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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Each one of us has a favorite method of teaching, but an outstanding teacher employs all three of the most commonly used methods. This session will present suggestions for student involvement, and presentation of an additional method will be discussed in detail.
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Sunday Inspiration: Thanks Be to God (Mendelssohn) Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%nd 20OctGMT+0000
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Gospel Music" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%st 20OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
The African American gospel tradition has become a regular part of choral programs in school, church, community, and professional choruses across the world. As gospel-style selections become increasingly popular within the choral landscape, choral conductors with limited experience and training in this style are seeking technical tools that will allow their choruses to perform with stylistic accuracy and artistic integrity. This interactive session will present specific strategies for teaching and performing stylistic elements that characterize the African American gospel genre.
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Camerata Baltimore Sings Excerpts from Messiah... And Other Christmas Favorites James Mayo III, %23 %b %2014 %05:%Nov:%rd 5NovGMT+0000, everyone!
Please join one of Baltimore's newest choral ensembles for their debut performance on December 5th and a second performance on December 6th!
Our featured artist for the evening will be Dr. Samuel Springer, assistant professor of organ at Morgan State University!
Please take a sneak peek of our performance here:
Now that you like what you've  heard (lol), please book your ticket online at this URL:
Tickets are selling fast and seating is limited! Purchase your ticket now!
We look forward to seeing you there!
James Mayo III,
Aritstic Director and Conductor
Choral sheet music collection for sale Taylor Ford, %22 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%nd 23NovGMT+0000 have a collection of various pieces of choral sheet music both popular and classical. I am selling this music at half the list price or less for each piece. This is a good way for school music directors and church choir directors to obtain sample copies and increase your music library while spending within your reduced annual budget. If you would like to see my Excel spreadsheet with the full details of each piece of music, let me know and I will email the list to you. Please include your email address in your request. ]]>What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, November 23, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Nov:%nd 21NovGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - November 23, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed
on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
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Christopher Tye: Omnes gentes
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
Anton Bruckner: Ecce sacerdos magnus
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Thomas Trotter, organ
Sir John Goss: Praise, my soul, the king of heaven!
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London; English Brass Ensemble, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
English Tudor composer Christopher Tye (1505-1573) was Magister Choristarum
at Ely Cathedral. Ecce Sacerdos Magnus translates as Behold! a Great High Priest.
It is commonly sung as an introit at the enthronement of a bishop. Sir John
Goss (1800-1880) preceded his student Sir John Stainer as Organist of St. Paul's
Cathedral, London.
Louis Vierne: Berceuse ~ 24 Pieces en style libre
Peter Hurford, organ
Reiger organ in Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany
William Henry Monk, arr. Robert Prizeman: Abide With Me
Libera, Robert Prizeman
Ruth Byrchmore: Song
Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jeremy Summerly
Philippa Healy, soprano
The gentle lilt and mood of Vierne's Berceuse evokes peacefulness. Libera
is a British boy band which enjoys an international reputation for its musical
singing. English composer Ruth Byrchmore (1966-) began her musical career
as Composer in Residence at Wells Cathedral. She is currently on the staff of the
Royal Academy of Music.
Carson Cooman: Psalm 66, "Be Joyful in God"
Royal Holloway Choir, University of London, Rupert Gough
Samuel Rathbone, organ
Christine Temple-Evans: I Love All Beauteous Things
Utah State University Chamber Singers, Cory Evans
Maria Theresia von Paradis: Sicilienne
Haig Mardirosian, organ
Dobson organ at Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa
American composer Carson Cooman is Composer in Residence at The Memorial
Church, Harvard University. American composer Christine Temple-Evans hails from
Arizona. The Dobson organ played by Dr. Mardirosian brings out the beauty of this
rarely-performed composition by Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) who was
a student of Antonio Salieri.
Joseph-Guy Ropartz: Messe Breve
Choeur Regional Vittoria d'Ile de France, Michel Piquemal
Francois-Henri Houbart, organ
French composer Joseph-Guy Ropartz (1864-1955) was a student of Jules Massenet and Cesar Franck.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 139, "Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott ... "
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze,
countertenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter
The German translates as "Well for him, who can depend, childlike, on his God". I agree
with commentator Simon Crouch that the opening movement is one of Bach's most pleasant
Howard Hanson: Lumen in Christo  
Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Gerard Schwarz
American composer Howard Hanson wrote his Lumen in Christo for women's voices and orchestra
on the subject of light. 
Gaetano Donizetti: Credo
Slovak Radio-TV Chorus and Orchestra, Edoardo Brizio
Cinzia Forte, soprano; Stella Salvati,
mezzo-soprano; Roberto Bencivenga, tenor; Carlo Lepore, bass
We think of Donizetti primarily as an opera composer. Fortunately the master of operatic melody
left us several fine sacred choral works of which this Credo is one.
Francois-Joseph Gossec: Te Deum for Grand Orchestra
National Choir; Choir and Orchestra of the Sorbonne, Paris, Jacques Grimbert
Jill Feldman, soprano; Brigitte LaFon, mezzo-soprano;
Gerard Lesne, alto; Howard Milner, tenor; Glenn Chambers, baritone
A seldom-performed work by a little-known composer? Francois-Joseph Gossec's setting of the
ancient hymn of praise Te Deum Laudamus fits the bill on both counts. It is a substantial work
scored as it is for a chorus of 1,200 singers and an orchestra of 300 wind instruments.
David Briggs: Sortie (organ improvisation) ~ Messe pour Notre-Dame
David Briggs, organ
Nicholson/Hill, Norman and Beard organ in Gloucester Cathedral
English organist David Briggs (1962-) has earned a well-deserved reputation for being a brilliant improvisateur in the French tradition.
The Angels Sang Deborah Manion, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%nd 20NovGMT+0000
Celebrate the holidays with Voce in this joyous program that includes Donald McCullough’s When Christ Was Born—a setting of medieval English texts for chorus, soloists, and harp. Harpist Marian Rian Hays, who commissioned and premiered the piece just last year, will join Voce for these performances. The program also includes music by choral superstar Eric Whitacre and a festive audience sing-along. Tickets are available online at  General admission tickets are $20; $10 for college students with ID; students under 18 admitted free. Call for group pricing. For more information, please call (703) 277-7772, or email VOCE at
New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir Concert! Rick Rosen, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%nd 20NovGMT+0000 New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir begins its third season with a concert at Carversville Christian Church, 3736 Aquetong Rd, in Carversville, PA on Sunday afternoon, December 7th at 2:00 p.m. Choral music comes from a variety of composers including Handel, Tindley, Paulus, P.D.Q. Bach and others. Individual performances include songs from choir members Elizabeth Bowman, Tony Peterman, Virginia Ziegler, Jennifer Guglielmi, Jamie Brown, George Tilton, and Giuseppi Minniti.

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.

Concert tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by contacting NHS&LCC at, or on Facebook. ]]>
Director of Music Ministries, First UMC, Mesa, AZ Mason Schreiber, %22 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%nd 17NovGMT+0000
Job Title:                     Director Music Ministry
Reports To:                 Senior Pastor
FLSA Status:               Part-Time
Hours:                         Approximately 15 hours per week through the program year (August through May (Chancel Choir) with concentrated responsibilities in Advent and Lent.  In addition, a twelve-month responsibility of providing scheduled worship music during the summer months.
Salary:                        Very competitive in comparison to other church jobs in the same area. Negotiable based upon previous experience and qualifications.
  • Supervisor/Administrator: Oversees other music directors at FUMC
    • Create and maintain Music ministry budgets
    • Plan communications with music staff
    • Create and maintain performance schedules of all choral ensembles; adapting, changing schedule when conflicts arise.
    • Attend Worship Committee meetings (bi-monthly) as scheduled
    • Attend Church Council meetings (bi-monthly) as scheduled (as a non-voting member)
    • Select Worship hymns through collaboration with pastor and organist (using sermon titles, texts)
    • Supervise maintenance of and additions to music library
    • Recruit instrumental players for inclusion in music ministry
    • Interview prospective employees (with Staff Parish Relations Committee) in filling open staff positions
    • The Music Director shall give counsel to the Senior Pastor concerning appropriate music for the Sunday worship services including the selection of hymns, special music, anthems and service music. It is understood that the Senior Pastor is ultimately responsible for the church’s worship program and the Director of Music Ministry’s role is advisory.  The music selections for the 2nd Service (Praise Service) are currently being provided by the leader of the Praise Band.
    • Special Events:   
Certain seasons and holidays are particularly significant in the life of the church and may call for special musical activities. Examples of such events would include but not be limited to: Christmas cantatas, Ash Wednesday anthem, Palm Sunday musicals, Holy Week services, special Easter Services, weddings, and funerals.
  • Director of Chancel Choir
    • Recruit, organize and direct Chancel Choir for presentation of worship music through the church year, beginning in mid-August through May, normally every Sunday and at other designated times with attention to 1) church year calendar and themes, and 2) special events and activities of the congregation.
    • Develop a rehearsal and performance schedule.
    • Direct the Choir at weekly rehearsals (Typically Wednesday evening:  7:00 – 8: 30 p.m.; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. during advent and lent in preparation for special performances. 
    • Plan rehearsals.
    • Select music for church services
    • Help soloists rehearse.
    • Study and interpret scores.
    • Plan and produce special musical events
    • Transcribe musical compositions.
    • Audition and cast singers for special musical productions
    • Direct instrumental ensembles for special services
    • Expand and enhance the breadth and depth of the choir’s range of music.
    • Work closely with the Chancel Choir accompanist, provided for rehearsals and Sunday presentations.
    • Summer Choir Break:  
The Chancel Choir normally takes a break from rehearsals and performance from June through mid-August.   It is the responsibility of the Director of Music Ministry to provide suitable special music during the month by lining up solos, quartets, or other music during this time.
  • Experience in directing a church choir and/or music program; adult music training
  • Familiarity with adult worship music of various styles
  • Enthusiastic. Organized. Excellent personal communication and administrative skills (written, 
verbal, and listening) are essential.
  • Familiarity and experience with skill- and age-appropriate music and sequencing for healthy vocal development and understanding of music.
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with music and worship staff to implement vision for the Music Ministry of FUMC
  • Willingness to extend invitations to potential choir members.
  • Formal training in choral conducting, music leadership, or music education, or equivalent 
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the mission of First United Methodist Church. 
  • Ability to use music to deepen our worship experience and understanding of God in a 
progressive Christian setting.
  • Knowledge of Copyright laws
As part of our commitment to providing a safe space for children, an application, including disclosure questions, required information for background check, and interview conversation will be undertaken before beginning work.   
Send inquiries/resume by December 31st, 2014. Screening interviews will take place January 8th at First United Methodist Church. The final candidates will then participate in a rehearsal style interview on January 14th, 2015. Start date of position TBD between the dates of February 1st and July 1st of 2015.    
First United Methodist Church of Mesa is an open and affirming church. Please send resume to: by December 31st, 2014.
"I'm Me" from Raycreations Music John Ray, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%nd 15NovGMT+0000 brand new choral piece for middle school or young high school girls (S/A) chorus, I'M ME, is about finding one's own identity.
Thank you,
John Ray
Sessions in Salt Lake: "American Folksongs" Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%nd 15OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Many wonderful American folksong arrangements are programmed throughout the United States, giving singers exposure to this rich musical tradition while helping to preserve this important heritage. Conductors can also explore the depth, breadth, and character of this music through printed folksong collections that provide a wealth of material to educate, engage, and edify our singers. In this session, participants will survey a number of important American folksong collections by singing a variety of folksongs from these texts. They will also learn how to mine these collections for sight-singing curriculum, warm-up materials, and concert selections using simple arranging techniques.
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Saturday Respite: No Thanks, I'm Tryng to Cut Down Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%rd 17OctGMT+0000
After watching Curley stuff this Thanksgiving turkey, perhaps you’ll just have a sandwich instead.  Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Messiah" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%st 20OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Helmuth Rilling’s new book on Handel’s Messiah is aimed at conductors, singers, instrumentalists, and all those who know and love this masterwork. In this session, he will provide an overview of important issues related to performing Messiah from the perspective of a dialogue with the composer himself. Looking over Handel’s shoulder at the architecture of his oratorio, Rilling will discuss specific areas that influence the shape of a performance, including musical structure, forces, tempo, dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation. This discussion will focus on understanding the deeper meaning and significance of Handel's music for today's performers and audiences.
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"My Most Meaningful Mentor," by Jack Senzig Scott Dorsey, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
       I met John W. Downey when I was a student at UWMilwaukee.  One day in class I was sitting in the front row next to the grand piano.   Dr. Downey played Debussy’s First Arabesque.   It was the most beautiful piece of music I had ever heard.   With unbidden tears abundantly rolling down my cheeks I asked him if he would play it again.   He smiled and in his soft breathy voice said “Why certainly” and repeated the performance.   
       John saw in me a gift for writing melody.  He encouraged me and guided me in composition lessons to expand my childish palate and to help me grow as a musician and as a man.  I had begun composing a vocal piece with another teacher who had chided me to throw it away because it was, in her opinion, tonal garbage.  When I finally got to study with John he asked me what I had written.  All I had was several pages of my Psalm 13.  When he got done listening to it he beamed and said “That’s beautiful.” He made clear his sincerity and guided me to complete the work. 
       There were two things in particular that made the mentor/mentee relationship special.  He actually valued my opinion and he shared his life with me.  One time at a concert in his honor, I sat on one side of him and his wife on the other.  The piece was a setting of his spouse’s poem “A Dolphin.”  When the performance was finished he received plentiful applause from the audience but didn’t think to acknowledge the poet.  She was very upset with him.  I try hard to remember that situation every time I work with people who deserve recognition, not only in musical performances. 
       John sought and accepted my critique of his work in addition to giving copious critique of mine.  He wrote a set of pieces for the Chicago Children’s Choir. Our university choir director at the time did not perform much 20th century music.   When John asked him to give the pieces a read through he was turned down flat.  The stress he felt over the poor relationship with the director opened my eyes to professional relationships and has influenced my dealings with colleagues and students. 
       When I had a high school student who liked to critique me in front of the class, I remembered John Downey’s gentle example. I recognized the young man’s musicianship, choked down my ego and tried to mentor him.  I invited him to critique me every day after class and promised to consider his suggestions.  I valued his critique, some times changing my rehearsals and sometimes explaining why my approach was correct.  He started taking conducting lessons with me and chose and directed a piece for the choir to sing. He ended up getting a good scholarship to Luther in part because of the mentoring he received from me.  He is now a choral colleague and teaches at a university.
       I miss John Downey deeply.  I wish I could share the successes in my career but most came after his death.   It does make me happy to know that some of him is alive in me, and hopefully will be carried on by my children and my students.   
       Who was your mentor?  Tell us about him/her in the comments below!
       (Will you one day be someone’s most meaningful mentor?  Plant the seeds today for tomorrow's choral world. ACDA Mentoring [])
And the 2014 Membership Drive Winner is . . . Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%st 18NovGMT+0000
Director of Music Ministries Howard Tejchma, %22 %b %2014 %01:%Nov:%nd 1NovGMT+0000
Director of Music Ministries
First Congregational Church UCC
345 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI
The historic First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, United Church of Christ, known for its vibrant music ministry, seeks a part-time (20-23 hrs. /week) Director of Music Ministries.  We are a multi-generational, open and affirming congregation of 460 members, located in downtown Kalamazoo in the center of this dynamic arts and educationally focused community.  We have a 25 member chancel choir with professional section leaders, featured special music, a children’s choir, and a bell choir.
The Director of Music Ministries will serve as the primary administrator of the music ministry in consultation with the senior minister and organist.  Our worship is rooted in classical church music, yet incorporates other diverse and contemporary styles as well. The major duties are to direct the chancel choir, supervise the organist and section leaders, and work with the Senior Minister to plan the worship service.
We are seeking a talented and committed person who understands the power of music to enhance the spiritual life of a congregation and how music can bring people to a closer communion with Christ and His teachings. In addition, the ideal candidate will have education and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree, be knowledgeable in liturgy and theology, have a demonstrated ability to collaboratively produce a high quality worship experience, and a proven ability to work collegially with the senior pastor, music staff, and worship team.
Please go to for a detailed job description, to inquire further, and to apply for the Director of Music Ministries position.
"Sounds of the Season:" Festival Chorus and Jubilate Ringers on Dec. 12 Carol Bogard, %22 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%nd 0NovGMT+0000 on the Hill presents "Sounds of the Season," a traditional Christmas concert by the Festival Chorus and Jubilate Ringers with Malcolm Dickinson, Clarinet.  The concert will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wilton, CT, 36 New Canaan Road.
The ringers will premiere a Christmas suite of German carols arranged for handbells by Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson, who will conduct.
The Festival Chorus will perform selections from the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio as well as traditional carols, both familiar and lesser-known:  "Torches," "What Sweeter Music," and "My Dancing Day," among others. Artistic Director David H. Connell conducts the chorus. 
Pipe organ, clarinet and saxaphone, and favorite carols sung by all complete this richly-textured "Sounds of the Season" celebration.
Tickets are $20 at the door; children, free.
Angel City Chorale - Season of Wonder Charlene Boehne, %21 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%st 23NovGMT+0000 acclaimed 150+ member Angel City Chorale will perform its unique mix of Christmas and Chanukah favorites in its festive annual winter concert and sing-along. Led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, ACC will kick-off the holiday season with the choir’s sophisticated blend of styles, from classical to stunning carol arrangements, and gospel-R&B. This year’s 21st edition, Season of Wonder, will entertain audiences over two very special nights on Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, 2014. Attendees will also get the chance to lift their voices in song by joining in with the artistry of ACC and its instrumental ensemble on familiar carols. 

A dessert reception follows each performance. ACC’s Season of Wonder tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, with discounts for children (ages 5-12) and seniors. Preferred front-of-house seating may be reserved online for an additional fee.
Both evenings will start at 7:00pm.

Wilshire United Methodist Church
4350 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Experienced Musician Seeks Job Opportunities Dan Bishop, %21 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%st 22NovGMT+0000
Experienced musician would like to secure a full or part time music position in the greater DC, but who is also willing to relocate for a full time position. I have over 18 years experience as an organist choir master/director of music ministries and 19 years independent school experience as a choral director, accompanist, organist, vocal coach, musical theatre director and director of fine arts, all encompassing pre-k through 12th grade. My undergraduate degree is in piano performance with a minor in voice and a graduate degree in music education with an emphasis in vocal performance. I can be reached at
CANTARE CON VIVO "Jingle All The Way" (San Francisco Bay Area) Janice Lee, %21 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%st 22NovGMT+0000 us as over 150 singers plus a full concert orchestra present Cantare's December Holiday Concert, featuring works by Bach, Tschesnokoff, Lauridsen, Wilberg, Dilworth, Mealor, Nielson, Bradford and others. Our December concerts are the very finest and will leave you ready to experience the joy and passion of the season. Included are Bach's Sanctus from his Mass in B minor, Gary Fry's exquisite setting of O Holy Night, The Many Moods of Christmas Suite 1, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and several other Holiday favorites. And you get to join in singing along with all of us!
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
1801 Lacassie Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA
David Morales, Artistic Director
tickets: $38 General Admission, $33 Seniors, $10 Students
To purchase tickets please visit
For more information about our wonderful organization, please visit
or visit our Facebook page at
Stephenson "Magnificat" performed in Chicago area Jim Stephenson, %21 %b %2014 %21:%Nov:%st 21NovGMT+0000 Stephenson's "Magnificat" (commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus) will receive two concert performances in the coming weeks.
First, on 11/23 at 3 pm by the North Shore Choral Society in their seasonal concert in Glenview, IL.

Then the NSCS will partner with the Evanston Symphony, under the baton of Larry Eckerling, for a performance on December 7 at 3 pm.

For more information about this work - including the options to listen and view the score, please visit:

Thank you!

