In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
These are all the a cappella releases and additions.
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Review: Discovering Chant asks conductors, teachers, and music educators to reconsider the use of plainchant as an essential pedagogy for teaching intonation, phrasing, and understanding of musical line - while building community within an ensemble.This revolutionary pedagogical application uses chant for teaching aural awareness and a natural and intuitive understanding of musical line. The pedagogy was borne out of the Westminster Choral Institute at Oxford, where chant has become a part of the daily regimen of the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices. James Jordan incorporates this pedagogy into the daily warmups of his choirs. Collaborating with James Whitbourn and Isabella Burns, this book provides the philosophical and pedagogical foundation for this method. The enclosed CD demonstrates the performance of chants for study by conductors.
Songlist: Transfigurative teaching through chant, A pedagogical experience, Balancing on a fascinating pedagogical tightrope, Communitas, Revisiting the pedagogical wisdom of chant, Teaching the beauty and simplicity of chant, Being in a sacred space and place, Balancing energy and gaining awareness of breath, Basic Qigong exercise sequences, Qualities of the sound beneath the surface, What chant always knew about music learning, Understanding Resonant Rhythm within plainsong, Gaining an understanding of entrainment, Listening, Using effort/shape to experience plainchant, Understanding the movement physics of the oval, Ascent and descent, Musical will, I see shapes, Conclusions
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Review: Four men, one woman Pentatonix, Season 3 Sing-Off Champs, places a sumptuous slice of holiday cheer on our mantelpiece, "That's Christmas to Me." Some of our favorites among the 10 cuts are reinvented traditional hymns like the opening cut "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Mary Did You Know," and "Silent Night;" popular Christmas songs like "Sleigh Ride," a "Winter Wonderland"/"Don't Worry, Be Happy" medley that features guest artist Tori Kelley, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy;" and three songs new to our ears: Robin Pechnold's "White Winter Hymnal," Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez's "Let It Go," and the beautiful, nostalgic title track, written by Pentatonix. One of our favorite Sing-Off winners, Pentatonix truly celebrates the human voice with stunning arrangements, unbelievable leads and harmonies and vocals that redefine a cappella. Don't miss this one!
Songlist: Hark The Herald Angels Sing, White Winter Hymnal, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, That's Christmas To Me, Mary Did You Know?, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, Let It Go
O Holy Night
Review: One of our favorite winners of Season 4 of NBC's hit, The Sing-Off, based of course on our own Harmony Sweepstakes, bring us a country-flavored, harmony-rich smorgasbord of Christmas songs. "Full of Cheer" is exactly that, ten beautifully arranged by group members Adam and Chris Rupp, Tim Foust and Ben Bram. The harmonies here are as delicious as the ones that wowed the delighted Sing-Off judges, and are especially sweet on traditional favorites "White Christmas (featuring wonderful faux harmonica and pedal steel)," "O' Holy Night," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "Silent Night," featuring guest vocalist Taylor Davis. We also loved Jimmy Melton, Anthony Mobley and Danielle Neal's funny and nostalgic "Hairy Christmas," the hilarious country classic "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" and the manic, funny title tune, where the guys celebrate that "my baby left me full of cheer!" Of the many things we love about Home Free is how much fun they have singing, their sound is rich and effortless, and their arrangements tight and sweet. Your friends and family, country fans or not, will love "Full of Cheer!"
Songlist: Grandma Got Run Over By Reindeer, White Christmas, O Holy Night, Full of Cheer, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Merry Christmas, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Silent Night
Review: A delightful musical journey from Iceland to Italy via the coasts of Scandinavia and England. Includes Norwegian hymns, Italian Laude, English medieval carols and chants from the Icelandic Office of St Thorlak plus new music commissioned by Trio Mediaeval.
Songlist: Vespers Reponsory, Ama, Ave rex angelorum, Ecce quod natura mutat sua jura, Ave maria stella, Vespers Antiphon And Psalm I,II,III, Ioseph fili David, Ave regina caelorum, Alleluia: A Newe Work, Morgonljos, Vespers Antiphon And Psalm IV / V, Fammi cantar l'amor, Gud unde oss her at leve sa, Benedicti e llaudati, Klokkeljom, Special Antiphon, Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro, Fryd dig du Kristi brud, I Hamrinum, Vale dulcis amice
Review: Vocal Repair is a singing curriculum specifically designed for the tired, over-taxed, and recovering voice. Whether you have been over-singing, yelling at a game or party, or have had to take time off from singing due to an illness or injury, Vocal Repair can help you gently get your voice back into good health. And it is an excellent supplement to vocal therapy or voice lessons. Vocal Repair emphasizes the importance of singing "mezza voce" (half voice), not pushing or straining, and slowly building the strength to sing through the entire CD. Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go, guides you through the singing exercises, providing explanations and vocal examples to piano accompaniment.Singers, Actors, Teachers, Speakers, Dancers - This is an inexpensive tool to help maintain and recover a healthy voice.Vocal Repair can be an excellent companion to Ariella's other Voice Lessons To Go CDs for when your voice feels tired and needs a gentle tune-up. It is also a wonderful program to gently warm the voice down after a long day of speaking or singing promoting good long lasting vocal health.
