ChoralNet - Subscriptions for Archive User Your subscriptions on ChoralNet. To change your subscription options, go to Graduate conducting degree openings at the University of Toronto Hilary Apfelstadt, %24 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000
Graduate Choral Conducting Program at the University of Toronto
Applications are invited for the M.M. in choral conducting program at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2015 – 2016.   Materials may be submitted on line by December 1, 2014.   See for further information.   (Applications for the DMA degree will resume for the 2016- 2017 school year.  We have no openings for the upcoming year.)
Master’s degree students gain valuable ensemble experience and podium time with one of three choirs:  Women’s Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, or Women’s Chorus, and sing in the MacMillan Singers, a select SATB chamber choir.   Coursework includes individual lessons, a conducting seminar in choral repertory, and courses in vocal/choral pedagogy, orchestral conducting techniques, and musical analysis.   In addition, a variety of elective courses are offered.   Toronto has a rich choral scene and there are numerous opportunities for students to participate as section leads in local ensembles, as well as some conducting internships and independent positions.    The M.M. program is a two-year residency degree.
For further information, please contact Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Professor and Director of Choral Activities at
Announcement: The Age Old Reason for Joy - a free Christmas carol for everyone Robin Mayhew, %24 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000 needed to learn and perform my new, free Christmas carol titled The Age Old Reason for Joy is available as free downloads from the dedicated page on my website (see link below)  There's the SATB score, a 2 part score for schools and young choristers, the words and accompaniment.  There is also a barber shop 4 part score plus other audio tools.  There is a YouTube link where one can see and hear a performance with a lot of smiling faces.  It's such fun to sing and the message will teach the young and remind the older just what Christmas is really all about.  As it's all freely available one could even sing it round the dinner table after the turkey, Christmas pudding and crackers by using a smart phone or tablet.
Best wishes and joyous singing
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for Chorus of Four Mixed Voices and Basso Continuo
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I'm offering 60 copies at 1/3 the price of a new copy.
$6.00 each plus shipping costs.
These copies look brand new.
Concert: Tempesta di Mare sings Bach, Praetorius and Rosenmuller in Philadelphia Martha Johnson, %24 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000
Laurie Heimes, Drew Minter, Aaron Sheehan, and David Newman all join Tempesta di Mare for a rich line up of music by Bach, Praetorius and Rosenmüller.
This program marks life’s milestones with J.S. Bach’s joyous birthday serenata Durchlauchtigster Leopold!, the modern-time premiere of Johann Rosenmüller’s festive wedding cantata, Es muß dir, wertes Paar, and Bach’s unswerving embrace of earthly life’s end, Komm, du süße Todesstunde, all bookended by vocal concertos for the new year—and the inexorability of time—by Michael Praetorius: Nun helft mir Gottes Gütes preisen and Das alte Jahr ist nun vergahn.
The performance on October 25 will take place at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and on October 26 at the American Philosophical Society in Center City. General admission to the concerts is $24, with a few reserved seats remaining at $34. See for more information.
Announcement: Classical Idol Vocal Competition Eric Townell, %24 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000 Rochester Oratorio Society invites advanced vocal soloists to compete in Classical Idol IX, April 17-18, 2015, in Rochester, New York. Cash awards and performance opportunities. Applications: Information: ]]>Concert: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Side-by-Side Choral Concert Eric Townell, %24 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000 from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra!

The RPO with the assistance of the City of Rochester will be presenting another Community Side-by-Side choral concert experience. You will find more details listed below about the event. If you are interested in applying, just click on the link below and fill out the application form.


EVENT: Community Chorus Side-by-Side Concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
DATE: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

REHEARSAL WITH ORCHESTRA: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM-10:00 PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Saturday, November 22nd - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, December 2nd - 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Tuesday, December 9th - 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Tuesday, January 6th - 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Saturday, January 17th - 2:00-4:00 PM

Eric Townell will be preparing the chorus and also conducting the concert. The concert will include repertoire by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Wagner along with some lighter patriotic music.

Deadline for applications is November 1st.

Richard Decker
Artistic Administrator
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Announcement: composition masterclass with Novi Cantori Ellen Gilson Voth, %23 %b %2014 %22:%Oct:%rd 22OctGMT+0000’ Masterclass – March 28, 2015

The professional chamber choir Novi Cantori announces a composition masterclass on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Westfield, MA. This special event will explore works in progress, with the director and singers of Novi Cantori providing feedback to the composers present.

This masterclass builds on the success of our Call for Scores last season. It is aimed especially for advanced undergraduate, graduate and young professional composers who value the opportunity to hear their music performed by an outstanding choir and receive feedback on their work and approach to choral composition.

maximum of 5 composers will be selected. These composers will be announced on the Novi Cantori website and in our spring season publicity, and their works may be considered for future performance.

Composers who submitted works for last year’s Call for Scores are eligible to apply. For this masterclass, composers should be within reasonable travel distance of Westfield, MA if selected. Decisions about the number of composers and the repertoire selected are final.

To apply, composers should submit the following by email (preferred) or mail, for consideration:

1) A separate sheet with complete contact information (name/address/phone #/email address), short biography and works list

2) Examples of one or two choral works (compositions or arrangements) for SATB choir that are in progress. They may be accompanied or unaccompanied works, based on a sacred or secular text. Completed works, published or unpublished, will not be considered. The work submitted should have a section that stands sufficiently by itself, and has not been previously performed.

Each piece should:

- be a fully legible score, with accompaniment (if applicable). If an unaccompanied piece, the scores should include a keyboard reduction of the vocal lines.

- show proof of clearance to use text (if not in the public domain)

- include a short statement (2-3 sentences) about the composer’s choice of text, concept of the piece, aspects that have come naturally in the process of writing, and areas of challenge

- include an audio or midi recording (mp3 or CD) – not required but recommended

Scores should be submitted as PDFs (not as notation files).

3) the name and contact information (phone #/email) of a reference who can speak to the composer’s musicianship, skills in writing and responsiveness to critique in a masterclass setting

For full consideration, composers should submit materials by January 31, 2015 to Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, Artistic Director, at (preferred) or by mail to: Novi Cantori, P.O. 39, Agawam, MA  01001. “Application for masterclass” should be in the email subject line or on the outside envelope.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


There is no cost to apply for participation. However, composers selected to participate must be able to travel to Westfield, MA to attend the masterclass, and pay the $50 masterclass registration fee.

Application deadline: January 31, 2015 (email or postmark deadline).


Novi Cantori is a professional chamber choir that performs throughout the greater Springfield and Pioneer Valley, MA region. The mission of Novi Cantori is to promote the finest in choral music from the Renaissance to the present, through innovative programming and community connection.

For more information, visit


Concert: "Songs of Thanksgiving:" Music on the Hill on Nov. 9 Carol Bogard, %23 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%rd 19OctGMT+0000 Music on the Hill Festival Chorus performs songs of celebration and thanks in the spirit of the holiday with Artistic Director David H. Connell, Conductor.
The program features American composers ranging from the 19th century Southern Harmony  to "Breaths" by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock fame.  Included are the Randall Thompson "Alleluia;" "I Will Sing to the Lord" by Imant Raminsh; "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus; modern renderings of familiar hymns and spirituals; and works by local composers Edward Thompson and the concert's conductor.
This is the first of two holiday concerts by the Festival Chorus.  On December 12th, the chorus will be joined by the Jubilate Ringers for "Sounds of the Season," a Christmas concert, to be held in Wilton at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
To receive concert updates or learn about pariticpating in Music on the Hill workshops and ensembles, join the mailing list by visiting
Classified ad: Bass soloist for Handel's Messiah Warren Puffer Jones, %23 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%rd 20OctGMT+0000
The Kemp Concert Series at the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City seeks a professional caliber Bass soloist for the performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 20th, 2014.  The performance will be with a professional orchestra.
The Bass soloist will sing:
            #5 Thus saith the Lord
            #10 For behold, darkness
            #11 The people that walked in darkness
            #47 Behold, I tell you a mystery
            #48 The trumpet shall sound
-Performance: Saturday, December 20th, 7:30pm
-Dress rehearsal: Saturday, December 20th, 10am-12:30pm
-One additional coaching rehearsal with the conductor, which can be scheduled on Friday, December 19th to accommodate an out-of-town singer, or earlier in December as available.
Market/union rate
(If the contracted singer is from out of town, 2 nights lodging will be provided along with a small travel stipend)
To apply:
Interested singers should send via email to
            -a resume
            -a sample recording (opera or oratorio)
Position open until filled.
Warren Puffer Jones
Music Director
First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City
Borrowing request: John Rutter Christmas Carols Christine Gaudreau, %23 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%rd 18OctGMT+0000 Instrumental parts and full scores for 10 John Rutter carols
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Rutter
Starting: as soon as possible
For: through December 20
Copies: full set of parts
Willing to rent: Yes
The Evergreen Chorale would like to borrow or rent the orchestral parts and the full scores for the following Rutter carols:
What Sweeter Music
Shepherd's Pipe Carol
Carol of the Children
Angels' Carol
Esta Noche
El Noi de la Mare
Carol of the Magi
Carol of the Children
Donkey Carol
Star Carol
Dormi Jesu
Please email Christine Gaudreau at christine@evchorale if you have any of these materials available.
Classified ad: 6-week Choral Project Jennifer Anderson, %23 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%rd 18OctGMT+0000
Skilled choral singers needed for 6-week project in January and February. Quality repertoire is diverse and engaging. VocalPoint was most recently honored by Classical Minnesota Public Radio by being 1 of 3 local choirs chosen to sing at Harmony in the Park. Learn more about auditions at
Announcement: For This and More (I Thank You Lord) from Raycreations Music John Ray, %23 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%rd 17OctGMT+0000 your church choir needs an easy to medium anthem for Thanksgiving or general use, please consider 
my newest publication, "For This and More (I Thank You Lord)."
Thank you,
John Ray
Raycreations Music
Announcement: Looking for new jolly holiday pieces incorporating a children's choir? Gordon Thornett, %23 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%rd 16OctGMT+0000
The following two Christmas/holiday pieces, which you can both see and hear on, are for adult choirs (SATB) which can also incorporate a unison children’s choir:
Christmas Candles -
Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child -
The following piece is just for a children’s choir, in Unison (plus optional 2nd part) with piano accompaniment:
The Sleepy Shepherd Boy -

All the above are obtainable from Swirly Music (or if an 'instant print' version is preferred, from
Announcement: An Italian Celebration with Joseph Martin - Only a few spaces left! Krista Montgomery, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%rd 15OctGMT+0000
Only a few spaces left! Register today!
Lucca • Florence • Montecatini • Pisa • Rome
With optional extension to Venice
April 15-27, 2015 with optional Venice Extension, April 27-29
  • Perform concerts with JOSEPH and SUE MARTIN in LUCCA and ROME!
  • See FLORENCE, home of Michelangelo's David
  • Behold the famous LEANING TOWER OF PISA
  • Visit the beautiful Tuscan city of LUCCA, which is surrounded by intact Renaissance-era city walls
  • Encounter the sights and sounds of ROME including TREVI FOUNTAIN, THE SPANISH STEPS, THE PANTHEON, PIAZZA NAVONA, and the COLOSSEUM
  • Enjoy hotel accommodations conveniently located in central Rome
  • Enjoy "free time" in Pisa, Montecatini, and Rome for exploration on your own
Full or partial choirs and individuals welcome; non-singers also welcome.
For church and community choirs.
An Italian Celebration details or contact Krista Montgomery, 888-935-5551, Ext. 3
Forum message: Holy Night/ Silent Night Suzanne Kraai, %23 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%rd 13OctGMT+0000 anyone know a great arrangement that is a 'show stopper'? 

Perhaps with a country or pop vibe? 
Forum message: Breaking down High School Rehearsal Ciara Hargrove, %23 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%rd 11OctGMT+0000, All.  I want to get a sense of how others run their rehearsals at the High school level.  I have a successful program that meets every other day for 80 minutes.  I am grateful for this, but I don't have extra time for sectionals, etc.  So... eventually, I end up running line by line and part by part.  This means that at any given time, 3/4 of the chorus is waiting to sing.  I have done "learn the other part" where everyone sings every line we go through, I have had assignments for other parts while I teach one line, I have tried (but not successfully) to run sectionals within class.  This last option is tough due to no other adult in a room with 62 people.  Am I doing the right thing, here?  Do most of you run line by line, part by part?  Is this normal?  Can I attack learning a piece of music in a new way?  Thanks
Classified ad: Finale User Jim Way, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%rd 14OctGMT+0000 need a Finale user who will input a legible, hand-writen score (4 part + piano) into Finale notation score (music only). I will pay per page. Please let me know your charge.
My email address is
Thank you.
Announcement: New 15th Century Carol for SATB by Tom Council from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%rd 14OctGMT+0000
Click the cover image to view and listen to the score in its entirety.
This subdued setting of a 15th century text, by Tom Council , is an ideal choice for inserting a quiet and reflective moment in your mixed choir's upcoming holiday concert.  Take a listen today at and, while you're there, don't forget to search with the "Christmas" tag to view all of our holiday offerings.
Announcement: Congratulations to Nicole Melody! Phil Sheets, %23 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%rd 13OctGMT+0000 Church of the Good Shepherd UMC in Oswego IL is proud to announce the hiring of Nicole Melody of Bolingbrook IL as the new choir director. Ms. Melody has a BA in music from Xavier University in Chicago and has an extensive background in music directing, singing, teaching and editing. The church looks forward to a long and healthy relationship filled with glorious music! ]]>Announcement: Video: "More than Singing: Girls Choirs Build Community, Character" Sonia Schnee, %23 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%rd 11OctGMT+0000 Arts News has just released a 5 minute mini-documentary called "More than Singing: Choirs Build Community, Character." The video can be viewed at
The Princeton Girlchoir's annual Children Making a Difference concert teaches young girls about service and community while raising funds for a local nonprofit. The Princeton choir is joined by the newly-formed Philadelphia Girls Choir. "Singing has the mission of creating great citizens," says Philadelphia Girls Choir Music Director Nathan Wadley.  Melissa Malvar-Keylock, Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, explains, “Learning perseverance, learning discipline, all these things are above and beyond just singing beautiful music.”
Visit to access our archive of over 50 cultural and sustainability videos. 
- NJ Arts News 
Classified ad: Bass Section Leader/Soloist Shawn David Dey, %22 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%nd 23OctGMT+0000 Section Leader/Soloist for Upper Ridgewood Community Church, 35 Fairmount Road, Ridgewood, NJ.  Choir season runs September-June. 9:15 a.m. call for 10:00 service.  Additional services on Christmas Eve and Good Friday. Rehearsal each Sunday from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  There is no mid week rehearsal.  $106 per week, rehearsal and worship.  Community Church is within easy walking distance of the Ho-Ho-Kus train station. Excellent sight readers who work well with volunteers are encouraged to apply.  Resume and history of paid church work to: Mike Roth, Director of Church Choir, ]]>Concert: San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2014 Concerts Helene Whitson, %23 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%rd 2OctGMT+0000
The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney, presents:  Holiday Light and Love
Marc-Antoine Charpentier:  Messe de Minuit pour Noël
Thomas Tallis:  O Nata Lux
Morten Lauridsen:  O Nata Lux
Maurice Duruflé:  Ubi Caritas
Ola Gjeilo:  Ubi Caritas
Norman Dello Joio:  The Holy Infant’s Lullaby 
Conrad Susa:  Three Mystical Carols:  The Shepherds Sing  *  This Endrys Night  *  Let Us Gather Hand In Hand
Jerome Lenk, Organ
Cassandra Forth, Soprano
Fiona Friedland, Soprano
Debra Golata, Alto
David Meissner, Tenor
Jonathan Borchardt, Baritone
Richard Mix, Bass
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, near Franklin
San Francisco
Tickets: General $20; in advance & for seniors, $18 
Free admission for students 5-18 with ID.
Please, no children under five.
For ticket purchase and further information, visit our website:
Contact:  (415) 721-4077 or email
Classified ad: Director of Music Ministries Richard C Hart, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%nd 21OctGMT+0000 



JOB TITLE: Director of Music Ministries DATE: October 2014

REPORTS TO: Pastor, The Session, and The Worship Committee


To provide vision and leadership for the music ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church in accordance with the church's “Vision for Music Ministry” (see attached) and church policies, and in cooperation with the Pastor, the Session, and the Worship Committee.


The “Vision for Music Ministry” (attached) is integral to this position description and provides further guidance regarding the essential duties of the person serving as the Director of Music Ministries.

  1. Conduct the Chancel Choir in weekly rehearsal and services providing appropriate choral music for:

    • Weekly regular Sunday morning worship services

    • Special worship services, including Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Services

  2. Conduct or provide for the conducting of Chancel Ringers, Trinity's handbell choir and provide appropriate music for regular presentation at selected Sunday morning services.

  3. Assist Pastor as needed in worship design for regular and special services and programs including the recommendation of appropriate hymns, the recruitment of soloists, instrumentalist, and groups where possible.

  4. Effectively plan, select, purchase, and catalog appropriate music in the Church’s music library for the Chancel Choir, vocal soloists, ensembles, and instrumentalists, in accordance with the music budget.

  5. Recruit, encourage, and equip volunteers for participation in and the potential expansion of the church’s music ministry.

  6. Supervise and direct all salaried music staff, including but not limited to the hand bell choir director, accompanist, and music interns as well as all other music program volunteers in leadership capacities. Provide verbal feedback and written evaluations as directed for paid staff in consultation with the pastor, the Worship Committee, and the Personal Committee.

  7. Administer the Music Program by:

    • Planning the program music budget in consultation with the Worship Committee.

    • Abiding by current copyright law

    • Maintaining the church instruments, pianos, handbells, hand chimes, rhythm instruments, etc.

    • Consulting with Pastor and Worship Committee Elders in order to gain session approval for all major expenditures

    • Participating in Worship Committee meetings and other church functions when possible

    • Continually evaluating the entire music program and considering unique ways to grow and expand the music ministry of Trinity.

  8. Participate in continuing education events, such as the Montreat Music Conference, when deemed beneficial.

  9. Develop relationships with Presbyterian organizations to further resource, coordinate, and provide direction for the music ministry program.



Bachelor’s degree or higher, in music. Experience and education in choral directing preferred. Successful completion of a background check. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and professionally with Church Staff, Session Members, Volunteers, and with the congregation in general. Ability to prioritize workload, multi‐task, adapt to changes, and meet deadlines. Must work scheduled hours as needed.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the Director of Music Ministries. Depending upon an employee’s experience, training, and development, more discretion may be given to carry out the listed duties.

Vision for Music Ministry

Music Director Search Committee

September 23, 2014

Music is a ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church and a vital aspect of our life as a church of Jesus Christ. Music is an important way that we articulate our faith so it is a means by which we spread the Gospel. Sacred music is an expression of the spiritual life and thus should connect directly, obviously, and intentionally with spirituality. As ministry, music is one of the ways our members exercise their spiritual gifts and God-given talents “to build up the body of Christ.” As the Apostle Paul states, the church exists “to equip the saints for the work of ministry,” (saints being all believers.)

It is not mere coincidence that in our Presbyterian Church (USA) Constitution in the Directory for Worship, the element of music in the life of the church is described in the broader section on “Prayer.” As Martin Luther said, “The one who sings, prays twice.”

Music as Prayer: Congregational Song

Song is a response which engages the whole self in prayer. Song

unites the faithful in common prayer wherever they gather for worship,

whether in church, home, or other special place. The covenant people

have always used the gift of song to offer prayer. Psalms were created to

be sung by the faithful as their response to God. Though they may be read

responsively or in unison, their full power comes to expression when they

are sung. In addition to psalms the Church in the New Testament sang hymns

and spiritual songs. Through the ages and from varied cultures, the church

has developed additional musical forms for congregational prayer. Congre-

gations are encouraged to use these diverse musical forms for prayer as well

as those which arise out of the musical life of their own cultures.

Music as Prayer: Choir and Instrumental Music

To lead the congregation in the singing of prayer is a primary role

of the choir and other musicians. They also may pray on behalf of the

congregation with introits, responses, and other musical forms. Instrumental

music may be a form of prayer since words are not essential to prayer. In

worship, music is not to be for entertainment or artistic display. Care should

be taken that is not be used merely as a cover for silence. Music as prayer

is to be a worthy offering to God on behalf of the people.

Book of Order, Directory for Worship

W-2.1003, W-2.1004

Trinity Presbyterian Church has enjoyed a top quality music ministry since its founding in 1985. In it and through it we strive for excellence, seek to rise above mediocrity, and work to bring our best to God.

Qualities and Aspects We Seek to Maintain

Music in worship is a compliment to our worship and contributes to it. It is not seen as a performance or an end in itself. We appreciate and seek to maintain a focus on traditional and classical sacred music. The music program has helped us become a singing congregation. The choristers and musicians assist the congregation in expressing faith through music.

Those choristers and musicians are dedicated to this ministry. There is a high expectation for commitment to and participation in the music program, including regular attendance and punctuality.

Trinity has long enjoyed contributions from musicians beyond our membership, including guest instrumentalists and especially the music intern program. The latter affords music students experience in the church setting and also enriches our congregation.

Our music program is a means by which people are attracted to our church. Because of our music emphases many people come to sing and play instruments. Many others come to listen and be led in worship.

Ideas for Expanding Our Music Ministry

We seek ways to develop our music program for children and youth. Our hope is for them to have opportunities to participate in a variety of types of activities in which music figures prominently. We want them to develop a love for music and to have fun expressing faith through music.

Related to our conviction that music ministry should be available to all in some way or other, we wish to see opportunities for novices and non-singers to participate in beginner and educational music activities – for example, a beginner hand-bell choir using simple musical pieces anyone could learn to play.

Music can be an outreach service tool, such as visiting nursing homes, senior care centers, or the children's ward at the hospital. Christmas Caroling could be a project of the choir in which the congregation could participate, bringing holiday cheer to members and friends who need it.

A music director who is open and mindful of the myriad ways music can be an expression of faith and an uplifting experience for all will naturally find opportunities, both sacred and informal, to make music fun and a joyful experience. We wish to explore ways to use additional musical styles and genres as supplements to our traditional focus, but not as substitutes for that focus.

Things to Keep in Mind

We seek someone who will help maintain music ministry at the quality Trinity has always sought, while at the same time developing a deep spiritual connection with God through music. It would be helpful to find a candidate who is both a good choir director and a good song leader. Our goal is music ministry as a team effort with a leader directing the opportunities for wide participation by the congregation. Appreciation for and use of a variety of music genres is desirable and a means to touch the hearts of our congregational participants who are, themselves, diverse in background and interests.

Concert: Cherubini's Requiem at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh (Nov. 2) Mark Anderson, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%nd 20OctGMT+0000
Shadyside Presbyterian Church Presents Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor
Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents a Choral Celebration of All Saints on Sunday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m.  The service features Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor, presented by the church’s Chancel Choir, under the direction of conductor Mark A. Anderson, Director of Music Ministry.
In recognition of All Saints’ Day, which is traditionally observed on November 1, and in memory of those who have died in the past year, Shadyside Presbyterian Church hosts an afternoon of music and reflection.  The church welcomes the community to hear Cherubini’s setting of the requiem mass, presented in liturgical context, with communion and a homily preached by the Reverend Dr. David B. Antonson.  
Nursery care will be provided during the service.  Worship is free and open to the public; 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.
Comment: Re: Accompanist Salaries for 2014 (also for soli and "ringers" Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%nd 21OctGMT+0000 of people are viewing this but no responses? Hmmm.
I've been associated with several choruses here in Western New York (think Buffalo and Niagara Falls) that are basically amateur choruses but that also pay some singers.
Presently I direct a chorale with ca.  60 to 65 singers. We give two programs each year. Members pay dues, $60 per year. Tickets are $10 and $25, most of what we sell are the $10.
We also have a sponsor/patron drive, unearned income and an ad drive for program ads.  Similar to the comnmunity orchestra in our town, we pay section leaders per servce and expect them at each rehearsal, we occasionally need ringers for just the concert. Ringers for just the concert get $50 for a rehearsal, $50 for dress rehearsal and $50 for the concert. Currently, we have an assistant conductor who doubles as soprano section leader. The music director is paid per season, so is the accompanist and assistent conductor, paid twice a year in equal installments.
Section leaders get $40/service.
The very capable Assistant director gets $1,600 for the year,
The accompanist (who has been with the Chorale for more than 25 years) $4,000. Well below what she is worth!
Hope this helps. 
We used to get quite a bit in foundation support but that has diminshed significantly and we are compensating for that loss by selling more of the high price tickets, submitting grant proposals and solciting more in sponsor/patron donations.
Classified ad: SATB Section Leaders Needed Lee E. Hoffman, %22 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%nd 18OctGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church in Sacramento is seeking SATB section leaders. Responsibilities from September through June 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, 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. Contact Ms. Lee Hoffman, Director of Choirs, at or 916-442-8939 x308 to schedule an audition. The church is located at 1300 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 ]]>Announcement: Fascinating London Music Auction:11/20/14 Sig Rosen, %22 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%nd 13OctGMT+0000
Here, for those in well-connected research and collector circles is a prime, unknown source for Bach & his mileau by a member of the Silbermann organ family. Also valuable vocal/choral works by Krenek and the great Kodaly Psalmus Hungaricus! Over 200 lots in all at 34-35 new Bond street.
Announcement: ALBION - In the Devil's Arse Andrew Throssell, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%nd 17OctGMT+0000 Youtube video. ENJOY!
Forum message: MM in Choral Conducting - The Boston Conservatory George Case, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%nd 15OctGMT+0000



Apply by December 1 for Your M.M. in Choral Conducting!

The Boston Conservatory's M.M. in Choral Conducting is a highly-selective program designed to train conductors to be dynamic and scholarly performers. With intensive coursework in conducting, score study and choral repertoire, the program has a strong academic foundation that will broaden your base of musical knowledge and diversify your skills as a 21st-century conductor. Additionally, you will have a variety of opportunities to be in front of the podium, from conducting in class and private lessons to conducting small and large ensembles.


Your Opportunities to Perform

Students receive varied opportunities on the podium–with a graduate ensemble of stipend performers, in private lessons and in front of large ensembles.
The Boston Conservatory Conductors' Choir
The Boston Conservatory Chorale
The Boston Conservatory Opera Chorus
The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus
Assistant Conductor, Newburyport Choral Society
Conducting Partnership with The Boston City Singers
Special engagements with Boston Conservatory music, theater, opera and dance productions


Core Courses

Academic Study
Choral Repertoire I, II, III, IV (Antiquity to the Present)
Score Study: Choral-Orchestral Masterworks
Score Study: A Cappella Masterworks
Theory Elective: Advanced Aural Skills I, II (Score Reading, Atonal Sight-Singing, etc.)
Advanced Pedagogy: Voice

Performance Study
Seminar in Conducting: Choral (Private Lessons and Conductors' Choir)
Seminar in Conducting: Orchestral (Conductors' Orchestra)
Applied Concentrate: Voice Lessons


Your Teachers

George Case, D.M.A., Director of Choral Activities, Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Choruses

Bruce Hangen, Director of Orchestral Activities; Conductor of The Boston Conservatory Orchestra 

William Cutter, D.M.A.


