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Mark Brymer : Rather Benew

Review: Adapted from the Pentatonix cover of this song by Clean Bandit, this is an awesome vocal showcase for pop and show groups from high school and up! Irresistible! VoiceTrax CD includes a full performance of the primary voicing, accompaniment only and part-predominant tracks for each voice part of each voicing.

Songlist: Rather Be

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2159p | Voicetrax CD | $26.95 |

Jeannie Gagne : Belting - A Guide to Healthy, Powerful Singingnew

Review: Belting is a strong way of big singing that has become very popular in contemporary styles. It is heard in everything from rock to hip-hop to pop to musical theater to the plethora of award shows. However, not only is there much confusion and misinformation about how to belt well, if done poorly belting can actually damage the voice. Numerous famous singers have belted their way to injury or even lost their voices, sometimes permanently. Many voice teachers believe (incorrectly) that belting is simply bad, physically and aesthetically. So, singing students are getting mixed messages. They hear their favorite artists belt-singing throughout their favorite music, yet the resources teaching healthy belting techniques are few and far between. Belting for the Contemporary Singer seeks to remedy the situation. The fact is, belting can be done well and without causing injury. This book presents the facts about belting, what approaches work and which to avoid. Its online video and audio demonstrate good techniques and exercises.

Songlist: What Ids Belting Exactly?, Dynamics, Becoming Vocally Flexible and Agile, Air: The Source of Your Belting Power, The Vocal Anatomy of Belting, Larynx: Your Tone Generator, Belting Techniques That Work, The Healthy Belting Voice, Exercises For Belting, Breath Management

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2913b | Book | $19.95 |

Let's All Sing : Let's All Sing Holiday Hitsnew

Review: Bring on the snow with fresh, new arrangements of holiday favorites that shuffle and swing! And for the grand finale, Irving Berlin's classic White Christmas is sure to be an unforgettable musical experience for singers and audiences alike! Great for choir, classroom and community, these songs have been carefully adapted for young unison voices with optional harmony for added fun. The Piano/Vocal Collection offers fully accompanied songs, and the Singer Edition comes in paks of 10 with vocal parts only. Perform these holiday gems live or with the professionally-produced recordings available on a separate performance/accompaniment CD. Suggested for grades 4-8. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.

Songlist: Little Saint Nick, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, White Christmas

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2736b | Songbook | $16.95 | Unison | | Companian CD Available

Darlene Rogers with Dale Syverson, Peggy Gram : Ensemble Vocal Skillsnew

Review: "Sing, Baby, Sing!" Edition VI "Ensemble Vocal Skills" is divided into two sections. The first half of the CD has three vocal exercises for lead, baritone, bass and tenor. If you sing them all then you will have warmed up your voice from high to low and will be ready to sing with your ensemble. The second half of the CD are exercises for ensemble for pitch, resonance, vowels and breath. When you have learned one part, switch and sing another.

Songlist: Relax Exercises, Breathing Exercises, Individual Exercises, Pitch Exercises, Resonance Exercises

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22263c | 1 CD | $14.95 |

Diane Wittry : Baton Basics - Communicating Music Through Gesturesnew

Review: Baton Basics is a unique approach to the teaching of conducting, based upon the concept of conveying weight, resistance, and energy, combined with size, beat placement, and speed, through gestures and motions that you already know, in order to communicate a better concept of musical sound to the musicians. Learn how to communicate music through gestures, by training the muscles of your fingers, hands, wrist, forearm, and full arm. Release body tension, improve your posture, and develop a deeper sense of calm on the podium through overall body and breathing exercises. Explore the concepts and diagrams of Max Rudolph, and the Ilya Musin and Hideo Saito conducting methods, and learn how to best incorporate these into your own technique, along with excercises for conducting cues, fermatas, recitative, controlling tempo, showing dynamics, and conducting crescendos and diminuendos. Learn which gestures are most effective in producing specific types of sounds, musical attacks, and releases. Baton Basics features over 60 video examples on a companion web site and 120 detailed illustrations to help you improve your conducting technique. Baton Basics can be used by a student just starting out, or by professional conductors who have been conducting for many years. It is a valuable took for anyone interested in expanding their vocabulary of conducting gestures.

