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New A Cappella Releases

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Judith E. Carman : Yoga For Singingnew

Review: The development of a singer takes several years and involves training many different abilities. Since the whole body is the singer's instrument, and the mind, emotions, and musical abilities play the instrument, it is necessary to train all these elements. In the early developmental stage of perhaps six to eight years from high school through college, and beyond, the practices of yoga can be of great assistance in training the various facets of the whole singer. Beyond the training and development stages, the practices of yoga serve the singer well throughout life by keeping body, breath, mind, and spirit in healthful balance. Judith E. Carman, DMA, has taught singing for forty years, practiced yoga for almost twenty years, and taught yoga classes especially designed for singers for a decade. Dr. Carman has conducted Yoga for Singers workshops in university settings, for choral groups, in yoga studios, and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and National Opera Association national conferences and at national workshops. The material is divided into five categories: individual postures, short examples of practices for specific purposes, breathing techniques, a short demonstration class that includes all the elements of a complete practice in shortened form

Songlist: Theory and Techniques , The Connections , The Body, The Breath , The Mind , The Heart, The Performer, Practices for Various Needs , Asana Reference Chart, Sequences for Specific Areas of the Body, A Complete Practice for Daily Use, Short Practices for Specific Vocal Deficiencies, Short Practices for Specific Situations , Weight Issues, Yoga for Singers Classes: Lesson Plans

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6919b | Book | $26.95 || Vocal Health


Craig McLeish : The Negro Speaks of Riversnew

Review: Craig McLeish writes of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first black American to earn his living from writing. He was an innovator of jazz poetry, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote plays, short stories, novels, and his poetry was widely read. He was also a journalist, columnist and lecturer. The Negro Speaks of Rivers was perhaps his earliest published work, written when only 17 and while travelling by train to Mexico to visit his father. As the train crossed the Mississippi he suddenly began thinking about how rivers had impacted on Negro history, particularly in the fight against slavery. The four rivers mentioned in the poem lent themselves to using musical influences from those particular regions.

Songlist: I've Known Rivers, The Congo, The Euphrates, The Mississippi, The Nile

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6911b | Songbook | $7.95 | SATB | A Cappella |


Home Free : Crazy Lifenew

Review: We caught Minnesota's all male quintet Home Free's crowd-pleasing, funny set on stage at the 2010 Harmony Sweeps Finals, where they somehow failed to place. They were obviously unfazed by that result, as we were next blown away by their act in late 2013 on the stage of NBC's smash show The Sing-Off, in the Finals. They won, of course, and got such tremendous audience response that Columbia Records put together a beautifully recorded "best-of" CD, "Crazy Life." There are 11 tunes here, many of them familiar to "Sing-Off" fans: the Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire" (with guest soloist Avi Kaplan, and actually written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore), "Everything Will Be Okay," "I've Seen" and "Champagne Taste On a Beer Budget", all written or co-written by amazing bass Tim Foust (who also did a lot of the arranging); a Hunter Hayes medley of "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me," "Wanted" and "I Want Crazy;" "Any Way the Wind Blows" by Nesler, Hansen & Dodson;" "Jump Right In" by Brown, Mraz & Durette; "A Little Bit of Everything" by Rudolf, Warren & Warren and Kevin Fisher's title tune are all enthusiastic favorites. The strong leads by Austin and Rob, dynamic beatbox by Adam, steady baritone by Chris and rich, chocolaty bass by Tim, and just the pure effortless star quality of Home Free is well worth whatever the price to hear or see these guys!

Songlist: Any Way the Wind Blows, Your Man, Everything Will Be Okay, Jump Right In, I've Seen, Wake Me Up, Ring of Fire, Hunter Hayes Medley, A Little Bit of Everything, Champagne Taste (On a Beer Budget), Crazy Life

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22183c | 1 CD | $11.95 | 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 |


BR6 : For Allnew

Review: We have rained superlatives over one woman-five man Brazilian sextet's first two albums, "Here To Stay" and "Musica Popular Brazileira A Cappella," and we have been rewarded with their third, "BR6 For All." There are 12 perfectly recorded and mixed tunes here, our favorites (but only just barely) are the songs in English: Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," which has the theme from "Mission Impossible" segueing in and out of it; the amazingly arranged "Beatles Medley," the Michael Jackson hit "Human Nature," Freddie Mercury's Queen standard "Play the Game" and Sting's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." Other faves are the Latin classic "Tico-Tico No Fuba," "Aquarela Do Brasil," "Libertango," "Samba de Verao" and "Lembrei Do Ceara." But make no mistake, every song here is a stone vocal and rhythmic treat. BR6 ranks right up there with elite groups like Rajaton and the Real Group, and "For All" is one of the best CDs of the year!

