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Schola Cantorum on Hudson (SCH) kicked off its 15th Anniversary Season with the global launch of Project Encore™, a searchable database of choral works that have been premiered, but have not yet garnered significant additional performances. The database provides detailed information about new works, links to composer and publisher websites, sound files, and sample pages of scores. We cordially invite conductors to browse the list of exciting new choral works accessible via SCH’s website http://ScholaOnHudson.org.
Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director and Founder of SCH and of Project Encore™, states, “The Project Encore™ initiative arose through our collaboration with composers in response to their need for a channel to greater performance opportunities for deserving works.” John Nuechterlein, member of the Project Encore™ Advisory Council and President/CEO of American Composers Forum, states, “Project Encore is a wonderful way to catalog and promote the best of new choral repertoire for the field. It is not always easy for composers to secure performances beyond the premiere, and I applaud the effort of Schola Cantorum on Hudson to share top-notch work with other choruses through this database.” Other members of the Advisory Council include Robert Schuneman, President of ECS Publishing; Z. Randall Stroope, American composer and choral conductor; and Nicholas Cleobury, Founder/Conductor of England’s Sounds New.
Composers may submit one composition per calendar quarter for possible inclusion in the Project Encore™ database. A review panel comprised of well-respected professionals in the international choral community evaluates and, subsequently, recommends new postings from the body of works submitted. SCH supports the database initiative by including Project Encore™ works as a major portion of its season programming. To submit a work, click here.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: The submission deadline for the current quarter is February 15, 2010. The next submission deadline is May 15, 2010.
Brent F. Miller
Long-time ACDA leader Brent F. Miller passed away on January 4, 2010 after a short illness. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and Trenton State College, with a Bachelor degree in music education and a Master degree in choral conducting. While at Rutgers, he was a member of the Kirkpatrick Chapel Choir, the Rutgers University Choir and Glee Club, and was conductor of the combined Air Force and Army ROTC Cadet Chorus. He studied conducting with a number of teachers, including Robert Shaw and John Rutter.
He was the founding conductor of the Hunterdon Choral Union (NJ), and was preparing a concert for their 25th anniversary celebration in April, 2010. Prior to his time with the Choral Union, he conducted the Middlesex County Chorale and the Philomusica Chamber Choir. A resident of Annandale, New Jersey, he taught public school music for 38 years and was organist-choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, New Jersey for 37 years. In addition, he chaired the Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and also served as music chair for "Voices for Charity" in Hunterdon County.
Brent was the President of ACDA’s Eastern Division from 2006-2008, and was the editor of “Canticum Novum,” the New Jersey ACDA newsletter. He was elected to two terms as state president of New Jersey ACDA, and was active in convention planning at state, division and national levels. In addition, Brent was a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, The Chorister’s Guild, Chorus America, and Music Educators National Conference.
The life of Brent Miller was honored by his many friends and colleagues at a memorial service on Saturday, January 23, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville. A joint concert performed by the Hunterdon Symphony and Choral Union on Saturday, April 24 will be dedicated to his memory, and a memorial fund has been established in his name. Contributions can be mailed to Hunterdon Musical Arts, P.O. Box 44, Flemington, NJ 08822.
Once the preserve of middle-aged women with fawn footwear and frowsy hair, choirs are suddenly “in”. Across London, bright young things are as likely to be found Facebooking each other about singing practice as parties, while choirs such as Gaggle, the Funk Chorus and Harmony on Heels gain followers.
It’s not too late to register for the Annual Breakfast to be held at the Marriott Hotel Downtown, 13th & Market Sts. Philadelphia, PA
Cost is $18.00 – check payable to Temple Music Alumni – send to Janet Yamron
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue 3C42
Philadelphia, PA 19130
See earlier notice for full details. Alan Harler is retiring and we would love to have you there for this special time.