ChoralNet - Daily New postings in DailyOpen Rehearsals in January for The Tower Chorale Carlotta Wing, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000
Tower Chorale - Open Rehearsals
The Tower Chorale will begin to prepare for its concert Faure Masterworks” beginning Monday evening, January 5, 2015.  Rehearsals are held from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. each Monday evening at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. The first two Monday rehearsals are open rehearsals for singers to try us out. The concerts will be held on Sunday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Cletus Church in La Grange and Sunday, March 9, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago.  Come sing with us.  Please see or call 708-580-0997 for more information.
Pieces for Double Choir or Choir with Chamber Opportunity Angelica Dunsavage, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Dec:%th 17DecGMT+0000 Choral Community,
I find myself asking for a very specific type of music for a very specific circumstance. My HS choirs are going to perform at a competition in April. Typically, only my smaller chamber group goes to these, with about 20 students. However, this being my first year at the school and to gain more interest, I am opening it up to my other auditioned choir as well. In total, we will have approx. 35 people going, with part evenly divided. 
Since we need to compete as a unit with two groups, I am thinking of programming repertoire that features small groups or possibly double choir. This will allow both groups to shine while working together. I need repertoire ideas that have this in mind. I know of the Double Choir classics- Bach, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, etc. However, I'm also looking for something not too challenging, but really interesting. Maybe Romantic/Contemporary. Anyone have ideas? All options will be considered.
H Parker "Seven Greek Pastoral Scenes" David P. DeVenney, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000 instrumental parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Horatio Parker
Starting: now
For: 2 months
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I am seeking either a full score or instrumental parts (oboe, harp, and strings) to accompany Horatio Parker's Seven Pastoral Scenes, first published by G. Schirmer in 1913.  They were written for the Eurydice Society of Philadelphia, a women's singing organization. The score was published with piano accompaniment, and while the instrumental parts may have been published at the same time, no trace of them seems to have survived.  I am trying to locate the parts for a February performance.  There is a Recital Publications reprint of the Schirmer score from 1993.  Imslp also has a PDF copy of the Schirmer score posted on its website.
Having scoured academic libraries throughout the country, there is little doubt that these parts exist there.  I am hoping that, just perhaps, someone has a copy of these parts in their institution's choral library.  If so, I would be very grateful to be able to borrow them.
Thank you -
David DeVenney
Choral Director Daniel Shigo, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 JAMES SHIGO is voice teacher, bass-baritone and scholar of historical vocal pedaogy, who seeks a position as CHORAL DIRECTOR. He has held positions as a public school music educator, has appeared as a full-time professional singer with the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera for more than two decades, and has extensive experience as a choral artist in the New York City area, both as a church musician, as well as a member of the prestigious New York Choral Artists. He is also the author of "Hidden In Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based Upon The Famous School Of Manuel Garcia (VoiceTalkPublications, 2013). Find his studio website at: and his blog VoiceTalk at www.voice-talk
Announcing The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop – January 2015 at Columbia University in New York, New York Jeffrey James, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
December 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
Announcing The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop – January 2015 at Columbia University in New York, New York
The first 2015 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop will be held at Columbia University in New York, New York from Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9, 2015.
This five-day event is open to choral conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers, expand their contacts and have an intensive experience with 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award winner Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, one of the world’s leading choral conductors.
The HRCCI includes rehearsal and performance conducting opportunities, one-on-one instruction and individual guidance.
Rosenbaum has conducted over 1,600 concerts during his 40+ year career. He has conducted and taught at the Juilliard School, Queens College and Adelphi University, and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Choirs at the University at Buffalo.
The Institute is limiting enrollment to 12 conductors so each participant will receive close attention and hands-on guidance. Each attendee will receive a private lesson, plus opportunities to rehearse the choir comprised of the participants and others, with constructive feedback by Rosenbaum.
For complete details, including workshop brochure and application form, please visit Questions can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at
Harold Rosenbaum, recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, is the founder and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. He is also lead choral conductor for Parma Recordings, and a Soundbrush Records artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Founders Award and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of “distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.”
A strong proponent of and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, Rosenbaum has commissioned more than 60 works, and has conducted more than 475 world premieres. Visit him at
INTERNATIONAL POP CHOIR FESTIVAL BERLIN Helmut Engel, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The 4th International Popchoir Festival Berlin will take place at the Concert Hall of the “Universität der Künste” on Saturday, the 9th of May 2015

Enjoy your stay at the thrilling City of Berlin!
It is a Festival, no Contest!
Nevertheless there will be awards for: 
Best Conductor / Best Repertoire / Best Presentation / best Soloist singer
We offer complete arrangements!!