MUSICALS' CELEBRATION IN GREECE. 5th WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS. Thessaloniki 24th - 26th April 2015 Stratos Tsichlas, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%st 20NovGMT+0000
5th  W O R L D   C H O I R   F E S T I V A L  O N  M U S I C A L S
24th-26th April, 2015
Organization : Choir ”KORAIS”
The historic city of Thessaloniki with its rich ancient monuments, the multicultural city of the Eastern Mediterranean which is located at the shadow of mountain  OLYMPUS - the mountain of the Gods and the legends - is inviting you to visit it and to participate in the 5th World Choir Festival on Musicals, to be held from the 24th to 26th of April 2015.
The Festival is not only an annual celebration of the most beautiful melodies of the musical theatre and cinema internationally but also a meeting of choirs which share the joy of singing and dancing and communicate their musical feelings, living unforgettable moments together.
The Festival, dedicated from its very beginning to Peace, Friendship, Collaboration, Brotherhood and Solidarity of people, will be commemorated to Thrassos Kavouras, who was the leading conductor and organizer of the largest International Chorus Festivals in Greece.
  • 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 an Audience Prize will be awarded to the best choir, after a voting, at the end of each concert.
  • Each choir is invited to interpret five songs, at least three from Musicals while the remaining two of free 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 the city.
  • At the end of the Festival a great Greek feast will be given to all the participants.
  • 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 and the ancient cities   HERE  ).    
For further information, please visit our website:  WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS              (
The 5th World Choir Festival on Musicals awaits your participation 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
Part-time Music Director/Organist Barbara Drasher, %21 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%st 19NovGMT+0000
Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2375 GA Highway 20 SE, Conyers, GA  30013 is seeking a part-time Music Director/Organist to begin January 5, 2015. Responsibilities include directing the Chapel Choir which rehearses on Wednesday night and one youth choir which meets before Sunday School, playing for our 8:30 and 11am worship services, and coordinating service music with the pastor and worship planning teams. Additionally, he/she will be responsible for providing music for special services (Wednesday nights during Advent and Lent, Christmas Eve and Holy Week services, etc.) and will be given right of first refusal for weddings and memorial services.
The successful candidate will be proficient in organ and piano performance, be able to comfortably play liturgical music/hymns and accompany the choir in rehearsal and in the service. He/she will also provide a positive and energetic leadership experience to the volunteer Chapel Choir, including selecting anthems both appropriate to our worship and to their strengths as an ensemble.  Instruments used in worship are a 2-manual Schlueter pipe organ with electronic enhancements, a recently refurbished Knabe baby grand piano and Electronic Keyboard. Salary is commensurate with education, skills, and experience, to range from $20,000 - $25,000 per year. Please direct inquiries to Pastor David Armstrong-Reiner at ]]>
Lithuanian mixed choir is looking for an exchange program partners around the world Tera Balkeviciute, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%st 18NovGMT+0000 represent mixed Lithuanian choir "Varsa", mostly we sing lithuanian folk music and we would like to make an exchange project with other choir from other country. We arent looking exactly the same style or twin sister choir, want to experiment and find or  inovative partners or something different: different style, different audience. ]]>Rutter's Requiem learning files Carlos Gómez-Orellana, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%st 17NovGMT+0000 dear colleagues, 
This year I am reharsing Johnt Rutter's Requiem and, as you may all know, there are some strong disonances that choralists find very difficult. 
I am looking for learning files (with real voices if possible) in CD ou MP3 format. 
Would any of you have any leads?
Thank you very much in advance
Nine year old girl with vibrato Russell Thorngate, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%st 17NovGMT+0000 from Up North;
     I recently agreed to teach voice lessons to a granddaughter of a friend, who is a nine year old girl. I haven't given private lessons to one so young before, though I did teach elementary vocal (general) music for fifteen years. Putting aside the advisability of teaching her at all (please), and admonitions to not push her to be a belter, I would like some advice. She often sings with vibrato, which I've never heard in one so young, except what I felt was artificially produced vibrato by young singers on TV shows. Her vibrato will happen at the end of a phrase, or the bottom of a five-note descending vocalise. Should I 1) discourage it, 2) ignore it, or 3) try to cultivate it?
Interim Choir Director Sharon Boyajian, %21 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%st 17NovGMT+0000
Emmanuel Church in Thousand Oaks, CA is looking for an energetic interim choir director for their traditional worship service choir of 35 singers. 
Position starts in January 2015 with an expected commitment of six months.  This will include the services for Lent and Easter.
Position reports to the Senior Pastor.  Experience in planning worship services with the Pastor is a plus.
Please forward your resumes and/or requests for further information to the following email address:
Tse Go La by Andrea Clearfield - See-A-Dot Music Publishing Fahad Siadat, %21 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%st 15NovGMT+0000

A deeply lyrical piece composed of a soaring melody layered upon itself. This piece is a movement from the larger cantata Tse Go La (coming soon!) and gives ample opportunity for soloists to shine and offers satisfying lines for the singers. Good for teaching phrasing and musical expression, as well as stylistic ornamentation.

Three part treble chorus or SATB and piano accompaniment


The Princeton Singers - A Child's Christmas in Wales Kal Sostarecz, %21 %b %2014 %11:%Nov:%st 11NovGMT+0000

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Trinity Church, Princeton

Saturday, December 13th at 6:00PM

$25 adults/$10 students

Narrated by actor Christopher Coucill, holiday carols accompany a reading of Dylan Thomas’s classic story.  This local favorite will be, as always, replete with snowballs, Christmas whiz-bangs, harrowing pranks and a heart-warming ending. This program is recommended for children ages 10 and older. For tickets, please visit

Join the winning team Piroska Horváth, %21 %b %2014 %10:%Nov:%st 10NovGMT+0000

 Meeting Music wins in Malta

It´s official! Meeting music will be Festival Coordinator of the next edition of the Malta International Choir Festival, October 29 – November 2, 2015.  Together with the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism the series of this well-known Festival and Competition will be continued.


A total of five coordinators offered their bid and ideas to the Maltese partners in August and only one was chosen and won that call. Since the beginning in 2005, Piroska Horváth has already and successfully directed and supervised the past editions. She is now back with the artistic director Gábor Hollerung and the renewed Inchoral Evaluation System. Join the international winning team and become a winner too! For more information about the event, registration and deadlines please contact us (info(at)

meeting music
Konrad Adenauer Str. 36
35415 Pohlheim

tel: +49 6403 9784225
Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Ellen? Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %21:%Oct:%nd 21OctGMT+0000 ]]>“Five from the Folder: Mixed Voices” by Michael Ekbladh Scott Dorsey, %28 %b %2014 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
1.  “SingUnto God.”  Paul Fetler. Augsburg Fortress 11-1244
Released in 1959, this powerful and rhythmic work is great for the advanced church choir or college choir, especially with the frantic buildup to the ending.
2.  “Lebenslust.”  Franz Schubert.  CPDL
A perfect piece to teach Romantic style. It’s accessible to nearly all levels of singers and the score can bedownloaded for free or purchased from various publishing companies.
3.  “In the Beginning.”  Daniel Pinkham.  Ione Press EC.2902
An exciting piece published in 1970 with an electronic tape of pre-recorded sounds. This easy piece is a classic with High School and College choirs.
4.  “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel” William Dawson.  Kjos Music Co./Tuskegee Publications T110
One of the United States’ most gifted spiritual composers of the 20th Century, Dawson gives us a choral work teaching us about history as well as challenging us as singers.
5.  “Choral Dances from Gloriana.”  Benjamin Britten.  Boosey & Hawkes 17411
Taken from Act 2 of the opera Gloriana, these six seemingly easy brief works range from the light and energetic to soft and subdued. Excellent for the choir who likes a challenge.
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States.  To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at
Singing in Salt Lake: University of Texas-Arlington A Cappella Choir Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %15:%Oct:%nd 15OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
The A Cappella Choir, under the direction of UT Arlington Director of Choral Activities Karen Kenaston-French, is the premiere choral ensemble of the university. Performing a diverse array of challenging choral literature from the Renaissance to the present, the A Cappella Choir presents several concerts each year, tours annually, and periodically presents major works with orchestra. The A Cappella Choir formed the chorus for the 2012 Dallas Symphony Orchestra series featuring the music of film composer Michael Giacchino. In 2013 the choir released its first CD, “The Road Home,” which has been broadcast nationally on NPR’s “With Heart and Voice,” and was named a finalist in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Performance. The choir gave an invited performance at the February 2014 state convention of the Texas Music Educators Association, the largest convention of its kind in the country.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Kodály Pedagogy" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%st 20OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
This choral reading/group participation session will address readiness, preparation, and presentation of choral repertoire for young choirs, along with continued development of singing, reading, writing, part-work, and aural skills in the choral setting. In this workshop, participants will explore Kodály-based strategies for analyzing and teaching choral music for beginning, intermediate, and advanced children’s choirs. A choral reading packet will be provided.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
PACIFIC BOYCHOIR "HARMONIES OF THE SEASON" Jonathon Hampton, %21 %b %2014 %01:%Nov:%st 1NovGMT+0000

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:00pm
For more than a decade, Pacific Boychoir's Harmonies of the Season concerts have been an inspiring Bay Area tradition. Hear holiday favorites, both new and old, sung by the top level SATB choirs, inlcuding the day school Troubadors, Changed Voices, and the elite a cappella group, Continuum. Enjoy music by Bach, Handel, Holst, Elgar, Rutter, and more. Come celebrate the season with us! Learn, hear, and watch more at

Tickets $17-$30, available at the door and online here >

First Congregational Church 
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
suggestions for unison baroque or classical pieces Barbara Prowse, %21 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%st 0NovGMT+0000,
I have a sweet choir of young singers (7-11) who I see once a week for choir. I would like to do some unison baroque or classical music with them. Does anyone have any suggestions? Last year we did Nymphs and Shepherds, and we have done Bach Rejoice o My Spirit and  We Thank Thee lord I Pray.  
Thanks Barbara
HELP! 12 Days After Christmas James Jones, %21 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%st 0NovGMT+0000 Orchestration for "12 Days After"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Silver
Starting: ASAP
For: Through Christmas
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Seems this is out of print... does anyone have a copy in your files? Or know where I can find it?
Sacred poetry repertoire Jennifer Lester, %20 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000'm planning a program of settings of sacred (non liturgical) poetry for mixed chorus (about 28 adults, mix of professionals and volunteers,) a cappella or with organ, most "mainstream" languages are fine. We stick to "art" music; we avoid popular or folks styles. So far I have works of Hildegard (also Ferko settings of Hildegard texts), Hugo Wolf, Gerald Finzi, Carson Cooman, James Woodman, Jon Laukvik, and a commission by Richard Clark, text tba. I could use some more 19th century rep but any ideas are welcome. Thanks in advance.  ]]>Suspicious Cheese Lords Composition Contest Daniel Ebeling, %20 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000

Suspicious Cheese Lords Composition Contest

As part of its mission to broad the global repertoire and listenership of choral music by supporting emerging composers, the Suspicious Cheese Lords are pleased to announce the opening of their inaugural composition contest.

For complete contest information and application forms, please visit:


First Place - $1,000 cash prize and a premiere of the entry composition during the 2015-16 season

Second Place - $500 cash prize

Third Place - $250 cash prize

Contest Guidelines

1) This contest is limited to residents of the United States and Canada not older than 35 at the time of entry submission.

2) Only one work per composer will be accepted.

3) Entries are to be scored for a cappella men’s choir, including male altos (the comfortable range of our male altos extends to the D a major ninth above middle C). Composers are encouraged to not exceed more than six independent lines, whether solo or ensemble parts, for any significant length of time. Applicants may set texts from the book of Psalms or Proverbs. The choice of language and/or translation is left to the discretion of the applicant. Entries must be ten minutes or less in length.

4) Compositions must be received not later than 5:00 PM, January 31, 2015.

5) Entries may be submitted either electronically or through regular mail. Applicants who wish to submit electronically must e-mail a completed application form and a pdf file of their entry composition Applicants who wish to submit their application by mail must send a completed application and four (4) clearly reproduced copies of their entry compositions to: SCL Competition Contest, 1236 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Non-readable copies or pdfs will be eliminated from the contest and the composer so notified.

6) Application materials will not be returned. Applicants who choose to mail their application are strongly urged to retain a copy of their entry for their own reference.

7) The composer’s name must not appear on their entry composition. A pseudonym shall be clearly printed on the manuscript and on the Application Form. Compositions are to remain anonymous to the judges.

8) Suspicious Cheese Lords claims the right for first performance of the entry submission; therefore, compositions must be works that have never before been performed in public, outside of a studio or classroom in an academic forum or workshop setting. Entries may have been previously submitted in other contests, providing that no part of the composition has been a prize-winning entry as of the date of submission.

9) Performance of the prize-winning piece is offered during the 2014-2015 season; however, Suspicious Cheese Lords reserves the right to award the prize without performance, as well as the right to perform more than one prizewinning entry. It also reserves the right to make no award, if, in the opinion of the judges, the compositions submitted to not meet standards of excellence.

10) This competition is not open to current or former members of the Suspicious Cheese Lords, or their immediate relations.

Deadline: 31 Jan 2015
Looking for a part-time middle school choir director Jenny Skrivseth, %20 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 
Who:  Looking for a passionate choral music educator with a teaching degree that loves middle school students.
What:  This is a part-time job teaching 2 to 4 periods of choir daily in grades 6 through 8.  Could be 4 classes in the morning or 2 in the afternoon.
When:  Job could start as early as January 5th if we can find the right person.
Where:  Missoula County Public Schools in Missoula, Montana.
Why:  Current teacher is looking to go part-time indefinately to stay home with her new baby.
Mountain of Praise from Raycreation Music John Ray, %20 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 OF PRAISE....contemporary anthem for worship choir or praise team with piano (optional rhythm section and horn). Take a look and listen!
Thanks...John Ray
Big Spender parts Brian Lanier, %20 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 Big Spender parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: flexible
Starting: now
For: 6 months
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I am looking to borrow/rent parts for Big Spender by Cy Coleman.
Brian Lanier
Graduate Assistantship in Conducting - University of North Carolina at Greensboro Carole Ott, %20 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
2015-2016 Academic Year
POSITION: DMA or MMus in Choral Conducting degree program
The Conducting Area Faculty at UNCG is dedicated to the success of our graduate students as conductors in both academic and professional settings. UNCG offers the Master of Music degree and The Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting and choral conducting.
Graduate students in choral conducting at can expect to receive regular podium time with the University Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Women’s Glee Club and Men’s Glee Club, and are appointed as assistants to these ensembles. Responsibilities include sectional work, rehearsing, and performing both as a vocalist and as a conductor. Other opportunities for conductor development occur in one-on-one lessons and seminar classes, teaching conducting, and other responsibilities within the School of Music. There are also ample opportunities within local area and state for professional singing and conducting. The UNCG choral conducting program has had student participation in ACDA conducting competitions and master-classes and has a proven track record of placement for future graduate student or post-doctoral job placement. We will look forward to receiving your materials and to meeting you.
STIPEND:  Well-qualified applicants will receive up-to-full waiver of tuition and applied fees as well as a stipend.
Master of Music in Conducting (MMus)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
For the MMus: Bachelor degree in music
For the DMA: Bachelor degree in music, Masters degree in music (preferably in conducting)
APPLICATION:  Please send an e-mail of interest to Dr. Bill Young: or Dr. Carole Ott: Application, including supplemental materials, must be complete by January 9, 2015. Qualified applications will be invited for an on-campus audition before March 1, 2015.
Catherine Keen Hock, Department of Music Performance
UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
UNCG has long been recognized as one of the top music institutions in the United States and has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938. The Department of Music Performance (including composition and jazz) offers the only comprehensive music program from undergraduate through doctoral study in the State of North Carolina. Our outstanding facilities, world-class faculty, and numerous ensemble experiences, provide an environment for artistic and educational success.
Our MM programs offer conservatory-type performance training and complement this with academic offerings directly related to careers in performance. These students graduate with the performance and entrepreneurial skills enabling entry into the profession or further studies. Our DMA students are fully prepared as artist/scholars ready to join the academy.
Located in the artistically thriving Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, the Triad area provides a wealth of cultural opportunities for our students. Students regularly attend and perform in concerts by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Company, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Eastern Music Festival, along with a myriad of musical theatre, jazz, and chamber music ensembles.
Montgomery Chorale Artistic Director Rebecca Taylor, %20 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
                                                                                    November 20, 2014
Dear Colleagues:
The Montgomery Chorale, Montgomery, Alabama, celebrated its 40th Anniversary last season with a wonderful performance of Bach’s masterpiece, Mass in B Minor, with members of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  After twelve seasons as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Chorale and another 20+ years of association with the Chorale, I have resigned and have been hired by the Board of Directors to chair the committee conducting the search process for the Artistic Director/Conductor of this vital community arts organization.
Our search process will be in three stages, and we expect to announce our new Director in late May of 2015.  Our schedule is as follows:
1.   We will accept Letters of Interest until January 1, 2015.  A brief letter should include a paragraph expressing        the potential applicant's "mission statement" about choral singing in general and about volunteer auditioned        community choirs in particular.  Also, a very brief description of choral education and experience should be         included.
2.  Before February 1, 2015, we will send applications and job descriptions to candidates at whom we would like to look closer.Those completed applications will be submitted before March 1, 2015.
3.  In the subsequent two months, the committee will visit choirs of potential candidates, interview candidates, and invite finalists to conduct a rehearsal with the Chorale in May.
We are also looking for an Artistic Director/Conductor for the Montgomery Youth Chorale, which has been in existence since 2002.  Their repertoire has included diverse selections, including a wide range of choral literature from Carmina Burana to Caldwell and Ivory’s “Children go where I send thee” to the second act of La Bohème. After successful years of great musical accomplishment, the Youth Chorale, made up of outstanding young artists themselves, is on temporary hiatus, pending the hiring of a new director.  It is possible that the same person might be interested directing both positions.  Interested candidates should submit Letters of Interest in line with number one, above, but writing about children’s choirs, of course.  More information about the Chorale and the Youth Chorale may be found on our website at
If you or someone that you know is interested in this position, please submit Letters of Interest before January 1, 2015.  All letters should be addressed to:
Ms. Rebecca B. Taylor
Montgomery Chorale
315 Clanton Avenue
Montgomery, AL  36104
We look forward to hearing from you.
Rebecca B. Taylor, (334) 263-5529
Carnegie Hall - Gotham SINGS! Ensemble Showcase Sean Berg, %20 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 SINGS! 

Ensemble Showcase

Sechrist Travel is producing a special project at Carnegie Hall on April 18, 2015 for which we have an opening for an OUTSTANDING ensemble.

This Spotlight Performance Series is a part of our Gotham SINGS! Ensemble Showcase. This opportunity will offer you and your ensemble a FEATURED performance in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. 
We are offering a *SPECIAL* PERFORMANCE ONLY package, which includes all Carnegie Hall rental fees, stage labor, advertising, dedicated audience development, concert programs, and concert management.  You will not see this offer and opportunity anywhere elseThis opportunity can provide a platform to celebrate a recent achievement or anniversary, or can be an additional performance opportunity for a currently planned tour with your preferred Tour Operator!
We have extended the application deadline to December 1st!
This 30-minutes of stage time is the ideal opportunity to highlight an OUTSTANDING band, choir, or orchestra in a solo spotlight performance. You will share the evening with 3 other prominent Choral Programs from across the US!  International Ensembles are encouraged to apply. 

The Featured performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 8:30pm in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, will feature four select ensembles, with each presenting their own mini-program.
We are VERY pleased to offer your ensemble this prominent experience and opportunity in historic, and prestigious, Carnegie Hall. 

The selection process includes receipt of 2-3 digital recordings of the ensemble, a current ensemble and director(s) bio, and completion of the application form.
Please contact Sechrist Travel right away should you have interest.  Please share this opportunity with a friend and/or colleague that may have interest in this opportunity.
As a full service Tour Operator, Sechrist Travel is happy to put together a package that includes transportation, lodging, sightseeing, Broadway, Service Projects, and meals at your request.

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Spem in alium in Grinnell, Iowa John Rommereim, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000

Friday, November 21, 7:30 pm, Sebring-Lewis Hall, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

The Grinnell Singers present Respice.

This concert spans five centuries, with music ranging from the simplest hummed tune, to what is one of the world’s most intricate and complex musical constructions, Thomas Tallis’s  40-part motet, Spem in Alium. The Singers will also present three selections from Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, and distinctive works by Nils Lindberg, Eric Whitacre, Frank Martin, Richard Bjella, and James MacMillan. The Grinnell Chamber Singers will offer a piece of Cuban jazz by Guido Gavilán, a setting of García Lorca's luminous poetry by Carmen Cavallaro, and a poignant song without words by the director, John Rommereim.

Sainte-Chapelle             Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)                       
Selections from the All-Night Vigil op. 37     Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)      
                        V.  Lord, Now Lettest Thou, Thy Servant, Depart in Peace                   
                                    Austin Wadle, tenor
                        VI. Birthgiver of God, Rejoice
                        XII The Great Doxology
 from the Mass for Double Choir       Frank Martin (1890-1974)
            I. Kyrie
Spem in alium                                                 Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Till Minne                                                       Nils Lindberg   (b. 1933)   
          The Grinnell Chamber Singers
El Grito                                                 Carmen Cavallero (b. 1947)
Canta! Guido                                          Lopez Gavilan (b. 1944)
Amara                                                    John Rommereim  (b. 1958)
The Grinnell Singers
            Idumea                                                  Rick Bjeila, arr.                       
                        Austin Morris ’15, tenor
                        Leah Meyer ’15, violin
The Gallant Weaver                        James Macmillan (b. 1959)
Te lucis ante terminum                    Peter Aldrich ’15 (b. 1993)
University of Toronto Choirs in Concert on December 7 Hilary Apfelstadt, %20 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000
University of Toronto Choirs present GLORIA!
Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 p.m. in MacMillan Theatre on campus (
Pre-concert music in the lobby provided by Young Voices Toronto Allegria, Zimfira Poloz, conductor.
The concert features a variety of seasonal music from around the world performed by the Men’s Chorus (André Heywood, conductor), the MacMillan Singers, and the Women’s Chamber Choir (Hilary Apfelstadt, conductor), and the Women’s Chorus (Frances Farrell, conductor).   Massed choirs will end the concert with John Rutter’s delightful Gloria, accompanied by brass, percussion and organ, conducted by André Heywood.
Tickets are available at the door on the day of the performance or on-line from
Celebrate the Season with Exultate Chamber Singers Hilary Apfelstadt, %20 %b %2014 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000
Exultate Chamber Singers presents
A Canadian Noël
Friday December 5th, 8 pm
St. Thomas's Anglican Church
383 Huron Street (just S of Bloor, between Spadina and St. George)
Tickets: $25 / $20 (seniors) / $10 (students)  ( 
The music: snappy, charming, complex, silly, simple, touching, beautiful - a diverse and lovely collection, all by Canadian composers (except for the good old caroling chestnuts, where you join in, but even those are arranged by Canadian Derek Holman, for choir and organ).
The stories: Back by popular demand, the choir is sharing short Christmas stories drawn from their own experiences and gleefully read by members of the choir (who seem to secretly wish to be actors more than singers).
The guestsThe delightful Mississauga Children's Choir under the baton of Caron Daley, and organist Daniel Bickle, Music Director at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
James Q. Mulholland's "If Love Should Count You Worthy" is now available for TTBB Chris Matthews, %20 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
Click the cover to view the score in its entirety.  (SATB audio sample available)
James Q. Mulholland's ever-popular "If Love Should Count You Worthy" is now available for TTBB with Horn and Piano.  Represented on countless reading sessions, clinics, and festival lists, this poignant work, warning of Love's best and worst characteristics, offers everything choirs and audiences have come to expect from Mulholland.  Masterful voice leading, lush harmonies, and powerful musical contrasts work together to ensure a long-lasting experience for both your choir and audience members.  Take a look at the score today at and while you're there, take a listen to the original SATB setting.  Don't forget to peruse the "Related Items" to view Mulholland's similar titles or search the "TTBB" tag to view all of our offerings for male voices.
The Lord Is My Shepherd, SATB, accompanied, no divisi Michael Sandvik, %20 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
My setting of the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord Is My Shepherd" is newly available to the public.
Through December 31, all music is on sale at 10% off (except Christmas music, which is 25% off).
Repeat: My arrangement of "Away In A Manger" is also now available to the public. Right now, through December 10, it is on sale for 25% off.
**While considering the music, feel free to print a complimentary perusal score for your convenience.**
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
AMPlify Choral Teaching Artist Lindsay Aleshire, %20 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000

Part-Time, Hourly Position
Starting January 5, 2014

Statement of Job:

The Choral Teaching Artist will lead AMPlify Choir rehearsals and teach musicianship classes during after-school hours, in alignment with AMP’s mission.


