ChoralNet - Daily New postings in DailyLUNA: Song to the Goddess for SSA chorus with piano Joseph Stephens, %01 %b %2015 %22:%Dec:%st 22DecGMT+0000

Introducing LUNA: Song to the Goddess for SSA Chorus and Piano by Joseph Gentry Stephens

An easy three part work for SSA chorus and piano inspired by that celestial body that traverses the night sky.

Approx. 3:30 duration.  (Unperformed to date)

Click the score image below to get your copy.

FESTIVAL OF JOY IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE. 6th WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS, 6th-8th May, 2016 Stratos Tsichlas, %01 %b %2015 %21:%Dec:%st 21DecGMT+0000
 6th- 8th May, 2016
Organization : Choir “KORAIS”
The “KORAIS” Choir invites you to participate in a Festival of Joy that will take place at Thessaloniki on May 6-8, 2016. This city of Northern Greece, well-known for its nice Mediterranean climate, open-hearted people and a long history that left behind a lot of its rich ancient monuments, can promise you an unforgettable stay, full of exciting experiences. On top of this, the love for Musicals of the thousands of people that follow the Festival and the warm atmosphere of enthusiasm and joy experienced during it, characterize the World Choir Festival on Musicals as a unique event all around the world and offer to all participants exceptional excitements.
  • The Festival is addressed to all types of choirs and vocal ensembles all over the world.
  • The Festival does not have a competitive character. However at the end of each concert an Audience Prize will be awarded to the best choir, after a voting and a second prize will be awarded from the Artistic Committee to the choir with the Best Performance.
  • Each choir is invited to interpret five songs, at least three from Musicals while the remaining two offree choice, preferably songs from pop music, jazz or from film soundtracks.
  • The program of the first and the last day in the morning, will be open, allowing the participation to choirs that do not include Musicals in their repertoire.
  • The choirs may accompany their program with dancing performances and choreographies.
  • The Festival gives the opportunity for dancing schools or dancing groups to participate with choreographies related with international Musicals.
  • The Festival Opening Ceremony will take place at the Odeion of the Roman Agora, ancient monument of great value in Thessaloniki.
  • At the end of the Festival a great Greek feast will be given to all theparticipants
  • The accommodation of the choirs will be at 3*, 4* and 5* hotels with a very attractive cost. Staying in Thessaloniki displays a special archeological and cultural interest. In this way, the choirs will combine their participation with the acquaintance of the rich historical monuments of the city as well as the ancient Greek cities located in the surrounding area. ( You can see all the sights  HERE ).    
For further information, please visit our website:  WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS              (
Come join us in a unique Festival of joy and in the Musicals’ Celebration!
For the Choir “KORAIS”
                 Stratos Tsichlas                                                       Jasenka Ostojić
    President of the Organizing Committee                                          Artistic Director
Choir “KORAIS”
53 Alkminis Str. 542 49.THESSALONIKI, GREECE
Tel.& Fax : 0030 2310 309900
e-mail :
Research to support single-gender ensembles Elizabeth Hannah, %01 %b %2015 %20:%Dec:%st 20DecGMT+0000 anyone know any good research sources that support single-gender ensembles?
I am putting together a presentation for my Board of Education to change the current structure of the choral program at the high school.  Right now, there are three, similarly sized, mixed ensembles at the high school, and the 7th and 8th grade choirs are mixed as well.  These students are desparately in need of learning correct vocal technique (this is my first year in this district).  I believe it will be easier and more effective for me to teach techinque (and other things) to single-gendered ensembles.  Because of the middle school schedule, it can't happen at that level, so my thought is to take the two younger mixed groups at the high school and turn them into men's and women's groups, leaving the top ensemble mixed.
Any insight or suggestions would be appreciated!  Thanks.
26th Annual "Messiah" Samuel Grace, %01 %b %2015 %19:%Dec:%st 19DecGMT+0000 St. John's Music Series is proud to present our 26th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" on December 12 & 13. The performance will feature St. John’s Oratorio Chorus, orchestra, and soloists: Tracey Engleman, soprano; Alyssa Anderson, mezzo; Craig Lemming, tenor; Aaron Larson, bass; Joyce Larson, conductor. A free will offering will be taken. Due to limited parking around the church, carpooling is strongly encouraged.
Performance Dates:
Saturday, December 12 - 7:00pm
Sunday, December 13 - 4:00pm
St. John's Lutheran Church
4842 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419
For more information: Click here!
17th Varna International Conducting Workshop Kalin Tchonev, %01 %b %2015 %19:%Dec:%st 19DecGMT+0000

This is the incredible opportunity you have been waiting for! We are pleased to announce the 17th annual Varna International Conducting Workshop, June 10 – 21, 2016 in picturesque Bulgaria!(…)

This highly-acclaimed workshop will include conducting in orchestra, choral-orchestral and opera. Conducting fellows and Associate Conductors will study Vivaldi’s Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in G, under the tutelage of our internationally recognized conducting faculty, Maestros Bruce Chamberlain, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arizona and Dian Tchobanov, Music Director of the Plovdiv State Opera, Bulgaria. The workshops offers ample podium time!

Additionally, The Opera Academy Assistant Conducting Track will be offered, as part of the 5th Varna International Opera Academy ( This program is designed for conductors who are interested in opera conducting training. The appointed conducting assistants will receive training by the maestros in all stages of the elaborate process of opera production.

Participants are eligible to apply for the Conducting Award, which will be the prestigious position of Assistant Conductor to world-renowned conductor, Maestro Tchobanov, for a two week period during the 2016/2017 Plovdiv State Opera! All of this and more awaits you in the enchanting country of Bulgaria, rich in its heritage of dance and music.

Need small fundementals book Dr.Gregory Hamilton, %01 %b %2015 %18:%Dec:%st 18DecGMT+0000 all:
I am looking for a small book - say about 25-30 pages that would be a resource I could teach college age people about music reading and basic music fundementals. I have only 20 min. r each week of a term, and I am looking for a book that starts form the beginning, but is not large and is affordable.
any ideas?
There used to be an English pocket book "rudiements of Music" put out by the English univeristues, that would be great, but it has English terms - (crotchet etc).
Gregory Hamilton.
Jewish Choral Music Bing Vick, %01 %b %2015 %16:%Dec:%st 16DecGMT+0000 need suggestions for (SATB) Jewish choral music, please.    accompanied or not.   small ensemble (22 voices, professional singers)
Working on a program of "Jewish Music" for the local synagogues.   I know Copland, Bernstein, Mendelssohn, and secular composers Kern, Gershwin, Berlin.
Also, suggestions for holocaust music.
B.Vick, Greenville SC
¡Ande, ande, ande! concert featuring Southwestern Singers and Chamber Choir Daniel Farris, %01 %b %2015 %17:%Dec:%st 17DecGMT+0000 Oklahoma State's vocal/choral division presents its 2015 Winter Concert on 3 December 2015 at 7 PM in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Featuring works surrounding the Nativity and other themes and student conductors, Southwestern Singers and Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Daniel Farris will perform the music of John Rutter, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Edward Elgar, Gioseffo Zarlino, and other works. A larger, multi-movement work by Motrileño composer José Miguel Moreno Sabio entitled "Ensalada navideña" features several soloists and percussionists from Southwestern's music program. Admission is free.

Ms. Janis South, pianist

Ashton Jung, student conductor

Oscar Hernandez, graduate conductor

Dr. Daniel Farris, conductor


Southwestern Singers

Der 43. Psalm: Richte mich, Gott by Felix Mendelssohn (1844)

Death on the Hills by E. Elgar (1914)

Rocks on the Mountain arr. C. Barnett (2011)

Erev shel shoshanim arr. J. Klebanow (1986)

Ensalada navideña by J. M.M. Sabio (2011)


Chamber Choir

Dixit Maria by H. L. Haßler (1591)

O nata lux by T. Tallis (1575)


Nemo potest venire by G. Zarlino (1575)

Still, still, still (traditional Austrian carol) arr. Georg Gӧtsch (1819)

There is a flower by J. Rutter (1986)





Messiah Commuity Sing in Westfield Ralph Jones, %01 %b %2015 %16:%Dec:%st 16DecGMT+0000
A combined chorus of The Choral Art Society of New Jersey and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield choirs will lead a Messiah Community Sing in The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, with organist Ed Alstrom at 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 13, 2015.
The Messiah Community Sing is a Westfield area tradition, and an ideal way to kick off the holiday season. Come to sing, or just listen. NEW - this year - is a holiday pops! Enjoy a performance of holiday favorites by the combined choirs of CAS and the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Come as you are, and have a grand time making a big joyful noise.
Audience members are invited to bring scores, or borrow one of ours at the door, and join in the singing of Messiah choruses, and later the holiday favorites. Martin A. Sedek, Musical Director, will conduct the beloved Handel oratorio. A donation of $10 will be gratefully accepted at the door. For information about the Choral Art Society of New Jersey, visit website at, or call 908-654-5737.
Superb recording by Matthew Curtis of 'Beyond Grief' (SATB) Gordon Thornett, %01 %b %2015 %16:%Dec:%st 16DecGMT+0000 a cappella setting of a powerful poem by Julie I Myers has a resonance in today's troubled world. It is written for SATB choir with a soaring soprano solo part, and is beautifully performed here by Matthew Curtis. The whole piece lasts just over 2 minutes.  (The sheet music is available from ]]>Amazing program for Treble Choir on Laurea Mundi 2016 Piroska Horváth, %01 %b %2015 %15:%Dec:%st 15DecGMT+0000
First International Honor Choirs (IHC) in Budapest directed by Artistic Directors Henry Leck (USA) and
Gábor Hollerung, (Hungary) will perform as a part of OAKE-Recommended choral festival, Laurea Mundi Budapest

Sing together with Henry Leck in the Treble Choir the following program:
  • Ave Maria by Zoltán Kodály (SSA)  
  • My Souls Been Anchored in the Lord by Hogan/Dilworth (SSAA)  
  • Holy Holy Holy by Jerry LaValley (SATB)  
  • Wandering ‘Bolyongás’ by Béla Bartók (sung in Hungarian)  
  • Holub Na Javore from Three Moravian Duets by Antonin Dvorak (sung in Czech)  
  • Rejoice and Sing by Rollo Dilworth
  • Unity by Glorraine Moon/Rev F. Washington (SATB)  
Be guided by Gábor Hollerung in the Mixed Choir through the wonderful work of Puccini: Messa di gloria!
Celebrate Zoltán Kodály’s legacy in the Palace of Arts
from July 9 - 13, 2016.

For more info please contact:
Konrad Adenauer Str. 36
35415 Pohlheim / Germany
tel: +49 6403 9784225
Reflections Theme David Temple, %01 %b %2015 %12:%Dec:%st 12DecGMT+0000 am looking for works on the theme of REFLECTIONS (mirrors, lakes, water, glass etc...) for choir, either a cappella or with piano accompaniment or small ensemble. ]]>“Vocal Advantage: Breath (part 5)” by Dina Else Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2013 %21:%Aug:%rd 21AugGMT+0000
VOCAL ADVANTAGE: BREATH (part 5), by Dina Else
Before we move on to the topic of breath management and support I have a few last words of wisdom to share with you about breath intake.
Before I share those words, I must again give credit where credit is due.
I was very fortunate to have studied with Barbara Honn at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for three of the most pivotal, life-changing years of my life.  These last little nuggets of truth that I will share regarding breath intake were largely shaped during those years, under her watchful ear and loving guidance.  (Literally under her watchful ear…she had commissioned a piece of art that hung in her studio of a mouse with ginormous ears that used to hang just above her head as she sat at her piano and taught, I’ll never forget the image!)
During breath intake, your primary goal is the intake of air, a secondary and equally as important goal is to use that step to open up your backspace.  The breath intake is one of the only times we have complete control of opening the back pharyngeal space and lifting the palate.  This step is essential because once phonation starts the vocal tract is a servant to the vowel being sung.  As Richard Miller says, “setting up the ‘gola aperta’ (open throat) helps the singer achieve a position of the resonators that feels open without any unnecessary tension.”
One of the other things Barbara used to say that stuck with me was, “Dina, you need to make a reservation for your high notes before you sing them!”  Then she would go on to explain that, prior to singing, (during the breath intake) I needed to make sure I was creating the space necessary to sing that higher passage.  This was an absolute pivotal concept for me.  One day I was struggling to add depth to my tone and felt like there was a glass ceiling over my voice in regard to my higher range, the next day I was singing with a beautiful chiaroscuro, balanced tone and my high notes were a breeze!  Literally!
This last nugget of truth will take us right into breath management.  Barbara would repeatedly tell me that the breath intake was the release of the tone.  “Breath is not a preparation Dina, it’s a release…” I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time she said that to me.  This concept takes a while to master and is fairly advanced but the pay-offs are huge!  Once I mastered this I was able to rid myself of a lot of extra muscle involvement that was stealing beauty from my tone.  As I’m working this concept with my singers I have them do a lot of gesturing during the intake that physicalizes a release of the tone rather than a gearing up for the next phrase.  The concept is impactful and the results are impressive!
Okay, we have the correct breath intake and a nice open throat, now what?  One of my teachers (I can’t remember which one or I’d credit them) used to say “it’s not how much air you get in, it’s what you do with it once you’ve got it.”  Join me next week as we head down the road to managing that breath now that we have mastered the correct breath intake!
(original posting: October 7, 2013)
Seeking Experienced Choristers for Residency in French Alps Krishan Oberoi, %01 %b %2015 %05:%Dec:%st 5DecGMT+0000 VOICES 21C, a new Boston-based international project choir for summer residency in CHORALP International Singing Week: July 16-23, 2016 in Briançon, French Alps. Successful applicants will be provided with excellent quality lodging, meals and ground transportation in France, in return for their participation in the CHORALP Festival. Please note, all choristers must arrange their own air travel to France; however, once in France, transportation will be provided by the Festival.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
  • substantial experience performing in an a cappella choral setting
  • strong musicianship
  • a beautiful, flexible vocal instrument
  • ability to attend a limited number of rehearsals in Boston during April and June of 2016
To audition, please submit a simple online application by December 31, 2015:
Part-time voice instructor - Hiram College Dawn Sonntag, %01 %b %2015 %04:%Dec:%st 4DecGMT+0000 Hiram College Music Department seeks a part-time applied voice instructor (tenor or bass) to teach non-music major voice students beginning this spring term, January 11, and for possible collaborative work in our biennial opera theater workshop productions. Hiram College is located approximately 35 miles southeast of Cleveland. We offer a BA in music with tracks in performance, composition, music history, music theory, as well as the option of  double majoring in music and another discipline.  The opportunity to teach community members and area high school students also exists. Interest in collaborating with other music faculty members in performances and choral performances is desired.  A masters degree or higher in voice performance is required. Please send letters of interest, a CV, and a list of three references and their contact information to Dawn Sonntag, Associate Professor of Music and Music Department Chair, at A background check is required; review of applications will begin immediately. 
Choir Robes for Sale Monica Bertrand, %01 %b %2015 %01:%Dec:%st 1DecGMT+0000 used robes for sale! The robe colors, and counts are as follows: 220 red robes, 48 blue robes, 125 white and gold stoles, and 48 blue and white stoles. A varitey of sizes are available. If you are interested please e-mail me for prices. I will send you pictures, specific size detail, and I am willing to negotiate prices.    ]]>Catholic Community Choir Charlotte Lansberg, %01 %b %2015 %01:%Dec:%st 1DecGMT+0000 Catholic choir dedicated to singing the very best Catholic choral music from antiquity to the present.
We are a Community Choir, not affiliated with any one parish. We will sing the Mass in diferent parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The first Mass will be the Epiphany, sung at St. Basil Catholic Church in Los Angeles.
Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:30 -9:00 p.m. at St. Monica Academy, located at 2361 Del Mar Road, Montrose, CA 91020.
Any questions, please email Charlotte Lansberg, Music Director-
ACDA member teaching-conducting survey Alan Gumm, %30 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 Members, you are invited to contribute to the "ACDA Teaching and Conducting Priorities Survey." All portions of this survey have undergone extensive research testing to assure a balance of skills, schools of thought, and background predictors of how music is conducted and taught. Taking the survey, then, is like getting a free self-paced online workshop. Click on the link and enter the password "ACDAsurvey"

Community Carol Sing Alison Vernon, %01 %b %2015 %00:%Dec:%st 0DecGMT+0000 Carol Sing with brass, pipe organ, 50 voice choir and lots of audience caroling opportunities.  Monday Dec 7 at 7:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL  60091 (this is a caroling event not a religious service) asking $20 donation at the door (cash/checks preferred) with 100% of donations going to the Chicago Food Depository.  Community helping community, neighbor helping neighbor, sing in the season!!! ]]>Jesu Joy Christmas Lyrics Russell Thorngate, %30 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000;
     I remember singing "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" in high school choir with lyrics about Christmas. Does anyone know these? I'm kind of in a rush, because my orchestra director sprung this on me today...
Chicago Choral Artists’ sacred holiday concert: “A Candlelight Christmas” Cathy DeLanoy, %30 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 Choral Artists continue their 40th anniversary season with a concert of sacred music for Christmas, in the warmth of candlelight, in both unaccompanied works, and works for choir, strings, and oboe.
Kontras Quartet joins the chorale for this concert. Michael D. Costello, in his second year as Artistic Director for the choir, conducts.
Featured works are Distler’s Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10, written in the 1930s for a cappella choir and soloists, and Charpentier’s In Navitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum, H. 416, composed in the late 17th century for solo voices, mixed chorus, and strings. Poulenc’s O Magnum Mysterium; Reger’s Mariä Wiegenlied, arranged by Wolniakowski; Baldwin’s arrangement of Coventry Carol; Costello’s Peace Came to Earth; and works by Sirett, Rutter, and Schalk are also on the program.
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 pm
St. Sylvester Catholic Church, 2157 N. Humboldt Blvd., Chicago, IL.
Sunday, December 6, 4:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, IL.
Tickets in advance or at the door: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $15/Student. or 773-658-9799
The Apple Tree                                                           Elizabeth Poston (1905–1987) arr. Carl F. Schalk (b. 1929)
Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10                             Hugo Distler (1908–1942)
I. Einleitung
II. Die Weihnachtsgeschichte
III. Beschluß
Kyle Cothern, tenor • Evangelist
Robyn Fuder, soprano • Angel
Gina Meehan, mezzo-soprano • Mary
Christine Kelner, soprano • Elizabeth
Greg Rohlfing, bass • Herod
John Washburn, baritone • Simeon
Thou Shalt Know Him                                                Mark Sirett (b. 1952)
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major                                 Alexander Borodin (1833–1887)
III. Nocturne
In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum   Marc-Antoine Charpentier(1643–1704)
Mandy Shelton, soprano and Gaye Klopack, mezzo-soprano • Recitative
Ngaire Whiteside-Bull, soprano • Air
Ed Frazier Davis, baritone • Recitative
Natalie Clyne, soprano • Air
Coventry Carol                                                           arr. Antony Baldwin (b. 1957)
O magnum mysterium                                               Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Cradle Hymn                                                             Carl F. Schalk (b. 1929)
Mariä Wiegenlied                                                      Max Reger (1873–1916) arr. Michael Wolniakowski (b. 1974)
Ed Frazier Davis, baritone
Peace Came to Earth                                                 Michael D. Costello (b. 1979)
Candlelight Carol                                                      John Rutter (b. 1945)
Christmas Swings - San Francisco's East Bay, with Diablo Women's Chorale Sarah Koller, %30 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
We invite you to our fall program, "Christmas Swings" to be presented in Walnut Creek, California, at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 5th, 2015, at 2 p.m. 
Kick off the season with a swingin' twist on many of your holiday favorites.  It's the perfect choice for an entertaining and unique holiday selection. A light swing treatment of A Holly Jolly Christmas medley, a lush version of Winter Wonderland and a jazzy Silent Night have been gathered into a festive collection for your enjoyment. Entertainment for the whole family and a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Director Steve Mullins; Carolyn Wolf, Accompanist.
Diablo Women's Chorale presents Christmas Swings
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
Doors open 1/2 hour before concert time. or call
(800) 838-3006
Ticket price $20 Premium, $16 General, $10 Student
Tickets (if available) at the door (cash or check only please):
  General Seating $20
  Students $10
We look forward to seeing you there! ]]>
Joy to the World: A Global Celebration Fran Thomas, %30 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida is in its fifth season of bringing choral masterpieces to the community.  In its first concert under the direction of newly-appointed Artistic Director Dr. Trent Brown, the Chorale will present Joy to the World: A Global Celebration.
The first concert is on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2635 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901. St. Luke’s own music director Lee Cobb will be the organist both for this concert and on Sunday, December 6, at 3:30 p.m. at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Advance tickets for either concert are $35 for preferred seating, $25 for general admission ($30 day of the concert). Order tickets online at or call 239-560-5695.
MS+HS Cluster Closer Steve Peter, %30 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 have any recommendations/suggestions for a closer for a two MS, one HS Cluster event (early March 2016). The HS's in the hands of a very competent director in her first year at the school, and we're looking for a selection that would be inclusive and inviting for her two visiting MS choirs/ensembles.  No firm personnel numbers but from the MSs but my hunch is 30 MSers and 45 HSers.  We'll probably have between 20-30m to prepare, then present the piece.
Three pieces I've used for similar events in the recent past have been, "Blue Green Hills of Earth", "Till the Walls Come Down", and "The Cuckoo" (Robert I. Hugh).  However, like everyone else, I'm always in search of new material.
Also, I'm not sure how to highlight the three above titles in red, sorry. 
Crosstown Caroling with Rivals in Harmony Kanwal Sumnani, %30 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 Caroling with Rivals in Harmony
Featuring singers from UCLA and USC
Graduate Conductors: Alexander Blake & Kristen Simpson
Sunday, December 6, 2015 4pm 
Simon Ramo Recital Hall, USC
Admission is FREE
Come get into the holiday spirit with Rivals in Harmony, a joint UCLA-USC chamber choral group!
We will be performing selections by Michael Fink, Michael Isaacson, Nathaniel Fryml, and some of our very own members. 
The concert will take place in Booth Hall at the University of Southern California.  Join us afterwards for a reception. 
Facebook Event: 
For more information about the ensemble, visit us and like us at
Looking to hire SATB section Leaders for Christmas Eve Enoch Smith, %30 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
We are looking for strong section leaders for our December 24th church service in Allentown, NJ. Rehearsal on Tuesday December 16th will start at 7:30 PM and last approximately an hour. Christmas Eve service call time will be 10:00PM, service at 11:00PM, and will end around 12AM. We need friendly leaders, who can sight read very well. We are a small, blended choir (about 12 people). The rehearsal and the service is paid. If you are interested in this opportunity may you please send me your information via email, at If you have any recordings or links to Soundcloud, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. 
A Voci Christmas Kathleen Blixt, %30 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 ]]>Advent Taizé Service David McIntyre, %30 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000 Taizé Service
Wed., Dec. 9 7:00PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
68 O'Connell Way,
Boston MA 02114
Musicians from St. Joseph's and the Boston area invite you to a meditative service of music and scripture. Come be still and await the coming of the Lord in an ecumenical form of prayer where all are welcome. 
A rehearsal will take place prior to the service for choir members, cantors, and instrumentalists. Those interested should contact David McIntyre at the church.
The church is accessible by T via Blue Line (Bowdoin), Red Line (Charles/MGH), or Green Line (Park Street or North Station). Parking is available for $5.00 at the lower level of Charles Plaza Garage, 165Cambridge Street. Bring your ticket to the church for a voucher stamp. 

Looking for accomp cd for I Have Seen the Light arr. Sterling Kip White, %30 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 am looking to purchase or borrow the accompaniment cd for Robert Sterling's arrangement for I Have Seen the Light. According to JWPepper, it is out of print, and I would like to locate a copy. If you have or know of one, please contact me by email: ]]>LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE carolyn Eynon, %30 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 25 voice auditioned ensemble, THE CAROLYN EYNON SINGERS, perform contemporary holiday music with guest instrumentalists at the beautiful Chapel at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale AZ. Music by Whitacre, Lauridsen, Forrest, Hughes, Nunez, Hayes, Handel, Bass, Holdridge, Hampton, Main, Phelps, and Courtney will be performed. Tickets at   December 12, Saturday at 7:00pm. $15 adult, $10 student. ]]>ROCKLAND COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY WINTER CONCERT Irene Perrella, %30 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000
Join us for beautiful music and romantic songs that take us through the seasons and into the winter holidays. Concert location: Christ Episcopal Church, 65 Washington Ave., Suffern. NY General Admission $20/ senior or students $15
Tickets available at the door or call 845-41-VOCAL (845-418-6225) or visit us at
WINTER CONCERT - Mendelssohn Glee Club of NYC Martin Edelman, %30 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 is another free concert in The Club's 150 year tradition.
The program will include seasonal numbers, plus songs to pay tribute to the birthdays of Frank Sinatra (100th) and William Yeats (150th), and the 80th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Porgy and Bess.
The guest artist will be Brandie Sutton, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions.
The concert on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 7:30 PM, will be at the Stephen Wise Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street, in Manhattan.
Bring this printout as your ticket/invitation.
Hearing Loss Frank Williams, %30 %b %2015 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 was approached by a choral friend of mine last week and he talked about losing his hearing.  We have been friends since our college days.  He said he will probably have to get a hearing aid.  I was not sure why he was telling me all this except perhaps to see my reaction.  Honestly, I did not know what to say.  Does anyone out there know of a choral director that wears/uses a hearing aid?  As we talked more, he did ask me one question.  He said he wondered how his singers would react to him wearing a hearing aid. I said I am not sure it is something that needs to be discussed with them but on second thought he may have a valid question.  Your thoughts. ]]>Differences between OLD and NEW of Pottle's Jabberwocky? Scott Lounsbury, %30 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 from the publisher, are there differences between the older Pottle Jabberwocky (Trigon), and "the new version," (Heritage)?  Thanks; I need to order some for All State rather soon.  (old copies are falling apart!)
Volunteer Tenor Soloist for Messiah Steven Wheltle, %30 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 would be a great chance to sing the opening solos of the Messiah with orchestra.
Performance is 12/12...need someone soon!
Apollo Club of Wenatchee, WA Ron Bermingham, %30 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 Apollo Club of Wenatchee (Men's Chorus) will hold its annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 19, 2015. There will be two performances: 2pm and 7pm at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee, Washington. Tickets are available online at the Numerica PAC box office (, or by phoning the box office at 509-663-2787.
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas Christmas Musicale - - Give Your Boys A Voice . . . Come Sing With Us! William R. Adams, %30 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000
If you are in the greater Houston, Texas area, please plan to come and hear 125 treble boys on stage, in four choirs at their annual Christmas Musicale a week away on Saturday December 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  The magnificent sanctuary of Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 SW Freeway Sugar Land, Texas 77479 is where the concert will be held.  Purchase reservations on-line at or at the door $15.00 adult, $5.00 children and seniors or call locally 281-240-3800.  Area music teachers and alumni always admitted free!
Music Magic (6 & 7 year old boys), the Training, Town and Tour choirs will be featured at this 34th annual event!
Program to include works by Britten, Byrd, Praetorius, Bach, Franck, Mozart, Beethoven, Constantini, Telemann, Saint-Saens and Handel along with many other holiday favorites.
All choirs will combine for their finale, "Christmas is a Feeling" by Natalie Sleeth.
Make your holiday season really special this year by coming to a concert where it's a boys place to sing!
2nd Annual Messiah Sing Steven Wheltle, %30 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 come join the Western Wake Chamber Orchestra and soloists as we celebrate the season with the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12th in the concert hall of the Windsor Point Retirement Community. The address is 1221 Broad St.
This is a food raiser event to support the Emergency Food Pantry of Fuquay Varina. Please bring non-perishable food to the event as your cost of admission.
We encourgae you to RSVP at

The SECOND  Annual Messiah Sing Benefit
Innovation--"Quick Start" Instructions Tim Sharp, %23 %b %2015 %14:%Sep:%rd 14SepGMT+0000 will pause from time to time in my blogging on the topic of innovation to offer some "bottom lines" and "take homes" from what I am blogging about.
Here is a bit of distillation in the form of a list based upon ideas offered to date on ChoralNet regarding innovation:
  • Observe everything, and take notes--Remember Leonardo da Vinci's description of himself... "...disciple of life...", and remember Leonardo's notebooks;
  • Play with your workplace in a way that sends positive messages and body language to colleagues, employees, students, and visitors regarding your quest for innovation;
  • Think "verbs" instead of "nouns" in your work so that you create wonderful experiences for everyone who comes in contact with you;
  • Innovate by working through multiple boxes, not just outside the box, and when you fail, fail FORWARD so that change is part of the culture you create;
  • Within even a "statis quo" place or environment, create a "hot group" that will think outside the box and through multiple boxes with you;
  • Pursue collaboration as a bridge to innovation.
Schola Cantorum's Messiah Sing Diane Holcomb, %30 %b %2015 %05:%Nov:%th 5NovGMT+0000

Schola Cantorum invites singers to join the 85-member ensemble in singing Handel’s Messiah on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 PM at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Accompanied by Sinfonia Schola Cantorum, audiences have the opportunity to raise their voices in the beloved holiday oratorio and follow the baton of distinguished Music Director Gregory Wait.


This marks Schola’s 49th annual Messiah Sing, an event that attracts hundreds of eager participants. No rehearsals are required, and singers may bring their own score or borrow one at the door.


The audience-as-singers idea was such a hit from its inception, Schola Cantorum began sponsoring a series of sing-alongs during the summer months as well, featuring a diverse repertoire and guest conductors. Not just a performing chorus, Schola believes in providing opportunities for community members to come together and create music.


Admission price for Messiah Sing is $22 General, $18 for students 21 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 500 Castro Street, by phone at 650-903-6000, or online at Tickets purchased by phone or online are subject to service charges. There are no service charges for walk-up sales. Facility user fees apply to all tickets purchased. 


Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents "Festival of Lights" in Boulder Carol Kozak Ward, %30 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and guest story-teller Rabbi Marc Soloway from Boulder's Congregation Bonai Shalom on Sunday afternoon, December 6, 2015, 4:30 p.m., at the historic International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, 1543 Pearl Street, Boulder, for "Festival of Lights", the Chorale's annual family-friendly Chanukah celebration. This hour-long holiday tribute has been part of the Denver landscape since 2010, but this year the Chorale is delighted to take the show on the road to Boulder!  Seasonal favorites in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English will be featured, together with stories for the young and the young at heart. Cost is $5 per person, and youth that can sit on a parents lap will be admitted free of charge. At the conclusion of the Chorale's "Festival of Lights" performance, audience members will be encouraged to walk two blocks to the Pearl Street mall and participate in the communal Chanukah candle-lighting in front of the Boulder Court house. "Festival of Lights" info and reservations at:
"Festival of Lights" is co-sponsored by the Boulder Jewish Community Center with support from the Boulder County Cultural Council of SCFD, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Menorah, JEWISH Colorado, and the friends of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. 
During the Chanukah holiday, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale will also be concertizing at the Children's Hospital, Colorado in Aurora, CO on Sunday morning, December 13, 2015. Info: or phone (303)355-0232
LA Master Chorale Presents "Rejoice! Brass Tidings" Susan Gordon, %30 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 
Blazing brass, majestic pipe organ and soaring voices add sonorous sparkle to the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” which heralds the season with such classics as David Willcocks’ Carols for Brass and Choir, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata for chorus and double brass, and John Rutter’s Gloria, on Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and featuring 62 Chorale members, the program also includes Shawn Kirchner’s Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas, composed as a companion piece to Rutter’s jubilant opus, Nico Muhly’s Senex puerum, Paul Gibson’s Rejoice in the Lord Alway and two Christmas motets by Giovanni Gabrieli for double and triple choirs.
The Chorale’s other seasonal offerings at Disney Hall include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12, 2 pm; two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 6 and 20, 7 pm; and the 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” a do-it-yourself version, December 16, 8 pm.
Tickets range from $29 - $129.  Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Tenor and Bass needed for Christmas Eve Darin Lewis, %30 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000 are augmenting our choir for our Christmas Eve service and pre-concert.
We need a tenor and a bass
Rehearsal: 815 pm
Pre-service concert - 9:30
Service: 10 pm - about 75 minutes
St. Francis Church
Stamford, CT
APOLLO CLUB OF BOSTON, A MEN'S CHORUS, INVITES NEW MEMBERS JANUARY 5, 2016 John Meurling, %30 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 Apollo Club of Boston, New England's oldest men's chorus, invites new members to join us starting Tuesday, January 5, 2016. We are a choral and social organization which meets Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at the Harvard Musical Association, 57A Chestnut Street on Boston's Beacon Hill. More information at
APOLLO CLUB OF BOSTON HOLIDAY CONCERT John Meurling, %30 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 Club of Boston, New England's oldest men's chorus, holds its 145th Annual Holiday Concert Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 8:00 pm at Gordon Chapel of Boston's historic Old South Church, Copley Square, Boston. Songs of Afro-American heritage, tradition carols, Broadway and Hollywood Celebrate the Hoildays. Free and open to the public. ]]>Christmas Festival: Latin Songs and Beltway Brass Diana Saez, %29 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 in the contagious rhythms of the Caribbean parranda and the Mexican posada that are part of the 12th-day Epiphany celebrations. The concert features Sonia Morales's Christmas song Brillará una Estrella for choir, tenor and brass quintet; popular bilingual sing-alongs; and American classics with The Beltway Brass Quintet. 
Bethesda United Methodist Church
8300 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 pm
For tickets and information:; 301-230-1361
Winter’s Light featuring the New York Repertory Singers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC Christine Papania, %29 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000

Winter's Light: A Musical Journey through Darkness and Light with the New York Repertory Singers

Featuring New York Repertory Singers & Chamber Orchestra • Michael John Trotta, Composer & Conductor • Richard Stafford, Choreographer 

Date: Saturday, December 5
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Tickets: $19 (Student/Senior), $29 (General Admission), $49 (Premium Admission)

Join Michael John Trotta and the New York Repertory Singers for their debut concert featuring a wonderfully festive program of the composer’s settings of music that celebrate the season of Winter.

