In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
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Review: The world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir, under the direction of Georg Stangelberger and Marco Ozbic, sings 15 songs in English and German, including traditional carols and Christmas-related pieces such as "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "The Little Drummer Boy." The program takes a look at the choir in formal performance and rehearsal, and also provides some special yuletide scenes of the boys preparing for holiday festivities -- bringing in a tree, putting up decorations, eating treats, and enjoying other Christmas customs.
Songlist: Pueri Concinte, Joy To The World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Little Drummer Boy, Joy To The World (2), O Du Frohliche, O Heiland Reiss die Kommet, Stille Nacht, Heilge Nacht, Vom Himmel Hoch, Good King Wenceslas, Deck The Halls, Adeste Fideles, Still, Still, Still
Review: As part of this year's celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents Britten's enchanting choral masterpiece Saint Nicolas, coupled with the Hymn to St. Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb. The recording features soloist Andrew Kennedy, a former choral scholar at King's College, the Britten Sinfonia, Sawston Village College Choir and Cambridge University Musical Society. The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is one of the world's foremost choirs and unquestionably among the most widely heard.
Songlist: St Nicolas, Op. 42, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27, Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30
Review: It's the night before Christmas and all through the world people gather to share stories, poems and music of this wondrous night. Thus the narrator of A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem draws us into a magical recording that includes carols spanning seven centuries and five languages as well as poems and stories that take us from Bethlehem in the Holy Land where we are present at the birth of Jesus as seen through a child's eyes, to diverse Christmas traditions of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the present day.
Songlist: The Three Kings , The gift carol , Of the Father's love begotten, Noel nouvelet, Long Ago in Bethlehem, Dormi, dormi bambin, Ding Dong! Merrily on high, Betelehemu, A la nanita nana, Carol, God Moves in a Mysterious Way, What Sweeter Music, The Angel Gabriel, Sleep Well Thou Child of God
Review: The familiar hymn Veni Emmanuel is emblematic of the Advent season - a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ's coming. Framing this program by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Graham Ross, the hymn paraphrases the great 'O' Antiphons (plainchant settings traditionally sung on the days leading up to Christmas), complemented here by later works echoing their rich imagery and symbolism.
Songlist: Veni, veni Emmanuel, Vigilate, Antiphon I: O Sapientia, The fear of the Lord, Antiphon II: O Adonai, O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, Antiphon III: O Radix Jesse, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Antiphon IV: O Clavis David, Audivi vocem de caelo, Antiphon V: O Oriens, Hymn to the Creator of Light, Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, Christus: Say, where is He born, There shall a star from Jacob, Antiphon VI: O Rex Gentium, Bethlehem Down, I sing of a maiden, Antiphon VII: O Emmanuel, God Is With Us, Antiphon VIII: O Virgo Virginum, All-Night Vigil, Op.37: VI: Bogoroditse Dyevo, Gloucester Service: Magnificat, O come, O come, Emmanuel
Review: On Songs of Olden Times, the vocal ensemble Heinavanker (Estonian for "hay wagon"), led by composer Margo Kolar since 1996, delves into Estonia's early sacred music and folklore through the prism of contemporary imagination. This evocative program of ancient runic songs and folk hymns, which sometimes features overtone singing, ranges from joyful to reflective.
Songlist: Mu suda, arka ules (Awake, my heart), Veni Creator Spiritus , Natse Jummal, siin ma rummal (Here behold me as I cast me), Oh Aadam, sino essitus (Oh Adam, your guilt), Ammuste aegade laulud (The Songs of Olden Times), Haned kadunud (Missing Geese) , Imeline koda (Wondrous House) , Loomine (Creation), Oh Jeesus, Sinu valu (O Jesus, your suffering), Jeesukest ei jata ma (I won't forsake sweet Jesus), Ma tanan sind, et oled mind (Thank you, O Lord, for sheltering me), Kas sureb nii mu koige armsam elu?, Mu mano tulge latse (Come, children, unto me), Koik tulge minu juurde nuud, Nuud hingvad inimesed (Now rest beneath night's shadow)
Review: On this new holiday album of choral favorites, Hans-Christoph Rademann leads the world-famous RIAS Kammerchor in a musical retelling of the Christmas Story. With music ranging from Mendelssohn to Part, this collection leads the listener to the heart of Christmas Night and to rejoicing at the Savior's birth.
Songlist: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, In der Christnacht, Ave Maria, Virga Jesse floruit, Ich lag in tiefer Todesnacht, Nun liebe Seel, nun ist es Zeit, Ubers Gebirg Maria geht, Ave Maris Stella, Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden, Magnificat, Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel, Salve Regina, In dulci jubilo, Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Hodie Christus natus est
Review: The earliest 15th century carols were based on simple folk melodies, with texts added representing Christmas ideas, but it was a long gap then until the Victorians, followed shortly by great 20th Century composers (Vaughan Williams, Holst etc), developed the wonderful catalogue of choral enjoyment that we enjoy here today.
Songlist: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Invitatory, While Shepherds Watched, Adam Lay Ybounden, Once in Royal David's City, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing By, Gabriel's Message, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Sussex Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles), Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, Come Thou Redeemer, Twas in the Year that King Uzziah Died, Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding, A Spotless Rose, I Sing of a Maiden, Remember O Thou Man, On Jordan's Bank, Up! Awake!, King Jesus Hath a Garden, The Blessed Son of God, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Review: A definitive collection of 100 anthems from Tudor times to the present, this book includes favorites as well as lesser-known pieces. The anthems were selected for their practical usefulness for church choirs today, bearing in mind the needs of smaller choirs: the anthems are mostly for SATB with or without keyboard accompaniments.
