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January 2013 Check in on Commissions, Performances, etc

It's time to share your successes.
Anything dealing with your professional musician role. 
 
 
 
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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. 
 
A second ensmble, Treble Corps, used Kor Chant from the Showcase by Anna Dembska as a warm-up.
 
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. 
 
 
Replies (37): Threaded | Chronological
on January 14, 2013 7:38pm
My Requiem was performed for a second time on All Saints Sunday at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL. In the past few months they have also performed my Seek a Place and the Agnus Dei from my Mass in G. In the near future I hope to have a recital of songs to poetry by Wendell Berry and Langston Hughes. - Phil Orem
 
 
 
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on January 14, 2013 8:29pm
Congratulations Phil! it is wonderful to hear one's own work brought to life.  Are there any recordings?
on January 14, 2013 8:26pm
On February 3 and 5, I'll be performing an art song recital at Hiram College and Ashland University with mezzo-soprano Susan Olson. We are performing an all-sacred concert including works by Bach, Dvorak, Bernstein and four of my biblical songs - a setting of the Magnificat; Psalm 23;  "How Beautiful Upon the Mountain," and "Set me as a seal," which is a composite text of Corinthians and Phillipians. 
 
On February 21, I will be performing my settings of two Constance Fenimore Woolson poems, "Mizpah," which I am performing as a solo,  and "Kentucky Bell," which I have set for narrator and piano,  at the biannual Constance Fenimore Woolson conference near Atlanta. 
 
In mid-March, pianist-composer Jonathon Kolm and I will be performing a recital of new music with nature and environmental texts at Christopher Newport University.
 
On Easter Sunday, the choir of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda Maryland will premiere my new setting of "Victimae Paschali," for chorus, soprano soloist, organ, brass and string quartet.
The conductor, Caleb Wenzel, will be in turn composing a piece for my college choir's benefit concert on April 5th. Proceeds will be directed to victims of Hurricane Sandy via the organization "Week of Compassion." 
 
In April, I will be performing a recital at Mississippi State University with pianist Karen Murphy, performing Barber, Cooke, et al, as well as my setting of Walt Whitman's "Come up from the Fields, Father." 
 
In late April, I'll be performing Sibelius songs at a memorial  chamber music recital for an American-Finnish colleague who passed away last spring. 
 
In May, the Northern Florida Women's Chorus will premiere my setting of Amy Lowell's poem "Listening," which I am inthe process of  setting for SSA choir, piano, and flute. 
 
In the moments between composing, practicing, teaching, attending meetings, and performing, I will be working on the libretto for my first opera, and have been asked to set another very wonderful libretto, so as of May, will be concentrating intensely  on opera composition for the next couple of years.   I don't think I will have to worry about the winter being too long this year. 
 
I enjoy all of your posts and hearing about your activities,  and will definitely use this website as a source of new works for my college choirs.  I 
 
Dawn Sonntag 
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on January 14, 2013 8:43pm
Dawn,  Got any works for solo Baritone and organ or piano on a Lenten theme?  I have to push myself to do a solo or two at church.  I'm not a great singer but I can hold my own.  F#4 is my top end if held for a while or G4 if allowed to do so Forte.
on January 14, 2013 9:09pm
Jack, unfortunately, I don't think I do  - I wish I had time to quick compose something! A Lent piece for baritone would be a fun project. I would be glad to send something in the future, though. I'm just so booked this semester that I don't think I can fit anything more in till summer. 
on January 15, 2013 12:05pm
Jack - I'm a baritone, too, and I've been waiting for an opportunity to set some Lenten texts! Contact me and I'd be happy to write something for you (and eventually, for me, too)!

- Mike
on January 15, 2013 2:32pm
I am not trying to make work for anybody but if you are writing them anyway please share them with me.  Teaching elementary music I don't get the chance to use my voice properly as much.  I need to push myself a bit at church as it is my only performance outlet.  I'd love to sing something by people I know rather than what someone in another forum called "Real" music. What we do here is the real music, the rest are just museum pieces!
on January 14, 2013 9:53pm
Jack, I have been asked to compose a work for the Gregg Smith Singers for their March 2nd concert in New York City.  After the tragedy of Newtown that we all experienced last month, I decided to focus on a brighter future for all of us and came upon a beautiful poem by William Wordsworth, "Daffodils".  The coming of spring.  So, assuming all goes well, I will have it finished by the beginning of February and then hop a plane to NYC for the premiere.
 