The evening will open up with the world premiere of Trotta’s song cycle “Winter’s Light” performed by soprano and baritone soloist, chamber orchestra and the 16-voice professional vocal group New York Repertory Singers, led by composer and conductor Michael John Trotta. The cycle will also feature professional dancers choreographed by Richard Stafford. As the concert explore themes of light and darkness, hope and longing, The New York Repertory Singers will perform Trotta’s esteemed works “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel” and “This Present Moment”, accompanied by chamber orchestra, as well as his a cappella arrangements of popular holiday favorites “All is Calm”, “In The Bleak Midwinter”, and “Adam Lay YBounden”.

During the concert, the New York Repertory Singers will also premiere works from Trotta’s album Totus Tuus, including “Ad Te Clamamus”, “Ave Maria”, and “Totus Tuus”. The album was recorded by the New York Repertory Singers under the direction of Michael John Trotta and was released on Naxos November 6, 2015.

“New York Repertory Singers achieves a balance of passion and clarity rarely found in choral music,” says composer and conductor Michael John Trotta.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit; call (347) 305-4099; or email Tickets are currently $19 Student/Seniors, $29 General Admission, and $49 Premium Admission (VIP Seating + Signed Copy of CD “Totus Tuus”).

A Baroque Christmas Harold Daugherty, %29 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 soloists, choir and orchestra of La Canada Congregaional Church present Antonio CVivaldi's "Magnificat" and J.S. Bach's Cantata 140, "Sleepers, Wake". The soloists are Mariana Ramirez, Christina Thomas, Russell Smith, and Matthew Lewis. Dr. Harold Daugherty conducts. The concert is Sunday at 4 PM at 1200 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA. There will be a freewill offering to support the music program. ]]>New York City Gay Men's Chorus presents Light: A Holiday Celebration Johnathan Gibbs, %29 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’s Holiday Spectacular at Town Hall is a New York tradition. This year’s show, Light: A Holiday Celebration, features material by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, Bobby McFerrin, and James Taylor alongside several new commissions and traditional holiday favorites, and guest star Justin Vivian Bond, a legendary cabaret song stylist, will brings v’s (Bond’s preferred pronoun) own unique perspective and voice to the proceedings. A hot ticket in the city, this talented, passionate and campaigning chorus recently performed with the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Sia, and Bernadette Peters. If you haven’t heard its burnished 250-strong sound recently, this is definitely a show not to be missed and a perfect way to begin your holiday season! (The chorus will also be appearing with the New York Philharmonic for its holiday show; Lightfeatures a unique and fuller repertoire, so catch both shows!)

For more information go to this page.

Two beautiful SATB pieces Cathy McEvoy, %29 %b %2015 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 thought I'd share this as I've really enjoyed preparing both of these works this term - 
Veljo Tormis Roundelay from Forgotten People
Eliza Gilkyson/arr. Craig Hella Johnson Requiem
Gorgeous choral works, challenging but not massively difficult and the choir loved them. 
LA Children's Chorus Winter Concert Features Bach, Debussy and More Susan Gordon, %29 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children's choirs in the country – presents its popular Winter Concert, “Let Beauty Awake,” a stocking stuffer of sublime music, on two consecutive Sundays, December 6 and 13, 2015, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  Highlights include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Let Beauty Awake, part of a cycle of nine songs set to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, which inspired the concert’s theme; John Rutter’s Personent Hodie from “Dancing Day,” a timeless collection of holiday carols published in 1974; and Amen Shem Nora, a compelling Sephardic folk song arranged by R. Remstein.  Also featured are Misa Pequena by highly regarded composer/conductor Francisco Nunez of the Young People's Chorus of New York; the Cuban lullaby A la hora from “Desde mi alegra jardin” by Enrique Feliu; and Debussy's moving art song Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison, with a text highlighting the despair and challenges of French children living through WWII.  Other works include the Finnish welcome song Tervetuloa; traditional German carols In Dulci Jubilo and Kling, Glöckchen; Bach’s Domine Deus from Mass in G, Bist du bei mir and Den Tod; Eleanor Daley’s The Birds; Emilio Grenet’s Si Tú Supiera; the Japanese folksong Fuyu no Uta; and Franck’s Panis Angelicus. Repertoire varies for each concert.  Guest soloists are LACC alumnus Cantor Rachel Goldman (December 6) and soprano Elissa Johnston (December 13).
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble.  The choirs will perform separately and combined.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price.  For tickets and information, visit or call (626) 793-4231.  Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Music for a Festive Season Leonard Ratzlaff, %29 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 University of Alberta Madrigal Singers are guests of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble for this annual seasonal concert. Choral works to be performed are Vivaldi Introduzione e Gloria, RV 588; and two Buxtehude cantatas, In Dulci Jubilo and Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ. Alberta Baroque Ensemble also performs Tartini's Christmas Concerto and Suite for Trumpet and Orchestra by Handel. Soloists: Sarah Schaub, soprano; Emma Parkinson, mezzo soprano; Oliver Munar, tenor; Frédéric Payant, baroque trumpet. Ticket info at the Baroque Ensemble website: ]]>ALBION - In Cloudless Sunshine Andrew Throssell, %29 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
In Cloudless Sunshine brings together many of Albion's favourite songs of the first few years with some of the very special pieces which have been composed more recently.

In 2015, a raft of innovative and beautiful new arrangements and compositions have entered Albion’s repertoire, and the new record is perfectly timed to capture the group’s maturing musical style and flourishing creativity.

Highlights include The Salley Gardens, What shall we do with the drunken sailor?, and the stunning and memorable Invocation, the centrepiece of the record, inspired by the Quaker text Peace, love, tenderness and especially composed for our first performance of 2015.

Includes unlimited streaming of In Cloudless Sunshine via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Shipping out on or around 01 December 2015.
Big Sky Choral Initiative 2016 with The Crossing & Ted Hearne Kevin Krasinski, %29 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000

JULY 17TH – 24TH, 2016

The Big Sky Choral Initiative is a seven-day mountain training and performance experience for fellows specializing in choral singing, conducting, and composition and a career development opportunity for high caliber professionals. High up in the mountains of Montana, the Choral Initiative is an artistic partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and The Crossing, and the project brings a small group of top talent together in an environment that supports rigorous training and fosters the creation of inspiring new music.

The Big Sky Choral Initiative of 2015 was a huge success and brought 12 Fellows from around the United States to the mountains of Montana in a transformative experience that will not soon be forgotten.  Here are some of the testimonials:

“I have never before made music with a group of such like-minded, passionate artists, and profoundly talented singers that generously welcomed me into their world.”

“It was a fantastic experience – a real turning point for me.”

“An absolutely INCREDIBLE week; I’ll never forget it.”


Live auditions will take place in Chicago and Philadelphia in the Spring of 2016.

Click here to apply. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the video audition page.

For any additional inquiries, contact John Zirkle at



Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, director of choral organizations at Northwestern University, and chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project.  He has held distinguished tenures as chorus master for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto USA, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has served as artistic director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and is the recipient of the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music. Among the many ensembles Donald has guest conducted are the LA Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, Latvian State Choir in Riga, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus in Chicago, the Philharmonic Chorus of London, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, His ensembles have sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Spoleto USA, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, and I.C.E.; his work is heard on numerous recordings on the Chandos, Navona, and Innova record labels.  In 2012 Donald received both the alumni merit award from Westminster Choir College and the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America. His book, Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt, was published in 2011.


The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Consistently recognized in critical reviews, The Crossing has been hailed as “ardently angelic” (Los Angeles Times, 4/14) and “something of a miracle” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/14). Formed by a group of friends in 2005, the ensemble’s reputation has since grown exponentially and “has made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music.” (The New York Times, 2/14). Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing was the resident choir of the Spoleto Festival, Italy in 2007; appeared at Miller Theatre of Columbia University in the American premiere of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE); joined Bang on a Can’s first Philadelphia Marathon; and has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, Piffaro, red fish blue fish, Tempesta di Mare Baroque Chamber Orchestra, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Toshimaru Nakamura, Dolce Suono, and in the summer of 2013, The Rolling Stones. The ensemble has sung in such venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; they made their Lincoln Center debut this past summer in a world premiere of John Luther Adams in a collaboration with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, eighth blackbird, Jack Quartet, and TILT brass.


Ted Hearne - (c) Nathan Lee Bush-2

Composer, singer and bandleader TED HEARNE (b.1982, Chicago) draws on a wide breadth of influences ranging across music’s full terrain, to create intense, personal and multi-dimensional works.

The New York Times included Hearne’s oratorio The Source on its list of the best classical vocal performances of 2014, noting that the work “offers a fresh model of how opera and musical theater can tackle contemporary issues: not with documentary realism, but with ambiguity, obliquity and even sheer confusion.”

Law of Mosaics, Hearne’s 30-minute piece for string orchestra was named one of The New Yorker’s most notable albums of 2014 by Alex Ross and was recently performed this year by the San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Hearne’s cantata Sound from the Bench for choir, two electric guitars and percussion, set to text by Jena Osman appropriated from Supreme Court oral arguments, was co-commissioned and premiered in 2014 by Volti and The Crossing. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “a fantastically inventive cantata,” which “transforms legal language into a kind of runic ritual.”

Hearne performs with Philip White as the vocal-electronics duo R WE WHO R WE, belongs to the composer collective Sleeping Giant, and his most recent collaboration paired him with legendary musician Erykah Badu. Two forthcoming albums of vocal music, The Source and Outlanders, will see release this year on New Amsterdam Records.

Hearne is the recipient of the Gaudeamus Prize in composition and the New Voices Residency from Boosey and Hawkes. He recently joined the composition faculty at the University of Southern California. Recent and upcoming works include commissions from the LA Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, A Far Cry, Yarn/Wire and Roomful of Teeth.

His website is

Christmas with Bel Canto Singers of Daytona David Redman, %29 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 Bel Canto Singers of Daytona will present Christmas with Bel Canto Singers on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 142, Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach, FL, 32114.
The 40 voice adult, select chorus will present sacred and secular literature of the season. Repertoire includes John Tavener's "Today the Virgin"; Dan Forrest's arrangement of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" accompanied with string quartet and piano four hands; concluding with Fred Bock's arrangement of Rick and Sylvia Powell's "Peace, Peace" featuring the Central Baptist Church Handbell Choir.
A $10 suggested donation is available at the door the day of the concert. This concert is funded in part by the Cultural Council of Volusia County.
Composition Spotlight -Happy Thanksgiving! Jack Senzig, %22 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%nd 4NovGMT+0000
(The Composition Showcase is a unique resource for conductors.   Choral composers are allowed to share only a few of their best works.  Each week we offer you the best of the best on a silver platter.   The Silver Platter Award winners are works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear)
This week we suspend the Silver Platter Awards to bring you a Thanksgiving smile.   What’s nicer for a family holiday than hearing a bunch of second graders singing a turkey song complete with turkey calls and turkey hats?  Happy Thanksgiving ChoralNet!
Bob Cratchit's Turkey
Free Voice Workshop Dorothy Harwood, %29 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000 December 2, 2015 from 7 - 9 pm.  Dorothy Harwood is offering a free vocal workship at Harwood Studios, Suite 256 located at Meadowdale Work Lofts, 16825 48th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037.  This event is for any singers who would like more information concerning the training of their voice.  RSVP 425-246-2850 or email: Space is limited.  For more info visit my webpage at  Thanks. ]]>Looking to hire Bass or tenor section Leader for December 20th and Christmas Eve Lilla Horvath, %29 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000, 
We are looking for a bass or tenor (preferably bass) section leader for December 20th church service in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA. Rehearsal on the 20th will start at 8:30 AM, service is at 10 AM, and it will end at 11:15AM. After this service we will take a short break and rehearse an additional hour for the Christmas Eve service. Christmas Eve service call time will be 6:30PM, service at 7:15PM, and will end around 9PM. We need a great confident leader, who can sight read very well. We are a small, blended choir (about 11 people). All the rehearsals and the services are paid. If you are interested in this opportunity may you please send me your information via email, at If you have any recordings or links to Soundcloud, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. 
Messiah Sing-Along Kristi Hein, %29 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 the Skagit Symphony Chorus for our second annual Messiah Sing-Along, Saturday, December 19, 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 415 S. 18th St. in Mount Vernon, WA. We will have plenty of scores available to borrow, or bring your own. Donations accepted. ]]>CHAMELEONIC PRESENTS WAKEFUL AND WINTRY: A HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS Nicole Belmont, %28 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 DEC 12 AT 3PM
St Luke in The Fields
487 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10014
Also on MONDAY DEC 14 AT 7.30PM
St Paul's Episcopal Church, 199 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Just as Spring looks different through Vivaldi's eyes than it does through Stravinsky's, the winter holidays look different in beautiful New York City than they do anywhere else. A metropolitan Christmas is a special one that can't be compared. The vast and sleepless city of eight million changes its air and becomes a little more caring, a little more loving and a little more personal than at other times. From the echoing halls and corridors of Manhattan, in the rush of day or lit up at night, any moment is a New York Moment at Christmas. This momentariness is captured eloquently and equally in the music of Bach, Mathias, Sondheim, Corigliano, Billings and more.
$20 Tickets available at
University of Toronto Seasonal Celebration Hilary Apfelstadt, %28 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 University of Toronto Faculty of Music choirs will present a concert of mainly seasonal music on Sunday, December 6, at 2:30 p.m. in MacMillan Theatre on campus.  Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, The MacMillan Singers and the Women's Chamber Choir will conclude the concert with a performance of Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata with double brass choir.  MacMillan Singers will present the Canadian premiere of Dale Warland's "Three Songs of the Nativity" featuring mixed chorus, flute and harp  The Women's Chorus will perform "Artic Lights' by faculty member, Dr. Lori-Ann Dolloff.    Various conductors from the graduate degree programs will lead the groups, together with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Diretor of Choral Acitivites
Featured guests are Young Voices Toronto, our childrens'-choir-in-reseidence (Zimfira Poloz, artistic director), who will sing pre-concert music in the Lobby at 2 p.m. as well as collaborating with the Women's Chorus.
For ticket information, please contact:
Exulate Chamber Singers Stories of the Season and Winter Paths CD llaunch Hilary Apfelstadt, %28 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000's awarding-winning Exultate Chamber Singers present "Stories of the Season: A Canadian Christmas" on Friday, December 4, at 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Anglican Church (383 Huron Street, Toronto).  The featured work is Imant Raminsh's "Magnificat for Mezzo-Soprano" with Lydia Palmer, soloist.  In addition, we will perform seasonal works by Canadian composers Robert Anderson, Eleanor Daley, Jeff Enns, and Mark Sirett, among others.  We will end the concert with a carol-sing involving audience members.  Toronto organist Daniel Bickle joins us.
That same evening, we launch our new CD, Winter Paths, a collection of Advent and Christmas music by Canadian composers, as well as Morton Lauridsen's stunning choral cycle, MidWinter Songs, with Mark Ramsay, collaborative accompanitst.   Copies will be available at the concert.  
For information about both concert tickets and also the new CD, which will be downloadable, as well, check our website:
Choral alto needed, Cleveland, December 20th Dawn Sonntag, %28 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 need of an alto for a December 20th performance with my small auditioned college chamber choir (15 members) at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland (in the beautiful Wade Chapel) for their annual Holiday concert of music and poetry. Rehearsal will be in the chapel beforehand (circa 1:00 pm). Performance is at 4 pm. We will perform three pieces - Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium, including the solo quartet,  and two other pieces.  Section leader just cancelled.  Rest of section sings well but softly, need a leader. 
If interested, please contact me via email,, or phone, 330-569-8063. 
Dawn Sonntag
Southern CT Camerata: Music for a Heavenly Queen Jean Reed, %28 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 the Southern Connecticut Camerata mixed voices choral ensemble as we explore seven centuries of musical devotion to Virgin Mary.  Composers:  Guerrera, Michaud, Grieg, Durufle and others.  Motets and Renaissance villanescas will be heard alongside 20th cent. masterpieces by Nystedt, Gorecki, Part and Stravinsky.  General admission:  $20
Time/ Location:  7:30 PM, St. Paul's Parish on the Green, 60 East Ave. Norwalk CT. 
Tickets available through
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
VOCA Chorus of Toronto: "SNOW ANGEL" (Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30 pm) Jenny Crober, %28 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000

On Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30 pm, join the VOCA Chorus of Toronto for our “SNOW ANGEL” concert!


0  Our performance will feature a wide variety of seasonal selections: Early music, jazz, gospel & contemporary, including traditional carols & texts in an array of settings (eg. Karl Jenkins’ spirited modern version of the ancient carol In Dulci Jubilo, & George Shearing’s jazzy take on Shakespeare’s Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind).


0  Works by several Canadian composers, songwriters & arrangers will include Kingston-area composer Sarah Quartel’s stunning and compelling Snow Angel (with narration, piano, cello & percussion), as well as two contrasting selections by Quebec composer Donald Patriquin: Quelle est c’est odeur agréable & A’Soalin’


0  Two arrangements written by our artistic director, Jenny Crober will also be featured: Joni Mitchell’s legendary River & Zachary Richard’s intense & driving Acadian protest song, Dans le Nord Canadien.  We’ll also be performing two classics by Jane Siberry: Are You Burning, Little Candle?, ‘re-arranged’ for our sopranos & altos by Jenny Crober, & Calling All Angels, arranged by another Toronto musician, Beth Hanson.  Each of these arrangements will feature several instrumentalists.


0  We'll also present Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo's sublime Ubi Caritas (featuring our accompanist, Elizabeth Acker), Stephen Foster's heartwarming Hard Times, the lively Hanukkah Days, our annual raffle, bake sale & carol sing (preceded by a very silly look at carolling ;) ... then finish with Children, Go Where I Send Thee, a rousing gospel finale with full ‘band’.


0  Our choir will be joined by some of Canada’s finest musicians: Sybil Shanahan (cello), Kevin Barrett (electric, acoustic guitar) & Ray Dillard (percussion, drums).


0  ArtisticDirector: JennyCrober

0  Accompanist: ElizabethAcker


0  Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

0  Time: 7:30 pm

0  Venue: Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. (Jackman Ave./Chester subway)

0  Tickets: $25 Gen. Adm.   $20 Seniors   $10 Students

0  Contact:; 416-947-8487 


Hope to see you there! 

Keene State College Chamber Singers Matthew Leese, %28 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 State's flagship choral ensemble will present their Fall Concert in the Alumni Rectal Hall at Keene State College. Saturday December 5th at 3pm. Tickets available at the Redfern Arts Center Box Office [$10/$5]. Composers include Monteverdi, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Faure, Vaughan-Williams, Heather Gilligan, Tall Heights [indie], as well as music from Bulgaria, New Zealand, and The Sacred Harp. Guest Director Matthew Leese. ]]>Missa L'Homme Arme -The Armed Man Matthew Leese, %28 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
Two of Keene’s auditioned chamber choirs will join to present a concert of rarely-performed renaissance masterpieces inspired by the mysterious tune L’homme armé (The Armed Man) on Friday, December 4th at 7 PM in the stunnign acoustic of St Bernard’s Catholic Church, 173 Main Street in Keene. The Chamber Singers of Keene are proud recipients of a 2015 Ewing Arts Award, and the Keene Vocal Consort are KSC’s newest choral ensemble, specializing in medieval and renaissance music.
Directed by Matthew Leese, the concert is a composite mass, whereby movements of the mass have been selected by different composers from throughout the renaissance period, featuring works by Guillaume Dufay, Josquin DePrez, Johannes Ockeghem, Giovanni da Palestrina, Cristobal de Morales and others. More than 30 elaborate masses were composed during the renaissance with L’homme armé as their inspiration, and many theories exist regarding the significance of the melody itself, especially in relation to the Burgundian Court and the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Tickets are $12 in advance from choir members or at the Keene Toadstool Bookshop and $15 at the door. Students with a valid ID can attend without charge. Visit for more information about the Chamber Singers of Keene.
A Holiday Celebration featuring the Rutter Gloria and A Contmeporary Mass Stuart Scott, %28 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 Community College, Dakota High School, and Belles Voix will be presenting a concert at St. Isidore Catholic church (23 mile and Romeo Plank) in Macomb, Michigan on Sunday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. In addition to performances by the various ensembles, the concert features a preformance of Stuart Scott's A Contemporary Mass with rhythm section and John Rutter's Gloria with brass and percussion. Tickets are $8.00 at the door. ]]>Organist/Pianist Position Available Jacqueline Cote', %28 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
St. Mary Magdalen RC Church in Oakville, CT is seeking an Organist/Pianist.

We are a small, intimate church in the Greater Waterbury area with a warm and welcoming community.

St. Mary Magdalen offers 3 weekend services, 4:00 on Saturdays, 8:30 and 10:30 on Sundays. We have a small choir that rehearses from 9:30-10:30 Sunday mornings between masses. We also celebrate occasional Holy Days of Obligation throughout the year. We would like to hire someone who can play for the majority of these masses.

This position is looking for someone who has:
- Strong keyboard skills on piano and organ
- Accompanying experience
- Sight reading and liturgical experience a plus
- Can start the week after Christmas

To set up an audition/interview, please send resume and cv to Jacqueline Cote’, Music Director at smmrcc_music(a)

Madison Choral Society presents "Glorious Sounds of Christmas" Lauren Estes, %28 %b %2015 %07:%Nov:%th 7NovGMT+0000
Please join the Madison Choral Society as we present "Glorious Sounds of Christmas," featuring Vivaldi's "Gloria," contemporary octavos and arrangements, and our traditional audience sing-along!
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. - Mt. Carmel Church, 1735 West Hoover Rd., Madison (Haywood), VA 22727
Donations accepted
Madison Choral Society presents "Glorious Sounds of Christmas" Lauren Estes, %28 %b %2015 %07:%Nov:%th 7NovGMT+0000 join the Madison Choral Society as we present "Glorious Sounds of Christmas," featuring Vivaldi's "Gloria," contemporary octavos and arrangements, and our traditional audience sing-along!
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. - St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 119 Caroline St., Orange, VA
Donations accepted
“Peace on the Planet” in the scope of 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide events. Tigran Hekekyan, %28 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%th 6NovGMT+0000
                                                                                                                “Peace on the Planet”
“Armenian Little Singers” International Association under the auspices of “Gagik Tzarukyan” Charity Foundation organizes a concert “Peace on the Planet” in the scope of 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide events. During the concert “Little Singers of Armenia” choir (conductor Tigran Hekekyan) will perform works of composers of different nationalities. On the contrary to the tragedies taking place in the world, this concert spreads love and peace and has humanitarian mission. The concert will take place on December 14, in Komitas Chamber Music Hall, at 19:00.
Musicians Boris Andreasyan (guitar), Chiko’s new trio and Armenak Grigoryan (percussion instruments) will also take participation in this concert.
ALBION - Carols with Albion: Sheffield & Buxton 2015 Andrew Throssell, %27 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
Albion brings its' usual magic to Christmas - a new tradition

Friday 18 December at 8.00pm 
Holy Trinity Church, MILLHOUSES, Sheffield S7 2GY

Saturday 19 December at 7.00pm (note earlier time)
St John's Church, Buxton, SK17 6HJ

We advise early booking, as last year's Carols with Albion sold out! Please scroll down to buy tickets

“SUPERB. Delay in clapping due to not wanting to break the spell … Christmas can come now.” – Audience comment, 2013

Taking place the weekend before Christmas, Albion’s carol concerts have very quickly become a tradition for many. At that time of year, when so many of the words and tunes we hear are so deeply familiar, Albion’s reimaginings – based on the tunes that inspired them, but clothing them with lush harmonies and soaring descants – bring a sparkling freshness to our celebrations. As always, the ten singers explore the beautiful church and surround the audience with sound. Embracing winter, Advent, and Christmas songs old and new, Carols with Albion presents a warm, glowing evening that, in the words of a recent audience member, “takes carols at Christmas to another level – up, that is! Innovative! Brilliant!”

Traditional Christmas refreshments will be on offer, in return for donations. And don’t worry if you haven’t finished your shopping by then, because plenty of copies of our three CDs will be on sale! This includes our new album, recorded here at Holy Trinity, which will contain many of our favourite pieces from the last couple of years. (In the meantime, see for the first two releases.)

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington. Victoria Kimble, %28 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washington programs here.
  • Ages 6-9: register now for our PREP Classes (new session starting in January).
  • Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202-237 1005, to join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. Next semester starts January 11.
Children's Chorus of Washington's Holiday Favorites Victoria Kimble, %28 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000
Featuring Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW)  five ensembles & Alumni Chorus with Ruckman String Quartet and Amadeus Brass Quintet
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4pm
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20052
Tickets & Information: or (202) 994 6800
$50/ center orchestra seating
$35/lower terrace center seating
$25/remaining seating areas
Participants of Concorso Corale Internazionale! Here are some score recommendations for you Piroska Horváth, %27 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Still looking for the proper song to sing in Riva in March 2016?
Find some of the best of contemporary choral works or tuneful Italian music.
For Female Choirs, have a look at these:
- Veni Sancte Spiritus by Guido Messore
- Gloria by János Vajda
- Exultandi et Laetandi by Guido Messore
For Male Choirs we can recommend you the following:
- Salutatio Angelica by Domenico Bartolucci
or if you prefer exciting contemporary choral works?
Have a look at these:
- Der Soldat by Orlando Dipiazza or
- Psalm 29 by Tamás Pánczél
For Mixed Choirs here are some great choral music:
- La Pentecoste by Gianmartino Durighello
- Panis Angelicus by Gianmartino Durighello
- De Profundis by Nancy Telfer
For choirs who sing Musica Sacra could we suggest some tuneful Italian music for you?
Such as:
- O Rex gloriae by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
- Beati eritis by Giovanni Croce
Looking for something else, please have a look here:
If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact
Christmas in Germany Martha Johnson, %27 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000

Christmas in Germany

baroque Advent music for the court chapel of Dresden
with Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro and Choral Arts Philadelphia

Piffaro the Renaissance Band and the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players perform baroque Advent music for the court chapel of Dresden, with Choral Arts Philadelphia at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Parkway in Philadelphia at 8 PM

When the Court at Dresden decided it was time to “modernize” and bring worship music at the royal chapel into the seventeenth century, it commissioned Germany’s top two composers, Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. Their makeover yielded some of the finest music from the confluence of the Renaissance and baroque. Tempesta, Piffaro and Choral Arts Philadelphia, all three groups together for the first time, perform Advent music from that Dresden renovation: sumptuous polychoral “vocal concertos” with consorts of brilliant cornettos, burnished sackbuts, gentle recorders, robust strings, all to a rich accompaniment of harps, theorbos and organs.

Praetorius Veni redemptor (O come, Redeemer)
Schütz Der Herr sprach zu meinem Herren (The Lord said to my lord)
Praetorius Magnificat (my soul doth magnify the Lord)
Schütz Wohl dem der den Herren fürchtet (Blessed he who fears the Lord)
Praetorius Wachet auf! (Sleepers wake!)