Songlist: The Body, - The Feet, - Grounding the Lower Body, - The Waist and The Back, - Lifting the Ribcage and Opening the Chest, - The Head, - The Shoulders, - The Arms, - The Wrist and Fingers, - The Face and Eyes, Motion and Gestures, Connecting with the Sound, Applying and Combining Gestures, Controlling Tempo and Volume

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2702b | Book | $27.95 || Choral Conducting

Let's All Sing : Let's All Sing The Beatlesnew

Review: Celebrate the music of The Beatles with this one-of-a-kind collection! These five classic hits have been adapted specifically for young unison voices, with optional harmony for some added fun. Perfect for group singing in the classroom, choir or community, these arrangements will be a blast to rehearse and perform! The Piano/Vocal Collection offers fully accompanied songs, and the Singer Edition comes in handy paks of ten with vocal parts only. Check out the professionally-produced recording available separately, for performance and accompaniment possibilities! Suggested for grades 4-8. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.

Songlist: Can't Buy Me Love, Octopus's Garden, Drive My Car, A Hard Day's Night, Here Comes The Sun

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2738b | Songbook | $16.95 | Unison | | Accompaniment CD Available

High Society : Celebrating High Society - A Musical Journeynew

Review: Legendary foursome High Society's (Connie Noble, Kim Hulbert, Sandy Shelver and Pat Vozza) being named Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions in 1976 led to a long, wonderful career, with concerts all over North America, a USO Tour and four top-selling albums, "High Society," "On the Road Again," "By Design" and "Fascinatin'." For all their loyal fans over the years, and for those who have never had the chance to savor the buttery harmonies, sweet leads and ringing, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck-tingling held chords of one of Sweet Adelines' all-time great champions, we would highly recommend "Celebrating High Society." A 2-CD collection of 51 tunes, "Celebrating" leaves none of the good stuff out, including every song on their four best-selling albums! All of our favorites, "Take Me to the Land of Jazz," "Get Happy," "Top Hat Medley," "Jump Shout Boogie," "Tin Roof Boogie," "Java Jive," "In My Life," "Crazy," "Fred Astaire Medley," "Lazy River," "Lullaby of Birdland"... they're all here. Treat yourself to a tasty banquet of very Sweet Adelines!

Songlist: Tree In The Meadow, Take Me To The Land Of Jazz, Jazz Baby, As Time Goes By, Jazz Came Up The River, I'll Always Be In Love With You, Someone To Watch Over Me, There's No Business Like Show Business, Didn't We, Get Happy, That Old Feeling, 42nd Street, Top Hat Medley, On the Road Again, How Could You Believe Me Medley, Everything Old Is New Again, Thank You World, Weekend In New England, I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Jump Shout Boogie, God Bless America, Here's To The Winners, I Got Rhythm Medley, Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Tin Roof Blues, London By Night, The Secret Of Christmas, Joshua Medley, On The Road Again, A Little Bit Of Happiness, Java Jive, I Want You With Me, They All Laughed, In My Life, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Coloring Book, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, The Man That Got Away, Oliver Medley, Fascinatin' Rhythm, Gotta Be This Or That/Undecided, Crazy, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Little Girl Blue, Skylark, It' s The Talk Of The Town, Fred Astaire Medley, The Man I Love, Lazy River, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Lullaby Of Birdland

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22259c | 2 CDs | $24.95 | A Cappella || Sweet Adelines Music

Elvis Presley : Original Keys for Singersnew

Review: 25 songs arranged exactly how The King sang them, including: All Shook Up - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Burning Love - Can't Help Falling in Love - Don't Be Cruel (To a Heart That's True) - Heartbreak Hotel - It's Now or Never - A Little Less Conversation - Love Me Tender - Return to Sender - Suspicious Minds - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - The Wonder of You - and more.

Songlist: Loving You, Too Much, All Shook Up, Love Me, Heartbreak Hotel, Don't, An American Trilogy, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, A Little Less Conversation, Burning Love, Little Sister, Can't Help Falling In Love, Cryin' In The Chapel, (You're The) Devil In Disguise, Don't Be Cruel (To A Heart That's True), (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I, I Need Your Love Tonight, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, It's Now Or Never, Love Me Tender, Return To Sender, Suspicious Minds, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, The Wonder Of You

Style: Pop

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2735b | Songbook | $19.95 | Solo |

Marcus Creed : Transcriptions For Choir A Cappellanew

Review: The singing on this disc is exemplary, as is the case with the other Gottwald recordings on CARUS by the Saar-brucken Chamber Choir. The new CD features instead the South West German Vocal Ensemble, based in Stuttgart, clearly a center of choral excellence; consider also the Gachinger Kantorei and Freider Bernius's Stuttgart Chamber Choir... This is clearly a recording to treasure. --Choral Journal, Nov 2014

