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Nearer My God To Thee BYU Vocal Point August 6, 2014

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Delightful to see and hear so many men singing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyxXGdG3-Io

 

Children’s Choir of teh Internet and Doctor Who January 17, 2014

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The Children’s Choir of teh Internet performed a tribute to their beloved Doctor, Matt Smith.  The choir was joined by the Evanston Teen Choir from Etc. Music School and is an ensemble of Our Musical Life inc. Bard College.  Could it get any geekier than this?

Cup Song Parody Elementary Choir December 20, 2013

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It has been a while since I have posted here but I just had to share this video.  It is of kids singing in unison to a parody they wrote about truancy.  We do not always have to shoot for great harmony to put out a good and meaningful product.  This is sure to make you smile!

 

Mondnacht by the Cascadian Chorale April 3, 2013

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One of the most forward thinking choral ensembles in the US is the Cascadian Chorale under the direction of Gary Cannon.   At a recent performance they premiered Mondnacht by composer Joy DeCoursey-Porter.

This is a beautiful work and hot off the press.  Check it out!

Working With A Rock Band- Cloud Cult March 7, 2013

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Children’s Choir of teh Internet had a great opportunity to work with the band Cloud Cult last summer.  The culmination of that work has just been released by the band.  Their new album “LOVE” includes the choir on the closing track “The Show Starts Now.”

As a choir director this was a unique experience for me.  I have not done much recording with the choir and it was an adventure to figure out an economical way to make the recordings.  FInding a way for the kids to listen to the accompanying track and still be able to hear themselves sing was a challenge.  There was some bleed over from the dollar store head phones which I had worried would ruin the recordings but it all turned out terrific.

Cloud Cult is an unusual band in that their messages are very positive.  They are environmentally conscious and try to leave as small a carbon footprint as they can.  Listen to the album a couple of times and it will work it’s way into your heart and life.  You can hear the album on NPR’s First Listen: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/24/172490177/first-listen-cloud-cult-love

It is available on iTunes and the band’s website: http://www.cloudcult.com/love.cfm

Here’s an article on American Songwriter about the band and the album: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2013/03/recording-cloud-cults-latest-album/

Directors, we can’t be afraid to think out of the box.  This has been an incredible chance for my kids and I.  I used the opportunity to launch a new community music program called Our Musical Life Inc.  which will do a lot of good in my city.  Check us out at OurMusicalLife.org The project also lead to our “6 Days of Minecraft” video and a Radiohead cover due out soon.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxl8jrUlEJ0

6 Days of Minecraft, Children’s Choir of teh Internet February 13, 2013

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If you are a gamer and a choral musician you are going to love this!

9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened February 9, 2013

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Finally a choir that understands YouTube and the value of a visual performance!  Congratulations to Australian Voices.  Bravo!!

Ave Maria by Efrem Podgaits January 31, 2013

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It Gets Better “Testimony” by Stephen Schwartz January 20, 2013

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Wether a church choir or gay men’s chorus, singing brings people together. There is nothing quite like the friendship and understanding that being part of a singing community brings. This piece has the added benefit of providing an important message to young people struggling with who they are and how they are perceived. It does get better.

Title: Testimony
Composer: Stephen Schwartz
Voicing TTBB a cappella
Choir: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Director: Dr. Timothy Seelig

Directors, Who Follows You Matters January 19, 2013

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When leaving a position, it is always difficult worrying about the singers you leave behind. High school directors know it is difficult to replace someone who did a great job as the kids will usually revolt. I left my elementary school two years and was followed by a tremendously talented teacher and director. Keith Griffin has raised the bar. Listen to the singing ability of these children. It is an honor to have had such an amazing director step up. Thanks Keith!

