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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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Planning a large public sing-along with several hundred people. Playlist is mainly classic protestant hymns and a few pop standards. Is there a cellphone app that would allow audience to hear their parts? Seems like such an app ought to exist but haven't seen one. Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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2024/02/27
04:51 UTC

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Recently recorded my choir practicing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel (though we're still practicing in solfege and haven't gotten into the words yet) any advices on where we need to improve? Thanks!

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2024/02/27
02:33 UTC

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Upcoming concert

If you are in the Seattle or surrounding areas, come join us for a fun afternoon! Go to brownpapertickets.com

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2024/02/27
01:16 UTC

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How to sing deeper

24M here. I'm your typical cursed baritone. I get pretty shifted a lot during voice placements in choirs. Currently I'm at Bass 1. I can push the higher end of my range to a A4 on a good day. On normal days I'm at G4 at best. However, my timbre is quite darker than that of the average tenor. The issue I'm having is that I can't sing lower past F2(This note can be pretty shaky sometimes). I did observe something interesting though. When I wake up, within the first 2 - 3 hours, I can hit notes as low as C2(Sometimes even Bb1 though it sounds more like vocal fry). Is there a way I can overcome this and be able to maintain the morning low ranges throughout the day as well as be audible enough when I'm in a choir.

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2024/02/26
12:27 UTC

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‘The Armed Man’

No question, just an observation.

I’m 53 years old, sing in a choir since I’m 7 years old. I believe I’m now in my prime. At the moment we are rehearsing ‘The Armed Man’ for a performance in Sydney Opera house in June.

Maybe because I’m a veteran but never been so emotional involved in a piece as this. I know music is emotion but I’m ‘scared’ how it gets me.

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2024/02/26
00:43 UTC

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Beautiful pieces with alto soloist

Hello! Can anyone recommend a simple but lovely piece of choral music that features a truly lovely alto solo??

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2024/02/25
16:49 UTC

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Which solo vocal fachs are the most and least likely to stay within their "corresponding" choir section?

From what I've noticed, strong solo voices tend to be section switchers and/or generally sing outside of their solo vocal categorization in choir. But which types of strong solo voices are more or less likely to do so?

For the sake of this question let's say the following, using broad vocal categories encompassing all specific fachs within:

Solo soprano --> corresponding choir section: soprano

Solo mezzo --> corresponding choir section: alto

Solo contralto --> corresponding choir section: alto 2/tenor

Solo tenor --> corresponding choir section: tenor

Solo baritone --> corresponding choir section: bass 1/tenor 2

Solo bass --> corresponding choir section: bass

I'm of course curious as to how this differs among various divisions/fachs of broad solo voice types (for example, dramatic vs lyric voices, etc.)

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2024/02/25
04:38 UTC

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Recordings for beginners

Is there any resource where I could find choral songs recorded only with certain types of voice separately (alto and soprano)? I would like it to be easier for me to learn.

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2024/02/24
20:54 UTC

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Do I use my natural voice in a choir or try to follow the crowd?

Very, very new to this choir stuff. I recently joined a choir and am singing as an alto!

I'm having no problems with my alto parts but there was a part in a song we're learning where all voices sing the same melody. My choir is mainly filled with high sopranos so naturally, the melody in this part is sung in a really high pitch (which I struggle to sing along).

I've tried singing in my usual pitch but it sounds rather off since I feel as though I'm the only one singing that low. What should I do? Should I try to sing along with the majority or should I sing in my usual, lower voice?

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2024/02/24
15:12 UTC

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What do you prefer?

If you as a woman could sing anything well and you could choose, would you like to be a soprano or alto?

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2024/02/24
10:50 UTC

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Looking for more contemporary repertoire

Hi all, first time poster here. I'm looking for some repertoire that's on the more contemporary side. I recently sang Hagenberg's "My Song in the Night," with my choir and fell in love. I'm also a big fan of Stopford's music. I'm specifically looking for songs that have a kind of haunting beauty. Ola Gjeilo's "Ecce Novum" is another great example. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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2024/02/23
16:08 UTC

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Community Choir Member Recruitment and Retention

Hello Hive Mind!

