The August 2014 issue of Choral Journal was a Focus on Composition, guest edited by David Conte. This issue contains the following feature articles and is available to ACDA members to read and download here.
Toward a Choral Pedagogy for Composers by David Conte, Robert Kyr, and Steven Sametz
“Three composer/teachers who direct sustained programs connected to conservatories or universities where young composers have the opportunity to compose choral pieces were asked to share their experiences and points of view about the issues contained within the following sixteen questions. You will find here many practical suggestions and more philosophical and aesthetic musings on these important topics.”
Writing for the Amateur Chorus: A Chance and a Challenge by Randall Thompson
This article was originally published in American Choral Review, not published by Chorus America. “In the following lecture, first penned in 1959 and later revised in 1980, Thompson’s advice to young composers, his strong feelings about the choral arts and its practice, and his ruminations on beauty and appropriateness combine to form a strong statement from this preeminent American choral composer.”
Conrad Susa: Composer, Teacher, Friend compiled by David Conte
“Conrad Susa, who died on November 21, 2013, is well known to American choral conductors for his Carols and Lullabies and other Christmas music. His death can now put into perspective his large choral catalogue, much of while deserves to be better know. What follows below are five eulogies given by musical friends at [Susa’s] memorial concert—Vance George, Vince Peterson, Elinor Armer, and David Conte. To these five is added a sixth from Philip Brunelle.”