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New Christmas material-What time of year do you source?

Hello there,
I am a new member so firstly I would like to say hello to everyone in this forum.
I have a quick uestion for Choirmasters if you don't mind.
I have a Christmas Song that was performed last year but would like it to be available to a wider audience.Can you tell me please what time Choirmasters start looking at new Christmas material? I would think it would be after the Summer holidays but I may be wrong!
Many thanks for your time
Dougie Campbell
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on April 29, 2013 1:19pm
I set my program in August. (And then change it at least 6 times before Oct. rehearsals begin.)
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on April 30, 2013 12:58am
Mary Jane,
Thank you for this.
on April 30, 2013 4:18am
Hi Dougie,
I gather good holiday/winter music throughout the year; select from new material and material already in my library during the summer; order the music in August and change very little of it during the rehearsal season.  Sometimes I need to delete a piece or two; I tend to over plan in the summer when all things seem possible!
Share anytime!
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on April 30, 2013 11:20am
I'm a partner in an on-line sheet music publishing business. We do see sales of Christmas material increasing from about August (and continuing astonishingly late in the year). However, interest in the music is much more uniformly spread through the year. We can tell, because we have data on which pages are viewed on our web site, and what titles people are Google-searching for. My interpretation is that directors look for interesting repertoire all through the year, and the selection process may happen at any time, even if the actual purchasing happens just before the choir begins to work on a piece.
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on May 1, 2013 4:15am
Right now is the time I start planning for next season.  I consult two denominational guides to music that fits the lectionary, decide what, in the best of all worlds, I would prefer to program for each Sunday, September-May (plus special occasions like All Souls, Lessons and Carols, etc).  Then I try to get real: how much new music can my choir happily assimilate vs revisiting items already in the library. Of the new music I think we can manage, how much will my budget stand?  This allows us to take advantage of the discounts that many suppliers offer between May and July.  It also allows me to print out and collate online music from both free or for-sale sources before the crush of the new season hits in September.  (My choir also appreciates the listing of projected works that I can therefore post in September.)
David McCormick
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on May 1, 2013 9:22am
I'm on a continual search all year and place orders in June for rehearsals that begin in August.
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on May 1, 2013 11:50am
Can I ask everyone who has kindly submitted answers if there are specific places or websites that you look at? (I appreciate that video sites like youtube are not appropriate for many)
Thank you for so many answers.It is very useful.
on May 14, 2013 3:19pm
Just thought I'd share that I've had my 1st Christmas Song enquiry for this year.............
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