ChoralNet - ChoralNet Daily New postings in ChoralNet DailyGather II Choir Edition Needed!! Kathryn Hylton, %02 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%nd 16SepGMT+0000 Gather II Choir Edition
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Gather Second Edition, CHOIR books, GIA Piblications
Starting: As soon as possible
For: Permanently
Copies: 10
Willing to rent: Yes
The Gather II (second edition), Choir edition (with multiple part harmonies) is out of print by GIA Publications. Our choir has grown and we don't have enough copies for everyone. Unfortunately we can no longer purchase them from GIA and we haven't been able to upgrade to a newer hymnal. If you have extra choir hymnals of this edition (perhaps your church has moved onto the 3rd edition or the Gather Comprehensive), we would love to take them off your hands! We will take anywhere from one to ten books. Please contact Katy Hylton at if you are willing to donate or share these books, or if you're open to us purchasing/renting them from you. Many thanks.
Tenor Section Leader Position Open Maria Balducci, %02 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%nd 16SepGMT+0000 Redeemer Catholic Church
4902 Berwyn Road
College Park, Maryland
Tenor Section Leader Position Opening
Wednesday rehearsals 7:30pm-9pm
Sunday Masses 9:30am-11am
September 7, 2014- June 7, 2015
For more information and to schedule an audition, contact ASAP:
Maria Balducci
Director of Music
(301) 474-3920 Ext. 7
Schola Cantorum on Hudson: Strong readers - 2 basses, 1 tenor, 1 alto Darlene Wyzga, %02 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%nd 16SepGMT+0000 Artistry for the 21st Century!
Auditions by appointment for the following:  bass, tenor, alto
To learn more about the audition process and to set an audition time, click here.
Schola Cantorum on Hudson is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Choral Art through compelling performance, pro-active new music advocacy (PROJECT : ENCORE™), and education/engagement.
  • Present a full concert season in both Manhattan and Montclair, NJ, focusing on compelling presentation particularly of music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Promote working composers in performance and through PROJECT : ENCORE™
  • Build audience and prepare young professionals of the next generation:  Choral & Conducting Scholar; Cantorum Young Singers
“Extraordinary music, high-drama & community..." (The Villager)
"I was transported to the heavens!” (Audience Member, Bad Schonau, Austria)
“The most warmly rounded bel canto cantabile blend I have ever heard in live choral singing..." (Classical New Jersey
Tickets now on sale for Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 2014-15 Season concerts Anne Longmore, %02 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%nd 15SepGMT+0000
Tickets are now on sale for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2014/15 season concerts.  The TMC’s five-concert season, under artistic director Noel Edison, will take audiences on a journey of contrasts, from classical splendour to minimalist simplicity.  During the 2014/15 season, the TMC will also perform four different programs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and make other guest appearances.
The TMC will celebrate its 120th anniversary at its October 2014 season-opening concert at Koerner Hall. Tickets for this and all TMC-produced concerts are now on sale. Tickets start at $35 and patrons 30 and under can purchase VoxTix for $20.
Visit for more concert information and online ticket sales. The TMC's newly updated website is now tablet and mobile friendly.

Mozart/Haydn – Celebrating the TMC’s 120th Anniversary
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
Mozart: Requiem
Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Soloists: soprano Lesley Bouza; mezzo-soprano Anita Krause; tenor Charles Davidson; and bass baritone Sean Watson.
Festival Orchestra
Festival of Carols with the Canadian Staff Band
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Canadian Staff Band; John Lam, bandmaster
Michael Bloss, organ
James Bourne, piano
TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium Free Concert and live-stream webcast
January 31, 2015, 3:00 pm  
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Symposium participants, conductors
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Elora Festival Singers
Michael Bloss, organ
James Bourne, piano
Passio -- Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the birth of Arvo Pärt
March 10 & 11, 2015, 7:30 pm  
Church of the Holy Trinity
Pärt: Passio
Noel Edison, conductor
Soloists: tenor Michael Colvin and bass Jeremy Bowes
Michael Bloss, organ
Festival Quintet
Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Good Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Basilica
Tavener: Song for Athene and other works
Tallis: Spem in alium
Fauré: Requiem
Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Michael Bloss, organ
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates 120 years
Toronto, 1894: the last horse-drawn streetcar made its run in Toronto; Massey Hall was built; and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was founded, presenting its first concert in 1895. Throughout its 120-year history, and under the leadership of seven renowned conductors, the Choir has been acclaimed for its stunning performances of major choral repertoire and for its important role in the life of choral music in Canada. 
From its founding, the Choir has been a leader in performance excellence and musical interpretation.  In response to the challenges of the 21st century, the Choir has added new programs intended to bring new musicians and new audiences to choral music, including webcasts, an apprentice program for young choristers, and a symposium for emerging conductors from across North America. 
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The TMC is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and a dedicated group of individual and corporate donors.
Heartland Men’s Chorus Announces 2014-2015 Season Rick Fisher, %02 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%nd 14SepGMT+0000

Heartland Men’s Chorus has announced its 29th season, the first under the artistic leadership of Dustin S. Cates. Cates was chosen as artistic director after a national search earlier this year, and guest conducted the chorus during the spring 2014 program I Am Harvey Milk.

The season will begin with the holiday concert, Kansas City Christmas, December 5-7, 2014. The program will highlight local holiday traditions, as well as local musicians. Five Kansas City area composers, including Eugene Butler, Jake Navarud and Mark Hayes, will create new arrangements for the chorus.

More than 3,000 audience members join the chorus for its holiday program due to its mix of traditional music and outrageous humor. This season’s offering will follow the same proven format, with well-known carols (“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”) and some holiday hijinks courtesy of cast members from Kansas City’s Late Night Theatre.

March 28 and 29, 2015, the group presents Modern Families. The chorus has achieved critical and popular success with previous “musical documentaries,” combining music, narration and multi-media to illuminate a timely social issue. The changing face of American families was an issue close to Cates’s heart. He and his partner Raymond Cattaneo became parents to a son, Emmaus, born in 2011.

“The two most important aspects of my life are my family and music making,” said Cates.  “When working to create a series of meaningful, diverse and entertaining concerts for HMC’s 29th season exploring the power, dignity and love of families in all forms was a natural starting point.”

Lawrence Children’s Choir will join HMC for the concert, which includes such varied offerings as “Not My Father’s Son” from the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, an encore performance of the popular song “In My Mother’s Eyes,” and Andrea Ramsey’s “Luminescence,” a song written to commemorate the birth of Cates’s son.

The chorus closes the season with A Little Bit Wicked June 13-14, 2015, a concert celebrating the music of composer Stephen Schwartz. Currently represented on Broadway with Wicked and Pippin, Schwartz’s catalogue includes the musicals GodspellThe Magic Show and Children of Eden, plus scores for the films Enchanted, Pocahontas, andThe Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The program also includes lesser-known Schwarz works, including “Keramos,” Schwartz’s choral setting of a Henry Wadworth Longfellow poem. The finale to the concert will be the Midwest premiere of “Testimony,” a poignant new work inspired by the video testimonials of the “It Gets Better Project.”

Also on tap for the season will be The Big Gay Sing. Part raucous variety show and part audience sing-along, the event is modeled after the wildly popular New York City Gay Men’s Chorus event of the same name. A venue and dates for The Big Gay Sing will be announced later in the year.

The chorus will welcome new members when rehearsals begin on September 2, 2014. Cates expects the group to perform with 130-150 men this season. Heartland Men’s Chorus is Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, singing out in the Midwest since 1986.

All performances take place at the Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Season tickets from $72.00 – $114.00 are available now by phone at (816) 931-3338 and online at

Music Director for a United Methodist Church in the Phoenix area David Topping, %02 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%nd 14SepGMT+0000 Chapel United Methodist Church in Apache Junction, Arizona (a little East of Phoenix) is looking for a Music Director. The Director's primary responsibility is an adult choir, which rehearses weekly for 1.5 hours and sings at the weekly worship service (as well as additional special services during the liturgical year, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, etc.). For more information about the position, contact the church office at 480-982-2259 or Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to the email address or via postal mail to Desert Chapel UMC, 462 N. Palo Verde Drive, Apache Junction, AZ  85120. ]]>Singing Men! Vocal Workshop Thomas Berryman, %02 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%nd 14SepGMT+0000 
SINGING MEN! Vocal Workshop
Saturday, Sept 20, 2014  9 am - Noon
Christ Lutheran Church  
113 Union Street  Natick, MA
Sponsored by Massachusetts ACDA
Complete information and registration:
Sending or bring your tenors and basses to a vocal workout at the beginning of the singing season!
Open Rehearsal 9/9 w/Slam Poet & Mystic Chorale, Nick Page Nick Page, %02 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%nd 13SepGMT+0000 Page's Mystic Chorale will host an open rehearsal on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:30 pm.
Special guest Regie Gibson will share his poetry as a preview for the fall concert, Nov. 22 & 23.   His style defies description, combining classical, slam, jazz and his unique electric energy.
This first rehearsal of the fall season is open to all, free.   Nick Page will teach two songs as well as the songs by Mr. Gibson.
At First Parish UU Church in Arlington, MA at the cornoer of Mass. Ave and Pleasant St. (Rt. 60).  More info at
We be the rhythm sliding deep inside the rhythm
We worship in the church of drums
    from JAZZ PEOPLE by Regie Gibson
Interim and/or Permanent Choir Director Margaret Pasholk, %02 %b %2014 %06:%Sep:%nd 6SepGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area is seeking a part-time Paid (competitive compensation) Choir Director.  Interim director to begin in mid-September and is encouraged to apply for the permanent position.  Our church values our music ministry and has a worship band led by another paid director, as well as a paid Bell Choir director, and an excellent accompanist who works closely with the Choir Director.  
Duties include selection of appopriate music to support the worship theme selected by the pastor; leadership of the Thursday night rehearsal (7:30 to 9:30 PM) and the Sunday morning rehearsal (10 to 10:40 AM) before the 11 AM worship service; coordination with the Pastor, worship committee, other musicians including the accompanist, and the Office Administrator.  Extra services in Advent and Lent with special music, including the possibility of instrumentalists arranged for by the conductor.  
We desire previous conducting experience and/or a Bachelor's degree in Music, evidence of a good understanding of vocal technique, strong leadership abilities and commitment to excellence in choral performance.  To apply, please send resume, including references, to NLT Sept. 30th (as soon as possible for the interim position).
Fall 2014 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival, October 30 - November 1 James Maroney, %02 %b %2014 %10:%Sep:%nd 10SepGMT+0000
To Pennsylvania college choral conductors,
The 2014 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival will be held on Thursday, October 30 to Saturday, November 1 at East Stroudsburg University. This year's conductor will be Dr. Peter Bagley, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Connecticut.
Full details are posted on the PCCA website at 
Stick Time: Hogwood on Performance Practice Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%nd 16AugGMT+0000
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.
GUEST BLOG: “The Building Always Wins,” by Thomas More Scott Scott Dorsey, %12 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
            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 Nadia Boulanger, the iconic teacher of Aaron Copland (and dozens of other influential 20th century musicians). While the program is predominantly geared toward composers, there were five of us who studied conducting.
            Of course, one of the benefits of hosting a program such as this in Paris is, well, Paris !  Some of the most famous churches in the world are there and we wasted no time exploring them. As it happens, while we were there, the Ensemble vocal de Notre-Dame de Paris performed a concert at Notre-Dame Cathedral. The repertoire consisted largely of music that was written and performed in and around Notre-Dame between 1518 and 1731, with a particular focus on Léonin and Pérotin and the Ars Nova period.
            The concert began with an Ave Maris Stella, a chant whose original manuscript currently resides in the Bibliothéque Nationale de France in Paris, to which the performing ensemble had access. As soon as they began singing, the audience of over 1,000 people was transported back 500 years. I got chills up my spine when I realized that I was hearing the same music in the same space as the very first performance of this piece. The effect of sitting in the middle of Notre-Dame Cathedral hearing music that was intentionally written for this space 500 years ago (yet I was hearing it LIVE) was absolutely astonishing.
            It was then that I remembered something that Rev. Louis Weil, professor emeritus of liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, once said, “Don’t argue with the building: the building always wins.” The reason why that music sounded so perfect was because it was being performed exactly where it was written to be performed, the very church in which we were sitting. The design of the church, the acoustics of the church, the materials with which the church is constructed, these were all taken into consideration before a single note was ever sung.       
            May we, as conductors, always remember this lesson when we are choosing pieces for our concerts and programs, and the buildings therein; the building always wins.
AUDITIONS for Cantorum Chamber Choir Chris Machado, %02 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%nd 3SepGMT+0000 Chamber Choir is Utah's premiere early music chamber choir. Members have sung in ensembles in and out of the state, including The Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Utah Chamber Artists, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The BYU Singers and Ars Nova. See for more information about the choir.
Auditions will be held Firday and Saturday, September 5th and 6th. Sign up for an audition here:
Christmas Songs for Children Glyn Lehmann, %02 %b %2014 %03:%Sep:%nd 3SepGMT+0000 SongLibrary has three great Christmas songs suitable for children (and adults) aged 5 years and up.
The Gift - a gentle song in unison about the wonder of the Christmas story.
Christmas Wish - a simple 2-part song with a wish for every child to live with joy and laughter.
Little Jesus - a fun, unison song about the Christmas star.
Best wishes,
SATBB competition piece Rebecca Peterson, %01 %b %2014 %23:%Sep:%st 23SepGMT+0000'm looking for a high school competition piece where bass part is divisi.  All the students are untrained, the soprano has no range, and the basses probably can't sing rachmaninoff. They are able to sing a capella, independent lines, and difficult rhythms.  There are only five or six singers so I can't do any sort of "soundscape" type piece.  I have a possibility of adding another alto so I could aslo do SSATBB or SAATBB.
I've been trying to do my own research but I thought I'd come on here as well. 
Ann Stookey Fund for New Music Opens 2014/15 Grant Period Joe Waz, %02 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%nd 0SepGMT+0000 Ann Stookey Fund for New Music is pleased to announce that the 2014/15 application period for commissioning grants will begin this week.
Grants are reviewed by an advisory board of leading choral directors in both sacred and secular choral music.
The Fund will provide grants for at least two commissions per year, and grants in each cycle will total not less than $25,000.  In its first year, the Fund provided support for five new choral works by composers Paul Ayres, Jacques Bank, Dominick D'Orio, Jake Runestad, and Zachary Wadsworth, to be premiered by choral organizations from coast to coast during 2014 and 2015.
Applications are accepted from choral organizations only.  To prepare for the application process, please visit the Fund's website, click on "Apply for a Grant," and download and review the FAQs.  The online application form will be available at the same webpage in the coming days.  Deadline for applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on November 1, 2014.   Grantees for this cycle will be announced on February 2, 2015.
The Fund is staffed on a volunteer basis, but we are glad to answer any questions from potential applicants.  E-mail:  Please "Like" the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music on Facebook or "Follow" it on Twitter to be kept up-to-date on the Fund's activities.
Christmas Pipes SSA - Leavitt - Flute part Bill Paisner, %02 %b %2014 %00:%Sep:%nd 0SepGMT+0000 Flute Part
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Leavitt SSA
Starting: Now
For: Briefly
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
Would like to add flute to this performance, but aren't about to buy the entire orchestration. Would love a copy of flute part only if such exists. Please contact me directly.
Bill Paisner
Director, Southwest Women's Chorus
VOLUNTEER CHORISTERS INVITATION H L SMITH II, %01 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%st 22SepGMT+0000 of THE ADVOCATE, Episcopal,
Philadelphia, PENNA. 19121-1509
G’Day All,

I am looking for volunteer choristers to support and enhance
our morning mass at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia.
The chorister schedule of service will run from 1 – October – 2KXIV through 31 – May – 2KXV.
This would include the following:
A. One Thursday evening rehearsal per week {5:30p – 7:30p}
B. One Sunday Mass {10:00a w/ 9:30 warm-up} {35 Sundays}
C. Special Weekday Masses: 11/27, 12/24, 12/31{not required, but requested} 2/18, 4/2, 4/3,
The choristers would be singing following styles of liturgical music at mass:
A. Hymnody/Service Music: Both Traditional Anglican and Gospel
B. Anthems/Motets: Traditional Anglican {vintage & modern}
C. Spirituals: African American {vintage & modern}
D. Contemporary Christian
All persons interested in being a part of this project,
please contact me via the following channels:

via e-mail: or
via Church phone #: 215-978-8000
via Mobile phone #: 267-414-5074
Many thanks for your help with our endeavours, here at The Advocate.
H. L. Smith, II
hlsmith@churchof the

Organist & Master of Choristers
Church of The Advocate
Philadelphia, Penna.19121-1509
Philadelphia, PENNA. 19121-1509
Young Composers Competition - deadline extended - Cash Prize! Sarah Cook, %01 %b %2014 %22:%Sep:%st 22SepGMT+0000
The Brazos Valley Chorale wishes to provide professional development opportunities for talented young composers through premiere performance of new holiday-themed works.

This competition is open to composers under the age of 30.

For 2014, competitive entries must be:
Christmas- or winter holiday-themed
For mixed choir (SATB), with limited divisi
Unaccompanied  or with keyboard accompaniment
Three to five minutes in length
Original, unpublished, and not previously performed
Text may be sacred or secular but must be in English
If text is not in the public domain, permission from the copyright owner must be included with submission
Suitable for an accomplished volunteer community choir

Prize and Performance
The composer of the winning entry will receive a prize of $1000. The winning entry will be reviewed for possible publication by Carl Fisher. The winner will be announced 15 October 2014. Finalists will be invited to be present at the performance of their work. The Brazos Valley Chorale will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $150.

The composer retains rights to the composition. However, the Brazos Valle Chorale reserves the right to first recording of the work. In addition, future publication of the work should be designated “Commissioned by the Brazos Valley Chorale.”
The Brazos Valley Chorale reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year.
The judging panel will include the Brazos Valley Chorale’s Artistic Director/Conductor, accompanist, and five representatives from the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Artistic Director/Conductor may choose to add a composer to the panel of judges.
The judging panel’s decision is final.

Submission Instructions
The entry fee is $10. Make checks payable to “Brazos Valley Chorale”
Proof of age (photo copy of driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate) must be provided with submission
One copy of an original score using modern notation software
Scores should be formatted to fit paper no larger than 8.5 by 14 inches
A synthesized recording or other recording of the entry may be included, but is not required
Proof of permission from the copyright owner for any text that is not in the public domain
Submitted materials will not be returned
Electronic submissions to are encouraged. Hard-copy submissions may be sent to:
Brazos Valley Chorale
PO Box 10644
College Station, TX 77842

All submissions must be postmarked no later than 01 October 2014. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

About the Brazos Valley Chorale
The Brazos Valley Chorale is a 90-120 voice auditioned choir (SATB) of volunteer singers entering its 45th season. The Chorale is the preeminent choral organization in the Bryan/College Station, Texas, region and is known and respected for its difficult and ambitious repertoire of great choral masterworks and contemporary classics. The Chorale pursues its commitment to excellence in choral music of all types and provides discerning audiences with performances of a wide range of classical and contemporary choral literature at the highest standards. The Chorale is committed to providing opportunities for participation and growth to volunteer singers from a cross-section of the community, from college students to retirees.
South Coast Community Chorale Now Welcoming New Members! Katherine Brengle, %01 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%st 20SepGMT+0000
Fall River, MA – South Coast Community Chorale Now Welcoming New Members on September 3, 10, and 17, 7:00-9:30 PM at St. John of God Parish, 1036 Brayton Ave, Somerset MA.  This season, SCCC is excited to prepare for a concert featuring John Rutter’s Gloria, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, songs from the Polar Express, and many other Christmas favorites.  We invite you to come and sing with us!
NO AUDITIONS!  All are welcome.
CHORAL SINGERS IN OR NEAR OJAI, CALIFORNIA: AN INVITATION Raymond Egan, %01 %b %2014 %20:%Sep:%st 20SepGMT+0000 would like you to know that we are creating sacred music for a house of prayer for all people at st. andrew's episcopal church, ojai, ca. We sing together the great sacred music from the world's great spiritual traditions, singing it expertly and passionately so that it might add to the beauty of the world and to our gratefulness for it.
     We are truly eclectic, singing original music, anonymous music, populist and art music, all of it music of craft and inspiration. We invite you to join us and help us create more beauty in beautiful Ojai. All voice parts welcome.
     Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7, and the Choir performs on Sunday mornings, meeting at 9 a. m. in preparation for a 10 o'clock service which finishes at 11:15 a. m. or so. 
st. andrew's episcopal church
409 Topa Topa Dr, Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-1885
Auditions for Cantemus Chamber Chorus Gary Lubarsky, %01 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%st 19SepGMT+0000
The Cantemus Chamber Chorus (Jane Ring Frank, Artistic Director) will hold auditions from 5:30 – 7 PM on Tuesday, September 9 at Miles River Middle School, Rte 1A, Hamilton, MA.  The audition will include scales, sight-reading and pitch matching.  Singers may bring a short prepared solo, but this is not required.  For an appointment, call Chorus Manager Betsy Lebel at 888-246-7871.  Previous choral/vocal experience is strongly recommended.
Competition for Young Polish Composers ---> DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30, 2014 Małgorzata Nabiałek, %01 %b %2014 %19:%Sep:%st 19SepGMT+0000! --->  WE ARE WAITING FOR YOUR WORKS UNTIL OCTOBER 30, 2014

we invite young and creative Polish composers to take part in the competition announced by the 12th International Festival of the University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND

also we are open for teams e.g. composer / director / choreographer

- the prize money and performance of the musical piece during the final concert of the festival conducted by MAESTRA AGNIESZKA DUCZMAL

learn more about regulations of the competition


zapraszamy do udziału w konkursie młodych, kreatywnych kompozytorów!!!
--->czekamy również na teamy, np. kompozytor / reżyser / choreograf

- nagroda pieniężna oraz wykonanie na międzynarodowym festiwalu pod batutą MAESTRY AGNIESZKI DUCZMAL

Three pieces for 3-part children's chorus available now at Carus-Verlag Cyrill Schürch, %01 %b %2014 %17:%Sep:%st 17SepGMT+0000 ChoralNet members
The German publisher Carus has just published my settings (three-part children's chorus) of three poems by Josef Guggenmos (in German):
They have won a 2nd prize at the composition competition for next Spring's Children and Youth Choir festival in Switzerland where they will also be featured.
Some sound examples and further information can also be found on my website:
Thanks and best wishes. Cyrill
Passing of Cheryl West, Indianapolis Choral Conductor Henry Leck, %01 %b %2014 %16:%Sep:%st 16SepGMT+0000 
Dear ACDA Colleagues:
It is with great sadness that I must share the news of the passing of Cheryl West, Director of the Indianapolis Youth Chorale. Early Saturday morning, Cheryl died from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at St. Vincent Hospital. Her passing is an unexpected and terrible loss for her students, friends, and colleagues.
Through choral music Cheryl loved her students, and all of us in ACDA.  Recently she conducted the Indianapolis Youth Chorale at ACDA National Conference in Dallas.  Last year she made her Carnegie debut with Manhattan Concert Productions and was scheduled to do multiple All-State Honor Choirs. She also was the registration chair at last year’s Central Division Convention.
As an Adjunct Professor at Butler University, University of Indianapolis, and as a loving colleague, her vibrancy and love for choral music will be greatly missed.
The funeral will be Wednesday, September 3, 4:00 pm at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th Street,
Indianapolis,  Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm that day at the church.
Henry Leck
Indianapolis Children’s Choir
2014 Tulsa Children's Chorus Fall Kick-Off Festival Erik Collins, %01 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%st 15SepGMT+0000 ]]>ACDA-PA FALL CONFERENCE 2014 Randy Yoder, %01 %b %2014 %15:%Sep:%st 15SepGMT+0000
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Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors' Fall Conference and Elementary Honor Choir.  Just visit our website at's easy to register on-line!
  • Fourth Annual ACDA-PA Fall Conference, October 17 and 18 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, featuring interest sessions and performances by selected choirs from Fox Chapel High School, Temple University, Haverford High School, West Chester University, Penn State University, Seton Hill University and the ACDA-PA Elementary Honor Choir.  In addition to all of these performances, your $45 registration fee includes attendance on October 17 at the Undergraduate Conducting Competition and Masterclass with Peggy Dettwiler, and the evening performance by Seton Hill Choirs.  You'll want to be there to support our future leaders and our colleagues......and to be inspired and rejuvenated! Act 48 credit is available.
  • Elementary Honor Choir, October 18 at Seton Hill University for 4th through 7th grade singers with guest director Steven Fisher.  Registration is open through September 12 at
Come!  Join us and take time to relax and learn! ]]>
Huntington Choral Society open rehearsals - September 2014 Mark Mastrocinque, %01 %b %2014 %14:%Sep:%st 14SepGMT+0000

Do you love to sing? Come and audition for the Huntington Choral Society. We accept singers of all voices, but are in special need of tenors. (Was there ever a chorus that wasn’t?). 

Two open rehearsals are being held on September 8th & 15th at 8PM in the Huntington High School music room, Oakwood & McKay Rds, Huntington. Please join us.

If you are interested in joining, some ability to sight read music is required. Acceptance into membership* is by audition. You can call the HCS at 631-421-SING (7464) or email You will be contacted to arrange an audition.

Prayers From The Ark -SATB - by Ivor R. Davies Anne Caton, %01 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%st 13SepGMT+0000 Community Chorus (that has been performing since 1969) is liquidating some of our vast music library. We have a few copies of 3 different selections from Ivor R. Davies 'Prayers From The Ark'. S.A.T.B 
From the book by Carmen Bernos de Gastold, translated by Rumer Godden
Published by Boosey & Hawkes 1967 edition
Three songs from the 6 song cycle.
Noah's Prayer - 11 copies (one of these has a 3 hole punch in it)
The Prayer of the Little Bird - 17 copies
The Prayer of the Dove - 20 copies (these copies have a 3 hole punch in them for putting in a choral notebook)
All music is generally unmarked, with the exception of numbers on the top of the music in the right hand corner.
$30.00 includes postage for the 48 copies of music.
Israel in Egypt by George F. Handel / Kalmus Conductor's Score Anne Caton, %01 %b %2014 %12:%Sep:%st 12SepGMT+0000 sale is an Edwin F. Kalmus edition of the full Conductor's Score for G. F. Handel's 'Israel In Egypt'. $55.00 includes postage.
This score was used once for performance and has several director's markings and notes in regular and red pencil, but are all erasable.  No ink. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is intact. 234 pages. 
Two Part Singing Helen Owens, %01 %b %2014 %13:%Sep:%st 13SepGMT+0000 have conducted a community choir for the past 10 years, that is connected to a network of choirs which is owned by the founding director. The dynamics of this has changed, and I now find myself having to conform by changing from SATB choir, to a 'two voice group', one written in the treble and the other in the bass, but both sections are equally high voiced!! I would be grateful for any suggestions of how to do this smoothly. ]]>Monday Motivation: This Should be Obvious Scott Dorsey, %04 %b %2014 %18:%Apr:%th 18AprGMT+0000 ]]>ACDA Honor Choir Auditions Open Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
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]       [AUDIO]
     Middle School/Junior High School Boy's Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     Middle School/Junior High School Girl's Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     High School Mixed Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     College/Community Latin American Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
The audition process for all five honor choirs runs through September 30.
Tenors & Basses Needed Joseph Mendolia, %01 %b %2014 %06:%Sep:%st 6SepGMT+0000 Sounds Vocal Ensemble is Tampa's newest professional chamber ensemble. We perform 6 concerts per year and all singers are paid (see below). We are currently seeking Tenors and Basses for our next series. Rehearsals begin Monday, September 8, and occur every Monday night from 6:45-8:45pm. 
Payment details:
~For each $10 ticket the singer sells, he/she keeps $7
~Online and Door ticket sales are split evenly among singers. 
Concert details:
"Music of the Macabre" is our project beginning on 9/8/14. The concerts are Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1. 
Rehearsal details:
Monday nights 6:45-8:45pm at Temple Terrace Community Church (210 Inverness Ave. Temple Terrace, FL 33617)
Audition details:
Send the following to
~Audio recording, or YouTube link of a least 2 minutes of solo singing
~Current headshot
~Current performance resume
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 813-812-2466.
In Music,
Joseph Mendolia, M.M.
Artistic Director
Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble
Director of Children/Youth Music (P/T) Leslie Keenan, %01 %b %2014 %05:%Sep:%st 5SepGMT+0000

Overview: Seeking a talented, passionate and engaging individual to implement a music program for children and youth (K-12) of Ladera Community Church (LCC).

Position is part-time at 10 hours/month including preparation and Sunday onsite rehearsal.

Skills Needed:

  • Piano and or guitar proficiency with the ability to accompany. Formal training in music.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with adult choir, children and youth ministries.

  • Passionate about working with the children (currently ~20). Has vision to identify, implement and grow a youth music program.

  • Highly desired that individual has knowledge/experience of liturgical music, church camp/children’s songs, in a variety of styles. Able to integrate the program with the church school curriculum.


  • Is an integral part of pastoral team: Pastor, Director of Faith Formation and Director of Music.

  • Reports directly to the Head of Staff (Pastor), works closely with the Director of Faith Formation for children and youth, and indirectly with the Director of Music.

Salary is $400-$500/month during the school months (September – June).