Travel dates: 6/7 May – 10 May 2015
A second Open Air Concert (covered stage) is possible
Registration is possible until the 1st of December 2014
The INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BARCELONA 2015 Helmut Engel, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
The Festival will take place at the beautiful Concert Hall PETIT PALAU of PALAU DE LA MUSICA.
Extra Open Air Concert at the concert stage of Poble Espanyol
The Festival Concert date is Friday evening, the 15th of May 2015.
Open Air Festival Concerts will take place on Saturday afternoon, the 16th of May 2015
We offer complete Travel packages / adjusting the length of your stay is possible
Registration is possible until the 1st of February 2015!
All kinds of choirs can join the Festival. It is a Festival, no contest.
T 0049-151-70531420
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL LONDON 2015 Helmut Engel, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000

The festival will take place at the beautiful Concert Hall of Royal College of Music London on Saturday, the 24th of October 2015.

We offer complete arrangements with choice between hotel or youth hostel.
It is a festival, no contest.
Nevertheless there will be awards for best conductor / best repertoire / best presentation / best soloist singer.

Extra concert at a Church in the City of London.
End of registration is the 1st of April 2015.


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Cantoría Hipponensis next Concert: X Choral Christmas Victor Duart-Belloque, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Dec:%th 15DecGMT+0000
Timely accomplishing the milestones in our choral Course cycle, Cantoría Hipponensis will celebrate its 10th Choral Christmas in a row. It will take place next Sunday December 21st, at noon, the forth one of Advent, accompanying the Eucharist, from the heights of the ancient choir stand of Cristo Rey Parish in Valencia, Spain, witness of the birth of Cantoría Hipponensis now 10 years ago. 
Afterwards, we will descend to ground level to offer our concert of carols to the assisting audience as a form of wishing happiness to this Christmas.
We will be accompanied by Maestro Arturo Barba Sevillano in the organ and we will be conducted by Inmaculada Buriel Montoro. 
More information in:
1.- LAUDATE DOMINUM………………..       P.A.Soler
2.- KYRIE …………………………………      Ch. Gounod
3.- BENEDICAT VOBIS.…………………      G.F. Haendel
4.- AVE  MARIA ………………..…………..      T.L. Victoria
5.- SANCTUS…………………………………    Ch. Gounod
6.- AGNUS DEI……………………………..       Ch. Gounod
7.- AVE VERUM CORPUS…………………     W.A. Mozart
Carols concert
1.     RIU RIU CHIU………………………….Anónym S XVI
2.     VILLANCICO MEXICANO………….Traditional.Choral V. Ramón Noble
3.     EN LA MÁS FRÍA NOCHE………...(Away in a Manger) James E. Spilman
4.     EL DESEMBRE CONGELAT………..Manuel Oltra
5.     CAMPANA SOBRE CAMPANA…Traditional Andalous  Arm. L-G. Farreny
6.     A ADORAR AL NIÑO……….…....Traditional Venezuela. Arr. E. Cifre
7.     YA VIENE LA VIEJA…………..…Traditional Spain. Arr. E. Cifre
8.     O MENINO…...--Traditional Alves (Portugal) Mario de Sampayo y Ribeiro
9.     SANT JUSEP SE FA VELLET………Valencia. Luis Blanes
10.  ADESTE FIDELES……………………John Reading S.XVIII
11.  NOCHE DE PAZ……………………….Franz Grüber
World Choral Day in Armenia 2015 Tigran Hekekyan, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
World Choral Day is celebrated since 1990.
Thousand of Choirs from 150 countries celebrate this day in the world. Every year the number of participants and audience is growing more and more. The aim is to raise the public awareness respecting choral art.
It’s already the 4th year Armenian Little Singers International Association with the help of Ministry of Culture and Yerevan Town Hall is organizing the concert dedicated to the World Choral Day.

