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ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 1): “Songs my Mother Taught Me,” by Marie Grass Amenta
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 1): SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME by Marie Grass Amenta   (This is the first installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.)   Choral Ethics isn’t rocket science, complicated or...
ACDA News: Honor Choir Deadline is TODAY
Today (September 30) is the final day to apply for the 2015 ACDA National Honor Choirs.   Applications close at 11:59 p.m.   Precrastination is not an option!   Honor Choir application deadline:  NOW      [Learn More]          [Apply]
ACDA News: LAST DAY! Call for Papers for 2nd National Symposium on American Choral Music: The Music of Latin America
The American Choral Directors Association Research and Publications Committee is inviting research papers to be presented at the Second National Symposium on American Choral Music to be held in Austin, Texas, June 12­–13, 2015.  The event will be cosponsored by the University of Tex...
ACDA News: LAST DAY! Poster Session Applications Sought
The American Choral Directors Association will sponsor a session to disseminate the results of excellent research about any aspect of the choral art at its 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, February 25– 28, 2015. Participants chosen for the presentation will be required to prepare ...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: The Quest for New Music
For an apparently significant percentage of us, the hunt for new music is a never-ending quest.   Like so many made-for-TV zombies, choral conductors prowl the musical countryside in an effort to feed that burning yearning for “The New.”   The matter of “new” music verses “old” mus...
Featured photo: Launch of the "Apollo Master Chorale" (Darren Jackson (President: The Apollo Club)
Launch of the "Apollo Master Chorale" (Darren Jackson (President: The Apollo Club)
Featured photo: Launch of the "Apollo Master Chorale" (Darren Jackson (President: The Apollo Club))
Launch of the "Apollo Master Chorale" (Darren Jackson (President: The Apollo Club))
ACDA News: You are OUTATIME
T I M E   I S   R U N N I N G    O U T !   Application deadlines for several important events scheduled during the upcoming ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City (February 25-28) are THIS WEEK.     Honor Choir application deadline:  September 30      [Learn More]       ...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Well Worth the Fight
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Cory Evans
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Cory Evans (Utah State University)   For my choir, our daily warm-ups and routines usually focus around establishing appropriate STYLE for the wide variety of repertoire selections we perform.  I am certainly concerned about establishing a beautiful blend, an exquisite chor...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (Bach)
ACDA News: Deadline is NOW
T I M E   I S   R U N N I N G    O U T !   Application deadlines for several important events scheduled during the upcoming ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City (February 25-28) are THIS WEEK.     Honor Choir application deadline:  September 30      [Learn More]      ...
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Psaume 42"
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   Psaume ...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: All We Really Have
At the end of the day, all we really have in this life is each other.  Take care of those around you, friends.  
ChoralBlog: Honor Choirs are the Future
We have no scientific data to support this, but it seems reasonable to guess that many (dare one say “most”?) current choral conductors were at one point in their very young lives singers in an honor choir.  The present writer was certainly one of those kids; weren’t you? ...
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Antonio?
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Mixed Choir” by Deanna Joseph
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MIXED CHOIR by Deanna Joseph   1.  “Seek Him That Maketh The Seven Stars.” Jonathan Dove. Faber Music Stunning orchestration for both choir and organ. Combination of rhythmic intensity and interesting repeated harmonies.   2.  &l...
ACDA News: ACDA Honor Choir Auditions Open
It’s one of the great features of any ACDA conference: Honor Choirs!   There will be five honor choirs rehearsing and performing during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City:      Children's Honor Choir     [EXCERPT] &nb...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Bruckner's Masses
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Bruckner's Mass in F Minor: Culmination of the Symphonic Mass” by William Weinert)          The decade between 1864 and 1874 witnessed the composition of several of the most  significant large-scale choral works of the Romantic period: Bra...
ACDA News: Student Composition Contest
The American Choral Directors Association is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Music Composition Contest.      The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 and the prospect of having the work premiered during a divisional or national co...
ACDA News: Conducting Masterclass in Salt Lake City
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 7)
ACDA News: National Conference Performing Choirs Announced
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to introduce the 40 choirs invited to appear during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (February 25-28).  Conference attendees will hear stellar choral music from:   Ansan City Choir Baylor University A C...
Featured photo: In Memoriam: Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)
In Memoriam: Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Look What You Did!
Wow!  Look at this.  A whole choir full of young men!   It wasn’t too long ago, however, that they didn’t look or sound like this.  Every single one of these gentlemen was at one point in the not-too-distant past a gawking, unsure, confused adolescent with a voice that was - on its best d...
ChoralBlog: There’s No Code to Crack: Increasing Your ACDA Involvement
       Recently, a colleague wrote indicating that he “had an itch” to have a greater involvement within the profession.  He was curious about how one finds their way into an area of professional responsibility and service within ACDA.   ...
