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ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Hogwood on Performance Practice
Famed conductor and scholar Christopher Hogwood shares his thoughts on the value of performance practice in this brief excerpt from his presentation during the 2007 ACDA National Conference.      
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: “The Building Always Wins,” by Thomas More Scott
THE BUILDING ALWAYS WINS, by Thomas More Scott               I just returned home from Paris, where I had the incredible opportunity to study at La Schola Cantorum under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA). The month-long program is modeled on the pedagogy of...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: This Should be Obvious
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: Sunday Inspiration: By & By (Gospel)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "When the song of the angels is stilled"
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.)   When the ...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Row-Row-Row Your Boat
One of the more recognizable pop voices of the late 20th century, Michael McDonald is a participant in this soulful R&B version of "Row-Row-Row Your Boat."  
ChoralBlog: The “Star-Spangled Banner” Turns 200
The National Anthem of the United States, The Star-Spangled Banner, turns 200 this year, in fact the anniversary is just days away.  In commemoration of the auspicious national anniversary, the American Choral Directors Association, in partnership with the Star Spangled Music Foundation, is p...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Medium-Difficulty Treble Voice Masterworks” by Andrew Larson
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MEDIUM-DIFFICULTY TREBLE VOICE MASTERWORKS by Andrew Larson   1.  "Suscepit Israel" (Magnificat in BWV 243). J.S. Bach, ed. Jean AshworthBartle. Hinshaw Music Supremely elegant three-part writing; easily excerpted from BWV 243, leads nicely into any sacred piece in E majo...
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Anne?
ACDA News: 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 ...
ACDA News: Take the Latest ACDA Poll
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the latest poll!  The question of the moment pertains to your freedom (or lack thereof) on the weekend.  Click here to TAKE THE POLL.
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Reposition That Choir
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Choral/Orchestral Balance: An Old Problem Reviewed" by James Fankhauser)          Can anyone imagine a choral director who would not choose to have his choir within eight feet of the podium for choral-orchestral works? Does anyone really like...
ACDA News: Conducting Masterclass in Salt Lake City
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 3)
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...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Rice Krispies® in the Choir
Male singers are like dollar bills. We never seem to have enough.  Choral conductors have been dealing with this problem for centuries; certainly we have commented about it time, after time.   What’s a choral educator to do with only a handful of male singers bobbing helplessly amid a sea of ...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: “Why We Might Want to Perform Good Music” by Jameson Marvin
WHY WE MIGHT WANT TO PERFORM GOOD MUSIC, by Jameson Marvin          The central thesis of this brief discussion is: perform music of good quality. Music of distinction, performed well, is an experience of lasting value. In contrast, performing "trendy,...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: To George You Listen
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: "Using the Hum,” by Margaret H. Daniel
(Excerpted from the Choral Journal article, “Using the Hum and the Trill in Vocal and Choral Development,” by Margaret H. Daniel.)          Whether working with voice students individually, in a small class, or in a large choral  setting, v...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Dixit Maria (Hassler)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Fighting Over What We Believe"
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.)   Fighting ...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Who Needs the London Philharmonic?
It's called "The King of Instruments" for good reason.  May the force be with you.  
ACDA News: CALL FOR PAPERS for ACDA’S 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: Celebrate the Star-Spangled Banner!
The 200th anniversary of the composition of the U.S. national anthem is only days away!  Help celebrate the event, and if you are a current ACDA member, help yourself to a FREE CD of rare Early-American vocal gems. Post a photo of your choir singing the Star Spangled Banner (or commemorating this e...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands” by Sarah Ross
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: ASIA, AUSTRALIA and the PACIFIC ISLANDS by Sara Ross   1. "Hush on the Death of a Bush Church." Iain Grandage.  Morton Music MM2062. Absolutely stunning work that combines Aboriginal chant, imperial Christian hymn structure, and Outback mining work ...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Handel
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Show Choir Production
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article “Show Choir production for Music Educators,” by Randy Boothe [p.25])          Current trends of music in the public schools insure choral education majors an opportunity to direct a vocal jazz ensemble...
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...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 2)
ChoralBlog: National A Cappella Convention
If, like me, you have experienced the benefits of including contemporary a cappella in your choral program, I invite you to attend a new, transformative event—the first annual National A Cappella Convention April 24-25 in Memphis, TN.  Featuring the godfather of a cappella himself, Deke...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Defying Expectations
Watching choirs succeed is just a bucket-full of fun!   That’s why attending an ACDA conference is such a joy.  We have the chance to not simply hear wonderful concerts but to celebrate the months (or years!) of incredible effort that landed a choir on that distinguished stage.  These choirs...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Set Your Pace NOW
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “The Changing Voice” by Kenneth H. Phillips
(Excerpted from the Choral Journal article, “The Changing Voice: An Albatross?” by Kenneth H. Phillips)          Healthy vocal production in the junior high and middle school years requires a good understanding of how vocal registers impact on v...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Ach grosser König (Bach)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "They That Sow in Tears"
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.)   They that...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Animals are Smarter than Humans
Wait, let me see if I understand this.  Some moronic humans get "upset" and kill innocent children, but these two critters from different species get along like best pals.  Our friends here have life figured out nicely.  
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Ethnic and Multicultural” by Sharon Davis Gratto
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: ETHNIC & MULTICULTURAL by Sharon Davis Gratto   (Note:  Selections #1 and #2 are effective works to perform for November Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) or April Holocaust observances.)   1.  “Tsen Brider” (Ten Brothers) (Yiddish).  Martin Rosenberg arr....
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Micah?
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...
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
ACDA News: ACDA Launches Career Center
We are delighted to announce the new ACDA Career Center. Are you looking for a job, or just want to keep an eye on positions available? Easily locate job postings that relate to your interests and priorities in the choral field. Create job alerts and search our listings using criteria most i...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Yes, Choral Music Can
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article “A Selected Choir in a Liberal Arts College”, by Carl A. Fehr)          It may be assumed that educators in general agree that music, and in this case choral music, is an important aspect of the well-r...
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
ACDA News: Updated Choral Journal Index Available
The Choral Journal: An Index to Volumes 19-54 has been updated to include annotated and cross-referenced entries for the latest volume year (Vol. 54).  The current Index includes entries for 4,453 articles published in the Choral Journal from 1979 through the June/July issue of 2014.  It is availa...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 1)
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "The Novelty Concert'" by Dianna Campbell
THE NOVELTY CONCERT by Dianna Campbell   I often refer to myself as a classicist… I love classical music and classic rock.  At my wedding twenty-five years ago I played Bach and Led Zeppelin (Thank you). Each year at the college, I end our season with a “novelty’ conce...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Craft Beauty
The present writer is unwavering (and unapologetic) in his belief that choral music is about the phrase.  The latest literature “hit,” pretty wardrobe, various dance moves, and other affectations are no substitute for great choral music sung well.   Consider the accompanying performance fro...