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Items by Marie Grass Amenta

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Comment: Re: Appropriate? Use of sign language to augment music
My oldest son has autism.  When he was 27 months old  and we were beginning our "autism journey," he worked three times a week with a private speech pathologist in addition to the 0-3 program's speech therapist.  After a few months, his speech path asked if we would be comfortable with him using ...
Comment: Re: How to balance repitoire
I love music history.  I think many composers lives are as interesting as anything TMZ or Access Hollywood or People Magazine can come up with.   Franz Liszt was the first Sexiest Man in the World or maybe a Rock Star of his day.  Haydn was a serial cheater on his wife, and Maria Anna Haydn tho...
Comment: Re: How to balance repitoire
I think there are a number of painless ways to introduce repertoire to students.  When planning concerts, pick themes to unify your music choices.  There is so much wonderful music, it's difficult to choose and if you have a built in way to narrow your choices down, it helps.  As an example, if y...
Comment: Re: Help! My student doesn't know how to sit still....
Hi Erin,   It is very common for ADHD kids to have a "meds holiday" one day a week...the meds, while helpful, do things to a child....I totally understand why her parents want to give her a break. I have a few questions and  suggestions to start off with...how old is the child?  And what time a...
Community Forum Post: Help!
Hello Everyone,   I usually don't ask for help but it just occured to me to just out and out ASK y'all and have it over with.   I am doing a presentation on music inclusion (title:  Music Inclusion: How to Open Your Classroom...and your Heart.....to Special Learning Populations)this coming Mo...
Comment: Re: Randall Thompson non-Frostiana?
I've sung (not conducted) two performances of The Peaceable Kingdom.  It is an unaccompanied oratorio for double chorus and just wonderful.  I can't remember the number of double choruses to single choruses  but I think they are about even in number.....and you have to have an equal number of sin...
Comment: Re: The meaning behind "fa la la" in madrigals
Morris is a dance...a type of English folk dance...so the Morris half undone means the dance wasn't finished. Morris dancing sometimes included props such as swords and the dancers moved in patterns. The month of May was very popular for Morris dancing and was often part of other festivals, such as ...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Choral Ethics is Not an Oxymoron" by Marie Grass Amenta
I don't see this as an ACDA recomendation thing, really.  I started my research with something I knew about....codes of ethics from AGO (American Guild of Organists) and PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) to see if there was a model which could be used in a more general way.  I also looke...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Choral Ethics is Not an Oxymoron" by Marie Grass Amenta
Thanks Rick!  In a perfect world, kind and ethical conductors rise to the top......and the others do not.  We don't live in that perfect world, do we? And so my wish is to encourage the better behavior...for the sake of ensemble.  While conductors who terrorize their choirs often DO  get results...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Choral Ethics is Not an Oxymoron" by Marie Grass Amenta
Thanks Bill!   I don't remember you but...it could be!     In my work now, with my adult chamber choir, I try to be kind and am trying to *live this* even more than before I began writing.....but it doesn't mean I'm a whimp. I have become even more  devoted to the music and ensemble and not ...
Comment: Re: Pronunciation of "&" in Cummings Choruses by Persichetti
I will certainly give you credit.  As well, what choral organization did you write this for?  I'd like to credit them as well.  I think I can format this...if not, I'll contact you personally.  Thank you!   Marie
Community Forum Post: Just Another Thursday
Hi Folks,   Please take a look at the flagged post in Annoucements (and a side note, Martin, my moderating button says..at this point...there are 3 announcements but when I click the button and look, there is only 1).  This is a person complaining/asking if anyone else is having trouble paying f...
Comment: Re: Pronunciation of "&" in Cummings Choruses by Persichetti
Thank you!  Will print this up for my Tuesday rehearsal....they'll love it.  And we've been discussing meanings since rehearsals started and perhaps this will help.  Thanks again.   Marie
Comment: Re: Pronunciation of "&" in Cummings Choruses by Persichetti
I think I'd like you to post this as well.  I've done a few sets of ee cummings text choral works and never came across this question until Kari-my-soprano asked it.  I love his poetry....had an English minor as an undergrad.....and am always looking for settings of his poetry.  His "voice" in my...
Forum message: Pronunciation of "&" in Cummings Choruses by Persichetti
Hello,   My chamber choir is working on Four Cummings Choruses by Vincent Persichetti.  The texts are by the poet ee cummings.  Sprinkled throughout are "&"s, since Persichetti is trying to stay true to ee cummings and has not changed the texts.  I have thought there was not any big deal a...
Comment: Re: Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers
How about music from the Galant?  Galuppi and Leonardo Leo and friends.  Tom Tropp, over to you!   Marie
Community Forum Post: Questions, I've got questions
Good Morning Everyone,   I have flagged an announcement this morning and would like you all to take a look and weight in.  And here are my concerns---in the first place, how is this person able to respond to an announcement (a new publication)?  Next, it doesn't seem to have anything....other t...