On the 6th of December at 2p.m. the best 10 choirs of the republic joined at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall uniting their voices with the thousand choirs who celebrate the day in different cities all over the world.
A lot of pupils from 50 public schools were present at the hall. At the end of concert Little Singers of Armenia Choir joined with pupils and  together the were singing as to make the concert bright and remembered.
Choral Composition Competition 2015 Tigran Hekekyan, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
                               COMPOSITIONS DEDICATED TO THE
The aim of the competition is the promotion and creation of a new and global choral repertoire for children’s choirs, with possibility of stage acting performances.
Special preference will be given to compositions in praise of
Love, Life and Peace on the Planet
Prizes foreseen for the winners are:
  • First prize - 2000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • Second prize - 1000 USD and Worldwide performance of the composition
  • The composition placed third will be performed during the choir’s tours
The basic requirements for the participants and the composition are:
  • Participation is open to composers from any country, aged over twenty.
  • Preferred languages are Latin, English and Armenian.
  • The compositions should be written for the “Little Singers of Armenia” children's choir – either for (SSA) or (SSAA) voices and percussion with or without piano accompaniment.
  • Duration should be no longer than ten minutes. Arrangements are not acceptable.
  • The compositions should be submitted by 1st of May, 2015. 
The Jury will consist of internationally renowned conductors and composers.
For additional information please contact our website .or write to .
Antiphonal Piece for "From the Movies" Theme Stephen D Bruce, %18 %b %2014 %13:%Dec:%th 13DecGMT+0000 Listers:
We are doing a "choral pieces from the movies" theme, with works ranging from O Fortuna to When i Fall in Love. A standard feature of our concerts is spreading around the performance hall to do a multipart antiphonal piece. (Typically 8 to 10 parts, such as Rheinberger Kyrie, Gabrieli  Hodie, Scheidt In Dulci Jubilo. some accompanied, some not.) But I haven't been able to identify a piece like this that appears in a movie? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Stephen D. Bruce PhD
Con Brio Choral Society, Inc.
Mayo International Choral Festival 20th. to 24th. May 2015 Edward Horkan, %18 %b %2014 %12:%Dec:%th 12DecGMT+0000
 Mayo International Choral Festival 20th to 24th May. 2015
See our web-site for details at <> , 
Closing Date for entries 31st. January 2015
With Best Wishes to all Choirs for a Happy Christmas and a Great New Year of Singing, 
Regards Edward Horkan, Festival Chairman.
Looking forward to a new year with plenty of song.
Please note both International and National Choirs -
2015 festival entry closing date is January 31st 2015.
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Singing in Salt Lake: The Real Group Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %19:%Oct:%th 19OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
The Real Group is a groundbreaking vocal group based in Sweden made up of members: Emma Nilsdotter, Katarina Henryson, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther, and Anders Jalkéus. With the voice as their sole instrument, they have created a unique musical expression in the field between jazz, pop, and Nordic European choir music. The group has been touring the world for almost three decades. In 1989 the group graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with the highest degree, and since then they have often been asked to perform at prestigious offi cial events along with their regular concerts, such as the Swedish queens birthday when they performed the Abbaclassic ”Dancing Queen” together with the former Abba member Anni- Frid Lyngstad. The group also sang at the opening of the Fifa World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Their wide repertoire has made it possible for the group to collaborate with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, pop bands, and artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Toots Thielemans, and Sir George Martin. The Real Group has made seventeen CDs and produced their own concert tours, TV programs, and been artistic directors for an A Cappella Festival in Seoul, South Korea. In 2008, the Real Group initiated and hosted “The Real A Cappella Festival” and in 2012 “The Real Group Festival” with visitors from more than twenty countries. They are in the process of developing the online educational site “The Real Group Academy.” In 2012 and 2013 the group toured as ambassadors for the charity program Star For Life in Sweden and South Africa. The Christmas album A World for Christmas was released in 2012 on Universal Music.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Women's Vocal Colors" Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%th 21OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
As members of an equal voice ensemble, singers in women’s choruses have the potential to collectively create vibrant sonorities. While disparities between voice size and color can make a unified sound elusive, conformity to a single tonal model may produce a generic quality that sacrifices the vitality of individual voices. Varied musicianship skills, personality types, learning styles, and life experience also impact ensemble unity. Teaching singers to coordinate (rather than blend) vocal colors encourages them to shade and integrate these unique timbres instead of neutralizing them. The importance of mindfulness, relatedness, position, and part distribution all come into play.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
CJ Replay: Singing Quakers Scott Dorsey, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Singing Out of the Silence: A Survey of Quaker Choral Music” by Dan Graves)