  • Learn, understand and represent the AMP philosophies for uplifting youths, families and communities through the pursuit of musical excellence
  • Through AMP’s general music class, introduce AMP students to basic musical skills, including but not limited to: singing, recorder, music notation, ear training
  • Lead at least two 1.5-hour choir rehearsals (students will be beginner vocalists, mixed between grades 1 and 9)
  • Lead at least four performances of AMPlify Choir demonstrating skills acquired
  • Work collaboratively with the AMPlify Director in the selection of choral repertoire representing a wide variety of musical styles
  • Actively seek opportunities for AMP to collaborate with other organizations
  • Mentor AMP students
  • Coordinate and cooperate with AMP administrators in keeping track of AMP students’ attendance and progress
  • Form effective partnerships with fellow AMP teachers through planning and co-teaching
  • Aid in defining and assessing musical learning outcomes
  • Attend peer exchange and professional development workshops
  • Execute additional administrative tasks as necessary

Ideal candidate will possess:

  • Passion for music as a vehicle for positive social change
  • Desire to work with disadvantaged, urban/rural youth
  • Ability to inspire, work with and mentor youths ages 6 and up
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Music or relevant field
  • Experience teaching/leading general music and/or choral ensembles,
  • Georgia (or other) PSC Certificate, Level P-12
  • Classroom experience, preferably elementary or middle school
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and be comfortable working in a team
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible and have a sense of humor
  • Desire to help AMP develop into a nationally-recognized music training program

Notes:  Pay rate is $45/hour for teaching 3-6 hours/week, minimum 24 weeks. Background check required.

To Apply: Please send an email with resume attached to with subject “AMPlify Choral Teaching Artist” no later than December 12, 2014. Teaching Auditions and interviews  to be held  December 15 – 19, 2014.

Young Men's Vocal Workshop Scott Dorsey, %20 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
The University of Oklahoma’s School of Music will sponsor the annual Young Men’s Vocal Workshop on Friday, November 21, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The event concludes with a concert at 4:00 p.m.
For additional information, contact David Howard at
City Carol Sing - 2014 E. Burns, %20 %b %2014 %06:%Nov:%th 6NovGMT+0000
The Sixth Annual
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street • Toronto, Ontario
With Special Guests
Deborah Hay :: Ted Dykstra :: Gord Martineau
The True North Brass
The Toronto Children’s Chorus
The Larkin Singers
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
Singing in Salt Lake: Salt Lake Vocal Artists Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %14:%Oct:%nd 14OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
Organized in 2010, the Salt Lake Vocal Artists, are the international ambassadors for the Salt Lake Choral Artists, an organization of seven choral ensembles and over 300 singers.  They have won four First Prizes in Tolosa (Spain) and five First Prizes in Arezzo (Italy), and represented the US at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina. Recent concert tours have included Bulgaria, Turkey, and Japan for the Karuizawa Festival with Ko Matsushita. In 2015 they will be the featured performers at the Chorbiennale in Aachen, Germany.  They have commissioned over twenty works and collaborated with composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Eriks Esenvalds, Ko Matsushita, György Orbán, Josep Vila, Ivo Antognini, John Høybye, Sergey Khvoshinsky, Dan Forrest, Jake Runestad, and others.  Their well-established presence on YouTube has captivated millions of viewers and their CD recordings are available on iTunes.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today ]]>
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Aging Voices" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%st 20OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Voices change and evolve throughout a lifetime. As an ever-increasing number of amateur and professional “Singing Seniors” look to choirs as a rich and edifying activity during their senior years, choral directors will benefit from a deeper understanding about the older, evolved vocal instrument. Through a multimedia presentation, anecdotes, and common sense, we will consider the effects of aging on respiration, vibration, and resonance. Equipped with facts, “age-optimal” exercises, fundamentals, and concepts, we will collectively strategize to develop appropriate vocal and musical approaches, expectations, and choices for choirs whose populations include “Singing Seniors.”
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
My Most Meaningful Mentor Richard Sparks, %10 %b %2014 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000 is a difficult choice, since I've been lucky to have some wonderful teachers and mentors. For example, Neil Lieurance was an influential teacher—without him I probably wouldn't have made a career as a conductor. Neil died this past year at the too-young age of 70. I wrote about him here. But beyond his influence in HS, Neil immediately treated me like a colleague after I graduated and began my undergraduate studies at the University of Washington—I'd visit and he'd share whatever music and recordings were interesting him. He followed my work with early ensembles I conducted and was always willing to give advice. He was a true mentor.
Rod Eichenberger, my undergraduate conducting teacher (although he let me take part in the graduate conducting class as an undergrad), has been another great teacher and mentor. I started hanging around his office and listening to his conversations with the grad students around my junior year (among them Bruce Browne and Larry Marsh) and he told me if I'd file the large stacks of scores for him, I could keep any duplicates. This not only gave me the beginning of my personal library but a great overview of choral literature—if I filed a piece by Hindemith, I'd look through the file to see what else Hindemith wrote for chorus. And, like Neil, he remained a mentor long after I graduated (to the current day, in fact). When I took the job at Pacific Lutheran University, following Maurice Skones, he called and congratulated me, but also said, "As someone who followed Charles Hirt at USC, I know something about the challenges of following a legend. If you ever want to call and talk, don't hesitate." This was a gift . . . and a relationship that has continued up to the present.
But for this post about my most meaningful mentor, I'll speak of Eric Ericson. Eric was never my teacher, but has undeniably been a major influence on my music-making, repertoire, and approach to so many things.
I was aware of Eric's recordings from at least the early '70s (Neil Lieurance or Rod probably introduced me to them). I was fascinated with the amazing sound of his Chamber Choir and the Swedish Radio Choir, the purity of their intonation, and the repertoire they performed. In 1983 at the ACDA Conference I heard the Radio Choir live for the first time. And since I'd just auditioned for the DMA program at CCM, was invited by John Leman to join the masterclass conducting choir and got to observe Eric's teaching first-hand.
The following fall I began at PLU and in 1985 Bruce Browne called and said Eric's Conservatory Chamber Choir would be performing at the ISME conference in Eugene, OR and wanted some other opportunities for the choir. So I built the PLU Summer Choral Workshop around Eric and the choir. They were in San Francisco before coming to Tacoma, so Eric flew up and the choir came a day later on their tour bus. This was my first time to get to know Eric, watch him work on conducting technique with the whole group and a small group of master class conductors who worked with the Chamber Choir. It was an amazing experience.
About a year later I participated as a singer in a choir put together by Bruce Browne for his Haystack Workshop for which Eric was the clinician, I brought Eric and the Conservatory Chamber Choir back to PLU's summer workshop a few years later as well.
When I began thinking of a topic for my dissertation, I knew it would be about Swedish choral music, so I traveled for the first time to Sweden in April of 1989, where I searched for "the" topic, and Eric was the guide, introducing me to lots of people and resources. I sublet the apartment of one of his wife Monica's sons. I would then return for the full summer of 1990 to do research (and sublet the apartment of another of Monica’s son’s). Given the topic of my dissertation, Swedish A Cappella Music Since 1945 (published later here) I spoke with Eric numerous times, spent time in the Radio’s library, spent time going through Eric’s personal library of scores in his apartment, and Eric made connections for interviews with virtually every important choral composer of the this time period, plus many conductors and administrators.
I’ve also seen Eric work many times with his various choirs in rehearsal, recording sessions, and concerts. He was also the first conductor with a group of singers that would become Choral Arts. I’ve had numerous discussions with him (and those close to him) about his art. Eric was eternally curious about anything choral—always wanted to know what you were doing, what others he knew were doing, what repertoire you were doing (and it wasn’t easy to stump him about a huge range of rep: “Oh yes, I did that in the late ‘60s" or (about some obscure American piece), "Yes, I know that."
It’s hard to separate out all aspects of Eric as mentor, but so many opportunities have come from my work with him. There’s so much repertoire I’ve learned due to him. Approaches to sound (even though few of us have the level of voices of the Radio or Chamber choirs), and intonation have also come from him. And incredibly important is his work ethic and dedication. Eric lived for music and this showed in his every approach to music, music-making, and his choirs.
I owe him an immense debt. And thanking all my teachers and mentors, I hope I have been a mentor to those students and conductors I’ve come worked with over the years. That will certainly continue as long as I’m able to help. It’s an important way of giving back all that I (or you!) have been given over the years.
ACDA has a great new mentoring program and I hope you’ll consider being a mentor or mentee. Make sure you check it out!
(Will you one day be someone’s most meaningful mentor? Plant the seeds today for tomorrow's choral world. ACDA Mentoring [])
CJ Replay: Rehearsing Bach Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %16:%Oct:%rd 16OctGMT+0000
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “J.S. Bach and the Concerto: Ritornello as a Guide to Rehearsal” by Chester L. Alwes)
       When a student conductor starts to rehearse a choral/ orchestral work of J.S. Bach by announcing "we'll skip the introduction and begin at measure . . . (where the chorus comes in)," I wince. Although this decision is pragmatic (the accompanist rarely needs to practice his/her part), eliminating the introduction is a false economy. By so doing, we overlook that element of the composition that is most critical to our understanding of the piece and, ultimately, to the choir's ability to perform the work intelligently-the ritornello. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the enormous help that a clear understanding of this "introduction" affords choir and conductor.
       Literally, the ritornello introduces not just the choral entrance, but the substance of the composition. As Christoph Wolff puts it:
The ritornello ... establishes order by setting up a fixed organizational scheme with the proper sequence of musical ideas . . . their systematic connection, their correlation, and finally, their logical succession.
       The ritornello is to Baroque concerted music what the exposition is to the later sonata form: the orderly presentation of the ideas that comprise the basis of the composition.
       Bach first encountered this principle of composition in the music of Antonio Vivaldi, to which he was introduced by his cousin Johann Gottfried Walther during his tenure at the Weimar Court (1708-17). Bach and Walther frequently engaged in a friendly competition, involving the transcription of concertos by Vivaldi and others for keyboard. Through this process, Bach learned Vivaldi's unique concepts of musical structure; he even admits that Vivaldi's works "taught him how to think musically.”
Concerto composition provided an ideal vehicle for exploring and developing ways of "musical thinking," ... The concerto as a musical genre or form was a secondary consideration, and the same was true of counterpoint, thematic invention and other technical aspects of composition, including even word-tone relationships in vocal works.
READ the entire article.
**LAST POSTING** Choral Scores & Books - Everything Must Go! William Morton-Ortega, %20 %b %2014 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 thought I had sold everything, then I found yet another box of books! Here's the rest. All are in good condition.
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Choral/Vocal Scores
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1. Haydn - The Creation (German/English/French translation; piano reduction)
2. Durufle - Requiem (organ reduction)
3. Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb
4. John Rutter - Requiem (2 COPIES)
5. 100 Best Songs from the 20's and 30's - solo jazz standards (binding has separated in 1 spot, easy to fix)
Books & Textbooks
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1. Palisa - Norton Anthology of Western Music, Fourth Edition (scores of musical examples)
2. Joan Wall & Robert Caldwell - Diction for Singers (English, Latin, German, Italian, French, and Spanish)
3. Clifton Ware - Basics of Vocal Pedagogy
4. Paul Griffiths - Modern Music and After: Directions since 1945
5. Carol Kimball - Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature (Revised Edition)
6. Christine Ammer - Harper Collins Dictionary of Music, Second Edition
7. Phil Goulding - Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works
8. Meribeth Bunch - Dynamics of the Singing Voice, Third Edition
9. Donald Passman - All You Need to Know About the Music Business, Fifth Edition
10. Excellence in Singing, III - Developing Flexibility in the Parts that Control the Voice
11. Excellence in Singing, IV & V - Advancing the Technique
12. Charles Burkhart - Anthology for Musical Analysis, Sixth Edition
13. James C. McKinney - The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults
14. Phillip Miller - The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Song Texts
15. Lawrence C. Johnson - A Singer's Companion to the Church Year
16. Robert Jourdan - Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
17. Robert J. Morgan - Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories
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2015 Summer Music Institute at Western Illinois University James Stegall, %19 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE AT WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
   Junior High Week  - June 14-20, 2015
   Senior High Week "The College Experience!" - June 21-27, 2015
   Participate in multiple ensembles, both vocal and instrumental!
Information and contact:
Messiah Sing-Along Victor Fields, %19 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000

Messiah Sing-Along
Sunday, November 30, 2014 3:00PM: Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg
Download the Flyer!
$12.00 general admission / $5.00 students
Tickets available from any HCS member, or at the door
Purchase your ticket online! general admission only
20 S 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Click here for directions from Google Maps
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.
Scores will be provided for the audience, or bring your own!
Featured Performers
Colette Boudreaux, soprano
Gwendolyn Bowers, mezzo-soprano
Scott Joiner, 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"    Scott Joiner, 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?"    Jeffrey Gates, 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"    Gwendolyn Bowers, mezzo-soprano; HCS; Orchestra
Recit.: "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth"
Aria: "The People That Walked in Darkness"    Jeffrey Gates, 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"    Colette Boudreaux, soprano; Orchestra
Chorus: "Glory to God"    HCS; Orchestra
Aria: "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion"    Colette Boudreaux, 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"    Gwendolyn Bowers, mezzo-soprano; Colette Boudreaux, 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"    Jeffrey Gates, baritone; Priscilla C. King, piccolo trumpet; Orchestra
Chorus: "Hallelujah!"    All
Anton Armstrong & Karen Kennedy | 2016 Prima Voce Itali'a :: The Maestro Festival Tour Geoffrey McQueen, %19 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000
                                        Armstrong  ::  Kennedy
2016 Prima Voce Itali'a
The Maestro Festival Tour
On behalf of Artistic Directors Anton Armstrong and Karen Kennedy, we are pleased to announce the inaugural Prima Voce Itali'a Festival Tour.
Taking place in Italy from June 20-28, 2016... and co-produced by Perform International ( and Choirs of America (, Prima Voce Itali'a promises to be an unparalleled international experience for all participating choirs. Come with us and explore Milan, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome. Along the way, Choirs will enjoy engaging workshops, "random acts of performance" in amazing locations... and rehearsals and concert performances under the direction of our incredible Artistic Directors: Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Kennedy! Performance opportunities will include... A Cori Spezzati Concert in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice; a Gala Concert Performance in Florence under the direction of Dr. Armstrong; a Private Visit with a Short Performance in the Sistine Chapel (tentative); Mass in St. Peter's Basilica... and a Grand Finale Concert in Rome under the direction of Dr. Kennedy.
Don't miss this opportunity to work with two of the greatest choral maestros of our time... and... did we mention it all takes place in Italy? For details, please contact us at (800) 284-2177 or send an email to us at We hope you will consider joining us and look forward to hearing from you soon...
Welcome to the Revolution!
Geoffrey McQueen                        Christopher Scott Olin
Executive Director                         Artistic Director
Choirs of America                          Choirs of America
Choral Director Malcolm Cummings, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 Choral Director for Community Chorus (Plainville Choral Society) starting Sept 2015
Group is known for a wide range of musical presentations.
Year runs from Sept to June
Contact:   for job description and to apply.
Cantate Dresden 2015 / Germany - International Choral Meeting Wolfgang Buchmann, %19 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
Dear singers,
A warm welcome to the Cantate Dresden 2015 in the Baroque art and cultural capital of Saxony. For the second time colourful songs of choirs from different genres and countries will sound in this European music centre, where great composers as Heinrich Schütze, Carl Maria von Weber and Robert Schumann did work.
I look forward to your voices in Dresden
Matthias Hieke
President of the Choir Union of Eastern Saxony
Through the last century the Saxonian metropolis has developed to one of Germany's most attractive cities. The old towns preserved buildings, the famous rebuilt „Frauenkirche“ (Church of Our Lady), the pedestrian zones on both river banks attracts thousands of tourists and visitors daily from around the world. Musically highlights are friendship concerts, a common concert in the heart of Dresden and a performance in the famous Church of Our Lady.
Date: Nov 5-8, 2015 + Nov 3-6, 2016
Accompanist Wanted for The United Methodist Church at Wentzville Mark Dumas, %19 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 United Methodist Church at Wentzville, Missouri is seeking an accompanist to play for our Adult Choir and Children's Choir rehersals on Wednesday evenings and our 9 a.m. Sunday morning worship service. This is a part-time salaried position. Please contact Rev. Mark Dumas at or call (636) 327-6377 for morre information. 
Responsibilities include:
- Providing piano and/or organ music for weekly Sunday morning worship service and special event's.
- Select appropriate prelude, offertory and postlude music for each service.
- Accompany the Adult and Children's choirs during Wednesday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning worship service, August through May and special events. (scheduled in advance)
- Accompany occasional solo/small ensemble 'special music' as scheduled throughout the year.
- Prepare and perform appropriate piano/organ 'special music' throughout the summer.
- Prepare and lead hymns and service music for worship throughout the year.
- Experience as an accompanist
- Excellent sight reading skills
- The ability to read both open score and selected voice parts
- Ability to work with amateur musicians in a supportive environment
- Strong communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
To apply, email your resume, along with names and contact information of three professional references to or call (636) 327-6377.
Londonderry Air, "O Danny Boy" Tenor Solo, SATB, strings (violin and viola soli within), two flutes, bass clarinet James Johnson, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 work was begun in 2007, and then set aside, but recently I reorganized and completed it. The poem's first verse is presented by the soloist, followed by a variation of the melody vocalized without text, and finally the tenor is joined by the chorus for the second verse. Several instrumental interludes are included. I will soon prepare a version for organ and voices, as the instrumental parts will reduce nicely for an organ with sufficient romantic color. The vocal parts are not at all difficult. About 6:15.  ]]>Winter Holidays Concert: Songs & Parrandas by Cantigas Diana Saez, %19 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000, Washington's Premier Latino Chorus presents: "Winter Holiday Celebration: Songs & Parrandas"
When: Saturday, December 6th at 7:00 pm
Where: Bethesda United Methodist Church at Bethesda, MD.
Welcome the holiday season with Cantigas's most popular concert of the year. Enjoy a festive array of holiday songs from Latin America, Spain, and the US. Relish beautiful melodies created by Spanish Renaissance composer Francisco Guerrero and Mexican Baroque composer Juan Gutierrez de Padilla. Join our traditional holiday sing-slong! And be sure to get your tickets early: www.
Guest choir: Richard Montgomery High School Madrigals under the direction of Ronald P. Frezzo. 
Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah Laura Malick, %19 %b %2014 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 at Trinity Wall Street represents a high-water mark of the holiday season in New York City. December has long brought acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In the words of the New York Times, “to experience the full, formidable range of Messiah…let Trinity be your guide.” This season, Julian Wachner, Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, will lead the ensembles in the Messiah at Trinity Church (Dec 17, 19, 21) and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Dec 18).
Trinity Wall Street was instrumental in pioneering Handel’s famous oratorio in the New World: Trinity Church presented the second American performance in 1770, besides playing a part in the American premiere of Messiah just eight months earlier and only blocks away at Burns’s Coffee House on Broadway, where the concert served as a fundraiser for Trinity’s organist. Given this history, it is fitting that it was with Messiah that Trinity Wall Street made its Lincoln Center debut three years ago, launching a new annual holiday tradition. 
Wed, Dec 17 at 7.30pm; Fri, Dec 19 at 7.30pm; Sun, Dec 21 at 3pm: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall St) 
Thurs, Dec 18 at 7.30pm: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Julian Wachner, conductor
George Frideric Handel: Messiah (complete)

Dec 17, 19 & 21: $45, $75, $95; available from  or at Trinity gift shop, Broadway/Wall St
Dec 18: $45, $65, $85; available from: or from CenterCharge: 212.721.6500

Call 212-602-0800 or visit for further information
Messiah at Davidson College Christopher Gilliam, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 College Choirs, Lake Norman Choral Artists, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and guest soloists will perform Handel's complete oratorio on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 PM in Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College Campus. Guest soloists are Margaret Carpenter, soprano; Charles Humphries, countertenor; Daniel Stein, tenor; and Jeffrey McEvoy, baritone. 
Tickets can be purchased at the following link, with a discount provided for our "Holiday Ticket Package" that includes the annual Holiday Gala only one week later.
If you are in the area, we hope you will join us!
Looking for SATB version of Straw Carol Carol Schlitt, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 am looking for a copy of the out of print song "Straw Carol" by FRIESEN / EKLU.  Any assistance in finding this song is greatly appreciated.
Carol Schlitt
Freeburg, IL
Looking for recorder parts for A Midsummer Night’s Dream : Fairy Songs Patricia Abbott, %19 %b %2014 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 have just ordered copies of Alice Parker’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fairy Songs, published by Treble Clef Music (TC-157), for SA and 2 recorders.
The distributor tells me the separate recorder parts are no longer available. Does anyone have a copy I could buy or borrow?
Pat Abbott
EMSB Chorale, Montreal, QC
Need to borrow/rent vocal scores Bach's B Minor Mass Barbara Depman, %19 %b %2014 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 vocal scores for Bach's Mass in B minor
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Barenreiter 5102a
Starting: December 19, 2015
For: Until March 16, 2015
Copies: any amount up to 60
Willing to rent: Yes
We will also pay shipping costs.
Our Next Concert: Celebration of Christ the King festivity and concert to commemorate the innauguration of the New Major Altarpiece of its Parish. Victor Duart-Belloque, %19 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
Next Sunday november 23rd at noon, we have an appointment a the Christ the King Parish of Valencia to celebrate its festivity. This year we will offer another concert, following the mass to commemorate the inauguration of the new and beautiful Mayor Altarpiece.
This Parish that was erected over the midden that hosted the remains of St Vincent Martyr, after his martyrdom inflicted by Daciano in 304 a.c. has both the importance of the hagiography of this patron saint of Valencia, and the fact that it is the Parish of the Agoustinians Fathers School that hosts Catoria Hipponnensis and that was the witness of our coral baptisim, in the some distant Christmas of 2005.
Therefore our commitment to this concert is max, and it will consist in the coral escort of the Eucharist, with our premier of the Messe Breve in C Major K 06198 of Charles Gounod for a mixed choir and organ, along with other religious pieces of our repertoir. 
Maestro Arturo Barba Sevillano  will be at the keys of the organ and Inmaculada Buriel Montoro at the conducting stage.
After the mass, and in front of the new Mayor Altarpiece, we will interpret a selection of coral peices dedicated to this happy event ant to all that have made it possible one way or another.
The program for the concerts are enclosed herewith.
Concert by Collegium Singers - "Christmas Truce" 15th December 2014 in Wellington, Somerset, England Philip Bevan, %19 %b %2014 %12:%Nov:%th 12NovGMT+0000 Concert - "Christmas Truce" by Collegium Singers under conductor Peter Leech on Monday 15th December 2014 at 7.30 pm in St John's Church, Wellington, Somerset, England, TA21 8RE.
Tickets £12, Students £6, under 12's free Tel Taunton TIC 01823-336344 or book on line through our web site at
This year's Christmas concert takes the form of a commemoration of 100 years since the famous Christmas Truce during the First World War. In the week leading up to Christmas 1914, groups of British and German soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings, gifts and Christmas carols. On Christmas Eve soldiers from both sides even mingled in 'no man's land', offering each other gifts of food and souvenirs. The Christmas Truce is now seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst the terror and slaughter of the Western Front. By the end of 1915 the high commands of both sides forbade any future 'fraternisation'.

