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ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 11)
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Voces8
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: VOCES8   Voces8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg, ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Gypsy Music"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SING GYPSY MUSIC: REPERTOIRE OF GYPSY CHOIRS IN UKRANE AND RUSSIA (Jeffrey Buettner, clinician)   This session explores the music of Romani (Gypsy) Choirs of Ukraine and Russia from folk trad...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 4): “Reaping What We Sow,” by Marie Grass Amenta
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 4): REAPING WHAT WE SOW by Marie Grass Amenta   (This is the fourth installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.)   “Always do right.  This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: USC THORNTON CHAMBER SINGERS   The USC Thornton Chamber Singers have been hailed as a model of excellence since their inception in 1939. This past year, they performed in Beijing at the twelfth international ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Beautiful Sound with Tenors"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL SOUND WITH TENORS (Stephen Sieck, clinician)   Oh, those poor tenors! So much of the music we sing is written with the capabilities of professional adult tenors in mind, ...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Assembly-Line Art?
The digital demands of life in the 21st century make it difficult (if not impossible) to be a serious artist.  iGadgets and other such intrusive devices demand undivided attention from their captive users, with far too many weak-minded lemmings utterly unable to disconnect themselves from their el...
Featured photo: In Memoriam Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
In Memoriam Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Art Lapierre
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Art Lapierre (American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble)   I use a basic ascending/descending major 9th arpeggio with various combinations of neutral vowels, vowels with voiced and unvoiced consonants, as well as text. I usually (although not always) harmonize this with a r...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Fools
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: USAF Singing Sergeants
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SINGING SERGEANTS   The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington DC, the group is one...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Scary Orchestras"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SCARED OF THE ORCHESTRA? RELAX, THEY’RE HUMAN, TOO (John Nelson, clinician)   Choral and orchestral conductors generally live on different planets and are often uncomfortable being in e...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: O Pastor Animarum (Hildegard)
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: WESTRIDGE VARSITY TREBLE CHOIR   West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir comprises forty young women in the seventh and eighth grades who demonstrate love for singing, commitment to musicianship, and dedication to ch...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "A Cappella Singing"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: A CAPPELLA POP: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA SINGING (Brody McDonald, clinician)   This session will teach you everything you need to get started in the fastest growing vocal g...
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "We Three Kings"
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.)   We Three ...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Autumn Leaves
October weekends are great for viewing fall foliage.  The stunning colors, crisp air, comfy sweaters, and steaming cups of hot apple cider combine to make it one of the wonderful experience of the year.  For those of us in southern climes, autumn is considerably less vibrant.  As a ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: CAMERATE VOCAL SINE NOMINE   Founded in 2003 by its first director, Enrique Fililú O'Reilly, and directed since 2008 by Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine is a u...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Perfect Repertoire"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE PERFECT REPERTOIRE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT CHOIR (Andrea Solya, clinician)   This session will explore repertoire and resources from the Renaissance to the 1900s suitable for less experien...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Purcell
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: The King's Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: THE KING’S SINGERS   Acclaimed worldwide for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charisma, the King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work — synonymous with the very best in vocal ensem...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Singer-Friendly Rehearsals"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: BRAIN-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES FOR SINGER-FRIENDLY REHEARSALS (Charlene Archibeque & Debbie Glaze, clinicians)   This session will use the latest discoveries on how the brain functions to demo...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by Rika R. Heruth
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER:  MIXED VOICES by Rika R. Heruth   1.  “Buccinate in Neomenia Tuba.” Giovanni Croce. Mark Foster Music Co. No. 423 A double choir motet inspired by the architecture of St. Mark’s Cathedral.  The cori spezzati style of this wo...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Intuition in Rehearsals
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Chaos Theory and the Choral Conductor: Learning to Trust Musical Intuition” by Ray Wheeler)   How can conductors be more intuitive in rehearsals?   1) Be sensitive to intuitive impulses. Being aware of intuition as a valuable tool in conductin...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Maryland State Boychoir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: MARYLAND STATE BOYCHOIR   Now celebrating its twenty-eighth season, the Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as “Official Goodwill Ambassadors.” The Boychoir performs ov...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Future of the Choral Art"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: NEW AMERICAN VOICES: BUILDING THE FUTURE OF THE CHORAL ART (Dale Warland & Jake Runestad, clinicians)   Led by famed choral conductor Dale Warland and award-winning composer Jake Runestad...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 10)
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Eleventh Hour
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ELEVENTH HOUR   Eleventh Hour is a select group of eight vocalists from the music department at Kettering Fairmont High School. They have appeared on several educational conferences, including Ohio MEA state ...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Learn to Sing Chinese"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: YES, YOU CAN LEARN TO SING CHINESE IN SIXTY MINUTES (Jing Ling-Tam, clinician)   If you have been fearful of wading into the “deep waters” of performing Chinese choral music, this...