Review: Peter Hollens is a bona fide a cappella internet star with over 750,000 YouTube subscribers with his videos having more than 100 million views. His creativity is prolific, releasing a new video every two weeks but this is his first release on physical CD. Picked up by Sony Classics this release has all of his most popular songs plus some special guests such as Jackie Evancho on "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix on "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
Songlist: I See Fire, The Parting Glass, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Ashland's Song, Misty Mountains, Skyrim (Main Theme), I Won't Give Up, Les Miserables Medley, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Shenandoah, She Moved Through the Fair, Hallelujah, Our Special Love
Review: These great collections let men sing four-part a cappella harmony with a professionally recorded barbershop quartet. The books include TTBB parts and the CDs feature full performances. Just turn on the CD, open the book, pick your part, and sing along! Volume 4 songs include: Ain't Misbehavin' - Basin Street Blues - Bring Him Home - Hallelujah - It's Only a Paper Moon - Seventy Six Trombones - Stand by Me - When She Loved Me.
Songlist: Ain't Misbehavin', Stand By Me, When She Loved Me, Hallelujah, Basin Street Blues, Bring Him Home, It's Only A Paper Moon, Seventy Six Trombones
Review: The Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre's choral music (8.559677) was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles,6305c both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs. The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies, in a recital stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.
Songlist: Once in Royal David's City, My Dancing Day, What Child Is This, A Boy Was Born,, The Holly and the Ivy, Who is He in Yonder Stall, Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, Away in a Manger, Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, O Holy Night, Adam Lay Y - bounden, Ecce Concipies, Rocking, Gabriel's Message, I Wonder as I Wander, There is a Flower, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, The First Nowell
Review: One of Germanys best-loved classical performers joins forces with a legendary close-harmony group for a winter-themed album to bring warmth to the dark months of the year: Albrecht Mayer & The Kings Singers. The pairing of probably the worlds most famous and accomplished oboist, with the UKs celebrated vocal ensemble The Kings Singers is a heavenly musical partnership. The interplay of colors, melodies and harmonies between these performers enchant and delight in Baroque, classical and seasonal favorites. Mayer, the oboist with the magical tone, is renowned for the sublime singing quality of his playing. On Let It Snow the tone of his oboe blends magnificently with the silky sounds of a group that has been entertaining audiences across the globe since 1968. This specially chosen mixed-genre program is woven around the theme of winter: snow, ice, fireplaces, sleigh rides, Christmas, New Years, Chanukah.
Songlist: Let It Snow, Adagio, Baby, It's Cold Outside, She Moved Through The County Fair, Aleih Neiri, Winter, Es Ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Jingle Bells, What Child Is This?, Sinfonia, The Wild Wood Carol, Frhlingstraum, Srnade d'hiver
Review: The King's Singers explore the folk songs and melodies of the world in a new program entitled Postcards. "In our travels we have amassed a wonderful collection of folk songs and popular songs from numerous countries, many of which we use as encores when we visit," said KS, "The influences and sources are extraordinarily far-ranging, and each song has its own local characteristics. To celebrate the diversity of music that we perform and the numerous countries we visit each concert season, we have recorded an album of some of our favorite folk songs from around the world."
Songlist: Feller from Fortune , Tico Tico no Fuba, Es dunkelt schon in der Heide, Star of the County Down, My love is like a red, red rose, Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag, Vito, Contigo Aprendi, Zai no yao yuan de di fang, Suo Gan, Egoli, Baylere, Little David play on your harp, Esti Dal, Mein kleiner gruner Kaktus, Arrirang, Pokarekare Ana, Oak and the Ash, Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare), Tuoll on mun kultani, Botany Bay, Pasional
Review: There Is No Rose explores a wealth of repertoire drawn from the compositional output for female voices, from a wonderful group of British composers. The first part of the CD celebrates the centenary of one of the most prolific British composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, while the rest of the program includes such gems as an incredibly moving setting by Tarik O Regan of a poignant poem by Anglican priest-poet Mark Pryce, a world-premiere recording of the haunting Coventry Carol set for four-part female choir by Lionel Salter, and Elgar s The Snow, a real showpiece for Les Sirenes and one of the works that secured their place in the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012!
Songlist: A Ceremony of Carols, Sweet was the Song, The Song of the Woman, The Oxen , Bring Rest, Sweet Dreaming Child , The Coventry Carol, Jesu, Thou the Virgin-Born, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, A Lullaby for Becky, The Snow, Deck the Halls, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day, A Merry Christmas
Review: One of our favorite barbershop quartets of all time sing holiday classics in their own inimitable style. Christmas never sounded as good!
Songlist: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, The Little Drummer Boy, Once in Royal David's City, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This?, Silent Night, You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Review: If you're a choir director looking for an authentic contemporary sound from your choir, this DVD shows you how to work with the three essential components: choir, soloists, and band. Jeannie Gagne and other contemporary music experts discuss and demonstrate techniques in contemporary styles such as rock, folk, country, and jazz. Jeannie Gagne is a vocalist, experienced choir director, co-creator of the hymnal "Singing the Journey", songwriter/composer, author of "Your Singing Voice", and Berklee College of Music professor in both contemporary and classical singing.
