contact choir director Guillermo Muñoz Küster at if interested and available as soon as possible. Kindly include a resume with your inquiry. Honorarium for services is $100.
Forum message: Messiah recordings - concerted Kevin Smith, %12 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000 anyone know of Messiah recordings that are concerted (using soloists or chamber choir for the harder sections)?
Kevin Smith
Dr. Kevin D. Smith, Music Dept. Chair
Eastern Nazarene College
Quincy, MA 
Forum message: Should choir perform at smaller venues without Director? Heather Hart, %12 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 direct a teenager community show choir that does 2 large shows each year (Christmas and Spring).  Our shows cost about $15,000 to put together, and they are very polished, with a professional choreographer, costume designer, lighting technician, sound engineer, production crew, board, etc.  We often perform at smaller venues *before* the show dates to promote the show or to provide an outreach to the community.  I am always present for these.  However, the board currently wants my choir to perform at a venue that is separate from our show several weeks *after* the performance.  I am not available to be there.  They want to have the choir perform without me.  I'm uncomfortable with this, and think that I should be present at all of our performances.  Your thoughts and experience on this? ]]>Forum message: What is standard for a contract to make a derivative work and sell it? Keane Southard, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 want to make an arrangement of a work that is still under copyright and then want to sell the arrangement through my own self-publishing company.  I just received a contract from the publisher (after trying for over a year!) and because I haven't really done this before, I was wondering if what I'm receiving is standard for these types of agreements or not.  Here is some of what the contract stipulates:
-I would be granted the nonexlusive right to sell the sheet music at my expense throughout the USA and Canada and pay 25% of the sales to the publisher (copyright holder).
-The arrangement will be created as the result of a "Work-Made-For-Hire" and the publisher will still own the original copyright and is entitled to any royalties generated from performance of the arrangement.  I must also send them two complimentary copies of the score and any recordings that are made.  
-The agreement is valid for 5 years.
I think most of this make sense and is agreeable to me, but my biggest concern here is that if I have the nonexlusive right to sell this arrangement and I am sending them complimentary copies, they could easily publish the arrangement too, and as they are, in this case, a big and well-known publishing company with lots of resources, that could steal all my potential business and have received a great arrangement and sell it without having had to pay me at all for creating it.  Might it be a possibilty to say to them that I will not ask for the right to publish and sell the sheet music if they will pay me a satisfactory amount for the creation of the arrangement itself instead?
Also, as I would be selling the sheet music through my website online, would I have to turn down sales from people oustide the USA and Canada?  Should I ask that the clause in the contract be changed to say "worldwide" instead of "USA and Canada only"?
Anyone who has any experience with these matters, please let me know your thoughts and experiences.  I greatly appreciate it.
Concert: Palestrina & Howells, Chilcott & Pott (St. Louis, MO) Philip Barnes, %12 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000
The Christmas program of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus features Palestrina's festive motet Hodie Christus Natus Est and the double choir mass based upon it, as well as the 6-voice O Magnum Mysterium. The latter text is also heard as part of Bob Chilcott's Before The Ice, which interweaves the traditional Responsory with a seasonal poem by Emily Dickinson. This double choir composition was commissioned for the SLCC in 2012. The following year the choir commissioned Francis Pott's Good Day, Sir Christëmas, and this too will be reprised at the 21 December 2014 concert. Also on the program are the three 'carol-anthems' of Herbert Howells, and his later settings of John Buxton's poetry, Walking in the Snow and Long, Long Ago.
The concert is performed at 3 pm in the resonant sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood (MO). Tickets and more information are available from the choir's website,
Classified ad: Associate Director of Choral Studies, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education Stephen Caldwell, %12 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The University of Arkansas announces a tenure track faculty position of Associate Director of Choral Studies and professor of Choral Music Education, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities include directing the Inspirational Chorale, a choir dedicated to the performance of music from the African-American tradition, directing a second major undergraduate ensemble (Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, or Men’s Chorus) teaching secondary choral methods, undergraduate conducting, supervising choral-focused student teachers, and assisting to mentor students pursuing MM degrees in choral conducting. Additional duties include recruitment, maintaining an active and nationally relevant agenda of research and conducting on and off campus, and participating in outreach and service responsibilities.
Qualifications: PhD in Music Education or DMA in Choral Conducting, at least 3 years of public school teaching at the secondary choral level, a record of (or clear potential for) scholarship as evidenced by publications, conference presentations, regional and/or state choral festival invitations, and demonstrated excellence in conducting. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Date of Appointment: August 15, 2015.
Review of applications and materials will begin January 15th, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi for choral methods and/or conducting courses, and a list of at least 3 references. In addition, applicants should submit one 10-minute video of a choral rehearsal (in which the conductor and choir are visible), and one choral performance video (with camera facing the conductor). Videos may be sent on DVD or uploaded to YouTube and URL links emailed. All materials may be sent through standard delivery or email.
Send materials to search committee chair, or email to
Dr. Stephen Caldwell
Director of Choral Activities
MUSC 201
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
The University of Arkansas is the flagship research institution in the state, serving a student population of over 26,000. Fayetteville and its surrounding two-county area has a growing population of nearly 500,000. It is routinely considered among America’s finest college towns and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the country.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity institution committed to achieving diversity its faculty. Therefore, the University is especially interested in applications from qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic departments. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.
Classified ad: Accompanist - Rifle Colorado Larry Sweeney, %12 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 Position at Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church
Responsibilities: Accompany congregational singing during worship services at 9:30 in the summer, and 9 & 10:30 the rest of the year. Play SATB parts & accompany Choir during practice Wednesday evenings at 7 and Sunday mornings at 10. Six to Eight hours per week plus personal preparation time.
Preferred knowledge of or willingness to learn: Contemporary music, chord chart and lead sheet reading.
Preferred but not necessary: Ability to play the Organ and/or Guitar.
Qualifications: Professional training desired. A broad range of music interest and competency is needed—from sacred to gospel to praise music.
Salary commensurate with experience. Position reports to Director of Music Ministry and Senior Pastor.  
Submit cover letter and resumes Attn: SPR Chair persons, Larry Sweeney & Jeanie Humble—to the church office at 200 East 4th, Rifle, CO 81650 or email Larry Sweeney at
Classified ad: Soprano Section Leader Brett Judson, %12 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000
Soprano Section Leader/Soloist
One Thursday evening rehearsal and two Sunday morning services (8-11:30am), which equals three calls. Most weeks are three calls, which is $150, Sept. – early June. Opportunities for extra calls. Classical choir and folk/contemporary choir. Wonderful acoustics! The church is 15 minutes east of Hartford.
To arrange an audition, contact:
Brett Judson, Director of Music
Emanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA)
60 Church Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Classified ad: Bass needed for Christmas Cantata Dan Clark, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 needed Bass for Christmas Cantata Dec. 21, 9:00-10:30 am.  Call is for $100.  Rehersal Thursday, Dec 18, 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Warminster Presbyterian Chruch, 500 Madison Ave., Warminster, PA.  Contact Rev. Clark, cell 818-468-8127. ]]>Concert: A new cantata Thomas H. Shellenberger, %12 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 First Church Chancel Choir will present The Advent of Christ, an original cantata for the time before Christmas, this coming Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14 at 3PM in the  sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, 601 Market St. in Williamsport, PA. It will be the first performance of the 20+ minute work. The 40-voice Chancel Choir, along with soprano soloist Mary Engle, will be accompanied by woodwind quintet, piano and percussion.The Advent of Christ was written by poet Diane Thomas and myself.  For those close by...we hope to see you there.  
Forum message: choir code of conduct Rita Scholz, %12 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000,
Does anyone wish to share ideas you may have regardng a printed code of conduct for advanced high school choirs? I'm looking for specific behavorial/ethic expectations that you have in a written contract for your students before travel or in a beginning of the year syllabus.
Many Thanks!
Forum message: Crystal LaPoint Kowalski? Kayla Werlin, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 colleagues,
Can anyone give me any biographical information on this composer? Google search and Musica search have not turned up much of anything. Thanks very much. And, if you haven't performed Kowalski's "Hey Nonny No" for women's choir, I encourage you to give it a look.
Concert: ILLUMNI Men's Chorale - Live Streaming Concert Dec 13th, 2:30PM PDT Christopher McCafferty, %12 %b %2014 %08:%Dec:%th 8DecGMT+0000, Everyone!

ILLUMNI Men's Chorale will be holding 2 concerts, and live streaming the first one at 2:30PM Pacific Time on 12/13.  The stream link is here:!IllumniLive/c1upz

You can also attend both concerts for free, by siging up on

Rep: Bieble Ave Maria, Gregorio Dona Nobis Pacem, Chesnokov Spaseniye, Mr Grinch and more - Four Full Octaves from a maly only choir! (Low A to Soprano A (A2-A6)).

Concert: Second Saturday Bluegrass Gospel Jam Craig Hawkins, %12 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000 Saturday, December 13, is the latest installment of Our Saviour Lutheran Church's "Second Saturday Bluegrass Gospel Jam". Come with your old-time song ideas to sing or play and join the others in the round as we celebrate God's love in traditional song. All singers are welcome as well as any acoustic instrumentalist. This month's get together will feature Christmas songs as well as the usual blend of gospel bluegrass tunes.
7-9pm Saturday, December 13
Our Saviour Lutheran Church
731 Hooper Road
Endwell, NY
Next to Highland Park
Concert: Camerata d'Amici presents " O Holy Night" , Dec. 14th, 4:00 p.m. Catherine Campbell-Nesbit, %12 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 d'Amici, an SATB chorale, directed by Kristin Sponheim, will present " O Holy Night - A Choral Celebration of Christmas" on Sunday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m.  The concert will be at the South Salem Presbyterian Church in South Salem, New York.  Please visit our website, to learn more about the concert.  You may pre-purchase tickets for the reduced fee of $20.  Tickets at the door are $25.
The concert features the music of Praetorius, Lauridsen, Eleanor Daley, Fissinger, Ron Nelson and arrangements of familiar carols by McCulloton, Willcocks, and Abbie Betinis.  The audience is invited to sing a long with the chorale on carols as well.  The concert is accompanied by pianist, Margarita Nuller, pianist Maxim Vladimiroff and perucussionist, Jon Churchill. 
Borrowing request: FLUTE PART NEEDED Patty Olson, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 Need to buy, rent sheet music flute part
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Love Came Down at Christmas/ Philip Stopford
Starting: ASAP
For: not sure
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I would like to down the load the sheet music so I can use this piece in our Christmas Concert at church.
Forum message: "A Song for Every Child" concert theme Lauren Walker, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 am looking for treble voice repertoire (unison, SA, SSA, SSAA) that fits the concert theme "A Song for Every Child".  Repertoire is for an auditioned community children's chorus comprised of 4 ensembles.  A Training Chorus grades 1-4, a Treble Chorus grades 3-6, a Chamber Chorus grades 6-12, and an a cappella group  9-12.   ]]>Forum message: Best children's choir recordings Paul Buckley, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000,
One of the happiest developments in my world (I'm a church music and worship director) is the sudden interest among 10 or so kids -- fourth grade through sixth -- in forming a choir of their own. (At the moment we're working on Rutter's "Carol of the Children," Berg's "This Little Light of Mine," and "Betelehemu.")
I'd love to inspire these kids with great recordings of great children's/youth choirs. Any suggestions? (You get bonus points if you include some Christmas recordings along with whatever else you think is worthy.)
Paul Buckley
Classified ad: Soprano Section Leader Lee E. Hoffman, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church in Sacramento is seeking a soprano section leader. Responsibilities include rehearsals on Thursdays 7-9 pm, church services on Sundays 10:15 am-12:15 pm, plus additional rehearsals and festival services (e.g. Christmas, Easter, etc.). Among the required skills are strong sight reading, ability to lead sectional rehearsals, as well as a collaborative spirit. The choir consists of  volunteers, and it performs repertoire from all stylistic periods. Pay is $40 per appearance (i.e. rehearsal, service), typically $80/week; additional pay for rehearsals and services. Please see attached job description for more details. Contact Ms. Lee Hoffman, Director of Choirs, at to schedule an audition. The church is located at 1300 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. ]]>Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Lee E. Hoffman, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church in Sacramento is seeking a tenor section leader. Responsibilities include rehearsals on Thursdays 7-9 pm, church services on Sundays 10:15 am-12:15 pm, plus additional rehearsals and festival services (e.g. Christmas, Easter, etc.). Among the required skills are strong sight reading, ability to lead sectional rehearsals, as well as a collaborative spirit. The choir consists of  volunteers, and it performs repertoire from all stylistic periods. Pay is $40 per appearance (i.e. rehearsal, service), typically $80/week; additional pay for rehearsals and services. Please see attached job description for more details. Contact Ms. Lee Hoffman, Director of Choirs, at to schedule an audition. The church is located at 1300 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. ]]>Concert: Sing We All Nowell - Music for Christmas James Kreger, %11 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 Thomas Circle Singers
James Kreger, Artistic Director
The Commonwealth Brass
The Bel Canto Chorus of the Children's Chorus of Washington, Bryan Stenson, conductor
Michelle Lundy, harp
Organ and percussion
Frank Ferko "A Festival of Carols"
Cecilia McDowall "Christus Natus Est"
Music of Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Matthew Cullloton, Thomas Hale, William Mathias, Robert Convery, Bob Chilcott, Andrew Miller, Donald McCullough, and others
Sunday December 14 at 4:00
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC
Concert: Christmas with the New Ark Chorale "Christmas Bells are Ringing" James Green, %11 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 New Ark Chorale, Dr Michael Larkin, conducting
"Christ Bells Are Ringing"
Special Guests, the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, Kerry Dietz conducting
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Newark United Methodist Church
69 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
For more information: 302-368-4946