Seeking Mezzo-Soprano choral Scholar Andrew Paul Fredel, %31 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%st 20AugGMT+0000
Gethsemane Episcopal Church has an opening for a Mezzo-Soprano choral scholar.
Gethsemane is an historic church of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, formed in 1856, and still worshiping in its 1883 church. Several decades of choral excellence have evolved to a more intimate (average 12-14 singers) choral ensemble, made up of highly-committed members of the congregation, some with extensive musical background, supporting a rich, traditionally liturgical, usually organ-accompanied service. Two years ago, under the direction of Music Director and organist Andrew Paul Fredel, Gethsemane initiated the Choral Scholars program, as both a way to reach out to developing singers interested in sharing their gifts in a faith community, but also as a way to strengthen the musical experience of the Gethsemane Choir. The congregation currently supports two choral scholar positions, a tenor (held by Brandon Galbraith), and a newly-opened mezzo-soprano position.
This position would begin in later September 2014. Required attendance at weekly Sunday morning rehearsals (8:45-9:45am), two evening rehearsals per month (usually second or third, and last Wednesday of the month, 7:30-9:30pm), and singing at first, third, and fourth Sundays of the month for a 10am service. Scholars receive a "per call" stipend, paid at the end of the month. 
An audition is required, in which extensive sight-reading, aural skills, and vocal flexibility will be evaluated. A range of repertoire is programmed, in addition to the demands of service music. Excellent sight-reading is paramount! One or two solos demonstrating musicality required.
For further information, please contact Mr. Andrew Fredel, Director of Music, Gethsemane Episcopal Church; 905 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Office number: 612.332.5407. E-mail inquires may be sent to:
Anthems with inclusive language connie masson, %31 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%st 19AugGMT+0000 have just returned from a disappointing reading session for sacred music. Most of the music is from a handful of American composers, who seem to be coming from a Baptist tradition. I am music director in a progressive Canadian denomination, and these pieces do not meet my needs. I am looking for inclusive language, progressive theology, lyrics such as we find in our current hymn books which inspire and motivate. I already have a good number of anthems proclaiming the greatness of God and the life of Jesus.I am looking for lyrics that inspire action , such as "Go Make a difference in the world"or "Draw the Circle wide, Let this be our song, no one stands alone"or "and by the Spirit, you and I, join our voice to the holy cry, and sing to the Maker too". I include these lyric fragments just to give an idea of what I am searching for. And where are our Canadian composers? And oh yes, the music needs to be great and singable by my choir of mixed abilities.
Ideas anyone?
Composition Spotlight: "When the song of the angels is stilled" Scott Dorsey, %29 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000
(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 song of the angels is stilled by Paul Ayres for SATB a cappella (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: High School or Church Choir Advanced
Uses: Concert or Church
Program Themes: Christmas, Angels, Peace
This Piece Would Program Well With: Sweet Dreams From a Shade by Emma Lou Diemer available from Santa Barbara and Sheet Music Plus
Rich harmonies fill this unusual Christmas song with reflective light.  It is a bit complex, with frequently changing meter aimed at tantalizing the brains of your more musically learned audience.  In ABA form, the middle section speaks to what the work of Christmas truly is.  I would program this gem among other works with simpler harmony and more straight-forward melody. 
Here is a live performance:
When the song of the angels is stilled is available from the composer’s website:
Sunday Inspiration: By & By (Gospel) Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %16:%Jul:%rd 16JulGMT+0000
Organist Needed/Methodist Church Karen Shafer, %31 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%st 1AugGMT+0000
Cypress Lake United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time organist for two traditional services, one weekly choral rehearsal and occasional additional services and rehearsals.  Salary is competitive.  The successful candidate will have extensive training in organ performance, piano performance and accompanying.  Knowledge of standard hymns and Methodist liturgy is a plus.  The church has a three manual Rodgers T-968 Trillium Masterpiece series organ with a custom stoplist.  CLUMC is a thriving congregation with an average weekly attendance of nearly 900, and a new sanctuary.  Please contact  The interim position will be available mid-September, with a permanent position being filled as soon as possible.
JAZZ-ORIENTED CHORUS INVITES NEW SINGERS Claudia Marx, %30 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 LANCE HAYWARD SINGERS, enjoying more than 25 seasons thus far, is seeking some new members. We seek high level singers with a good feeling for jazz, a joy in singing, a good team attitude, and a commitment to rehearse once/week for two concerts per year. We are hearing auditions for a high soprano, tenors, baritones and basses. Our repertoire consists of beautiful arrangements of jazz, standards, spirituals, and a bit of Broadway. Some amount of reading skill is desired. We will begin auditions on September 7th, and also have other rehearsal dates after that. We rehearse once/week, alternating Sunday afternoons, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, with Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Rehearsals as well as auditions are on the Upper West Side, NYC. For more information, or to schedule an audition, call 212.255.0553 or email: ]]>What's on Great Sacred Music. Sunday, August 31, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %30 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Anonymous: Hymn: In te concipitur
Anonymous 4
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Alma Redemptoris Mater
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Dietrich Buxtehude: Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV 205
Wolfgang Rubsam, organ
Metzler organ in the Catholic Church of Zurzach
Anonymous 4 earned its reputation with its scholarly yet thoroughly
musical interpretations of plainchant and medieval music. Spanish-born
Tomas Luis de Victoria spent many years in Rome where he succeeded
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina as  master of music of the Collegium
Germanicum. Buxtehude's reputation as an organist was so wide-spread that
a young Johann Bach apparently walked hundreds of miles to Lubeck to hear
Buxtehude play.
Felix Mendelssohn: Veni Domine, Op. 39 No. 1
Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt
Franz Schubert: Litany for the Feast of All Souls, D. 343
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Max Reger: Melodia, Op. 129 No. 4
Robert Burns King, organ
Schantz organ in First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, North Carolina
Here is yet another example of Mendelssohn's fine writing for women's
voices in this setting of the text "Veni Domine". I couldn't resist
including Schubert's relatively obscure "Litany for the Feast of All Soul"
even though All Souls Day occurs on November 2. The combination of Bryn
Terfel and Schubert was simply too much for me to assist. As a student Dr.
Robert Burns King earned a Fulbright Scholarship for study with Jean
Langlais and Maurice Duruflé.
John Rutter: Wedding Canticle (Psalm 128)
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown
Stewart French, guitar; Daniel Pailthorpe, flute
Guillaume de Machaut: Sanctus ~ La Messe de Nostre Dame
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
David Arcus: Variations on Simple Gifts
David Arcus, organ
1978 Flentrop Organ in the Chapel of Duke University, Durham, NC
John Rutter wrote his Wedding Canticle as a musical present to Timothy
Brown on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of music
at Clare College, Cambridge, which was Rutter's alma mater. de Machaut
(1300-1377) was a composer and a poet whose poetry was admired by a
certain Geoffrey Chaucer. Dr. David Arcus was Chapel Organist at Duke
University and the Divinity School for over thirty years.
Sir Edward Bairstow: If the Lord had not helped me
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Nigel Beavan, bass; Andrew Lucas, organ
Alec Wyton: Fanfare
Marilyn Keiser, organ
Aeolian-Skinner organ in Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York City. This
famous instrument was destroyed in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874-1946) was Organist of York Minster from
1913-1946. Dr. Alec Wyton was Organist of New York's Cathedral of St. John
the Divine from 1954-1974.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 199, "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Midori Suzuki, soprano
Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki.
George Frideric Handel: Anthem for the Foundling Hospital
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford;
Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Preston
Judith Nelson, soprano; Emma Kirkby, soprano;
Shirley Minty, contralto; James Bowman, alto;
Martyn Hill, tenor; David Thomas, bass
The Foundling Hospital was one of Georgian England's leading charities
though you and I might never have heard of it were it not for George
Frederic Handel writing his famous oratorio "Messiah" for the benefit of
the charity.
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Requiem
English Chamber Orchestra; Winchester Cathedral Choir, Lorin Maazel
Placido Domingo, tenor; Sarah Brightman, soprano;
Paul Miles-Kingston, treble; James Lancelot, organ
Andrew Lloyd Webber has earned a fortune and an enormous reputation as the
composer of popular musicals suchs as Phantom of the Opera and Cats. He
wrote his Requiem in memory of his father, William Lloyd Webber, who died
in 1982.
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in A, Op. 65 No. 3
John Scott, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Mendelssohn wrote six sonatas for organ which have become staples of an
organist's repertoire.
Immediate Opening for Permanent Soprano and Subs (all voices) in Professional Octet Daniel Sanez, %30 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
Permanent SOPRANO position AND 
substitute singer positions (ALL voices) open 
at the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena on the Upper East Side (Manhattan).
Professional Octet rehearses every WED night from 7 - 9:30 p.m. 
SUN engagements are 10 a.m. call for Noon Mass.
Numerous weekday/extra engagements throughout the year.
Concerts are presented by the octet frequently.
Musicians who sing here possess:
  • a near-perfect sight-singing ability
  • an ability to sing straight tone beautifully
  • a high level of stylistic sensitivity
  • an affinity for Gregorian chant (neumatic notation)
  • at least a Bachelor's in voice/music
  • an unwavering dedication to excellence
  • loyalty
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
The same is expected of those interested in auditioning. Subs should generally be available on SUN mornings.
These positions are for those who are passionate about church and early choral music.
Competitive pay. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.
Please send CV/résumé to Daniel Sañez, Director of Music, Organist, and Choirmaster:
Sing with the York Symphony Chorus Kathleen Shannon, %30 %b %2014 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000
The York Symphony Chorus announces openings for all voice parts for the 2014-2015 concert season. Voice part assessments for new members will be held by appointment on Monday, September 22 and Monday, September 29, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at our rehearsal space, Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia Street in downtown York.
Procedure: Please call Tammy at 717-824-6595 to schedule your appointment.
Everyone will sing “America, the Beautiful.”  Altos/Basses will sing in the key of Bb. Sopranos/Tenors will sing in the key of Eb. Piano accompaniment will be provided.
Links to the sheet music and an accompaniment track for practice can be found on the York Symphony Orchestra website ( 
Along with a pleasant sounding voice, music-reading skills are desirable. A basic understanding of musical symbols (e.g. notes, rests, repeat signs, time signatures, flats, sharps, etc.) is all that is required. Members are expected to be present at the Monday evening rehearsals (7:30 – 9:00 pm, Heidelberg United Church of Christ) and at all rehearsals with the orchestra (usually the night before the concert and the Dress Rehearsal the morning of) and performances.
About the York Symphony Chorus: Throughout its 55-year history, the York Symphony Chorus has strived to bring to South-Central Pennsylvania and to the local community a variety of choral masterworks and music performed with precision and expressiveness as a celebration of an ongoing legacy of choral music excellence. The current group of 80 vocalists includes many music professionals and experienced choral singers ranging in age from 17 to 70+. The York Symphony Chorus is under the direction of Kathleen Shannon and performs with the acclaimed York Symphony Orchestra, now in their 82nd year of music making. Together with the Chorus, the YSO welcomes its new Music Director and Conductor, Lawrence Golan.
Our concert season of “New Beginnings” is the perfect time to become a member of the York Symphony Chorus. Following are the concert dates for the season.
November 29, 2014, 4:00 pm “Christmas Pops Spectacular”
March 21, 2015, 7:30 pm  “New Frontiers”
              May 9, 2015, 7:30 pm The Creation by Joseph Haydn
All performances are held at the beautiful Strand Capital Performing Arts Center, downtown York.
The YSC charges no fee for membership. Music is provided. Out-of-pocket expenses are limited to supplying personal performance attire. 
Sing at Saint Martha's - New Professional-Level Music Program John Black, %30 %b %2014 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000
Saint Martha’s Church is experiencing a brand new music program under the direction of John C. Black, beginning with an adult Parish Choir. The large Catholic parish is expecting to quickly grow to include a large number of skilled participants, and will present sacred masterworks of many genres. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain choral experience under professional guidance, with the potential for qualified participants to assist in conducting ensembles as the program develops. This ensemble is open to singers high school age and older who are able to regularly attend weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals from 7:00 - 8:00, and Sunday mornings at 10:00 prior to singing during the 11:00 mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain musical experience while enjoying a great community activity and building new friendships in a sacred setting. For more information, please call (401) 434-4060 or email



Saint Martha's Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island, 02914

Handbells Jill Kirk, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 searching for more handbells due to an expanding bell program for adults and children.  Schulmerich 4th-5th octaves are preferred but are open to all.
Please respond to:
Jill Kirk,
Immanuel Lutheran 
12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015 Małgorzata Nabiałek, %30 %b %2014 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000 24 - 27, 2015
                                                          CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!!
                                                          please apply here
Come to Poznań - Poland and live the extraordinary singing adventure!
The International Festival of University Choirs "Universitas Cantat” promotes academic culture in the area of musical arts. Held biennially, the Festival invites between ten and twenty academic choirs from all over the world. The participating ensembles present works of composers from their home countries. Another key aim of the festival is to promote and popularize Polish musical literature through cooperation with composers.
A new feature of the 12th Festival is an open invitation to orchestral ensembles hosted at universities. In previous years, the Festival hosted orchestras from the University of Tubingen, University of Potsdam, Academy of Music in Poznan, School of Music in Poznan, School of Music in Bialystok and the AMU Chamber Orchestra. Our city, Poznan, is Poland's most important choral art centre with an extraordinarily rich tradition in this domain.
We boast a beautiful neo-Renaissance concert venue, the Adam Mickiewicz University Hall, which serves as the main auditorium during the Festival. "Universitas Cantat”, with its wonderful atmosphere of artistic and cultural exchange of experiences, is a place for inspired joint performances.
The Festival is a centre for international meetings of young talented musicians studying at different universities, who lead an active lifestyle and look forward to striking up new friendships. The festival is of non-competitive nature.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!!
Learn more about the Festival at
and on Facebook
Saturday Respite: Row-Row-Row Your Boat Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2014 %22:%Feb:%th 22FebGMT+0000 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."
The “Star-Spangled Banner” Turns 200 Scott Dorsey, %06 %b %2014 %20:%Jan:%th 20JanGMT+0000
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 planning a nation-wide celebration of our national anthem on Friday, September 12, 2014.
On that day, singers throughout the U.S. will be asked to sing the National Anthem and discuss both its history and the work’s significance to our country.  A variety of commentaries and instructional materials are being prepared to elevate the discussion.  Numerous other special events are planned and ACDA is also planning to feature the Star Spangled Banner during the various divisional conferences scheduled for 2014.
(The accompanying photograph depicts the original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem.  The flag is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.)
Bass soloist/section leader position Harold Daugherty, %29 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Cañada Congregational Church is seeking a bass soloist/section leader. Responsibilities from September through June include singing at the 10 A.M. Sunday Service, rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 P.M., singing one solo per month, and singing Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday evenings. There are also  Christmas and Spring Concerts on Sunday afternoons at 4 P.M. Strong sight reading skills and knowledge of sacred solo repertoire are required as well as a collaborative spirit. The choir consists of a paid quartet and volunteers, and it performs repertoire from all stylistic periods.  Salary is $100 per week, plus concert pay.  Contact Dr. Harold Daugherty at or 818-848-8579 for an audition. The church is located at 1200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. ]]>Children's Choir Director Michelle Zebian, %29 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
United Parish of Auburndale
Vacancy:  Children’s Choir Director
Position Summary
  • Direct the Children’s Choir, consisting of approximately 15-20 children in grades 2-6; this position reports to the Director of Music.
Job Duties
  • Collaborate with the ministers, the Director of Music, the Children’s Choir members, and their families in administration of the children’s choir program.
  • Select, review, and learn children’s choral music; arrange or otherwise adapt children’s anthems to the choir’s strengths; select and purchase new choral music.
  • Plan and conduct the Children’s Choir weekly rehearsals on Thursday afternoons; work with choir parents in facilitating rehearsals; learn children’s anthem accompaniments; teach the music to members of the Children’s Choir and educate them in musicianship and liturgy.
  • Prepare the Children’s Choir to rehearse and sing in Sunday worship for eight to ten services annually including Advent, Christmas Eve, and Easter.
  • Select and coordinate the annual Children’s Choir musical in the spring.
  • Experience working with children in music education.
  • Superior skills in vocal coaching, conducting and accompanying.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Team player, ability to build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and choir parents.
Salary commensurate with experience and dependent upon abilities, in the range of $1,200/mo. September through June. (Off July and August)
Job offer will be contingent on successful completion of pre-employment reference checks and background screening.
Position will remain open until filled.
Please send cover letter and resume via email to:
The Windsbach Boys Choir Stephanie Aboukasm, %29 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 Movements is pleased to announce the next concert of the Serenade! International Choral Series, which will feature the prestigious German boy choir, Windsbach Boys Choir (Windsbacher Knabenchor). In their short 68-year history, they have grown to be one of the most popular boy choirs in Germany due to their pure, brilliant sound and invigorating performances at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Performing a repertoire of mostly German a cappella sacred and secular music in addition to works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, and Schütz, the leading boy choir will impress audiences with their tonal quality and vocal technique.  
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
For ticket information, please visit
For more information, please call Classical Movements at (703) 683-6040
Preces and Responses - Stephen Caracciolo Stephen Caracciolo, %29 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
I am pleased to announce that my new setting of evensong Preces and Responses are now out in print with MorningStar. My sincere thanks go to Canon Michael McCarthy, Music Director at Washington National Cathedral, for entering the set into the Cathedral's regular rota in the last two years, and Mark Lawson of MorningStar Music Publishers for getting them in print so quickly in anticipation of the responses being sung at the AAM (Association of Anglican Musicians) national conference in DC this summer. 
A recording prepared by the Cathedral Choir may be heard on the MorningStar site.
5 New Choral Works from Donald McCullough Donald McCullough, %29 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 Fellow Choralisters,
I’ve recently redesigned my website – – and I hope you’ll check it out. But if you want to skip right to the newest scores, I’ve provided the links below. Some titles are more advanced (The Eye Begins to See, e.g.) while others are perfect for your church choir (The Flow'r of Jesse, e.g.) 
Most perusal scores feature –
      Complete score and audio
      Download and print capability

While you're there, I hope you'll take a few seconds and become a free subscriber. (Just fill in your email address at the bottom of any webpage.) Subscribers are the first to know about new releases, blog posts, etc. (I will never share your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time.)
I have much to add to the new site, but there is already plenty for you to peruse. If you have any questions (or difficulties with the site) please use the "Contact" link on the website to send me an email. 
Okay... enough already... here are the links...

When Christ Was Born… the perfect anchor for any Christmas program.
22 minutes
SATB (some divisi), Sop/Bar soli, harp (or piano)

Song of the Shulamite... text from the Song of Solomon with exotic choral and instrumental colors.
27 minutes
SATB-divisi, Sop solo, marimba, vibraphone, and harp

Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey along the Underground Railroad… a concert in itself that will bring the house down (5 individual octavos also available from this work).
75 minutes (or Suite version 45 minutes)
SATB-divisi, satb soli, 2 actor/narrators, a cappella and piano, acoustic bass, percussion 

The Eye Begins to See… imbued with drama, pathos, and ultimately, transcendent equanimity.  
11 minutes
SATB-divisi, piano, cello

The Flow’r of Jesse… perfect for Lessons and Carols and a snap to learn.
3 ½ minutes
SATB, harp (or keyboard)
Carmina Burana - Canto a Roma Sean Berg, %29 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000

CANTO A ROME FESTIVAL featuring a performance of Carl Orff’s masterpiece, Carmina Burana at the Chiostro del Buon Pastore (Cloister of the Good Shepard) in ROME, ITALY on July 4, 2015 

We invite outstanding choral ensembles to the Eternal City for rehearsals, and a special gala performance in one of Rome’s historic venues, the Chiostro del Buon Pastore (Cloister of the Good Shepard), a wonderful Cloister, with fantastic acoustics (Outdoor).

 This 4-day Festival allows choral ensembles to participate in rehearsals and culminating festival chorus performance, with professional orchestra and soloists, of Orff’s Carmina Burana, under the direction of our Festival Conductor,  Dr. John Ratledge, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama.

Festival participation is open to outstanding High School, Collegiate, and Community ensembles of all sizes.  Registration Deadline is October 15, 2014.  SPACE IS LIMITED!

Additional solo performances for participating ensembles are available at area churches during the Festival dates. Enjoy giving a performance at Sant’Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona or providing the music at a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica (by audition).

Ensembles may choose to participate in the “FESTIVAL ONLY” 4-night package or allow us to customize an extended Pre- or Post-Tour to include sights and performances in cities like Siena, Assisi, Florence, Lucca, Verona, and Venice.

For detailed information on the Guest Conductor, Proposed Itinerary, Cost, and Registration, please contact SECHRIST TRAVEL at or call 425-948-7714


programs for two seasons for a large, advanced choir Maria Górska, %29 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 guys.
I am applying to be an MD for a large choir of around 60 singers. They have been singing a very varied music uptil now. I need to to submit suggested programming for two seasons. Each season should contain three distinct programmes, one of which is with a small-medium size orchestra and the other two unaccompanied and/or with one or two instruments (e.g. piano/organ). Till now they san pieces like: Britten's Spring Symphony, Will Todds Mass in Blue, Rachmaninov Vespers, Faure Requiem, Carmina Burana, Gabriel Jackson Requiem, German Requiem, Berlioz Romeo and Juliette, Rossini Petite Messe and Handel Messiah of course. Plus some smaller works by Whitacre, Lauridsen and carols...Any suggestions? I have never worked with such big choir before:)
live-streaming Rebecca Bartelt, %29 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 principal wants to live-stream concerts and plays at our school and make them available at a later date as well. Is this legal? Would we need publisher permission to do this? Are there other concerns I should make him aware of?
Free New Music for One Year Timothy Shaw, %29 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
As the new school year begins and church choir seasons resume, I’ve decided to challenge myself with something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time: to write at least one new piece of music a week, each piece suitable for church use. My "52 in 52" challenge. To make the selection process easier on myself, I’m going to use hymn suggestions from MorningStar Music's Liturgical Planning Guide, which follows the Revised Common Lectionary. Each hymn setting will be short (1-2 pages) and will be written with piano and/or organ in mind. The melody of each hymn tune will be clearly recognizable, and each will be written in the key found in most hymnals. I’m sure a variety of forms will emerge as the year progresses: Preludes, Improvisations, Themes and Variations, Hymn Introductions/Reharmonizations, etc. My hope is that you will be able to use these settings in your church, adapting them as needed, and in your own home for your enjoyment. These are available to you at no cost! Simply download them from my website and print them for your use. The first piece is a setting of the great Welsh tune CWM RHONDDA, "God of Grace and God of Glory." Enjoy! And, spread the word about this to all your church musician friends.
Last chance to Audition for Schola Cantorum on Hudson’s 20th Anniversary Season Darlene Wyzga, %29 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 chance to Audition for Schola Cantorum on Hudson’s 20th Anniversary Season
Choral Artistry for the 21st Century!
Schola Cantorum on Hudson will entertain one final set of auditions for singers in the following sections:  bass, second tenor, second alto
Tuesday, September 2nd (Montclair, NJ)
Thursday, September 4th (NYC)
To learn more about the audition process and to set an audition time, click here.
Schola Cantorum on Hudson is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Choral Art through compelling performance, pro-active new music advocacy (PROJECT : ENCORE™), and education/engagement.
  • Present a full concert season in both Manhattan and Montclair, NJ, focusing on compelling presentation particularly of music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Promote working composers in performance and through PROJECT : ENCORE™
  • Build audience and prepare young professionals of the next generation:  Choral & Conducting Scholar; Cantorum Young Singers
“Extraordinary music, high-drama & community..." (The Villager)
"I was transported to the heavens!” (Audience Member, Bad Schonau, Austria)
“The most warmly rounded bel canto cantabile blend I have ever heard in live choral singing..." (Classical New Jersey
Sacred music for the concert hall from See-A-Dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %29 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 are a few of the newest highlights with links to recordings and score samples:
Who is this boy? - Fahad Siadat
A lingering and somber piece that is a retrospective look at the nativity with familiar imagery in a new light. The moving harmonies convey a sense of both sorrow and wonder that will touch singer and audience alike.

Four Part Mixed Chorus

Stabat Mater - Jonathan David

This stunning setting of the Stabat Mater is the perfect feature piece for just about any group. Particularly suited to large ensembles, the harmonies are straight forward, but the length and musicality required make it both accessible and a challenge to any group.

Four Part Mixed Chorus with Divisi and Soprano Solo

Alleluia - Robinson McClellan

This piece is a more introspective and solemn approach to the traditional Alleluia, but maintains a strong melodic feel with soaring lines and a great mix of homophonic textures and counterpoint.

Six Part Mixed Chorus

Ideas for chapel music Jeri Haskins, %29 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 am looking for a book of songs for middle and high school students to use in chapel.  I teach at an Episcopal school that has students from many cultures and faith traditions. I would like it to be spiritual rather than only Christian based. I would appreciate any suggestions. ]]>Music Associate needed Jonathan Hehn, %29 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 Shepherd Lutheran in South Tampa is in need of a part-time music associate. The ideal candidate will possess strong sight-reading skills as a singer, and will have compentency in either piano or organ. Position requires attendance at one Sunday service (9:30AM) and one Wednesday evening rehearsal (7:30PM) each week, as well as some occasional services. Pay is $25 per call. 
Those interested should please contact Dr. Jonathan Hehn for a full job description and other details.
The Summer Seasonals present: Longing and Remembrance (Cambridge, MA) Tanmoy Laskar, %29 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 Summer Seasonals present:
Longing and Remembrance
Motets of Victoria, Palestrina, Byrd, Tallis, Guerrero, and others.
Join us for our final concert of our third season, as we take you on a journey
from the willow glades of Babylon on the banks of the Euphrates through the
desert sands to the majestic towers and gleaming domes of ancient Jerusalem.
Come with us on our travels as we recollect in vivid hues, longed-for memories
of fountains and pomegranates after the rain, and bide with us through sepia
tones of remembrance for that which has been and may yet again.
Sunday, September 14, 4 PM
Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA - 02138, USA
Thomas Sheehan, Organ
Admission Free!
Facebook event
Concert program:
Ceballos / Hortus Conclusus
Palestrina / Surgam et circuibo
Guerrero / Lamentations (Aleph)
Isaac / Tota pulchra es
Guerrero / Surge propera amica mea
Guerrero / Lamentations (Ghimel)
L'Heritier / Nigra sum
Victoria / Vidi speciosam
Byrd / Ne irascaris
Palestrina / Quae est ista
Dufay / Anima mea liquefacta est
Palestrina / Super flumina Babylonis
Tallis / Lamentations I (click to play a preview)
Laskar / Tradiderunt me
Rore / Descendi in hortum meum
Victoria / Super flumina Babylonis
About the choir
The Summer Seasonals are a mixed-voice community chamber choir, based in Cambridge, Massachussetts.
Our mission: to build community through music, while striving for the highest degree of artistic excellence.
Now in our third season, we bring together experienced professionals and advanced amateurs from across
Boston and Cambridge in a musical meltic pot for three months. Our final concert is a culmination of a
summer of exchanging ideas and forging musical bonds. On September 14, we will take you on a magical
journey to the gates and spires of ancient Jerusalem rising from the desert sands.
About the director
Tanmoy Laskar is a senior graduate student in Astrophysics at Harvard University.
His musical experience includes the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and the Harvard 
Glee Club. He currently serves as a chorister and Choral Fellow at the Memorial
Church, Harvard. Laskar is also a choral composer and has been conducting student
and community chamber choirs for the past nine years.
Organist/Choir Master - Anglican Church William Johnston, %29 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 Barnabas Anglican Church
Dunwoody, Georgia
We are seeking a permanent, part-time Organist/Choir Master for our Anglican Catholic parish in Dunwoody, Georgia.  Qualified applicants will be experienced musicians knowledgeable in the traditional Anglican Liturgy using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the 1940 American Hymnal.
Schedule (approximately 20 hours per week average):
  • Sung Eucharist 11 AM every Sunday
  • Sung Morning Prayer first Sunday of each month
  • Sung Eucharist on major Holy Days
  • Rehearsals before each Sung Eucharist
Under the direction of the Rector, the Organist/Choir Master coordinates and supervises all aspects of our music ministry, and receives additional compensation for weddings and other special events.
Please send resume to the Parish Administrator, Bill Johnston,
Church Organist Needed! James Anderson, %29 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000

St. Alban’s Church is searching for a new organist. Our dear organist of 15 years is retiring, so we are looking an enthusiastic, passionate, and talented organist to help take our music and worship to the next level.

Job Description
One 10:00 a.m. service per Sunday. Extra services in Christmas, Lent, and other times throughout the year. Choose hymns for the services. Organize a volunteer choir from interested parishioners to sing for special services.

About St. Alban’s
Founded in 1982, St. Alban’s is a small, suburban parish of about 125 people with an average Sunday attendance of 65. Located just north of Baltimore, conveniently off of I-95 in beautiful, rolling horse country in the Joppa/Fallston area, St. Alban’s is a diverse and dynamic parish family. Our interracial and international congregation is friendly and welcoming, and has people of all ages. Because we have been blessed with growth we are currently in the early planning stages of expanding our nave to accommodate more people and extend our ministry and outreach. The mission of St. Alban’s is to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ so they may experience conversion of the heart, and then to provide an environment and ministry where people can grow in that faith, once it is begun, and become spiritually mature.

Liturgy and Worship
Our worship is traditional, reverent, and Christ-centered. Services are conducted according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the 1940 Hymnal - both of the Episcopal Church. Our main Sunday service is Holy Communion with hymns and sometimes chant. The people of the church are enthusiastic singers, and have worked hard over the past few years to introduce some new hymn tunes, Mass settings, and chants to our worship. We also organize a small, volunteer choir on special occasions that consists of children and adults. A new Rogers organ that looks good and sounds great was purchased about ten years ago to enhance our music and liturgy. The rector is a classically trained amateur musician who understands the importance of great church music as a means to glorify God and further the ministry of the Church. He will enthusiastically support the organist in his or her work.

Who we are looking for:
A practicing Christian: the ideal candidate will have an active and living faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and as evidenced by holiness of life and living according to God’s moral laws as revealed in the scriptures. Note: the candidate is not required to be Anglican.!

A talented and experienced musician: the ideal candidate will preferably have a degree in organ or keyboard and experience leading congregational worship in the Anglican or similar liturgical tradition. He or she will be familiar with how to play an organ and be able to use the instrument to its fullest, and will be conversant with the major organ composers and their music. Knowledge of the Anglican musical tradition is a must. Note: this knowledge may be acquired over time.!

A passionate leader: the ideal candidate will work to build a choir program and, in consultation with the rector, plan all aspects of church music.!




Background Check

One Sunday service throughout the year, and very occasional services on principle Holy Days. (e.g. Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, etc.)

Willingness to start and lead a choir to sing for special occasions and eventually regularly.



Contact Information:

St. Alban’s Anglican Church 

1011 Old Joppa Road 

Joppa, Maryland 21085 

(410) 877-3073

The Very Rev’d J. Gordon Anderson, Rector

The American Prize annouces finalists in Choral Performance and Conducting david katz, %29 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000
The American Prize has selected finalists in the areas of choral performance and choral conducting for 2014. You can see who is in the running to win this year's prizes by clicking on the links below, where other finalists (in orchestra, band, opera and music theater) can also be found.
A number of ChoralNet members are here, and some excellent choirs and conductors. A fine competition, indeed.
Information about 2015 contests will be posted to the website this fall.
David Katz, chief judge
The American Prize
Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner by singing with the MMS! Marie Grass Amenta, %29 %b %2014 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000

The Midwest Motet Society’s Star Spangled Tour

Let’s Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Writing of the Star Spangled Banner!
The Midwest Motet Society invites you to sing “Chester,” the Anthem of the American Revolution and “The Star Spangled Banner” with us for this very American celebration. If you'd like to sing "Chester," we ask you attend the first portion of the Tuesday, September 9 MMS rehearsal, from 7 pm to 7:50 pm. Contact Marie---MMS phone :(708)206-0380 or email: she will give you the address of the rehearsal and have music ready for you.  Otherwise, just show up at the time and place best for you and SING.  Please pass this information on to anyone whom you think might be interested....and if you direct a chorus, pass on to your singers....this is going to be FUN.
Hope to see you September 12....and wear red, white and blue if you are able!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Park Forest, Village Green, 4:30 pm
At the stage, behind the Village Hall and immediately west of the Tall Grass Art Gallery
Chicago Heights, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5pm
667 8th Street, on the Labyrinth
Flossmoor, Flossmoor Public Library, 5:30 pm
1000 Sterling, on the front Steps
Homewood, Homewood Veteran’s Memorial, 6 pm
Olive Road and Harwood Avenue, across from Aurelio’s Pizza
Marie Grass Amenta, Founder and Music Director
Open Auditions THIS Saturday - Tulsa Children's Chorus Erik Collins, %29 %b %2014 %05:%Aug:%th 5AugGMT+0000 ]]>“Five from the Folder: Medium-Difficulty Treble Voice Masterworks” by Andrew Larson Scott Dorsey, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Jul:%th 19JulGMT+0000
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 major/minor.
2.  "Messa a 3." Giacomo Puccini. Hinshaw Music
Effective keyboard reduction; some low alto notes, but not taxing;  publisher sells excerpts; recommended for treble range all ages.
3.  "Christe Eleison." (Chamber Mass) Antonio Vivaldi. Roger Dean Publishing.
Try balanced double S/A choirs, or two soloists with S/A choir in call/response; simple patterns in melismas; recommended for all ages.
4.  "He is Good and Handsome". (Il set bel at bon)  Passereau. Bourne Co.
Greyson's adaptation keeps harmonic effect; text fits female singers; 'war-horse' in teaching tuning in modal (historic) madrigals/chansons.  
5.  "Praise Thou the Lord." (Lobgesang, "Hymn of Praise) Felix Mendelssohn. CPDL, Carus, or G. Schirmer
Large work with intensity of "Elijah", but smaller scale;  this excerpt for virtuosic soprano soloist and easy SSAA parts.
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States.  To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at
Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Anne? Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Jul:%rd 15JulGMT+0000 ]]>Poster Session Applications Sought Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
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 a poster describing their research and to be available during the presentation session to discuss their work with interested conference attendees.
LEARN MORE and APPLY today.  The deadline for applications is September 30.
Burbank Chorale Auditions Singers for 2014-2015 Season Mikhail Shtangrud, %29 %b %2014 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 the Burbank Chorale in its new season, as it moves its rehearsal location to Woodbury University in Burbank!
To set up an audition, or for further information, call 818- 489-1733 or email
Be part of a vibrant performing arts group with a storied history that spans nearly a century.  Established in 1920, the Burbank Chorale is the longest continuously performing arts organization in the San Fernando Valley and one of the oldest musical organizations in the State of California. Our Mission is to attract individuals who share a love of music, dedication to musical growth, and the desire to provide excellence in performance.