Scholarship Opportunities

Choral conducting students are eligible for merit-based financial aid. The typical award ranges from half to full scholarship. Other opportunities for employment exist through partnerships with the Newburyport Choral Society, Boston City Singers, work-study positions at The Boston Conservatory, and other arts organizations in and around Boston.


Apply by December 1

To learn more:




Office of Admissions
(617) 912-9153


Concert: Bach Cantata Choir opens 10th Season with "Kyrie" from B Minor Mass Ralph Nelson, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%nd 16OctGMT+0000

The Bach Cantata Choir of Portland will present a free concert on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00pm at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave in Portland, Oregon.  The concert, under the direction of conductor Ralph Nelson, will feature J.S. Bach’s Cantata #177, the “Kyrie” movement from Bach’s “B Minor Mass,” Jan Zelenka’s “Haec Dies” and Dietrich Buxtehude’s “Missa Brevis.”  The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.  A silent auction will follow the concert in the church parlor.  Doors open at 1:30pm. 

The 2014-15 season will include a unique presentation of Bach’s B Minor Mass over four separate concerts. At each concert, Artistic Director Ralph Nelson will discuss and demonstrate works familiar to Bach when he was composing each movement of the Mass. In particular, the choir and orchestra will demonstrate previous cantatas which Bach “borrowed” and re-wrote into the B Minor Mass, as well as works by other composers which Bach performed while composing the B Minor Mass.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014  2pm
“The Year  1733 - A Tale of Two Cities – Leipzig and Dresden”
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Haec es Dies
Dietrich Buxtehude: Missa Brevis
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 177, “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”
J.S. Bach: “Kyrie” from Mass in B Minor

Forum message: Accessible Paulus James Henry, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%nd 15OctGMT+0000 am conducting a high school choral festival and was hoping to find a Stephen Paulus piece for them to sing. I know there are many to choose from, but this festival requires that the selections be fairly easy (but still SATB); many of the students come to the festival having never even looked at the music, so we'll end up teaching it that day. Any suggestions? ]]>Borrowing request: Choral Medley from West Side Story arr Len Thomas Instrumental Parts Beth Mosier, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%nd 16OctGMT+0000 Instrumental Parts needed
Composer/Arranger/Edition: arr Len Thomas Boosey & Hawks, Hal Leonard
Starting: March 2015
For: 2 months
Copies: Instrumental Parts
Willing to rent: Yes
Boosey & Hawkes say the instrumental parts are out of print for "Choral Medley from West Side Story" arr Len Thomas. The reference number they give is ENB 467. Can anyone help with either telling me where I can rent, buy or borrow these?  I own 70 copies of the SATB choral Medley.   We will need the music from March - May 10, 2015
Thank you!
Beth Mosier
Forum message: Working with stubborn students... Kelsey Snyder, %22 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%nd 11OctGMT+0000!
My name is Kelsey and this is my first year teaching full time! I teach four choirs at a high school in central Virginia, where the program has been dwindling down for the past few years. I'm hoping I can move things in a better direction while I am here!
I am having a very hard time with my freshman class. There are about 25 of them, and probably 6 or 7 of them do NOT want to be there. They will not participate, and don't care that their grades suffer. I've tried a few different things, but because they don't want to be there, I sometimes feel like I don't want them there! Because the program is so small right now, I am holding on to full time employment by a thread. Since this is my freshman class, a group of students who I definitely need to stay enrolled next year, what are some things I can do to encourage those stubborn students? Also, I want to make sure my strong, more advanced students in that class don't get bored or lose desire to be there as well. Thanks in advance for any ideas! 
Classified ad: Tenor soloist for Messiah in Maryland William Spencer, %22 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%nd 11OctGMT+0000 The Harford Choral Society is in sudden need of a tenor soloist for a performance of Messiah in the greater Baltimore area on Saturday evening 20 December (dress rehearsal the evening before).


Please contact HCS via our website for more information, and if possible include a résumé and audio links.

Concert: Constellation Men's Ensemble - Premiere Concert Lennie Cottrell, %22 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%nd 3OctGMT+0000 Men's Ensemble, a new chamber choir in Chicago, is excited to present their first full concert, featuring an ecclectic range of music from around the world. The program will feature music from Russia, India, Georgia, Finland, England, Canada, and the United States. 
Saturday, November 1st, 7:00 pm
Unity Lutheran Church in Andersonville
1212 W Balmoral
Chicago, IL
Free to the public ($10 suggested donation).
Please join us for a reception after the concert!
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Classified ad: Accompanist Wanted Christopher Hansen, %22 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%nd 0OctGMT+0000
Davis Street United Methodist Church seeks an accompanist to play piano for all worship services, support the choir at weekly Wednesday evening and Sunday morning rehearsals and submit music selections for a prelude, offertory, and postlude for the Sunday worship bulletin.  Incumbent works closely with the Director of Music Ministry and the Pastor.  The church’s Staff-Parrish Relations committee evaluates employees on an annual basis.
Qualifications include:
  • Proficiency as soloist, accompanist, and service-player
  • Ability to work as a team member to assure an appropriate program of music
  • Ability to play both traditional sacred and contemporary Christian music is also desirable. 
  • Familiarity with the United Methodist Church liturgy is desirable
  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience
Interested applicants can seek additional information by contacting the Director of Music Ministries at
Resumes with three references familiar with applicant’s music qualifications and cover letter should be forwarded to Davis Street United Methodist Church, 606 East Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215.  (Selectee subject to background check)
Position open until filled.  Compensation negotiable
Concert: Christmas with Great Britten Jean Reed, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%st 23OctGMT+0000 Southern Connecticut Camerata, Sunday December 14, 2014 at St. Paul's on the Green.  Featuring harpist Anna Reinersman.
  A reception with be provided after the concert.
     Join the Southern Connecticut Camerata for a wonderful holiday treat, featuring music of 20th century British composers, including Peter Warlock,
Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Malcolm and Benjamin Britten. 
     Highlighting the hour-long concert will be Britten's delightful Ceremony of Carols for three-part women's chorus accompanied by harpist
Anna Reinersman.  Ms. Reinersman currently resides in London - quite appropriate for this concert - and the Camerata is extremely fortunate to be
able to perform with her.  In addition to accompanying Ceremony of Carols, Ms. Reinersman will play a featured solo piece for harp.
     The men of the Camerata will sing Vaughan Williams' carol arrangements for Tenors and Basses, composed when he was a Field Officer in the war
and wanted his men to be able to sing carols on Christmas Eve.  The entire choir will sing George Malcolm's ravishingly beautiful Missa ad Praesepe
or "Mass at the Crib" composed for Malcolm's own choir at Westminster Catholic Cathedral in London.
  Praised by The New York TImes as "an elegant harpist", Anna Reinersman performs extensively throughout New York and Boston.  She was the harpist
for the entire run of Broadway's "The Producers", and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Mostly
Mozart Music Festival, and the Boston Pops.
   Ms. Reinersman is featured on our website  Visit our website for ticket information and directions to the concert.
Announcement: 5-day conducting workshop with Noel Edison in Toronto Anne Longmore, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%st 23OctGMT+0000 Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is now accepting applications from conductors for its 5th annual Choral Conductors' Symposium. The Symposium will be led by acclaimed conductor Noel Edison and will take place in Toronto from January 27-31, 2015.  Deadline for applications is November 21, 2014.
The full Symposium schedule and application details are on the TMC Symposium web page
The Symposium annually attracts talented conductors from across Canada and the U.S. who come together for a series of workshops and coaching sessions with Noel Edison. The five participating conductors work throughout the week on a diverse range of repertoire with the acclaimed 100-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the professional 20-voice Elora Festival Singers. The Symposium week ends with a free community concert that is also webcast internationally; each participating conductor conducts a number of works during the concert.
Enjoy video selections from the 2014 Symposium concert on YouTube.
Enjoy video selections from the 2013 Symposium concert on YouTube.
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Concert: Jazz and Humor -This Weekend! Colorado Chorale, Denver Kendall Bridges, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%st 23OctGMT+0000 us as we present a delightful concert of vocal jazz and humorous music. In the humorous vein, P.D.Q.Bach’s, “Oedipus Tex” will be featured. The jazz portion will include large group and small group vocal jazz ensembles.
Friday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 26, 4:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 80113
In appreciation of community support over the years, the ticket price for the 2014-2015 Season is $15.00 per concert with students up to age 21 free. Tickets:


Announcement: WGBH 's new singing TV series Patricia Alvarado, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%st 20OctGMT+0000
Sing That Thing! is WGBH's new local TV series designed to showcase the best amateur choirs in New England in a contemporary production model that will reveal the passion, vitality, and timeless appeal of the choral experience. The series will be hosted by Anthony Trecek-King, the acclaimed artistic director of the Boston Children's Chorus.    
Sing That Thing! will have four competition categories: High School (8-60 members), College (8-60 members), Adult Small Group (8-16 members), and Adult Large Group (17-60 members). The choirs will perform before a panel of judges comprised of Boston-based arts luminaries and will receive feedback not only on such traditional metrics as Intonation, Rhythm, Blend, Diction, and Dynamics, but also on such factors as Complexity, Versatility, Stagecraft, and Audience Appeal.   
Tapings for Sing That Thing! will take place at WGBH Studios in Brighton, MA on Wednesday, February 11, Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13, 2015.  WGBH will select the date/time each choir is to perform, and will try to accomodate choir members commitments with WGBH's production needs.  Time commitment: 90 minutes.  Eight (8) groups, two from each category, will advance to The Finale, which will be taped on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Judges will choose category winners and an overall champion.  
To participate groups need to register before November 25th.
Please let us know if you have any questions:
Announcement: New Shakespeare Set for SATB by Richard R. Rossi from Colla Voce Chris Matthews, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000      
Click the cover image to listen to and view the scores in their entirety.
These new settings of popular Shakespeare texts are suitable for a wide range of mixed choirs and are ideally suited for festival type settings.  Take a listen today at
Forum message: 'frozen Heart" sheet music Linda Staiger, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%st 17OctGMT+0000 am searching for men's choir sheet music for "Frozen Heart" from the movie "Frozen".    Can anyone direct me to a source?   Also, does anyone which group  actually sings it in the film?
Concert: Reformation Commemoration - St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Cathedral Choir of the Basilica of St. Mary Christopher Aspaas, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%st 16OctGMT+0000
Reformation Commemoration      Thursday October 30 7:30pm       The Basilica of St. Mary       Minneapolis, MN 
The St. Olaf Chapel Choir, under the direction of Christopher Aspaas, and the Cathedral Choir of the Basilica of St. Mary, under the direction of Teri Larson, are hosting a Reformation Commemoration. The combined choirs (numbering well over one hundred and fifty members) will lead a service based upon the Lutheran Liturgy of Vespers/Evening Prayer on Thursday, October 30—Reformation Day. We are assembling this ecumenical event to celebrate our common faith in an amazing space: the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
Together, we will sing “VII. Slava” from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil and Susan LaBarr’s stirring setting of Eugene Field’s Divine Lullaby entitled, I Hear Thy Voice. Those anthems, as well as others will be interspersed with hymns and psalmody as well as meditations read by author and poet Susan Palo Cherwien. Donald Krubsack's beautiful new hymn setting of Susan’s text, As the Dark Awaits the Dawn, will also serve as one of our hymns. If you want a sneak peek at some of our repertoire, Chapel Choir’s Fall Vespers at St. Olaf can be found here.
I invite you, you church choir members and anyone else interested to join us on Reformation Day at 7:30pm at the Basilica of St. Mary. Come, let us raise our voices and fill that glorious space in worship, thanks and praise.
We do have a page dedicated to this event here if you would like further information…
Concert: Singers in Accord Concerts -- Nov. 8 & 9 Judy Arnstein, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%st 16OctGMT+0000
Choral Kaleidoscope
Featuring six amazing conductors!
Saturday, November 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 - 3:00 p.m.
 Good Samaritan UMC
   $20 Adult General Admission / $30 Reserved Seating
$15 Seniors, Students & Groups of 8 or more
Walk-up tickets will be $5 more (except reserved seats remain $30) 
As the fall landscape is transforming with each changing leaf, experience a Choral Kaleidoscope of changing sounds with Singers in Accord, featuring six amazing conductors ... in one concert! Nancy Grundahl, Matthew Mehaffey, David Mennicke, Jerry Rubino, Judy Sagen, and JD Steele will share the podium for these performances as they each lead the chorale through their own distinctive section of the program. 
We hope you will join us for this very special choral experience!
Both performances will be held at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, where Singers in Accord is pleased to be Choir in Residence (
To purchase tickets, visit
Concert Program
Rubino - Welcoming Reflections
The Star-Spangled Banner - Key/arr. Rubino
If Music Be the Food of Love - Dickau/Heveningham
Praise the Name of the Lord - Chesnokov
It's a Grand Night for Singing - Rodgers and Hammerstein/arr. Rubino
Mennicke - Spiritual Reflections
I Am the Light of the World - Mennicke
Blow Ye the Trumpet - Mechem
Lord, Listen to your Children Praying - Medema/arr. Schrader
Mehaffey - Celebratory Reflections
My Heart is Inditing - Handel
Grundahl - Earth Reflections
Wind - Carolyn Jennings/Prefontaine
Song of the Sky Loom - Kenneth Jennings
Earth BlessingMoore/Manno
Sagen - Cultural Reflections
Shedamati - Admon/arr. Joshua Jacobson
Sim Shalom - arr. Janowski
Dance the Horah! - Alkony/Amiran/arr. Jacobson
Steele - Community Reflections
Brazilian Rhyme/That's Why We Sing - arr. Steele
He Will See You Through - arr. Steele
Try Real Love - arr. Steele
Announcement: tribute to Stephen Paulus Philip Barnes, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%st 16OctGMT+0000 his admirers and friends in the choral community, the passing of Stephen Paulus (Sunday, October 19) will be both a sadness and a blessing - that his struggles are at an end. Stephen enjoyed a rich and long relationship with various musical institutions in St. Louis, from the Opera Theater of St. Louis, to the Bach Society of St. Louis, and most recently the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus. A brief tribute by the SLCC may be viewed/heard at the following site:
A commemorative retrospective of his choral music may also be heard on the Radio Arts Foundation of St. Louis on Wednesday, October 29, on its 7 pm (CST) show, Re-choired Listening. Listen online at
Stephen was a wonderful composer and a delightful & kind man; we will miss him, but are consoled by the many pieces he has left to us.
Philip Barnes
St. Louis (MO)
Classified ad: Accompanist needed. Peter F Butler Jr, %21 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%st 15OctGMT+0000 Thorsmen Norwegian Male Chorus of Salem, Oregon, is seeking an accompanist for rehearsals.  We meet on Monday eveinings from 7:30 to 9:00pm and have occasional singing engagements throughout the year.  We are one of a dozen men's choruses that comprise the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association and every June we all gather in a host city for our annual Sangerfest.  We are looking for someone with a good background in choral accompanying, but since we are small in number we would welcome a music student who wishes to gain accompanying skills and experience.  Salary is negotiable and would include travel expenses.  Interested parties should please contact Peter Butler at <>  Thank you! ]]>Classified ad: Musical Director Needed Holli Albanese, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000 Director Needed for "Zombie Prom" the musical!
Eisenhower Middle School in Freehold, NJ is seeking a musical director for their winter show.
SHOW DATES: Feb. 12, 7 PM
                     Feb. 13, 7 PM
                     Feb 14, 2 PM
(Student auditions will be held the week of Nov. 10)
  • Attend 1 or 2 weekly rehearsals, 5-7 pm at the school to teach music to energetic and passionate cast of middle school students.  (another director will always be present at rehearsals)
  • Attend all tech / dress rehearsals and performances (week of Feb. 9)
  •  Conduct actors from the audience and manage the "Samphony" performance orchestration tracks. (we will not be using musicians for this production; rather, we will purchase the rehearsal and performance tracks)
​Experience with children is a plus.
Piano skills are a plus.
We have a great time and produce a wonderful show... would love to have you on board!
Contact Holli for more information.
Classified ad: Looking for a few good singers Patricia Smith, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000, a volunteer a cappella chamber choir meeting in the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking additional singers for its March 2015 concerts. Sopranos, altos & tenors are especially wanted. Auditions times may be scheduled between 5 & 6 pm on Sundays beginning on November 9 & through November 30, 2014.
Rehearsals will begin Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6-8:30 pm in Villa Park, IL. Concerts, "Where the River Meets the Sea" are scheduled for March 14 & 15, 2015. For more information, visit To arrange an audition, please e-mail:
Classified ad: Church organist/pianist/accompanist wanted Victoria Linich, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000 are seeking a part-time musician to bless us with organ and piano liturgy during two Sunday morning services, and to rehearse with and accompany our choir.  Our church has a long history of valuing music and nurturing members to participate via choirs and performing ensembles.  Proficiency performing on both piano and organ are expected.
 Accomplished in playing during services, particularly liturgy and hymn accompaniment
 Piano performance should excel, with comfort in many musical genres
 Organ performance should be strong, or presently adequate with the intent to master
 Ability to read open score desirable
 Bachelor’s degree in music (equivalent experience considered)
 Plan, prepare and play for two similar liturgical services on Sunday mornings
 Accompany the choir at one weekly rehearsal during choir season
 Play for occasional extra rehearsals, special services and events
 Reserve first right of refusal for occasional weddings and funerals (separate compensation)
 Meet regularly with the Pastor and Director of Music to plan and coordinate the musical and liturgical life of the congregation
 Attend monthly evening Worship Team meetings
 Attendance at staff meetings desirable
 Provide expert knowledge of the organ and pianos related to maintenance and repair
Position Details
 Permanent, part-time position (10-15 hours per week)
 Seeking to fill as soon as possible
 Salary range:  $11,000 to $13,000
 Moller organ: eight ranks, two manuals; 1948 console, $70K restoration of wind chests in 2007
 Growing 40+ member choir
 Singing, musically sophisticated congregation
 Vibrantly live 1856 plaster sanctuary renovated in 2008 under guidance of an acoustics engineer to assure the acoustics would remain after the replacement of the ceiling (and building roof)
 Expectation of a near-term ~$80K capital campaign to replace the console
 Upright piano in sanctuary, three others elsewhere
Coontact the Church office at 630-879-1999 ( for an application or with any questions.
Concert: Minnesota Center Chorale: A Civil War Portrait Jody Martinson, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%st 14OctGMT+0000 Center Chorale and special musical guests, Cristina Seaborn and Paul Imholte, will present a history of the Civil War in song on Sunday, November 2 at Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud, MN at 3pm.

A Civil War Portrait begins with the build up to war in the free spirited era of the minstrel song, as such by Stephen Foster, in a medley arranged by Joseph Martin containing, “Camptown Races; Oh, Susanna; Some Folks Do; Beautiful Dreamer; The Glendy Burk; and Swannee River”. The concert proceeds into pre-war sentiment with a performance by the choir of “Testament of Freedom” by Randall Thompson, and a few songs written by Stephen Foster for solo voice and piano, such as “I’ll Be a Soldier” – arranged for the first time into a choral score by Keith Larson. Additional selections include “Civil War” Medley by Greg Gilpin; “Lorena”, arranged by St. Cloud native and Yale University Glee Club director, Jeffrey Douma; and shape-note song, “Idumea”, arranged by Richard Bjella. The effects of war are evident in the song portraying Mississippi women decorating tombs of soldiers from both the union and the confederacy shortly after the war in “The Blue and the Grey” by John Purifoy. The concert concludes with audience participation in singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky.

All are invited to attend a free pre-concert lecture at 2:30pm at Calvary Church to be given on musical instruments of the Civil War, presented by fiddler/violinist Cristina Seaborn and string specialist/dulcimer/harmonica/banjo player Paul Imholte. 

Members of the Central Minnesota Civil War Roundtable will have a display of information in the Lobby and be on hand to answer questions.
Tickets are $15 - Adult, $13 - Senior, $5 - Student, free for children through grade 8.  Tickets can be purchased, and more information found, at:
Forum message: Sweet and Simple Craig Murray, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%st 13OctGMT+0000 morning all,
I am looking for a sweet and simple ballad for my 1st year jazz singers (mostly freshmen). The are able to hold two parts at this point. All girls. A miracle might, :( , happen and I get some guys to sign up. But until then I think we are in SA or SSA (for brief times).
The ladies can hit middle C maybe a little lower (no A's in there) and the sopranos can regularly, and in tune, get G above the Treble Clef staff.
Their other songs for festival are One Note Samba, Tuxedo Junction, and Halleluja I Love Her (him) So.
Thank you for any help you can give.
Craig Murray
Concert: Bach: Mass in B Minor (Oct 25) Daniel Abraham, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%st 13OctGMT+0000
The Bach Sinfonia
Daniel Abraham, conductor & artistic director
Opening Concert of Our 20th Season (2014-2015)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 PM • 7:20 Pre-Concert "Got Baroque" Discussion
Cultural Arts Center • 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Emily Noël, soprano
Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo-soprano
Sumner Thompson, tenor
John Taylor Ward, bass
A distinctinve historically informed performance -- 15 singers, extensive use of concertists and ripienists, all-professional vocalists and period instrument performers, and all specialists in early music. For soloist bios and additional information, please go to:
Tickets: $40 / $36 / $15  **$10 off for any ACDA members with this printed annoucement**
Announcement: World premiere of "BEATI OMNES" by Ivo Antognini ivo antognini, %21 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%st 13OctGMT+0000, dear ChoralNet users,
the wonderful ECU Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Andrew Crane will give a concert on
Friday, October 24 at 9:00PM in the Peace Presbyterian Church, Winterville, NC.
During this concert there will be the World Premiere of my piece "B E A T I  O M N E S", for mixed choir, a cappella.
This is the concert programme:
I Will Lift Mine Eyes    Jake Runestad 
Túrót eszik a cigány    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
Zigeunerlieder Op. 103    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
  • 5. Brauner Buscher führt zum Tanze
Beati Omnes    Ivo Antognini 
Tempest Rhapsody    Daniel Elder
Gaude Jerusalem gaudio magno    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
Dajte novici na kolac arr.    Ambroz Copi 
Tonight Eternity Alone    René Clausen 
Ain’t Got Time to Die arr.    Hall Johnson
Ivo Antognini
music composer
Classified ad: Alto/Mezzo Section Leader Joshua Slater, %21 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%st 11OctGMT+0000 Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, CT, seeks a regular alto or
mezzo-soprano section leader.  Wednesday rehearsal, Sunday service, with
extra calls on Sunday afternoons roughly monthly; plus extra services
Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week.  Average $65/call ($130/wk); high-quality
Anglican church music. Strong
sight-reading and rhythm desired.  Please send a résumé to Joshua Slater,
music director, at ; bring a Baroque piece for
audition. ]]>
Announcement: British Composer Awards shortlists announced Kate Simmons, %21 %b %2014 %05:%Oct:%st 5OctGMT+0000
the British Composer Awards shortlists (3 works for each of several categories) have been announced
in the 'Choral' and 'Liturgical' categories, the composers are:
Paul Ayres
Harrison Birtwistle
Samuel Bordoli
Jonathan Dove
Ed Hughes
Cecilia McDowall
online link:
Classified ad: Choral Scholars Opening Daniel Parsley, %21 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%st 2OctGMT+0000
Choral Scholar Position Announcement
Announcing auditions for the 2014-2015 Choral Scholars paid internship program at Faith United Methodist Church. One Choral Scholar position is available for each vocal section (SATB chorus.) These positions are designed to provide real world experience for college students wishing to pursue careers in sacred music, music education, music ministry, or music performance.
Choral Scholar Requirements:
· A sincere desire to participate in the life of a church & to participate in the musical enrichment of FUMC.
· Superior musicianship skills; ability and desire to form relationships with congregation members and choir colleagues.
· Attendance and participation in Chancel Choir rehearsals, typically held Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 , and Sunday worship the Chancel Choir     participates in at either 8:30 or11:00 AM worship. Typically, Chancel Choir sings three times a month.
· Willingness to provide occasional solo or small group ensemble music for Sunday worship.
· Enrollment in a collegiate, degree granting program at an accredited academic institution.
      Choral Scholar Benefits:
· Monthly monetary amount ($160/month) for participation in the program.
· Experience working with gifted volunteer based ensemble; experience working as a musical leader.
· Education towards a more holistic understanding within the vast genre of sacred music.
· Exposure and increased knowledge of appropriate repertoire and understanding of the collaborative and interactive nature of liturgy and music.
· Opportunity for solo vocal work  in both fall and spring choral-orchestral masterworks presented in worship.
· Opportunity to participate in FUMC’s resident auditioned vocal chamber ensemble, Schola Cantorum.
· Working with a growing vocal music program and participating in the life of a vibrant congregation, which can further empower and support scholars for future  careers in music.  
     For more information and to schedule an audition with the Choral Scholar Program team, please contact by November 6th :
      Daniel Parsley, Worship Arts Coordinator and Chancel Music Director
      330-499-6040 ex. 28
Concert: Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra Shannon Lythgoe, %20 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000
Featuring A Touch of Brass and Eric Hamber Women’s Chorale
The brilliance of brass lights up Elektra’s celebration of the Christmas season. For many, Chez Nous has become the concert that launches the festive season in style with traditional melodies and exciting new works. On the program will be the world premiere of Winter’s Grace by Edward Henderson (poem by Luci Shaw), a work honouring the memory of the late Diane Loomer. Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights, in a new voicing for women’s choir will receive its world premiere, and we also feature the Western Canadian premiere of Gloria by Ontario composer Larysa Kuzmenko. Join us in New Westminster or Vancouver as we welcome special guests the Eric Hamber Women’s Chorale and their director Les Nerling and A Touch of Brass for our Christmas gift to you.
Tickets are Adults $28 / Seniors $22 / Students $15, available through or by calling the Elektra office at 604-739-1255.
November 29, 2014
Queen's Avenue United Church
529 Queens Ave (at 6th St), New Westminster, V3L 1K2
2 pm
Ryerson United Church
949 West 49th Avenue, (45th and Yew), Vancouver, V5Z 2T1
7:30 pm
Comment: Re: liability insurance Garrett Lathe, %20 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000, Andrew! 
The Youth Chorale gets a policy from a local insurance agent. I think West Bend is our carrier. We have liability for both our rehearsal space and our venues. It costs us around $900/year, but covers minors and weekly rehearsals, so I'd imagine yours could be considerably less.
If you find an independent agent, they might be able to get you a quote.
Hope that helps!
Comment: Re: liability insurance Allen H Simon, %20 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 much any insurance company can provide this. If your choir doesn't normally have any liability insurance on its own, start by talking to your own insurance agent, where you get your car/homeowners/etc. policies. You can get ongoing insurance in six- or twelve-month increments, like any other insurance, OR you can get a one-time certificate to cover just the day of the performance. Those tend not to be very expensive, unless you're on a total shoestring, but of course if you perform frequently you get a better price on longer terms. If the venue has their requirement in written form, bring that with you to talk to the agent.
It doesn't really matter whether you're a nonprofit; and you're probably going to want to insure the individuals as well regardless of whether your choir has a legal business identity. Your insurance agent can guide you through this. 
Community Forum Post: liability insurance Andrew Miller, %20 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000 all,
I am planning to bring my choir of adult singers to perform at some pretty top-shelf venues within the next year or so. One of the venues requires a million dollars of liabiltiy insurance coverage.  FYI most of our performing will take place in MN.  I don't know where to start with this.  What providers can I contact about getting affordable insurance for a choir?  Does the choir have to be a 501(c)3 or a registered business in order to be covered by insurance?  Is it possible to get general liability coverage on a month-to-month basis? 
If anyone could give me some tips, and leads for insurance providers, and any other pertinant info, I would GREATLY appreciate your help.  Thank you!!!
Announcement: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say - Tallis, arr. Ward John Ward, %20 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000've just posted my new SATB divisi arrangement of the Horatius Bonar hymn "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" at  Direct link to the PDF score is here.  The tune is Tallis' "Third Mode Melody" (used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis").  This arrangement is intended to be sung a cappella but does contain a piano reduction that could be used.  The text is suitable for a choir anthem in a Christian worship service, but probably not appropriate for public school choirs.
In memory of my wife, I'm releasing the arrangement for copy and performance free of charge provided that copies contain the complete score.  A version for men's voices alone is in the works and will also be available free of charge.
John Ward
Announcement: Kyrie by Ethan Gans-Morse - Seeadot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %20 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000

Written as a response to the 9/11 tragedy, this is a haunting minimalist meditation on the Kyrie. Not technically demanding, but a mental challenge for any group. We suggest you close your eyes and let these powerful harmonies wash over you.


buy link:
Forum message: Middle school choir - Help needed! Amy Ververelli, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000'm currently student teaching and from day one was given full command of the only choir at the middle school, because my mentor teacher is an instrumentalist (no vocal experience). It's 45 students, all different grades and experience levels (some have sung in children's choruses their whole lives, some are in 8th grade and have no musical experience, and everything in between) and only 5 boys. We have virtually no access to technology resources (no smart board, no projector, no curriculum books or sight-reading materials), half the class doesn't want to be here, and other than rehearsing their concert music I have no idea what to do with them! I need ideas for non-rehearsal activities! I'm open to anything that they'll engage with - improvisation, composition, literacy stuff, listenings. I feel totally out of my element because my own middle school choir experience was so limited, and my mentor teacher is literally no help at all. Because of the range of musical literacy, so far I've decided to start them from the ground up with solfege and all aspects of note-reading. But because of the large spectrum of experience, it's hard to even choose one method to teach their concert music. I'm not as afraid of classroom management as maybe I should be, but I'm more afraid of motivating them to participate and engage - I just want them to know how fun and rewarding singing in choir can be - but how do you do that if they're just taking choir because they didn't want to take PE again?
I know I'm just barely student teaching, but I feel like I'm pretty much on my own since my teacher wants nothing to do with the choir, and I really want this to be a learning experience, not just something I countdown impatiently for it to be over with.
Please help, I would love to draw from all of the wisdom and experience you all have. Any and all advice is welcome!
Forum message: Need help finding a piece Lance Harris, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000

I need help with details on a piece from way back in my career. In our college madrigal group we performed two medieval carols, on titled, “Nova, Nova Ave Fit Ex Eva.” SATB, with soli interspersed between verses. Let me start by saying this: It is not the Williametta Spencer, Rudolph, DeLong, or Chilcott arrangements. I know because I've spent hours on youtube looking for this particular arrangement. The closest I can find to what I remember (and that is not necessarily highly accurate) is this performance, , although I remember some slight differences.


