This week Cypress would like to feature one of our up-and-coming superstar composers Marie-Claire Saindon. Her new publication “Terre-Neuve” is an absolute stunner. Enjoy and visit the Cypress page to hear more of her wonderful music.
The Derrick Fox Choral Series on MusicSpoke is rooted in the belief that representation matters. This series is intended to be a resource for those looking to create diverse musical programs that include music by and about people from marginalized and/or underrepresented populations.
“I hope the singers in your choir will see themselves reflected and respected in the music included in this series or learn about the lived experiences of people outside of their own community” — Dr. Derrick Fox
This piece is based on an original song in Ojibway that was gifted by traditional drummer and singer Cory Campbell to Andrew Balfour and the University of Manitoba Concert Choir. Cory describes the song as “a call to the people to the ceremonial way of life or to the red road or, quite frankly, to whatever we have going on, because everything happens with spirit and in spirit.”
“O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing” is appropriate for the entire Easter season, especially Easter 2 (the Sunday after Easter). Hear and view the music at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C1XUVhAU3g. It is available for purchase at https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/o-sons-and-daughters-let-us-sing-print-g009045.
Talk about environment friendly! – and healthy to boot. Choirs will love this upbeat folk tune by James Gordon. Nickel adds another Canadian classic to fit the theme – “My Paddle’s Keen and Bright”.
Introducing a new piece for your church choir – “Life Everlasting.” This powerful piece, based on text by poet Laura Knight Cobb, is well-suited for Easter, or as a general-themed anthem. Paired with “Christ the Lord Has Risen Today,” it draws on a powerful melody, well-crafted voice parts, and majestic brass writing to create an anthem that will uplift and inspire. The use of unison lines and repetition make this accessible to most any choir.