Why do we go caroling? How can we be most impactful to both our community members and our singers? How can we spread the most spread joy? Here is the blog post: 15 Tips for Caroling with Seasonal Spirit & Maximum Impact
#37: Friday, December 14, 2018
“Ardaigh Cuain,” arr. David Mooney
Traditional Irish words and melody
SSAA, harp (or piano)
In “Ardaigh Cuain,” David Mooney has arranged a traditional Irish text and melody into a lovely, lilting selection for women’s/treble choir and harp.
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein If you are anything like me, your December concert and worship music for this year was planned during the summer or before. Your plans are coming to fruition or close to it.You are calm, knowing things are falling […]
This week on Going Beyond Words and ACDA Radio/ChoralNet, host Stan Schmidt continues his Advent journey moving closer to the Christmas celebration. This visit is titled I Wonder As I Wander. You will hear from Baroque composers J.S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude; two new carols by composers from England; “A Coventry Carol” with a new […]
Of the many challenges facing singers, staying healthy is probably the most important of all! Many of the tips you are about to read, are things you already know. However, a few reminders may keep you in good voice for all your endeavors. The top three are hydration, herbal with honey and rest!
The January issue of Choral Journal is now available online at acda.org/choraljournal, and it should be arriving in mailboxes soon if not already. This issue is a preview of the 2019 National Conference in Kansas City, Feb 27-March 2. This will be an exciting conference, with tried-and-true offerings along with brand-new opportunities for networking, learning, […]
You’ve prepared your singers so well for their upcoming concert, BUT Have you focused on these 17 thingsthat could impact the success of your concert? Included in this blog post is a link to a free downloadable checklist for concert week! Here is the blog post: 17 (Last Minute) Things to Avoid – to Ensure a […]
#36: Friday, December 07, 2018
“Hail, Christmas Day” by Abbie Burt Betinis
Text by John Harris Burt
SSAA, a cappella
This joyful carol from Abbie Betinis is an earworm in the best sense of the word. More than once I found myself, and my singers, bouncing down the hallway to the opening melody. It is a spry combination of mixed asymmetrical meters, and certain to keep your singers on their toes. If you are looking for an uptempo, cheerful addition to your holiday concert, you’ve found it!
I love Messiah. Truth be told, it is probably my favorite large choral work. There’s a little something for everyone–from show piece arias to choruses that are both difficult and poignant to recitatives that move the story along while being musically interesting. The story that is told, using scriptures from both the Old and New […]
This week on Going Beyond Words and ACDA Radio/ChoralNet, host Stan Schmidt begins the first of four Advent/Christmas programs – your chance to hear traditional carols from over the spectrum of music history and to taste the same carols with new music tied to the same texts. You will also engage your listening skills on […]