I know it was in the library of John Brown University and I'm still trying to find a way to get someone to look there for me (so if there are any fellow Eagles reading this, please help a brother out).


If anyone knows the name of the composer or publisher, I'll be eternally grateful.

Classified ad: Artistic Director Wanted for Los Cancioneros Master Chorale in the Los Angeles area Jeremy Brunson, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000

Position is available for the 2015-2016 season (September through June). Contracts may be renewed annually. 


Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, extensive performance and conducting experience and knowledge of diverse choral literature.


Musical direction of the chorale, audition and selection of new chorale members, selection of music and singers to perform in specific programs, annual budget consultation for music and instrumental musicians (as needed), and meetings with the Board of Directors of LCMC.

RESUMES will be accepted from Oct. 20 through Nov. 24, 2014 at:

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale

Attn: Search Committee

P. O. Box 6634

Torrance CA 90504 

Or at:

Candidate interviews and finalist auditions will be held in January and February 2015.  

More information about Los Cancioneros Master Chorale and its 65 year history may be viewed at:

Classified ad: S-Cubed Lesson 1 FREE Sight Singing Lesson until Saturday, October 25th Dale Duncan, %20 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 1 of S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program is free to download this week.  Ends on Saturday, October 25th at Noon Eastern.  Please share with your peers!  
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Announcement: The Singing Revolution with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Baltic States June 2016 Roland Zuehlke, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000
Join Dr. Geoffrey Boers and choirs from Lithuania and Estonia as we celebrate the far-reaching powers of vocal music that have shaped people’s lives and changed the course of history. Dr. Boers and Dr. Heather MacLaughlin-Garbes have developed an exciting program that includes an Educational & Cultural Immersion Curriculum, Three Festival Choir Concerts, Local Exchange Opportunities and a Composer-in-Residence Workshop. Visit our website at to learn more about this engaging “People to People” Cultural and Choral Event.
Forum message: performing copyrighted music with just piano accompaniment Jon Arterton, %20 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 it legal to perform copyrighted music with just piano accompaniment from the vocal score when the instrumental parts are available for rental but the budget is tight? ]]>Forum message: Good Warmups PLEASE HELP! Chase Samuels, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000 am in need of some good beginning choir warmups. If you know of any please help! ]]>Forum message: silent night/joy to the world partner song Justin Durham, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000!  I'm looking for a piece I did several, SEVERAL years ago.  It was an SATB partner song (high school difficulty) with Joy to the World/Silent Night.  I believe it was published by Hal Leonard but can't be sure.  Any thoughts?

Classified ad: Bass section leader Lou Carol Fix, %20 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 George's Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA, is seeking auditions for a bass section leader.  Good sight-reading skills and occasional solo work; welcoming church community that values all musical styles, especially classical.  Frequent a capella singing.  $85/week.  Thursday rehearsals 7:30-9:00pm; Sunday mornings 9:00am.  Sunday service at 10:00am; occasional extra services/concerts for extra pay.  Please reply to Lou Carol Fix, Organist/Choirmaster at or 610.248-3882 to schedule an audition.  Position begins immediately.  Also looking for extra bass singer for Christmas Eve services at 4:30 and 10:00pm for $110. ]]>Classified ad: Substitute Pianist - Newman Catholic Center Benjiman Durfee, %20 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 Newman Catholic Center, which is located on the UMass Amherst campus, is looking for a substitute pianist.  The position will be guaranteed (1) mass per month as well as being the first call whenever a substitue is needed.  The ideal candidate will have strong sight-reading skills, be familiar with the Catholic mass, and be comfortable working with college-aged cantors and our adult choir.  Preference will be given to those candidates with singing experience.  If interested, please send an email with your resume to Benjiman Durfee (Music Coordinator) at   ]]>Featured photo: In Memoriam Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) Scott Dorsey, %20 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000 Stephen Paulus Tom Tropp, %20 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%th 3OctGMT+0000 know that many of us have been regularly checking Stephen Paulus's web page and Facebook page for updates, since learning of his stroke last year. The following sad news came from Minnesota Public Radio this afternoon:

Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65

Arts & CultureMatt Sepic ·  · Oct 19, 2014
Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus has died.

Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works -- including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces.

Twin Cities choral director Dale Warland commissioned many of those. Warland said he first met Paulus when the composer was an undergraduate at Macalester College.

Paulus brought fresh perspectives to both arrangements and original compositions, Warland said.

"He knew the potential for vocal colors, extreme registers, you name it, he just had that skill to bring something that really became part of our diet, every concert practically."

Paulus was 65 years old.

Son Greg Paulus said his father died at an assisted living facility from complications of a stroke he suffered last year.

Forum message: Upbeat SSA Holiday Piece...suggestions! Matthew Perez, %20 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%th 2OctGMT+0000!
I'm looking for an upbeat, but not "cheesy" piece for my highschool women's choir. Something that will get the audience stirred up! I have found a lot of lovely slow pieces, but I need something "thrilling" to close their set for the concert.
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!!! 
Forum message: 6th and 7th Grade Choruses- How to Get Them on Parts Angelica Dunsavage, %20 %b %2014 %01:%Oct:%th 1OctGMT+0000 
So, I am a first year teacher, and while I have worked with HS groups before, this is my first time teaching middle school. I have some boys even in 6th grade chorus whose voices are starting to change. We typically sing SA music, and some of that is getting to be a struggle. I'm really not sure what to do get those boys focusing on pitch, or what repertoire to choose come next semester when they'll be further along in their change.
I also have a 7th grade chorus. My sopranos are very confident, as are most of my guys, but my altos do not sing out, and typically migrate to melody under pressure. Please help! I will take any advice.
Concert: Missa Britannia | October 24+25 7:30pm Brennan Michaels, %20 %b %2014 %01:%Oct:%th 1OctGMT+0000
Thomas Tallis’ Mass for Four Voices serves as the focal point in an all British program featuring works of England's most celebrated and distinguished composers. From Age to Age explores hidden a cappella gems such as motets of William Byrd and John Rutter. These choral pieces are paired with titanic works highlighting guest organist, Dr. Lynn Trapp. Come revel with From Age to Ageopening Season 8 with an English tapestry, filled with brilliant and enduring music that seats England as a prominent and established leader in the choral community. Admission at the door: $10 Adults/$5 Students and Seniors.
October 24, 7:30 pm        Grace University Lutheran Church
                                         324 Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
October 25, 7:30 pm        St. Olaf Catholic Church
                                         215 South 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Classified ad: Tenor Choral Scholar: Episcopal Cathedral Timothy Westerhaus, %19 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000 Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist seeks an experienced tenor choral scholar to serve as section leader and soloist for liturgy and concert performances. This paid position includes weekly Thursday evening rehearsals (7-9pm), Sunday liturgies (9:30 am call, 10:30 am liturgy), and solemn feasts of the church calendar. Repertoire is drawn from the Anglican and broader Western canon as well as new compositions. Interested candidates may apply by submitting a resume and brief letter of introduction to Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, music director, at or 509-838-4277. A sample recording(s) is preferred but not required. ]]>Concert: Mystical Night Faith Knabe, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000

Philomusica Concert Choir is pleased to announce its December 2014 concert set “Mystical Night”, which will be
performed at Our Lady of Peace Church 1740 Route 130 N., North Brunswick, NJ on Saturday December 6 at 8 pm,
and on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm. 

The main piece will be Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Missa O Magnum Mysterium", based on music from his
motet. With the Choir's vocal tone quality produced by the Choir in the Spring 2014 concert and the acoustics at
Our Lady of Peace Church, this promises to be a stunning musical experience.
The concert also includes 3 pieces based on the ancient "O Magnum Mysterium" text: the famous one
by Tomas Luis de Victoria, one by Francis Poulenc which is very mysterious and beautiful, and
one by the American composer, William Hawley which alternates restrained, chant-like passages
similar to Victoria with very emotional and passionate sections.

The remainder of this concert set will include 20th century pieces by Daniel Pinkham, "Christmas Eve" and
"The Kings and the Shepherds" and Bob Chilcott's "Mid-Winter"; plus 3 folk-like carols by Peter Warlock
(the composer of "Bethlehem Down") - "Tyrley Tyrlow", "Balulalow", and "The Sycamore Tree". The concert will
conclude with several familiar carols and audience participation.

General Tickets: $20 Adult; $15 Seniors/Students: $10 children under 13. Discount of $2 on tickets bought in advance.
Group discounts.

For further information call 888-744-5668, or email Visit our Website at

Forum message: Lupie dancing Stephen Bruce, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 anyone clarify the meaning of "Lupie dancin'" on p. 21 of Jennings' Oh Jerusalem in the Morning?
Forum message: Notice of resignation Heather Clausen, %19 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000 much notice should I give my church when I decide to give them my resignation letter?  I'm the choir director.  We rehearse every week, but sing twice a month plus additional services such as Reformation, Ash Wednesday, etc.
Thank you.
Announcement: 8 Days of Conducting Master Classes and chamber singing w/Simon Carrington, Broni Falinska & Brian O'Connell Brian O'Connell, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 




A Collaborative Experience in Sarteano (Tuscany), Italy 

with Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O'Connell


Session I: July 19 to 26 (Musica Sacra)

Session II: July 29 to August 5 (Mixed Repertoire)



Due to the many conducting applicants each year that we are not able to accommodate with only one session, we will be opening a new second session, devoted entirely to sacred music. This session will culminate in a performance in Chiesa di San Francesco, a longstanding wish of Simon's that the final concert be held in one of Sarteano's beautiful churches. The second, mixed repertoire session, will conclude with a final concert in Sarteano's architectural jewel, Il Teatro Comunale degli Arrischianti. Both sessions offer our participants the same time frames for conducting and singing, and in the Musica Sacra session, Bronislawa will offer plainchant singing, in an authentic setting. We are now accepting applications for both summer sessions!


This exhilarating and collaborative workshop has been designed for choral conductors and music educators who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. Come join conductors from all over the world and leave inspired and refreshed. Also, we heartily welcome qualified singers who are interested in attending the workshop in a non-conducting capacity; that love to sing in a chamber group environment and/or are specifically looking to learn rehearsal and conducting techniques.


There are three possible tiers of participation: Full Conductor, Conducting Auditor, and Singer. Up to two graduate credits are available through The Boston Conservatory. 


Full Conductors - Daily podium time to conduct your assigned piece in Simon Carrington’s daily 4.5 hour Master Class. 


Conducting Auditors – You will have a private filmed lesson with Simon and rehearse/conduct in the morning session. Over the course of the week, two Conducting Auditors are chosen to conduct a piece in the final concert from the morning repertoire. 


EVERYONE sings - the master class uses the entire workshop ensemble as its laboratory, so everyone receives the benefits of each day's master class with Simon. 


Each day, the afternoon session will consist of Master Classes with Simon. This year we are again delighted to offer a Q&A/Dialogue session with Simon. 


The first morning session consists of group Vocal Pedagogy with Bronislawa Falinska (utilizing the Rohmert Method of Functional Voicetraining) exploring new and unique ways to create personal and ensemble sound. The second morning session with Brian O'Connell deals with developing a vital chamber choir emphasizing effective rehearsal strategy.


Come celebrate the 11th consecutive year of Simon, Broni and Brian working together in Sarteano! For a detailed description of the workshop, testimonials from our alumni, and an online application form, please visit our website.


Contact: Gail Leicher + 1 781.652.0158 

Looking forward to seeing you in Tuscany! 


Best wishes,


More info





Concert: Bizet's Carmen at Montclair University, Sunday, Oct. 26 Harvey Cohen, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 State Repertory Opera
George Bizet's Masterpiece
Tickets at or call (973)763-7969
A semi-staged production with full cast, chorus and orchestra 
Sung in French with English Supertitles 

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Memorial Auditorium 
at Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
Classified ad: Executive Director - Flying House Productions Bob Davidson, %19 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000
Overview: The Executive Director (ED) of Flying House Productions (FHP) is responsible for the oversight and management of all the administrative, financial, development, and support functions related to the daily operations of this $3 million dollar organization. The ED will develop harmonious working relationships within the organization (staff and members) and represent the organization to the wider community, clients, donors, patrons and business associates. The ED will also maintain productive working relationships with GALA and other community choruses.
FHP has over twevle permanent professional staff including the ED.  The organization also works with several contractors onan ongoing basis including Dennis Coleman who has served as Artistic Director (AD) since 1980.
FHP considers itself to be more than simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, FHP is also a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the nation. FHP also plays an important national role as an organization that provides musical leadership, mentorship and administrative expertise that influences dozens of other arts organizations throughout the country and around the world.
As FHP embarks on its 35th anniversary, it strives to remain at the forefront of the LGBTQ choral movement.  FHP is searching for an ED who has the vision and talent to lead FHP into the future, through commitment and dedication to its Vision and Mission.
Reporting Relationships: The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and – along with the duties outlined above – is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Board and keeping the Board informed of organizational activities. The ED is a non-voting (ex officio) member of the Board of Directors.
The ED directly supervises four key directors/managers: Finance Director, Development Manager, Marketing Manager and Membership/Production Services Director, as well as indirectly supervises the Assistant Artistic Director and the Production/Stage Manager. While the company’s AD is a contractor who reports directly to the Board of Directors, the ED must work closely with the AD to develop each season’s schedule of concerts, manage related budgets, and coordinate out of town appearances.
A Master’s or MBA degree in Business Administration, Arts Management or Non-Profit Management is required. Note: A combination of education and/or comparable non-profit or arts-related work experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated significant work experience in the following areas:
  • Major Donor Development & Relations
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Contract Negotiation and Administration
  • Financial Oversight, Direction and Budgeting of a $1.5 million organization
  • Strategic Planning in Non-Profit Organization
  • Working with a Volunteer Board of Directors
  • Management and Development of Staff and Volunteers
  • Member Relations
  • Advertising, Marketing and Event Planning.
In addition, a general knowledge of and sensitivity toward the following is desirable:
  • Musical and/or Arts Community and their patrons
  • LGBTQ Community
  • Strong, collaborative leadership style and negotiating skills
    • Ability to listen to others’ point of view
    • Ability to develop consensus from divergent points of view
    • Excellent verbal skills and written skills
    • Teamwork approach to managing staff, membership and volunteers
  • Ability to lead by established goals and objectives
  • Exemplary ethical and business standards.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manages the annual fundraising plan with the Development staff and presents the plan to the Board for approval as part of the budgeting cycle
  • Oversees the Development Plan implementation and actively participates in development activities/events geared towards general donors
  • Identifies, cultivates and stewards new major donors
  • Maintains and strengthens the Directors Circle, Endowment and Planned Giving strategies.
  • Facilitates open communication between the membership, staff and Board
  • Become FHP’s voice within the LGBTQ community
  • Engages, encourages and helps to build a strong, active Board of Directors that assists FHP in fulfilling its Vision and Mission.
  • Works with the Board and AD to determine strategic plans for the organization and staff implementation
  • Supervises staff; provides guidance, training and development; conducts regular performance reviews; administers salary levels for all staff following policies approved by the Board as stated in the Employee Handbook
  • Manages or oversees the negotiation of all contracts on behalf of the Board.
  • In conjunction with the Finance Director, AD, FHP staff members, and the Finance Committee, develops the organization’s annual budget on a timely basis for Board approval
  • Provides strict financial oversight for the $3 million and suggests/reviews changes with responsible managers
  • Ensures that accurate financial records and reports are provided to the Finance Committee and the Board, on a timely basis
  • Is a member ex officio of the Finance Committee.
  • General oversight and management of staff related to the following functions of the organization:
    • Performance-related products/services
      • FHP Publications
      • Productions
      • Recordings
      • Ensembles
  • Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus
    • Marketing/Promotion
    • Public Relations
    • Fundraising and Special Events
    • Production and Artistic Support
    • Community Outreach and Education
    • Touring
  • General Operations
  • Financial Management
  • Ticket Sales
  • Facility Management
    • Contract Management
    • Volunteer Coordination
The ED also performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.  This is a full-time exempt position.
To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their cover letters and resumes via email to by midnight November 7, 2014.  Qualified candidates will be notified of their selection for the interview process on or around November 8, 2014.  Flying House Productions, the parent organization of the Seattle Men’s and Seattle Women’s Choruses, is a registered 501(C)(3) corporation located in Washington State.  Principals only please, no phone calls or recruiters.
Classified ad: Wm. Knabe Piano. christina gina, %19 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000 and still like new for sale a Wm. Knabe Piano.a 2012 for a choir room and i give it for just 5000$ comtact me at with your number ]]>Forum message: Garment Bags Michael Johnson, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 SA Choral Society presents 50th ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI CELEBRATION: Bach, Mass in B Minor (Gloria portion) Gustavo Rios, %19 %b %2014 %05:%Oct:%th 5OctGMT+0000
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm, Travis Park United Methodist Church,
230 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
The inaugural concert of the Choral Society, fifty years ago, included the music of J.S. Bach.  In honor of this very first performance and to celebrate our anniversary, we will feature music from Bach’s Mass in B Minor.  The concert will conclude with former directors and singers taking the stage with current SACS to sing memorable selections from the choir’s fifty year history.
Now in its 50th Anniversary Concert Season, The San Antonio Choral Society, led by Jennifer Seighman, Artistic Director and Dr. N. Seth Nelson, Accompanist, is an 80-member mixed voice choir of volunteer singers.
Tickets cost $15 - General Admission; $12 - Seniors, TPR Members, A.D. Military; Students with Student ID and Alumni are FREE. For further information on group rates for seniors, students, and other groups, call 210-228-4147 (leave a message) or visit Donations appreciated.
Mass in B Minor, BMV 232 - Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
  IV. Gloria in Excelsis
  V. Et in Terra Pax
  VI. Laudamus Te
  VII. Gratias Agimus Tibi
  VIII. Domine Deus
  IX. Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi
  X. Qui Sedes Ad Dextram Patris
  XI. Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus
  XII. Cum Sancto Spiritu
Hallelujah, Amen (Judas Maccabaeus) - G.F. Handel
The Heavens Are Telling (Creation) - F.J. Haydn
It's a Grand Night for Singing - Rodgers & Hammerstein
He Never Failed Me Yet - Robert Ray
The Lord Bless You and Keep You - Peter Lutkin
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, October 19, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %18 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - October 19, 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
George Frideric Handel: Let our glad songs to Heaven ascend ~ Deborah
The King's Consort, Robert King
Ludwig van Beethoven: Agnus Dei ~ Mass in C, Op. 86
RIAS Chamber Choir; members of the Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
John Tavener: Song for Athene
Choir of Westminster Abbey, Martin Neary
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Blessed be the God and Father
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
Gabriel Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
James Vivian, organ
Robert Ashford: The Lord's Prayer
Choir of the New York State University at Fredonia, Jerald Grey
J.S. Bach: Motet No. 5: "Komm, Jesu, komm", BWV 229
Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Deborah Roberts, soprano
John Rutter: Te Deum
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Wallace Collection, Stephen Cleobury
Johannes Brahms: How lovely is thy dwelling place ~ A German Requiem
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
George Frideric Handel: Overture and 2 Choruses ~ Alexander Balus
Choir of New College, Oxford; Choir and Orchestra of the King's Consort, Robert King
Felix Mendelssohn: Hear my prayer
Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom
Thomas Herford, soprano
Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott
Joshua Ross, treble
Sir Michael Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals ~ A Child of Our Time
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Franz Schubert: Gloria ~ Mass in E flat, D. 950
Vienna Boys' Choir and Chorus; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Bruno Weil
Eugene Gigout: Grand choeur dialogue
David Arcus, organ
Aeolian Organ in the Chapel of Duke University, Durham, NC
W.A. Mozart: Regina coeli, K. 108
Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient Music
Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir, Christopher Hogwood
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Herbert Howells: Te Deum and Jubilate (Collegium Regale)
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium (Motet for 40 voices)
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
David Hill, organ
Willis organ in Westminster Cathedral
Classified ad: Artistic Director - Orlando Gay Chorus Frank Arcidiacono, %19 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000
The Orlando Gay Chorus seeks applications for the part-time, paid position of Artistic Director.  This position is poised for a target date of no later than December 6th, 2014.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting October 12th, 2014.
About the Orlando Gay Chorus
The Chorus was founded in 1990 on Valentine’s Day and currently has more than 130 volunteer performers and support staff.  It is a 501© 3 not-for-profit arts and humanitarian organization with a mission to inspire individuals, the community and the world through excellence in musical entertainment. The Orlando Gay Chorus is a mixed community of singers whose pride surpasses all social issues to build a better understanding for all who hear them. OGC offers a wide range of musical styles during its concert season, including classical, modern, pop, and Broadway. The Chorus conducts two Main stage concerts each season, along with fundraising cabarets, community outreach events, and pride festivals.  OGC is a proud member of Gala Choruses and has performed in GALA since 1992.
About the Position
The successful candidate will have thorough knowledge of choral music across multiple styles and proven experience conducting and teaching a volunteer chorus.  He/She will have the ability to take OGC to a unique, innovative, and consistently high level of artistry.  It is expected that he/she will work in a collaborative environment with the Board of Directors, Principal Accompanist, committees, choreographer, and section leaders. The successful candidate will be able to connect the mission of OGC to our volunteer singers and our audience.  He/She will possess the ability to foster effective partnerships with other arts organizations, including those within the Central Florida community and beyond.
Core Responsibilities
  • Conduct two Main concerts each season, Community Outreach performances, encourage and support smaller ensembles and participate in Cabarets
  • Provide strong leadership in musical direction in regards to all facets appropriate for each piece of music
  • Work with the Board of Directors and Committees to audition and select all members of OGC
  • Conduct all rehearsals and performances for OGC
  • Demonstrate fair, thoughtful, and appropriate decision-making
  • Foster an atmosphere of fun, mutual respect, high morale, pride, and group unity
  • Stay within budget constraints
Description of Position Qualifications
  • BA in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent
  • A thorough commitment to musical excellence and vocal performance
  • Demonstrated success in conducting a well-rounded repertoire of works in a variety of styles
  • Knowledgeable about SATB repertoire and voicing
Information Required to Apply
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability for the position, along with a resume of pertinent experience, to (subject: AD Committee) no later than December 6th, 2014. Questions may be directed to this email as well, or call 407-841-SING or 407-761-7039.  For additional information or to request a copy of the AD job description, please contact us at the above email.
Forum message: What relationship does your choir have with the church you rehearse at? What are the benefits? Christopher McCafferty, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000 All,
We're entering into discussion with our home church to formalize our relationship.  We've been rehearsing there for 4 years, and it's time to move to a more formal arrangement.  Understandable!  These are the questions were asking on both sides as we go to quantify things:

What kind of relationship does your choir have with the church it rehearses at?    

What kind of relationship does your church have with choirs who rehearse there?

What are the expectations?

What are the benenfits?

Most choirs in WA operate under the "choir in residence" format: Usually rehearsal for free or reduced rates, in exchange for a concertl, or singing some masses.  Others have some creative ideas, but that's about 90%.  Sometimes hall/concert rental discounts or free use is included, depending on location.

What is your agreement like?

Thank you!  We're really looking forward to this process!  The music program at our host church has really grown, and we're excited to be part of that.  As it gets busier, we're looking forward to defining our niche, and working together for time to come!

Thanks in advance for your replies as always!


