Cincinnati, OH – Stanard Design Partners has developed and launched the online home – http://2012worldchoirgames.com/ – for the 2012 World Choir Games. The games will be hosted in Cincinnati USA, spanning eleven days in July 2012. Referred to as the “Olympics” of choir competitions, the event draws more than 20,000 participants and hundreds of thousands of visitors from over 90 countries, making the games a major international event and the largest event ever hosted in Cincinnati USA.
“It’s an exciting event, and we wanted to make sure we developed a website that captured that” said Davis Stanard, design partner at Stanard Design Partners. “When the games come to town, this city is really going to rock!” The website incorporates a slide show of dynamic venue and performance photos, a series of playful animated buttons, and event videos, amongst other features. In addition to providing details about the World Choir Games, the site features visitor information about Cincinnati USA, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, a media center, and Cincinnati USA’s unique musical heritage – a key factor in the city’s selection as host city. The site is designed to accommodate growth, with plans to build out the site as the games approach. Plans are in place to incorporate an online shop for 2012 World Choir Games merchandise, a portal for purchasing tickets to 2012 World Choir Games events, and translations of the site into multiple languages.
“We’re proud to have had the opportunity to develop the World Choir Games website” said Cynthia Stanard, design partner at Stanard Design Partners. “The games are a highly visible event, and their site will be an important portal for visitors. And given the international nature of the event, use of the website as a communication forum is only that more important. We’re pleased to be involved with such a large, high profile event as the 2012 World Choir Games.”
Congratulations to the choral Grammy winners 2010:
- Best Classical Album: Mahler’s 8th (Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus)
- Best Choral Performance: Mahler’s 8th (same)
- Best Orchestral Performance: Ravel Daphnis & Chloe (Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
- Best Opera Recording: Billy Budd (Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus)
Other winners involving choral albums:
- Producer of the Year, Classical: Bernstein Mass (Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children’s Chorus)
- Best Surround Sound Album: Transmigration (Atlanta Symphony Choruses)
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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.