On another note, I just turned in a fanfare for saxophone orchestra commissioned by a consortium of saxophone ensembles titled "Proclamation" that will also be premiered on March 2nd in New Jersey!
 
When it rains, it pours.
 
Congratulations and best wishes to all on this wonderful list.
 
Adrienne Albert
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on January 15, 2013 2:47pm
You left out the word "again" after the part about the Gregg Smith Singers.  Seems to me I remember reading somewhere you have written three other pieces for them!  Please let us know if they record it. I need a newer Gregg Smith Singers CD.
 
 
Where is it being performed in New York, just in case we have some composers living in the area?
on January 15, 2013 5:35am
Really looking forward to hearing Jack and Applechor's work on "The Water Cycle" (words kindly provided by Julia Laylander, who's also here!)
 
I've also just finished a commission for Humberstone Choral Society (Leicester, England), called "After Culloden", a setting of new and traditional songs about Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rising (with four different songs eventually working together as a "quadlibet" - congratulations if you got that pun, and I'm sorry) which question the traditional narrative a bit and don't make Charlie out as quite the hero that some think he was, and raise problems with people being willing for their entire nation to give their lives for this rather cowardly king. Copies available on request (premiere promised for May 2013) - it's for SATB unaccompanied and fairly easy.
 
And my "Requiem" is being recorded for CD release by Amemptos Music - recordings taking place in March and April.
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on January 15, 2013 5:42am
Hi Jack et al,
 
I did receive a commission from the commissioning project on this website for the Milford High School Select Choir in Milford, MA which will be performed on March 6. I also recently received a commission from a chamber group in Atlanta, GA for flute, bassoon and viola. Happy to have this month off from college teaching to be compositionally very productive!
 
Thanks for checking in!
 
Eva Kendrick
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on January 15, 2013 6:01am
Hi Jack,
 
There's a recording of Seek a Place in the New Print Publication section of Announcements. Still working on getting recordings of the other things...
 
Phil
on January 15, 2013 6:28am
It's awesome to see the success that everyone is having!  Congrats to all.
 
For me, my church choir performed my new SAB arrangement of "Gesu Bambino" multiple times in December.
 
I just recently finished a setting of Psalm 23 that was commissioned by the Friends Community Chorus in Ohio.  That piece is set to premier in May.
 
The La Crosse Chamber Chorale (in which I sing) will be performing my "Lord's Prayer" in their February concerts.  This particular work was also performed numerous times in 2012, including a couple of performances by the Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Choir.
 
Viterbo University's Concert Choir will be premiering my piece "Autumn" in their spring repertoire (funny, I know...)
 
Currently, I'm re-arranging one of my SAB pieces for SATB, working out commission details with a church choir in Georgia, and planning to soon compose something for men's ensemble and something for women's ensemble.  In addition, I'm entertaining the idea of trying to get a foot into the band world.
 
When I write everything out in a list like this, it actually becomes very encouraging, as I realize that I've had some reasonable success in the past year!  Best of luck to all in this community and thank you all so very much for the support that you provide to all of us here.
 
Dustin Oldenburg
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on January 15, 2013 7:08am
Hello Jack et al,
 
Recently received a wonderful recording of Titanic Requiem, as performed by the Salt Lake Choral Artists in October 2012 under Brady Allred. This was the culmination of sixteen 100th anniversary performances of this work in a dozen US/Canadian cities this past year, and a prelude to its performance under Brady at Choralies in Vaison, France, this summer.
 
I've just completed an SATB arrangement commission of V'la 'bon vent, a Quebec/France folksong, and am currently arranging the Acadian 'National' anthem Ave Maris Stella for performances this summer.
 
I am very much in the throes of getting my musical Love and Larceny – based on the northernmost battle of the American Civil War - into the marketplace for 2014,
and am working with In-A-Chord, a woman's vocal trio and looking for interesting arrangements of French popular music if anyone out there has something!
 
To make sure that life is not all work and no play, I play (keyboards, dulcimer, djembe mostly  ) fairly regularly with SPIRALE, a World Music ensemble that plays mainly for Sacred Circle Dancing.
 
