Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Good Afternoon Dr. Copeland,
We’re still in the process of fully correlating all the information which has reached us relating to applications, however I have just taken a quick look at our online banking and I can confirm that yes, the electronic transfer of the entry fee has been received to our account without any problems. It just cleared yesterday; notification from our bank will probably take a couple of days to reach us in the post but there is a lodgement appearing from UAB account which I take it to be your university.
Thank you for ensuring that all of your entry requirements are present and correct – I wish that all choirs were half so diligent!!
Best wishes, and we will be touch again shortly,
Robert Wright, Director
Gloria from Mass in G
To Everything there is a Season
Goin’ to the
Joseph M. Martin
Glinda Blackshear, Director
Dr. Mark Brown, Assistant Director
Susan Goode, Accompanist
Non più guerra, pietate
Amor, Io Sento L’Alma
Se per havervi, oime
Lester Seigel, Director
This is the Day (Haec est dies)
i thank you God
Little David, Play on Y’ Harp
Traditional; arr. Paul Christianson
Spiritual, arr. Timothy P. Banks
A Cappella Choir
Timothy Paul Banks, Director
If Ye Love Me
Love Came Down
Gary Packwood, Director
Sing We and Chant It
arr. Moses Hogan
William Powell, Director
11:30 – 12:40 Lunch Break
Ian Loeppky, Director
Daemon Irrepit Callidus
I Am Not Yours
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
Z. Randall Stroope
A Cappella Choir
Patricia Corbin, Director
Jessica Hall, Director
Come Unto Me
Jesus, My All, To Heaven is Gone
John Cennick, arr. Budahl
Mike Sparks, Director
O magnum mysterium
See dat Babe
Horace Carney, Director
Mira Kruja, Accompanist
Arise My Love, My Fair One
Z. Randall Stroope
David Ayers, Director
O Sacrum Convivium
Song of Triumph
Philip Copeland, Director
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
That was my favorite song of the Europe tour we did in Concert Singers. The final Amen rang in Notre Dame forever, it seemed - and the audience stayed perfectly still until it finally faded. I remember having tears in my eyes when we stepped down after that.
Y'all work hard on it - do it justice.
John loves the work as much as I do, I guess. We were lucky to have had the experience we had back in 1988 or 1989 . . . whichever year it was . . . we were singing that song when this year's freshmen were born. I've been waiting that long to conduct it with my own choir. PBTG, that year is finally here.
I highlight her comments because they echo my own advice:
if you're on the fence...here's my 2 cents...when i was in college - we were all poor and we didn't go on the "big trip" - we always tried, but it always fell through because people backed out. You will never have "enough" money to go, you will always have to eat beanie-weenie's, but now is the time in your life to do it. Now, 11 years later, who cares if I had eaten Ramen noodles for an entire year, I'd be thinner and I'd have had that great trip! So, bite the bullet and GO!!!
Friday, October 26, 2007
We're having an all-state prep session tomorrow at UAB. I've issued an open invitation to area high schools to help them work their all-state music.
The event is from 1-5:30.
If you have "absence" or "tardy" issues, this is an ideal time to make up some deficiency's. Or meet some great kids.
Come if you want!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I am seriously considering switching our Tuesday/Thursday class time in Fall 2008 with opera.
On Tu/Th we would meet from 3:30-4:45 instead of 2:00 - 3:15. Our MWF class time of 2-2:50 would stay the same. (with some fridays traded for saturdays)
Please give me feedback in this manner:
1. YES - that really helps me with other parts of my schedule
2. NO - that would conflict with XXXX that I take every semester
3. Or perhaps you would have something else to contribute.
Let me know fast.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
November 8 and November 13
I checked the music calendar and November 8 falls the day before Opera Scenes. I therefore propose the following date to you: November 13. Let me know any problems with the date now and we'll go from there.
Here are a few changes to the rehearsal schedule:
1. No choir rehearsal for ANY choir on Monday, October 29.
2. We DO have rehearsal this Thursday. I never said that we didn't.
3. We DO NOT have rehearsal this Friday for Concert Choir.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
1. It was the strongest fall concert UAB has put on since I've been here, I think. Chamber Choir was extremely strong, and we can be better. I thought that was the best the Men's choir has sounded and the same is true for the Women's.