Songlist: The choir's role: support or lead, Making the transition from classical to contemporary styles, Vocal production, Rhythm and movement: putting it in the body, The five rhythm options in contemporary music, Having fun and taking chances, Getting off book: connecting with the audience, Choosing soloists who can tell the story, Recruiting from the choir: experience and encouragement, Microphone technique, Listening and imitation: knowing the genre, Developing an individual sound, Vocal coaching demonstrations, Baring the soul - singing from the heart, Band instrument configuration and the band as timekeeper, Music styles: finding the right musicians, Band charts: sheet music vs. lead sheets, Band rehearsal sessions, Putting it together with choir and soloists
Review: The holiday season generally abounds with similar-sounding releases, but the year 2014 brought an unusually fresh crop including this release from the vocal quartet New York Polyphony, excellently recorded by BIS at a boychoir chapel in Princeton, New Jersey. The group follows the common procedure of including music from the Middle Ages to the present day, but they push the boundaries at each step with a distinctive sound that flirts with, but does not adopt, the textures made famous by the Swingle Singers. This has a revelatory effect in Philippe Verdelot's Gabriel Archangelus, a work that does not sound like much when dutifully sung by a cathedral choir. Many pieces are grouped by Christmas subtheme -- Annunciation, Epiphany, Advent, and Nativity -- and the program is cannily put together to show ideas refracted through the music of various periods. For many, though, the chief attraction will be the impeccably close harmonies of New York Polyphony, and that kind of sheer skill rarely coexists with such programming sophistication. An ideal gift for someone who likes a cappella, small group polyphony.
Songlist: Veni Emmanuel, Adam lay ybounden, Gabriel archangelus, Gabriel archangelus, There is no rose of swych vertu , There is no rose (based on the tune Hereford) , There is no rose, Nesciens mater, O pia virgo, Nowell: Out of your sleep, Nowell: Arise and wake, 5 Carols, Sleep Now, O Magnum Mysterium, Quem pastores laudavere, Quid petis, O Fili?, Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle, Bethlehem Down, Magi veniunt, O Little Town of Bethlehem
Review: The 2 CDs that come with this Music Minus One vocals pack feature complete versions with example vocals, plus separate background tracks. Songs featured in this pack inspired by singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth include: Going to the Dance with You - How Long Has This Been Going On? - If You Hadn't But You Did - My Funny Valentine - Nobody Else But Me - Taylor the Latte Boy - You'll Never Know - and more.
Songlist: If You Hadn't But You Did, How Long Has This Been Going On?, My Funny Valentine, Hangin' Around With You, The Girl in 14G, I'll Tell The Man in the Street, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Nobody Else But Me, Nobody's Heart Belongs to Me/ Why Can't I, Going to Dance With You, You'll Never Know, Taylor the Latte Boy, ,
Review: This chart-topping 2014 album release from Lana Del Rey is presented in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for all 11 songs: Brooklyn Baby - Cruel World - Money Power Glory - Old Money - The Other Woman - Pretty When You Cry - Sad Girl - Ultraviolence - West Coast - and more.
Songlist: West Coast, Brooklyn Baby, Cruel World, Pretty When You Cry, Fucked My Way Up To The Top, Ultraviolence, Money Power Glory, Old Money, Sad Girl, Shades Of Cool, The Other Woman, West Coast, Brooklyn Baby, Cruel World, Pretty When You Cry, Fucked My Way Up To The Top, Ultraviolence, Money Power Glory, Old Money, Sad Girl, Shades Of Cool, The Other Woman
Review: Called a majestic and desolate masterpiece by NME, Push the Sky Away is the fifteenth studio album by cult post-punk band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This matching songbook features all nine songs from the album, including the two singles, We No Who U R and Jubilee Street. All the songs have been expertly arranged for piano, voice and guitar, with full lyrics and guitar chord symbols.
Songlist: We No Who U R, Wide Lovely Eyes, Water's Edge, Jubilee Street, Mermaids, We Real Cool, Finishing Jubilee Street, Higgs Boson Blues, Push the Sky Away
Review: The sophomore album from this Grammy Award-nominated British singer shot to #1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our folio features piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of all 16 tracks from the album, including the hot single Sing plus: Afire Love - Bloodstream - Don't - Even My Dad Does Sometimes - I'm a Mess - The Man - One - Photograph - Runaway - Thinking Out Loud - and more.
Songlist: Runaway, One, Photograph, Don't, Sing, The Man, Take It Back, I See Fire, Nina, Afire Love, Bloodstream, Even My Dad Does Sometimes, I'm A Mess, Shirtsleeves, Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud
Review: For the first time ever, Hal Leonard presents a collection of 25 Gene Autry Christmas classics. Holiday favorites like Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snow Man along with rare out of print and hard to find treasures Santa's Coming in a Whirlybird, Nine Little Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas, In Texas That Is are now available in one complete songbook. Sourced from Gene Autry's personal files, radio shows, and archive, The Gene Autry Christmas Book has full lyrics and sheet music for piano, vocal and guitar. Also included are vintage photos, along with an introduction by Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment. Sing and play Gene Autry's Christmas classics with your friends and family, and perhaps rekindle that holiday spirit, creating new memories for the next generation.