Songlist: Aquarela do Brasil, Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, Tico-Tico No Fuba, The Beatles Medley, Libertango, Brasil Pandeiro, Human Nature, Samba de Verao, Play The Game, Coracao Bobo, Every Little Thing She Does, Lembrei do Ceara

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22181c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |


Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Choruses 2013new

Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. The home group Toronto Northern Lights won gold, Westminster Chorus took silver and the Alexandria Harmonizers won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.

Songlist: If I Can Dream, Get Your Happy Days on Medley, Anything Goes, You'll Never Walk Alone, Smile, Love Letters, When You Wish Upon A Star, Somebody Loves Me, The Way, The Joint is Jumpin, Over The Rainbow, Medley of the Singing Monks, Put Your Head on my Shoulder, River Stay 'way From My Door, Maybe This Time, As Long As We're Cookin' Medley, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair

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22176c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Choruses CDs


Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Quartets 2013new

Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. Masterpiece won gold, Musical Island Boys took silver and A Mighty Wind won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.

Songlist: Oh Susanna, Who's Lovin' You, Up a Lazy River, They All Laughed, Georgia on My Mind, Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love), What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, Do You Really Love Me?, Sunday Kind Of Love, You Don't Know Me, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat, I've Got You Under My Skin, Beautiful Dreamer, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Oh Look At Me Now Medley, Is It True What They Say About Dixie, Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me, Once Upon A Time, River, Stay 'Way From My Door, Let's Just Stay In

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22175c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Choruses 2013new

Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. The home group Toronto Northern Lights won gold, Westminster Chorus took silver and the Alexandria Harmonizers won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.

Songlist: Veggie Medley, If I Can Dream, Get Your Happy Days on Medley, All The Things You Are, Anything Goes, You'll Never Walk Alone, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Join The Circus Medley, Smile, Love Letters, When You Wish Upon A Star, I've Got No Strings, Somebody Loves Me, That Lucky Old Sun, New York Medley, The Way, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, The Joint is Jumpin, Over The Rainbow, Medley of the Singing Monks, Put Your Head on my Shoulder, Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, Swanee River, River Stay 'way From My Door, Maybe This Time, As Long As We're Cookin' Medley, Nobody Knows What A Red-Headed Mama Can Do, I'll Be Seeing You, You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine, Gotta A Lot of Rhythm in my Soul, I Want You Back, What Kind Of Fool Am I?, Yesterday I Heard The Rain, L-O-V-E, Early American Uptempo Medley, Tomorrow Is Promised To No One, Putting It Together

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2217dvd | DVD | $24.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Choruses CDs


Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Quartets 2013new

Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. Masterpiece won gold, Musical Island Boys took silver and A Mighty Wind won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.

Songlist: Old Friends, Tennessee Waltz, Oh Susanna, Where've You Been?, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can't Wait to be King, Hard Times, My Way, The Frim Fram Sauce, Bill Grogan's Goat, My Blushin'Rosie, I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time, Down By The Old Mill Stream, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Put Your Arms Around Me Honey, You Don't Know Me, The Nearness of You, You Took Advantage of Me, To Make You Feel My Love, Let's Do It, Come What May, The Songs Gotta Come From The Heart, Born To Be Blue, It's Still Rock and Roll To Me, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Stormy Weather, Let's Just Stay In, All I Need Is The Girl, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, The Desert Song, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, Love Walked In, Love Me, Oh! Look At Me Now, 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, Guilty, Till I Hear You Sing, I'm Into Something Good, Can'y Buy Me Love, Nobody Knows What A Red-Head Mama Can Do, So Long, Mother, Five Hundred Guys, You Needed Me, All I Do Is Dream Of You, I Won't Send Roses, Mistakes, Georgia May, Somebody Loves Me, My Heart Stood Still, No Other Love, L-O-V-E, American Tune, All Of Me

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2215dvd | DVD | $24.95 || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Martini Quartet : Straight Up!new

Review: I like my music as I like my drinks - that's straight up with a twist. And that's exactly what the talented ladies of The Martini Quartet serve up on this intoxicating release. These bi-national Queens of Harmony sing songs like they should be sung - beautifully, crisply and with feeling. The harmony is pure, tight and seamless with voices that soar. So make yourself a cocktail, sit back and let the warm glow of the music lift your spirits. Cheers ladies!