Songlist: Ave verum Corpus , Haec dies , Justorum animae , Laetentur coeli , Miserere mei , O quam gloriosum , Sing joyfully , Teach me O Lord , This day Christ was born , Factum est silentium , Call to remembrance , Hide not thou thy face , Lord for they tender mercy's sake , Almighty and everlasting God , Hosanna to the Son of David , O clap your hands , O Lord in thy wrath , This is the record of John , Let thy merciful ears , O Lord the maker , Ave Maria , Ascendit Deus , If ye love me , O nata lux , Salvator mundi , With all our hearts , I heard a voice , When David heard , Give almes of thy goods , Alleluia. I heard a voice , Gloria in excelsis Deo , Hosanna to the Son of David , O Lord arise, When David heard
Review: Rupert Gough and the Choir of Royal Holloway offer listeners another fascinating album of contemporary Baltic music. The primary work on the recording is based on Estonian folk hymns collected in the early twentieth century by Cyrillus Kreek, who was the Estonian equivalent of Bart—k or Grainger. During the Soviet era, the singing of these religious songs was forbidden and the entire genre was all but forgotten. By the end of the twentieth century, fresh light could be shone on these folk collections and composer Tonu Korvits was particularly struck by the music's fresh possibilities. In writing Kreek's Notebook, Korvits both pays homage to Kreek and presents his own totally modern take on the folk hymn idiom. Although there is a dramatic unity to this eight-movement work, there is much diversity in timbre and scoring. The effect is improvisatory in the creative ornamentation of the vocal lines, and suffused with dreamy textures that bring to mind the great tradition of Eastern European choral writing.
Songlist: Nuud ole, Jeesus, kiidetud (May Jesus now be praised), Nuud on see paev ju loppenud (Now the day is over) , Ma kiitlen ukspainis neist verisist haavust (I alone praise those wounds that bleed), Oh vota, armas Jeesus, vastu mult (Oh receive from me dear Jesus), Su hooleks ennast annan ma (I shall give myself up to your care), Lenda ules kurbtusest (Fly up from your sorrows), Minu hing, oh ole roomus (My soul, oh be joyful), Ma vaatan ules maele (I gaze up at the hill), The night is darkening round me , Lacrimosa (Maskats), In memoriam (Plakidis), Tuksnesu karstos putekjos (In the hot dust of desert)(Fatamorgana-Mirage) , Kas kaiteja an dziedat (Why should I not sing?) , Meza virins (The forest elves) , Lugums naktij (Prayer to the night)(Maskats)
Review: Westminster Abbey Choir is world famous, as is the Director Martin Neary, since he organized the music for the funeral of Princess Diana. Twenty one all-time favorite carols are here sung in modern digital recordings. "Christmas recordings don't come more traditional than this." Robert Cockroft - Yorkshire Post
Songlist: Hark! The Herald Angels sing, Once in Royal David's City, Ding dong! Merrily on high, The Coventry Carol, Away in a manger, O Little town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, In the bleak midwinter, O Come, all ye faithful, The Zither Carol, Joy to the world, In dulce jubilo, Good King Wenceslas, I saw three ships, I wonder as I wander, We Three Kings of Orient are, The first Nowell, The three Kings, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, While shepherds watched their flocks by night, We wish you a Merry Christmas
Review: Voice research has revealed much about the singing voice, but this valuable information does not necessarily transfer into fine singing. In The Essentials of Beautiful Singing: A Three-Step Kinesthetic Approach, performer and scholar Karen Tillotson Bauer bridges this gap by reframing the complexities of voice science with a cultivated simplicity of style and terminology that speaks directly to the singer's experience of singing.With her three-step approach, Bauer integrates fact and application in a logical order, step by step. With clarity and immediate relevancy, this work takes the mystery out of singing by approaching it as a kinesthetic experience. Through the use of short verbal prompts and guided exercises, The Essentials of Beautiful Singing helps the singer discover good breath management, realize good resonance, and achieve clear enunciation. The focus throughout is on the skillful use of the body as a musical instrument, the source of fine singing.For the experienced voice teacher, choral director and singer at any level, Bauer's three-step approach offers a fresh perspective on the familiar principles of vocal function. Clear explanations of the singing processes replace vague notions, and a relevant terminology makes refined singing more accessible. The Essentials of Beautiful Singing cuts to the heart of vocal technique and challenges some common pedagogical assumptions while defining a dependable foundation for fine singing.
Songlist: Setting the Stage for the Three-Step Approach, A Precondition to Beautiful Singing, "Open Body" and Breath Management, Exhalation: Controlled Release of Air, "Open Throat" and Resonance, The Kinesthetic Experience, Resonanting on Sung Tones, Posture Preparartion, The Chiaroscuro Balance, Forward Articulation and Enunciation, Refinements toward Greater Skill, Chest Register, Head Register, Messa di Voce, Developing the Upper Range, Legato and Misicality
Review: The simple but vital premise behind this important book is that a healthy voice is a beautiful voice, and a clear tone and pleasant sound will arise from a healthy vocal technique. Based on the concepts of voice therapy, laryngology, and voice science, The New Voice Pedagogy presents a no-nonsense look at the ways knowledge gained through modern science can be applied to teaching voice.Marilee David, an experienced teacher and performer, first explains the physiology of the voice, then examines individual aspects of singing, such as breathing, mouth position, phrasing, tone quality, pitch, resonance, and registration, and offers instruction and exercises appropriate to each component. David also considers the effects of different lifestyle factors and situations on the voice, such as singing with a cold or illness, common medications, obesity, hormones, and aging. She describes symptoms and treatments of common voice problems, including hoarseness, laryngitis, types of dysphonias, and examples of abuse and misuse, giving an overview of voice therapy and diagnostic tools. An important chapter on ethics, unique to this book, uses case studies to examine ethical questions that arise in the voice studio.New to this second edition are expanded sections on posture and kyphosis, HIV and AIDS, and the aging voice, and a helpful glossary of terms used in voice therapy, laryngology, and voice science is included. The bibliography of over three hundred books and articles provides a supplemental reading list for those interested in learning more, and a new final chapter summarizes the pedagogical concepts explored.