Tickets: $15 for adults (age18 and above), under 18 free.
Handicapped Accessible.
The repertoire: (the feature is the cantata by Daniel Gawthrop, probably a Delaware premier)
Christmas Eve Is Here                            arr. Michael Larkin
Coventry Carol                                         arr. Michael Larkin
I Saw Three Ships                                   arr. Michael Larkin
This Child, This King                                 Daniel Gawthrop
O Magnum Mysterium                              Ivo Antognini
The Colors of Christmas                         John Rutter
All Bells in Paradise                                John Rutter
Angels We Have Heard on High              Joan Pinkston  
Wilmington Handbell Selections (to be announced)
Christmas Finale                                   arr. Joyce Eilers (the audience joining)
A Merry Christmas                                arr. Arthur Warrell
Forum message: Any courses or scolarship in USA or Europe for choral conductors? Daniel Realpe, %11 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 all!
I would ike to know where can I study any courses, choral masters or scolarships in choral conducting in USA or Europe.
I appreciate your help!
Daniel Realpe
Esp. Children and youth choral conductor.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
(051) 3165008181
Concert: Triangle Gay Men's Chorus Presents "Delights of December Bill Toups, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000
WHEN:          December 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
WHERE:        Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
                    1801 Hillsborough Street
                    Raleigh, NC
WHEN:          December 14, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
WHERE:        Pilgrim United Church of Christ
                    3011 Academy Road
                    Durham, NC
COST:           $10.00 in advance at:
                    or, at the door: $15.00 adults, $10.00 students and children
Forum message: Sixth Grade General Music Repertoir Bradley Stump, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 everybody!  I have a quick question for you. 
I currently teach two sixth grade general music classes which rotate every 9 weeks.  We have two singing days per week (Wednesday and Thursday).  I would like to introduce them to different types of music - other than the music I am currently using.  (The kids are getting bored with it and honestly, I guess I am too).  Do you all have any suggestions for decent rep for 6th graders - foreign language, classical, current, etc.
Thanks for your help!
Announcement: Dale Grotenhuis Music Collection Benjamin Kornelis, %11 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000
Choral music friends: I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Grotenhuis Music Collection at Dordt College.  Besides a large number of published works, Dale left behind a significant number of unpublished compositions and arrangements, as well; through the generosity of his family and the support of Dordt College, over 500 of these works are now available to the public for their continued use and at no charge.  Many of these works were commissions for church choirs and so will be of special interest to those who work with smaller choral ensembles.  Also of note are the many compositions and arrangements for male chorus (he conducted the 2nd Army Band Male Chorus while in the armed services).  We are delighted to be able to make Dale’s available so that it can continue to be of service to many - please explore this valuable resource!
Classified ad: Organist & Pianist available David Leahey, %11 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Leahey is available as a recitalist, accompanist, conductor, or for a masterclass/lecture.You may contact David directly at 1-862-2LEAHEY.
David Leahey began his musical career as a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral, England. During that time he gained a wonderful choral education, participating in services for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Princess Diana and Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. David also toured Spain and Japan alongside Paul McCartney performing McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio. While still a teenager he became organist for a number of churches in Liverpool and its surrounding area. At age sixteen he was appointed as Organ Scholar at Liverpool Cathedral under the tutelage of the world-renowned Professor Doctor Ian Tracey, and in this capacity he accompanied and conducted services and assisted in the training of probationer choristers.
In 1997 he followed in the footsteps of Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, and was awarded the foundation scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before returning to Liverpool to study for a bachelor of honours degree in Music and Information Technology.
Since August 2003, David has been the Director of Music at two high profile churches in the DC Metro area and he has recently been appointed as Director of Music at Christ Church, New Bern. During his time in the USA he has worked with George Mason University and demonstrated his excellent repertoire by performing recitals at the White House, the Blair House and Washington's National Cathedral, among other establishments throughout the US.
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Position Louis Perazza, %11 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 Anthony of Padua RC Church, Wilmington, DE.  Thursday evening rehearsal 7-9 with Sunday morning warm up at 10 am, High Mass 11 AM.  Excellent sight reading skills.  Weddings, funerals, and summer music festival.  Stunning building and world class pipe organ.  Please contact Louis Lawrence Perazza at or 215-888-9190. ]]>Classified ad: Bass Section Leader Position to begin Jan. 2015 Louis Perazza, %11 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 Anthony of Padua RC Church, Wilmington, DE.  Thursday evening rehearsal 7-9, Sunday 10 am warm up, 11 AM High Mass.  Stunning building and world class pipe organ.  Excellent music programing.  Ample oppertunity for weddings, funerals and summer music festival.  Please contact Louis Lawrence Perazza, Organist at or call 215-888-9190. ]]>Classified ad: Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of Voice & Choir Michael Zemek, %11 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
Augustana College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor for Voice (tenor, baritone or bass preferred) and Choir Director to begin in the 2015-2016 academic year.  Responsibilities: Teach applied voice and conduct one or more choral ensembles.  Additional responsibilities may include musicianship, music appreciation, music education or other areas of specialization according to candidate’s qualifications and departmental needs.  Participation in recruitment and activities of the Department and the College are expected.  Expectations: Evidence of successful voice teaching, choral conducting, and classroom teaching.  Ability to teach in a variety of vocal and choral genres.  Strong technical and musical skills as a performer.  Piano skills essential.  Commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting. Qualifications: Doctorate preferred.  ABD considered or evidence of significant professional experience.  Rank/Salary: Visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Instructor, commensurate with background, degree, and experience.  This is a full-time, renewable visiting faculty position. Augustana’s Department of Music is known for its excellent performance  and study opportunities for both music and non-music majors; an extensive faculty of performers and scholars dedicated to teaching musicians; a strong curriculum of applied music, musicianship, music teacher preparation, academic coursework in the liberal arts setting, and a large variety of ensembles with nearly a quarter of Augustana’s students participating in them.  The department encourages close connections with professors and peers, and sponsors guest performers and master classes, ensemble tours, music internships and work-study option in a variety of music venues.
Augustana emphasizes the connection between music and the liberal arts.  The department offers four majors leading toward a Bachelor of Arts degree:  the major in music, the major in music performance, the major in music education, and the major in composition.  In addition, the department offers a minor in music and in jazz.  Requirements for majors in music and in music performance meet the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music.  The music education major meets standards from both the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Commission of Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Review of applications will begin January 12, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Michael Zemek, Co-Chair of the Music Department, at
Application Process –
You must provide the following information:
· letter of application
· curriculum vitae
· recordings of vocal and choral performances including rehearsal technique examples if possible (online links preferred or DVD/DCs may be submitted with materials)
· copy of graduate transcripts
· statement of teaching philosophy
· evidence of teaching effectiveness
· three letters of recommendation
All application materials should be mail to:
Search #109-15 Voice/Choir,
C/O Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Associate Dean,
Augustana College,
639 – 38th Street,
Rock Island, IL  61201
or submit materials via email to .  

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds.  We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed. 
Borrowing request: Need Persichetti Celebrations Trent Brown, %11 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 "Celebrations" vocal score
Composer/Arranger/Edition: V. Persichetti
Starting: January - April
For: April 12
Copies: 1-80
Willing to rent: Yes
I'm looking for any copies I can borrow of Persichetti's Celebrations.  Thanks for your consideration!  -Trent
Forum message: Looking for FUN Choir Music for St. Patrick's Day Joseph Cook, %11 %b %2014 %05:%Dec:%th 5DecGMT+0000'm a middle school choir director.  I'm looking for music that would be good for our next concert which will be on St. Patrick's Day, so I'm looking for some good Irish pieces or pieces that would fit the St. Patrick's Day theme.  Of course, I want it to be something middle school age kids would enjoy.
Concert: Lessons and Carols at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA (Dec. 14) Mark Anderson, %11 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000
Shadyside Presbyterian Church Presents a Service of Lessons and Carols
Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 14, at 4:00 p.m.
With this traditional service, the pastors and the Chancel Choir of Shadyside Presbyterian Church welcome the community to join them as they celebrate in word and in song the joys of the Christmas season.  Based on the service begun at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918, the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols traditionally begins with the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City.”  The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of a Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is then told through a series of Scripture readings, carols, and hymns.  
No tickets are necessary to attend.  For information on other musical programs at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, including the church’s Music in a Great Space concert series, call 412.682.4300, or visit
Shadyside Presbyterian Church is centrally located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s university district, just a few blocks away from the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.  The church is situated on the corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, only one block off Fifth Avenue.  Free on-street parking is available surrounding the church.  The church’s 1994 Reuter Organ (opus 2175), capable of playing the full range of organ literature, accompanies the choir and leads the congregation in worship.  As an American Classic instrument, it incorporates the German, French, Italian, and English schools of organ building to create an instrument of enormous versatility.  The 105-rank organ helps to uphold the highest standards of sacred music and carries that tradition vibrantly into the twenty-first century. ]]>
Forum message: Mandatory Middle School Music Connie Sandoz, %11 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000
This is the first year for mandatory middle school music. They must choose either choir, band, or general music. I have some questions that I hope you can give some input:
1. Should choir always be "fun"?
2. Is it right to tell students that if they can tell that they're not on key, or if it gets too high or low, to just fake it (not in class but in performance)?
3. If students can't sing at all, should they be told to fake it during a performance or should they just sing out of key, thus causing a poor performance?
4. What do you when a parent has researched the internet to find what a choir class should look like and doesn't think his son's class meets te standard? Example: choir should be exciting, fun, engaging, 6th grade shouldn't be about singing in tune but loving to sing, teacher should be happy. I've personally searched the web and don't find anything along this line.
Any thoughts??? I've taught for over 20 years and have never come across this situation.
Thank you!
Borrowing request: Need to borrow/rent John Leavitt's Requiem Kym Scott, %10 %b %2014 %23:%Dec:%th 23DecGMT+0000 John Leavitt - Requiem
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Leavitt - Concordia Publishing
Starting: January 2015
For: Four months
Copies: 80
Willing to rent: Yes
I am hoping to borrow or rent choral scores as well as the orchestral parts for the John Leavitt Requiem for a concert in April.  If you can help, it would be much appreciated.  
Classified ad: Part time Church Music Director David Brown, %10 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 Title: Music Director
Location: Danville Congregational Church, Danville, CA
Level/Salary Range: $24,000-$30,000/yr DOE
Position type: Part time - approximately 20-30hrs/week
Contact: email:, mail: Lynda Manstrom, Office, Danville, Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville, CA 94526-4020


The successful candidate will provide vision, passion and ability to create a vibrant Music Ministry by

  • Using music to facilitate personally meaningful worship experiences and draw the congregation together through music as prayer

  • Developing the role of music in worship and special services, as an expression of the liturgy and the specific message or theme of each service

  • Attracting adults and children to joyfully participate in an active and energetic music program

The Music Director will collaborate with clergy, staff, and congregation to plan worship that celebrates the

  • diversity of musical preferences by

  • Working closely with the pastor on a regular basis, to design the format and components of worship including selecting music that ensures an integrated liturgical service experience.

  • Leading and preparing musicians in choral and instrumental music for worship service

  • Being open and responsive to the ideas of lay people who want to participate in shaping the musical elements of worship 

  • Innovating and creating family-friendly worship and intergenerational musical experiences using a blend of music of various styles, and through creative development of musical teams and ensembles 


    • Demonstrated competency as an accomplished keyboard (piano and/or organ) performer and accompanist
    • Bachelor’s degree in Music or demonstrated capability and commensurate experience
    •  Demonstrated experience directing a music program, preferably in a church-related setting
    • Demonstrated competency and experience in choral directing and conducting (adults and children)
    • Demonstrated ability and experience in musical arrangement
    • Demonstrated ability to work with volunteer/amateur musicians with a variety of experience
    • Experience playing and incorporating other instruments e.g.. acoustic/electric guitar, percussion, organ in addition to piano, etc.

    • Interest in developing and coordinating opportunities for wider exposure of music to the congregation and community through events such as musical theatre, pageants, special programs and concerts


    The successful candidate will be one for whom spirituality is a part of their life.

    A benefits package may be available as part of the negotiated compensation for the successful candidate.


    Application Instructions:

    1) Please submit resume to the address provided above. Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the ministry of DCC

    2) Please provide the name and contact information for three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant

    In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.

    Danville Congregational Church is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all. 



Classified ad: Soprano, Alto, Bass December 24th Midnight Mass Sacred Polyphony Heitor Caballero, %10 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000, Alto and Bass needed for a quartet. Missa O Magnum Mysterium by Victoria plus two additional motets. One rehearsal prior to 12-24-14. The mass will follow the Latin Rite. Church of St. Denis in Yonkers, NY (Westchester) Fee is $200. Singers must have familiarity with early sacred music repertoire. Send a sample recording and an e-mail to ]]>Classified ad: Superb Organist/Pianist available Christmas Rasaan Bourke, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000
Saturday's throughout the holiday season I am available.
I am also available December 24th for a Midnight Mass
and ALL morning on Christmas Day
I drive so location not an issue
Classified ad: Voice & Piano Instructor Wanted for Busy Music School Dan Mitchell, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000
Voice/Piano Instructor Needed:
Busy music school is looking for a new private Piano/Voice combination Instructor. We are expanding our teaching staff at our location!  We have one Monday-Friday position open with student’s waiting for you!  Interviews are being scheduled December 11th-19th.  The position begins January 5th, 2015.  Starting Wage is $23 per hour
Applicant must be good with children and be flexible with their availability.
We are looking for instructors who are available Mon-Fri (2pm-9pm) and teach both Piano & Voice. This is a great opportunity for the right person!
School Background

The Orange County Music Academy is a privately owned school that is currently expanding its premises and student base. We have two locations in the city of Anaheim Hills and Placentia.

We are Orange County’s one and only full range music school offering music lessons for: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice, and Band & String Instrument.