It's inspiring to read what all my composing colleagues are up to; thanks for the initiative, Jack!
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on January 15, 2013 2:26pm
You know Donald I have been meaning to ask you when you were going to get something up in the Showcase, you have so many quality works.  I would be glad to start a whole new category for Musicals/Operas for any and all levels.  If you are self publishing, one of the places it could be displayed is right here.  
 
Hammered Dulcimer or Mountain Dulcimer? 
 
Oh my God, you're the guy that wrote Titanic Requiem!  
 
Bravo on all your successes!
on January 15, 2013 9:37am
Hi Jack:
 
This past month saw sixteen performances of my seasonal pieces.  A highlight:
six performances of The Shepherd and the King.  The San Joaquin Chorale posted
this video of their performance. Also notable:  a complete performance
(12 numbers) of Come Christmas in Campbell CA, and a partial performance
(7 numbers) in Santa Rosa CA.  Actually, the season is not quite over, since Vivace Youth
Chorus will premier Welcome to the New Year in San Jose this weekend.
There also were (or will be) several performances of Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba.
Here is a video of Παιδική Χορωδία Κέρκυρας joining in the fun.  Albany Pro 
Musica issued a splendid recording that included Remember.
 
This Spring brings seven performances of pieces (that I know of).  Water Striders
will be included in a reading session (children's chorus) at the ACDA convention in Dallas.  
I am finishing What do the birds say?, commissioned by the choir at Graham Middle
School in Mountain View CA,  and two pieces (based on student poems) for Vivace Youth Chorus.  
Plus another for tenor and horn, based on Causley's poem The Jolly Hunter.  I may turn
this into a chorus piece soon.  Jolly good, I said.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
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on January 15, 2013 10:25am
As a former (except when I pull it out of the closet once a year) Tuba play, watching a performance of Roger Bobo always makes me smile.
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on January 15, 2013 12:02pm
The Arizona Repertory Singers performed my arrangment of the Russian folk song "A Forest Raised a Christmas Tree" during their December concerts and I completed several compositions in December, including a setting of three poems by Sara Teasdale.  I'm finding that a lot of her poems have been used as texts for choral music.
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on January 15, 2013 1:07pm
Thanks, Jack, for including my work in your professional story.  Your support was a big part of my professional success for 2012, and I am really enjoying working on the new piece for your AppleChor.  I'm very pleased to report a new high in the number of performances of my work in one year: 36 performances in 2012!  I am still basking in the glow of the Cascadian Chorale's December performances of Moon Man, which I posted about earlier.  The fun video I made of their performance has already been viewed 448 times -- not bad for one month.  The video can be seen here:  http://youtu.be/KZpuT6y044k
 
Another "success" is entirely due to Jack's urging me to make it easier for conductors to download perusal pdf copies of my scores.  In mid-2012 I modified my website to make that possible, and already there have been more than 1,250 downloads of perusal copies of my choral scores.  As far as I know, this has not turned into any additional performances, but I must believe that having my music in the hands of so many more choral conductors will lead to more performances down the road.
 
2013 has potential for being another great year.  So far I am aware of 15 planned performances of my works, with several others promised but not pinned down.  They start with a January 20 performance in Bethesda, Maryland, of my First Suite from Razumov, a piece for clarinet & string quartet that was premiered in 2003 and had one additional performance in 2005.  It has not been performed since then, so it is very significant to me that this work is being kept alive.  On the choral side, my setting of excerpts from Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize lecture, The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan), will be performed in Pennsylvania in April and also here in Washington State in June, while the abbreviated version of the same piece (titled simply "A Girl Born in Afghanistan") was premiered this past November by the Hinsdale Chorale in Illinois; they will be performing it again in April.  I am especially looking forward to the March performances by the Cascadian Chorale of all three of my choral settings of my father's poetry, Three Gnostic Poems, here in the Seattle area.
 
Now I must get back to work on "We Are the Dust of Stars" for AppleChor!
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on January 15, 2013 1:59pm
Hi Jack,
 
Thanks for all that you do in support of this community.
 