Songlist: The Larynx: Structure and Functions, Posture and Relaxation, Mouth Position and Breath, Physiology of Respiration, The Sound, Method of Attack, Constriction and Tone Quality, Tongue Position, Volume or Intensity, Vibrato, Registration, Placement and Resonance Extremes, The Use of Falseto, Resonance and Tone Focus, The Singer Outside the Studio, Programs of Vocal Hygiene, When The Voice Is Sick, Therapy and Dysphonias, Pulling It All Together, The Road to Technical Freedom
Review: This collection of five short songs for 2-part treble chorus was specifically created to provide traditional concert literature for beginning and developing ensembles. Careful attention is given to the needs of the young treble voice, along with good part-writing and appealing subject matter. Songs may be sung a cappella or accompanied, making this especially good for contest programming.
Songlist: Goodnight, My Love, Hello, Girls, Oh, Mother Dear, Voice Of The Sea, Wind Of The Western Sea
Review: This arrangement is one of several Jim was commissioned to write by Voces8 for their Christmas album, Snowed In, and it was nominated for a 2009 CARA award. Its stillness and simplicity is intended to evoke both the awe and fear that Mary must have felt upon being told she was to give birth to the long-expected Messia Jim Clements is a British choral composer, arranger, orchestrator, and singer. He has written for numerous world-famous artists, including Tom Jones, The King's Singers, Tim Minchin, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been nominated for three CARA awards. His music is published by Edition Peters, and has been recorded on Decca Classics, Inertia Records, Priory Records, Signum Classics, Universal Records, and others. He is a member of the GRAMMY-nominated early music vocal ensemble, Stile Antico, which records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.
Songlist: Gabriel's Message
Review: First formed in August of 2009, Forefront has quickly become one of the Barbershop Harmony Society's most sought-after quartets, placing 13th in International competitions in 2010, 6th in 2011, and 7th in 2012. Most recently they won a 5th place bronze medal at the Toronto convention this past July! Multi-talented Drew, Brian, Kevin and Aaron are all BHS veterans as singers and directors, and "Forefront" is their debut CD. Favorites among these 14 cuts are "Sweet Heaven Medley," Eubie Blake's "Sweet Memories of You," Smokey Robinson's Motown classic "My Girl," Randy Newman's "When She Loved Me," the live cut from the 2012 BHS convention "Georgia on My Mind," "Come Go With Me," Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road" and the Citations' anthem "What a Wonderful World."This powerful quartet started in the forefront and just kept rising in the hugely competitive barbershop world-listen to this very impressive collection and see why!
Songlist: Fit As A Fiddle, Sweet Heaven, Memories of You, My Girl, The More I See You, Georgia On My Mind , When She Loved Me , Baby, It's You Come, Go With Me, Alleluia, When I Lift Up My Head , Easy Street, Seven Bridges Road, What A Wonderful World
Review: Esteemed arranger, Lari Goss, has assembled a diverse and dynamic Southern Gospel collection with arrangements of new and well-known favorites that will evoke memories of all night sing-alongs and dinners on the ground. These energetic, feel-good songs of faith and hope are easy-to-learn, offer opportunities for solos and a duet with a choir backup, and will move your choir and congregation to tap their toes and feel the Spirit. If you're looking for powerful testimonial songs, heart-filled ballads, and ministry-focused arrangements, you'll find a little bit of Heaven for every part of your worship in Everyday Sunday!
Songlist: Can He, Could He, Would He, Bye and Bye, Glorious Day, Great Love He Gave, The Love of God, Marriage Supper of the Lamb, Shoutin' Time Medley, Then I Met the Master, This Is the Day, Who Am I
I've Got The World on a String
Review: Bling! began their Sweet Adelines adventure in 2009 as four friends, Dayve, Angie, Deanna and Kim, that love to ring those barbershop chords. They've earned many Regional and International titles including 2011 International 8th place and novice quartet winners, 2012 7th place quartet and finally 2012 2nd place quartet in the world! "Bling! It On!," their glittering debut CD of 12 tunes, has many favorites of ours, but we'll mention the title tune, "I've Got The World on a String," "Some Lucky Day," "Witchcraft," "Gonna Build A Mountain," "Feeling Good," and bonus live tracks from Denver 2012 "If I Give My Heart To You" and "Shanghai." Great stuff from this fast-rising, hugely talented quartet!
Songlist: Bling! It On, I've Got The World on a String, Seasons of Love, Some Lucky Day, Time After Time, How Many Hearts Have You Broken?, Witchcraft, Gonna Build A Mountain, Feeling Good, Hallelujah, If I Give My Heart To You, Shanghai
Review: Lustre, Tenor Kate, Lead Lori Crouter, Baritone Lori Dreyer, and Bass Jenny started their musical adventure in 2005 with Baltimore's Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus, receiving several Sweet Adelines Regional and International awards, most recently being named 2013 SAI 7th Place International Finalists. In Feb. of 2013 they won the Mid Atlantic Harmony Sweeps Regional and blew us away at the National Finals in San Rafael, placing 2nd in an incredibly strong field! "Let's Sing!" is their debut album, quickly funded on Kickstarter, and it captures the vocal entertainment power and big fun of these remarkable 4 ladies. Some favorite among the 13 winners are the Disney standard "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," "Flirty Eyes," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Let's Sing Again,""Nobody Does It Like Me," "What Kind of Fool Am I?" "South Rampart Street Parade" and the very funny "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas." The Harmony Sweeps Finals attracts the best in the world in vocal harmony--these gals almost won it all, and rightly so. Don't miss this one!
