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PRAYERS FROM THE ARK & THE CREATURES CHOIR
Cartmen Bernos ( translated by Rumer Godden ) de Gasztold
-"The voices of animals raised to God in song"-
PRAYERS FROM THE ARK was written and published first, and the poems are in the form of prayers. THE CREATURES' CHOIR was written quite a few years later and these last poems are more like letters to God, where the animals refer to their daily problems. The author did not write sentimental verse. The poems of the animals seem to radiate with truth. I was first introduced to PRAYERS FROM THE ARK ...
The Choir Member's Companion
Ginger G. Wyrick
The Choir Member's Companion
I felt that this book appropriately addressed the many aspects of the choir members responsibilities; other than just showing up for practice occasionally. The book reviews the choir member's responsibilites to the choir director, fellow choir members as well as the congregation. There are benefits to oneself as well as to others by being a choir member and sharing the gift of music. The ...
100 Carols for Choirs
Oxford University Press, USA
The masters do it again!
I had the pleasure of participating in a workshop with David Willcocks, and received this book as part of it. It was first published in 1987, but Sir David had some amusing anecdotes to share about how he and John Rutter, another name to reckon with in choral music circles, put it together. This is what I like about it: * These gentlemen are giants in the English choral music scene, and ...
The Soprano Wore Falsettos (The Liturgical Mysteries)
St. James Music Press, 2010
For a small but devoted audience
If you are Episcopalian, a hard-boiled detective novel reader, an organist, or a choir member, these books are for you. They are laugh out loud, tongue in cheek, over the top humor.
The Angel Singers: A Dick Hardesty Mystery
Zumaya Publications, LLC
The Angel Singers
An admission: I'm prejudiced. Yes, I've read the other 11 volumes in the Dick Hardesty series, several times. Therefore, my expectations for the 12th were high. And my expectations were more than fulfilled in this well-written addition to the series.. The story line is complex - the murder of a member of a gay men's chorus that Jonathan has joined. Does the murder involve the chorus or is ...
The Choir Boats (Longing for Yount)
ChiZine Publications, 2009
This book is a wonderful option for any fantasy lover, especially in these days when vampire fiction clogs the bookstore shelves. The Choir Boats has a good blend of action, mystery, and drama, and even though it gets a little too detailed with some of the technical aspects, it keeps the reader interested with new dangers on nearly every page. Can't wait for the next installment.
He's Been Faithful
Thought-provoking; especially for performers of music
What an inspiration! Carol Cymbala does an outstanding job of sharing her passion, first for Christ and prayer, then for music. Her recipe has proven successful. A truly inspiratioal easy-read.
Adoremus Hymnal - Choir Edition
Latin and English Hymnal of Older Sacred Songs
This hymnal has many of the older songs that I sang back in the 50's and 60's in Catholic grade school and high school. I bought it specifically because it had songs to the Blessed Virgin Mary and other Latin hymns that I remember our Catholic Church doing at the liturgies before Vatican II. It is a great accompaniment to newer hymnals and a great way to reminesce the days when I grew up.
The Oxford Book of Carols
Percy, WILLIAMS, R Vaughan, SHAW, Martin DEARMER
Oxford University Press
The historical research is worth the purchase alone
This book is an excellent read. The depth of the historical research and wealth of fascinating information on the development and use of the carols is invaluable. This book would be worth the purchase if it did not contain any music at all. As it is, the collecting of carols for this book had saved many pieces from being lost forever. The musical arrangements are very singable and allow ...
A Place in the Choir: Finding Harmony in a World of Many Voices (Book)
A Place in the Choir, A Place in the World
There's enough unhappiness and struggle in our lives. This series of little vignettes tell of one music teacher's efforts to find a place where every voice, especially every small child's voice can fit in to a choir, help make beautiful music, and improve their feelings of self-confidence, self-esteem, and well-being. There will be plenty of time later for the child to understand that he has ...
Revealing Riches and Building Lives : Youth Choir Ministry in the New Millennium
Morning Star Music Pub
An Outstanding Book!