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: Choral Ethics (Part 3): “Kindness is NOT for Wimps,” by Marie Grass Amenta
CHORAL ETHICS (Part 3): KINDNESS IS NOT FOR WIMPS by Marie Grass Amenta   (This is the third installment of a five-part series on choral ethics, exploring what it means to be ethical in this often unethical business.) “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” Jean-Jacques Ro...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Hand Me a Whip! (Music with Sacred Text)
It’s a common scene in summertime blockbuster movies.  The hero has just overcome some tremendous obstacle and just as he (and we in the audience) breathes a sigh of relief, all you-know-what breaks loose.  The walls cave in, imminent danger rears its ugly head, and our hero finds himself scram...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR   Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who w...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Vocal Jazz Rehearsals"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS (Jennifer Barnes, clinicians)   This clinic will be a lecture/demonstration of techniques that have been found to be effective, efficien...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Downs Win Games
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Iowa State Singers
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: IOWA STATE SINGERS   The Iowa State Singers is Iowa State University’s most select choral ensemble. Comprising freshmen through seniors, approximately one half of them music majors, the choir’s membership...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "The VOCES8 Method"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE VOCES8 METHOD: A MUSICAL WAKE-UP FOR VOICE, BODY & MIND (Members of OCES8, clinicians)   The VOCES8 Method is an innovative and energizing start to the school day designed to engage l...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Kim Davidson
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Kim Davidson, (Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir)   In 28 years I’ve tried so many warm-ups! At conferences and festivals I write down everyone’s warm-ups and try many of them with my choirs as I work to cover all of the important aspects necessary for building our best...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Vivaldi)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "The Birds"
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.)   The Birds...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "The Aging Voice"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: THE AGING VOICE IN CHORAL AND SOLO SETTINGS (Allen Henderson & Ingo R. Titze, clinicians)   As the voice ages, dramatic changes begin to occur in the vocal folds and in the neuromuscular ...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Ansan City Choir
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: ANSAN CITY CHOIR   Founded in 1995, the Ansan City Choir is a professional group that is frequently called upon to represent the Republic of Korea on the international stage. Under the direction of...
ChoralBlog: Vocal Health and the Working Mother
Do working mothers face specific vocal challenges?  Are those women/mothers working in specific vocally-intensive professions more susceptible to issues related to vocal health?   A new study currently underway at the Northern Illinois University seeks to understand such issues.  One of the co...
ACDA News: Singing in Salt Lake: Choral Arts
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: CHORAL ARTS   Seattle-based Choral Arts presents a challenging repertoire of mixed styles, periods, and languages. Performances include new American choral music and a faithful representation of ma...
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Sing for Fun"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: SING FOR FUN – WITHOUT SCORES! (Robert Sund, clinician)   To sing for fun without pressure now and then during rehearsals and choir camps can be very profitable and create a positive at...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Whatever Works
Regardless of the subject matter, those of us in the education profession are constantly seeking creative ways to distill complex structures down to a point where our students can grasp the concept at hand. Look at the clever way students in a public school broke down the multifaceted historical ...
Announcement: In Memoriam: Russell Mathis (ACDA National President 1974-1977)
G. Russell Mathis, a professor of music at the University of Oklahoma for nearly 40 years, passed from this life on Sept. 23 after a brief illness. He was 88.   Appointed to the OU faculty in 1962 as director of choral activities, he was a key advocate for the arts throughout his tenure at the u...
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Catherine?
ACDA News: Sessions in Salt Lake: "Models & Mentors"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session: MODELS AND MENTORS: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR CHORAL CONDUCTORS (Hilary Apfelstadt, clinician)   Each one of us is a model and/or a mentor for the musicians with whom we work. This session addresses th...
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Women’s Voices” by Dana W. Taylor
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: WOMEN’S VOICES by Dana W. Taylor   1. “Benedicamustrope: Congaudeant catholici” SSA. Anonymous 4, earthsongs Fun tosing but a challenge to learn. A very good work to introduce early polyphony.A4’s recording varies rhythmically from this edi...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Symphony of Psalms
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “An Examination of Stravinsky's Fugal Writing in the Second Movement of Symphony of Psalms ” by Robert Taylor)          Concerning the origin of his 1930 Symphony a/Psalms, Igor Stravinsky wrote: "My idea was that my symphony should be of gr...