Christopher J McCafferty
Tenor Soloist & Vocal Coach 
Artistic Director, Illumni Men's Chorale
Classified ad: New app for beginner singers (free for music educators) Christopher Sutton, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 all,
Long time lurker, first time poster here!
As you probably know all too well, pitching problems are a common stumbling block for beginner singers. Many people never join a choir because they've been told they're "out of tune" or even "tone deaf". And even some quite capable singers still have concerns about how reliably they stay in tune when singing.
I run a small music education technology company, making apps, eBooks and online courses to help people learn music. Traditionally we've focused on ear training, but we realised this year that many of those who worried about being "tone deaf" actually were struggling more with their voice than their ears! After publishing a free test for tone deafness we had many people who passed the test ask us about learning to sing in tune.
So we spent the last 6 months developing a new interactive app that's designed to help beginners train their ears and their voice for pitch. It's called SingTrue and it will be released this Tuesday (21st Oct).
You can learn about it and see a video of the app in action at
I wanted to share it with the ChoralNet community because we're hoping it will be a useful tool for choirs. It's something that a director can recommend for new singers who are struggling with their pitching, to use in private home practice rather than taking up time and being embarrassed in rehearsals. And through non-singers finding it in the App Store and giving it a try, we're hoping it will send some new singers along to choir practices in the first place!
The app is free to download from the iTunes store. The more advanced exercises are available for sale within the app but we're also offering the complete app free to all ChoralNet members (details here).
If you've encountered pitching problems in your choir, I hope you'll take a look at SingTrue. Any feedback (good, bad or ugly!) would be very welcome. We'll be continually working to improve the app over time and feedback from experienced singers and choral directors would be very valuable.
Christopher Sutton
Concert: Oratorio Society of Minnesota | "A Downton Abbey Christmas" | Saturday, December 13, 2014 David Fielding, %18 %b %2014 %01:%Oct:%th 1OctGMT+0000  Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time:  7:30 pm
Location:  St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (on Loring Park)
                519 Oak Grove Street
                Minneapolis, MN  55403
Chorus:     Oratorio Society of Minnesota
Conductor     Matthew W. Mehaffey
Organ (Helen Jensen)
Inspired by the overwhelming popularity of last season’s Music of Downton Abbey concert and anticipating Season 5 of the PBS television drama, we return to the Gothic splendor of St. Mark’s Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English choral and orchestral music for Christmas. Lady Alice returns to provide the history of each piece and pair each selection with memorable events from the story line of the Downton Abbey series. Audience sing-alongs and photos at Highclere Castle are planned—maybe even a visit from St. Nicholas!
Tickets & Information:
Concert: Oratorio Society of Minnesota | Saint Paul ~ An Oratorio - Felix Mendelssohn | Saturday, November 15, 2014 David Fielding, %18 %b %2014 %01:%Oct:%th 1OctGMT+0000  November 15, 2014
Time:  6:30 pm    Pre-concert Lecture by University of Minnesota Professor Peter Mercer-Taylor, Mendelssohn scholar
          7:30 pm    Concert performance
Location:  Ted Mann Concert Hall
               University of Minnesota - West Bank Campus
               2128 4th St S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
The dramatic story of the patron saint of Minnesota’s capital city, Saint Paul was the first of Mendelssohn’s oratorios. Completed in 1835, it was patterned after the passions of J.S. Bach, whose music Mendelssohn had championed. Its three principal themes are the martyrdom of Saint Stephen, the conversion of Saul to Paul, and the apostle’s subsequent career. Now rarely performed, this monumental masterwork was one of the most popular pieces of the 19th century.   
Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience Mendelssohn's "Saint Paul" (complete) performed in English.
Conductor: Matthew W. Mehaffey
Soloists:  Philip Zawisza, baritone in the role of "St. Paul"
            Wendy Matsutani, soprano
            Richard Joseph, tenor
            Brittany Pitts, soprano
            Sophie Amelkin, soprano
            Ryan LaBoy, baritone
            G. Phillip Shoultz, baritone
            David Kozisek, tenor
            Samuel Baker, tenor
Chorus:  Oratorio Society of Minnesota (92 voices)
             University Singers (58 voices)
Orchestra: (60 players)
Tickets & Information:
Announcement: Ballad of the Maji Charles DuMontier, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000 TTB arrangement with additional orchestrations and SSATB choral back up for keyboard up to full orchestra
Classified ad: youth men's vests for sale Randi Carp, %18 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%th 11OctGMT+0000 - I have 7 Southeastern Apparel YOUTH Poplin Vests for sale - purchased accidentally, never been used.  6 Youth Large, 1 Youth Medium.  Youth Poplin Vest  They sell for $23.00 new but I would like $10 each if possible.  Email me if you're interested -

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Phoenixville, PA
Classified ad: Pro Tenor and Bass needed for Christmas Season at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY Katherine Wolf, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley New York, is looking for a tenor and bass for two services plus one rehearsal in December.  Services are:  Sunday, December 14th at 10 AM and Christmas Eve at 5 PM.  Rehearsal will be one evening sometime prior to Dec 14th (date TBD depending on availability) and before each service.  Compensation is $100/service and rehearsal.

Contact: Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at or 914-450-8467.

Concert: Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg | America Sings ~ Classics of American Music | Saturday, October 25, 2014 David Fielding, %18 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%th 2OctGMT+0000  Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Location:  Hoversten Chapel
                Augsburg College
                2211 Riverside Avenue
                Minneapolis, MN  55454
Information:  Music Department
Classified ad: Graduate Assistantships at Western Illinois University Available Fall 2015 James Stegall, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000 ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY - SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Graduate Assistantships in Choral Conducting available Fall semester 2015
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
View Job Description:
Contact:  Dr. James Stegall,
Classified ad: Development Director Hilary Butler, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000
POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the fundraising and resource development efforts of Princeton Girlchoir, including the annual fund, major gifts, grants, and corporate giving.
ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND: Fueled by the power of a girl’s voice, Princeton Girlchoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together.
Founded in 1989 as an after-school activity for a small number of girls interested in choral music, PGC has grown into the area’s premier training and performance choir for girls, with over 250 choristers each year.  The choir presents music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers.  While honing their musicianship, our choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world. Choristers in third through twelfth grade come from towns throughout Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to rehearse each week from September through May, performing approximately 30 concerts throughout the year. The group has been honored to perform in prestigious concert halls across the country and around the world.

  • Develop comprehensive annual development plan in conjunction with the Board Development Committee and Executive Director
  • Identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all prospects and donors, with assistance from Board Members and staff
  • Research and write foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals and manage ongoing relationships
  • Develop and implement a successful strategy for Annual Giving
  • Attend concerts and events as appropriate related to donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship
  • Participate in the establishment and tracking of annual development goals and budget
  • Oversee creation of development materials
  • Maintain prospect and donor files
  • Collaborate with the Board Development and Alumnae Affairs Committees, attending and participating in meetings as appropriate
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in successful fundraising
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills required
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets
  • Demonstrated ability in successful cultivation, face-to-face solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts
  • Demonstrated experience in securing grants from government and foundation sources
  • Demonstrated experience with alumni relations and annual fund appeals preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, donor database software, e-correspondence programs, and willingness to learn new programs if needed
  • Ability to manage time and priorities independently and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to work with youth and families from a variety of backgrounds required
  • A passion for music and the arts is a plus
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
HOURS: Part-time, approximately 16 hours per week. Flexible schedule, but must accommodate some evening and weekend events. Potential for position to grow as the organization expands.
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to and reference Development Director in the subject line.
Classified ad: Need 50+ Choir Robes Sarah Kampes, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000 choir robes are needed for a Baltimore County Public High School chorus. We currently have more members than robes and could use some help.
Any size, blue preferred.
Classified ad: Pittsburgh Boy Choir Seeks Rehearsal Accompanist Sarah Wannamaker, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000
Minimum Requirements
  • Facility at the keyboard to accompany at an intermediate level.  Candidate should be comfortable with accompanying skills (playing for warm-ups, soloing vocal lines as needed, sight-reading, harmonization).
  • Ability to lead sectionals focusing on note-learning and musical refinement.
  • Flexibility, kindness, and creativity in dealing with energetic children.
  • Must be available for recitals and day camp lessons.
  • Provide criminal and child abuse clearance verification (“Act 33 & 34”).
Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate
  • Background in vocal pedagogy: ability to respond to ideas about vocal production, vowels, breathing, tone quality.
  • Ability to sing in a treble range.
  • Experience in conducting (singers or instrumentalists).
  • Interest and ability to participate in marketing, promotion, and web presence.
  • Ability to use Illustrator or InDesign.
  • Background in music education.
  • Clearly, one candidate will not bring every skill on this list; we are searching for the person who will bring musicianship and flexibility to address the many needs of an arts organization.
Pay is $16 / hour.  We currently rehearse once weekly on Tuesday afternoons.  We are ready to grow, and are excited to find a candidate who will grow with us.  
About the Pittsburgh Boy Choir:
The Pittsburgh Boy Choir is a newly established ensemble based in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Currently, the group consists of about 12 boys who are in the ‘preparatory year’ – meaning that the boys rehearse, but are not performing or touring.  The group currently has one level, which will split into a tiered structure in the spring. 
Applicants should send a resume and brief letter of introduction as pdf files to Sarah Wannamaker ( 
Concert: "Mostly Folk" Russell Thorngate, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000 Northland College and community choirs will present their Fall choral concert, "Mostly Folk," on Thursday October 23 at 7:30 PM in the Alvord Theatre on the Northland College campus in Ashland, Wisconsin. 

                         “Mostly Folk”

Accidentals Women’s Chorus
    Linden Lea - Ralph Vaughn Williams, arranged by Douglas Wagner
    Be My Baby – arranged by Mac Huff
    Ride On, King Jesus – African American Spiritual, arranged by Moses Hogan
Kyrsten Olson, Director; Linda Calhan and Lana Jorstad, Accompanist

Folk Song Sing-Along: “This Land Is Your Land”

Lumberjack Chorus
    The Chordbuster March – W. A. Wyatt
    School Days – Gus Edwards
    Keep In the Middle of the Road – African-American Spiritual, arr. by M. Bartholomew
    Deep River - African-American Spiritual, arranged by Marvin Gaspard
    O Susannah – Stephen Foster, arranged by Jonathan Crutchfield
Russell Thorngate, Director; Myra Bliss, Accompanist

Folk Song Sing-Along: You Are My Sunshine

Northland College Chamber Choir
    In Stiller Nacht – German Folk Song, arranged by Johannes Brahms
    I’d Enter Your Garden - German Folk Song, arranged by Johannes Brahms
    The Fiddler - German Folk Song, arranged by Johannes Brahms
    How Sad Flow the Streams - German Folk Song, arranged by Johannes Brahms
    It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Duke Ellington, arr. Deke Sharon
    If I Loved You, from Carousel – by Richard Rodgers, arranged by Deke Sharon
Russell Thorngate, Director

Folk Song Sing-Along: Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Northland Singers
    Keep Your Lamps – African-American Spiritual, arranged by Andre Thomas
    Black Is the Color – Appalachian Folk Song, arranged by Tom Fettke
    Coffee Grows on White Oak Trees – American Folk Song, arranged by Jack Boyd
    That Lonesome Road – by James Taylor and Don Grolnick, arranged by Julie Knowles
    Wagon Wheel – by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor, arranged by Russell Thorngate
Russell Thorngate, Director; Linda Calhan, Piano

Folk Song Sing-Along: Good Night Irene

Combined Choirs
    Northland College Hymn – Margaret Ristvedt

Announcement: ASCAP Foundation Presents Harold Rosenbaum Choral Workshop for Composers on November 7 in New York City Jeffrey James, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000
October 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
ASCAP Foundation Presents Harold Rosenbaum Choral Workshop for Composers on November 7 in New York City
The ASCAP Foundation will present Harold Rosenbaum’s Choral Workshop for Composers on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the ASCAP Lounge on the 7th Floor of 1900 Broadway in New York, New York.
Harold Rosenbaum, ASCAP member and conductor of The New York Virtuoso Singers, will present topics such as the basics of writing for chorus (ranges, notation, format and font), and tips on how to create a user-friendly score for performers, as well as other practical advice, especially useful to composers submitting choral work to conductors. A brief Q&A will follow.
Each workshop attendee will be offered a complimentary ticket to the New York Virtuoso Singers November 15th performance at Merkin Concert Hall.
RSVP required, as seating is limited. RSVP at
More event information 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 the newly re-designed
For more information, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at
Forum message: repertoire suggestions - famous poetry Clarence McCoy, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000're putting together a concert entitled "Pure Poetry" to be sung by an auditioned community chorus of about 70 voices. The group has been together for 2 years and can sing moderately advanced literature. Our thoughts on the theme are to include musical settings of text that originated as poetry (hopefully poets/poetry that are somewhat familiar to an average audience). Many come to mind for me, though most of those are ballad-like and slower in tempo. I'm open to any suggestions, but I'm looking particularly for ones that are not so ballad-like. Thoughts? ]]>Borrowing request: Need to purchase music: Full score/orchestral materials Marina Omelchenko, %17 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 Stabat Mater
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Karl Jenkins
Starting: January 2015
For: January - March 2015
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
If you have for sale the full score Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins it would be ideal. You can contact me: Marina Omelchenko,
Borrowing request: Mozart Requiem - Barenreiter Edition Murray Savar, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 Choral scores
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Mozart - Barenreiter
Starting: A.S.A.P.
For: Until March 2015
Copies: 85
Willing to rent: Yes
We are performing this wonderful piece as part of an interschool festival.  We would love to rent/buy used copies.  
Classified ad: Director of Music Ministries, Arch Street United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, PA USA) Janis Moore Campbell, %17 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%th 11OctGMT+0000 Street United Methodist Church is a reconciling, spirit-filled communitiy in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, PA.  The church's Standbridge sanctuary pipe organ was built in 1870-71 and boasts 52 registers and 2,322 pipes.
Director of Music Ministries
The Director of Music Ministries will oversee music, provide direction, lead and mentor those who serve the congregation through the ministry of music.  This position works closely with the pastoral staff to plan and coordinate music for three worship services, direct the choir, conduct instrumental ensembles, provide suitable keyboard and organ accompaniment, supervise other music staff, foster congregational support of the music program and respond to community needs through concerts and/or other music programming. 
The successful candidate will be an accomplished musician and choral conductor with strong knowledge of the liturgical church year and willingness to train and support volunteers. While a formal background in theology is not required, the Director of Music Ministries should understand how music can enhance worship in the United Methodist Church and demonstrate familiarity with Christian doctrine and best practices. 
  1. Graduate degree in choral conducting (or equivalent) is preferred
  2. Experience directing choirs and leading worship through music
  3. Knowledge of religious, classical, contemporary, choral, organ, and piano repertory
  4. Knowledge, proficiency and performance ability with pipe organ
  5. Piano accompaniment skill and experience
  6. Eclectic interest in music as ministry, appreciation of musicians, and ability to train volunteers
  1. Administration of ASUMC music program, including oversight of ASUMC music library
  2. Playing for or directing music for worship services, special services and community events
  3. Planning worship with pastoral staff, committees, selecting service music and hymns to enhance liturgy
  4. Oversee the music budget including ordering music, music supplies, instrumental repair, tuning, etc. 
  5. Rehearsing and directing the voice choir(s) and/or directing music staff to prepare for worship services
  6. Enabling the community to be drawn into the church through its music
  7. Hiring accompanists or music groups not under personal direction
  8. Hiring substitutes for all absences, including vacations and illnesses
  9. Planning music programs beyond regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship
  10. Have right of first refusal for all weddings and funeral/memorial services requiring organ music. 
This part-time, salaried position, reports to the Senior Pastor.  Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply:  Submit resume, cover letter, and a 200 word “vision of music ministry.” Include contact information for three professional references – references will NOT be contacted without candidate prior knowledge and approval.  Electronic applications are preferred (.doc or .pdf formats) .  Please forward via e-mail by November 30, 2014 to  SUBJECT LINE:  Music Ministries Search Committee
Concert: New Dublin Voices- Songs for a Starlit Night Ali Doole, %17 %b %2014 %10:%Oct:%th 10OctGMT+0000

New Dublin Voices will complete its autumn concert tour with a performance in its favorite venue, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday November 8th at 8pm.

With the theme "Songs for a Starlit Night", the internationally-acclaimed chamber choir will consider the night-sky from the hugely diverse artistic viewpoints of numerous composers. Some familiar – like the timeless Monteverdi and the tirelessly trendy Eric Whitacre – and others still just beginning to make their exciting impact on Irish audiences from choral-composing hotbeds in Scandinavia and the Baltic nations.

Every one of them presents a distinct, stirring and poetic response to the awe of the vast heavens and the beauty and symbolism of the stars at night.

The concert also includes a mixed selection of original pieces and arrangements by Irish composers, with the entire concert derived from a large programme NDV is bringing to a week-long event in St Lo, France, from October 21st. Polyfollia is the biennial World Showcase for Choral Singing, and New Dublin Voices is honoured to be the first ever Irish choir invited to take part.

NDV has just returned from concerts in Dundalk with special guests the Clermont Chorale and Belfast with special guests the Grovenor Chorale and, following its return from France, it looks forward to welcoming the Dublin audience in Christ Church Cathedral, on Sat November 8th at 8pm.

For further information, please contact Ali Doole,
Tickets available online: and at the door.

Music for a Starlit Night
New Dublin Voices
Bernie Sherlock, conductor
Dublin, 8th November, 8pm- Christ Church Cathedral


New Dublin Voices Autumn Concert Tour
Music for a Starlit Sky

John Hoybye  (b. 1939)   Jubilate Deo    
Charles Stanford (1852-1924)  Coelos ascendit   
Vytautas Miskinis (b. 1954)  O Nata Lux    
Arr. Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)  Eirí na Gréine (The Rising of the Sun)
Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)    Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)  Sfogava con le stelle    
Trond Kverno (b. 1945)   Ave Maris Stella    
Selga Mence (b.1953)   Blacksmith Forges in the Sky (Irish premiere) 

Eriks Esenvalds (b. 1977)   Stars     
Ben Hanlon (b. 1952)   Molaimis go léir an taon-Mhac Críost
Arr. Voces 8     My Lagan Love/She moved thru the fair
Séamus de Barra (b. 1955)   Ave Maria     
O’Connell, Kevin (b. 1958)  Fáilte don Éan    
Arr Desmond Earley (b. 1974)  ‘Si do Mhaimeo Í   
Arr. Conor O’Reilly (b.1967)  Danny Boy    
Arr Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)  Geantraí    
Arr. Howard Goodall (b. 1958)   The Star of the County Down  

International award-winning New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, from the start NDV has presented concert programmes that are fresh, innovative, and exciting, ranging widely in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given many Irish and world premieres. NDV has won numerous prizes at major European competitions and in Ireland. The choir’s busy calendar also includes fund-raising for charities, television appearances, guesting with Ireland's professional orchestras, and performing at special public events. The choir released two CDs – "Something Beginning with B", featuring everything from Byrd to the Beatles, and "Christmas with New Dublin Voices" in 2010. The latest CD is devoted to music by Irish composers and is about to be released on the RTÉ lyric fm label.

Bernie Sherlock studied choral conducting for two years with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár in Hungary, followed by orchestral conducting with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. She earned a BA in music from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in performance from NUI Maynooth. She founded the international award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices in October 2005. Bernie is Musical Director of Dublin's Culwick Choral Society and has an international profile as an adjudicator, choral animateur, and teacher of conducting and aural training. She has won several prizes for her conducting and interpretation. She is a Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music, and has been Artistic Director of the AOIC’s annual Conducting Summer School since 2008.

Announcement: Choral Arts New England recognizes Dr. Gerald Mack, awards grants Peter Pulsifer, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000
Thirteen New England choruses receive grants totaling $15,500 and a Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Dr. Gerald R. Mack, former Conductor of the Worcester Chorus, founder of the Great Waters Music Festival, and Professor Emeritus at the Hartt School of Music, at the 30th annual Alfred Nash Patterson awards ceremony on October 19, 2014, at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Dr. Gerald R. Mack, 2014 recipient of the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, is a nationally-known conductor, educator, and mentor. He was conductor of the Worcester Chorus in Massachusetts for 28 years (1976–2004), founder and leader for 15 years (1995–2000) of the Great Waters Music Festival in Wolfeboro, NH, and Director of Choral Activities and a faculty member for 27 years (1966–1993) at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. He served for six years as Executive Director of the Nantucket Community Music Center, and later established the Nantucket Arts Council's highly successful winter concert series, which he still produces. Dr. Mack has conducted choruses at Carnegie Hall, Tully Hall, and many renowned concert halls throughout western Europe and Russia. The Worcester Chorus of Music established a scholarship in his name in 2010.
A dedicated educator with a deep commitment to colleagues and students, Dr. Mack has a national reputation as an adjudicator, lecturer, clinician and guest conductor. His high school choirs appeared at numerous MENC conventions. In 1961, his school chorus was invited to represent the U.S. at the International Music Educators’ Convention in Vienna. His Hartt choral groups were frequently selected to appear at ACDA conventions throughout the U.S., and he conducted many All State and Divisional Festival Choruses. While at Hartt, he organized and hosted the first ACDA Eastern Division Convention.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually by Choral Arts New England to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England. Previous recipients are E. Wayne Abercrombie, Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, John Oliver, Jameson Marvin, Richard Coffey, David Hoose, Craig Smith, Robert de Cormier, Donald Teeters, Alice Parker, John Bavicchi, Roberta Humez, Mary Whitney Rowe, Blanche Moyse, George Kent, Allen Lannom, Florence Dunn, Daniel Pinkham, Lorna Cooke DeVaron, and Elliot Forbes.
The 2014 recipients of Alfred Nash Patterson Grants are:
  • Blue Heron Renaissance Choir of Auburndale, Mass., to support recording the Peterhouse Partbooks (third year of a multi-year grant);
  • Boston City Singers of Boston, Mass., to commission several new works from Jim Papoulis that will be performed at three or more community-based public concerts in spring 2015;
  • Cantata Singers of Boston, Mass., to commission Elena Ruehr’s Eve, a 14-minute work based on a text from the book of Genesis, which will be performed on November 8, 2014 at Jordan Hall in Boston;
  • Choral Art Society of Portland, Maine, for a program featuring the New England premiere of Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories on May 9, 2015 in South Portland, Maine;
  • The Concord Chorus of Concord, Mass., to commission Michael Schachter’s American Requiem, which incorporates English-language texts from a variety of faiths and cultures and aims to “relate to and hold a dialogue with the moods and texts of standard Requiems,” to be performed in May 2016;
  • Crescendo of Lakeville, Conn., for “Italian Baroque in the Jesuit Settlements of South America,” a program of works by Domenico Zipoli (1688–1726) to be performed with period instrument orchestra in churches in Lime Rock, Connecticut and Great Barrington, Massachusetts on November 15–16, 2014;
  • Greater Middletown Chorale of Middletown, Conn., to help fund the creation and production of a concert DVD of the 2013 world premiere of Sarah Meneely-Kyder's oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944 (supported in part by an 2012 Alfred Nash Patterson grant);
  • Joyful Noise of Torrington, Conn., for a project to record the Brian Coughlin’s Requiem, a work that includes both traditional texts and music and contemporary texts with “indie rock”-style music played by amplified chamber ensemble;
  • MassACDA of Quincy, Mass., to support a performance on July 22, 2014 of James Whitbourn's oratorio Annelies at the MassACDA Summer Conference in Northampton, Massachusetts, with singers from Coro Allegro and Chorus pro Musica;
  • The Master Singers of Lexington of Lexington, Mass., for commissions of six new works by composers Benjamin Cohen, Sara Doncaster, Allen Feinstein, Adam Grossman, Grant Hicks, and Rodney Lister, to be performed during the four concerts of the 2014–2015 season;
  • Music Worcester/The Worcester Chorus of Worcester, Mass., to support the 2014–15 Festival Singers program, a joint effort with the Worcester Public Schools that enables talented students of Worcester’s South High School to learn, rehearse, and perform Handel’s Messiah in Mechanics Hall as part of the Worcester Chorus;
  • New Haven Oratorio Choir of Hamden, Conn., for a performance and recording in May 2015 of a selection of important but neglected works by historical and contemporary women composers;
  • RPM Voices of Rhode Island of Providence, RI, in support of the RPM Youth Voices choral program, an intensive 14-day workshop followed by performances of music from black American culture (particularly spirituals and gospel songs), held during the month of July in Providence city parks and at the RPM summer concert in Newport on July 20, 2014.
Admission to the awards ceremony is by invitation. Full details of the awards and further information about Choral Arts New England may be obtained on the Internet at
Forum message: Beginning Chorus Chase Samuels, %16 %b %2014 %22:%Oct:%th 22OctGMT+0000 are no auditions to be in the choir. It's open to all students. But I need some good tone exercises and teach them to listen. Any suggestions for a beginning chorus on how to make them better at this.  ]]>Borrowing request: "I'm a Train" - who has an SA arrangement? Scott Vernon, %17 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000 "I'm a Train" SA choral arrangement
Composer/Arranger/Edition: by Hazelwood and Kern (Hal Leonard Corporation)
Starting: ASAP
For: a few weeks--perusal
Copies: 1 - 90
Willing to rent: No
If someone had 90 copies for sale, that would be ideal.
Announcement: Houston Boychoir will be in your area June 2015 Carole Nelson, %16 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 Boychoir will be on the road in early June 2015 heading north for our annual concert tour.
If you are in North Texas, Oklahoma or Missouri we would love to get to know you.
If you would like the choir for a performance in your church or school, please contact us.
We look forward to singing for you and with you and always to making new friends while on the road.
To learn more about Houston Boychoir please visit our website:
Sing on!
Carole Nelson
Forum message: Dual Degree Programs Simon Hill, %16 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 all,
I was wondering if anyone might be aware of dual degree programs for a masters of music and a masters of sacred music with an emphasis in choral conducting. I know SMU has a degree track like this, but I am having difficulty finding others. If you know of any other schools that provide this, I would greatly appreciate your input.  
Thank you for your time and help,
Classified ad: SING CARMINA BURANA with the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society Nicolas Alberto Dosman, %15 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000
The Colby-Kennebec Choral Society(CKCS) is holding an Initial Rehearsal for all CKCS members and interested singers on Monday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Given Auditorium in the Bixler Art and Music Building on the Colby College campus (our usual rehearsal space). Members who wish to sing this season should attend, and are encouraged to bring interested, experienced singers to this rehearsal, to learn about CKCS and begin the journey of singing this beautiful music together.
Regular rehearsals will begin on February 9, and continue on Mondays through April 27 (with the exception of March 9 and 23). Performances will be on May 2 and 3, 2015. Please contact Sue Cook by email at or by phone at (207) 872-5814, to confirm your intention to participate in the Initial Rehearsal on Oct. 20 and/or for the season starting on February 9.
Announcement: Join Larry Wyatt’s Budapest/Vienna choir festival - May 2016 Michael Clohesy, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 Budapest Choir Festival 2016 with Larry Wyatt

I am so pleased to have been asked to conduct a festival performance in Budapest, Hungary in late May, 2016.

Budapest is a beautiful city on the Danube with a rich cultural heritage. Since the 1990’s Budapest has made great strides in modernizing while maintaining the charm and somewhat exotic characteristics of its interesting history. Before the Romans the city was a Celtic community – later it was a center of Renaissance culture - eventually the Ottomans ruled the area for 150 years. Each of these civilizations left their stamp on the city.

I am proposing that we perform either Mozart “Sparrow Mass” or Haydn “Lord Nelson Mass” as our combined festival repertoire. I will consult with registering Directors prior to finalizing the repertoire.

I look forward to exploring this unique city and to working with an outstanding festival choir and orchestra.