Our 2014-2015 season vocal auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Woodbury University in Burbank CA, beginning at 7:00 pm. 
The season’s repertoire will feature the spectacular music for choir and brass: "Gloria" by John Rutter, "Christmas Cantata" by Daniel Pinkham, and much more.
Church Organist Needed Heather Clausen, %29 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000

Organist position — part time St. Andrew Lutheran Church 11345 Miller Road, Whittier, CA 90604

St. Andrew is a 300-member church located 5 minutes from Biola University. Music plays a significant role in the worship life of the church, and we strive to provide excellent music for our worship services as a sacrificial gift to our excellent God. We currently have 15 faithful members in our Sanctuary Choir, a regularly performing handbell choir, as well as a men’s ensemble that sings every month. The organ is a two-manual, 14-rank organ that was built in 1965 when the church was built. Modifications have been made 3 years ago, making the console up to date and working perfectly, and now has the capacity for further additions. The piano is a Mason & Hamlin-M class.

Self-motivated, Christ-centered person with good interpersonal skills. Possesses balance between leadership and humility, a strong sense of musicianship, and respect for diversity. Team player able to work with pastors, Worship and Music Commission, music directors, and congregation to create a cohesive music program that contributes to the worship environment.


  • Successful employment experience as organist

  • Degree(s) in music preferred but not required


  • Prepare and perform classical organ and piano music for weekly 8:15 A.M. traditional

    Sunday morning worship service, including prelude, postlude, service music, hymns, and choir accompaniment. Occasionally, the service meets later at 9:30 or 10:00 A.M.

  • Prepare and perform music for special services including, but not limited to: Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, midweek Lenten services, and other special services or concerts.

  • Accompany weekly choir rehearsals for the Sanctuary Choir.

  • Rehearse and accompany soloists and ensembles.

  • Oversee the tuning and maintenance of the organ and pianos.

  • Provide service music for weddings and funerals (additional stipend).

  • Attend Worship Commission meetings held once per month.
This is a part-time position (6–10 hours per week). Compensation will be based on education and experience.

Starting Date:
Interviews will be held in September. Beginning on Oct. 1, we will hire substitutes from our pool of candidates to play for services and choir rehearsals. We will offer a probationary position to the most qualified candidate to begin on Dec. 1, possibly earlier.

Application process:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to St. Andrew Lutheran Church at Applications may also be mailed to: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 11345 Miller Road, Whittier, CA 90604. 

The Mill Creek Chorale - Auditions Sean Berg, %28 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 MILL CREEK CHORALE is a new SATB Adult Community Choir comprised of auditioned singers based in the beautiful Mill Creek, WA, within the greater Seattle metropolitan area.  We are looking for ALL voice parts!
The Chorale will be dedicated to excellence in choral music. Under the baton of Artistic Director, Sean Berg, The Mill Creek Chorale will strive to enrich the lives of our community and performers through a broad spectrum of repertoire, innovative programming, and arts education.
Our first season will begin on September 9th in preparation of a Holiday Concert scheduled for December 5 & 6, 2014. We will rehearse once a week, on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm at Advent Lutheran Church in Mill Creek, WA, located at 4306 132nd St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012.
AUDITIONS are by appointment only on Tuesday, September 2 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
For audition information and to schedule an audition time, please call or email – or 917-279-6629
The Mill Creek Chorale - Accompanist Needed Sean Berg, %28 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 MILL CREEK CHORAL is a new SATB Adult Community Choir comprised of auditioned singers based in beautiful Mill Creek, WA, within the greater Seattle metropolitan area. 
The Chorale will be dedicated to excellence in choral music. Under the baton of Artistic Director, Sean Berg, The Mill Creek Chorale will strive to enrich the lives of our community and performers through a broad spectrum of repertoire, innovative programming, and arts education.
We are looking for an accomapnist to serve the ensemble for rehearsals and performances.
Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm beginning September 9th at the Advent Lutheran Church, located at 4306 132nd St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012. Our first season will begin with preparation of a Holiday Concert scheduled for December 5 & 6, 2014.
The is a PAID position!
Email with interest -
Tenor Choral Scholar - Gary Methodist, Wheaton, IL Jennifer Whiting, %28 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 Memorial United Methodist Church seeks a tenor singer to serve as a Choral Scholar within the Chancel Choir. The choir is a volunteer group that performs every Sunday (one week off every six weeks) and provides musical leadership as an integral part of the total ministry of Gary Church. 
The Choral Scholar is required to attend all scheduled rehearsals (regular rehearsal time is Thursday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.), and to attend all Sunday services at which the Chancel Choir sings, including special services throughout the liturgical year. The Choral Scholar is expected to know the music well enough to provide vocal leadership to the tenor section. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 4. This position carries a per-service stipend for rehearsals and Sunday services.

To inquire about this position, please contact
Jennifer Whiting, Director of Music
Gary Memorial United Methodist Church
224 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
630.668.3100, Ext. 106
Susquehanna Chorale Annual Youth Choral Festival Pam Tricamo, %29 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 the innocence of childhood through the pure sound of the Susquehanna Children's Chorale. Warm to the exuberance of high school youth as the Susquehanna Youth Chorale takes the stage. Thrill to the clarity of tone in the Young Women's Chorale. Revel in the combined power of the generations as the adults in the Susquehanna Chorale join its three educational choirs in the Festival's traditional finale, Anthem of Peace.
Our lives are grounded in intergenerational events like this one, which celebrates the transformative power of song at all stages of life. Don't miss it!
Saturday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the High Center at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa
The Ireland Choir Festival - Belfast & Dublin - July 2016 with Janet Galván Michael Clohesy, %28 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 

KIconcerts: Ireland Choir Festival - Belfast & Dublin - July 2016 with Janet Galván

Dear Colleagues,

I write to invite you to participate in our 2016 Ireland Festival. Please join me for an incredible musical, cultural, and personal experience in Ireland - the Emerald Isle. Ireland is full of stunning landscapes, inspirational locations, rich history, and magical warmth. Enjoy trips to St. Anne’s Cathedral whose history is intertwined with the history of Belfast and to the Titanic Experience, a remarkable adventure. Enjoy picturesque Dublin, the place where Handel’s Messiah was first performed and home of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. See historic Trinity College where Bram Stoker (creator of Dracula) went to school and where the Book of Kells is housed. Dublin is also home to Anuna, the original and celebrated choral ensemble led by Michael McGlynn.

Ireland’s music and dance have become beloved throughout the world. We will experience the culture that inspired this great art. The best part of the tour, of course, is making music in carefully selected venues for Irish audiences. Having toured Ireland with the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, I can assure you that the audiences are warm, welcoming, and friendly, and singers in this environment perform with a tangible heightened excitement and energy. Your choir will join other superb choirs for the festival performances and will have the opportunity to perform as individual choirs in astounding venues.

I would be honored to have you join me, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and your singers. I am available to discuss this tour with you as you consider having your choir participate.

Ádh mór agus gach dea-ghuí 
(May the road rise to meet you)

Dr. Janet Galván

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Soprano and Tenor section leader Jendi Killberg, %28 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000
Job Posting: Schola Cantorum, choral section leaders
Soprano and Tenor sought immediately
Position is for the 2014-2015 year, with summers and a winter break off.
Compensation will be $50/call. Contract requires attendance at the regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal and weekend Mass service. There is extra pay for additional calls (i.e. Christmas Eve, additional rehearsals, special services, cantor/soloist opportunities).
Interested applicants should email a one page resume and, if available, an audio or youtube-type clip to: In your email, please include your voice type.
  • Strong singer with versatility (repertoire includes early music, classical music and contemporary Christian literature).
  • Ability to sing music with one person per voice part.
  • Confident music reader.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Catholic mass is preferred.
  • One prepared aria or song, sacred oratorio or spiritual is preferred.
  • Sight reading your vocal line from a choral score (Music will most likely be a motet in the style of William Byrd or Thomas Tallis).
  • Attendance at all regular rehearsals (Wednesdays 7:00-8:30) and weekend Masses (Sundays at noon, call at 11:15). On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, singer is required to sing with the parish choir at 10:00, call at 9:30.
  • Attendance at special rehearsals, concerts and holy days. There is extra pay for these calls. (Due to Winter Break, participation in Christmas services are a plus, but not mandatory.)
  • Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter) are mandatory. The Schola sings Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil (Saturday evening), and Easter Sunday.
In addition, the Section Leader is responsible for the following:
  • 24-hour notice for any expected absence.
  • Early arrival for all rehearsals.
  • Appropriate dress for church services. The choir does not wear robes.
Any additional questions may be directed to Jendi Killberg, Schola Cantorum Music Director at
Brand new SATB - VOCA ME - Text based on "Dies Irae" Bill Heigen, %28 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 for something new and interesting to sing on you church choir?
This is a 3 minute piece FREE PDF DOWNLOAD!
Listen to the piece and download the pdf at the very first page of my website:
Cantare Con Vivo Auditions (SF Bay Area) Janice Lee, %28 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Con Vivo, located in San Francisco’s East Bay, is currently auditioning for its 2014-15 season. The Chorale is a 100-voice symphonic choir which performs four varied concert programs annually, two with full orchestra. They are well-known in the Bay Area for their high standards of musical excellence and diversity of repertoire. Rehearsals are primarily on Sunday afternoons in Oakland. Requirements include past choral experience and solid musical skills.
The Chamber Ensemble consists of 26 singers who perform three concert programs per season. They are the musical pinnacle of the organization. This year, that will include musical settings of Shakespearean texts, music written by late-Romantic composers, and a dessert theater concert of popular love songs from the last 100 years. They rehearse Monday evenings in Lafayette. Requirements include an advanced level of sight-reading ability and musicianship.
The concert descriptions, repertoire selection and full rehearsal schedules for both choirs are located on our website:
To schedule an audition appointment for either adult choir or to request further information, email or call the office at (510) 836-0789.
UMC Church Music Director Phil Sheets, %28 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Director Job Description
Position Summary - Primary responsibility is to direct and coordinate the music program for both
the traditional and contemporary worship services and reports to Pastor and Worship Committee.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:
§ Direct and coordinate the music program for both the traditional and contemporary
worship services.
§ Conduct weekly praise band rehearsals.
§ Direct praise band at the contemporary worship service every Sunday of the month.
Direct brief rehearsals prior to services performed.
§ Conduct Youth choir rehearsals. Typically this session is one hour per week during the
school year.
§ Conduct Adult choir rehearsals. Typically this session is one hour per week during the
school year
§ Direct the adult choir at the traditional service during the school year except one Sunday
per month. Direct the youth choir on the Sunday the adult choir does not perform. Direct
brief rehearsals prior to service performed. The adult choir is not expected to sing on the
Sundays following Easter and Christmas. The choir director will make arrangements for
special music at those services.
§ Special occasions - Direct the choir(s) on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve (two
services), and encourage the participation of the choirs in special services sponsored by
the Oswego Council of Churches.
§ Special occasions - Direct praise band on Christmas Eve, and encourage the participation
of the members in special services organized be the Oswego Council of Churches.
§ Weddings and funerals are not included in this job description, but can be negotiated.
§ Attend Worship Committee Meetings.
§ Spend several hours each week in preparation for the duties listed.
Key Qualifications:
§ Strong organizational and time management skills
§ Previous choir experience
§ Solid music background
Contact Information:
The church website is
The church’s email is
The church office is (630)554-3269.
Pastor Phil Sheets can be contacted by voice or text at (847)370-7033. ]]>
Seeking Choral Scholars in Western MA Jonathan Harvey, %28 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
The South Hadley Chorale of South Hadley, MA is pleased to announce openings for all voice parts in our Choral Scholars program. These paid positions are open to any current undergraduate or graduate students in the Pioneer Valley region.

We seek one soprano, one alto, one tenor, and one bass to join our community-based ensemble as Choral Scholars. In that capacity, they would lead occasional sectionals and warm-ups, and sing as fully integrated members of their respective sections. Ideal candidates would be strong choral vocalists with an interest in conducting and/or music education.

The South Hadley Chorale rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, at Center Church in South Hadley, MA. Our season stretches from October through March each year, culminating in a performance of major choral-orchestral works every season. Recent repertoire has included Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. The major work on this season’s program is Haydn’s The Creation with special guest Alice Parker.

Please contact Music Director Jonathan Harvey ( to schedule an audition. Auditions will be completed and positions offered before our first rehearsal of the season on October 1, 2014. ]]>
Chameleonic Auditions Michelle Coladonato, %28 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
Chameleonic, a Manhattan-based avocational chorus in NYC, is hearing
auditions for HIGH SOPRANO 1s, TENORS AND BASSES (All voice parts are welcome but the ones listed are most needed). Chameleonic is led by Vince Peterson in collaboration with members of the established professional chamber group, Choral Chameleon.
Rehearsals are begin September 8th and are held on a weekly basis each week on Monday evenings. Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 7th from 2pm-5pm. To schedule an audition please email us at with your full name, contact number and voice type. Singers will pay dues of $75 per concert and a nominal music fee.  A limited number of scholarships are available.
To audition for Chameleonic:
Please prepare one piece that you feel best demonstrates your range and your vocal ability, and come prepared to do some simple sight-reading and to talk with us briefly about your musical interests. We will provide an
accompanist, but you may bring your own if you would prefer.  Please
bring an unstapled, single sided copy of your music for the pianist in
the correct key. 
your own vocal workout Rachael Barlow, %28 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000
I used to direct a multigenerational homeschool chorus up north. Now I live in Texas and have been teaching voice privately (about 12 kids a week) for 4 years. 
I'm looking for new ways to give my own voice a workout and fresh ideas for students.
What are your favorite exercises to work on the following things:
- improving the singers ability to sing long connected phrases without sneaking a breath
- removing tension from the voice
- making the singers sound warmer without muddying the diction
I do have ways of working on all those things but just want to try new ideas.
Thank you!
Rachael Barlow
The Thirteen Chamber Choir of New York to Perform in Cincinnati Alex Gartner, %28 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
The Thirteen Chamber Choir to Perform The Western Wynde: Music of the Early British Masters in Cincinnati
St. James Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, OH, will feature The Thirteen, the professional New York-based choral ensemble on Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, located at 3207 Montana Ave. in Westwood. Tickets for the concert range from $10-$25 and are available at or by calling (513) 661-1154 ext. 3.
The concert will feature, among others: John Taverner’s Western Wynde Mass, William Cornysh’s Salve Regina, William Lambe’s Nesciens Mater, and more. “The Thirteen is ecstatic to be performing this rarely heard repertoire that is at the pinnacle of the Canon of Western Music. Running the gamut from the jubilant to the reflective, the florid to the stark, and the secular to the sacred, our hope is to bring something entirely new to each concert-goer,” states Artistic Director, Matthew Robertson.
The Thirteen is comprised of thirteen musicians from around the country specializing in early music. Robertson describes The Thirteen as “committed to a non-hierarchal music making process where every member plays a part in the artistic choices of the Choir, bringing about a unity and depth of voice.”
Now in its third season, The Thirteen has quickly garnered a reputation of excellence among top American professional choirs. The choir maintains a busy schedule of home concerts, master classes at universities and tours throughout the nation. The Thirteen’s newest CD RADIANT DARK was released in Fall, 2014 to critical acclaim. It features the works of Robert White, John Sheppard and more. Information about The Thirteen is available at:
Alex Gartner, Director of Music, St. James Episcopal Church
(513) 661-1154 ext. 3
For The Thirteen: Catherine Stahl, Communications Director,
Free Planning and Oraganizing Tool for Choir Directors Steve Kloser, %28 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 is a free online application designed to help keep performing groups connected and informed, and provide Directors with valuable information.

Directors, members, and performing guests can login to view information about rehearsal and performance dates, times, and venues so that everyone knows who, what, where and when.

Members can login and mark rehearsals and performances that they can and cannot attend.

That information is compiled to give the Director a side-by-side view, of the rehearsal or performance agenda, alongside a display of who is and is not available for that event.

Leave of Absence policy Karyn Silva, %28 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 you conduct a community children's choir, I'm wondering what your policy is on leave of absences?  Our hope is that our young singers will be able to do a variety of activities, including sing, but we also want to have singers who are committed to our program.   We allow our singers to take a leave of absence when they are unable to participate in the chorus for various reasons, usually because they have a competing activity.   The problem, however, is that we have some singers who pop in and out of the chorus to suit their whims...if they have a fall sport they go on leave every fall, etc. 
I'd love to hear what other choir's policies are regarding this.  It's difficult to strike a balance between demanding commitment and offering flexibility.
I need Gossec's LA NATIVITE James Stemen, %28 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 LA NATIVITE
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Gossec
Starting: Fall 2014
For: 3 months
Copies: 30
Willing to rent: Yes
Need copies, full score and parts.
Downers Grove Choral Society (Downers Grove, IL, USA) welcomes new singers Bob Acker, %28 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Grove Choral Society (Downers Grove, Illinois)  invites singers to join us for 2014-2015, our 56th season. Our December concert will be a holiday performance of Handel's Messiah; the March concert will be Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with special guests, Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford; the May concert will be Randall Thompson'sTestament of Freedom, Aaron Copland's Songs of America plus other songs by American composers. We rehearse Monday nights from 7:30-9:45 p.m. in the Milnes Room at the Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove. All members, new and returning, are asked to schedule a voice hearing with John Patrick Rakes, our Artistic Director. Voice hearings will be held Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Indian Boundary YMCA. Please visit our website at, email or call 630.515.0030 to for more information and to schedule a voice hearing. ]]>Buy Borrow or Rent "Day By Day" Arr. by Sonja Poorman Aaron Olson, %28 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 "Day by Day" from Godspell
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Schwartz, Arr by Sonja Poorman
Starting: Sept 1, 2014
For: 1week
Copies: As many as 40
Willing to rent: Yes
NEEDED ASAP. Item is POP and I need it for our Rally day service. 
$$$ Not an issue
Anyone have contact info for Sonja? 
Books for Beginning Voice Class - Teenagers Kirsten Leslie, %28 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 there -
I was just wondering if anyone out there would suggest any textbooks for either the students or for me (the teacher) for a beginning Voice Class.  I'd love more teaching ideas - have the same class four times a week.  There are five teenagers, and they have a hard time with concentration and focus - ADD, dyslexia, etc.  I want to vary my class more to keep them engaged.  If there are some textbooks out there with ideas - music games, interesting types of warmups, theory stuff, WHATEVER! - I am game!
Thank you!
Choral Related Twitter Feeds Jean Bartholomay, %28 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 those of you in the Twitter world - What are your favorite choral music (or great education related) twitter feeds?  
The Choristers is accepting appointments for auditions for its 2014 – 2015 concert season David M. Spitko, %28 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000

The Choristers, one of the premiere concert choirs in the Philadelphia suburbs, is accepting appointments for auditions for its 2014 – 2015 concert season.

On Saturday November 22, 2014 at 7:30, the choir will present a concert with a working title of “The Animals A-Comin’ ~ Choral Music about Animals.”  With projected multi-media images of the critters about which we are singing, the choir will not only present serious repertoire about different animals (including Davies Prayers From The Ark, Barber The Monk And His Cat, Stanford The Bluebird, Hindemith “La Biche (The Doe)” and “Un Cygne (A Swan)” from Six Chansons and Whitacre Little Birds) but also have some serious fun (Whitacre Animal Crackers, Lennon/McCartney’s Blackbird accompanied by acoustical guitar, and the piece which gave birth to the title of the concert: De Animals A’Comin’ arr. Bartholomew).

On Saturday April 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM the choir will present the mammoth Mendelssohn Elijah accompanied by a 40 piece orchestra and 5 soloists.  We are pleased to announce the adult soloists will be Soprano Carole Latimer, Mezzo-Soprano Suzanne DuPlantis ( , Tenor Robert Chafin (, and the role of Elijah will be sung by Justin Hopkins (  To make the storyline of this wonderful oratorio come even more alive, the concert will feature minimalist staging (rather than simply having the soloists stand and face forward) and costuming.  A night to remember!

For a complete schedule, more information about the choir and to schedule an audition, please visit

David Spitko, Artistic Director
The Choristers


Tenor Section Leader in Kennett Square, PA Jason Throne, %28 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 are looking for a paid tenor section leader for the Brandywine Valley Chorale.  Looking for strong readers as well as ability to sing solos.  Repertoire includes Bach Magnificat this season.  Please visit for info.  If you are interested in applying please fill out an audition form found on the website.
Jason Throne
Artistic Director/Founder
Brandywine Valley Chorale
TMC presents six dynamic Singsation Saturday choral workshops for singers in the Toronto region Anne Longmore, %28 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 opportunity for singers from across the Greater Toronto Area to sing great choral works together under the direction of some of Toronto’s talented conductors
It has been well-reported that singing together helps people and communities (including in the recent Chorus America report “Singing and Psychological Well-being” The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s popular outreach program, Singsation Saturdays, offers people this very opportunity – to sing great choral music together with choral music lovers from across the City.  Each workshop features a different guest conductor.
Singsation Saturdays are open to anyone who loves to sing and between 80 and 120 singers regularly attend, including repeat and new participants, along with some TMC alumni and current TMC choristers.
The TMC offers five regular Singsation Saturday choral workshops throughout the season. And, starting in 2013, the Choir added a special free Culture Days Singsation as part of the nation-wide Culture Days celebrations. 
Regular workshops run from 10:30 am to 1 pm., and most take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (Yonge and St. Clair).  The $10 fee includes refreshments.
More information is available at
2014-15 Singsation Saturday Schedule
Culture Days Singsation – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Centre for Social Innovation Annex – The Garage
720 Bathurst St. (1 ½ blocks south of Bloor)
10:30 am to 12 noon; FREE
Shawn Grenke, guest conductor
Shawn will take participants through some popular classical choral works.
Shawn is Director of Music at All Saints, Kingsway, the accompanist for the Amadeus Choir, and the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Hamilton Children’s Choirs.
Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass – Saturday, October 18, 2014
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Caron Daley, guest conductor
Caron will take participants through the exciting Lord Nelson Mass, a work that the TMC will perform at its 2014-15 season-opening concert.
Caron is currently TMC Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mississauga Children’s Choir. 
Christmas carols and hymns – Saturday, November 22, 2014
In a new location!
St. Anne’s Anglican Church (known as the Group of Seven Church)
270 Gladstone Ave.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Matthew Otto, guest conductor
Matthew is Music Director of St. Anne’s, Associate Conductor of Toronto Children’s Chorus, and former TMC Associate Conductor.
Opera Choruses – January 17, 2015
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Sandra Horst, guest conductor
Participants are invited to join Canadian Opera Company Chorus Master Sandra Horst to sing through some well-loved opera choruses. Sandra is also Head Coach/Conductor and Chorus Director for the Opera Division of UofT’s Faculty of Music.
Brahms’ Requiem – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Michael Bloss, guest conductor
Michael is an accomplished conductor and organist. He has performed extensively with the TMC and the Elora Festival Singers.  He is Director of Music at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton.
Composer and conductor Timothy Corlis – April 18, 2015
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St.
10:30 am to 1 pm; $10, includes refreshments
Timothy Corlis, guest conductor
Timothy Corlis is an accomplished composer and has composed a number of works for the TMC.  This is a rare opportunity for participants to sing through and learn about some of Tim’s beautiful compositions from the composer himself. The Wholenote has said of Tim that he is “a composer of great depth and passion, not to mention a pristine polished craft.”
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Golden Voices of Montserrat. International competition-festival Nika Miakushko, %28 %b %2014 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000
  • 22-26 Of March, 2015  'Golden Voices of Montserrat'
  • 'Golden Voices of Montserrat' is an absolutely new vision of the choral singing! The updated program, variety of master classes, record of the common song and many other interesting events wait for all participants in the new season. However, one stays unchanged: Monastery Montserrat, which is looking forward to hear the new incredible choral voices!

    The performance of the participant groups is held in the monastic complex Montserrat, on the same stage where a worldwide known boys’ choir Escalonia performs. It is the first time in a thousand-year history of the monastic complex that the choirs are allowed to perform there!!


    To see more information please go at 

    For more information please write via e-mail


    4th Florence International Choir Festival 22-24 July 2015 Leonardo Sagliocca, %28 %b %2014 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000 third edition of the Festival ended with the wonderful notes and voices of choirs from all over the World! A really good result for this ambitious Festival!

    The Festival takes place in the wonderful city of Florence, Italy, famous throughout the World for its magnificent cultural and artistic heritage, its warm welcome, accomodation capacity and outstanding quality of food and wine.

    FICF is organized by the "Ensemble San Felice", an internationally renowned vocal and instrumental group that has been performing all over Europe for almost 20 years, its concert activity ranging from the medieval to contemporary repertoire.

    The 4th edition of FICF will take place from 22nd to 24th July 2015 in some of the most prestigious places in the historical center of the city, such as the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio and the magnificent Basilicas of Santa Croce, San Lorenzo and Santa Trinita.

    This Festival will be a great chance to spend wonderful days to celebrate Friendship, Music and different Cultures.

    The organization will be happy to arrange longer stay to give the chance to visit the beautiful areas and cities near Florence, like Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa, Arezzo.

    For more information, please visit our website ( and write to:

    The deadline for the subscriptions at the Festival is 31st March 2015. Feel free to contact us for any kind of questions and problems, we will be happy to solve your doubts and encounter your wishes. You can apply online at this link:


    Crazy Little Thing called QUEEN Caroline Knaggs, %28 %b %2014 %06:%Aug:%th 6AugGMT+0000
    Founding Artistic Director
    Dr Jonathon Welch AM
    Crazy Little Thing called QUEEN
    Guest Conductor: Dr Kathleen McGuire
    Special Guest: Danielle Matthews
    8pm Saturday 20th & 2pm Sunday 21st September 2014
    THECHO!R performs Queen’s greatest hits in support of Cancer research
    Thornbury Theatre
    859 High St, Thornbury

    $35 Adult / $25 Conc & U18 + booking fee
    Dinner/Show packages and reserved seating available
    Book online: OR Phone: 03 9484 9831
    SING FOR A CURE Supported by St Vincent’s 
    Books Worth Your Time III Richard Sparks, %28 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 one will be short (busy week!) and is not a book to read, but a great reference to have on your shelf: The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms, by Christine Ammer. Scores often have terminology in foreign languages and since the composer put them there to give you information about performance (calando, marziale, etc.), it's imperative to know what they mean. I've almost never found a term that isn't included in this lovely, compact, inexpensive (currently $9.68 on Amazon) reference! Incredibly helpful. For "calando," for example, it tells you that it's Italian and that it means, "Becoming softer and slower." That's opposed to "calcando," which means: 1- "Forcefully, pressing on" or 2- "Imitating, copying."
    Definitely worth having on your shelf!
    Take the Latest ACDA Poll Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2014 %19:%Apr:%th 19AprGMT+0000'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. ]]>CJ Replay: Reposition That Choir Scott Dorsey, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
    (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 placing the choir at the back of the stage, behind the orchestra where they often cannot hear the instruments once they start singing? I think not. Certainly, I have used my fair share of time in concerts madly trying to recapture some errant portion of the choir that had drifted away from the prevailing tempo. Many dress rehearsals have been spent fussing at the choir to produce their usual clarity without really being able to hear what they were doing while the orchestra played. I have conducted many ritards that sprouted grotesque appendages on their way to an unhappy conclusion, the orchestra right on my stick, the choir splitting its seams. Nature of the beast, you say? Not any more!
           In choral-orchestral matters the final chapter has yet to be written. Just when everything seems to have been tried, how refreshing to find that a major break-through is possible: the beast still moves, and breathes. These are brave words. I believe, however, you will agree with me once I have outlined the results of my two experiments with a "new" concert arrangement.
           What makes this new arrangement so exciting is that it is not new at all! Instead, it is a return to the concert layouts of the late eighteenth and most of the' nineteenth centuries, layouts that will render a surprising clarity to the performance of choral music of this period.
    READ the entire article.
    Getting individual voice lessons in the school day David Wilkinson, %28 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 middle school has two vocal teachers.  We have grades 6-8 with four classes of general music and four choirs PER grade level.  We have large band and large orchestra programs as well.  We require the students to take at least ONE music class every year for the full year.  Our band and orchestra programs are allowed to teach private lessons once weekly while my choral colleague and I are contracted to teach general music instead.  There is no hope of hiring a Middle School general music teacher.  My colleague and I desperately want to be able to give the choir students private voice lessons, but have no time in our schedule to accomdate that.  Many other middle schools in the state require general music on a quarterly or trimester basis and then cycle through to the next group of kids on the next quarter/trimester.  That frees them up to provide private voice lessons to their students.  
    My colleague and I are looking for ways to change the requirement so that we can free up time in our schedule for the choir students to recieve once weekly private vocal lessons.  The vast majority of students participate in a performing ensemble.  The number of students per class (on average) who sign up for general music is between 15-20 (because they have to).  My choirs average 55-65 and the bands/orchestras are even larger.  We aren't looking to necessarily eliminate the requirement, but to change it so that we can devote time to students who actually care about music and want to develop their skills.  
    If you have any advice on ways to advocate for the vocal music program private lessons I would greatly appreciate it.  Why are lessons important?  What do we teach?  How is the overal choral program enhanced?  What are ways to modify the general music requirement?  (things like that...)
    Thank you,
    David W.
    SWARTHMORE COLLEGE CHORUS: Openings for TENORS Joseph Gregorio, %28 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 Swarthmore College Chorus, a mixed, ~70-member town-gown chorus directed by Joseph Gregorio, has openings for tenors for the fall semester of 2014.  
    The Chorus rehearses Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30pm in Lang Concert Hall of the Lang Music Building at Swarthmore College.  This semester's repertoire includes shape-note music by William Billings, a gospel piece by Glenn Burleigh, a setting of Walter de la Mare's poem "Music" by Joseph Gregorio, and a commissioned work for chorus and orchestra by Swarthmore College alumnus James Matheson.  Our concert this semester will take place on Friday, December 5.
    Auditions are 9/1-9/3.  To schedule an audition, visit  Prepare a short solo to be sung a cappella.  Contact Joseph Gregorio at with questions.
    Bucks County Choral Society Auditions Rachel Sanders, %28 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000
    The Bucks County Choral Society announces that auditions will be held for singers of all voice parts beginning the week of August 25th running through the week of September 1st.   Interested singers should complete an audition form found on the Choral Society’s, or leave a message for the audition coordinator at 215-230-3836.  Please leave your name and contact information for a return call.  
    Singers of all ages are encouraged to complete the audition form. Current qualified high school juniors and seniors are welcome to audition for the Choral Society, but only with the approval of their school choir director and certification that the BCCS schedule would not conflict with their school choir's schedule.
    Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday nights (7:30-10:00pm) from September through the beginning of June at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, located at 321 West Butler Avenue in New Britain, PA.  This year’s concert schedule is as follows: October 26December 13 & 14March 22, and May 30, 31.
    We look forward to your participation.
    Bass Section Leader Position in Chicago Suburbs Brad Whaley, %28 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000
    Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, IL is seeking a bass or bass/baritone to join the Chancel Choir as a paid section leader.  Section leaders are paid per call.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.  Singers are called for rehearsal at 9:45 A.M. on Sunday mornings, in preparation for the 10:30 A.M. Holy Communion Liturgy.    
    Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation that appreciates fine choral and organ repertoire rooted in the rich Lutheran heritage.
    Please send resumé and sound clips (if available) to Director of Music, Brad Whaley at:
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    675 E. Algonquin Road
    Des Plaines, IL 60016 
    We're The Choir! SATB Kirby Shaw Susan Larson, %28 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 brand new copies
    We're the Choir!
    The Music of Kirby Shaw
    Hal Leonard product number:  08665983
    List price is $1.50 each.  Willing to sell for less - these were ordered in error and I am not able to return them.
    New York City Master Chorale Auditions Thea Kano, %28 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 New York City Master Chorale is holding auditions for experienced choral singers of all voice parts on Wednesday, September 3, 6 - 9 pm at the Turtle Bay Music School (244 West 52nd Street). Strong sight-reading skills are required. For more information and to schedule an audition, please write to ]]>Community Chamber Choir Auditions (The Collaborative Choir) Melodie Henderson, %28 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000
    The Collaborative Choir, based in Arlington, VA, is a friendly group of talented singers and composers who enjoy collaborating on a wide variety of choral repertoire.   Music is selected by singers in the choir or written by our composers-in-residence and visiting composers.  The Collaborative Choir is the ideal group for high-caliber musicians who want a say in what they sing, where they perform, and enjoy being on the cutting edge of what’s new in choral music. 
    Those interested in auditioning should plan to sing with us during one of our first rehearsals of the season and then stay after to audition.  Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:45 starting September 3rd.
    For more information on the choir, how to join, and what the audition entails, visit us at
    NYC The Canby Singers Auditions Cheryl Helm, %27 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 for The Canby Singers:
    Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014, 7:15 pm.
    All voices are welcome, tenors and basses especially.  
    Singers should have experience in ensemble singing and strong reading skills.
    Our fall semester features Italian and English madrigals, French chansons and German lieder by:
    Farmer, Wilbye, Pallavicino, Montovano, Lassus, Gombert, Hassler, Senfl, and more. 
    Rehearsals and auditions held on Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 2, 7:15-9:45 pm, in the chapel of
    Seafarers & International House:
    123 E 15th Street, NYC (15th St. & Irving Pl.). 
    For more info about our (painless and brief) audition process,
    please go to: and click on “message” at the top of the page,
    or visit our webste at 
    Hope to see you!
    HS/MS Accompanist Adam Robinson, %27 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000
    Seeking experienced piano accompanist for rehearsals and concerts for our high school and middle school choirs. Five choirs total with both secular and sacred works.
    Please contact Adam Robinson at for more information.
    Acoustical Paint Barbara Pinto-Choate, %27 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 All,
    I am the Director of Music Ministries for a large traditional Church. Many years ago, before my time here, a team of members decided to deaden the sound in the Church by installing acoustical tiles from midway up the wall to the ceiling, entire back wall of the choir loft, and the arches surrounding the choir loft. A few years ago, the flooring needed replacing so I insisted on wood as the two choices were wood or carpet. They then installed laminate wood. Now we have a new pastor who is making significant changes. Because of the current acoustics, if the choir returns to the loft, half of the congregation will no longer understand/hear the music and words of the choir. They come out muffled. Having all the acoustical tiles removed would cost a tremendous amount of money and will not be done so I am looking for alternatives. Some years back, I heard that there is a "hard shell" paint that when painted over acoustical tiles, would seal in most of the deadening issues. So far I have been unsuccessful in find this product. If you have any experience with this product or have other cost effective ideas, I would love to hear them.
    Thanks very much!
    Barbara Pinto-Choate
    Coming Soon - The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute's First Sunday Seminar in New York City of the 2014-15 Season Jeffrey James, %27 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 soon - The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute's first Sunday Seminar in New York City of the 2014-15 season, to be presented on September 7, 2014 - 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Nola Studios, 244 W. 54th St. (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 5th Floor, Studio 7.

