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Reddit's original community for choral music makers, enjoyers, composers, arrangers... or others interested in choral music, choruses, vocal ensembles, and other associated topics.

Reddit's original community for choral music makers, enjoyers, composers, arrangers... or others interested in choral music, choruses, vocal ensembles, and other associated topics.

/r/choralmusic

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Classical, but cheerful chorus song?

Looking for something with a similar mood of the "life is beautiful" soundtrack.

Life is Beautiful - Coro Santa Cecilia

Something cheerful, not too sacred or triumphant. It can be from an opera or anything else. But I'm struggling to find a classical choir song that has a more cheerful, light mood and with an upbeat rhythm.

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2024/05/20
19:19 UTC

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Vökuró by Jórunn Viðar, as sung by Kyrja

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2024/05/20
01:11 UTC

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IBM song "Ever Onward"

Early last century, companies such as IBM commissioned songs to boost the morale of their employees. For a choir possibly drawn from its employees, the choir sounded pretty good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBpNzxz1XgU

I'd be apprehensive if my workplace keeps this kind of patriotic songs alive, however.

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2024/05/18
14:48 UTC

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I've been looking for the choral music in the background of this WWI video for years now and I'm hoping that someone on here recognizes it.

11 Comments
2024/05/17
20:32 UTC

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Crouch Missa Brevis No. 2 - Agnus Dei

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2024/05/17
20:12 UTC

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This is a long shot but maybe a chorus teacher knows?

I don’t know how or why but this melody popped into my head. I remember singing it jn middle school chorus late 90s. There was an interpretive dance that went along with it, and hand motions. It is sung in another language, based on the sounds I am guessing it is Swahili or another African language. I don’t really remember the words, only the melody, so this is a long shot!

Chee moo… chee mah nee. Boo lee moo twah lee nah en see go. Oh moo chee mah gwo, goo koo loonga may. Boo lee moo twah lee nah en see go.

I’m pretty sure this was in winter time so it could be a holiday or Christmas song? Thank you for reading and any guesses you have!

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2024/05/17
01:02 UTC

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Men’s dress shoes for standing/walking?

I joined a chorale last June. So far I have been in two performances, and of course they are black tie.

I’ve been using a typical black leather sole captoe shoe for choral performances and they hurt like heck after standing for 30 minutes to an hour. Any recommendations for comfort dress shoes (black) that would look ok with a tux?

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2024/05/17
00:15 UTC

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Multiple Bruckner "Ave Maria" works?

I was trying to locate an Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner, a motet (?) that I sung in a choir 30 years ago.

I'm seeing a lot of Ave Marias that start with a three voice SSA, but that's not what I'm remembering.

I'm remembering a first two measures, that starts on the tonic (on the "A-ve" text) then finishes on a VI or III chord (finishing the "Ma-ri-a". My faint memory is that this was a 4-part unaccompanied version of a Soprano solo with organ.

Did Bruckner write two Ave Maria's? Is there a good way to identify one or the other? Is it possible that the piece I'm remembering is not a Bruckner work?

EDIT: This is it - but it's a solo line. Still looking for a four part (or more?) version. http://en.instr.scorser.com/D/435389.html

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2024/05/16
20:57 UTC

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Anton Bruckner - Libera Me WAB 21 (Latvian Radio Choir)

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2024/05/16
20:21 UTC

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"Quis amat valeat" by Isaac Lovdahl

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2024/05/16
19:34 UTC

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Tip of my tongue piece from middle school/high school

Hello! I'm sorry if something like this is not allowed, I'm just not convinced that the tip of my tongue subs would be of any use with this particular question.

Sometime around 2013-2015 my Choir instructor had this piece for us that was split men and women, as if we were talking to each other. I remember it was quite a bubbly song and we all had a lot of fun singing it. The song was about the "woman" trying to convince her partner to propose already. I think the piece was quite old because I remember there being a line stating that marriage licenses were only a nickel.

The lyrics I remember are from the chorus:

"Are you gonna marry me honey? (honey?)

Are you gonna marry me babe? (babe?)

(...) next week (?)

(...) are five cents each

Honey babe be mine"

I have been searching far and wide trying to find this song because these few lines get stuck in my head frequently. I can't reach out to the instructor as he passed away a couple years ago (rest in peace Mr. Brown). If you guys have any ideas that would be phenomenal! Even if I could just find the sheets again to play it for myself would be so nice to have.

Thank you so much!!!!

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2024/05/16
18:42 UTC

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Is it unusual to not be Christian in a chapel choir?

I’m 18 and I discovered my love for classical and choral singing a couple years ago at school. I’m starting university in September, and I’m wondering whether it would be wrong for me to audition for the chapel choir; I don’t know whether it’s assumed that everyone who joins a choir is Christian and I don’t want to overstep into someone else’s space.

The few people in my choir who are also as serious about singing are all Christian and I would feel bad telling them I’m not religious considering I’m not sure if that’s ‘allowed’ which being part of a chapel choir.