Songlist: Let's Live It Up, Sweet Dreams, Bumblebee, Come On Get Happy, I Will Go Sailing No More, Deed I Do, Fix You, Life Is A Highway, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, Defying Gravity, Irish Blessing, Canada's Really Big

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22312c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |


Vocal Spectrum : Vocal Spectrum IVnew

Review: We love Christmas, harmony and barbershop so we are in heaven here! One would expect nothing short of excellence from this International Champion quartet and Vocal Spectrum delivers in spades. Holiday harmony has never sounded so good and Tim, Eric, Jonny and Chris display a unique blend that clearly makes them one of barbershop's best.

Songlist: Welcome Christmas, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Cool Yule, In The Bleak Midwinter, What Child Is This, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Joseph's Lullaby, Believe, What's This?, Christmas Time Is Here, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Away In A Manger, O Holy Night

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22174c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |


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Smile

Touche : Touchenew

Review: From the 2013 International Queens of Harmony comes a wonderful recording of adroitly arranged and exquisitely sung standards and classics. Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" actually makes you smile, Larry Wright's arrangement of "As Long As I'm Singing" makes you want to sing and "The Way You Look Tonight" will have you making googly eyes at your significant other! This is the kind of recording that puts you in a great mood and leaves you singing away long after the recording is finished.

Songlist: Smile, For Once In My Life, Auld Lang Syne, As Long As I'm Singing, Come Rain or Come Shine, Midnight Choo Choo, Someone Like You, The Night We Called It A Day, Abide With Me, Hooray For Love, The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, A-Tisket A-Tasket, The Way You Look Tonight, It Is Well With My Soul

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22173c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |


Eric Ericson : Teachingnew

Review: The tenaciously active superstar Eric Ericson celebrated his 90th birthday on October 26 2008. His international celebrity status is exceptional, and people everywhere talk with reverence of the "Swedish Choral Miracle" - an expression that is very much synonymous with his life work. In this unique 14-part documentary film "Teaching", Birgitta Ohman and Swedish Television have captured Eric Ericson's playful yet inspirational style of teaching at the Royal College of Music. Caprice Records in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music presents this TV series on one DVD along with a bonus interview with Ericson from 2008. Experience for yourself the process of interpreting and performing choral music from all eras. Appearing is Eric Ericson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marianne Eklof, Thomas Jennefeldt, Stefan Parkman, among others.

Songlist: Conducting lesson with a. o. Anne Sofie von Otter, Conducting lesson: J.S. Bach & Sven-Erik Back, Conducting lesson: Arne Mellnas & Thomas Morley, Conducting lesson: David Wikander, Karl-Erik Welin & Bela Bartok, Thomas Morley & Orlando di Lasso, Lars Edlund, Kurt Lindgren & Bela Bartok, Warming up with Stefan Parkman, August Soderman, Alf Cranner, A.F. Lindblad & H.L Hassler, "Samtalssinfonietta": Georg Riedel, Sven-Erik Johanson & Johannes Brahms, En visa: Sven-Erik Back, No bird soars to high: Lars-Erik Larsson, Scherzo: Lars Edlund, Scherzo & "Femton finnar" arr. Lars Edlund, Bonus: Eric Ericson interview 2008

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6451dvd | DVD | $24.95 || Choral Pedagogy


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Without You

Six : Life Is A Highwaynew

Review: If there is ever to be an A Cappella Hall Of Fame then these talented brothers should surely be one of the first inductees. The Knudsens started singing when very young and got their first big break when in 1978 they first performed on the Donnie and Marie TV show where they went on to become regular guests. Now they must be one of the hardest working groups in a cappella as they recently completed their 7th year of performing six (usually sold out) shows a week in Branson, Missouri. This is their first CD is over 10 years and the wait was well worthwhile as they clearly demonstrate why they are so popular on this wonderful recording. With tight arrangements, fun song selection and some of the best sibling harmony in the business this is a recording you will be playing for years to come.