I hope that you will join me

Dr. Larry Wyatt

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KIconcerts: Budapest Choir Festival 2016 with Larry Wyatt


Classified ad: Organist/Pianist Wanted Jacqueline Cote', %16 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000
St. Mary Magdalen Church in Oakville, CT is seeking a permanent weekend organist/pianist.
We are a small Roman Catholic Church located in the Greater Waterbury area. We celebrate 3 masses per weekend; a 4:00 pm vigil service on Saturdays, and 8:30 and 10:30 services on Sunday mornings with choir rehearsals in between masses from 9:30-10:30. The basic responsibilities of the organist are to accompany our 3 weekend masses, choir rehearsals, and any Holy Days of Obligation during Christmas, Easter, and other times throughout the year. Previous experience in a Catholic Church setting preferred, but willing to train the right candidate. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible and will be scheduling auditions the week of 10/19 - 10/25.

If interested, please send a current resume and letter of interest to Jacqueline Cote, Music Director at
Classified ad: Artistic Director of Children's Chorus of San Antonio Anne Schelleng, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000
POSITION:  The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio seeks qualified applicants for Artistic Director. Primary responsibilities involve supervision of all artistic elements of the program and to conduct rehearsals and performances for one or more of the ensembles. The qualified candidate will be a visible advocate for the program in the local and larger community including but not limited to local schools and districts, universities and the larger choral community.  The Artistic Director works with the ED and Board as part of CCSA's leadership to create a clear vision for the organization ensuring future growth and sustainability.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  An advanced degree in music, a record of successful artistic experience as a conductor of choral ensembles for children and young adults. Preferred qualifications include successful experiences in leadership of a children’s/youth chorus, and a record of successful recruitment. Additional qualifications include the ability to work effectively with music education professionals and professional musicians. This is a full-time position requiring residency in San Antonio.
CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF SAN ANTONIO:  The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio was founded in 1983 with the mission to bring the highest quality of choral music education and performance opportunities to the young people of greater San Antonio. Since then, the organization has blossomed into three different divisions that serve more than 500 young people: our core ensembles, early childhood music and movement classes, and community outreach programs. With three divisions of music education, CCSA has a vast and deeply rooted history in our community. The organization is dedicated to nurturing the artistry and enriching the education of children. This goal has created an ever-evolving growth of the organization and represents a thriving cultural treasure in San Antonio. For more information on the organization, please visit the about section of the CCSA website.
SAN ANTONIO:  The seventh largest city in the United States, San Antonio has many multicultural attributes.  Best known for its historic and cultural attractions, such as the Spanish Missions National Park, the Riverwalk, and the Alamo, the city is enjoying unprecedented growth with a rapid influx of new residents and businesses.  The city's arts institutions include the new Tobin Center and a number of organizations that sponsor concert, recital, opera, and dance series.  San Antonio also has several art museums and galleries.
APPLICATIONS:  Applicants must submit electronically a letter of application, résumé (including conducting concert performance history), repertoire list from the past three years, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three people who will act as references. The review of completed applications will begin on November 1, 2014. Do not send other supportive materials at this time.  Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire.  The appointment is effective June, 2015, but is negotiable.  To apply, please go to and follow the instructions on the Artistic Director tab. Questions may be addressed to: Anne Schelleng, Executive Director,
Classified ad: Concert Tour Manager Sara Casar, %16 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000 worldwide concert touring company seeks experienced Operations Manager for Concert Tours.   Arrange worldwide concert tours for orchestras, concert bands, and choirs.   Knowledge and contacts with international and domestic concert presenters and venues, knowledge of choral and orchestral classical music, experience with arranging or participating in group concert tours, and languages preferred.  College degree required.  Travel may be required. Please email cover letter and resume to Sara Casar, Business Manager, at  Please include salary requirements, relevant experience, travel experience, classical music background, and language proficiency.  No calls please.  Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, medical, and 401(k) plan. ]]>Classified ad: BIG SMILE ENTERTAINMENT SEEKS PROFESSIONAL SINGERS FOR VARIOUS HOLIDAY GROUPS - NEW ENGLAND AREA Elaina Vrattos Jacobs, %16 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000



Big Smile Entertainment is looking for singers to join our holiday acapella groups. These groups perform in a variety of situations from house parties to large civic events in small mixed quartets.


Carolers must have some ability to read music and have a good sense of pitch. They also must have access to reliable personal transportation (a car) and a valid drivers license.

Previous choral experience is a plus.


Send headshot and resume to Elaina Vrattos Jacobs, Please also include a cover letter summarizing your experience. Audio samples of a capella singing are also accepted but not required.


Pay: Variable


About Big Smile Entertainment:


Since our establishment in 1995, Big Smile Entertainment’s™ mission is to provide customized, affordable entertainment while maintaining the high quality. We are not an agency, but function more like a co-op of Actors, Singers, Musicians, Choreographers, Dancers and Directors and Production staff who have come together with the common goal of producing a high quality entertainment solution for all budgets while leaving you with a smile!


Big Smile Entertainment™ recruits actors, singers, musicians and production staff who have attended some of the best theatrical and music colleges, universities and conservatories. These talented performers have performed with Professional Theatrical and Operatic Companies. Many of our staff have worked on Broadway, National Tours and in Films and Commercials; as well as been featured in Concert with some of the top names in the business.

Classified ad: Tenor and Soprano Positions Louis Perazza, %16 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000 Anthony Roman Catholic Church, WIlmington, DE.  Positions for Tenor and Soprano.  Thursday evening rehearsal and Sunday Morning High Mass.  Extra income from weddings and funerals.  Stunning building and world class pipe organ.  Excellent sight reading required.  Perfect for graduate students and young professionals building experience and resume.  Contact Louis Perazza, Organist at or 215-888-9190. ]]>Classified ad: Choral Director needed on Outer Banks Nell Long, %16 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%th 11OctGMT+0000
The Outer Banks Chorus announces the April/2015 retirement of its Director and is accepting applications for the position.
The OBX Chorus is a well-established community chorus celebrating its 27th year.  We perform a wide range of styles and genres.   We are a non-auditioned choir with approximately 60 members.  Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (September to April) at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The Director will lead the chorus in weekly rehearsals, at least 4 concerts annually, and various community events.  Experience in conducting a wide variety of music from Renaissance to Sacred to Broadway and more is expected.  Understanding and effectively teaching vocal technique are essential.
Please submit a letter of introduction and resume to the Outer Banks Chorus at Post Office Box 3657, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948, or send an e-mail to with your information attached as a pdf, by November 15, 2014.  Also supply the names and contact details of three professional references.  If you have such, please supply a minimum of 3 recent programs.
Classified ad: Bass Section Leader needed - Oyster Bay, NY Jessica Chen, %15 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000
The First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay, NY (Long Island) seeks a bass section leader. Sundays include a 9:00 a.m. rehearsal and 10:00 a.m. worship service. Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services are required. Tuesday evening availability (7:30-9:00 p.m.) is preferred but not required. Applicants should have strong sight-reading skills, as well as the willingness to foster friendly, supportive relationships with volunteer singers.  
Pay is $50 per call.
Please contact Jessica Chen, Director of Music, at or 516-695-8946. 
Announcement: Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium Krystal Morin, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%th 2OctGMT+0000 What does a conductor want and expect from you?                 

CONDUCTORS: What do the singers and orchestra members need from you?

Learn answers to these questions and many more while collaborating in a one-of-a kind, intensive experience designed to explore the unique and intimate relationship between singers and conductors. 

The second annual The Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium will be held 22 June - 1 July 2015 at Palazzo Bassi Brugnatelli in Robbiate, Italy.  The faculty includes: John Ratledge–Founder and Artistic Director, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; Rebecca Turner–Artist in Residence, Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Annalisa Monticelli–Collaborative Pianist, Dublin, Ireland; Dan Perkins, Coach/collaborative pianst /lecturer, Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire; Stafford Turner, Voice/Coaching in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Elizabeth Claxton Carrillo, Soprano in Atlanta, Georgia; and Christopher O'Rear, Baritone, in Gadsden, Alabama.

The Conducting Masterworks Program will study Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH  (Carus Verlag or Kalmus Edition), opening recitative, Overture, all recitatives and arias and operatic arias to be announced, paying particular attention to the unique problems that occur between orchestral conductors and singers.  Conductors will receive daily lessons with John Ratledge, professional soloists, a chamber orchestra, and a collaborative pianist. The following seminars will be offered for conductors:  Orchestral Rehearsal Techniques in the Choral/Orchestral Setting, Score Study and Preparation for Conductors, as well as Conductors and Singers Round Table:  Building Meaningful Collaboration.

Singers will participate in master classes and coachings, with Rebecca and Stafford Turner and Dan Perkins, as well as a variety of workshop sessions on character analysis, subtexting, and role preparation, as well as Singers and Conductors Round Table: Building Meaningful Collaboration where all the symposium participants interact together.   Recitals will be given by faculty members, and in addition, a choral concert will be presented by a guest professional choir,  and there will be a concert of operatic arias.  The week will culminate with a concert of conductors, singers, and orchestra.

Forum message: Looking for digital organ/celeste Elizabeth Waterbury, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000 Colleagues
Sometimes we need a portativ type organ for accompaniment of Baroque-era masses.  The orchestra also needs a celeste. Does anyone know of a digital instrument (some kind of synthesizer, probably) that would serve for both situations?  We could do without the pedal board if we could get a combined type of instrument.   Thanks.  
Concert: Bernstein's Mass - fully staged - 2 performances only - Emily John, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000 Peress, the conductor of the world premiere of the work, (1971 for the Kennedy Center) is bringing this piece to life again in a fully staged version featuring the Queens College orchestra, choir, women’s choir, opera studio and ACSM Youth Choir.

Mass proves to be greater than the sum of its parts.  Mass calls for the literal massing together of a universe of music and musicians in the cause of peace.  Its sheer size is mesmerizing.”  - Maurice Peress 


Presented by the Aaron Copland School of Music

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM 

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Colden Auditorium, Queens College, Flushing, NY

Tickets: $15 – $25


Leonard Bernstein’s Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers is the composer’s most ambitious work. Commissioned to create a stage production to inaugurate the opera house at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Bernstein turned to the Roman Catholic mass as a structure to investigate issues of faith and doubt, and of the political and social upheavals of the era of the late ’60s and early ’70s.


MASS is an enormous piece. It calls for a large pit orchestra, two choruses plus a boy’s choir, a Broadway-sized cast (with ballet company), marching band and a rock band. It may seem ironic that such multitudes are marshaled for a work that celebrates a man’s “Simple Song”: his love and faith in God. But in the end, that simplicity is shown to be all the more powerful because of it.

Forum message: SSA repertoire - French & acapella? Maria Conkey, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000 everyone,
I am looking for suggestions for a competition piece for my SSA ensemble of approx. 20 singers, in French. It also needs to be acapella, preferably a faster piece (to contrast the others already selected), but I am open to all suggestions. The ensemble is a select ensemble of singers between the ages of 12 & 18. Preferably only in three parts, but challenging three part writing. 
Any ideas are welcome! Thanks very much!
maria conkey
Forum message: A few questions about Percy Grainger's choral music William Spencer, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 there: I'm kicking around the idea of programming some of Grainger's wonderfully idiosyncratic choral music in the next season or two, and I am hoping to find some answers to the following:
  1. I am finding it rather difficult to figure out what's in print, what format any published scores are in (aside from the usual p-v reductions for the singers, I'm wondering about genuine "full" scores as opposed to those dreadful "condensed" conductor's scores), and which publishers in the US (or elsewhere if need be) handle his music.
  2. What has your experience been in performing things like "I'm Seventeen Come Sunday" or "Scotch Strathspey and Reel" (just to choose two examples): What are their challenges? How hard is it to balance his pieces that include funky "chamber orchestra" accompaniments like this?
  3. Do you recommend doing (or avoiding) specific pieces, or specific versions of specific pieces?  His music so often exists in multiple versions that sometimes it's hard to know what to expect.
  4. In short, what's been your experience?
I conduct a community choir of around 30 voices give or take, with a wide range of musical skills. As always, my thanks in advance! Bill
Concert: Thomas Circle Singers presents Washington, DC premiere of James Whitbourn's "Annelies" James Kreger, %15 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000
The Thomas Circle Singers, James Kreger, Artistic Director, will open their 2014-2015 season on Sunday, October 19 at 5:00 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St, NW at Metro Center.  TCS will perform the Washington, D.C. premiere of “Annelies,” the first major choral setting of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”  James Whitbourn’s dramatic music complements the personal thoughts and feelings of Anne — brought to life in Melanie Challenger’s libretto.  This special performance will be enhanced by a variety of media to help the audience see, hear, and feel this incredible story of ordinary people trying to live during extraordinarily terrible times.  Concert ticket proceeds will benefit N Street Village, a facility for homeless women in Washington, DC.  Ticket information at
Concert: Santa Clara Chorale | Hogan's Heroes | Saturday, October 25 | 8 pm Scot Hanna-Weir, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000

Acclaimed coloratura soprano soloist Marlissa Hudson travels from Washington, D.C. to Santa Clara to join the Chorale for the opening of their 53rd season. Celebrating the spiritual tradition, the concert features arrangements by Moses Hogan and the generations of arrangers who inspired him. Accompanied by the Chorale in a capella arrangements and by Artistic Director Scot Hanna-Weir at the piano, Ms. Hudson will display her impeccable and deeply-felt interpretations of the spiritual repertoire.

Saturday, October 25 | 8 pm
Mission Santa Clara
on the campus of Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Purchase Tickets


Jester Hairston - Hold On!

Moses Hogan - Walk Together Children
Moses Hogan - Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Harry Burleigh - My Lord What a Mornin'
Undine Smith Moore - Watch and Pray

Undine Smith Moore - We Shall Walk through the Valley

Edward Boatner - Oh What a Beautiful City

Hall Johnson - Ain't Got Time to Die

- Intermission -

Moses Hogan - My God is So High

Undine Smith Moore - Come Down Angels

Nathaniel Dett - Listen to the Lambs

Hall Johnson - Take my Mother Home
Marvin Mills - Jesus Lay Your Head in the Window
Margaret Bonds - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

William Dawson - Balm in Gilead
Moses Hogan - The Battle of Jericho

Announcement: Celtic Voices - Joint Choral Performances with Irish Youth Choirs in Ireland Roland Zuehlke, %15 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000
Have your choristers perform for and together with Irish Youth Choirs as part of the Celtic Voices festival in Dublin in the summer of 2016 under the direction of Dr. Doreen Rao and co-conductor Mary Amond O’Brien of the Irish Radio & TV Youth Choir “Cor na Nog”. This unique event will allow your ensemble to make new friends who share the same passion for music and are excited to meet and sing with choristers from the U.S. Celtic Voices will include a vibrant repertoire of ancient and contemporary choral music as well as an Irish Choir-in-Residence and Traditional Irish Instrumentalists.
For more information please visit
Classified ad: Associate Director of Choral Studies and Music Education Ryan Beeken, %15 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000, tenure-track Associate Director of Choral Studies and Music Education position beginning in August 2015. This position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor. Teach undergraduate music education courses in choral methods; teach class voice; supervise student teachers; develop and conduct choral ensembles in conjunction with the Director of Choral Studies; develop music education courses for a growing online master's program; work with colleagues to refine our curriculum for the 21st century; establish and maintain positive relationships with public school choral programs in the state and region; and, maintain a profile of scholarly activities including publications, performance, outreach and recruitment. The successful candidate may be asked to provide instruction through distance education, or at a regional campus and may be asked to supervise student teachers at off campus locations. Doctorate in Music Education and demonstrated evidence of excellent public school teaching experience in a choral setting for a minimum of three years are required. Applicants who are ABD will be considered provided that their degree will be completed by August 2015. Preferred qualities include advanced training in choral conducting, familiarity with a wide variety of choral and vocal genres including, but not limited to, jazz and popular styles, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interview process. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system. Please do not fax, mail or email any documentation. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will consist of a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and names and email addresses of three references. Three (3) letters of reference must be on file with IUP before consideration is given for an on campus interview. Official transcripts will be needed for hire. Applications must also include 15-30 minutes of high-quality video of the candidate teaching in the classroom, leading a choral rehearsal, and conducting choral performances in a variety of styles, Please provide a URL, video (MP4), or online portfolio for review; file size cannot exceed 9MB. Finalists who are invited to campus for an interview will be required to rehearse a choral ensemble, teach a choral methods class, and present a talk based on their scholarly research. Committed to excellence through diversity, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2014. ]]>Borrowing request: Borrow "Partners 'Round the World at Holiday Time" Robert Duris, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 Teacher's Book "Partners 'Round the World at Holiday Time"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Jill Gallina
Starting: ASAP
For: until December 18
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
I tried to order the Teacher's Book and it is out of print(I called Musical Resources in my hometown of Toledo.  We have many Student Books.
Announcement: Exploring 2,000 years of Orthodox Musical Tradition: When East meets West Vlad Morosan, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 Athanasius Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, California, is hosting its third
Liturgical Arts Festival October 17-19, 2014
"Exploring 2,000 years of Orthodox Musical Tradition: When East meets West."  
The festival includes 4 music-related lecture-demos, an iconography exhibit, bookstore, concert,
sheet music and CDs offered by Musica Russica Publishers, and tours of the church's brand new building.

Speakers include:
  • His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin (Peterson), Diocese of the West, Orthodox Church in America
  • Fr. Joseph Morris, Abbot of St Gregory Palamas Orthodox Monastery, Perrysville, OH
  • Dr. Vladimir Morosan, President of Musica Russica; Artistic Director, Archangel Voices
  • Fr. John David Finley, Composer, Priest for the Antiochian Archdiocese Dept. of Missions
Festival Admission — Free
Sunday Concert — $5.00 donation
   Friday 10/17 at 7 pm
   Saturday 10/18 from 10 am to 9 pm
   Sunday 10/19 concert at 3:00 p.m.

St. Athanasius Orthodox Christian Church
300 Sumida Gardens Lane
Santa Barbara CA 93111
(the building faces Hollister between Patterson and Hwy 217)
Concert: San Diego Master Chorale | The Operatic Chorus | Saturday, October 18 | 7:30pm John Russell, %15 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000
The SDMC reboots this exciting program of favorite opera choruses from Monteverdi to Verdi and welcomes special guests the San Diego Children's Choir.
The Operatic Chorus
Saturday, October 18
St. Paul's Cathedral,
2728 6th Ave, San Diego 92103

General Admission: $20
Students/Military/Seniors: $15
Concert: Princeton University Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club: The Football Concert Renata Dworak, %15 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000
The Tigers and Crimson continue their battle as the Princeton University Glee Club, directed by Gabriel Crouch, and the Harvard Glee Club, led by Harris Ipock, come together for the annual Football Concert on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  This spirited tradition is held annually on the eve of the Football game between the two rivals.  In the first half, Harvard will showcase a selection of works by Tallis, Chesnokov, and Burleigh.  Princeton will follow with performances of works by Henry Purcell and Arvo Pärt, alongside jazzier selections by Giles Swayne and Wynton Marsalis.  This 100-year tradition will come to a head with the singing of traditional fight songs, with associated colors, cries and choreography. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
The complete program follows: 
I. Unbreakable (To Touch the Sky) - Kevin Puts
Guide Me, O thou Great Jehovah - arr. Matthew Oltman
Haec dies - Johann Georg Zechner
II. Lamentations of Jeremiah I - Thomas Tallis
IV. Spaseniye sodelal yesi - Pavel Chesnokov
Song of Peace, Op. 82 - Vincent Persichetti
Heav’n, Heav’n - Spiritual, arr. H. T. Burleigh 
Glorious Apollo - Samuel Webbe 
Football Songs - Traditional, arr. Noam Elkies
Harvard Glee Club
Harris Ipock, director
How They So Softly Rest – Healey Willan
O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel – Roderick Williams
I. O Weisheit (Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen) – Arvo Pärt
Magnificat I – Giles Swayne
VI.  O König aller Volker (Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen) - Arvo Pärt
Våren – Edvard Grieg, arr. Thomas Beck
I’m seventeen come Sunday – Percy Aldridge Grainger
I was glad – Henry Purcell
Here my prayer, O Lord – Henry Purcell
The Lord’s Prayer and Gloria Patri (Abyssinian 200: A Celebration) – Wynton Marsalis
Princeton Football Melody – Arr. Walter Nollner and Drew Fornarola
Princeton University Glee Club
Gabriel Crouch, director
Ulysses S. Grant was president, Verdi's Requiem was premiered and the Battle of the Little Big Horn was still two years in the future when Princeton University's Glee Club was founded in 1874 by Andrew Fleming West '74, the first Dean of the Graduate College. In those early years the group consisted of a few young men and was run entirely by its student members, but in 1907 Charles E. Burnham became the first of a long line of distinguished professional musicians to lead the Glee Club. Since that time, the ensemble has established itself as the largest choral body on Princeton's campus, and has distinguished itself both nationally and overseas.
The Glee Club first achieved national recognition under Alexander Russell, one of the great organists of the day, when it performed the American Premiere of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1931. Further accolades saw performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1935, and with the Vassar College Choir, the first United States performance of Jean Philippe Rameau's Castor et Pollux in 1937. (The custom for joining together with the women's choirs of Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, or Smith Colleges continued until the advent of coeducation.) In the 1950s, under the direction of its longest-serving conductor Walter L. Nollner, the Glee Club traveled outside the United States for the first time, establishing a pattern of international concert tours to Europe, Asia, South America and the South Pacific.  Two round-the-world tours followed, and most recently, the choir has toured Hawaii, Argentina and Paris.
Nowadays the Glee Club performs frequently on Princeton's campus, enjoying the wonderful acoustics and surroundings of Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. There are four major performances each year, and numerous special appearances at functions and gatherings around campus. Perhaps the choir's most celebrated performing tradition began in 1913, with the annual concerts presented jointly with the Glee Clubs of Harvard and Yale on the eve of the respective football games. A more recent tradition has seen the establishment of annual performances of choral masterworks with professional soloists and orchestra, now supported by an endowment fund to honor Walter Nollner. In the last few years these have included Orff's Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St. Matthew and St. John Passions and Mass in B minor, Mozart's Requiem, Honneger's Le Roi David and Faure's Requiem.
The choir's repertoire is extremely diverse, embracing anything from renaissance motets and madrigals, Romantic partsongs and 21st century choral commissions to the more traditional Glee Club fare of spirituals, folk music and college songs. The spectrum of Glee Club members is perhaps even broader: undergraduates and graduate students, scientists and poets, philosophers and economists - all walks of academic life are represented, knit together by their belief in the nobility and joy of singing together.
WHAT:  Princeton University Glee Club & Harvard Glee Club
WHEN:  Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
TICKETS:  Tickets are $15 General; $5 Students and are available for purchase by calling 609-258-9220 or online at
For further information please contact Renata Dworak at 847-769-3919 or
Forum message: Holiday Celebration of the World Jordan Spaciel, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 winter concert is fast approaching, and I have started a 'World travels' unit with my 2-5 graders. We have visited countries and written up our own musical passports. They got to choose which country they liked the best and then I was planning ot find holiday/winter music for the areas. While I have found some for Germany and Mexico, I have been struggling finding winter music for Japan (more New Years), Russia (Snow based), Australlia, Ireland, and Africa. Does anyone have any good resources for winter time music that is in unison for young elementary? Accompinament would be fantastic, but I can play the piano if needed of course. Until then I will keep searching :) Thanks to those who have any input.
-Jordan Spaciel
Forum message: Captivating, moving, selection for Holiday Concert Annalea masiello, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 for a stunning, captiviating, balad or arrangement for a middle school 3 part mixed holiday concert in December.  One that will move the audience.  Suggestions?
Classified ad: Soprano and Tenor Section Leaders / cantors needed Sean OConnor, %15 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000 Catholic Church in Baltimore City seeks Soprano and Tenor section leaders for church choir.  Thursday rehearsal from 7:00-8:45pm, Sunday morning 10:00am call for 11:00 am high mass.  Repertoire ranges from chant-style propers to Rutter; all organ based traditional hymnody.  Stipend per call based on education and experience; range is $50 to $75.  Opportunities to cantor a 4:00 p.m. Saturday or 9:00 a.m. Sunday mass available as well at an additional $45 a call.  Students most welcome, however, availability or willingness obtain a substitute for Christmas midnight mass and Holy Week is essential.  Email ]]>Classified ad: Artistic Director for Una Voce: The Florida Men's Chorale Donald Holt, %15 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%th 11OctGMT+0000
Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale  (UVFMC) announces a search for its part-time position of Artistic Director.   UVFMC has recently updated its mission statement to proudly declare: We Celebrate the Inherent Dignity of All People through Excellence in Men’s Choral Music.  To continue its goals, the Chorale welcomes talented, passionate individuals with creative vision and the leadership skills necessary to bring those visions to the stage to apply.
Since its founding in 2002, Una Voce has delivered 13 seasons of inspiring and exciting Men’s choral music.  The Chorale performs a diverse range of music, including Broadway show tunes, pop songs, classical works, and song cycles commissioned within the gay choral movement.  Along with its spring and fall concert series, UVFMC has performed at many local events including the ASAP, Inc. Tampa Bay AIDS Walk in September 2014; the GaYBOR Coalition Mayoral luncheon in July 2013; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s inauguration in 2011; and several St. Pete Pride Festivals.   They have opened games for both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Dunedin Blue Jays with the Star Spangled Banner.  To build community with other Tampa Bay organizations, UVFMC has performed benefit concerts for the local chapter of the Susan G. Koman Foundation and the Suncoast Hospice Foundation, and is in the planning phase with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay to perform a benefit cabaret for them in the spring of 2015.
The main responsibilities of the Artistic Director are:  
  • Nurture the musical health and growth of the chorale in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan of the organization. 

  • Supervise all artistic and musical affairs of the chorale, delegating tasks where necessary.
  • Oversee the UVFMC Production Committee to design and develop the concepts and requirements for all UVFMC performances, including selecting repertoire, staging elements, script writing, etc.