My piece for women's choir, "Winter Stars," was performed in December by the MIT Women's Chorale.
You can listen to the MIT Women's Chorale here: http://www.richcampbell.us/composer.htm
 
"American Riffs," for brass quintet, was chosen to be part of the Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival, and was performed there in October.
The first movement, "Variations On A Groove," can be heard here: http://www.richcampbell.us/composer.htm
 
-Rich
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on January 15, 2013 4:40pm
Hey Mark Templeton, My daughter jsut got in from Dorian Festival at Luther Choir College and I see the Norsemen sang your arrangement of O Come. O Come Emmanuel! I didn't get to attend so I'll have to hear it when I get the CD.
on January 15, 2013 6:54pm
Hi everyone. I've been busy back in the education field full time since the fall, but have had a few successes to share about my compositions.
Last April I directed the premier of my SATB setting of "Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep" with the Wausau Lyric Choir. You can hear it here: http://www.bradburrill.com/media/
I am currently just finishing a piece for the first-time commissioning project, written for a church choir in PA. It's based on Psalm 118, and premiers April 7. I received 2 other requests from that same project, and plan to take on one of them next summer.
And I made my first sale from the Composers Showcase, for "Full Fathom Five!"
Like others above, I agree that it IS encouraging to write these things down. And much of the success I have described above stems directly from THIS site, and more specifically, this community's activity.
Best wishes to everyone, and thanks again, Jack, for all you have done and continue to do.
 
Brad
on January 16, 2013 4:46pm
Hi, All,
 
Congratulations to all who have listed their recent successes!
 
Recent performances of my choral works: (I haven't listed instrumental or solo vocal works)
 
October, College of DuPage Chamber Singers at IL ACDA Conference, Naperville, IL: LOVE SONG FOR A COMMON DESTINY (SATB)
December 21-22 SISTRUM Women's Choir of Lansing, Michigan:  FESTIVAL LIGHT (treble + piano) and MBIRI KUNA MWARI (treble + African percussion)
December,  Young Naperville Singers, Naperville, IL: AD AMORE (treble voices + bells)
December 2, DuPage Chorale, Elmhurst, IL: BLACK IS THE COLOR (SATB + oboe); I AM COME INTO MY GARDEN (treble + piano) , SOMETHING SO CLOSE TO THE SOUL (SATB, oboe, horn, bass, piano)
December, Downers Grove North High School: AULD LANG SYNE (SATB + piano)
 
Upcoming:
Indiana All-State Chorus, January 19, Ft Wayne, IN, MUNOERA (treble + African percussion)
Many Voices, One Song Chamber Choir, (Eastern Michigan), January 25, 26, 27 SHONA MASS  (SATB + African percussion)
Wheaton College Women's Chorale (Wheaton, IL): HINENI (treble voices and piano)
 
recent completions: (premieres upcoming)
Shlof Mayn Kind -- Yiddish lullaby for 1-2 part treble chorus + piano
I'm Nobody! Who Are You? -- for 2-part treble chorus + piano
 
recent recordings:
Grant Park Symphony Chorus, BUZZINGS (SATB) on the Cedille label
 
THANKS for this resource!
 
Lee Kesselman
Glen Ellyn, IL
 
on January 16, 2013 10:33pm
My arrangement of Gaudete (TTBB), published by Walton Music, will be performed on the Texas All-Sate this year, directed by Jefferson Johnson!  It was also performed by Anderson University on the PBS broadcast of their Chirstmas program.
 
Kentucky ACDA (via guest conductor Beth Holmes) commissioned a gospel piece from me called How Good. It was premiered at the KY-ACDA All-State last fall, and will be published by Walton Music this year.
 
As a newbie on the scene, I couldn't be more thrilled!
 
Michael Engelhardt
on January 17, 2013 4:59pm
Hello, all.  Sorry to have dropped off the ChoralNet landscape for awhile.  I’ve been quite busy writing lyrics for various projects and am pleased that a number have been accepted for publication (if all goes well) in the coming year.  This past weekend I was happy to attend a presentation of “Where Is My Lamb?” at a choral reading session.  Happy Belated New Year! :-)
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on February 2, 2013 11:31am
Here is a first for me - a video of the above-mentioned read-through has been posted by J.W. Pepper.  (To view, scroll down to the bottom of "Hanover 2013 Sacred" to "Where Is My Lamb?"; songs are listed alphabetically): http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/video.jsp
on February 2, 2013 12:12pm
This is very nice, Julie - congratulations!  A couple of observations: it's a pity they only showed the conductor (especially as I gather you were one of the singers!) Also, it was difficult to make out the words (at least on my iPad!), so might have been helpful if they could have shown them, and perhaps with a sample page of the score. 
I presume this was recorded at one of your big conventions?
on February 2, 2013 1:00pm
Hi, Gordon.  I wasn't really in view of the video camera but that isn't a bad thing since I had recently gotten over some kind of bug and might have broken the camera :-).  Sorry about the words - JWP does have sample pages of the score on their site but it might be a good idea for them to post links next to the videos.
 