Songlist: The Night Before Christmas, In Texas That Is, If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas, Thirty-Two Feet, Eight Little Tails, Sleigh Bells, Merry Christmas Waltz, Everyone's A Child At Christmas, Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You), Where Did My Snowman Go?, You Can See Old Santa Claus (When You Find Him In Your Heart), He's A Chubby Little Fellow, I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus, Santa, Santa, Santa, Up On The House Top (Ho! Ho! Ho!), Poppy The Puppy, Round, Round The Christmas Tree, He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney (Like He Always Did Before), Nine Little Reindeer, Look Out The Window (The Winter Song), Santa's Coming In A Whirlybird, Frosty The Snow Man, Hardrock, Coco and Joe (The Three Little Dwarfs), Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter, White Christmas
Review: This 2014 album marks the first English language album by Latin pop superstar Shakira since 2009's She Wolf. Our matching songbook includes all 12 tracks arranged by piano, voice and guitar: Broken Record - Can't Remember to Forget You - Cut Me Deep - Dare (La La La) - Empire - Loca Por Ti - Medicine - Nunca Me Acuerdo De Olvidarte - The One Thing - Spotlight - 23 - You Don't Care About Me.
Songlist: Spotlight, Empire, Can't Remember To Forget You, Cut Me Deep, The One Thing, You Don't Care About Me, Medicine, Dare (La La La), Nunca Me Acuerdo De Olvidarte, Broken Record, 23, Loca Por Ti
Review: Whether you're a karoake singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you! The book contains the lyrics, melody & chord symbols, and the online audio tracks include demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band. Online audio is included in the price of the book.
Songlist: December 1963 (Oh, What A Night), My Eyes Adored You, Big Girls Don't Cry, Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Let's Hang On, Sherry, Walk Like A Man
Review: Experiencing the Jacks live at a trendy South of Market club in San Francisco first turned us on to the power and glory of a hot group that could move and thrill an audience onstage with only mikes in their hands. Since then the guys, Nicholas Girard, John Pointer, Elliot Michael Robinson, Deke Sharon & Austin Willacy have had big fun touring, recording, meeting and performing with other groups and always growing their fan base. The aptly named "Pollen" is a fascinating experiment that involves some of our all-time favorite groups, for example Australia's Sweeps Champs The Idea of North, England's The Swingles, and BR6 from Brazil. The Jacks wrote songs, arranged them, performed them live and "noodled with the arrangements," then recorded the songs, added some parts and sent the recordings to their guest artists and "told them to go crazy, then we added complimentary parts of our own." The only caveat: "Everything you hear is a human voice, but sometimes we mess with it." Ten amazing tunes, some of our favorites are: "Crazy," with The Idea of North; "Quiet Moon," with BR6; "This Life" with The Swingles; "Confessional," with Canada's Cadence; "As It Falls Apart" with MICappella, Singapore; "Your Love" with Maybebop, Germany; "Get What You Need" with Cluster, Italy; "Talk2Me" with Postyr Project, Denmark; "Wo Ai Ni" with Voco Novo, Taiwan and Freeman, China; and "Got What You Wanted" with Exit, Korea and Kaichiro Kitamura, Japan. Writing credits for these wonderful vocal collages go to Austin for "As it Falls Apart," "Crazy" and "Got What You Wanted;" Nicholas for "Your Love;" John for "Get What You Need," "This Life" and "Confessional;" Elliot for "Talk2Me;" and Deke for "Wo Ai Ni" and "Quiet Moon." In a cappella poker five Jacks, drawing some of the best international kings, queens & aces in the deck, makes every track of "Pollen" a stone winner. You don't want to miss this one!!
Songlist: As It Falls Apart, Your Love, Get What You Need, Talk2Me, Crazy, Wo Ai Ni, This Life, Got What You Wanted, Confessional, Quiet Moon
Review: The debut album by this British pop artist went all the way to #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts, led by the hit single "Stay with Me." Our folio includes piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of this hit, plus 13 more songs.
Songlist: Good Thing , I'm Not The Only One , I've Told You Now, La La La, Latch, Lay Me Down, Leave Your Lover, Life Support, Like I Can, Make It To Me, Money On My Mind, Not In That Way , Restart, Stay With Me
Review: Augment your sight-singing curriculum with this supplemental exercise book that directly correlates to levels one and two of Alfred Music's popular Sing at First Sight method. Every melody in this reproducible resource appears in both treble and bass clef, and the Data CD includes digital files of the entire book for printing and projecting. More Melodies! is highly effective when used on a routine basis after each of the sequential lessons, as needed for additional drill to master challenging concepts, or as a general review following the completion of the original textbooks.
Songlist: Level 1, Unit 2, Level 1, Unit 3, Level 1, Unit 4, Level 1, Unit 5, Level 1, Unit 6, Level 2, Unit 1, Level 2, Unit 2, Level 2, Unit 3, Level 2, Unit 4, Major and Minor Key Signatures, Curwen Hand Signs
Beyond The Sea
Review: Pride of Orange County, CA, Lead Sean Devine, formerly of the much-beloved Alley Cats, Tenor Shawn York, Baritone Patrick Claypool and Bass Cory Hunt of OC Times rose quickly in the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet standings, placing 18th in 2004, 5th in 2005, 2nd in 2007 and finally winning Gold in 2008! Since then the group has been touring nationally and internationally extensively, finally pausing long enough in LA's The Greene Room for Marc Greene to work his magic on their aptly-titled third album, "The Road." There are 13 classic, feel-good tunes here, some of our favorites are Fats Domino's soulful hit "I'm Walkin'," Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm," Brian Wilson's poignant anthem "In My Room," The Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea," Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance," Lennon & McCartney's "If I Fell," a sweet "Just My Imagination/My Girl" Medley, and Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel." Top-drawer arrangements, pitch-perfect harmonies, unbelievably soaring closing chords - the Times has it all. Want to listen to one of Barbershop's all time best do their stuff? Hit "The Road!"
