He said: “I’ve sung constantly for 70 years except during national service.”
Since 2002, April 16 has been recognized as World Voice Day, a chance to educate the public about the voice and voice care, and to celebrate the glories of the voice in cross-disciplinary events such as concerts, symposia, and private receptions. The idea began in Brazil and is now marked worldwide. Many voice clinics offer free screenings around this date. Look for events in your area; remind your singers about good vocal health; or at least take a colleague to a pat-on-the-back lunch!
C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is launching its first commissioning competition. The group will give five finalists the opportunity to compose new works for C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, and to participate in the rehearsal process. All five new works will be premiered on March 3 and 5, 2011, in New York City. First prize is $2,000, second prize is $800. The remaining three finalists will receive honorable mention prizes of $400. Travel stipends are available for non-NYC composers. This competition is made possible by grants from The David and Minnie Berk Foundation and the Yale School of Music alumniVentures program. No entry fee.
Please see our website–c4ensemble.org–for more details and the application form.
Roger Dean has recently released my piece “Winter Solstice” for women’ choir (mostly SSA) and harp or piano (catalog #15/2715R). The piece is in two movements and lasts about nine minutes. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble and sets gorgeous nature texts by two New Mexico poets.. The music reflects the wonderful imagery of the itexts with a lot of very sweet, flowing phrases, is not difficult, and has been a hit with singers and audiences in New Mexico and elsewhere. Contact me or Roger Dean if you would like a perusal score. The texts are great for any winter-themed (or seasons themed) concert and do not reference Christmas or other religious language. Visit http://paulcarey.net/Music/Winter_Solstice.htm for more info.
The Miserere for cello and choir by the Belgian composer Rudi Tas is a proven winner!
His Salve Regina for Violin, Soprano, 3 choir soloists and SSAATTBB-choir is the successor!
Of course you want to know more about this Salve Regina and other recent works by Rudi Tas.
For free specimen pages please visit http://www.anniebank.nl/AB/Eng/Frame.htm and click on Latest news.
England — A man who joined a choir in 1940 in Somerset when he was eight years old has celebrated 70 years of singing with the same church group.
Mervyn Salmon, 78, became part of St Cuthbert’s Church choir in Wells when Winston Churchill was prime minister and King George VI was on the throne.
Mr Salmon was baptised and confirmed at the church and lives with his older brother in the house where he was born.
Dedicated to all of us Geek-Directors, here is my choir singing “Still Alive” from the video game Portal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m5TuxdkfkE