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Robert DeCormier

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Robert DeCormier

Robert De Cormier was the acclaimed music director of the New York Choral Society for 17 years. Under his leadership the group became renowned for its high standard of excellence in choral singing and unique variety of programming.

As Music Director Emeritus, he guest conducted a performance of the Verdi Requiem in 1990, the Berlioz Requiem at St. Paul's Cathedral, New York City in 1992 and the premiere of a commissioned work, the Missa Iona in 1993 at St. Bartholomew's in New York City. During the 1995-96 season he conducted the operas, Brundibar and The Emperor of Atlantis in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

He has conducted the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in performances of the Mozart C Minor Mass, the Verdi Requiem, Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem, Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and the Brahms Requiem.

A graduate of the Julliard School of Music, Mr. De Cormier's conducting engagements have taken him from Broadway and opera to the Berkshire Choral Institute, the Zimriya World Assembly of Choirs in Israel and numerous concert tours nationally and internationally with his own professional group, the Robert De Cormier Singers.

He spent several years as conductor and arranger for Harry Belafonte and has been music director for the popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary for the past 27 years.

In 1993, he was invited to help establish and develop the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. As its director, he both prepares and conducts performances with the symphony. He founded Counterpoint in 2000 and the professional vocal ensemble, now in its tenth year, has performed concerts throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. They made their first national tour through the midwest in 2008-09. Their CDs include When The Rabbi Danced, Shalom, Noel We Sing, Missa Criolla, Let Me Fly, Christmas in Vermont and Premieres.

He has written several works ranging from choral to ballet to Broadway scores. His cantata, The Jolly Beggars, based on the poetry of Robert Burns, premiered in New York to critical acclaim. His ballet score, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, is in the active repertoire of the Alvin Alley Dance Theater. His choral works, Legacy, Four Sonnets to Orpheus, Shout for Joy and Under a Greenwood Tree were premiered at Carnegie Hall by the New York Choral Society. Spiritual Suite, commissioned by the West Village Chorale, premiered in New York in 1991.

Mr. De Cormier has also arranged extensively, from African-American spirituals to American and international folk songs.

Mr. De Cormier's recordings include three Christmas albums on the Arabesque label with the De Cormier Singers; the Kodaly Missa Brevis and Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor on Vox Turnabout with the New York Choral Society; Songs of Liberty for Book-of-the-Month Club with the Choral Society and the De Cormier Singers; Carmina Burana for Newport Classics; Paul Alan Levi's Mark Twain Suite, De Cormier's Legacy and Four Sonnets to Orpheus for Centaur, and Christmastide with Jessye Norman for Philips. His most recent recording, The Prague Sessions, for Rhino Records, celebrates the life of the late Mary Travers of Peter Paul & Mary, with orchestrations created by De Cormier for many of their most popular songs, recorded with members of the Prague Philharmonic in the fall of 2009 and dedicated to Mary Travers.

A recording of John Dowland's music Awake, Sweet Love, with Julianne Baird and the De Cormier Singers, was released by Arabesque in 1992 and Noel We Sing with the Choral Society was a Musical Heritage release in 1994. Recent Arabesque releases include: Oh, You Beautiful Doll, early 20th century popular American songs, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, international Christmas songs, two operas from the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia; Brundibar, a children's opera by Hans Krasa and The Emperor of Atlantis, composed by Viktor Ullmann. The Jolly Beggars, De Cormier's settings of Robert Burns poetry, was released by Arabesque in May 1998. Mr. De Cormier's television credits include a three-part series of Choral Folk Songs for the BBC and an Emmy award winning special with Harry Belafonte.

More recently, for Thames TV, he conducted Christmastide with Jessye Norman and for PBS, with Peter, Paul and Mary -- A Holiday Concert, Peter, Paul and Mommy Too, and Lifelines. Mr. De Cormier was the choral director for a combined concert, PBS television special and recording starring Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle, conducted by James Levine. He is also credited as choral director for the PBS Special, Christmas at Carnegie with Kathleen Battle and Frederica Von Stade, conducted by Andre Previn.