For more information:

Choral songs for SATB choir, soprano soloist and organ Dirk Binneman, %27 %b %2015 %10:%Nov:%th 10NovGMT+0000 ...  . Singing Brahms's Geistliches Lied and would like to combine it with something appropriate - either choir and organ or (even better) choir, solo soprano and organ. Thanks Dirk ]]>Still, Still, Still for SA Rick Graham, %27 %b %2015 %05:%Nov:%th 5NovGMT+0000 offer my latest arrangement to you free.
New Christmas Arrangement: Still, Still, Still Arranged for SA. #Christmas #ShareGoodness
Director of Music, St. Philip Presbyterian Church Matthew Dirst, %26 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000
The Director of Music provides vision, overall leadership, and coordination for a comprehensive music ministry for St Philip Presbyterian Church.
Specific duties include:
1.         Envisioning, designing, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive ministry of music for the entire congregation, including children, youth and adults.
2.         Leading the adult vocal and handbell choirs, leading and/or supervising children, youth
and adult vocal or instrumental ensembles as they are developed.
3.         Working with pastors, organist, and Worship & Music Committee to plan all worship services and collaborating with other program committees as necessary.
4.         Serving as organist/ principal musician for the 8:30 am service on Sundays.
5.         Overseeing maintenance of the church’s music library, purchasing new music when needed and tending to copyright issues.
6.         Exercising primary responsibility for oversight and maintenance of church’s musical instruments.
7.         Providing input into the annual budgeting procedure of the Worship & Music Committee.
8.         Obtaining services of instrumentalists, both paid and volunteer as needed.
9.         Serving as a teacher in the areas of music and liturgy both for ensembles and for the congregation, including the preparation of music notes for the weekly worship bulletin.
10.       Overseeing all staff singers.
11.       Serving as Chair of the Music at St Philip Committee, curating and overseeing its annual
concert series.
12.       Play occasional weddings and memorial services (for additional fees).
This list of specific duties describes the general nature and scope of work expected of the Director of Music and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of job duties and responsibilities.
Skills and Qualifications:
1.         A professing Christian.
2.         Knowledge of Reformed worship.
3.         Success as an experienced builder of church music programs.
4.         Advanced conducting and keyboard skills.
5.         Knowledge of and experience with adult choirs, handbells, youth and children’s choirs,
and youth and children's music education.
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position, with weekly choir rehearsals and services, special rehearsals, services and concerts, and meetings as needed. Some flexibility is expected.
Accountability: The Director of Music is accountable to the Pastor as Head of Staff and to the Session through the Personnel Committee.
More information about St Philip and its music program can be found at
Application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names of three references should be sent in .pdf format by January 6 to
Beyond Grief - for mixed choir (SATB) and soprano soloist Gordon Thornett, %27 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 a cappella setting by Gordon Thornett is ideally suited for a good chamber choir with a high soprano soloist. Julie Myers’ beautiful poem suggests to the composer a journey from darkness to light, from despair to hope, and this is reflected in the music, which should be performed simply, but with expressiveness and conviction. The score can be viewed on the Swirly  Music site, which also contains an excellent recording by Matthew Curtis.  See ]]>Festivals and Competitions in Lithuania Silvija Pro?kyt?, %26 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 choir music lovers,
we offer to you high level choir competitions and festivals in Lithuania, you can choose the best dates for you and come to visit our city Kaunas, or Šiauliai all over the year. Here is some dates for the next years:
Fro more information or
International Choir Festival of Sacred Music
18th-21st of February, 2016
23rd-26th of February, 2017
International Choir Festival and Competition
of Lithuanian Music Patriarch Juozas Naujalis
7th-10th of April, 2016
6th-9th of April, 2017
International Choir Festival
12th-15th of May, 2016
18th-21st of May, 2017
International Choir Festival
19th-22nd of May, 2016
25th-28th of May, 2017
International Choir Festival of Sacred, Advent & Christmas Music
15th-18th of December, 2016
14th-17th of December, 2017
Roommate needed for ACDA East Dori Martin, %26 %b %2015 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 roommate(s) needed to share costs at the conference hotel in Boston.  Please email Dori Martin at or call 973-919-2899. ]]>Hodie! This Day - Northeast Piedmont Chorale Janet OToole, %26 %b %2015 %11:%Nov:%th 11NovGMT+0000 the Northeast Piedmont Chorale in celebrating this holiday season with joyful Christmas music featuring Randall Stroope's Hodie with 7 piece brass ensemble.
Saturday 12th December 2015
New Hope Baptist Church
4301 Louisburg Road, Raleigh, NC 27604
Hodie! This Day - Northeast Piedmont Chorale Janet OToole, %26 %b %2015 %11:%Nov:%th 11NovGMT+0000 the Northeast Piedmont Chorale in celebrating this holiday season with joyful Christmas music featuring Randall Stroope's Hodie with 7 piece brass ensemble.
Friday Decmeber 11 2015 7pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church, 104 E. South Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587
O Magnum Mysterium (TTBB) by Manolo Da Rold Manolo Da Rold, %26 %b %2015 %07:%Nov:%th 7NovGMT+0000 moving performance of my composition "O Magnum Mysterium".
Coro "La Rupe" Domenico Monetta conductor
O Magnum Mysterium is published by Alliance Music Publication
Music for SA and SSA by Manolo Da Rold Manolo Da Rold, %26 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 hope to be of help by offering these my works published by Alliance Music Publication
Ave Regina Coelorum SSA
Angel Fly SA + Piano
Puer Natus SSA
Laudate Dominum SSA(divisi)
Thak you ciao
Manolo Da Rold
Once In Royal David's City Terry Koch, %26 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 College Place, Washington Seventh-day Adventist Village Church choir, orchestra, and Grace Notes Handbells present "Once In Royal David's City", a service of Lessons and Carols. Under the direction of Terry and Terri Koch, the afternoon vespers will feature seasonal choral and instrumental anthems.  Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring items of personal care and hygiene for donation to the Walla Walla Rescue Mission and Homeless Shelter.
The church is located at 715 SE 12th Street, College Place, Washington..  The vesper service begins at 3:30 p.m.
Jingle Joy! Christmas Pops for the Whole Family danica buckley, %25 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 Art Society December 6, 2015 Concert
Jingle Joy! Christmas Pops for the Whole Family
Danica A. Buckley, Artistic Director and Conductor
Sarah Tocco, Piano
Bronek Suchanek, Bass
Oscar Suchanek, Drums
The program will be performed without intermission.
It’s about one hour of Jingle Joy for all ages!
The Bells                                                                 Text by Edgar Allen Poe  Music by Lon Beery
Blizzard!                                                   Words by John Parker Music by Vicki Tucker Courtney
Cold and Fugue Season  from J.S. Bach’s “Fugue in g minor”                      Arr. Ellen Foncannon
Sleigh Ride                        Music by Leroy Anderson  Words by Mitchell Parish  Arr. Andy Beck
O Yule Full of Gladness Norwegian carol                                                     Arr. Carolyn Jennings
Walk in the Light                                  George D. Elderkin, refrain,  Jesus, the Light of the World
                                                               Charles Wesley, stanzas,  Traditional  Arr. André Thomas
Night of Silence                          Words and music by Dan Kantor (Silent Night by Franz Gruber) 
                                                                                                                             Arr. John Ferguson
Hallelujah from Messiah   Revelations 9,6;11,15;19,16                          George Frederick Handel
If you are a choral singer, please join us in singing!  Pop-up to the chorus or sing from your seat.
Carol of the Bells                                        Words by Peter Wilhousky   Music by M. Leontovich
An Irving Berlin Christmas                                                                               Arr. Roger Emerson
                                         Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, White Christmas, Happy Holiday
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
                                 Words and music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman  Arr. Paul Langford
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer            Words and music by Robert L. May and Johnny Marks          Arranged by Paul Langford
’Twas the Night Before Christmas                 Poetry:  Clement Clark Moore  Music:  Ken Darby  Arranged by Harry Simeone
A Holiday Sing Along                                                                         Arranged by Audrey Snyder
Christmas Time is Here                                 Words by Lee Mendelson  Music by Vince Guaraldi    Arr. Robert Sterling
Winter Wonderland of Snow (Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!)                 Arr. Mark Hayes
                                                 Winter Wonderland Words by Dick Smith Music by Felix Bernard
                                                             Let it Snow! Words by Sammy Cahn Music by Jules Styne 
The Choral Art Society of the South Shore, opens its 57th season with “Jingle Joy:  Christmas Pops for the Whole Family!”  The concert is at 4pm on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 465 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA.
This is a family-friendly concert, so bring the kids!  We’ll have music from classical to jazz for all to enjoy, whether you are 6 or 90.  Santa will drop by, there will be the ever popular carol and holiday song Sing Along, and singers in the audience who wish to “Pop Up” and join the chorus on stage are welcome to for a very mini Messiah sing – “Halleljuah!” from Messiah.  (Alternatively, you can sing from the audience.)  Bring your Messiah score or one will be provided for you. At the end of the concert, join us for a reception with delicious cookies and punch!
Danica A. Buckley, Artistic Director and Conductor, is now in her 11th year with Choral Art Society of the South Shore.  Sarah Tocco is our pianist (celebrating her 5th year with the chorus), and she will be joined by Bronek Suchanek on bass and Oscar Suchanek on drums.
Proceeds from each concert help fund our scholarship, awarded each year to a high school senior from the South Shore who is going to college to major in music.  The chorus also serves South Shore communities by singing for residents of nursing homes, and since 2010, Choral Art Society of the South Shore has been the choir for the Annual Hospice Remembrance Service of the Norwell Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and students. $5 for children under 17. Tickets may be purchased on our website (, from chorus members, or from these fine retailers: Buttonwood Books & Toys in Cohasset, Roman Table in Scituate, and Mono Mono Boutique in Marshfield. Get your tickets soon!  We expect to sell out!
For more information on our concerts or any of our other activities, or to help support the chorus’s performances and good works in the community, visit our website LIKE us on Facebook!
Creativity, Inspiration, Joy, and Service through the Performance of Choral Music
Chicago a cappella kicks off the holiday season with “Holidays a cappella” at Rockefeller Chapel Jonathan Miller, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 a cappella launches Chicago’s holiday music season with its performance of Holidays a cappella at Rockefeller Chapel on November 29 at 4:00pm. Prepared by Guest Music Director Benjamin Rivera, the concert includes familiar carols, Christmas spirituals, Chanukah melodies, and contemporary works for the holiday season. The accomplished vocal ensemble will present six performances of the program, from November 29 through December 19. 
Chicago a cappella will perform works by John Tavener and Arvo Pärt, along with music from Spain, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico. A cappella arrangements by Chicago-area residents Paul Carey and Paul Langford will be featured, as will several new settings by Artistic Director Jonathan Miller.
Holidays a cappella will be performed throughout the Chicago area during the holiday season, at the following locations:
  • Sunday, November 29, 2015, 4:00 pm – Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL.
  • Friday, December 4, at 7:30 pm – Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan Avenue at Delaware Place, Chicago, IL.
  • Sunday, December 6, at 3:30 pm – St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Place, Chicago, IL.
  • Sunday, December 13, at 4:00 pm – Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL.
  • Friday, December 18, at 8:00 pm – Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL.
  • Saturday, December 19, at 8:00 pm - Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL.
For tickets and more information, visit or call 773-281-7820.
Chicago a cappella is one of Chicagoland’s most accomplished and innovative non-profit vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 23rd season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. Chicago a cappella has produced more than 200 concerts on its own subscription series in the Chicago metropolitan area and has more than 350 performances to its credit.
FestiveLea - Charity Christmas Concert with the Lea Singers Philip Bevan, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
A festive evening of uplifting popular carols, mulled wine, and mince pies with the Lea Singers.
Wednesday 23rd December 2015 – 7.30pm
Harpenden Public Hall, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1PD
This is a fun evening for all the family with audience participation and a 'choose your own carol competition', as well as a fantastic charity raffle.
This is a charity concert and there are two beneficiaries. Firstly the Harpenden Music Foundation which promotes the study and performance of music by young people in Hertfordshire and secondly the Lea Singers Bach's St Matthew Passion dramatisation concert which is to take place in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 13th February 2016 with Thomas Guthrie directing and James Gilchrist as Evangelist.
Tickets on line -
  • Lea Singers (chamber choir)
  • Nina Vinther (mezzo-soprano)
  • Tom Winpenny (organ)
  • Benjamin Goodson (conductor)
  1. O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles' - Traditional, arranged by Sir David Willcocks
  2. Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  3. It came upon the midnight clear - Traditional English, adapted by Sir Arthur Sullivan
  4. A spotless rose - Herbert Howells
  5. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Elizabeth Poston
  6. A babe is born - William Mathias
  7. See Amid the Winter's Snow - Sir John Goss, arranged by David Willcocks
  8. Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah HWV 56 - George Frideric Handel
  9. Jingle Bells - Traditional, arranged by Sir David Willcocks
  10. In the bleak midwinter - Gustav Holst
  11. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - John Gardner
  12. Have yourself a merry little Christmas - Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, arranged by Peter Gritton
  13. Hark! The herald angels sing - Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Sir David Willcocks
  14. We wish you a merry Christmas - Traditional, arranged by Arthur Warrell
Repertoire for an African-American Choral Festival Lenora McCroskey, %25 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 February the African-American churches in Denton, TX, have a Festival of Choirs.  This year my choir at Trinity Presbyterian has been invited to participate.  We are thrilled to be invited--my church has a close association with one of the AME Zion churches.  But, what should we sing?  Each choir sings 2-3 selections alone.  There's no way we could sing a Spiritual like they can.  I asked that question and the reply was "Gospel."   Suggestions, please.  We are a choir of about 20, fairly well balanced, and not all WASPs.  Nice mixture of white, Hispanic and black, but mostly white.  Many thanks! ]]>Five-time Grammy Award winners The Swingles return to D.C. after 8 years! Katelyn Maurer, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000
The Swingles (formerly The Swingle Singers), are considered pioneers in the a cappella movement, which is very popular today! Founded in the 1960s to perform vocal arrangements of J.S. Bach, the group has since diversified, performing a wide range of music including classical, jazz, folk and rock. They will be performing a concert of traditional holiday favorites and modern hits along with a few of the traditional Bach arrangements that made them famous! This performance will also feature local D.C. a cappella favorites The Capital Hearings and Vox Pop. You won't want to miss this extraordinary holiday performance!

Concert Details

Classical Movements and Serenade! International Choral Series present…

Christmas with The Swingles

Friday, December 11, 2015 – 7:30 PM

National City Christian Church

5 Thomas Circle NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

Tickets: $12-$65, available at

SINGularity by Timothy Michael Powell Kurt Knecht, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 cool piece with overtone singing.
Total Vocal Andrea Macy, %25 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000

Sunday, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Deke Sharon, Arranger/Conductor


A Cappella music arranged by Deke Sharon

The Filharmonic (The Sing Off!)

Ester Dean (Pitch Perfect)

Chrissy Fit (Teen Beach Movie, Pitch Perfect 2)

Andrew Fitzpatrick (Das Sound Machine, Pitch Perfect 2)


DCINY presents Total Vocal 2, the second annual celebration of contemporary a cappella music at Carnegie Hall featuring arrangements from Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off, and the American pop lexicon. The performance includes many surprise celebrity Special Guest Artists and is conducted and hosted by Deke Sharon, a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella genre.


Tickets go on sale on December 21, 2015 at 11am.



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Tidings of Comfort and Joy Bryan Greer, %25 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 ]]>STUDY TOURS: ON TRACE OF “ISO-POLYPHONY” IN ALBANIA Besim Petrela, %25 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000’s an interesting project that combines your desire for tourist trips and your love for choral music and its surprises. Discover “Iso-Polyphony” proclaimed in 2005 by UNESCO a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. The schedule will include touristic activities: On trace of Iso-Polyphony (sight-seeing) of Gjirokastra the city of stones & hometown of Ismail Kadare famous Albanian writer, visits and short concerts in touristic cities like Tirana, Berat, Shkoder and Durres, master class & workshop with local experts of Iso-Polyphony and joint concerts of all participants with local Iso-Polyphony ensembles.
National Choral Center “ISO POLYPHONY”
P.O.BOX 8362, Tirana, Albania
Mobil: 00355672059466; Viber
Skype: bpetrela
Facebook: study tours Iso-Polyphony
Choral Potpourri: Being Grateful Marie Grass Amenta, %24 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000
         “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau
I always try to be grateful. In this season of Thanksgiving, I am more grateful than usual. Perhaps our world is in upheaval but there is one thing I know for sure; there is plenty more Good than there is evil in the world. And for the Good, I am grateful.
ChoralNet is pretty great. I am lucky to have been a ChoralNet User since 1995 (20 years, does that even make sense?). The people I’ve met and the knowledge I’ve had access to have helped me in my career in so many ways. I’ve been a ChoralNet Moderator since 2011 and have been blessed to work with four (really five, counting Martin) of the best human beings it has been my privilege to know.  I am grateful for my fellow Moderators Frank, Dean, Brigid and Tom (Tom and I are the weekend team)…love you, folks (and miss you, A.S.)!
We choral folk are beginning our yearly marathon of madness, from rehearsals and concerts and worship services to the family events we must attend. I am grateful for the busyness, for the opportunity to share our Art and for the knowledge what we do matters.
Singing in a choir is something that draws people together and when the world is going to heck, it is healing. I am grateful for the opportunity to occasionally sing in a chorus myself. It makes me feel great to let someone else take over the “steering wheel” too.
I am grateful for the music; the music I know and the music I don’t yet know. It was a privilege to have wonderful teachers, both male and female, guide me and for those pedagogues, Dr. R., Dr. L. and Dr. H., I am grateful.
I work with a group of wonderful singers in my own chamber choir. Their musicianship and their constant growth humble and amaze me. Along with my wonderful accompanist, Ben, (who also sings bari-tenor or is it tenor-tone?) I am grateful for Kari, Frankie, Ellen, Christie, Cindy, Ruth, Althea, Peter, Emile, Russ and Franklin. I don’t know what I did to deserve them but I am happy they are in my life.
I am grateful for having enough to eat, a good and warm place to sleep and people I love to share it with me. Of course, I am grateful for my family. My great husband, Chuck, and our three sons Russell, Gregory and Benjamin are the light of my life. Most days, our life together isn’t perfect, but some days, it’s practically perfect….we have a great life! I am honored and grateful for having had such wonderful parents who allowed me to dream and supported me in subtle ways. My Dad still does, coming to almost every concert I conduct and Baby Bro is my rock.
I live in a wonderful, diverse community with a great sense of what it means to be a community. I am blessed to be able to work with many, many wonderful fellow musicians and visual artists and business people sharing a vision for our community; for all of them (too numerous to name), I am grateful.
I have wonderful friends, some have been part of my life for a long time and some have been part of my life for a short time. Robin, my oldest friend, is the only person I’ll name here but the others know who they are. And I hope they know what they truly mean to me. I am grateful for the fun times and serious times and silly times we’ve shared too!
I am a very healthy person, outside of allergies, and am rarely sick.  So, I am grateful for my good health and the relatively good health of those I love. Son Russell’s autism doesn’t count as illness; his ability to overcome some of his challenges and remain a sweet guy is something for which I am grateful.
There are many, many more people and things I am grateful for…including YOU!
Happy Thanksgiving, ChoralNet!
C4: The World's First Choral Composer/Conductor Collective Perry Townsend, %25 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000
*** Rehearsals: Thursdays *** Rehearsal neighborhood: Midtown West
C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is holding auditions for sopranos and tenors only on Tuesday, December 8 from 6-8PM, location TBA. The audition will consist of vocalizing for range and timbre, a prepared piece which will be e-mailed ahead of time, rhythmic and melodic sight singing, a blending exercise, and a mini-interview if time allows.

C4 is a semi-professional choir that is directed and operated collectively by its singing members, functioning both as a presenting ensemble and an ongoing workshop and recital chorus for the emerging composers and conductors who form the core of the group. It is the first organization of its kind and one of the few choral groups in the nation to focus exclusively on the music of our time, performing only music written in the last 25 years. The repertoire is challenging and requires members to have excellent musicianship skills and sight reading ability. Singers should have choral experience and a strong interest in contemporary music.

The group performs three concert cycles per season, and a small honorarium is paid to members for each cycle. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 PM with few exceptions. In addition to the weekly rehearsals, the group will also rehearse approximately two Saturdays each cycle. The winter schedule this year will include extra events to facilitate the springtime release of our 2nd professionally recorded CD.

If you are interested in setting up an audition, please e-mail by Nov. 30, with a copy of your resume and a short statement describing why you are interested in performing in a contemporary choral collective. Visit for more information about the group and audio samples.
Norristown Chorale Holiday Concerts Pearl Flamberg, %25 %b %2015 %07:%Nov:%th 7NovGMT+0000
Join us for our Christmas and Holiday Concerts:
*Opening Night* Saturday, December 5, 4:00pm at Victory Church, 2650 Audubon Rd, Audubon, PA 19403
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 132 E. Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
No matter how much time has passed, or the distance between us, the Christmas and Holiday seasons are times when we want to reconnect with our family, friends, and loved ones. So connect with us and our concert will send you the joy, love and excitement of the season!  We’ll be singing songs both sacred and secular, from many lands and eras.  Highlights will include an English madrigal, an energetic Spanish carol, and the timeless “Silent Night” sung in English, German, Korean, Spanish, and Zulu - all in ONE song!  Other features range from “Mary, Did You Know?” and the West Indies carol “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” (complete with steel drums) to the popular songs “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Deck the Halls,” and “We Need a Little Christmas.”
The concerts are free to attend.  A free-will offering will be accepted to cover concert costs.  We hope to see you there!
Christmas Day in the Morning   arr. Shackley
Lirum, Lirum   Morley
Riu, Riu, Chiu   arr. Spevacek
In Silent Night   Southall
Silent Night for All the World   Gruber/Choplin
Mary, Did You Know?   arr. Schrader
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy   arr. Thomas
On with the Snow!   arr. Wagner
Various Themes on "Fa-La-La"   arr. Bridwell
The Christmas Song   arr. Snyder
Sending You a Little Christmas   arr. Althouse
We Need a Little Christmas   arr. Hayes
Norristown Chorale Holiday Concerts Pearl Flamberg, %25 %b %2015 %07:%Nov:%th 7NovGMT+0000
Join us for our Christmas and Holiday Concerts:
*Opening Night* Saturday, December 5, 4:00pm at Victory Church, 2650 Audubon Rd, Audubon, PA 19403
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 132 E. Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
No matter how much time has passed, or the distance between us, the Christmas and Holiday seasons are times when we want to reconnect with our family, friends, and loved ones. So connect with us and our concert will send you the joy, love and excitement of the season!  We’ll be singing songs both sacred and secular, from many lands and eras.  Highlights will include an English madrigal, an energetic Spanish carol, and the timeless “Silent Night” sung in English, German, Korean, Spanish, and Zulu - all in ONE song!  Other features range from “Mary, Did You Know?” and the West Indies carol “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” (complete with steel drums) to the popular songs “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Deck the Halls,” and “We Need a Little Christmas.”
The concerts are free to attend.  A free-will offering will be accepted to cover concert costs.  We hope to see you there!
Christmas Day in the Morning   arr. Shackley
Lirum, Lirum   Morley
Riu, Riu, Chiu   arr. Spevacek
In Silent Night   Southall
Silent Night for All the World   Gruber/Choplin
Mary, Did You Know?   arr. Schrader
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy   arr. Thomas
On with the Snow!   arr. Wagner
Various Themes on "Fa-La-La"   arr. Bridwell
The Christmas Song   arr. Snyder
Sending You a Little Christmas   arr. Althouse
We Need a Little Christmas   arr. Hayes
2016 Busan Choral Composition Competition Robin Kim, %25 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000 its festival and competition history, Busan Choral has fostered cultural exchange and promoted high quality of choral music by attracting notable artists, conductors, and composers to one of Asia’s top choral festivals. The Busan Choral Composition Competition seeks to engage with aspiring young composers and to encourage the creation and performance of new works written for the choral music genre. The 1st winning work will be premiered at the 2016 Busan Choral Festival & Competition during the week of October 18-21, 2016.

Composer must be born between JUN 30, 1996 and JUN 30, 1976 (exceptions may be considered under the BCFC committee's review.)

Length and Format
  1. 3-10 minutes in duration
  2. Piece must be for unaccompanied, equal or mixed voices choir.
  3. Smaller, portable percussion instruments are allowed. (Xylophone, vibraphone and timpani not allowed).
  4. Text can be chosen from Latin, English or Korean. If another language is chosen, a detailed English synopsis and pronunciation must be included in the score.
  5. Compositions must not have been previously published or awarded in previous composition competitions and never publicly performed.
Application (JUN 30, 2015 Deadline)
  1. Complete Application Form
  2. Résumé/CV (*.doc / *.docx)
  3. One high resolution photo (3,000dpi +)
  4. Copy of passport or ID Card with date of birth in JPEG format
  5. Score in PDF format
  6. English synopsis and pronunciation
  7. Midi recording (by computer software) in MP3 format
  8. 5 original copies of the score mailed to the Busan Choral office by JUN 30, 2016 (Korea Standard Time). Submitted original copies of scores will be used only for judging so there MUST be No Personal Information Included on the score for a fair evaluation. Scores submitted to the Busan Choral office will not be returned.
  9. A written statement by the composer must accompany the application stating that the work is unpublished, has never been awarded in a previous competition and guarantees that the composition is an original work.
Application Fee
  1. Free
  1. Winners will be announced on AUG 5, 2016 on BCFC Website.
  2. Composition will be judged by a panel of international judge. The judge’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
  1. First Prize : $1,000
    1. i. The top prize winning work will be premiered at the 2016 BCFC in the week of October 18-21, 2016.
    2. ii. Invitation to Busan. Lodging Expenses for the duration of the BCFC.
    3. iii. International composers will be provided with round-trip ticket. Domestic composers will be provided with travel exps.
  2. Second Prize : $800
    1. i. Invitation to Busan. Lodging Expenses for the duration of the BCFC.
    2. ii. International composers will be provided with HALF of round-trip ticket up to $1,000. Domestic composers will be provided with travel expenses.
  3. Third Prize : $500
    1. Invitation to Busan. Lodging Expenses for the duration of the BCFC.
  4. All meals including BREAKFAST are to be borne by winners.
For more information, please visit our webiste at

We are looking forward to meeting you next October!

 Robin KIM, Choir Management Director
 Busan Choral Festival & Competition Office
 Nam-gu UN Pyungwha-ro 76-1 Busan Cultural Center
 Busan, South Korea
 +82-(0) 51-622-0534

Colburn Community Chorale presents the Winter Choral Concert, featuring Vivaldi's "Magnificat" and the music of the season. With musical guests Colburn Children's Choir, Colburn Chamber Singers and the Young Men's Chorus. Mikhail Shtangrud, director; Pepron Pilibossian, pianist.
Friday, December 4 at 8:00PM
Zipper Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free admission, no tickets are required
The Colburn Community Chorale brings together the finest volunteer classical singers in Los Angeles, interested in performing the greatest choral repertoire in the best performance spaces. The ensemble is committed to the training of vocal technique and expressive sound through study and performance of sophisticated choral music.
Golden Gifts of Christmas Songs Kyrian Corona, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 Wagner Ensemble, under the direction of Jeannine Wagner, will perform it's annual Holiday Concert. The program, titled "Golden Gifts of Christmas Songs," will feature Cantata Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen (They will all come forth out of Sheba) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Christmas Carol Favorites, arranged by Sir David Willcocks, will round out the program. 
The Wagner Ensemble was founded by Jeannine Wagner in 1991 under the auspices of the Roger Wagner Choral Institute. Under her spirited guidance, the Wagner Ensemble celebrates and promotes the musical legacy of her late father, the legendary Roger Wagner.  The Wagner Ensemble has dazzled audiences throughout Southern California and internationally in the performance of repertoire that includes choral masterpieces spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the present. 
Sun. Dec. 20, 2015
4 p.m. 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd. 
West Los Angeles, CA 90024
(at Wilshire Blvd. & Warner Ave.)    
Free parking in structure adjacent to church.
Suggested ticket donation: 
General $20. Senior/Student $15 at the door.
$15/$10 in advance
Call 323-656-7343 or 310-339-2488
Tenor and Bass needed for a cappella Lisa Bennett, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 Philadelphia Counterparts are seeking 2 tenors and a low bass. We rehearse Monday nights in Radnor. Click here to connect to our website for more information. ]]>Berks Youth Chorus - Director of Training Chorus Dail Richie, %24 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Berks Youth Chorus seeks a qualified Choral Director to assume the duties of Director of Training Chorus.
Founded in 1992, Berks Youth Chorus is recognized as an outstanding choral education organization working annually with 100 auditioned singers, grades 3 – 12, throughout the year, and with 40 non-auditioned singers, grades 3 – 5, in summer camps. Auditioned singers are placed into one of three choir levels: Training Chorus [treble voices, grades 3 – 4], Chorale [treble voices, grades 5 – 8], and MasterSingers [SATB, young women in grades 9 – 12 and young men with changed voices through grade 12]. Each year, BYC produces several concerts a year and performs by invitation for area organizations.
This position involves weekly rehearsals and various concerts throughout the academic year, summer educational camps, and routine staff and board meetings throughout the year. The Director will interface with the Executive Director and the Director of Chorale and the Director of MasterSingers. For detailed information about the chorus, visit
The qualified candidate for this part-time, salaried position will hold a master’s degree in choral conducting, voice, or appropriate related field; be currently enrolled in a graduate program in the field; or have appropriate conducting experience. Highly desirable skills include a solid understanding of the young voice, good conducting skills, good interpersonal skills, and a broad knowledge of the choral repertoire. Formal Kodály training is highly desirable.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience within the salary guidelines of Berks Youth Chorus. This is a part-time position.

Resumes and cover letters may be sent to Search Committee at Please do NOT SEND CDs or videos with initial inquiries. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2016. Applicants should indicate for which position they are applying or if applying for both positions. Finalists will be invited to interview with the Search Committee and will participate in a conducting audition. Job begins May 2016.
Berks Youth Chorus - Director of Chorale and Director of MasterSingers Dail Richie, %24 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Berks Youth Chorus [BYC] seeks a qualified Choral Director to assume the duties of Director of Chorale and a qualified Choral Director to assume the duties of Director of MasterSingers. Applicants may apply for one or both positions.
Founded in 1992, Berks Youth Chorus is recognized as an outstanding choral education organization working annually with 100 auditioned singers, grades 3 – 12, throughout the year, and with 40 non-auditioned singers, grades 3 – 5, in summer camps. Auditioned singers are placed into one of three choir levels: Training Chorus [treble voices, grades 3 – 4], Chorale [treble voices, grades 5 – 8], and MasterSingers [SATB, young women in grades 9 – 12 and young men with changed voices through grade 12]. Each year, BYC produces several concerts a year and performs by invitation for area organizations.
These positions involve weekly rehearsals and various concerts throughout the academic year, summer educational camps, and routine staff and board meetings throughout the year. The Director(s) will interface with the Executive Director and the Director of Training Chorus. For detailed information about the chorus, visit
The qualified candidates for these part-time, salaried positions will hold a master’s degree in choral conducting, voice, or appropriate related field; be currently enrolled in a graduate program in the field; or have appropriate conducting experience. Highly desirable skills include a solid understanding of the young voice, good conducting skills, good interpersonal skills, and a broad knowledge of the choral repertoire. Formal Kodály training is highly desirable.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience within the salary guidelines of Berks Youth Chorus. These are part-time positions.

Resumes and cover letters may be sent to Search Committee at  Please do NOT SEND CDs or videos with initial inquiries. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2016. Applicants should indicate for which position they are applying or if applying for both positions. Finalists will be invited to interview with the Search Committee and will participate in a conducting audition. Job(s) begin May 2016.
Craig Jessop to Conduct Memorial Day Choral Festival Tribute to Veterans at the Kennedy Center, May 28, 2017 Gregg Clawson, %24 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Join us for a Memorial Day Choral Tribute to America's Armed Forces in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - May 26-29, 2017

Co-sponsored by Music Celebrations International, the American Veterans Center, and the United States Air Force Orchestra, the festival is held
in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall the Sunday before Memorial Day and features a 300-voice choir, drawn from
all parts of the nation and accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra.
The lead conductor and Artistic Director is Dr. Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A sell-out audience thrills to such
classics as “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “The God who Gave us Life, Gave Us Liberty.”

Contact Music Celebrations International for more information on this exciting event!
Box Office Manager - Santa Fe Desert Chorale Donna Lukacs, %24 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000

general description:

The Box Office Manager will be responsible for all box office administration, including taking and processing ticket orders and general treasurer responsibilities. The BOM reports to the Executive Director and works closely with office staff and volunteers.


box office duties:

  •  Manage ticketing systems: set-up events, process sales, and report revenue
  •  Integrate payment processing services and daily reconciliation
  •  Accommodate special ticket requests
  •  Setup and fulfill special ticketing promotions
  •  Distribute marketing materials and hotel concierge support
  •  Box Office supervision at events
  •  Prepare and account for cash boxes for door ticket sales and merchandise

Administrative duties:

  •  Process the mail, prepare and make bank deposits
  •  Liaison with bookkeeper
  •  Oversee and maintain office equipment and equipment service contracts
  •  Oversee maintenance of files and archives
  •  Assist Executive Director with board meeting support
  •  Assist Executive Director in special event production and donor cultivation events as requested


  •  Financial accuracy and comprehensive reporting skills
  •  Detail-oriented and strong organizational abilities
  •  Excellent patron relations and customer service skills
  •  Effective communication skills, both oral and written
  •  Maintain professionalism, punctuality, discretion and positive representation of the Chorale in all job functions
  •  Ability to work as a team member in a small office environment, including assisting other team members
  •  Willingness to take on special assignments as needed
  •  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Tix ticketing system preferred, ability to learn new systems required

Education and qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  •  Experience with box office and ticketing and/or as a bank-teller strongly desired

compensation and benefits:

  •  Annual salary commensurate with experience, paid in 24 equal installments
  •  Health insurance covered 
Marin Baroque seeking Volunteer Singers! (corrected) Linda Price, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000 BAROQUE: Emerging-professional Chamber Choir of maximum 24 voices with outstanding Baroque instrument orchestra; music organization with prior concerts of sold-out audiences of 300. Looking for all voices, particularly Tenors, and Baritones/Basses. Volunteer singers.

Solo opportunities.  Great exposure.
Requirements include: experience with choral baroque/classical singing, understanding of vocal technique, and ability to read music.

