Aaaack! It’s been so long.

Hello, Choristers! I find it embarrassing that I was hanging out all summer, and didn’t update the blog! And here it is, January 30th–the school year is half over. I guess it is time for some new super awesome music stuff!

I am posting 2 versions of Blessing–one slower, one faster. I would like to know which version you like best, and why. Here is the first:

Here is the second:

I’m interested to hear what you think of these 2 versions!


Mass IX — Sanctus

Good afternoon, choristers! You did a nice job of practicing the Mass IX Kyrie and Agnus Dei today. We will probably spend almost all of our time on the Sanctus tomorrow. If you would like a head start, here it is.

As you/ve probably noticed, the more familiar you are with these chant pieces, the more comfortable you are singing them! See you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Missa Breve – Delibes (new)

Hello choristers,

There is a post from 2012 of the Delibes Mass that we are working on, but I found this tonight, and I really like it. ย The Kyrie is at the beginning, but you have to skip ahead to 11:42 for the Agnus Dei.

I hope you were able to dry off a bit after choir today. ย Remember we have a whole year of going over the the extended building, so you may always want to keep a jacket of some kind available. ย Have a great evening! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

How Merrily We Live — Michael Este

I though I should add this, also, since we looked at it again today. This is a fun rendition, however, I don’t think we would do it quite like this! The info said this was a children’s choir, though I would say young women’s choir. Still, it’s very well sung!

I like how fast it goes! We should try it at this speed. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the Beauty of the Earth — Rutter

Hello, Choristers! I was telling you of this piece today. Listen and see what you think. This is a children’s choir from Indonesia. I’m not sure if we would go quite this fast. I do love the dynamics they use with this piece.

Do you think we could have this ready by May 30? ๐Ÿ™‚

A Clare Benediction – Rutter, Gloria Alleluia — Crocker

Hello Choristers! Oh my heavens, it’s been awhile. We all survived Christmas, Dumb Week, and as of tomorrow, the 2nd term of school! I thought it was time to put up some new things on the blog.

Here is a nice version of A Clare Benediction. Or, as some of you have been calling it, Pastry Addiction. Really, now. Anyway, this is an interesting video. I like how this group makes the music just flow beautifully–not stiff at all. Listen and let me know what you think!

And look what else I found! Here are a couple of different versions for you to hear! Which do you like best?

I like to hear different versions of the same song, especially when they are the same arrangement. It is interesting to hear how differently choirs can interpret the same song! ๐Ÿ™‚

Links to upcoming music

Hello choristers! Here are links to past posts with the pieces you are learning.

There will be a sub tomorrow–Dr. Brown is the mother of Elliot Brown in the first grade, and also a close friend of my son and daughter-in-law. Of course, I know you will give her your full attention. You will be working on Lift Thine Eyes, by Mendelssohn. So, give a listen to the link above, and be prepared! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tu es Petrus – Widor

Good evening, Choristers! I hope you are doing some great music studying before Halloween break. And I hope you do some during Halloween break, also! For those of you going on the tour, you leave in 1 week! And for those of you staying, this extra study is good for you vocally and musically.

Here is a recording of Tu es Petrus by Widor. I could only find the one video so far. It is a little hard to understand what the text is, as you have not seen it yet. Follow along with the words I posted below, and it will be easier.

Here is the text.

Tu es Petrus
et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam
et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam.
Et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum.

You are Peter,
And upon this Rock I will build My Church:
and the gates of hell shall not overcome it.
And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

I hope to have the music for tomorrow’s rehearsal. If not, we will have a lot to do Monday!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Deep River (Italy Tour, 2010)

Good Evening, Choristers!

Here is a link to the Italy Tour from 2010. One thing that makes me nervous–the St. Nicholas choristers don’t look up at the conductor! Please, please, make sure you look up. You should know your music well enough to be able to look at the conductor most of the time. I know I tell you to look at your music–there are times when you really have to watch it. But your music should be held up high enough that you can see the conductor at the same time you are looking at your music.

Here is another version with a smaller group, with the soloists out front.

Which do you like best?


Psalm 43- Richte Mich Gott – Mendelssohn

Good evening, choristers! As promised, here is a recording of the Psalm 43-Tichte Mich Gott, by Mendelssohn. I chose this version because the video uses the same copy of music we are using, and it will be easy for you to follow.

It is good to watch and listen to the parts you are learning. However, you should often listen to the entire piece so you can hear the flow of it, and know exactly how your sections fit in. You should always know what happens before you are to enter with your section.

We have a very busy time ahead of us to prepare the pieces that are going to be on the tour, and even if you are not going on the tour, it is good for you to learn this music, as you may need to sing it in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

See you tomorrow!