  • Serve as a spokesperson and liaison on behalf of UVFMC to broaden the involvement of the chorale in the Tampa Bay Area community.
  • Interest in and commitment to embracing the mission of Una Voce.
  • BA or Advanced Degree in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experience (minimum 3 years).
  • Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.
  • Professional and effective communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong leadership skills with the desire and ability to balance work within a team setting.
A full job description can be found at
To apply, email your resume or CV with two professional references and two personal references to Una Voce’s Managing Director, Tom Barker at  No phone calls, please.
Media Contact
Tom Barker, Managing Director
About Una Voce
UVFMC is a highly respected chorus among the gay choruses across North America. In 2009, UVFMC was awarded a $5,000 grant by the American Choral Directors Association for a commissioned piece, “Wait With Me A While, ” a beautiful and haunting setting of an Arthur Mampel poem by internationally acclaimed composer René Clausen.  In addition, UVFMC was selected by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Artistic Director Tim Seelig to be the core chorus for a 300-voice performance of “When We No Longer Touch” at Carnegie Hall in 2006.
UVFMC is a proud member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Choruses (GALA) and has attended its quadrennial conferences since 2004 held in different cities throughout North America (Montreal, Quebec in 2004; then Miami in 2008 and Denver 2012).  In June of this year, Una Voce traveled to Dublin, Ireland to perform at the Various Voices Choral Festival produced by European GALA equivalent, Legato Choirs.  More than eighty choruses from seventeen countries participated in this event; UVFMC was one of only five North American choirs to attend.  
Classified ad: A Besere Velt (A Better World) Choral Director – part-time Bob Follansbee, %15 %b %2014 %11:%Oct:%th 11OctGMT+0000
Boston-area multi-generational community chorus with focus on social justice and Yiddish culture seeks experienced choral director with a commitment to high quality performances and a fun and uplifting experience for all members.
A Besere Velt is a lively 90-member community chorus that has been the musical face of Boston Workmen’s Circle in the local music scene over the last 17 years.  The chorus has performed its own thematic concerts and collaborated with established professional artists from a variety of musical backgrounds (for example,
Boston Workmen’s Circle (BWC) is a community of 500 members that offers a spiritual home for secular Jewish life, a voice for progressive Jewish values, inclusivity, and social change, and an arts and education center celebrating Yiddish, Jewish, and progressive culture (
The part-time chorus director position entails:
  • Enthusiastic commitment to a choral repertoire focused primarily on social justice and Yiddish culture
  • Development of the musical repertoire for each season
  • Planning and leading approximately 2 rehearsals per month on Saturday afternoons
  • Ability to work with people who have a wide variety of singing abilities
  • Development of one major chorus concert per year in cooperation with a committee of chorus members, as well as smaller musical events
  • Participation in the generation of performance opportunities
  • Consulting with BWC leadership to plan chorus activities in the larger context of the BWC community
Salary is negotiable based on experience.
Applicants are encouraged to reply as soon as possible.
Please send letter of inquiry and CV to:
Bob Follansbee,
Boston Workmen’s Circle is an equal opportunity employer.
Classified ad: AUDITIONS A,T,B, Tiffany Warren, %15 %b %2014 %04:%Oct:%th 4OctGMT+0000 Seraphim Vocal Ensemble is auditioning Altos, Tenors, and Basses. One alto, two tenors, and two basses.
Pay-$100 Concert 
Style: Polyphony, Baroque Motets 
Experience: Must be trained, nice timbre etc.
Location: Rehearsals are held on Mondays in Manhattan Beach.
Prior to responding to this sure that you are available on Mondays and that you are able to travel to Manhattan Beach. We rehearse 3 Mondays on and we take 2 off. 
Please complete the form on our site
You may also contact us at:
We look forward to hearing you.
Announcement: New from Kjos: "All Beautiful the March of Days" set to original music for SATB & piano Mike Carson, %15 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%th 2OctGMT+0000
The beauty of God’s creations throughout the seasons of the year are proclaimed in this fresh new SATB setting of Frances W. Wile’s charming hymn text. Mike Carson has taken a lovely text and created an anthem of lyrical beauty, with an easily-learned melody and moderate vocal ranges. Chosen by Bradley Ellingboe for Kjos’s 2014 "Music for the Church Year" series, this anthem will easily fill seasonal needs for choirs in schools and churches. The text was written as a winter hymn, appropriate for New Year concerts and Epiphany services.
Listen here:
All beautiful the march of days, as seasons come and go;
The Hand that shaped the rose hath wrought the crystal of the snow;
Hath sent the hoary frost of Heav’n, the flowing waters sealed,
And laid a silent loveliness on hill and wood and field.
O’er white expanses sparkling pure the radiant morns unfold;
The solemn splendors of the night burn brighter than the cold;
Life mounts in every throbbing vein, love deepens round the hearth,
And clearer sounds the angel hymn, “Good will to men on earth.”
O Thou from Whose unfathomed law the year in beauty flows,
Thyself the vision passing by in crystal and in rose,
Day unto day doth utter speech, and night to night proclaim,
In ever changing words of light, the wonder of Thy Name.
Forum message: Rainbow Connection Susan Marrier, %15 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000'm looking for an SAB or SATB arrangement of The Rainbow Connection, for teens and adults. ]]>Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Jesse Ratcliffe, %15 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000

Saint James Episcopal is a vibrant church located at 73 Culpepper Street in Historic downtown Warrenton. The services are traditional--utilizing the 1982 Hymnal supplemented with outside hymnody and standard choral literature. The 20-member choir is a warm and supportive group.
The section leader is required for each Thursday rehearsal from 7 to 8:30PM and Sunday worship services at 10:15AM (warm-up from 9:15-10). The section leader is to be prepared for each rehearsal, and on occasion lead a sectional. The responsibility for rehearsal participation weighs as much as the Sunday service. This person will serve, not as a paid soloist, but a choir member, thus have the attitude of a team member that is focused on the musical development of the group, and enhance the worship experience. The choir sings almost every Sunday, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, an occasional Evensong plus two non-liturgical choral programs. Additional opportunities may be presented for additional compensation.
Compensation is $125 per week and $50 per additional service and rehearsal.
For more information, contact or 304-575-9027.
Many thanks,
Jesse Ratcliffe, Choirmaster


Announcement: "Mironczarnia" awarded by Ennio Morricone - available for download (score and recording) Jakub Neske, %15 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000"Mironczarnia" (pronounced Meeroncharnya) is available for download at
The piece was recently awarded by Ennio Morricone in the 1st International Competition of Choral Composition in Florence, Italy.
"Mironczarnia" is scored for SATB unaccompanied choir, but there is also SSAA and TTBB version.
All three scores (SATB, SSAA, TTBB) have been presented to Maestro Ennio Morricone.
This is the recording of the premiere performance of "Mironczarnia": 
The piece is becoming more and more popular in Europe - it has been performed already over 50 times and many choirs won
the First Prize singing this piece in the competitions (eg. Claritas Vocalis won the First Prize in the big choral competition:
9th Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in Weimar performing this piece).

Singers enjoy rehearsing and performing this piece and fortunately it always receives a really big applause at the concerts. 
You can find more recordings, the score and other materials (piano reduction, performance notes, translation of the poem 
etc.) at
My true dream is to hear this piece being performed by choirs of different nationalities, sounding like they are singing the original
words of the extraordinary "Mironczarnia" written by a Polish poet Miron Białoszewski. Since the poem is hard to translate and
none of the translations can bring the specific sounds of the original poem, which I truly admire, I decided to prepare
transcriptions /phonetic versions/ in different languages to make it accessible and easy to sing for everyone and so that it always
sounds like the original poem - regardless of the nationality and native language of the performers. 
Here you can listen to an excerpt from a rehearsal of a German choir called Orpheus Vokalensemble singing the piece using
the 'phonetic score' and the words sound exactly like the original poem:
Classified ad: Need Soprano Section Leader for 10/19 Rasaan Bourke, %14 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000 for a paid Soprano Section Leader for rehearsal tomorrow Wednesday, Oct. 15th 7:30pm - 9pm. And for Worship Sunday 10:30am with a 9:30am Call time.
Inbox if interested -
Classified ad: Director for Community Chorus Sought Gregory Lee, %14 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 am chairing this effort for the Charles River Chorale, a non-audition community chorus centered in Millis, Massachusetts.  It began as The Millis Community Chorale, and has performed continuously for thirty (30) years under Founding Director Roy S. Kelley.  The Chorale has a long tradition of performing a mix of works in two separate programs each year.  One program is performed on the second Saturday of December, and focuses on Christmas, other holidays, and seasonal themes.  The second is the first Saturday of May, and has a wider range of music, including “pops”-style pieces from musicals and Americana, some more classical or artistic works, and other material.
We have a tradition of letting the director direct.  We also have always had a director who has experience as a showman himself, and thus takes an active role from the stage.
Our members run the gamut of skill and talent, as you may guess.  Some have no formal training whatsoever, and learn their parts virtually by rote.  Most have some basic music theory and experience, and can manage with assistance.  A few are well-trained musicians.  Thus, our director must also be patient with the rehearsal/teaching process.
We rehearse every Tuesday in the autumn and the spring.  We perform in the Millis High School Auditorium, and occasionally other venues.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send the following by E-MAIL to
-    A CV or Resume setting out your education and experience as a choral director;
-    A brief letter stating why you might be the right successor for a chorus which has known only one director for thirty years;
-    Any references you may wish to provide at this time (optional)
-    Any inquiries you have; and
-    A means to contact you.
Word or PDF is preferred.  I am either busy or lazy (take your pick), and want to be able to distribute responses as they arrive.
I have a committee to help me move this along.  However, we are also not planning on a rushed process.  Roy Kelley is directing both our Holiday 2014 and Spring 2015 Concerts, so we are set.  However, we would also like to know that we are moving along in this process and not dragging it out until the last minute.
Thank you for your time.
Gregory P. Lee 
Tenor and Member of Board, for Donna Keesling, Chair
Concert: ACDA-Hawai‘i Chapter Announces the BIG SING! Susan McCreary Duprey, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000
A Choral Tribute
WHAT: As a tribute to the last half century of choral music in Hawai‘i, the American Choral Directors Association-Hawai‘i Chapter is sponsoring a mass community SING.  The singing event is designed to be a reunion of singers who have participated in any of the many choral organizations that have greatly enriched our community during the last 50 years.
WHO: We extend an invitation to all singers of any of the many public and private school choruses, community based choruses, and church choirs that have enhanced our community over the past 50 years.  The BIG SING is sponsored by the ACDA-Hawai‘i Chapter and hosted by the Kawaiaha‘o Church Music Ministry. 
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, October 18, 4:00 PM at Kawaiaha‘o Church (corner of King and Punchbowl Streets)
WHY: The BIG SING is about recognizing and honoring past and present Choral Directors in our community.  Choral music is alive and well in Hawai‘i through the dedication and artistry of hundreds of conductors and thousands of singers over the last 50 years.  Many of our past leaders have recently died just as new singers, conductors, and organizations blossom.  It is time to celebrate the past, present, future, and all that brings us together as a choral community!
COST: No rehearsals, no auditions, no fees!  Just come and join us in song (music will be provided in a souvenir concert program)!  A freewill offering will be taken at the concert to offset the costs of the event.
DETAILS: This project is an opportunity to join in song and celebrate the music that has been a cultural force in our lives; to create a reunion of past friendships and meet other choral singers; and to jog the memory of former directors and concerts past.
ACDA MISSION: The American Choral Directors Association is a national organization of choral musicians dedicated to fostering choral singing that provides artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for all participants.
Concert: whateverandeveramen. Burns Supper Brad Pierson, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000
whateverandeveramen. will present our second annual Burns Supper hosted by Lark Restaurant in Seattle on Sunday, January 18 at 6:30 pm. Burns Suppers are held worldwide annually in celebration of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.  whateverandeveramen. and Chef John Sundstrom at Lark restaurant invite you to join us for a unique take on this special event. 

w&ea. will provide the evenings entertainment, singing songs inspired by Burns poetry. While enjoying the performances, guests will be treated to a one-night-only menu created by Chef Sundstrom for the event. Beer and wine are included in the price of the meal, and we'll raise a glass of scotch together with the Address to a Haggis.
Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.  There are only 50 seats available for this event.
Below is the menu for last years event.  
Chef John Sundstrom at Lark Restaurant has created a special one night only menu:

Reception 6:30  
Smoked salmon tartine with horseradish cream 
 Venison pate with pickled wild huckleberries  
Black trumpet mushroom and goat cheese crostini 
 Delmas Blanquette de Limoux/Cocktails/Beer/Wine  

First Course 
Cock a leekie soup

 Second course 
Lamb tasting: chop, braised shank and haggis with neeps and tattiees 
Vegetarian: Blue Bird Grain farm farro with red wine braised salsify and black kale 
Scotch toast

 Whiskey currant bread pudding with vanilla custard sauce 
Caffe vita coffee and tea

Cheese (family style per table)
 Dinah’s cheese, Sapphire Blue and Yarmuth Dylan with oatcrackers
Forum message: Saga of Lamberene Neal Haugen, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 am wondering if the score (vocal and instrumental) is available for "The Saga of Lamberene" by Kurt Bestor, Sam Cardon, and Brian Blosil?  if so, where? Who from?, etc.
We would love to do that as a concert closer.
Classified ad: organist/pianist dudley watkins, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 East Granby Congregational Church (EGCC) is looking for an organist/pianist. If you are interested, please contact the EGCC and give the administrative assistant your name, phone number, and address so that we can send you copies of the duties and contract. The phone number at the EGCC is 860-653-2987.  ]]>Classified ad: SAB SINGERS NEEDED David Wolowic, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 Wolowic, Director, and Todd Hart, Musical Director are looking for Soprano, Alto and Bass Singers for Hip Holiday A Capella group.
Seeking energetic, young (look under 30), all ethnicities.  Must be good with tight harmonies

Rehearsal and Production Dates

Rehearsals begin on or around November 12, 2014 in North Hollywood, CA. Performances begin November 28 in Valencia, CA. Performance dates are Nov 28-30, Dec 6-7, Dec 13-14, Dec 20-23, Dec 26-29, Jan 1-4.


$120.00 performance day/$72.00 rehearsal day

email to set up audition time.

Concert: eVoco Voice Collective's "Fall Collection" at Christ Church Oyster Bay & St. Peter's By-the-Sea, Bayshore (Long Island) David Fryling, %14 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000 Voice Collective, under the direction of Dr. David Fryling, presents their "Fall Collection," an eclectic program of choral music gems chosen from a list of favorites suggested by the voices in the ensemble. Two nights of concerts, two different counties on Long Island to choose from:

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 8:00 pm 
Christ Church Oyster Bay
61 East Main Street
Oyster Bay, NY
Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm 
St. Peter’s-by-the-Bay
500 S Country Rd
Bay Shore, NY 
Tickets are available online at
  • $10 student/senior
  • $20 general admission
  • Ticket prices go up $5 at the door–buy online!
More info at

Afternoon on a Hill      Colin Britt (b. 1985)
Abendlied                  Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
The Bluebird               Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
The Lark                    Aaron Copland (Aaron Copland 1900-1990)

Serenade to Music      Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

                        ~ Brief Intermission ~
Agnus Dei                   Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Hymn to St. Cecilia      Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Concert: FestiveLea - Charity Christmas Concert with the Lea Singers Tuesday 23rd December 2014 in Harpenden Philip Bevan, %14 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 the Lea Singers under their conductor Benjamin Goodson for a festive evening of uplifting singing, popular carols, mulled wine and mince pies, just in time for Christmas.
Tickets: Adults £15; Students/Under 18's £5
More details and on line ticket salkes at or Tel 01707-377029
Concert: WolcumYole! Candlit Advent Concert with the Lea Singers 6 December 2014 in Bovingdon, England Philip Bevan, %14 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 are looking forward to returning to Bovingdon, where one of our basses, Charles Burch, is vicar, for a candlelit concert of reflective advent music. The first half of the programme is based around Arvo Part’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, interspersed with pieces by Byrd, Ord, Gibbons, Poulenc, Biebl, Vaughan Williams and Mendelssohn. The second half has a lighter feel, with Britten’s Ceremony of Carols accompanied on the harp by Tanya Houghton.
More information and on line ticket sales at or Tel: 01707-377029
Concert starts at 7:30pm
Forum message: Music for women's choir and trumpet Cricket Handler, %14 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000 direct Canzona Women's Ensemble in San Luis Obispo and I'm looking for repertoire for trumpet and women's chorus, with our without piano. We will be featuring a trumpet player on our spring concert next March. It could be SSAA or SSA - this is an advanced ensemble. It needs to be for trumpet only as we will not be featuring any other instrumentalists. 
Cricket Handler
Forum message: Gwahoddiad TTBB Sheet Music Ron Phillips, %14 %b %2014 %10:%Oct:%th 10OctGMT+0000've been trying to obtain a copy of the TTBB sheet music of Gwahoddiad but it appears that this no longer is available. Can anyone email me a copy of this songs sheet music with piano accumpaniment?
 I hope that someone has a copy.
Thank you,
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Stanley Fink, %14 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000

St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Glenside has an opening for a tenor section leader. The choir is small and performs music of the Anglican tradition from roughly the 16th-Century to the 20th-Century. Rehearsals are Thursday evening from 7:15-9:15; church is at 10:00 on Sunday morning (with a brief warmup at 9:15). The fee is $50/call. Please contact for more information.

Concert: Foothills Chorale - Supporters' Appreciation Concert Cecil Rigby, %14 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 its 23rd year, Foothills Chorale will present its annual free Supporters' Appreciation Concert at 3 p.m. on October 19, 2014, at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, Walhalla, SC. This concert is one way we say "Thank You!" to supporters of our most recent and current seasons.
Some selections on the program, which is customarily light-hearted, are:
I Hear America Singing – Andre J. Thomas (1952–)
Patriotic Fantasy – George Cohan (1878–1942), Ed.  Ehret and Yoder
Blue Skies – Irving Berlin (1888–1989)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen (1905–1986)
Falling In Love Again – Frederick Hollander (1896–1976) and Sammy Lerner (1903–1989)
Crazy – Willie Nelson (1933–)
Rocky Top – Felice (1925–2003) and Boudleaux Bryant (1920–1987)
New York, New York – Fred Ebb (1928–2004) and John Kander (1927–)
Cool Change – Glenn Shorrock (1944–)
What A Wonderful World – George David Weiss (1921–2010) and Bob Thiele (1922–1996)
Tennessee Waltz – Redd Stewart (1923–2003) and Pee Wee King (1914–2000)
Since I Fell For You – Buddy Johnson (1915–1977)
The Family Quarrel – Thomas Arne (1710–1778)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Bob Crewe (1930–) and Bob Gaudio (1942–2014)
A Life That’s Good – Ashley Monroe (1986–) and Sarah Siskind (1978–)
Katie Casey (Take Me Out to the Ballgame) – Jack Norworth (1879–1959) and Albert Von Tilzer (1878–1956)
Gloria and Benediction– from “THE WORLD BELOVED: A Bluegrass Mass” – Carol Barnett (1949–)
Hope to see you there!
Our 2014-15 Concert Season:
December 7, 2014: Handel's "Messiah"
May 17, 2015: "And the OSCAR Goes To...."
Tickets: Season: $30 ($10 Students), or individual concerts: $20/$6
Get tickets online at
Cecil Rigby, Baritone
Foothills Chorale
Clemson, SC
Announcement: Reminder: The Fukushima Vocal Ensemble Competition 2015 Kaori Hojo, %14 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000
Do you know Fukushima is called the “Kingdom of Choirs” in Japan?
Fukushima has a lot of music fans and award-winning choirs.
And we have the Fukushima Vocal Ensemble Competition (FVEC), the biggest chorus competition for small vocal ensembles (2-16 singers) in Japan!
Date : March 19-23, 2015
Place: Fukushima City Music Hall, Fukushima, Japan
- Category Competition
the number of singers: 2-16
ages 6-12, 12-15, 15-18, and others
- Grand Champion Competition (top 5 choirs in each category)
- Friendship Concert
- Welcome Party
- Workshop
- Money Prizes  JPY 500,000 (≒US$5,000) will be awarded to the best choir,
- Accommodation  Max JPY21,000 (≒USD210) /person
- Airfare  Max JPY500,000 (≒USD5,000) /person
Dear folks who love music, please come and join us!
There you can find genuine power of music and share a spirit of friendship of lifetime.
For more details, please visit our website at
Concert: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to webcast Mozart & Haydn concert Oct 15 Anne Longmore, %14 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000 Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launches its 2014/15 season on October 15th with a concert at Koerner Hall and a celebration of the Choir’s 120th anniversary.  The Choir, orchestra and soloists will be performing Mozart’s Requiemand Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, two symphonic masterworks that highlight the type of grand classical repertoire that the TMC has performed to great acclaim for 120 years.  The concert is on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm in Koerner Hall.

The TMC will also be webcasting this concert.  This will be the first of three TMC concert webcasts this season.  Webcasts are part of TMC outreach efforts and enable the Choir to extend its reach and provide greater access to choral music across Ontario, Canada and internationally.  The Mozart and Haydn concert will be webcast on Livestream at  This webcast is generously sponsored by Lloyd and Dorothy Chiotti, long-time supporters of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Mozart/Haydn – Celebrating the TMC’s 120th Anniversary
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 pm EDT (GMT -4)
Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
Mozart: Requiem

Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Lesley Bouza, soprano
Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano
Charles Davidson, tenor
Sean Watson, bass-baritone
Festival Orchestra

Tickets start at $35 with $20 VoxTix for patrons 30 and under. Tickets are available from the Koerner Hall Box Office.

Concert webpage:

Concert will be broadcast at:

What did Toronto look like in 1894 when the Choir was founded?  Have a look.

For highlights from the TMC’s 120-year history:

Announcement: Paul Ayres wins 2014 Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize Kate Simmons, %14 %b %2014 %09:%Oct:%th 9OctGMT+0000
announcement to Choralnet:
Paul Ayres's composition "The isle is full of noises"
(words in English and Mandarin Chinese by Shakespeare and by Bai Juyi)
for choir SATB, or SABar, with piano accompaniment
has won North Dakota State University's 2014 Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize
the same piece was also given second prize in the Meistersingers of Orange County's Knapp Award
Announcement: SheSings 2015 - Women's A Cappella Association, Oakland, CA Megan Perdue, %12 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000, CA - In March of 2015, the Women's A Cappella Association (WACA) will host the third annual SheSings Festival - in Oakland, CA!

In an effort to further the reach of powerful female a cappella in America - and around the world - WACA founded an annual festival dedicated to fostering the creativity and unique spirit of women in the a cappella community. We are thrilled to continue the tradition that was forged two years ago, and to bring this influential weekend of music and learning to an exciting new location: Oakland, in addition to being home to The Sing-Off stars from Oakland School for the Arts, Vocal Rush, is a hip and vibrant city that will serve as the new home of WACA’s annual festival, SheSings. Oakland is easily accessible from OAK and SFO airports by public transit and a 20-minute train ride from San Francisco.  We can't wait to take this city by storm!

WACA believes in the power of the female voice and spirit. We seek to encourage musical integrity and creativity in women throughout the a cappella community. We aim to educate and inspire, and to create a forum of open discussion, mutual respect and unwavering support for current and future women in a cappella. The first SheSings Festival gave WACA the opportunity to work toward all of these aims in a positive, nurturing and inspiring environment. The second festival expanded upon what had been created in our inaugural year by adding the release of our first a cappella compilation and an informative panel discussion. 

We look forward to offering more than ever to this year's attendees, through an exciting new format, informative and inspiring workshops, and a Saturday evening showcase that will serve as a truly extraordinary highlight of the weekend.

You won't want to miss this year's SheSings Festival, so join us, and find out how you can join in the upward trend of pitch-perfect all-female a cappella!

Classified ad: SATB Paid Members Michael Gross, %14 %b %2014 %01:%Oct:%th 1OctGMT+0000
The BeckRidge Chorale in Canton, Michigan is seeking SATB paid members to maintain balance within the ensemble.

Voice Openings Include:
Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, Alto II, Tenor I – 2 positions available, Tenor II, Baritone

Among the required skills is strong sight reading, flexibility in all styles of music, as well as a collaborative spirit. The choir consists of volunteers. It performs repertoire from all stylistic periods. Pay is $40 per rehearsal – minimum of 6 rehearsals required prior to the dress rehearsal with one of them being Friday, December 5, 2014 (Evening). One dress rehearsal – Saturday, December 6, 2014, Concert – Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 6:00 PM Call. Concert – Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 1:00 PM Call. Dress rehearsal and concerts will be compensated at $45 per appearance. Solo opportunities are available. Our rehearsal facility is located at 40525 Koppernick Road in Canton, Michigan – 48187.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM.
If you would like to schedule an audition or have any questions, please email Artistic Director – Michael Gross at Please include SATB Paid Members in the subject line.
Concert: SF Bach Choir: Splendida Musica Italiana Tricia Bell, %13 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000 MUSICA ITALIANA

Psalms, songs and canticles of the Italian Baroque

A short but delicious concert of Italian Baroque music, followed by an equally delectable reception, introducing our new Artistic Director Magen Solomon. This season’s opening performance highlights glorious but infrequently performed works, including Catholic and Jewish psalm settings by Monteverdi and Salamone Rossi, Durante’s Magnificat, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Salve Regina, accompanied by the bright and distinctive color of violins with continuo, from the Jubilate Orchestra.

Free pre-concert lecture at 3 PM

Festive champagne reception immediately following the performance.

“Solomon’s feel for programming is superb.” 

—Maggee VanSpeybroeck, San Francisco Classical Voice


al naharot bavel    Salamone Rossi (1570-c. 1630)
Beatus vir       Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
shir hama'alot         Salamone Rossi
Salve Regina    Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Magnificat    Francesco Durante (1684-1755)TICKETS:


Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore (at Jackson), San Francisco

Concert: Los Angeles Bach Festival 81st season opens with new Artistic Director James Walker James Walker, %13 %b %2014 %22:%Oct:%th 22OctGMT+0000 Finale Concert -- Sunday, October 26, 4:00 p.m.
Orchestral Suites in D Major and B Minor and the Magnificat in D Major
Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by James Walker
Also in this year's festival:
Organ Recital by acclaimed Polish organist Szymon Grab -- Sunday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.
Young Person's Concert (invitation only) for public school children who will be brought to All Saints Church to hear selections from the Finale Concert performed by the Festival Orchestra and Soloists.
The Los Angeles Bach Festival has moved to its new home at All Saints Church, Pasadena, under the direction of their new Artistic Director, James Walker, who remains in his post as Director of Music at All Saints Church.
Tickets and information for the Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 are on sale through the festival's website:
Classified ad: Church Choir Accompanist Cheryl Reeves, %13 %b %2014 %23:%Oct:%th 23OctGMT+0000
Riverview Baptist Church, located in West St, Paul is looking for a piano accompanist for our Sanctuary Choir, beginning October 29, 2014, or as soon thereafter as possible.  From the start date below the choir season runs for 27 weeks, through May 17, 2015.  For more information on the church go to

Start Date: October 29, 2014
The pianist shall be responsible for the following specific duties.  These duties may occasionally be altered or added to:
*Preparation and accompaniment for all choir anthems and congregational hymns during Sunday morning services, occasional offertory 
 piano solos, and occasional special services and concerts, and programs when needed.
*Preparation and accompaniment for all scheduled adult choir rehearsals and presentations, special rehearsals, including cantatas/dramas
  and other choir concerts during the year as needed.  
*Attendance at Worship, Music, and Arts committee meetings when requested by the committee chairperson.
*Care of the grand piano—keep clean and dusted and the humidifier filled.
In the event of the unavailability to perform any of these responsibilities, the pianist shall promptly inform the Worship, Music, and Arts Committee.  When necessary, the pianist shall arrange for and payment of a substitute who has been previously approved by the Choir Director.
The Pianist shall be directly accountable to the Choir Director and to the Worship, Music, and Arts committee.  Within the responsibilities of this position, the Pianist shall coordinate specific tasks and priorities with the Choir Director.  The Pianist has no direct accountability to any council, board, or other committees.
*Personal testimony of a relationship with Christ.
*Must be able to demonstrate proficiency on the piano and keyboard, with an evangelical emphasis and setting.
*Skilled at congregational hymn accompaniment, choral accompaniment and solo work.
*Knowledge of music appropriate for preludes, offertories and postludes.
*Technical knowledge of modulation and improvisation.  Transposition skills are also helpful.
*Skilled at sight reading, and ability to read an open score.
*Experience in special service accompaniment, e.g. cantatas, weddings, funerals and concerts.
Compensation:  $100 per week, for 27 weeks.
If interested please contact:  Cheryl Reeves, 612-618-8503,
Classified ad: 20% Sale on S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program until Wednesday Dale Duncan, %13 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000 off sale on all S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing bundles and individual lessons until Wednesday, October 15th. Many teachers are discovering and using this new approach to teaching beginners how to sight sing.  There are tons of books on the market about this subject.  This is the 21st century way to improve how you teach this subject to true beginners.
For more information on the program:
To connect directly to the Complete Bundle which also includes links to all other bundles:
Concert: Blueprint Ensemble Arts presents: Quests and Journeys (October 18th at 7:07pm) Crystal Holmes, %13 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000 Ensemble Arts presents: Quests and Journeys
Saturday, October 18, 2014 • 7:07pm
Holladay Park Church
2120 NE Tillamook Street
Portland, Oregon 97212
*Free of charge!
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As we all have heard, "a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step!" 
Or that "life is about the journey, not the destination!" Heeding that, the organization presents music that highlights travel, expeditions, pursuits, and hunts (among other things) both literal and figurative! 