    Join Harold and other choral conductors for problem solving sessions and in depth discussions of choral works and how to master the difficulties in them. The Seminar will also focus on individual conducting technique as it relates to all that which the group discusses. Attendees are welcome to come with questions about music they are or will be conducting.

    Additional seminars will be offered on October 5, November 2, and November 30, 2014.

    Sunday Seminars are open to conductors of community, college, high school, church and youth choirs. Eight conductors maximum per session and auditors are welcome.

    The sessions are $50 each, auditors $30. For complete details, including workshop application form, visit (scroll down to Sunday Seminars). Registration must be completed no later than two days before each Seminar.

    For questions and more information, email Harold Rosenbaum at
    "Spirit of Comfort, Spirit of Hope" (Angerman & Nolan) Gregg Bunn, %27 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 original BRAND NEW anthem copies of David Angerman & Douglas Nolan's "Spirit of Comfort, Spirit of Hope" for sale.  $1.90 per anthem, plus shipping. 

    Hymnos small ensemble auditioning SATB voices Eric Sorum, %27 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    Hymnos vocal ensemble
    Eric Sorum, artistic director
    Hymnos is a small ensemble of select voices specializing in early music.  We are seeking only a few additional SATB voices to join a group of nine excellent singers.
     Hymnos is a versatile ensemble, performing a variety of music for full chorus, as well as opportunities for quintets, duets, solos, etc.  Music is performed both a capella and with period instruments.
    Auditions are held by appointment with the director  Singers with classical music experience, strong vocal technique, and sight-reading skills are sought.  No prepared piece is required.
    Rehearsals are in St. Paul on Sunday afternoons, 4:00-6:00, beginning Sept. 7.
    Singers are paid a $40 monthly stipend for membership throughout the season, September through May.
    Please e-mail to schedule an audition:
    Membership will involve a wide variety of performances, including appearances in churches, retirement centers, pubs, tap rooms, open mics, a rock music recording, and caroling on the street.
    Hymnos is dedicated to bringing the greatest choral music and songs into the center of spiritual and social life to create a wide, unparalleled impact on the community through singing.  Hymnos presents innovative events of artistic excellence and audience engagement that seek to:
    • Rejuvenate old singing traditions
    • Inspire hymnody and church music
    • Encourage community singing
    • Educate listeners about music
    • Challenge singers to aspire to excellence
    • Expand the audience of choral music
    Auditions for the Jameson Singers Jameson (Jim) Marvin, %27 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 for the Jameson Singers will take place on Saturday, September 13th 10:30am-1:00pm at Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA. The audition consists of singing an unaccompanied piece of your choice: Folk Song, Christmas Carol, Patriotic Song, Church Hymn, and evaluating your range (best vocal part), ear, and sight-reading. Bring your healthy voice!
    The Jameson Singers is open by audition to Boston area singers who have choral/vocal experience and quick musicianship. A good ear, strong sense of rhythm, inherent musicality, and good sight-reading skills are important.
    The 2014-2015 concert season includes two Christmas/Holiday Concerts, two Spring Concerts of American Music, and an invited performance for the Chorus America National Conference in Boston, June 2015. Repertoire throughtout the year ranges from motets by Josquin, Palestrina Schütz, and Brahms, British works by Holst and Howells, and contemporary American coompositions by Sametz, Finney, Kim, Martino, Rindfleisch, Tcherepnin, and Marvin.
    a cappella patriotic music? Michala Martin, %27 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 all.  I have an a cappella SATB Chamber Choir that traditionally sings at our Veteran's Day assembly.  We usually sing the National Anthem plus another piece.  However, I seem to have come to the end of my very short mental rep list of a cappella music suitable for this occasion.  Anyone out there have any ideas to offer?
    Michala Martin
    Advice on doing a Sacred music competition and/or festival Michael Morgan, %27 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 church's music program is growing and I, the pastor, the Vestry and the congregation are pleased with the overall results. As part of that growth we are interested in doing a Sacred Music competition and/or a Sacred Msuic Festival. We have never done one and I have little experience in the "competiton" field. We would like to use this as a fund raiser for the church, community outreach for the all musicians (as far as we can reach) and continue to grow the chruch and it's music program and other programs. We are Located North 30 minutes of Baltimore, Md.
    Has anyone ever done a competiton or Festival.
    any Advice?? WE do not mind starting on a smal level. We are just open to trying it and see what the end results are.
    Ten Contrapuntal Choral Carols for Christmas, arranged by Jameson Marvin, published by Paraclete Press Jameson (Jim) Marvin, %27 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Press recently published ten a cappella Contrapuntal Choral Carols for Christmas arranged by Jameson Marvin. They are presented in three volumes: four for SATB Chorus; three for TTBB Chorus; three for SSAA Chorus. These Carol arrangements are appropriate for church choirs, community choirs, high school choirs, colleges and universities choirs.
    Volume I: SATB: 1. A Festive Fantasia: Angels we have Heard/Cantamus Domino; 2. Good People All, this Christmastime; 3. O, Come all ye Faithful; 4. Of the Father's Love Begotten
    Volume II: TTBB: 1. Once in Royal David's City; 2. Angels, from the Realms of Glory; 3. We Three Kings
    Volume III: SSA: 1. All my Heart this Night Rejoices; 2. Lo, how a Rose e'er Blooming; 3) Silent Night
    New A Capella Choir starting in St. Paul- Chanson Voice and Music Academy Justin Spenner, %27 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Voice and Music Academy is happy to announce the formation of a new, small-group, adult A Capella group and would love to have your voice join in!  The goal is simple:  create a low-risk, high-creativity environment for singers of all experience and styles to collaborate, sing, and build a community.  We do have the goal of performing out in the cities, but the first goal is to set a line-up and make some music. Styles will very between jazz, classical, and contemporary music. It is low-commitment (only every other week), and the projected cost of enrollment is only $20 a month per person! (Fee is for pianist and coach-adjustable to amount of members)  View the details below, and email if you're interested!

    What:  Adult A Capella Choir
    When:  Every other Sunday from 7:30-8:30/9pm (Starts Sept. 14)
    Why:  Make music with like-minded musicians!
    Enrollment Cost:  Estimated cost of $20 per month for pianist and coach/director

    Contact CVMA Voice Teacher Justin Spenner at for more information!
    Vanguard Voices Open Rehearsal/Auditions Nancy Scott, %27 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
    Vanguard Voices, directed by G. Kevin Dewey, welcomes new choristers in all voice parts for the 2014-2015 season. Interested singers are invited to attend an open rehearsal on Thursday, September 11, 7-10 p.m. in Room F-113, MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Following the open rehearsal, those wishing to audition may schedule an appointment.
    Vanguard Voices has concerts scheduled for November through May. The 75-voice mixed chorus will perform “Viva Vivaldi,” a modern interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”; Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”; and Randall Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom.” Additional repertoire includes works by Samuel Barber, Gerald Custer, and Harold Darke and features the world premiere of a new piece by Vanguard Premieres composer Frank La Rocca. Vanguard Voices is sponsored by the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department and choir-in-residence at Henry Ford College.
    New Choral Works for Fall/Winter 2014 Steve Danyew, %27 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000

    Hi All! Here are five new choral works – anthems and hymn arrangements perfect for your Fall, Advent, and Christmas programs! Take a look at the scores, listen to the recordings, and let me know if you are interested in any of these works. I’d love to hear from you!

    Best wishes for a wonderful Fall semester!

    Steve Danyew


    Wake, O My Soul
    SATB Choir Unaccompanied

    A carol-like anthem for the Advent and Christmas season – full of joy, awe, and reverence.  Perfect for Christmas Eve or a special holiday program! The opening stanza reads, “Wake, O my soul, and hail the morn, for unto us a Savior’s born; see, how the angels wing their way, to usher in the glorious day!”  See the score here.

    For All His Blessings
    SATB Choir with Piano

    This lyrical anthem quotes the text and music from the doxology – “Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” – in a recurring refrain.  D.W. Griffin’s text is general enough to be used at any point of the year, but it is especially fitting for Thanksgiving! The final stanza illustrates the richness of textual imagery: “O praise the Lord for all He’s done, for all His blessings, one by one, and see His goodness, mountains high, fill all the earth and sea and sky.  See the score here.

    An Hour of Hallowed Peace
    SATB Choir with Piano

    Newly updated, this tender and hopeful piece works well for All Saints’ Day, Holy Week services, funerals and memorial services, and more.  See the score and listen to a recording here

    Once In Royal David’s City
    SATB Choir & Organ with optional String Quartet and Congregational Singing

    My own take on this classic Christmas hymn – true to the original with some of my own harmonies and an optional Soprano descant for the last verse. Use with organ accompaniment or organ and string quartet as a hymn arrangement with congregational singing or as a choral anthem.  Would work well in any Advent or Christmas service!  See the score here.

    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    SATB Choir & Organ with optional String Quartet and Congregational Singing

    A simple and serene setting of this well-known carol, with the tune FOREST GREEN. This work was written as a hymn arrangement to be used with congregational singing, but may also be used as a choral anthem.  Perfect for a Lessons and Carols service! Use with organ accompaniment or organ and string quartet.  An optional Soprano descant is included for the last verse.  See the score here.

    NCCO LIVE CONCERT FEATURED ON GOING BEYOND WORDS THIS SUNDAY Stanley Schmidt, %27 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 
    Going Beyond Words, one of the longest running choral radio programs in the United States, continues it series CHORAL CONCERT LIVE.   This program will be featured on Going Beyond Words at Noon Central Time, Sunday August 27, 2014.   Go to KVNO.ORG and click on listen.  All of the music on this broadcast is taken from the NCCO National Collegiate Choral Organization Convention and was recorded November 3-5, 2011 at Coloradio State University by Soundwaves Recordings of Huron, Ohio.   The CD  for this program is available by calling 419-433-4919 or Visiting
    While you are listening to this live Concert, check out your Choral Journal and make plans to connect at the ACDA National Convention, February 25-28, 2015 in Salt Lake City.
    HOW TO LISTEN: Go to KVNO.ORG and click on Listen
    WHEN: Sunday, August 27, 2014 at Noon Central Time
    ENSEMBLES TO BE HEARD: University of Northern Colorado Concert Choir; Western Michigan University Cantus Femina and 
    Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers
    University of Northern Colorado  Concert Choir, Dr. Galen Darrough, Conductor
    Gala del Dia (From: "Las Indianas") Carlos Guastavino
    Mi Lumia  Javier Zentner
    La Muerte del Angél Astor Piazzola Arranged by Javier Zentner; 
        Socrates Garcia, Guitar; Andrew Holcombe, Percussion
    CD NCCO as listed above
    Western Michigan University Cantus Femina; Dr. Delores Gauthier, Conductor, Tina Carter, Piano
    Anne Frank: A Living Voice - Music by Linda Tutas Haugen; Text: Anne Frank
    There are seven movements to this work, However, only five were performed at this concert.
    For more information on this work, contact the San Francisco Girls Choir Susan McMane, Conductor
    CD NCCO as listed above
    Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers and Chamber Orchestra
    Anna Nizhegorodtsova, Accompanist; 
    Michelle Jensen, Conductor
    CD NCCO as listed above
    In Windsor Forest - Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Cantata adapted from the Opera "Sir John In Love"
    The Conspiracy
    Drinking Song
    Falstaff and the Faried
    Wedding Chorus 
    You are invited to visit my blog of http://WWW.GOINGBEYONDWORDS.COM You will find CD images
    and complete lists of music for the last five years.   If you have any questions or comments please write
    Cork International Choral Festival 2015 Leona Murphy, %27 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 US IN CORK IN 2015! 
    Make MUSIC, make FRIENDS, make MEMORIES, MAKE A DATE now with the 61st Cork International Choral Festival 2015
    From 29th April – 3rd May 2015 Cork, will welcome choirs from across the world for a programme of choral concerts, national and international competition, and internationally renowned performers as thousands of participants bring the city to life for five days in May. For visiting choirs, Cork provides an opportunity not only to perform; but also to experience some of the world’s best choral music, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the mingling, singing and fun of the Festival Club, and explore the vibrant city of Cork and its surrounds on Ireland’s beautiful south coast.
    Fleischmann International Trophy Competition: Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete in the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional Festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. Entries are welcomed for the  2015 Festival which takes place  29th April – 3rd May 2015.  Closing date for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition is 31st October 2014.

    Non-Competitive Participation: The Festival has always featured choirs from around the world on a non-competitive basis. Selected Non-Competitive Gathering choirs are given the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across Cork city and county, see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, to meet with other choirs, attend Festival events, sing, mingle and soak up the festival atmosphere. Entries are welcomed for the 2015 Festival which takes place  29th April – 3rd May 2015. Closing date for Non- Competitive entries is 30th November 2014.
    For further information and to download the 2015 Application Form please see or email
    HS Choral Maternity Leave Seredy Williams, %27 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 am looking for a highly qualified maternity leave sub for my high school choir and piano classes...Mid Oct-Mid Jan... Any questions please contact me:
    Any interest please apply:
    Choir Conductor from Italy Mauro Marchetti, %27 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000!
    I'm Mauro Marchetti, choir conductor from Rome. Experience of 30 years as director of the choir. With the Città di Roma Choir I participated in numerous concerts, competitions and festivals. I was choirmaster in many concerts and CD recordings with Ennio Morricone. I have been master of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Boy's Choir. I'd like to make myself available to choirs American masterclasses and concerts. I'm seriously thinking of leaving Italy to relocate abroad. If anyone is interested can contact me directly to my email! 
    You can visit website of Città di Roma Choir and my website

    Thank you !!
    Mauro Marchetti
    Paid Soloist for Choir Dan Clark, %27 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 Warminster Presbyterian Church in Bucks County, PA, is seeking paid soloists for our choir.  The two positions we are seeking to fill are:  Tenor and Bass.  Th remuneration is $60 per call.  The choir rehearses on Thursday, 7:30-9:00 and sings on Sunday morning with a warmup starting at 9:00 prior to the service at 9:30.  In addition there will be possible requests for singing at special services such as Thanksgiving and Advent.  Contact Rev. Clark at the church office, 215-675-0801 or by email, ]]>Verona International Choral Competition Marie Fox, %27 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000, Italy
    March 30- April 3, 2016

    Sponsored by the Association of Choirs of Northern Italy, this festival offers an adjudicated performance for an international panel of choral experts. Enjoy the opportunity to receive informed feedback from the knowledgeable judges. Exchange with a local Italian choir, sing individually at a school or senior center, and meet choirs from around the world.

    St. Cecilia Chamber Choir Holding Auditions Sean Fleming, %27 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 Cecilia Chamber Choir will hold auditions for all voice parts at St. Andrew’s Church in Newcastle on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Aug. 27th, Sept. 3rd, and Sept. 10th. The Choir performs a variety of challenging repertoire from the medieval period to new compositions. Last spring’s semi-staged performance of Purcell’s Baroque opera, The Fairy-Queen was received with great acclaim, and the Choir’s annual Ceremony of Lessons and Carols concerts have become a perennial Christmas favorite in Midcoast Maine. To schedule an audition, call director Linda Blanchard at (207) 380-2768 or email For more information about the Choir, please visit our website at


    Singers wishing to audition should have good vocal control, and sopranos and altos should be able to sing without vibrato. Tenors and basses need not be able to sing with a straight tone. The ability to read music is much preferred, but those who cannot read may participate by spending extra time learning the music at home with the aid of provided practice materials. We especially encourage gifted student singers to audition.


    Rehearsals take place in Newcastle on Wednesday nights, 7:00 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Church. The Choir is directed by Linda Blanchard, M.A. Conducting, University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, and A.B. Bowdoin College, and accompanied by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta.

    St. Cecilia Chamber Choir is a fully auditioned community chorus based in Newcastle and founded in 1995. Our mission is to present outstanding performances of the very best choral repertoire; to provide challenging musical opportunities to gifted local youth; to support our community with outreach programs; and to support Maine composers through the commission and performance of new music.
    Schubert Magnificat D 486 Stuart McIntosh, %27 %b %2014 %06:%Aug:%th 6AugGMT+0000 have just completed a new performing edition of the Schubert Magnificat, a little known and quite early gem from the great composer. If you are interested in seeing some examples of the scores and parts please contact me at
    My editions are for performance. The scores are clean and well laid out. The notation is modern and straightforward. The parts can be altered quite flexibly to suit your requirements - larger size, different page turns etc.
    Let me know if you are interested in this piece or any other that you might be contemplating a performance of. I have made editions of quite a few larger works.
    Stuart McIntosh
    Conducting Masterclass in Salt Lake City Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 ]]>Student Composition Contest Scott Dorsey, %15 %b %2013 %18:%May:%th 18MayGMT+0000 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 conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
         The application and guidelines for the Student Composition Competition Application are available online. 
    The deadline for application is October 1, 2014.
    Name That Choir Tune (No. 3) Scott Dorsey, %26 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    A Couple of Great Videos Joshua Bronfman, %27 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 this first one has been going around for awhile. David Belisle, the Rhode Island coach in the Little League World Series, pulls his team together after they were eliminated by Chicago in a close game. His speech is pretty damn good, and I find myself tearing up a bit there toward the end. This is how I feel about my choir at the end of every year, after every convention performance, and at the end of every tour. The video may be about baseball, but as we all know, it's really all about so much, much more. We've run into some problems embedding videos on choralnet lately, so you'll have to click through to view it:
    Video: Rhode Island Little League Coach's David Belisle Moving Speech After Loss
    The second video I found is one of the the most unique and original things I've seen in the choral world in a long, long time. The group performing is the Harmonious Choral of Ghana.  In this clip they are performing the Call Him Louder portion of Mendelssohn's Elijah. Before you scoff at the singing, or the "instrumentation" or anything else, just look and listen with an open mind. What they are doing here is nothing short of amazing. First of all, they are making due with what they have, and they are in no way ashamed of it. Second of all, this performance has distinct cultural spin on it. We all filter our performances through our own cultural lens which informs how we direct the performance, but this cultural lens is HUGE. The result is, if you can get past the lack of authenticity and all that, one of the most original performances you'll see. I say we bring these folks to the next National ACDA convention!
    Video: Call Him Louder by the Harmonious Chorale of Ghana
    AUDITIONS THIS SATURDAY - Tulsa Children's Chorus Erik Collins, %27 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 ]]>Auditions for the West Chester Boys and Girls Choirs Ohio Randall N. Wolfe, %26 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000
    Students in grades 3 through 8 may audition for the West Chester Boys and Girls Choirs (Ohio) Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Anne Episcopal Church, 6461 Tylersville Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069.
    Performances of the West Chester Boys and Girls Choirs and its soloists have included collaborations with the West Chester Chorale, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, the Kettering Children’s Choir, Sinclair Community College Opera Scenes, the Mason Chorale, the St. Anne Episcopal Church Children’s Choir, and the Mount Pleasant Retirement Community. The choirs are conducted by Dr. Randall N. Wolfe, Faculty at the University of Dayton and Director of Music at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, assisted by music teachers Tina Kramer and Terri Cerimele-Rieger. Dr. Wolfe has served as a music teacher in the public schools, director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, pianist in Carnegie Hall, and clinician and adjudicator for competitions including Music in the Parks at Kings Island.
    Polyhymnia A Cappella Chorus Auditions (DC area) Joyce McCarty, %26 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
    Polyhymnia Auditions
    September 16, and 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM
    Polyhymnia, an  a cappella chamber chorus that has charmed Washington area audiences for more than 20 years, and now a 501(c)3 organization, will audition all voice parts for our Fall "semester" (rehearsal and performance calendar at right).  Singers must be technically proficient.  Dues are $90 per semester.  Regular weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:45 PM to 10:00 PM.
    There also are two extra Thursday rehearsals in the two weeks preceding the first concert weekend.  Our Winter performances will occur on the last two weekends of January, 2015.  Singers must commit to missing no more than three rehearsals and none of the performances.  There are no obligations to sell tickets or do fundraising.
    Rehearsals and auditions occur in the basement of:
        The Church in Bethesda
        5033 Wilson Lane
        Bethesda, MD 20814
    Please find directions below.
    To get to the basement, auditioners must enter through the back door.  Walk down the driveway to the left of the church.  The back entrance will be well lighted.
    All auditioners should arrive at 7:15 PM.  You need not prepare an audition piece, as all audition music will be provided. Each auditioner will have a brief (10-15 minute) individual audition with the music director, Steve Beck, who will first have you do some simple scales or other exercises to learn about your range and voice quality, and then listen to you read a brief section of choral music. You will get at least two tries at the reading - the interest is not necessarily how well you sight-read the first time, but in how well you learn the music.
    After that, all auditioners join with Polyhymnia veterans in their rehearsal.  After rehearsing together, we will form quartets of veterans and auditioners together to sing what we've just rehearsed.  Auditioners get multiple quartet
    trials with differing singers on the other parts.  Every effort is made to help the auditioner put his or her best foot forward!
    The repertoire for the Fall semester will include some of Poulenc's Chansons Francais, a group of Janacek pieces, a set of Medieval/Renaissance pieces and a set of modern ones.
     If you are interested in auditioning, please contact:
        ​​Steve Beck, Musical Director
        Brock Hansen, President
        (202) 550-4295
     Each Tuesday  September 16 through January 20 (except December 23 and 30) and Thursday January 15 and 22.
       January 24, 25, 31, and February 1, 2015.
    New Calypso Carol: “Mary and Joseph to Bethelhem Go” SATB+guitar+perc. Ken Malucelli, %26 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000

         By request I have just rearranged my Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers SATB a cappella chart of “Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem Go,” an original calypso carol I’d composed for the company some years back.  The new version has guitar, and additional percussion: güiro; triangle; tom-toms; tambourine; sleigh bells; finger cymbals.  

         You can hear the original MOCC chart here: ... track 26.

         To view an excerpt of the new version you may e-mail me directly:

         Thanks much for the consideration.


    New World Music Chorus in Indianapolis! Meagan Smith, %26 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Indianapolis World Music Chorus is a new, non-auditioned choir for adults and teens. The IWMC will be led by Meagan Johnson Smith, an experienced choral conductor and voice educator with a passion for world vocal traditions. The music will be invigorating and challenging, including folk songs from the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, the US and many other countries. All music will be sung in original languages, as we work toward authenticity and musical excellence in an atmosphere of cultural respect and celebration.

    Membership is open to all teens and adults. Sight-reading skills and prior choral experience are not required, as all songs will be taught by example - some will have printed music, others will be taught by ear. But you must be enthusiastic, be able to match pitch, and be able to hold your own part when singing in harmony.

    We will rehearse once a month on a weekend afternoon. Currently, all rehearsals are on Saturdays from 1-4. If you have a few rehearsal conflicts, please consider singing anyway. This is a community-voice-building venture: feel free to join even if you can't make every single rehearsal. Please contact Meagan Johnson Smith if you would like to sing but cannot attend the first meeting:

    Rehearsals will be at First Mennonite Church, 4601 Knollton Rd., Indianapolis, 46228, beginning on September 27, 2014, from 1-4 PM. See the full rehearsal schedule at

    Registration will be through RegOnline:

    If you'd like to “try it out” before committing to the year, please feel free to attend your first rehearsal before registering. Please do contact Meagan Johnson Smith before you attend your first rehearsal if you have not yet registered.

    If you have any questions about the chorus or registration process, please e-mail More information can be found on the chorus webpage,

    We look forward to singing with you!


    ENSEMBLE COMPANIO (UPDATED): Openings for TENORS, BARITONES, and BASSES living in New England/Mid-Atlantic regions Joseph Gregorio, %26 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 This is an UPDATED version of
    Calling all TENORS, BARITONES, and BASSES!
    Ensemble Companio is a 24-voice, professional-quality volunteer choir with tenor, baritone, and bass openings for its 2014-15 season.  Founded in 2011, we won the 2012 American Prize in choral performance (community division) on the strength of a live recording of our debut concert.  We perform repertoire from all eras and of many styles.  This year's concert program, Love's Faces, features music by Passereau, Duruflé, Arcadelt, and Lars-Erik Larsson, as well as arrangements of traditional music, folk songs, and popular songs from around the world.
    Our mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music.
    Please read carefully before responding, as Ensemble Companio is unusual in several ways:
    • Membership requires (ground) travel.  Though we are legally based in PA, our rehearsals and concerts take place throughout the northeast USA.  Most 2014-15 rehearsals and concerts will be held within a two-hour radius of the greater New York City area.  In past seasons, we have traveled as far as Gettysburg, PA; Ithaca, NY; and Wellfleet, MA.  If you live near Philadelphia, New York City, or Boston, carpooling might be an option as we have members from all of these metropolitan areas.
    • We hold one rehearsal weekend a month from September through early March.  On rehearsal weekends, we usually work from 9-5:30 on Saturday and 9-12 on Sunday, often with a dinner or other group outing on Saturday night.
    • We perform one concert apiece in late March, April, and May.
    • We prepare only one program of high-quality a cappella music per year, which allows our musicians to learn and deeply assimilate the music and perform it from memory.  Work outside of rehearsal is expected, but it is facilitated by custom-made pedagogical MIDI files and recordings.
    • Membership dues are $75 per season; these can be partially or completely waived if they present a hardship.
    With all of these caveats out of the way, know that Ensemble Companio is a very tightly-knit group of friends, perhaps socially more akin to an extended family than to the average choir.  Monthly rehearsals require hard work, but they are invariably joyful.  Because of the high level at which we prepare our concert repertoire, rehearsals are almost always deeply emotionally engaging as well.
    Because of the unique nature of the time commitments, Ensemble Companio is an ideal choir for young professionals or stay-at-home parents.  Many of our singers have full-time jobs and families.  (If members need to bring their children to rehearsal weekends, Ensemble Companio helps secure childcare.)  We are open to qualified singers of all ages and from all walks of life.  We have some professional musicians in the group; we also boast social workers, teachers, lawyers, engineers, stay-at-home parents, consultants, and graduate students of various sorts.
    For samples of our performances, please visit
    If you are a tenor, baritone, or bass and are looking for an authentic, inspiring choral experience with a loving and highly talented group of musicians, Ensemble Companio might be the right group for you.  Contact director Joseph Gregorio at for more information about the audition process.
    Concerns regarding apparel. Alex Probst, %26 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 guys,
    I'm going into my 4th year of teaching.  I have a select mixed, and select women's.  They're actually good, as far as apparel goes.
    My concerns lie with my 9-12 non select.  Every year for the past 3 years, I have given all my choirs music and taught them the sheet music I thought was appropriate.  
    The non select always had the hardest time with this.  And I was baffled because this music was so easy.  Then I realized that the pieces were easy to me, and not necessarily easy to the 9th grader, or the 12th grader who just decided to take choir on a whim.
    So this year, I'm taking this group down a different path.  We are going to spend a lot of time developing our musicianship, and our voices, instead of pounding away fruitlessly at a song in hopes to get it ready for a concert.  Last year, both my select choirs performed 3-4 songs, and my nonselect struggled to get through even one.  This was a clear indication that I cannot teach one the same way I teach another.  I'm even contemplating not having them sing for our first concert depending on where their skill level is at.
    But this does concern me.  These kids typically sing in 3 concerts a year, a fall, christmas, and spring.  But spring is usually spring attire, not concert.  
    Should I have them buy the same attire they have every year, or should I change it?  Any advice would be wonderful!
    Looking for singers! Kevin Babuder, %26 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 James Church, a 100+ year old parish in Redondo Beach, CA is looking for volunteer singers to join our 40 person choir.  We are especially in need of tenors and basses.  St. James was the original home parish of Maestro Paul Salumonovich. 
    St. James Adult Choir sings weekly at our 10am mass and prepares a "sold out" Christmas Concert on Friday, December 5th.  We perform a wide variety of repertoire from gregorian chant to modern works from Lauridsen, Gjeilo, and Mealor. 
    Please contact our director, Kevin Babuder for information on an audition. 