Songlist: Life Is A Highwaay, Don't Stop Believin', Jump, Rock Dream Medley, Beautiful Day, Boyfriend, Coldplay Medley, Without You, With or Without You, Carry On Wayward Son, Jessie's Girl, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Motown Medley, Beach Boy Medley, Frankie Valli Medley, Unchanied Melody

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22171c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |


Groove For Thought : Songs of Good Cheernew

Review: Wow no wonder this fabulous vocal jazz group were National Champions of the Harmony Sweepstakes and finalists on the Sing-Off TV show! The listener is grabbed immediately by the amazing opening track Carol Of The Bells and the highly innovative arrangements and stellar vocals takes you on a Holiday harmony joy ride. It is so refreshing to hear fresh interpretations of these Christmas songs and there is never a dull moment. Mostly a cappella with occasional light accompaniment this is a recording that vocal jazz fans will play season after season.

Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, Christmas Time Is Here, We Three Kings / O Come, O Come Emmanuel, My Favorite Things, Breath of Heaven, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard on High

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22169c | 1 CD | $11.95 |


Straight No Chaser : Under the Influence: Holiday Editionnew

Review: It was a Christmas song posted on You Tube a dozen years ago that first propelled this talented group into the limelight and here they are with a new Christmas release which includes at track with Paul McCartney! With an extremely busy touring schedule they are one of the most popular a cappella groups performing today and these years of seasoning shows in the tight arrangements, fine voices and compelling energy of this recording. This recording is a Holiday treat and is sure to be a cappella classic. Cello Greene, Cobbie Caillat and the voice of Otis Redding are also featured.

Songlist: Home by Christmas Day, Song for Santa, Merry Christmas Baby, White Christmas, Everyday Is Christmas, Amazing Grace, Wonderful Christmas Time

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22148c | 1 CD | $7.95 | A Cappella |


Real Group : Live In Japannew

Review: "Live music is a powerful thing" says the opening sentence of this recording's liner notes and for The Real Group it is especially true. Recorded in April 2013 at the intimate jazz club Billboard Live Club in Osaka and Tokyo, this superb recording showcases the stunning voices and sublime arrangements that make the Real Group one of the very best in the business. Some of the songs on the recording have been in their repertoire for awhile but have never been recorded before by current group members Emma and Morton. They bring a fresh new interpretation of the material and its wonderful to hear how these old favorites have developed. There is also plenty of new material such as "Lucky Luke", the Daft Punk song "Harder Better Faster Stronger", the swingin' "Gee! Mine or Mozart's?" and Michael Jackson's "Bad". This reviewer has had the great pleasure of hearing the Real Group perform live and this recording helps relive the experience and for those of you who have not heard them live now here's your chance. The physical CD comes with a lovely color booklet chock full of photos and musings from the group members.

Songlist: Gota, Pass Me The Jazz, Nature Boy, Lucky Luke, Bad, Hellosong, A Life For Me, Catching The Big Fish, Harder Better Faster Stronger, Gee! Mine or Mozart's?, Love's Forever, Love's For You, For Me, For Now, Words, Julfemman, Mister Father, Count Basie Medley

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22142c | 1 CD | $19.95 | A Cappella |


New York Voices : Let It Snownew

Review: Let It Snow finds New York Voices - Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge - celebrating a host of traditional and sacred holiday classics as well as secular favorites. With the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, Fleetwood Mac), the quartet has fashioned an album that honors beloved songs, while incorporating sophisticated jazz and swing elements. Settings vary; a cappella performances mingle with robust arrangements featuring big band and studio orchestra accompaniment. The result is a diverse program of holiday standards, performed with surprisingly fresh treatments. The close harmony style that New York Voices embraces is a perfect sound for the holiday season. While the bulk of the arrangements are by founding member and tenor vocalist Damon Meader, additional orchestrators include Don Sebesky, Jorge Calendrelli, Pat Hollenbeck, and Michele Weir.

