Golden Gate Festival
Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

What songs/groups for students to listen too

My students and I want to add some listening into our rehearsal time.  What groups and or pieces should we be looking for?  I'm looking for a varied list of choir types, Men/Women/Mixed/Children and especially a varied selection of music.
 
Easier way to put this\
What would be on your must listen list for MS/HS students?
 
Any help will be appreciated.
Lucas Burmeister
Ft. Larned Vocal Music
Larned KS
on December 26, 2013 7:49am
In general I would heartily recommend listening to recordings of Chanticleer, Kings' Singers, the Robert Shaw (even going back to the Robert Shaw Chorale) for a start.  Lots of inspiration for your singers right there.  Depending on the repertoire, check out the Cambridge Singers as well.
 
Bob Boyd
IL ACDA 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on December 27, 2013 5:36am
If it's middle- and high-schoolers, I want them listening to good middle- and high-school choirs as much as possible. So, I would scour Youtube--maybe starting with honors choirs. (Tip: download the videos, so that you don't run the risk of their stopping in mid-stream. Firefox has a free download app that's pretty slick.) I think that some outstanding youth choirs are Anima, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Phoenix Boys Choir, the Nebraska Children's Chorus, and the Indianapolis Children's Choir
 
For other good adult groups, I like Conspirare, The Rose Ensemble, and the Dale Warland Singers (now defunct). In your own backyard are the wonderful Kansas CIty Chorale as well as Robert Bode, who directs Choral Arts. All of these groups are expressive and do unique things.
 
I also highly recommend some college choirs--St. Olaf Choir, Concordia College Choir, and the BYU Singers.

Best wishes!
Applauded by an audience of 1
on December 27, 2013 12:18pm
   From other vocal traditions: Sweet Honey in the Rock, various Black college groups descended from the Fiske Jubilee Singers, preaching in the Black church which leads into spontaneous call and response singing, Sacred Harp, Pete Seeger leading any audience; trio and quartet singing by gospel, bluegrass and barbershop groups (who often sing a cappella and avoid vibrato so they can "lock" on perfectly tuned, nontempered intervels), American Indian group singing (both traditional and the new contemporary styles), Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir, Red Army Choir, Alexandrov Ensemble, Choral singing from Georgia and Wales, also the Balkans (e.g. "The Bulgarian Voice" CDs of 20 yrs ago--harmony in 2nds and shifting meters); Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn (late Pakistani devotional singer and his ensemble, one of the best-selling vocal artists in the world), and the "Women in Chant" CDs from the Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in the US.  If you want video also, most of these groups can be seen on YouTube, except for the nuns; however, there's another group of French nuns who recorded their music and made a limited video after deciding that that doing so would help others approach God (YouTube: "Nuns Chanting Ancient Songs Sign Major Record Deal").  Many of these may be unfamiliar, but all are important styles in the world of human singing.
     
Applauded by an audience of 1
on December 28, 2013 7:34pm
I agree with many of the ones mentioned.  Another good high school choir on YouTube would be the Los Altos High School Main Street singers.
Also, I would suggest the Azusa Pacific Choir and Orchestra and the American Boy Choir. 
 
Good luck,
Cody Johnson
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
  • You must log in or register to be able to reply to this message.