    Braintree Choral Society Charles Dillingham, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 singers in all voice parts are welcome to join Braintree Choral Society for the upcoming season. BCS is a 50 member non-auditioned SATB chorus that has been making music on the South Shore of Boston for 91 seasons! The first rehearsal this fall is Tuesday, September 9th at 7:30 pm. For more information, please see our website. Emails will get a timely reply. Thanks for considering the Braintree Choral Society. ]]>Rutgers University Singers looking for conducting apprentice Julia Zavadsky, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
    Rutgers University Singers in Camden looking for conducting apprentice for Fall 2014.
          The Conducting Apprentice(s) is an unpaid musical position to provide interested persons with conducting and musical preparation experience commiserate with their previous experience. The Conducting Apprentice shall assist the Music Director with all rehearsals and concerts during the Spring 2014 semester. Open to instruction, he or she will be personable, detail-oriented, and will work with the Music Director to provide a high level of musical experience for the RU Singers. At the discretion of the Music Director he or she may run sectionals as needed and will be provided with other opportunities for musical growth.
    Potential candidate will demonstrate:
              Excellent musicianship skills
              Experience with instrumental and vocal ensembles
              Excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and oral
              Ability to work effectively with a diverse team of singers
              Ability to work under frequent observation and take direction
    For questions, more information, or to submit a resume, please contact Dr. Julia Zavadsky by email:
    Singers welcome - DeKalb Festival Chorus (Illinois) Steven Grives, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 of all voice parts are welcome to join the DeKalb Festival Chorus for the 2014-15 season. The chorus meets Monday evenings, 7:15-9:15pm in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University. Rehearsal is Monday, September 8th. Interested singers will have a short placement audition during this time. Repertoire for the Fall is Part I of Handel's Messiah.
    Send questions to Steve Grives,
    CONDUCTOR from Europe (Italy/Austria) looking for experience(s) in the US Giuseppe Montesano, %26 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000!
    My Name is Giuseppe I´m 31 and I´m a choir/orchestra conductor...
    I´d love to make an experience in the US. I cannot apply for a long-term job because I have some concerts in Europe during the season 14-15, but I´d love to join a project or to work with you within a programm which could suite both your and my expectations: german or italian music (Choir a cappella, with orchestra, just orchestra or opera...): I would love to gain my experiences before my job as conductor here in Europe will cover all my time!
    Please send me your ideas: I´m an open minded person!
    see you

    Auditions - South Bend Chamber Singers Nancy Menk, %26 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
    The South Bend Chamber Singers
    Nancy Menk, conductor
    David Eicher, accompanist
    Auditions for our 26th Concert Season, 2014-15
    Concerts for the coming year include Christmas at Loretto on December 21st, showcasing new music for the season performed in a great acoustical space and featuring harpist Charles Lynch.  Repertoire will include the world premieres of new works by Swiss composer Ivo Antognini and American composer Marjorie Rusche.  We’ll preview this concert on December 20th at Peace Lutheran Church in South Haven, Michigan.  On March 1st we will join with several choirs from the University of Notre Dame to perform Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah, with guest soloist Nathan Gunn, under the baton of Carmen-Helena Tellez.  For our final concert of the season on May 17th, we return to the Church of Loretto to explore rarely heard works from the vast collection of Russian sacred music in Radiant Russian!
    Auditions will be held August 29-September 5 in Room 309 Moreau Center for the Arts on the Saint Mary's College campus. Singers should bring a prepared solo, and sight-reading and aural abilities will be tested.  An accompanist is provided.
    Please call 284-4632 or 233-6927 to schedule an audition time.
    For more information please visit our web site at
    Presbyterian Hymnals 1990 noel nichols, %26 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford NY has an abundance of the 1990 blue Presbyterian Hymnal.  We're looking to pass these along to anyone who can provide them with a good home.
    -Ideal for any congregation looking to replace their inventory of hymnals.
    Pickup in Western NY is best.  Delivery to NYC area might be possible.
    We're looking to cover the cost of shipping if choosen.  Price would be determined.
    Please email directly with any interest, or for more information. 
    Thank you,
    Little Angel, a Christmas Carol by Judith Lang Zaimont Now Available From Subito Music for Holiday 2014 Programming Jeffrey James, %26 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
    Little Angel, a new, lyrical and original Christmas carol by Judith Lang Zaimont is now available from Subito Music for Holiday 2014 programming -
    The composer writes, “Many depictions of the Nativity show a scene with an Angel hovering above. I wondered about that Angel and then imagined that a child, who’d naturally be curious about the wondrous commotion in the manger, might politely ask permission of this ‘sentry’ Angel to come closer and stand beside the Babe.”
    “From that imagining came the idea for a new Christmas carol. The original poem, written jointly by myself and my sister, conductor Doris Kosloff, was composed after I wrote the melody and then adjusted along the way as the complete carol developed.”
    The close of the first verse is:
    Through His light  
    the Prince of Goodness
    Graces all the Earth this day --
    Angel, may I stand before Him,
    Angel, will you lead the way? 
             -- Lead me to the Holiest Child.
    For a perusal score, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at For ordering info about Little Angel, go to
    Visit composer Judith Lang Zaimont at
    Filipino Choral Music Marti Martinez, %26 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 have a huge population of Filipino students and I'd like to perform some Filipino folk music.  They are a beginning/Freshman SATB Concert Choir of about 65.  Any suggestions?
    Marti Martinez
    For Sale: Superscope PSD340 CD Recording and Music Practice System Jeanette MacCallum, %26 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 School choral music educator is selling Superscope PSD340 CD Recording and Music Practice System.  Comparable model sells for $899 new.  Paid $999 for this model new.  Have used it only twice. Will sell for $250 plus shipping.  Includes user manual and a quantity of CDs. ]]>GUEST BLOG: “Why We Might Want to Perform Good Music” by Jameson Marvin Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %19:%Jul:%rd 19JulGMT+0000
           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," easy-access, instantly effective music is, by nature, an ephemeral pleasure, a temporary titillation. The satisfaction of the experience is generally short lived. Each individual piece rarely has the capacity continuously to enrich, though the emotions it taps may be strong.
           Rock music, for example, appeals so greatly to so many because its principal means of communication-a pulsating, repeated beat projected at enormous volume-is primal. The sound-continuum, over time, is mesmerizing, provocative, and quasi-erotic. Appreciation of it requires little thought. “Pop" music holds an extraordinary attraction for much of our contemporary society. Some pop music may rise above stereotypical cliches, but most of it tends only to solidify the values, traditions, and mores of the current popular culture. Why would we need to hear it in church when we are surrounded (drowned) by it every day?
           Choral repertoire is the richest and most diverse in the field of music. Today, conductors have the great fortune of being able to select from an inexhaustible treasure-trove of music from the 15th through the 21st centuries. The major sacred genres of the Church -Mass, motet, cantata, oratorio, Passion, magnificat, Requiem, chorale, and anthem are contained in anthologies, collections, and collected works in music libraries in most colleges and universities. Publishers make available an enormous quantity of significant choral literature, and most offer a wide range of repertoire. Some cater to popular demand and are under financial pressure to publish music that is easily accessible, but probably will be of little enduring value.
           One of the profound rewards of performing the vast wealth of sacred choral music drawn from the heritage of seven centuries is that for the participants and listeners, the cumulative experience provides insight into the cultural and aesthetic values of past eras. Singers and listeners who are challenged and invigorated through the performance of the great choral works of the church acquire a broad perspective upon which to base their own values. By cultivating within us the capacity to experience the profound enrichment of "enlightened cherishing”, the choral conductor satisfies one of her/his primary responsibilities: to educate. In the process, choral singers and listeners may be inspired by the depth inherent in this music and how it enriches their lives.
           Great choral literature demands participation in the process of creating, recreating, and listening. The reward gained in performing and receiving a Bach cantata, a Brahms motet, concerted works of Schütz, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, a Josquin Sanctus, Britten’s War Requiem, a Schubert Lied, Monteverdi’s madrigals of Book V, Purcell anthems, a Palestrina motet Handel’s “other” oratorios, Poulenc’s chansons, new works by Argento or Harbison or O’Regan is directly proportional to the mental and emotional energy put into rehearsing it.  The greater the degree of intrinsic compositional integrity, the richer the rewards singers experience in meeting the challenge.
           Performing the great sacred choral literature of our western heritage will impact significantly on the quality of spiritual lives. Much of the rich choral repertoire of the Renaissance lies dusty on library shelves, and contemporary composers of significant talent and originality languish in obscurity. This is a great shame, because this music, Schiitz's motets from Geistliche Chornusik, Monteverdi's Vespers, Haydn's Masses, Bach's motets and Passions, Purcell's anthems, Brahms's Fest und Gedenksprüche, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, O’Regan’s motets, Stravinsky's Symphonie de Psaumes - can challenge, educate, invigorate, and impact significantly on the quality of spiritual life of students and conductors who perform them. To deny students the pleasure and life-enriching experience of rehearsing and performing the best choral literature of the master composers of western music, with its multi-leveled challenges, denigrates our principal purpose: educating and inspiring.
    Stick Time: Rice Krispies® in the Choir Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%nd 14AugGMT+0000
    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 female voices?  One possibility might be to utilize personnel resources in a realistic manner.  Rather than trying to form a large SATB choir with only a handful of men, separate the ladies and gentlemen into two separate choirs.  The students will then have the chance to sing in a single-gender choir in which they can enjoy success, as opposed to struggling in a woefully out-of-balance mixed chorus.
    But, Scott, what can you do with just a few guys?”  Thanks for asking.
    Here is a performance by an eight-voice male ensemble from a recent ACDA Divisional Conference. Yes, we grant you that these are extremely talented fellows, but it wasn’t so very long ago that each of their voices resembled a bowl of Rice Krispies®: “Snap! Crackle! Pop!”
    Ponder, then, what YOU could do with a small group of male singers.  Oh, and pass the milk, please . . .
    Paid SOPRANO & ALTO position available Randall Swanson, %26 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000
    The Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, Illinois seeks experienced choral singers to fill soprano and alto positions in its professional Choral Scholar ensemble.  Choral Scholars should have the training and ability to sing a wide range of choral repertoire with a warm vocal tone, and must have excellent sight-reading, musical, and interpersonal skills.  In addition, Choral Scholars must be able to commit to the ensemble's rehearsal and performance schedule, which generally consists of two choral calls per week: 1) a Thursday evening rehearsal, and 2) a Sunday morning rehearsal & liturgy; plus a few extra calls for concerts and large diocesan liturgical events throughout the choral season (mid-September through early-June).  Choral Scholars form the core of the Cathedral Choir, and members serve as section leaders in the larger ensemble.  Choral Scholars also sing as a stand-alone ensemble on occasion, and repertoire spans the centuries from Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony to the finest sacred choral music of our own time.
    A complete job description for Choral Scholars and the complete 2014–2015 choir schedule are available upon request.  
    For more information on the Cathedral and its music program, please visit us online at 
    The Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus is located less than 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, and the stipend-per-call for Choral Scholars is highly competitive.  Additional stipended opportunities abound for Choral Scholars who also wish to serve as cantors for Cathedral masses, weddings, and funerals.  To schedule an audition, please contact Cathedral Director of Music Dr. Randall Swanson at or call 815.722.6653 x222.
    We also have openings in all voice parts for exceptional volunteers.
    Please feel free to forward this notice to any singers you think might be a good fit for us!
    Choral Music - SATB, SSA, TTBB, 2-Part and more Paul Husby, %26 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 web page link above will take you to a spreadsheet detailing the music I have for sale.  At the bottom of the page you will find tabs for the different voicings - SATB, SSA, 2-part, etc.  Within each voicing I have tried to group the music into categories. The prices listed are all postpaid.  Any comments on condition are at the far right of each row.  If nothing is said in the comments, the set is in good physical condition and may have minor pencil markings, and probably library stamps or numberings.  I am happy to divide large sets.
    Tenor Section Leader (Arlington Heights, IL) Alan Wellman, %26 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, IL is looking for a tenor section leader.
    The section leader will be required on two calls per week--Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00, and Sundays, 9:00-12:00.
    Pay is $60 per call.
    Please contact Alan Wellman, Associate Director of Music at
    Schola Nova seeks singers Terry Larsen, %25 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000
    Schola Nova announces auditions for the 2014-2015 season!
    Schola Nova, a repertory choral ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of choral music of sacred traditions, announces auditions for the 2014-2015 concert season.  There are openings for capable singers in the alto, bass, and tenor sections.  We invite interested singers to contact us (see below) and to attend our first rehearsal and audiitions, which will be held on Friday, September 5, 7:00 pm, at LarGoVoce Music Studio, 35 Pleasant Street; Room 8 of Our Lady's Child Care Center.  Easthampton, MA 01027. Schola Nova rehearses on Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at LarGoVoce Music Studio. Repertoire for the season includes works by Mendelssohn, Pärt, Sweelinck, Palestrina, Whitacre, Culloton, Willan et al.  We will present ten to fifteen performances this season. 
    For more information go to or contact us:
    Introducing the choral music of Mark Templeton Michael Kaulkin, %26 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000,
    I run Swirly Music, a newly formed non-profit music distribution service for self-publishing composers.  I wanted to let you know about some gorgeous choral music I just added to our web store. Mark's music is exceptionally well written and very much has the enjoyment of the chorus in mind.  There ten pieces so far, in a variety of styles and voicings, which I'll list below.  Here's a link to Mark's page on our site in case you'd like to bookmark it for later.
    You'll notice that, for all pieces listed, you can peruse the entire score in a full-screen viewer, and listen to high-quality performances.
    Many thanks for taking a look!
    Michael Kaulkin
    Founder, Swirly Music
    Mixed Chorus
    Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
    for SATB choir a cappella
    Abun D’bash’maiyo
    for SATB divisi Chorus acappella
    Odi et Amo
    for SATB a cappella
    for SATB chorus, Soprano solo, & Piano/Organ or optional String Quartet
    Come Unto me
    for Soprano solo & SSAATTBB chorus, a cappella
    Swingin’ Down to the River
    for SSATTB chorus, a cappella

    Men's Chorus
    I Will Arise (Medley)
    for TTBB chorus, a cappella
    for TTBB chorus, a cappella
    for TTBB chorus, a cappella
    Women's Chorus
    In the Bleak Midwinter
    for SSAA chorus, Flute, & Violin
    The Ballad of the Brown King - Langston Hughes/Margaret Bonds Dr. Orville Lawton, %25 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000'm desirous of having my choir perform The Ballad of the Brown King, words by Langston Hughes and music by Margaret Bonds. If ANYONE knows how to secure permission to copy the work as it is permanently out of print. I appreciate very muc any information you can share.
    Orville Lawton
    Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches
    Casio PX-310 88-key Keyboard Bill Paisner, %25 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000$250 firm for quick sale. In excellent condition, barely used. Has built-in speakers, many voicings and ability to split and layer voices. Identical units appear regularly for $360 & up used. Perfect for those "away" gigs or for basic accompaniment/performance. Includes power supply, pedal, and attachable music stand. Buy a keyboard stand and bench separately and you are in business - no amplifier needed for rehearsals or small performance venues. Must pick up, no shipping possible. ]]>Cheap Apparel - Dresses (Multiple Colors) and Matching Vests - Make an offer Daren Small, %25 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 "Claret Red" satin dresses - varying sizes
    67 "Burghundy" satin dresses - varying sizes
    37 Silver/Red/Black verticle striped men's vests with matching bow-ties in "Claret Red"
    New versions of all these dresses and vests can still be purchased today from Southeastern Formalwear so you can keep your ensembles looking uniform. I can give more specifics and I have pictures (and can take new ones) of all the dresses and vests.
    Please e-mail with any inquiries or offers. I am willing to work with mostly any offer. Mostly I think they should be used instead of sitting in a closet or a box in some warehouse. Thanks for looking!
    Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Tennessee Angie Batey, %25 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
    Duties: Assist with the conducting and administration of the University of Tennessee Choral Ensembles.
    Stipend for a minimum of four semesters plus tuition waver and medical coverage.
    Deadline:  February 1, 2015.  Pre-screening DVD required.
    The University of Tennessee (with an enrollment of 28,000 students is centrally located in a region of exceptional scenic, historical, and recreational interest.  The School of Music is housed in the beautiful new state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, and offers an exceptional and individualized graduate choral conducting degree in a supportive environment.
    Supplemental and Sub position: Tenor Brian Bloye, %25 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 tenor sought to serve as a supplemental and substitute singer. The choir is fully professional, and a high level of sight-reading is expected. Filling in would occur mostly Sunday mornings, with very few weeknight calls. The repertoire is varied and interesting, including a significant amount of Renaissance polyphony. Hearing auditions now. ]]>Director of Music Ministry Phyllis Otto, %25 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 Charles Episcopal Church, in St. Charles, Illinois (approximately 35 miles west of Chicago) is seeking a Director of Music Ministry who will support and grow the high standard of musical quality that our church has historically maintained.
    Duties and responsibilities include planning and providing music for 3 unique Sunday services and special services througout the year as scheduled.  The Director of Music Ministry will rehearse and lead the Parish choir and be responsible for all other aspects of the music program, including, but not limited to the 9:00 band, a monthy Taize service, quarterly Evensong, Holy Week services and Lessons and Carols.
    Candidate should be proficient in playing organ, keyboard and piano, be knowledgable and experienced in choral conducting and should be familiar with Episcopal liturgy.
    Interested candidates may obtain a full job description upon request.
    Please send resume with cover letter to:
    • St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174
    • Fax:  (630) 584-8633
    Paid Section Leaders: Soprano and Alto Falls Church VA Lisa Billingham, %25 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
    Falls Church Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA seeks both a soprano and alto section leader for two calls per week Thursday evenings 7:30-9 pm and Sunday morning from 10am -12 pm. The FCPC Chancel Choir sings weekly and is active from September to mid-June. The successful candidate will have solo and ensemble experience singing choral literature of varying styles and have strong abilities to sight read and be a leader with fellow adult members of the Chancel Choir. Interested parties should contact Lisa Billingham at with a CV to be considered for an audition.
    Baritone Section Leader - near Boston Rebecca Kenneally, %25 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 Section Leader Wanted: Endicott College, Beverly, MA (45 min. north of Boston). Endicott Singers, (40-voice SATB ensemble) seeks baritone with good sight-reading skills and blending tone to assist with rehearsals and concerts in the 2014-2015 academic year. Monday evening rehearsals, 4-5 concerts/semester. Pay to be discussed. Best if you have your own car, but not essential. Please contact me if interested. Becca Kenneally (978) 232-2397 ]]>Washington DC Premier Pops Chorus Auditions Catherine Colosimo, %25 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
    Guest Nights and Open Auditions for The Alexandria Singers!
    Come join the D.C. area’s premier pops chorus!

    Limited spots, but openings in all voice parts!

    2014 Fall Auditions will be held on Tuesdays, September 9th and 16th
    When: We invite you to join us at our regular rehearsal time from 6:45-9:30 with auditions immediately following.
    Where: Lincolnia Senior Center
    4710 N. Chambliss Street, Alexandria, VA

    New members will join us in time to start preparing for our Holiday show, where you could be a featured act! **Save the Dates: Dec 12 & 13!**
    RSVP RE: visiting us or scheduling an audition time with Karen & Keith, Membership Co-VPs:
    For more information, visit:
    Calendar note:
    This fb event referenced above is scheduled for the first of 2 audition nights, please feel free to "RSVP" there even if you intend to join us the following Tuesday. The Singers' facebook team will update the event after the first night of auditions to reflect the second date/time.
    Thank you, all for your support! We're growing quickly, but still have spots available!!
    Malmark Handbells needed Melissa Emerson, %25 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 are needing more bells, as the youth bell program has "exploded"!  I am looking to double the anything between G4 - G5, but will gladly purchase any extra bells or octaves anyone might have.  Prefer Malmark, as this is what we currently have.  Please send e-mail with bells you have to sell, pictures if possible, and a price:
    Melissa Emerson
    Director of Music Ministries
    Calvary United Methodist Church
    Nashville, TN
    Assorted Choral Works Kerry Kuplic, %25 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Choral Department at Dodge City Community College is selling the following works:
    TITLE                                                      Number of Copies
    Sunday Excursion                                            7
    The Goliath Jazz                                            24
    The Song of Christmas                                   31
    The Christmas Tribute                                    25
    Bethlehem: A Christmas Cantata                      19
    Gospel Mass                                                  51
    This is Noel: A Carol Cantata                            28
    Fifteen Two-Part Anthems                              14
    The Christmas Jazz                                         24
    America Sings                                                 4
    Choral Music of Today No. 1                             5
    Stop You’re Killing Me!
                    3 Conductor’s Scores
                    8 Scripts books
                    10 Choral books
                    15 Vocal leads
    There's no set price-just make an offer!  Some have never been used and all are in at least very good condition.
    Paid TENOR & BARITONE/BASS positions available Randall Swanson, %25 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
    The Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, Illinois seeks experienced choral singers to fill tenor and baritone/bass positions in its professional Choral Scholar ensemble.  Choral Scholars should have the training and ability to sing a wide range of choral repertoire with a warm vocal tone, and must have excellent sight-reading, musical, and interpersonal skills.  In addition, Choral Scholars must be able to commit to the ensemble's rehearsal and performance schedule, which generally consists of two choral calls per week: 1) a Thursday evening rehearsal, and 2) a Sunday morning rehearsal & liturgy; plus a few extra calls for concerts and large diocesan liturgical events throughout the choral season (mid-September through early-June).  Choral Scholars form the core of the Cathedral Choir, and members serve as section leaders in the larger ensemble.  Choral Scholars also sing as a stand-alone ensemble on occasion, and repertoire spans the centuries from Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony to the finest sacred choral music of our own time.
    A complete job description for Choral Scholars and the complete 2014–2015 choir schedule are available upon request.  
    For more information on the Cathedral and its music program, please visit us online at 
    The Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus is located less than 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, and the stipend-per-call for Choral Scholars is highly competitive.  Additional stipended opportunities abound for Choral Scholars who also wish to serve as cantors for Cathedral masses, weddings, and funerals.  To schedule an audition, please contact Cathedral Director of Music Dr. Randall Swanson at or call 815.722.6653 x222.
    We also have openings in all voice parts for exceptional volunteers.
    Please feel free to forward this notice to any singers you think might be a good fit for us!
    New Spanish work for TTBB by Kurt Knecht from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %25 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
    Click the cover image to view the score in its entirety.
    Setting the words of San Juan de la Cruz, Kurt Knecht has created a lush and compelling work for unaccompanied TTBB chorus.  Careful attention to voice leading will make for a successful performance and makes this title ideal for your men's choir or male section.  View the score today, as well as many other settings for men's voices at
    Choral Conducting Fellow Jean Player, %25 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000
    Chorus pro Musica, in Boston, MA, seeks a Conducting Fellow for the 2014-2015 season.
    • Sing as a regular member of CpM, participating in all rehearsals & performances. Chorus pro Musica rehearses on Monday nights, 7:30-10:00pm, at Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston, with additional rehearsals for concert weeks as scheduled; we have a Tuesday night rehearsal when Monday is a holiday.
    • Conduct rehearsals, sectionals, and warm ups as assigned.
    • Take & distribute rehearsal notes when Section Leaders are absent.
    In addition, the Conducting Intern may attend Auditions, Executive Committee Meetings, and Board Meetings.
    • A Masters of Music degree in choral conducting.
    • Interpersonal and Leadership skills
    • Excellent piano skills
    The Conducting Fellow will be paid a stipend of $1,000 for the season, September 2014 – June 2015.
    To Apply
    E-mail a CV, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references by September 2 to Jamie Kirsch, Music Director:
    Looking for Cassocks and Surplices Kevin Lindsay, %25 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 am looking for 15-20 Cassocks and Surplices for our junior singers program.   Cassocks would be sized for 8 years to 13 year sizes.   Our adult choir went back to Cassock/Surplices but not enough money to keep going a few years back.   Now we have some funds , though not enough for brand-new, and would love to get the kids matching the Adults for our combined services.  
    Thanks Choral-net community  
    Kevin G. Lindsay
    Performing Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Respighi? Lee G. Barrow, %25 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 is pleased to announce the third installment of its choral monograph series, Camille Saint-Saëns, Christmas Oratorio. This monograph attempts to bring into one publication as much practical information as possible about the work including background, analysis, a discography, suggested program notes, information about editions, and numerous relevant quotations from the composer collected from a wide variety of sources. It will assist conductors and musicians who are learning and performing the Oratorio in getting to know the man and the music and help them in developing an authentic interpretation of this approachable and often-performed work.
    It is available now from CreateSpace (an Amazon company) and will soon be avaiable at Amazon and other retailers:
    Previous choral monographs include Francis Poulenc's Gloria, with extensive errata lists:
    and Respighi's Laud to the Nativity:
    Taking Attendance on the iPad philip copeland, %25 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000
    Taking Attendance on the iPad, by Stephen Rotz
    If you have large ensembles, you know that taking attendance is not always simple.  Inspired by Barbara Retzko’s article in ChorTeach, I have begun taking attendance using the iPhone/iPad app ‘Attendance2’ by David Reed. It is a fantastic tool that is worth much more than the $4.99 price tag. I highly recommend that you explore the app by reading Ms. Retzko’s article, exploring Dr. Reed’s Attendance2 website, and downloading the app itself.  A few minutes on each of these sites will show you how you can take attendance using app-generated QR codes for each student.
    Each year I print a folder cover for each of my students.  It slides in the clear plastic sleeve on the exterior of their 3-ring chorus folder.  It has their name, lists which choir they are in and shows their folder number. This year, it also includes their QR code that corresponds with Attendance2! This means no scissors—no cutting out QR codes! I simply scan their folder as they enter the room. (You could also use an iPad document camera stand to have an attendance station.) Having figured out how to use Microsoft Office’s mail merge capabilities to incorporate the QR code onto their chorus folder, I have made a tutorial video sharing the QR/mail merge process. The process is not always intuitive, but I walk you through each step very carefully.
    Happy scanning! 
    Monday Motivation: To George You Listen Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Jul:%rd 14JulGMT+0000 ]]>Speaking of Voice: "Using the Hum,” by Margaret H. Daniel Scott Dorsey, %13 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
    (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, voice teachers and choir directors are challenged to find creative techniques to release the vocal potential in each student's voice. The better the sound of the individual voice, the better the sound of the choir as a whole.
           Traditional admonitions to "stand up straight," "drop your jaw," and "take a deep breath" are successful in improving tone production and vocal quality, but only to a limited extent. These exterior physical adjustments are just the framework for vocal technique.
           The desirable characteristics of beautiful singing-such as richness, warmth, clarity, and brilliance-can be achieved only when particular physical changes take place in the oral cavity: the arched or domed palate, the open, yawning throat, and the suspended larynx. Even with these physical adjustments, no tone can be produced without a steady stream of breath passing between the vocal cords. To help accomplish these technical requirements, two simple speech sounds can be incorporated in the training of voice students and choir members-the hum and the rolled or trilled ‘r’.
           There are several technically sound reasons why the hum helps to develop good singing habits and improved vocal quality. First, the aspirate h opens the throat and allows tone to be released on the breath, avoiding a glottal attack. Second, the "uh" vowel sound is a naturally occurring sound in the English language, allowing the larynx to suspend freely in the windpipe - a desirable physical adjustment in singing. Third, the sustained m helps to pull the tone forward and energize the sound. Additionally, the hum helps to release the tone in the head voice and avoid chest-voice production.
           The hum must be carefully and methodically produced. The lips should be loosely touching, the teeth a tongue's width apart, the jaw released, the back upper molars slightly lifted, and the tip of the tongue lightly touching the back of the lower front teeth. These adjustments help the throat to open and the soft palate to rise, increasing the space of the resonating cavity. With the release of a light aspirate h, the breath is set in motion, and the hum is gently produced. Humming done in this manner may cause a desirable buzzing vibration in the lips, informing the singer that the tone is free and resonant.
           Humming is an ideal initial vocalise. It should always be produced softly and lightly, almost inaudibly to the singer. It is a natural bridge from the speaking voice-with its limited pitch range-to the singing voice-with its extended range and increased technical requirements. Humming vocalizations should begin with five-note descending scales in the middle register using light, soft tone. The five-note scale can be varied with ascending-descending patterns and descending-ascending-descending variations. Begin slowly; the vocalises will later acquire more flexibility as students become more adept at producing the hum.
    READ the entire article.
    (Share YOUR vocal expertise by writing a future installment of “Speaking of Voice.”  Contact Scott Dorsey,
    Gene Puerling's arrangement of Tom Wait's "A Foreign Affair" Tom Feledy, %25 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000
    I first heard this Gene Puerling arrangement on Manhattan Transfer's 1979 Extensions album and again on their 1992 Anthology CD's. Gene Puerling's "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square," is also on these albums, and that is available here: and here:
    But as far as I know, "A Foreign Affair" has never been published. Listen to Tom Waits, who wrote the song, sing it: . Then hear what Gene Puerling had Manhattan Transfer do with it:
    Does anyone know how I might get my hands on this elusive Gene Puerling arrangement?
    Looking to borrow Brahms' Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen Timm Adams, %25 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen ("How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place")
    Composer/Arranger/Edition: Brahms, from Deutsche Requiem, preferably Schirmer edition
    Starting: Now
    For: now through mid-November
    Copies: 45
    Willing to rent: Yes
    Hi, Colleagues,
    Would like to borrow (or rent) 45 copies of the German version of "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" for Chicago Chamber Choir's fall concert series. Series closes Nov. 2nd.
    Thank you!
    Timm Adams
    Artistic Director
    Chicago Chamber Choir
    (312) 420-2886
    Like as the Wave (SAB, piano) by Michael A. Gray Michael A. Gray, %25 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000
    Like as the Wave (SAB, piano) is the latest addition to the “Book of Sonnets.” 
    The immortality of Shakespeare’s beloved sonnet is set to simple, noble lines over a hypnotic ostinato.
    It’s newly published on-line where it is available as a free download at
    Two New Christmas Pieces, SATB, a cappella Michael Sandvik, %25 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 new Christmas pieces, "Prayer And Answer" and "Our Lamb Is Born" are available at my website, (also available from sheetmusicplus).
    All pieces are on sale, 25% off the listed price, through September 21, 2014 as part of the website launch sale.
    Prayer And Answer:
    Our Lamb Is Born:
    God Bless,
    Michael Sandvik
    Pianist for girls training chorus - Part time Kaneez Munjee, %24 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000
    Pianist Needed
    for the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco (YWCP)
    The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco, Susan McMane, Artistic Director, seeks a piano accompanist for its training chorus, Prelude.
    The Young Women’s Choral Projects (YWCP) of San Francisco is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance and bring the expressive power of their music to the community, the nation, and the world.
    Prelude Chorus is beginning in the Fall of 2014 for girls in 2nd through 7th grade who have no previous music training. The organization has two other ensembles, Allegro Chorus, an intermediate group, and the Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco, a challenging, advanced young women's chorus.
    • Regular accompanist for Prelude, a training chorus of YWCP
    • Accompany rehearsals on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, 4:00-5:30pm in San Francisco    
    • Accompany up to 2 concerts in the Bay Area during the 2014-2015 season (September – May)
    • Love of children and helping them discover the joys of music
    • Ability to read 2-part treble music in open score
    • Ability to play medium to difficult accompaniments
    • Rehearsal and performance accompanying experience needed
    • Ability and desire to help with music theory in break-out groups during rehearsals
    • Kodály training a plus
    START DATE: Sunday, September 7, 2014
    SALARY:  Rehearsals $40/hour, Performances $150 each
    HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resumé to
    Please put Prelude Pianist Position in the subject of the email.
    Young Women's Choral Projects is Auditioning for 2nd-12th grades Kaneez Munjee, %24 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 ]]>Advice/Tips for a Brand New Choral Teacher (Junior/Senior High) Katie-Anne Papizzo, %24 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 there,
    I am a brand new teacher just about to begin my first year as a choral teacher for Junior/Senior High (Grades 7-12). I will be directing 9 different choirs throughout the school year.  I have already selected all of the repertoire I would like to attempt with the choirs (mostly 2 and 3 part) but I am looking for some tips and advice from experienced choral directors on what you have found to work well in regards to long-term planning, grading, assignments, and structuring rehearsals.  My goal is to teach all of the students solfege, and I hope to spend a portion of each rehearsal on developing their sight-reading skills.  I am also hoping to try to include a choral journal as an assessment tool for the junior choirs (grade 7/8) in which they will be required to reflect on rehearsals/repertoire and individual goals/challenges/successes faced throughout the semester.
    I am looking for some ideas for fun assignments, tips for staying organized with SO many choirs, and any general comments or tips you might have for me as a new choral teacher!  Thank you in advance for your time and for your feedback!
    MARYLAND CHORAL SOCIETY Announces Fall Auditions Stephen Caracciolo, %24 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
    The Maryland Choral Society announces Fall auditions for experienced volunteer choral music enthusiasts living in the Metro DC region. Choral singing is alive and well in the United States, and the Washington, DC region has been for quite some time a thriving community for choral singers. Those of us who live and work here cannot get enough of this authentic and beautiful art form, and many in the Society have found deep fulfillment learning, rehearsing, and performing with the Maryland Choral Society.
    Please take a moment to review our incredible 2014-15 season of concert literature, learn more about the Choral Society's new Artistic Director, Dr Stephen Caracciolo, our rehearsal times, and our membership and auditions process. Contact Dr. Stephen Caracciolo at for information and an audition time, and start a new musical adventure with talented, dedicated, and light-hearted friends! All voice types are welcome. LISTEN TO MCS
    2014 - 15 CONCERT SEASON                     ABOUT THE SOCIETY AND ITS HISTORY                                                                                                                                
    Mass in G - Schubert
    Magnificat in G Minor - Vivaldi
    How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps - Caracciolo
    Requiem - Rutter
      and more ...
    Contact us soon,
    Friends of the Maryland Choral Society
    Seeking Vocal Coach for Performing Arts School Sandy Gonzalez, %24 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 seeking a vocal coach, with knowledge and experience with vocal technique. Pop-sensibility is a PLUS! This position is a Maternity cover for our current vocal coach with the possibility of an ongoing extension. 

