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Happy New Year! I hope y’all have had a restful winter break and are ready to come back to your ensembles with renewed energy and enthusiasm. I know I was happy to take a break after the chaos of winter and holiday performances, but I’m excited about what we have lined up for 2015. Most notably, of course, is the approaching ACDA National Convention in February. We’ll be among the exhibitors with a booth displaying scores and recordings of every piece in our catalog. In addition, I’m hosting a publisher reading session with guest conductor David Harris that I think will be an educational new music experience (info below). I’ll also be sitting on a panel discussing the growing trend of conductors who double as…

Programming Concerts With A Me$$age

Many choral directors have something to say to the world, though we don’t often use the concert hall as a pulpit. Audiences don’t much like being preached at, though they do like being moved, and here in lies an opportunity to explore social messages in concerts. The trick to moving an audience without preaching at them lies in presenting your topic with variety and creative placement, allowing the music to comment on itself. Take for instance, the issue of money. Many have trouble with our financial system, but because we all depend on money, and we’d all love a little more to spend, it’s a tricky topic. One of the essential questions I’d like the audience to ask is what role they play in the…

Fresh Choral Voices Found Here! PROJECT: ENCORE™

It was on the heels of our return from the invitational tour to Austria in 2008, to perform the European premiere of Randall Svane’s marvelous Mass for unaccompanied choir during the Salzburg Festival, that we decided we had to do something about the difficulty composers experience in seeking post-premiere performances. We had performed the American premiere of Mass in 2005, and had worked hard with Randall in seeking additional performances for this admittedly challenging (and wonderful!) composition. It had taken a very pro-active composer, armed with very good support and sound files, three years! This experience had confirmed what we came to see was a well-known difficulty in the composer community: challenging as it was to secure a first performance for a new work, it…

September Newsletter: Programming your concert like a dinner party

Welcome back to the season! I’ve always loved September. I think it’s because my inner geek gets excited about school starting. I’m sure most of us find ourselves standing in front of the classroom instead of in one of the chairs, but I like the believe the excitement is still the same. I know we’ve got a lot of great stuff planned for this year already, some traveling, a few conventions, and an upcoming collection of beautiful music. If you are planning on attending any of the events below let me know, I’d love to meet y’all face to face and learn more about your choirs and the work you are doing with them. Best, Fahad Siadat Director, See-A-Dot Music Publishing Upcoming Events New York…

How to Program a Concert: Planning a Full-Course Meal

One of the most important tasks for choral conductors is selecting repertoire for their choral ensembles. The vast amount of repertoire combined with numerous considerations for selecting a program may seem at times to be an overwhelming task. Conductors need to thoughtfully review all selections under consideration to include a variety of styles, tempi, and key centers in order to increase the aesthetic experience and maintain the interest in every rehearsal and performance. Then, they need to arrange the selections creatively for overall flow, purpose, and direction of the concert. The following guidelines offer approaches to create artful, educational, and enjoyable concert performances that completely engage the audience from the moment the ensemble takes the stage until the final ovation. Repertoire selection: 1. Choose a…

In Defense of New Music Publishing

5 Ways Publishers Help Composers and Conductors I’m sure you’ve read about the evils of publishing companies, record labels, and the music industry at large. I recently came across some posts which made me wonder, is the common perception of publishers that they are opportunists? I was shocked anyone would see what I do as taking advantage of my fellow composers rather than a vital service to the field. Publishing isn’t a lucrative business, it’s a passion project we pursue to advocate for the music we love. I can’t speak for other companies as I have little dealings with them and don’t presume to know how they do business, but I can share the main reasons we are an indispensable part of composers’ professional lives and why…

Thank You! Celebrating one year of amazing new choral music

In 2007 I conducted my first ensemble and quickly learned how frustrating it can be to find great new music for a choir. I was drowning in websites with thousands of scores and struggled to find music I was excited to perform. There was no quality control and no way to discover new work; the whole thing felt too big and overwhelming. I started asking friends: How many arrangements of “This Little Light of Mine” do I need? This the 21st century, how can a score be on a 6-week back order? Why aren’t there decent recordings of these pieces? How am I supposed to find great work from composers who don’t already have big names? One year ago this month we officially launched a…

Shaping choral experiences for women: texts, the color palette, and building community

We sing to feel the most alive, the most vibrant, the most spiritual, and the most complete. We don’t sing to learn concepts for concepts sake, sol-fa for sol-fa’s sake, vowels for vowels sake, or even music for music’s sake. We sing because to be expressive is at the core of one of the essential experiences of the human condition. When programming for women’s ensembles, I often take a “reverse-engineering” approach. A single piece can serve as the platform for the development of an overall experience for singers and listeners alike. That single piece is one I evaluate not only for musical veracity, but as an evolutionary process that has the potential to connect deeply with women over time. Such a work will necessarily examine…

New Pieces for Mixed, Treble, and Men’s Choir

We pride ourselves on carrying a small, tightly curated, and excellent collection of new choral music, and we love it so much we want to make sure it’s available for anyone who wants to perform it. Whenever possible, we (well, the composers usually) create arrangements of each piece for a variety choir types, so if you hear something you like but direct a men’s chorus, there is plenty for you to look at. Here are some of the latest pieces to check out (links to recording and score previews included): Men’s Choir Alleluia – Rachel Fogarty  A modern re-imagining of chant elements combined with a multi-metric feel and joyful melody. Great for a concert or church service. Alleluia – Jonathan David A lyrical setting of…

How to create a concert theme – “Evolution (Creation)”

I love to hear how different composers approach similar topics or musical concepts, which is the major appeal of a thematic program. However, a “top-down” approach, “jar first, contents second,” can lead to a program containing filler, as one struggles to hew closely to the theme. Instead, I suggest starting with a broad concept, i.e., “Water Music” as opposed to “Moldovan Streams.” Another approach is to work from “bottom-up:” to allow a work one finds extremely compelling to generate an overriding concept; or find the thematic thread among several such works. Here’s an example of an hour-long program I designed from the love of a single piece. The launching point for the program is Sandström’s Singing Apes. Inspired by a walk the composer took through…

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