Songlist: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Flirty Eyes, The Bandstand in Central Park, The Way You Look Tonight, Let's Sing Again, I Look At You, The Moment I Saw Your Eyes, Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, Nobody Does It Like Me, What Kind Of Fool Am I?, South Rampart Street Parade, Let the Words, I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
I'm Feeling Fine
Review: Tenor Paul, Lead Tim, Baritone Clay and Bass Drew are highly decorated BHS veterans, and it's no surprise that A Mighty Wind (great name, by the way) is the current BHS 3rd Place International Medalist quartet. "Something In The Air" is their hot-off-the-presses debut recording and it contains 12 winners, some that particularly caught our ear are Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," Sam Cooke's "Cupid," Roger Miller's crossover hit "King of the Road," Sol Weinstein's "The Curtain Falls," Robert Wells and David Holt's "Mobile," Mosie Lister's "I'm Feeling Fine," and Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." These guys are funny, the arrangements (several by the talented Clay Hine, who won 1991 Gold with FRED) are top-drawer, and they can entertain and harmonize like angels. The Wind is rising!
Songlist: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, I've Got You Under My Skin, Cupid, You Must Come In at the Bottom, My Gal Sal, King of the Road, The Curtain Falls, Mobile, Bill Grogan's Goat, I'm Feeling Fine, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Watch What Happens
Review: With performances spanning the last five years, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands celebrates Elise Bradley's first five years as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus, and features works from both Canadian and New Zealand composers, representing a true melding of cultures - the Toronto-based Chorus, and Ms. Bradley's native New Zealand. The music includes Maori pieces rarely heard outside of New Zealand, including the Maori kapa haka piece "I Te Timatanga" (In the Beginning) and "Te Iwi E" (To the People). The Canadian music includes Srul Irving Glick's beautiful "Magic Prayer" from Three Songs of the Light and Allister MacGillvray's famous and haunting "Song for the Mira". The Toronto Children's Chorus is often called the finest chorus of treble voices in the world.
Songlist: I Te Timatanga, Cantate Domino, Ohana I runga rawa, Magic Prayer, Magnificat, Child with the Starry Crayon, Peace Song, Sanctus, Weep No More, Watane, Tsimshian Welcome Chant, Cape Breton Lullaby, Te Iwi E, Song for the Mira, I Went to the Market
Review: Frauke Haasemann and her teachings regarding vocal technique have become legendary. Thousands of choral conductors have benefited from her books and workshops. Now, her primary student in Europe, Sabine Horstmann, has published and newly recorded her creative exercises based on the teachings of Frauke Haasemann. On this DVD, Horstmann demonstrates the vocal technique sequences covered in her book, which in the past have been difficult to convey on just ink and paper. This DVD provides an overview of choral vocal technique for choirs at any level of development. The sequential exercises Horstmann demonstrates can serve as the central part of vocal training for any choir. Sabine Horstmann, instructor of Group Vocal Technique and voice at the Robert-Schumann Music University in Dusseldorf, has extensive experience working with singers of all ages. The focal point of her career is her intense work with a variety of choral groups, from children's choirs through adult choirs, and the further education of young conductors through her teaching of Group Vocal Technique and Conducting in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States. Horstmann studied voice at Folkwang Music University of Essen with Professor Jakob Stampfli.
Songlist: An overview of the "how" and "why" of vocal pedagogy, Techniques for teaching posture, breathing, resonance, and relaxation, Exercises for high range, low range, dynamics, and diction, Suggestions for planning the choral warm-up, Canonic exercises for developing voice and ear
Review: In this volume of etudes for conductors, James Jordan details a ground-breaking pedagogy for the development of conducting skills. This method is based on a sequential harmonic process to inform and define conducting gesture. This book is revolutionary because it employs a process of score study to develop what Dr. Jordan calls "kinesthetic/harmonic audiation." Conductors of all skill levels will profoundly benefit from these new ideas. While instrumentalists and keyboardists for decades have had books of daily "etudes" for the development of technique, conducting pedagogy has not had the benefit of such a rigorous technical course of study. This book teaches conductors to make gestural decisions based upon harmonic rhythm and uses the gestural vocabulary of Rudolf Laban as the beginning "vocabulary" from which a conductor can make decisions. This book of etudes differs from other approaches because it views harmonic progression as the primary vehicle by which to learn conducting technique.
Songlist: Knowledge and Awareness of your Architecture, Patterning, Respond Intuitively, Breathing within the Envelope, Root Analyis, Density Analysis, Developing Harmonic / Kinesthetic Audiation, Spatial Audiation, Audiational Assimilation, Breath as an Etude, Pedagogical Path of these Etudes, Foundation of Harmonic Rhythm, Does Gesture Influence Sound?, Use and Study of the Harmonic Etudes, Body mapping, The Labian Rudiments, Practices
Review: Showcasing the talents of some of North America's best choral arrangers and composers, An American Christmas presents sixteen Yuletide treats that are guaranteed to add zest to any choir's repertoire. Drawing on a variety of styles including gospel, country, blues, and jazz An American Christmas presents some of the season's best-loved carols in a fresh light and there are also wonderful new original works by Libby Larsen and James Bassi. With opportunities for soloists and a variety of choral textures, this collection is bound to add an American sparkle to your ensemble's festivities.