       The practice of singing among members of the Society of Friends is inextricably tied to the history of Quakerism itself. In the mid-seventeenth century, the first generation of Quakers rejected music, although not outright. If Friends sang "with the spirit and with understanding also" (1 Corinthians 14:15), their singing was acceptable. If, however, the singer was not in the same "condition" or frame of mind as the composer of the music, the singing was viewed as lying. The Truth Testimony was broken under such circumstances; therefore most singing violated Quaker principles?
       Secular music led people away from God and was avoided as frivolous. Modeling his behavior after a seventeenth-century Friend who burned his musical instruments to avoid being led into sin, an eighteenth-century Friend, upon converting to Quakerism, felt obligated to stop playing his cello. Saddened by the loss, but unable to bring himself to burn the instrument, he dug a grave and buried it.
     With minor exceptions, these attitudes were strictly enforced during the Quietistic period of the eighteenth century. That period was followed by extreme turmoil during the nineteenth century, leading first to several splits among Friends and, ultimately, to the breakdown of eighteenth-century stereotypes. The major split among Quakers in America occurred between 1827 and 1828 in Philadelphia. This so-called Orthodox Hicksite division split Friends into two branches with vastly divergent practices in many areas, including singing. The Orthodox Quakers were strongly influenced by the American religious mainstream and the evangelical revivalist movement. They settled in the Midwest and turned to common religious practices, such as paid pastors, programmed worship services, and singing. The Hicksites, on the other hand, continued the silent worship of unprogrammed meetings, with no singing during worship.
       Today singing practices among Friends remain divided along much the same lines. In the United States, however, about two-thirds of all Qualms belong to branches descended from the Evangelical Friends, who have both congregational and choral singing as part of their worship meetings. Among American Hicksite descendants and British Friends, virtually all still hold silent, unprogrammed meetings for worship.
READ the entire article.
Building Skills 9 Richard Sparks, %17 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000 from Daniel Coyle: Tip# 13 "Find the Sweet Spot." Once again, I recommend Coyle's book highly.
For this tip, Coyle speaks of finding "a place, right on the edge of your ability, where you learn best and fastest. It's called the sweet spot."
He then gives hints on finding that "sweet spot" of learning by comparing the "comfort zone," where the sensations are, "Ease, effortlessness. You're working, but not reaching or struggling," to the sweet spot where the sensations are of, "frustration, difficulty, alertness to errors. You're fully engaged in an intense struggle—as if you're stretching with all your might for a nearly unreachable goal, brushing it with your fingertips, then reaching again." And finally, to what he calls the "survival zone," where the sensations are "confusion, desperation. You're overmatched: scrambling, thrashing, and guessing. You guess right sometimes, but it's mostly luck."
Coyle gives the example of a 13 year old clarinetist, part of an Australian study, who in a particular practice session, suddenly focuses intensely on her mistakes, figuring them out, and fixing them. The author of the study noted that the girl "learned more in that span of minutes than she would have learned in an entire month practicing her normal way, in which she played songs straight through, ignoring any mistakes."
This is analogous to my prior discussions of "drill" versus "scrimmage" (borrowed from the studies of John Wooden's teaching/coaching techniques), which you can find in this post, this one, and here.
It's our job to try to keep the choir as often as possible at that sweet spot, where they're having to stretch hard to accomplish something (learn a difficult passage, rhythm, vocal skill, etc.). This way, their learning will be at the optimum speed. That isn't all we need to do, of course, since we need to run through passages or pieces as well ("scrimmage"), but you can read about that in the other posts.
But our choice of repertoire is also something that needs to push our ensembles beyond their comfort zone. Finding the balance of some music that they can achieve more easily, but some that is almost beyond their abilities (but not pushing them into the "survival zone") is our challenge as a conductor. I've posted earlier about choosing repertoire, and often have tried to find one piece (often contemporary) that will push my students in ways they've never been pushed before. Since I've been involved with Swedish music, that's provided some of this music for my choirs (in recent years with the University Singers at UNT, Sven-David Sandström's Agnus Dei and Thomas Jennefelt's O Domine). But the specifics can and must vary, depending on the level of your choir—children, middle school, high school, college, or perhaps a program you've built versus a poor one you've just taken over—it's our job to find something that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h our choir's abilities. I've found it's often just that piece that the choir struggles with at first, perhaps dislikes, that they like best by the time they perform it. And it's those pieces that push your choir's abilities ahead faster and further than any others.
This is my last post before the holidays—have a wonderful break—and I'll "see" you again in January.
Seeking Music Director Maureen Conroy, %18 %b %2014 %03:%Dec:%th 3DecGMT+0000
Cantilena, a women's chorale, Arlington, MA.
Job Summ: Creates and develops two concert programs each year (December and May). Prepares chorus through weekly Monday evening rehearsals from September through May.
Reqts: Degree in choral conducting or related field, or equivalent professional experience, and a passion for excellence in choral performance. Experience in conducting choruses of serious amateur musicians; demonstrated excellence in performance/rehearsal planning and programming; broad knowledge of treble voice repertoire; ability to select and guide strong, experienced avocational singers in choral techniques, vocal production, musicianship, languages, and musical background/historical context. Sense of humor and strong interpersonal communication skills.