Songlist: I'm Walkin', Good Luck Charm, What's Your Name?, All I Do Is Dream Of You, In My Room, Happy Happy Birthday Baby, Beyond The Sea, What Don't We Just Dance?, If I Fell, Just My Imagination /My Girl, Wagon Wheel, From The First Hello, One More Chance
Praise To The Lord
Review: Nearly two decades after releasing their first a cappella album - a perennial fan favorite and instant bestseller - the Dove Award-winning trio regroups for a recorded celebration of harmony and hymns. Heritage songs of the faith such as, "Come Thou Fount," and modern inspirational hits like, "The Prayer," and, "You'll Never Walk Alone," couple with the production artistry of southern gospel darlings Michael English and David Phelps, creating another vocal-only hit for the incomparable sibling singers.
Songlist: He's Everything To Me, You'll Never Walk Alone, When I Go Away, Fairest Lord Jesus, Praise To The Lord, Shut De Do / Three Little Birds, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing / Fill My Cup, Lord, The Prayer, If Ever We Needed The Lord Before We Sure Do Need Him Now
Review: Upper voice choirs will resound with the glory of Christmas and these wonderful settings of traditional Latin carols. Ideal for treble voices in high school through professional level and a great value, the collection includes: Angelus ad virginem; Personent hodie; Quem pastores laudavere; Qui creavit coelum; Veni, veni Emmanuel.
Songlist: Personent Hodie, Veni, Veni Emmanuel, Angelus Ad Virginem, Qui Creavit Coelum, Quem Pastores Laudavere (14th C)
Review: Songs suitable for children from contemporary shows, including The Addams Family, A Christmas Story, The Little Mermaid, Matilda, Seussical the Musical, Shrek the Musical, and Wonderland. This book also includes recorded accompaniments online for download or streaming using the unique code printed inside the book.
Songlist: Home, What If, The World Above, She's In Love, I Know It's Today, Quiet, Counting Down To Christmas, Red Ryder(R) Carbine Action BB Gun, Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana, Naughty, Revolting Children, When I Grow Up, Green Eggs And Ham, Do You Want To Build A Snowman?, Part Of Your World
Review: Vocal strength is essential to producing a good sound, singing with control and confidence, and singing for many years. A weak voice is one that tires easily, one that is inconsistent in sound quality and/or pitch and dynamics, and one that gives out many years before the singer is ready to stop singing. Vocal strength is not all about singing loudly, it's about singing well. The exercises and musical selections in this book are designed to help singers hone and refine their skills to develop the kind of control and consistency professional singers need to compete and find work. But mastering these skills is not just a task for professional singers - amateur singers who work on the exercises in this book will find singing easier and more fun with each new level of control they achieve.
Songlist: Building Vocal Strength, Basics, In Goes The Good Air, Hold That Note, Ups & Downs, Fine Tuning, An Interval by Any Other Name, Digital Ears, Short & Sweet, Details, Details, Dressing Up Your Sound, Dynamite Dynamics, Taking Dynamics Out For A Spin, Keys To Success, Facilitating Facility, Strong Body, Strong Sound, Take A Hike, To Thine Own Self Be True, Arpeggios, Baby Steps, Diction, Practice Songs
Review: Award-winning arranger June Dale urges performers of this arrangement to pay attention to projecting the message of the song from the heart. Explore the passion in the lyrics. Enjoy the beautiful harmonies that accompany the strong melody.
Songlist: Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
Review: Tom Gentry, one of the foremost barbershop arrangers, has given us this playful, welcoming creation. It captures the spirit and character of the song. Note that the downbeat of measures 48 has a short note to emphasize "Don't Grouse". The soaring harmonies and special treatments for individual parts are a delight to the ear. Sing it with joyous mirth!
Songlist: Consider Yourself
Review: Written by the Beach Boys this classic Christmas song reached number 3 in the charts in 1963. This arrangement is in an easy swing, with a variety of interesting harmonic and rhythmic figures. Keep the tempo steady and take care to sing the syncopations accurately and you'll have a lot of fun singing this vintage Beach Boy tune!
Songlist: Little Saint Nick
Review: Ed Waesche, one of the Society's most popular and prolific arrangers, borrowed the tag from Renee Craig's arrangement of this classic song. There is probably no greater influence on the world of barbershop music and performance than the inimitable Renee Craig and this is a great example. Measures 26-26 as sung by Platinuum are a bit challenging for the bass, so their version is placed at the end of the arrangement as an option.
Songlist: What'll I Do?