We offer music lessons to people of all ages.  Children and Teens make up approximately two thirds of our student base while adults make up the balance. We realize that most of our students will not become professional musicians. We strive to provide a fun and motivating educational environment, with well organized administration and comfortable facilities.
For consideration please visit the “jobs” section of our website:
All suitable applicants will be contacted after a full review of resumes.
Classified ad: Part-time Choral Director and Accompanist Anne Benefield, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church in Potomac. MD, is looking for a talented individual to serve as part-time choral director with the ability to accompany a small choir and soloists/duets/ SATB’s.  The choral director would only be required to be at the church on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to noon.  The choir would rehearse at 9:00 with the worship service starting at 10:30 am.   We would consider a talented keyboard artist with choral skills for this position.
The choral director would choose the music, direct special concerts and cantatas during Christmas, Lent, and Holy Week.  We have an excellent music library.
Presently we have an outstanding paid soprano section leader and soloist.  We may need to add paid sectionalists for alto and bass parts.
The director would also be involved in leading our handbell choir, which has five octaves of bells.
If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Sara Sadler, search committee chairperson, at ]]>
Borrowing request: Borrow "Wanna Have Fun" Carla Strandberg, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, SSA
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Cyndi Lauper
Starting: Now
For: Two Weeks
Copies: One Want to request copying privileges
Willing to rent: Yes
This song is out of print.  It is now only available as part of a medley which is not adequate for my needs.  If I could just borrow a copy, I would have the information I need to request copying priveleges.
Carla Strandberg, Director
Women of Note
Classified ad: A bit of fun for group members - The Age Old Reason for Joy Karaoke Robin Mayhew, %08 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 your group is not performing my new, free and fun Christmas carol The Age Old Reason for Joy this season perhaps you could let your members know that they can sing along with a simulated choir Karaoke style round their Christmas dinner table with family and friends.  Just Google The Age Old Reason for Joy Karaoke and you'll find it on YouTube.  I wrote the carol to teach the young and remind the older just what Christmas is really all about as it seems to have become rather  lost in commerciality.  I'm truly gladdened by some of the comments I've received especially those that point out the 'new words in the message'.  The link below takes you to the page on my website where everything for learning and performance is available as free downloads.
Best wishes and joyous singing to everyone
Concert: A Celebration of Carols in Hackensack Rasaan Bourke, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000
Concert: St. Nicolas Cantata Martha Platt, %10 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 Britten's St. Nicolas Cantata
Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Keystone State Boychoir
Fairmount Strings Ensemble
Matthew Anderson, Tenor
Vincent Metallo, Conductor
5:00pm Sunday, December 21
Church of the Holy Trinity
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia 
Tickets available at
Forum message: Repertoire for a small choir Mandy Vogel, %10 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 have an eleven member choir. It's actually an even balance for the girls but I only have one boy. I have two altos with the ability to sing tenor and I have them switch so they both aren't singing so low all the time. However, my one male singer is a bass. He can also sing high but his voice is more comfortable lower. I'm needing suggestions of pieces for a small group like this that would challenge them. My male singer isn't that strong on his own but he can keep pitch when he is singing with one of my altos. Suggestions?
Forum message: Atonal Music for Young Choir Lauren Melberg, %10 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 everyone!
I am currently searching for a short atonal piece of music to tackle with my very able 6th grade choir, preferably a unison part. We're exploring different genres of music and I really want to give them something outside of the box. However, I don't quite know where to start. Any suggestions?
Thanks for all your help!
Lauren Melberg
Announcement: The Chambered Nautilus by Kile Smith Aliana Kae, %10 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 on MusicSpoke, we feature a new score by composer Kile Smith. Enjoy his setting of an Oliver Wendell Holmes poem for SATB voicing. University choirs might find this one particularly intriguing. Read the review on the blog, then hear it, see it, buy it here for as little as $2 a score! ]]>Forum message: Vibrato singer lynn breun, %10 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 conduct a small community choir. Up until now they have sounded good. We are in Florida so people come and go. Well, a women has returned who is a soprano with a terrible vibrato voice. To say the least she goes off key all  the time when we sing acapella. She is also very loud. We are more or less a pure tone choir. Amazing how one person can cause such a  diaster in a  group. Someone in the alto section yelled out raise your eyebrows, and sit up straight.  Apparently Ms. Know- it- all  doesn't realize  there is a bigger picture here. How do you correct this? They really sound terrible now. She is an older woman who has probably sung like this her whole life. I will talk with the sopranos separately. But can this be changed? ]]>Concert: Lessons and Carols with Nova Vocal Ensemble and Christ the King Pueri Cantores Jonathan Bautista, %10 %b %2014 %05:%Dec:%th 5DecGMT+0000 Vocal Ensemble and Christ the King School Pueri Cantores Choir are proud to present their Lessons and Carols concert for the 2014-2015 season.
Featured on the concert are familiar Christmas carols arranged by composers Ola Gjeilo, Matthew Culloton, Grant Cochran, Terry Schlenker, Fraser Wilson, and others. We will perform an arrangement of the well-known Epiphany carol "We Three Kings" by Welsh composer Steven Griffin, who had submitted the piece to our call for scores earlier this year. We will also be premiering an arrangement of the popular Gustav Holst carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" for the combined Nova and Pueri Choirs by composer-in-residence Dale Trumbore.
Concert is on December 14 at 7:30 pm. Concert will take place at Christ the King Church, 624 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004, on the corner of Vine and Melrose in Los Angeles' Hancock Park/Larchmont/Hollywood area.
Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.
Concert: This Christmas season, Cantoría Hipponensis sings back in Mercado de Colon, Valencia, Spain Victor Duart-Belloque, %10 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000
One more year to add to many in a row.. we come back to sing Christmas carols in Mercado de Colón in Valencia. This beautfull Modernist market was constructed arround 1914 by Arquitect Francisco Mora Belenguer, inspired in masters of his of the stature of Antonio Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalc and Domenech i Muntaner. 

We will again fill  with Christmas carols the space where, for almost 90 years, flesh, fruits, vegetables and fish were sold to supply the pantries of the Valencian inhabitants of the "Eixample" neighborhood.

We will return to embed wtih Crhistmas atmosphere the neurlagic centre of the shopping area of our city, seasoning with some charmy warmth the busy life of the crowded malls.

Once more we will again challenge the noise of traffic,the peak hour bustle, the cold and the the crowd to achive that next December 17th at 7:30 pm, exactly one week ahead of the Holy Night, Cantoría Hipponensis could project our voices to the high centennial arcades of the market with our Christmas message to all people of good will.

The concert will be conducted by Inmaculada Burriel Montoro with the following program:

1.     RIU RIU CHIU…………………………….………………....Anónym S XVI

2.     VILLANCICO MEXICANO………….Traditional.Choral V. Ramón Noble

3.     EN LA MÁS FRÍA NOCHE………...(Away in a Manger) James E. Spilman

4.     EL DESEMBRE CONGELAT………………………………....Manuel Oltra

5.     CAMPANA SOBRE CAMPANA…Traditional Andalous  Arm. L-G. Farreny

6.     A ADORAR AL NIÑO……….….....…Traditional Venezuela. Arr. E. Cifre

7.     YA VIENE LA VIEJA…………..……….…Traditional Spain. Arr. E. Cifre

8.     O MENINO…...--Traditional Alves (Portugal) Mario de Sampayo y Ribeiro

9.     SANT JUSEP SE FA VELLET…………………..….Valencia. Luis Blanes

10.  ADESTE FIDELES……………………...……...………John Reading S.XVIII

11.  NOCHE DE PAZ………………………………………………….Franz Grüber
Concert: Festival of Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service Preston Sweeden, %10 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000 
The First United Methodist Church of Morrilton, Arkansas (50 minutes from Little Rock; between Conway and Russellville) will present its 19th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service on Monday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the choir, the service will feature the Clarence Mannasmith Memorial Handbell Choir, soloist John Gibson, percussionist Ethan DuVall, flutist Mallory Sweeden, guitarist Clay Sanders, guest violinist Trisha McGovern of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the premiere of a new compostion by composer Sean Sweeden. Preston Sweeden is the director and Zoe Butler is the accompanist.
Special guest musician will be Dr. Trisha McGovern, violinist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. McGovern holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She maintains an active and varied career as an orchestral musician, solo recitalist, chamber player, and teacher, with performing and teaching experience in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, California, and Arkansas.
Repertoire will include the following a cappella and accompanied works:
Why Do the Bells of Christmas Ring?, by Sean Sweeden~premiere
Adam Lay Ybounden, by Martha Jones Burford
Isaiah's Voice, by John Ferguson
Annunciation Carol, by Richard Proulx
Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep, by Rober S. Cohen
Fum, Fum, Fum, by Howard Helvey
Gesu Bambino, arr. Mark Schweizer
When Jesus Was Born, by Stephen M. Hopkins
What Strangers Are These?, arr. Dan Forrest
and the hymns of the church....
Once In Royal David's City
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Blessed Be the God of Israel
Everyone is invited to attend, admission is free, and a nursery will be provided. Refreshments will be served afterward.
For more information on a “Festival of Lessons and Carols, call the church office at (501) 354-4077. The church is located at 201 S. Chestnut St. in Morrilton, AR. You may visit the Chancel Choir at or and the church at 
Announcement: ALS Choral Composition Competition 2015 Tigran Hekekyan, %10 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000
                               COMPOSITIONS DEDICATED TO THE
The aim of the competition is the promotion and creation of a new and global choral repertoire for children’s choirs, with possibility of stage acting performances.
Special preference will be given to compositions in praise of
Love, Life and Peace on the Planet
Prizes foreseen for the winners are:
  • First prize - 2000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • Second prize - 1000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • The composition placed third will be performed during the choir’s tours
The basic requirements for the participants and the composition are:
  • Participation is open to composers from any country, aged over twenty.
  • Preferred languages are Latin, English and Armenian.
  • The compositions should be written for the “Little Singers of Armenia” children's choir – either for (SSA) or (SSAA) voices and percussion with or without piano accompaniment.
  • Duration should be no longer than ten minutes. Arrangements are not acceptable.
  • The compositions should be submitted by 1st of May, 2015. 
The Jury will consist of internationally renowned conductors and composers.
For additional information please contact our website .or write to .
The competition will be part of the “100 CONCERTS” organized worldwide, on the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide.
Concert: Christmas Around the World with the Colorado Chorale Kendall Bridges, %10 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000
Join the Colorado Chorale for a festive evening of music that is an eclectic mix of holiday pieces, old and new, traditional and non-traditional, sacred and secular, that spans the globe.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO  80113
Tickets: $15.00
Guests up to age 21 are FREE
Forum message: Finale or Sibelius? Carla Strandberg, %09 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 need advice in choosing between two well-regarded music writing programs, Finale Print Music 2014 and Avid Sibelius First.  I have a community vocal ensemble and frequently need to write out musical examples for exercise and vocal development.  I also do some of my own arranging in SSA and SSAA.  Which program is most likely best for me to write part music?  Sometimes I need to put two parts on one staff.  Which program allows for putting rests in just one of the two parts?   Which program has the best method of adjusting the direction of stems and beams for clear part writing?  Which of the two programs is likely to serve me the best?  I am unlikely to use many of the other benefits of these programs.  Any help you can give me from your experience would be appreciated.  Thank you for your consideration.
Carla Strandberg, Director
Women of Note
Long Beach, California
Classified ad: Professional tenor (choral and solo) Aaron Carlyle, %09 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 Tenor available for choral and solo work in Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Education: BM in Vocal Performance - East Carolina University, MM in Vocal Performance - Westminster Choir College
Experience: Opera Chorus: Opera Company of Philadelphia, Symphonic Choir: New York Choral Artists and NY Philharmonic, Westminster Symphonic Choir, Opera New Jersey, Concert Singers of Cary (Cary, NC), North Carolina Master Chorale and NC Symphony. Chamber Ensemble: The Kinnara Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Choir, Voices of a New Renaissance (Durham, NC), Concert Singers of Cary Chamber Choir.
Beethoven Choral Fantasy - Concert Singers of Cary (November 2014)
Sailor Dido and Aeneas - NC Master Chorale Chamber Choir (May 2014)
Mozart Requiem - Greenville Choral Society (Greenville, NC) and Mount Olive University (Mount Olive, NC) - (April 2014)
Classified ad: Ohio Choir Director (Grades 6-12) Christian Heasley, %09 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 have an opening for a 6-12 choral director at Springfield Local School District in New Middletown, OH.  This is a public school and will be a full time positoin. We are located about 20 minutes south of Youngstown, OH.  The position includes 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs at the intermediate school and two periods of high school choir and a concert choir at the high school.  The school is a small rural school graduating about 80 students per class.  Applications are currently being accepted, the teacher would need to be able to start by February 1st, 2015.  
Interested candidates should contact Mr. DeFelice at the school. Cover letter, application/resume and references should be sent addressed as follows:
Mr. Tony DeFelice
Springfield Local High School
11335 Youngstown Pittsburgh Rd.
New Middletown, OH 44442
This position needs to be filled quickly, so I would encourage interested candidates to apply or inquire sooner rather than later.
Classified ad: Open Auditions for San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Zanaida Robles, %09 %b %2014 %09:%Dec:%th 9DecGMT+0000 Auditions for San Gabriel Valley Choral Company in Monrovia, CA
The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) will hold auditions for new singers on all voice parts on Tuesday, January 6. Auditions are held by appointment, and adults with classical choral experience and basic sight-reading skills are encouraged to audition. Singers should bring a short solo and be prepared for a brief (and friendly) musicianship assessment. Auditions last for about 10 minutes and will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia (101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia 91016). An accompanist will be provided. Details about membership fees, concert attire, performances and outreach activities will be available at the time of the audition. All singers who audition are considered for solo and small ensemble opportunities, as well.
Founded in 1995, the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) is a non-profit choir based in Monrovia, CA. SGVCC performs three to four concerts per year, singing a broad repertoire that includes classical, spirituals, pop, jazz, opera, folk music, and musical theater. Comprised of singers from throughout the Southland, the choir provides an opportunity for its members to challenge themselves and to share their love of music with San Gabriel Valley residents.
Rehearsals for our March 28 “Resonant Witness” concert featuring music of J.S. Bach, Hailstork, Dvorak, Robles, and Coleridge-Taylor, will begin on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. SGVCC performs 3-4 concerts per year and rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-9:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Monrovia. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Zanaida Robles at (626) 487-9862 or ]]>
Concert: Bellevue Chamber Chorus: "Christmas in Europe" James McTernan, %09 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 Bellevue Chamber Chorus as we enter our fourth decade of performances! Our program features a diverse sample of European treasures for Christmas and the New Year.  Enjoy lush arrangements of traditional carols and modern melodies. Cellist Nathan Whittaker (Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Cornish College of the Arts) joins the Chorus for Ralph Vaughan Williams' marvelous "Fantasia on Christmas Carols".
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm,
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004  (425) 822-7907
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 pm,
Grace Lutheran Church, 9625 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004    (425) 454-4344
Price: $9.00 - $18.00
Tickets available at the door.
Purchase tickets and extra information:, or call 425-881-0445
Additional ticket information: Single ticket prices are $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $9 for children 12 and under. Buy a 3-concert Series Card and save at $45 (adult) and $36 (student/senior)! Group sales are also available
Announcement: New Choir in South Suburban Chicago Vaughn Roste, %09 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 South Suburban Chorale will begin Monday evening rehearsals on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7 pm. Under the direction of Dr. Vaughn Roste and accompanist Benjamin Amenta, the choir looks to welcome new members of all voice types ages 16 through 96. No auditions are required, but singers are requested to sing indiviidually only for vocal placement (section determination) as soon as convenient. Email Dr. Roste below to make an appointent! All singers are welcome regardless of previous experience. Rehearsals are held in room 1135 of South Suburban College (15800 South State Street, South Holland IL 60473) on Monday evenings from 7 pm to 9:40 pm. We hope you can join us!
Concert: A Candlelight Concert Jann Degnan, %09 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000
The Transfiguration Choir of Men and Boys, Girls Choir and Camerata present
Gloria and Dancing Day - John Rutter
Christmas Cantata - Daniel Pinkham
Christmas Peace Julie Dolphin 
Judith Hancock, Guest Organist 
Kathryn Andrews, Harpist
The Patriot Brass Ensemble
?Dr. Claudia Dumschat, Conductor
Friday, December 12
7:30 P.M.
Church of the Transfiguration
1 East 29th Street (between Fifth and Madison) 
New York, NY
Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
Reservations: (212) 684-4174For more information visit
Announcement: Anglican Psalter from Dr. George Guest - Paraclete Press Josh Kanaga, %09 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The tunes in this Psalter were collected by Dr. George Guest, who was the Organist and Choirmaster of St. John's College, Cambridge University, England for 40 years. They are arranged according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America and were pointed for chanting by Dr. Guest.