Songlist: A Simple Gloria, Away In a Manger, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, D'ou Viens-tu Bergere?, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Huron Carol, I Saw Three Ships, Joy to the World!, Lullee, Lullai, Lullo, Lullabye, O Holy Night, Oh What a Wonderful Child, On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol), Shepherds Rejoice!, Silent Night, The Blasts of Chill December
Review: Bobobo is a traditional dance of the Ewe people in the Volta Region of Ghana. There are many variations from village to village, and many songs may be used. A village rendition is a lively event and will often last all day or night. The popular worship song "Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe " from Kenya can be performed in a variety of ways, by adding movement while singing, incorporating percussion instruments into the performance, or as a processional. Opening with a simple unison melody, the song progresses into two parts and finally adds a descant-like 3rd voice part. "Nakutakia Siku Njema! " is accessible for young choirs, and makes fun of common tourist phrases in Swahili, so don't look for a deep meaning in the text! A rhythmic pulse provides lots of fun for the singers and creates an exciting performance! "Duond Akuru" is based on the Kenyan phrase for "the voice of the dove" this composition combines the imagery of the African landscape and its musical essence.
Songlist: Bobobo Suite, Duond Akuru, Nakutakia Siku Njema! (Have a nice day), Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe
Review: Seven member, all male classic a cappella rockers The Exboyfriends were the classic "small NYC clubs to Sweepstakes" story, starting out in the former in 1993 and working their way up to the latter, winning Audience Favorite at the 2000 Harmony Sweeps National Finals in San Rafael, CA. Along their journey they appeared on VH1, Nickelodeon, NBC's Today show, the Howard Stern Show and many others. They also opened for groups like the Marshall Tucker Band and the Edgar Winter Group. "A Cappella's Dead," their 1999 debut CD, won rave reviews from us and was called the "classic rock album a cappella has been waiting for" by RARB. Their follow up "Karaoke Bar Brawl" won even more praise, being nominated for two CARA awards, and was one of RARB's "Picks of 2003" for album of the year. At the time of their "farewell" 2008 show, "Happy Ending" lay unfinished in digital purgatory, but after a long break from performing and recording the 7 guys got together to finish the album with producer Ed Chung, and staged a reunion concert in their hometown in May of 2013. After all that background, we'll be brief: we loved the ExBs at the 2000 Finals, and "Happy Ending" is a beautiful, powerful a cappella cover album of 10 songs, one of the best we've heard this year! Beside the hauntingly surreal Pink Floyd anthem "In The Flesh," some of our favorites are The Eagles' "Hotel California," which segues into a manic salsa-flavored party with body percussion and faux trumpets; U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday," and B. Brown's "Teenage Dirtbag," which necessitated a Parental Advisory on the album cover ("We Curse A Lot"). J. Walsh's classic "Life's Been Good" and M. Jones' "Feels Like the First Time" are stone winners, as is D. Roeser's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and the top-40 hits "Dirty Work" and "Hunger Strike." It's been a long wait to hear more sweetly arranged, top-tier a cappella from the Exboyfriends, but after listening to "Happy Endings" we, and a lot of their fans, are wishing they had never left!
Songlist: In The Flesh, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Dirty Work, (Don't Fear) The Reaper, In The End, Feels Like The First Time, Hunger Strike, Hotel California, Teenage Dirtbag, Life's Been Good
Review: Mixed choruses and chamber ensembles will frequently use and enjoy this collection of English madrigals, selected and edited by former King's Singer Philip Lawson.
Songlist: The Nightingale, The Organ Of Delight, Of All The Birds, Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees, Sweet Suffolk Owl, The Silver Swan
Review: Need a fresh approach to teaching dynamics, facial expression, phrasing, and musicality? Use a gadget! Unleash your creative beast with clever everyday "gadgets" redesigned for use in the choral classroom by music educator and choral conductor Christy Elsner. These inexpensive learning tools provide endless inventive ideas for introducing and reinforcing all elements of vocal pedagogy including breath, resonant tone, vowel formation, tongue placement, and diction. They also promote kinesthetic awareness and physical memory, empowering the individual singers and the entire class as a whole to be great singers.
Songlist: Cookie, Food and the Five Basic Vowels, Kitchen Utensils, The Marshmellow, Straws, Toothpicks, Candy, Bowls, Paintbrushes, Rubber Bands, Sponges, Stickers, Flashlights, Clothes Pins, Twinkle Lights, Ladder, Candles, Face Paint, Bubbles and Feathers, Balls, Mirrors
Review: Get your singers' attention with Quick Starts! Begin each class period or rehearsal with five minutes of creative, singer-tested activities to help focus and develop musicianship. Warm-up the body and voice with muscle movement activities, moving while you sing, and vocal exercises. Sharpen your singers' focus with games, tension breakers and ear training. Develop music skills with sight-singing, music dictation, music writing, theory and more. As educators and directors, Cristi Miller and Angie McKenna share the ideas they have used in their classrooms and rehearsals with great success. Complete with graphics and music examples, Quick Starts will get each rehearsal off to a great start!
Songlist: Warm-Ups, Tension Breakers, Sight Singing, Ear Training, Games, Teaching the Song, Tricks for Better Singing, Music Writing and Theory Fun
Review: In the space of two minutes, enjoy singing favorite moments from nearly 30 Christmas carols and songs in this medley arranged by Cantabile - the London Quartet. Lots of fun for everybody!
Songlist: A Festival of Carols in Two Minutes
Review: This valuable resource is essential for every church choir director. These warm-ups and activities will help prepare voices, bodies and spirits to share the Word through song. The opening prayers and meditations will help center your rehearsals. The vocal exercises will guide singers to produce a free and open tone, develop clean articulation and diction, improve resonance and intonation - all while singing inspirational words and passages. The group activities will develop a camaraderie that every church choir should know. The enclosed enhanced audio CD provides a demonstration recording of each vocal exercise to use with full choir, small group or individual practice, plus printable, reproducible, projectable PDFs of each singer exercise. Use these meaningful exercises, prayers and activities to enhance your music ministry at any level.