Shawnee Press used to be based in Pennsylvania and they have two large reading sessions across the state - one for sacred music at a church in Hanover ("Music in the Valley"), where possibly 400 or so directors and choir members attend, and a week-long conference in the Pocono Mountains ("Music in the Mountains") for both educational and sacred music. 
 
Here is a photo of the MITV crowd (I'm in the blue sweater in the front).
on February 2, 2013 8:04pm
I don't know who at JWPepper thought of recording the videos at reading sessions but it is brilliant.   Hey I know this piece LOL 
Is that Joseph Martin conducting or someone else?
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on February 4, 2013 3:38am
Yes, it is Joseph Martin.  He is the head of sacred publications for Shawnee Press.  He also leads a Composer Symposium near Atlanta, GA in the summer.
on February 4, 2013 5:37am
Good - so now I know what you look like when you're looking away from the camera!
 
Incidentally, I'd have thought you'd have been inspired to write a poem about your encounter with the black bear and her three baby cubs!
on February 4, 2013 6:36pm
Okay, Mr. “Read My Response Before I Decided to Edit It So Jaakko Doesn’t Chide Me for Bearly Going Off Topic”:

#1 - If you click on my name, you will see a photo of me looking into the camera.  :-)

#2 - For those confused by or semi-interested in (an elongation of) my deleted story:  On the morning of a Music in the (Pocono) Mountains reading session which included “Apples of Gold”, I was delayed by three baby bears followed by MAMA wandering down the road by the house where I was staying.  Not yet having received my bear-wrastling certificate, I waited until they left the area before making the trip to MITM.  Fortunately, although I was late I made it in time to conduct my piece.  (I pulled a few still frames from the video I took and they are currently at the bottom of my profile.)

To not dissuade anyone from attending MITM:  This was the only time I have encountered bears during many years of visits to the Poconos.  If you splurge and stay at a hotel rather than camping out for free on a friend’s couch in a house up in the woods on top of a mountain, I’m certain that you would probably be fine.

(Who knew that being a composer could be so dangerous?  I’ll wager that Hildigunnur has had some run-ins with reindeer, and perhaps even our elusive Mr. McGlynn has encountered a leprechaun or two.)
 
P.S. Yes, I reserve all poetry, novel, reality show, and movie rights. :-)
on January 23, 2013 8:26am
I've also been a bit quiet recently, not through any industry on my part, but having been rather under the weather since Christmas, haven't felt much like doing anything.  I have, however, been reading the posts in this remarkable community, mouth agog at all the successes people have had, and at the same time feeling somewhat depressed at my own lack of inspiration/motivation.  I have to admit that I have something of a problem with self promotion, although I'm getting to realise that it's necessary if you want your music to be performed more widely.
 
However, I have to admit that whilst I'm going through a fallow period in terms of composition, I was fortunate to have some high profile performances last month, and I suppose I ought to share these with this community.  To save time I'm copying this information from my website.  I've tried to reduce the font size, but am not sure how well this will work, but here goes -  
 

Christmas Classics

with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 20 December 2012, 7.30pm in Ayr Town Hall and

Friday 21 December 2012, 7.30pm at the Music Hall, Aberdeen

Included the first Scottish performances of my Festive Overture: The Joy of Christmas, broadcast in Scotland on Christmas Day at 2.30pm.

 

Christmas Concerts at Trondheim Cathedral, Norway

 by the Nidarosdomens Guttekor - 14/15/16 December

including 1st performance of Star of the East with orchestra.

 

Friday 21st Dec. at 7.45pm Christmas Spectacular concert with City of Bristol Choir and the Bristol Ensemble St George’s, Bristol included 1st performance of scaled down version of Festive Overture: The Joy of Christmas, conducted by David Ogden.