Requirements: Degree in choral conducting or related field, or equivalent professional experience, and a passion for excellence in choral performance. Experience in conducting choruses of serious amateur musicians; demonstrated excellence in performance/rehearsal planning and programming; broad knowledge of treble voice repertoire; ability to select and guide strong, experienced avocational singers in choral techniques, vocal production, musicianship, languages, and musical background/historical context. Sense of humor and strong interpersonal communication skills. Willingness to advise Board in artistic decisions affecting the chorus.

Application deadline: Feb. 16, 2015
Email Cover letter, resume and contacts for 3 references to
Messiah Sing-In with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir Christine Howlett, %18 %b %2014 %05:%Dec:%th 5DecGMT+0000'S MESSIAH SING -IN with the HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC & CAPPELLA FESTIVA

Join us at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY on Saturday December 20, 2pm. 

(Get your tickets soon...we're almost sold out!)

Sing along with the renowned Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Cappella Festiva in Handel’s most popular choral work.  Where else can you participate in a Messiah Sing-In with professional orchestra and incredible soloists including Courtenay Budd, soprano, Ryland Angel, countertenor, James Ruff, tenor, and Andrew Cummings, bass.

Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Leslie Gerber and Maestro Howlett one hour prior to the concert.

Tickets are available at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072 or in person at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845-339-6088.  (Tickets range from $25-$50, and student rush tickets are also available.)

Please join us and help make this an annual event for our community.

This series is sponsored by the Bruderhof, Rhinebeck Bank & Dr Jeffery Perchick Memorial Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Herzog's, the Kingston Plaza, and many others!

Happy Holidays!