Songlist: Erinnerung, Wo Die Schonen Trompeten Blasen, Um Mitternacht , Die Zwei Blauen Augen, Urlicht, Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen, Scheiden Und Meiden, Die Stille Stadt, Laue Sommernacht, Bei Dir Ist Es Traut, Es Sungen Drei Engel, Im Abendrot

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22258c | 1 CD | $18.95 | A Cappella |

Adam Perlmuter : Perfect Pitch Method - A Musician's Guide to Recognizing Pitches by Earnew

Review: Perfect pitch - also called absolute pitch - has been a source of endless fascination for hundreds of years. The ability to recognize musical tones with no reference is often viewed as a kind of magical power, a gift that only a select few musicians are born with, a skill that cannot be learned. But perfect pitch is largely a misunderstood phenomenon. The Hal Leonard Perfect Pitch Method is designed to help you develop a sense of perfect pitch. In the process, your overall musicianship will benefit and you'll start listening to music on a deeper level and getting more satisfaction from it. At the heart of this book is a series of 49 ear-training sessions, one per day for seven weeks, using the included CDs or the online audio. Many of the lessons include three separate drills. You can do just one and save the others for later, or all three at the same time. Take your time, advancing to the next session only when you're satisfied with your results on the previous session. Pretty soon, you'll notice a marked improvement in your pitch acuity!

Songlist: What Is Perfect Pitch?, What Is Relative Pitch?, Other Frequently Asked Questions, How To Use This Book, Notes and Color, Starting Off On The Right Foot, Audiation, Session Prep, Listening Sessions, Answer Keys For Questions

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2683b | Songbook & Online Audio | $29.95 |

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Naturally 7 : Hidden In Plain Sightnew

Review: When we first heard and saw these seven beautiful singers, on the stage of the 1999 National Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael, CA, they were the NY Regional Champs, a gospel group called "Seven," recently formed as a group and unknown on the a cappella scene. A sublime 12 minute set later they were the surprise winners, and these talented, soulful men have never looked back since then! Their latest release, of many excellent albums and DVDs we've praised in the catalog, "Hidden in Plain Sight," is a wonder, and has drawn superstar-like attention. Difficult to pick favorites among these 14 cuts, but a cover of Coldplay's hit "Fix You," an audience favorite on their live shows, also stands out for us, "Galileo" features a wonderful (and actually licensed) sample of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and the gorgeous, elemental "Mahalia" samples Mahalia Jackson's "Trouble of the World" while giving a nod to the group's spiritual roots. Other favorites are what group front man Roger Thomas calls "Hybrids," where the group takes well-known songs like Wham's "Everything She Wants" and makes it the impetus for their own song, "Life Goes On;" and the group imitates all the instruments on Art of Noise's "Moments in Love," bringing their own song into the mix. "Rhapsody to the Queen" is another favorite of the group's eight originals on the album. It's clear to us how much Naturally 7 has become the cutting edge in the a cappella world by all the reviewers who rave about how 7 showcases the "awesome power of the human voice." This is what we've been talking about for decades when reviewing truly transcendent, envelope-pushing artists. Naturally 7 has clearly risen to this rare, atmospheric level, and we would invite you to celebrate this achievement with us by treating yourself to "Hidden in Plain Sight!"

Songlist: Tempus Fugit (Motus1), Keep The Customer Satisfied, Rhapsody of the Queen, Can't Take The Credit, Galileo feat. Queen, Moments (Ive Been Loved), Life Goes On, Put You On To This, Fix You, Need You With Me, Mahalia, Take It (Golden Gates), Run Away, Eppur Si Muove (Motus V)

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22247c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella |

Voces8 : Luxnew

Review: This recording features a selection of pieces spanning over 400 years: from Thomas Tallis and Gregorio Allegri to Massive Attack (Teardrop) and Ben Folds (The Luckiest - which appeared on the soundtrack for Richard Curtis's film About Time). The album title 'Lux' refers to the Latin word 'light,' which has inspired composers throughout history with the meaning of hope, banishing darkness, and nurturing both the body and the spirit. Voces8's celestial performances on the album prove how few can better evoke the power of light in all its physical, spiritual and mystical guises than the timeless sound of a choir.