Concerts in March 2016 and June 2016

Auditions ongoing. Contact us for further information and/or audition materials. 415-497-6634 or
NJ Small Ensemble- Glorious in need of Baritone or Bass/Baritone kelly birgfeld, %24 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 ministry based vocal ensemble that meets every other Monday (7:30 to 9:30 pm) in Central NJ needs a baritone or bass/baritone (perferrably with sight reading or choral experience but willing to train the right person!) to join our ranks for spring semester.  Lots of opportunities for individual solos and very collaborative/friendly rehearsal style.  We sing both traditional sacred choral and contemporary choral worship styles.  Check out for more information, videos, etc.  If interested please contact Kelly. ]]>Advent Concerts at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria Anita Jungherr, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000
Our concerts take place each weekend of the Pre-Christmas season,
every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20, 2015.
(except on Sat., December 12)
Fri. and Sat. at 8:30 pm Soloists of the Vienna ChamberOrchestra with trumpet & vocalists
Sun. at 10:00 pm Soloists of the Vienna ChamberOrchestra with trumpet & vocalists
Duration per concert ~ approx. 1hour
Fri., Nov. 27 – 08:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 28 – 08:30 pm
Sun., Nov. 29 – 10:00 pm
Fri., Dec. 04 – 08:30 pm
Sat., Dec. 05 – 08:30 pm
Sun., Dec. 06 – 10:00 pm
Fri., Dec.11 – 08:30 pm
Sun., Dec.13 – 10:00 pm
Fri., Dec. 18 – 08:30 pm
Sat., Dec. 19 – 08:30 pm
Sun., Dec. 20 – 10:00 pm
Soloists of the Vienna ChamberOrchestra
Works by W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, F. Schubert, J. Haydn etc.
as well as the most beautiful songs of the Advent and selected texts
These evenings full of atmosphere are filled with solemn chamber music, the most beautiful songs and selected texts of the Pre-Christmas season are interpreted virtuously by the Soloists of the Vienna ChamberOrchestra (strings & wind), the solo trumpet, and the vocalists.
The ensemble “Soloists of the Vienna ChamberOrchestra” was founded in the year 1983.
By performing in different chamber music formations, the musicians of the reputable Vienna ChamberOrchestra carry on with an old tradition which is maintained by many established orchestras. Performing as a chamber music ensemble shows various benefits: A manifold spectrum of different groupings can be realized (from duo to nonet); the musicians highly enjoy this different way of making music; and the very refined skills of each single player are raised even higher. Especially integrating a solo instrument like trumpet, flute or piano enables the ensemble to perform solo-concerti alike.
Ticket hotline:
Kunst & Kultur - ohne Grenzen
Tel.: ++43 (0)1 - 581 86 40
2nd Choir Festival in SALZBURG Cathedral / Austria Anita Jungherr, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000
W. A. Mozart - Requiem & Sparrow Mass
Commemorating the 225th anniversary of Mozart's death & 250th birthday of Süßmayr!
Directed by János Czifra, Musical director of Salzburg Cathedral, you will study both works during workshops (held in English). On Friday, 26th and Sunday, 28th of August you will perform these masterpieces of choral music with orchestra and excellent soloists in the Cathedral of Salzburg, Mozart’s native town.
Please apply with:
Kunst & Kultur – ohne Grenzen
Tel: ++43-(0)1-586 73 08
11th Choir Festival in St. Stephen’s Cathedral / Vienna / Austria Anita Jungherr, %24 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
Commemorating 225th anniversary of W.A. Mozart's death & 250th birthday of Franz X. Süßmayr
Directed by Gerald Wirth, Artistic director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, you will study Mozart’s Requiem during workshops (held in English), commemorating the 225th anniversary of W. A. Mozart's death and the 250th birthday of F. X. Süßmayr. On 16th of July you will perform this masterpiece of choral music with orchestra and excellent soloists in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna.
The proceeds of the concert will go to the restoration of the church.
Please apply with:
Kunst & Kultur – ohne Grenzen
Tel: ++43-(0)1-586 73 08
Joyous Sounds of Latin America Nicolas Alberto Dosman, %24 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000

The University of Southern Maine School of Music presents the acclaimed USM Chamber Singers under the direction of Nicolás Alberto Dosman in a seasonal fall favorite concert, this year with a Latin flair. “The Joyous Sounds of Latin America” concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 at Williston-Immanuel United Church at 156 High Street inPortland. The suggested donation at the door is $12;tickets can also be purchased in advance at

The USM Chamber Singers are being conducted this season by Nicolás Alberto Dosman, who was welcomed this fall as visiting assistant professor and as the new conductor of the University Chorale as well as the Chamber Singers.“We are very excited to welcome choral director Nicolás Dosman to our faculty,” said Alan Kaschub, Director of the School of Music. “Robert Russell helped to define choral music in Maine during his 35 years at USM. This transition is a perfect example of USM showing its strength and keeping its commitment to that legacy.”

The featured work on the program is Navidad Nuestra (Our Christmas) by the Argentine composer, pianist and music director Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010). The musical drama tells in six movements the story of the Nativity, including the announcement of the Angel to Mary that she would bear a child, the difficult journey of the expectant parents to a humble stable at Bethlehem where the child would be born, the shepherds, the three kings, and the flight of the Holy Family to safety, all told in the expressive flavors of Hispanic culture. Based on the rhythms and traditions of Latin America, the singers will be joined by a rhythm section including guitars, bass and a variety of hand percussion instruments.

Also on the program will be Salmo 150, a Latin psalm setting by Ernani Aguiar, Über’s Gebirg Maria Geht by Johannes Eccard (1553-1611), Adon Olam by Kenneth Lampl, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre; Elijah Rock by Moses Hogan (1957-2003), Carol of the Bells by Peter Wilhousky (1902-1978), Betelmehu, a Nigerian carol by Olatunji, arranged by Barrington Brooks, and the ever-favorite Silent Night by Franz Gruber (1787-1863).

Student conductors include Erin Morrison, Aria Tonini and Rhiannon Vonder Haar. Soloists include Sean Arsenault, Matthew LaBerge, Allie Macisso, Symantha Morales and Rose Underkofler.

What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, November 22, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %24 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
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from the Los Huelgas Codex, c. 1300: Conductus: Mater patris et filia
Anonymous 4
Sir Arnold Bax: Magnificat
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
Mark Blatchly, organ
Camille Saint-Saëns: Rhapsodie No. 1 in E ~ Three Rhapsodies on Breton Themes, Op. 7
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
Music on the 14th century manuscript known as the Los Huelgas Codex was probably sung
by the nuns of the Cistercian convent of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, Spain.
English composer Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953) is perhaps better known for his symphonic music than his
choral music. He was appointed Master of the King's Music in 1941 succeeding Sir Henry Walford Davies.
We tend to think of Camille Saint-Saens as the brilliant composer of symphonies. That he was indeed.
But he was also Organiste Titulaire of Paris' Eglise de la Madeleine from 1857-1877.

Karol Szymanowski: Litany to the Virgin Mary, Op. 59
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle
Elzbieta Szmytka, soprano
W.A. Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Clare College Chapel Choir, Timothy Brown
Dominic Wheeler, organ
Antonio Soler: Andantino ~ Concerto No. 3 for Two Organs
Jon Gillock, organ; Kathleen Bride, harp
You will hear snippets of Max Reger and even a little Scriabin in this Litany
composed by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937). The text
for Mozart's Ave verum corpus can be traced back to Pope Innocent VI in the
14th century. The Six Concertos for Two Organs are the best known of the
compositions of the Spanish priest and musician Padre Antonio Francisco
Javier José Soler Ramos (1729-1783).
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Psalm 23
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ernst Senff Chamber Choir, Riccardo Chailly
Thomas Tallis: God grant we grace (Canon)
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Prelude in F
Christa Rakich, organ
Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942) emigrated to the United States
about the same time as his compatriot Arnold Schoenberg. His setting of Psalm 23 dates
from 1910. Tudor English composer Thomas Tallis (c1505–1585) served four Monarchs of
England in that tumultuous time after Henry VIII established the Church of England. Fanny
Mendelssohn-Hensel was Felix Mendelssohn's older sister. She was a prodigious musician
who at the tender age of 13 was able to play from memory Bach's Well Tempered Keyboard.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Easter ~ Five Mystical Songs
Corydon Singers; English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best
Thomas Allen, baritone
English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) set the Five Mystical Songs of George
Herbert to music between 1906-1911.

J.S. Bach: Cantata 90, "Es reisset euch ein schrecklich ende"
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto; 
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
The third movement of this cantata is a tour de force for the bass soloist and the trumpet.
In my opinion it ranks right up there with Handel's "Why do the nations so furiously rage together".
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Miserere
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
The choral music of the Italian-born French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully deserves to
be performed more frequently than it is. In my opinion Lully shares Vivaldi’s gift for setting
his texts with music which makes the words leap off the page.
George Frideric Handel: Brockes-Passion: Part 1
Cologne Chamber Choir; Collegium Cartusianum, Peter Neumann
Nele Gramss, soprano, Daughter of Zion; Johanna Winkel, soprano, Believer;
Markus Brutscher, tenor, Evangelist; Markus Flaig, tenor, Jesus;
Elvira Bill, mezzo-soprano, Maria; Jan Thomer, alto, Judas;
James Oxley, tenor, Peter; Michael Dahmen, bass
Handel's setting of the Passion narrative dates from 1715-1716. What fascinates me about
this somewhat obscure work of the great German master is that none other than Johann
Sebastian Bach performed it on Good Friday, April 8, 1746. Barthold Heinrich Brockes added
some poetry to the Passion story. Of the 120 or so movements Herr Brockes wrote Handel set
106 of them in his version of Brockes Passion.
A Broadway Christmas with Elaine Paige and the American Pops Orchestra Luke Frazier, %24 %b %2015 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 Broadway Christmas - Get in the holiday spirit with The American Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Luke Frazier, with special guest artists "First Lady of the Musical Theater", Elaine Paige, Broadway's Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie), Julia Goodwin (America's Got Talent) and a Holiday Chorus. This festive evening of entertainment will include favorites White ChristmasWe Need a Little ChristmasBaby it's Cold OutsideO Holy Night and other timeless holiday hits. 
Choral friends use discount code: HOLIDAY15 for $15 off tickets!
For tickets and more information:
Somerset Chamber Choir Concert - Brahms Requiem and music by Schütz and Pärt Philip Bevan, %24 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000
Brahms Requiem and music by Schütz and Pärt
King's College Chapel, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3LA, UK
Concert starts at 3pm
Somerset Chamber Choir
Anita D’Attellis piano
Richard Pearce piano & organ
Mary Bevan soprano
Morgan Pearse baritone
Graham Caldbeck conductor
Tickets on Line at
Brahms’s ’German Requiem’ (1868) is one of the pinnacles of the choral repertoire. Lyrical and dramatic by turns, deeply felt and vividly expressive, the work’s long development began with the death of Brahms’s close friend Robert Schumann in 1856, and was given renewed impetus by the death of his mother in 1865. Brahms chose not to set the traditional Latin text of the Requiem Mass, but instead selected passages from the German Lutheran Bible.  He this created a personal reflection upon mortality and a tender consolation to the living.
Ein deutsches Requiem is presented by the Somerset Chamber Choir in the composer’s own intimate arrangement for piano duet accompaniment.
Brahms was unusual among composers of his time in taking a keen interest in the works of his precursors in the German choral tradition – notably Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) and JS Bach (1685-1750). Brahms not only performed their music, but also drew upon their influence in his composition. Schütz had previously set three texts chosen by Brahms for the Requiem; musical ideas from several Bach cantatas also appear, and Handel’s influence too, is felt in the fugues.
In the first half of our programme, three motets by Schütz, and Bach’s magnificent Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 for organ are presented alongside two wonderful short works in English by the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt (b1935) – The woman with the alabaster box (1997) and Littlemore Tractus (2001). Pärt, like Brahms, has made a close study of early composers and during his compositional and existential crisis in the 1960s and 70s he composed a number of works based upon Bach’s music. After this turning point, Pärt underwent a creative silence of eight years as he developed his new, distinctive musical style known as Tintinnabuli (from the Latin for ‘bell’).
For this concert Somerset Chamber Choir is joined by two impressive young vocal soloists – the sparkling soprano Mary Bevan, a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music; and the brilliant Australian baritone Morgan Pearse, gold medalist in the Royal Overseas League’s Music Competition in 2013, and winner of the prestigious Lies Askonas prize in 2014. Two virtuoso pianists, Anita D’Attellis anf Richard Pearce, complete the team – Richard is also the continuo player and organ soloist.
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)                       Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener SWV 433
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)                                        The woman with the alabaster box
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)                       Selig sind die Toten SWV 391
Johann Sebastian Bach) (1685-1750)         Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)                       Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener SWV 281
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)                                        Littlemore Tractus
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)                    Ein deutsches Requiem
City Carol Sing - 2015 E. Burns, %24 %b %2015 %07:%Nov:%th 7NovGMT+0000
The Seventh Annual
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street • Toronto, Ontario


With Special Guests:
John McDermott :: Susan Coyne :: Gord Martineau

The True North Brass
The Bach Children’s Chorus
That Choir
The Hedgerow Singers
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir
William Maddox, organ
Eric Robertson, music director
with donations being accepted for the Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank

Phone: (416) 922-1167
Los Angeles Master Chorale Performs Handel's Messiah Susan Gordon, %24 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%th 6NovGMT+0000
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah, his most popular oratorio, on Sundays, December 6 and 20, at 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The program features 48 members of the Grammy-nominated chorus, chamber orchestra and four soloists, including soprano Hayden Eberhart, mezzo soprano Janelle DeStefano, tenor Jon Lee Keenan and baritone Steve Pence.  This is the fifth consecutive year a concert version of Handel’s riveting Messiah has been part of the Chorale’s holiday concert series.
“Handel’s Messiah is the ultimate musical stocking stuffer,” says Gershon.  “It is universally beloved and is thrilling to conduct, especially in Disney Hall with its remarkable acoustics.” 
Rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and beautiful orchestrations, Messiah was composed in just 24 days by celebrated Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, and continues to be one of the most renowned pieces of English sacred music.  Messiah is set to the libretto by Charles Jennens, who drew texts from the King James and Great Bibles and has been performed as a seasonal tradition across the globe for more than 255 years.
The Master Chorale also presents the 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” the do-it-yourself version, December 16.  Other holiday offerings include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12; and “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” December 13.
Tickets range from $29 - $129. Group rates are available.  Children under six not admitted. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Chorus Dues? Marie Grass Amenta, %24 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000 am doing some research for a friend.
Those of you who either direct or sing in a community chorus, do you have dues?  If you do, how much are they and how are they structured?
Those of you who direct or sing in a chorus connected with a symphony (NOT a paid chorus, an auditioned volunteer chorus), do you have dues?  How much are they and how are they structured?
Thanks folks!
Rachmaninoff Vespers Lindsey Warren, %24 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000
The Randolph Singers, under the direction of Lindsey Warren, presents a centennial performance of Rachmaninoff's Vespers on Sunday, December 6th at 4pm, Chandler Center for Arts in Randolph. Admission is by free-will donation.  Iconography exhibit by Dmitri Andreyev and reception with caroling to follow the concert.
The concert hall will be decorated by lanterns made by Craig Wiltse's middle school Hands-On Construction Art classes at Randolph Union.
The 65 member chorus is comprised of many singers from VT and NH. Come on out and support community music!
We are grateful to all our sponsors this fall, including our major underwriters, Mascoma Savings Bank, Catamount Solar and the Lamson Howell Foundation. 
First Presbyterian Chancel Choir presents Music by Buxtehude and Ralph Vaughan Williams Linda Price, %24 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church San Anselmo Chancel Choir plus distinguished guest singers, soloists, and ORCHESTRA, will sing Buxtehude's Magnificat and Ralph Vaughan William's Fantasia on Christmas Carols on DECEMBER 13th, during Sunday worship, starting at 10 AM.
First Presbyterian Church SA is located at 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Street parking; wheelchair accessible.
All ages are welcome! Freewill offering is appreciated.
Mendelssohn Club Chorus Auditions for All Voice Parts Amanda Schkeeper, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%rd 21NovGMT+0000
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia announces auditions for all volunteer voice parts for the remainder of our 2015-2016 season. Learn about us at
Join us!
We welcome singers eager to meet new musical challenges. Mendelssohn Club is a welcoming group that encourages experienced choral singers who appreciate the challenge of learning new material to consider being part of our Philadelphia-based chorus.
When and where auditions are held
Auditions for the 2015-2016 season are being held for all interested volunteer voice parts. Volunteer singer auditions will be held on the evening of January 4, 2016. Auditions and weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals are held at the Settlement Music School, 4th and Queen Streets, in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Free secure parking.
Signing up for the audition
Click here to be considered for an audition. The information will be sent to the Auditions Committee, and you will be contacted by our Personnel Manager. New volunteer singers may submit audition requests until December 31, 2015.

Preparing for the audition
Singers are expected to have prior choral experience and possess some degree of sight-singing ability. Prepare a work of your choice that demonstrates your vocal range. Any genre of classical music is acceptable such as an art song, an aria from an opera or oratorio, or your voice part from a choral work. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a copy of your music for the accompanist. The audition will also include some sight-reading and tonal memory exercises.

Executive Director - The Choral Arts Society of Washington Caryn Fraim, %23 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%rd 20NovGMT+0000
The Board of Directors of The Choral Arts Society of Washington seeks an Executive Director to collaborate with full time Artistic Director Scott Tucker to lead this nationally prominent choral organization to the next levels of growth and success.  
Established in 1965 by Maestro Norman Scribner, Choral Arts is recognized as one of the nation's premier symphonic choruses, performing primarily major choral/orchestral works, in an annual season at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Choral Arts stands out as a leader among its peers not only for its artistic excellence, but for its administrative leadership and educational portfolio. Choral Arts has a budget among those of the top five American choruses, an endowment twice the size of the annual operating budget, and a team of eight full-time artistic management staff.
Choral Arts has performed, toured, co-commissioned and recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra, including John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance, which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album.  The chorus has performed under the batons of many of the world's leading conductors, including among others, Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Shaw, and has most recently appeared with the London Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in 2015 during a highly acclaimed five-city tour of the People’s Republic of China.  The chorus has performed for nationally and internationally televised events, including A Capitol Fourth, and has toured in the United States and on three continents.  Choral Arts has engaged in a wide range of partnerships and has developed international collaborations with prestigious festivals in England, France and China.  Several hundred works, representing all periods, have been performed and are included within its discography.
In 2012, upon the retirement of Founder and Artistic Director Norman Scribner and following an extensive international search, Scott Tucker, formerly the P.E. Browning Director of Choral Music at Cornell University, was appointed the full time Artistic Director of Choral Arts.  The chorus has grown to a membership of 193 professional-caliber volunteer singers, and includes the newly formed 27-member Choral Arts Chamber Singers, whose first recordings, Lift Up Your Voice, performed in both English and Spanish, have been released in North and South America on the Sono Luminus label.  Under the baton of Maestro Tucker, the chorus has continued its dedication to artistic excellence and expanded its relationships with premier orchestras and conductors.
Maestro Tucker’s fourth season begins with the world premiere of Zachary Wadsworth’s Battle-Flags, commissioned by Choral Arts and innovatively coupled with Brahms Requiem, in memory of Maestro Scribner.  Other season highlights include the Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra; Home Alone with Steve Reineke and the NSO Pops; Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Verdi Requiem with Marin Alsop and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  In the season finale, Some Enchanted Evening, Choral Arts features soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Norm Lewis.   
Choral Arts has a robust educational and community outreach program including student concerts, curricular materials and internships as well as collaborative partnerships with American University, The Smithsonian Associates and Washington Performing Arts.  Since the inception of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in 1989, Choral Arts has produced and participated in an MLK Celebration Concert.  A Young Patrons initiative attracts young professionals who share a passion for the arts and choral music.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will partner with Artistic Director Scott Tucker to provide overall leadership to this dynamic organization.  The scope of responsibility includes fundraising and donor relations, audience development, strategic planning and execution, marketing/advertising, external and community relations, volunteer and personnel management and the overall operational, financial, and administrative management of the organization.  The Executive Director will develop relationships and collaborations with musical, performing, educational, and community organizations to expand Choral Arts’ outreach throughout the Metropolitan Washington area, nationally and internationally. 
The Executive Director will maintain a high professional profile and work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective governance.  In partnership with the Artistic Director and the Board, the Executive Director will work to enhance public awareness and recognition of The Choral Arts Society of Washington as one of the leading choral organizations in the United States. 
Candidates will be expected to have an established reputation for excellence in arts management, preferably with choruses or orchestras, must be engaged in and excited by the collaborative leadership process, and must demonstrate the ability and creativity to build on the organization’s distinguished history. 
Fundraising and Development -- Lead Choral Arts’ development program, design comprehensive plans that maximize contributed income, and assume a leading and active role in fund-raising in consultation and cooperation with the Artistic Director and the Board. The Executive Director will:
  • Take a direct leadership role in Choral Arts’ development programs, including but not limited to the Holiday Benefit and other annual fundraising efforts, the Choral Arts Endowment Fund, and planned giving (The Encore Society).
  • Partner with the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors to identify, solicit, cultivate and maintain strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, diplomatic and government donors and sponsors.
  • Broaden the organization’s donor base – diversifying in terms of types (e.g., corporate, government, individual) and scale (small donors to large donors).
Audience Development, Marketing and Public Relations -- Oversee audience development, marketing and public relations activities for the organization.  The Executive Director will:
  • Develop innovative plans to grow the audience of Choral Arts - particularly the new and younger audience - and implement a strategy for developing them as patrons and donors.
  • Partner with the Artistic Director to communicate the work and mission of the organization to the public through traditional and new media sources.
  • Lead the effort to increase the awareness and impact of the Choral Arts brand, clearly articulating mission, vision, programs and strategic direction to the public.
  • Cultivate good relations with media and stay abreast of developments in the regional, national and international performing arts communities.
Management, Operations and Finance -- Direct and manage all aspects of the organization’s operations, budget, and administration to ensure fiscal responsibility and the most effective use of resources.  The Executive Director will:
  • Implement and monitor a long-term strategic and short-term operating plan in coordination with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director, and assume joint responsibility for its implementation, reporting progress towards goals regularly.
  • Oversee all day-to-day operations to ensure that patrons and other community members have a world class experience each time they interact with the organization.
  • Develop an annual budget and business plan for presentation to the Board.  Manage cash flow and present appropriate financial information to the Board on a regular and timely basis. Ensure financial controls are in place to maintain oversight and ethical use of funds.  Provide oversight and supervision of bookkeeping and accounting in accordance with accepted accounting principles for non-profits.
  • Ensure that Choral Arts is effectively structured to execute the vision set forth by the Board and the Artistic Director, and that it is staffed with highly competent persons including paid staff and a cadre of engaged and enthusiastic volunteers.  Interview, hire, train, and mentor staff and volunteers.  Assign work, and complete job performance reviews on a regular basis as requested by the board of directors.
  • In partnership with the Artistic Director, plan and execute the concerts, events, and activities, which include programming, artist engagement, celebrations, special fund raising, and other events as needed.
  • Maintain Choral Arts’ highest ethical standards, ensuring that all correct business policies and practices are lawful.
Outreach and Education -- In partnership with the Artistic Director, create and execute plans to ensure a systematic, values-based approach to outreach and education. The Executive Director will:
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with community arts, education, and cultural organizations to advance Choral Arts’ outreach activities.
  • Work with all members of the community, develop appropriate strategic partnerships, and seek to include members of the community's various multicultural groups and people of all ages.
  • Represent Choral Arts at various community events in a manner that enhances our reputation and improves our ability to serve the cultural needs of the community.
Governance -- Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, stimulate involvement, recruit new members, and work closely with the Board to ensure strong leadership infrastructure and long-term organization success.  With the Artistic Director, serve as a member of the Board of Directors ex officio, and as a full member of the Executive Committee.  The Executive Director will:
  • Initiate and maintain effective communications with the Board Chair, Board of Directors and staff.
  • Actively assist in Board prospect identification, cultivation, and recruitment with the goal of developing a diverse group of Board members whose skills, experience and financial connections advance the organization.
  • Assist Board committees to develop and implement their goals and objectives.
The successful candidate will have traits and skills that will set him or her apart from others, including the following:
  • Results-oriented leadership, a positive attitude and the ability to inspire and mobilize Choral Arts  to a  reach a common vision and organizational goals, at all times observing the highest ethical and professional standards
  • Superior relationship and team building skills; highly collaborative, with the ability to interact effectively with the Artistic Director, Board of Directors, staff, patrons, donors, and the local, national and international community
  • An established reputation for creativity and excellence in arts management, preferably with choruses, or orchestras; the ability and creativity to take Choral Arts to the next level of growth and organizational performance. 
A bachelor's degree is required; master’s degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred.  A successful track record in non-profit management with an emphasis on marketing, audience development and fundraising skills is required.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Choral Arts offers a competitive benefits package. 
To apply, email the following to
Cover letter
3 professional references.
[Note: All submitted information, including references, will remain confidential; references will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior agreement.]  
Or you may mail the above documents to:
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Attention: Search Committee
5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 503
Washington, DC 20015
The position is available in summer 2016; the search will continue until the position is filled. 
Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas - Judith Clurman, conductor with Essential Voices USA Nicole Guberman, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%rd 19NovGMT+0000
Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas
Judith Clurman, Conductor With Essential Voices USA
Guest Artists: Mezzo Soprano Jamie Barton, Soprano Maureen McKay
Pianist Tedd Firth and Harpist Stacey Shames  
Includes both new, innovative arrangements of seasonal favorites as well as brand new pieces commissioned by Essential Voices USA for this release.
This is Essential Voices USA third album with Sono Luminus, the former two of which have become bestsellers and are widely acclaimed by critics.
“EVUSA [does] exquisite work….brilliant phrasing and nuance.” — The Huffington Post
“Judith Clurman - the exceptional conductor.” — Time Out, New York
Judith Clurman conducts her acclaimed chorus, Essential Voices USA, in Holiday Harmonies: Sounds of Christmas, the ensemble’s third recording for Sono Luminus.  This holiday disc includes premiere recordings of new vibrant arrangements of seasonal favorites and new works that were written for the disc by some of America’s finest composers. Mezzo Soprano Jamie Barton, Soprano Maureen McKay, Pianist Tedd Firth, and Harpist Stacey Shames are featured performers. Traditional repertoire includes: “Angels We Have Heard on High” (arr. David Chase), “O Holy Night” (arr. Ryan Nowlin), “Silent Night” (arr. Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman), “The Virgin’s Slumber Song” (Max Reger), and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (adaptation Judith Clurman). New works include: “Whispered and Revealed” (Nico Muhly), “Love Came Down” (Jennifer Higdon) and “Merry Christmas Wishing Well” (Gene Gilroy, arr. Michael Gilbertson).
JUDITH CLURMAN: I love every note on this CD - new and old - and the work of every performer with whom I collaborated!
JAMIE BARTON: I’m thrilled to be a part of this holiday album. It's a magical mix of traditional heart-warming Christmas songs and some interesting new composers – like your favorite hot cider with some tasty new spices!
NICO MUHLY: “Music for Christmas is, at its best, a combination of the traditional and the new, and Judith Clurman has assembled a great combination of known music in new arrangements, and three commissioned works.  It is such a pleasure to be included in this compilation, to share it with my colleagues, and to work with Judith, who has been a longtime supporter of my work, and the work of many living composers. “
COLIN J. RAE, CEO, Sono Luminus: To me, Judy and Essential Voices USA hit all the right sweet spots with Holiday Harmonies; Christmas nostalgia coupled with contemporary beauty capped off with SPECTACULAR singing.” 
             1. Angels We Have Heard on High - Traditional French Carol (arr. David Chase)               
Essential Voices USA; Tedd Firth, piano
2. O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam (arr. Ryan Nowlin)
Essential Voices USA; Stacey Shames, harp
3. Silent Night - Franz Xaver Gruber (arr. Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman)                              
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Essential Voices USA; Tedd Firth, piano
4. Love Came Down - Jennifer Higdon                                                                                    
Maureen McKay, soprano; Essential Voices USA; Stacey Shames, harp
5. The Virgin’s Slumber Song - Max Reger                                                                            
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Tedd Firth, piano
6. Whispered and Revealed - Nico Muhly
Essential Voices USA; Stacey Shames, harp
7. Merry Christmas Wishing Well - Gene Gilroy (arr. Michael Gilbertson)        
Essential Voices USA; Tedd Firth, piano
8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - adaptation Judith Clurman                                           
Essential Voices USA; Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Maureen McKay, soprano
All first recordings
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is widely regarded as one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles. It comprises a highly talented roster of both seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. Within this group, Clurman has created a dynamic choral model in which the size of the ensemble is dictated by the unique needs of each project. EVUSA performs regularly on the Carnegie Hall subscription series with The New York Pops and at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. The ensemble was in residence with National Public Radio during the month of February 2011. That same year, the ensemble launched The Composer Speaks, a popular series of informal concerts in workshop format designed to encourage dialogue with composers and lyricists and moderated by Judith. In 2011 and 2012, EVUSA “rocked the rock” on NBC’s national broadcasts of the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. A highlight of the 2012–2013 season was EVUSA’s participation in the Presidential Inaugural activities, including a sing-along of the “Sing Out, Mr. President” song cycle at the “Church of the Presidents” in Washington, D.C. The ensemble’s CD was also featured on NPR on Inauguration Day 2013. They performed on July 4th Macy’s 2014 Spectacular Fireworks broadcast on NBC television. EVUSA has recorded two other critically acclaimed CDs for Sono Luminus: Celebrating the American Spirit (DSL 92162) and Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit (DSL 92182).
JUDITH CLURMAN Judith Clurman is an Emmy and Grammy nominated conductor, vocal educator, and choral specialist. She conducts Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), collaborates with the Omaha Symphony on their Sacred Voices and Community Concerts and the New York Pops on their Carnegie Hall subscription series, and maintains an active vocal studio. She recently conducted the Österreich Festival Orchestra and the Music Celebrations Chorus at the Mozarteum Grosser Saal, Salzburg and the nationally televised July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. Judith has worked with many of the world’s finest symphonies and has commissioned and premiered works by over fifty prolific American composers, received an Emmy nomination for her work as Associate Music Director for Season 39 of Sesame Street, and conducted the World-Premiere of a newly-discovered canon text by Mozart for Lincoln Center’s Mozart Bicentennial, and a Leonard Bernstein arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She served as Director of Choral Activities at The Juilliard School from 1989-2007, as Co-Director for Harvard University’s Leonard Bernstein: Boston to Broadway Festival, as a faculty member and vocal specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts/Columbia University Institute of Classical Music.
American mezzo-soprano JAMIE BARTON is the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the winner of both the Main and the Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has been described by The Guardian as “a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-20th century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad.” Jamie appears with the world’s finest opera companies and symphonic orchestras. She is featured on the CD singing “Silent Night,” “The Virgin’s Slumber Song,” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
Following performances of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Washington Post hailed soprano MAUREEN MCKAY as the "undisputed star of the show," and further exclaimed, "Armed with a silvery, precisely aimed voice, natural stage presence and the kind of beautifully detailed acting you don't see often enough on the operatic stage, McKay turned in a smart, sexy and thoroughly charming performance." She has performed with the Komische Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Portland Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She is featured on the CD singing Jennifer Higdon”s “Love Came Down” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
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Jamie Barton: © Fay Fox
Maureen McKay: © Simon Pauly
EVUSA: © Judith Clurman
Judith Clurman and Essential Voices USA Present Sing Christmas Nicole Guberman, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%rd 19NovGMT+0000
Judith Clurman and Essential Voices USA Present Sing Christmas
Thursday, December 3 at 9:30 PM 
At Feinstein’s / 54 Below
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles, will present SING CHRISTMAS, a sing-along of traditional carols and holiday songs by Broadway’s finest, on December 3 at 9:30pm at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Works by Lynn Ahrens, Chad Beguelin, Irving Berlin, Ralph Blane, Jerry Bock, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Hugh Martin, Joe Raposo, Matthew Sklar, Meredith Willson and David Zippel will be performed. In addition, they will sing highlights from their new CD (released October, 2015), Holiday Harmonies: Song of Christmas. Pianist Tedd Firth will join in the fun and perform with the chorus. The program will also include newly arranged works by David Chase, Judith Clurman, and Tedd Firth. Audience members will be provided with text sheets. A special bonus will be everyone singing a world premiere performance together – a new arrangement of “Silent Night” by Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman. Soloists from the chorus include Joseph Beutel, Amy Justman, and Nicholas Sotack.
Tickets available at Feinstein’s / or by calling Call 646-476-3551. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Judith Clurman says, “I am thrilled to celebrate the holiday season and the release of Essential Voices USA's new CD, Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas.  Join us at Feinstein’s/54 Below in a Sing- Along of traditional Christmas carols and beautiful holiday melodies by Broadway’s finest.”
Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is widely regarded as one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles. It comprises a highly talented roster of both seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. Within this group, Judith Clurman has created a dynamic choral model in which the size of the ensemble is dictated by the unique needs of each project. EVUSA performs regularly on the Carnegie Hall subscription series with The New York Pops and at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. The ensemble was in residence with National Public Radio during the month of February 2011. That same year, the ensemble launched The Composer Speaks, a popular series of informal concerts in workshop format designed to encourage dialogue with composers and lyricists and moderated by Judith. In 2011 and 2012, EVUSA “rocked the rock” on NBC’s national broadcasts of the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. A highlight of the 2012–2013 season was EVUSA’s participation in the Presidential Inaugural activities, including a sing-along of the “Sing Out, Mr. President” song cycle at the “Church of the Presidents” in Washington, D.C. The ensemble’s CD was also featured on NPR on Inauguration Day 2013. They performed on July 4th Macy’s 2014 Spectacular Fireworks broadcast on NBC television. EVUSA has recorded three CDs for Sono Luminus: Celebrating the American Spirit, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit and Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas.
Judith Clurman is an Emmy and Grammy nominated conductor, vocal educator, and choral specialist. She conducts Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), collaborates with the Omaha Symphony on their Sacred Voices and Community Concerts and the New York Pops on their Carnegie Hall subscription series, and maintains an active vocal studio. She recently conducted the Österreich Festival Orchestra and the Music Celebrations Chorus at the Mozarteum Grosser Saal, Salzburg and the nationally televised July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. Her new Sono Luminus CD, Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas, with her Essential Voices USA, soloists Jamie Barton and Maureen McKay, features traditional carols and new works written for her by Jennifer Higdon and Nico Muhly.  Judith has worked with many of the world’s finest symphonies and has commissioned and premiered works by over fifty prolific American composers, received an Emmy nomination for her work as Associate Music Director for Season 39 of Sesame Street, and conducted the World Premiere of a newly-discovered canon text by Mozart for Lincoln Center’s Mozart Bicentennial, and a Leonard Bernstein arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She served as Director of Choral Activities at The Juilliard School from 1989-2007, as Co-Director for Harvard University’s Leonard Bernstein: Boston to Broadway Festival, as a faculty member and vocal specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts/Columbia University Institute of Classical Music. She edits choral editions for G. Schirmer, Schott and Hal Leonard and she is a member of ASCAP, ASCAP’s Special Classification Committee, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Cover charge $30-40  Premiums $65
Cover Charge Additional $5 At Door
Food & Beverage Minimum: $25
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New York, NY 10019
"Tse Go La" Masterwork by Andrea Clearfield - See-A-Dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%rd 19NovGMT+0000 Clearfield's Tse Go La (At the Threshold of this Life) is a 7-movement Canatata for SATB and SSA choruses, chamber orchestra, and pre-recorded audio. Sounds and inspirations come from Clearfield's own cultural immersion, anthropological and ethnomusicological field work documenting the songs of the remote Himilayan region of Lo Monthang in Upper Mustang, Nepal. 
Hear recorded excerpts on Andrea Clearfield's website:
Peruse the Scores and Parts here:
South Shore Children's Chorus: Starting January 2016! Kirsten Shetler, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%rd 18NovGMT+0000 mission of the South Shore Children's Chorus is to provide quality musical education and vocal training to students living in the south shore communities.  SSCC keeps the development and well-being of our students as our top priority, and aims to create a safe space and loving community for choristers to learn, to grow, and to find their own voice. 
SSCC serves young singers ages 4-14 who are dedicated, responsible, and interested in receiving a well-rounded choral education.  The SSCC is passionate about offering the experience of being a chorister to any student, regardless of financial situation.
 See below for contact information!  We would love for you to JOIN US!
Music Library of 285 pieces Keith Glaeske, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%rd 16NovGMT+0000
The choral music library of the former Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington, DC, 285 different pieces, from a variety of genres (classical, pop, world music) is being offered for sale, at 35₵ a copy, plus shipping.  We are only selling full sets of each piece.  Most of the pieces are SATB, and are now out of print.  Below is a representative sampling:
Composer (Words/Music)
# of copies
Walt Whitman/Vincent Persichetti
Love Song Waltzes (Liebeslieder Waltzer)
Johannes Brahms
Medley from Schoolhouse Rock
Alan Billingsley
The Reluctant Dragon
David Grant/John Rutter
The Rose, the Briar, and the Bicycle
Gwyneth Walker
Serenade to Music
William Shakespeare/R. Vaughan Williams
Please forward all inquiries to; a full list is also available upon request.
Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Arts Program Auditions William Pappazisis, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%rd 19NovGMT+0000 Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Arts Program is holding second semester auditions for all of its youth choirs on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Boston University.
H+H Singer:  ages 8–11
Youth Chorus:  ages 10–14 (treble voices)
Young Men's Chorus:  ages 14–18 (changing and changed voices)
Young Women's Chorus:  ages 15–18
For more information on H+H youth choral programs vistit:
Or contact:
Bill Pappazisis
Assistant Director, Education
Handel and Haydn Society
9 Harcourt Street
Boston, MA 02116
617 262 1815
Blue Heron in Providence: Christmas in Medieval England John Yanns, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%rd 17NovGMT+0000 Stephen’s Church, 114 George Street, Providence, RI 02906
4:00 PM

“A refreshing concert… of music that embodied Christmas spirit.” ~ The Seattle Times (Dec. 8, 2013)

“Blue Heron…has created a holiday custom of taking audiences to musical realms far beyond the familiar.” ~ David Weininger, The Boston Globe

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Christmas in Medieval England
Coming to Providence for the first time: Our very popular, festive program of music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England, including motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, English carols, and Sarum plainchant. Blue Heron’s newest CD, a live recording of this program as it was performed in 2013, will be available for purchase at these concerts.