Episcopal and Catholic musical liturgical settings - SATB - ready to print Bill Heigen, %07 %b %2014 %23:%Apr:%th 23AprGMT+0000 United Conference (VA/MD/DC/DE) Emi Eiting, %16 %b %2014 %11:%Jul:%th 11JulGMT+0000 Ruiz-Bernal Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, %30 %b %2014 %13:%Jul:%th 13JulGMT+0000 Partlan Susan Partlan, %31 %b %2014 %20:%Jul:%st 20JulGMT+0000 Da Rold (Mel - Belluno) Manolo Da Rold, %06 %b %2014 %06:%Aug:%th 6AugGMT+0000 Art Agency Prague s.r.o. - concert tours to Czech republic, Austria and Germany Tereza Skrivanova, %15 %b %2014 %08:%Aug:%th 8AugGMT+0000 Ayres (London, U.K.) Greg Bartholomew, %25 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Voices of Montserrat. International competition-festival Nika Miakushko, %28 %b %2014 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000 Secco Music Eugenio Costa, %21 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%st 3OctGMT+0000 Voli's Music Eugenio Costa, %21 %b %2014 %03:%Oct:%st 3OctGMT+0000 Elektra Sound - Tessitura Shannon Lythgoe, %02 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%nd 18NovGMT+0000 Diction Resources Trudy Miller, %05 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 the Middle With Mr D A Blog for Middle School Teachers Dale Duncan, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%rd 14NovGMT+0000 Scott Music - Daily Choral Conducting & Arranging Blog Jed Scott, %20 %b %2014 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 Training Resources for Singers Christopher Sutton, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 parts Phil Whitehead, %16 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 IPA Colin Stave, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000 Elektra Sound - instructional video series on YouTube Morna Edmundson, %09 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000 Apparel susan white, %09 %b %2014 %02:%Oct:%th 2OctGMT+0000 Matthews (New York, USA) Cortlandt Matthews, %29 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 Ashford Robert Ashford, %06 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%th 22SepGMT+0000 Bach Festival Choral Teacher's Workshop Cole Blume, %30 %b %2014 %19:%May:%th 19MayGMT+0000 Gate International Choral Festival Christa Tumlinson, %28 %b %2014 %21:%Mar:%th 21MarGMT+0000 Choral Music Fahad Siadat, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Mar:%th 18MarGMT+0000 Tobias Johansson, %18 %b %2014 %12:%Feb:%th 12FebGMT+0000 Dinners Bruce Rockwell, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Jul:%th 15JulGMT+0000 forum for exchange of ideas for planning, presenting, and promoting madrigal dinners. ]]>Wanted: Contemporary Worship Leader Tom Hammett, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
Part-time position.
Work Hours: 20 hours
Pay: Salary negotiable
USPS Mail to: BPC Personnel Search Committee
1624 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Cantus Auditions Paul Rudoi, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000
Cantus Auditions
“the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” - Fanfare
Cantus is accepting audition materials for tenors, baritones, and basses!
Auditions for Cantus’ 2015-2016 season will take place on February 20, 2015, following preliminary review of application materials and notification of finalists.
Applications can be mailed or submitted electronically (electronic is strongly preferred), and must be postmarked or uploaded by January 2, 2015.
To submit electronically:
 - Go to (Password: cantussings) and click on the “+Add files...” button.
 - Please put your last name on all file names (“yourlastname-resume.pdf”)
 - Please compress all files into one zipped file with the following title format: “”. This is preferred but files may also be uploaded individually.
For regular mail, applications should be sent to:
ATTN: Recruitment
1221 Nicollet Mall, Suite 231
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Application submissions should include the following.
  • Application form: This form can be used as a fillable PDF (mandatory for electronic submissions)
  • Cover Letter (pdf only)
  • Headshot (1MB or less for electronic submissions)
  • Resume (maximum of 2 pages, pdf only)
  • A collection of recordings (mp3 only) that include the following:
    • Two varying vocalises of your choosing
    • Three solo repertoire selections. At least one of these must be an aria. At least one of these must be in a language other than English.
NOTE: Please be sure to send all required materials, including a filled out application form and cover letter.
Cantus holds annual auditions for singers interested in joining the ensemble regardless of availability.  Cantus is made up of nine singers (Five tenors, two baritones, and two basses) who are provided with annual contracts for full-time work with benefits and six weeks of vacation. Cantus is based in Minneapolis and St. Paul and tours an average of 20 weeks a year in addition to its home concert series, an active schedule of education outreach and an annual recording release.
For additional answers to questions about working for or applying to Cantus, please click here.
Please write if you have any further questions. We look forward to your submission!
Registration Extention: Violettes Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition Becky Chaffee, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Dec:%th 22DecGMT+0000,
This is Violettes 2nd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition (ages 10 thru 17). Registration is extended to Feb.1, 2015, with the on-line submittal is due: Feb 14.
1st place prize for the composition winner is $1,000, and 1st prize songwriter is a Professional Recording by Digitrax Recording Studios, $100 cash and Violettes Guitar Gig Bag. Music Professionals are Volunteer Judges who critique the entries.
For Registration and complete guidelines and prizes, see Or just go to my web site at

