Sing Better as You Age

By Judy Pringle

Sing Better As You Age
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, wish to optimize this lifelong joy for our choristers, and ensure that the aging singer is a benefit to the ensemble, we need to offer tools that will optimize the singing voice as the body naturally and inevitably ages. more “Sing Better as You Age”

Artist Interview – Brody McDonald “A Cappella Pop”

By Brendan Lai-Tong

A Cappella Pop - Brody McDonald
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 more “Artist Interview – Brody McDonald “A Cappella Pop””

Featured Choral New Releases

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.

Hal Leonard New Release Pick

Sing and Celebrate! – Cindy Berry ($39.99 $31.99)

Sing and Celebrate! - Cindy Berry Designed for younger elementary choirs, Sing and Celebrate! contains a variety of general and seasonal songs for use throughout the church year. Packed with lesson plans, teaching resources, and rehearsal planning ideas, this collection gives you all the tools necessary for building a successful, engaging choir program in one value-packed Book/CD! The enhanced StudioTrax CD features accompaniment and performance tracks, along with reproducible singers’ pages and colorful PDF song charts for projection options! Songs, both familiar and new, along with fun, creative teaching plans will nurture the musical and spiritual growth of your singers to last a lifetime. Suggested for grades K-4. Songs include: Sing and Celebrate (General), The Gifts He Offers to You (General), Trust In the Lord (General), We Thank You, God (General/Thanksgiving), A Home For Jesus (Advent), Go, Tell It On the Mountain (Christmas), Christmas Means Jesus (Christmas), Sing Hosanna! (Palm Sunday), Rejoice, It’s Easter Day! (Easter), We Celebrate This Day (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day). more “Featured Choral New Releases”