Sarum plainchant
Angelus ad virginem
Gabriel fram Heven-King
Carols: Hayl Mary, Ther is no rose of swych vertu, Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse, Ecce quod natura, Ave rex angelorum
John Dunstaple (d. 1453): Gaude virgo
Leonel Power (d. 1445): Gloria, Ibo michi ad montem mirre

Doors and box office open at 3:00 PM.

Click here for directions to S. Stephen’s Church by car, bus, train and air.

Brown University parking lots are open to the public on weekends and after 5 pm on weekdays. One such parking lot is two blocks east of the Church at George and Hope Streets. Otherwise, if you circle around, you should be able to find a space within a block or two of the Church.

Several handicapped parking spaces are available on George Street directly across the street from the main entrance to the Church.

Michael Barrett, Pamela Dellal, Paul Guttry, David McFerrin, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Stefan Reed, Mark Sprinkle, Daniela Tošić
Scott Metcalfe, harp

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Photo by Liz Linder.

Blue Heron presents Christmas in Medieval England John Yanns, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%rd 17NovGMT+0000“A refreshing concert… of music that embodied Christmas spirit.” ~ The Seattle Times (Dec. 8, 2013)

“Blue Heron…has created a holiday custom of taking audiences to musical realms far beyond the familiar.” ~ David Weininger, The Boston Globe

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Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM
All concerts at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street

Christmas in Medieval England

Blue Heron's very popular, festive program of music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England, including motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, English carols, and Sarum plainchant. Blue Heron’s newest CD, a live recording of this program as it was performed in 2013, will be available for purchase at these concerts.

Sarum plainchant
Angelus ad virginem
Gabriel fram Heven-King
Carols: Hayl Mary, Ther is no rose of swych vertu, Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse, Ecce quod natura, Ave rex angelorum
John Dunstaple (d. 1453): Gaude virgo
Leonel Power (d. 1445): Gloria, Ibo michi ad montem mirre

Doors and box office open at 7:00 PM for evening concerts and 1:30 PM for Matinee / Pre-concert talks begin at 7:15 PM for evening concerts and 1:45 PM for Matinee.

Pre-concert talks by Daniel Donoghue (Harvard University), sponsored in part by The Cambridge Society for Early Music.

Michael BarrettPamela DellalPaul GuttryDavid McFerrinJason McStootsMartin NearGerrod Pagenkopf, Stefan ReedMark Sprinkle,Daniela Tošić
Scott Metcalfeharp

Buy in advance and save! Tickets prices at the door are $63 / $46 / $33 / $28 / $10.

22 – 30 January 2016, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.

The North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre & ICM Concert Agency s.r.o. are happy to invite you to take part in intensive Opera Conducting Masterclass.
The Opera Conducting Masterclass will be lead by Professor of the Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona and the Associate Conductor with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (since 2002) – Maestro Guerassim Voronkov.

During the masterclass the Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the North Bohemian Theatre will be available for conductors tutoring.
The program includes two performances: Il Trovatore by G. Verdi and Opera-Gala concert, nevertheless it is possible to apply for each program separately.
In Il Trovatore performance will take part soloists of the National Theatre in Prague and The North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre as well as the best participants of the Opera Singing masterclass.

The deadline of the Opera Conducting masterclass has been moved to 1st. December 2015.

It is possible to apply separately for the program Il Trovatore and Opera Gala.

Masterclass fees:
Application fee – € 35 – non-refundable
Active participant fee for two programs Il Trovatore & Opera-Gala = € 2570
Active participant fee for the program Verdi’s Il Trovatore (22 – 30 January 2016), 9-day masterclass = € 2050
Active participant fee for the program Opera-Gala (22 – 26 January 2016), 5-day masterclass = € 1440
Daily Auditors’ price is € 35

No age limit. Rehearsals and performances will be video recorded.

Please, write to the Masterclass manager for the schedule and more information:
In order to apply for the masterclass, please download and fill on the application form:


Tenor and Bass ringers needed Scott Toperzer, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%rd 15NovGMT+0000 Tenor and one Bass soloist/section ringer needed for our Christmas Concert on December 19th.
Seeking strong voices capable of solo work and blending within the section. Concert consists of Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, several traditional Anthems, and many accompanied carols. Concert is with orchestra, and soloists would sing tenor and bass parts in Mendelssohn's Trio from "Christus" Say where is he.
Dress rehearsal is Saturday December 19th from 2-5 PM.  Concert is at 7PM. 
Only contact me if you either know the Pinkham, or are willing to be completely prepared for the dress rehearsal.
Pay is $225
Concert is in Ridgefield, CT 06877 at St. Stephen's Episcopal
Assistant Professor – Tenure Track – Music/Choral Carolyn Hanoski, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%rd 15NovGMT+0000
Viterbo University’s College of Arts and Letters invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor of music beginning August 2016. Primary responsibilities include conducting Concert Choir and 9th Street Singers and teaching other courses as assigned, which could include additional choral groups, applied voice lessons, sight singing, conducting, or choral methods. The successful candidate will also develop the department’s choral activities, implement a recruiting plan, participate in departmental and university service, and maintain an active regional/national professional profile that includes conducting, clinics, festivals, and similar activities.
Qualifications: Completed doctorate in choral conducting preferred. Doctorate in progress or ABD considered. Collegiate choral conducting and teaching experience preferred.
Rank and Salary: Appointment at Assistant Professor rank. Nine month academic year appointment beginning August 18, 2016. Salary competitive with other private, liberal arts institutions of similar size.
Viterbo University is a Catholic, Franciscan, liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3000 students. Viterbo is located in scenic La Crosse, Wisconsin, which has been rated as one of the top places to live in the US. The region features an attractive cost of living, beautiful bluffs and coulees, three major rivers including the Mississippi River, world class health care and education systems, and easy access to major cities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. 
To apply, please visit www.viterbo/edu/jobs to complete online employment application form and upload the following:
  1. letter of application indicating interest and qualifications
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of teaching philosophy and areas of creative-scholarly interests
  4. list of web/YouTube links to recent choral conducting performances
  5. transcripts (initial submissions may be unofficial copies)
  6. contact information for three professional references
Review of complete applications will begin January 11, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.
Contact information: Dr. Timothy Schorr; Dean, College of Arts and Letters; Viterbo University; 900 Viterbo Drive; La Crosse, WI 54601.
Christmas at Trinity- Cantilena Chamber Choir Andrea Goodman, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%rd 15NovGMT+0000
Cantilena Chamber Choir & The Berkshire Children’s Chorus
Christmas at Trinity
Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m.
Trinity Church, Lenox                                                                          
LENOX, MA. — The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Christmas at Trinity on Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. The performance at Trinity Church will feature the selections from the Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach and music for Christmas by Stockbridge composer David Anderegg and traditional carols.  Special guests for this concert are the Berkshire Children’s Chorus and their director Julie Bickford. Together with the Cantilena Chamber Choir they will perform new carols by Paul Mealor and Paul Halley.
 This performance is part of the Making Spirits Bright December 4-6 weekend series of special events in Lenox sponsored by the Lenox Merchants Association to include street caroling, gingerbread house making and more. All tickets are $20 and children are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Choir’s website Reservations: 518-791-0185 or Trinity Church is located at 88 Walker Street in Lenox.
The Cantilena Choir, now in its twelfth season, is the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group. It has received a Peers grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Award for unique programming. Andrea Goodman, the founder and director of the choir, also serves as the Music Director for the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Now in its 25th season, the Berkshire Children’s Chorus has a long history of performances on local, national, and international stages. In 2007, the choruses traveled to Boston to perform at the inauguration of Governor Deval Patrick. In the past decade, the choruses toured New York City, Toronto, Canterbury, England, Florence and Rome, Italy, Straubing, Germany, Paris, France, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The choristers have sung under the direction of such notable conductors as Robert Page, John Rutter, Henry Leck, Janet Galvan, and Maria Guinard. The chorus has shared the stage with Metropolitan Opera stars Denyce Graves and Maureen O’Flynn, as well as acting greats Meryl Streep and Sam Waterston. The Berkshire Children’s Chorus has also collaborated with local music organizations such as the Berkshire Opera Company, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Berkshire Bach Society, and the Cantilena Chamber Choir. 
Question about repertory for an Ireland Tour Timothy Carney, %23 %b %2015 %10:%Nov:%rd 10NovGMT+0000 Colleagues,
I'm taking a 60-voice mixed chorus, comprising 30 amateurs and a 30-voice skilled chamber chorus, to Ireland next summer. We will sing in a number of churches in Cork and Kilkenny before landing in 
Dublin, where we'll sing our tour rep, as well as a masterwork with a Dublin Orchestra in St. Patrick's Cathedral. 
I would love to hear repertoire suggestions, for large chorus, chamber chorus, and masterwork.  What do Irish audiences like to hear most? What (shortish--15-40 minutes) masterworks might be most well received? I'm considering some early American (Billings/Folk arr. Shaw-Parker/Steven Foster) some Irish pieces (Johnny, I hardly knew ye; Down By the Sally Gardens; Grainger's wordless Londonderry Air, some Stanford (Beati Quorum Via) and trios and quartets by Thomas Moore (The origin of the Harp, etc.). Contemporary and 20th c. American music...Ola Gjeilo, Daniel Elder, Jake Runestad, as well as Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Bernstein, and Randall Thompson. plus spirituals and American Songbook: Gershwin to Sondheim...  The desire to represent American choral music at its best and participate in Irish music is leading to a very large repertoire!
Please share your ideas, particulary from those who have toured Ireland recently and have a sense of what Irish audiences would most enjoy. Thank you. 
Choral Conductor Diane Falk Romaine, %23 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%rd 14NovGMT+0000 Paterson University in Wayne, NJ seeks a full-time, tenure track choral conductor (assistant professor) to direct university choir and chamber singers; teach choral conducting and other areas depending upon expertise but may include applied instruction or direct pop music vocal ensemble. Professional activities and University service including student recruitment and advisement required. Doctorate preferred; two years professional experience as a choral conductor required; college teaching experience preferred.  Submit letter of application, cv, 3 professional references to Include DVD or link to video of conducting.  Position open until filled.  Job Code 637WPU ]]> Seeking Alto or Mezzo Soprano for Sacred A Cappella Quartet in Bethlehem, Pa Kathy Anthony, %23 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%rd 6NovGMT+0000 alto or mezzo soprano for a cappella quartet in Bethlehem, PA. Applicant should be a classically trained vocal soloist who processes good sight-reading skills, and is a team player. You must be able to learn all repertoire on your own. Rehearsals (final touch-ups on music) are held once a month, and performances are held once or twice a month. This is a paid position (for each performance - $50.00). Rehearsals are held in the Bethlehem area. Performances are held in the ABE area. If interested in an audition, kindly respond to this classified ad.
Yours in music,
J U B I L A T E D E O - Ivo Antognini ivo antognini, %23 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%rd 6NovGMT+0000 
Dear all,
I had the great chance to collaborate with the fabulous Slovenian Philharmonic Choir and conductor Matjaz Scek.
They performed half concert with my choral music and they commissioned a new piece that I wrote for them:
Jubilate Deo , SSATBB/SATB (or 4 soloists)
I wanted to share with you the video that I did with the live recording of the WP (The Marjan Kozina Hall - Ljubljana - November 15, 2015)
E N J O Y :-)
Innovation's "Secret Sauce" Tim Sharp, %03 %b %2015 %04:%Sep:%rd 4SepGMT+0000
Innovation involves a systematic process of work, as well as one ingredient I call the secret sauce of the innovation process. As is true of any process of the mind, this magic ingredient involves a thought process, a mindset, and I have found this particular key mindset to be at the root of any breakthrough leading to innovation.
The methodology leading to a sustainable innovation follows this path: 1) understand the problem, 2) observe real life experience of the current challenge, 3) visualize the innovation, 4) evaluate and refine the innovation, and 5) implement the innovation. These five basic steps can be applied to the major breakthroughs we call innovative.
IDEO, the award winning design and development firm that brought the world the Apple mouse has demonstrated that this deceptively simple methodology works for everything from creating simple children’s toys to launching e-commerce businesses. But what is the spark, the fuse, the “aha!” moment, the epiphany, the light-bulb catalyst, the “secret sauce”, or the “key” to innovation?
The key to innovation was actually given to us clearly by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo kept a notebook (as did Galileo, Darwin, and other innovators) and wrote his ideas down, no matter how trivial or inconsequential. He tied his notebook around his waist and it served as his constant companion. (illustration found at
Leonardo knew that focused observation was a powerful pathway to innovation. In one margin he wrote he was taking a break from work -- “perche la minestra si fredda”--”because the soup is getting cold.” Really? Sure it is a great reason to stop working, but why write it down? And did he think that anyone would read it? But that was what he did. Seemingly, no idea or observation was trivial to Leonardo.
Leonardo observed everything. His famous notebook pages reveal hundreds of pictograms, sketches, phrases, musical notes, drawings, doodles, and other reflections. Not only did he observe, he intentionally observed. He made time in his life to ponder. We know this because he wrote his observations down.
Leonardo offers us the “secret sauce” to innovation in his notebooks. Leonardo’s most often used word was “perche?”…”why?” You find this word over and over again in his writings. One entry begins, “Perche li cane…?” “Why does a dog…?” It was not enough to observe, but he also questioned “Why?” And, as we investigate his notebooks, we learn that he went beyond “Why?” and would then seek to explore “Why not?”
In this process, da Vinci reveals that the “secret sauce” of innovation was his mindset to question “Why?” and “Why not?” He would then interpret and intuit shades of meaning to divine their underlying motivations or needs. Leonard posed difficult challenges to himself. He confronted tough tasks. For example, he tried to describe the tongue of a hummingbird. He attempted to describe the experience of thirst. He was not afraid of problems and might even be described as a problem creator—but those problems he created were for him to ponder and for his own disciplined study of the challenges of life. The evidence demonstrates that once he identified the problem, through observations, sketches, and experimentation, he sought an innovative solution.
We are tempted to think of these achievements and say, “yes, but he was Leonardo da Vinci!” True, but Leonardo was also a very real person that came from humble and ordinary circumstances. He was raised between two homes. His famous practice of writing backward has been explained as a possible example of dyslexia, or possibly evidence of being self-taught in reading and writing.
Leonardo did not complete some of his innovative projects. In fact, he started a lot of things he never finished. But, what is important to me as a student of innovation is that he started them. One could even say he was a failure, since he never achieved his life’s dream to fly.
Leonardo’s vocational title on any given day could have been military contractor, inventor, painter, or musical performer. However, I have never heard him called a “failure.” His list of projects ran from useful to fantasy. He was very human—he loved people, work, play, food, and life. Leonardo traded in doubts and questions. He signed his work, “Leonardo Vinci discepilo della sperentia”—“Leonardo da Vinci, disciple of experience.” Leonardo asked “why?” and “why not?”, and then he sought answers and solutions, and he wrote down his observations.
The secret sauce to innovation is really no secret. The beginning of innovation engages a mindset of questioning “Why?” and then systematically moves through a process of discovering “Why not?”
Schola Cantorum Offers Wannabe Conductors the Opportunity to Conduct at Annual Messiah Sing Diane Holcomb, %23 %b %2015 %05:%Nov:%rd 5NovGMT+0000 you’ve dreamed of conducting a choir, but don’t wish to spend years studying the craft, here’s your chance to step onto the podium, take up the baton, and lead hundreds of voices in the classic Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah with no more than a brief lesson with Schola Cantorum’s Music Director Gregory Wait. And you’ll be supporting a quality choral group at the same time!


On Monday, December 14 at 7:30 PM, the 85-member ensemble Schola Cantorum presents its annual Messiah Sing for the 49th consecutive year, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The event is a favorite with audiences who sing-along as Conductor Wait leads them onward. Until, that is, the all-important crucial chorus, when he hands the conducting duties over to the highest bidder of the fundraising prize.


Included in the prize package, the guest conductor will also receive a golden baton, four complimentary tickets to the Messiah Sing, complementary beverages at intermission, and a photo with Maestro Wait.


To place a bid to conduct, interested parties are invited to send an email to with their bid, name, and a contact phone number. Bidding closes on Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00 PM.


Lutheran Youth Choir International Presents 2016 Festival of Global Vocal Music philip spencer, %23 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%rd 3NovGMT+0000 Lutheran Youth Choir International, an ecumenical summer touring choir for high school students founded in 2005, invites singers to be a part of its 2016 Festival of Global Vocal Music.  Following three previous choral festivals in Germany and one in the US, the choir's fifth festival will be based in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. The festival dates are July 10-19, 2016, and will include eight full days of rehearsing and performing sacred choral music from around the world with other young people from throughout the United States and Germany. In addition, there will be time for sightseeing in Chicago and Milwaukee, a global percussion workshop, a trip to Six Flags Great America amusement park, and lots of other fun in and around the Chicago area.  The students will be staying in beautiful and secure dormitories on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.  $995 tuition includes room and board, music, admissions, and local transportation.  Generous financial aid is available.  All singers who participate in the 2016 festival will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward the cost of the Lutheran Youth Choir's 2017 Festival of American Vocal Music in Mansfeld, Germany, July 22-August 1, 2017.  Go to for more information and application materials.  ]]>Marin Baroque seeking Volunteer singers! Linda Price, %23 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%rd 3NovGMT+0000
Emerging-professional Chamber Choir of maximum 24 voices with outstanding Baroque instrument orchestra; music organization with prior concerts of sold-out audiences of 300. Looking for all voices, particularly Tenors, and Baritones/Basses. Volunteer singers.

Solo opportunities.  Great exposure.
Requirements include: experience with choral baroque/classical singing, understanding of vocal technique, and ability to read music.

Concerts in March 2016 and June 2016

Auditions ongoing. Contact us for further information and/or audition materials.
Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents “WEIHNACHTEN: Christmas Ancient and Modern” Nancy Bryant, %23 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%rd 3NovGMT+0000
Atlanta Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice ensemble under the direction of John Whitt, will present “WEIHNACHTEN: Christmas Ancient and Modern,” a program of choral music for the Christmas season by German composers of the 16th and 20th centuries. The program will be performed on Saturday, December 12, at 8 p.m., at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, NE. Tickets are available at the door for $20 general admission.
The centerpiece of the program is Hugo Distler’s Die Weihnachtsgeshichte (The Christmas Story), consisting of scenes of dialogue between a singing narrator (Der Erzähler) and choir (Chor). The choir concludes each scene with a variation setting of the well-known carol Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, known in English as Lo, how a rose e'er blooming. Along the way we hear from choruses of angels, shepherds, and wisemen. Influences of the other ancient composers are seen in the hauntingly beautiful and sometimes eerie harmonies and rhythms. Heinrich Schutz’s Deutsche Magnificat, “Meine Seele erhebt den Herren,”  will also be featured, as well as motets and chorales by Schutz, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Johannes Eccard. 
Since 1974, Atlanta Schola Cantorum has specialized in the performance of Renaissance polyphony, notably the works of Josquin, Palestrina, Victoria, Tallis, and Byrd. The oldest independent chorus in the Atlanta area, Schola has an affinity for such contemporary composers as Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Morten Lauridsen, William Schuman, and Eric Whitacre. The chorus has performed for many years at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  
Free parking is available at St. Bartholomew’s for the concert. For directions and more information, visit or the church website:
Cello/Double-bass Messiah part (Novello) Ryan Goessl, %23 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%rd 1NovGMT+0000 Cello part
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Handel (Watkins-Shaw/Novello)
Starting: asap
For: 2 weeks
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: No
we have orchestra rehearsals beginning this week for Messiah, and when going through our library of parts this morning, have realized that the cellists didn't return their parts last year.  We have already ordered new parts, but I was hoping someone has a PDF of the cello/double-bass part, in the case that it doesn't arrive by the first rehearsal (I am in korea, and it usually takes about 2 weeks to arrive).  Thank you in advance!
Join the Jameson Singers for a Christmas Holiday Concert, First Congregational, Cambridge, MA Jameson (Jim) Marvin, %22 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%nd 22NovGMT+0000
Join the Jameson Singers for a heavenly program of motets and carols through the ages, from the Renaissance to today. We will feature a cappella masterworks from Palestrina, Britten, Ockeghem, Vaughan Williams, Bruckner, and Sweelinck, and traditional Christmas carols.
        Ticket Information:
Advance tickets to our Cambridge performance are available online. Receive a 20% discount when you purchase general seating tickets online! Tickets are also available at the door. Our Lexington performance at Hancock Church, December 5 at 4:00 PM, is open to all; donations at the door are requested.
Christmas Holiday Concerts
w  i  t  h    t  h  e
J  A  M  E  S  O  N     S  I  N  G  E  R  S 
Jameson Marvin, Artistic Director & Conductor
O Come All Ye Faithful – Processional; with congregation singing
        Alma redemptoris Mater                                                  Johannes Ockeghem c.1415-1495
        Gloria from Missa Papae Marcelli                                   Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina c.1525-1594
Joy to the Worldwith congregation singing
         The First Nowell                                                               arr. Jameson Marvin b.1941
          Prayer I from A. M. D. G.                                                Benjamin Britten 1913-1976
          Kyrie from Mass in G Minor                                            Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958
 Hark the Herald Angels Singwith congregation singing
           Here is the Little Door                                                    Herbert Howells 1892-1983
           Surge, illuminare Jerusalem                                           G. P. da Palestrina
Silent Night with congregation singing
            Hodie Christus natus est                                               Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck 1562-1621
            Os justi meditabitur sapientiam                                        Anton Bruckner 1824-1896
Christmas Holiday Concerts:
Hancock Church, Lexington, December 5, 4:00 PM
First Church, Cambridge, December 11, 8:00 PM
      About the Jameson Singers:
Founded in 2010 by Jameson Marvin, former Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University, the Jameson Singers has become one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the Boston area. In 2015, the 60-voice choir was honored to perform at the Chorus America National Conference in Boston, and this February we will perform at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Boston. For more information about the Jameson Singers, please visit us at or like us on Facebook at Media inquiries to
Angel City Chorale's Sing Joy Winter Concert & Sing-Along Charlene Boehne, %22 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%nd 21NovGMT+0000

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will kickoff the holidays with its festive annual winter concert and sing-along, Sing Joy, which takes place the first weekend in December at the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.

Sing Joy is a border-crossing journey of festive holiday music in ACC`s sophisticated blend of styles, from classical and traditional to spirited contemporary and R&B. The concert will feature holiday favorites that echo the diversity of Los Angeles. In addition to popular American songs, African, Jewish, Middle Eastern, South American, and British traditions are also represented in a joyful musical montage.

This season`s song selection ranges from Vivaldi to Pentatonix. Audiences will also have the chance to lift their voices in song with the 150+ member ACC and its instrumental ensemble on familiar carols. Traveling through time and around the globe, Sing Joy has something for everyone: crossing centuries, musical borders, and rich cultural traditions. Angel City Chorale`s concerts are appreciated by Angelenos for the choir`s signature blend of music styles, unexpected humor, and contagious warmth.

Both performances (12/5 & 12/6) start at 7:00pm and include a 15-minute intermission. A dessert reception follows each performance. ACC`s Sing Joy tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Discounted tickets for children and seniors are available.  Advance tickets are available at Wilshire United Methodist Church is located at 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. Free parking is available at the venue and on neighborhood streets.

Choir Director Jonathan Borchardt, %22 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%nd 20NovGMT+0000
Music Director sought
Niles Discovery Church, a progressive congregation in Fremont, California, seeks a part-time Director of Music, beginning February 1, whose chief responsibilities are leading the chancel choir at Sunday and special worship services, supervising the organist, and arranging for special music when the chancel choir is not singing.
Job Description and Application are available at  
Apply by December 10, 2015.
Camerata d'Amici presents Sing We Now of Christmas Kristin Sponheim, %22 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%nd 20NovGMT+0000
Camerata d’Amici is proud to present “Sing We Now of Christmas” on December 6th at 4 pm in the South Salem Presbyterian Church, located at 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY.  The choir, now in its tenth season, is excited to welcome everyone to its annual celebration of the Christmas season.  Dr. Kristin Sponheim, Artistic Director, has crafted a program that includes a broad range of repertoire, from Renaissance to the present day that celebrates the spirit of Christmas.
The concert features works by Francis Poulenc, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Z. Randall Stroope, Matthew Culloton, Stephen Paulus and others.  In addition to performances by the full choir, the concert also features music from Camerata’s women’s choir, men’s choir and it’s chamber ensemble.   The concert concludes with a set of traditional and favorite carols, with the audience invited to join in singing with the choir.
For more information on purchasing tickets, Camerata d’Amici invites you to visit their website at  Season and single concert tickets are also available via check payable to Camerata d’Amici, P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877.  Tickets at the door are $25 for adults (or $20 in advance), and $10 for children 12 and under.
Drawn from towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties, Camerata d’Amici is made up of 35 members (chosen by audition), and also includes a chamber choir of 12 members.  They perform three concerts each season, in December, March, and May.
International Choral project for a peaceful and ant-war commemoration of the First World War Ruth Flikschuh, %22 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%nd 15NovGMT+0000 readers may remember our post three years ago about the project to commemorate the deserter and war resisters (  The Brussels Brecht-Eisler choir is a solidarity community choir from Brussels (Belgium).  We are very happy the internationally renowned American-Belgian composer wrote a magnificent SATB choral piece 'Ode to the Deserter' in eight movements on different texts and poems (from Joyce to Jeremaiah).  The score can be viewed and retrieved here:,_Frederic).  Please let us know, if you intend to use the score (
For the second part of our FleeTheFrenzy-project we invite choirs, large and small, groups or even individual singers to follow in the footsteps of the ancient and combative tradition of giving  musical expression to  protest and solidarity by creating  a new song together.  We feel connected to all those who refuse war, wherever they may find themselves.  The deserter of the past, the deserter of today.
A new song "Say No" was composed but the score is not to be considered as a straightjacket.  For the project to become attractive it needs diversity and local colour.  We hope and trust that the very wealth of different interpretations will give an extra resonance to our common determination.
Choral societies and smaller vocal ensembles from European and American countries, but also from India, Japan, Egypt, Palestina and Israel, Congo, other African countries, Australia and Latin-America... are invited to participate, make the song their own and record it so we post it on a shared website which will be online soon (
Please let us know, if you're interested.
Hoping to hear from you and happy singing !!!
Concord Chorus Winter Holiday Concerts Kevin Leong, %22 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%nd 6NovGMT+0000 the Concord Chorus, celebrating its 70th anniversary season, for a heavenly selection of music and carols for the holiday season.  Kevin Leong conducts the 110-voice Concord Chorus on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Middlesex School’s Memorial Chapel (1400 Lowell Road) in Concord, Massachusetts.  The program spans five centuries of choral music, including works by Palestrina, Pachelbel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Randall Thompson, and Katherine K. Davis, a founding member of the Chorus and the composer of “The Little Drummer Boy.”  The concert also features organist Jonathan Wessler and pianist John Sullivan.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $10 for children and students and can be purchased online at or over the phone at (978) 254-1551.

Founded in 1945, the Concord Chorus performs two concerts of choral-orchestral and smaller works each season.  The repertory of the Concord Chorus encompasses music from the 16th century to the present.  For more information, please visit
Concord Chorus
Canada's PODIUM Choral Conference & Festival, Edmonton AB, May 2016 Rachel Rensink-Hoff, %22 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%nd 4NovGMT+0000
In May 2016, choral musicians from across Canada and around the world will gather in Edmonton, Alberta, for 4 days of choral performances and professional development sessions.
The Podium 2016 Festival includes more than a dozen public concerts featuring an exceptional roster of choirs from across Canada and beyond.  Podium Late Night performances will highlight contemporary a cappella groups and vocal jazz ensembles.

Interest sessions at Podium are for choir directors and choral administrators, and encompass a wide range of topics including repertoire, conducting technique, performance approach, and use of technology.  Podium delegates will have the opportunity to choose from 25 interest sessions.

The Podium Marketplace hosts choral vendors from across North America who will display and explain their products and services.  The Marketplace provides the opportunity for delegates to meet industry partners and to purchase materials for their classrooms, studios, and personal libraries.

The National Youth Choir of Canada, under the direction of Michael Zaugg, will be in residence at Podium and will be featured at a Podium Highlight Concert.  The National Choral Awards will also be presented at the Podium Banquet.