Thanks so much,
Becky Chaffee 
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Voce Camerata & Consort presents “Carols and Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away” Bill Toups, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000          December 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
WHERE:        Auditorium at Carol Woods Retirement Community
                    750 Weaver Dairy Road
                    Chapel Hill, NC
COST:           Free
Carol Woods Retirement Community presents Voce Camerata & Consort performing “Carols and Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away.”
Gloucestershire Wassail                                                                                                         Traditional
Ecce Dominus Veniet                                                                                                  Michael Praetorius
           (1571 - 1621)
Verbum Caro Factum Est/Dadme albricias                                                                 Cancionero de Uppsala
Cancion de la virgin                                                                                               Anon. (16th Century)
                                Recorder Consort
Angelus ad Virginem                                                                                              Anon. (13th Century)
O Pulcherrima Mulierum                                                                                                Jacques Arcadelt
                     (?1507 - 1568)
Laetentur Coeli                                                                                                                 William Byrd
                      (1540 - 1623)
O Magnum Mysterium                                                                                          Tomas Luis de Victoria
                  (c. 1548 - 1611)
A un Niño Llorando al Hielo                                                                                       Francisco Guerrero
          (1528 - 1599)
Nous voyons que les hommes                                                                                       Jacques Arcadelt
                                Crumhorn trio
Nowell Owt of your slepe aryse                                                                                             Traditional

El Desembre Congelat                                                                                                         Traditional
Apple Tree Wassail                                                                                            Traditional/Anonymous
                                Recorder Consort and Vocal solo             
Three German Songs:
Ach, Bittrer Winter                                                                      Johannes Werlin (1588 - 1666)
So Treiben Wir den Winter Aus                                                                                  Traditional
Der Winter Kalt                                                                          Johannes Eccard (1533 - 1611)
Drive the Cold Winter Away                                                                                                  Traditional
                                Recorder Consort and Vocal solo
Hodie Christus Natus Est                                                                                        Jan Peters Sweelinck
                     (1562 - 1621)
Bass/Baritone Soloist/co-Section Leader Edward Alstrom, %17 %b %2014 %21:%Dec:%th 21DecGMT+0000
The position of Bass/Baritone Soloist/Co-Section Leader at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield is available in January. We are one of the largest Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, focused on musical excellence and having fun doing it. The music we do is wildly diverse, and rarely follows the same course two weeks in a row.

This position is one of five paid staff singer positions, and is on payroll from September to June. During the summers (July-August), there is a volunteer choir. The soloists are not on payroll then and are not required to be present, but could be hired for solos or choir fortification on a occasional basis during the summer.
The Chancel Choir is 20-25 voices. They lead worship at the 10:00 am service every Sunday; there is a 9:15 call for rehearsal/warmup. There is also an 8:00 am service in our Chapel, at which the five soloists rotate, so you would need to be present roughly once every 5 weeks for that in addition.
There are also the special services you might expect: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve (8p and 11p), and Easter (9a and 11a). These pay extra, as do extra rehearsals and solo work for concerts, etc.
The staff singers are required weekly in rehearsals (Thursdays from 7:30 until 9:30pm) from the beginning of September through the end of June, tracking the liturgical season.
The position requires you to be a great singer, be open-minded about and able to perform all types of music (this ain’t no Oratorio Society), sight read like crazy, be a groovy guy, play well with others, and be here when we need you.

Compensation is $125/week, broken out into $50/rehearsal and $75/Sunday, and extra for extra duties as they come up.
If interested, no phone calls, please - e-mail an mp3 of you singing something (no more than two pieces) along with your resume to Ed Alstrom, the Music Director, at After these are gathered, we will notify those whom we plan to audition in early January.
We are looking to fill the position in mid to late January.