Let me know what your experience is with this, or whether it’s okay :)

Edit: yes I’m in the UK! Will be studying at Glasgow School of Art, and auditioning for the University of Glasgow chapel choir 🤞

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2024/05/15
22:34 UTC

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"Love Comes Quietly" by Isaac Lovdahl

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2024/05/09
10:04 UTC

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Score - How do you keep the music playing? - Lestrange

Hello, I'd like to sing this arrangement of this beautiful song, I can't find the score anywhere, if someone could please help me and send me the score or tell me where I can buy it, I'd be very grateful. Thank you so much

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2024/05/07
14:22 UTC

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ANG TREN (The Train) | VOCES CORDIS

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2024/05/07
11:34 UTC

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Pavel Chesnokov - 30 Sacred Pieces

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2024/05/05
13:53 UTC

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AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN

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2024/05/05
06:17 UTC

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Eric Whitacre - The seal lullaby - Lille University Orchestra Choir

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2024/05/03
07:15 UTC

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(no question just an observation) Mozart Requiem

Coming Sunday we have two concerts - as you might guessed "Mozart Requiem" When I heard at the beginning of the year we would sing this piece- I was very disappointed (not the the correct word - but English is my second language) but after the months coming we rehearsed I slowly liked the piece - looked into the history of it - saw the movie "Amadeus" (I know it is partly dramatized for Hollywood) - I really started to like the piece. I'm from far the best singer in the Chorale - and I struggle a lot with some parts - but I'm enjoying the experience. In my opinion you need to being relaxed about it; Yes, if you sing out of tune you need to find a different hobby. But lucky when I sing the ports of Hell don't open. :-) So my question is for you - What is your favorite movement in Mozart Requiem. For me it is the Rex tremendae "Salva me".

Funny story is that one the soprano's thought she a had solo and sung very loud "REX".

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2024/05/03
05:05 UTC

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Where can I volunteer to be a choir conductor?

Hey all, I’ve been an avid chorister my whole life, and while I was a student, I was able to try my hand at being a student choral conductor for a year. It was one of the most fun and meaningful things I’ve done in my life.

That was 3 years ago, and I now live in a place where I’m not involved in the choral scene. I have a few connections tho… as in connecting with them wouldn’t be likely to yield anything. I don’t currently sing in a choir either.

Are there a lot of volunteer openings for this kind of thing, or part time work? Could I start a choir in my neighborhood? Should I join a choir first to gain some connections? What are my options?

Sorry if this is a bad question, I just need some direction.

10 Comments
2024/05/01
17:52 UTC

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Riser chairs

Hey all -

I’m looking for chairs that are affixed to risers. My choir has a couple members who have a challenge standing for long periods of time, and we want them to be able to participate as fully as possible in our upcoming concerts!

There used to be a chair made by Peery (pictured), but they ceased operation sometime in 2009-10.

Does anyone know of another manufacturer of something similar, or could point me to a resource on purchasing used ones?

TIA!!

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2024/05/01
16:46 UTC

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Duet and solo recommendations

Does anyone have favorite madrigals or madrigal-adjacent pieces for two sopranos or solo soprano?

9 Comments
2024/04/30
02:12 UTC

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Looking for Mary Had a Little Lamb SATB + variations

Hello everyone!

Back in 2007, I sang a SATB piece in my high school choir that was essentially variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb. It was fun and a bit satirical, as I remember really having fun with the Gregorian Chant variation in the piece. I think it was called Lamb Songs, or Lamb Signs?

I would love to find a recording of the piece if anyone could help me find out the title and composer's name!

Thanks in advance!

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2024/04/27
02:48 UTC

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What should I do if I am an alto but my choir teacher forces me to sing soprano?

I only have little musical experience, I recently joined a choir and I haven't been listened to before to be correctly assigned to a voice type. I entered soprano 2 (who usually sings with soprano 1) and it was difficult for me to sing some higher musical pieces, so I moved to alto. I went to the auditions at another choir to be assigned a voice and there I was told that I was a soprano. However, in this choir too I feel more comfortable on the alto score. I can't afford to take singing lessons, although I would like to be a soprano. Should I talk to the second conductor and move to alto so as not to strain my voice?

28 Comments
2024/04/26
21:10 UTC

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Universities with Strong Choirs

Hello,

Of the following schools, what are your inputs on their choral ensembles if you have any? Which may be the strongest? This is in terms of the ensembles any student can audition for, not students specifically enrolled in the music program/pursuing a related degree/major/minor:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Stonybrook University
  • University of Maryland
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Boston University
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Temple University
  • UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida

Thank you!

EDIT: Again, thank you for all of the inputs! I am limited to the list of schools above, as those are my options as a soon-to-be college student, but I appreciate the other recommendations. I have listened to some of the schools mentioned for their renditions of pieces my choir is performing. As of now, though, my list has narrowed due to cost factors.

I plan on doing the pre-med track, which is pretty intensive academically and will take up the majority of my time. However, I've been in choir/music for years, and after my experiences at all-state and regional choirs, it's something I love and can't leave behind. That's why I was looking to go to a school which is both good for premed and choir (something a commenter mentioned), although I won't be able to commit to a time-intensive practice/rehearsal schedule.

Ideally, I'll enjoy my time wherever I go, audition successfully, and do well overall!

34 Comments
2024/04/25
21:43 UTC

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Do I need K-12 experience to apply for a DMA in choral conducting?

Hi all a little backstory first,

I am currently halfway done with my MM in Choral Conducting and want to continue on to earn my DMA in Choral Conducting. While I don't have K-12 classroom experience, I do have nearly five years of full time conducting experience through my church job as well as two years of teaching the 6-12 youth group. Most of the programs I am looking at such as Wisconsin, Colorado, Miami, Washington, Iowa, ASU all say it is for those who are current school educators, church, and/or community choir conducting experience. Yet, I have been told that the classroom is essentially a rite of passage... do i have anything to worry about in finding a program that won't have an issue with me only having professional experience on top of my MM?

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2024/04/25
01:13 UTC

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O Come O Come Emmanuel, arr. Alice Parker

Does anyone know if this is available WITH orchestration?

https://youtu.be/-QVq8UganHA?si=BML1kM2FwjQL8g4u

Thanks!

3 Comments
2024/04/25
01:00 UTC

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Looking for Dumping Ground Statistics

Does anyone have any statistics/resources on why dumping students into middle school choir is bad for the students?

3 Comments
2024/04/23
15:18 UTC

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