Songlist: Let It Snow, Christmas Song / Christmas Time, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, We Three Kings, Holiday for Strings, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sleepers, Wake, O Come, All Ye Faithful, The Merry Medley, I Wonder As I Wander, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night

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22143c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Celtic Woman : Home For Christmas: Live From Dublinnew

Review: Celtic Woman are pleased to present a live concert experience on DVD. The concert features timeless holiday favorites ( Silent Night , I ll Be Home for Christmas , It Came Upon a Midnight Clear , Joy To The World ) with the group's signature Celtic Woman flair under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated Music Director, David Downes. Complimented by Ireland's finest musicians comprised of a 36 piece orchestra and 40-member Philharmonic Choir, this large-scale one-hour production promises a festive and moving celebration of music to be cherished by generations.

Songlist: Winter Wonderland, What Child Is This?, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, We Three Kings, Carol of the Bells, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, It s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Light of Christmas Morn, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Auld Lang Syne, Joy To The World, Away In A Manger, The Christmas Song, In The Bleak Midwinter, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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2079dvd | DVD | $14.95 |


King's Singers : Great American Songbooknew

Review: Around the time The King's Singers was starting up, one of the most productive periods of songwriting in history was coming to a close in America, starting with composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Porter in the early 1920s, and continuing through to the early 1960s. In this new 2-CD studio recording - featuring brand new a cappella arrangements by jazz composer and arranger Alexander L'Estrange, and swing-orchestra performances with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra - The King's Singers bring their own unique performance style to this wonderful music.

Songlist: I've Got the World on a String, Begin the Beguine, I've Got You Under My Skin, It's De-Lovely, Night and Day, Let's Misbehave, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Won't Dance, Cry Me a River, Beyond the Sea, When I Fall in Love, Cheek to Cheek, My Funny Valentine, The Lady Is a Tramp, The Best Is Yet To Come, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, At Last

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22161c | 2 CDs | $18.95 || English Choral CDs


Swingle Singers : Weather to Flynew

Review: Weather To Fly is the Swingle Singers' first full-length album since 2009 and the first of two discs to be released in the group's fiftieth anniversary year. A punchy, electrifying set that holds all the excitement of a live show, Weather To Fly celebrates the best of the group's current a cappella repertoire. All-vocal arrangements of songs from Turkey, Spain, Italy and Argentina sit alongside re-imagined British pop from Elbow, Florence and the Machine and The Beatles. ''This is, quite simply, the album our audiences have asked for after every performance,'' says bass singer Edward Randell. For half a century, The Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled audiences across the globe. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in the 2013-14 season, today's young and gifted Swingle Singers represent the group's evolution from baroque jazz pioneers to contemporary a cappella phenomenon.

Songlist: Weather To Fly, Gemiler Giresune, Spain, Nana, Woman in Chains, Swingle Ladies, Shake it Out / Danse Macabre, Hiding Your Smile, The Diva Aria, Fugue For Autumn, Libertango, Lady Madonna, Poor Wayfaring Stranger

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22156c | 1 CD | $18.95 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz CDs


Bob Chilcott : Furusato - 5 upper-voice arrangements of Japanese songsnew

Review: Following the success of the mixed-voice edition of Furusato, Bob Chilcott has adapted his arrangements of five evocative Japanese songs for upper voices. Each poem depicts the beauty of the Japanese landscape, and familiar melodies combine with Chilcott's original style to create an enchanting fusion of East and West. Suitable for performance as a suite or as stand-alone pieces, these charming and emotive songs will be a welcome addition to the repertoire of any upper-voice choir.

Songlist: Sunayama, Mura Matsuri , Oborozukiyo, Furusato, Momiji

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9696b | Songbook | $6.95 | SSAA | A Cappella || World Music Arrangements


Bob Chilcott : Jazz Songs of Innocencenew

Review: This vibrant collection presents five jazzy settings of poems from William Blake's Songs of Innocence. Chilcott challenges the expectation of the listener by setting each classic text in a different jazz-inspired style-from the laid-back swing of 'The Echoing Green' and ballad-like setting of 'The Lamb' to a lilting jazz waltz, 'The Little Boy Lost/The Little Boy Found'. The voices are underpinned by a stylistic piano part, which may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for bass and drum kit is available separately for jazz trio accompaniment. Ideal for performance individually or as a suite, these innovative songs will make a colourful addition to any concert programme.