Songlist: Warming Up The Soul, Warming Up the Body, Breathe in the Support, Feel the Spirit, Warming Up The Voice, Let Your Voices Sing Praise, Let Us Grow Up in the Lord, Sing God's Word Clearly, Warming Up to Each Other
King Of the Road
Review: 1982 was a banner year for Northbrook, IL, as it was the year a Barbershop legend, The New Tradition Chorus, was founded, directed by Jay Giallombardo. Varying in size from 95 to 138 men, TNTC won their first SPEBSQSA medal in 1987, which began a remarkable streak of success in international chorus competition. They medaled every year, including a record 5 Silver medals in a row, until they finally grabbed the Gold in 2001! "Bandstand" is generous collection of 13 tunes and medleys that will warm your heart as well as that of your favorite jukebox, some of our favorites are the medleys: "50s Medley," "Jersey Boys Medley" containing the hits "Let's Hang On," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Working My Way Back to You" and "Walk Like a Man" and "Smile Medley;" "Bandstand Boogie," Roger Miller's crossover hit "King of the Road," The Turtles' bubblegum classicHappy Together," John Phillips' sweet Mamas and Papas anthem "Monday, Monday," Len "non/McCartney's "Lady Madonna," Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" and "Wind Beneath My Wings/You Raise Me Up" by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar. Director Giallombardo does most of the arrangements for his thoroughbred competition and performance band, and every cut is an entertaining, powerful, richly harmonic winner. Treat yourself to "Bandstand" by the continually amazing New Tradition Chorus!
Songlist: Bandstand Boogie, 50's Medley, King Of the Road, Unchained Melody, Happy Together, Jersey Boys Melody, Daydream, Monday, Monday, Lady Madonna, All The Gold In California, Over The Rainbow, Smile Medley, Wind Beneath My Wings / You Raise Me Up
Review: Pitch Perfect's Treblemakers win the regionals with this rowdy, rollicking arrangement of "Right Round" originally made popular by the Tufts Beelzebubs on NBC's The Sing Off Season One. 4-part harmony plus duet. Vocal percussion optional. Pitch Perfect starts with a bang - The Treblemaker's arrangement of the modern Rhianna classic "Don't Stop the Music". A perfect show opener or closer for your male a cappella group (4-parts plus solo, vocal percussion optional). The Kelly Clarkson's mega hit "Since U Been Gone" rocks out in this a cappella rendition from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack! Your guys will love performing this authentic a cappella mash-up of Bright Lights Bigger City / Magic.
Songlist: Right Round, Don't Stop the Music , Since U Been Gone, Bright Lights Bigger City / Magic
Review: Remember the scene in Pitch Perfect where Beca first teaches the Barden Bellas how to sing a mashup? This is that exact arrangement of "Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream " from the movie, distilled into 4-part harmony plus duet. Vocal percussion optional. "Cups" is the irresistible break-out hit by Anna Kendrick from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack has a sweet folky flavor and the fun "cup" accompaniment will be a hit with your choir! Now crossing over to YouTube and mainstream radio, the song is getting major attention in the media. May be performed a cappella or accompanied. "Bellas Finals" - Perhaps the biggest a cappella moment in modern cinema, the Barden Bellas win the ICCAs with this exact full-length arrangement from the movie Pitch Perfect, distilled into 4-part harmony plus solo. Vocal percussion optional.
Songlist: Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream , Bellas Finals, Since U Been Gone, Party in the U.S.A., Cups
Review: The film Pitch Perfect presents the world of collegiate a cappella groups with a comedic flair and musical sassiness that your pop ensembles will love to recreate! Whether a cappella or accompanied, here is the Bellas' terrific mash-up, including: Don't You (Forget About Me), Give Me Everything (Tonight), Price Tag. The irresistible break-out hit "Cups" by Anna Kendrick has a sweet folky flavor and the fun "cup" accompaniment will be a hit with your choir! Now crossing over to YouTube and mainstream radio, the song is getting major attention in the media. May be performed a cappella or accompanied. Kelly Clarkson's mega hit "Since U Been Gone" rocks out in this a cappella rendition!
Songlist: Since U Been Gone, Cups, Bellas Finals
Review: Fill your performance space with the glory of a German Renaissance Christmas with selections from this outstanding collection! Mixed choruses from high school through professional will appreciate the clean, well-edited editions.
Songlist: Angelus Ad Pastorem, Dixit Maria, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Maria Wallt Zum Heiligtum, Singt Und Klingt (Psallite Unigenito)
Review: Here are all 12 songs off the debut from these Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed English indie folk/rockers.
Songlist: After The Storm, Awake My Soul, The Cave, Dust Bowl Dance, I Gave You All, Little Lion Man, Roll Away Your Stone, Sigh No More, Thistle And Weeds, Timshel, White Blank Page, Winter Winds
Review: A Northern California girl, Sara Bareilles has garnered comparisons to Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. She released her first CD in 2004, but "Love Song," featured as an iTunes free single of the week in June of 2007 and in a commercial for the online music service Rhapsody, catapulted her to stardom. Cherry Lane proudly presents the matching folio to her major-label debut, certified gold by the RIAA. The PVG songbook features her megahit "Love Song" and 11 others, plus photos and an introduction by Sara herself.
Songlist: Between The Lines, Bottle It Up, City, Come Round Soon, Fairytale, Gravity, Love On The Rocks, Love Song, Many The Miles, Morningside, One Sweet Love, Vegas
Review: All 16 tracks from Swift's record-breaking blockbuster album.