Podium 2016 Conference and Festival is presented by the Alberta Choral Federation and Choral Canada.
Urgent: need Rutter Jesus Child parts for instruments linda cancelleri, %22 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%nd 0NovGMT+0000 strings, harp, flute, percussion, organ
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Rutter
Starting: ASAP
For: service on Dec. 13, 2015
Copies: 1 set
Willing to rent: Yes
Cannot find my parts and rehearsals begin! Can you help? Please email 
Tulsa Children's Chorus Partners With Grammy-Winning Vocalist Leona Mitchell for 'Sounds of the Season' Holiday Concert Erik Collins, %22 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%nd 1NovGMT+0000
Tulsa Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Charlotte Blakely, will present its annual Sounds of the Season: With a Touch of Jazz holiday concert at Boston Avenue Methodist Church on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. This year LEONA MITCHELL, Grammy Award-winning Metropolitan Opera star, will join the chorus for this once-in-a-lifestime performance.
In addition to Mitchell’s appearance, Room 701 (Claremore Jazz Choir) and jazz pianist Larry Mitchell will also be performing. This semester, our singers have been studying the jazz movement and its theory of repertoire. The holiday concert will be an opportunity for the singers to demonstrate their knowledge and perform what they have learned in collaboration with notable artists.
The evening’s program will incorporate many holiday favorites including A Charlie Brown Christmas and the premier of Deck the Halls in 5 by local composer Erik Collins. Mitchell will perform "White Christmas” and “O Holy Night” while Room 701 takes on an unexpected arrangement of God Bless the Child.
The concert will conclude with all performers coming together to sing Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory’s arrangement of Hope for Resolution - an unforgettable juxtaposition of a European chant melody and South African (Zulu) freedom song.
The mission of the Tulsa Children's Chorus is to provide children within the Tulsa-metro area with an outstanding choral music experience. With its 25th Anniversary Season this year, the community is encouraged to support by enjoying the Sounds of the Season.
For more information, please visit or call (918) 295-7787.
Fairfield County Chorale Holiday Concert Adina Rubinoff, %21 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%st 23NovGMT+0000

Join the Fairfield County Chorale in a festive holiday concert! Three joyous works by Bach and Mendelssohn are programmed, along with holiday music, a Chanukah song and Christmas carols you can sing along with. As usual, we have superb young soloists and a fine orchestra, all drawn from the amazing talent available in the Big Apple.


The centerpiece of the concert is Bach’s “Magnificat,” his glorious setting of the ancient and beautiful song of Mary as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Each of its 10 movements is a unique gem, ranging from quietly reflective solos, a haunting duet, and an intricate and mysterious trio to exuberant and fast-moving pieces for chorus, brilliantly colored with trumpets and tympani. The melodies and textures are unsurpassed in Bach’s music.


A joyous cantata by Bach sets the words to the familiar hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” – “Nun Danket Alle Gott” in German. It begins and ends with “Chorale Fantasias,” fast-moving music for orchestra and the lower voices of the chorale, with the sopranos singing the first and last verses of the hymn, slowly floating above the busy texture below. The middle movement sets the second verse in an intimate duet for bass and soprano.


Like both the cantata and the Magnificat, the third major piece, a setting by Felix Mendelssohn of Psalm 95, “Come Let Us Praise and Kneel Before the Lord,” expresses exaltation and thanksgiving. Despite being a lovely piece, it is seldom performed. Perhaps this is because the last movement switches to a stern admonition not to close our ears or harden our hearts, ending quietly and thoughtfully just where an audience expects triumph and celebration. This is a beautiful work that should be better known.


Closing out the program will be a holiday piece by contemporary composer Thomas Cabiness and a delightful arrangement by our music director of the Chanukah song “I Have a Little Dreidel.” We end with familiar Christmas carols to which audience is invited to sing along, and we close as is our tradition with “Silent Night.”


Performed by the Fairfield County Chorale and Orchestra, with soprano Liane Cobel, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney, countertenor Gon Halevi, tenor Nils Neubert and baritone Philip Kalmanovitch. Sunday, December 13th 2015, 3:00 PM at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk.


Buy electronic tickets for this concert, or season tickets for all three of this season’s concerts, at, or call 203-254-1333. Hope to see you there!

The Crossing @ Christmas Kevin Krasinski, %21 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%st 21NovGMT+0000

The Crossing @ Christmas

Friday December 18, 2015, 8 pm @ The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

with Scott Dettra, organ

Traditions matter, particularly when the world around them is uncharted, adventuresome, unknown; that’s what makes the tradition of The Crossing @ Christmas so special. It’s a true gift to sing works that we have loved and longed for. We are so fortunate to have introduced these works to our friends, with their rich and varied styles, contemplating the wonders of birth, of the natural world, of mystery and love. To make it a true anniversary holiday, Scott Dettra joins us in the works of MacMillan, Boyle, and Dove.


Benjamin C.S. Boyle: Three Carols of Wintertide 
James MacMillan: Seinte Mari moder milde 
Andrew Gant: What child is this? 
Robert Convery: Christmas Daybreak
Thomas Adès: The Fayrfax Carol 
Bo Holten: First Snow
Jonathan Dove: Seek him that maketh the seven stars 
Kenneth Leighton: O leave your sheep
Eriks Esenvalds: Stars 
Eriks Esenvalds: Northern Lights

Bucks County Women's Chorus Friends and Family Holiday Concert Patricia Guth, %21 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%st 20NovGMT+0000 the 90-voice Bucks County Women's Chorus for a lively afternoon of secular and sacred holiday favorites and multi-cultural offerings. This gala concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken mid-concert. All proceeds will be donated to the Kemp Endowment for Church Music at Westminster Choir College. The endowment seeks to support current and successive generations of church musicians at a crucial time in the history of church music. Its foundation is based on the late John and Helen Kemp’s belief that rigorous musical training and scholarship, as well as continuing education and the development of pastoral skills are crucial for music ministry to be effective. By supporting student scholarships and lectureships at Westminster, the Kemp Endowment sponsors educational programs that engage pastors and musicians in conversation about liturgy and song.
The concert begins at 3 pm and will be held at The Lutheran Church of God's Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown, PA 18940. For more information, contact Artistic Director Patricia Guth at
Canadian Chamber Choir Releases New Album: 'Sacred Reflections of Canada' Corey Ticknor, %21 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%st 16NovGMT+0000

The Canadian Chamber Choir, a 20-voice choir of professional singers from across Canada, is pleased to present a brand new album of Canadian-composed works entitled 'Sacred Reflections of Canada – A Canadian Mass'. This new recording gathers 19 pieces from 17 Canadian composers and weaves them into a composite mass, featuring pieces based on the five traditional mass movements (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) which are then interspersed with other works that paint a soundscape of spiritual introspection.

Under the artistic direction of Chicago-based choral conductor and music educator Julia Davids, the CCC has spent the past 15 years performing and giving choral workshops in nearly every corner of Canada. Their mandate is simple: to build community through choral singing. This means engaging with as many youth, community, and church singers as possible on each tour – but it also means working to nurture and build the community of Canadian composers who often find it difficult to have their works shared with a wider audience. The CCC has dedicated itself to being an artistic partner with many of the phenomenal composers who call Canada home.

Following up on the CCC's 2010 release 'In Good Company', the new collection of tracks on 'Sacred Reflections of Canada' feature pieces by established composers such as Barry Cabena, Sid Robinovitch, and Nancy Telfer as well as works by up-and-coming artists like Kathleen Allan, Matthew Emery, and CCC composer-in-residence Jeff Enns.

From the sweetly ethereal mother's prayer of Don Macdonald's 'Tabula Rasa' to the sparkling rhythms and sweeping crescendi of Tobin Stokes' 'Gloria!', 'Sacred Reflections of Canada' takes the listener on a cross-Canada musical journey, visiting newly discovered musical vistas which will undoubtedly become well-loved standards of the choral canon.

Harrisburg Choral Society presents 15th Annual MESSIAH Sing-along Jason Douglas Vodicka, %21 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%st 15NovGMT+0000 HARRISBURG CHORAL SOCIETY

Jason Vodicka, Music Director


15th Annual MESSIAH Sing-Along

Sunday, November 29, 2015 3:00PM

Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S 2nd Street, Harrisburg PA
Parking is available at Market Square Garage, adjacent to the church on the corner of Second and Chestnut Streets. There is an entrance to the church from the second floor deck. Parking is free with validation.


$15 general admission / $12 seniors / $5 students
Tickets available online ( or at the door.

Scores will be provided for the audience, or bring your own!


Featured Performers

Colette Boudreaux, soprano
Gwendolyn Bowers, mezzo-soprano
David Steinau, tenor
Jeffrey Gates, baritone

The Orchestra of the HCS



The Messiah (parts 1 and 2) - G.F.Handel (1685-1759)

Overture Orchestra
Recit.: "Comfort Ye My People"
Aria: "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted"
Tenor; Orchestra
Chorus: "And the Glory of the Lord" HCS; Orchestra
Recit.: "Thus Saith the Lord"
Aria: "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?"
Baritone; Orchestra
Chorus: "And He Shall Purify" HCS; Orchestra
Recit.: "Behold! A Virgin Shall Conceive"
Aria & Chorus: "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion"
Mezzo-soprano; HCS; Orchestra
Recit.: "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth"
Aria: "The People That Walked in Darkness"
Baritone; Orchestra
Chorus: "For Unto Us a Child is Born" HCS; Orchestra


Pastoral Symphony Orchestra
Recit.: "There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field" 
Recit.: "And Lo! The Angel of the Lord Came Upon Them" 
Recit.: "And the Angel Said Unto Them" 
Recit.: "And Suddenly There Was With the Angel"
Soprano; Orchestra
Chorus: "Glory to God" HCS; Orchestra
Aria: "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion" Soprano; Orchestra
Recit.: "Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened"
Aria: "He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd"
Aria: "Come Unto Him, All Ye That Labour"
Mezzo-soprano; Soprano; Orchestra
Chorus: "His Yoke Is Easy, and His Burthen is Light" HCS; Orchestra
Recit.: "Behold, I Tell You a Mystery"
Aria: "The Trumpet Shall Sound"
Baritone; Piccolo trumpet; Orchestra
Chorus: "Hallelujah!" All
City Chorus and Camerata of London - A Christmas Fantasy Karen Crane, %21 %b %2015 %10:%Nov:%st 10NovGMT+0000 us for joyous seasonal music at St Sepulchre's, the musicians' church in the heart of the City of London. Sing with us for some of the carols and share Christmas refreshments at the interval and after. Bring friends and family. Don't miss one of the most enjoyable carol concerts at the start of the festive season in London. Conductor Paul Ayres, Camerata of London string ensemble, baritone Stephen Holloway, organ and piano Philip Shannon. 19.30 at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DE, near City Thameslink or St Paul's stations. Tickets £10 unreserved on the door from 7pm or in advance from or

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Handel - For behold darkness shall cover the earth & The people that walked in darkness, We three Kings (audience carol), Nicolai/Cornelius - The Three Kings, Sibelius - En Etsi Valtaa, Silent Night (audience carol), Adam/Rutter - O Holy Night, Holst - Christmas Day, Vaughan Williams - No sad thought, Away in a manger (audience carol), trad/Ayres - Mary had a baby, Corelli - Christmas Concerto (string ensemble), Sterndale Bennett - The Carol Singers, Hark! the herald-angels sing (audience carol), Marks/Brunelle - Rudolphus

ICEP Spotlight - Dr. Giselle Wyers T.J. Harper, %20 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
This September, I was fortunate to be one of the conductors selected by ACDA to take part in an exchange with the ICEP (International Conductors Exchange Program).  I was very excited when I first heard about this program a few years ago, when I was asked to serve on the NW Division Steering Committee for the Cuba exchange (the first one that ICEP undertook).   I organized a two-week itinerary of college, community and high school choir visits across the state for Corina Campos, conductor of the internationally renowned Vocal Leo chorus.  Corina’s teaching residency at University of Washington was deeply meaningful to students and faculty, and especially our graduate choral cohort, including an MM student from Columbia, Central America who served as her translator during the ACDA NW Conference. Getting to know Corina and more about Cuban choral music led me to do an entire set of Latin American choral works in our Winter 2014 concert.  Those who attended Corina’s interest session on Cuban choral music were impressed with the large volume of music she shared as well as tips about “performance practice”. 
When ICEP announced a call for applications to Sweden, I was especially intrigued, because growing up in high school, I developed a passion for the Swedish choral canon.  It was by chance, through checking out records (yes, LPs back then) at the public library, that I discovered Eric Ericson and his Chamber Choir.  The compositions they performed, and the tone and phrasing of their singing was immeasurably beautiful and mysterious to me.  It is no surprise that top conductors in our field such as Richard Sparks have written entire books about “The Swedish Choral Miracle”.   In addition, I have a cousin living in Örebrö, Sweden, the city I was eventually tasked to visit.  Let the adventure begin!
Once selected, the first step was hosting my “partner” in the choral exchange, Gunnel Sjöberg, conductor and voice teacher at the Örebrö Kultur School and a prominent soprano soloist in performances across Sweden, as well as a former soprano in the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. Gunnel came to the United States to attend the NafME NW Regional Conference in Spokane, offered workshops to Gonzaga University Chorus as well as working with University of Washington Chorale and Chamber Singers, teaching graduate students in choral conducting, and offering private voice lessons and a masterclass for my voice studio. While in Seattle, she also did workshops with Seattle Pro Musica, the Swedish Women’s Choir, and the First Covenant Church choir.  Gunnel has tremendous energy on the podium and has composed many original warmups that are imaginative and very effective at building beautiful tone and vibrancy in choirs.  She is also a very encouraging private teacher, working steadily and intensely to encourage more expressive, stylistically correct interpretations. ACDA is very lucky to have had the leadership and service of Tim Westerhaus, Director of Choral Activities at Gonzaga University, who organized Gunnel's busy itinerary. 
In September, I boarded a plane to Sweden to be reunited with Gunnel and her husband, Fred Sjöberg, the Swedish coordinator of the ICEP exchange and conductor of the phenomenal Örebrö Chamber Choir.  I was fortunate to stay in their beautiful home and get to know their two sweet cats, Max and Simba, as well as meeting their three children. I was a co-boarder with T. J. Harper, the director of the ACDA ICEP program and DCA of choral music at Providence College. One of the first things that struck me about Swedes is their ability to slow down and take a “pause” (mid-day break with coffee) that they call “fica”.  It is a time not just to “get caffeinated", but also to have pleasant conversation with colleagues and friends.  Gunnel, Fred and T.J. had many meaningful, fun conversations seated around the kitchen table, even in the midst of a busy week-long itinerary.
While in Sweden, I worked with many students at Gunnel’s “Kultur School”, an after-school program offered to any student middle school and high school aged, teaching choir and private voice lessons, as well as working on musical productions.  I conducted warmups with the Örebrö Chamber Choir, as they prepared for their performance of the riveting “Requiem for Peace” by Larry Nickel, utilizing photographic images of people encountering war in many different historical contexts. One of the highlights of my visit was the opportunity to teach conducting and offer a lecture on vocal technique and Laban movement at the University of Örebrö (my host, Karin Olgren, works on the faculty there, and we are already strategizing ways to have her visit Seattle in the near future!). The students were excellent young conductors and very inquisitive, reaching out even past my visit to email me with follow up questions and ideas. 
While meeting many Swedes (and the entire group of Voces 8, an English vocal phenomenon!), I also had an invaluable chance to interact with other American conductors while in a faraway place. I was able to enjoy conversation and bonding with David Puderbaugh, Josh Haberman, Emily Williams Burch, Adam Steele, and T.J. Harper, in a way simply not possible even at ACDA conferences in the states, where everyone is running fast from session to lunch to performance. Our conversations ranged from choral repertoire, teaching philosophies, the question of university unionization, time management and family life, and of course, where is the best food and drink in the city! 
Today the world is becoming more and more integrated, and I see this especially in a city like Seattle where students come from all over the world to study. I am always looking for ways to heighten my students’understanding of each other through the repertoire. ICEP is a unique vehicle for helping make these connections palpable for many individuals and communities. I see it not only as musically meaningful mission, but an initiative that has potential to raise social consciousness. I encourage everyone to consider applying for future projects.  Just see how it opens up your choral community as well as your imagination- and ultimately, your heart.
When Morning Dawns: A Concert for Christmas and Advent Jonathan Bautista, %20 %b %2015 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 Vocal Ensemble, Los Angeles' chamber choir dedicated exclusively to the music of living composers, and Christ the King School Pueri Cantores children's choir present When Morning Dawns: A Concert for Christmas.
Familiar carols include Good King Wenceslas, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, People Look East, and gorgeous a cappella renditions of O Holy Night, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Once in Royal David's City. We will premiere a commisioned carol arranged by Los Angeles composer Amy Gordon.
Also included are seasonal contemporary masterpieces by composers Steven Stucky, Kevin Puts, Jonathan Dove, and others, including a brand new carol commisioned by a consortium of choruses and composed by Los Angeles rising star Dale Trumbore.
Celebrate the story of Christmas with Nova Vocal Ensemble and Christ the King Pueri Cantores!
Seeking Volunteer Singers for Concert of Carols and Patriotic Songs! Jennifer Kreingold, %20 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000

Seeking Volunteer Singers for Concert of carols and Patriotic Songs (Quincy)

The Schiller Institute is looking for volunteer singers to fill-out our chorus for a December 1st concert of Carols, Patriotic songs, and hymns. We will be singing for a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony. Singers of all voice parts welcome and needed. We will be singing at the Verdi tuning of A @ 432. No auditions required! ]]>
New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir Concert! Rick Rosen, %20 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000

New Hope – Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir Brings Christmas to Carversville


    The New Hope – Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir presents its fourth annual winter concert at Carversville Christian Church in Carversville, PA on Sunday afternoon, December 6th  at 3:00 p.m. The concert, entitled "Winter Prayers", will include a mixture of ensemble choral pieces, a featured soloist or two, and some seasonal sing-alongs for choir and audience alike. Music for the NHSLCC performance comes from a variety of musical styles and composers, including Bach, Handel, Mozart, Darke, Stroope, Crouch, Moore, Rosen, Kantor, and more. 


     NHS&LCC is made up of members of the immediate New Hope, Solebury and Lambertville communities as well as several singers from the surrounding areas. The Choir is under the direction of Episcopal minister of music, male a cappella group Cordus Mundi founder, and New Hope resident Rick Rosen. 


    “We truly are a community choir, we're continuing to grow in our fourth year, and we’re representative of this unique place where we live. The choir is made up of a wide variety of people and personalities, with a wide variety of musical skill sets" says Rosen. "The all-inclusive community idea is to sing an equally wide variety of music, to match the music to our abilities while still challenging ourselves, and to then end up with quality music and a truly fun, enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone, including our audience.”


    Concert tickets ($10) for the New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir’s December 6 concert at Carversville Christian Church, 3736 Aquetong Rd in Carversville can be purchased at the door, or reserved by contacting NHS&LCC at 650.219.2748, at, or on the group’s Facebook page.

Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Section Leader Wanted MICHAEL LUNDY, %20 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 Leaders are needed for a service of Lessons and Carols.  Must be able to sight-read very well and lead an entire section of non-professional amateur volunteer singers.  The service is on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5PM.  The music includes familiar hymn tunes and two choruses from Handel's Messiah.  The gig pays $125.00 and will be awarded based on audition.  For more information and to schedule an audition, please contact:
Michael Xavier Lundy, Director of Music
Saint Mary of the Assumption Church
Hockessin, Delaware, 19707
Tel: (302) 239 - 7100 ext. 16
Lessons and Carols for the Season of Advent MICHAEL LUNDY, %20 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 us for this beautiful service, heralding the coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and His birth as Savior of the world. The service features five readings that reveal the prophecy of the coming of the Son of Man and his imminent reign as "King of Kings" and "Lord of Lords." Each lesson is accompanied by carols and musical meditations to further enhance the theme of Christ's coming into the world.

Musical Meditations Presented by the Parish Choir, the Choir of Angels, the Handbell Choir, Sing Praise, Walking on Water (WOW) and other Guest Musicians.
Saint Mary of the Assumption Church
7200 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707
For more information call (302) 766 - 5136
Huntington Men's Chorus 67th Annual Fall/Holiday Concert Paul Blizzard, %20 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 Huntington Men's Chorus is pleased to present our 67th Annual Fall/Holiday Concert to the Long Island community, with a special guest performance by Alex Pryrodny, jazz pianist, composer and improviser extraordinaire. We'll be performing a variety of musical selections, including Broadway show tunes, contemporary hits and classics, and of course, holiday favorites. 
The concert is 8:00 p.m. Saturday December 5, 2015 at Huntington High School, located at McKay and Oakwood Roads in Huntington, NY.
Tickets are available in advance at our website (, from chorus members or the Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743, telephone 631-271-8423.  Advance sale tickets are $14, or $12 for seniors and students.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $15.  Please join us for an evening of fun and great music. ]]>
Cohors Generosa Pascal LEBOIS, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000 ]]>Stafford Regional Choral Soceity Concert Eugenio Bacordo, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 Regional Choral Society Annual Christmas Concert

Date: December 13, 2015, 3:00pm



1201 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554

Admission / Price: FREE

Come enjoy the sounds of the season as the Stafford Regional Choral Society presents its Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 13. Led by Artistic Director Barbara Perry, the program will feature selections from Handel's Messiah and other holiday favorites. The concert will feature the SRCS 55-member choir, the SRCS outreach group Soundcheck, and other small groups and soloists. They will perform both a cappella and with pianist Kathryn Hichborn and a small orchestra. Two performances this year - one at 3PM and one at 7PM - at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1201 Courthouse Road, Stafford. The concert is FREE, but donations are welcome!

For more information, visit, email or phone 540.226.2928. Founded in 2001, the Stafford Regional Choral Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization that presents concerts in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area, funds scholarships for college-bound musicians, and benefits local charities including Autism awareness and wounded veterans.

Director of Worship, Music & Arts Cathy Clark, %20 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000
Worship Leadership opportunity at Sequim Community Church, a large church with a great heart in the Pacific Northwest. We are seeking a Director of Worship, Music and Arts to provide spiritual, artistic and administrative leadership to our music and arts ministry. Advanced musical training preferred with the ability to plan and lead contemporary, traditional as well as blended worship, train and develop vocalists and instrumentalists, and supervise worship and arts staff and volunteers. Salary commensurate with experience.  Application and job description available at
What Sweeter Musick - Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert Paul Lindblad, %20 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000
The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present What Sweeter Musick on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 4:00pm, at  St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Avenue, Forest Park, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.848.2130 or email For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at
What sweeter musick can we bring, than a caroll, for to sing the Birth of this our heavenly King? Awake the Voice! Awake the String! This text by poet Robert Herrick is the inspiration for OPCC’s annual concert celebrating the exquisite music of Christmas. This stirring evening will feature three settings of this text by local area composers Paul Bouman, Carl Schalk, and Richard Hillert. Carols both new and familiar will round out this exciting concert.
We hope you will be able to be with us for this festive Christmas concert.
Ringers Needed for Christmas services Adrian Soltys, %19 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 required for two Christmas day services (9:30 am and 11:30 am)
Tenor required for three Christmas Eve/Day services (10pm eve 8:45pm call, 9:30 am and 11:30 am) 
Soprano required for one Christmas Eve service (10pm eve, 8:45pm call) 
contact Adrian at
Stipend of 75$ a service. 
FREE Gift Card From Weddington Way For Survey Help - Costumes David Brown, %19 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 Way is doing a market research study to best learn how to serve our Choir customers. Please take a quick 5 question survey to become eligible for $25 in free gifts (FREE Robe, as an example) from the Weddington Way website. 15 respondents will be chosen for a 10 minute phone call to help us better serve our choirs through new costume merchandise, and special pricing. Thank you for your help!
University of Virginia University Singers & Chamber Singers Fall 2015 Michael Slon, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000's Dido and Aeneas
UVa Chamber Singers
Three Notch'd Road Baroque
Nov. 20th, 8 pm - UVa's Old Cabell Hall
Poulenc's Gloria and Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard
UVa University Singers & Charlottesville Symphony
Michael Slon, conductor
Nov. 14th and 15th, 2015
Family Holiday Concerts with the
UVa University Singers & Charlottesville Symphony
Michael Slon, conductor
Dec. 5th (8 pm) and 6th (3:30 pm), 2015 - UVa's Old Cabell Hall
Tickets: / (434) 924-3376
In the Moon of Wintertime Marie Caruso, %19 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
Angelica Women’s Chamber Choir, directed by Marie Caruso, presents a December concert, “In the Moon of Wintertime,” in Hastings-on-Hudson on Dec 19th and NYC on Dec 20th. The program features medieval, renaissance and contemporary Yuletide selections, including O magnum mysterium by Cristóbal de Morales; the rarely performed Dime el Camino by Emilio Dublanc; Eleanor Daley’s haunting setting of The Huron Carol; Jeff Enn’s Da Pacem; and John Tavener’s The Lamb.  Joining Angelica is guest artist Rex Benincasa on percussion.
Please join Angelica, a group hailed for its “perfect blend” and “beautiful, transcendent sound,” at one
of these upcoming concerts:
  • Saturday, December 19th, 7:30 pm
    St. Matthew’s Church, 616 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
    Suggested Donation: $20; $10 seniors & students. Tickets sold at the door.
  • Sunday, December 20th, 3:00 pm
    Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave. at E. 66th St., NYC
    Suggested Donation: $20; $10 seniors & students.  Tickets sold at the door.
NOTE: An abbreviated version of this concert will also be presented on:
  • Wednesday, December 16th, at 12:10 pm
    Grace Church, 33 Church St., White Plains, NY
    Free admission.
For more information, visit
Review from The Sacramento Choral Calendar: US Premiere of “Magnificat in D” by Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal. Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000  Even in this first movement I was impressed by the stirring quality of the music, and I wrote in my notes, "This is a work that any classically-inclined director or chorus would want to perform."

Taking in the great sense of movement and excitement in the fourth movement, I was thinking that this Magnificat, with its variety of styles and fresh musical ideas, was unlike anything else I've heard.”

... It took mere seconds for all of us in the audience to rise to our feet and deliver the longest standing ovation that I can recall.  In this premiere, we had witnessed a major event, the debut of piece from a young composer that may well become a mainstay of the contemporary classical repertoire. For me, it was a moment of awe, as I believe it was for all the others who just could not stop applauding.  


Concert Review. Camerata California.  Magnificent Magnificats - November 15, 2015

by Dick Frantzreb (The Sacramento Choral Calendar)

Below is the section that talks about the second half:  "Magnificat in D" by Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal. Link to the review of the complete concert from the original source:


After intermission and with the addition of 4 more instrumentalists (3 trumpets and a timpani), we were ready for the showpiece of the concert, Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal's Magnificat.  This was to be the American premiere of the work, which was first performed on December 4, 2013 at the Teatro Lope de Vega of Seville with the Orquesta Sinfónica Hispalense, having been commissioned by the Choir of the University of Seville, Spain.  Ruiz-Bernal currently holds the position of Senior Faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, though he remains "actively connected" to his native Spain.  Amazingly, Ruiz-Bernal was in tonight's audience.

The first of the eleven movements provided a lush, lovely beginning, until the grand entrance by the chorus, enhanced by the brass section.  Soprano Ava DeLara's solo in this movement gave us the first taste of her rich, controlled voice.  As she sang, I was impressed with her restraint as she built to a thrilling climax.  Even in this first movement I was impressed by the stirring quality of the music, and I wrote in my notes, "This is a work that any classically-inclined director or chorus would want to perform."

In the second movement, I thought I could perceive the Spanish influence, with its sophisticated and rousing rhythms.  Then in the third movement, tenor soloist Norman DeVol joined soprano DeLara.  I should insert that DeVol is the tenor against whom I measure all others.  I'm sure I was the only one in the church who has had the pleasure of knowing him for nearly 40 years.  His listenable tone and control of his upper register have not faded over the years. And as the duet was proceeding, backed by the full chorus, I found myself reflecting that this oratorio would make for pleasant listening, even away from the concert hall.

Taking in the great sense of movement and excitement in the fourth movement, I was thinking that this Magnificat, with its variety of styles and fresh musical ideas, was unlike anything else I've heard.  After the lovely trio in the fifth movement, the spotlight (had there been one) turned to bass Burr Phillips.  His profile identified him as a bass-baritone, and no doubt he has that flexibility, but in this role Phillips performed as a true bass.  His strong, versatile voice displayed no strain at either end of his register, and the drama he brought to the music had us — figuratively, if not literally — on the edge of our seats.

You can find the composer's own notes in the concert program, and I recommend them to you.  For example, I wasn't sure how to interpret the unusual and pleasing sounds I was hearing in the seventh movement, but the notes describe it as a blend of "rhythmic pizzicato and legato lines."  Indeed, I'm incompetent to characterize the overall style of this modern oratorio, but I can say with confidence that it was intensely engaging from beginning to end.

Phillips returned as the focal point of the eighth movement, performing masterfully as before, as the music gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his versatility and artistry.  I could imagine professional vocalists competing for the opportunity to perform the bass solo in this particular movement.

The composer described the ninth movement as "sweet, ethereal," and those were the vocal qualities DeLara demonstrated in her part of it, ending on a beautiful, prolonged high note.  By the tenth movement I was wondering how much of what I had been hearing could be characterized as jazz.  Surely, it was an influence, at least to some degree, on Ruiz-Bernal — but just one of many threads woven into this fascinating composition.  The final movement echoed the text and music of the first movement, with its range of emotions, ending in an "amen" that was truly glorious.

It took mere seconds for all of us in the audience to rise to our feet and deliver the longest standing ovation that I can recall.  In this premiere, we had witnessed a major event, the debut of piece from a young composer that may well become a mainstay of the contemporary classical repertoire.  For me, it was a moment of awe, as I believe it was for all the others who just could not stop applauding.  But a great portion of that awe was due to the artistry of Conductor Pete Nowlen and the Camerata California Chamber Choir and Orchestra (and soloists) who delivered a magnificent performance of these "magnificent magnificats."

eVoco Women's Ensemble presents "Carols and Lullabies" at St. Peter's by-the-Sea, Bayshore (Long Island) David Fryling, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000
The eVoco Voice Collective Women's Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Fryling, presents Britten's Ceremony of CarolsI and Susa's Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest in concert in Oyster Bay, NY. 
Sunday, December 20th, 2015 @ 4:00 pm 
St. Peter's by-the-Sea
500 S Country Rd.
Bay Shore, NY
Tickets available online at
$10 student/senior
$20 general admission
Ticket prices go up $5 at the door–buy online!
More info at
Ceremony of Carols................................................................Benjamin Britten
1. Procession
2. Wolcum Yole
3.  ere Is no Rose
4a.  at yonge child
4b. Balulalow
5. As dew in Aprille
6.  is little Babe
7. Interlude
8. In Freezing Winter Night 9. Spring Carol
10. Deo Gracias
11. Recession
Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest.......................Conrad Susa
I. ¡Oh, mi Belén!
II. El Desembre Congelat
III. Alegría
IV. A la Nanita Nana
V. Las Posadas
VI. Campana sobre Campana
VII. En Belén Tocan A Fuego
VIII. El Noi de la Mare
IX. Chiquirriquitín
X. El Rorro
eVoco Women's Ensemble Concert: "Carols and Lullabies" at Christ Church Oyster Bay (Long Island) David Fryling, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 eVoco Voice Collective Women's Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Fryling, presents Britten's Ceremony of CarolsI and Susa's Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest in concert in Oyster Bay, NY. 
Saturday, December 19th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm 
Christ Church Oyster Bay
61 East Main Street
Oyster Bay, NY
Tickets available online at
$10 student/senior
$20 general admission
Ticket prices go up $5 at the door–buy online!
More info at

Ceremony of Carols................................................................Benjamin Britten
1. Procession
2. Wolcum Yole
3.  ere Is no Rose
4a.  at yonge child
4b. Balulalow
5. As dew in Aprille
6.  is little Babe
7. Interlude
8. In Freezing Winter Night 9. Spring Carol
10. Deo Gracias
11. Recession
Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest.......................Conrad Susa
I. ¡Oh, mi Belén!
II. El Desembre Congelat
III. Alegría
IV. A la Nanita Nana
V. Las Posadas
VI. Campana sobre Campana
VII. En Belén Tocan A Fuego
VIII. El Noi de la Mare
IX. Chiquirriquitín
X. El Rorro
Artist and Community Liaison Donna Lukacs, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000

general description:

The Artist and Community Liaison (ACL) will coordinate all interaction with contracted artistic personnel, for matters including housing, transportation, and music distribution under the direction of the Music Director. The ACL will also coordinate with volunteers (ushers, auxiliary office help, etc.), collaborative partners, and the community engagement task force under the direction of the Executive Director.

artist liaison duties:

  •  Create and issue all artistic contracts as directed
  •  Secure and assign artist housing
  •  Oversee artist travel arrangements
  •  Track and report artist travel reimbursements to bookkeeper
  •  Acquire musical equipment by rental or borrowing from other organizations
  •  Order new music
  •  Collect music from singers at the conclusion of festival seasons
  •  Maintain music library
  •  Liaison with seasonal Company Manager
  •  Disseminate schedule updates to artistic personnel
  •  Assist with the maintenance of the Master Production Calendar
  •  General support of Music Director and artists 


  •  Assist Executive Director and Community Engagement Task Force with outreach
  •  Recruit volunteer and ushers and maintain contact list 
  •  Manage collaborative partners relationships
  •  Coordinate artistic personnel’s community engagement obligations
  •  Assist the Community Engagement Task Force with new opportunities for outreach 


  •  Ability to effectively work within budget parameters
  •  Detail-oriented and strong organizational abilities
  •  Effective communication skills, both oral and written
  •  Professionalism, punctuality, discretion and positive representation of the Chorale in all job functions
  •  Excellent artistic sensibilities
  •  Knowledge and appreciation of classical music, particularly choral
  •  Ability to read music (strongly preferred, but not required)
  •  Excellent patron relations and customer service skills
  •  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creativd Suite
  •  Ability to work as a team member in a small office environment, including assisting other team members
  •  Willingness to take on special assignments as needed 

Education and qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  •  Experience with artistic personnel, volunteers and youth 
Festival of Peace & Brotherhood Marie Fox, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000 together with Italian choirs and others from around the world. Perform in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns southeast of Rome and in Rome’s historic center. This festival fosters a deep sense of respect and understanding between cultures through the common language of music.
Phone: 1-800-624-0166
Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival featuring “A Ceremony of Carols” Nancy Scott, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000
Vanguard Voices, directed by G. Kevin Dewey, and Dearborn Community Chorus, directed by Marcus LaPratt, will celebrate the season at the Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival on Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan.
The combined choirs,  joined by harpist Sylvia LaPratt, will perform Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.”
Vanguard Voices will present Christmas choral classics including “O Magnum Mysterium” (Victoria), “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Praetorius), and “In Dulci Jubilo” (Pearsall). Dearborn Community Chorus will perform songs of the season including “The Very Best Time of Year” (Rutter), “Three Jazzy Bell Carols” (Rouse), and “Hallelujah” from “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration.”
Arts Chorale of Winchester (VA) performs Fall concert remembering the Civil War Michael Main, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000


...a concert honoring the 150th anniversary - ending of the Civil War

featuring four Civil War poems of Walt Whitman

("A Procession Winding Around Me" by Jeffrey Van for SATB choir and classical guitar)

performed by the ACW Vocal Consort

Kenneth Meyer, guest guitarist

~ program to include a juxtaposition of Psalms and Spirituals

(choral settings by Hogan, Johnson, Halloran, Rutter, Mathias, Howells, and Caracciolo)


*Friday, November 20th @7:30pm.

