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Who Has Been Talking?

With the purging of so many ChoralNet users including members of our community, I have gotten a bit obsessed with knowing who is still here and who is missing.  I looked through forum posts to see how many friends have been relabled as "Archive User" and found one.  At least those of you who share in the forum have not gone away.  Anyone who has been deleted contact me jacksenzig3(@)
I did this a few years ago and embarrassed a couple of active users.  This time there are many leaders emerging. 
The bigger your name, the more times you have posted or commented.  Some of you little people step up your game LOL.  Here is our CCMC Wordle!
Comment if you see yourself.  It is to reassure me that the loss of 140 members will be OK in the end. 
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on March 27, 2014 1:04am
Not sure why my name is so big -  I'd have thought I was quite a minor contributor! (though I do find the group very useful and interesting...)
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on March 29, 2014 8:06am
Whoo-hoo!  I'm writing with a "big name" composer! :-D  Hopefully in the near future, a view and recording of my first Choralnet collaboration will be available...with none other than GORDON THORNETT!
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on March 29, 2014 9:11am
I still think it must have been a mistake, Julie! (blush:)!
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on March 27, 2014 2:41am
Very well done!

Now we need one of the composers whose music is on the site...
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on March 27, 2014 6:04am
OK Jack, I'm checking in......  thanks to you for all the work you do keeping this forum cooking.
It's a great resource.
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on March 27, 2014 9:59am
I think my name is there on the Wordle, really teeny tiny above David Avshalomov -- the resolution on my laptop screen is just barely good enough to see it. I haven't been posting a lot in Choralnet but have been somtimes replying personally to some conductors inquiring about new scores. It is kind of embarrassing to post "Hey! Try MY music; it's really good!" or equivalent below these inquiries; somehow it seems so ... well, publicly self-serving. Maybe I just need to get over this. In any case, yes, I am still here!
I have been writing two books at once this past year, one a five-decade history book for Seattle Opera's 50th anniversary celebrations this summer (a huge undertaking, now just finished) and one for the U. of Washington Press about eminent figures in Seattle's classical music scene (just submitted manuscript this week, but there will likely be edits). Also working on a song cycle for tenor and piano to beloved poems of the tenor's. Biggest recent premiere was in December when the excellent Seattle Men's Chorus (Dennis Coleman, founder/conductor), did a new version (which Dennis requested) of "Silver Night" for TTBB/piano/oboe in all seven of their huge holiday concerts at Benaroya Hall -- what a thrill.
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on March 27, 2014 2:37pm
Excellent on your books, Melinda!

I have a couple out that have been out for a while and are still sellng.. but they are about horses, not music ;) Now, if I spent a little less time posting, I might have something else done...
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on March 27, 2014 10:34am
I see my name!  And I love the community "artwork!"
I haven't been posting or writing much lately owing to full-time graduate work in choral-conducting.  Been learning loads, though, and I'm just about to declare a double-major in conducting and composition.  Maybe I should have my head checked.
Also think that Melinda's name should be bigger if her latest undertaking has been writing two books! ;-)
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on March 27, 2014 10:44am
Thanks, Justine! (I don't think books count, though ... it's the music that brings everybody here!) And I do think anyone with a double major in conducting AND composition is industrious far beyond the rest of us! You have some wonderful role models in composition/conducting careers, though ... I'm thinking of Seattle's Karen P. Thomas, who has an award-winning chorus in the Seattle Pro Musica and also composes delightful music.
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on March 30, 2014 9:45am
did concurrent masters’ degrees in choral conducting and composition—the requirements for one counted as electives for the other. Never regretted the decision—or the workload—in the least!
Robert A. M. Ross
Chair, Music Dept.
Community College of Philadelphia <Robert Ross 11> 
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on March 27, 2014 10:51am
I'm there, but tiny. :)

I know the feeling of sheepishness when posting about one's music. However, Melinda, your music is worth posting about (speaking as one of those conductors you once emailed).