Mr. De Cormier has served on the New York State Council for the Arts, been a member of the Choral Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. His awards include the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards from Choral Arts New England and the New York Choral Society, and in 2007 an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Middlebury College.

Songbooks and Collections (See Individual Arrangements)

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Robert DeCormier : Choral Arrangements : SATB : Sheet Music : 

Robert DeCormier : Choral Arrangements

Review: Robert DeCormier is an American musical conductor, arranger, and director, and a graduate of the Juilliard School. He has arranged music for many singers and groups, including Harry Belafonte and Peter, Paul, and Mary, and has worked with Milt Okun. DeCormier is perhaps most famous for his spiritual arrangements.here is an a cappella setting of the Sacred Harp melody "Wayfaring Stranger" which has been part of the choral repertoire for many years. If you haven't performed this recently, do it now! There is a delightful vocal jazz choral setting of the classic Dixieland favorite "Ja Da." A real crowd pleaser for any concert! The classic spiritual "JA-DA" should be in the library of every high school choir. Sure to inspire your audience and students alike!

Songlist: He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, JA-DA, Wayfaring Stranger

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7013b | Sheet Music $4.50 | SATB add item to cart


Robert DeCormier : The Music of Counterpoint : SAB Divisi : Sheet Music : 

Robert DeCormier : The Music of Counterpoint

Review: Commissioned by the Vermont Arts Council, this moving setting of 'Everything is Music' (from Pulitzer Prize winner Romain Rolland's text) is a substantial work for advanced ensembles. Expressive vocal lines tell the hallowed story of the Christmas spiritual 'The Glory Manger.' 'The Friendly Beasts' beautifully captures the beloved story of the gentle donkey, pompous cow and sweet dove. The exciting setting of the African-American spiritual, 'Hold on' is inspiring. "Keep your hand on that plow - hold on!"

Songlist: Hold On!, The Glory Manger, Everything Is Music

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Robert DeCormier : Choral Folk Songs From South Africa : SATB : 01 Songbook :  : 884088153656 : 1423427645 : 50486503

Robert DeCormier : Choral Folk Songs From South Africa

Review: In the huge continent of Africa, the cradle of the human race, there are hundreds of different languages, hundreds of different instruments, many different types of melody, different types of antiphony (gospel churches call it "answer-back" or "call and response"). South Africa especially likes to sing in rich harmony. Three parts, four parts, five parts, six parts or more. The songs in this collection were selected, compiled and arranged by the great folk singer and musician Pete Seeger and edited by Robert DeCormier for use in schools, churches, community gatherings and homes. Through music and singing, we can experience a world of beauty, vigor, subtlety and rich variety. All a cappella with rehearsal piano.

Songlist: Abiyoyo, Hey,T'hola, T'hola, Manamolela, Bayandoyika, Inkosi Yamampondo, Bayeza (Oonomot'hot'holo), Ingoma Ya Bakweta, Somagwaza, Oalla Mohololi, Hey, Tswana, Babevuya, Ut'he Wena, Isileyi Sam, Father, Father, Goodbye, Hey, Motswala, Here's to the Couple, Vul' Emnyango, Uqongqot'hwane, Icamagu, Senzennina

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5010b | Songbook $9.95 | SATB add item to cart African Choral Arrangements


Robert DeCormier : Hallelujah  : SATB : 01 Songbook :  : 27416

Robert DeCormier : Hallelujah

Review: Rediscover the fine arrangements of Robert DeCormier in this elegant new collection of five of his best-loved spirituals.

Songlist: Hallelujah , Walk Together, Children, Stars Shinin' By n' By, Ride On, King Jesus, Let Me Fly

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8632b | Songbook $7.95 | SATB add item to cart Spirituals Arrangements


Robert Decormier : Shout For Joy - A Suite of Christmas Spirituals : SATB : 01 Songbook : Robert DeCormier :  : 783556012177  : 00-LG52095

Robert Decormier : Shout For Joy - A Suite of Christmas Spirituals

Review: This exciting suite tells the story of the birth of Christ by weaving spirituals together. The shepherds start the journey with "Rise Up Shepherd". Two other spirituals follow -- "What Month Was My Jesus Born in?" and "The Virgin Mary Had-A One Son" -- leading into "Mary Had a Baby, "Shout For Joy"!" The suite ends with a rousing gospel arrangement of "Go Tell It On The Mountain". This idiomatic suite would be at home in school and church programs alike. Chamber Orchestra Parts are also available on rental for the work.