“The rarest of unspoken accolades - ‘a legend in his own lifetime’." - David Hill

“His genius gave a unique and abiding expression to Anglican liturgy that will live for generations to come.“ -The Guardian

Foreword by David Hill

Retail: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-61261-070-2, 320 pp
8 1/2 x 11, Hardcover with layflat binding and satin ribbon marker

David Hill shares his thoughts on Dr. Guest and The Psalms of David (short video)


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Announcement: Tour Hosts in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Montana and South Dakota Aaron Carpenter, %09 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota will embark on their annual summer concert tour on June 15, 2015.  We are in search of venues interested in hosting the choir for a concert and overnight stay.  If your community is in one of these States - Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Montana or South Dakota - and would be interested in learning more about hosting the choir, please contact Aaron Carpenter, Artistic Director at
There is no fee associated with hosting the choir.
Concert: Handel's Messiah George Johnson, %09 %b %2014 %06:%Dec:%th 6DecGMT+0000 are pleased to present a world renowned cast of performers in Handel's Messiah. Presenting this famous oratorio is none other than Maestro Philip Bingham as Conductor, LaGree Choir, and soloists. Soloists include: Darnell White (Bass), Kendall Bass (Tenor), Andrew Darling (Counter Tenor), and Melrose Johnson (Soprano). Join us on December 14, 2014 at 3:45pm. The address is 362 West 125th Street Harlem, New York. ]]>Classified ad: Organist Gary Wilhelm, %09 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000
Part- time organist position at the First United Methodist Church of La Grange, a Chicago suburb. Salaried position with no benefits. 30 Rank, 2-manual Moller. Provide music for weekly Sunday morning and special services. Also accompanying adult and children’s choir in rehearsals and in worship. Bachelor’s Degree in music or comparable organist training plus church music experience required. Compensation commensurate with education/training and experience. Additional income possible from teaching, weddings and funerals. Employment expected to begin June 1, 2015, but this is flexible. For more information or to apply, contact Jan Bondiman at  or 708.352.1250. Please include resume.
Forum message: Contemporary Propers for Marian feasts Kiersten Honaker, %09 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000'm considering programming Victoria's "Missa Ave Maris Stella" and I'd like to intersperse Propers between the mass movements for a kind of all-encompassing experience. I know this mass is simply based on his Ave Maris Stella motet, but I thought it would be fun to play off of that and pull in Propers that would be appropriate for the day(s) that that particular motet would be used.
Do any of you have suggestions for settings of Propers for the Assumption? I know there are a million Marian feast days but I thought one that is really standard would be the best. I don't care what language they're in, but I am looking for relatively contemporary composers, for a juxtaposition with the Victoria. SATB (with minimal divisi) and either acappella or with piano is best. Things shouldn't be terribly hard---the level of the singers will be generally high, but the time we have to learn these is extremely short, and I'm not sure I'll even be able to get everyone at one rehearsal together before performance.
All suggestions welcome!
Classified ad: Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble Auditions Joseph Mendolia, %09 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000

When: Monday, January 5, 2015 (7pm-9pm)


Where: St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (502 Druid Hills Rd. Temple Terrace, FL 33617)


What: Vocalists, pianists, organists


About the Group: Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble is a highly select group of musicians from the Tampa Bay area. We perform six concerts during our season, which runs August-June; however, we keep a roster of 30 singers so that each singer may select the concert(s) in which he/she wishes to sing. Typically, we alternate between traditional and popular music, but all concerts have a little of each. 


Concert Schedule:

“When I Fall in Love” - February 13, 2015 

“Pillars of American Poetry” - April 24-26, 2015

“Hits from Stage & Screen” - June 19-20


A successful vocal audition will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to sing in tune
  2. The ability to sing with and without vibrato
  3. The ability to sight read 
  4. Effective stage presence
  5. Professional appearance 


A successful accompanist audition will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to follow singers and the conductor
  2. The ability to read open and condensed scores
  3. The ability to play vocal lines and/or accompaniment lines
  4. The ability to ad-lib and vamp
  5. The ability to sight read

*Accompanists are only used during concert week. We do not use rehearsal accompanists. 



Please bring a photo ID, current headshot, and performance resume. All musicians must be at least 18 years old to audition. 


For more information, please contact 813-812-2466; or

Forum message: Psalmus Hungaricus Thomas Bookhout, %09 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000 anyone have access to a good IPA of the Hungarian text in Kodaly's "Psalmus Hungaricus"? I'm happy to grind one out myself, but someone may already have done the work for me.
Tom Bookhout
Phoenix Symphony Chorus
Borrowing request: Duruflé Requiem Frank Albinder, %09 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000 Duruflé Requiem
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Maurice Duruflé, Durand Edition
Starting: 1/9/15
For: Until 4/1/15
Copies: 65
Willing to rent: No
Looking to borrow/rent Duruflé Requiem piano/vocal scores for a performance in late March by the Virginia Glee Club and the Mt. Holyoke College Glee Club. Will cover shipping, replace any lost copies, pay a modest rental fee if necessary, etc. Thanks!
Announcement: ?horal ?xchange Galina Kazimirovskaya, %08 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000, I'm the conductor Concordia Choir (Belarus, Minsk). I'm looking choir  for a creative friendship . We will be happy to invite you to our country and organize your concerts. And also happy to come to you. Also, I'm wondering performance of a work of our countries consolidated chorus. I am interested in any proposal of this type.
Galina Kazimirovskaya.
Announcement: Song of Atlanta Chorus Guest Night Faith Miller, %08 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000
Our chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers. Our members share a love for singing a cappella music in the barbershop style. As a member, you too can experience the exhilaration of performing and singing. Any woman with singing ability, regardless of vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range (yes, even low voices) with the help of the chorus’ musical leaders and director.
A Sweet Offer:  Free singing lessons & a month of free dues
Discover how fun it is to sing with Song of Atlanta!
Come for the friendships, stay for a lifetime!
Northbrook United Methodist Church
11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075
January 13, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For more information
Or call 770-696-6502
Learn more at or
Concert: World Premiere Daniel Gawthrop's "Gloria" Kevin Allan Turner, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 Premiere of Commissioned “Gloria”
On Sunday, December 14, during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services, the Chancel Choir of Davidson United Methodist Church will perform “Gloria,” commissioned specifically for the choir by composer Daniel Gawthrop.  The piece will be directed by Rev. Kevin Turner, and accompanied by Carolina Brass and Dr. Katie Ann McCarty.  The church is located at 233 South Main Street, Davidson, NC.  ]]>
Announcement: WHEN LOVE DESCENDS from Raycreations Music John Ray, %08 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 LOVE DESCENDS
New for SATB church choir in Christian worship, Advent or General use. Optional flute.
Announcement: SINGERS NEEDED FOR CHORAL PROGRAM IN UMBRIA WITH FLUMMERFELT Paulo Faustini, %08 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 SERENADES is a unique CHORAL, VOCAL, CULTURAL program that brings together passionate singers, amateurs and professionals alike, who seek opportunities to perform exquisite a cappella choral repertoire spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries, in art-filled venues throughout the breathtaking region of UMBRIA, under top leading choral conductors. These "Serenaders" and their travel companions also "taste" and "savor" what the GREEN HEART OF ITALY offers culturally, be it art, history, olive oil, local foods and wines, and also attend the UMBRIAN SERENADES SONG RECITAL SERIES at the CASA MENOTTI MUSEUM.  JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT returns for his last summer as guest conductor of the Umbrian Serenades Ensemble of Participants.  VISIT to APPLY TODAY! (JAN 5 DEADLINE).  WATCH ON YouTube:

July 23-August 4, 2015 - APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, JAN. 5th, 2015


Paulo Faustini
Founder & Artistic Director
(267) 259-0575
Announcement: Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Arts Program Auditions - January 10, 2015 William Pappazisis, %08 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000
The Handel and Haydn Society in Boston announces second semester auditions for its Vocal Arts Program youth choruses.
DATE:  January 10, 2014
TIME:  12:30pm-3:30pm
LOCATION:  Boston Latin School, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Students are welcome to audition for the following ensembles:
  • H+H Singers (grades 3-5)
  • Youth Chorus (grades 6-8, unchanged voices)
  • Young Men's Chorus (grades 8-12, changing/changed voices)
  • Young Women's Choir (grades 9-12)
For more information on H+H's Vocal Arts Program and other educational outreach programs: 
To register for an audition:
Learn about the Handel and Haydn Society
Concert: Blue Heron presents Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy John Yanns, %08 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
“A concert permeated with exceptional beauty” — Susan Miron, The ArtsFuse (Dec. 24, 2012)
“Critic’s Picks: Classical Music” — Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe (2014 Holiday Arts Preview)
Thursday, December 18 at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 19 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 20 at 2:30 PM

Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy 
Music for Advent and Christmas by Du Fay, Josquin, Obrecht, Brumel & others.
Jacob Obrecht (1457/8-1505): Factor orbis
Josquin Desprez (c.1455-1521): O virgo virginum
Antoine Brumel (c.1460-c.1512): Nato canunt omnia
Johannes Ciconia: Gloria Spiritus et alme
Christmas sequences and hymns by Guillaume Du Fay (c. 1397-1474)
Seasonal plainchant
Plus a bouquet of New Year’s Day songs by Gilles Binchois, Baude Cordier, Nicolas Grenon and others.
Get Tickets Now
Pre-concert talks by Irit Kleiman (Boston University)
Doors open one hour before each concert. Pre-concert talks begin 45 minutes before each concert.
Pamela Dellal, Martin Near, Jennifer Ashe, Daniela Toši?, Michael Barrett, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Stefan Reed, Mark Sprinkle, Cameron Beauchamp, Paul Guttry, David McFerrin
Scott Metcalfe, medieval fiddle & harp; Laura Jeppesen, rebec & medieval fiddle, Charles Weaver, lute
(617) 960-7956
Direct link to ticket purchase
Announcement: Capturing Music Companion CD John Yanns, %08 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 professional ensemble Blue Heron was approached last year by Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly, the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard, and author of "First Nights: Five Musical Premiers" (Yale) to record a companion CD for his new book, "Capturing Music: The Story of Notation", to be published by Norton.
Blue Heron is excited to announced that the book has now been published and is available for purchase. As Prof. Kelly puts it, "it is a book that sings to you". The full-color manuscript reproductions truly come to life in Blue Heron's performances. Heidi Waleson, in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal, describes "vivid and revelatory" performances of "exquisite beauty". (Dec. 1, 2014). The CD cannot be purchased separately. 
Here are some audio selections from the CD. (“Leoninus: Alleluya pascha nostrum (organum duplum)”; “Motet: Aucun ont trouvé”).
Spanning a period of some 600 years of written notation, the music runs from Gregorian Chant (e.g. "Ad te levavi") to Sumer is Icumen In, through Perotin and Leonin (polyphony from 11th-century Paris), up to songs of the rhythmically complex songs of Machaut, Ciconia and Senleches. The CD contains 16 tracks.
“Readers will delight in the exquisite beauty of this volume—it looks like a richly illuminated manuscript! And with Blue Heron’s expertly and lovingly produced recordings, this is so much more than a book—it is something rare and wonderful.” — Susan Hellauer, founding member of Anonymous 4
"Lucid and engrossing" -- Alex Ross of The New Yorker ("The Rest is Noise" blog)
Available wherever books are sold. ISBN 978-0-393-06496-4. 256 pages.
Concert: Sursum Corda: "Most Highly Favored Lady" Lester Seigel, %08 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 Corda, Lester Seigel, conductor, presents a program of seasonal works by women composers and arrangers, primarily focused on a Marian theme. Highlights include:
Magnificat by Isabella Leonarda
O Frondens Virga by Hildegard Von Bingen
Hodie by Carol Barnett
Missa Brevis in Honorem Beatae Mariae Virginis by Kristina Vasiliauskaite
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213
Free admission
Concert: Songs of Hope this Friday Mary Clark, %08 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 Haven Oratorio Choir presents Songs of Hope this Friday, December 12, at 8pm.
The concert will take place at Church of the Redeemer, Whitney Avenue at Cold Spring Street in New Haven, Connecticut.
The centerpiece will be Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, along with various works by Haydn, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Ryan Homsey, Antoine Miannay, and more.
Tickets are $20, or $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. 
More information at our website:
Join the event on Facebook!
Classified ad: Bass/Baritone Choral Scholar Gregory Gathright, %08 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000 section leader for large northwest Houston Methodist adult church choir. Weekly Wednesday rehearsal, two morning services on Sunday. Extra pay for weddings and funerals possible. Contact Greg Gathright - 936-581-0011 or ]]>Announcement: Song of Atlanta OPEN HOUSE - 1/13/15 Amy Walker, %08 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000

Need an outlet for your singing talent? Song of Atlanta is the place for you!

As a member, you too can experience the exhilaration of performing and singing a cappella. Any woman with singing ability, regardless of vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range (yes, even low voices) with the help of the chorus' musical leaders and director.

Discover just how fun it is to sing with Song of Atlanta! Come for the friendships, stay for a lifetime!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Northbrook United Methodist Church
11225 Crabapple Rd. Roswell, GA  30075

See for more information about the event.

See for more information about Song of Atlanta.

