Do you have a Choir Midterm? If you don’t, there’s no need to worry! It’s not too late and we have you covered. This choir midterm will not take up any class time, won’t burden your students in any way, and it will be a clear assessment of how well they are performing in class. Here is: YOUR […]
“Being an accompanist is very selfless in many ways because you’re really just trying to elevate the singer and help them shine, ultimately.” Simon Helberg Last week, I shared stories from a few ChoralNetters about their holidays. This week, I have ChoralNetters chiming in about relationships between choral directors and their accompanists. If you noticed […]
By Molly McLinden Anyone who sings, whether as a soloist or chorister, knows that proper breathing is a major component to a reliable and healthy sound. If you don’t get a good breath, you may find yourself running out of air, straining, or having a weaker sound. There is a lot of information out there […]
For many of us, the New Year brings about a desire to make sudden changes to our choral program. Before you decide WHAT changes you wish to make, I suggest you read this post to determine if THOSE specific changes are worth your time and effort. Read This BEFORE Making New Year’s Changes
#38. “A Round For Hildegard” by Luke Mayernik
Text from a traditional English carol
SSSSAAA, viola, cello, percussion
On first glance, “A Round for Hildegard” may seem a bit daunting, with a listed voicing of SSSSAAA. Do not be deterred though! At its core, it is a large round in seven parts. With strings, percussion, and handclaps, this song joyfully rings in the holiday season for your advanced or small-but-mighty women’s/treble ensemble.
This is a reminder that ACDA’s annual free summer workshop and festival listing will appear in the April issue of Choral Journal for events taking place May 1 – Sept 1, 2019. Submissions are due by January 15 to *protected email*. Please format your submission as follows: Date of EventEvent TitleLocation1-2 sentence description of the eventContact nameContact email/phone *This is a text listing only. […]
#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.
#35. “Ad Amore” by Lee R. Kesselman. Text by Dante Alighieri. SSAA, unpitched bells.
This piece clocks in under 2 minutes, but it hits the ground running and keeps your attention the whole way. Festive fanfare rhythms, close harmonies, and lively unpitched bells, coupled with Dante’s spirited text, make “Ad Amore” an excellent choice for the opening of your next concert sequence.
The December 2015 issue of Choral Journal featured an interesting conversation with top conductors and singers in the United States. The panel included four conductors—Simon Carrington, Joshua Habermann, Simon Halsey, and Craig Hella Johnson—and five singers—Dashon Burton, Esteli Gomez, Kathryn Lewek, Kelley O’Connor, and Kyle Stegall. The author asked the panel questions about, among others, what qualities […]
Culturally Responsive Teaching in Urban Choral Education: Tips on Repertoire, Resources, and Relationship
By Emily Halbert Culturally Responsive Teaching is the buzz phrase for teaching in the 21st century, not just in general education, in choral music education as well. When I entered the choral conducting profession, I knew there would be a disconnect between my education, experiences, and the communities I desired to teach. Thankfully, my teacher […]