It is not surprising that Randy Edwards has put together the most comprehensive, relevant single text on youth choirs available today. It is hard to imagine any youth choir director not reading this book! The philosophy and ideas shared meet directors wherever they might find themselves. Whether a seasoned veteran or a beginning director, the reader walks away with renewed passion for ...
The Essential Bach Choir
Andrew Parrott's wonderful volume is the culmination of many years study and practical application of J. S. Bach performance practice. Many of the conclusions are not new, but follow from the work of Josua Rifkin, made more compelling with easily grasped, definitive scholarship. It is past time for the modern choirmaster and music director to seriously reconsider those grand scale ...
Prayers from the Ark: The Creatures' Choir
Carmen Bernos De Gasztold
A GIFT TO ALL WHO LOVE GOD'S CREATURES
This is a wonderful collection of small poems. The various travelers on Noah's Ark each have a distinct prayer to God. The simplicity of these prayers ring with truth as they tell of the work and difficulties that the animals endure. The author must have had great insight to write such simple, but beautiful verse.
By Flowing Waters: Chant for the Liturgy, a Collection of Unaccompanied Song for Assemblies, Cantors, and ...
Paul F. Ford
This is the true Vatican II Liturgical reform
The General Instructions for the Roman Missal indicates that for Opening, Offertory, and Communion the preference should be 1) The Antiphon from the Roman Gradual 2) The Antiphon from the Simple Gradual 3) Another psalm 4) Some other song consistent with the above. Until now, unless one was singing Latin, options 1 and 2 were eliminated, and option 3 was ignored, and option 4 all too ...
When the Choir Began to Sing
Harry E. Eastridge
William G. O'Callaghan Jr.
Master Teacher, Inc
A phenomenal leadership & team-building tool!
Any individual or organization would benefit from this book, as it touches on the human spirit and how crisis can drive wonderfully needed CHANGE! Whether you are in Education, Ministry or Corporate America, this book will help you tap into the hidden leaders that surround you. I work in sales training, and this book has provided a quick and inspiring read, which has led to discussion and ...
The Bass Wore Scales (The Lituirgical Mysteries)
St. James Music Press, 2010
My son gave me a copy of "The Alto Wore Tweed" for beach reading. Now that I am home and miles from any beach, I am still laughing as I read Mark Schweizer's other Liturgical Mysteries. The "hero" of Mr. Schwrizer's series is a detective, a musician and a "would be" author who slips his latest writings into the choir folders for Sunday sermon reading. I have introduced "The Alto Wore Tweed" to ...
Death in the Choir
Lorraine V Murray
This is a little gem of a book (I only say "little" because these days a lot of mysteries sprawl on for far too many pages: this is just the right length). It arrived about 11:00 a.m. and I had to finish it the same day (a rare occurrence for me now), begrudging every minute "lost" to real life things like having to buy food... I won't discuss the plot, as the "blurb" says everything you need ...
The Structures and Movement of Breathing: A Primer for Choirs and Choruses/G5265
G I A Pubns
This little primer is an excellent overview of the physiological aspects of breathing for singers. Even though this was written with choruses in mind, I have found it useful both as a professional singer and as a helpful tool as I teach my own voice students. Barbara is very clear both with her language and her diagrams; the mystery of breathing ceases to be a complete mystery! Barbara is an ...
Devotional Warm-Ups for the Church Choir: Preparing to Lead Others in Worship
Kregel Publications, 2000
Excellent devotional for choirs...
The first thing I did when I started as choir director was look for a simple and easy devotional that I could interject into choir practice. I needed something that was not too involoved and fairly quick to get through since practice time is so limited. Osbeck does an excellent job of combining biblical concepts of music ministry with sound theology. The result is nothing less than a choir ...
Directing the Choral Music Program
Kenneth H. Phillips
Oxford University Press, USA
I was very impressed
There are many books out there that discuss conducting gesture and pedagogical approaches to running a rehearsal, and they are of enormous value. However, many choral conductors, even those with advanced degrees, feel underprepared when it comes to "real world" scenarios--"How do I build and recruit a choir?", "How should I do warm ups?", "How do I decide on a program/plan a tour?" This book ...
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