Saturday 22nd Dec. at 7.45pm Christmas Spectacular concert with Exultate Singers and the Bristol Ensemble St George’s, Bristol (as above).

 

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

‘Spirit of Christmas’ concerts

December 2012  Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Including new orchestrations of ‘Angels from the realms of glory’ and ‘What Child is this?’, featuring Mexican tenor soloist, Jesús Léon.

 

CBSO FESTIVE FAVOURITES WITH ALAN TITCHMARSH

 

Friday 21 December 7.30pm, Saturday 22 December 7.30pm & Sunday 23 December 3pm & 7.30pm - Symphony Hall

 

Programme included my setting of See amid the Winter’s Snow with CBSO Chorus & Orchestra, conducted by Simon Halsey.

 

Northern Sinfonia Christmas Concert: Rejoice

Saturday, 8 December 2012 7:30pm and Sunday, 9 December 2012 3:00pm

 

Programme included Noel! setting by Gordon Thornett

 

 

Lunchtime Christmas Concert 

at St Martin’s in the Bullring, Birmingham

Friday, 21st December 2012 at 12.30-1.30pm

 

with Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir and Bournville Strings

conducted by Gordon Thornett

 

including new and traditional settings of Christmas carols, with plenty of audience participation

 
on January 23, 2013 8:42am
Apologies that my last post has taken up so much space!   
 
One other event I should have mentioned was the first US performance of my Festive Overture: The Joy of Christmas, in its full version (with choral ending) by the Portland Ensign Choir ond Orchestra in Vancouver, Washington.  This resulted, if my memory serves me correctly, from a posting I made on LinkedIn a few months ago:   so self promotion can sometimes work!  I'm hoping to get a recording of this performance from the conductor, David Thomas, at some stage.
 
So although I've had a lean time lately with regard to composition, this Christmas has proved the most fruitful ever for me in terms of performances.
 
By the way, I've just joined ACDA as an associate member (taking advantage of their two-year special offer!)  I wonder what delights are in store....
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on February 5, 2013 5:38am
Apologies for not posting for so long on this group. Great to see so many of you are gaining so much positive energy from your association with Choralnet, and hopefully I might see some of you at ACDA in Dallas, which I will be attending to promote the Anuna International Summer School [well, its also an excuse really to keep in touch with the USA and hear my friends Rajaton from Finland in concert... :-)] Since I last posted I've release an album, Illumination, featuring significant amounts of my music performed by my group Anuna. I completed a commission for Chanticleer and was delighted that they chose it [Amhran na Gaoithe/Song of the Wind] for release on their recent live album and included both the commission and some older stuff "Hinbarra" and "Dulaman". They then chose to perform "Hinbarra" on "Prairie Home Companion" a couple of weeks ago. Great show it was too! Also some nice exposure on John Schaefer's New Sounds on WNYC - a rare outing for my "Lorica" and the "Agnus Dei" from the Chanticleer Mass.
 
I've just completed a commission "Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows" for Mixed Voice choir and Piano for the choral department of Florida Atlantic University, and that will be premiered in April. Its a real departure for me, and I am really looking forward to returning to Boca Raton to work with the groups there. It also, sadly, means that my tenure as Eminent Scholar to FAU will draw to an end this year, and I have really enjoyed my time there.
 
Best of luck to you all!
 
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on February 5, 2013 10:17am
Yes check out Illumination!  I like the title track best and the last song Fegaidh Uaibh is a close second.  (I love the vocal sound effects).  I had really wanted to start a whole new blog series on albums by members but alas, there are only so many hours in the day.  If anyone else would care to write a blog post reviewing Micheal's album or other member works let me know.  Written from a composer's perspective that could be really interesting.
 
Welcome back Michael.  Stop by when ever you can.
on February 13, 2013 11:29am
My "A Day of Sunshine" for chorus and orchesta (which is listed in the Composers Showcase) was selected as a finalist for the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchesta's Young Composer Competition!  I just got back yesterday from visiting them and rehearsing with them and had a fanatastic experience with them, and they will be performing it three times in May!
 
-Keane
 
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Keane Southard, Composer/Pianist
M.M. Composition, University of Colorado-Boulder
B.M. Composition + Theory, Baldwin-Wallace College
Email: keane.southard@hotmail.com
Ph: 508-340-5449
Website: keanesouthard.instantencore.com
 
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