Songlist: Piping down the valleys wild , The Lamb, The Little Boy Lost/The Little Boy Found , The Echoing Green , The Divine Image

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9695b | Songbook | $9.95 | SSA. |


Julian Elloway (editor) : The Oxford Book of Descantsnew

Review: The Oxford Book of Descants is a definitive collection of 102 descants to well-known hymns, carols, and worship songs. It features descants by a wide range of composers, including contemporary names such as David Willcocks, John Rutter, Malcolm Archer, and Paul Leddington Wright, as well as celebrated twentieth-century church composers such as Alan Gray, Edward Bairstow, Sydney Nicholson, and John Wilson. Published in both full music and melody editions, this is a fully practical collection, with selected descants presented in different keys and with alternative words to match most popular hymnals. The full music edition provides an organ part for each descant while the melody edition contains the descants alone, without their accompanying tunes. With a superb range of descants, ably written and sympathetic to the style and harmony of the original tune, this is an excellent resource that will be welcomed by all choirs and church musicians and will enhance hymn singing at church services.

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9692b | Songbook | $24.95 |


Jussi Chydenius and Bob Chilcott : Sun, Moon, Sea, and Starsnew

Review: Drawing together two composers long associated with contemporary vocal music, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars presents eight original and exciting pieces by Bob Chilcott and Jussi Chydenius (of Rajaton fame). Setting celebrated American and English poetry, as well as specially-written texts by Chilcott, this collection examines themes of nature, the elements, eternity, and love. The timeless character of the words is explored through a wide range of popular musical styles, including rock grooves, reflective ballads, and exuberant encores. With a cappella and accompanied pieces, optional bass and drum kit parts, and a variety of SATB textures, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars provides an array of compelling concert material for today's audiences.

Songlist: Come back! , Tonight , My Heart's Friend , Deep in the night, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars , On a Windy Day , She walks in beauty , The Sound of the Sea

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9694b | Songbook | $13.50 | SATB | A Cappella |


Libera : Christmas in Irelandnew

Review: This Christmas, boy choir super-group Libera bring their angelic voices and inspiring music to the holiday season with a new CD and DVD: Angels Sing - Christmas in Ireland. The program features beloved carols old and new, sacred and secular, joyful and tender - all recorded live in the radiant ambiance of St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. This inspiring concert features favorites such as 'Carol of the Bells,' 'Joy to the World,' 'Silent Night,' 'Danny Boy' and more, and the DVD also contains behind-the-scenes documentary extras. Six of the tracks are previously unreleased, and the remaining songs all feature brand-new arrangements made especially for this recording. The distinctive music of Libera has traveled the world, with chart-topping albums and sold-out performances across the globe. The group has performed in front of the Pope during a visit to Yankee Stadium and at the Kennedy Center during a ceremony honoring Beach Boy Brian Wilson. Their signature sound shimmering, mystical chords and harmonies atop traditional and electronic instruments has captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere, and their passionate, dedicated fan base (including over 5 million YouTube views) attest to the enduring power and appeal of this unique group.

Songlist: Joy to the World, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, The Wexford Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Angels We Have Heard on High, Sanctus, Music Based on 'canon' by Pachelbel, Danny Boy, Carol of the Bells, Holy Night, Still, Still, Still Gaudete, Away in a Manger, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, What Child Is This

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2078dvd | DVD | $22.95 |


Bella Voce Women's Chorus : Glorious Seasonsnew

Review: This recording features selections from the seasons including Spring and Summer from Gustav Holst's Two Eastern Pictures; Daniel Hall's haunting Indian Summer with piano and oboe; and a variety of Christmas pieces including Randol Alan Bass' Christmas Flourish and Gloria for women's voices. Glorious Seasons also contains several unaccompanied pieces by Australian composer, Sandra Milliken. A fine recording from this top notch womens choir under the direction of Dawn Willis.

Songlist: Alleluia, Spring, Summer, The Rose of Sharon, Indian Summer, Cantate Domino, Os Justi , El Romanton, Sing Me to Heaven, Veniki, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hodie Christus Natus , Dormi Jesu, I Saw Three Ships, Still, Still, Still , Nativity Carol, Gloria, Christmas Flourish

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22146c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Bob Chilcott : The Twelve Days of Christmasnew

Review: This work is classic Chilcott - vibrant, fresh, and great fun. It is an exuberant setting of the well-known carol in which the 'five gold rings' refrain is re-written to appear in an array of guises: gentle soprano solo, swinging barbershop quartet, hard funk, and rock gospel style. This version is for an SATB choir but retains the flexibility to include 'guest' performers. Even the audience can join in!