A question for all of those who run their own community choirs.

What are some tools and/or strategies you use to recruit new members (particularly tenors and basses) and retain them?

For premise:

I started a community choir in Japan and we are currently in our 4th official year of activities. I, along with most of the members of the group, am a full-time worker and manage the group as a hobby. The vice-president, bookkeeper, part-leaders, etc. all help keep the group running as volunteers.

The group operates 100% off of membership dues as we do not have any sponsors (I have found this to be the case for most groups unless they are registered as NPOs or are professional choirs). Because of this, all of our membership recruitment is primarily done through social media and word-of-mouth.

We also actively perform as festivals, competitions, and contests around the area as a means of making ourselves known.

This strategy has worked for us in terms of getting new inquiries and new membership (especially Sopranos and Altos).

We however have the most difficulty in attracting tenors and basses. Those we do get inquiries from will usually visit a rehearsal or two but getting them to officially join is a big hurdle.

For the people we do get to join, we’re finding it difficult to keep them after performances. This is especially true of members who have more choral experience or are older in age.

Reasons I have been given from those who choose not to join or quit are as follows:

・ Too much of a time commitment ・ The music is not to my taste ・ Lack of confidence

I sang for a long time in the States before coming to Japan and I don’t feel that I’m asking any more of these adults than what would have been asked if me in my community choir experiences. In fact, I feel I’m asking a lot less but I’m finding the culture here is a lot more different than what I thought it would be.

It’s starting to get to me as I’m starting to feel like ① I’m having to lower my standards far below the point I want to and, ② no matter what I do to train the singers and help their confidence is not enough.

I ask for feedback, including music suggestions/requests, pretty often but rarely ever get any responses so I’m at a loss of what to do other than say, “***k it, I’ll do what I want,” or simply peace out…

This the first group I’ve ever managed and also the first I’ve ever conducted and regardless of how much I ask for input or help, nobody in the group seems willing to raise their hand so it’s pretty much on me to keep the ball rolling in all aspects of the group which is not sustainable considering my work responsibilities (I have to eat and pay rent).

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2024/02/23
12:19 UTC

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Song suggestions for sight singing meetup

Hi all! I’m a music education major and I’m event coordinator on the ACDA board at my university. I am planning a sight singing meetup and I’m looking for songs that would be good for this event. Preferably more approachable songs since there will be people of all levels attending. Ideally I would like to have a diverse range of music by composers of marginalized backgrounds. Obviously Bach is great, and any recommendations will be appreciated but I also want to diversify. Does anyone have any good recommendations?

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2024/02/23
01:08 UTC

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Non-Western choral gems?

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2024/02/21
07:11 UTC

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Any works, as a performer, you absolutely hate but love listening to?

First time poster but I had to talk about what actually made me being this up; Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna is gorgeous... but as a middle voice soprano it makes me want to commit arson. Like... its absolutely terrible and does not make sense lyrically. Tons of voice crossing and registrational issues with the voices, and dissonances that sometimes do not make sense in the scope of the piece.

Ive talked to so many and heard about how much people love this work... but they never were on the performer side of things.

Just food for thought

32 Comments
2024/02/21
04:15 UTC

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Searching for beginning music and composers

Two weeks ago I was offered a long term substitute position for a 6-8 choir class. My background is in wind band education, but I am going to apply myself as much as possible to give these students a good experience for the rest of this year.

The last teacher did not give the students much of an education, so the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are all at the same level.

Can anyone give me suggestions for great choral composers that focus on beginning music, unison or two part? When signs can I look for to see the students are ready for three part music? Any and all advice is welcome, thanks for reading this!

7 Comments
2024/02/19
16:28 UTC

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High sopranos in solo repertoire singing alto in choir: what's up with that?