Title:River Song
Composer: Roger Emerson
Choir: Gifford Accent Choir
Director: Keith Griffin
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Available: JWPepper http://www.jwpepper.com/3144631.item

“Moon Man” A Christmas Choral Adventure December 14, 2012

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Christmas is choir time.  A few lines from holiday songs always stick in my mind from Thanksgiving on.  “Sweet sining in the choir”,  “baby it’s cold outside” and being from Wisconsin, “Faithful friends who are near to us, gather deer to us once more.” Moon Man by Greg Bartholomew will also be a new Wisconsin Christmas favorite with this text “Now the man in the moon sends us cheese before noon because he thinks it’s Christmas Day.”

Here is a frolicking performance by the unparalleled Cascadian Chorale under the direction of Gary Cannon.

British Military Wives Choir September 1, 2012

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There are so many ways that that music can bring a community together.  I found this particularly moving.

Will.i.am and Children’s Choir Sing from Mars August 29, 2012

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Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am worked with a S.T.E.M. school and many other musicians to make  a recording to be broadcast from Mars.  He and those children are the first human voices to sing from the surface of another planet.   This is an amazing opportunity for all involved and really highlights the need for music programs to be involved in the community.  The name of the school and choir has been omitted from early press releases about this, but having NASA and Will.i.am as partners certainly gave these kids an educational experience they will never forget.

Here’s the article.  Unfortunately it is currently blocked from embedding.  http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/hip-hop-media-training/am-teams-nasa-premiere-reach-stars-mars-220744171.html

Need a Hit for Your Next Concert? June 20, 2012

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There are some songs that you just know will be a hit. Imagine this song with kids voices or even being sung by your community or college choir. I hope to cover it myself but I would love to see dozens of choirs spreading the news about this incredible song writer. I scour the pop charts and alternative music sources for songs that I think my kids will sound great on and that appeal to me. It is difficult to find music that is appropriate for children yet moving for adults. Craig Minowa of the band Cloud Cult writes song after song that fits the bill. I may use this blog for a series of posts about him as I prep for a more formal article on ChoralNet.

Warning: Have a box of Kleenex.

Transistor Radio by Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult

This is from the album Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus available on the band’s website or iTunes. As an album, their most recent release Light Chasers is more solid but every songs like that above plant a seed in your soul that makes everything else they perform beautiful. If you haven’t checked out Cloud Cult in the past, do your musical palette a favor and sample some.
Running With the Wolves
Unexplainable Stories This song opens the album Light Chasers. A related song There’s So Much Energy In Us closes it.
Everybody Here is a Cloud

Sh*t Choristers Say June 19, 2012

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This video link was sent to us in response to the viral video definition post. I think everyone will be shaking their head saying “Yep, I’ve said that.”

Definition of a Viral Video June 16, 2012

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Here is the updated definition of “Viral Video”:

A video is considered to have gone viral if it is on track to receive 10,000 or more views in the span of 30 days. Therefore a video that receives at least 333 views in one day is viral. Unless a viral video is at least “moderately viral” (see below), using the term viral to describe it is purely academic.

There are levels of viral:
A video is considered mildly viral if it is on track to receive 10,000 views in 30 days.(333 views/day)
A video is considered somewhat viral if it is on track to receive 300,000 views in 30 days.(10,000 views/day)
A video is considered moderately viral if it is on track to receive 1,000,000 views in 30 days. (33,333 views/day)
A video is considered fully viral if it is on track to receive 3,000,000 views in 30 days. (100,000 views/day) Once a video reaches this level or higher adverbs describing degrees of viral are redundant.

It is likely that most viral videos do not sustain the daily view counts for the entire 30 days. A video may be viral for one or more days without actually achieving 10,000 views. The monthly counts are most useful for talking about what has happened in the past. You can say “last March the video went moderately viral, receiving 1,200,000 views.” Of course you can just say “viral” without the adverb. One can talk about a video that receives more than 333 views in consecutive days as “continuing to go viral” or continuing to go fully viral if it continues to receive daily view counts over 100,000.

This definition is based on looking at view counts of videos such as Double Rainbow, the Anton Dodson video and hundreds of others.

This is a website for choral musicians. There are few videos of choirs that receive 333 views in a single day. There are few ensembles that have ever achieved 100,000 views in one day.