ACDA News: Attention Procrastinators! Honor Choir Auditions Enter Final Week
Attention procrastinators! The auditions for the 2015 ACDA National Honors Choirs close in one week.   There will be five honor choirs rehearsing and performing during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City:      Children's Honor Choir    ...
Featured photo: MUSYCA Children's Choir at the Kids' Choice Awards (Anna Krendel)
MUSYCA Children's Choir at the Kids' Choice Awards (Anna Krendel)
ACDA News: ACDA Conference Deadlines
Anyone who has ever attended an ACDA national conference knows they are large complex events that take untold thousands of hours of volunteer labor to stage.   Among the many challenges associated with a conference is the issue of keeping track of a wide variety of deadlines.  &nbs...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Belly-Flops are Good
ACDA News: Student Conducting Award Applications Sought
ACDA will again offer the Student Conducting Awards during the next national conference, February 25-28, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.   The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Raymond J. Roberts
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Raymond J. Roberts (Milwaukee High School of the Arts)   The first sound produced during the singing process is the most important. It has little to do with first impressions and everything to do with getting a good start to the phrase.   Coordinated Onset: The hardest to...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Nunc Dimittis (Parsons)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Prayer and Answer "
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   Prayer an...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Choir-Geekery Run Amok
(With abiding respect for St. Matthew)  One possible definition of choral music might be “wherever two or more are gathered, there is a choir.”  We are not easily impressed by techno-gadgetry, but to one who is an unapologetic choir geek this is incredibly cool . . .  ...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "ACDA Hosts America Cantat VIII," by Tim Sharp
ACDA HOSTS AMERICA CANTAT VIII, by Tim Sharp   The America Cantat is an international choral festival that takes place every three years in a different American country. Past host countries include Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Columbia, and Mexico. I am proud to say that thro...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Lauridsen
ACDA News: 2015 National Conference Exhibit and Advertising Space Now Available
Interested in gaining access to the biggest choral audience of the 20154-15 academic year?  Then YOU need to advertise and exhibit during the 2015 ACDA National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah, February 25-28).  Access to this remarkable commercial opportunity is limited to ACDA’s...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: MS/JH Treble Choirs" by Nathan Dame
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MS/JHS TREBLE CHOIRS by Nathan Dame   1.  “Stars, Songs, Faces (No. 3 from a Sandberg Set).”  Nick Page.  Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard  HL48019128 2-part equal divisi and piano.  Call and response melodies combine with lush dissonances to create a great piece f...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Conductors Have Flappy Lips
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Forty Percent” by Scott S. Withrow)   "In an analysis of five choral conductors' rehearsals Thurman (1978) found that an average of forty per cent of rehearsal time was used for verbal communication by the conductors." (Choral Journal, January, 1...
ACDA News: "A Cappella Federation" Performs in ACDA Museum
The "A Cappella Federation" (Brian Hogan & Casey McCarty, co-directors) enjoyed a day of rehearsal on September 13, in the McMahon International Choral Music Museum located at the national office of the American Choral Directors Association.   This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visi...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 6)
  Enjoy more episodes of Name That Choir Tune.
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Youth ≠ Incompetence
When did “youth” become a synonym for “incompetence?”  How can we accept - and teach! - musical pabulum just because it seems “age-appropriate?”   It could be argued that our younger singers need the BEST possible literature, just like their phys...
ACDA News: Take the Choral Journal Survey
The editor of the Choral Journal is currently conducting a reader survey to determine overall reader satisfaction with ACDA’s flagship publication.  The multiple-choice questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, yet it will provide enormously valuable information to the pub...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "My Summer with ACDA: a Treasure Revealed," by Lucas B. Ensign
MY SUMMER WITH ACDA: A TREASURE REVEALED, by Lucas B. Ensign          As I was walking to the vending machine at the University of Wisconsin Platteville before my Choral Literature course, I was stopped by Dr. Bob Demaree about a potential great opportunity...
Featured photo: Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir in Competition at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia (Jody Eaton)
Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir in Competition at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia (Jody Eaton)
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "A Launch We Can ALL Ride" by Sundra Flansburg
A LAUNCH WE CAN ALL RIDE by Sundra Flansburg   Sing it Up! Today ACDA launches its annual membership campaign, which runs through November 14. There has never been a better time to join ACDA.   Over the past year we have added a new ACDA Career Center, which has taken off as ...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Amy Hall
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Amy Hall (Waukee High School)   Our classes always meet at 8:45 a.m. so it has been imperative that we get the voice and body moving to ensure healthy singing throughout the early rehearsal.  An exercise that works well for accomplishing this is singing an arpeggio and then...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Are YOU a Barricade?
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Kyrie (Byrd)