Songlist: All Too Well, Begin Again, Everything Has Changed, Holy Ground, I Almost Do, I Knew You Were Trouble., The Last Time, The Lucky One, Red, Sad Beautiful Tragic, Starlight, State Of Grace, Stay Stay Stay, Treacherous, 22, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Review: "Firework" - Ben Bram is known for his work on The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect, and for arranging for groups such as The Backbeats and Pentatonix. This wellcrafted treatment of the Katy Perry hit will make your pop a cappella group come alive. "Some Nights" - This powerful anthem by the Grammy-award winning pop group FUN. became the band's second top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been featured on Glee. The intense lyrics explore the meaning of life, using war as a metaphor for the struggle between good and evil. Creatively arranged, pairing a strong a cappella choir with martial snare and bass drums. "Forget You" - This Grammy-nominated hit by Cee Lo Green is perfect for pop a cappella groups. With a rhythmic groove supporting a soloist, this one really kicks!
Songlist: Firework, Some Nights, Forget You
Review: The Cat's Pajamas, Skinner, Nate, Brad, Mike and Nathaniel, has been touring around the world since 2005, performing over 200 shows a year. They recently entered the national spotlight while performing their Oreo Cookie Jingle for Randy Jackson, placing in the top 10 on NBC's The Sing-Off. Winners and Audience Favorite of the 2013 Chicago Harmony Sweeps Regional, they wowed us with a strong set at one of the most competitive National Finals we've seen! The Cats specialize in wonderfully-arranged covers and sweet-segueing medleys like "British Invasion," "Summer Medley," "60s Dance," "Country Medley," "Beatles" and "Three Dog Night." Other favorites areLady Gaga's "Born This Way," Leonard Bernstein's "Tonight, Tonight," "Stars & Stripes Forever" and a nice nod to the Sweeps closing Doo Wop anthem "Goodnight Sweetheart." Co-founder Brian Skinner's "Beat Bass" is tight and hot, and the harmonic hits just keep on comin'! Don't miss this rockin', big fun collection!
Songlist: British Invasion, Summer medley, 60's Dance, I'm Yours, Beatles, Stay, Three Dog Night, Country Medley, Tonight, Tonight, Born This Way, Stars and Stripes Forever, Goodnight Sweetheart
Review: This is the debut album from the adventurous and renowned vocal octet Roomful of Teeth. From the neo-alpine yodel on Rinde Eckert's "Cesca's View" to Caleb Burhans's stirring post-minimalist take on bel canto singing in "No", the album breathes fresh life into the a cappella landscape. One of this generation's most dynamic vocal talents, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, contributes two electrifying songs that explore a range of world-inspired grooves. African pygmy yodels, Inuit rhythmic pulsing, Appalachian hymn tunes, and bracing Eastern European belting all filter through Garbus's powerful compositional voice. For her Pulitzer Prize-winning four-part composition Partita for 8 Voices, Caroline Shaw uses her insider vantage as a Roomful of Teeth vocalist to create a sonically exquisite and emotionally charged journey through the ensemble's soundworld.
Songlist: Passacaglia, Amid the Minotaurs, Montmartre, No, Courante, AEIOU, The Orchard, Cesca's View, Allemande, Quizassa, Sarabande, Runaway, Ansa Ya
Review: On this new album, Sweet Honey In The Rock's distinctive swirl of a cappella vocals, encompassing waves of imaginative five-part harmonies and occasional solo showcases, is heard unaccompanied, aside from the quintet's hand percussion, on about half of the songs. Adorned with new arrangements by Sweet Honey's members, there are jazz standards, gospel/civil rights anthems, Afro-centric songs, show tunes, blues, and a salsa-flavored original. Interwoven throughout the presentation are the understated instrumental contributions of the trio nicknamed "the Honey Men" - Stacey Wade (musical director/piano/keyboards), Parker McAllister (upright acoustic & electric bass), Jovol Bell (drums, percussion) - who augment Sweet Honey's exhilarating, soulful voices and confident, genre-crossing dexterity.
Songlist: Breaths, Sabumoya, Come Ye, Shuku Shuku (Choo Choo Song), See Line Woman, Can't Afford to Lose My Man, If I Should Lose You, Love Me or Leave Me, Trouble in Mind, Feeling Good, The Midnight Special, Pata Pata, Freedom Suite, Oh Freedom, Come and Go with Me to That Land, I'm on My Way, Another Man Done Gone, Abbey Lincoln Medley, Down Here Below, The Music Is the Magic, Tell Me More and More and Then Some , Wild Is the Wind, Run On, Let There Be Peace, N'Diarabi, Africa Is Where My Heart Lies
On Your Love
Review: Jordan, Michael, Nathan, Trey, Reuben and Andrew, hard-working members of dynamic 2012 Harmony Sweeps National Champion Six Appeal Vocal Band, are all about entertainment. We were in the delighted 2013 Finals audience in San Rafael's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, after being blown away by the 7 Regional champs, wondering how hosts Six Appeal would measure up with their set while the Audience Favorite votes were counted. We needn't have worried-Six Appeal nailed it, reminding us as we stood and cheered how much we love these guys! "Plan A" is SA's debut album, and all 12 cuts are feel-good hits: Elton John & Tim Rice's magnificent "Circle of Life," the Doobie Bros.' rock anthem "Listen to the Music," Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up," a pair of sweet, sexy originals by group members, Jordan's "Little Black Dress," and Trey's "Do I;" Gavin DeGraw & Ryan Tedder's "Not Over You," Andrew Berkowitz' "On Your Love" and Billy Joel's deathless hit "And So It Goes." These Six can sing and dance their butts off, and they leave it all onstage. Don't miss "Plan A," and if you are lucky enough to have a chance to see them, for God's sake don't miss their live show!
