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Recordings of choral music

I direct a community choir and would like to have access to recordings of all the songs we sing so that they can listen to them and practice along.  I have gone to itunes and found different performances of the pieces, but, as you can imagine, they are not always good performances.  They are also not always the same arrangement.  Is there anywhere that I can go and find an actual recording of the pieces that I can download onto our website?  I have a password-protected page so that only choir members can listen to them.
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on November 29, 2013 7:55am
Hello Christina,
 
You may be able to get good recordings from or via the living composers of your choir's music.
 
I have fairly often been asked for recordings and I always send them along (as mp3) or direct the conductor to a very good recording either on my website or on YouTube. Composers like to have their music not only performed, but performed well, so if this helps in doing that composers will, I am sure, generally oblige. The password-protected page is likely appealing to some (living) composers.
 
One of the best ways to get hold of a composer is to search his or her name and then go to the composer's website, where you should be able to find contact information.
 
Thanks for asking a very valuable question!
 
Donald
on November 29, 2013 8:45am
Have you tried Youtube? There are ways to download Youtube videos, but you could just send chorus members links to a video.
on November 29, 2013 9:37am
I do the same thing, looking for performances that I can use to introduce songs to my choirs. I look EVERYWHERE!! I especially use youtube, but I also look at JW Pepper who will many times have preview recordings available. Some are only samples, but many times, especially with the more recent Editor's Choice selections, they are full version. If I find several optoins, I choose the one that I think will be the best example. If all I can find is a poor example, I let my students know that this is a poor performance because ... but at least they can get the gist of the song. I also will put the song title with composer/arranger into a search engine so see what I can find. I've found some pretty amazing options that I didn't even know existed. I use a program on my computer that allows me to "record" just the audio in a real time playback (as I'm listening to it) which is wonderful because then I can get just the audio off of youtube. It is called SoundTap Streaming Audio Recorder and is available from NCH Software (http://www.nch.com.au/soundtap/index.html) and is listed as $40.00 but is currently on sale for $19.99. Definitely worth the cost.
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