This concert will feature both English and German Christmas carols from the WW1 period, as well as readings from both sides on the front line of battle. The focus of the readings from the British side will be letters and stories from soldiers who served with the Somerset Light Infantry. As a special tribute to the fallen, composer and conductor Peter Leech has written a new choral work, 'In Flanders Fields', for this performance. There will also be plenty of well known carols with audience participation. It will be a rare Somerset Christmas concert not to be missed!
German Choral Classics - Concert by Somerset Chamber Choir in Taunton, Somerset, England 15th February 2015 Philip Bevan, %19 %b %2014 %11:%Nov:%th 11NovGMT+0000

Concert by Somerset Chamber Choir; Richard Pearce organ; Graham Caldbeck  conductor  

At Kings College Chapel, South Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3AB at 3pm.

Choral and organ favourites by: Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Reubke, Rheinberger, Schubert, Schütz & Wagner

 Tickets £18 & £15 (reserved) £11 (unreserved) Can be booked on line at or Tel 01823-336344.  Can also be purchased on the door.

Sessions in Salt Lake: "Critical Thinking" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Choral directors constantly work to balance performance challenges with the delivery of academic content in school programs. By sharing rehearsal leadership responsibilities with chorus members, directors can build an ensemble of critical listeners and thinkers. Choral musicians of all ages can learn to develop critical thinking skills and musical independence. This participatory session will provide ideas to help choral musicians create, perform, and respond in ways that will foster musical independence. Quick composition ideas, creative warm-up exercises that connect with vocal challenges found in choral repertoire, and self-assessment techniques will be demonstrated in an interactive rehearsal environment.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Singing in Salt Lake: University of North Texas Jazz Singers Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
The University of North Texas Jazz Singers is the premier vocal jazz ensemble within the Division of Jazz Studies in the College of Music. Jazz Singers perform a challenging and varied repertoire, featuring both historical and cutting-edge repertoire and improvisation. The ensemble was awarded “Outstanding Performance” in the 2012 and 2013 Down-Beat Student Music Awards and was named the Collegiate Jazz Choir winner numerous times under the leadership of founding director, Paris Rutherford. UNT Jazz Singers has performed at state, national, and international music conferences and festivals, including those for the Jazz Education Network, International Association for Jazz Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association. UNT Jazz Singers is one of four vocal jazz ensembles that are part of a comprehensive Vocal Jazz Studies major at UNT, which comprises a global student population of thirty to forty students who pursue bachelor-, master-, and doctoral-level degree programs.
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Name That Choir Tune (No. 15) Scott Dorsey, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000
My Most Meaningful Mentors - Bruce Browne, André Thomas, and Steve Zielke Joshua Bronfman, %19 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
Picking one mentor in my life is difficult. There have been so many folks that have influenced me. I’m focusing on three right here, but there are countless more. Basically everyone at Florida State had some sort of impact on me. Likewise, colleagues at every place I’ve worked. I did not start this life as an old already filled with a well of wisdom and thoughtfulness. I basically learned by screwing up, and then having smarter people lead me to the truth, sometimes with a carrot, sometimes with a stick, but always with my best interest in mind.
Bruce Browne
Bruce was a huge musical mentor, and recently he has become my friend, too (something that you young conductors out there get to look forward to if you are lucky). One of my first foundational musical experiences was when he brought his professional choir, Choral Cross-Ties, to my high school (Ulysses S. Grant High in Portland, Oregon, where Rodney Eichenberger taught for a short time). The singing from that group was just out of this world. Hearing them sing was one of the top two or three foundational experiences in my life.
I later went to Portland State University for one year and somehow managed to make it into Dr. Browne’s PSU Chamber Choir. It was that year that really made me finally decide to be a conductor. We sang some incredible music...Ligeti, Distler, Brahms, Bach, and so much more. We also had as our guest conductor the one and only Eric Ericson. I was a young, stupid, freshman who could barely find his way around a Ligeti score, let alone have the awareness that I was in the presence of one of the greatest and most influential conductors of all time. The rehearsal were incredible. I remember him sitting at the piano to demonstrate a particular phrase in the Brahms, and being blown away by his musicality. That year of music making was prehaps one of the most memorable, and still influences me today.
Andre Thomas
So after that year I decided I wanted to be a conductor. There was some part of me that needed to get out of Portland, and so on the recommendation of Kenny Potter, I went to Florida State University. I wound up getting both my undergraduate degree in Music Education, and my doctorate from Dr. Thomas (Doc, for those in the know).
My experience at FSU made me the man I am today (and by the way there are a number of folks at FSU who could also be mentioned in this post...Judy Bowers and Kevin Fenton to start with). As I said before, I am not an old soul. I floated about, not really applying myself and making a lot of mistakes...I failed aural skills twice, mostly because I didn’t go to class.
Andre influenced me in different way than Dr. Browne. My rehearsal technique and demeanor are stolen almost note-for-note from Doc’s playlist (though no one I know can replicate the ‘Doc” stare. Ask around. It is a truly legendary look. You can see a version of it here). His ability to hold a room, to demand more from his singers, and to instill passion and devotion is unparalleled. Watching him work, either as a singer or an observer, is a truly wonderful experience. I’m not sure if there are many choir folks who haven’t seen him work, but for you young directors out there who haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch him work. Take notes. Steal his ideas. They are gold.
He also helped me by showing me how to really be a man and handle my business. He did so much tell me what to do (thought there was some of that), it was more through the model he presented. People rise up to do great things around him because of they see how he is, what he can do, and are inspired to push themselves. Plus, if you are around him and slacking, he’ll go after you hard! So there’s a little but of fear there, but it’s healthy. :)
Without Andre and also Judy, and Kevin, I wouldn't be here doing what I’m doing. Bottom line.
Steve Zielke
I got my Masters degree at Oregon State University with Steve Zielke. What I got from Steve was not so much musicality (though there was plenty of that), or “life skills,” though there was that too. What I got from Steve was the political, interpersonal, and opportunistic (in a good way) skills to help to expand and improve a program. Steve is talker. And he can talk to anyone about anything. He is great at observing the landscape of his department and community and finding opportunities to improve things. He knows how to find money. He knows how to get a kid excited and interested in coming to OSU. He thinks outside the box and comes up with thoughtful, creative ways to expand and grow his programs in a way that I haven’t seen from many folks. I learned a ton about recruiting from him, again, not so much by what he taught me directly, but by my observations of what he did.

So those are my mentors. I’d love to hear your feedback about the folks mentioned above, or your own mentors. Let’s share with the world the great people in our lives.
Looking for an OrchestralNet version of ChoralNet Enrique Yuste, %18 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 someone tell me if there is any web page or community for Orchestra similar to ChoralNet? Thanks in advance.
"The Sounds of Christmas" Concert with Adult & Childrens' Choirs + Orchestra Travis L. Boyd, %19 %b %2014 %05:%Nov:%th 5NovGMT+0000                                                    You are most cordially invited
                                        to attend a special Christmas Concert event.
                                         First Baptist Church of Duluth Worship Ministries
                                                                    will present
                                                       "The Sounds of Christmas"
                                           to share the message of God's greatest gift
                               through music, narration, media, drama vignettes, and more
                                             on Sunday, December 7th, at 6:00 p.m.

* You'll hear Christmas music, both familiar and new, that tells and celebrates the story of Christ's birth, shared by our Adult Choir and Orchestra, Children's Choir, Hearts of Praise (ladies' ensemble), our Men's Ensemble, and FBCD soloists like Sam Seaborne, Amy Becham, and Jennifer Williams Jones.

* Songs originally recorded by Casting Crowns, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and Francesca Battestelli as well as Christmas carols and chorals will bless you and allow you to worship the new born King of Kings.  These will include "Some Children See Him," "The Glorias of Christmas", "Behold That Star", "A Christmas Hymn", "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven", "The Sounds of Christmas", "Heaven Everywhere", "Go, Tell it on the Mountain", "He Made a Way in a Manger", and others.

* You'll experience the beauty, majesty, and joy of Christmas!

Please put this date on your calendar, and invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to "The Sounds of Christmas"! The event is FREE, and childcare will be provided for ages 4 and under.
Go to our Facebook event page for "The Sounds of Christmas" at the link below for more information (including a Google Maps link) and to register your intention to attend. 
We'll be so blessed to see you there!!/events/866914700015372/
Need Soprano Section Leader Rasaan Bourke, %19 %b %2014 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000
Seeking a versitale, professional soprano section leader for a small church chorus in Hackensack, NJ.
This opportunity for compensated work is for the Christian woman who understands that there presence is to support, and inspirer volunteer singers with their brilliantly skilled instrument.
The audition process consists of a conversation with Director of Music Rasaan Bourke, a Wednesday rehearsal with the chorus, and a Sunday worship service.
International Choir Festival OC VIII Singapore Lukas Klein, %19 %b %2014 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000$20,000 in cash and awards are up for grabs!
Looking to perform in world class performing spaces in Asia?
Finding it hard to find opportunities to learn from top choir maestros from around the world?
Want to have customized learning?
Or just looking to integrate and experience the Singapore community and have great fun!
Look No Further!
The 8th edition of Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival (OCVIII) one of the most enriching choral festivals in Asia will be held in Singapore in 2015!!!
Festival Date: 23rd – 26th July 2015          *Block your calendar now!*
Festival Venue: Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall & Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

Orientale Concentus is an International Choral Festival which has been held for 7 consecutive years in various countries in Asia Pacific such as China, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. With the resounding success of OCVII in Singapore this year with over 1600 participants, the upcoming eighth edition of OC will continue to be held in Singapore in 2015.
To ensure an enriching experience for all our participants, our festival provides numerous programmes including master classes conducted by our very own international adjudication panel, and social cause concerts like Concert in the Dark in 2014 and Sign of Music in 2015 -  a concert that seeks to raise awareness for the hearing impaired.
Participating groups will be able to benefit in the following ways:
·  Each participant can be part of programmes that contribute towards social causes in Singapore, what better way to learn and enjoy music by benefitting others in need!
·  Each choir will be able to receive immediate personalized feedback from the festival’s adjudicators during their individual master classes which will be based on the assessment of their performance during the festival competition zooming into problem areas for your choir!
·  Gain exposure to performing and competing at an international level
·  Networking opportunities to build relationship with choirs from different countries and cultures; and
·  Observe and learn from guest performances by outstanding demonstration choir(s)
Excited to know who will be adjudicating Orientale Concentus VIII? Keep a close watch (a) OC Website and Ace99 Facebook!!!   
Wait no longer and Register Now at to enjoy our EARLY BIRD PROMOTIONS! For a limited time only!
Should you have any queries please do feel free to contact our friendly OC Staff directly for more information:
Festival Executive - Niki Chong
Tel: (65) 6368 5692
HP: (65) 9778 9330 (Do feel free to whatsapp, viber or wechat us for a faster and more personal response!
To find out more about Ace 99 Cultural Pte Ltd and our other programmes, please visit
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Please download the OC VIII prospectus for more information:
Chamber Orchestra/Choral Version of Last Movement of Beethoven 9 Susan McCreary Duprey, %19 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 anyone know of a GOOD chamber orchestra/choral version of the last movement of Beethoven's 9th?  I'd like to program it as the last number in our 25th Anniversary concert without breaking the bank (or covering the voices of my volunteer community chorus).  Something the likes of the Linkelman edition of the Brahms' Requiem. My thanks! -Susan McCreary Duprey
Holiday Festival of Choirs at Western Illinois University James Stegall, %19 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 21 Years!
Two Performances!
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
St. Paul Catholic Church
309 West Jackson, Macomb
Concert Program:
Ticket Price: $10.00 (General admission only)
WIU Student Free with ID (One ticket per ID only)
Tickets may be purchased at the Hainline Theatre Box Office, 309.298.2900.
The Hainline Theatre Box Office is open Monday through Friday from Noon to 5p.
Remaining tickets will be sold at the door if the performances are not sold out.
Get your tickets soon as these performances are often sold out!
Featured Choral Ensembles...
The Western Illinois University Singers
The Western Illinois University Concert Choir
The Western Illinois University Madrigal Singers
With Special Guests...
The Macomb High School Madrigal Singers
The Macomb High School Concert Choir
The De Soto High School Choir, De Soto, MO

We are pleased to bring you the annual Holiday Festival of Choirs, now celebrating 21 years of inspired performances for the Macomb and WIU community.  We will present two performances in a seamless presentation of beautiful and uplifting holiday choral music.  The concert features the choirs of choral graduates from the Western Illinois University School of Music along with our Western Illinois University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Concert Choir.  Gayle Cooper will again be the Holiday Festival organist.  Audience members will join the Holiday Festival Choir on the carol sing along including our traditional singing of  "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.
Winter Concert - Bucks-Mont Camerata Chorus - Free Admission Tery Kelly, %18 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 ]]>Perform in Austria with Rollo Dilworth - Notes of Joy Choir Festival, June 2016 Michael Clohesy, %18 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 Austria 2016 Choir Festival with Rollo Dilworth

Dear Director

If you’re thinking of a 2016 concert tour then consider joining me and the KIconcerts team in Austria. Our 2016 Notes of Joy Festival features individual performances, combined gala concerts in Vienna and Salzburg as well as extension touring and further concerts.

Our festivals are a great blend of individual ensemble touring as well as combined rehearsal and performance.

Any ensemble traveling overseas needs time to experience new cultures and the people of the great cities they are visiting as well as to have their own performance spotlight. Many also enjoy joining with other choirs in exceptional venues in front of large audiences under the Artistic Director of their chosen festival.

Nothing matches the spirit of international touring, little replicates a lifetime’s musical memories and the joy evident on singers’ faces when performing in some of Europe’s finest acoustics.

We all know that international touring is a major undertaking, but one that we see communities support as their ensembles are elevated to the world stage. There are few international choral destinations as compelling as Austria.

Let us know if touring overseas in 2016 is achievable for your ensemble Rollo Dilworth
Rollo Dilworth

Festival details | Contact KIconcerts

Looking for copies of, "Just One Person" Richard Nutting, %18 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 Emerson's arrangement of "Just One Person" from the musical, "Snoopy" is no longer available. Wondering if anyone out there has a copy I can have or borrow. I'd love to do this with my choir. Thanks for your help.
Rich Nutting
Colorado Springs, CO
Substitution for drums in choral arranging Micah Horton, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000 everyone,
I'm working on arranging a song for SSA and piano. The original is for solo vocalist, piano, bass, and drum set. There is one section that umps from pianissimo vocals and light piano accompaniment to a driving 16-bar forte section where the drum rhythms are carrying the forward progression, and the vocals are soaring.y arrangement is going to leave out the drums, but I'm having a hard time imagining how to recreate the same impassioned, driving feel with the choir and piano without the piano accompaniment getting too abrasive. Suggestions?
Children's Festival Chorus to present Winter Concert Edwina French, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh will present a program of holiday music called "A Season of Hope" on Sunday, December 7th at 4:00 PM at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church located at 116 South Highland Avenue.  The program will be led by Shawn Funk, interim artistic director and conductor of the Bel Canto Choir.  He will be assisted by associate conductors Angela Evans and Steven Schmidt. 
Tickets priced form $12-$30 can be purchased at the door, or online at Showclix.
The program includes:
Come All You People (Uyai mose) by Alexander Gondo
Give Us Hope by Jim Papoulis
Gloria Deo! by Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Hashivenu - arr. Doreen Rao
Bist Du Bei Mir , by JS Bach
Gospel Train, Spiritual, arr. Shirley McRae
Patapan, Spiritual, arr. Audrey Snyder
O Let the Merry Bells Ring, by GF Handel
A La Nanita Nana, Spansih lullabye arr. David Eddleman
Sleep My Baby by Alec Rowley
Born, Born in Bethlehem, Spiritual, arr. Donald Moore
Brother James’s Air by James Leith Macbeth Bain,  arr. Gordon Jacob
Panis Angelicus , arr. Lee Kjelson
Hanukkah Holiday, by Linda Swears
Sing We Noel, by Lana Walter
It's Snowing, Medley arr. By Hillary Kinsale
The Sleigh (A la Russe), by Richard Kountz
Organist and Choral Accompanist Mark Singleton, %18 %b %2014 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, CT, is seeking applications for the position of Organist and Choir Accompanist.  This is a part-time, 15 hour a week position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and three references to Mark Singleton, Director of Music, at  The deadline for applying is December 10th, 2014.
Requisite qualifications for the position will be:
  • Bachelor degree in music.  Masters degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years experience as church organist and choir accompanist
  • Ability to play multiple keyboard instruments including organ, piano, harpsichord and posativ organ
  • Strong proficiency in reading open score (including 4 – 12 part music) and orchestral reductions
  • Strong ability to improvise, employ free hymn accompaniments/harmonizations and utilize the full breadth of registration of the organ
  • Experience in playing in multiple styles of music from traditional to contemporary
  • Experience in Liturgical Worship preferred
Immanuel Church has a reputation as one of the finest traditional church music programs in Connecticut.  The Organist will be required to accompany the Chancel Choir (semi-professional ensemble) the Chancel Ensemble (all professional ensemble) and the children’s choir. 
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and education.
Immanuel Congregational Church is an equal opportunity employer.
Supplemental Holiday and Miscellaneous Event Ringer Available Kevin Tucker, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000,  
 I truly hope that this correspondence finds you well and prosperous. My name is Kevin Tucker (Tenor) . I'm interested in offering my services as a staff singer for supplemental holiday and misc. events. I've been performing for twenty years, specializing in American based music and classical. I have performed many musically diverse programs that are noted for their musicality and versatility. I performed with the Martina Arroyo: Prelude to a Performance, Americolor Opera Alliance, American Opera Projects, Herndon Home Jazz Series, True Colors Theatre Company, the Moses Hogan Music Festival and local churches. I am confident that I can bring a high level of spiritual comfort, professionalism and passionate musicality. Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have and I thank you in advance for your consideration.
 Kevin Tucker
 404-389-7709 ]]>
Edina Chorale - An American Portrait Thomas Paulson, %18 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 American Portrait
Edina Chorale
Thomas Paulson, Music Director/Conductor
Saturday November 22, 2014 7:30 PM - South View Middle School Auditorium, 4725 South View Lane, Edina, MN
Sunday November 23, 2014 7:00 PM - Wayzata Community Church, 125 East Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata, MN
The Edina Chorale, Edina, MN sings music from the broad spectrum of American culture including music of Billings, Barber, Copland, Randall Thompson & Woody Guthrie. The concert will also include Minnesota composers Daniel Kallman (In Endless Song - American Folk Song Suite) and 23-year-old Connor Koppin (i carry your heart).
ACDA Nat'l Conference looking for female roommate(s) Jesse Nance, %18 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000'm a female graduate student at Southern Methodist University, and I'm looking for other females to split a room with.  Many of the hotels are filling up quickly, so the sooner we could figure this out, the better.  Replies will be sent directly to me. ]]>Choral Conducting Graduate Assistantship at Long Island University Mark Shapiro, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) is accepting applications for the 2015-17 graduate assistantship in choral conducting.  The opportunity carries full tuition remission plus stipend plus on-campus housing.  The assistant works with Dr. Mark Shapiro, Associate Professor of Music and LIU Post Director of Choral Activities, helping to administer and direct the LIU Post Chorus and the LIU Post Chamber Singers.  The assistant may also become involved with Dr. Shapiro's award-winning ensembles in New York City, The Cecilia Chorus of New York and Cantori New York.  Degree programs include M.A. in Music with concentration in performance, or with concentration in Theory/Composition, or with concentration in History.  Review of applications will begin February 1, 2015.  Please contact Dr. Shapiro at or by phone at 516-299-2949 to discuss your intention to apply, and for application instructions.  Visit for more information about this historic and beautiful campus, in close proximity to New York City. ]]>Schola Cantorum on Hudson Presents: You Are the Music Sara Sarakanti, %18 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000

$20 advance

$25 at the door

Sat, December 13, 2014 8pm @ St. Malachy's - The Actors' Chapel

Works by Sametz, Runestad, Shank, Dickau, Forrest, and more, speak to music as a uniquely powerful catalyst for engaging the divine, engaging each other, even reaching deeper within ourselves. Largely featuring music written within Schola’s 20 seasons (!), favorites from the American choral canon by Thompson and Foster will also be included.