Songlist: Ubi Caritas , O Nata Lux , Lux Aeterna (Nimrod), Teardrop , Mother of God, Here I Stand, Miserere, Stars, Ave Maria 1, Prayer to a Guardian Angel, Bogoroditse Devo, O Nata Lux (from Lux aeterna), The Luckiest, Corde Natus Ex Parentis, My Lord Has Come, Ubi Caritas

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22246c | SACD | $13.95 | A Cappella |

Various Arrangers : Sing and Celebrate 4! Sacred Songs for Young Voicesnew

Review: Sing and Celebrate 4! provides everything you need for developing younger elementary choirs in your church! Designed for grades K-4, Sing and Celebrate 4! 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. Songs include: All Night, All Day (General), God Made Me (General), Luke 6:31 (The Golden Rule) (General), Thanksgiving Day and Every Day (Thanksgiving), We Wait for Him (Advent), Do You See the Christmas Star? (Christmas), Jesus Is Born, Let the Earth Rejoice! (Christmas), Prepare the Way for Jesus (Palm Sunday), Jesus Is Risen! Sing for Joy! (Easter), A Gift from God (Mother's Day/Father's Day/Family). Also available in the Sing and Celebrate! series: the original Sing and Celebrate! (35028238), Sing and Celebrate 2! (35028755), Sing and Celebrate 3! (35029219) ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.

Songlist: All Night, All Day, God Made Me, Luke 6:31 (The Golden Rule), Thanksgiving Day And Every Day, We Wait For Him, Do You See The Christmas Star?, Jesus Is Born, Let The Earth Rejoice!, Prepare The Way For Jesus, Jesus Is Risen! Sing For Joy!, A Gift From God

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2762b | Songbook & 1 CD | $39.95 | Unison |

Taylor Swift : Original Keys for Singersnew

Review: This book features authentic transcriptions in the original keys of a dozen of the biggest hits from country/pop crossover superstar Taylor Swift in voice with piano accompaniment format: Back to December - Blank Space - I Knew You Were Trouble - Love Story - Mean - Our Song - Shake It Off - Teardrops on My Guitar - 22 - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - White Horse - You Belong with Me.

Songlist: Our Song, Love Story, Shake It Off, Teardrops On My Guitar, You Belong With Me, White Horse, Mean, Back To December, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, 22, Blank Space

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2740b | Songbook | $16.95 | Solo |

Trio Mediaeval : Aquilonisnew

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

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22244c | 1 CD | $17.95 |

Ariella Vaccarino : Vocal Repairnew

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.


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22243c | 1 CD | $19.95 || Vocal Health

Elora Festival Singers : The Wonder Of Christmasnew

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

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22241c | 1 CD | $9.95 |

King's Singers : Let It Snownew

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

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22237c | 1 CD | $17.95 || Men's Choir Christmas

King's Singers : Postcardsnew

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

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22236c | 1 CD | $16.95 |

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir : There Is No Rosenew

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

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22239c | 1 CD | $11.95 || Female Choral Christmas CDs

Max Q : A Little Christmasnew

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

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22182c | 1 CD | $9.95 || Barbershop Christmas

Jeannie Gagne : Contemporary Singing For Choirsnew

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

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7891dvd | DVD | $39.95 |

New York Polyphony : Sing Thee Nowellnew

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

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22245c | SACD | $19.95 |

Kristin Chenoweth : Songs in the Style of Kristin Chenowethnew

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, ,

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8371b | Songbook | $29.95 | Solo |

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House Jacks : Pollennew

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

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22235c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |

OC Times : The Roadnew

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

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22223c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

Martins : A Cappellanew

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

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22232c | 1 CD | $13.95 || Contemporary Christian CDs

Close Harmony For Men : Consider Yourselfnew

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

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8324b | Sheet Music | $3.20 | TTBB | A Cappella || Barbershop Arrangements

Close Harmony For Men : Little Saint Nicknew

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

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8329b | Sheet Music | $3.20 | TTBB | A Cappella || Barbershop Arrangements

Close Harmony For Men : Stand by Menew

Review: Part of the charm and signature of the song is the bass riff, which continues throughout and keeps strict tempo from beginning to end.

Songlist: Stand by Me

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Close Harmony For Men : What'll I Do?new

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?

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8335b | Sheet Music | $3.20 | TTBB | A Cappella || Barbershop Arrangements

Jonathan Palant : Brothers, Sing On!new

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

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8400b | Book | $22.95 |

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Crossroads : The Simple Lifenew

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

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22224c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

Various Arrangers : Sing in the Barbershop Quartet Christmas Collectionnew

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

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8321b | Songbook & 1 CD | $14.95 | TTBB | A Cappella || Barbershop Christmas

Voces8 : Eventidenew

Review: Voces8 make an extraordinary debut on Decca with Eventide. Eight young singers forming one perfect sound add a contemporary edge in stunning original arrangements from plainchant to Paul Mealor and from Saving Private Ryan to Emeli Sande. The album evokes the magical space between day and night, a time for unwinding, for finding the calm and solace we all seek. Eight perfectly-blended voices interwoven with haunting melodies for solo cello, harp and saxophone provide an immersive sonic experience which will soothe, beguile and inspire.