Concert: Ensemble du Pain Musical: "Hodie Christus natus est" Laura Petravage, %08 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000
"Hodie Christus natus est"
A holiday celebration with Ensemble du Pain Musical!
Join Ensemble du Pain Musical and Artistic Director Laura M. Petravage for a festive Christmas program featuring carols and a holiday sing-along. EDPM will delight with holiday settings by Alice Parker, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Francis Poulenc. At the end of the concert, all are welcome to join us for a sing-along of your favorite carols and winter tunes. This concert is FREE and welcomes all ages to celebrate the season with us.
Friday, December 12, 2014
7:30 PM
Vienna Baptist Church
541 Marshall Road SW
Vienna, VA 22180
FREE - General Admission Seating
For more information visit:
*As part of our community outreach initiative, "Sing for Their Supper," EDPM will be partnering with Vienna Baptist Church to take a free-will offering in support of City Gate, a DC-based non-profit that serves children living in poverty.*
Announcement: Mystical Voices - timeless wisdom for the present moment, The Choral Music of Michael John Trotta Michael Trotta, %08 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000 
Mystical Voices  - timeless wisdom for the present moment
The Choral Music of Michael John Trotta
Preview tracks for free
Download Mystical Voices here
(use code ACDA to save 50%, today only)
Mystical Voices from American composer Michael John Trotta features 17 choral works
on a variety of texts ranging from the 9th century to the modern day. Michael John Trotta 
shows himself a composer of great artistry and a consummate master of vocal writing -
his music is beautifully tonal, a rich tapestry of magnificent melody and imbued throughout
with profound expression and insight;  the performance, under the direction of the composer,
is excellent, as is the ambient acoustic that serves the music so well.  Mystical Voices 
from composer Michael John Trotta is a superb disc of modern choral masterpieces from
an artist of vision and power.
"Break of Day" opens the program and is a tranquil, beautifully textured, accompanied work on
a text by John Donne, whereas "In This Present Moment" opens with a contrast of male & female
voices presenting a work in an almost dialogue fashion;  "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel" is a richly rhythmical
work full of wonderful vocal punctuations,  "While Adam Lay Ybounden" conveys a hauntingly mystical
quality and a taste of the timeless; "In the Bleak Midwinter", on Rossetti's famous text, has an almost
hymn-like quality to it and features a plaintively beautiful oboe line, while "What Then", on a text by
Coleridge, is like the unfolding of a peaceful dream, which beautifully contrasts with the sparser texture of 
"Make Space for Life to Live" on an original text by the composer;  "I Will Keep Still" opens with a stunningly
engaging choral murmur which slowly opens into a work of rich harmonic invention; "Hidden in Plain Sight"
features piano & flute accompaniment, while "Kyrie", also with piano & flute accompaniment and for treble voices,  
is a beautiful modern expression of an ancient text;  "Sinfonia"  is the instrumental introduction to the 18-minute
multi-movement work "Dedication to Life" expressing the journey through life and nature, with "Early Spring"
being the first vocal movement for accompanied soprano, followed by "I Ask for a Moment" and "Summer Has
Come",  both also for accompanied soprano - the overall piece, across all of its movements, exudes both
tranquility and passion, longing and beauty; "Veni Creator Spiritus" is a magnificent a cappella work that
expresses the quality of eternity, while "Prayer for Peace", also a cappella, revels in its beauty of sound;
the final "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel"  is a modern, almost dance-beat, re-mix of the third work on the program
- absolutely unique in its marriage of ancient & modern.
Forum message: Call for Survey Participants: Pregnancy and the Classical Singing Voice Ian Howell, %08 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000 The Effect of a First Pregnancy and Live Delivery on the Classical Singing Voice
Researchers: Ian Howell, New England Conservatory of Music; Stephanie Edewaard Weidle (NEC); Kelly Seul Ki Cha (NEC)
Content: This survey seeks to examine changes in the classical singing voices of women during and following their first pregnancies.

Participants: Women who self-identify as classical singers (soloists, teachers, choristers, choral directors, etc...), who delivered their first viable child live.
Thanks so much for your help, and please feel free to forward the link to appropriate friends and colleagues.
Ian Howell
Vocal Pedagogy Director
New England Conservatory of Music
Forum message: World War II anniversary Jerome Hoberman, %08 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000 Colleagues,
For a prospective choral/orchestral program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, I'm compiling a list of works that already includes the following:
Blacher et al., Judische Chronik
Nono, Il canto sospeso
Penderecki, Dies irae & Threnody
Reich, Different Trains
Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw
Sheng, Nanking! Nanking!
Sheriff, Mechaye Hametim
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 13
Strauss, Metamorphosen & Muenchen
Waxman, Song of Terezin
Zeisl, Requiem Ebraico
As the above works are heavily weighted toward Holocaust-themed music, I'm particularly looking for music dealing with the Pacific side of the War.
And as the program already will include a commissioned work, I'm not looking for composer submissions.
Can you help with ideas, please?
(This message is cross-posted with OrchestraList.)
Thanks, and best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
Forum message: What to do about my accompanist? Seth Boyd, %08 %b %2014 %04:%Dec:%th 4DecGMT+0000,
      I have an accompanist problem. It's a confluence of cballenges that I'm sure someone else has experienced. I direct a church's children's choir where the accompanist position isn't paid enough (shock of shocks). It's also a weekly thing, which means it's pretty time consuming.

    Although blessed with many good pianists at our church, getting one, or even two, to regularly commit to rehearsals and performances has proven impossible this year. After exhausting all the usual suspects, I asked the church's music director if she had any thoughts. She referred me to someone who sounded like the ideal candidate: a woman in our choir who taught piano lessons for many years. This woman is sweet, is excited about the project, and the grandmother of one of my singers.

    However, after rehearsing with her for several rehearsals, I'm not sure she can do the job. She often isn't matching my tempo or even that of the kids. She frequently makes pitch and rhythm mistakes. I'm not sure if she is even aware that there is a problem. She is extremely positive and excited. I heard her comment to someone that there are "kinks" to work out, but she seemed to imply it was more about the kids figuring out the right notes to sing.

    Because we perform in two weeks, I accepted her help, and no one would have me, she's my lady throughout the Christmas season. After that, our choir goes on break until sometime in February or March. So what I want to know is this: if I can find a new accompanist in time for my spring season, is there any way of letting her go that spares her dignity, and perhaps spares me the need to explain why I need someone new? It's a fairly entangeld situation and I would welcome advice.
Concert: Winter Concert Eileen Finley, %08 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 Pennsylvania Youth Chorale will present it's annual Winter Concert, entitled "Angel Voices" on Sunday Dec. 21, 2014 at 7pm.  The concert will be held at Carmel Presbyterian Church, 100 Edge Hill Rd., Glenside, PA
The Junior Choir (grades 2-4) and the Senior Choir (grades 5-8)  will perform pieces celebrating the season including John Rutter's "Angel's Carol", Rollo Dilworth's "Rise and Shine" and a medley of songs from the opera "Hansel & Gretel" by Englebert Humperdinck arranged by Eileen Finley, artistic director.
In addition to several Hanukkah and Winter songs, the choirs will also perform familiar Christmas songs such as "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "We Need A Little Christmas" and the annual Holiday Parent Chorus will join the children on "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" for the finale.
Instrumentalists, Karl Krelove (klesmer clarinet) and Allison Hilliard (flute) will join the choir on Brant Adams' "Torah Orah" and Harri Wessman's "Water Under Snow Is Weary" respectively.
A highlight of the concert will be the Pennsylvania premiere of "Velvet Shoes" by Daniel Kallman which was commissioned this year by a consortium of children's choirs.
Admission:  Adults $10;  Children $5
Classified ad: Tenor/Baritone/Organist for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Steven Zimmerman, %08 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 all. My name is Steven Zimmerman and I'm offering my services as a tenor, baritone, and organist for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day services. I have my own service at 11pm but am willing to do any other services throughout the day. I live in Ridgewood, NJ and am willing travel up to an hour. My email is 
Steve Zimmerman
Classified ad: WomenSing Auditions Barbara Beck, %08 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000 will be holding auditions for experienced singers for the continuing 2014-15 season on Tuesday, January 6, or by appointment.  The spring concerts, titled Southern Exposure III, will be the culmination of WomenSing's exploration of Latin American music, and will feature a world premiere of Pirhekua by Jose Luis Hurtado, a collaborative co-commission with woodwind quintet Quinteto Latino.
New this season is the formation of the WomenSing Ensemble, a small a cappella group, selected from the larger WomenSing chorus.  Membership in this group will provide additional opporutunities for performing, both at and outside of regular WomenSing concerts.
Contact us by email at, or go to our website - - for more information.  All voice parts are welcome and scholarships are available.
Concert: Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents fifth annual community Chanukah celebration, "Festival of Lights" in downtown Denver Carol Kozak Ward, %07 %b %2014 %23:%Dec:%th 23DecGMT+0000 Colorado Hebrew Chorale's fiftth annual community Chanukah celebration, "Festival of Lights in downtown Denver" takes place on Thursday evening, Dec. 18, 2014, 5:30 p.m., indoors at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax (corner of Colfax and Bannock) in downtown Denver. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes both traditional and unusual holiday fare from the Chorale's Chanukah repertoire, together with communal candle-lighting for the third night of Chanukah (BYOM-bring your own Menorah), as well as guest artists from Stories On Stage sharing interactive tales for the season. RSVPs on the Chorale's website are encouraged, so there's enough Chanukah gelt! Information:(303)355-0232, ]]>Concert: A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO: Introducing #ChoraleYou Nicole Guberman, %07 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000 NJSO invites attendees of “A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO” on December 13 to join fellow audience members and members of the NJSO to sing the “Gospel Hallelujah” at the first-ever #ChoraleYou—a massive “sing-in” in the lobby following the Orchestra’s holiday pops concert with legendary Grammy-winning ensemble Take 6 at NJPAC in Newark.

Donald Morris, music director of the Newark Boys Chorus, will conduct a fun-filled rehearsal and performance of the “Gospel Hallelujah”—a gospel interpretation of the famed “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah—immediately following the NJSO concert.

Concert attendees can watch the session unfold from one of the lobby’s many vantage points and can share their photos and comments on social media using the #ChoraleYou hashtag.

An NJSO Accent event, #ChoraleYou is inspired by the excitement of last season’s #OrchestraYou, which garnered national attention on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Last spring, NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas recounted a young #OrchestraYou participant telling her that “playing with this group, even for literally just a few minutes, was simply amazing. ‘I got such a feeling of ... euphoria,’ he told me, searching for just the right word. ‘There’s nothing like this. There’s so much energy here, so much of a sense that you’re part of something much bigger than yourself.’”

Tsioulcas continued: “If this kind of effort catches fire either in New Jersey or nationally, all the better. Not only was it incredibly fun, but it served as a good reminder that music-making shouldn't be divided into producers and consumers, with most people locked into a passive experience.”

Participation in #ChoraleYou is free to December 13 ticketholders, but advance registration is appreciated. Call Patron Services at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) to register.

More information—including downloadable sheet music for the three-part soprano-alto-bass arrangement—is available at

The NJSO will hold its second annual #OrchestraYou post-concert instrumental session on Friday, March 13, following the Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony and Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety.” More information will be available at



Take 6 joins the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for “A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO” December 13–14 in Newark and New Brunswick. The NJSO POPS series opener will feature the 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal sextet, who will bring their patented fusion of R&B, gospel and pop on a program of Christmas favorites including “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Joseph Joubert conducts.

Performances take place on Saturday, December 13, at 8 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Sunday, December 14, at 3 pm at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. The December 14 performance is presented in collaboration with the State Theatre.

The New York Times has praised Take 6’s “creamy vocal blends and gleaming gospel harmonies.” Of the sextet’s celebrated Christmas performances, Smooth Jazz Ride writes: “Take 6, one of the most competent and most recognizable groups to ever successfully compete with any instrument we could possibly associate with the contemporary jazz genre, adds this sparkling touch to the season and gives us reason to close our eyes for a gleeful moment and realize that there is much for which to be joyful.”

The weekend’s NJSO Accents also include special festivities preceding each concert. In a prelude performance, the Newark Boys Chorus will sing holiday favorites in the NJPAC lobby on December 13; audiences can join in a sing-along of Christmas carols at the State Theatre on December 14. Learn more at NJSO Accents in Newark are generously sponsored by the Prudential Foundation.

The Orchestra invites patrons to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. 



Concert tickets to “A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO,” which include entry into #ChoraleYou, start at $20 and are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

For information on special ticket rates for groups and schools, contact Terri Campbell, Sales Consultant, at or 973.735.1717.



A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO

Saturday, December 13, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Take 6

Joseph Joubert, conductor

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

#ChoraleYou to immediately follow the performance.

The December 13 concert is sponsored by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Full program information is available at



Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People performances and multiple offerings—including the three-ensemble NJSO Youth Orchestras and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project)—that provide and promote in-school instrumental instruction as part of the NJSO Academy. The NJSO’s REACH (Resources for Education and Community Harmony) chamber music program annually brings original programs—designed and performed by NJSO musicians—to a variety of settings, reaching as many as 17,000 people in nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

For more information about the NJSO, visit or email Tickets are available for purchase by phone 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors. United is the official airline of the NJSO.

