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Early music in amateur choirs?

I am currently working on a syllabus for an upper level undergraduate music history course on the revival of early vocal music from 1900 to present. I would like to include a unit on early music in present-day amatuer choirs and also in choirs in educational settings (anything from primary to post-secondary). I am having trouble, though, finding readings that would be appropriate to assign to the class. I found one article that gets to the heart of the issue, but unfortunately it is in German (it's Christifried Brödel, “Aufführungspraxis alter Musik für Laienchöre,” Musik und Kirche 73, no. 2 (2003): 106–14). If any of you know of any good resources on this topic (in English, preferably), I would love to hear of them.
Jacob Sagrans
Ph.D. Student in Musicology
McGill University, Schulich School of Music
555 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 1E3
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on April 13, 2013 4:35pm
This is a wonderful topic. Early music is a fantastic source for amateur choirs, a great way to learn tuning, a wonderful way to learn style, and a great way to earn languages. To be honest, the Germans really have a corner on this market! When I studied in Germany, I was amazed at how amateur choirs sang early music. I suspect that there are many more articles on the topic in German. Wilhelm Ehmann was one of the leaders in the 1950s and 60s in the "Laienchor" movement, and passionately commited to the very topic you discuss.
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