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Ten Tips for Introducing New Music

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 1:17:19 PM by Augsburg Fortress in assembly, in Assembly Song, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in ELW, in festival settings, in new music

There are churches in all denominations in this country where congregations do sing well, and it is always because there is at least one person who is actively expecting it.
—Alice Parker, Melodious Accord

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Choirs with Limited Resources: Part 1 – The Hymnal as a Resource

Posted on May 27, 2013 11:38:06 AM by Linda Kempke in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in congregational song, in creativity, in hymnal, in limited resources

So you have a choir of 12 or 8 or 5 or all women and one male. The list of variations could go on. What are you, as director, to do about it? Carl Schalk has said “The smaller parish can be an exhilarating place for worship and church music, but it requires creativity and resourcefulness.” (Cross Accent, Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, “Getting More for Less”, November 2012). Now read the same phrase substituting “smaller choir” for “smaller parish.”

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Nurturing the Parish Choir: Accompaniment & Collaboration, part 1

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 3:42:42 PM by Dennis Friesen-Carper in accompanist, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in collaboration, in nurturing, in parish, in style

 

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Text/Music Relationship: Imaginative Performance of Renaissance Music (part 2)

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 8:19:58 AM by John Paulson in choir, in choral skills, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Renaissance, in tallis, in text, in victoria

 

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Text/Music Relationship: Imaginative Performance of Renaissance Music

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 8:19:05 AM by John Paulson in choir, in choral skills, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Renaissance, in tallis, in text, in victoria

 

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No Need to Triage: They Can Do It! - Part Two

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 8:00:09 AM by Bekah Schulz in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

Part Two: A Proposal for Childrens Choir Rehearsals

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No Need to Triage: They Can Do It!

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 9:19:55 AM by Bekah Schulz in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

Part One: A Philosophy of the Children’s Choir

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A Few Thoughts on Rehearsal Techniques

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 9:02:16 AM by Ronald A. Nelson in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in rehearsal

"I don't feel I should work my Church choir too hard. After all, most of them have worked hard all day."

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Scripture Based Children's Anthems

Posted on May 21, 2012 8:23:58 AM by Sarah Hawbecker in anthem, in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

The texts we choose for children to sing are as important as the musical qualities of an anthem. What better texts are there to teach our children than words of scripture? The following anthems are just a few of the ones I have found to be worth teaching and repeating.

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Teaching Hymns and Liturgy to the Children’s Choir

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:40:16 PM by Sarah Hawbecker in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in hymns, in liturgy, in teach

I no longer assume that the children entering into my choir are familiar with the Lutheran liturgy and standard hymns, even Christmas carols. There are several reasons, including the lack of sacred music in the schools, families’ sporadic worship attendance, and attendance at “alternative” services. Our staff is making more deliberate efforts to encourage families to worship together regularly. I schedule our 2nd-6th grade choir to sing for worship at least once a month. One of the third grade boys recently told his mother that church was more fun when he was in the choir, because he had more to do. Yes, indeed - church is much more fun when you can participate because you have rehearsed the responses and know the hymns!

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