Forum message: SSA Piece for Contest Matthew Perez, %08 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000!
I'm looking for a song that has some spark in it to close my set for contest. Thus far I am doing:
1. How Beautiful is Night - Eddleman
2. Heart, We will forget Him - Johnson
I need an upbeat closer that will end full.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!   
Thanks in advance!
Featured photo: Do-It-Yourself Messiah at Glenview Community Church Lenore Dupuis, %04 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 A Ceremony of Carols Barbara Fogarty, %07 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000ór Cois Abhann presents Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols', with Christmas Works of Peter Warlock and a selection of Seasonal Favourites. 
Wed 17th December at 8pm, Saint Peter and Paul's Church, Cork City Centre, 
Featuring Brian Davis on Harp, Soprano Zofia Scheiling, and Organist Colin Nicholls, under the direction of Ian Sexton. 
Tickets €10/€8 concessions available from Promusica, Opus II, The Parish Office. 
We hope to see you there!  For more information contact us via one of the routes below.  
Merry Christmas to you and yours :) 
Tel:           086 264 3040
Twitter:     @ccachoir 
Concert: Concord Chorus Winter Holiday Concerts 12/13 Kevin Leong, %07 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000
featuring music of Handel, Bortniansky, Bloch, Vasks & Lauridsen
     Saturday, December 13
     2:00 & 5:00 pm
     Middlesex School Memorial Chapel
     1400 Lowell Road
     Concord, MA 01742
     Jonathan Wessler, organ
     Kevin Leong, conductor
     $25 general
     $20 seniors (65+)
     $10 children & students
     (978) 254-1551
     2:00 pm —
     5:00 pm —
Join the Concord Chorus, now in its 69th season, for a heavenly selection of music and carols for the holiday season.  Kevin Leong conducts the 110-voice Concord Chorus on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the Middlesex School’s Memorial Chapel (1400 Lowell Road) in Concord, Massachusetts.  The program includes the Christmas choruses from Handel’s Messiah, Morten Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium, and beautiful works by Dmitry Bortniansky, Ernest Bloch, and Peteris Vasks.  The concert also features organist Jonathan Wessler, violinist Christine Binzel, and guitarist Dave McLellan.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $10 for children and students and can be purchased online at or over the phone at (978) 254-1551.
Founded in 1945, the Concord Chorus performs two concerts of choral-orchestral and smaller works each season.  The repertory of the Concord Chorus encompasses music from the 16th century to the present.  For more information, please visit
Concert: O Nata Lux: A Holiday Concert with the Jameson Singers; Friday, December 12, 8 PM, First Church, Cambridge, MA Jameson (Jim) Marvin, %07 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Jameson Singers's Holiday Concert, Friday, December 12, 8 PM, at First Church Cambridge (11 Garden St.) festures repertoire of the Renaissance, Recent, and Romantic. Highlights of the program are works by Howells, Poulenc, Marvin, Josquin & Parsons, Lauridsen & Brahms, and festive Carol Singing with the audience and Jameson Singers. ]]>Classified ad: Urgent: Organist needed at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Newark NJ Lillian Bielinski, %07 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 organist will needed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Newark NJ, starting right after Christmas. Weekly services are 5:00 Sat, 8:00, 9:00, 10:30, 11:45, Sun, and if available 3:00 Fri holy hour. Basic hymn playing skills, and singing while playing if no cantor is scheduled. Please contact Lillian:, 913-645-9511. Thanks! ]]>Concert: Monadnock Chorus: 'Tidings of Joy' Dec 13/14 Matthew Leese, %07 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 jubilant concert with strings and organ, conducted by Dr. Matthew Leese will feature a chamber orchestra and vocal soloists Amy Knight, soprano and Ricardo Sepúlveda, baritone.   The program is inspired by joyful and meditative texts for Advent. The Saturday 3pm concert (12/13) will feature the talented guest youth choir The Boston City Singers, with whom the interim director works as a Visiting Artist, while Sunday's 7.30pm concert (12/14) features the Monadnock Chorus Chamber singers as guests, directed by Dr. Daniel Carberg.  Works include the Haydn Missa Brevis in B flat, the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan-Williams and the Stanford Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G as well as settings of In Dulci Jubilo, Ave Maris Stella and the Mendelssohn mini-cantata Christe Du Lamm Gottes. ]]>Forum message: The Mountaintop John Cook, %07 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 All,
I am looking for suggestions of sacred repertoire revolving around the theme of "mountains" or the "mountaintop."
Go, Tell it on the Mountain is an easy one that springs to mind but I was wondering if you have any others?
Thanks in advance for the guidance.
John Cook
Minister for Music & Fine Arts
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Des Moines, IA
Concert: The Stamford Chorale Sings Mozart Carol Bakinowski, %07 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000
The Stamford Chorale will present “W.A. Mozart – Choral Music of the Musical Genius” on Sunday Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT.
David Gomez is the new conductor and Dorothy Kolinsky is accompanist for the concert, which includes the "Coronation Mass" and "Regina Coeli."  Soloists are Maria Cook, Allison Waggener, Bruce Crilly and Christopher Grundy.  Each will perform a well-known aria.
Tickets at $20 are available at the door.  For more information, call 203 359-0659 or email .
Concert: Marymount Singers of New York Mario DellOlio, %07 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Dell'Olio, Director, featuring Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies
Friday, December 12, 2015 
6:00 PM
All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave, NY, NY
Announcement: International Choral Festival "InCanto Mediterraneo" || 12 to 18 July 2015 || Milazzo - Sicily Francesco Messina, %07 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000 Choral Association “Cantica Nova”, which has been involved in concerts and performances with its Vocal Ensemble since 1989, and with the patronage of Feniarco and Ars Cori, is promoting and organizing the IV edition of the International Choral Festival “InCanto Mediterraneo”. In this fourth edition there is also a non-competitive exhibition section to be held on Sunday 12th, Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th of July, and a competition section which will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2015, and includes two different categories: choirs/vocal ensembles and children’s choirs.

During the festival, from July 12th to 16th, there will be an opportunity to partecipate in the vocal workshop NULLA DIES SINE CANTU, with M° Maria Luisa Sànchez Carbone. The choir formed by the course participants will perform on the final evening of the festival, Thursday 16th July.

During their stay in Milazzo, the participating choirs, together with Cantica Nova, will give impromptu performances in the streets, squares and alleyways around the town to enliven the festival evenings.

On the site you will find the competition rules, the application form and news about past editions. 

We would be very happy to welcome your choir to our IV edition, which will take place in July 2015.

To learn more about our festival contact us by email or phone +393460851956.





Concert: The-Heart-In-Waiting David McConnell, %07 %b %2014 %02:%Dec:%th 2DecGMT+0000 PHILIA in concert
Gorgeous Christmas Music by some of our favorite composers, including John Tavener, Bob Chilcott, John Tavener and Will Todd. We also premiere a new carol by local composer (and Vox Philia bass) David Himes - a stunning setting of Leslie Leyland Field's poem "Let the Stable Still Astonish."  
Join us for the best in choral singing.
Saurday, December 20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Immanuel UCC
99 South Waverly Street
Shillington, PA 19607-2641
Adults: $10/Students: $5 (at Saturday concert only)
To learn more about us, visit our website:
Concert: Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Japanese Christians (17 March, 2015) Hajime Akiyama, %07 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000
Koji Oguchi, choir director and the Ensemble Choir SPERA take charge of music in the Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Japanese Christians from 19:00 on 17 March, 2015 in Oura Capital Church, Nagasaki.
In order to attend the Anniversary Mass, you need to obtain the ticket beforehand.
Further information on the Anniversary Mass can be found in the following link (only Japanese is available).
The Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Japanese Christians
17 March, 2015 (Tue)
Start: 19:00
Oura Capital Church (Nagasaki)
For further and latest information, please visit
English version is here!en-home/c21c2
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, December 7, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %07 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - December 7, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed
on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
To subscribe to my weekly playlist emailing:  send
your email address to
Gregorian chant: Ave plena gratiae
Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
Traditional: On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Hans Fagius, organ
Baroque organ in Kristine Church, Falun, Sweden
The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos gained fame with an album entitled
Chant which went double platinum and made it to third place on Billboard. Wells Cathedral
Choir is composed of boys and girls singing the top line. Bach's chorale prelude on Nun
komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 is one of the Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes which
include BWV 651-668.
Michael Praetorius: Come, thou Redeemer of the earth
John Byrt: Up, awake and away! 
Galician carol (arr. Ledger): All and some
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger
Adrian Partington, organ
Pablo Bruna: Tiento sobre la letania de la Virgen
Francis Chapelet, organ
17th century organ of the Collegiate Church of Covarrubias, Spain
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is famous for its superb singing as you
will hear in these three Advent carols. The maker of the ancient pipe organ in
Collegiate Church of Covarrubias is unknown. It is one of the earliest surviving examples
of Spanish organs.
Anonymous: Rejoice in the Lord
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Samuel Wesley: Ave Regina caelorum
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber
Sir Edward Elgar: Lux aeterna
Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom
Three English anthems offer a study in contrast and style from the 16th century
to the early 20th century.
Domenico Scarlatti: Salve Regina
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto
French-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux has established an international
reputation as one of classical music's finest contraltos.
Johannes Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in A minor
Robert Parkins, organ
1976 Flentrop Organ, Duke Chapel, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
The Dutch organ builder Dirk Flentrop built the organ in Duke University in the style
of 18th century Dutch organs.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 70, "Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!"
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman
Sibylla Rubens, soprano; Bernhard Landauer, alto;
Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass
No cantatas were performed in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig during Advent. Having said
that, BWV 70 is appropriate for this season of introspection and preparation having as
its theme Christ's second coming and the last judgment. 
Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, George Guest
Roger Parker, treble; Michael Pearce, counter-tenor;
Robert Tear, tenor; Brian Runnett, organ
The Reverend Canon Walter Hussey commissioned Benjamin Britten to write
Rejoice in the Lamb for the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of St. Matthew's Parish,
Northampton in 1943.
Louis Vierne: Triptych for Organ, Op. 58
Pierre Cochereau, organ
1733 Thierry/1788 F.H. Cliquot/1867 Cavaillée-Coll/1959 Hermann/1960 Boisseau
/1992 Boisseau-Emeriau-Giroud-Synaptel organ in Notre Dame Cathedral
Pierre Cochereau was Titular Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral from 1954-1984.
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
Parthenia XVI, Mary Jane Newman
The Mass for Four Voices dates from 1592. It is one of three great masses which
Byrd wrote, the others being for three and five voices. 
Jan Vaclav Vorisek: Mass in B flat
Czech National Symphony; Prague Chamber Choir, Paul Freeman
Patrice Michaels, soprano; Tami Jantzi, mezzo-soprano;
William Watson, tenor; Peter van de Graaf, bass
Jan Vaclav who? Vorisek lived a short life from 1791-1825. He is one of those relatively
obscure composers of the classical period who left a couple of works which make you wish
more of his music had survived. This very likable and rarely heard Mass in B flat major is an
example of what I mean.
Concert: Winter Spirits: An Evening of Carols and Barrels (Philadelphia) Mitos Andaya, %06 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
PhilHarmonia presents: 
Winter Spirits: An Evening of Carols and Barrels with celebriity sommelier, Marnie Old
Friday, December 12, 2014 7:30pm
The German Society of Philadelphia (Ratskeller), 611 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Join Philly's newest chamber choir, PhilHarmonia for songs of the season and a delightful wine and beer tasting hosted by local drinks author and celebrity sommelier Marnie Old, who will share some handy 'tricks of the trade' for keeping the season merry and bright. Learn how and why to pair specific types of wines and beers with traditional holiday meals. Discover a handful of simple principles of sensory science that serve as useful rules of thumb for all types of pairing. Explore the relative merits of beer vs. wine as food partners with classic winter fare, as illustrated with a selection of tastings that resonate with the evening's musical program. Signed copies of Marnie's books will be offered for those looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping list.
Reserve a table of four for you and three friends and receive a complimentary gift basket of fun holiday cheer
Seating is limited, so don't wait to buy tickets.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets:
Limited free parking available.
For more information visit PhilHarmonia's website:  or
their Facebook page at
Concert: Yale Schola Cantorum Charpentier Simon Carrington, %06 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000
Marc Antoine Charpentier  (1643-1704)
In nativitatem Domini canticum H.416
Litanies de la Vierge H.83
Te Deum H.146
Yale Schola Cantorum, Antico Moderno, Yale Voxtet
Simon Carrington, guest conductor
Friday, December 12, 2014 5:00pm
Christ Church Episcopal
84 Broadway St
New Haven,
CT 06511
Announcement: Gerzat 10th international festival of choir singing Fabien Planchon, %06 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 international festival of choir singing - Gerzat - The choir's all states
10th international festival of choir singing
The choir's all states
Gerzat (63) France
from May 13th to 17th 2015
You are a choir director, a chorister or you know a choir. You are interested by a festival : contact us !
Since 2006, worldwide choristers meet every year in Gerzat.
On the festival : many encounters, dozen of concerts, training courses, parties, rehearsals and common concerts, a bit of tourism, and a warm atmosphere around a common passion for choir singing.
Of course, your choir will sing and share its experience and repertoire with our audience and the other festival goers.
For our 10th festival, the common repertoire, which will be to learn befor and rehearsed on the festival, is this year about discovering the original nature of choir singing, its vibration, the connection between singers and the explorations of our voices.
Common program contains :
The Spheres, Ola Gjeilo
Past life melodies, Sarah Hopkins
Kasar mie la Gaji, Alberto Grau
and collective improvisation
TV shows musics, in a completely different style, will take part too in our common program. From Wonder Woman to the Muppet show, singing too epic music of Dr. Who …
Special guests : 
  • Calliope women's choir from Lyon (France), dir. Régine Théodoresco 
  • Régine Théodoresco will give a choir direction master class about the sound of the choir regarding the places occupied by the choristers 
  • Eric Chapelle, soundpainter, will give a soundpainting direction master class for choirmasters and all music teachers 
  • Babeth Joinet will perform her humoristic "Choral public" stand up show
As we get your application, we will send you the scores of the common programs.
Application file must include :
  • 3 recent pictures of good quality
  • 10 recent recordings (.mp3 or CD) of good quality
  • a pressbook
  • an historic of your choir
  • a biography of the choirmaster-s
  • the repertoire of your choir since 2011
Application file is to be sent by : December 15th 2014
The application file is to be sent by regular mail or e-mail :
Allée de Jourzin
63360 Gerzat
Registration fares per chorister/instrumentist/driver/choirmaster regarding your countr'ys HDI is :
  • very high HDI : 75 € per person
  • high HDI : 68 € per person
  • medium HDI : 61 € per person
  • low HDI : 55 € per person
Accompanying persons are accepted at 170 € per person registration fares (no HDI re-evaluation).
These fares include all meals, accomodation, entrance to all concerts, tourism. Transportation before, during and after the festival is on your charge.
The festival begins on Wednesday 13th of May 2015 at 4 p.m. and ends on Sunday 17th of May 2015 at 8 p.m.. Participation in the entire festival is an obligation.
Visit our website !
Forum message: Sondheim and Hammerstein Phyllis Oldham, %06 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 am planning a concert featuring music with lyrics and/or music by Stephen Sondheim or Oscar Hammerstein.  I am looking for QUALITY choral arrangements to choose from.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Phyllis Oldham
Salisbury Chamber Singers
Concert: Philadelphia Area concert Raquel Garcia, %06 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000

The Philadelphia Chorus
 Raquel García, Artistic Director

 Music Of The Masses
 A Concert Featuring:
 Schubert- Mass in E flat
 Ramírez- Misa Criolla

Solo: Bryan Umberto Hoyos, tenor

Sunday, December 14, 2014- 4PM

Trinity Center for Urban Life- 22nd & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA

For information visit:

Concert: Yale MM Conducting Recital Max Holman, %06 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 ChoralNet Community, 

Please join me for my Master of Music degree conducting recital from the Yale School of Music.