Unique choral offering in the holiday season!

Repertoire scheduled:

Thompson - Ye Shall Have a Song

Runestad - Alleluia

Shank - Musica animam tangens

York - To Music

arr. Johnson - Hard Times

Handel - Music, Spread thy voice around

Weist - Musica Dei Donum Optimi

Dickau - If Music Be the Food of Love

Mochnick - Music, When Soft Voices Die (from Shelly Songs)

Paulus - When Music Sounds

Brunner - I am in need of music

Willsher - Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing

Samitz - I Have Had Singing

Forrest - You Are the Music

As is our custom, the audience will help conclude the concert in the singing of a familiar carol.

Organist/Pianist/Accompanist Wanted - Immediate Hire! Jacqueline Cote', %18 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000
St. Mary Magdalen Church in Oakville, CT is seeking a permanent weekend organist/pianist. Immediate hire!
We are a small Roman Catholic Church located in the Greater Waterbury area. We celebrate 3 masses per weekend; a 4:00 pm vigil service on Saturdays, and 8:30 and 10:30 services on Sunday mornings with choir rehearsals in between masses from 9:30-10:30.
  • Accompany the cantor, choir, and congregation and perform solos for our 3 weekend masses
  • Accompany choir rehearsals
  • Accompany and perform solos for Holy Days of Obligation during Christmas, Easter, and other times throughout the year
  • Work closely with the music director and collaborate on weekly projects
  • High proficiency in piano and organ
  • Experience accompanying choral ensembles and soloists both in performances and in rehearsals
  • Sight reading skills
  • Previous experience in a Catholic Church setting preferred, but willing to train the right candidate
  • We are a close knit group, so it is important to have good people skills
If interested, please send a current resume and letter of interest to Jacqueline Cote, Music Director at
Holiday Sing with Orchestra of St. Luke's Sarah Koop, %18 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000
Orchestra of St. Luke’s popular Holiday Sing returns, bringing voices of the community together in a celebration of the season. Surround yourself with the sounds and spirit of the holidays, and sing your favorite songs and carols accompanied by OSL. Stay for a reception with hot chocolate and other holiday treats!
FREE; reservations required. RSVP:
New York City Choir Seeking Singers James Meaders, %18 %b %2014 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000

Urban Kantorei Seeking Singers!

Join us for a brief informational meeting for Urban Kantorei's 2015 Concert Season on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Quinn's Pub (356 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036).

Urban Kantorei is a mixed-voice choral ensemble of 36 voices whose membership ranges in age from 20 to 40. The ensemble is committed first and foremost to an uncompromisingly high artistic standard. Repertoire is mostly unaccompanied and the ensemble embraces a vast array of music from multiple periods and styles. Urban Kantorei is also committed to service-related and social activities for its members. The conductor is Dr. James M. Meaders.

Visit for more information.

Columbia Choral Society presents Eleanor Daley's Requiem, Sunday, Nov. 23 Matthew Caine, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 Choral Society (Columbia, SC)
Fall Concert: In medio temporum
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 4:00pm
Daley, Requiem
Finzi, Magnificat
Poulenc, Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Holst, Christmas Day
Williamson, This Christmas Night
Tickets: General-$15; Seniors (65+)-$12; Students (with valid ID)-$5
Tickets may be purchased in person or online
Christ Chapel, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
4201 N. Main Street
Columbia, SC
For more information, please visit
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Riser Railings Needed - Dec.5-6 (DC, NoVA) Christi Schwarten, %18 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 Thank you!

~Christi Esterly Schwarten
Executive Director
Fairfax Choral Society
703-642-3277]]>Bass Staff Singer Mari Reive, %18 %b %2014 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000 January 2015, bass needed for small Episcopal choir.  Good reading skills needed.  Familiarity with the Episcopal liturgy helpful but not required. We sing music In the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. Commitment involves Wednesday evening rehearsals and a 10:00 Sunday morning Eucharist. Extra services as required.  This position requires a responsible person who will mix well with his fellow singers. Email for more info or to schedule an audition. Students are encouraged to apply.

Leipzig Conducting Workshop jeff hazewinkel, %18 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
June 21-28, 2015
Leipzig, Germany
For additional information email
Join us in Leipzig, Germany for a week of in-
depth conducting study and learn directly through 
hands-on experience with a world-class period 
instrument orchestra. Selected participants will 
conclude the week by leading the Bach Institute 
Chamber Choir and Leipzig Baroque Orchestra 
(LBO) in literature by various Baroque masters, 
including Handel, Telemann and Schütz. Hav-
ing celebrated its 800th Birthday in 2012, the St. 
Thomas Church, home to J.S. Bach for 27 years, 
offers an historic venue for participants to conduct 
and perform, creating a memorable experience. 
Led by Christopher Cock and the LBO, partici-
pants will sing “Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele,” BWV 
180, in the context of the liturgy of the St. Thomas 
Church. Performing a cantata in the church where 
Bach first performed his five cycles of cantatas 
and other major works, including the Passions 
according to St. Matthew and St. John is a remark-
able experience.
Christopher M. Cock is the Director of Choral and Vocal
Activities at Valparaiso University. He founded and directs the Bach 
Institute at Valparaiso University and has forged a unique career 
path combining the roles of conductor and performer. Dr. Cock has 
led four residencies of the Valparaiso University Chorale at the St. 
Thomas Church in Leipzig, conducting numerous cantatas of J.S. 
Bach and many choral masterworks.
His experience leading the works of J.S. Bach includes many perfor-
mances of the Christmas Oratorio, the Mass in B minor, and both 
passions -- on several occasions he has led passions as conductor/
evangelist, including the St. John Passion with the Leipzig Baroque 
Orchestra in the Castle Church, Wittenberg Germany.  These 
performances marked the beginning of a successful partnership 
with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra that has continued for the past 
Dr. Cock has established important professional relationships 
with the Thomanerchor and the Bach Archiv and has enjoyed 
the in-depth mentorship of Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw and 
Maurice Skones. He has appeared as both a soloist and conductor in 
Carnegie Hall and with the Bach Choir of Berlin.  Through his lead-
ership he has established a strong relationship with the St. Thomas 
Church, a relationship now formalized with an agreement of future 
collaboration, the only such agreement with an American universi-
ty.  In October 2017 he will lead the Valparaiso University Chorale 
as the only international choir to be invited to the 500th anniversary 
celebration of the Reformation in Wittenberg Germany.
Workshop Highlights:
- Conducting tutelage under the direction of 
Christopher M. Cock, director of the Bach Institute at Valpara-
iso University.
- Each conducting participant will have a minimum of two 
hours of podium time, including opportunities to conduct the 
Leipzig Baroque Orchestra.
- Each conducting participant will conduct two short works 
in services at the St. Thomas Church, one a cappella and one 
- Members of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra will offer classes 
demonstrating instrumental techniques using historic instru-
- Musicology Lectures offered by Dr. Katherina Uhde, Valpara-
iso University.
- All participants will sing cantata Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele
BWV 180, under the direction of Dr. Cock.
For additional information email
Application Deadline: January 15 2015
Announcing the New England Conservatory M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy (Applications due December 1) Ian Howell, %16 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000

Dear colleagues and friends, 

If you have promising students looking into graduate programs, please pass along this info about our new Vocal Pedagogy program at the New England Conservatory. We have both choral and opera tracks, and Boston's vibrant choral/ensemble singing community is just steps away. 

There is still time to submit an application (December 1 deadline).


Ian Howell


NEC’s revitalized vocal pedagogy program creates a valuable space at the conservatory in which students may study the history of their art form, consider the wisdom that comes down to us from the past, and think about the way in which they carry on the practice of classical singing in the present. Students may pursue the Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy, but these classes are also open to and popular with performance majors. Firmly rooted in a historical study of Garcia, Marchesi, Lamperti, Bassini, and their like (pedagogues who knew how to build strong, flexible voices), the curriculum examines how a teacher may condition a singing body and bring it into a state of optimal coordination. This approach is blended with cutting edge research, anatomy, literature, history, comparative pedagogical studies, historical recordings, computer analysis, and voice synthesis to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the function, resonance, registration, and potential of the human voice.

Figure 6. Tracking the first five formants, marked F1-F5.The NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Laboratory is the first of its kind in Boston. Students are able to use this facility for real-time biofeedback, research projects, and to hone their ability to hear—first with, and later without computer assistance—the characteristic timbres of both successful and unsuccessful vocal registration. As a research resource, the lab allows us to take objective measurements of the often subjective act of singing. However, one of the greatest values of such a lab in a conservatory environment is to help cultivate—through ear training exercises—a more nuanced understanding of what to listen for in a singer. In a sense, we can use the technology to train our ears to not need the technology.

Read more at the NEC Vocal Pedagogy Blog.


Vocal Pedagogy Coursework

Highlights of the Vocal Pedagogy program at NEC

  • Introductory and Advanced Vocal Pedagogy coursework
  • In-depth study of anatomy, acoustics, and the history of vocal pedagogy—with a classical emphasis, but inclusive of CCM
  • Practicum-based learning with opportunities to teach and observe voice lessons
  • The opportunity for an independent study with a student guided emphasis
  • Four semesters of studio instruction with NEC’s renowned voice faculty
  • Performance opportunity with NEC’s opera and choral programs
  • Master of Music degree available

Contact NEC Admissions at or 617-585-1101 or visit to learn more about our program, schedule a visit, or apply to our Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy Degree.



Ian Howell, Vocal Pedagogy Director

_H7S6822Praised by the New York Daily News for his “rich voice, capable of great dramatic force,” and San Francisco Classical Voice for the “heart at the core of his soulful sound,” Ian Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. In 2006, Mr. Howell won First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Solo Competition and Third Prize at the Oratorio Society of New York’s Vocal Competition. His debut solo CD, 1685 and the Art of Ian Howell with American Bach Soloists was released in March 2009. From 2000-04 Ian performed and recorded with the Grammy award winning ensemble Chanticleer. He regularly sings with the finest North American baroque orchestras, and is particularly sought out for his expertise in the music of Bach and Handel. Mr. Howell has taught at Yale, Swarthmore, and Rutgers Camden, and was a 2013 NATS Teaching Intern. He was the founding editor of, an online journal covering career and technique issues for singers. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Yale University and is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at The New England Conservatory where his research focuses on practical applications of a timbre-based framework for hearing vocal registration events.

Sight Singing in Middle School S-Cubed Dale Duncan, %18 %b %2014 %11:%Nov:%th 11NovGMT+0000 new year is coming soon, and that is the perfect time to start S-Cubed (Middle School Sight Singing Program for Beginners).  The price has been slashed to $129 for one week starting now.
Here is the link:
Hundreds of teachers are using it in their classrooms!
Read some reviews here and learn more about the program:
Price will increase in January.  Get the discount now and begin studying it before the new year so you can get your middle school beginners reading!
A Spotless Rose: Music for Advent - The Chamber Singers of Keene Matthew Leese, %18 %b %2014 %11:%Nov:%th 11NovGMT+0000
The Chamber Singers of Keene will present’A Spotless Rose’ – Music for Advent on Saturday, December 6th at 7pm at the United Church of Christ at the head of the square in Keene, NH. The concert, directed by Matthew Leese features uplifting Christmas music through the ages by Palestrina, Praetorius, Billings, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Howells and Lauridsen. The Chamber Singers of Keene is an auditioned vocal ensemble in the Monadnock region dedicated to performing sacred and secular choral music from the Renaissance through the contemporary era.
Tickets are $12 in advance (available through choir members) or $15 at the door, Free with Student ID.
2 Performances of Handel's Messiah Cap LA Master Chorale's Seasonal Offerings Susan Gordon, %18 %b %2014 %09:%Nov:%th 9NovGMT+0000
Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel’s Messiah on Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm, at Disney Hall.  Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale’s ranks, the concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio – rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and lush orchestrations – performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country.  The soloists are Christina Bristow, soprano; Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; and Chung Uk Lee, baritone. Composed in a mere 24 days, Handel’s 1741 English-language oratorio continues to be the composer’s most popular work and may be the most performed classical work of all time.
 “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 unparalleled acoustics.” 
The Messiah concerts are the last of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall in December.  The choir’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; “Festival of Carols,” December 13, 2 pm; and “Rejoice: A Cappella Christmas,” December 14, 7 pm.
Tickets range from $29 - $129.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Improvisation" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Circle-Singing is a group improvisation exercise for students of any age and experience level. Incorporating the activity in your rehearsals can be a change of pace from the usual inspiring creativity among your students. Jeremy Fox facilitates the session by weaving melodies together, using hand motions to shape dynamics, and directing voice parts to enter and exit. After exploring several types of circle-songs, participants will discuss the process by which they might facilitate Circle-Singing in their own rehearsals. Warning: all spectators will be singers in this session!
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Singing in Salt Lake: University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
The University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus is a ninety-voice ensemble comprising freshmen to graduate students, representing a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Starting with forty voices in the fall of 2002, the ensemble has grown in size and popularity each semester. The UK Men’s Chorus has performed at the NCCO, MENC, and ACDA conferences, and in 2010 they were invited to perform at Intercollegiate Male Choruses National Seminar. The chorus has recently commissioned and premiered new works by Richard Burchard, Michael Engelhardt, and Stacey Gibbs. Rehearsing twice weekly and touring frequently, the UK Men’s Chorus is dedicated to promoting and celebrating male singing at all stages and for all ages.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Stick Time: Deviled Eggs and Choral Music Scott Dorsey, %27 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%th 18OctGMT+0000
My 15-year old nephew likes deviled eggs.  He likes deviled eggs A LOT.  Like most teenage boys, the kid is ravenous, and when there are deviled eggs in the house, he eats them like his life depends on it.  The only thing is, he will only eat them when his mother (my sister) makes them.  When I (or anyone else for that matter) make deviled eggs he won’t touch them because I have the utter temerity to use a different type of salt.
A lot of people are like that about food.  They recoil at any variations made to a beloved recipe. Other folks, however, are eager to taste a familiar dish with a little different twist.
The same thing applies to music.  Plenty of folks only want to hear specific melodies arranged in one way, and only one way.  As an example, someone who grew up listing to the classic Nat King Cole performance of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” may blanch at the equally attractive rendition by current-day crooner Michael Buble.
As conductors, we are thrust into that no-man’s land whenever we dare to program a new setting of a well-known (and often much-loved) melody.  While some in the audience may appreciate a fresh approach to a familiar tune, others do not appreciate such liberties being taken.  As many of us have learned, the latter group are not shy about sharing their (frequently negative) opinions about the arrangement.
Ponder that as you listen to this setting of “Amazing Grace” performed during a recent ACDA divisional conference.  How would an audience in your locale react to this setting?  What pedagogical elements would be present for you students in this version?
Now go home and make deviled eggs the way your mother taught you.
My Most Meaningful Mentor Julie Parsons, %18 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 am fortunate to have had many meaningful mentors, but it was Dr. Dee Romines who set me on my career path. Currently on faculty at Hardin-Simmons University, I knew him as Mr. Romines, director of the Academy choirs at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI. 
Choir was my Thing, and it happened at 7:30 every morning. No matter how early I arrived, the choir room door was unlocked, and some kind of record was playing...sometimes Robert Shaw, sometimes Elvis...and he would be preparing for rehearsal in the office. I understand now the ever-present cup of coffee. The choir room was my safest place, my most ME place, and I'm forever grateful that it was always open when I arrived.
Mr. Romines gave me the words to put on what I could already do: rhythmic integrity and exactitude, scale degrees and harmonic function. He challenged me to learn and love Palestrina and Handel and Mendelssohn and Poulenc. He helped me earn my first pay as a chorister, let me accompany the choir (perhaps to the detriment of the choir, but to the benefit of my education), and made me know I had something important to offer. I learned the importance of letting someone know when they perform well; always demanding excellence in rehearsal, after our concerts he would sit and look at us all and say, "I thought you sang well. No really, I did!"
I chose to pursue a music major solely because of the influence of Dee Romines. (I can hear his gentle self-deprecating voice saying "sorry" here...don't worry, it was the right path.) Clearly, here was a man who worked hard at a profession that fed his passion...maybe I could also. Maybe I could make a living doing what I loved. Maybe I too could provide a safe place, a "most ME" place for a young singer. I hope, somewhere through the past 20 years, I hope I have. 
He is Dr. Romines now, and has influenced the lives of thousands of choristers. And Dr. Romines, with me, I thought you did good. No really. Really, I do.
Will you one day be someone’s most meaningful mentor?  Plant the seeds today for tomorrow’s choral world.  ACDA Mentoring (
Photo of Punahou Chorale Japan Tour Choir, 1989. Dee Romines, back row, 4th from left. Julie (Schroeder) Parsons, back row, 6th from right.
CHRISTMAS AROUND NEW YORK Nicole Guberman, %18 %b %2014 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000 AROUND NEW YORK

December 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm and December 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm 

The New York Choral Society (NYCS), under the direction of Music Director David Hayes, is taking Christmas Around New York, a festive and unique Christmas program, to new audiences across New York City. The first performance, in Manhattan, is a “rush hour” concert on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm at Saint Peter’s Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street; the second, in Staten Island, is a family-oriented matinee performance on Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 pm at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. The program, performed with brass and organ, is a mix of traditional, classical and contemporary music of the season and includes a traditional Christmas Carol audience sing-a-long. This is a program designed to delight audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

Music Director David Hayes says, “I’m extremely pleased to be entering my third season as Music Director. This season, we are expanding our performances to new venues across New York City while continuing to provide exciting and thought-provoking programming to audiences in Carnegie Hall.”


The New York Choral Society (NYCS), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompasses well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The 175-voice symphonic chorus has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious music venues around the world.

For more than half a century NYCS has enriched the cultural life of the New York community by performing a rich variety of choral music from classic to contemporary pieces, including newly commissioned works, to some 10,000 people per year; and by fostering interest and participation in choral music through education and community outreach, especially to children. Since 1984 the singers of NYCS have also served as “ambassadors of music” abroad, with concert tours to Italy, Austria, China, France, Israel, Mexico, Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Sicily. In 2014, NYCS toured Central Europe and performed in a high mass in St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna, in Mátyás-templom, Budapest, and at Banffy Castle in Romania.  

David Hayes, Music Director of the New York Choral Society

David Hayes is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio/choral and operatic genres.  His role as Music Director of the New York Choral Society complements his existing roles as Music Director of The Philadelphia Singers; Music Director of the Mannes Orchestra; and Staff Conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.  The 2014-2015 season marks Mr. Hayes’ third season as Music Director of the New York Choral Society.

Mr. Hayes has served on the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2001–2011. He has also served as a cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic as well as for Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 1999 European Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Recent guest-conducting engagements have included a production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore for Opera Memphis, conducting Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and the East Coast Premiere performances of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as conducting the finals of the Fulbright Piano Competition with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.

Past seasons have included concerts with such significant ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Curtis Opera Theatre, European Center for Opera and Vocal Art, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Washington Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival and the Verbier Festival.

