SA and piano Festival Finale Needed
Date: September 14, 2013
Anyone interested in writing for a children’s choir festival? Sorry but this will take some explaining.
After a two year banishment I am back in the teaching position I never wanted to leave. I once again will be directing the Gifford Children’s Choir, the second most-watched elementary school choir in the world. Gifford is a huge elementary school of 1,000 students. Making it even better, there are two full time vocal music teachers at our school. The other guy is at least my equal in enthusiasm and dedication to the choral art and my superior in musicianship. Last year I asked him to help with my Children’s Choir of teh Internet and he soon became the co-director of the ensemble. Add to that a strings teacher who is a pure genius and huge influence on me as part of our team!
We are considering hosting a choral festival for elementary school choirs this spring. It would be an invitational, so we would hope to attract only the best local and regional choirs.
Last year Greg Bartholemew and Chris Hutchings from our community were very good to me. You may remember they each composed a piece for my AppleChor that we then recorded. All they got from me was a recording and $1 a copy, pure charity to be sure. I would expect we would have around 250 performers but I can’t guarantee it.
Is anyone interested in composing for SA choir and piano for $250 (or less) and a decent video? The piece would be a combined finale number for all the choirs. This is just in the idea stage, but I am motivated to make it happen.
I would appreciate positive and negative critique of this idea. I know charity work can be a bad marketing choice. Chris and Greg, your honest input would be of value as well. Was it a reasonable experience for you? Did you feel you got enough out of it?
Could or should this be a model for others to follow or a bad precedent?
Below are last year's premieres and a video of Gifford Strings playing Kashmir for your entertainment.
AppleChor premieres "Water Cycle" by Chris Hutchings (music) and Julia Laylander (Lyrics)
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