    We are an established Performing Arts Studio ( that for several years has been working with beginners and even young Broadway professionals. We offer private and group classes for those interested in Music, Voice, Dance, Theater, and Musical Theater. We are currently looking for an instructional vocal cover who can teach private voice and beginner piano for our current and growing list of students. You must be:

    - A proficient pianist (should have decent sight reading skills - read chord progressions, etc. - with the capability to learn basic sheet music thoroughly). 
    - A general knowledge of show tunes and popular artists/music would be beneficial.
    - Be able to explain technique, and basic theory. 
    - MUST be good with kids. (Elementary through High School ages)

    Base salary starts at $35.00 an hour ($17.50 per each 1/2 hr. lesson). You will be covering approximately 30-35 students per week, starting in Sep 2014 - Dec 2014. There may be opportunities to maintain and expand your schedule after the maternity leave is over. 

    Kindly respond to this post with any questions, or to set up an interview. 

    THANKS ! ]]>
    Minister of Music Jeffrey Smith, %24 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    Full Time Minister of Music position
    for vibrant, dynamic faith community
    Applicant must administer and develop the music program including :
                Play the organ for church services (Sunday and extra holiday services)
    Choir Director
                Direct and develop adult choir
                            (a) Rehearse & accompany adult choir one week night for 1 1/2 hours and
                                  Sunday morning for 1/2 hour before worship
                            (b) Introduce new music and built up a repertoire of choir music
                                  appropriate to liturgical seasons
                            (c) Attract new choir members
                Work closely with Pastor to plan music for worship that includes a variety of
                  musical genres
                Develop children's choir
    Oversee musical facilities, instruments, and library
                Maintain the organ and notify the proper sources if repairs are needed.
                Maintain music library (arranged and stored in categorized system and recorded in computer)
    Promote and arrange musical events
                Guest artists (local and visitors)
                Concerts in church
    Applicant should be proficient in organ/keyboard skills and choral direction, have a knowledge of Reformed theology, liturgy and tradition, and is encouraged to become involved in the local music and arts community.
    Salary commensurate with experience (based on AGO guidelines).
    Please include a cover letter and resume and mail to:
    St. Thomas Reformed Church
                P.O. Box 301769
                St. Thomas, VI  00803
    or email
    THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, Christopher Smart/James Johnson James Johnson, %24 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 title: THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST by the eccentric English poet Christopher Smart (1722-1771);
    SSAATTBB, 2:20, in an animated homophonic style, only moderately difficult.
    Smart's Latin poem Jubilate Agno was used in English translation as the text of Britten's magnificent motet Rejoice in the Lamb, which contains
    the famous passage beginning "For I will consider my cat Jeoffry." 
    All my works are written in Sibelius, so professional scores in PDF or hard copy are available, as well as mp3 demos of the Sibelius files (choral parts only "ooo"s).
    Please have a look at some of my other titles here on my ChoralNet page, and at my site:, or email me for a complete list.
    James Johnson
    Williams BA '64, Yale DMA '78, organist in Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard 1971-1991,
    ASCAP, AGO, Mensa, Who's Who in America,
    Shelves for choral folders in classroom Ethan Nash, %24 %b %2014 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000 morning,
    The shelves that have long held our choral folders in my classroom are beginning to wear out their welcome.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a good shelving unit to store/display choral folders?
    Sunday Inspiration: Dixit Maria (Hassler) Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %16:%Jul:%rd 16JulGMT+0000
    Composition Spotlight: "Fighting Over What We Believe" Scott Dorsey, %19 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000
    (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 Over What We Believe by Elizabeth Alexander for SATB soloists and piano (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
    Level: High School Advanced
    Uses: Concert or Church
    Program Themes: Compassion, Differences, Opinions, Divided Beliefs, Peace
    This Piece Would Program Well With: Day by Day by Schwartz/Poorman available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus
    And now for something REALLY different.   On first listen I wasn’t sure what this piece was.  It sounds like an ensemble number from a Broadway musical sung at an ecumenical church service.   What you will find here is a wonderful work with a passionate text that sums up the biggest issue of American culture at this time.  
    How many of you have friends of diverse political parties and religions on your Facebook Account?  How many of you regularly discuss politics with people of other beliefs without demanding you are right?  How do you feel about that?
    If you want your audience to stop and think, this piece is for you!
    Fighting Over What We Believe Is available from the composer’s website:
    Auditions for PA Academy of Performing Arts Choirs Kate Mikijanic, %24 %b %2014 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 PA Academy of Performing Arts' 40 voice mixed choir, Concordia, is holding auditions! Our 2014-2015 performance year is Magic, Myths and Mysteries, our first concert series of which will center on Songs of Mary (December 2014).
    Wednesday, August 27th from 7-10pm (by appointment)
    Paoli United Methodist Church
    Auditions will consist of vocal exercises to assess vocal range, tonal memory, and sight singing skills. Singers are also asked to perform "America the Beautiful" in the key of B-flat major a cappella. No additional pieces need to be prepared for the audition.
    For more information or to sign up for an audition appointment, please email

    high school homeschool choral workshop leelynn ramseyer, %24 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 direct a homeschool Teen Chorale - this year we will have 50 teens. I am planning a 1-day workshop for the kids to get them excited about Chorale as well as cover some things we never "get to" during our 1 1/2 hour rehearsal each Friday. I would love some thoughts on FUN activities that will also teach good diction/breathing/ear training, etc. I already have planned for some Jewish Folk Dancing (after our lunch, to keep us awake); working separately on vocal technique with boys/girls; starting on one of the songs we will learn this year during Chorale. Want to teach some basic theory - but don't want to get them bogged down with worksheets. Any thoughts would be appreciated. We will meet 10:00-3:00, with pizza and dancing in the middle.
    FIVE Young Adults - almost teenagers - beginners w/ Learning Disabilities Kirsten Leslie, %24 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 am teaching a class starting next week with FIVE (ONLY!) young students (the roster just changed again!) - majority are complete beginning singers.  Some of you have already given me some awesome suggestions, but I thought I would post again, since now, I have more details.  There are two boys and three ladies.  They are all about 14 and 15 years of age.  I taught this same class last year - different students - but the same sort of deal, and it was difficult!  The most challenging part of teaching the class was that they all have learning differences - not severe - but it's very difficult for them to focus for 50 to 80 minutes!  Perhaps you might have some exercises that you do from the very beginning of your class to grab their attention? Can you share those with me?  Can you share anything else?  Basically, I want to be the best that I can be for THEM, so that they have a whole new world opened up.  These are kids who have had lots of troubles in other schools, because of their disabilities and homelives.  This is a special school - just for them.  :-)  Perhaps you have thoughts on curriculum?  I can basically do whatever I want!  The class is cited as VOICE CLASS, and the head of the school is okay with whatever I want to do.  Keep in mind - these are BEGINNERS for the most part.  I want to inspire them to SING and to explore the world of GOOD music!
    THANK YOU for anything you might contribute!
    Paid Church Singers Wanted, Central Arkansas Preston Sweeden, %23 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%rd 22AugGMT+0000 United Methodist Church of Morrilton, Arkansas seeks sopranos, tenors, and basses (or baritone) for paid singer positions. Additional opportunities as soloist, conductor, section leader, and handbell ringer will be available for those with interest but will not be a requirement of the position.
    We offer excellent pay and a good church music experience. We sing a variety of quality a cappella and accompanied literature. We are just off Interstate 40, fifty minutes from Little Rock, twenty minutes from Conway, and thirty minutes from Russellville.
    Applicants must be strong choral singers and competent sight readers. Please contact the music director, Preston Sweeden, for further information and/or an audition/interview appointment at 501-652-1037
    To hear/view the choir, go to  ]]>
    Messiah in Texoma Joshua Nannestad, %23 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%rd 22AugGMT+0000 Symphonic Choir of Southeastern Oklahoma State University consists of music majors, student non-majors, and community members. We welcome any interested singer to join our first rehearsal on Monday, August 25th at 6 PM. We will rehearse each Monday at that time, excepting Labor Day, preparing for  SOSU's annual Candlelighting, the oldest tradition on campus.
    This year's program will feature Handel's Messiah, Part One, with orchestral accompaniment. Also on the December 8 program are carols by Alfred Burt and Abbie Burt Betinis. 
    Southeastern is in Durant, OK, just up route 75 from the Dallas metroplex. For further details, please contact conductor Dr. Joshua Nannestad at
    “Do You Hear What I Hear?” SATB a cappella Ken Malucelli, %23 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%rd 21AugGMT+0000 Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers’ SATB a cappella arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is now available for your more advanced choirs.  Each verse is a solo for separate voice section, progressing from B to A to S to T, with the three non-solo sections singing accompaniment in semi-canon; each verse is up a whole step from the last, and there are a few harmonic surprises thrown in, here and there, as well as a gospel-tinged coda with off-beat tambourine strikes for the Bass section.


    Hear a solo quartet version of the piece:  track 12 


    To view excerpts from the full score (8 pages), you may e-mail me directly: Ken(at)


    Thanks much for your consideration and have fun filling out your holiday programs.




    Tulsa Children's Chorus Auditions - Saturday, August 30th! Erik Collins, %23 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%rd 18AugGMT+0000
    For more information, please visit the Tulsa Children's Chorus website!
    Ensemble requirements in college/universitites Janet Galvan, %23 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%rd 16AugGMT+0000 our NASM review comes up, I am curious as to ensemble requirements in college/universities.  Would college/university people let me know?  I know that many of you have a requirement of students having to be enrolled in an ensemble every semester of residence or 8 semesters.  If that is your requirement, please let me know.  But I also want to know what is considered an ensemble - for example, some schools allow participation in the opera to count as an ensemble. If your students are not required to be in an ensemble every year, I would also like to know about that.  THANK YOU in advance for your responses.  I would be deeply appreciative if you would take the time to respond.  
    If your ensemble requirements have been cut back, I would also like to know what effect it has had on your choral program.
    Again, thank you.  You may post replies or send them to me privately if you prefer to my email address:  galvanj(a)
    Part-time Piano Accompanist Needed!@ Joshua McCrary, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%rd 15AugGMT+0000 Iredell Choral Society, a non-profit community choir in Statesville, NC is looking for a part time piano accompanist to play for our rehearsals and concerts. Rehearsals take place once per week. Please contact Joshua McCrary at 704-903-6625 or 704-380-0548 for more information! ]]>MEN'S CHORUS APOLLO CLUB OF BOSTON INVITES NEW SINGERS John Meurling, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%rd 14AugGMT+0000 Apollo Club of Boston, founded 1871 and the second oldest independent men's chorus in the United States, invites new singers to join us for our 144th season. We are Boston area professional and business men who are amateur singers under the direction of a professional conductor and accompanied by a professional pianist. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm. We welcome all men who love to sing, can carry a tune and enjoy the fellowship of a men's club. More information at ]]>What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 24, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%rd 14AugGMT+0000
    In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - August 24, 2014
    Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
    evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
    Rob Kennedy
    Great Sacred Music
    The Classical Station
    Morten Lauridsen: Ubi caritas et amor
    Polyphony, Stephen Layton
    Sir Robert Grant: O worship the King
    Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
    Christopher Dearnley, organ
    Dr. Gerre Hancock: Improvisation on the hymn tune "St. Denio"
    Gerre Hancock, organ
    Aeolian-Skinner/Adams Organ of St. Thomas' Church, New York
    "Ubi caritas et amor" (where charity and love are) is part of the text to the Antiphon sung
    on Maundy Thursday during the Washing of the Feet ceremony. The entire text may be
    found here:
    The combination of a great hymn, a great choir and organist together with ten seconds of
    reverberation is a combination hard to beat. The late Dr. Hancock (1934-2012) was renowned
    for his improvisations. I suspect that one of his teachers, Nadia Boulanger, had something to do with this. 
    Anonymous: Pange lingua, Crux fidelis
    Randall Thompson: Ye shall have a song~The Peaceable Kingdom
    Atlanta Sacred Chorale, Eric Nelson
    Max Reger: Romanze in A minor
    Martin Welzel, organ
    Johannes Klais Organ, Trier Cathedral
    Chanticleer sings two ancient hymns of the church. This professional men's
    ensemble is based in San Francisco. Randall Thompson wrote "Ye shall have a song" in
    1936. It takes its text from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 30, verse 29. The 100 rank Klais
    organ in Trier Cathedral is a magnificent instrument. More about it here:
    George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 03, "Have mercy upon me" (Psalm 51)
    The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers
    Lynne Dawson, soprano; Ian Partridge, tenor
    Thank goodness that the Duke of Chandos had the good sense to hire Handel to be his
    musician in residence at Cannons, his stately home. The resulting collaboration produced
    these eleven compositions which we know as the Chandos anthems. They date from 1717-1719.
    J.S. Bach: Cantata 46, "Schauet doch und sehet"
    Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
    Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto;
    Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
    Simon Crouch's commentary explained why I thought I had heard the opening chorus
    somewhere else. Bach recycled it for the "Qui tollis" movement of the B minor mass.
    Francis Pott: Mass for Eight Parts (2011)
    Commotio, Matthew Berry
    Grace Davidson, soprano
    British composer Francis Pott (1957-) captures the ethereal quality of the great renaissance
    masses in this exquisite setting of the Mass texts. The eight voice parts weave together producing
    a rich vocal tapestry.
    Giacomo Carissimi: Historia di Jephte
    The Bach Sinfonia, Daniel Abraham
    Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, alto;
    Tony Boutte, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone
    Carissimi (1605-1674) was one of the first composers of the choral form known as the oratorio. Think
    of the oratorio as an opera presented as a concert without the acting and sets and you will get the idea.
    You can see a list of Signor Carissimi's oratorios here:
    W.A. Mozart: Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, K. 339
    Gachinger Kantorei & Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling
    Donna Brown, soprano; Claudia Schubert, alto;
    Marcus Ullman, tenor; Klaus Hager, bass

    The fifth movement - Laudate Dominum - is perhaps the most familiar movement of this setting of the Vespers
    written for use in Salzburg Cathedral in 1779. But the fourth movement caught my attention. The fugue sound
    s like some of the writing in the great unfinished Requiem in D minor. What do you think?
    Conductor Donald Teeters dies at 77 Robert Kennedy, %23 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%rd 14AugGMT+0000
    RIP, Don.
    College/Community Men's and Women's Choirs in the North Woods Russell Thorngate, %23 %b %2014 %06:%Aug:%rd 6AugGMT+0000
      The Lumberjack Chorus and the Accidentals Women's Chorus invite singers to consider joining us as we begin our new season. The Lumberjacks will rehearse on Wednesday mornings at 7:00-8:15 AM in the Alvord Theatre, Northland College, beginning September 3rd. The Accidentals will rehearse on Thursday evenings at 5:30-7:00 PM in Wheeler Hall room 111, Northland College, beginning on September 11. Potential members need not be at the first rehearsal, but may join at any time. There is no cost.
         Both groups sing a wide variety of music, secular and sacred, accompanied and a cappella. While each group occasionally performs separately, they also perform on concerts with Northland College's other choirs, and sometimes combine together for a large choir to perform with the Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra. The Lumberjack Chorus is all male, and the Accidentals are all female. Both were established over a decade ago at Northland College as community and college collaborations. They have typically been over 80% community members. There is no age limit. For more information, contact Dr. Russell Thorngate, Director of Choral Activities, at . If you are interested, send Dr. Thorngate an email indicating this, or simply show up at the rehearsal site a bit before the beginning time. 
    CARMINA SLOVENICA in BASEL at Theaterfestival sabina sneider, %23 %b %2014 %06:%Aug:%rd 6AugGMT+0000 Basel, 27. and 28.8.2014

    CALL FOR PAPERS for ACDA’S 2nd National Symposium on American Choral Music: The Music of Latin America Scott Dorsey, %11 %b %2014 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000
    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 Texas at Austin Music Department, the UT Center for American Music, and the UT Institute of Latin American Studies.  
    The Symposium theme is "Searching for a Latin American Musical Style,” focusing on works from both the colonial and modern periods.  The Symposium will include performances, paper/poster presentations, and composer/scholarly panels.
    ACDA invites interested scholars to submit proposals (2–3 pages) for paper presentations at the Symposium.  The papers will be included in the published proceedings of the Symposium.  Send proposals to Dr. John Silantien, Department of Music, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX  78249. Electronic submissions can be e-mailed to
    DEADLINE for submissions is September 30, 2014.
    Saturday Respite: Who Needs the London Philharmonic? Scott Dorsey, %31 %b %2014 %15:%Mar:%st 15MarGMT+0000's called "The King of Instruments" for good reason.  May the force be with you.
    [Reopening Registration] The 2nd ITB International Choir Comepetition, February 2015 : An Invitation Rolamjaya Hotmartua, %23 %b %2014 %04:%Aug:%rd 4AugGMT+0000
    Armed with the desire to create a place for choirs to compete with choirs all around the world in Indonesia, PSM-ITB successfully held the 1st ITB International Choir Competition on 2010. Now, we have the urge to introduce and promote Indonesian culture and to make friends and strengthen our friendship with choirs outside Indonesia. Thus, along with FPS XXIV ITB 2015, we created the 2nd ITB International Choir Competition 2015.
                                                                                                     The 2nd ITB International Choir Competition
                                                                                               ITB Campus, Bandung-Indonesia. February 3rd-February 7th
    PSM-ITB as the organizing committee hoped that the FPS XXIV 2015 and 2nd IICC 2015 serves not just as a place to compete, but a place to learn, enjoy the festivity, have fun, and make friends with other choirs. This event can also be the place to expand our knowledge about the different cultures in Indonesia and around the globe.
    Board of Artistic Director
    1. Budi Utomo Prabowo (Indonesia)
    2. Jonathan Velasco (Philippines)
    3. Stephen Leek (Australia)
    Festival Paduan Suara XXIV ITB 2015
    Institut Teknologi Bandung
    Jalan Ganesa 10 Bandung 40132
    Wenger Travel Master Acoustical Choral Shell Dave Shaleen, %23 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%rd 2AugGMT+0000 have a used but very nice and functional 5 panel 4 filler L535 choral shell for $3985.00 or best offer (which sells on the Wenger website for $7709.00). I have all the panels, fillers, and legs that hold everything up. It looks pretty majestic when it is it is all set up. We have used it one time since I bought it (used) and a few times at a choral competition where we transported it to help the projection of the competing choirs. The panels look great all set up. They are in very good shape although there are some marks and small little cracks in some of the panels. They definitely work as they were designed to do - they pop out the sound and definitely make the audience better able to distinguish your words. They are currently near Chicago, IL in my garage safely stored. Please call Dave at 815-814-4792. I can't imagine shipping these - if you live around Chicago I could deliver them for a gas delivery fee.
    Permission to Video John Metz, %22 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%nd 22AugGMT+0000 a nutshell here's my situation: I've just completed a sizable piece for chorus and piano, and it's based on a set of very clever sci-fi poems. In order to use the text I first received a contract and permission from a very small mom-and-pop republishing firm which owns the rights. I have approached them now about a) making a video of the composition to be used as a tool for advertising the piece and for possible distribution within the musical and the scientific community, and b) eventually assigning the rights to my work to someone else once I am deceased. (I'm 70 and not in good health, which makes one think about such things!) Now, it looks to me as if my contract more or less addresses both issues, but, though I seem to have an amicable relationship with this small company, they have become  goosy now that I have raised performance rights questions.  I'm not so much looking for a definitive answer from those who may read this message, as much as I am hoping for a referral to someone with legal expertise in the area of intellectual property and performance rights.  ]]>Choral Sheeet Music Collection Taylor Ford, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%nd 21AugGMT+0000 have a collection of various pieces of choral sheet music both popular and classical. I am selling this music at half the list price or less for each piece. This is a good way for school music directors and church choir directors to obtain sample copies and increase your music library while spending within your reduced annual budget. If you would like to see my Excel spreadsheet with the full details of each piece of music, let me know and I will email the list to you. ]]>Seraphim Vocal Ensemble Tiffany Warren, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%nd 20AugGMT+0000 Audition date has been extended.
    We are looking for voices to add to our ensemble. Especially altos and tenors. The audition is open to all voices.

    What we're looking for:
    *Nice timbre
    *Good sight reading
    *Available Monday evenings
    *Trained musicians
    *Familiar with Polyphony

    Our rehearsals are in Manhattan Beach, so please live close to the area or know that you can easily travel the distance for rehearsals.
    Please click link below for audition details.

    Thank you.

    Seraphim Vocal Ensemble]]>National Memorial Day Concert Series 2015 Bill Bergeman, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%nd 21AugGMT+0000 Memorial Day Concert Series
    in Washington, D.C.

    Washington National Mall
    May 23 – 25, 2015

    Music Celebrations International is pleased to present the second-annual National Memorial Day Concert Series. This exclusive performance series will be one of the many musical events taking place in 2015 in Washington, D.C. as a Musical Celebration of Peace, designed to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II, and the 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War. 

    Come experience our nation's capital by participating in the National Memorial Day Concert Series. There is no greater place and time to honor America's veterans.
    For more information, visit the event website.
    Windy City Choral Festival 2015 Bill Bergeman, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%nd 21AugGMT+0000

    The Windy City Choral Festival will take place April 9-12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Mixed (SATB) choirs will join together to sing in one of the world’s great concert halls – Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    World-renowned choral conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope will serve as Artistic Director. Dr. Stroope will offer optional one-on-one workshops with participating choirs during the festival for choirs that extend their stay in Chicago by arriving on April 8.

    Concert and tour production will be provided by Music Celebrations International.

    For more information, visit the festival website.


    Experienced accompanist available Laurie Walle, %22 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%nd 18AugGMT+0000 and vocal accompanying/coaching. ]]>Looking to borrow string/piano scores for "In Windsor Forest" Kiersten Honaker, %22 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%nd 16AugGMT+0000 String/piano score and parts for "In Windsor Forest"
    Composer/Arranger/Edition: Vaughan Williams
    Starting: mid-September
    For: mid-November
    Copies: unknown
    Willing to rent: Yes
    I'm wondering if anyone has the string/piano score and parts for Vaughan Williams' "In Windsor Forest" that they might be willing to loan me. I know this is available via OUP, but it might not be an option for me to go this way, for reasons that are too long to detail here. It might be possible, but in case not, I thought I'd seek out other options.
    If you think you might be able to help, please let me know.
    Bass sought for professional Schola Christopher Windle, %22 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%nd 13AugGMT+0000
    The Episcopal Church of the Atonement is seeking to appoint a bass or bass baritone in the 10 voice professional Schola. The Schola sings liturgical music spanning several centuries including Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, Viennese classical masses, Anglican cathedral music, and contemporary composers. The choir typically sings a polyphonic setting of the Mass Ordinary, Anglican chant, motets, anthems, and propers. 
    The Schola also serves as the core of the 16 voice Atonement Choir which sings for all major feast days throughout the year.  This ensemble typically sings for high feast days and orchestral masses. Orchestral masses are sung 3-4 times a year.
    The season begins October 1 and ends on Corpus Christi (mid-June).   The Schola rehearses Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. solemn mass. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled occasionally throughout the year, but prior notice will be given.  Christmas Eve midnight mass and Holy week / Easter are required.
    Excellent skill in sight reading and the ability to blend are of utmost importance. Extensive choral experience is desirable. 
    The church is located in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North side of Chicago and is easily accessible by train and bus.   Please contact the choirmaster to arrange an audition. or (847) 345-2824.  
    MI Y'MALEIL (Hoffman, SATB) Arranged for Chamber Orchestra Stanley M. Hoffman, %22 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%nd 14AugGMT+0000 am pleased to announce the availability of my popular Chanukah piece, MI Y'MALEIL (SATB & piano) in a new arrangement I made for chamber orchestra just in time for holiday programming. This arrangement was made at the request of conductor Shulamit Hoffmann for performance by her ensemble Viva la Musica this coming December. The orchestration calls for flute, 2 oboes, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, horn in F, 2 B-flat trumpets, timpani, harp, and strings (4-4-3-2-1). Ordering information for the piano/choral score (ECS Publishing Catalog No. 6460), the full score (11x17 conductor's score, ECS Publishing Catalog No. 8155), and the orchestral parts (ECS Publishing Catalog No. 8156) appears below.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
    Chief Editor (and composer of MI Y'MALEIL)
    Editorial Office
    615 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
    e-mail: smhoffman(a)
    Canticle Distributing, 1727 Larkin Williams Road Fenton, MO 63026-2024 
    ph 800-647-2117 (USA only)     
    ph. 636-305-0100 (outside USA and inside metro St. Louis)
    fax  636-305-0121
    e-mail: morningstar(a) 
    INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BARCELONA 2015 Helmut Engel, %22 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%nd 13AugGMT+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 December 2014!


    All kinds of choirs can join the Festival. It is a Festival, no contest.




    If you will have any further questions, please let us know: / T 0049-151-70531420



    INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL LONDON 2015 Helmut Engel, %22 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%nd 13AugGMT+0000

    The International Choral Festival London 2014

    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. 



    Music Events Unlimited

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    “Five from the Folder: Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands” by Sarah Ross Scott Dorsey, %28 %b %2014 %14:%Apr:%th 14AprGMT+0000
    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 song for a commentary on the history of the Australian Bush. SATB divisi.
    2. "Nodle Kangbyon." Traditional Korean arr. Wallace Hornady.  earthsongs W-12.
    Beautiful melodic and harmonic language, easy stretch from 2- to 4-part treble.  
    3. "Hiraita" Traditional Japanese arr. Ken Hakoda.  Santa Barbara SBMP 559.  
    Simple folk song expanded to a multi-part fugue with descants and countermelodies.  Hauntingly beautiful.  Easy pitch content but complex SATB divisi.
    4. "Tahiti" Traditional Tahitian arr. H Jarold Harris, Alfred 16336.  
    Accessible four-part men's piece with handclaps, chants, and great Pacific Island sound.  Designed for piano accompaniment but works great when singers accompany on guitar/ukelele.  TTBB.
    5. "Sweet Tooth" Stephen Hatfield.  Colla Voce 21-20214.  
    Based on Australian Aboriginal chants, this challenging piece involves body percussion, non-traditional vocal sounds, and throbbing ostinatos.  Difficult but rewarding.  SSA.
    (“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States.  To share five from YOUR folder, contact Scott Dorsey at
    Choral Music Baseball Card: Handel Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %15:%Jul:%rd 15JulGMT+0000 ]]>Choral and Music Ed Blog Roundup Jeff Tillinghast, %21 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%st 22AugGMT+0000
    With all due respect to Twitter, there's no tool that is more powerful to my professional development as a teacher and musician than blogs. While the reflective process of writing for my own blog is extremely meaningful, I gain endless knowledge and inspiration from subscribing to the work shared by many of our colleagues. Checking my blog subscriptions is an important part of my daily ritual, and I'm constantly surprised by the quality of thought and unique ideas that roll through my feed. Luckily, there were a couple of great compilations over the summer (Music Ed-centric) that helped me expand my list of sources. With the year ramping up, it's a perfect time to set up your blog subscriptions so that you're on tap to receive a year's worth of work around the choral world. If you have favorite conductor or choral blogs, add them in the comments below!
    My "Intro to Blogs" Suggestions:
    If you're just diving into the world of RSS and blog subscriptions, I present a few ideas to keep in mind.
    • Get a Reader. I recommend using Feedly, which allows to you subscribe to blog feeds and categorize them for your organization. It's free, and you can use it with a Google Account (or create a new one). It's web-based, and has apps for Android/iOS as well.
    • Categorize, and Set a Routine. I have categories which I know are work-related, and I often skim that during a time of the day when I need something a little "low energy" or passive to do. Other categories are for morning coffee rituals or evening.
    • Have a Place to Save. Just as with e-mail inboxes, Feedly is not meant to store things permanently. If you want to save a post to re-read later, or archive, use a service like Evernote, Pocket or Diigo.
    • Comment! If you are interested in a post, leave a comment or question. It's a great way to start conversation and networking.
    2 Music Education Blog Roundups
    What Else?
    Recommendations? Add them below!
    Celebrate the Star-Spangled Banner! Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%nd 19AugGMT+0000 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 event in some other fashion) on Sing Up's Facebook timeline, then send your mailing address to ACDA ( The first 20 members to respond will receive a copy of this valuable musical collection.

    Oh, say, can YOU see . . . ?
    Children's Choir Seeks New Participants Cheryl Harder, %22 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%nd 3AugGMT+0000

    Vocal Training. Performing. Teamwork. Self-Confidence. Fun!

    Join the Pacific Mennonite Children's Choir, who for more than 35 years have exemplified the best in choral tradition, discipline and dedication. PMCC continues to train and motivate children and youth to pursue musical excellence under the direction of Betty-Ann Vroom.

    Auditions for interested singers aged 8-17 will be held on Tuesday September 9th from 4:30 – 6:00pm at the Aldergrove Fellowship Baptist Church at 28163 Swensson Ave. Regular rehearsals are from either 5:30-7:00pm or 6:30 – 8:30pm depending on age and experience.

    To make arrangements to audition please email: or visit our website for details


    Populating Choral ensembles at all levels Adam Kluck, %21 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%st 22AugGMT+0000 colleagues, 
         As the new school year begins, I keep thinking about the past few years I've been teaching and especially the focus of many of today's discussions in education. It seems that the focus is always on getting the students through to graduation, whether it be high school or 2- and 4-year institutions. Even at a 4-year university -- where many students may be in a position to experience more new things, take different classes (like a choir) and try things out -- this mentality exists and causes problems for enrollment in the ensembles. At any university, you couldn't populate the choirs you have just with music majors and music grad students. But, as I've seen, the non-music majors and grad students that are in choir often have to drop it after a year or even a semester because they just have too many credits they had to take care of. Sometimes they come back after a semester off, sometimes they don't. Granted, the great directors can often overcome much of this when the students are driven to make it work, and that is a real goal that I have always had. This same thing happens at the high school level, and sometimes it is all one can do to keep even the really talented, high-achieving seniors in school for choir one last year because they all were able to graduate early. Or, they are younger students and they can't do it next year because they need to take so many classes just to stay on track to graduate. I completely understand that students need to graduate, but where does that leave us and the choral program we're trying to build and maintain? It goes without saying that we certainly can't make it with only music majors and graduate students in our ensembles. 
         I am extremely excited every year about bringing music to as many students as possible. I've taught at the high school, university, and now community college level, and I would love any feedback on your successes in navigating what is required of students today and convincing them that choir can and should fit into their lives. I suppose this boils down to recruitment, which may be what I'm getting at. I'm not talking about a solution like a zero-hour class, for example. How can I convince a college student that choir is worth their time and tuition, when they're already being saddled with so much debt just getting through a degree program? Or a high school student being pulled every direction in order to boost their college application? 
         These may be un-answerable, or perpetually up for debate, but I'm still relatively new to the field and seeking some wisdom. 
    Sincerest thanks, 
    Mendelssohn Glee Ckub Auditions Allan Needle, %22 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%nd 0AugGMT+0000 Mendelssohn Glee Club based in New York City, founded in 1866,  and America's oldest independent men's chorus,  is welcoming tenors, baritones and basses to auditions for the Winter Concert of our 149th consecutive season. These informal auditions will be held starting Monday evering, September 8,2014 qnd continuing for the follwoing three weeks on the upper west side of Manhattan  Infomation cab be found on our website and by calling conductor Gene Wisoff at (212 ) 362-8550 ]]>The first few minutes of rehearsal/class: what are your secrets to success? Stuart Rosenthal, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%st 21AugGMT+0000 choral teachers - I am in awe of the way many of you run your class/rehearsal rooms. Can you share some tips on beginning class/rehearsal successfully? I teach both high school and middle school chorus and am looking for a new routine for getting things started. Here are some of the considerations swirling around in my head:
    • I think some degree of routine is helpful in terms of getting rehearsal/class started, so I'd like the major elements of the process to be familiar and predictable, but with enough built-in variety inside of that to keep everyone awake and on their toes.
    • One of the key objectives of the first few minutes is to transition everyone from the chaos of the outside world and socializing with friends to the focus required for ensemble work. This is not just an external process (getting them to move to their seats and stop talking) but internal as well. Some acting teachers and directors speak of wanting to help actors arriving for rehearsal to “wipe their feet at the door” - guiding and supporting them in the process of quelling or setting aside distracting thoughts and emotions from the outside world so that they can be truly present at rehearsal. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
    • I don't want singing to happen instantly, in that I believe that some physical warmups and activation of the breath need to happen before phonation. So, I feel that launching everyone into “Mee meh mah moh moo” warm-ups while everyone is still bouncing off the walls doesn't support the best singing habits.
    • In my rehearsals, I teach musical literacy as well as rehearse concert literature, so one idea I kind of like is that of the singers having some task to get started with as they arrive – maybe something involving theory or sightsinging/solfege or aural theory/listening. Does anyone do this, and, and if so, how do you get them working on this instead of just chatting?
    • I'm also thinking of having a basic outline of the plan for the class on the board as the students arrive. Does anyone do this? Appreciated by the singers, or too constricting for the teacher?
    • A few practical matters:
    • Attendance - it will need to be taken at some point during the first few minutes of class. How do you do yours? Ideas I've heard: assign seats and look for empty ones; keep folders in a rack and look for folders still in the rack after class starts; assign singers numbers and have them count off in order, noting where the silences are; assign section leaders or some other student leader to do it; put a bar code or QR code on their folders and have them scan in using a smart phone (provides an exact arrival time).
    • Handing in forms or homework - what if they have an assignment to hand in? How and where does that fit into the drill?
    • Announcements – I don't want things to start out with me talking at them about x, y and z as they slump lower and lower in their seats and tune out even before we've started, so I'm wondering where to put that kind of stuff into the overall rehearsal/class sequence.
    All in all, I want to establish a routine that will become familiar and comfortable to the singers, but that will still keep them on their toes and be effective without being overly regimented and harsh. Any tips or experiences you could share would be much appreciated.
    Borrow/Rent Conrad Susa "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest" Liz Virkler, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%st 21AugGMT+0000 Choral Scores for "Carols and Lullabies"
    Composer/Arranger/Edition: Conrad Susa
    Starting: September 2014
    For: 4 months
    Copies: 40
    Willing to rent: Yes
    Rome, June 2016 - Passion of Italy Choral Festival with Craig Hella Johnson Michael Clohesy, %21 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%st 22AugGMT+0000
    KIconcerts: Passion of Italy 2016 with Craig Hella Johnson

    Dear friends,

    I am pleased to let you know that I have agreed to lead the 2016 Passion of Italy festival in Rome. After the great success of the festival in Barcelona I am eager to come together again with KI to create extraordinary shared singing experiences that build musical and personal connections.

