Published January 21, 2015
General , Top 10 Tips & Facts
Tags: cantata, Choir, choir music, choral music, choral sheet music, church music, Easter music, Joel Raney, Joseph M. Martin, Lloyd Larson, Pepper Choplin, sacred choral music, Thomas Fettke, worship music
1. The Easter Story by Thomas Fettke & Thomas Grassi
Performance Time: 35 minutes
The Easter Story combines a profound narrative by Ken Bible with musical selections from Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi. Fettke and Grassi have drawn upon several folk music sources, including hymns from The Sacred Harp and The Columbian Harmony, and spirituals, carols and songs from English, Irish and Hebrew traditions. The narrative is steeped in scripture, helping to relive the events in Jerusalem leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
This cantata recommends using two narrators, but can be performed with one. It is beautiful whether accompanied by piano or orchestra. Continue reading ‘Top 5 New Cantatas for Lent and Easter’
By Judy Pringle
You and your choir have worked tirelessly on uniform vowel formation, well-tuned singing, focusing the tone, singing correct notes, beautiful phrase lines. You’re feeling good. But step back and give a listen and you’ll often find there isn’t a consonant to be heard. It is our task as singers to articulate so the listeners can share in the delicious words and message.
We want clear, well-defined consonants in our singing and it’s a challenge to achieve. When our listeners know the text as in a well-known hymn or carol, we are understood because the context is known. This is far from the case when the text is unknown.
The topic of consonants is Continue reading ‘Singing With Clarity’
By Judy Pringle
Sing Better As You Age
A music retailer is asked every day for assistance with repertoire. It can be both challenging and amusing. For example: I need a thrilling SATB anthem for Easter Sunday with brass accompaniment, and the sopranos can’t sing above an ‘e.’ Can you make a suggestion?
We smile at this request, but it can be a reality for a choral director. Those of us who conduct adult church and community choirs deal with the aging voice constantly. It is a fact that with age, our singing mechanism does not improve. Yet, it is my experience that senior singers are some of the most devoted choristers, and the joy of singing is integral to their lives.
If we, as directors, Continue reading ‘Sing Better as You Age’
By Brendan Lai-Tong
A Cappella Pop – Brody McDonald
Today we had the opportunity to interview Brody McDonald author of the wonderfully informative guide for choir: A Cappella Pop – A Contemporary Guide to A Cappella Singing. The book provides insightful information about forming your ensemble, music selection, rehearsal techniques, sound reinforcement, vocal percussion, and much more!
Brody received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and went on to complete his Master’s degree in choral conducting. While at BGSU, Brody was the president of the Men’s Chorus and Collegiate Chorale, had several roles in operas, played in the marching and pep bands, and went on two 6-week summer tours of the USA. He Continue reading ‘Artist Interview – Brody McDonald “A Cappella Pop”’
Featured Choral New Releases
By Brendan Lai-Tong
Choir Directors, this article is just for you! We decided to showcase some of the newest releases from your favorite publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred, Lorenz, Brentwood Benson and Hinshaw.
Don’t miss your chance to save 20% on the new releases in this article as Continue reading ‘Featured Choral New Releases’