Review: Made popular on Toy Story 3 = Awesome this humorous piece simultaneously ridicules and celebrates user-generated content. The lyrical main theme rolls around in vibrant familiarity, always rocking between the major keys of C# and E. This tension between genuine and mock exuberance is the central irony of the piece.
Songlist: The Facebook Song
If You Were The Only Girl
Review: After two decades of being out of print, this legendary recording by the 1989 BHS International Quartet Champions, The Second Edition is once again available, and it sounds better than before! Digitally remastered from the original reels, this groundbreaking recording is a must have for every barbershop enthusiast. If you have one of the original pressings, you're gonna want to have this new release because the sound is clearer and better than you could have imagined! It was in the fall of 1987, that the quartet began this recording, and finished and released "Second Edition 1" in the spring of 1988. They were the first barbershop quartet to offer a recording in the digital CD format. Enjoy The Second Edition classics such as The Darktown Strutters' Ball, Mistakes, Just ACottage Small (By A Waterfall), The Longest Time featuring Doug Harrington, Hello My Baby, Brahms' Lullaby and more.
Songlist: The Darktown Strutters' Ball, I'm Sitting On Top Of The World, Mistakes, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?, Just A Cottage Small (By A Waterfall), Doin' The Raccoon, The Longest Time, If You Were The Only Girl, Hello My Baby, What'll I Do?, Almost Like Being In Love, Brahms'
Review: The Best of Two Worlds is the epitome of the stars literally aligning. In spring 1989 both The Second Edition and Growing Girls began planning a joint concert called The Best Of Two Worlds. To each group's thrill, The Second Edition won the 1989 BHS International Quartet Championship in July, and the Growing Girls were crowned the 1989 SAI Queens of Harmony in October, less than two weeks prior to the debut concert. Shortly after the premiere concert, The Second Edition and Growing Girls recorded The Best Of Two Worlds. This recording was only ever released on cassette tape... until now! Digitally remastered from the original reels, and for the first time available on CD! Enjoy Growing Girls favorites; Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), Goody Goodbye and Sommarpsalm (Hymn to Summer), and The Second Edition favorites; Lullaby In Ragtime, Rain Medley, My Old Kentucky Home and more! Also features both groups singing together on songs like Let There Be Peace On Earth! And, Included for the first time, a never before released bonus track featuring two singers from each group!
Songlist: Hello My Baby, Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), The Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Lullaby In Ragtime, Sweet Georgia Brown, Goody Goodbye, Misty, Rain Medley, Sommarpsalm (Hymn To Summer), My Old Kentucky Home , Let There Be Peace On Earth, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Review: Brothers, Sing On!: Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir by Jonathan Palant is a welcome addition to the choral pedagogy literature addressing the training of male singers. An ideal resource for choral directors, teachers-in-training, singers and choral enthusiasts, this practical volume explores the challenges and rewards of working with evolving adolescent-through-adult male singer. In addition to his own valuable insights, Dr. Palant includes interviews with over two dozen seasoned vocal music educators.
Songlist: A History of Men's Choral Singing, Anatomy of the Male Voice, The Product: Choral Tone, Intonation, Parts and Placement, The Adolescent Male Voice, Categorization to Maturation, Programming and Repertoire Selection, Auditions, Warm-Ups, Sight-Singing, Recruiting, Fund-Raising, Travel, Sample Programs
Review: Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody & chord symbols for fifteen hits. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is also enhanced so Mac and PC users can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band.
Songlist: Silent Night, Jingle Bells, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Ave Maria, Feliz Navidad, Blue Christmas, Cold December Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, A Holly Jolly Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas, Santa Baby, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, White Christmas
Review: After being crowned 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, Crossroads has become one of the most sought-after a cappella foursomes in the world, performing in Germany, France, Finland, the U.K., Spain and all over the United States. First coming together as a group in 2007, Tenor Fred, Lead Mike, Bass Jim and Baritone Brandon found that they shared a genuine friendship rooted in faith, family, harmony and a love of great music. And that has given them the opportunity to share their music with audiences all over the world! "The Simple life," their 3rd album, features 11 finely crafted and arranged tunes. Some of our favorites are the Ella Fitzgerald renditions of the title track, "Give Me the Simple Life" and the sultry lament "Angel Eyes;" the Deep River Boys' 1941 version of the 1876 song "My Grandfather's Clock;" Michael Buble's hit single "Hold On," Lerner & Lowe's classic "Gigi," Ron Miller and Orlando Murden's "For Once in My Life," the traditional hymn "Rock My Soul;" Cole Porter's "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and Robert Lowry and Mrs. A. S. Hawkes' deeply moving "I Need Thee Every Hour." "The Simple life" is a powerful collection from one of Barbershop's most talented and beloved champions, Crossroads.
Songlist: Give Me The Simple Life, Angel Eyes, My Grandfather's Clock, Hold On, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, Gigi, A Word On My Ear (I'm Tone Deaf), For Once In My L1fe, Rock My Soul (In The Bosom of Abraham), Someone Like You, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, I Need Thee Every Hour
Review: These great collections let men sing four-part a cappella harmony with a professionally recorded barbershop quartet. The books include TTBB parts and the CDs feature full performances. Just turn on the CD, open the book, pick your part, and sing along!