Songlist: Rise Up Shepherd, What Month Was My Jesus Born in?, The Virgin Mary Had-A One Son, Shout For Joy, Go Tell It On The Mountain

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9107b | Songbook $6.50 | SATB add item to cart Christmas Spiritual Arrangements

Individual Arrangements (See Songbooks and Collections)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistItem TitleFormatTrax
AhrirangRobert DeCormierWorld VoicesA Cultural Odyssey 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
All Mixed UpRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierAll Mixed UpSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Bayeza (Oonomot'hot'holo)Robert DeCormierRobert DeCormierBayeza (Oonomot'hot'holo)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Dormi, Dormi, O Bel BambinRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierDormi, Dormi, O Bel BambinSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Dormi, Dormi, O Bel BambinRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierDormi, Dormi, O Bel BambinSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Hallelujah Robert DeCormierRobert DeCormierHallelujah SongbookMORE DETAILS 
He's Got The Whole World In His HandsRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierChoral ArrangementsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Hold On!Robert DeCormierRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierThe Music of CounterpointSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)Robert DeCormierPete SeegerRobert DeCormierIf I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
JA-DARobert DeCormierBob CarletonRobert DeCormierChoral ArrangementsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Jehovah HallelujahRobert DeCormierBella Voce Women's ChorusChristmas Joy 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Last Night I Had the Strangest DreamRobert DeCormierEd McCurdyRobert DeCormierLast Night I Had the Strangest DreamSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Last Night I Had the Strangest DreamRobert DeCormierEd McCurdyRobert DeCormierLast Night I Had the Strangest DreamSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Let Me FlyRobert DeCormierLuther College Nordic ChoirI Sing As I Arise Today 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Let Me FlyRobert DeCormierChoirs of Brigham Young UniversityA Thanksgiving of American Folk HymnsDVDMORE DETAILS 
Let Me FlyRobert DeCormierUniversity of Utah SingersIf Music Be the Food of Love 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Let Me FlyRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierHallelujah SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Let Me FlyRobert DeCormierVarious ArrangersAmerican Folk HymnsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Mary Had A BabyRobert DeCormierBella Voce Women's ChorusChristmas Joy 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Rainbow 'Round My ShoulderRobert DeCormierCantusLet Your Voice Be Heard 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Ride On, King JesusRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierHallelujah SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Run, Come, See JerusalemRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierRun, Come, See JerusalemSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry MeRobert DeCormierUniversity of Utah SingersI Thank You God for Most This Amazing Day 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Stars Shinin' By n' ByRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierHallelujah SongbookMORE DETAILS 
The Frozen LoggerRobert DeCormierJames StevensRobert DeCormierThe Frozen LoggerSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
The Glory MangerRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierThe Music of CounterpointSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
This Land Is Your LandRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierThis Land Is Your LandSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
This Land Is Your LandRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierThis Land Is Your LandSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
This Land Is Your LandRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierThis Land Is Your LandSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)Robert DeCormierPete SeegerRobert DeCormierTurn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Ut'he WenaRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierUt'he WenaSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Walk Together, ChildrenRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierHallelujah SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Wayfaring StrangerRobert DeCormierVarious ArrangersWorld Folk Songs for Women's Voices, Vol. 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Wayfaring StrangerRobert DeCormierRobert DeCormierChoral ArrangementsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
What Sweeter MusicRobert DeCormierBella Voce Women's ChorusChristmas Joy 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
When I First Came to This LandRobert DeCormierOscar BrandRobert DeCormierWhen I First Came to This LandSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 

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