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YouTube for performing and selling your own composition

A great idea from a former classmate and friend - writing and performing your own choral composition on YouTube:
 
on February 10, 2011 12:48pm
...that's a pretty darn good singer.  i wish i had that range (and consistency therein)  fine instrument there.
on February 10, 2011 2:29pm
The ultimate practice file! =D Hope it inspires your men to practice... It would be great to see the results of this in your performance. Post a video of your singers in concert! Kudos..~M♪
on February 10, 2011 4:12pm
Michael, that's phenomenal!  I'm showing my boys choir in class tomorrow.  Keep up the good work - and what a voice!
on February 10, 2011 5:23pm
I've made practice CDs for my choirs for some years now, but hadn't thought of a practice video!
 
I've thought a lot about the issue of practice materials.  At first I thought they were a bad idea, that they took the place of learning to read.  In my church choir at the time, I asked singers to bring a recorder with them  to rehearsal if they wanted practice recordings. For all the reasons you listed in your post, Michael, I changed my mind.  I then worked with a community choir who had been using practice recordings for years.  They recorded their parts with singers from the choir, some using not very good technique, and at a slow pace to help them learn. You can imagine what that pace did for their breath support--and the choir would learn the pieces very well but incorporate exactly all the flaws of the recording!  I resisted doing practice recordings and then compromised by making midi recordings, which had the added benefit of getting the choir used to taking notes from a piano "sound," which they had never done before but which helped the rehearsal process.  My final resistance to practice recordings in a community or church choir setting  evaporated when I asked Dr. Charlene Archibeque about them at an ACDA conference.  Her opinion was that "anything that saves rehearsal time is good." I'm sure in a setting where students are ready and it makes sense to teach sight reading one would make a different choice. 
 
Anyway, thanks for posting this.  Am enjoying listening to this piece as I write!  Reminds me a little of Meredith Monk, one of my faves!
 
Lisa Mischke
Eugene, OR
on February 12, 2011 8:41pm
A young man in Singapore did something similar with my piece "A Celtic Blessing". He says he got tired of studying his chemistry and decided to record all four voice parts of a piece of mine he had sung at high school.
The resulting video, which is very nicely done, is at:
 
David Hamilton
Auckland, New Zealnd