I will try to be more active again here on ChoralNet!
Michael Sandvik

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on March 27, 2014 10:52am
Hey Jack, what happens when you include your name in this visual?
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on March 27, 2014 1:32pm
It took me a while to find it. I am not sure what the function of the graphic is. If it is to encourage posting that is fine. But not everything that gets posted applies to everyone. Other than that I am not sure what the graphic will be used for?
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on March 27, 2014 2:33pm
It's pretty. And fun/different. :)
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on March 27, 2014 3:14pm
I collected the names in my search for who was deleted.  It was a lot of work so I just had to do something with it.  For me it is pride in this community and pride in the quality composers that grace this forum with their art, ideas, humor and friendship.  My intent was simply to get people talking and sharing and let them know that they are contributing not just as an individual, but as part of a community.
@Melinda, I have offered before to recommend works for you to conductors that post.  I won't endorse something I don't value, but I do have a pretty broad pallette.  So feel free to let me help you as time permits of course.
@Gordon, I actually reduced your name by about 20%.  You contribute much more than you must realize. 
@Brian Ya, you wouldn't be able to see anyone else, so I didn't feel right being in there.  One of my retirement options is to begin a career as an Associate in Ministry (Deacon).  I kind of feel like a shepherd here as I am so proud of all that you talented people produce!
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on March 27, 2014 4:12pm
Thanks, Jack! :-)  And thanks for all you do.
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on March 28, 2014 10:43am
I love this—thank you, Jack, for all you do here!
i, too, mostly post about my own works & in response to conductors' searches, trying to closely match up my works with conductor searches, but only when appropriate. Few nibbles, fewer buys/performances, though—this is why my Soundcloud handle is always part of my sig. Stop by some time, please! (More to go up when the semester calms down a bit…)
Robert A. M. Ross
Chair, Music Dept.
Community College of Philadelphia <Robert Ross 11> 
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on March 30, 2014 11:43am
Howdy Jack and everybody:
The home page is being all weird today...  Anyway, I am still in the middle of our move to Bend, OR.  As I sit here in my chaotic office space upstairs the sun is shining and it is snowing at the same time!  Arrived a week ago to a house that was supposed to have been professionally cleaned, but wasn't, so I spent the whole week getting it ready for the movers to arrive with all of our stuff on Friday (hubby stayed behind to clean the house we are selling).  Stuff arrived fine, husband arrived fine yesterday, and then we got a call from our realtor in WA late yesterday afternoon telling us that we had an full-price offer on our house already, only one day after it was listed.  Holy cow.  The buyers are "highly motivated" as the wife is due to give birth in two weeks and they are living with one set of parents. 
So life is still completely crazy and I am still busy busy busy and hoping to get my novel uploaded to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing site as soon as I get everything put away and take a couple of days off to recoup and regroup.  Maybe even go see a movie or something--what a concept.  I'm hoping to get back to composing something this summer.  The composer part of me, such as she is, is weary of being ignored for too long...
I am so happy to read here that there are other writers/authors in our community!!!!!  So, a question for you and everybody:  Would it be wildly inappropriate for those of us here who are also authors to announce when we have something published and available?  Or would it be another way to support each other's creative endeavors?  I don't know about the rest of you, but I would really enjoy knowing when one of our community members publishes anything, whether it's a musical composition or a piece of prose or poetry or whatever.  What does everybody think?
on March 31, 2014 1:09pm
Julia, with luck like yours, I suggest that you purchase a lottery ticket ASAP!  When you're hot, you're hot!
on April 9, 2014 6:32am
If being a community is what this forum is about, I don't see a problem with sharing or announcing publication of new works, whether choral, instrumental, video or multimedia.  If non-choral things become a quarter of what we post we may revisit the subject.   I certainly would look at anything you all produce.  
Ivo Antognini has a commissioning project going right now people might want to support.
All of this is what brings us together!
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on April 1, 2014 3:55am
Hi Julia,
Good to hear that the creative flame is still burning, amidst all your current busyness!
in answer to your last paragraph, I'm sure people would welcome you and others sharing their literary and poetical achievements here. It's interesting to me that although this is essentially a community for composers, it has already facilitated a couple of collaborative efforts, in which I have set poems by members of the group - one of them in the process of publication in the US, and the other having received some high profile performances last Christmas here in the UK.  But for this community, I wouldn't have come across these opportunities!
Having said that, I wonder whether there would be any interest in forming a subgroup for people interested in writing lyrics to be set to music/creating poetical-composer partnerships!
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