Monday, October 28, 2013

Ceremony of Carols - Resources

Parts help is available from
Don't let the name fool you, they have all of the parts for each of the songs in the SSA version. It is a great resource!

I haven't had much luck finding YouTube videos that also display the sheet music but I am happy to post this one for "Balulalow". If you find any, please send them along.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ceremony of Carols

It has took me longer than I had hoped, but I finally got all of our recording of the Ceremony of Carols from 2008 onto our Soundcloud site and got it into a workable playlist which should appear below (crossed fingers). I hope this is helpful.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Ceremony of Carols

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, we will be doing Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" for treble voices and harp. This piece, written on a transatlantic voyage from the US to England, is strongly associated with boy choirs but was first premiered by a women's choir! I wanted to share with you a YouTube recording of the piece performed by women that I recently came across. I hope you enjoy!

The recording is in two parts, you may need to go to YouTube to watch the second half.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Christmas Considerations

I know what you are thinking, it is not even July and you are thinking about Christmas music!?!

Because of my recital, this may well be one of the most thought about and analyzed programs I have put together. I head off to Westminster Conducting Institute for a week of music nerdiness, I can't wait. I have heard from multiple sources that Westminster (Choir College) has one of the best choral libraries in the country and the area of choral music that I am always researching is sacred music for women's voices. I decided I would do a little home work before I left so that I knew what to look for. In case you've never done it, searching for choral music is like following the rabbit into the hole, it leads to all sorts of new and strange places. I wanted to share a few of the pieces I've found that I am very excited about.

Star Song - Edward Henderson
The discovery of the Elektra Women's Choir is a revelation for me, wonderful stuff going on there.

O Magnum Mysterium - Ivo Antogni

The Darkest Midnight in December - Stephen Main

Kling, Glockchen Kling - Robert Sieving
Or to see and hear the music

Monday, June 3, 2013

June Music

Song of Ruth by David Child's

My Lord, What a Morning - arr. Michael Neaum

Landslide - Glee version

Bad Day - Can't find a decent recording of a women's choir doing this arrangement so I thought I would just post the original.

In case you really wanted to hear a choir do this arrangement this is the best one I've found.

Take Five - Choral Jazz (not a women's choir but pretty good for high schoolers)

Auld Lang Syne - The original "Cast" recording this arrangement is based on
 Pretty good for a school choir!

Try to Remember - Stunning version of this arrangement.