From Martin's The Quest Unending to Young's The Journey Home, and with new and old classics like 
The Wailin' Jennys' Long Time Traveller and Man of La Mancha's The Impossible Dream, join Kaliave, Lumiatra, and The Super Cuts as they take you on your own journey, your own quest! 
Finish the evening in with an unexpected and super fun finale!
A reception will follow the performance where you can meet the singers, hear our latest news, and enjoy some light desserts. Everyone is welcome!
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Forum message: FORCED CHOIR Christine Reda, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 have been teaching choir for 20 years. My middle school forces all students who do not play an instrument into the choir. It doesn't matter if the student can sing or not, can speak or not, can read (words) or not, etc. I love all children but there are students in my class with disabilities where they cannot even speak, let alone, sing. I have made many accomodations for students with special needs, which I am pleased to do! I love that they can participate in the group as long as they want to be there!  As for the general education students, some of them do not sing either, yet are capable, but refuse. Our school is grades 6-8.  Upon entering grade 6, any student who plays an instrument will automatically go into band. If a student does not like band or wants to quit, he comes into the choir by default. Each year gets worse and worse. This year is by far the worst and I have entire sections of students (for example the sopranos in one class) who will not even open their mouths to sing. They have had every kind of warm-up, explanation, and lesson on vocal projection, but they will not sing because they DO NOT WANT to be in Choir. I have petitioned the administration to do something about this. Some years in the past, the stronger singers have "covered up" for those who do not fully participate. that is not working this year.  I am letting the refusal to sing reflect in the grading. Does anyone have this situation in their school?  Any thoughts on what you would do if you were faced with this situation? Are there any articles out there about forcing students to be in choir? I have proposed a music appreciation course/ general music class on the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels but monetary logistics and scheduling issues seem to thwart this initiative.  I find it amazing that I have been able to get some of the past choirs to sing in three parts! Everyone always thinks I am doing a great job, but I know that I am doing everything I can to stay afloat. This year, it doesn't look as though we will get past unison singing. Thank you for any thoughts!   ]]>Classified ad: Harpsichord for sale Isaac Wardell, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 church has an excellent harpsichord for sale. Unfortunately, we never use it anymore and I feel bad for it just sitting and collecting dust. $500 or best offer. We're located in Virginia.
Let me know if you're interested.
Borrowing request: Looking to rent the conductor's score Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater Marina Omelchenko, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 Conductor's score
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Karl Jenkins
Starting: Concert March 29, 2015
For: January 1- April 2
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
We are the Moscow concert choir "Blagovest".  We are performing Stabat Mater on March 29, 2015 at the Catholic Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. If you can rent us the score, please contact Marina Omelchenko, the artistic director of the charitable fondation "De Boni Arte" and principal organist of the Cathedral at or call at +7 (916)-885-40-13, +7 (965) 296 - 34 -78.
Announcement: Choral Composition Contest Shon Stephenson, %13 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000
In commemoration of its 20th anniversary, the Ames Children’s Choirs (ACC) will hold a choral composition contest. The awarded work will be premiered at the ACC 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Ames Iowa. For more information:
Classified ad: Choral Music Director - Part-time Timothy Pecsenye, %13 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000
Job title:                                             Musical Director
Chorus/organization name:            Teutonia Männerchor & Damenchor
Category:                                          Choral
Due to the imminent relocation of our current Musical Director, Teutonia is seeking a skilled, energetic, experienced and inspiring Musical Director with proven ability to provide artistic leadership and help build the level of excellence for two German-language based community adult choruses; also encouraging the continued musical growth and development of its 60 members.
Duties and responsibilities:
Candidates must successfully demonstrate fulfillment of the following responsibilities and requirements:
• Provide musical direction and vocal coaching to the ensemble during weekly rehearsals.
• Implement programs to develop a capella singing and extemporaneous performances.
• In conjunction with the Music Committee, research, select, and develop repertoire.
• Be responsible for artistic administration (e.g. rehearsals, concerts, etc.).
• Participate in organizational planning, marketing/PR, fundraising, and board activities, as required.
• Demonstrated musicianship and past experience leading a performing ensemble.
• Success with recruiting to a choral music program.
• Experience in choral conducting and vocal training.
• Knowledge of choral repertoire for adult men’s, women’s and mixed voice choruses, and optionally traditional German vocal music.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to energize and inspire creativity and expression with untrained adult singers.
• Understanding basic German is helpful, but not necessary.
Compensation:                     Commensurate with experience.
Chorus/organization description:
The Teutonia Männerchor was founded in 1867 as a German male chorus. As such, it is the oldest continuing performing arts group in the Toledo area.  The ladies' chorus, the Teutonia Damenchor, was founded in 1969.
The Teutonia choruses rehearse every week on Monday evenings at Oak Shade Hall, 3624 Seaman Rd., in Oregon.  There are currently 60 singers in the choruses.  The choruses voted to begin singing as a mixed voice chorus beginning January, 2010.  Rehearsals are scheduled weekly (September through June) beginning at 7:30 p.m.  A rehearsal and performance accompanist is provided.
Teutonia members enjoy a busy musical and social schedule.  The choruses sing numerous concert performances in Toledo.  Highlights are its annual Christmas Concert, annual Spring Concert with guest choruses, singing in area churches, nursing homes and civic events.  The Teutonia Männerchor is the oldest sponsor of the annual German-American Festival and participates in its annual German-language worship service.
The Teutonia participates in a dynamic national and district chorus association of German-American choruses.  It takes part in triennial national and district song festivals sponsored by those associations.  The next national song festival will be in 2016 in Pittsburgh.  The district song festival will be in May, 2017.  The Teutonia visits choruses in other cities, as well as hosting choruses in Toledo.  Each year, the choruses sponsor fund raisers, such as: a St. Valentine’s Day Dinner, a Good Friday Fish Fry, a chicken barbecue and corn roast, called the Kornfest, and a Sunday German dinner.  In 1991 and 1995, the choruses made two-week concert tours in Germany and Austria.  The Teutonia also hosts choruses from Germany and Austria.  The choruses sponsor a German-language religious Christmas celebration.
The Teutonia Family encourages people who are interested in having fun and carrying on the preservation of German Song, language, culture and tradition to join us.
Location:                                Oak Shade Hall; Oregon, OH (suburb of Toledo)
Application deadline:          November 15, 2014
Season begins date: January, 2015
Apply to name:                     Music Director Search Committee
Apply to email:            
Phone:                                    419-474-7604
Fax:                                         419-474-7604
Please send by postal mail or e-mail to the following:
• Cover Letter
• Resume
• Copies of concert programs or set lists you have led in the past (maximum 3 please)
Mail materials to:
Teutonia Music Director Search
4441 Woodmont Rd.
Toledo, OH  43613-3320

For more information, please write:
Concert: The Cellar Singers and Hampton Avenue present The Road Home Norah Fountain, %13 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 Cellar Singers sing choral jazz with a cappella jazz stars The Hampton Avenue 4 (Debbie Fleming, Suba Sankaran, Dylan Bell & Tom Lillington) October 19, 4pm, St. Paul's United Church, Orillia. $30/15 Adults/Students. Buy tickets at ]]>Announcement: Coralua Trondheim - International Choir Festival in Norway - 22-28 August 2015 Sara Martin, %13 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 Trondheim

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Trondheim, Norway
From 22nd to 28th August 2015

Workshops for children, youth and adults!
  • Tango from Argentina! by Néstor Andrenacci (Argentina)
  • Sing & Shine with body and soul by Sanna Valvanne (Finland) 
  • Get on board! by Basilio Astúlez (Basque Country)
  • Choral poems by García Lorca by Josep Prats (Spain)
Singing Tour to Røros (world heritage village)
Concerts in the best venues of Trondheim!
Gallery 2014 
Concert: ALBION - In the Devil's Arse Andrew Throssell, %13 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000 beautiful space is Peak Cavern in Castleton, High Peak, where we will be going Underground in 2 weeks. Caroline and Fraser have choreographed an installation that will bring magic to the deep. There are only a very few tickets left. See
Want to find out more click on the image to a youtube introduction!
Guided by candlelight, the group’s ten singers lead you ever deeper into the mountainside, filling the spectacular caves with their beautiful, fresh sound. Favourite tunes such as Scarborough Fair, The Skye Boat Song, Danny Boy, and Jerusalem are brought inspiringly to life in this hour-long underground odyssey. It culminates, movingly, at the furthest reaches of the Devil’s Arse as the ancient Latin text ‘God be in my head’ is sung. Hosted warmly by the singers themselves, this will be a spell in another world, surrounded by the haunting harmonies of a choral group that has been hailed as “divine in every sense”.
Uniquely among choral groups, ALBION sings the musics of “these islands”– England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales – and further afield. The islands’ musical heritage stretches back a thousand years, offering a rich store of treasures: dances, folksongs, madrigals, plainsong chants, airs, anthems, and more. In their variety and beauty, they lie at the heart of Albion’s inspiration.
Drinks, which you can bring underground, will be on sale at the bar from 30 minutes before each concert. The temperature in the cave is 9 degrees; please dress warmly and wear suitable flat footwear.
“I was transported to another place for a short time – a little bit of heaven” - Audience member
Concert: Susan Boyle at Orpheum with Carolyn Eynon Singers carolyn Eynon, %13 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 Carolyn Eynon Singers are appearing Friday October 17 at 8:00pm at the Orpheum Theatre.
Tickets are available at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Susan Boyle is making a cross Country Concert Tour from her success on BRITAIN'S Got TAlent.
Forum message: International Dance Day Antonis Ververis, %13 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 year my middle school treble choir will perform a short program for the International Dance Day (April 29th). Any suggestions?
I am looking mostly for pieces about dance and not the obvious solution of performance with choreography.
Thank you in advance for your help
Classified ad: Section Leaders Needed Richard Tegtmeyer, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 Leaders Wanted. 1 Soprano, 1 Bass, 1 Alto, needed for a small five voice non-professional choir.
Thursday rehearsals from7:30-9:00pm. Sunday Morning warm-up and service from 10:30-Noon.
Starting salary at $50-70 per unit/2 units per week.
September thru Mid-June.
Armenian Presbyterian Church, 140 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
Please send your resume to our Choir Director, Richard Tegtmeyer at
Announcement: The New York Choral Consortium Announces the Panelists for This Saturday's Free Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process Cathy Fischer, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000
For the morning session (from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM), Choral Karma - Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up!   Nicole Belmont, marketing strategist and NYC-based choral singer, will lead a rousing discussion to ensure that every chorus expands its audience using effective strategic marketing and crowd-sourcing techniques.

For the afternoon session (from 1:30 to 4:30 PM), The Commissioning Process, Michael Kerschner, artistic director of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Martha Sullivan, composer and founding member of C4, Fahad Siadat, composer, publisher, and member of C4, Philip Lasser, composer and professor of music at The Juilliard School, and moderator Vince Peterson, founder of Choral Chameleon, will discuss the do's and don'ts of commissioning and share their inside tips for successful collaborations.
A comprehensive info packet of materials will be included, a Continental Breakfast will be served from 9:00 to 9:30 AM, and a catered lunch/networking period will follow the morning session from 12:00 to 1:30.
For additional information, or to register, go to:
About the Clinician: Nicole Belmont
Nicole Belmont is a marketing strategist who has worked for media owners such as MTV and AOL in the UK and on the agency-side in New York on behalf of multinational advertisers, including P&G, Diageo and JM Smucker.  Her specialty lies in the area of consumer & audience receptivity – helping organizations large and small to find the place where the needs and motivations of people can intersect with the way a product or service can benefit them.  Many companies and organizations are essentially talking to themselves when they present themselves to the outside world, focusing on what they are most proud or highlighting aspects of their product that appeal to their superior knowledge of their field.  Nicole works with decision-makers to help them think about the other demands on a consumer’s time, money and attention and move them towards a more audience-centric way of thinking: touching upon product, message, media and competitive framing. From a choral music perspective: Nicole grew up in the UK, where beyond the rich exposure to choral music received in all the schools she attended, she was exposed from the earliest age to cathedral and Oxbridge choirs and sat in packed houses for choral music at the Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican Centre as a matter of course. After 10 years in New York, and being a singer with two avocational choruses and now Board President of a professional ensemble, she has come to understand the cultural challenges the choral community faces here to build audiences beyond friends & family who are never autonomously on the look-out for choral music concerts.
Panel Members:
Michael Kershner, Founder of the Young New Yorkers Chorus
Michael Kerschner (Artistic Director/Conductor) is a respected educator who is dedicated to uniting the roles of teacher and working artist. This is his 6th season with YNYC, and for three years he served as conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Chorale, which performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Michael received a degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, where he studied conducting with Brady Allred, and he received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas where he was a student of Jerry McCoy. He has taught at the NYSSSA choral studies program and at the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University as choral director and Music Education specialist. Choirs under his direction have performed the National Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Command Performance at the Nevada All-State Conference, the Western Division ACDA Student Symposium, and with the New Amsterdam Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Long Island Pops Orchestra. He has recently been invited to represent the Eastern Division of ACDA for the International Conductor’s Exchange program to take place in South Africa in 2014. Michael was previously the Director of Choirs at Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his choirs consistently received the highest possible ratings at local and national festivals. He currently is Director of the Choral Department at North Shore High School on Long Island, where his ensembles have received gold with distinction honors at NYSSMA festivals, and completed performance tours through Italy, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, and will travel to Spain this February. As a choral singer he has performed in 9 European countries and at regional and national conferences. Michael is also a visual artist and teacher of the AP Art History course.
Vince Peterson, Moderator; Founder of Choral Chameleon
Vince Peterson is a Brooklyn-based composer, conductor, and keyboardist.  He is the founder of Choral Chameleon, a ground-breaking vocal ensemble in New York City, which has made significant strides in modern choral music and concert programming.  The New York Times called Peterson "authoritative beyond his… years," and The Brooklyn Eagle praised his work as "a stunning symphony of the spiritual and secular", while hailing him as a solo performer "with depth and vigor" who "provided a universal context which resonated with his audience." Commissioners and distinguished performers of his compositions include Ars Musica, Cantori New York, The Monmouth Civic Chorus, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Education Project, and the multi-Grammy® award winning ensemble, Chanticleer, among others.  His works have been performed in major concert halls including Chicago Symphony Hall, San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House, Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, and New York's own Metropolitan Museum of Art.  His arrangement of Tom Waits' "Temptation" was called "hard to top" by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recently performed live on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion".  A champion of new music, he is responsible for commissioning and premiering over 100 choral and musical theater works to date. While maintaining an active career in choral music, he also serves as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Carroll Street in Brooklyn, as Artistic Director of The Empire City Men’s Chorus, and Director of Children’s Choirs at The Lycée Français de New York.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of The New York Choral Consortium, where he works to develop the choral art and cultivate new program offerings for NYC choruses, their directors, and their administrators. His music is published exclusively by Personage Press.
Martha Sullivan, Composer; Founding Member of C4
Martha Sullivan’s music has been praised as "vibrant" and "a singer’s favorite." She has earned commissions from such leading voices in American choral music as the Dale Warland Singers and the Gregg Smith Singers (with whom she was a resident composer, 2002–2008), as well as the Esoterics (Seattle, WA), Bella Voce (Reno, NV), Chicago A Cappella, the New York Treble Singers, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and Vocativ (Zürich, Switzerland). Numerous ensembles have performed her work, including such New York fixtures as Voices of Ascension, Cerddorion, and Equal Voices, as well as ensembles countrywide, such as San Francisco’s Volti, Minneapolis’ The Singers, and the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. Her work has been championed by Stephen Tharp, the international organ recitalist, and recorded by The Esoterics, Chicago A Cappella, and mezzo-soprano Virginia Dupuy. Her work appears in the book Singing for Dummies. She has received several Meet the Composer grants for her work with Gregg Smith, as well as recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work with the Esoterics; she was the 2009 Bronze Medalist in the Sorel Medallion competition for women composers, and she won the Dale Warland Singers’ Choral Ventures competition in its final year (2003). 
Fahad Siadat, Composer and Publisher; Member of C4
As a freelance performer Fahad specializes in contemporary and experimental music, particularly improvisation and the use of extended vocal techniques. As a composer, he focuses on music for the voice, but has written for just about everything from Brazilian hand-percussion to works for the symphony. He is co-artistic director of The Resonance Collective in New York, an interdisciplinary music/dance ensemble with collaborator Andre Megerdichian and is a co-conductor of C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, for which he also serves on the executive committee. He also conducts the Columbia University Glee Club and is voice faculty at the Capezio Dance Center. In 2012, he founded See-A-Dot Music Publishing, Inc., a company devoted to the advocacy of new choral works and emerging composers.  Fahad holds a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in Music Performance and Composition with a focus on Vocal Music, and a Bachelor's of Music in Theory and Composition from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.  He has written music for: C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Smitten Kitten Film Productions, the California EAR Unit, New Century Players, CalArts Singer's Collective, TOCCATA Orchestra, and Warrior Poet Theater Group, as well as public schools along the west coast. He has also worked and performed with artists such as Toby Twining, Frank Denyer, David Childs, Don Moye, John Lindberg, Amina Claudine Myers, and Meredith Monk.  
Philip Lasser, Composer and Professor of Music - The Juilliard School; Founder of The European American Musical Alliance
Composer Philip Lasser’s music is a unique sound world that blends the subtle colors of French Impressionist sonorities with the crisp, direct sounds and rhythms of America’s musical palette. Standing apart from modernist trends and experiments, Lasser has devoted himself to the refinement of personal expression through economy of gesture and colorful harmony. “I seek content over form, expression over style.” Standing apart from the modernist trends and experiments, Philip Lasser has devoted himself to the refinement of personal expression through an economy of gesture and a blossoming of color. In recognition of his distinct musical voice, Lasser was named 2012 -2013 Composer of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation and is a recent recipient of the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984. Philip Lasser was born in New York City, August 4, 1963. At the age of five, Lasser began piano lessons and composing songs for his mother’s voice. At sixteen he entered Nadia Boulanger’s famed Ecole d’Arts Americaines in Fontainebleau, France and his musical ear was forever changed. There he also met the legendary pianist Gaby Casadesus with whom he formed a long musical relationship, first as her student and then as co-author of “Ma Technique Quotidienne,” published by Editions Max Eschig. Following studies at Harvard College where he graduated summa cum laude, Lasser lived in Paris from 1985 – 1988, a pivotal period for his musical development, working with Boulanger’s closest colleague and disciple, Narcis Bonet. In 1988 Lasser entered Columbia University’s masters program in Composition, and undertook intensive studies in counterpoint with René Leibowitz’s disciple, Jacques-Louis Monod, thus forging a seamless link between the French world of musical color and the great German tradition of linear contrapuntal development. Two years later Lasser entered the DMA program at The Juilliard School where he studied with David Diamond. Philip Lasser’s music has been performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz and The New York Chamber Symphony and by such artists as Elizabeth Futral, Simone Dinnerstein, Margo Garrett, Lucy Shelton, Cho-Liang Lin, Zuill Bailey, Brian Zeger, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Sasha Cooke. Philip Lasser’ s works have been broadcast on network television as well as featured on the classical radio station of the New York Times, WQXR Reflections From the Keyboard with host David Dubal and Robert Sherman’s The Listening Room. Dr. Lasser’ s works have also been broadcast on NPR, and XFM Hong Kong radio RTHK. Philip Lasser’s works are published in New York by Rassel Editions and by C.F. Peters Corp as well as in Paris by Editions Max Eschig (BMG International). Lasser’s works can be heard on the New World Records, Crystal Records and BMG RCA/Red Seal labels and on the Telarc label with performer Simone Dinnerstein. Lasser’s recent book, The Spiraling Tapestry: An Inquiry into the Contrapuntal Fabric of Music offers a pioneering view on Bach’s compositional world. Philip Lasser directs the European American Musical Alliance Summer Music Programs. A school dedicated to training young composers, chamber musicians and conductors in the tradition of legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger. The programs are held annually at the historic Schola Cantorum in Paris, France. Philip Lasser is a distinguished member of the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1994.
The New York Choral Consortium is a membership organization composed of NYC choruses representing a diverse community of singers and choral organizations. The NYCC fosters a spirit of mutual support and collaboration amongst its members and strives to contribute to the cultural appreciation of choral music throughout New York City.  Member organizations have access to strategy seminars, networking events, and social events that promote healthier choruses and a more vibrant choral community. The NYCC also supports a cooperative approach to promoting programming diversity in the city by publishing an internal programming calendar for future seasons. The NYCC publishes a choral calendar and distributes information on upcoming concerts of member organizations through an opt-in email list. 
Concert: Susquehanna Chorale "Faith, Love, and Fancy" Pam Tricamo, %13 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000, May 8, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
High Center, Messiah College, Grantham
Announcement: Kansas Choral Composition Prize Mark Bartel, %13 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000
The Wichita Chamber Chorale is pleased to announce the Kansas Choral Composition Prize.  This initiative is founded by the board of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and co-sponsored by Wichita’s Senseney Music.  In keeping with the WCC mission to champion significant choral music and enrich the cultural life of our communities, the Kansas Choral Composition Prize will foster original choral music of the highest quality, with the intention of giving the winner(s) a high-profile performance of their work by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, in addition to a monetary prize of $1000.  The WCC is seeking emerging or established composers with clear and verifiable ties to the state of Kansas.  Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2015.  A detailed description appears at this link: Kansas Choral Composition Prize
Concert: Blue Heron presents A Mass for St. Augustine of Canterbury John Yanns, %13 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 Mass for St. Augustine of Canterbury

The 21st-century world premiere of an anonymous mass from the Peterhouse partbooks, c. 1540

St. Cecilia's

Friday, October 17, 2014 • 8 PM

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

320 Boston Post Road

Weston MA 02493


Saturday, October 18, 2014 • 8 PM

First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

11 Garden Street

Cambridge MA 02138



“The most remarkable thing about a program like Blue Heron’s is that even obscure works written centuries ago in a completely different world retain the power to speak to us, sometimes with discomfiting power.”

David Weininger, The Boston Globe

Advance Tickets:, or (617) 960-7956

Blue Heron

Jolle Greenleaf, Sonja Tengblad, Teresa Wakim, Jennifer Ashe, Pamela Dellal, Martin Near, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Mark Sprinkle, Jonas Budris, Paul Guttry, Steven Hrycelak, Paul Max Tipton, voices

Scott Metcalfe, director

A Mass for St. Augustine of Canterbury

The opening concert of Blue Heron’s 16th season features an anonymous Missa sine nomine. Another gem from the Peterhouse partbooks (c. 1540), this characterful, quirky, and compelling mass may have been dedicated to Canterbury’s local hero, St. Augustine.

Blue Heron is in the midst of a long-term project to perform and record the unknown music from the Peterhouse partbooks (and "unknown" does apply to nearly all of it). The ensemble has been involved with the music since its debut concerts in 1999 and is now nearing the end of a 5-CD recording project. Several times, plans have been adjusted because of the work of Nick Sandon, who recomposes the missing Tenor parts – the book has been missing since the early 17th century. Prof. Sandon has been releasing new completions regularly. Just this last spring, Prof. Sandon completed an anonymous mass without a name (it's the third last piece he has to finish from the Peterhouse source, of 50), and it is such a striking, quirky, and fascinating piece of music that Scott Metcalfe thought Blue Heron absolutely had to do it.

There is something of a mystery about this anonymous, untitled mass. It *may* have been intended to honor St Augustine of Canterbury, the local hero (as the partbooks were copied for Canterbury Cathedral) and the bringer of Christianity to England, and this *may* have been something of a dig at Henry VIII, the self-appointed head of the English Church and a leader whom digruntled conservatives (of which Canterbury was full) may have regarded as distinctly less worthy of their devotion than, say, Augustine. Which *may* be why this is one of only two anonymous works in the whole collection of 72, and the only mass without a title which would identify the cantus firmus (the chant on which the Mass is built).

Free pre-concert talks begin at 7:15 (Talks are sponsored in part by The Cambridge Society for Early Music)

In Weston, by Scott Metcalfe

In Cambridge, by James Simpson (Harvard University)

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or contact • (617) 960-7956.

Forum message: Looking for a more creative version of Carol of the Bells Tina Harris, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 SSAA Chamber choir is bugging me to do Carol of the Bells but I'm so over the traditional version.  Does anyone have a more interesting and varied arrangement they can recommend? ]]>Classified ad: Auditions for Nova Vocal Ensemble Jonathan Bautista, %13 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 Vocal Ensemble is auditioning all voice parts, SATB, for the remainder of its season
Nova seeks enthusiastic professionals with great sight-reading ability and a versatile vocal mechanism to arrange an audition.
Pay is 60 dollars per concert with additional paid gigs a possibility.
Rehearsals are on certain Sundays of the year from 2 to 4 pm in Glendale.
Concerts are Dec. 14, March 8, and June 7, all in the evening. Venues are in Glendale and Hollywood.
If interested, please send a vocal resume to
Announcement: 'Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord' by Robert Lau: Perfect for Easter or Feasts! Josh Kanaga, %13 %b %2014 %13:%Oct:%th 13OctGMT+0000 festive setting of verses from Psalm 95 is a wonderful addition to your choir's repertoire for Easter, Feast Days, or any Sunday! It is scored for SATB choir with organ and optional brass; mostly in 3/4' but also has some multi-metered writing.
Check out the music and listen to sample audio here:
Call today to place your order or get more info! Multiple copies are 30% OFF today only (10/13/14)!
Josh Kanaga
Sheet Music Sales Specialist, Paraclete Press
Forum message: Unexpected Composers Christopher McCafferty, %13 %b %2014 %09:%Oct:%th 9OctGMT+0000!   We are planning a concert, and we would like to include some works by 'unexpected' composers: governement figures, philosophers, actors, politicians, scientists, etc - in other words: people who are known for something else.

The idea is very broad, and we'd love to hear any feedback or ideas you have.  It's not an easy idea to researsch on without specific knowledge to start! 

Thank for yoru creative ideas in advance!