Trained as a violinist and violist, Hayes received his Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Hartford and a diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School.  He served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America from 2000-2009.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Christmas Around New York

David Hayes, conductor

Saint Peter’s Church – Lexington Avenue at 54th St. – Manhattan

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm 

Christmas Around New York

Michael Ciavaglia, conductor

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden – Staten Island



For ticket information visit



Dan Dutcher | 917-566-8413 |

Bass Choral Scholar Needed Starting January 2015 Jason Fishburn, %18 %b %2014 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000
Roberts Park United Methodist Church in the heart of downtown Indianapolis seeks a Bass Choral Scholar.  The Chancel Choir sings through the beginning of June on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings including Christmas Eve, Easter, and Holy Week services.  We break for summer and resume at the end of August.  Solo and small group opportunities will be available throughout the season.  Each Choral Scholar must be a proficient sight singer.  
For more information and to schedule an audition please contact Jason Fishburn, Choir Director, at  We also welcome volunteer singers to the choir.  
To learn more about Roberts Park, please visit:  
Away In A Manger For SATB (no divisi) accompanied Michael Sandvik, %18 %b %2014 %03:%Nov:%th 3NovGMT+0000 arrangement of "Away In A Manger" is now available to the public.
Simple, beautiful, and tender, the piece uses the slightly less common tune cradle song as its basis. Though simple, it has proved effective with choirs from beginning levels to college level. Right now, through December 10, it is on a 25% off sale (along with all my available Christmas music).
**While considering the music, feel free to print a complimentary perusal score for your convenience. **
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
Starting a boy's choir-- Years 7-12 Chris Burcin, %17 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 am seeking good, catchy pieces to engage a newly formed boy's choir at an all-boys Catholic school. Students will be aged 11-17. The school has a culture of singing for liturgies but they haven't been able to keep a concert choir going.
I need a few pieces which are easy enough to allow quick success and that will hook the fellas in. I am assuming the trebles can double up an octave but would be thrilled to find suggestions properly voiced for:
  • trebles + T and/or B
  • four-part (including trebles)
  • TTBB (no treble)
I am open to repertoire suggestions that are more challenging which I might use in the future, but for the moment I need a few pieces to make sure I grab their interest. Thanks!
One time Christmas Eve Organist Derek Bates, %18 %b %2014 %00:%Nov:%th 0NovGMT+0000 am the Choir Director at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Mound, MN. I am looking for an Organist for our 6 pm Christmas Eve service. 9 hymns, Prelude and Postlude. The music is already picked. This would be a one time gig paying a flat rate of $150-175 depending upon how far you are driving. If interested please contact Derek Bates at 330-324-3899 or via Email Thanks ]]>Launching Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015 - Earlybird Registrations are Now Open! Caroline Knaggs, %18 %b %2014 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000'An unforgettable experience, not just a festival'
5 - 8 June 2015
Queen's Birthday weekend
Now in its 6th year, Australia's most exciting singers festival for choirs and individual singers, is proud to present internationally renowned composer, arranger and jazz singer from USA, here for the first time in Australia, Kirby Shaw
along with choir-in-residence, multi-award winning The Australian Voices and Gordon Hamilton
Work with international conductors, composers and arrangersin some of Australia's finest venues.
Workshops & events include:
  • PD Training session for conductors & educators with Kirby Shaw on Thursday 4th June
  • MELBOURNE EISTEDDFOD Community Choirs Competition adjudicated by Kirby Shaw on Friday 5th June
  • CHOIR MASTERCLASS with Kirby & Markita Shaw on Saturday 6th June - afternoon (Limit of 4 - 5 choirs)
  • Perform RUTTER'S GLORIA conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire 
  • THE AUSTRALIAN VOICES in Concert on Saturday 6th June - evening
  • 'BEST of BRITISH' Proms concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 7th June
  • ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY choirs directed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM 
  • GRAND FINALE CONCERT in Deakin Edge on Monday 8th June
Registrations open now....amazing value!!! 
$99 Adult / $79 Conc (Earlybird price)
$149 Adult / $129 Conc (Regular price)
$189 Adult / $169 Conc (On-Site price) 
NB: If registering as a choir, complimentary entry for music directors & accompanists plus performance opportunities available.
Kirby & Markita Shaw Masterclass (Sat 6th June) - $499 per choir 
(Work one on one with the amazing Kirby Shaw and his remarkable wife, Markita.
Please register separately for this event. Limit of 4 - 5 choirs involved) 
For further information, please contact:
Festival Manager: Jan Hamilton 0419 337283
Register at
Large works for University choir Melissa Ratcliff, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000'm looking for some large works that can be done for choir with Organ, or small chamber orchestra/ensemble. Works we've done in the past include:
- Rutter requiem
- Durufle requiem
- Robert Ray Gospel Mass
- Lauridsen Lux Aeterna
- Brahms Requiem
I'm looking for something 30 minutes length or longer, at least intermediate difficulty, with a big preference for secular music, or music on more modern themes. The Jenkins Armed Man would be great, if it didn't require a huge orchestra, but anything like that would be great. Any suggestions?
The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents Holiday Masterworks by Poulenc and Vaughan Williams on December 13 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan Jeffrey James, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
November 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents Holiday Masterworks by Poulenc and Vaughan Williams on December 13 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan
What: The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents Poulenc and Vaughan Williams
When: Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 PM
Where: Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th St. and 7th Ave. in Manhattan
New York, NY – The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director, will present two major masterworks for chorus and orchestra by Francis Poulenc and Ralph Vaughan Williams, on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
The 150-voice chorus, full orchestra, and vocal soloists will perform two seasonal favorites,  Poulenc’s  Gloria  and Vaughan Williams’ Hodie: A Christmas Cantata. Soloists making their Carnegie Hall debuts will be soprano Liv Redpath, of Harvard University and Wolf Trap Opera, tenor Daniel T. Curran, of Glimmerglass and the New York City Opera and baritone Takaoki Onishi, Chicago Lyric Opera Young Artist 2015-16. Joining the Cecilia Chorus onstage for the Hodie, and also making its Carnegie Hall debut, will be The Every Voice Concert Choir, a children’s ensemble in residence at Teacher’s College of Columbia University, directed by Nicole Becker.  “Both works,” according to conductor Mark Shapiro, “are festive, but Poulenc’s celebration is formal, ritualized, and reverent…. while Vaughan Williams sketches the happy, outdoorsy rambunctiousness of a family holiday.”  
Tickets for the December 13 concert range from $25 to $85, and can be purchased online at, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St. and 7th Ave.
For more information about this concert, visit or call 646-638-2535.
The Cecilia Chorus of New York, a secular chorus, was founded in 1906  by Metropolitan Opera coach Victor Harris. Since its’ founding, the Chorus has evolved into one of the finest avocational performing arts organizations in New York City. Recent performance highlights have included the commission and premiere of Tom Cipullo’s Credo for a Secular City  at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2014, the New York premiere of the Mass in D (1892) by Dame Ethel Smyth and revivals of works by Peter Mennin and Isabella Leonarda, as well as the Chorus’s first-ever commission/premiere for Carnegie Hall, Divis Cetera by Raphael Fusco in 2012.  The Cecilia Chorus of New York was awarded third place for The American Prize in Choral Performance in 2013.
Music Director Mark Shapiro was appointed the seventh Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York in 2011. He is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning such an award with more than one ensemble. His work has been praised by The New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” and “uncommon polish,” and characterized by New Jersey’s Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” His bio is online at
For photos or press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Art Consulting at 516-586-3433 or
Getting the Word Out: Tips on developing an effective online communication strategy Anne Longmore, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's Director of Marketing recently presented a strategic online communication workshop at two Canadian choral conferences: Podium and Sing Ontario. Anne's presentation provided lots of practical tips on how choirs can extend what they are already doing into their website and social media. As a companion to the workshops, Anne created a website which includes lots of tips, visuals and links to other helpful resources. The website has been recently updated with additional social media content based on the Sing Ontario presentation.
Visit the website:
Temple University Concert Choir performs Martin's Mass for Double Choir John Romeri, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 University Concert Choir performs Martin's Mass for Double Choir
Sunday, March 15, 2014 | 3PM
For Tickets: Click Here

Temple University Concert Choir
Dr. Paul Rardin – Conductor

Martin Mass for Double Choir
Bruckner Os justi
Bruckner Christus factus est
Bruckner Ave Maria
Jackson A Prayer of King Henry VI
Szymko Illumina le tenebrae

The Temple University Concert Choir presents Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir. One of the great masterpieces of the 20th century a cappella repertoire, this piece is both modern and ancient at the same time, weaving together chant-inspired melodies into an ethereal tapestry of harmony. The program also features works composed for great spaces by Anton Bruckner, Gabriel Jackson, Joan Szymko, and Franz Biebl.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir rings in the holiday season Dec 10th with the help of the Canadian Staff Band Anne Longmore, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 Wednesday, December 10th the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will ring in the season with its annual holiday tradition, Festival of Carols, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.  This year the Choir welcomes the acclaimed 30-piece Canadian Staff Band, and concert organist David Briggs.
The concert will include a wide range of choral music fit for the season, from Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo with the triumphant sound of full choir, organ and band, to Eric Whitacre’s contemplative Lux Aurumque sung by the choir who will be spread out around the church.  There will be traditional favourites, brass band music for the season performed by the incomparable Canadian Staff Band, and seasonal stories narrated by Noel Edison.  A carol sing-along will encourage the audience to add their voices to this welcome to the holiday season. 
The evening’s program includes:
Sussex Carol
Silent Night
Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing (Audience sing-along with the band and organ)
Angelus ad pastores ait (choir, band and organ)
Jubilate Deo (choir, band and organ)
What Child is this?
Ding dong! Merrily on High
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Audience sing-along with band and organ)
Lux Aurumque
Away in the Manger
Hodie, Christus natus est
In the bleak mid-winter
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Carol of the Bells
The First Nowell (Audience sing-along with band and organ)
Organ improvisation by David Briggs
Brass band music with The Canadian Staff Band
Visit the concert webpage:
Rick Phillip’s informative program notes about the role of brass bands at Christmas are available online:
For those who can’t make it to Yorkminster Park, the concert will also be webcast on livestream at:
Festival of Carols
December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St.
Noel Edison, conductor and narrator
Caron Daley, associate conductor
David Briggs, organ
Canadian Staff Band,
                John Lam, bandmaster
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Tickets: $35 to $76; $35 to $70 for seniors; VoxTix $20 for 30 years and under. Tickets are available from the TMC Box Office:  416-598-0422, ext 221 or online at   
Concert program is subject to change without notice.
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Handel's Messiah with Vox Ama Deus John Romeri, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 Ama Deus performs Handel's Messiah
Friday, December 19, 2014 | 7PM
A Philadelphia Tradition!  On original Baroque instruments, Handel’s Messiah celebrates the Story of the Season. Bright trumpets, grand voices of choristers and dazzling soloists stir, awaken, excite and uplift. From haunting melodies to the great "Halleluja Chorus", this is Christmas at its best!
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Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers John Romeri, %17 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000 with the Philadelphia Singers
Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 8PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014 | 3PM
The Philadelphia Singers' season kicks off in December with everyone's favorite holiday tradition.  This year's concert will feature a brass quintet in beautiful pieces such as C.T. Pachelbel's Magnificat and Giovanni Gabrieli's In Eccelsiis.  The concert will also feature TPS Jennifer Higdon's composition Deep in the Night.  Specifically curated to take advantage of the beautiful resonance of the Cathedral Basilica, this concert is the quintessential celebration of the season!
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Boston Choral Ensemble - 8th Annual Composition Competition Lisa Tierney, %17 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 
Boston Choral Ensemble's Annual Composition Competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble. The commissioned work will be rehearsed, prepared, and integrated into the Ensemble’s program during the calendar year 2015. Boston Choral Ensemble is a highly-skilled, auditioned choir of volunteers. The Ensemble is soliciting proposals for unaccompanied choral works under 10 minutes in length. Competition specifics and application instructions can be found at
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Competition Prize: US$1,500
Concert Booker Myles Glancy, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000

The American Boychoir, the premier boys' choir of the United States, seeks a Concert Booker to provide a wide variety of bookings for the choir in different venues such as churches and performing arts centers and with other ensembles such as orchestras and other children's choirs. The successful applicant will work in the music department, directly with the Music Director, the General Manager, and Tour Manager administering successful worldwide bookings.  Responsibilities include but not limited to: booking 4 2-3 week tours per year, run outs, school programs, orchestral engagements, routing a tour, negotiating fees, issuing and processing contracts in a timely manner, finding successful collaborations on the road, maintaining database, finding new leads, cultivating good working relationships with presenters including post-performance follow-up, adhering to budgets and documenting weekly progress. The ability to effectively communicate complete, accurate and timely information throughout the process is critical. Candidates must thrive in a fast paced environment, be assertive in their dealings and show initiative and care in their work, and relay interest, passion and excitement when selling the choir.


  • Candidates must have some knowledge and appreciation for the performing arts
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to meet agreed deadlines and consistently deliver high quality results
  • A quick learner who is able to digest and understand information in a timely manner
  • Service-oriented
  • Comfortable negotiating
  • Collect payments according to the contract terms
  • Typing skills and computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs) and the ability to learn new systems quickly
  • Practical experience of keeping methodical systems and orderly records and files while looking for opportunities to improve processes
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative in problem-solving and offer solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in writing, on the phone and in person
  • A positive attitude with an enthusiastic approach to work
  • Interest in and ability to work in an ever-changing environment
  • Highly motivated, adaptable and efficient
  • Prepare periodic financial and accounting statements
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and collaborate with others as part of a team
  • Willingness to attend performances
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Desirable skills

  • Experience working with arts organizations and/or arts management companies is preferred
  • Prior experience in booking/sales
Salary: Commensurate with experience
This is an entry-level position.
This is a full-time position with benefits.

Prospective candidates should send a resume and cover letter to The review process will begin Monday, November 24, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.


Piano Accompanist for 4 PM Xmas Eve Children's service Adam Podd, %17 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000 Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn, NYC) needs a pianist to play a quick and easy 45-minute Christmas Eve family service.
The service starts at 4 PM and will be done by 4:45 - mostly simple carols and songs for group-singing throughout.
The pay is $100 - get in touch ASAP if interested
Happy holidays, 
Adam Podd (Music Director at First Unitarian Brooklyn)
CHOIR MASTER AND SINGER CONTRACTS Constantinos Vl. Rizopoulos, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 
Regards from Greece .

I am seeking samples of contracts that  choirs use to engage their Masters and singers. These might also be called  agreements, employment agreement, letters of agreement or intent etc.

 I am the President of North College working with a ensemble in its review and revision of its Master Choir and signer contracts.

I will very much appreciated if  send samples to me privately.
I will gladly compile all the samples into a single Word document and send to anyone who would like to see them all.

Thanks so very much!
Prof. Constantinos Vl. Rizopoulos
Busoni Piano Concerto in C Major Frank Albinder, %17 %b %2014 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 A piano concerto? If you'd like to experience some unusual choral repertoire, then come hear Garrick Ohlssohn perform this monumental work with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC under the baton of Rossen Milanov. One of my groups, the Washington Men's Camerata, will be singing the choral finale to the concerto. 
Busoni wrote the piece for himself to play and it's so difficult that modern performances are rare. (Also, the orchestra is huge and the addition of a chorus makes it an expensive proposition to program.) The piece is an astonishing tour-de-force for the pianist (Garrick Ohlsson has recorded it), and a real challenge for the orchestra. It's immediately accessible for the audience and captivating in its quirkiness. But why a choral finale? Well, after Beethoven's Ninth, other composers used choruses in their symphonic works. And it's not even the only piano concerto with a chorus. But Busoni's biographer believes the composer just wanted to add another layer of sound to the texture. The text, from the verse-drama Aladdin by Adam Oehlenschläger, doesn't seem to be germane to the piece and Busoni lifted it from his own unfinished opera about Aladdin.
You can read more about it and purchase tickets here.
Favorite laryngitis cures? Maggie Furtak, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 have completely, utterly, totally lost my voice.  Nothing comes out but white noise.  I have never seen anybody with such bad laryngitis.  Usually people can get something out.  This is coming at the tail end of a bad cold with a sore throat.  I have been tested for strep (negative), and the doctor has declared me viral and told me to treat the symptoms and wait it out.  So this is a wonderful opportunity to share favorite home remedies!  Tis the season of colds and viruses!  What's your favorite comfort treatment?  Mine:  hot mulled apple cider with generous cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and a spoonful of honey.  
Zippy, energetic, short (1:30) SATB a cappella Chanukah opener/closer Jonathan Miller, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
Only four weeks until Chanukah.... still looking for a fun, seasonal piece?
A favorite of school, community, festival, synagogue, and professional choirs, Jonathan Miller’s a cappella “Shehecheyanu” sets a Hebrew prayer that is said on the first night of Chanukah. The prayer is joyous, the musical setting infectious and easy to learn. Perfect for holiday choral celebrations of any kind.
Complete sound file for preview: (scroll down to Shehecheyanu)
Available now worldwide at  “Shehecheyanu”
or visit
Con Brio Christmas Concerts, Dec 12 and 14, 2014, Old Lyme CT Peter Amos, %17 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000

A joyous celebration of Christmas spanning five centuries of music, with Christmas Carols and audience participation*, featuring Con Brio Choral SocietyCon Brio Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr Stephen Bruce, with soloists Adele Paxton Soprano, Karli Gilbertson Mezzo Soprano, Ransom Bruce Tenor, Greg Flower Bass


The Star-Spangled Banner* Smith arr. Buck

Magnificat in C Major D 486  Schubert

Cantus Natalis Stroope (composed 2007)

Gloria from Mass in D Op. 86 Dvorak

Wachet Auf Op. 12 No.6 Distler

Ave Maria Biebl

Ave Maria Victoria

Hodie Gabrieli (for 10 part choir)

I saw Three Ships Trad. arr. Wilberg

Here we come a-wassailing Trad. arr. Rutter

In Dulci Jubilo Scheidt (for double choir)

O Come,  All Ye Faithful* Trad. arr. Willcocks

O Jerusalem in the Morning Trad. arr. Jennings

Hanerot Halalu - Cohon arr. Chass

Jingle, Bells* Pierpoint arr. Willcocks


Tickets $30, $15 students


CALL: (860) 526-5399 to order securely by phone. Credit cards accepted. NO handling fees

BY MAIL: Send your check and stamped self addressed envelope to Con Brio, PO Box 312, Centerbrook CT 06409. Please order at least two weeks in advance

Or purchase instantly and securely online at


How to categorise scores on a composer's website Chris Hutchings, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 you look at a composer's website in the search for new repertoire, what's the most useful way for it to be laid out?
I've recently revised my website, and you can hopefully see two options when you hover over the menu items on top:
First is "scores by choir type" so that if you want a piece for SATB, you can instantly see only those pieces. (Note I also have a separate category for smaller choirs - mostly SABar with some ATB!)
Second is "scores by category" - Christmas, Easter, secular, arrangements etc. 
Which is more useful to you when searching for repertoire? Or is there another categorisation that would be more helpful? (Other feedback on the site also welcome.)
clapping in zulu music Susan Marrier, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000 is the right way to clap the hands when singing zulu music? ]]>Tactus Ensemble: November Polyphony (Nov 23) Maxime Rischard, %17 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
The Tactus Ensemble is a small choir formed of Harvard Students and members of the Cambridge community.
We aim to build community through music, and bring polyphony to life. We will present a program of Renaissance choral music, with works by Josquin, Victoria, Lassus, and Morley. In addition, Tanmoy Laskar's latest composition will give the Renaissance masters a run for their money. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Sunday, November 23rd 2014, 4 pm
Harvard Memorial Church
Cambridge, MA - 02138, USA
Free admission
Facebook Event
MM in Choral Conducting at East Carolina University Andrew Crane, %17 %b %2014 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000
Applications are being accepted now for Fall 2015 graduate studies in choral conducting at East Carolina University.  At the East Carolina University School of Music, choral graduate students have the option of receiving the Master of Music degree in Performance, with a concentration in either Choral Conducting or Sacred Music-Choral Conducting. Interested students may pursue a secondary emphasis in Vocal Performance, as well.
Highlights of the ECU choral graduate program:
Full assistantships and out-of-state tuition remissions available to qualified applicants
Ample podium time and opportunities to conduct all university choral ensembles, including the ECU Collegiate Choir, an ensemble exclusively prepared and conducted by choral graduate students
Individualized mentorship through weekly private conducting lessons with each student
Membership in the internationally recognized and award-winning ECU Chamber Singers, recent performances visible at:
ECU graduate choral alumni consistently enter top DMA programs around the country and successfully obtain prominent school, church, and university choral positions.
Please email Dr. Andrew Crane, Director of Choral Activities, for audition information:
1st International Choir Festival Puccini 2015, Torre del Lago, Italy Carola Kaspari-Husar, %17 %b %2014 %10:%Nov:%th 10NovGMT+0000
1st International Choir Festival Puccini 2015
Torre del Lago, Italy
September 30 - October 03, 2015
With this festival, INTERKULTUR will expand its activities in Italy and thus help attract more interest and demands for such unique festival venues, especially in the Mediterranean regions of Europe. Regardless of whether you intend to participate in friendship concerts or want to be active participants in the competition, you will find an exactly specified program tailored to your needs.
Ruhberg 1
35463 Fernwald
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
Fax: +49 (0)6404 69749-29
Singing in Salt Lake: South Dakota Chorale Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the South Dakota Chorale is a collaborative network of musicians combining the talents of singers locally, regionally, and across the nation. In their five-year history they have developed educational collaborations with high school choirs, led enriching master classes with pre-professional/collegiate singers, partnered with local arts series’ to build support and awareness for the arts, initiated a guest conductor residency, and released two commercial recordings in collaborations with Grammy award-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh. The SD Chorale singers represent a wide range of professionals: from people with day jobs in other disciplines, to collegiate voice teachers and choral conductors, to others who make their daily living singing opera and oratorio around the country. While their backgrounds are diverse, one thing unites the chorale it its work—the magic and beauty of collaborative singing—something that cannot be achieved by oneself or without an audience.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Monday Motivation: All in Your Hands Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%rd 17OctGMT+0000 ]]>Choral Conductor Salary Survey Scott Dorsey, %03 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%rd 17OctGMT+0000
In an effort to better understand the current financial condition of those in the choral music profession, we are in the process of soliciting information from choral conductors in the United States and Canada though the Choral Conductor Salary Survey.
This study, produced with the support of the American Choral Directors Association, is designed to examine full-time and part-time conductor compensation from geographical, demographic, and professional perspectives.
The survey is completely anonymous and confidential.  The results of the study will be submitted for publication consideration to the Choral Journal and will be made publically available to those in the choral profession.
TAKE the Choral Conductor Salary Survey.
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Resonance" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
BUILDING SOUND AND SPIRIT (Amanda Quist, clinician)
Choruses and conductors of every level can benefit from an increased understanding of the principles of resonance in the trained voice. Through the use of new technology—Overtone Analyzer—we can see the presence of overtones, the singer’s formant, vibrato, and other elements. Most importantly, we are able to pinpoint which adjustments made in rehearsal can quickly impact the sound to create desired results. Building sound aids in building community and the spirit of the choir. As singers discover their voice as an important part of the whole of the sound, community grows. Sound and spirit are innately linked and serve to enliven the experience of the individual singer in a group setting. Through this session, we will discover how voice science can aid the conductor in training the voice in a group setting, and how the results of that training create the foundation for the voice of the choir—its sound and spirit.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
My Most Meaningful Mentor philip copeland, %17 %b %2014 %06:%Nov:%th 6NovGMT+0000
My Most Meaningful Mentor
Next to my parents, no one had more influence on me than Jerry Jordan, the former Director of Choral Activities at the University of Mississippi.  I am always thinking about the lessons he taught me and I am thankful to have had such a wise person in my life.  Without him, I can’t imagine who I would be or what I would be doing.
There are many things that he taught me when it comes to choir:
  • The power of an interpretive idea and how it can shape an entire work.
  • That nuance is the element that separates good choirs from great choirs.
  • How meter informs every beat of every measure.
Most choral conductors work diligently to get all of the notes, interpretive markings, and dynamics just right for a performance.  For Dr. Jordan, excellent execution of the musical elements was just the point of departure.  His sense of phrasing was unique and his interpretations were eloquent commentary.  I remember Kodaly’s “A Song For Ever” and Barber’s “The Coolin’.” I remember the complexities of Bach’s “Singet” and Brahms’ “Warum ist.”  I remember Luboff’s “Deep River” and Liebau’s “Wonderful World.”
The non-musical things stick with me even more.  He modeled courage and conviction as he challenged young minds to embrace new ideas.  He encouraged us to act ourselves into new ways of thinking and embrace all forms of beauty in the world. 
Will you one day be someone’s most meaningful mentor?  Plant the seeds today for tomorrow’s choral world.  ACDA Mentoring (
Speaking of Voice: “My Go-To Warm-Up” by Arlene Sparks Scott Dorsey, %03 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%rd 14NovGMT+0000
MY GO-TO WARM UP, by Arlene Sparks (Dreyfoos School of the Arts Singers)
I have been using this warm-up for 30+ years as a way for my students to learn to develop an even range from top to bottom.  It has become even more relevant today as our culture is presented with a variety of singing/talent programs on our television networks with questionable techniques.
Beginning on an F#5, all of my students (women AND MEN) sing descending arpeggios (D',S,M,D) down the scale by half step on the syllables "Boh-Boh-Boh-Bee".  Arriving near the F#3 (lowest pitch of the arpeggio), the women drop out and the men continue down the scale, dropping out as the exercise leaves their range until the Basses finish on their lowest note.
(My Go-To Warm-Up” features a favorite warm-up used by those choirs who have been selected to perform during the 2015 ACDA National Conference.)
Tenors and basses needed for Hymnos small ensemble Eric Sorum, %17 %b %2014 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000 a group of 9 excellent SATB singers in performing music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and many types of traditional folk singing.
The mission of Hymnos is to make singing a part of life - in both hearing great music of the past, and encouraging communities to join in singing great songs.  We wish to expand the audience of choral music and make singing a central part of social and spiritual experience by creating encounters between the average person and the most beautiful and exciting vocal music.
This Christmas season includes programs of sacred music for church communities, and fun days of caroling in pubs, tap rooms, on the street, and other public spaces.
Rehearsals are Sundays, 4:00-6:00PM in St. Paul.  Essential performance dates are Dec. 11 & 18, with a few other informal performances in December.  
Singers are given a monthly stipend of $40/month.
If interested, please respond by e-mail:
Songs of Resilience–Hofstra Chorale & Chamber Choir Friday 11/21 David Fryling, %17 %b %2014 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Singers return to the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City on Friday night, November 21st, at 7:30 pm for an evening of "Songs of Resilience.” The program will include a vibrantly eclectic array of music on the theme of the triumph of hope in times of trial, from the resistance songs of South Africa to the folk traditions of South America; from African American spirituals and work songs to colonial era shaker hymns, and much more in between. 
The centerpiece of the evening is the Organ/Harp/Percussion version of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (featuring the incomparable Matthew Koraus on Organ & the wonderful Margery Fitts on harp, and the very talented boy soprano Rainer DeLalio). This is perhaps Bernstein’s most energetic and dramatic work for choir, both celebrating and lamenting the human condition with outbursts of pure joy & deep fear that wrestle with quiet meditations on humility and peace. Join us for a night of “Songs of Resilience.”  Directed by Dr. David Fryling, the choirs will be joined at the organ by Matthew Koraus.
Friday, November 21, 2014 @7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Incarnation
50 Cathedral Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Tickets available at the door:
$10 General Admission
$8 Senior Citizen or non-Hofstra Student with ID.
 -------------- Program --------------                                   
Shoshaloza                Trad. S. African Work Song, arr. Pinsonneault
Rain, Rain Beautiful            Shabalala
Bawo thixo somandla         Traditional Xhosa, Transcribed by Tucker    
Ain'a that Good News             Traditional American Spiritual, arr. Dawson     
Duerme Negrito             Yupanqui/arr. Sole    
You are the new day        arr. Knight    
There Will Come Soft Rains     Antognini    
All my Trials                 arr. Luboff                           
Hard Times                 Foster/arr. Hella Johnson    
There will be rest            Tichelli    
Soon-ah will be done        arr. Dawson    
On my Journey Home        arr. Douma    
And I saw a new heaven        Bainton
Chichester Psalms            Bernstein    
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Advent Concert: Behold! A Virgin Bearing Him - Dec 6, 13, 14 Adrianne Petillo, %17 %b %2014 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000

