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Monday, November 29th, 2010
2:26 pm
Tomás Luis de Victoria editions

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a nice Thanksgiving weekend, and survived the feasting! I know many directors and performers are ALWAYS on the look-out for new material to sing. My editor and publisher has started licensing and is now distributing Jon Dixon's JOED editions, which currently has over 500 titles. Since next year marks the 400th anniversary of Tomás Luis de Victoria's death, and 40 titles have been made available for musicians, students, and scholars.

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
12:58 am
Hey fellow choraleers
Are we still out there? I just came back to LJ, would love to discuss. Thanks!
Sunday, August 1st, 2010
1:55 pm
Note to organists/choir directors:
If you mention reimbursing people who take the train for their travel expenses but give me nothing for the 84-mile round trip in my car, you're telling me you value neither my time nor my services. And I'm telling you never again!

Current Mood: stabby
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
12:23 am
Choral music makes me happy
Terrific blog post by the Executive Director of the ACDA.
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
11:54 pm
Choral composition competition
Park Avenue Christian Church 200th Anniversary Composition Competition
Receipt Deadline: September 1, 2010
Prize: $2,000, Performance in New York City
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
12:49 pm
My editor and publisher has just released a new performing edition of Palestrina's Magnificat for two choirs. I thought there was already a complete edition of Palestrina (very heavy scholarly editions and no parts easily available). But lo and behold, a whole clutch of new manuscripts have turned up both in the U.K. (!?!) and the Vatican that were not in that edition. I have no idea who is publishing them or when they are expected. Here's a sample from the Magnificat
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
7:29 am
For All Saints Day
1.	I sing a song of the saints of God, 
	patient and brave and true, 
	who toiled and fought and lived and died 
	for the Lord they loved and knew. 
	And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, 
	and one was a shepherdess on the green; 
	they were all of them saints of God, and I mean, 
	God helping, to be one too. 

2.	They loved their Lord so dear, so dear, 
	and his love made them strong; 
	and they followed the right for Jesus' sake 
	the whole of their good lives long. 
	And one was a soldier, and one was a priest, 
	and one was slain by a fierce wild beast;
	and there's not any reason, no, not the least, 
	why I shouldn't be one too. 

3.	They lived not only in ages past; 
	there are hundreds of thousands still. 
	The world is bright with the joyous saints 
	who love to do Jesus' will. 
	You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store, 
	in church, by the sea, in the house next door; 
	they are saints of God, whether rich or poor, 
	and I mean to be one too.

Text: Lesbia Scott
Music: John H. Hopkins
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
10:53 pm
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
5:41 pm
Music edition piracy, hits close to home.
Music editors, from I can tell, don't make much money. I don't know anyone that does this for a living. Certainly if I added up the reproduction costs of music sources, I don't even think I'm breaking even. That's ok, I do this for the love of the art of music. But I value what I do, and want to be paid something for my efforts. So when my editor found one of his editions was online for free, my heart sunk. You can read more about this here.
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
2:03 pm
I need serious help...
I sing Soprano in a church choir. I don't know where else to go.

I was asked to sing the descant part in "Treasures in Heaven" by Allen Pote. I've always only sung the melody and we never ever DID the descant until we got a new director who decided he wants it.

I need a recording of this because I have no other way to practice. I have searched every flipping corner of the internet and have had no luck. I have no money so I can't go purchasing it(hell, I can't even find it on sites where you have to pay!). I'm frustrated and desperate and afraid I will make a fool of myself because I don't know this part. I have 2 weeks.

PLEASE HELP ME! If you have a recording, http://www.box.net is a great place to put it up where it can be downloaded without a hassle. I SERIOUSLY NEED THIS AUDIO. .mp3 preferred, but .wav is okay too.

Current Mood: distressed
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
8:14 am
Westchester Chorale fall season

December 12, 2009

Bright CanaanTrad, arr. Parker & Shaw
Four Motets
   Help Us, O Lord
   Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever
   Have Mercy On Us, O My Lord
   Sing Ye Praises To Our King
Aaron Copland
At the RiverAaron Copland
Three Spirituals
   There is a Balm in Gilead
   Ain't-a That Good News
   Exekiel Saw de Wheel
arr. William L. Dawson
Les Chanson des Roses (Rilke)
   En Une Seule Fleur
   Contre Qui, Rose
   De Ton Reve Trop Plein
   La Rose Complete
Morten Lauridsen
I am the Rose of SharonWilliam Billings

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
8:33 am
A PagerPoll
[Cross-posted from my personal LJ]
OK, here's the deal. In a desperate effort to keep the effects of middle-aged choral tenoritis at bay, I've had a few lessons with a guy who's pretty good, but who comes in from out of town. Not nearly as frequently as he suggested he would when we first started working together last winter. In fact, I haven't seen him since the end of May. When he replies to my emails, which isn't often, he is very non-commital. It's high church-job audition season, and I should have been working with someone all summer. (Fortunately, with fairly regular practice, I've gotten some of my chops back.) So I pose the question to you, dear readers:

Should Pager abandon hope of any further work with this teacher?