Chris ]]>
Forum message: Songs w/Shakespeare texts for women's choirs Julie Carter, %13 %b %2014 %04:%Oct:%th 4OctGMT+0000 college women's choir has been asked to sing songs on Shakespeare texts at a Shakespeare Library event.  Readings of sonnets will be interspersed between the songs.  Can anyone recommend some good music for women's voices?  SA or SSA, in English, looking for 3-4 songs.  A cappella is preferred as I doubt the library has a piano!  Many thanks for your suggestions! ]]>Forum message: SA Middle School Fun Christmas/Holiday Music Suggestions? Parks Payton, %13 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000 for a couple pieces for a two-part middle school choir that are fun and upbeat for a holiday concert. Could be more novelty pieces. Thanks ]]>Classified ad: Angelica Cantanti Adult Choir Welcoming New Volunteer Singers for 2014 - 2015 Season Jamie Ohrt, %12 %b %2014 %22:%Oct:%th 22OctGMT+0000 Encore Adult Choir, now in its 4th season, is an adult community choir affiliated with the Bloomington based, Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs. 
We welcome experienced singers, over the age of 18, to join us for the 2014 - 2015 season! This includes both alumni singers and members of the Bloomington community and surrounding cities.
Angelica Encore rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm at the Bloomington Center For the Arts (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431)
Season includes 20+ rehearsals and 3 performances. We perform a wide range of challenging, fun and diverse repertoire, including sacred and secular pieces.
2014 - 2015 Performances:
Angelica Cantanti Winter Concert - December 14th, 2014
Rita Docter Scholarship Fundraising Concert - February 22nd, 2015
Double Encore Spring Concert with the Twin Cities Women's "Encore" Choir - April 19th, 2015
Participants pay an annual membership fee to cover expenses.
Advance registration required.
Please contact: for more information.
Registration and schedule information: - click on Encore/Alumni tab
About the director:
Nancy Grundahl is a conductor, composer, and soloist, and holds vocal performance degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota.  She is the conductor of the Riverside Singers Women's Choir of Augsburg College and the adult choir at Mayflower U.C.C. in Minneapolis.  Over fifty of Ms. Grundahl’s arrangements and compositions for solo voice and choirs have been published and are sung around the country.  She is active as an adjudicator, clinician, soloist, and guest conductor.  Her work with choirs draws upon her experience as a solo singer and voice teacher.  As a soloist, Ms. Grundahl has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the area, and has taught voice at St. Olaf College.  Her exploration of vocal techniques for beautiful singing is a focus of her teaching and conducting.
Concert: Cerddorion presents Models of Inspiration - Nov 14 & 16 Michael Plant, %12 %b %2014 %22:%Oct:%th 22OctGMT+0000 PRESENTS BACH, THE BEATLES AND BOUKAS



Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Artistic Director James John, begins its 20th season this November with Models of Inspiration, a concert exploring musical borrowings and transformations, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 at St. Paul’s Church, 199 Carroll St., Brooklyn; and again at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16 at St. Ignatius of Antioch, 552 West End Ave., Manhattan.
The program features Bach’s beloved motet Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227, alongside the world premiere of  American composer Richard Boukas’s Beatles Cantata: “Please Please Me”, which draws inspiration from Bach’s masterpiece as well as from the Rock and Roll classic. Also featured is Renaissance master Orlande de Lassus’ chanson “Mon coeur se recommande à vous”, together with the on Lassus’ work by his pupil, Johannes Eccard.
Joining Cerddorion for these performances are guest artists Maki Masayuki, organ, and Carlene Stober, cello.
Tickets for both performances are $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($20 and $15 for students and seniors). Advance tickets can be purchased at
Now celebrating its twentieth season, Cerddorion (the name, pronounced kehr-DOHR-ee-on, is Welsh for “Musicians”) is one of New York’s most highly regarded volunteer choral ensembles. The group is known for its technical excellence, interpretive depth, and wide-ranging repertoire, spanning choral literature from the early Renaissance to world premieres. Cerddorion has commissioned new works by such composers as Paul Moravec, David Schober, Lisa Bielawa, David Lang, Elliot Z. Levine, Robert Dennis, and Julie Dolphin. Cerddorion is Artist in Residence at St. Ignatius of Antioch on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and a member of the New York Choral Consortium.
James John is in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble. He is also Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College-CUNY, where under his leadership the choral program has become recognized as one of the finest collegiate programs in the region. Recent professional highlights include guest conducting the Tokyo Oratorio Society in performances of Brahms’s Ein deutches Requiem and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and an invited performance by the Queens College Choir at the 2012 Eastern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. John’s dissertation on Brahms won the Julius Herford Prize from the ACDA, and will soon be published in revised form as a book by Edwin Mellen Press. He currently serves as Editor of American Choral Review, a biannual scholarly journal published by Chorus America. 
Classified ad: Executive Director Key Chorale Sarasota FL Joel Morrison, %12 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000


Job location:  Sarasota, Florida
Reports to:     Board of Directors
Supervises:    Administrative staff, volunteers
Collaborates with:   Artistic Director, Board President
Hours:  Commensurate with job responsibilities
Compensation:  Commensurate with experience within the parameters of the Key Chorale budget
How to apply: Email any questions, your pdf résumé with three reference contacts, and cover letter to:
    Search Committee, Co-Chairperson

Organization Name:  Key Chorale
Location: Sarasota, Florida

About our organization:  Key Chorale, now in its 30th season, is a 110-member auditioned     symphonic chorus which brings great choral music to audiences in southwest Florida. Key Chorale has collaborated with other arts organizations including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Circus Sarasota and Sarasota Young Voices and is dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality. Key Chorale is a not for profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3), incorporated in the State of Florida. Its 2013-2014 annual budget is $280,000.  For a detailed profile go to:

Job Summary:  The Executive Director is responsible for the year round overall administration, financial management and daily operations of the Key Chorale. The Executive Director provides the leadership of the organization by developing a focused strategy consistent with Key Chorale’s mission, and is an advocate for and champions efforts to broaden and improve Key Chorale’s presence in southwest Florida.

Responsibilities and essential duties include, but are not limited to:

• Working with the Artistic Director to create the season plan;
• Working with the Development Manager to create short and long term fundraising plans;
• Developing and sustaining a supportive coalition of new and existing supporters and funders;
• Creating and implementing marketing, public relations and social media campaigns consistent with the artistic standards of the organization;
• Working with graphic design and website design services to develop marketing materials;
• Seeking creative collaborations with other arts organizations;
• Contracting for venues, with collaborators and as needed;
• Providing logistical operations for both rehearsals and performances, as needed;
• Developing the annual operating budget in collaboration with the Board of Directors Finance Committee; 
• Negotiating contracts with contracted staff and part-time musicians;
• Supervising part-time contracted staff and volunteers;
• Representing the Key Chorale in the community through the Sarasota Arts Alliance, community foundations, and tourist development groups, as needed;
• Ensuring regular communications with the Board of Directors and members of the Executive Committee and other board committees, including the coordination of and attendance at meetings and committee projects;
• Ensuring that the Board of Directors is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all the important factors influencing it.

Qualified applicants may have the following attributes and experience:

•   Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, communications, music education or equivalent leadership experience in performing arts administration or other nonprofit organizations;
•   Commitment to promoting choral music of the highest quality.
•   Outstanding communication skills for written and oral communications, public speaking, negotiation and consensus building and networking;
•     Ability and experience working with graphic designers; superior computer skills; aptitude and experience with social media and website management;
•   Understanding the principles and operations of nonprofit organizations including, financial management and reporting, bylaws, board of directors development, marketing and advocacy;
•   Business and financial management experience; 
•   Demonstrated skills including the ability to galvanize individuals to work collaboratively with other organizations on short- and long-term projects; and the ability to organize special events;

Forum message: Survey and research on just intonation José García Illa, %12 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000

Dear members or ChoralNet:

I am interested in the subject of just intonation in a cappella choral singing, especially in the aspect of practical application. Since this is a major issue for the choral community, I have developed a survey, which I would appreciate your answering. I would also be grateful for your overall viewpoint on the topic. Naturally, I guarantee that your answers will be kept in the strictest confidence, and I will inform you about the global results of the research.

My e-mail is: joyapublica(a)

1) Do you, or the group or groups you know, in your (or their) rehearsals or a cappella live performances, usually look for pure harmonic intervals of fifth and third, by approaching simple ratios (2:3, greater than the tempered fifth; 4:5, smaller than the tempered major third)? Do you think that habitual use of equal temperament hinders or prevents the achievement of these pure intervals?

2) Do you (or they) normally use— consciously and systematically, or to any extent—, the sounds and intervals of just intonation (Zarlino’s or justly tuned scale, minor and major tones, different types of semitones, syntonic comma, duplication of the second degree of the major scale, different intonation of the notes according to the key...) or other specific tuning system? Or is the achievement of pure harmonic intervals the result of a desire to sing in tune intuitively by listening to the voices and following a heuristic method?

3) Is the use of just intonation, or the tendency to pure intervals, limited to the predominantly homophonic textures? Do you (or they) use any conscious intonational strategy in contexts of polyphonic texture or where the melody is predominant: Zarlino’s or justly tuned scale, Pythagorean scale, equal temperament scale...?

4) In case of using pure intervals, how do you (or they) solve the problems caused by the contradiction between the horizontal trends (leading ascending notes) and vertical ones (major third smaller than the tempered one), for example in the dominant chord?

5) How do you (or they) solve the problem of pitch drift, e.g. in links between second and fifth scale degrees (Dm - GM chords) or in fragments with modulations? Do you (or they) consciously perform adjustments of syntonic comma in some of the voices in the required places? Or do you (or they) rather use auditory memory of important scale degrees —tonic and dominant— to keep the pitch steady and try to make pure intervals if possible?

6) From the point of view of a correct intonation, how do you (or they) deal with works with a great deal of chromaticism and frequent modulations? Do you use just intonation in this type of work, or some form of temperament or other specific model?

7) Do you (or they) modify intonation consciously or unconsciously when you (or they) sing a cappella rather than when accompanied by piano or other instruments tuned in the equal temperament system?

8) In your experience in choral singing, do you think that performing pure harmonic intervals is the natural tuning to which choirs tend, perhaps guided by overtones of the other voices or by avoiding beats? How and to what extent does our habituation to equal temperament interfere with this natural tendency (if it exists)?

9) Do you know of other individuals or groups who are interested in just intonation or who perform in just intonation?

10) Any other comments or observations on the subject of intonation that you consider interesting or important.

I would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely.

José García Illa

Concert: New Artistic Director Michael D. Costello in Premier CCA Concert Cathy DeLanoy, %12 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 Choral Artists Concert to Feature James MacMillan’s MASS for Choir and Organ
Chicago Choral Artists, under the baton of newly-appointed Artistic Director Michael D. Costello, kicks off its 39th season with Sacred Music from Great Britain: MacMillan’s Mass and More.
Scottish composer James MacMillan’s powerful modern Mass (2013 edition) for choir and organ is juxtaposed against traditional Anglican chants from the Book of Common Prayer paired with through-composed anthems for choir and organ set to the same Psalms.
Anthems include festive, celebratory classics of the Anglican liturgical tradition: Parry's I was glad, composed for the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII and performed at subsequent coronations, and Mathias's Let the people praise thee, O God, written for the 1981 wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Works by Bairstow, Howells, Morley, Byrd, and Tallis round out the program.
Eric Budzynski, Organist and Music Associate of Northwestern University's Alice Millar Chapel, Evanston, IL, will accompany the choir at St. Pauls’ UCC on the church's refurbished Aeolian-Skinner organ while concert-goers at First United Methodist will be privileged to hear First's restored 1925 Skinner Organ.
Sat., Oct. 18, 2014, 7:30 pm, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard St., Chicago, IL 60614. Sun., Oct. 19, 2014, 7:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302.
Tickets at the door or in advance via or 773-658-9799:
$20/Adult, $15/Senior, $10/Student. $42/Season.


Anglican Chant (Tone: Ivor Algernon Atkins [1869-1953]): Psalm 122
C. Hubert H. Parry (1848 – 1918): I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 1585): Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (from Short Service in the Dorian Mode)
Anglican Chant (Tone: Edward Cuthbert Bairstow [1874-1946]): Psalm 23
E.C. BairstowThe King of Love My Shepherd Is
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924): Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem
Anglican Chant (Tone: William Crotch [1775-1847]): Psalm 42
Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983):  Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks
William Byrd (c. 1540 – 1623): Non vos relinquam Orphanos
Thomas Morley (1557 – 1603): Out of the Deep
William Mathias (1934 – 1992): Let the People Praise Thee, O God
James MacMillan (b. 1959): MASS
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Announcement: IX SAN JUAN CORAL, Int. Choral Festival - August 2015 - Argentina Maria Elina Mayorga, %12 %b %2014 %01:%Oct:%th 1OctGMT+0000,
With great pleasure we are promoting the ninth edition of the International Choral Festival San Juan Coral to be held from 15th to 18th August 2015!
It is a non-competitive festival, for 8-10 selected mixed, female, male and/or chamber choirs. The Festival includes concerts and workshops programmed in four days filled with choral music, friendship and the traditional hospitality of the people in San Juan (Argentina)
Singers, conductors and other musicians are also welcome to attend the concerts, workshops and participate in the Closing Concert with all the selected choirs.
Please visit our website for complete information: (Spanish) (English)  (Russian) (Chinese)
Enjoy the previous hearing in our YouTube channel
See you in San Juan Coral!
+54264 4234284
María Elina Mayorga
Artistic Director
Gala Closing Concert - Auditorio Juan Victoria (San Juan, Argentina)
Announcement: Joshua Hummel Wins 2014 Lutheran Youth Choir International Choral Composition Contest philip spencer, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 Lutheran Youth Choir International is proud to announce that Joshua Hummel is the winner of its 2014 International Choral Composition Contest for his work Grace and Providence. Over thirty entries were received from composers in seven countries. Mr. Hummel’s work will be performed during the choir's 2015 Festival of American Vocal Music in Germany. Hummel is the recipient of various composition awards including the prestigious Frederick Fennell Prize and the Leonard Bernstein Award. His music has been performed in Carnegie Hall and throughout the US, as well as Paris, Croatia, Perugia, Rome, London and Moscow. Hummel holds an M.A. in Theatre and MMus. in Composition and has studied with professors from the Hartt School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and Julliard. Hummel has received several awards for his choral music, including the 2014 Loyola University Maryland Prize for Composition with his setting of God of Our Fathers. His wind ensemble music has been performed throughout the country by some of the nation’s top college bands. In February 2011 the Yale Concert Band premiered his Fennell award-winning composition, Haiku Symphony No. 4, in Woolsey Hall and Carnegie Hall. Hummel composes for Colors in Motion, an arts collective in Cambridge, MA, and owns Sinensis Music, a composition studio in Hartford, CT.
The Lutheran Youth Choir International invites high-school-age singers to participate in its third biennial Festival of American Vocal Music at Mansfeld Castle, Mansfeld, Germany, July 25-August 4, 2015. Philip Spencer is the choir's Founding Conductor and the Festival's Artistic Director.  A $3,500 registration fee includes round trip airfare to Germany, instruction, music, entrance fees, housing and most meals, and more.  Generous financial assistance is available through a new Double Scholarship program.  Go to for information and application materials.
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, October 12, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %11 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - October 12, 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
Andre Caplet: Panis Angelicus
Orchestra and Chorus of the Toulouse Capitole, Michel Plasson
Roberto Alagna, tenor
William Cornysh: Ave Maria, Mater Dei
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Antonio de Cabezon: Diferencias on the Italian Pavane
Robert Parkins, organ
1978 Flentrop Organ in Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina
French composer and conductor Andre Caplet (1878–1925) was a close friend of Claude Debussy.
Not much is known about English composer William Cornysh (1465-1523). Several of his choral
compositions appear in the Eton Choirbook. Dr. Robert Parkins is Professor of the Practice of Music (organ)
and University Organist at Duke University.
Giovanni Gabrieli: Sanctus a 12
The King's Consort & Choir, Robert King
Jacob Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
Stile Antico
Traditional, arr. by Dale Wood: Shall we gather at the River
John Balka, organ
Ruffatti Organ in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
Italian composer and organist Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/1557–1612) was organist of
Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice. The English vocal ensemble Stile Antico was
founded in 2005.  Italy's Fratelli Ruffatti installed the 4 manual instrument in The Cathedral of Saint Mary
of The Assumption in 1971. 
Bartolomeo Barbarino: O sacrum convivium
La Capella Ducale; Musica Fiata Koln, Roland Wilson
Sir George Dyson: Lauds ~ Three Songs of Praise
St. Michael's Singers, Jonathan Rennert
Thomas Trotter, organ
Eugene Gigout: Scherzo ~ Ten Pieces
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Italian composer Bartolomeo Barbarino (c.1568–c.1617) enjoyed a reputation as a virtuoso
singer. English composer Sir George Dyson (1883-1964) was Director of the Royal College
of Music. Andrew Lucas has been Master of the Music of St Albans Cathedral since 1998.
Henry Purcell: Jubilate
Taverner Consort, Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott
Gerre Hancock: Improvisation on the hymn tune "St. Clement" (The day thou gavest)
Gerre Hancock, organ
Adams Organ in St. Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue, New York
English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) held the posts of organist of Westminster Abbey
and the Chapel Royal at the same time. American organist Dr. Gerre Hancock (1934-2012) studied
with Nadia Boulanger. He was renowned for his marvelous improvisations.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 148, "Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens"
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium
Pieter Jan Leusink
Sytse Buwalde, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
This cantata was written for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. The opening chorus is
simply glorious. Read Simon Crouch's commentary for a detailed overview.
David Briggs: The Trinity College Evening Service
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton
David Briggs, organ
Nicholson/Hill, Norman & Beard organ in Gloucester Cathedral
David Briggs (1962-) is currently Artist in Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto, Canada.
He was Organist of Gloucester Cathedral and Truro Cathedral before embarking on a career
as a freelance organist and composer in 2002. 
Christopher Tye: Missa Euge bone
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
Christopher Tye (c.1505-c.1573) was variously a Lay Clerk at King's College and Master
of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral.
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem a 15 in A
Choir and Orchestra of De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Gustav Leonhardt
Marta Almajano, soprano; Mieke van der Sluis, soprano;
John Elwes, tenor; Mark Padmore,tenor;
Frans Huijts, baritone; Harry van der Kamp, bass
von Biber (1644-1704) was primarily known as a violinist. He lived in Salzburg where he
was part of the Cathedral's musical establishment.
Thomas Arne: Organ Concerto No. 3 in A
Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd
Roger Bevan Williams, organ
English composer Thomas Augustine Arne (1710–1778) is perhaps best remembered as the
composer of God Save the King! and Rule, Brittania!
Forum message: Middle school pieces that harmonize with 4ths/5ths Jessica McKiernan, %11 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 students are doing a pretty good job of singing close harmonies (3rds and 6ths) as long as the parts aren't homophonic. I'm looking for some pieces for middle school choir that are good for teaching them to sing in parts, especially with harmonies of 4ths and 5ths. I've found that the students are able to hear these better than harmonies in 3rds. 
I have all levels of choir (beginning 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade), and each of the choirs has varying levels of voice change (my 8th grade choir has a number of students that would be classified as baritones using the Cooksey method). 
Forum message: Trying to Find Older Christmas Song for Adult and Children's Choirs Allison Egley, %11 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000 am trying to find this song that I KNOW exists, yet I cannot find it anywhere. It's likely out of print by now. I know our church must own it (or did??), but I can't find the correct title. Therefore, I can't find the song. It's a christmas song, meant for adult choir and children's choir. I sang it twice as a child, and now I've suggested it to our substitute choir director (we are without a music minister at this time) because she also directs the children's choir. We're already doing one song with the combined children's and adult choirs a couple of Sundays from now, and I wanted to suggest this Christmas one.
The lyrics to the children's part are:
Glory to God, glroy in the highest,
Peace on the earth, goodwill to all men,
Glory to God, glroy in the highest,
Peace on the earth, goodwill to all men,
[Adults overlapping children- I think??] We sing gloria!
[Children overlapping adults - I think??]Alleluia gloria, alleluia!
I can sing the chidlren's part almost peftectly, and even have a decent idea of what the adult part is. I've tried every title I can think of... "We Sing Gloira" "Sing Gloria" Alleluia Gloria" and I cannot find it. I've found other songs with these titles, but not the one I'm looking for. I have no clue who the composer might be. It may also be part of a larger cantata. I really have no clue. Can anyone help me out here?
Announcement: Invitation for Chamber Choirs Festival in Turkey AKIN KESKIN, %11 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000
Dear Friends,
We would like invite two chamber choirs for our International choral festival namely " KOROLAR ANKARADA" in Ankara Turkey.
These choirs will give one performance (appr. 30 minutes)
It will be realize end of this year 4-7 December.
We will pay Hotel accommodation, dinners, lunch and breakfast and touristy tours. 
These choirs will pay travel cost. And passport tax etc.
If you are interest about this organization please send us your Choir information to; ""  
(Included with your web page, concert (YouTube) etc)
Best regard
Akın Keskin
Manager of Festival Committee  (English version will be ready)
Classified ad: Boston South Shore Chamber Choir Joseph Young, %11 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%th 17OctGMT+0000
Boston's Newest Chamber Vocal Ensemble is accepting new vocalists!
6-8 members, performing primarily unaccompanied 16th and 20th century choral works, new compositions, and improvised vocal music in intimate venues for an engaged audience seeking meaningful, exciting, and relevant experiences.
Rehearsals will be set according to specific performance needs, and both will largely take place on Boston's South Shore. The first performances are targeted for Spring 2015 in the communities of Cohasset, Hingham, and Scituate.
Member profile:
--Exceptional literacy (piano not needed for rehearsal)
--Rhythmic and intonation accuracy & independence
--Clarity and flexibility of tone, moderate vibrato
--Sensitive ear for ensemble singing
--Creative, engaged, thoughtful, cooperative, humble
About the Director:
Joseph Young received a BME from Illinois State University and an MM in choral conducting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is currently a DMA candidate in choral conducting from Boston University, studying with Ann Howard Jones, Scott Jarrett, Scott Metcalfe, and David Hoose. Born and raised in Illinois, Joseph has taught music at all levels and has conducted choral ensembles of virtually every type including professional, community, church, children, high school, and college. He also has extensive experience as an arts administrator, working for the Merit School of Music in Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Institute of Boston University. A freelance composer and arranger of numerous unpublished works for chorus and piano, Joseph has also worked as singer and conductor with Fred Stoltzfus, Chester Alwes, Anne Heider, Michael Schwartzkopf, Donald Chen, and Michael Thompson. He lives in Quincy with his wife Tara and children Evan and Charlotte.
Concert: THE WORLD BELOVED: A BLUEGRASS MASS George Brown, %11 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 
Griffin Choral Arts in Griffin, GA is a sommunity chorus of mostly music professionals from around central Georgia under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Mulder.  They will be joined on Thursday Oct. 16 by "Monroe Crossing" from Minneapolis, MN to present Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass," a work twice performed in Carnegie Hall, featuring bluegrass stylings and axceptional choral writing.  Additional songs both by Monroe Crossing and by the chorus will further celebrate American folk music tradition.  7:30 p.m. at 1st United Methodist Church in Griffin, GA. 
Forum message: Whitacre's Animal Crackers ~ Set II: The Kangaroo David M. Spitko, %11 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 those who have prepared Whitacre's Animal Crackers ~ Set II: The Kangaroo, how/what did you teach the choir to get them to resemble the sound of a boomerang at the end of the piece?  Thanks! ]]>Forum message: Hard Times Come Again No More Kevin Quigley, %11 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%th 15OctGMT+0000 All,

I work with a strong community chorus of three dozen voices in central Vermont. We do themed programming. I'd already had things pretty well set in place for this spring, but just realized that I need to hold off that theme for another year.

The new theme I'd like to work with is based on the title of the Stephen Foster song "Hard Times Come Again No More" - about working through difficult passages and coming out stronger. This is what this community needs. We incorporate a VERY wide set of choral rep in our programs - all the way from Early music through 20/21st Century stuff, including folk and world music as well. If you have thoughts or suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them.
Thanks so much!

Kevin Quigley
Thetford Chamber Singers, Director
Classified ad: New Asheville, NC Area Choral Ensemble - voices needed Christopher Aitken, %11 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%th 14OctGMT+0000 IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
A new choral ensemble beginning in the Asheville/Brevard/Charlotte NC, Kingsport TN, areas is seeking professional singers to perform in an ongoing concert series. There will be one to two rehearsals prior to each concert, so the time commitment is minimal. Concerts are based in the Asheville area. Our first concert this season will be in December.
Please inquire at for more information and to set up an audition time. There is need for all voice types, but the roster is quickly filling. Those interested are strongly urged to send inquiries a.s.a.p.
Looking forward to a great season!
Concert: Sing Unto Zion Bruce Nunley, %11 %b %2014 %12:%Oct:%th 12OctGMT+0000 of North Georgia will present their fall concert, "Sing Unto Zion!: the Brahms Requiem" on Friday evening, October 24th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, October 26th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul UMC in Gainesville, GA.  The fifty voice community choir will use the Hoggard English translation during its presentation.  Go to "" to purchase tickets and for more information. ]]>Concert: American Classical Orchestra presents J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor with Distinguished Guest Artists Nicole Guberman, %11 %b %2014 %00:%Oct:%th 0OctGMT+0000 Saturday, November 15 at 7:30PM at Alice Tully Hall, the American Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Crawford, presents J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, The ACO’s first ever performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s towering masterpiece, featuring world-renowned soloists Christine Brandes, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano; David Daniels, countertenor; Charles Blandy, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass; and the American Classical Orchestra Chorus.

Performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass are always eagerly anticipated by concertgoers because this masterpiece is unique in music history, and because it serves as a life-marker for performers and listeners alike.  Written at the height of his powers, Bach revisited music that he had previously composed, re-working and adding new material to create a musical autobiography.  He intended his Mass to reflect the totality of his musical ideas and to resonate for future generations.  Since its completion in 1749, the B Minor Mass has continued to inspire musicians and audiences alike.

Music Director Thomas Crawford has said of this first-ever ACO performance:

“From the anguishing opening cry of the ‘Kyrie’ to the panegyric shouting of ‘Hosanna’, the Mass surveys the human soul from sorrow to ecstacy.  This piece shows one of the greatest composers of all time writing at the height of his craft.  The solo music for flute, oboe d’amore, violin, trumpet, and voice represents the apex of Bach’s evolution as a master of counterpoint.  The choral writing is without equal.

Bach assembled the portions of the Mass over some twenty years, after a lifetime of unprecedented musical genius.  He was the greatest composer of the 18th century and a master of the technique called counterpoint.   The Mass is arguably his crowning achievement in this genre, a stunning example of style and idea.   I would compare experiencing the Mass to walking into the Chartres Cathedral.  A young person would be overwhelmed by its splendor, but to experience it as a veteran architect or builder.. that perspective comes with age. 

There are many compelling reasons to use original instruments, but possibly the most appealing is the more openly transparent textures they provide.  In the case of Bach’s B Minor Mass, we have some of the densest, most complex textures ever written, so I think it is particularly valuable to use period instruments.”

The concert will be preceded by a Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30PM by Maestro Thomas Crawford.



Thomas C. Crawford, Music Director and Founder of the American Classical Orchestra, is active in numerous musical disciplines as conductor, composer, and organist. As a conductor, Mr. Crawford is a champion of both historically accurate performance styles of the Baroque and Classical repertoire and of new American music. Mr. Crawford has attracted many outstanding artists to perfor