Tuesday, April 7th
Happy first Talent Tuesday everyone! Today, we will be looking at an exquisite piece by Jake Navarund, "Let My Love Be Heard". This piece is full of uplifting messages and beautiful music. My master's group was just working on it for our concert to be presented at the beginning of this month. We suddenly had to cut our weekend short as you know but before we all left, through sobbing eyes, we sang through this piece one more time. I have included the composer's official recording as well as the copy of the sheet music for you to sing along at your pleasure!
Also today, we will be appreciating the work of Clovis East High School Choraliers! This is their women's ensemble comprised of what looks to be freshmen through juniors. I had the opportunity to see them perform live at my ACDA conference back in March which is a huge honor for a choir program.
Listen to these three videos and respond to the questions on Haiku
I am in the final couple weeks of my programming class for my master's and I thought some of you might enjoy listening to the programs I have put together over the weeks. This is for casual listening or for those who want to learn a little extra about the choral world! I will include the playlist below as well as my program notes!
If you have a recommendation for a choir or choral piece that you would like to be featured on an upcoming Talent Tuesday, email me at with your ideas and they WILL be included!
Vive La Compagnie! – Arr. John Leavitt – 1:05
Ihr Bruder, Lieben Bruder Mein – Johann Schein Arr. Jim Leininger – 1:10
A Drink For Each Song – J. David Moore – 4:09
A Bacchanalian Song – Jack Curtis Dubowsky – 2:46
What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? - Robert Shaw – 2:51
When I Fall in Love – Arr. Jay Giallombardo – 4:19
Greensleeves – Arr. King’s Singers Version – 3:23
Two Morely Madrigals for Men – Arr. Leibergen – 5:04
I Love Alas I Love Thee
It Was A Lover And His Lass
Red, Red, Rose – Arr. Eric Barnum – 5:20
When She Loved Me – Arr. Jim Kahlke – 4:13
Shenandoah – Arr. Kevin A. Memley – 4:20
Ward, The Pirate – Ralph Vaughn Williams – 2:39
Down by the Sally Gardens – Arr. Ben Bram – 4:10
Ching A Ring Chaw – Aaron Copland – 1:55
The Parting Glass – Arr. Karen Marrolli – 2:28
Tuesday, April 14th
Tuesday, April 21st
Happy Talent Tuesday everyone!
Today we are taking a look at the music of Eric Whitacre. For those of you who don't know, Whitacre is a choral composer of great fame and success due to his particular dissonant (crunchy) chord style. His works are mysterious, floating, captivating, and beautiful. His style is always recognizable as he moves from chord to chord in a jumpy way that no other composer does. Others mimic his style to some fashion, but his compositions stand for themselves.
Fun fact, he originally wanted to be a rock star but when he realized his success would not be found their, he stuck with the choral arts and became a composer and self taught conductor.
Listen to the pieces below and share your thoughts on the haiku discussion board.
I have included my final concert programmed from my master's semester. This is NOT mandatory listening, simply bonus for anyone who wants to hear some great choral music!
AMERICAN POETRY: LIFE EXPERIENCE
Give Me Your Stars to Hold – Richard Waters – 3:22
I Am Loved – Christopher H. Harris – 2:57
And Sure Stars Shining – Z. Randall Stroope – 4:30
For A Breath of Extasy – Michael John Trotta – 38:00
1. Wealth Enough for Me – 4:49
2. Peace Flows Into Me – 4:44
3. Who Gave My Soul to Me – 4:35
4. For You I Am Still – 5:23
5. Spend All You Have On Loveliness – 3:49
6. And I For You – 3:12
7. Let Me Love – 4:13
To the Thawing Wind – Joshua Fishbein – 3:00
Nothing Gold Can Stay – Timothy P. Cooper – 4:30
Frostiana – Randall Thompson – 30:00