Songlist: The Twelve Days of Christmas

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9697b | Songbook | $8.50 | SATB |


Libera : Christmas in Irelandnew

Review: This Christmas, boy choir super-group Libera bring their angelic voices and inspiring music to the holiday season with a new CD and DVD: Angels Sing - Christmas in Ireland. The program features beloved carols old and new, sacred and secular, joyful and tender - all recorded live in the radiant ambiance of St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. This inspiring concert features favorites such as 'Carol of the Bells,' 'Joy to the World,' 'Silent Night,' 'Danny Boy' and more, and the DVD also contains behind-the-scenes documentary extras. Six of the tracks are previously unreleased, and the remaining songs all feature brand-new arrangements made especially for this recording. The distinctive music of Libera has traveled the world, with chart-topping albums and sold-out performances across the globe. The group has performed in front of the Pope during a visit to Yankee Stadium and at the Kennedy Center during a ceremony honoring Beach Boy Brian Wilson. Their signature sound shimmering, mystical chords and harmonies atop traditional and electronic instruments has captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere, and their passionate, dedicated fan base (including over 5 million YouTube views) attest to the enduring power and appeal of this unique group.

Songlist: Joy to the World, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, The Wexford Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Angels We Have Heard on High, Sanctus, Music Based on 'canon' by Pachelbel, Danny Boy, Carol of the Bells, Holy Night, Still, Still, Still Gaudete, Away in a Manger, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, What Child Is This

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RIAS - Kammerchor : Christmas!new

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

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Julian Elloway (editor) : The Oxford Book of Tudor Anthemsnew

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

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9693b | Songbook | $23.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Early Music Vocal Arrangements


Karen Bauer : The Essentials of Beautiful Singing: A Three-Step Kinesthetic Approachnew

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

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8210b | Book | $39.95 |


Marilee David : The New Voice Pedagogy - Second Editionnew

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

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8215b | Book | $49.95 || Vocal Pedagogy


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Forefront : Forefrontnew

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

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22139c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


James Jordan : Conducting Technique Etudesnew

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

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6893b | Book & 1 CD | $34.95 || Choral Methods


Sabine Horstmann : Choral Vocal Techniquenew

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

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6662dvd | DVD | $24.95 || Choral Warm-Ups


Jerry Rubino : An American Christmasnew

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

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6895b | Songbook | $17.50 | SATB | A Cappella || Choral Christmas Arrangements


Christy Elsner : Gadgets for Great Singingnew

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

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8778b | Book | $19.95 |


Cristi Cary Mille : Quick Starts for Young Choirsnew

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

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8777b | Book | $12.95 |


Cantabile - The London Quartet : A Festival of Carols in Two Minutesnew

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

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7881b | Songbook | $4.95 | SATB | A Cappella |


Janet Day : Church Choir Warm-Upsnew

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

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4098b | Book & 1 CD | $19.95 |


Deke Sharon : Pitch Perfect (the movie) for Female Voicesnew

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

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4033b | Sheet Music | $10.95 | SSAA | A Cappella || Music from Pitch Perfect - The Movie


Deke Sharon : Pitch Perfect for Mixed Voicesnew

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

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4034b | Sheet Music | $6.45 | SATB | A Cappella || Music from Pitch Perfect - The Movie


Deke Sharon : Songs from Pitch Perfect (the movie) for Male Voicesnew

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

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4032b | Sheet Music | $8.90 | TTBB | A Cappella || Music from Pitch Perfect - The Movie


Andy Beck : Vocalize! 45 Vocal Warm-Ups That Teach Techniquenew

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

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7996b | Book & 1 CD | $34.95 |


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Solstice : Winter Solsticenew