Comment: Re: Top 10 Choral Classics
Hi Robert,   My *go to* piece for something like this is the Mozart "Ave Verum".....and if I were to pick one piece to do on my last day of life, it would also be the Mozart "Ave Verum !"  I would also suggest the Randall Thompson "Alleluia." The Alleluia might take a bit more than moderate skil...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: “Who are Your Feet?” by Lucy Hudson Stembridge
Love this, Lucy!  As one who conducts an adult community group now.....with singers who have 'stepped out' to have children or TEACH children.....I am forever grateful to those worked with my folks before me.  It's a building process....never ending and never knowing where our singers will eventua...
Comment: Re: How Hard is This Piece?
The thing about this ChoralBlog posting that caught my eye (other than you getting your kids off to ballet....and as an old, real former ballerina, I kinda LOVE that!) was your describing your choir as "semi-pro."  I also conduct what I refer to as a "semi-professional" chamber choir, which means t...
Comment: Re: Community Sing-A-Long
Lance, here are some pieces I would recommend:   Caesare Franck, "Psalm 150" (a stand alone...which was my thinking when I programmed it for my concert) Brahms, from The German Requiem, "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" Mendelssohn, several choruses from "E...
Comment: Re: Community Sing-A-Long
Hi Lance,   A few years ago, my chamber choir did a concert of Psalm settings.  I wanted to do something a bit different and involve our audience and decided to end the concert with a DIY-Caesare Franck Psalm 150. I borrowed extra copies so anyone who wanted to sing along could and e...
Comment: Re: In praise of the sun
Hi Wayland,   I did the German part song, An die Sonne, D 439, Franz Schubert with my chamber choir two years ago. It is SATB and wonderful...we had a great time with it. I have a recording of Elly Ameling, Janet Baker, Peter Schreier and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore (OF COURSE) on ...
Comment: Re: If You Can’t Say Something Nice . . .
Hi Scott,   I've been writing a book on something I call *choral ethics*........and this falls into a category I am loosely calling "respect for our fellow conductors."  Too often, I hear snarky comments from choral conductors about other conductors....we seem to just be WAITING for someone else...
Comment: Re: Pay rate for accompanists at solo/ensemble festivals
Hi Jennifer,   My son--a pianist with a BM, MM and Performers Certificate--charges a flat rate of $30 per student if the students are self-paying.  If the district is paying him, he charges a flat rate of $200/$250, depending on the number of students. He has accompanied for both voice and instr...
Comment: Re: Singing in the morning
Hi Andrew,   I feel for you HOWEVER, as an undergrad, our University's Chorus (the general chorus, with the underclassmen voice and choral majors as well as instrumental majors who were required to take chorus)met at 8:30 AM. Yep.....you read that right, AM!  The more advanced groups---the selec...
Community Forum Post: Spam CN User won't be gone
Hi Martin and All,   Please take a look at one of Flagged Classifieds.....you'll see the one I mean by the title....it's spam.  I did the usual....flagged it, flagged the User and then tried to reject the User.....a number of times.  Tom tried to reject the person too.....and CN won't let us do...
Community Forum Post: Names should agree, right?
I have  flagged post in the forums---patriotic children's works---with a User name (Herman L...something)not agreeing with a signature name (Hank Fellows).  I went to his website and yep, he does seem to be Hank Fellows.  I'm confused......not unusual this week, I tell ya....so what is the policy...
Comment: Re: It's About the Phrase - Following the Poetry (part 1)
I am especially interested in this subject right now--my spring concert will have settings of Robert Frost (Frostiana), ee cummings (Persichetti) and the Britten Five Flower Songs......different composers and poets, all needing to get the poets' message across, as well as being sensitive to composer...
Concert: DIY Messiah in South Suburbs of Chicago
The Rotary Club of Park Forest’s 29th Annual “Do-It-Yourself” Messiah  Singers: bring your own score or purchase at the door for $10  We invite you, your family and friends to participate in the 29th Annual “Do-It-Yourself” Messiah. You may sing, listen and/or participate as a financi...
Comment: Re: ChoralNet Founder James Feiszli is Professor of the Year - South Dakota
Congriadulations, Jim!  You were/are a visionary and I am so happy you are getting recognized for it.  Many, many good wishes to you and your family as you celebrate this honor--we're all so PROUD OF YOU!
Community Forum Post: Saturday Maintenance
Hi Martin,   As part of the weekend crew, am just wondering if CN will be completely offline on Saturday. The CN Homepage states it is but am curious if Tom and I should check in at times during the day.  And, will everything be up and back to *normal* on Sunday?  As if anything here is ever *n...
