A list of titles from Independent/Digital Music Publishers that are well worth exploring. A companion piece to an article in the Massachusetts ACDA Spring 2018 Newsletter.
Reflections on my residency with the Blue Valley Northwest Choirs and Symphonic Orchestra as they premiered Redemption Mass.
I'm busy, but the best kind of busy. Sometimes, I need to remember why I do what I do, rather than just focusing on how little time I have to do it.
This jazz-inspired arrangement features a fantastic accompaniment that is written so that no improvisation is necessary (though in this style, it is always welcome). A cambiata part is included, and the arrangement is designed for maximum flexibility--SA, SSA, TB, SAB, SACB, and unison are all possible. I will donate half of my proceeds from this arrangement to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Alabama Gal combines the classic tune—originally known as Buffalo Gals, but who in Alabama wants to sing that?—with The Banjo and Morte! Lamentation by America's first rock star (aka composer), Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869). It includes opportunities to learn about counting sixteenth notes, singing arpeggiated triads, changing tempos, and the wild story of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. If you have a young choir and want to show off a fantastic accompanist, Alabama Gal is guaranteed to bring down the house!
Read about Julian's experience at Massachusetts ACDA, and how being a part of Triad: Boston's Choral Collective has influenced his teaching choices at Curry College.
Some shameless self-promotion mixed with shout-outs to composer-focused publishing companies.
A Parable of Choices wins the Yale Glee Club 2017 Emerging Composers Competition.
Triad's recording of All Things New is available to hear AND see!
Choral music is uniquely positioned to change how we see the world, and that is the key to changing our surroundings.