    I invite you to share the power of choral music in this city that resonates with so much of the music we love. I plan to shape a program that will be a diverse collection of pieces and one that will be well suited to the participating singers. It is always one of my favorite parts of this process-- shaping a program that fits the time, location and context and the various strengths and interests of the participating ensembles. I am thrilled about this opportunity and hope to have a chance to make music with you and your singers.

    In addition to our work as a festival choir there will be opportunities for individual concerts, immersion in the great history of Rome, engaging sightseeing and the camaraderie unique to performing with peers in the greatest of venues.

    You can choose to visit Florence as well as Venice so that you can visit three of the world’s greatest cities on the one tour.

    I look forward to further dialogue with you as you consider this invitation.

    Craig Hella Johnson

    Contact KIconcerts for tour details

    BASS and TENOR section leaders Joy Meade, %21 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%st 19AugGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church of Stone Mountain, GA is accepting auditions for talented singers to serve as leaders within our bass and tenor sections.  The position is approximately 42 weeks per year; from the end of August to the beginning of June.  Our regular choir schedule consists of a Wednesday night rehearsal and one Sunday morning service for which we offer $75 weekly ($37.50 per call) compensation.
    For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the Director of Music:
    Andrew Meade
    Director of Music
    Eastminster Presbyterian Church
    Stone Mountain, GA  30087
    Early Music Alto Jay Lane, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%st 18AugGMT+0000 Lucens, a 13-member early music choir, is searching for an alto to begin this fall.  We sing 16th-century unaccompanied music, and our singers are 4 sopranos, 3 altos (one space open), three tenors, and three basses.  We rehearse on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, and give two major concerts a year (winter and spring), each one twice.  All members are proficient sight-readers and are able to hold a line by themselves.  No solo is required for the audition--applicants will talk to the group and sing with us at a one-hour rehearsal.  For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact director Jay Lane at  ]]>Too much air in singers' voices Rebeca Mode, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%st 16AugGMT+0000!
    I started working at a school where the previous teacher was here for 17 years. Maybe because of the schedule changes, or maybe because of "fear of the new", my high school choir now consists of 3 girls. Which is fine, I told them we'd find stuff to sing and it'd almost be private voice lessons. But starting to work on the songs, one of them has a VERY small voice, and the other two have a lot of air in their voices, and they sing like pop singers do. I know with proper vocal technique that "hitting the right note" will get better, but right now I need suggestions of exercises and vocal warm ups that can help the two girls get rid of the air in the voice (not thinking of it as a possibility of nodes), and how I can get more sound of the third girl. Help please? Thank you!!
    Also, any suggestions on songs for 2 or 3 female voices? I keep looking online but there are very few options (especially for christian songs - it's a christian school), and the girls are not thaaaat comfortable of singing in 3 voices yet, especially if it's more than thirds or fourths apart. I found 2 songs here that we've been working on, but they're almost done with them...
    2016 Young Prague Festival Marie Fox, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%st 17AugGMT+0000
    Prague, Czech Republic
    March 23-27, 2016

    An international panel of directors adjudicate this Festival for youth choirs, bands and orchestras in its thirteenth year. Over one thousand participants travel to Prague from around the world to perform in venues such as St. Nicholas’ Church and the National House. Enjoy a culturally rich and educational experience while you meet and perform with youth ensembles from around the globe.

    Choir Director Marsha Rinke, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%st 16AugGMT+0000
    Historic downtown First Congregational Church of Chelsea, United Church of Christ, is seeking an upper level voice student or recent graduate interested in gaining experience directing a small volunteer SAB adult choir (approx. 9 singers). The candidate should have successfully completed a university course in choral conducting. Responsibilities include leading choir rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. and directing the choir on Sunday mornings 9-11 a.m. (rehearsal 9-10; worship at 10 a.m.). This person will work with the Music Minister, who has primary responsibility for the music program and who plays the organ and piano. Our worship style is open, welcoming and yet traditional, following Protestant lectionary and liturgy. Our congregation appreciates quality music literature. Pay is $100 per week and the position is available beginning September, 2014. 
    New Charter School (6th,7th,8th) With Developing Music Department Eric Camarillo, %21 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%st 15AugGMT+0000 to all,
    I am hired at a brand new charter school in the San Antonio area and our admin allowed us to develop a new music deparment. I've talked to the parents of the students the past couple of weeks and have noticed that we have a lot of students requesting a choir deparment (honestly, more than instruments). The head of the school and I have agreed that I will be teaching choir for the 2014-2015 year. This will be a new experience for me since I have never taught choir (graduated with a BM in Music Education with heavy emphasis on band, and have had experience with vocals in a university setting). I am excited about this opportunity, unfortunately, we do not have a choir/band hall, and no equipment (i.e risers, music stands, sheet music/method books. We do have a sound system but that's all). I was wondering, what are some suggestive warm-ups, and sheet music can I start off with my beginning vocalists? Thanks in advance.
    Eric C
    Bass section leader - Christ Church Cathedral Joshua Slater, %21 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%st 16AugGMT+0000
    Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, CT, seeks a
    regular bass or bass-baritone section leader.  Wednesday rehearsal, Sunday
    service; average $65/call; high-quality Anglican church music. Strong
    sight-reading and rhythm desired.
    Volunteer SATB Singers Welcome (Upper East Side Manhattan) Larry Long, %21 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%st 15AugGMT+0000 Church of the Epiphany (an Episcopal church, 1393 York Ave. at East 74th Street, Manhattan) welcomes volunteers of all voice-parts in its adult choir. There are four professional section leaders in addition to our volunteers.
    Weekly rehearsals are Thursday evenings, 6:45-8:15pm. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 11am, with a 10am warm-up rehearsal prior to the service. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 11, 2014.
    We sing many styles of music from Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, Bach, through 20th century music including Gospel and spirituals, and works by living composers. Check out the Service Music Schedule and listen to recordings on the Music Ministry page of the parish website.
    Please contact Larry J. Long, Organist & Choirmaster, via the parish website for more information. ]]>
    Music from Spain Lori Maves, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%st 14AugGMT+0000 will be having a foreign exchange student from Spain in my choir this year.  I would love to surprise her with some music from her home.  Do you have any favorite songs from Spain.  Preferrably folk songs, or, a pop song that would be fun for the choir to learn..... Links to performances would be appreciated.  Please include composer if possible.
    Mishawum Choral Society Accepting New Members Starting Sept 2nd! Chris Ferguson, %21 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%st 14AugGMT+0000 Mishawum Choral Society is starting its new Fall season on September 2nd and is looking for new members!

    The Mishawum Choral Society is a community chorus for experienced singers with a love of choral music who wish to rehearse and sing in our concerts. We give you the pleasure of enjoying fine music and knowing you are a part of a musical community - a team that enriches the life of all of us. We currently have about 50 members. We feature a variety of music from popular to classical. Our selections are fun and challenging for singers and entertaining and rewarding for audiences.

    Open rehearsals for potential new members are held in September and January at the beginning of the rehearsal seasons. No formal auditions are held, but we do expect new members to be experienced in four part choral singing, and to have some ability to read along with sheet music. We are always concerned with maintaining a good balance of voices, and we cannot promise to accept all applicants.

    Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening at the Woburn High School off Montvale Avenue from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Parking is available at the school. Concerts are scheduled in December and May and several other events may be held. ]]>
    Soprano and Tenor Section Leader Joshua Stafford, %21 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%st 12AugGMT+0000
    St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is seeking Soprano and Tenor section leaders for its semi-professional Parish Choir. St. Peter’s has a long-standing tradition of choral excellence, and repertoire is mainly in the Anglican choral tradition. Rehearsals are Thursday evening, 7-9; Sunday call is 10am for an 11:15 Eucharist (Matins on 4th Sunday). There are additional services throughout the year of choral evensong, lessons and carols, as well as a choir concert. Compensation is $60 per call.
    Books Worth Your Time II Richard Sparks, %21 %b %2014 %04:%Aug:%st 4AugGMT+0000 M. Sterner's The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life. Sterner is a musician, worked for years as a piano tuner/technician, as well as having an interest in Eastern philosophy. It's one of the best books I've read about developing better habits of discipline and focus. He has a wonderful little section that speaks to our habit of rushing through things and multi-tasking: with a day ahead that included getting two pianos ready (one for the piano soloist with the local symphony), then travel to do other tuning work, then back in the evening to check both pianos before the concert. He notes that he'd done this kind of thing many times and knew very well how much time it took, and that it was about two and a half times the amount considered a day's work in the trade. I'll let him speak from here:
    When I started on the first piano, I put all of my effort into "being slow." I opened my tool box very slowly. Instead of grabbing a handful of tools and thinking I was saving time, I took each tool out one at a time. I placed each tool neatly in position. When I began setting up the piano, I performed each process individually, trying to deliberately work slowly.

    It's a funny feeling when you try this. At first, your internal dialogue is howling at you to get going and pick up the pace. It is screaming at you, "We'll never get this done, you are wasting time." It is reminding you of the whole day's worth of work you have to get done to meet everyone's approval. You can feel the anxiety start to build and the emotions floating up to the surface. However, your ego quickly loses ground to the simplicity of doing one thing at a time and doing it slowly, on purpose. It has no place to build stress and work up internal chatter. That is because working slowly in today's world goes against every thought system. You can only work slowly if you do it deliberately. Being deliberate requires you to stay in the process, to work in the present moment.

    After I finished the first instrument, I even went through the process of packing up my tools with meticulous care, just to walk ten feet away and unpack them slowly, one at a time, to start the second piano. Usually I would grab two handfuls of as much as I could carry and scurry through the orchestra chairs on stage trying to sve time. Not this day, however. I was determined to carry out my goal plan of just trying to work slowly. We spend so much time rushing everything we do. Rushing had become so much of a habit that I was amazed at the concentration it took to work slowly on purpose.

    I took off my watch so I wouldn't be tempted to look at the time and let that influence my pace. I told myself, "I am dong this for me and for my health, both physical and mental. I have a cell phone and, if need be, I can call whomever and tell them I am running late, and that's the best I can do."

    Into the second piano, I began to realize how wonderful I felt. No nervous stomach, no anticipation of getting through the day, and no tight muscles in my shoulders and neck, just this relaxed, peaceful, what-a-nice-day-it-is feeling. I would even go so far as to describe it as blissful. Anything you can do in a rushing state is surprisingly easy when you deliberately slow it down. The revelation for me came, however, when I finished the second piano. I very slowly put my tools away one by one with my attention to every detail. I continued my effort at slowing down as I walked to my truck in the parking garage a block away. I walked very slowly, paying attention to each step. This may sound nuts at first, but it was an experiment on my part. I was experiencing such an incredible feeling of peacefulness in a situation that usually had every muscle in my body tense that I wanted to see just how far I could intensify the situation with my effort.

    When I got to the truck, the clock radio came on with the turn of the key and I was dumbfounded. So little time had passed compared to what I had usually experienced for the same job in the past that I was sure the clock was incorrect. Keep in mind that I was repeating a process that I had done for many years. I have set up these pianos together sometimes five and six times a week. I had a very real concept of the time involved in the project. I pulled my watch out of my pocket as a second check. It agreed with the clock-radio that I had cut over 40 percent off the time. I had tried to work as slowly as possible and I had been sure I was running an hour late. Yet I had either worked faster (which didn't seem possible, given my attention to slowness), or I had slowed time down (an interesting thought, but few would buy it). Either way, I was sufficiently motivated to press on with the experiment throughout the remainder of the day. I got so far ahead of schedule that I was afforded the luxury of a civilized meal in a nice restaurant, instead of the usual sandwich in the truck or no lunch at all.

    I have repeated these results consistently every time I have worked at being slow and deliberate. I have used this technique with everything from cleaning up the dishes after dinner to monotonous areas of piano restoration work that I don't particularly enjoy. The only thing that foils the result is when I am particularly lacking in stamina and find myself drifting back and forth between working with slowness and succumbing to my feeling of, "I have to get this work done quickly."
    The rest of the book is certainly as good and as interesting as this passage.

    How often do we rush our own work? Whether in preparation (score study, prepping for a class), teaching or rehearsal, does rushing (because we know we have so much to cover!) help?

    One of the notable things about the Swedish Radio Choir is their ability to work in a slow, concentrated way on different elements in the music, for example, intonation--it's quite extraordinary. And I had a rehearsal on Rachmaninoff's The Bells with them where I moved at too fast a pace, which resulted in frustration (and not faster results). We need to think of this in our rehearsals: rushing (and not really mastering a passage in the music) rarely accomplishes much and may in fact build in bad habits or mistakes. But it also means we have to build up the ability of our singers (at different levels, of course) to focus, concentrate, and do the patient work necessary to succeed in difficult music. This is perhaps even more true today with all the distractions (cell phones, instant messaging, Facebook, etc.) of the modern world.

    Lots to think about, but this is certainly a book that's worthwhile! ]]>
    CJ Replay: Show Choir Production Scott Dorsey, %28 %b %2014 %20:%Feb:%th 20FebGMT+0000
    (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, swing or show choir at some point in their teaching career. In contrast with today's youth who are highly sophisticated through exposure to the entertainment arts, for many music educators, the popular performing arts were nonexistent in their own high school experience. Recognizing the presence of such deficiencies, and due to increased interest in the show choir movement among secondary education majors at Brigham Young University, a Show Choir Production Class was designed and taught. An attempt was made to cover in an introductory way the broad range of skills, concepts, and sequences with which the show choir conductor must familiarize himself if he is to succeed in this frequently slighted facet of music education. The course was taught on the premise that even though skills could not be mastered during this short period of time, an awareness of what resources were available for further study, research, and assistance would facilitate teaching upon arrival in the public schools.
           A review of pertinent literature, class discussions, and practical application assignments
    covering the many unfamiliar facets of show choir education, assisted the student to arrange his priorities in regards to the part show choir activity may play in a total choral program. Recordings, existing campus groups, periodicals, books, examples from successful educators, Walt Disney productions, and Hollywood, enriched the classroom activity.
    Bass Section Leader Needed Immediately Marla Aviva Bentley, %21 %b %2014 %04:%Aug:%st 4AugGMT+0000 section leader needed immediately to join High Holy Day Choir at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, Illinois.  Professional, excellent sight-reader, works well with volunteer choir, solid vocal technique.  Experience with Hebrew, and previous High Holy Day experience a plus.  Must be available for ALL Services and Rehearsals listed:
    REHEARSALS, 7:00-9:30 pm
    Thursday, August 21
    Monday, August 25
    Thursday, August 28
    Thursday, September 4
    Thursday, September 11
    Thursday, September 18
    Thursday, October 2
    S’lichot at TBI - Saturday, September 20, 11:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Call)
    Erev Rosh Hashanah at ETHS - Wednesday, September 24, 8:15 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Call)
    Rosh Hashanah 1st Day at ETHS - Thursday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. (9:15 a.m. Call)
    Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day at TBI - Friday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. (9:15 a.m. Call)
    Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) at ETHS - Friday, October 3, 8:15 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Call)
    Yom Kippur at ETHS - Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. (9:15 a.m. Call)
    • Morning Service at 10:00 a.m.
    • Afternoon, Yizkor & N’ilah Services at 2:30 p.m.
    • Brief break between Morning & Afternoon services
    • Yizkor Service is Professional Choir only
    Pay is $1200.  Contact Marla Aviva Bentley 734-476-3187 or
    Organist - Traditional Worship Service Steven Grives, %21 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%st 3AugGMT+0000 Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Clarendon Hills, IL has an immediate opening for a capable organist for its Traditional Worship service. Duties include accompanying the choir in rehearsal (7:30-9, Wednesdays) and providing service music for the 10:15am Sunday service. Familiarity with Lutheran musical resources (LBW and WOV) is a plus. Inquiries and/or resumes should be emailed to Steve Grives, smgrives (at) gmail (dot) com ]]>Accompanist for Lakeside Civic Chorus Needed Bill Witwer, %21 %b %2014 %02:%Aug:%st 2AugGMT+0000 Lakeside Civic Chorus, sharing choral music with the greater Rockwall and Lake Ray Hubbard area for the past 30 years, is seeking an accompanist for the two concerts of the 2014-15 season.  To apply send a current resume and letter of interest to Bill Witwer, artistic director at:   ]]>Perchance to Dream (SATB, piano) by Jan Wilke Jan Wilke, %21 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%st 1AugGMT+0000 setting of some of Shakespeare's most famous lines (the "To be or not to be" monologue from Hamlet) won the "Knapp Award for Choral Excellence", awarded by Meistersingers, CA, this year. An excellent concert piece for ambitious choirs, scored for SATB (divisi), piano and triangle.
    It is now available from SheetMusicPlus, where you can also have a look at some sample pages and listen to a recording.

    REFLECTIONS OF STYLE ON GOING BEYOND WORDS Stanley Schmidt, %20 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 Beyond Words, one of the longest running Choral Radio Broadcasts in the United States continues with ingenious and inventive programming.   In October, Stan Schmidt, Host/Producer will begin his 22nd year in front of the mic.    This Sunday at Noon Central Time on KVNO.ORG you will hear a stirring and exhilarating set of music under the title "Reflections of Style".   Coming across your aural senses will be music by Jan Sweelinck, Ola Gjeilo, a new Missa Brevis by Krzysztof Penderecki written in 2012, a new setting of the Lord's Prayer announced on Choral Net a week ago by Dr. Eric Richards, teacher of Composition at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and the classic five movement work by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Five Mystical Songs.
    WHERE: KVNO.ORG (THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA IN OMAHA) One of the few 24 hour Classical stations in the country
    Gaudate Omnes (From : Cantiones Sacrae) Jan Peterszoon Sweelinck
    The Ground (From: Sunrise Mass) Ola Gjeilo
    Artitst: Luther College Collegiate Chorale, Andrew Last, Conductor
    CD April 10, 2014 Spring Concert
    Missa Brevis (2012) (Six Mvts) Krzysztof Penderecki
    Polski Chór Kameralny: Jan Ŧukaszewski, Conductor
    CD Penderecki Choral Works, Vol. 2 
    Ave Maria Igor Strawinsky  
    Windsbacher Knabenchor; Karl-Friedrich Bringer, Conductor
    CD Chormusik im 20.Jahrhundert
    The Lord's Prayer Eric Richards 
    Concordia University Nebraska's Chamber Singers; Dr. Kurt von Kampen, Conductor
    (MP3 file)
    Dr. Eric Richards is Associate Professor of Composition and Jazz Orchestra at the
    Glenn Korff School of Music, University of Nebraska-Lincoln ericrich
    Five Mystical Songs Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Tomas Allen, Baritone; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra; Matthew Best, Conductor
    CD Vaughan Williams Choral Works - Serenade to Music; Flos Campi; Five Mystical Songs; Fantasia on Christmas Carols
    Please visit the blog of WWW.GOINGBEYONDWORDS.COM where you will see
    CD images and complete lists of music heard over the last five years.   Worthwhile the visit.
    If you have questions or Comments please write to:
    Remember: Mark your calender and Attend the ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City, February 25-28 and hear
    The South Dakota Professional Chorale directed by Dr. Brian Schmidt
    Oberlin Musical Union - MOZART REQUIEM rehearsals begin September 8 Jason Harris, %20 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 celebrating its 177th season, the Oberlin Musical Union will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 8 in Finney Chapel at 7:15pm. We welcome everyone in the northeast Ohio choral community and beyond to join us on the historic Finney Chapel stage for our December performance of Mozart's Requiem.

    Musical Union rehearses Monday evenings from 7:15-9:30pm in Finney Chapel. For more information or to schedule a voice placement session please contact Director of Choral Ensembles Jason Harris at 440 775 8250.


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem

    with the Oberlin Musical Union, College Choir, and Arts and Sciences Orchestra

    Jason Harris, conductor

    Sunday, December 7, 8:00pm

    Finney Chapel, Oberlin OH

    Fall Auditions - San Francisco Boys Chorus Rebecca Nestle, %20 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Training. Performing. Teamwork. Self-Confidence. Fun! Join the San Francisco Boys Chorus, a universally recognized arts leader, promoting excellence in performance and arts education.  The mission of the San Francisco Boys Chorus is to provide music education, vocal training, and performance experience at the highest artistic level to boys from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. All boys are welcome. Financial aid is available.
    San Francisco Campus 9:30-11 AM: Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page Street, San Francisco 94102
    East Bay Campus 2-3 PM: The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland 94612
    Marin Campus 2-3 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1123 Court Street, San Rafael 94901 ]]>
    CATHOLIC ITEMS NEEDED FOR TOSCA! Kaitrin Kinnare, %20 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    Hello all, 
    I'm stage managing a production of TOSCA in LA and we desparately need Catholic items for set dressing and costuming. Please take a look and let me know if you would be willing to donate or rent the following items: 
    My contact:
    Props/Set Dressing: 
    1 large Virgin Mary statue
    6 large matching candlesticks for above the altar
    6 large matching candles (for above candlesticks)
    2 smaller matching candlesticks to go on the altar (St. James may have)
    1 Brass candle lighter/snuffer (St. James may have)
    1 Processional cross (the more ornate, the better)
    2 processional candles
    1 Thurible (also called a censer)
    1 Incense boat/spoon
    3 white & gold vestments 
               -3 albs (long white tunics)
               -3 cinctures (cord tied around waist)
               -3 cope and dalmatic sets (cape & wide sleeved tunic)
    1 mitre (tall pointy hat for the bishop)
    3 or 4 adult black cassocks (choir robes) 
    4 adult red cassocks (2 average size and 2 xxl)  
    3 or 4 adult white surplices (a surplice is a short wide robe with a round neck) 
    15 children's surplices (to go on top of red robes)
    Thank you!
    SATB Section Leader Auditions James Douglas, %20 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Adult Choir of St. James' Church, Long Branch, NJ

    St. James' Church (Episcopal/Anglican) is currently accepting applications for all voice parts in its professional choir.  The music ministry at St. James' Church has a proud history of providing sacred music of the highest caliber in the Anglican Choral Tradition and is an affliate member of the Royal School of Church Music in America.  The choir sings at most Sunday morning masses, in addition to Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week/Easter, afternoon Choral Evensong and Compline services, and also Dicoesan events requiring chorister participation.  An annual Christmas Messiah performance has been recently resurrected and highlights from the most recent concert may be found here:

    The upcoming 2014-15 season runs from mid-September through late May.  Sundays only, no normal weekday rehearsal commitment (except Ash Wednesday and Holy Week).  Music and schedules are distributed in advance and the expectation is that music is learned outside of rehearsal.  Excellent sight-reading ability and ensemble singing skills are required.  Solo opportunities are available.

    Fee is $100 per Sunday.

    Located five blocks from the beach, 10 minutes from Long Branch NJ Transit train station/exit 105 off GS Parkway.

    To be considered, please submit a cover letter/resume and a solo audio clip to St. James' Church's Director of Music/Organist Jim Douglas, at Deadline for application submission extended to August 25, and auditions will be scheduled thereafter on an individual basis.


    High School Choir in Twin Cities area for Choral Exchange Rachel Marsh, %20 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000, 
    My name is Rachel Marsh. I am the K-12 music teacher at Central MN Christian School in Prinsburg MN. My small group will be singing as a clinic choir at the MN State ACDA conference at the end of the November (20-21). I am looking for one or two high schools to do a choral exchange with. I would love to have the opportunity to meet some new directors and students and sing for each other. If you think you might be interested, please contact me at Thank you! 
    Singers for Anglican choir in Westchester Geoff Smith, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 Mark's Church in Mount Kisco, NY has openings for singers in all sections. You should be a good sight reader and be familar with anglican liturgy and choral tradition. It is helpful if you can demonstrate proficiency with chanting, especially anglican chant. A 9 am call on Sundays during the academic year is standard, and Holy Eucharist begins at 10. Rehearsals are held following the service on Sundays—there are no regular weeknight rehearsls. Contact Geoffrey Smith, Associate for Music via email at for further information and to arrange for a hearing. ]]>Choral Scholar openings in Westchester County Geoff Smith, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 Mark's Church in Mount Kisco, NY has openings for soprano and alto choral scholars. Applicants must be excellent sight readers and also be familar with anglican liturgy and choral tradition. A successful applicant will demonstrate proficiency with chanting, especially anglican chant. A 9 am call on Sundays during the academic year is standard, and Holy Eucharist begins at 10. Rehearsals are held following the service on Sundays—there are no regular weeknight rehearsls. Compensation may include a travel allowance. Contact Geoffrey Smith, Associate for Music via email at for further information and to arrange for a hearing. ]]>Volunteers Needed Rasaan Bourke, %20 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 ]]>Register today for 2014/15 Cross-Choral Training® Workshops Frank Impelluso, %20 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
    2014/15 Cross-Choral Training® Workshops
    Applied Vocal and Musician Pedagogy with Dianne Berkun-Menaker and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

    Extended Full-Year Program OR Two-Day Intensive, October 11-12, 2014
    Explore the proven and successful training methods of the Grammy® Award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and learn how to prepare your chorus to sing challenging music of varied styles and genres in an educational context and on the professional stage. Join us for our extended full-year training and teacher-support program and take your skills to the next level. Or learn more about the C-CT® methods in a two-day intensive workshop. Through demonstrations, interactive discussions, and performances by members of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, participants learn both the art and the science of vocal and musicianship pedagogy to achieve real breakthroughs with choruses of all ages.
    Extended full-year program includes:
    ·       Sessions on the primary areas of vocal function: breath management and support; laryngeal registration, vowel shaping & resonance strategies
    ·       Open forum discussions and support for participants in applying C-CT® methods
    ·       Score analysis for teaching and conducting
    ·       Master class sessions with BYC ensembles
    Two-day Intensive Workshop topics include:
    ·       Cross-Choral Training® Philosophy and Principles
    ·       Vocal Function – Registration, Resonance, and Breath Management
    ·       Developing Vocal Exercises
    ·       Vocal Qualities for Varied Vocal Styles
    ·       Sight-Singing and Ear-Training Approaches
    ·       Problem Solving Vocal and Musicianship Challenges in Repertoire
    ·       Rehearsal demonstration with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
    Learn more about The Cross-Choral Training® program at
    Alto, Tenor, Bass Choral Scholar Positions Open Rozanna Goocey, %20 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000

    Trinity United Methodist Church, Durham, NC

    Rozanna Vancil Goocey, Director of Music Ministries and organist   -



    Provide musical leadership to the Trinity Choir from August 2014 - May 2015.

    (Approximately 40 Weeks, which allows for some weeks off.  Some days off by director’s choosing, and some days off by Choral Scholar’s choosing.)


    Attend all scheduled rehearsals, Sunday worship services, and additional seasonal services as requested by the director of music.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  Sunday morning worship begins at 11:00 with a 10:15 call for the choir.  Additional services may include, but are not limited to: Advent Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday.  Christmas Eve is not required.


    Serve as soloist or in a small ensemble as requested by the director of music.


    Be a model of professionalism, punctuality, and musical excellence to the other choir members.


    Build positive relationships with other choir members and work to develop their musical skills.


    If an absence is required, communicate with the director of music well in advance and work to find a substitute.




    Excellent vocal technique:

    Consistent and relaxed tone, good range, working towards a degree in voice or just recently graduated.


    Excellent musicianship:

    Sight-reading, intonation, ensemble sense, stylistic awareness.



    Being part of a community of wonderful people who love to sing

    Opportunity to develop as a musician

    Summer break, and weeks off throughout the year.



    Approximately $32 per call.



    Submit resume via email to the director of music at the email address above.  Audio samples may also be submitted but are not required.  An in-person interview will involve:


    - A conversation with the director of music

    - Singing, unaccompanied, a 2-3 minute excerpt of your choice that demonstrates your vocal ability.

      This could be from choral or solo repertoire, and English, Latin, German or Italian is acceptable.

    - Sight-singing and aural skills evaluation
    Catholic Parish in Rockland County, NY Looking for Voices Mark LaRosa, %20 %b %2014 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000
    The Parish Choir of Saint Joseph Church, Spring Valley, New York is seeking volunteer choir members in each section for the 2014 - 2015 choral term.
    The Parish Choir is the principal choir for the church and sings regularly at the 11:30 a.m. Solemn Mass each Sunday. The choir sings for the annual Lessons and Carols Service during Advent and the Liturgies of Christmas and Holy Week. (The choir is on holiday for the entire month of January. Choral term ends of the Solemnity of Pentecost.) 
    Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m to 9:15 p.m. in the Main Church. On Sunday mornings there is a short rehearsal in the choir room at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for the 11:30 a.m. Mass. 
    The choral repertoire for this season includes the works of Thomson, Archer, Elgar, Victoria, Holst and Handel with traditional hymnody. The choir emphasises good choral singing and works to produce a clear and well balanced tone between each section.

    If you are interested please contact the choirmaster at for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. 