Caritas Chamber Chorale will present music for Advent with a focus on Mary, including familiar carols and new works, some with organ, cello, oboe and flute. The concert will also include "God Will Come Down Like Rain" by Composer in Residence, Wayne Dietterick.  The program will be presented three times:
-Saturday, December 6 at 11:00am at St. Joseph Church, High Bridge, NJ (this shortened concert is in conjunction with their Joy of Advent Retreat);
-Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 at St. Bernard Church, Bridgewater, NJ; and
-Sunday, December 14 at 7:30pm at Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, Plainsboro, NJ. 

All three concerts are free and open to the public.  A freewill offering will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo – specifically for their Gianni Diurni primary school in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.  This school serves children ages 3-11 of all faiths who would otherwise have no access to school.


Viva Vivaldi World Premiere Stuart Scott, %17 %b %2014 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000 modern setting of Vivaldi's Gloria will be premiered at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Sunday November 30th at 3:00. The new setting is scored for SATB soloists, choir, chamber orchestra and rhythm section. The premiere will be performed by Vanguard Voices, Dearborn Community Choir, Macomb Chorale, Macomb Symphony Orchestra, with soloists: Claire Toupin, Amy Petty, Todd Moses, and Bill Petty. Come check out this new version of the choral masterwork. ]]>DeKalb (IL) Festival Chorus - Alleluia and Amen Steven Grives, %16 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 DeKalb Festival Chorus presents "Alleluia and Amen" featuring several "Alleluia" settings, and portions of Handel's oratorio, Messiah (Part I- Hallelujah Chorus - final Amen) on Saturday, November 22, 7pm at First Lutheran Church 324 N. 3rd St. in DeKalb.  Tickets are $12, $8 for students, $25 for families. This performance will mark the first time in a decade that Messiah has been performed in DeKalb. 
Steven Grives, conductor
Julie Grives, soprano
Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano
Eric Wassenaar, tenor
Joshua Poucher, bass
A note from the conductor: This will be my first performance with the chorus as artistic director and in it, we will begin to realize our mission of sharing the JOY of choral singing. I would love for families to attend the concert. I will encourage the audience to applaud when they are pleased with the music. If the spirit moves us, and the choir or soloists sound particularly good, I'll repeat pieces or movements. In short, I'll we'll remove many of the barriers that separate the audience from the performers, and strive to include, engage, and inspire you with this performance. 
5th Grade General Music Peter Engh, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 anyone know of a really good, in depth (on-line general music textbook)? ]]>Repertoire Selection Practices of Educators in the Elementary Choral Classroom Anissa Tazari, %16 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000!
I am currently a Music Education major and am looking into researching more about the repertoire selection process of elementary choral educators. If you are an Elementary choral educator and have the time, I would appreciate it if you could complete this survey...
Anissa Tazari 
A Civil War Requiem, by Paul Carey Paul Carey, %16 %b %2014 %17:%Nov:%th 17NovGMT+0000

As this coming spring marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, I am pleased to announce the availability of a composition which was premiered last Spring by the Mid-Columbia Master Singers, directed by the fine young conductor Justin Raffia. The piece is called “A Civil War Requiem”, and is a multi-movement work setting Civil War texts by Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and others. The piece is for SATB/piano. The setting is quite unusual in that much of the raw musical motifs for the piano part as well as the voices are borrowed from Charles Ives' epic Concord Sonata (a public domain composition). I felt that Ives music is so boldly imaginative and holds so much grandeur, yet also contains moments of deep sadness and intimacy, that it would truly fit the texts I had chosen to set. The piece was very well received at its premiere performances by singers and audience. It is of medium difficulty for the singers (a college or quality community choir could handle it) and, admittedly, more difficulty for the pianist. The poems progress through the story of the Civil War (a short poem about John Brown by Melville begins the piece) and ends with a poem of grit yet hope by Whitman, who was a volunteer wound-dresser during the war. The piece is about 17 minutes long. The movement “Shiloh”, text by Melville, could be excerpted and is quite touching. Another movement could also be excerpted, “Melt the Bells”; an uptempo movement describing the fervor in the south as they tried to match the North's resources, going even so far as asking churches in the South to allow the generals to melt down church bells into cannonballs. This movement ends in an absolute wall of fff sound. Contact me at for more info, perusal score, etc. Thanks for reading!

"Fall In Love With Harana" November 22 in Los Angeles Roxanne Nepomuceno, %16 %b %2014 %09:%Nov:%th 9NovGMT+0000
Harana Men’s Chorus performs on November 22 to benefit Filipino Kids
“Fall In Love With Harana” raises funds for Music Educational Program 
 The Harana Men’s Chorus will be performing an eclectic and entertaining program at St. Brendan Church in Los Angeles on November 22 at 7:30pm. Fresh from a successful stint at the famed Ford Amphitheatre last August 17, the popular singing ensemble aims to help those in need through its performances.
The prominent singing ensemble, popularly addressed as “the Harana,” has invested in developing its repertoire for the enjoyment of Filipino-Americans. Its musical arrangements are customized for the group by its team of in-house arrangers, led by conductor Ed Nepomuceno, formerly of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and The Los Angeles Master Chorale.
The audience can expect to enjoy popular songs both in English and Filipino. In recent concerts, crowd favorites have been the group’s rendition of songs by the Apo such as “Pumapatak Ang Ulan” and “Ewan”, to Jersey Boys’ hits “Walk Like A Man” to beloved love songs like “Ikaw Lamang” written by Dodjie Simon and Cayabyab’s “Iniibig Kita.”
 "Fall In Love with HARANA" benefits the music program of the Pasay City North Public High School in the Philippines. It is a public high school that serves the youth of mostly low-income families.
The school's music program is seeking assistance in providing the children the tools (like musical instruments and other equipment) necessary to give them a good music education-which in addition to keeping kids off the streets, is linked to better language development, increased IQ, improved spatial-temporal skills, and improved test scores.
 Aside from, enjoying the evening’s music, with the special participation of the St. Brendan Church Choir, purchasing the concert’s $20 tickets shall impact the lives and well-being of  Filipino youth in Pasay City. The Historic St.  Brendan Church is located at 310 South Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020.
 For tickets contact Tony Cordova (213) 422-0981, Michael Zuñiga (626) 433-1478, St. Brendan Church (323) 936-4656 or visit
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Building Community" Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
Getting your ensemble to sing together is one thing, but really getting them to be a cohesive group in all aspects is another. This session will provide you with hands-on experience of the TRIBES way of building community. After participating in each activity, we will discuss how these can be used in large group performing ensembles. You will go home with activities that can be used in your next rehearsal.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Composition Spotlight: "Child of Mine" Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %14:%Nov:%th 14NovGMT+0000
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Child of Mine by Dianna Robin Dennis for SSA a cappella (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: High School or Higher
Uses: Winter Concert
Program Themes: Winter, Lullaby, Christmas
This Piece Would Program Well With: Christmas Lullaby arr. Mac Huff available from JWPepper and MusicNotes
Did your girls learn your holiday repertoire faster than you expected?  Looking for one more piece?  This beautiful SSA lullaby will do the trick.   Dennis uses her skill as an author to create a wonderful original text.  Her employment of several different meters can be the focus of several informative theory lessons.
Composers should take note of how Dianna Robin Dennis uses many of the sources available to our profession to create and promote her music.  In particular having Matthew Curtis of Choral Tracks LLC produce a choral recording, public domain photos on the digital cover of her music, using JWPepper for promotion and making music available through e-print show her skills in the modern marketing world.
Child of Mine is available from JWPepper
Sunday Inspiration: O Magnum Mysterium (Palestrina) Scott Dorsey, %22 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%nd 20OctGMT+0000
Singing in Salt Lake: Nittany Valley Children’s Choir Concordia Singers Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
The Nittany Valley Children’s Choir (NVCC) is a community arts organization based in State College, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1997 to fi ll a need in the Centre County region and to enrich the artistic life of the community, the choir currently serves over 120 children, ages 4–18, in three levels of choirs. Choristers learn and perform appropriate, challenging, and musically excellent repertoire with a focus on healthy vocal development. The Concordia Singers, NVCC’s only auditioned choir, consists of advanced singers who have demonstrated outstanding singing ability, positive attitude,  and a commitment to artistry in performance. The Concordia Singers have performed at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; PMEA State Conference; MENC Eastern Division; ACDA State, Eastern Division, and National Conferences; and in concert with the American Boychoir, the Kronos Quartet, the Penn State Men’s Glee Club, the State College Choral Society, and the Nittany Valley Symphony.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
"A Christmas Hymn" SATB Choral Travis L. Boyd, %16 %b %2014 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000"A Christmas Hymn"
New!  from Worship Sounds Music

This new Christmas anthem, written by Travis L. Boyd, features a beautiful and memorable melody, coupled with meaningful verses about the significance of Christ's birth. The bridge section leads to a modulation into the final verse.
*  "A Christmas Hymn" would work well for any Christmas worship service or program, such as a Christmas Eve service.
*  It could be sung by either a choir or an ensemble.
*  There is also a Vocal Solo version of this song on our Solos / Worship Songs website page.
*  An Accompaniment Track is availabe, which works with either the SATB Anthem or the Vocal Solo.
*  An Instrument Pack containing parts for flute, oboe, clarinet, string quartet, and string reduction is also available.
Here is our video demo for the SATB Choral Anthem, "A Christmas Hymn".

The following products for "A Christmas Hymn"  are available
from Worship Sounds Music:

*  SATB Anthem PDF $15.00 (with permission to make an unlimited number of copies for your group and no "per copy" fees)
*  Woodwinds / Strings Parts (A partial Orchestration) $10.00 (bundled PDFs)
*  Solo Sheet Music PDF $5.00 (with permission to make copies for the soloist and accompanists)
(See the video demo for the Vocal Solo at )
*  Anthem/Solo Trax $10.00 (MP3 download)
(There is no video demo for the Accompaniment Track because it is heard in this Anthem Demo (with the normal piano or harpsichord accompaniment and without adding the voice parts.)

All of the music options for "A Christmas Hymn" can be found on the Seasonal Anthems page of our Worship Sounds Music website at

Our website also offers many other Christmas Anthems as well as non-seasonal Anthems (and Anthems for Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day or Baby Dedication).
In addition, we have Vocal Solos, Worship Songs for congregational and choral praise, Accompaniment Tracks, and Orchestrations for our Anthems (which also work with the medium voice solos).
You'll find our Worship Sounds Music website at
The Desert Voices midterm auditions - 12/18/14 Cody Stover, %16 %b %2014 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000 part for Chilcott: The Twelve Days of Christmas Glenn R. Gregg, %15 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 The Twelve Days of Christmas - percussion part(s)
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Bob Chilcott (Oxford University Press)
Starting: ASAP
For: 1 month
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I have ordered this part, but it is on back-order. It is probably only a few pages long, so could be either mailed or sent digitally. Needed for rehearsal in a week, and performances on December 5 & 7.
Thanks for any help in this matter.
Dr. Glenn R. Gregg
Artistic Director
Kirkland Choral Society
Colorations in Frost with The Desert Winds and The Desert Voices Cody Stover, %15 %b %2014 %23:%Nov:%th 23NovGMT+0000 Horn Theater, College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne campus

An evening of traditional and contemporary holiday music for wind ensemble and choir presented by The Desert Winds, conducted by artistic director Charles Maguire, and The Desert Voices, conducted by Cody W. Stover, featuring the ensemble's annual "in the round" performance.

Reserve your tickets in advance online:

]]>Spectacular Christmas Spectacular 2014! Caroline Knaggs, %15 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000

School of Hard Knocks presents
Spectacular Christmas Spectacular 2014!
Melbourne Town Hall
Saturday 13 December 2014, 7.30pm

Book now for the best Christmas concert in town! 

Jonathon Welch Conductor & Compere
Rosamund Illing
Roxane Hislop
Danielle Matthews
Footscray-Yarraville City Band
David Johnstone at the Town Hall Organ
"Absolutely Everybody" Massed Choirs
Proceeds go to support School of Hard Knocks

Tickets: $35 adults / $25 conc / $12 U16
Group bookings: (10 or more) $25 each
Family: (2 adults / 2 child) $85

Enquiries: 0402 973 244
GTA with Stipend for MM Choral Conducting Students Ethan Sperry, %15 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 State University is accepting applications for MM Students interested in Graduate Assistantships in Choral Conducting. Assistantships involve full tuition remission plus a stipend. The graduate assistant will have the chance to co-conduct the PSU Man Choir with Ethan Sperry (Director of Choral Activities), co-conduct the PSU University Choir with the other graduate assistants, and assistant conduct of International Champion Portland State Chamber Choir. Interested applicants can contact Ethan Sperry at or apply online at
Need to Borrow Brass Parts for Rutter Gloria (first movement) Jeffrey DeLay, %15 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000 John Rutter: Gloria (first movement) - brass parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Rutter
Starting: As soon as possible (concert is Dec 14)
For: Until December 15
Copies: 1 of each brass part
Willing to rent: Yes
We own an incomplete set of parts, so need to borrow several of the brass parts.
pop arrangements for middle school chorus Stuart Rosenthal, %15 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 all -
Despite my efforts to choose rep that my middle school chorus will enjoy, the students, their parents, and now the middle school principal are increasingly speaking out to request that I "give the kids music they know/like." To them, that means pop (and perhaps some soundtrack/Broadway) music that has had wide exposure over the last year.
Initially, I was pretty annoyed to have my turf trod on in this way, but then something interesting happened in one of my middle school general music classes.  I had assigned the kids a project where they had to make a "Personal Soundtrack," featuring music that is important to them. When at the end of the project the kids shared their soundtracks with each other, I was amazed to witness several instances where the entire class spontaneously chimed in to sing along with (pop) songs they all seem to know, showing more enthusiasm, engagement, and power than I've ever seen demonstrated for pieces I've selected. It was literally night and day. 
While I'm going to continue to insist that it's my job and no one else's to determine what repertoire is going to give my students the best possible learning and performing experience, I do wonder if/where I can locate some choral arrangements of this kind of material. If I can find a handful of such (recent pop) pieces, I can even let the kids vote on which they want to do the most, and then include it my programming, along with the ones that I select. 
So - does anyone know where I can find choral arrangements of fairly recent, popular music? We most often sing 2-part stuff, but I'd welcome suggestions of arrangements in any voicing.
Many thanks.
"We Would Be Wise" for Epiphany Sunday John Ray, %15 %b %2014 %16:%Nov:%th 16NovGMT+0000 SATB anthem with piano accompaniment from Raycreations Music:
I hope you will consider it. 
John Ray
Premier of Marcel Khalifé's "Songs of the East" at Haverford College Thomas Lloyd, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000 Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer previews the Saturday, November 15, 2015 premier at Haverford College of acclaimed Lebanese composer Marcel Khalifé's hour-long Arabic-language choral/instrumental work "Songs of the East" to be performed by the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, the Keystone State Boychoir, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, the Al Bustan Seeds of Culture Takht Ensemble, and Lebanese vocalist Abeer Nehme, conducted by Thomas Lloyd.
What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, November 16, 2014 Robert Kennedy, %15 %b %2014 %15:%Nov:%th 15NovGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify
for you to enjoy: GSM - November 16, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed
on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
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William McKie: We wait for thy loving kindness
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Andrew Lucas, organ
James William Elliott: O Jesus, I have promised
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Charles Hylton Stewart: Psalm 23
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Australian musician Sir William McKie (1901-1984) was organist
of Westminster Abbey from 1947-1963. In 1999 Wells Cathedral Choir
produced a series of five CDs entitled The English Hymn. There are two
Charles Hylton Stewarts in the annals of English church music. Charles
Hylton Stewart (1884–1932) was organist of St. George's Chapel Windsor
and son of The Reverend Charles Henry Hylton Stewart (1849-1922) who
was organist of Chichester Cathedral before being ordained.
Felix Mendelssohn: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Chamber Choir of Europe; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Raimund Spogis, baritone
Healey Willan: Prelude on "Ave, maris stella"
Patrick Wedd, organ
Casavant Organ l'Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montreal
Mendelssohn's setting of O Sacred Head Sore Wounded dates from
1830. English-born composer and organist Healey Willan (1880-1968)
emigrated to Canada in 1913 and was well-known for his work with the
choir of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Toronto. Dr. Willan wrote over 800
compositions most of which were sacred choral and organ music.
Malcolm Boyle: Thou, O God, art praised in Sion
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
Healey Willan: In the heavenly kingdom
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
Matthew Larkin, organ
English composer and organist Malcolm Boyle (1902–1976) succeeded
Charles Hylton Stewart as Organist of Chester Cathedral in 1932. In the
heavenly kingdom is but one of hundreds of anthems which Dr. Willan
wrote for the parish choir of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Toronto.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Magnificat for Double Choir, Op. 164
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell
The inscription on this work which is dedicated to Sir Hubert Parry reads as
follows:  ‘This work, which death prevented me from giving Charles Hubert Hastings
Parry in life, I dedicate to his name in grief. C.V.S.’
J.S. Bach: Cantata 89, Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto; Bas Ramselaar, bass
Written for the Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity this short cantata takes its theme
from the story of Ephraim and his followers and the parable of the unmerciful servant
in the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Louis Vierne: Messe solennelle, Op 16
Choirs of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, Jehan Revert
Pierre Cochereau and Jacques Marichal, organ
Louis Vierne (1870-1937) is well-regarded for his instrumental music including six
symphonies for organ. But he did not write very much choral music. This grand Solemn
Mass for two organs and two choirs was first performed in St. Sulpice in 1901.
Frantisek Ignac Tuma: Stabat mater
Prague Madrigalists, Pavel Baxa
Frantisek Ignac Tuma (1704-1774) was a Czech composer of the Baroque era. His Stabat Mater
is a setting of the 13th century poem by the Franciscan monk Jacopone da Todi.
Alfred Schnittke: Requiem
Swedish Radio Choir, Tonu Kaljuste
Russian composer Alfred Garyevich Schnittke (1934-1998) conceived of his requiem
at a time when sacred music could not be performed in Russia. As a result he incorporated
his requiem into the incidental music which he wrote for Schiller's opera Don Carlos. 
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Corydon Singers; English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best
Thomas Allen, baritone
Vaughan Williams settings of five mystical poems by George Herbert (1593–1633) date
from 1911.
Church Organist and Choirmaster William Shaw, %15 %b %2014 %13:%Nov:%th 13NovGMT+0000

We are seeking an organist/choir director for a quarter-time position in a growing parish with many young families. Our enthusiastic choir rehearses mid-week and sings at the 10 AM service. Responsibilities include choir rehearsals, playing at the main 10 AM service (attendance 80-100), selecting and planning music in cooperation with the clergy. The candidate should bring enthusiasm, creativity and good leadership skills. Experience in The Episcopal Church helpful but not required. Position is 10 hours/week with 4 weeks paid vacation and 2 weeks paid sick leave. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Start date is ideally January, 2015.

