HOT OFF THE PRESSES! My new edition of 18th Century composer Johann Caspar Aiblinger’s CONFITEBOR TIBI (Psalm 111) for SATB choir with keyboard or optional strings (Carl Fischer CM9655). Highly accessible for younger mixed choirs and beyond. Aiblinger adds some striking harmonic twists to this Classical period piece!
From the Composer: “The setting of this work expresses the hollowness of longing and intimacy to be with the one you love. This interpretation begins with the single tone that is followed by the two-note motive in the top melodic line to give a feeling of hollowness, your longing to be with one you admire. This motive is heard throughout the entirety of the work as the thought of wanting to be with them keeps returning.” Take a look and listen today and don’t forget to check out the “Related Items” for more works on the topic of love for SATB voices.
How can we better listen to and hear voices that are different from our own? This is the focus of the Ember Ensemble concert titled “Outside Voices” that will take place on Saturday, February 29th in NYC and Sunday, March 1st, in South Orange, NJ. The second concert in Ember’s 25th anniversary season with the theme, Listening, it will explore through music the importance of listening thoughtfully and with compassion to voices that are frequently disenfranchised, such as those of other cultures, races and genders, the young, elderly and the ill.
“We began the Listening season in November with the “Civil Discourse” concert that examined the need for more thoughtful civility in our daily discourse,” says Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D., Ember’s Artistic Director, Conductor and Founder. “In ‘Outside Voices,’ we call on the listening skills we explored in the previous concert and apply them on a broader level to people we might tend to overlook.”
“Outside Voices” will feature the world premiere performance of a choral arrangement of singer/songwriter Judy Collins’ haunting “Dreamers”. Russell Walden, Collins’ longtime collaborator and arranger, created a choral setting of the song and reached out to Ember for its premiere. The ensemble will also perform three PROJECT : ENCORE compositions: Michael Bussewitz-Quarm’s moving piece, “My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me Refugee;” “Malala” by Adrienne Albert; and Donald McCullough’s impactful two-movement set on Roethke poetry, “The Eye Begins to See.” Also included is “Please Stay” by Jake Runestad. Several of the Phoenix Singers, Ember’s teenage choir, will join Ember in the performance.
“Outside Voices” will take place on Saturday, February 29th at 7 P.M. at St. John’s in the Village Church, 218 W. 11th Street (at Waverly Place), NYC, and on Sunday, March 1st at 5 P.M. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased in advance online for $20, or at the door for $25. Seniors/students, $15; children 18 and under are free of charge. For more information go to www.EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002 Ext.5.
February 10-15, 2020 – A week with Kari Turunen, Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir at the 40th Annual National Conductors’ Symposium in Vancouver, BC
One conductor position has just become available!
Apply by Feb 5, 2020: https://vancouverchamberchoir.com/outreach/#ncs
“The most profound musical experience I have had yet in my career.”
The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 40th Annual Conductors’ Symposium is an opportunity to take part in master classes with one of Canada’s premier choral ensembles February 10-15, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada.
Presenting a week of conducting sessions and technique seminars, Master Conductors Kari Turunen and Jon Washburn will provide advanced training in choral conducting to university, school, church and community choir directors from around the world. The symposium will focus on providing conductors with as much podium time as possible and will culminate with each participant sharing in the conducting of a Vancouver Chamber Choir concert.
Observers are also welcome and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the symposium, including some conducting sessions if they wish. Past Observers have attested that they learn as much as the Conducting Participants, without the added stress of performing in the final concert.
“Each day was packed full with enlightening, educational activities. Jon Washburn is a true master of his craft.”
“From discussions about organizational matters including boards, marketing and fundraising to artistic and practical elements of conducting, the Symposium is an all-encompassing look at leading an arts organization.”
“It was a stimulating opportunity to conduct professional singers. Having been a Symposium observer two years ago helped.”
“The singers were not only supportive, friendly and encouraging, but incredibly responsive to each conductor. Their feedback played a big part in my learning process.”
The February episode of Choral Conversation Podcast features a lively conversation with famed conductor Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor Laureate of the BBC Symphony and the Toronto Symphony and Music Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Composer Ed Frazier Davis. The William Baker Festival Singers & Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a performance in Helzberg Hall of the works of the young composer, and will welcome the famous conductor for his first conducting appearance in Kansas City. Also appearing on the program will be the William Jewell College Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Maglione, and Coloratura Soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson. The one-hour podcast includes a conversation with legendary classical music broadcaster and Kansas City Star music columnist, Patrick Neas, Dr. William Baker, Sir Andrew Davis and Ed Frazier Davis. The show also features three musical selections by the composer. Available on SoundCloud, itunes, Spotify and other digital outlets and from the Festival Singers website www.FestivalSingers.org or this link: https://www.festivalsingers.org/choralconversations/2019/7/8/davis
Oklahoma City, OK – Dr. Amanda Kate Weber has been named winner of ACDA’s Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for her 2018 dissertation “Choral Singing and Communal Mindset: A Program Evaluation of the Voices of Hope Women’s Prison Choir” (University of Minnesota).
In making the award, the evaluation committee noted that Weber’s research is “a highly important study on a worthy topic, beautifully executed.” Another evaluator commented, “Certainly one of the finest dissertations I have read in a long time. Not only is the subject matter original and fascinating, the narrative the author weaves is breathtaking in its scope. The work chronicled . . . is not only groundbreaking, restorative, and life-changing, it is a window into the power of music to heal, uplift, and inspire.”
The dissertation, according to the author, “presents a program evaluation of Voices of Hope, a women’s prison choir. . . . By examining the experience of the incarcerated singers and their collaborators, the author suggests choral singing to be a powerful tool in creating a communal mindset – developing skills of listening, empathy, and igniting a fire to advocate for one another.”
Dr. Weber will receive her honor at ACDA’s upcoming Central/North Central Region Conference in Milwaukee, WI (March 4-7), including a cash prize and a commemorative plaque.
Dr. Weber is Minister of Music and the Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, and the founder and artistic director of Voices of Hope (women’s prison choir at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee). She was formerly adjunct professor at Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) and at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. She was a speaker at the TEDx Minneapolis Salon (2016) and has contributed to Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayerbook, published by Augsburg Fortress (2019). She received her D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where she worked under Prof. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Dr. Kelley Harness, and Dr. Keitha Hamann. She holds an M.M. in choral conducting from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, and a B.A. in music and art from Luther College.
ACDA’s Julius Herford Dissertation Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music. Projects submitted should be the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc. Eligibility is limited to doctoral recipients whose degrees were confirmed during the calendar year prior to the year of nomination.
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is made up of approximately 18,000 members who represent more than 1 million singers across the country. ACDA members conduct and teach a range of choirs, including school and university-based choirs, community choral groups, professional ensembles, and music in worship. ACDA’s mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.