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  • New Releases: General Concert Selections II

    Choral Director Magazine | April 19, 2011This is the last of a series of columns featuring releases from 2009 and 2010. Previous articles in this series featured holiday, general concert, cross-cultural, and American Heritage selections. Read More...
  • New Releases: General Concert Selections II

    Choral Director Magazine | March 22, 2011This is the last of a series of columns featuring releases from 2009 and 2010. Previous articles in this series featured holiday, general concert, cross-cultural, and American Heritage selections. Each has included a variety of voicings and difficulties. This column returns to the general concert theme, with works useful throughout the year. My next series […] Read More...
  • New Releases: American Heritage

    Choral Director Magazine | January 19, 2011This month, I highlight recent choral arrangements of various “American” genres. Our musical heritage is a broad one, and includes many genres. These include, but are not limited to, Bluegrass, Native American, Shaker hymns, African American spirituals, Sea Island spirituals, Gospel, Jazz, Broadway, Stephen Foster, William Billings, early psalmody, Civil War songs, and more. The […] Read More...
  • New Releases: Folk Songs from around the World

    Choral Director Magazine | December 2, 2010This is the third of five issues featuring new releases. This month, I highlight arrangements of folk songs from around the world. Many of these selections lend themselves to units of study in the classroom or in collaboration with other disciplines, and address the National Standard, “Understanding music in relation to history and culture.” Countries […] Read More...
  • New Releases: General Concert Selections

    Choral Director Magazine | September 28, 2010While past columns have largely focused on tried-and-true selections, this is the second of five articles featuring releases from 2009 and 2010. Each column will highlight a variety of voicings and difficulties, but will have a unified theme. The last issue featured new releases for holiday concerts, while this one focuses on general concert works […] Read More...
  • Holiday Selections

    Choral Director Magazine | August 17, 2010EASY TREBLE Carol of the Russian Children (arr. Donald Moore) pub. BriLee Here is a cross-cultural selection for beginning choirs. The text is in English, and is secular, though it hints at the traditional Christmas story, and so could be used in worship or parochial settings. Texturally, it is homophonic. The last chord splits to […] Read More...
  • Music About Music

    Choral Director Magazine | May 19, 2010It seems that composers, publishers, and conductors alike are drawn to music about music. Many composers past and contemporary have written music setting texts about music. Each year, several new works that fall into this category are released. This issue, I offer for your consideration a few ideas of choral works with texts about music. […] Read More...
  • Newer Music for Advanced Choirs

    Choral Director Magazine | January 20, 2010We all know that sorting through the stacks of new choral music released each year can be a daunting and time-consuming task. While I often feature “tried-and-true” works in this column with a handful of standout pieces that fit a particular issue’s topic, for this issue I decided to focus entirely on recent releases. My […] Read More...
  • Tried-And-True: Music for Elementary and Junior High Choir

    Choral Director Magazine | December 8, 2009This issue features several reviews by guest contributor Diane Hill. – Drew Collins, forum editor ElementaryWorld Peace Canonarr. Donald MooreTwo-Part (opt. SSA)Alfred Publishing Co. World Peace Canon is an arrangement of the traditional German canon, Dona Nobis Pacem. The two-part canon is treated as a partner song. The middle section uses as its theme a […] Read More...
  • New Releases for All Ages

    Choral Director Magazine | September 30, 2009In each article, regardless of topic, I try to feature old stand-bys, worthy pieces that have gone overlooked, as well as new releases. I recently wrote a series of columns highlighting choral music from history, which, by its very nature, neglected new releases. In an effort to achieve balance, I am turning my attention this […] Read More...
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