2. Easily the best performance the Women's Chorale has put forward. Thoughts:
Regina Coeli. Outstanding!! The last 12 measures or so is just incredible music. You made it exciting--even thrilling. I am considering converting.
Lost Rose: great.
Regretting: Funny! Leigh gave very high marks to Linc and Sam for whatever they did. I never saw it! The singing was hilarious and the audience really seemed to enjoy it.
3. Superb performances for Erin and Anthony.
4. Special recognition to Jake/Kevin for pulling off a band halftime performance and choir performance in one night.
5. Concert Choir did very well. Strongest fall concert but not as strong as we could have been, eh? Quick thoughts:
Regina Coeli: Fabulous. You even remembered the little nuance I gave you before the concert on the Alleluia. This piece will get stronger as we continue singing it.
O Sacrum: Lost pitch. Men still not solid on first chord. I don't know where we lost pitch yet.
Justorum: A great performance. I took it a bit faster at the end and I think that helped it end strong. Might have gotten a little to loud at "Malitie" or however you spell that word. Top of page 3, last measure.
Lay a Garland. Bad first chord, whatever part sings the 3rd of the chord in women. Rest of it went pretty well.
In the Silence of Time: Nice nuance. Lost pitch. Had some great moments.
Black is the Color. Best job we've done on this. Didn't lose pitch! Why not? It should have!
Great and Marvelous. Exciting and powerful. Choir didn't remember to pull this part back: You AAAAALone are Holy. Everything else great.
Lord's Prayer. Quite good.
If I Got My Ticket. Great job. Not the best closer. My fault.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
It was a pleasure and an honor to have you with us at Trinity in worship this past Sunday, October 14th. You added so much to the worship services and represented UAB in a wonderful way. The musical presentations were pristine and demanded everyone's full attention. I noticed that even the toddlers were drawn to the magnificent sounds that inhabited their space. I believe that God gives us a perfect musical gift. It is up to us as musicians to find it. There is no doubt that last Sunday you found that gift and it was perfect!
Please know also that each singer that I had the opportunity to speak with was very cordial and personable. They made me feel welcome in my own church! The kindness they displayed is what will bring in additional great musicians to the UAB Department of Music.
You all have something to be very proud of. I wish you all the very best in your future musical ventures.
R. Scott Robertson
Director of Music
Trinity United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
We have a recording session Thursday evening.
Chamber Choir: 7:00 p.m.
Concert Choir: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Bluff Park Methodist Church
Take I-65 to the Exit 254 (Alford Avenue)
Go West on Alford Avenue for 2 miles to the end of the road
At the stop sign, turn right, then turn left at the end of that road
- Bluff Park United Methodist Church is on the left.
Directions to church
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Arr. René Clausen b. 1953
Claude Debussy 1862-1918
Dieu qu'l la fait bon regarder!
Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain
Four Shakespeare Songs Jaakko Mäntyjärvi b. 1963
3. Double, Double Toil and Trouble
In omnem terram
Giovanni Francesco Anerio 1567-1630
Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
A Hymn To God the Father
John Ness Beck 1930-1987
Miklós Kocsár b. 1933
Eleanor Daley b. 1955
3. The Lost Rose
Regretting What I Said . . .
arr. M. George, R. Allen
Kristine Hurst, soprano
Denise Gainey, clarinet
Dale Reynolds, piano
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock)
Romuald Twardowski b. 1930
O sacrum convivium
Vytautas Miškinis b. 1954
Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924
Lay a Garland
Robert Pearsall 1795 – 1856
Silence of Time
Arr. Darmon Meader b. 1953
Black Is The Color
arr. René Clausen b. 1953
Song of Triumph
Dale Grotenhuis b. 1931
The Lord’s Prayer
arr. Jerry Jordan b. 1946
If I Got My Ticket
arr. Robert Shaw 1916-1999
1. Sophomore has an "O: after the "H". SophOmore
2. Freshmen is typically spelled with two E's. frEshmEn.
3. Erin will conduct the Women's Chorale on the Rose song.
4. Anthony will conduct the Brahms piece with the men.
5. I'm calling Anthony and Erin the "assistant conductors" for the year.
Great work on "Regina Coeli" today. Tomorrow we focus on "Black is the Color" (which also sounded good) and the same sex pieces.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Great job today. I thought everything went very well today:
- Most everyone getting there on time was fantastic.