Sunday, December 14th @ 5:00pm

St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church

830 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511 

Free Admission




J.S. Bach: Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186a

Molly Netter, soprano

Sarah Yanovitch, soprano

Michael Wisdom, countertenor

Tyler Ray, tenor

Paul Max Tipton, baritone


David Gompper: An Elm We Lost

Gene Stenger, tenor

Edmund Milly, baritone


Felix Mendelssohn: Hör mein Bitten

Erin Schwab, soprano


Johannes Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen


Dominick DiOrio: A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass (mvts III & IV)

Garrett Arney, marimba


Hope to see you there!



Max Holman

Concert: Messiah Sing-a-long Dec 6 in Rockwall, TX Bill Witwer, %06 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 event. 7pm @ First United Methodist Church, Rockwall. FREE! Bring your score or borrow one from us. Part 1 and Hallelujah Chorus, solos, too. ]]>Concert: APOLLO CLUB OF BOSTON HOLIDAY CONCERT DECEMBER 16 John Meurling, %06 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 Apollo Club of Boston, New England's oldest male chorus, invites you to Apollo's Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Gordon Chapel of Boston's historic Old South Church, Copley Square. Songs from the British Isles, Music Man medley and traditional carols sing along will be featured. Concert is free and open to public.
Borrowing request: Savior of the Nations Come JoAnn Kulesza, %06 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 Bonhoffer readings
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Burkhardt
Starting: ASAP
For: 3 weeks
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
My choir is doing the Burkhardt "Savior of the Nations, Come" work on Dec. 21 and the Bonhoffer readings that are part of this work have gone missing.  Is there anyone who has them, could scan and send them to me?  I know that it is permissible to make copies.  Thank you!!!
JoAnn Kulesza, Organist, Music Director
Eastport UMC
Annapolis, MID
Forum message: quick winter concert piece Randi Carp, %05 %b %2014 %23:%Dec:%th 23DecGMT+0000 - Due to a fairly serious medical issue, I've missed a great deal of rehearsal with my high school concert choir.  To avoid stressing them and me, I've decided to cut one of the pieces from our Winter Concert.  The concert is in 10 days and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any really quick, easy, effective piece that I could teach.  I'm thinking of something like the atonal "Silent Night" I saw Dan Jackson from Pt. Loma University do years ago but I've done that too recently.  The group is a pretty accomplished intermediate SATB 10-12 grade group.
If I can't fill in the hole in the concert no one will die but it would be nice to find something - thanks for any help you can give -
Randi Carp
Phoenixville Area HS
Phoenixville, PA
Concert: Christmas at St. Paul's - Opus One Vocal Arts Holiday Concert Ryan Pryslak, %06 %b %2014 %06:%Dec:%th 6DecGMT+0000 conjunction with the year long 50th Anniversary Celebration of St. Paul's United Methodist Church  Wilmington DE, Opus One Vocal Arts presents their annual holiday concert to support the UMC Emergency Mission Fund.
Opus One will be joined by Mike Bareham on organ and piano, Felix Cohen, bass, Gene Stiltz, drums and Emma Chambless, trumpet as they perform Christmas favorite by The Carpenters, John Lennon, Barry Mannilow, and more! Plus a tribute to the Silver Screen and Television with music for the season by John Williams and Vince Guraldi. And traditional and modern choral selections by Arvo Part, Eric Whitacre, Charles Stanford and more.
Sunday Decembet 21st 2014 7pm
St. Paul's United a Methodist Church
1314 Foulk Rd Wilmington DE  19803
suggested donation $10
Visit for more info
Announcement: The Choirmaster's Burial SSATBB Mårten Jansson, %05 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000 all!
Please listen to my new setting of Thomas Hardy's The Choirmaster's Burial for SSATBB (opt div) here performed by Riga Recording Studio Singers, Latvia:
You can find the sheet music here:
Very Best Regards
Concert: Two Tales from Bethlehem Bill Toups, %05 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000        December 7, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
WHERE:       Church of the Nativity
                  8849 Ray Road
                  Raleigh, NC 27613
COST:          Free
CONTACT:    Waltye Rasulala
Church of the Nativity Spirituality in the Arts presents “Two Tales of Bethlehem” featuring Voce Camerata & Consort and the Nativity Players. Come experience the dramatic presentation of two plays from the 13th Century Chester Miracle cycle: “The Annunciation" and “The Shepherds”. Music provided by Voce Camerata singing Medieval and Renaissance selections. Nativity Players features talented cast from the community and NCSU drama department.
Concert: Davidson College Lessons & Carols (Vespers) Christopher Gilliam, %05 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000 Davidson College Chorale will present their annual Lessons and Carols service at Davidson College Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 7th at 7:30 PM. The program will include works by Arvo Pärt, Elisabeth Poston, Václav Nelhybel, Randall Thompson, Richard Elliott, Mack Wilberg and others. Lectors: Carol Quillen--Davidson College President, Robert Spach, William Brown, Kristie Foley, Ernest E. Jeffries, and Elizabeth McGregor Simmons.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The Davidson College Chorale will also be featured in the annual WDAV Lessons & Carols Service service at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, December 9th. The service will be brodcast LIVE on the WDAV station.
Concert: Messiah and Mendelssohn - University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Thom Baker, %05 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000's "Reformation" Symphony will be played by the Sinfonia da Camera, followed by the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," in Mozart's orchestration, tonight at 7:30 in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Soloists include Ollie Watts Davis (soprano), Rosemary Hamington (alto), Thom Baker (tenor) and Ricardo Herrera (bass-baritone). The university choirs were prepared by Drs. Andrew Megill and Andrea Solya, with Dr. Ian Hobson on the podium. ]]>Concert: Messiah-Sing Dec. 14 in Westfield, NJ! Edward Alstrom, %05 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090
(908)-233-0301 -
On Sunday, December 14th from 3-5pm, there will be a Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah,
co-sponsored by Choral Arts Society and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
Martin Sedek, Conductor of Choral Arts Society, will be conducting, and Ed Alstrom, Organist/Music Director of PCW, will be at the organ. All participants pay a $10.00 entry fee (this includes members of both choirs) which includes the singing experience and use of a score 
to be provided by Choral Arts Society. Come as you are, and prepare to have a grand time making a big joyful noise!

On Sunday, December 21, if you don't have other plans, PCW's own choirs and soloists have your whole day’s music mapped out for you!
Of course, the 10am morning service will be filled with joyful hymns and anthems, including our kids’ and handbell choirs. 
Then, following that service, all the children of all ages are invited to stay for a FREE LUNCH and a concert at NOON in our Assembly Hall!
Our PCW Soloists, (Cassandra Marie Lambros, Soprano; Sandy Taylor, Alto; Craig Sanphy, Tenor; Donald Boos, Baritone) will do a participatory 
concert called ‘Disney and Christmas – For Kids from 1 to 92’. 
They will do a wide variety of beloved songs from various Disney movies and theater productions, and then a big Christmas Sing-Along will follow. 
We heartily invite all kids, whether you’re a kid in age or a kid at heart. And it’s FREE! 
Parents, do bring your kids that morning for a wonderful morning of fellowship and entertainment at our church.
Later that day on Sunday the 21st, at 4:00pm, our Chancel Choir takes the spotlight in the Sanctuary for an event called 
‘Sounds and Songs of the Season’.
This will be a selection of readings, carols, and anthems, led and performed entirely by our own Choir. 
The carols we will jointly sing are ones from our ‘Glory to God’ hymnal, on its first anniversary of arriving at our church, and will be really great, 
lesser known ones that you may not normally encounter during the season. The choir will also do many of its ‘greatest hit’ anthems from the 
past two seasons. And, again, it’s FREE of charge!

For more info, contact Ed Alstrom at or 908-233-0301, x. 39
Concert: Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Choir San Anselmo presents VIVALDI's Magnificat RV610 Linda Price, %05 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo, joined by soloists and community singers from throughout Marin county and a wonderful orchestra, will be presenting Antonio Vivaldi's beautiful and mysterious Magnificat, RV610. During the worship service, we will also include the Gloria Patri from Dixit Dominus RV 594, and the duet Laudamus Te from the Gloria RV 589.
Please join us, 10 AM, Sunday December 14th.
First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960
All ages, free.  
(We will gladly accept your donations in the offertory plate.)
Forum message: Choral samplers– a thing of the past? donald patriquin, %05 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
A current Composer Community post by Jack Senzig < > suggests that a number of conductors continue to make use of choral samplers– CD and memory stick/flash drive samplers that may be played at home or in the car, as well as website samplers. The publishing scene is most certainly in the process of change with digital publishers springing up everywhere, and with many traditional publishers venturing into the digital arena.
All this begs the question, “How, if at all, does all this affect choral samplers?” Do you have some answers???
It would be informative and very helpful for traditional, digital and desktop publishers to know how useful choral samplers continue to be. Do you as a conductor use them a lot or a little or not at all? What are their shortcomings? How do you see them being improved? How could they best serve your purposes? Alternatives? Comments?
Personally, I hope they stay around.
Thanks– on behalf of all composers and publishers!
Forum message: Establishing a Choral Scholar System Roger Hicks, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000'm considering adding university students as section leaders to my church choir.  I am interested in gaining some input from directors who are currently employing choral scholars or have successfully done so in the past.  What advise do you have?  What are the possible pitfalls?  How have the paid students been accepted by the non-paid volunteer choir members?
Classified ad: Bass staff singer Mari Reive, %05 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 
Bass needed beginning January to complete paid quartet in small Episcopal church. Liturgical background very helpful but not required. Solid reading skills and good choral voice are required qualities.  Must get along well with fellow staff singers and choristers, and be confident in a small situation. Weekly Wednesday rehearsal and Sunday morning Eucharist.  Extra rehearsals and services as needed as per the liturgical calendar.  Please email for more info or to schedule an interview. 
Concert: Holiday Concert Michael Wade, %05 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 Community Chorus Holiday Concert
Sunday Dec. 07, 2014   6:00 P. M.
     Free admission
Michael S. Wade, Director
               Patty Thompson, Accompanist
Adamsville Road Church of God

51287 County Road 7, Elkhart, IN 46514

Pre concert selections by the Praise Four Quartet


Snow (White Christmas)  - Berlin/Brymer

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind - Rutter

Let the River Run - Simon/Johnson

Celebration of Light - Martin

Sleigh Ride - Anderson

Mary Did You Know? - Greene and Lowry/Knight and Gardner

Cool Yule - Allen/Shaw

O Holy Night -Adam/Rutter

     Soloist: John McCreary

The Twelve Days After Christmas - Silver

Silent Night (manuscript) - Fissinger

Percussion: Doug Williams, Clarinet: Dave Elliott

Concert: S.F. Bay Area Concerts Bruce Lengacher, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 Acalanes Performing Arts Department is proud to present the 2014 Winter Choral Concerts, "Winter's Gifts" on December 16 and 18, 2014 at 7pm in the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center located at 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549. This year's concerts present a wide variety of repertoire featuring all of ensembles from Acalanes with special guests, the Las Lomas High School Chorale and Dulcinea on the 12/16 concert and the Nothing But Treble Honor Choir on the 12/18 concert. As is our tradition, both concerts will conclude with all performers and alumni singing Kirk Mechem's "Sing All Ye Joyful". 
Suggested Donations are: $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors 60 and older, and Students are Free. 
Hope to see you there! 
Bruce Lengacher
Director of Choral Activities




Little Lion Man                                                                                        Mumford and Sons



Tzor T’udah                                                                                 William Sharlin (1920-2012)

Embrace the Cold                                                                            Aneesa Edraki and Chorale

Green Sleeves                                                                                Traditional arr. Harry Dexter

Viva la Vida                                                                                                                 Coldplay



Burn/Chandelier                                                                                        Ellie Goulding/Sia

I’ll Be Home for Christmas                                                             Irving Berlin arr. 14-15 WO



Hava Nashira                                                                                Traditional arr. John Leavitt

What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby                                    Traditional arr. Walter Ehret

Stay With Me                                                                                                        Sam Smith



Arms                                                                                                                  Christina Perri



Carol of the Field Mice                                                                     Donald Patriquin (b.1938)

After the Winter                                                                                Giselle Wyers (b.1969)

The Bells                                                                                      Frank Ahrold (1931-1989)



Carol of the Bells                                                                            Traditional Arr. Ali Weaver



Angelus Pastores Ait                                                                Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Ave Maria                                                                                          Eleanor Daley (b.1955)

Virgo Virginum Praeclara                                                                       Fabio Fresi (b.1979)



Sing all Ye Joyful                                                                                  Kirke Mechem (b.1925)








Burn/Chandelier                                                                                        Ellie Goulding/Sia

I’ll Be Home for Christmas                                                              Irving Berlin arr. 14-15 WO



Tzor T’udah                                                                                 William Sharlin (1920-2012)

Embrace the Cold                                                                             Aneesa Edraki and Chorale

Green Sleeves                                                                                Traditional arr. Harry Dexter

Viva la Vida                                                                                                                 Coldplay



Little Lion Man                                                                                        Mumford and Sons



Y’u L’Ratson and Adon Olam from Shirei Shabbat                          Theodore Morrison (b.1938)

The Cloths of Heaven                                                                        Eleanor Daley (b.1955)

Jingle Bell Rock



Arms                                                                                                                  Christina Perri



Baloo, Ballerie                                                                     Trad. Scottish arr. Stuart MacIntosh

Let it Snow

                                                Ellen Winnick, Accompanist                                                      


Stabat Mater                                                                                            Fabio Fresi (b.1979)

Christmas Time                                                                                                 Robert Cohen

Peirot Chamishah Asar                                                                    Naomi Shemer (1930-2004)

O, Little Town of Bethlehem                                                            Trad. Arr. Nancy Grundahl

O Magnum Mysterium                                                                           Ivo Antognini (b.1963

The 12 Days After Christmas                                                        Frederick Silver (1936-2009)



Sing all Ye Joyful                                                                                  Kirke Mechem (b.1925)