Grace Episcopal Church 110 North Church Street, Berryville, Virginia


Saturday, November 21st @8:00pm.

Grace Lutheran Church 26 West Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia


Sunday, November 22nd @3:00pm.

Trinity Episcopal Church 9114 John Mosby Highway, Upperville, Virginia


*(denotes solo performance by the Vocal Consort)


Admission by donation ($10 per adult suggested)



Michael Main, founding artistic director

Richard McPherson, organist/accompanist

Additional Tenor for Messiah concert Dec. 6th 3 PM Kathy Andrle, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000
Seeking additional tenor(s) for a Messiah concert in Nashua on December 6th at 3 PM.   If you have sung the piece before and know it well, or a good sight reader, we would like to add an additional tenor or two to our upcoming concert. Compensation flexible.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings in Nashua, NH (7 - 9 PM-only 2 more rehearsals if possible) and dress rehearsal Friday December 4th at 8 PM in Nashua, with the Sunday afternoon concert on December 6th. If interested, please contact us.
Tenor Section Leader, Newton MA John Yanns, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000 Episcopal Church, Newton seeks a tenor section leader. We are a parish choir of 10-12 singers, with 4 paid section leaders. Music is a highly-valued component of our worship and community life at Grace Church. This active parish is celebrating its 160th year in existence, and worship takes places in a beautiful, stained-glass adorned sactuary (erected in 1873), located at 76 Eldgrede Street in Newton (easily accessible from the MassPike, and via public transportation).
The choir is committed to excellence while also being welcoming and supportive of amateur singers. The choral season runs from the week after Labor day until mid-June.
  • Rehearsals Thursday 7-8:30 PM, and Sunday 8:45 to 9:30 AM. Service Sunday at 10:30 AM.
  • Availability for Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and other major services.
  • Roughly quarterly, the choir offers an Anglican choral evensong (such as a complete Requirem for All Souls), usually on Sundays at 4:00 PM.
Qualifications: The tenor section leader should be well-trained not only a vocalist but as a choral singer. The successful candidate will be an apt sight-singer with a command of diction and breathing. A cordial and cooperative attitude. Pay is competitive.
Please send a resume and introduction to our Interim Director of Music, Heather Kirkconnell, at Any questions should be directed to Ms. Kirkconnell as well.
2016 Halifax Choral Conducting Institute announced - July 25-29, 2016! Caron Daley, %19 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000
2016 Halifax Choral Conducting Institute announced - July 25-29, 2016!
Artistic Director and Founder: Dr. Caron Daley (Duquesne University)
Guest Conducting Clinician: Dr. John William Trotter (Wheaton College)
Guest Vocal Clinician: Dr. Vicki St. Pierre (Mount Allison University)
Collaborative Pianists: Lynette Wahlstrom (Dalhousie University) and Shawn Whynot (Dalhousie University)
Since 2013, the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute (formerly the Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium) has attracted conducting participants from across North America for an intensive week of choral gesture, repertoire, and musicianship study. Designed to address the real-life work of the choral conductor, the HCCI offers practical instruction in a team-like atmosphere. Program highlights include the opportunity to sing with the HCCI Chorus (a 24-voice SATB auditioned choir), daily Dalcroze Eurhythmics sessions, conducting masterclasses, group and one-on-one conducting instruction, and sessions in vocal/choral pedagogy.
This year, for the first time, The HCCI offers a streamed program. Option A is designed for all levels of conductors (registration closes May 1, 2016). Option B is designed for intermediate/advanced conductors (applications open Dec 1, 2015). Admission to Option B is competitive, and will most certainly fill up before the deadline – please apply early.
Please visit our NEW website for detailed schedule, repertoire, and fees information:
Email with any questions.
Magnificat: Music to honor Mary David McConnell, %19 %b %2015 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 Philia presents music that celebrates and honors Mary, mother of Jesus. Featuring gorgeous music by Ola Gjeilo, Ēriks Ešenvalds, and David Himes, the concert will conclude with a complete performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's incredible Magnificat, accompanied by Berks Sinfonietta.
Tickets are $10/Adult and $5/Student
Ticket procees benefit Bridge of Hope ]]>
St. Charles Singers to perform 20 contrasting carols in candlelight concerts Nathan Silverman, %19 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000 4, 5 & 6
The St. Charles Singers' 32nd annual "Candlelight Carols" Christmas concerts, a perennial audience favorite, will blend an intriguing new array of off-the-beaten path songs of the season with traditional offerings.
Conducted by founder and music director Jeffrey Hunt, the professional chamber choir's 2015 "Candlelight Carols" program will offer 20 contrasting carols by almost as many composers, including a "Magnificat" by Johann Pachelbel, best known for his popular Canon in D major; "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Gustav Holst, best known for "The Planets"; and a carol by contemporary Englishman Jonathan Dove with a part written for the audience.
The Holst piece will be one of eight works the St. Charles Singers will perform for the first time.
Hunt says the variety of composers and carols distinguish the St. Charles Singers’ annual Christmas programs. "There won't be a lot of musical chestnuts roasting on the fire," Hunt says.
The program will be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 4, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles, Ill.; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago; and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 6, at Baker Church in St. Charles.
Among the unusual offerings is Dove’s "Run, shepherds, run!" written for unaccompanied choir with audience participation. Hunt will coach audience members on how to sing their part. Eight choir members will be posted throughout the hall to sing with and support the audience.
Dove is known as a master at word-painting: bringing words to life through music. A reviewer once wrote that "Run, shepherds, run!" gives the listener "an almost palpable feeling of heading over the hills in double time trying to keep up with the sheep."
Hunt has programmed three carols by Sir David Willcocks as a tribute to the influential, recently departed British choirmaster, composer, and arranger: "Birthday Carol," "He Smiles Within His Cradle," and "Silent Night."
The mixed-voice ensemble of 37 singers will also perform Orlando Gibbons' "This is the Record of John," Thomas Luis de Victoria’s "Alma Redemptoris 8," Robert Pearsall’s "In Dulci Jubilo," Herbert Howell’s "Sing Lullaby," Richard Bjella’s arrangement of Mateo Flecha’s "Riu, Riu, Chiu," and Morten Lauridsen’s "O Magnum Mysterium."
Also: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker's "Masters in This Hall," William Robert Spencer’s "The Ditchling Carol," John Rutter’s "There Is a Flower," Carolyn Jennings' "Fum, Fum, Fum," Craig Hella Johnson's "The Rose/Lo How a Rose," Matthew Collowton's "O Little Town of Bethlehem," the traditional Ukrainian carol "Carol of the Bells," and Jeremy Langford's arrangement of "Jingle Bells."
The St. Charles Singers’ new Klop positiv organ, acquired this year, will be heard in three carols. "Its wooden pipes have such a wonderful sound," Hunt says. Other carols will have piano accompaniment. "The Ditchling Carol" includes snare and tom-tom drums.
Candlelight Choristers
Performing in the "Candlelight Carols" concerts will be sopranos Jeanne Fornari of Batavia, Ingrid Burrichter of Chicago, Mary Kunstman of DeKalb, Laura Johnson of Hanover Park, Cynthia Spiegel of La Fox, Meredith Dubon and Jennifer Gingrich of Naperville, AnDréa James of St. Charles,  Corinne Elliot of Wheaton, and Karen Lukose of Winfield.
The alto section will include Sarah Underhill of Aurora, Margaret Fox and Valerie Heinkel-Bolero of Batavia, Amanda Brex-Castillo of Cary, Bethany Nelson of Crystal Lake, Bridget Kancler of Oak Park, Jennifer Hunt of St. Charles, Deb Wilder of Wheeling, and Chelsea Rhodes of Yorkville.
Tenors are Rob Campbell of DeKalb, Bradley Staker of Elburn, Jonathan Cramer of Grayslake, Dan Stuby of Naperville, Gregor King of Sycamore, David Hunt of Wayne, Steve Williamson and Joel Visker of West Chicago, and Robert Boyd of Westmont.
Basses are Phil Nohl and Michael Thoms of Aurora, Brandon Fox of Batavia, Antonio Quaranta of Carol Stream, Nate Coon of Crystal Lake, David Hartley of Lake in the Hills, Ernie Klapmeier and Mike Popplewell of North Aurora, and Jens Hurty of Yorkville.
Tickets and Information
Single tickets for St. Charles Singers Candlelight Carols concerts are $35 adult general admission, $30 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students.
Tickets and general information about the St. Charles Singers are available at or by calling (630) 513-5272. Tickets are also available at Townhouse Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles (checks or cash only at this ticket venue). Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, depending on availability. Group discounts are available.
André Thomas at the 2017 Limerick Sings International Choral Festival Roland Zuehlke, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000
Join Artistic Director Dr. André Thomas and choirs from across the U.S., Ireland and the UK for three days of non-competitive music and song on Ireland’s beautiful west coast. Participating in the 2017 Limerick Sings International Choral Festival will give choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various venues such as St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Hunt Museum and take part in a Gala Concert at the magnificent University of Limerick Concert Hall under the direction of Dr. Thomas. The program also includes time with fellow international choristers and a fun welcome BBQ with Irish music, dance and food.
Most Awarded/Honored Piece Michael Sandvik, %17 %b %2015 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000 Conductors and Composers!
I would like to invite composers to share their most awarded and/or honored piece and include a link for conductors to find the piece for perusal. 
I am refering to a piece that has received an award (or awards), has been featured in magazines (such as Choral Journal) and on websites such as choralnet, won a competition, etc....
Please share one, include voicing, link, recording link, and a brief description.
I look forward to everyone's replies and I hope this is useful to conductors!
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
Music Director -Follen Unitarian Universalist Robert Eaton, %18 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
Applications may be sent to:
Digital format only, including all audio/visual material.
Please include three professional references.
Reports to: Minister
Effective: August 1, 2016
Status: Full time
Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Plus: Healthcare benefits; five weeks of vacation; 11 holidays.
Vision: The Follen community is brought together by the power of music-making, throughwhich we build meaningful relationships, grow in spirit, and find joy and solace.
Mission: The Music Director’s mission is to strengthen Follen’s Unitarian Universalist community through the spiritual practice of making music, by offering to the congregation the gift of music as a profound way to connect with the holy and with humanity. Follen’s Music Director will create musical opportunities for all interested children, youth, and adults, and will collaborate with the minister, staff and lay leaders to create cohesive worship services and carry out programming. The Music Program at Follen will be often eclectic, always mission driven, and always excellent.
Essential Functions:
• Collaborate creatively with the Minister to choose music (for the congregation and for the choir) for weekly Sunday morning worship services that aligns with UU values, the worship theme, and the service itself. The Music Director resources, prepares, and rehearses, on time and on budget, the appropriate quantity and quality of music in each service.
• Develop and supervise volunteers and staff as needed to support the overall organization and management of the entire music program, from major artistic responsibilities such as selecting and rehearsing soloists, choirs, and accompanists, to all-important operational details such as registrations, robes, snacks, etc. Direct supervision of staff includes, but is not limited to: choir section leaders/soloists; accompanist(s); assistant choir director(s); supplementary instrumentalists, and operetta/musical production manager.
• Direct the Senior Choir (open to all adults) in all rehearsals, activities, and celebrations, which includes both special performances (twice a year Music Sundays), and weekly worship services. Direct section leaders and soloists as needed. Select and orient new choir members, and create a welcoming, joyful environment. Nurture a love of music,
singing, and community.
• Direct the Youth Choir (currently 6th-12th grade) in all rehearsals, activities, special performances, and worship services. Communicate with Choir Alumni for special services such as Christmas Eve. Invite and orient new choir members and create a welcoming, joyful environment. Encourage leadership among older youth. Nurture a love
of music, singing, and community.
• Direct the Junior Choir (currently 2nd-5th grade) in all rehearsals, activities, special performances, and worship services. Collaborate with Minister to choose music that is appropriate for this age group and the worship experience of the congregation. Nurture a love of music, singing, and community.
• Provide musical and stage direction and management for a large music and communitybuilding “culminating event” involving the junior and youth choirs, their parents, and other volunteers. This has traditionally been an annual spring musical theater performance of a two-night, double-cast Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, open to all Junior and Youth Choir members. The director manages the volunteers and their tasks, including props, parties, photos, etc. Auditions the leads and directs rehearsals. Builds community through the art of putting on a show.
• Nurture a culture of positive engagement with music for all, including those with many different types of ability and availability.
• Participate in church leadership meetings as necessary, including but not limited to:
Program Council, Worship and Music Action Team, weekly staff meetings, weekly supervision and planning meeting with the Minister.
• Manage Follen’s Music Library, resourcing and acquiring new music as is in line with the church budget and vision for the music program.
• Engages in lifelong learning and skill-building, taking part in professional development opportunities and the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network.
Other Responsibilities:
• Up to 6 Sundays off September-June, as approved, in coordination with the Minister.
Responsible for planning high-quality coverage for Sundays off.
• Can play organ and/or piano and/or guitar for worship accompaniment, and/or work with accompanist(s) to fulfill this need.
Minimum Qualifications
Education: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required.
Licensure: CORI check required.
Demonstrated musical knowledge and ability, as well as leadership and social skills.
Physical Requirements:
• Able to move freely in and out of different settings.
• Able to speak and hear in the public forum, groups, and one-on-one settings.
• Able to see and use printed music, computer screens and other web-enabled devices.
Core Competencies:
Mission ownership: Demonstrates understanding and full support of the Unitarian Universalist mission, vision, values, history and beliefs of the congregation; consistently behaves in a manner congruent with these UU values; can collaborate with minister to create worship in that aligns with UU values.
Interpersonal relationships: Relates well to people of all ages; builds effective and constructive rapport and relationships; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; communicates a sense of availability, warmth, openness and approachability; supports a culture of welcoming and connection in the life of the congregation; creates an environment that others want to participate in; avoids communication triangles.
Technical Expertise: Acquires and demonstrates the technical skills required to proficiently execute the essential functions of the job; understands which skills are lacking and seeks to develop those skills; continually works toward the mastery of technical proficiency.
Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.
Motivating Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate
employees, volunteers and members; empowers others; invites shared input and decision
making; makes each individual feel that his/her work is important.
Team Orientation: demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; is regarded as a team player; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging and pride in the team. Keeps the larger picture in mind when attending to individual needs.
Leadership Development: Encourages others to discover and engage their giftedness and skills in service to the larger community; calls out the best in others; supports others in the development of their skills and abilities; actively seeks to engage others more directly in the leadership life of the congregation; thinks strategically about the continual need for a next generation of leaders and works to build the leadership base.
People/Volunteer Management: Provides direction, gains commitment, facilitates change,
delegates appropriately, and achieves results through the efficient, creative and responsible deployment of volunteers; engages people in their areas of giftedness and passion.
Music Director for The Civic Chorale David Hendricksen, %18 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
The Civic Chorale, based in Johnson City, TN, is seeking applications for the part-time position of Music Director, beginning with the 2016-17 season.  The Civic Chorale is a group of approximately 50 auditioned, volunteer singers who perform an average of four concerts each season.   The ensemble rehearses on Thursday evenings and performs at various regional venues, often in collaboration with other local musical groups.  The Chorale’s repertoire covers a wide range of choral music, including both sacred and secular works, popular, classical, and contemporary, sublime and (occasionally) ridiculous.  The Civic Chorale is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Civic Chorale seeks a professional musician with training and expertise in choral conducting and demonstrated commitment to excellence in music.
Applicants should submit a resume with references and any pertinent program materials to Lucille Hart, Search Committee Chair, at . The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2016.  For more information about The Civic Chorale, visit our website at or our Facebook page (
Deducting Concert Tour Expenses from Your Tax Return Bill Bergeman, %18 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 Celebrations International (MCI) has followed the success of certain choral clients in their efforts to make concert tour expenses tax deductible as an incentive for their singers to participate in tours.
The results have been spectacular — and, participation in concert tours has increased dramatically.  Using the services of Mosher & Associates, a law firm specializing in legal expertise to nonprofits in Chicago to summarize the tax benefits and eligibility of music ensembles to qualify their concert tour expenses as tax deductions, MCI has developed a legal analysis for five different programmatic profiles for which your ensemble may fit.
Follow this link to read more about how this benefit may be helpful with your choir's tour expenses.
Clark Atlanta University Choir performs Bach "Magnificat" curtis everett powell, %18 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 Annual Christmas Choral Concert featuring the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society & University Choir will take place at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Atlanta - 435 Peachtree Street, NE (between Ralph McGill Blvd. and Pine Street) – on Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm.   The concert is FREE OF ADMISSION.  The performance will include:  Bach/Magnificat, Victoria/O magnum mysterium, Rockin' Jerusalem/Gibbs, among others. ]]>Need help finding There is an Old Belief -- NOT by CHH Parry. Christina Dolanc, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 performed a contemporary version of There is an Old Belief in college in the 90s. I am looking for this work to possibly sing now in my current vocal ensemble and I cannot seem to locate it. It is NOT the work by C.H.H. Parry from his Songs of Farewell. I thought the composer was Rene Clausen, but I don't think that is correct. If anyone can suggest who the composer might be and where to find the score, I would really appreciate the help. Thank you.  ]]>Rockin' on a Christmas Eve CD David Riska, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 Rockin' on a Christmas Eve P/A CD
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Jacobson/Emerson
Starting: December 2015
For: 1 month
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Need P/A CD for this song.  Please reply to me if you have it.
The Neoteric Chorale is looking for Your Voice! Jerrell R. Gray, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
The Neoteric Chorale meets every other Sunday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. The group sings interesting and challenging arrangements, mostly by the Founder and Director, Jerrell R. Gray. The Neoteric Chorale sings Hymns, Anthems,  Gospel songs, and Spirituals infused with jazz and blues elements. Some of the members from The Baton Rouge Symphony Chrous sing in this chorale as well. We have immediate openings for new members who read well and have good ears for close harmonies sung unaccompanied. If you would like to join us or want more information, please contact Jerrell R. Gray at
Los Angeles Master Chorale "Festival of Carols" CD on Sale Now Susan Gordon, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
Now everyone can enjoy Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s release of “Festival of Carols,” a CD and digital download album recorded live at Disney Hall featuring favorite Christmas carols performed by the Grammy nominated-chorus and conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  The Chorale’s first holiday recording in nearly 20 years, it includes gorgeous arrangements of such beloved classics as Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and White Christmas, sung masterfully by the LA Master Chorale.  The album also shares new audience favorites of carols arranged by former Los Angeles Master Chorale composer-in-residence, Shawn Kirchner.  His beautiful and inventive arrangements of such holiday treasures as Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, and Brightest and Best evoke a sense of familiar holiday warmth and cheer.  The music, much of it a cappella, was recorded during the Chorale’s annual live holiday program “Festival of Carols” at Disney Hall in 2012 and 2014.  A perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer, the recording also features special guests Lisa Edwards, piano; Shawn Kirchner, piano; John West, organ; and Doug Masek, soprano saxophone.  The remarkable acoustics of the landmark Disney Hall, the Chorale’s home venue, complement the choir’s rich sound, which is captured on the recording.  
The Chorale has long been recognized and hailed by critics for its exceptional holiday programming. Downtown News proclaims, “There aren’t many cultural institutions that do the holidays like the Los Angeles Master Chorale.”
“It is such a joy to bring the voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale into homes around the world with this holiday recording,” says Gershon, who personally chose the featured musical selections.  “We hope listening to this seasonal album becomes a treasured holiday tradition for families for years to come.”
Tracks include:
1. Angels We Have Heard on High | French Carol, Arr. Donald McCullough      
2. Deck the Hall | Welsh Carol, Arr. John Rutter
3. The Christmas Song | Mel Tormé, Arr. Jerry Rubino
4. One Sweet Little Baby | W. Kinneson & G. McClure, Arr. Shawn Kirchner    
5. En lo más azul del cielo (In the Deepest Blue of Sky) | Emilio Dublanc, Arr. Ariel Quintana
6. Silent Night | Franz Gruber, Arr. David O     
7. Ding Dong Merrily on High | French Carol, Arr. T Frederick H. Candlyn
8. Brightest and Best | Reginald Heber, Arr. Shawn Kirchner   
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, Arr. Ken Neufeld
10. Beautiful Star of Bethlehem | Appalachian Carol, Arr. Shawn Kirchner       
11. Sing We Now of Christmas | French Carol, Arr. Salli Terri
12. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year | George Wyle & Eddie Pola, Arr. Bob Krogstad
13. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella | French Carol, Arr. Shawn Kirchner       
14. White Christmas | Irving Berlin, Arr. Deke Sharon
15. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming | Michael Praetorius, Arr. Shawn Kirchner  
16. The Twelve Days of Christmas | English Carol, Arr. John Rutter
17. Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King | Arr. Moses Hogan       
18. Bonus Track: Carol of the Bells | Mykola Leontovych, Arr. Peter J. Wilhowsky
19. Bonus Track: We Wish You a Merry Christmas | English Carol, Arr. Arthur Warrell
To purchase the recording, please visit, or iTunes.
About the Artists
Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer).  The Chorale is currently in its 52nd season as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and its 13th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  To date, the choir has commissioned 47 and premiered 94 new works, of which 64 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  The Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City.  It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland.  Its discography includes five commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton.  In addition, in 2013, as part of its 50th anniversary season celebration, the Chorale released a digital recording featuring signature a cappella works available online-only at, iTunes and  LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.  The Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed.  Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students each year.
GRANT GERSHON is currently in his 15th season as the Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and also serves as Resident Conductor of LA Opera.  The Los Angeles Times declares that the Chorale "has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon” and Opera News proclaims him “a first-rate conductor.”  During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led more than 100 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major works in the choral repertoire.  A champion of new music as well, Gershon has led world premiere performances of major works by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank, Shawn Kirchner and Chinary Ung, among many others.  His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); five commercial CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), A Good Understanding (Decca), and Miserere (Decca); and a digital recording featuring some of the Chorale’s signature a cappella works available online-only at, iTunes and 
live streaming concert Craig Bader, %18 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 choral colleagues,
Does anyone know what the licensing requirements are and how to get them to live stream a concert over the internet on a website, or something like that?
I have gotten mechanical licences before for songs on CD's, but this seems different.
Would love to know how this is done.
Craig Bader
Cantus Salisburgensis Marie Fox, %18 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000 at the spectacular Salzburg Cathedral and beautiful Mirabell Gardens, the backdrop to scenes from the “Sound of Music”. The massed sing performance is under the direction of Prof. János Czifra, the Salzburg Cathedral’s music director. Discover Salzburg’s picturesque Old Town and its towering castle, and share your music with choirs from around the world.
Phone: 1-800-624-0166
Middle School: Does your school require everyone to be in Choir or Band? It's not working for us and we need some ideas. Sheridan Fleming, %18 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 Musicians,
I am all for having students experience Choir and/or Band. However, in our school district, all of our middle schoolers are now required to be in either Band and/or Choir. If students love music, that's great! If they really don't, then they often choose Choir as the "lesser of two evils". Many of the students in the choirs often are lost, uninterested, or simply refuse to participate no matter how engaging the director is. We are torn between asking the district to change policies (and possibly losing numbers) vs. keeping musicians who want to be there and improving their musical experience. It is rather heartbreaking for us to go from choirs that were made up of kids who love to sing to choirs made up of kids that "have to" be there and may not want to be.
Are you in the same situation? Thank you for any insight you may have to help us!
Fabulous (but Fried) Middle School Directors
The Park Avenue UMC Choir Presents "Gloria!" Lauren Ishida, %18 %b %2015 %09:%Nov:%th 9NovGMT+0000
Park Avenue United Methodist Church (Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard, senior minister) presents a concert of music for Christmas, including John Rutter's beloved Gloria and rousing solos and choruses to celebrate the joy of the season.  Featuring the exceptional Choir of Park Avenue United Methodist Church led by Noby Ishida, Director of Music.  A reception will follow the performance.
Date: December 10, 2015 at 7:00PM
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church (106 E. 86th Street, NYC 10028)
Cost: General Admission $25 ($15 students)
To Purchase Tickets online, please visit:
Or, call the PAUMC office at: 212-427-5421
Christmas with the Lanier Chamber Singers Jon Arnold, %18 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 with LCS

Friday, December 4, 2015 – 7:30 pm.
First Presbyterian Church – Gainesville, GA

The Lanier Chamber Singers present "Christmas with LCS" on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. The program will include Vivaldi's classic masterwork, Gloria, featuring outstanding solos from the choir and instrumental ensemble. The choir will also present other works by contemporary composers as well as arrangements of familiar carols such "Deck the Halls" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Gainesville's newest community children's chorus, the Lanier Young Singers, will also be featured and will join LCS in John Rutter's beautiful "Candlelight Carol."

Tickets are $10 in advance online or from a member. At the door, tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Students are always free with valid ID.


  • Hodie Christus Natus Est – Healey Wilan
  • Gaudete – arr. Mark Burrows
  • The Time of Snow - Chilcott (Lanier Young Singers)
  • Mid-winter - Chilcott (Lanier Young Singers)
  • O Magnum Mysterium (Serenity) – Ola Gjeilo
  • Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi
  • Candlelight Carol - John Rutter (with Lanier Young Singers)
  • Deck the Hall - arr. John Rutter
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas - arr. John Rutter
Antica Pompei - Musica Eterna Roma After Festival Piroska Horváth, %18 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000

Antica Pompeii – Linger a little longer!


Have you ever wanted to stay longer in a meeting-music festival, basking in the good vibrations of choral singing?


We can extend your Musica Eterna Roma experience from July 5-7, 2016 in Pompeii!


Meeting music invites you to imagine three more days in historic Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

where your choir will perform its own program, and join with other choirs to sing familiar melodies from the region of Naples.  


We are happy to enhance your meeting music Italian experience by arranging a once in a lifetime performance in fantastic Pompeii!




For further details do not hesitate to contact us.

Conducting Master Class with Michael Zaugg & National Youth Choir of Canada Irene Apanovitch, %18 %b %2015 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE? Student Conducting Master Class with Michael Zaugg
Saturday, May 21, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
The Student Chapter of Choral Canada invites you to apply to the Student Conducting Master Class with Michael Zaugg and the National Youth Choir of Canada during 2016 Podium Conference & Festival in Edmonton, AB!

Once the choir knows the music, how do you engage — gesturally, musically, spiritually —with the ensemble to go one step further? What does the choir need & want from you in performance? Michael Zaugg will lead a conducting master class for full-time students that will focus on effective communication with the ensemble in rehearsal and performance, in particular transferring  what you hear in what you say and show. 
1.)    Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a post-secondary institution (i.e. university, college or conservatory) in Canada or the United States.
2.)    Applicants must hold an active student membership with Choral Canada. For membership information, please click here.

1.)    Begin your application by completing the Master Class Contact Form.
2.)    Submit the following materials in a single email to
·         Résumé outlining all relevant choral conducting education and experience (in PDF format)
·         List of the repertoire conducted over the past 2-3 years (in PDF format)
·         One letter of reference from a conductor who know the candidate’s work well (in PDF format).
3.)    Video footage showing 10-15 minutes of the candidate in rehearsal. The conductor should be filmed from the front so that his/her eyes, face, hands, gestures, and posture are all clearly seen and his/her voice is clearly heard. Rehearsal videos need to be uploaded to YouTube as “unlisted” videos. (Note: videos classified as “private” will not be accepted). Link to application video must be included in the Master Class Contact Form.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 15, 2016
For more information, please contact Sara Brooks at and visit        
LA Master Chorale's "Festival of Carols" Offers Holiday Cheer Susan Gordon, %18 %b %2015 %08:%Nov:%th 8NovGMT+0000
The Los Angeles Master Chorale fills Walt Disney Concert Hall with yuletide cheer offering two matinee performances of its popular “Festival of Carols,” on consecutive Saturdays, December 5 and 12, 2015, 2 pm, at the iconic venue.  New arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and traditional favorites, performed by 110 members of the Chorale and conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, set a joyful tone.  Holiday gems include Joy to the World!, Deck the Hall, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Holy Night, Silent Night, We Need A Little Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, White Christmas and more. The event, which also features Lisa Edwards on piano and John West on organ, has been proclaimed a “magical” (Time Out) “heartfelt spectacle” (Downtown News) “guaranteed to put you in the mood to decorate the tree” (Family Savvy).  Ticket holders can arrive early to enjoy a festive brass quintet playing holiday carols and stay afterwards for post-concert visits with Santa in BP Hall.
Tickets for Festival of Carols range from $29 - $99; tickets for children ages 6-12 are $22 - $74.  Group rates are available.  Children under six not admitted.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  
Choral Potpourri: Coming Home Marie Grass Amenta, %17 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000
  “There is no place like home.” L.Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
On Saturday evening, I will give a pre-concert lecture for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, our local professional symphony. The concert is a program of Russian Masters with not a speck of choral music to be heard. I will be lecturing on two ballet suites, Swan Lake and The Firebird. Though it will be a bit of a change from what I usually do now, in fact, it is coming home for me. In a roundabout way, I am a choral conductor because I was a ballet dancer.
As a child, I studied at one of the premier ballet studios in Chicago. Many of their former students went on to have careers with companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey and the Boston Ballet to name only a few. I sang as well as danced and was a serious piano student….but I loved to dance. I was not the typical ballet dancer; I specialized in character ballet, a specific category of Classical Ballet. Character ballet is stylized versions of traditional folk or national dance, using movements and music which have been adapted for the theater and is very important to the Classical Ballet repertoire. A good example of character ballet within a classical ballet is the series of national dances in the beginning of Act III of Swan Lake or the Divertissements in Act II of The Nutcracker.
My father was a professional ballet dancer and when he was in his 40s, I noticed he wasn’t dancing as much as he used to. I always wanted to dance; it was like breathing to me, and wanted to have a long career. But dancers have a limited prime time; how could I continue being involved in ballet professionally as I got older, besides teaching? I began to think about life after dancing; and since I was also a musician, decided perhaps I could become a ballet conductor. When I was 13, I mentioned this aspiration to one of my ballet teachers…..and he laughed at me. He told me girls didn’t conduct orchestras (when I mentioned a very prominent female opera conductor, he told me I didn’t want to be like her) but thought perhaps I could conduct choruses. Not a very auspicious beginning for a choral career, I suppose. The summer I was 16, just after dancing for the director of a very prominent ballet company, I fell down a flight of cement stairs and wrecked my ankle, thus ending my dancing career. But it was okay.
Ballet has always been in my life, even after my ankle injury. I taught seven ballet classes a week to earn money to get through my undergrad music program. When I graduated from college, I began to think of myself as a musician and choral conductor, not a dancer, but dancing wasn’t finished with me! When I needed a job or relocated due to my spouse’s job, a job teaching at a ballet studio or a choreography gig often fell into my lap. I always had fun but felt a bit, well, overqualified and wanted to move on to my *real* work which was choral conducting. I added liturgical dance to my choral repertoire when applying for church jobs after someone asked in an interview about my ballet studio positions, and did some sacred dance work too.
When I was in music school, I became fascinated with music history as it relates to dance history; I became hooked. I love how things line up with music, dance, art and history. So lecturing about ballet on Saturday isn’t too far from my interests. I plan to drag out my Pointe shoes and show folks how something that seems to make you float on air are actually pretty hard (banging the toes on a table is a great way to get the “pointe” across!). I will bring my character shoes and perhaps demonstrate a bit of the Danse hongraise and Czardas from Act III of Swan Lake if my feet are feeling it. I will feel comfortable and relaxed and happy because I will be coming home. But I don’t live there any longer.
Happy Birthday - Free SATB Arrangement David Bauguess, %18 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%th 6NovGMT+0000 Birthday is now in the public domain. I have made an a cappella SATB arrangement which you are welcome reproduce freely if you wanr to use it. You can get the PDF file here:
On a Mac, in Safari, go to File > Export as PDF...  to save the document as a PDF file on your computer.
Perhaps a PC user can tell how to do it in a Windows browser.
Alternatively, email me a request and I will email you the file.
David Bauguess
Best Repertoire Choices to take to music competition with a HS choir. Daniel Delgado, %18 %b %2015 %05:%Nov:%th 5NovGMT+0000 my name is Daniel Delgado. I am a student at Indiana State University. I am doing a project for my Choral Literature class and it involves me posting on here to get some great feedback! I am posting to figure out what repertoire would be a great choice to use at competitions like ISSMA and so on. To add, I want to be able to keep my students involved and have fun while also having a great choice of repertoire to make an impact.
Thank you,
Schola Cantorum's Family Holiday Concert Features Exciting Guest Artists Diane Holcomb, %18 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000

Schola Cantorum’s eighty-five voices sing a diverse selection of familiar holiday carols and hymns, never-before heard commissioned works, and exotic classical pieces in their annual family holiday concert, Rejoice! Rejoice! on December 6 at 3:00 PM at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The choral group will be joined by guest artists Kalil Wilson, tenor, and concertmaster Robin Sharp on violin.