- Great job in 1st service, even better in 2nd service
- You looked good, you sounded good
- We sang five works today and did them well. Great watching, great confidence. We'll be gaining in confidence and ability every day this coming week.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This is the 1008th post. Can you believe it?
A trip through memory lane:
Post #1 September 3, 2004
A celebration of the first 1 year anniversary.
On September 3, 2006 I had made 672 posts and had 46,982 visits.
I made a great post on September 4, 2007 - the one about the All-Bran cereal commercial. That video still cracks me up.
So, here we are on Year 4 of the Choir Blog. On this day, I average about 84 hits a day and have had 85,676 visits.
Long live the blog!
We will arrive dressed, alert, fed, and ready to sing at 7:45 a.m. You may need this.
Two services: 8:45 am and 11:00 am.
Donuts between services.
Music I submitted:
- O sacrum convivium - Vytautas Miškinis b. 1954
- Justorum Animae, Op. 38, No. 1 - Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924
- Song of Triumph - Dale Grotenhuis b. 1931
- The Lord's Prayer - Arr. Jerry Jordan b. 1946
- If I Got My Ticket - Arr. Robert Shaw 1916-1999
Directions to the church are available here and at the bottom of this post.
Here's a Google Map.
Directions From Highway 31
Traveling South from Birmingham, you will begin to see traffic lights as you enter Homewood. At the intersection with Piggly Wiggly and Shades Cahaba Elementary, turn right (west) on Oxmoor Road. You will pass Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and Homewood Park on your right. When you get to the intersection (light) of East Hawthorne and Seminole Rd, you will see Trinity UMC on your right. Go to the next light and turn right into our large parking lot. You will find visitor parking spots there.
Directions From I-65
Traveling North towards Birmingham take the Oxmoor Road/Homewood Exit. Merge right onto Oxmoor Road. Cross Green Springs Highway. Oxmoor Road becomes Palisades Blvd. You will see Palisades shopping center on your left. At the Palisades Church of Christ, veer right where you will continue on Oxmoor Rd. Travel on Oxmoor Road through Edgewood, where there is a shopping area. You will pass Dawson Baptist on your left. At the Clermont Rd intersection (light) turn left into our large parking lot. You will find visitor parking spots there.
A blurry view of the sanctuary.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Birmingham Southern (FIRST YEAR!)
Faulkner State (First Year!)
Jacksonville State University
Jeff State Community College (Apologies for leaving it off the first time)
Northeast Alabama Community College
Shelton State Community College
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Montevallo
University of North Alabama
Monday, October 08, 2007
These are the Yes's that have paid the $20:
I still need payment or a NO from:
I have these guests from the choir members going that have paid:
Friday, October 05, 2007
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
For the remainder of the 2007-2008 academic year, awards will be made in the amount of $1500.
The Betty Sue Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established for the following purposes:
* To provide a nurturing church home for student musicians who attend the colleges in the Birmingham area;
* To provide a musical environment for these students in which they can be growing musicians;
* To provide scholarship assistance for these students.
The Betty Sue Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee will seek to name a group of “Shepherd Scholars” for each academic year. The criteria for selection will be:
* a student must be a professing Christian;
* a student must be a competent choral singer, as judged by audition with the Minister of Music;
* a student must fit into the profile of current needs of the Sanctuary Choir, i.e. a need for singers of a certain voice part, as opposed to a surplus of singers in another voice part.
* a student must present a letter of recommendation from a significant mentor, i.e. a professor, a student minister, a pastor;
* a student must demonstrate the ability to be responsible and punctual; (This can be addressed in the letter of recommendation, or through the presentation of material such as a transcript of outstanding grades, or a statement from an employer.)
* a student must demonstrate through an oral interview a desire to be a participant in the church family of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. It is the hope of the Scholarship Committee that students will have a positive experience at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church which leads them to desire to be affiliated with the church through membership or joint membership with their home church. Since church membership is a choice that should be made based upon a variety of experiences and factors, it is not considered to be a qualification for the scholarship award.