Songlist: Do You Hear What I Hear?, (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays , I'll Be Home For Christmas, It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Little Saint Nick , We Need A Little Christmas, White Christmas
What Kind of Band
Review: The nine mixed-voice members of Avante put it right out there in the liner notes, next to the listing and credits for the 10 cuts on their new CD: "Mackie's Back is both a debut, and a tribute, to the towering vocal ensembles who have shaped who we are. From Gene Puerling, to Chanticleer, to The Manhattan Transfer, to The Swingle Singers, Avante's influences are clear." Founded in Raleigh, NC in 2010 with the objective of fusing Contemporary A Cappella with the art form of Vocal Jazz, the five men and four women singers of Avante's repertoire ranges from Contemporary Choral works to cutting edge jazz with a modern flair. Avante tours the United States, in concert, corporate venues and on college campuses, usually drawing high praise for its high standard of musicianship and unique arrangements. Two nationally regarded clinicians in the group join in the group's educational outreach, providing workshops to students of all ages. Our favorites among the 10 excellent cuts are an original, "What Kind of Band," by group member Kevin, who also arranged "Feeling Good," "Third Time Lucky," Billy Joel's "Always a Woman" and "When I Fall." Group member William arranged "When Sunny Gets Blue" and the manic jazz standard "Twisted;" we also particularly loved the Puerling-arranged "London By Night," E. Lloyd's "Cells, Planets" and Brecht and Weill's deathless, chilling ballad "Mack The Knife," to which the title lyric refers. There's a tremendous amount of vocal talent here--Avante has a confident, fresh sound, surprising arrangements and a love of creating beautiful harmonies that shows. An impressive debut album from fast-rising Avante!
Songlist: What Kind of Band, Feeling Good, When Sunny Gets Blue, Third Time Lucky, Always a Woman, When I Fall, Twisted, London By Night, Cells, Planets, Mack the Knife
Review: Your jazz, show, and concert choirs will all sound fantastic singing this classic Gershwin ballad "But Not for Me". This new a cappella arrangement offers beautiful lush harmonies with a female solo feature. Closes with one of Ira's most creative lyrics: "But there's no knot for me." The expressive ballad "When I Fall in Love" has been expertly arranged for a cappella mixed voices. A classic song plus a classic setting equals a memorable performance experience for all. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Hawaiian-style "Over the Rainbow" has become a prevalent part of today's popular music. Performed in Glee's first season finale by Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling, the unique setting has been sung by several American Idol contestants and featured in many TV shows and movies. In this creative arrangement, a divisi choir accompanies the soloist, duet, or small group, performing a cappella or with optional piano, ukulele, or guitar. "The More I See You" - Originally released in 1945, this standard continues to touch hearts. Langford's advanced vocal jazz setting, dividing into multiple voice parts, really brings the melody and lyrics to life. Worth the rehearsal time! "Someone to Watch Over Me" - Originally written as an up-tempo number for the musical Oh Kay!, Ira convinced George that it was better as a ballad. The lush, challenging harmonies in this arrangement prove that Ira was right!
Songlist: But Not for Me, When I Fall in Love, Over the Rainbow, The More I See You, Someone to Watch Over Me
Review: Contemporary a cappella groups will enjoy the Reba McEntire top hit "Turn On the Radio" as they sing about a relationship gone bad. "So listen Romeo, when you're feelin' kinda lonely, let me tell you where to go: turn on the radio!" "Home" is the debut single and coronation song from American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and is the best-selling song by any Idol alum. Michael Buble's upbeat sound and fresh harmonies shine through in this contemporary a cappella setting of "Haven't Met You Yet" . Feature a soloist or two over the fun-to-sing vocal accompaniment. The poignant story about a young life lost too early touched listeners around the world when "If I Die Young" was released by The Band Perry. This contemporary a cappella setting is an appropriate choice for those more reflective concert occasions. DJ Calvin Harris collaborated with English performer Ellie Goulding on the top-forty hit "I Need Your Love". Ben Bram's contemporary treatment is sure to be a hit with your a cappella group!
Songlist: Turn On the Radio, If I Die Young, Haven't Met You Yet, I Need Your Love, Home
Review: Thie Olivia Newton-John hit from the '70s "Let Me Be There" translates perfectly as a gospel-edged pop piece for today's choirs. There's a little hint of Elvis, too. Well-crafted choral writing combines with rhythmic drive to make your group come alive. There's a brief hand clapping a cappella section as the piece builds toward the big finish. "Build Me Up Buttercup" - Think collegiate-style a cappella with a street corner, doo-wop twist! Great individual vocal lines layer to make this a full-sounding choral from start to finish. An excellent change of pace in any concert. Scat your way to success with this inventive vocal setting of the '70s favorite "Pick Up the Pieces", a soul classic by the Average White Band. "Your Smiling Face" - A show stopper, for sure! Arranged in a collegiate, street-corner a cappella-style, with a featured Tenor solo. A fantastic change of pace. Considered to be their farewell single, the 1983 ABBA hit "Thank You For The Music" gently grooves in this contemporary a cappella setting from Kirby Shaw. A great choice for smaller ensembles or concert groups. "Without a song or a dance, what are we?"