I know choir parts don't line up one to one with solo voice types and I know sometimes certain sections just need more people, but this is surprisingly common from my anecdotal experience. You'd think people who are really high sopranos (coloraturas for example) would be recognized as such by choir directors, but...

If you're a high soprano singing alto in choir, or if you used to be, was it ever frustrating for you vocally? Were you ever told why you were placed there, or do you have a hunch as to why?

37 Comments
2024/02/19
05:40 UTC

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Resources/Reference Books About Counter-Tenor and Sopranist voices?

I lead a community choir in Tokyo and recently had a young (college-student) counter-tenor visit. There is a high possibility that they will be joining and I want to do my part in understanding how to work with that type of voice.

This is solely for me as the person in question already has a private voice trainer.

2 Comments
2024/02/19
01:46 UTC

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Need choral symphony

I'm addicted to Christopher Tin - Waloyo Yamoni I need more that's similar.

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2024/02/18
03:55 UTC

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How to Purchase Choir Music Digitally to Print

Thank you all so much for your suggestions in my last post. They were very helpful and interesting!

Now, I have another quest. How do I tell which choral sheet music websites will allow me to purchase music to print on my own? I don't want to have to make an account and put my debit card info into every one to find out. Unfortunately, being bombarded with work and anxiety, I have missed my chance to order sheet music by mail.

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2024/02/16
20:49 UTC

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Sheetmusic Vytautas Miskinis

Hello, Does someone have the sheetmusic of the Thoughts of Psalms by Vytautas Miskinis? As well as the Pater Noster e.g.

I am looking to sing these pieces with my ensemble and ordering 20 parts of sheetmusic for 8 people seems a bit infeasible.

2 Comments
2024/02/16
15:20 UTC

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Doses anybody have song suggestions TTBB/TTB?

Any where the tenor is wickedly high?

for choir of 30

upbeat if possible?

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2024/02/15
02:54 UTC

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Looking for a specific genre

I’m looking for Christian choral music that’s similar to “Great God Almighty” but I’m struggling to find church choir music as intense as that song. Any suggestions?

3 Comments
2024/02/15
02:42 UTC

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Inside The World Of Barbershop Harmony: The 7th Hour Podcast | A Cappella Magic & Quartet Legends

This is big - the first EVER video podcast devoted to barbershop harmony...first ep out on March 1. Subscribe on YouTube

https://reddit.com/link/1aqwtvg/video/pksmef3folic1/player

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2024/02/14
20:24 UTC

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Soprano vs alto

Is it possible to change the pitch of the voice during life? I would like to find out more details about this, under what conditions it happens and how much it is healthy to train to reach higher notes. When I was 16 years old, I was told that I was between soprano and mezzo-soprano, but now I realize that it is difficult to reach very high notes (as sopranos 1 sing). I wish I could sing high, but I don't want to ruin my voice. Am I more of an alto?

40 Comments
2024/02/13
00:42 UTC

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Long shot - looking for sheet music for Kirby Shaw "Sing Hosanna"

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2024/02/12
01:35 UTC

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Would love to hear your opinions and input on my choir's rendition of Rutter's For the Beauty of the Earth, thanks!

4 Comments
2024/02/12
01:18 UTC

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I'm looking to get my DMA in Choral Conducting and have auditions at BU and Hartt School. Any recent alum of either have feedback on the two schools?

Essentially title. I had my BU audition already and have the Hartt one upcoming. Can anyone tell me a little more about the schools, the programs etc.? I haven't really had too many interactions with either college myself, I'm mostly just looking to stay in the Northeast for personal reasons.

5 Comments
2024/02/11
22:49 UTC

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Choral pieces that give you chills every time.

This is an odd request. I'm about to have my second baby and I am making a playlist of only choral music to help me get through an all natural labor. I want to be completely zen. I want the harmony to take over my body. I love a capella music. Cluster chords. I want to weep not from the pain but from the beauty of the moment. Thank you in advance!

79 Comments
2024/02/11
02:41 UTC

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