Ed Alstrom, Organist & Director of Music
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
workshops/clinics/festivals for school choirs in NY/NJ/PA metro area? Stuart Rosenthal, %17 %b %2014 %20:%Dec:%th 20DecGMT+0000 direct a high school chorus, middle school chorus, and two high school a cappella groups in central NJ. With a very long spring semester ahead, I am looking for winter or spring "enrichment" outings for any or all of these ensembles - something that would get us out and away from school for a day or even two, and give the kids some new energy and inspiration. This is my first year at the school and in the area, and I have no idea what might be available regionally in terms of workshops, clinics, festivals, or competitions. I am aware of the major festivals affiliated with the NJ ACDA, but don't know what else might be out there. I have been thinking that a workshop or a clinic of some kind (focusing on vocal production, style/interpretation, or any other aspect of performance) might be more immediately helpful than signing on with a "sing in Carnegie Hall for a fee" (or somewhere like Six Flags) operation, though we'll probably do those once in a while as well. Do any of you know of any activities of this kind in the area, or know where they might be listed online? We are in Princeton, NJ, but could get ourselves as far north as NYC or as far south as Philadelphia. Many thanks. ]]>AUDITIONS FOR VOCI WOMEN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE Susan Sands, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Dec:%th 18DecGMT+0000 sing with Voci, directed by Anne Hege, a warm and dynamic group of women of all ages with a strong sense of community!
Auditions for experienced choral singers in all voice parts will be held through Jan. 15, 2015. 
Voci is a 20-voice, auditioned ensemble, which performs classical music from a wide variety of historical periods. Now in its 24th year, Voci is considered one of the finest singing groups in the Bay Area.Voci promotes music for and by women.
Voci rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 PM in Orinda. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  Additional retreats and/or rehearsals are scheduled during the season.
Spring concert dates are March 14 and 15 and May 3 and 9.  The concert will revolve around two central female figures in music history:  Hildegard Von Bingen and composer/professor Nadia Boulanger.  Voci will perform works composed by them as well as inspired by them, including pieces by Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, Philip Glass and Eve Beglarian. 
The audition consists of the performance of a prepared solo piece a cappella and short ear-training and sight-singing exercises
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact artistic director Anne Hege at
Countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo Roland Zuehlke, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000
Join singers from across the U.S. in this grand musical salute to our fellow Japanese choristers as they start the countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. The program includes exchange concerts with Japanese choirs; an opportunity to visit the amazing cultural sights of Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo; and a culminating massed choir performance in Japan’s capital under the artistic direction of UH Mānoa’s Dr. Miguel Felipe. A special celebratory Olympic countdown kick-off event will be just one of the many highlights of this visit to Japan.
Esa Einai el Heharim by Kurt Knecht | MusicSpoke Aliana Kae, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Dec:%th 16DecGMT+0000 Hebrew setting of Psalm 121 for SATB, the work is carried by long romantic lines and flowing piano accompaniment. Building to a powerful, anthem-like ending, this work is, like all great Hebrew music, impossibly sad and triumphant at the same time. Available in both SATB and TTBB arrangments, this score is best suited to high school, university, and church choruses. Read today's review on our blog of this timeless setting!
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Japanese a cappella for women's voices Kayla Werlin, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000 colleagues,
I'm seeking a Japanese piece for women's voices a cappella. The ensemble is an advanced HS women's choir of 35 singers. Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'm aware of Dwight Okamura's "Sakura, Sakura" and that's a bit too divisi for this group. We'll be doing Ro Ogura's "Hotaru Koi" arrangement in our non-auditioned group. What are some other interesting options for us?
Thanks again.
Choir in 4x4 Jordan Norris, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Dec:%th 14DecGMT+0000
I have recently been informed that our school is planning to change to 4x4 scheduling (we currently use A/B scheduling).  I teach high school chorus and I am very concerned about the future of my program.  I have not heard of a program maintaining its success with this type of scheduling, since it would cause my students to have to register for my class twice in one school year, possibly 8 times over their time at the high school.  Many of my students are involved in other performing arts such as band, drama, and dance.  
I have a concert choir, a women's choir, and advanced a cappela choir, and a beginning choir.
Are any of you experiencing the same problem?  How did you make it work?
With God On Our Side, Bob Dylan Simon Loveless, %17 %b %2014 %11:%Dec:%th 11DecGMT+0000 anyone aware of an existing choral arrangement of With God On Our Side by Bob Dylan? SATB preferred
call for scores - inspired by Vivaldi Gloria Paul Ayres, %17 %b %2014 %10:%Dec:%th 10DecGMT+0000
re-written Vivaldi Gloria project // London College of Music Chorus (part of the University of West London (UK)) is performing Vivaldi's Gloria in March 2015 - we would love to include in our programme new works inspired (in any way) by this classic work // deadline 2 February 2015 // for full details, please send an email to paul 3 ayres @ uwl 3 ac 3 uk [the number "3" is a dot, each time, in the email address] to request an information sheet // please read this information sheet *before* submitting any scores, so you are aware of the parameters and guidelines! //
Singing in Salt Lake: Anúna Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%th 16OctGMT+0000