This is an incomplete list of amateur choirs who have achieved viral status without singing with a celebrity or on a TV show and using an actual video of the choir (no slide shows or stills):
PS22 Chorus (Repeatedly have gone viral)
Perpetuum Jazzile
Kearsney College Choir
Noteworthy
Unknown Choir
UC Men’s Octet
Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir
Miami U. Cheezies
Innsbruck Capellknabe
Military Wives Choir
DaCadence U.C. Berkley NSFW
Ambassadors of Harmony
Scala NSFW
Canvas
Russian Red Army Choir
Libera
Straight No Chaser
Liberty University Choir
Gifford Children’s Choir
On The Rocks University of Oregon
Voices of Heaven Gospel Choir

St. Thomas Boys Choir
Helsinki Complaints Choir
AppleChor

Add your choir by commenting below with link and view count within time frame. Self-promotion and corrections welcome.

AppleChor Covers Cloud Cult May 23, 2012

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AppleChor the 4th and 5th grade choir from Red Apple School in Racine, WI recently sang a cover of Chemicals Collide. The performance was part of this science magnet school’s water theme. The audience created the sounds of a rainstorm and then the kids sang with the band Above the Fold. They were then asked by Cloud Cult to record some music for their album due out in Fall 2012.

A Night Vigil (Náttsöngur) by Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir April 22, 2012

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Can’t Get any Hotter off the Press than this.  Premiered on April 19, 2012 in Iceland. 

Movement 1 Qui se Deo

Movement 2 Divine tactus flamine

Movement 3 Cum invocarem

Movement 4 Gloriatur

Movement 5 Nomen Dei sanctissimum

Title: Náttsöngur (A Night Vigil)
Composer: Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir
Voicing: SATB organ and Soprano
Conductor: Magnús Ragnarsson
Ensemble: Philharmonic Society Choir
Premiered at Langholt Church

A Red Red Rose by James Mulholland February 29, 2012

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This down tempo ballad is a standard in the repertoire. Very approachable by high school mixed choirs.
This is the Coronado High School Concert Choir of Henderson, NV.

from lawmom6 YouTube channel

Title: A Red, Red Rose from Four Robert Burns Ballads
Composer: James Mulholland
Voicing: SATB also available TTBB
Accompaniment: Piano
Ensemble: Coronado High School Concert Choir
Director: Eric Fleischer
Publisher: European American Music Corp. #49012599

Game Changer for Conductor/Composer Relationship February 8, 2012

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From ChoralNet
The ChoralNet Composers of Choral Music Community has gone to great lengths to create a new interface between composers and conductors. We recognize the difficulties in searching through individual composers’ websites, trudging through so many listings to find the one piece that fits your needs. We also understand that many of you have given up on performing new music, especially that which was composed by self-published composers. What we felt was needed was a filter to help you find only the best of our work.
We have created the Composition Showcase to act as that filter. Published and self-published composers have put together a little marketplace of quality works. Each composer has been limited to posting only three selections in the same voicing and a total of six pieces in all different voicings. There are age requirements and other oversight tools to help refine the repertoire choices presented.
All pieces have at least a partial PDF to peruse; most have a recording of a choir or a virtual recording and all have a streamlined method for purchasing from the composer or publisher. About 50 works have been prepared for you so far with new works being added everyday. The interface is easy to use and will save you a lot of time.
The Composition Showcase is in its beta version and ready for you to peruse and improve with your suggestions and/or critiques. Even if you are not currently looking for repertoire, please help us refine this tool that was created to serve your needs. You can join our community to start your own post in our forum, comment on the posts of others or contact Jack Senzig our community editor. Your input is essential to allow us to serve you better.
The Composition Showcase is part of an overall effort to improve the relationship between conductors and composers. This is just one of several planned steps along the way.
If you join our community, I suggest you set your Subscription email options under your My ChoralNet tab to digest. We are the most active community on ChoralNet and would not want to bombard you with an email every time someone posts or comments.

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