January 2013 Check in on Commissions, Performances, etc
Date: January 15, 2013
It's time to share your successes.
Anything dealing with your professional musician role.
As I think about proposing a session for the 2014 North Central Conference today I realize how much ChoralNet has influenced my professional successes recently. I wanted to Check-in and have you notice how much of it involves this community. You are all an important part of my professional life.
This summer Our Musical Life Inc, my non-profit community music organization, kicked off with our first ensemble Children's Choir of the internet (Teh Choir). We recorded a song with the indie Rock Band Cloud Cult titled "The Show Starts Now" for their new album "Love." I got to hear the final mix this week and am very excited. The album releases March 6.
Teh Choir also recorded an original song for the video game Minecraft that I will be releasing on CD Baby and other digital download sites very soon. Here is the refrain: http://choralnet.org/paint/408506/Six+Days+of+Minecraft+Refrain+Only.mp3 The video is still in the works and should be out in a couple weeks. I plan on putting the music up in the showcase in the Unison category. CCMC Member Dorian Kelly helped transcribe the cover of the band's song my choir performed on YouTube to get their attention.
A second video was recorded for Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Radiohead to make a video commemorating the terrible impact of the tsunami in Japan. I am still trying to get permission from EMI to release that one. A CCMC member tried to help me find a Japanese choral contact to direct funds to. (Still looking)
Our Musical Life Inc. has announced Danielle Birkholz as the director of a Community Choir for adults with cognitive disabilities. The Friends of Joyful Noise community on ChoralNet has been helpful starting this as have directors of various non-profits that have given me advice in the Community Choir forum.
My school choir AppleChor has begun working on CCMC member Chris Hutchings piece from the first-time commission project. This should be very cool.
Greg Bartholomew is working on a piece for AppleChor and has chosen to adapt and expand a text I wrote that is near and dear to my heart. AppleChor will also be working on Greg's Promise of Liberty (in UNISON page of Showcase) for our district wide choral fest.
My 3rd grade school choir ApplePeal is singing a Unison version (in SATB page of Showcase) of CCMC member Mike O'Mara's "Never Again" Mike wrote this as a response to the Newtown events. (Mike share what you are doing with that piece in Elgin, Ill) Mike and I are also hoping to have a collaborative concert in May.
Thank-you all for supporting me and my choirs.
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