Comment: Re: Winter Concert music needed
One of my favorite variations on Deck the Halls is the following:   Deck the Halls (in 7/8) Arranged by James McKelvy. For Choral (SSA A Cappella). Mark Foster. 8 pages. Shawnee Press #MF0953. Published by Shawnee Press (HL.35005213)   Fun.....and is also available in SATB and TTBB versions. ...
Community Forum Post: Flagged Forum posting--a bit *spooky*!
Happy Halloween All,   And yes, my question to you is a bit *spooky*---I might have used the word *silly* if it wasn't Halloween.  I flagged a posting, under the Favo(u)rite Regina Coeli Settings because the person wants to "appaud" his own posting.  It is my understanding, you can't "appaud" y...
Comment: Re: How to Leave a Job
You haven't mentioned church jobs in this piece. Most of your points can apply to leaving a church job as well.  It's a bit difficult to stay away and not have contact if you live in the actual community where your former job was! And adults are adults--they're going to still be there unless they'v...
Concert: Music from the Galant Masters: The Music of Leonardo Leo and Friends
Intimate Settings, Inspired Singing       The Fall 2013 Concert of the Midwest Motet Society     “Music from the Galant Masters: The Music of Leonardo Leo and Friends”   Messa Completa, Leonardo Leo (1694-1744), Modern Premiere Editor, Thomas ...
Comment: Re: Chasing Your Tail
As I read the title of this ChoralBlog piece, I thought, "Oh great, Joshua is..........." then I began to actually read it and am convinced you have spying on me! I conduct a semi-professional chamber choir which I founded, after resigning from my more *traditional* positions because I was burned ou...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
Kenneth, I agree with you about speaking of uncomfortable things.........I've had experience with an incident such as you speak......but it was a local band director and one of my sons was one of his private students!  Thank the Lord my son was unharmed and the incident came out the year he was a f...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
Thank you for mentioning your book...I will take a look at it.  I have Tom's and don't know the other person, so I will get busy!  Thank you, Liz!   Marie
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
My big concern is people won't know what you mean by "We must support our SINGERS, COLLEAGUES, and PROFESSION."  What does *support mean?  Doesn't everyone want to *support* their singers, collegues, profession? And why should that be pointed out? Often, what seems to be standard practice, isn't,...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
Had to start somewhere and I see your point........my husband is a physician and when he took the Hippocratic Oath as he graduated from med school, it really meant something.  The beginning of it is something like, "first, do no harm." And as I was floundering around, trying to have some sort of wa...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
Hummmmm, that's interesting. Since I hope to divide my book into three sections---singers, fellow conductors and the choral community at large---I would hope to include examples of *positive choral ethics* as opposed to *negative choral ethics*.  Or something.  The *do no harm* is the model I have...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
Not to sound too shrill, Joel, but DUH!  Since I am trying to write something specific to our profession, I have called this *choral ethics* as an early descriptor of what I plan to write about.  I could call it "choral professional ethics" or "choral professional behavior" or "The Golden Rules of...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
Hello David,   Thank you for your very thoughtful comments.  Your suggestion to consider the broader social communities our choirs are a part of has me thinking.........   I think I know what you mean by "Negative statements are IMO very important to have, and should be kept in the negative, ...
Comment: Re: Ethics of borrowing music (Church choirs)
And now a word from your ChoralNet Moderators---there was quite a lengthy discussion on this very subject a while back http://www.choralnet.org/222030   These very concerns were addressed.   Marie Grass Amenta, ChoralNet Moderator on duty today
Community Forum Post: Flagged Forum posting---the ethics of borrowing
We have a questionable posting today--the Ethics of Borrowing (Church Choir).  William Copper--a composer, natch--wonders about the ethics of borrowing, with ACDA and ChoralNet having classifieds here promoting it....blah, blah, blah.  Should I just approve and stir up the ACDA bigwigs or....what?...
Comment: Re: Gettin' Paid (Money, Strikes, Unions and Money and Money)
I live in a union town--a BIG union town---what other city do you know who named their band shell after the first president of the Federation of Musicians?  And in Our Town, the symphony chorus singers--at least they used to--belong to a union.  One of my best friends (he was the organist at my we...
Comment: Re: Choral Ethics
I finally have time to thank Peggy, Carlos, Deborah and Lucy for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully.   Peggy, your comments have made me really think about being absolutely CLEAR about the mention of belief systems.  I don't want to confuse anyone, so I have taken your comments to heart....
Comment: Re: Saturday Respite: Working
Really love the musical, really LOVE (and miss) Studs!  I sang *Just a House Wife* from this a few years ago and the text really touched me.  Studs interviewed--as he called them--working stiffs and he transcribed the interviews for his book.  It is my understanding the lyrics for the songs were ...
Comment: Re: German Motets
Joshua, I conduct The Midwest Motet Society  and I agree with you, many times German motets (or ANY motets) are favorites of those whio sang in university ensembles. Since my group is essencially a community group, often when I post auditions with my scheduled repertoire, it is the motets that draw...