    New Yale Schola Cantorum recording on Delos Simon Carrington, %20 %b %2014 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000 am delighted to announce the release of a new Delos live recording of a Yale Schola Cantorum concert.
    The program features sacred music spanning the English Renaissance by John Taverner, Thomas Tallis and Orlando Gibbons. The albums centerpiece is The Glory and the Dream: a substantial and moving choral cycle setting Wordsworth's poetry by the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, with marvellous accompaniment on the organ of Christ Church New Haven by Thomas Murray.
    Take the Choral Journal Survey Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
    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 publication’s editorial team.  Naturally, the survey is anonymous.
    Take the Choral Journal survey!
    Name That Choir Tune (No. 2) Scott Dorsey, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    Planning an International Tour? New Passport Guidelines! Joshua Bronfman, %20 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 looks like there's been a change recently to the travel and passport recommendation by the U.S. State Department. They are now recommending your passports be valid for at least six months prior to departing from the U.S. You might be denied entrance into the country you are traveling to, or be denied boarding in the U.S. even if your passport is valid. This particular rule primarily applies to the Schengen group of countries (26 Scandinavian and European Countries...basically all the European countries you were planning on going to this year). You might even be prevented from boarding a plane when traveling through one of these countries if you have to make a transfer and they have to recheck your passport.
    So this totally changes how we account for the passports of those traveling with us. Before it was "do you have a valid passport that doesn't expire before we leave." Now we need to double check exaclty when the expiration date is, and we need be sure that everyone's passport is valid for a least six months prior to arrival in one of these countries. How awful would it be for one of your singers to be turned away at the gate, even though they had a passport that expired in two months.
    Granted, the official rules for the Schengen Area is that you need three months left on your passport, but the U.S. State Department is taking a "better safe than sorry" approach. I think that is wise, and I will be adopting this rule for my choir. I think there is a chance that many of your tour companies are not aware of this change, so be sure to ask them about it.
    Travel to Countries in the Schengen Area
    via Lifehacker
    University of Miami Honor Choir Kyle Nielsen, %20 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000
    Interested?  Contact us at:
    Twitter: @UMiamiChoirs
    Tenors and Basses needed (Chicago NW Suburbs) Alan Wellman, %19 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 Northwest Choral Society will hold auditions for their 2014-2015 season Tuesday, September 2 at 6-7:30 pm at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker St. (between Margaret St. and Jeannette St.), Des Plaines, IL. 

    Through the Northwest Choral Society, singers who are at least 17 years of age with previous four-part choral experience enjoy the personal growth and satisfaction that comes from active participation in a performing arts organization known for excellence and camaraderie.  During the year, members sharpen their singing skills and learn a varied repertoire of sacred and secular, classical and popular music that has become the hallmark of the group.

    The small size of the chorus (approximately 50 members) means members will see familiar faces each week, and find the group friendly, supportive, and fun.

    For further information regarding the Northwest Choral Society, visit its website at  or call 224/585-9127.

    Now is the cool of the day, Ritchie, Jim Erb Lauren Carley, %19 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 anyone send me a copy of the choral arrangemnt by Jim Erb of Jean Ritchie's "Now is the Cool of the Day"?  It's out of print. Thanks you, Lauren Carley
    3945 Harrison St # 32
    Oakland, CA 94611
    Soprano Section Leader sought for St. Bede's Menlo Park Katherine McKee, %19 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 Bede's Episcopal Church choir is seeking a soprano soloist/section leader.  The choir consists of approximately 16 volunteer members and 4 paid soloist/section leaders.  Our repertoire includes the finest choral music from the medieval period through the 21st century, both a cappella and accompanied.  The church has a fine grand piano and an exceptional Beckerath neo-Baroque tracker organ. The choir sings from the beginning of September through the beginning of June.  There are normally 2 calls per week, with midweek rehearsals (7:30 - 9, mostly on Wednesdays, with some on Thursdays) beginning September 3 and Sunday services (9:15 call for a 10:15 service) beginning September 7. Compensation is $60 per call. Additional rehearsals/services for All Souls, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Lenten Evensong, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Ascension.  Good sightreading skills and/or willingness to prepare music in advance is required, as is a good sense of humor and willingness to work with volunteer singers and the music director to further polish the choir's musical and vocal skill set. Please contact Katherine McKee at:
    D.C. A Cappella Group Announces Winner of North American Young Composers Competition Ehren Dohler, %20 %b %2014 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 Carolyn Wise July 31, 2014 
    Cell: 202-630-9473 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    Group to Give World Premiere Performance of “There will come Soft Rains” 
    September 27th in Washington, D.C. 
    July 31, 2014, Washington, D.C. – D.C.-based a cappella ensemble The Capital Hearings announced today it 
    has selected Connor J. Koppin, 23, of Ames, Iowa, as the winner of its inaugural Young Composers Competition. The 
    Capital Hearings will premiere Koppin’s winning composition, “There will come Soft Rains,” in Washington on September 
    27, 2014, during the group’s fourth annual fall concert, SEASONS. 
    The competition attracted entries from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces, and was 
    open to U.S. and Canadian composers, ages 40 and under. 
    "I composed 'There will come Soft Rains' because I believe that this piece captures the essence of the natural 
    world while seeking to remind us as humans what it would be like to live in a place free of violence or malice," 
    Koppin explained. "I am very humbled to be chosen as the winner of The Capital Hearings' Young Composers 
    Competition, and I cannot wait to hear the piece brought to life by this unique ensemble." 
    The work, written for men’s and women’s a cappella voices, features text written in the aftermath of World War I 
    by American poet Sara Teasdale, and vividly describes how the earth revives itself in the wake of human conflicts. 
    Koppin is a 2013 graduate of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, where he studied conducting with Lee Nelson. His 
    choral works have been performed across the U.S., including the premiere of "i carry your heart" at Carnegie Hall in 
    March 2013. Koppin’s music has been published by MorningStar Music Publishers and ECS Publishing. He is currently 
    the Director of Choral Activities at Roland-Story High School in Story City, Iowa. 
    "Our inaugural competition reflects The Capital Hearings’ commitment to the creation and performance of new 
    music,” notes Dileep Srihari, the group’s music director. “We were very gratified by the tremendous response and 
    look forward to continuing our support of emerging composers in future years.” 
    The Capital Hearings will perform “There will come Soft Rains” during its fourth annual fall concert, SEASONS, at 
    All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. at 8:00 PM on September 27, 2014. The concert will highlight the 
    group’s signature blend of classical, jazz, pop, folk, and more. Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at
    SEASONS: The Capital Hearings in Concert Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 8:00 PM 
    All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church 
    2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (map) 
    Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door     
    Northwest Choral Society (Chicago suburbs) Meet & Greet Alan Wellman, %19 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000

    If you previously sang in a chorus – high school, college or community group – and are now looking for a great activity in which to participate during the non-summer months, the Northwest Choral Society (NWCS) invites you to a “Meet & Greet” on Tuesday, August 26.  The casual social event will be held between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker St. (between Margaret St. and Jeannette St.), Des Plaines, IL.  The evening will include welcoming prospective members, singing, and debuting a video of the group’s recent road trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Refreshments will be served.

    For the 2014-2015 performance season, the chorus will feature Daniel Pinkam’s Christmas Cantata and Robert Shaw’s The Many Moods of Christmas at concerts on December 6 and 7, and a program on April 18, 2015 entitled “Annelise”, which is an adaptation of the diary of Ann Frank.  A June 13, 2015 family concert will explore the magical music of Disney.  These concerts are performed in various venues throughout the suburbs.

    Through the Northwest Choral Society, singers who are at least 17 years of age with previous four-part choral experience enjoy the personal growth and satisfaction that comes from active participation in a performing arts organization known for excellence and camaraderie.  During the year, members sharpen their singing skills and learn a varied repertoire of sacred and secular, classical and popular music that has become the hallmark of the group.

    The small size of the chorus (approximately 50 members) means members will see familiar faces each week, and find the group friendly, supportive, and fun.

    For further information regarding the Northwest Choral Society, visit its website at  or call 224/585-9127.

    Experience Dr. Kirby Shaw in Middle Tennessee! Todd Wilson, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    Click on the graphic above to register online!
    The Future of Newly Composed Music is at Risk… donald patriquin, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
    The British 'Sound and Music' stated recently in their 2014 Commission Survey Report "The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers... Professional composers are being asked to create new pieces for ‘shockingly low’ fees."
    Is the situation different in North America?
    Sound and Music reports–
    • The average fee per commission in 2013 was £1,392
    • Only 15% of those surveyed earned more income than previous year
    • 49% of composers feel that there is less rehearsal/preparation time for new works.
    You may read more about this situation at 

    Download the report (pdf) or at
    It’s a bit of a shocker, but at the same time a wake-up call…
    Thanks for reading this! And thanks to those far-sighted choral conductors who have commissioned new works recently!
    Maybe you could tell us about them... How were they received? Was it a rewarding experience? Do you recommend commissioning generally? ...
    Donald Patriquin
    Composer, conductor
    Inter-denominational/interfaith memorial James Koenig, %19 %b %2014 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 I know is looking for an anthem and/or "call to worship" for an inter-denominational/interfaith  memorial service that occurs every five years honoring members of a graduating class
    from the business school of a major university.  The choir is a pick-up volunteer group-- so I would estimate easy to medium difficulty.
    Carols and Lullabies, Conrad Susa, SATB to borrow/rent Christine Buran, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Carols and Lullabies, SATB
    Composer/Arranger/Edition: Conrad Susa
    Starting: August 2015
    For: 5 months
    Copies: 35
    Willing to rent: Yes
    Need 35 copies of Susa's Carols and Lullabies SATB for First Presbyterian Church, Pensacola, FL, to be used for Advent 2015.
    Tina Buran
    PME Pacific Mozart Ensemble auditioning now for 35th season Lindy Miller-Castro, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000

    Sing With PME


    The Pacific Mozart Ensemble is always interested in auditioning new members. A high level of reading skill is required; singing experience can be either classical or jazz & pop.

    PME rehearses on Monday nights from 7:30-10:00 pm at the Crowden School, Rose and Sacramento streets in Berkeley. Concert sets are performed three to four times a year.

    Auditions consist of singing two prepared pieces of your choice, and vocaleses to hear your range. Please print our audition form (requires Adobe Acrobat software) and fill it out prior to your scheduled audition. If you have a resume outlining your music experience, please bring it as well.

    If you are interested in setting up an audition, please call Melinda Miller-Castro at (510) 848-8022, or send e-mail to We look forward to hearing from you!

    Choir Director Rob Wren, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000

    Cross of Christ Church in Anthem, AZ is seeking a part-time vocal Choir Director for our 8:30 Traditional Worship Service. The Director will be responsible for:

    • Selecting and directing the anthem at the 8:30 a.m Sunday morning worship services (choir performs every other week) and select special services as required.
    • Directing the weekly evening choir rehearsals
    • Selecting and ordering new music, supplies and equipment within the approved budget; making yearly budget requests to Director of Music and Arts.

    Time commitment (including all services, rehearsals, and prep time) is approximately 12-15 hours per month, Sep - May. Competitive salary.  Please e-mail resumes and/or direct inquiries to Rob Wren - Director of Music and Arts @ Cross of Christ Church

    SINGERS Choral Ensemble seeking new members Norm Te Slaa, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000, Norm Te Slaa, Artistic Director, has three repertoires planned for the 2014 and 2015 season.  The fall concert will feature Brahm's Requiem accompanied by four-hand piano.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings beginning September 9, with some breaks during the season before the final concert the end of June.  Auditions are required so please call SINGERS for more information at 303.980.9184
    Planning NYC Tour in June 2015 - Seeking Venue or Exchange Dan Van Sickle, %19 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 - I will be bringing 40 high school students from Wisconsin to New York City in June of 2015.  I am seeking suggestions for fantastic performance venues (of which there are no doubt many!), and also reaching out in case there are any other choirs/organizations that would like to share a concert or create some sort of informal "choir exchange."  Specific dates would be Wednesday and Thursday June 10 and 11.  If you have any suggestions or contacts, I would be thrilled to hear about them.  Please email me at  Thanks in advance! ]]>Accompanist- Schoolcraft College Jonathan Drake, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 Schoolcraft College Choral Union at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan is seeking an accompanist who can immediately fill the vacancy left by the retirement of its current accompanist. The SC Choral Union is the oldest music ensemble on campus composed of traditional college students and community members who enjoy singing a variety of choral music that ranges from Renaissance music to Sting. The choral union rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Livonia Campus of Schoolcraft College. In addtion, the choral union performs two concerts a semester on campus and off-campus in the Schoolcraft College community.
    • Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent professional experience
    • Experience in accompanying choral ensembles and soloists
    • Experience in working with conductors
    • Proficiency in sight-reading
    • Proficiency in reading the choral score
    • Good people skills
    For further information contact: Dr. Jonathan Drake (Director of Vocal Studies) at
    New Sacred SATB work by Ralph Manuel from Colla Voce Music Chris Matthews, %19 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
    Click the cover image to view the score in its entirety.
    Colla Voce Music is proud to announce the release of this new SATB work by Ralph Manuel.  Setting the text of John E. Bode (1869), Manuel has crafted a work that would work well in many different church settings.  Scored for organ accompaniment, the addition of optional brass quintet would make for a memorable performance.  Take a look at this score today, as well as Ralph's other works, at
    Help in identifying possible di lasso piece Jennifer Forness, %19 %b %2014 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 have my choral library an arrangement by Marti Pollock published by Staff Music Publishing in 1971 of "Two Madrigals" by Orlando di Lasso. The two texts are both in English with no Italian. They are "O lady Fair" and "Ah Could My eyes Behold Thee." Does anyone know if these two madrigals are really by di Lasso and if so, what their real titles may be? I think the music is suitable for my choir but I'd rather find the Italian version than English. Thanks, ]]>Shakespeare texts? Frank Wells, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 are looking for choral music that uses Shakespeare texts. We are a high school choral program that ranges from two- and tree-part men's & women's up to advanced SATB choirs. All suggestions, in any style, are welcome. Thanks! ]]>A cappella choir seeking additional singers Patricia Smith, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000, a volunteer a cappella chamber choir in the western suburbs of Chicago is seeking additional singers for its upcoming 2014-15 season. We sing a wide variety of styles ranging from classical to contemporary & our upcoming season features a Chicago area premiere & a world premiere.
    All voice parts are welcome to audition. Auditions will be held, by appointment, prior to the first rehearsal on Sunday, September 7th. Rehearsals will be held in Villa Park, IL on Sunday evenings from 6-8:30 pm. Performances already scheduled for the 2014-15 season include (3) concerts in December, (2) concerts in March & a benefit program in February. For more information or to arrange an audtion, please e-mail to:
    A Cappella Thomas Berryman, %19 %b %2014 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 today's (Tuesday, September 19, 2014) announcement of the ACDA sponsored National A Cappella Connvention next April, isn't it time for some discussion about
    1.  how a cappella pop music fits into ACDA's repertoire and standards structure?
    2.  how, in educational settings (schools, colleges, universities), student run and professionally run choral groups interrelate?
    3.  the experience ACDA can bring to the a cappella movement in areas of quality composition/arranging?
    4.  the experience ACDA can bring to the a cappella movement in areas of choral training?
    5.  the experience ACDA can bring to the a cappella movement in the area of licensing for arrangements, performances and recording?
    Tom Berryman
    Massachusetts R&S Chair for Men's Choirs
    SACRA/PROFANA searching for new CHORUS MANAGER Kirsten Shetler, %19 %b %2014 %08:%Aug:%th 8AugGMT+0000

    SACRA / PROFANA Chorus Manager Job Description (San Diego, CA)



    9 months (Aug-Mar, May), renewable



    The Chorus Manager of SACRA / PROFANA is responsible and accountable for the overall management of all logistical aspects of the choir. He or she will serve as liaison between the members of the ensemble and the Artistic Director in all non-musical matters (scheduling, attendance, logistics, etc.) The Chorus Manager works in cooperation with the Artistic Director and Operations Manager. A musical background is helpful, but is not required for this position.


    Desired qualities:

    • Organizational & communication skills

    • Personal and interpersonal leadership

    • Empathy, understanding and a commitment to nurturing relationships within the ensemble



    • Create and implement rehearsal and performance schedules, in conjunction with the Artistic Director.

    • Prepare and maintain accurate rosters.

    • Utilize accurate rosters to provide payroll information to the Artistic Director & Treasurer by the 25th of each month 

    • Maintain attendance records and follow up with choristers regarding lateness and absence.

    • Assist with rehearsal and performance logistics, in conjunction with the Artistic Director.

    • Communicate scheduling details to members of the ensemble (this includes regular rehearsalreminders, call times, etc.).

    • Distribute music to the choir as necessary. 

    • Create informational materials (paper and electronic) to assist chorus members in traveling to events and performances.

    • Make advance performance site visits, where feasible, to ascertain special needs, requirements & conditions.

    • Attend SACRA / PROFANA performances & rehearsals as needed.


    Time Commitment:

    This is a position that can be done mostly on the individual’s own schedule; many of the responsibilities can be accomplished from home. Periodic attendance at SACRA/PROFANA rehearsals and performances is expected. In general, this requires one weeknight per week, and one or two performances each month.



    The Chorus Manager receives a stipend of $200/per month.


    Interested applicants may contact Krishan Oberoi, Artistic Director:

    COME SING WITH VOCI WOMEN'S CHORAL ENSEMBLE! Susan Sands, %19 %b %2014 %05:%Aug:%th 5AugGMT+0000
    If you’re an experienced singer looking for unusual repertoire, high musical standards, a supportive and creative atmosphere, and the opportunity to learn, grow, and shine as a musician… then join the women of Voci this fall!
    Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble is currently seeking experienced choral singers in all treble voice parts. Celebrating 23 years of musical excellence, we are considered one of the finest amateur singing groups in the Bay Area . A 24-voice auditioned ensemble, we perform classical music from a wide variety of historical periods, from medieval to twenty-first century. Voci champions music by and for women.
    Rehearsals take place in Orinda, Wednesdays, 7:30–10:00 PM. Fall rehearsals start August 20. Fall concert dates are November 16 and 22, in Berkeley and Lafayette. A few additional retreats and/or rehearsals will be scheduled during the season. 
    Our ambitious fall season explores the themes of birth and new beginnings. The program includes excerpts from Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda as well as works by Claude Debussy, Hector Villa Lobos, Eve Beglarian, Arvo Pärt, Karen Rehnqvist, Ysaye Barnwell, Pekka Kostianinen, Annea Lockwood, and others.
    For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact artistic director Anne Hege at The audition consists of a few exercises in ear-training and sight-singing and of performing a short prepared solo piece a cappella.
    Voci’s Artistic Director, Anne Hege, who recently received her Ph.D. in musical composition from Princeton University, also works as a vocalist, composer, improviser, and electronic musician, performing original works in her performance duo New Prosthetics, the laptop ensemble Sideband, and for the Carrie Ahern Dance Company.
    Learn more about Voci at
    Calling Non- Competitive choirs to Filadelfia Festival 21 - 25 may 2015 ( Italy ) Tommaso Conidi, %19 %b %2014 %08:%Aug:%th 8AugGMT+0000
     Festival Filadelfia 2015: The Musical City of Europe
    Featuring the Paolo Serrao Special Award Competitions

    21 - 25 may 2015
    Now accepting applications for 2015 festivals from all types of choirs                     
    Apply NOW!
    The choir can register for :
    I . Festival and concerts
    II . Competition

    The festival consists of various concerts . "The participants will not only have an opportunity to see others’ performances from the competition, but also will be able to perform at various concerts".

    The City of Filadelfia has small hotels that are good for individuals and small groups.
    So we decided to accommodate you in hotels located in the area of Tropea  ,
    a town nestled along the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods),a charming seaside town famous for its beaches,not far from Filadelfia headquarters of the competition.

    We are confident that you will appreciate our beautiful land

    Good food, beautiful beaches and great hospitality

    Do you need more information and would like to know the prices for the event package LOW COST

    Please send me detailed information about your group:


    National A Cappella Convention Scott Dorsey, %07 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000

    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 Sharon, as head clinician and master of ceremonies, NACC features professional concerts, showcase performances, group masterclasses, reading sessions, director roundtable discussions, industry exhibitions, and a unique, educationally focused high school competition.   


    So what could NACC do for you as a director?

    1. Individualized director-specific learning track with focused classes.

    2. Reading sessions featuring new and exciting arrangements from the best in the business.

    3. Roundtable discussions wherein you can interact with and learn from the most experienced and successful a cappella educators in the country.

    4. Industry exhibits providing a way for you to interface with a cappella arrangers, producers, live sound engineers, and more.

    5. Over 10 concert performances from the finest high school, collegiate, CAL, and professional ensembles around (maybe including your own!).


    Why should you also bring your group with you?

    1. Every group that attends will receive a free, 50-minute masterclass with one of the top a cappella clinicians in the country.   A few lucky groups will get Deke Sharon himself!

    2. While you are in classes, so are your students, in their own performer-focused individual learning track.

    3. Apply to perform, and you could have the chance to present a 25-mintue concert set in a brand new, state-of-the-art performing arts center.

    4. Apply to compete in the high school competition, and you could win a fully produced album from The Vocal Company, our presenting sponsor (a $10,000 value).

    5. Experience the mind-blowing musicality of Musae, our professional showcase performers.


    NACC is being presented in cooperation with The American Choral Directors Association


    Learn more at

    This is truly a unique and transformative weekend that will take you and your students to the next level of aca-awesome.  Join us in Memphis, April 24-25.
    Stick Time: Defying Expectations Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
    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 didn’t buy their way into that venue (as can be done in some revered halls), they earned that performance slot.
    It’s a special treat to hear middle-level choirs sing at a conference, where such ensembles are not nearly so common as are high school and collegiate groups.  Our colleagues working in junior high and middle schools face the common problems of inconsistent recruiting, shrinking budgets, and pernicious administrations.  In addition, these good folks also struggle with rapid turnover of singers, often dubious literature options, and the maddening vagarities of the changing voice.
    So, when listening to this performance by a middle school mixed choir from a recent ACDA divisional conference, ponder the height of the hill that had to be scaled to get there. Then join us in celebrating their accomplishment!
    Choral Rehearsal using the IB-Arts MYP Program Lynn G. Atkins, %19 %b %2014 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 All, 
    I am interested in talking with a teacher who has experience running their choral rehearsal under the guidelines of the IB-MYP Arts program. I know that this is a relatively new aspect, since there are few IB World Middle Schools, but would love to privately discuss some of my questions! If there is interest, I will be happy to post my findings. 
    Thanks everyone,
    Lynn A.
    Accompanist needed for women's community choir George Sargeant, %19 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 A Cappella Singers, a women's community chorus which draws its membership from several of Boston's western suburbs, is seeking a new piano accompanist as we enter our 52nd year.  The choir presents two concerts each year: a holiday concert in early December and a spring concert in early May.  Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church in Natick.  In addition to regular rehearsals, we also hold one Saturday morning rehearsal per semester.  The dress rehearsal is typically the Wednesday evening before the concert. 
    The successful candidate will be comfortable in a number of styles ranging from classical to musical theater.  He/She should also be able to lead sectional rehearsals as needed.  Organ skills would be helpful but are not required.
    Compensation is $75 per appearance.  Please contact choir director George Sargeant for a list of audition/interview requirements.  Applications will be accepted through September 1.
    Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble Michael Plant, %19 %b %2014 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000
    Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble seeks exceptional singers of all voice parts for its 2014-15 concert season.
    Now celebrating our twentieth season, we are a highly selective chamber choir dedicated to adventurous programs that span the breadth of the choral repertoire, from medieval polyphony to newly commissioned works. Each subscription concert is presented both in Brooklyn and in Manhattan. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at St. Ignatius of Antioch on West End Avenue and 87th Street, where we are also artists-in-residence. Members also commit to one Saturday intensive rehearsal each concert cycle. 

    Programs for our twentieth season include:
    • "Models of Inspiration" (November 14 and 16): Beloved works by Orlando di Lasso and J.S. Bach paired with extraordinary pieces inspired by them. Including the world premiere of the Beatles CantataPlease Please Me by Richard Boukas.
    • "Time and Again: A Celebration of Cerddorion's 20th Anniversary" (March 5 and 8): A retrospective featuring marvelous works written for Cerddorion over the past twenty years, as well as world premieres by Martha Sullivan, Joseph Prestamo and Christopher Ryan.
    • "Rise Up, My Love: Choral Settings of the Song of Songs" (May 31 and June 2): Music spanning five centuries inspired by the abiding, passionate love expressed in these timeless biblical texts. Featuring the winner(s) of Cerddorion's Third Annual Emerging Composers Competition.
    Artistic Director James John invites experienced singers who possess solid, healthy vocal technique and advanced sight-singing skills to audition. Appointments are available at St. Ignatius of Antioch on Tuesdays, August 19 and 26 and September 2; To schedule an appointment, please e-mail Dr. John directly at For more information, please visit ]]>
    New Choir Looking for New Members Tery Kelly, %18 %b %2014 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 are looking for new members! All sections are welcome, but really need mens sections and altos.
    Please go to our web page and fill out your informatiom on the CONTACT US page.
    Our rehearsals start Monday September 8th, 2014 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  

    Some of the pieces we will be singing for our Winter Concert include:

    O Magnum Mysterium - Robert Shaw

    Go Tell it on the Mountain - Steve Barnett

    Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre

    There Will be Rest - Frank Ticheli

    Jalapeno Hallelujah Chorus Julie Taylor, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 am looking for the music/words to Jalapeno (fun version of the Halleujah Chorus).
    President, North Iowa Choral Society
    Organist / Choir Director Edward Keefe, %18 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 First Congregational Church of Hatfield is seeking an enthusiastic organist/choir director for our church. We have a small (but mighty!) choir of 6, which lends itself to being able to perform wonderful music together! We are a kind and caring congregation that truly values its music program. 

    Expectations: We have one morning service on Sundays at 10:00 AM. Traditionally, we rehearse on Thursday evenings (flexible) for 1.5 hours. We also have a final rehearsal on Sundays before the 10:00 o'clock service. Choir is seated from mid-September through early June.

    The prospective candidate would help to develop the musical talent already present and work with people one-on-one (on occasion) for solos. Organ and piano training are required. Previous experience as a church organist is preferred. 

    Interested candidates should apply online by replying to this ad. We hope to start scheduling initial interviews for October 2014. We are led by a talented minister who supports the music program wholeheartedly. Learn more about us by visiting our website at ]]>
    One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Seeks Associate Conductor Lynn G. Atkins, %18 %b %2014 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000
    Associate Director Search
    One Voice Chorus
    Richmond, VA
    One Voice Chorus is a deliberately interracial community chorus in Richmond,
    Virginia that performs excellent choral music as part of its mission to promote
    racial reconciliation and healing.
    The Artistic Director and the Board of Directors of One Voice Chorus are looking
    for a choral conductor who has experience with un-auditioned choirs and who is
    able to integrate artistic quality with teaching music fundamentals to adults to
    serve as Associate Director.
    It is our desire for the new Associate Director of One Voice Chorus to
    understand the adult learner; to have the capability to collaborate in concert
    programming, rehearsal strategy, and artistic planning with the Artistic Director,
    the accompanist (as well as other guest artists); and, to be involved and
    invested in the future growth of OVC.
    Minimum Qualifications:
    •Bachelor’s Degree in Music
    •At least 3 years’ experience conducting choirs
    •A strong understanding of group/choral vocal technique
    To apply, please send a digital dossier complete with:
    •Cover Letter
    •a list of recently conducted repertoire
    •Links to A/V of conducted repertoire (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud)
    Please send all materials via e-mail to:
    Applications are invited immediately. In order to receive full consideration,
    application must be received by September 30, 2014.
    For more information about One Voice Chorus, please visit our website at
    1 tenor section leader, St. Mary Epis. Haddon Heights, NJ William Fenimore, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 section leader.  Student voice major ok.  Sundays only. 9:00 a.m. rehearsal.  10:00 a.m. service.
    Hymns, service music and a weekly anthem ranging from pre-Bach to living composers.  Occasional
    solos  possible but not required.  Blending with 15 volunteers is paramount.  $80.00 per Sunday.
    Contact Organist/Choirmaster- William Fenimore at
    Tenor Section Leader Phoenix Area Dale McCurdy, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000

    Tenor Soloist/Section Leader at Faith Presbyterian Church, Sun City.

    ONE CALL PER WEEK ONLY, no midweek rehearsal.
    8:00 AM Sunday Morning rehearsal until 9:30, with a 10:00 Service.

    Occasional solos, bulk of the job is supporting the choir.
    $100 per Sunday, September through May.
    (Beginning date August 31)
    Contact Dale McCurdy, Conductor:

    AUDITIONS William Baker Festival Singers 30th Season Lynn Swanson, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 William Baker Festival Singers of Atlanta, 40 voice semi-professional chorale specializing in short form a cappella classics and spirituals in addition to masterworks for chorus and orchestra is auditioning all voices for the 2014-2015 30th anniversary season.
    Music Director, William O. Baker, DMA, who created the ensemble in 1985 will be celebrating his final season as conductor of the chorus.
    Highlights include performances with orchestra of Johannes Brahms EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM and J. S. Bach CANTATA No. 106 GOTTES ZEIT IST DIE ALLER- BESTE ZEIT along with Gregorio Allegri MISERERE MEI and other a cappella works by Tavener, Nystedt, Vaughan Williams, Palestrina, and others.
    Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings in North Atlanta. Special events include: CONVOCATION 2015, CANDLELIGHT & CAROLS with THE FESTIVAL SINGERS, and a headline performance at CHARLESTON'S PICCOLO SPOLETO FESTIVAL. The Festival Singers have performed annually to capacity audiences at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival since 1989.
    Lynn Swanson, Executive Associate Music Director
    Scott Smith, Choral Assistant
    For additional information or to schedule an audition, please call: 404.909.8357
    Bass and Soprano Soloist/Section Leaders Evanston, IL Christopher Owen, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 Available:
    Bass Soloist/Section Leader
    Soprano Soloist/Section Leader
    Our Music Program:
    The music program at Northminster Church, Evanston, IL, involves 30-40 excited lay people with four professional soloists in the performance of high-level choral literature
    Time Commitment and Expectations:
    The Soloists/Section Leaders are responsible for a 90-minute Thursday evening rehearsal and 8:30 am 30-minute rehearsal and 9:30 am service on Sunday mornings.  The positions pay $60 per Thursday call and $80 per Sunday.  Special services on Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and Easter are also expectations for the soloists. 
    • Possess above-average skills in the areas of sight-reading and vocal production. Section Leaders will also possess advanced musicianship abilities and sensitivities.
    • Attend all rehearsals and performances of the Chancel Choir.
    • Evaluate the musical needs of the volunteer members and ask for guidance of the Director of Music when necessary.
    • Perform solos as requested by the Director of Music.
    • Rehearse a section as needed.
    • Work positively and collaboratively with the Director of Music, Chancel Choir volunteers, Clergy, and other staff members.
    • Adapt to changing situations.
    • Deal with various kinds of people in a friendly, professional manner.
    • Function as an effective member of a team.
    Applying Process and Timeline:
    Electronic application packets are preferred but not necessary.
    • Resume listing musical training, significant and professional singing experience, and contact information
    • Links to at least two recordings that highlight your singing ability and versatility
    • After initial review, individuals will be contacted to set up a brief in person audition and interview
    • Preference will be given to applications that are received by August 24th, 2014 but will continue to accept applications after that time
    • First service is September 7th, 2014
    • Send questions or application packets to Northminster Presbyterian Church Music Director, Dr. Christopher Owen
               Snail Mail:
               Dr. Christopher Owen
               Soloist/Section Leader Search
               Northminster Presbyterian Church
               2515 Central Park Avenue
               Evanston, Ilinois 60201
    Will Rent/purchase/borrow "Christmas Day", by Holst, instrumental parts. Linda S. McCreery, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 Instrumental parts to "Christmas Day", esp. strings
    Composer/Arranger/Edition: Gustav Holst/any edition (out of print)
    Starting: ASAP
    For: Sept. 1- December 8, 2014
    Copies: 1 copy each part
    Willing to rent: Yes
    Bel Canto Singers of Daytona Open Auditions David Redman, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 Canto Singers of Daytona announce their final open audition for the 2014-2015 concert season to be held Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:00 pm at Westminster by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach Shores, FL.  Please visit for audition information.
    Bel Canto Singers of Daytona will be offering incentives for collegiate full-time music majors to sing with the chorus with $1000.00 scholarships awarded upon a successful audition for qualified student musicians.  Bel Canto Singers of Daytona also welcomes qualified high school musicians to audition and will award successful vocalists a $100.00 stipend for their participation.
    All voice parts are welcome to audition.  In particular need are qualified tenor voices.  Please share this opportunity with those in Volusia County or surrounding areas of east central Florida.