LA Children's Chorus Winter Concert Celebrates American Composers Susan Gordon, %15 %b %2014 %08:%Nov:%th 8NovGMT+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 county – presents its popular annual Winter Concert, celebrating American song, on two consecutive Sundays, December 7 and 14, 2014, 7:30 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  The program features works by a number of eminent American composers, including Let every breath, a round in the shape note tradition by William Billings, considered the country’s first choral composer; Aaron Copland’s popular Ching-a-ring Chaw; A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives, one of the nation’s first composers to gain international acclaim; and Knee Play 5 from legendary minimalist composer Philip Glass’s groundbreaking 1967 opera “Einstein on the Beach,” universally hailed as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century.  LACC also spotlights works by several Los Angeles-based composers, Nick Strimple’s A Christmas Lullaby, Wayne Bisbee's A Cuckoo Flew Out of the Wood, David Montoya's I Heard a Bird Sing, and L’Dor vador by former cantor Meir Finkelstein, among them.  Additional highlights include Florida-based David Brunner's Chauntecleere, based on a poem by William Austin; Be Like the Bird, a haunting round by Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic”; Carol of the Field Mice by the Bay Area’s Brian Holmes, set to the poem “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame; and Spanish Ave Maria by Henry Mollicone, who also hails from the Bay Area.
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ 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, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit  Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Saturday Respite: Fallon's Frightening Friends Scott Dorsey, %23 %b %2014 %17:%Oct:%rd 17OctGMT+0000 your eyes and listen to Jimmy Fallon's impressions of various comedians.  Some of them are terrifyingly accurate.
Singing in Salt Lake: Muungano National Choir Scott Dorsey, %21 %b %2014 %18:%Oct:%st 18OctGMT+0000
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
Muungano National Choir was founded in 1979 by the Late Hon. Boniface Mganga who was the first director and remained in office until his death in July, 2012. The name Muungano is a Kiswahili word meaning unity and as the name indicates, originally a conglomeration of 1500 singers drawn from several church choirs based in Nairobi. Shortly after inception, the choir got into the musical limelight through singing patriotic and religious songs and has remained so to date with performances during state functions, national celebrations and private events. The choir achieved international acclaim with its recording of MissaLuba a Congolese mass in Latin, sponsored by Phillips International. This recording appeared in the US Billboard chart rankings.  Muungano National Choir has been a breeding ground for budding choirmasters and training and is used as the yardstick to measure standards for the choral music in Kenya. Currently, the choir has a steady membership of 70 comprising members from the different Christian denominations and even educational institutions and from all walks of life who sing for the love of singing.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Sessions in Salt Lake: "Literature by Women" Scott Dorsey, %10 %b %2014 %20:%Oct:%th 20OctGMT+0000
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
THE XX-FILES: GREAT LITERATURE BY WOMEN’S COMPOSERS (Eliza Rubenstein & Magen Solomon, clinicians)
The music is out there, and we’ll help you find it! This session will provide you with repertoire lists of outstanding music by women past and present, resource lists to help you find even more, and a reading session of a few of our favorites—and we’ll discuss why it’s so important to include works by women in our programming.
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
Steffen Wins Brock Student Composition Contest Scott Dorsey, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce that Andrew Steffen, a graduate student at Oklahoma State University, has won the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition for 2014.
His prize-winning work, “Spells of Herrick” (SATB, piano), will be premiered by the Utah State University Chamber Choir (Cory Evans, conductor) during the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, February 25-28.
The Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest was established in 1998, with the objectives of acknowledging and rewarding outstanding undergraduate and graduate student composers.  It seeks to encourage choral composition of the highest caliber, and to further promote student activity at ACDA division and national conventions.   The winner of the composition contest receives a $1,000 cash prize, airfare to the ACDA conference, hotel accommodations, convention registration, and a performance of the work on the main stage by a choral ensemble selected by the Conference Committee.
Take the Choral Journal Survey Scott Dorsey, %08 %b %2014 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
The editor of the Choral Journal is currently conducting a reader survey to determine overall reader satisfaction with ACDA’s flagship publication.  The multiple-choice questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, yet it will provide enormously valuable information to the publication’s editorial team.  Naturally, the survey is anonymous.
Take the Choral Journal survey!
Advice on DC Area Choirs Alyssa Edling, %15 %b %2014 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000! I have just moved to the DC area and want to audition for choirs here yet I am finding myself overwhelmed with the number of choirs in this area. Trying to sort through these to find which would be the best fit for my current skill level doesn't seem to be a very easy task. Some background on myself - I spent most of my life in musical theatre, until college when I fell in love with performing choral music. I performed with the UCLA chorale under the direction of Donald Nuen, where I learned somewhat of a crash course in choral singing (admitted for my vocal quality with hesitations about my music theory knowledge and sight reading skills, I had to learn fast to keep up with the choir). I love making high-quality choral music, but I know that my music theory knowledge and sight reading ability is still not quite up to par. Any advice on what DC area choirs might be well suited for me? ]]>Alto Section Leader Christopher Owen, %15 %b %2014 %02:%Nov:%th 2NovGMT+0000
Position Available:
Alto Soloist/Section Leader
Our Music Program:
The music program at Northminster Church, Evanston, IL, involves 30-40 excited lay people with four professional soloists in the performance of high-level choral literature
Time Commitment and Expectations:
The Soloists/Section Leaders are responsible for a 90-minute Thursday evening rehearsal and 8:30 am 30-minute rehearsal and 9:30 am service on Sunday mornings.  The positions pay $60 per Thursday call and $80 per Sunday.  Special services on Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and Easter are also expectations for the soloists. 
  • Possess above-average skills in the areas of sight-reading and vocal production. Section Leaders will also possess advanced musicianship abilities and sensitivities.
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances of the Chancel Choir.
  • Evaluate the musical needs of the volunteer members and ask for guidance of the Director of Music when necessary.
  • Perform solos as requested by the Director of Music.
  • Rehearse a section as needed.
  • Work positively and collaboratively with the Director of Music, Chancel Choir volunteers, Clergy, and other staff members.
  • Adapt to changing situations.
  • Deal with various kinds of people in a friendly, professional manner.
  • Function as an effective member of a team.
Applying Process and Timeline:
Electronic application packets are preferred but not necessary.
  • Resume listing musical training, significant and professional singing experience, and contact information
  • Links to at least two recordings that highlight your singing ability and versatility
  • After initial review, individuals will be contacted to set up a brief in person audition and interview
  • Application review begins immediately
  • We desire to have an alto soloist in place for our service on November 30th, 2014
  • Send questions or application packets to Northminster Presbyterian Church Music Director, Dr. Christopher Owen
Snail Mail:
                   Dr. Christopher Owen
                   Soloist/Section Leader Search
                   Northminster Presbyterian Church
                   2515 Central Park Avenue
                   Evanston, Ilinois 60201
SEEKING SINGERS FOR CAROLING GROUPS - New England and New York Elaina Vrattos Jacobs, %15 %b %2014 %01:%Nov:%th 1NovGMT+0000

Big Smile Entertainment is looking for singers to join our holiday acapella groups. These groups perform in a variety of situations from house parties to large civic events in small mixed quartets. Performances occur throughout New England and Eastern New York.


Carolers must have some ability to read music and have a good sense of pitch. They also must have access to reliable personal transportation (a car) and a valid drivers license.

Previous choral experience is a plus.


Send headshot and resume to Elaina Vrattos Jacobs, Please also include a cover letter summarizing your experience. Audio samples of a capella singing are also accepted but not required.


Pay: Variable

Director of Music Ministry Liliana Da Valle, %14 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000 Ridge Community Church is seeking a Music Director.  We have a one voice choir.  Need someone creative and compassionate. Rehearsal on Wednesday nights, performance on Sunday mornings.  $10,000 a year. ]]>Come On, It's Christmas! December 6, 2014, Audubon, PA Pearl Flamberg, %15 %b %2014 %04:%Nov:%th 4NovGMT+0000 Norristown Chorale
Ross Boerner, artistic director
Laurie Mueller, accompanist
Mark your calendars for our concert, "Come On, It's Christmas!" on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 4:00pm. The concert is held at Victory Church, 2650 Audubon Road ~ Audubon, PA. Admission is FREE, but a good-will offering is taken to support concert costs.

Our concert this year has one goal: to get you excited for Christmas and the Holiday season! We'll be singing many sacred favorites including "Gesu Bambino" and "Still, Still, Still". The sacred portion also includes works by Clydesdale, Forest, and J.S Bach. You also won't want to miss our audience sing-a-long, so bring your best voices!  Other seasonal favorites to get you in the spirit include "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bell Rock", and "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas"

By the end of our program, you'll see there are so many reasons to be excited for this time of year!  Come on.....join us for an evening of great music - 'Cause after all.....Come on, It's CHRISTMAS!
National Anthem & Performance Opportunities @ Harlem Globetrotters Games! Cole Schlesinger, %14 %b %2014 %22:%Nov:%th 22NovGMT+0000,
I am posting this announcement to let you all know of exciting performance opportunities available at Harlem Globetrotters shows across the United States and Canada.  The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing over 300 games in over 250 cities between the United States and Canada for their 2015 World Tour which runs from December - May.  At each of these games (unless already booked), there are opportunities for groups to perform the National Anthem, or perform their own song(s) pre-game or during half-time.  Each of the games vary in attendance, but the team plays in arenas ranging from High School & College Gyms, to world reknowned venues such as Madison Square Garden and The Staples Center.  This is a great opportunity for exposure and to have fun in the process at a Globetrotters show! 
Here is a link to see when and where the Globetrotters may be playing in a city near you.      
*Please note that all performers are required to have tickets to attend the game, but they do get a discounted rate on the tickets.  Typically, the ticket minimum to earn the National Anthem or Pre Game Perfomance slot is 50 tickets and half-time is 100 tickets, but it varies from arena to arena.  Discounted tickets usually start around $20.00 and go up in price depending on how low and close to center court the group wishes to be.  Ticket prices vary per arena.  
If interested in the opportunity, please contact Cole Schlesinger with The Harlem Globetrotters at your earliest convenience as performance slots are limtied based on availability.     
Cole Schlesinger
Harlem Globetrotters
Group Ticket Sales Manager 
Students don't want to sing Ande' Bushell, %14 %b %2014 %19:%Nov:%th 19NovGMT+0000
Hello all! I am a first year music teacher at a public charter school in New Orleans, La. I am teaching music for Pre K and grades 1st - 8th. I am having the most difficulty and opposition with my 5th-8th graders. They don’t want to sing!!! They let me know that from the start. So far I have been just doing basic music theory and notation, like a general music class. I was hired on as a choir teacher, and my degree is in vocal music, so the voice is my specialty.
Groups of students rotate weekly between four enrichment classes, which means I will see each group once a month. By the time they return to me in three weeks, they cannot recall the information they have learned, which makes me have to reteach. Because of this monthly rotation, the actual choir has to meet after school weekly.
Has anyone else been in this situation/set up?
How can I get my kids on board with learning/doing things they don’t like? Do I just say I’m the teacher, this is what we’re working on and that’s that? Or do I keep trying to find things to teach that they are interested in?
I am OPEN to all suggestions on topics, content, strategies, lesson planning books, just anything to help me figure out how to deliver more effective, rigorous lessons in my classroom!
-Thanks In Advance
Andé Bushell
Handbell Travel Case Question Wyant Morton, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000 doing music for choir and handbells, I occaisionally need to transport a small number of Mallmark handbells to various rehearsal locations.  Often the bells are spread out over several cases and I don't want to take all of the cases with me.  Can anyone suggest a travel case (maybe with a foam insert) that can carry various size bells?  I can't imagine I am the only one who has encountered this issue.  Thanks in advance for the help and ideas.
Wyant Morton
Enrolling Now! Prep Classes and Auditions - Children's Chorus of Washington Victoria Kimble, %14 %b %2014 %21:%Nov:%th 21NovGMT+0000
Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) - Call now (202) 237-1005. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing!
Ages 6-9: Prep Classes, non-auditioned program for first time singers, Prep Kids (ages 6-7) & Prep Junior (ages 8-9):
How to join? Enroll by completing forms at
When & Where? Spring session starts Thursday, January 15 at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, DC 20016.
Ages 9-17: Audition for placement in one of our performing ensembles (Treble, Bel Canto, Concert Choruses or Young Men's Ensemble)
How to join? Just call to schedule an appointment for a simple individual hearing with Artistic Director, Ms. Joan Gregoryk. Partial Tuition scholarships are provided to all students with demonstrated financial needs.
When:  3 audition dates only in December and January (Note: First week of rehearsals starts Monday, January 12)
  • Mon., December 22
  • Thursday, January 8
  • Wed., January 14
  • Metropolitan Memorial United Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016 on Mondays and Thursdays and
  • Wisconsin Ave. Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Pl., NW Washington, DC 20016-2210 on Wednesdays
Under the leadership of Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk, CCW has been committed to artistic excellence and providing high quality music education to all choristers in a stimulating and socially responsive environment. CCW choristers enjoy lifelong friendships, excellent training, and exciting and prestigious performance opportunities with professional adult choruses, orchestras like the National Symphony Orchestra, at venues such as the Kennedy Center.
For more information, please visit or call (202) 237-1005. We will be happy to answer you.
Managing Director, One Voice Chorus-Richmond, VA Lynn G. Atkins, %14 %b %2014 %18:%Nov:%th 18NovGMT+0000

The Board of Directors of Richmond’s One Voice Chorus are seeking a talented and experienced leader to take on the role of managing the Chorus’s day-to-day operations; fundraising activities; and public relations strategies.  This is a part-time position, and duties include leadership for two experienced and highly-valued staff members.  The role also requires a close partnership with One Voice’s Artistic Director and the Board of Directors.

One Voice Chorus delivers three major concerts each year, and each concert cycle requires season-wide and concert-specific marketing, public relations, financial management, and volunteer chorus member management.  Please refer to the website, for specific information about the current season and concert cycles August 2014 – June 2015.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • In partnership with the Board, designing and implementing development strategies, including fundraising, donor relationships and grant funding to ensure the financial well-being of the Chorus;
  • Ensuring all regulatory requirements are met for not-for-profit status and tax-exemption statuses;
  • Providing guidelines and assisting Chorus Administrator in developing fundraising and marketing newsletters; program booklets; website content; and other marketing and public relations materials;
  • Working with Chorus treasurer (Board member) to optimize financial management of a $120,000 annual budget;
  • Working with Artistic Director and Chorus Administrator to ensure operational processes are effective and efficient, including those associated with One Voice Chorus Ensemble performances; and
  • Overseeing the day-to-day financial and operational management of an organization which includes 150+ volunteer chorus members per concert cycle.
  • Experience working in the arts or other not-for-profit environments will be favorably considered.

Expressions of interest including current resume may be sent by email to, or by mail to:  Managing Director Recruitment, One Voice Chorus, P. O. Box 13852, Richmond, VA 23225.

"Carols and Candlelight"; celebrating the traditions of the season Karyn Silva, %14 %b %2014 %20:%Nov:%th 20NovGMT+0000

Peninsula Girls Chorus presents Carols and Candlelight for one performance only, Saturday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the Samuel Johnson, Jr. Performing Arts Center on the Capuchino High School Campus in San Bruno, CA.


Nearly 200 singers of the Peninsula Girls Chorus, ages 6-18, collaborate in this festive holiday concert celebrating the musical traditions of the season. Our ladies lift their voices in song, featuring well-known holiday tunes, medieval musical gems, and music recently written to celebrate the season. The concert will feature a candlelight processional, an ode to St. Lucia (complete with decorated candlelit crown), several combined choir numbers, and some audience sing-alongs.


PGC serves about 200 singers from communities ranging from South San Francisco down the Peninsula to Mountain View. This first performance of our 21st season marks our first appearance at the beautifully appointed Performing Arts Center at Capuchino High School, located at 1501 Magnolia Avenue in San Bruno, CA.


Admission is $10 Student/Sr, $15 General and $25 Premium seating. Ticket sales begin on November 13th at Brown Paper Tickets -


You won’t want to miss this wonderful afternoon of music-making. We hope to see you there!

Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) is delighted to announce its holiday concerts Chantons Noël. They will take place on Saturday, December 20 (Program I) and Sunday, December 21 (Program II), 2014 at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005 at 4:00 pm. These performances feature CCW’s five award-winning chorus ensembles, and the Amadeus Brass Quintet. Tickets are $50 for premium seating (first five rows - all categories), $25/regular adults, $10/regular children under age 12 and $15 regular CCW alumni, and can be purchased online at Prices at the door are $30/adult and $12/children under age 12 & $17 CCW alumni.
These festive performances will get you in the true spirit of the holiday season with the angelic sounds of the children’s chorus, and celebratory brass, all with a French flair. With these concerts, CCW commences its French themed season in anticipation of its tour to France in summer 2015. Program I features CCW’s youngest ensemble, Treble Chorus, singing the good news, “La Bonne Nouvelle” by Robert Sieving, and Program II features CCW intermediate ensemble, Bel Canto Chorus, singing the classic “O Christmas Tree” as well as other traditional French Carols. Audiences for both programs will enjoy performances by CCW Concert Chorus, CCW Chamber Ensemble & CCW Young Men’s Ensemble singing Il est Né Le Divin Enfant by John Rutter, the Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod, Berlioz’s Thou Must Leave Thy Holy Dwelling, and other seasonal selections. All ensembles will join in a joyful combined performance of Ding Dong! Merrily on High and the all-time CCW’s favorite Al Shlosha D’Varim. The Amadeus Brass Quintet will also share its sparkling rendition of beloved holiday favorites.
"All of the conductors of the CCW ensembles are excited to be introducing and teaching some of the wonderful Christmas songs that have been composed or arranged by French composers,” adds Founder and Artistic Director Ms. Joan Gregoryk. “The choristers will be singing the songs in French, which provides the opportunity to experience singing the songs in the original language, an important component of the song's character."
Learning music from the country where some members of the Children’s Chorus of Washington will tour in the summer 2015, offers all choristers the opportunity to feel that they are also taking part in the exciting cultural experience.
2014-2015 Children’s Chorus of Washington Season Performances:
Chantons Noël
Children’s Chorus of Washington Concert Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, and Young Men’s Ensemble
Amy Miller, Cello; Laurie Loomis de Mancebo, Oboe; two flutists and Amadeus Brass Quintet
Program I*: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4pm
Program II†: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4pm
National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005
Tickets & Information: or 202-237-1005
$50/ premium seating all categories
$25/adult ($30 at the door)
$10/children under age 12 ($12 at the door)
$15 CCW alumni ($17 at the door)
*Program I also features CCW’s Bel Canto Chorus                            †Program II also features CCW’s Treble Chorus
Vive La France!
Featuring CCW Treble, Bel Canto and Concert Choruses, Chamber Ensemble, and Young Men’s Ensemble
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 4pm
National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005
Information: or 202-237-1005 (Tickets not yet on sale)
$50/ premium seating all categories
$25/adult ($30 at the door)
$10/children under age 12 ($12 at the door)
$15 CCW alumni ($17 at the door)
France Tour Send Off Concert
Featuring members of Concert Chorus & Young Men’s Ensemble
Friday, June 19, 2015
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016
Free and open to the public
About Children’s Chorus of Washington
Internationally recognized and critically acclaimed for its nineteen-year history of outstanding artistry, the Children’s Chorus of Washington has reached five continents through domestic and international tours, recordings, and frequent appearances on public radio and television. Our extraordinary music education programs engage and educate vocalists ages 6 to 18 regardless of background, economic status, or prior experience. Emphasizing artistic excellence, responsibility, and personal development, our approach fosters their growth as young musicians and leaders. CCW’s five auditioned ensembles perform frequently in self-produced concerts and a variety of public and private engagements in greater Washington, DC. These include a number of performances with leading music organizations at venues such as Strathmore Music Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, numerous foreign embassies, Union Station, and Washington Nationals Park. Recent engagements include a 10-day tour to China, a concert at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish” with John Axelrod and the National Symphony Orchestra, and Britten’s War Requiem with The Washington Chorus and Julian Wachner. Recognizing the tremendous need for high-quality vocal training, CCW also extends its artistic excellence to the broader DC community through its outreach programs: SING DC for underserved local elementary and middle school students, PREP Class for first-time singers, and Teacher Workshops. CCW also powerfully influences the evolution of youth choral repertoire through its history of commissions, such as Wonderful Day Out With Nature by Emmy Award-winning composer Nathan Wang, premiered by CCW during its 10-day China tour in July 2013. In 2012 and again this year, CCW was recognized by the Washington Area Music Awards (“Wammies”) – Best Choral Group – and Greater Washington Area Choral Excellence Awards (“Ovations”) – Best Educational Outreach. This year, CCW is the winner of the 2014 DC Mayor’s Arts Awards. For more information, visit
Joan Gregoryk, Founder & Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Washington, is internationally recognized as a leading authority on children’s vocal music. She is in demand as a teacher, author and guest conductor in the United States and abroad. She has prepared choruses for leading conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Helmuth Rilling, Leonard Slatkin and Valery Gergiev and received numerous honors i