Music Director Gregory Wait says, “We’re doing a number of familiar carols and hymns, and three holiday arrangements commissioned from arranger Nile Norton: a Jingle Bell Rock, a Silent Night, and a version of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music.” All three were written with piano accompanist Dawn Reyen in mind, and guest violinist Robin Sharp.


Ms. Sharp, concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, will also accompany the choir for Ola Gjeilo’s Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium). The sound of the solo violin, over a glacial, sonorous piece “is so rich, the audience will go crazy over it,” says Wait. Robin Sharp hails from a long heritage of string musicians; the family is recognized as “number one in strings in the Bay Area in the past century,” says Wait.


The captivating and gifted Kalil Wilson will sing a solo set of standards with a Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby vibe from the The Great American Songbook; and with the choir, a rendition of one of his favorite tunes, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.


Among his many credits, the versatile tenor has performed live in concert with jazz legends like Kenny Burrell, and in venues from the Metropolitan Opera to Walt Disney Concert Hall. As comfortable with classical music and opera as jazz, soul and R & B, Mr. Wilson began singing at age twelve with the Oakland Youth Chorus, “performing a range of eclectic material, from Gregorian Chants to show tunes.” 


“It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of singing with a chorus,” he says. “My heart has sunk a lot of roots into choral singing. I’m really looking forward to being around a flock of fellow singers and doing my part to raise music up.”


Speaking as an ethnomusicology major, a degree he earned from UCLA, he says, “Music has never been so widely available for the species and for a generation of kids worldwide, and in so many genres, for pay and for free.” But he feels there’s something special about a concert setting, rather than vocals streamed over a video, that produces “a physical experience and sensation that cannot be replicated any other way than through live human bodies sitting in the audience, vibrating. The human voice will never stop being a source of sensation and mystery for those who produce it, and for those who are lucky enough to be in the audience.” 


Cost for admission is $30 General, $20 for students 21 and under and children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 500 Castro Street, by phone at 650-903-6000, or online at Tickets purchased by phone or online are subject to service charges. There are no service charges for walk-up sales. Facility user fees apply to all tickets purchased. 


Name this song? Dana Crawford-Pulley, %17 %b %2015 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000'm looking for the title of a  song I learned almost 35 years ago. All I can recall is this snippet: 'How can it be that you're born so humble, how can it be that you're born a King? How can it be that you're born so humble, how can it be I hear the angels sing? Sweet little baby, please explain it to me. Sweet little baby, I know what my reason tells me to think, but Lordy, Lordy, sweet Lord. I know what I see.' (I may have lyrics wrong.)
I'm pretty much out of touch with everyone I sang it with, and I've Bing'ed and Googled it to no end, with no luck. Thanx in advance!
Handel's Messiah Part 1 & Hallelujah Singalong & Playalong Brendan Walls, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 are invited to sing or play Handel's Messiah Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus at St Stephen's Church in Crownsville Sunday afternoon December 6 at 4.00pm. Proceeds of goodwill offering and sale of scores to Crofton Christian Caring Council ]]>Director Opening at KSCC Marci Major, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Director Opening at KSCC:
Associate Choral Director K-12
Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus
The Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus is seeking an associate director. The Chorus, affiliated with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra and in residence at West Chester University, is an auditioned group for boys and girls, grades K through 12. The Chorus strives to teach music literacy through quality, age appropriate repertoire. Children of all backgrounds have the opportunity to perform with professional orchestras and living composers. All age groups rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm. Rehearsals include music reading instruction, ear training, and vocal technique. Prospective candidates for the position would ideally be Kodaly trained or would be seeking training in Kodaly levels.
Select repertoire appropriate to age level and ability of singers. All music would be discussed and agreed upon by team of associate directors and Artistic Director
Prepare Tuesday evening rehearsals (90 minutes) and additional rehearsals as dictated by performance schedule. Rehearsals would address individual ensemble and large group repertoire
Ensure quality of ensemble sound, appearance, and delivery
Mentor West Chester University student intern assigned to the group
Interested applicants please contact
Hope and Solidarity SATB Briony Denker, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 am looking for SATB or SSAATTBB arrangments of songs having to do with peace, solidarity, hope, and unity. EVerything from contemporary pieces to classical pieces. Songs in foreign languages, especially French, would be awesome! These are for spring pieces so time for ordering isn't necessarily a problem! ]]>Voce Camerata and Consort Will Be Holding Auditions Bill Toups, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Voce Camerata and Consort is a group which currently consists of 10 musicians interested in early music in the Raleigh Triangle area; we sing and we have a consort with recorders, flute, crumhorns and string instruments.
Our music ranges from the later medieval period up to early baroque, depending on what the focus of a particular concert is. Much of it is polyphonic vocal music ranging anywhere from one voice to eight voices. Often the music is a cappella, but some pieces may be solo voice with an instrument or two, other pieces are entirely instrumental. It all depends on the piece and on the variety we wish to bring in a particular program. Our music features both secular and sacred music. We have given concerts in a number of locations in the Raleigh/Cary area of North Carolina.
Our rehearsals are usually at the Church of the Nativity in northern Raleigh.
We currently have openings in all sections for our Spring season. Please email us at for more information or to schedule an audition.
Choir Director Shelly Bitner, %17 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
Wausau Lyric Choir​- ​Choral Director Position
​Location: ​Wausau, Wisconsin (Central Wisconsin)
Start Date: September 2016
The Wausau Lyric Choir (WLC) is an auditioned ecumenical community choir of approximately sixty adults dedicated to excellence in the performance of classical sacred choral music. Its mission is threefold: to achieve performances of high artistic merit; to exemplify the values expressed in the music; and to communicate these values to as large an audience as possible.
WLC was founded in 1972 as an adult vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of sacred music. The Board of Directors manages the corporation according to the bylaws of the organization. The board holds regular monthly meetings and special meetings, and organizes committees to carry out duties on behalf of the organization. For more information about the choir visit Wausau Lyric Choir on Facebook.
1. Establish and maintain the highest possible artistic performance standards for the WLC.
2. Conduct annual auditions for prospective new members.
3. Be responsible for all musical decisions, including selection of repertoire, soloists, additional accompanists, etc.
4. Prepare for and conduct weekly Sunday evening rehearsals from 6-8 p.m. in Wausau, September through early/mid June, as well as one five-hour Saturday rehearsal per semester.
5. Select sacred repertoire for two concerts per year: one in early-mid December and one in late April-early May.
6. Select popular music repertoire for the annual “Summer Serenade” fundraiser event held in early/mid June, including auditioning and choosing soloists and small ensembles for performance at the event. This also includes the selection of pieces for the entire choir. Work with Summer Serenade committee on selection of a theme for the event.
7. Work with choral librarian and be responsible for ordering musical scores as needed.
8. Be available and willing to promote performances through connecting with all local/area media - television, radio and print media.
9. Coordinate with volunteer marketing chair to approve posters, programs, ads, etc.
10. Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and attend monthly board meetings, providing a director’s report. Assist Board in identification of suitable performance venues and advise board on budget issues as needed.
1. Master of Music degree strongly desired
2. Minimum of three years experience preparing and conducting a chorus at the high school level or above
3. Ability to conduct chamber orchestra preferred
4. Demonstrate professional knowledge of vocal technique (pedagogy and production)
5. Extensive knowledge of sacred choral literature
6. Ability to motivate and direct performers
7. Excellent communication and organizational skills
8. Work effectively with the accompanist(s) and volunteer singers
Highly qualified applicants, please send electronic application documents consisting of a cover letter, resume, a list of repertoire performed in the last three years and a list of three (3) references to:​Additionally, mail a DVD containing 15-30 min. of a choral rehearsal, including warm-ups, conducted by you, and a 15 min. segment of you conducting a choral ensemble performance.
Mail to: Wausau Lyric Choir
P.O. Box 2328
Wausau, WI 54402-2328
All documents and DVDs must be submitted and postmarked on or before January 15, 2016.
Questions may be directed to Mary Waid, Search Committee Chair, wausaulyricchoir@gmail. ]]>
Voce Camerata and Concert Presents Music for Twelfth Night Bill Toups, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 Camerata and Consort will perform a variety of pieces for Twelfth Night.
When:      January 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Where:     White Plains United Methodist Church
                 313 SE Maynard Rd
                 Cary, NC 27511
Cost:        Free
Voce Camerata and Consort Performs Music of the Season Bill Toups, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 Camerata and Consort will perform some of its favorite music of the season. This concert is free and open to the public.
When:       December 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Where:     Carol Woods Retirement Community
                 750 Weaver Dairy Rd
                 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Voce Camerata and Consort at NCMA Bill Toups, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 Camerata and Consort will be performing several a cappella and instrumental selections as part of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s “The Nativity in Art, Words, and Music” event.
When:       December 5, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
Where:      North Carolina Museum of Art
                 2110 Blue Ridge Rd
                 Raleigh, NC 27607
Cost:         Free
Collaborative Pianist/Instructor of Piano Daniel Monek, %17 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College in Marietta, OH seeks a full-time Collaborative Pianist/Instructor of Piano for a one-semester sabbatical replacement in the Spring of 2016 (January to May). Masters degree or equivalent professional experience required.
This is a full-time, non-renewable, temporary position for Spring Semester 2016 with a start date of January 11, 2016. This position does not include full-time benefits, but it does include housing in an on-campus apartment.
  • Collaborative pianist for assigned choral ensembles (5-7 hours per week) including a 9-day choir tour in May.
  • Collaborative support for applied students including regular rehearsals and studio class for vocal majors.
  • Applied piano instruction (non-majors).
  • Assigned general education course based on qualifications/interests.
Further details and applications procedures may be found at the following link: ]]>
Medieval and Renaissance Christmas Music with brass Anne Bourne, %17 %b %2015 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000

The Stonington Madrigal Singers are joined by the New London Brass Quintet in a concert of glorious renaissance Christmas music and medieval carols. Composers include Praetorius, Hassler, Victoria, and Gallus. Concert at 6 PM at Calvary Church in Stonington borough. Reception to follow. Donations gratefully accepted.

Stonington Madrigal Singers's photo.
Princeton Pro Musica presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Janet Pfeiffer, %17 %b %2015 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00pm, Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Kendall Theater on the campus of The College of NJ in Ewing, NJ.
Preceding the concert, Dr. Brandau, will give a talk about the Christmas Oratorio. The pre-curtain talk for all ticket-holders begins at 7:00pm.
The performance will feature a period-instrument orchestra, and a quartet of singers recognized for their abilities in singing Baroque repertoire: Nacole Palmer, soprano, Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano, Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor, and Jonathan Woody, bass. To learn more about the soloists and hear some recordings, visit the Princeton Pro Musica website and click on “Meet Our Guests Artists” from the homepage.
Dr. Brandau serves as artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, Monmouth Civic Chorus and Amor Artis in New York City.  An accomplished choral singer, Dr. Brandau is a baritone with the American Bach Soloists.  Before coming to New Jersey, he served as Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale and Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, among other posts.  He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, attended Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and received his B.A. in music from Princeton University.  His choral arrangements have been performed by groups worldwide. 
Single tickets are available at $25-$60. All ticket and venue information can be found at For more information, call the PPM office at (609) 683-5122.
Princeton Pro Musica exists to perform choral masterworks and other works of the choral literature with energy, passion, and uncompromising artistic excellence. We believe in the power of choral music to uplift and transform our current and future audiences, performers, and communities. Programs are made possible in part by funds from The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New Jersey Cultural Trust.
LA Master Chorale Selected as Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management Program Libby Huebner, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000
(Los Angeles, CA) — October 2, 2015 — The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program.  Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing $30 million across 262 small and mid-sized nonprofit cultural organizations around the country to help strengthen their operational and programming efforts, including training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.
“Bloomberg Philanthropies has been a huge supporter in New York for many years,” says LAMC President & CEO Jean Davidson.  “I’m so pleased that they are expanding across the country to not only provide funding to well-deserving arts groups, but to also substantially improve their administrative capacity to become stronger, healthier organizations.  The Los Angeles Master Chorale is honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this significant and transformational grant.”
The Los Angeles Master Chorale will utilize the grant to help expand and diversify its audience base through increased strategic marketing efforts tied to a new five-year artistic plan that includes offering concert experiences that magnify the impact of the music being performed to deepening the engagement of the Chorale’s current audience base and seizing every opportunity to connect with new audiences in exciting and innovative ways.  Most immediately, LAMC has hired a full-time marketing associate to coordinate all social and online marketing efforts and spearhead the organization’s ambitious audience outreach efforts.
The invitation-only Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management program supports nonprofit cultural organizations based in six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All organizations are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. The grantees are required to participate in a management training program; secure matching funds; ensure 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial & data collection platform that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants are unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards.
First piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program.
About Los Angeles Master Chorale
Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer).  The Chorale is currently in its 52nd season as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and its 13th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  To date, the choir has commissioned 47 and premiered 94 new works, of which 64 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  The Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City.  It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland.  Its discography includes five commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton.  In addition, in 2013, as part of its 50th anniversary season celebration, the Chorale released a digital recording featuring signature a cappella works available online-only at, iTunes and  LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.  The Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed.  Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students each year.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies 
Bloomberg Philanthropies works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. It focus on five key areas for creating lasting change: arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. The arts are a valuable way to engage citizens and enhance communities. Through innovative partnerships and bold approaches, the Bloomberg Philanthropies arts program works to increase access to culture using new technologies, empowering artists and strengthening cultural organizations to reach broader audiences. For more information, please visit or follow us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.
About the DeVos Institute of Arts Management
The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries since Michael M. Kaiser founded it during his tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums and galleries, arts schools and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas, to name a few. The DeVos Institute transferred its activities and offices from the Kennedy Center to the University of Maryland in September 2014. The move enables the Institute to expand its global training and consulting programs, enhance its fellowships for North American and international arts managers within the context of a major educational institution, and create a Master’s program that leverages both University and Institute resources.
Between Heaven and Earth Andrea Macy, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

James Meaders, DCINY Associate Artistic Director and Conductor
Ola Gjeilo, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass

Dr. Richard Sparks, DCINY Guest Conductor
Bevan: Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode (NY Premiere)

Tom Shelton, DCINY Guest Conductor
Music of Young Voices

Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Tickets $20-$100
Call CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800
Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
For Group Sales, VIP Tickets, Discounts and More E-mail
Ticketing Link:
Bass section leader Lou Carol Fix, %17 %b %2015 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 George's Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA, is seeking auditions for a Bass section leader position.  Good sight-reading skills and occasional solo work; welcoming church community that values all musical styles, especially classical.  Frequent a capella singing.  $90/week.  Thursday rehearsals 7:30-9:00pm; Sunday mornings 9:00am/service at 10:00am.  Occasional extra services/concerts/evensongs for extra pay.  Please reply to:  Lou Carol Fix, Organist/Choirmaster at or 610.248-3882 to schedule an audition.  Position begins immediately.  Will consider immediate commitment now through Christmas eve. ]]>Trinity Wall Street Performs Handel's Messiah Laura Malick, %17 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000
It was after a performance by Trinity Wall Street that the New York Times counseled: “To experience the full, formidable range of Messiah, from the furious flames of the ‘refiner’s fire’ to the delirious party of the finale, next year let Trinity be your guide.” New Yorkers can follow that advice this holiday season, when – almost 250 years after Trinity first helped bring Messiah to the New World – the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Director of Music and the Arts Julian Wachner keep the tradition alive with historically informed, period-instrument performances of Handel’s oratorio at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Dec 17) and Trinity Church (Dec 16 & 26).
Click here to see an excerpt of Wachner conducting the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in “For unto us a child is born” from Handel’s Messiah.
       Wed, Dec 16 at 7.30pm; Sat, Dec 26 at 5pm: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall St)
                      Thurs, Dec 17 at 7.30pm: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Artists:       Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Julian Wachner, conductor
Program:   George Frideric Handel: Messiah (complete)
Tickets:      Dec 16 & 26: $45, $75, $95; available from
  or call 212.279.4200
        Dec 17: $55, $75, $95; available from or from CenterCharge: 212.721.6500
Call 212-602-0800 or visit for further information
To download high-resolution photos, click here.
Celebrate Mozart's Life & Music in this Thrilling Festival in Salzburg! Gregg Clawson, %17 %b %2015 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000

Life is so hard, but I can come to this concert, and see the humanity, and feel the unity, and can go on! We all
connect together as people – to praise and to FEEL. I will never forget it!

– An attendee of the 2015 Jubilate Mozart Choral Festival


Salzburg is a storybook city.  The picturesque skyline, overseen by a 1,000-year old hillside fortress, dominated by castles,
palaces, and mountains, carries one away to a Disney-like fantasy world.  This dream-like environment is enhanced when
hearing the soft sounds of a Mozart string quartet seemingly playing from all around you while walking down the 
Salzburg’s main shopping street.

Everywhere one turns is a reminder of the composer’s presence, whether it’s his birthplace and museum – located on the
Getreidegasse – the many little outlets offering up endless, tantalizingly delicious Mozart chocolate balls (they’re everywhere!),
Mozartplatz & Mozart Monument, or the countless charming Mozart impersonators walking the streets playing the violin
and entertaining tourists.

The 2017 choral festival is now set to take place June 28 – July 2 of that year. As always, it will feature a large chorus consisting
of mixed voice choirs from across North America. Returning to conduct the rehearsals and the concert are world-renowned
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Professor János Czifra – Music Director of the Salzburger Dom.

For anyone interested in participating in the 2017 festival, you may visit the festival website and learn more about
how to join this thrilling event.

Hill Country Singers' Fall Concerts 2015: Songs of the Sea Julia Welch, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 Country Singers present "Songs of the Sea" Saturday, November 21 at 7 PM and Sunday, November 22 at 3 PM, at the Lago Vista High School Performing Arts Center, 5185 Lohman's Ford Road, Lago Vista TX. Tickets are $15 adults and $8 students under 12, at the door.
The Singers are conducted by William Parcher and accompanied by Dr. Leonard McCormick, and have been delighting central Texas since 1994. For more information see
Spanish vocal music official course Pilar Lirio, %17 %b %2015 %11:%Nov:%th 11NovGMT+0000
Hispanic vocal music and Spanish language. Official course of HispaSong & UNED, the Spanish online University! It will start next January and you can get ECTS credits. And now, discounts for HispaSong members! If you want to follow the course but don't speak Spanish, please, write and tell us:
We are organizing non-Spanish speakers groups all around the world with the help of HispaSong members and with the collaboration of some Cervantes Institute centers to help you to follow the course.
The information website for the course:
Choir Director needed in Hangzhou China grandbigapple yang, %17 %b %2015 %08:%Nov:%th 8NovGMT+0000

The Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir, based in a city near Shanghai, are looking for a conductor for between three months and one year. Rent free accommodation, flights and a generous monthly salary will be provided. The start date would be January or February 2016 ideally. The post is Visa dependent but help obtaining this will be provided.


The choir is part of an English tutoring company based in the beautiful city of Hangzhou, famous for its picturesque West Lake. The choir rehearses after-school and at the weekend and is made up of singers between the ages of 8 and 16. Repertoire and rehearsals are all in English.


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Sing Out! The Essex County Choral Festival (NJ) Jason Asbury, %17 %b %2015 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000
7:00 PM
The cultural richness of Essex County will be brought to life with singers from four Essex County choirs on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater (1 Normal Ave. Montclair, NJ).  The event will celebrate the art of choral singing in Essex and will conclude with two festival pieces conducted by Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University.
The late New Jersey historian, Dr. Clement Price, noted when speaking about the 2013 festival, “This event, meticulously planned and involving a cross section of cultures and citizens that comprise the mettle of Essex County, is historically important. I know of no previous attempt to place choral music, in all of its richness and wonder, at the center of the life and times of the old American space that is Essex County. What a wondrous way to find the common ground—singing out loud—that unites us all.”
The goal of the project is to build relationships among communities in Essex County by celebrating its rich past and demonstrating a vision for its promising future.  Essex County has long been a metaphor for diversity both old and new.  First generation immigrants from all over the world have made it their home for nearly 400 years.  Its strength lies within its richness of cultures, languages, religions, and peoples that call it home.  “Socio-economic and cultural diversity presents challenges for one of the most segregated counties in the country.  This project is about encountering the musical expressions of Essex County citizens in hopes of a more broad understanding of community” says Artistic Director, Jason Asbury. 
This historic event will convey the narrative of Essex County with choral selections sung by choirs from all over the County.  The groups include: Seton Hall University Chamber Chorus-Dr. Jason Tramm, conductor; Newark Boys Chorus-Donald Morris, conductor; Montclair State University Singers; North-Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor; Rutgers University Newark Chorus-Dr. Brian Harlow, conductor.  All choirs will join together to close the concert with two pieces conducted by Dr. Heather J. Buchanan.
Admission is free, and the concert will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater is located at 1 Normal Ave. in Montclair, New Jersey.
Learn more about the festival at
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Verleih uns Frieden                                                     Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
I Believe                                                                                                      Mark A. Miller
Ride on, King Jesus                                                Arr. Edward Boatner (1898-1991)
                                                                                    and Robert Fountain (1917-1966)
                                                                                                        Ed. Robert Glasmann
Seton Hall University Chamber Choir
Dr. Jason C. Tramm, Choral Director
Sophia Vastek, Assistant Choral Director and Accompanist
Give Us Hope                                                                                         James Papoulis
Kol Han’shaman                                                              Robert Applebaum (b. 1941)
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
(Psalm 150:6)
“Wolcum Yole” from Ceremony of Carols                 Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Angels’ Carol                                                                                 John Rutter (b. 1945)
Newark Boys Chorus
Donald C. Morris, Music Director
George Davey, Accompanist
Betelehemu                                                            Arr. Jonathan Crutchfield (b. 1959)
Pengyou, Ting! (Listen, Friend!)     Trad. Chinese, Arr. Carolyn Jennings (b. 1936)
Choose Something Like a Star                              Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
Watchin’ over me                                                  Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse

Rutgers University Newark Chorus
Dr. Brian Harlow, Conductor
Michele Kennedy, Vocal Assistant
George Davey, Accompanist
Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine                             Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Gabrianna Boomer & Demetria Sardo, soprano I; Victoria Joel & Briana Kupper, soprano II
Apryl Chanco, Zachary Delcamp, Andria Kwasnicki, Lisbelkis Santana, altos;
Aaron Kurtz, baritone; Erica Mariani, tambourine; Robinson Donazal, djembe;
Steven W. Ryan, finger cymbals
Wild Mountain Thyme                                                 Arr. Gordon Hamilton (b. 1982)
Charles Lemaire, baritone
My God Is A Rock                                                                      Arr. Ken Berg (b. 1955)
Montclair State University Singers
Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
Steven W. Ryan, accompanist
 “The Ground” from Sunrise Mass                                             Ola Gjeilo (b. 1972)
Yu Di, violin; Yu Ouyang, violin; Jonathan Echevarria, viola; Kristina á Váli, cello
Homeland                                                                               Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
                                                                                      Arr. Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)
Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
Steven W. Ryan, accompanist
Responding to Violent Events Julie Parsons, %17 %b %2015 %06:%Nov:%th 6NovGMT+0000 this sorrow and rage will not inflame us to seek retribution; rather they will inflame our art. Our music will never again be quite the same. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
Yesterday, so many of us went to work with heavy hearts, our minds on France, and faced choirs filled with hearts and minds equally heavy. Far, far too often we are finding ourselves in front of a group of singers just after receiving word of a tragic, violent world event. How can we manage our own deep feelings, while helping others through theirs? University of Washington professor Dr. Giselle Wyers offered this advice:
As artists I think we know that we are emotional sponges and can often end up internalizing and wrestling with very difficult emotions. That is part of what makes us able to create and make music. But it can also lead us to feel paralyzed and wrought with despair. So here are some ideas of what might help.  
1) Be informed with reputable media sources, but limit your exposure to terrifying images and sensational reporting.
2) Don't try to solve yet. Be in the confusion.
3) "Bless and release" each victim's final moments by imagining them being held by a loved one.
4) Try to create- anything- cook a good meal, knit, draw, write a letter. Get the feelings out on paper or in music.
5) Allow your emotions to flow and notice how they change and fluctuate.
6) Exercise, keep the adrenal glands flushed.
7) Give to a charity you believe in.
8) Think about what you can offer others who are also trying to contextualize the world's recent events.
What do you do in the face of global tragedy? How do you help yourself, and your choristers?

My dear friends:

Last night the New York Philharmonic and I performed Mahler’s Second Symphony-- The Resurrection-- in tribute to the memory of our beloved late President. There were those who asked: Why the ResurrectionSymphony, with its visionary concept of hope and triumph over worldly pain, instead of a Requiem, or the customary Funeral March from the Eroica? Why indeed? We played the Mahler symphony not only in terms of resurrection for the soul of one we love, but also for the resurrection of hope in all of us who mourn him. In spite of our shock, our shame, and our despair at the diminution of man that follows from this death, we must somehow gather strength for the increase of man, strength to go on striving for those goals he cherished. In mourning him, we must be worthy of him.

I know of no musician in this country who did not love John F. Kennedy. American artists have for three years looked to the White House with unaccustomed confidence and warmth. We loved him for the honor in which he held art, in which he held every creative impulse of the human mind, whether it was expressed in words, or notes, or paints, or mathematical symbols. This reverence for the life of the mind was apparent even in his last speech, which he was to have made a few hours after his death. He was to have said: “America’s leadership must be guided by learning and reason.” Learning and reason: precisely the two elements that were necessarily missing from the mind of anyone who could have fired that impossible bullet. Learning and reason: the two basic precepts of all Judaistic tradition, the twin sources from which every Jewish mind from Abraham and Moses to Freud and Einstein has drawn its living power. Learning and Reason: the motto we here tonight must continue to uphold with redoubled tenacity, and must continue, at any price, to make the basis of all our actions.

It is obvious that the grievous nature of our loss is immensely aggravated by the element of violence involved in it. And where does this violence spring from? From ignorance and hatred-- the exact antonyms of Learning and Reason. Learning and Reason: those two words of John Kennedy’s were not uttered in time to save his own life; but every man can pick them up where they fell, and make them part of himself, the seed of that rational intelligence without which our world can no longer survive. This must be the mission of every man of goodwill: to insist, unflaggingly, at risk of becoming a repetitive bore, but to insist on the achievement of a world in which the mind will have triumphed over violence.

We musicians, like everyone else, are numb with sorrow at this murder, and with rage at the senselessness of the crime. But this sorrow and rage will not inflame us to seek retribution; rather they will inflame our art. Our music will never again be quite the same. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. And with each note we will honor the spirit of John Kennedy, commemorate his courage, and reaffirm his faith in the Triumph of the Mind.

Leonard Bernstein, 25 November, 1963

Bellevue Chamber Chorus: "Season of Wonder" James McTernan, %17 %b %2015 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000, December 12, 2015 7:30pm
Bothell United Methodist Church 
18515 92nd Avenue NE, Bothell
Saturday, December 19, 2015 7:30pm 
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 
3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
Sunday, December 20, 2015 3:00pm
Prospect Congregational UCC
1919 E. Prospect, Seattle
$20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $5 kids 12 and under
Brighten your seasonal celebrations with wondrous sacred and secular music for winter and the holidays, inculuding Ola Gjeilo' sumptuous setting of The Holly and the Ivy, the haunting 'Tis Winter Now by Paul Halley, and Seattle composer Melinda Bargreen's exquisite There Is No Rose. Plus you'll hear beautiful works for chorus and classical guitar by Alf Houkum (The Rune of Hospitality) and Jeffrey Van (O Be Joyful), featuring nationally-known guitarist Michael Nicolella.
Soprano & Alto Section Leader Bethany Jennings, %17 %b %2015 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000 First Presbyterian Church seeks to employ a soprano & alto section leader to lead in a smaller church choir setting.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evening from 7pm - 8:45pm and Sunday morning from 9:45am - 11:30am.  This choir does not meet in the summer.  Soloist opportunities are available if desired.  Interested singers should email ]]>“O” Antiphon Service: Advent Procession Jason Anderson, %17 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000
The Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir and Senior Choristers, together with the Compline Choir, will offer the “O Antiphon Service”—an Advent Procession based on the Great O Antiphons (familiar to many in O come, O come, Emmanuel). Each verse to this hymn is an antiphon for the Magnificat (Song of Mary) that recalls an Old Testament name for the one who is to come. The service has been a Seattle Advent season tradition since 1987 and will be held Sunday, November 29, 2015, at 7:00 PM, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102.
Compline Choir (Seattle) releases What Hand Divine Jason Anderson, %17 %b %2015 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 CHOIR (SEATTLE) RELEASES WHAT HAND DIVINE
THE COMPLINE CHOIR has just released an album of music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany entitled What Hand Divine. The album features seven premiere recordings by Northwest composers/arrangers Erin Aas, Peter Hallock, Tyler Morse, Nathan Jensen, and Jason Anderson, and new recordings of The Dawning and Jubilemus omnes—music for five violoncellos and men’s choir by Peter Hallock. The title track What Hand Divine by Seattle composer Erin Aas combines solo violoncello and men’s voices—at times in dialogue with one another, and at other times sounding together to a spectacular effect. The text of What Hand Divine is from a poem entitled The Rapture by the 17th century metaphysical poet, theologian, priest, and writer Thomas Traherne.
FEATURED RECORDING ARTISTS AND PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBERS for What Hand Divine include Jason Anderson (director), Bill Levey (recording engineer), Robin Pentland (producer), Mel Butler (viola), Jason Williams (classical guitar), Page Smith (cello), Kevin Krentz (cello), Virginia Dziekonski (cello), Rajan Krishnaswami (cello), Olga Ruvinov (cello), Jeremy Matheis (bass-baritone), Joel Matter (baritone), Tyler Morse (alto), Joshua Haberman (alto), and Layne Benofsky (tenor), and others.
THE COMPLINE CHOIR, founded in 1956 by Peter Hallock, is a unique community of laypersons with diverse beliefs that seeks to express musically a concern for the nurture and care of the soul—spiritual nourishment. All members of the Compline Choir, including its director, are volunteers and freely give of their time and talents to sing the office of Compline and support the Compline Choir’s operation.
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