Songlist: Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Festal, Hymn To The Fallen, Reflexionem, Where I Sleep, The Seal Lullaby, Second Eve, Quanta Qualia, Underneath The Stars, Locus Iste, Corpus Christi Carol, Benedictus, Os Iusti, Steal Away, Ave Maria, O Magnum Mysterium, Te Lucis Terminum, Pentecostal Tone

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22194c | 1 CD | $13.95 | A Cappella || Men's Choirs CDs

Nina Simone : Original Keys for Singersnew

Review: One of the most powerful live performers of her time, Nina Simone mixed jazz, blues, soul, classical and more to create a genre all her own. This book features authentic transcriptions in the original keys of 23 Simone classics in voice with piano accompaniment format: Feeling Good - He Needs Me - I Loves You Porgy - I Put a Spell on You - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - It Might As Well Be Spring - Little Girl Blue - My Baby Just Cares for Me - Solitude - Willow Weep for Me - Work Song - Young, Gifted and Black - and more.

Songlist: If I Should Lose You, Work Song, Solitude, He Needs Me, Night Song, Lilac Wine, Young, Gifted And Black, Take Me To The Water, If You Knew, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Feeling Good, For All We Know, Children Go Where I Send You, I Loves You, Porgy, It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), It Might As Well Be Spring, Little Girl Blue, Love Me Or Leave Me, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Something Wonderful, The Twelfth Of Never, Willow Weep For Me, I Put A Spell On You

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2728b | Songbook | $19.95 | Solo |

Nicola LeFanu : Five Songs from Catalunyanew

Review: These songs were originally composed with texts in Catalan. They were written for a concert that celebrated ten years of the Centre d'Art I Natura at Ferrerra de Pallars in Catalunya. These English versions of the traditional Catalan texts maybe sung in any selection or order, or used as individual songs.

Songlist: The Storm Cock (La Griva), Henny Penny (La Gallina), The Month of May (Lo Mes de Maig), Lullaby: Sleep and Dream (La Canco de bressol, The Moon in the Clear Blue Sky (La Lluna del cel blau

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4049b | Songbook | $11.95 | SATB | A Cappella |

Charlene Archibeque : How To Make A Good Choir Sound Great!new

Review: This remarkable DVD presents a systematic approach to improving the sound of choirs of all ages, types, and stages of development. From vocal warm-ups to rehearsals to culminating performances, this DVD provides a step-by-step guide to help choral ensembles to reach their full potential. Many different standing positions are demonstrated and the numerous factors involved in deciding which position to use are discussed. Dr. Charlene Archibeque demonstrates unique placements that work in varied rehearsal situations, including standing, sitting, using risers, and dealing with a flat floor. She also explores the most effective positions for performance situations, taking into consideration the acoustics of the venue, the strengths and weaknesses of the choir, and the repertoire to be performed. A focal point of is the demonstration of the decision-making process involved in the place- ment of individual singers within a section. Blend, balance, intonation, musicianship, and aural skills- as well as strength of each voice and timbre of each singer-are factors that affect these decisions. Unique "before and after" comparisons, suitable for showing to singers, highlight the contrasts prior to and after voice matching and/or positioning of singers for specific repertoire. The powerful effects of capturing each singer's innate expressiveness and imagination are displayed via contrasting examples of engaged and unengaged singing. This DVD, with its unprecedented combination of explanations, graphics, and singer demonstrations, offers a unique and valuable resource for both conductor-teachers and singers.

Songlist: Rehearsal Formations, Performance Formations, Placement of Individual Singers, Visual Aspects of Impactful Performances, Developing Expressivness, Acoustics, Blend and Balance, Intonation, Aural Skills, Strength and Timbre of Each Voice, Includes:-, Graphics, Charts, Singer Demonstrations

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5915dvd | DVD | $24.95 |

Chris Mann : Original Keys for Singersnew

Review: Here are authentic vocal piano arrangements - all in their original keys - of 11 popular songs from Chris Mann, the classically trained singer who propelled to fame in the second season of The Voice. Titles: Always on My Mind - Ave Maria - Cuore - Falling - Longer - My Way - Need You Now - On a Night like This - Roads - Unless You Mean It - Viva La Vida.

Songlist: Ave Maria, My Way, Always On My Mind, On A Night Like This, Viva La Vida, Need You Now, Falling, Cuore, Unless You Mean It, Roads, Longer

Style: Classical

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2727b | Songbook | $16.95 | Solo |

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