Songlist: Circle of Life, Listen to the Music, Keep Your Head Up, Little Black Dress, Not Over You, Ordinary People, Not Over You, Do I?, Your Man, On Your Love, I Will Survive, And So It Goes
Review: Each exercise in this invaluable resource is designed to reinforce fundamental vocal concepts for choral and solo singers of any age. Organized in 11 focused categories, the purpose of every warm-up is evident, and clearly-stated directions optimize growth. Supportive piano accompaniments, including progressive modulations, are lightly-orchestrated on the enclosed recording---perfect for ensemble rehearsals, studio lessons, or at-home practice. As an added bonus, PDF files on the enhanced CD provide extracted vocal lines on reproducible singer pages. An instructional book you will use again and again! Topics Include beginning warm-Ups, posture, vowels, breath support, tone quality, diction, dynamics, articulations, diphthongs, blend, scales, intervals, harmony, and more.
Songlist: Beginning Warm-Ups, Posture, Feet are Firmly Planted, Relax, Release, Though The Notes May Rise, Vowels, Drop Your Jaw, With a Joyful Tone, Breath Support, Flying, Sighing, Resist Caving In, Take Time To Breath, Tone Quality, Don't Want To Be Throaty, Never Louder Than Lovely, Project, Diction, Consonants Are Planned, The Lips, the Tongue, the Tip of the Teeth, Dynamics / Articulations, Sing legato, Sing Staccato, Sing We Sforzando, We Are Crescendoing, A Diphthong Song, Flexibility, Listen and Blend, Syncopation, Scales / Intervals, Harmony
Review: Under The Influence sees the acclaimed a cappella group reimagining a selection of their all-time favorite songs alongside many of the superstar artists and undisputed music icons that made them famous. Produced by Mark Kibble, founding member of the legendary a cappella group Take 6 and one of Straight No Chaser's primary influences, the album includes unprecedented collaborations with some of popular music's best and brightest - including Phil Collins, Dolly Parton, Rob Thomas, Seal, and Jason Mraz - as Straight No Chaser put their distinctive and inimitable spin on songs known and loved the world over.
Songlist: I Want You Back, Rolling In The Deep, Against All Odds , Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours), Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Some Nights/We Are Young, I Won't Give Up, This Is How A Heart Breaks, Kiss From A Rose, Jolene
Review: "Kumbargung" - One of the easiest and most immediately appealing from Stephen Leek's In Construction series. It is suitable for singers of all ages and uses indigenous Australian words that are spoken in rhythm at various pitch levels. "Kumbargung" means "night" and other evocative words include "ungi gungi" (grasshopper) and "goolay yali" (pelican). A delight for all ages! "Tunggare" means "voice" or "to sing" in an Australian dialect. This is a wonderful opening or closing to a concert. There is much repetition and very easy tenor and bass parts, so it is perfect for a high school choir (and other choirs as well!). It may also be used as a choral piece for audience participation. "Riawanna" is an Australian native word for "circles" and the piece is a do-it-yourself round with thousands of possibilities. It includes mixed meters. The final instruction in the accompanying notes says it all: "have fun".
Songlist: Kumbargung, Riawanna, Tunggare
Review: The Joy of Part Singing is a resource that will help children's choirs experience greater success in part-singing through short, accessible warm-ups, vocal exercises, rhythm chants, echo songs, mini-descants, and rounds. While some of these exercises are for rehearsal only, others may be shared in worship or in concert settings. Everything presented in the book was born out of the author's own need as a conductor of children's choirs. Even if your choir is currently working towards solidifying a beautiful, unison sound, these activities will help singers build the foundation for singing in multiple parts in the future.
Songlist: Warm Ups / Vocalises, Unison Alleluia / Two Parts, Two / Three-part Chords, Rhythm Rumbles, Echo Songs, The Lord is My Shepherd, Come Into God's Presence, Mini-Descants, Come Christians Join to Sing, Away In a manger, Rounds, Share God's Love, Clap Your Hands and Sing Hallelujah, Come Lord Jesus, Sing Unto God, Sing Allelujah, Gloria Deo
Review: Six South African songs for SATB or treble choir. Teaching DVD with voice parts, dance movements, pronunciation tracks and performances. Book includes tips for teaching and performing, pronunciation guide, background information for the songs and more. In addition to the book and teaching DVD is access to an online resource site with source recording downloads and video links.
Songlist: Likhon' ithemba lam, Re dibini, Ndisondela Kuwe, Swilo yini, Sesimfumene, Iindonga za Jeriko
Review: Twelve traditional 3-part folk songs from the Republic of Georgia, for mixed, youth and adult choirs. Book with scores, pronunciation guide, performance guidelines and background information, and accompanying DVD with performance and pronunciation video. In addition to the book and teaching DVD is access to an online resource site with source recording downloads and video links.
Songlist: Aragvisp'iruli Lashkruli, Bail-betkil, Chela, Deda Mogik'vdesa, Imeruli Mgzavruli, Lemchil, Megruli Alilo, Rachuli Nana, Shari-shuri, Tselo Mousvi Balakhsa, Ts'mindeo Ghmerto, Uts'inares Mas Vadidebt
Review: Classically Inclined takes the motifs you remember from recognizable pieces of classical music and turns them into vocalises, each addressing a different vocal challenge. You will learn the exercise a cappella, singing it up and down the scale, then have the opportunity to sing it in an expanded version with a symphony orchestra. Standout cuts are Bolero, Ride of the Valkryies, Trumpet Tune and Air and Waltz of the Flowers.
Songlist: Welcome, Surprise Symphony, Largo, Minuet in G, Ride of the Valkyries, Bolero, Trumpet Tune and Air, Emperor Hymn, Air, Humoresque, Waltz of the Flowers, Finale