Please comment at will.
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
4:50 pm
A Quandary
So I'm looking for a new church posish for the fall as a section leader. And through surfing web sites of churches in my area, I've learned that a church where I was once a regular member now hires pros. I have no idea if they have an opening. Should I make an inquiry?

Should I inquire about openings and apply if there is one?


[n.b. I voted, but only to be able to see the poll results. I hate that about LJ polls. I'm still on the fence.]
Sunday, June 28th, 2009
10:38 am
Ganked from randomcub
Sunday, June 21st, 2009
9:38 am
Church music discussion from ChoralNet
Here is a discussion about styles of music in church--stiff upper lip or happy-clappy?

Read and comment here and/or there.
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
4:16 pm
If it's not Baroque, don't fix it.
Hi there, I hope everyone is having a great Summer. I just wanted to let you know that my editor and publisher has some very exciting new editions in the pipeline, including an absolutely stunning Caldara Gloria, several Stoelzel Missa Brevis, and a Lotti motet. None of these are in modern editions; and to my knowledge more than likely never performed in modern times. While Bach is definitely a god, there are *so many* unknown pieces that deserve attention and performances. :-)
Friday, June 19th, 2009
12:35 pm
I have a new love
Fear not--I'm never going to leave my beloved pagercub. But I've found another kind of love. A blogger who loves choral music as I do and writes incredibly intelligently about it. Click here to read. Here is an excerpt from a recent post about a performance by CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists):

CONCORA Sings Bach! – The AftermathCollapse )
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
7:58 am
An interesting article on ChoralNet
Singing in a style not one's own

I think that as an American, I have been conditoned to believe that history does not really matter in some ways, that hard work can overcome everything, and so on. But now I'm not so sure.... And it's not even just a sense of tradition sweeping one along, or of familiarity with a given idiom, though that helps a lot. There seems to be a true and real and valid reason why Americans can sing jazz like nobody else, why black spirituals sung by British choirs leave me cold, and so on. Much as I would have liked to believe that you can somehow conquer a musical style that is not your own, I feel that there are some limits to this. Now that I'm a little older, I can admit my shortcomings more readily than I would have done at age 30, when I started [the writer's professional choir]; I felt at the time that I could take virtually any musical style and wrestle it to the ground. But in some cases I have met my match and have to acknowledge that there are styles I will in all likelihood never truly be able to master, and it is time to keep playing to my strengths for the good of all concerned!
Friday, April 10th, 2009
12:23 am
Happy Passover
Here's a fantastic performance from Handel's Israel in Egypt by Aradia Ensemble & Kevin Mallon

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
10:55 pm
Pager loves Handel, hates his church job
Yeah, I know. I whine about my choral situation a lot. I had a lot of trouble with Rachmaninoff last fall because I was having health issues that made me feel very weak and wasn't quite up to singing first tenor in that piece. I'm a lot healthier now and, aside from a recent period with coughiness and resulting vocal trouble, singing better. And the same chorale is doing Mr. Handel's great but undeservedly obscure oratorio Joshua. I am totally digging this. I came away from rehearsal this evening energized.

This does not happen with my church choir. I come away from those rehearsals furious. I know--I'm a sing-whore, I should suck it up and do what I'm told. Except that I am absolutely not the sing-whore this choir director wants. He wants a tenorino sing-whore, not a Tamino sing-whore. (Think Peter Pears meets Fritz Wunderlich. YouTube them if you don't know them. bearfuz, you think that's a fair description?) Most days I can not sing soft enough to make him happy. I find myself doing all sorts of unhealthy things to sing for him, and come away vocally exhausted. Plus his choral chops really suck and he often asks for things in a completely awkward way, leaving everyone clueless as to what he wants. Is it so hard to state clearly what you object to and what you want to hear different?

Dear bearfuz introduced me to a someone who does fit this choral monster's director's idea of what a choral tenor should sound like--in other words, a much lighter voice than mine--who is quite capable as a section leader. He has subbed for me and they love him. I have determined to give him as many Sundays as he can take after Easter. Otherwise I'd be quite tempted to just walk away and leaving them tenorless, which is very bad form. And needless to say I will not return for another season.

So. Any area church musicians know of a church that needs a tenor?
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