Concert: Advent Lessons and Carols - December 7, 4:00 pm Robert Ludwig, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000, December 7, 4:00 pm - Advent Lessons and Carols - Music by Palestrina, Ord, Poston, Ravenscroft, Archer, Sirett, Carter, and Grayston Ives. Freewill donations benefit for Penquis Fuel and Heating Assistance. Followed by Festive Advent Tea. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French Street, Bangor. 947-0156. ]]>Announcement: 8 One-Rehearsal Anthems to bridge Epiphany to Ash Wednesday Josh Kanaga, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
Are you looking for some easily-learnable music for your choir to bridge the gap between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday?
Paraclete Sacred Music has selected several pieces that could be learned in just one rehearsal, and to make it even better,
we have specials on them that will be friendly to your budget as you launch into 2015!
Order multiples on any 2 of these anthems and receive 25% off your order! (Simply click on the image to view music)
     It is Good to Give Thanks- David Halls      Wherever I May Wander    Deep PeaceAll Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
      My Song is Love UnknownO Food to Pilgrims Given      Sing to the Lord a New Song   Be Thou My Vision
Christmas Gift Books Still Just $5 each for 10 or more
Joy to the World: The Forgotten Meaning of Christmas
O Come Emmanuel: A Musical Tour of Daily Readings for Advent and ChristmasO Clap Your Hands: A Musical Tour of Sacred Choral Works
Josh Kanaga, Paraclete Sacred Music
800-451-5006, ext 309
Concert: The World for Christmas - Bangor Area Children's Choir - December 12 Robert Ludwig, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 Area Children's Choir will present their winter concert - The World for Christmas - on Friday, December 12 at 7:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 225 French Street, Bangor. There is a requested $5 donation. The choir, representing a dozen different communities in the Bangor area, will sing music from American, African-American, English, German, Swedish, and Norwegian traditions. The young singers in the group have many performances scheduled this year, including Bangor's Homes for the Holidays house tours, The Nutcracker at the Collins Center with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Robinson Ballet, a community-wide commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a program for the Downtown Bangor Humanities Day, and a performance trip to Rangeley and Farmington in March. Robert Ludwig is Artistic Director and Amy Maier is the Accompanist.  ]]>Announcement: Poems by Georg Trakl for SATB at Carus-Verlag Cyrill Schürch, %05 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Choralnet members: Carus-Verlag Germany has just published my setting of three of Georg Trakl's poems for SATB (some divisi) chorus. Trakl was a master in creating a deeply moving athmosphere with just a few words and the setting supports his striking poetry with an expressive musical language.
More info with score and sounds samples can be found there:
Announcement: World Choral Day 2014 Francesco Leonardi, %05 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 Friend are you going to have a concert in the next weeks? why don't you join the World Choral Day Celebrations?
It's easy, you have just to donwload the logo and subscrive your event on
The official date is 7th of december, but you can be part of the event even if you have a concert in others days of december.
Join us!
World Choral Day is worldwide... 
Project by IFCM
Forum message: Blurry sound when singing Marianne Saint George, %05 %b %2014 %05:%Dec:%th 5DecGMT+0000 am student teaching with a HS choir and agreed to work one on one with a dedicated, enthusiastic junior girl who has some interesting challenges. I am sure I can help her with intonation, but she exhits a trait that baffles me. 
When she speaks, she has normal articulation. Not great, but not faulty, either. But, when she sings, her words get muddy. I am not sure how best to describe it, save that, if I heard it in speech, I would wonder if she needed speech therapy. 
I wonder if anyone has experienced this difficulty.if anyone has any advice I would certainly appreciate it.
Please pardon any errors; this was written on a tablet.
Concert: Advent Concert of CHristmas Cantatas, including the premier of a new work! Peters Vecrumba, %05 %b %2014 %01:%Dec:%th 1DecGMT+0000
The New York Latvian Concert Choir cordially invites you to our
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 10:00 AM
New York Latvian Lutheran Church, 254 Valentine Lane, Yonkers, NY*
Ilona Rupaine                   OUR LADY’S GARDEN OF LILLIES
                                     Premier performance
Ingm?rs Zemzaris              EMMANUEL, THOU GOD ON HIGH
Valdis Zilveris                    BY STARLIGHT
K?rlis L?cis                       CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Participating are the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, and soloists
Andrejs Jansons and Laura Padega Zamura - conductors
After the concert please join us for hors d'oeuvres and our Christmas market featuring handiworks, artisan breads, and more!
Admission $25.- children under 13 years old free
accompanied by parent or guardian,, 516-319-9491
This concert is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts
* just off Broadway, just north of Van Cortlandt Park
Borrowing request: Earl George - Songs of Innocence, out of print Danielle McRoy, %05 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000 Songs of Innocence
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Earl George
Starting: ASAP
For: Permanent or six months
Copies: 55 max, any min
Willing to rent: No
Looking for this out of print work by Earl George. Looking for all movements.
Concert: A Red, White, and Blue Christmas – Dec. 14, 2014, 11:30am Matthew Martinez, %05 %b %2014 %00:%Dec:%th 0DecGMT+0000
Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 11:30 am
The Chancel Choir, Rejoice Chamber Choir, and Sanctuary Bells join together to celebrate the season in a concert of American Christmas music. From early Colonial tunes to Gospel-style jams, and many surprises in between, you’ll be sure to get into the festive spirit with our annual musical celebration. Join us!

Freewill Offering
Nursery care available
Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa, California 92626
For more information, please visit:
Concert: Messiah Sing-along presented by The Reston Chorale - Dec. 9, 2014 David Lang, %04 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 Sings- The Reston Chorale
Info and tickets:
Concert: The Wonder of the Season presented by The Reston Chorale - Dec. 6, 2014 David Lang, %04 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 Concert- The Reston Chorale ]]>Announcement: Londonderry Air - O Danny Boy scored for organ accompaniment James Johnson, %04 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 November 19th I posted this in its original version: tenor solo, SATB, and instruments: two flutes, strings (violin and viola soli within), bass clarinet.
A verision with the instruments reduced to a very manageable organ part is now finished, as I had promised.
Please have a look at some of my other choral pieces on my ChoralNet page. My setting of Gerard Manely Hopkins' The Windhover - TTBB & organ, was
the featured work on Composer's Spotlight for Sunday, November 9. See and hear it there.
Regards, James Johnson
Williams BA 1964, Yale DMA 1978, organist in Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard 1971-1991,
ASCAP, AGO, Mensa, Who's Who in America,,
Concert: Do-It-Yourself Messiah and Sing-Along Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 in Glenview Lenore Dupuis, %04 %b %2014 %19:%Dec:%th 19DecGMT+0000
Do-It-Yourself Handel’s Messiah (Christmas portion): Join others Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street (at Glenview Road).  With Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir, soloists, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, organist Gary Wendt.  Conducted by Stephen Blackwelder.  Free. Music available.  Visit www.gccucc, email or call (847) 724-2210.
Concert: Messiah in Texoma Joshua Nannestad, %04 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 Oklahoma State University presents the 93rd annual Candlelighting service on Monday, Dec. 8th at 7:30 PM in the historic Montgomery Auditorium in Durant, OK.
The heart of the program is Messiah, Part One, performed by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad. There will also be a set of carols by Alfred Burt and Abbie Betinis Burt, a singalong of festive Christmas tunes with brass and percussion accompaniment, and a prelude by the SHARE Children's Choir conducted by Dr. Jeri Walker.
The concert is free and open to the public. 1405 N. 4th Ave, Durant, OK 74701. 
Concert: UW-Stout Choir Concert "From Farm To Table" Jerry Hui, %04 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Saturday December 6th, 7:00pm at St. Joseph's Church (910 Wilson Ave, Menomonie WI), UW-Stout Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Jerry Hui, will present "From Farm To Table". Join us for an evening of choral music about agriculture, cooking, and thanksgiving, and hear a variety of musical styles: boisterous music of the shape note tradition; lighthearted madrigals from Germany and Spain; jazz-infused Swedish music and folk song arrangements; solemn Russian hymn; and even a few words from The Simpsons! Tickets are $5, available at the door or in advance at the Stout Memorial Student Center.  You are also invited to bring a donation of non-perishable food items or funds for Stepping Stones’ pantry and homeless shelters. ]]>Concert: A DICKENS CHRISTMAS Jeffrey Bernstein, %04 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Pasadena Master Chorale presents
readings from Dickens's touching story of redemption
interspersed with gorgeous English music of the season
PARRY Jerusalem
IRELAND Adam Lay Y Bounden
ORD Adam Lay Y Bounden
ESMAIL God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
HOLST In The Bleak Midwinter
ESMAIL The Holly and the Ivy
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS O Little Town of Bethlehem
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Greensleeves
HOWELLS A Spotless Rose
ANON. Coventry Carol
WEELKES When David Heard
RUTTER Wexford Carol
STANFORD Beati Quorum Via
PARKER/SHAW Good King Wenceslas
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Classified ad: Professional Church Choral Conductor in Jacksonville, Florida area Steven Kelly Jones, %04 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 name is Steven Jones and I have recently relocated to the Jacksonville, Florida area with my wife and children that she might advance her executive medical career.  In order to move I resigned from a large Georgia United Methodist Church where I conducted or oversaw 9+ choirs throughout my nine and a half years there.  I am an original member of the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and performed with the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus for 13 seasons. Throughout my career I have worked in the Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches and have toured with and conducted youth and adult church choirs to England, New York, Boston, Charleston, California, New Orleans and the Midwest and have been part of PBS and NPR performances as well as performing on several Grammy Award winning recordings.  I am also the CEO of a medical transcription company and am therefore open to taking a part-time choral position.  Over the years I've found that 95% of "Full-time" church music jobs can be handled on a truly part-time basis so if you've a full-time position I may well be able to save you money as I have no requirement for traditional benefits.  I am willing to travel up to an hour in any direction of Jacksonville...well, any direction but East.  I also have worked extensively with children's choirs and will happily submit to a criminal background investigation. Ego is something I do not bring to church work and I am happy to serve a church of most any size. 
My resume is available upon request. 
Thank you for your consideration.  -Steven Kelly Jones
Announcement: 1st Florence Advent Choir Festival December 2015 Leonardo Sagliocca, %04 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
for all kind of choirs
1st edition 9th - 11th December 2015
We are delighted to announce a new great initiative sponsored and organized by the Florence International Choir Festival. The FLORENCE ADVENT CHOIR FESTIVAL (FACF), which will take place every year in the month of december during Advent time, in the wonderful city of Florence, Italy, capital of the region of Tuscany. The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. We are inviting choirs from all over the world. Let your voices resound in our magnificent venues and warm your heart and hearts of the audience with wonderful Christmas songs!
Choirs are eligible to join the Festival either as non-competitive choirs participating in all the performances of the festival, or as competitive choirs.
Join FLORENCE ADVENT CHOIR FESTIVAL now! Don't lose the chance to perform in magnificent venues, rich in art and history. Enjoy the historical streets of the center of Florence decorated with wonderful Christmas illuminations. A dream city with dream atmosphere.
Florence, a jewel in the heart of Tuscany, famous for its magnificent cultural and artistic heritage, warm welcome, accommodation capacity, and outstanding quality of food and wine.
A - Mixed Choirs Adults
B - Equal Voices Choirs Adults
C - Youth Choirs
D - Children Choirs
E - Chamber Choirs
F - Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
G - Sacred Music
H - Popular, Folk, Gospel, Barbershop Ensembles
I - Jazz and Modern vocal ensembles
L - Early Music
M - Modern and Contemporary Music
X - Non-Competitive Choirs
Each group will perform 3 pieces. The total performance must be from 9 to 15 minutes
Rules for each category
Categories A, B, C, D, E, F, I
1. one work of classical repertoire
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category G
1. one work of Renaissance polyphony a cappella
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category H
1. one work of italian repertoire with custom arrangement
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category I
1. one work from the great American Jazz repertoire
2. one work by a composer from the choir's home country
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category L
1. one work composed before year 1400
2. one work composed before year 1600
3. one work composed before year 1750
- minimum one piece must be a cappella
- one piece must be from italian repertoire
- one piece must be from the choir's country of origin
Category M
1. one obligatory work composed by the official composer of the year (organizers will send score)
- for Children Choirs
- for Female Choirs
- for Male Choirs
- for Mixed Choirs
2. one work of modern music (1900-2000)
3. one work composed after 2000
- minimum one work must be a cappella
In each category the jury will assign the following prizes:
1st place: Gold Medal, Golden Diploma
2nd place: Silver Medal, Silver Diploma
3rd place: Bronze Medal, Bronze diploma
1 - The Golden David
2 - The Best Conductor
3 - The Best Male and Female Soloist
4 - The Best Performance of Italian Composer's Work
5 - The Best Contemporary Composer Arrangement
6 - The Best Choreography
7 - The Best Traditional Costumes
The Golden David, a very special prize, will assigned to the best Choir or Ensemble for excellent artistic performance. It consists of a statue of the Michelangelo's David, the emblem of Florence and our Festival.
All choirs which do not receive a prize will get the Diploma of successful participation in Festival.
Performance will be judged by international jury members, including conductors, opera singers, composers.
The Jury will judge: intonation, vocal production, interpretation, diction and general artistic effect.
The decisions of the Jury are final.
The Jury, after consideration of all artistic matters, may not award some prizes or may award joint or additional prizes.
The Festival enrollment fee for each choir is 200 euros and 150 euros for every supplemental category, non refundable.
The enrollment fee for non-competitive choirs is 200 euros.
In order to be admitted in the Competition and Festival, the payment of enrollment fee is required.
Application deadline: 30th September 2015
After receiving the application form, each group will be contacted by email and receive detailed information on further steps.
The payment of the enrollment fee must be paid within 30th September 2015
30th September 2015 - Deadline for the payment for rooms and eventual meals - 40% of the total
20th October 2015 - Deadline for the payment of balance for rooms and eventual meals. 
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Each choir is responsible for obtaining copyrights and permission to use all material during their performance at the festival.
Each choir including the conductor, accompanying persons and bus drivers
shall pay their own travel, accommodation and meals expenses.
For organisational and logistic reasons is not possible for the choirs to book hotel by theirselves. Payment for accommodation must be paid directly to the Festival organisation by bank transfer 
Each choir will provide itself to the reservation of its travel.
The organization can reserve private bus on request at Choir expenses for
visits and tours.
Accommodation for all choirs will be organized by the Festival in singles, doubles, triples rooms in 3 stars Hotels in the center of Florence, according to
prices published on the Accommodation section on our website.
The organization can arrange accommodation also in 4 stars or 2 stars hotels on request.
On request the staff of the Festival can organize a longer stay in Florence and other italian cities.
The Festival will organize the meals for all the choirs in typical florentine restaurants serving traditional italian food with quick service and cheap prices. Please refer to Accommodation section on our website.Nevertheless each choir will have the chance to organize the meals itself.
At the end of the Festival there will be a dinner for all the conductors in a typical Tuscan restaurant in the historical center of Florence, offered by the organization.