Review: Veteran all-women septet, and one of our favorite World/Folk groups, we watched Solstice do the Bay Area proud by winning the Regional and placing 3rd in the 2007 National Finals. Urged by their friends and families to release a Holiday CD, the group finally and happily fulfilled this longtime dream, and Becca, Emily, Kim, Krista, Lark, Mari & Sara did it wonderfully! Choosing little-known, difficult classical tunes like Cortland Bender's lovely "Rosa Mystica," Francisco Guerrero's "A Un Nino Llorando Al Hielo" and Thomas Weelkes' "To Shorten Winter's Sadness," from the 15th and 16th centuries; beautifully arranged traditional carols like Bernard de la Monnoye's "Patapan," "Deck the Hall," and Franz Gruber's "Silent Night;" and popular Christmas songs like Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here," Tommie Connor's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and Alfred Burt's "Caroling, Caroling;" along with the rich traditional Hebrew song "S'Vivon" and other favorites, make "Winter Solstice" a very special 15-cut collection that is sure to brighten your holiday for years to come!

Songlist: Nowell, Nowell, Out of Your Sleep, Deck the Hall, S'Vivon, Rosa Mystica, Corpus Christi Carol, Patapan, Nova, Nova, Ave Fit Ex Eva, Christmas Time is Here, Tyrley, Tyrlow!, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, A Un Nino Llorando Al Hielo, Caroling, Caroling, Jul, Jul, To Shorten Winter's Sadness, Silent Night

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2680c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || World Christmas


Idea of North : This Christmasnew

Review: We will never forget the way these two men and two women from Australia, members of Vocal Jazz group The Idea of North, whose reputation as the best a cappella group in Australia preceded them, strode onto the stage of the 2003 Harmony Sweeps National Finals in San Rafael. They would be the very last to perform a 12-minute set, and the regional winners from around the country, many of whom had performed to standing ovations by the sold-out audience, had set the bar incredibly high. But their first sweet notes were a revelation, and after ION's own roaring standing O, it was obvious to all who the audience favorite and National Champions were. There are 12 tunes here, some of our favorites are a bluesy, finger-popping take on "The Christmas Song," "Christmas Medley," which blends "Once in Royal David's City," "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" with innovative arrangements; a gentle lullaby new to our ears, "The Silver Stars are In the Sky" touched and moved us; "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, a big-band accompanied celebration; two Salsa band-accompanied versions of "Mary's Boy Child," one featuring James Morrison, and a pair of lovely, soaring, orchestra-accompanied songs, "Candlelight Carol" and "A Child is Born." The Pop-flavored title tune is also new to us, a joyous, Jazz band-accompanied greeting to the season. The a cappella "Angel" with its powerful "in the arms of the angel" chorus underscores the probable meanness of the nativity. We hold The Idea of North in a special place in our hearts and relate to "This Christmas" as a gift from this extraordinary quartet!

Songlist: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song, Candlelight Carol, Mary's Boy Child, This Christmas, Angel, The Silver Stars are in the Sky, Once in Royal David's City, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, A Child Is Born, Poverty, I'll Be Home For Christmas

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2676c | 1 CD | $19.95 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz Christmas CDs


Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell : A Cappella Arrangingnew

Review: At the heart of every vocal group is the music it performs. This often means writing its own arrangements of popular or traditional songs. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject, wide ranging both in its scope and in its target audience - which spans beginners, music students, and community groups to professional and semi-professional performers, vocal/instrumental songwriters, composers, and producers - providing genre-specific insight on a cappella writng. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. Dubbed "the Father of Contemporary A Cappella" author Deke Sharon has firmly established himself as one of the leading vocal harmony talents today having arranged over 2,000 songs which are published worldwide. Deke was vocal producer on NBC's "The Sing-Off" and served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" movie. A Cappella Arranging is a good textbook - and a "good read" - for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom, and any professional recording studio. We highly recommend this book.

Songlist: Basic Arranging in 10 Steps, Principals in Arranging, What is Arranging?, The Arranging Sprectrum, Discovering Your Toolkit, Transcription, Five Myths About Music Making, Vocal Conventions, Song Selection, Listening to the Original, Listening to Other Versions, Form and Conceptualization, Preparing Your Materials, Melody and Lyrics, The Bass Line, Background Vocals, Final Touches, Record / Rehearse, In Depth Analyses, Change Up and Clever Bits, Arranging For Other Vocal Formats, Vocal Percusion, Specific A Cappella Styles, Writing For Your Own Group, Writing Medleys, Breaking the Block, Final Thoughts

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7809b | Book | $29.95 | A Cappella || Vocal Arranging

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