Songlist: Build Me Up Buttercup, Pick Up the Pieces, Let Me Be There, Your Smiling Face, Thank You For The Music
Review: Pentatonix, Season 3 winner of The Sing-Off, brings us their third finely-crafted album, simply named "III." There are "only" 7 tunes here, which is kind of like saying the Sistine Chapel is only a painted ceiling. "Problem," by Kotecha, Martin, Salmanzadeh and Kelly, is a rhythmic, rappish love tune, "On My Way Home," by Evigan, Martin, Lomax, Johnson, Johnson & Coffee, is a gorgeous anthem with a soaring chorus, "La La Latch," by Khan, El Kaubaisy, Mbabazy, Smith, Murray, Omer and Napier is sweetly delicate and complex; "Rather Be," by Patterson, Napier, Marshall & Chatto, is a jazzy, upbeat love song, "See Through" by Angeria, Koiv and Kirjonan, features strong vocal percussion and sweetly melodic leads; the oddly-named "Papaoutai Feat. Lindsay Sterling" by Paul Von Haver, sung in French, is a salsa-flavored, rhythmic dance tune and "Standing By," written by the group, is gently poetic that builds to anthemic, then returns, a gem that seemed to end way too soon. Five man, one woman Pentatonix creates wonderfully arranged, multi-dimensional pieces that fill the speakers with rich, perfectly harmonic sound. If you're into a cappella, as we are sure you are, you'll want to own and listen to "III" to experience what sounds and harmonies, that, although rare, are now possible!
Songlist: Problem, On My Way Home, La La Latch, Rather Be, See Through, Papaoutai Feat, Standing By
Review: A merry madrigal will be a nice addition to your 3-part choir's a cappella seasonal repertoire. Characteristic counterpoint makes this original Donald Moore piece a familiar form but, unlike many Renaissance chorals, the vocal ranges, subject matter, and number of voice parts have been specifically designed for developing choirs. A festive feature for holiday concerts and Madrigal feasts, with just enough optional bass notes in the 3-part mixed/SAB for your developing men's section. A "fa la la" section in the joyful number "A Merry Madrigal" makes it appropriate for both Christmas and general use. It's a fine learning piece in the madrigal style, yet the singable melodies make the independent vocal lines easy to learn. Don Moore is a master at creating works that develop choral singing, teach a classic choral style and, most importantly, sound great. Use it in concerts and at festivals and adjudications. Welcomed repetition and smart voice leading pave the way to success for developing 3-part choirs. The guys sing in their easiest range; the sopranos, a mostly step-wise melody; and the altos, intuitive harmonies. Add the optional sleighbells and it's ready to go for Christmas.
Songlist: Merry Christmas Madrigal, A Merry Madrigal , A Holiday Madrigal, A Joyful Madrigal
Review: Billy Joel's pop hit from 1983 "The Longest Time" is a perennial favorite and evokes an even earlier time in America's pop history. From 1973, the pop hit "Shambala" by Three Dog Night is a buoyant song full of tasty harmonies and a warm gospel groove that will infuse your concert with the hopefulness and joy. This "vocals only" edition will be especially effective for choirs of all types! The intimacy and directness of a cappella singing create a special emotional atmosphere in this tender setting of the Grammy award-winning pop hit "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton. You will create a magical concert moment with the gentle guitar-style accompaniment recreated by the vocals and the heartfelt lyrics. The #1 hit from 1967 "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals in a smooth vocals-only setting perfectly captures the relaxed slow groove of the song with an easy vocal accompaniment and a irresistible solo.
Songlist: The Longest Time, Shambala, Tears In Heaven, Groovin'
Review: Burt Bacharach and Hal David's powerful ballad "A House Is Not a Home" was made famous by Dionne Warwick and recently showcased on Glee. Vocally challenging and full of deep emotion, this setting offers rich rewards for concert and pop groups. Now in an exciting a cappella setting of "Seize the Day". the showstopper from the award-winning composer Alan Menken, was featured in the Disney film and Broadway musical Newsies. It begins with a compelling chorale-like opening and then explodes into rhythm that encourages us all to "seize the day!." Surely one of the greatest songs of all time, "With a Song in My Heart" the Rodgers & Hart's classic romantic ballad, will produce warm smiles all around as you luxuriate in the lush harmonies of this superb a cappella arrangement. The beautiful song "It Only Takes a Moment" from Hello Dolly in a lush a cappella ballad setting! With heartfelt lyrics, rubato phrases, and rich choral harmonies, this will be a wonderful feature for jazz, pop and concert choirs.
Songlist: A House Is Not a Home, It Only Takes a Moment, Seize the Day, With a Song in My Heart
Review: Let the Women Sing! is a new reproducible collection of chorals for soprano and alto voices and is the follow-up to the best-selling collection Let the Men Sing! Folk songs, holiday music, spirituals, inspirational songs, and patriotic themes fill this nine-song collection. This budget-stretching kit includes an enhanced CD-ROM with accompaniment and performance tracks, information about the composer, as well as reproducible vocal parts and instrument pages. Whether you have 10 or 100 female singers, this must-have collection will keep you on budget while supplying your program with excellent choral literature for your young female singers for many years to come.
Songlist: Danny Boy , Keep On Following The Star , A Merry Christmas Medley, Music's Echo, Rock Me To Sleep, Skye Boat Song, The Star Spangled Banner, Swing Down, Chariot!, Think On Me