The amount and number of scholarship awards will be determined each academic year by the scholarship committee. They will result from the amount of the proceeds at the annual Betty Sue Shepherd Memorial Concert, conducted each spring by the Music Ministry, in addition to any additional funds made available through donation or interest accrual.
Awards will be dispersed after each semester of participation in the Sanctuary Choir. The award will be dispersed directly to the student’s account at the college. In the case of graduating seniors, arrangements will be made on an individual basis to be certain the award reaches the student.
Scholarship awards are understood to be offered for one year. While it is the desire of the committee to develop long-lasting relationships with the Shepherd Scholars, awards must be determined by the amount of funds available and the personnel needs of the choir. Each recipient must re-apply for subsequent years, however positive experience as a Shepherd Scholar will be considered when new awards are being determined.
Expectations of the Students
Shepherd Scholars will be viewed as musical leaders within Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. They will be expected to fulfill that role in their activity and behavior. They will also represent the name and legacy of Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd, and seek to exemplify the ideals presented in her musical and spiritual life: musical and intellectual excellence, spiritual commitment, and generous stewardship of her musical gifts.
It will be understood that Shepherd Scholars will act as responsible members of the Sanctuary Choir. While an excellent attendance record at rehearsals and services is expected, it is also expected that these students will occasionally go home on weekends and school breaks, participate in tours of their college ensembles, or have conflicts on Wednesdays. They should let the Minister of Music know of their absences in advance as much as is possible. There will be certain times during which special concerts and events take place. These will be announced far in advance, and Shepherd Scholars should understand that their attendance is required. Participation is expected during the two semesters of the regular school year. While students would be welcomed during the summer term, no scholarship funds will be awarded for participation during the summer.
As musical leaders, each Shepherd Scholar should look for other ways of contributing musically, i.e. solo singing, adult ensemble, helping in children’s or youth choirs, ringing in the handbell choir.
It is also understood that these students are participating in the broader congregation. They should look for other means of participation, i.e. Sunday School, student fellowships or Bible studies.
Expectations of the Church
Students should expect to participate in a church environment that is rewarding spiritually, intellectually, musically and socially.
Students should expect the church to act as a “home away from home,” nurturing them and demonstrating concern for them.
Amount of Award
For the remainder of the 2007-2008 academic year, awards will be made in the amount of $1500. They will be dispersed in two equal amounts at the end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester.
Students who are interested in applying for the Betty Sue Shepherd Memorial Scholarship should assemble their letter of recommendation and any accompanying material, and make an appointment for an interview and audition by contacting:
Terre Johnson, Ph.D.
Minister of Music
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
2600 Vestavia Drive
Birmingham, AL 35216
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I'm coming close to having the music picked for Ireland. I need to know if anything has changed with your intention to go.
Are all those who said YES still a definite yes?
For those who said "PROBABLY YES," have you decided between YES or NO?
There are a few who were a weak "probably yes." I'm calling those Maybe's. Anything changed?
Finally, any NO's having a change of heart besides Lauren?
The touring company would like the trip to cap out at 47 singers, two faculty. There are 56 students listed below. We'll take every student who wants to go, but I need to know some hard numbers soon. Please contact me by email and let me know your intention.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
By the way, since I have never corresponded with you before, I want to take the opportunity to congratulate you on your performance at Southern ACDA in Charleston a year and a half ago-for me it was the highlight of the convention.
Wow . . .
Thanks for the fabulous compliment! There were a lot of great choirs there (from some very prestigious schools). Would you mind me asking what made our concert the highlight to you?
I've gotten used to hearing some very good sounding choirs at ACDA and yours was certainly one of them. But, in general, I am often disappointed with the repertoire I hear. Your program at Charleston ACDA, however, I found very exciting and performed not just with a good sound but, more importantly in my opinion, with conviction of interpretation. Of specific interest to me was that your performance was my first encounter with the composer Miskinis. Although I haven't yet performed any of his stuff, your performance certainly peaked my interest in his music and I have enjoyed reading through some of his scores.
Monday, October 01, 2007
You need to be looking ahead now to your classes for spring semester. If possible, we would like you to contact your professors THIS semester and letting them know about leaving during the exam period NEXT semester. Think about it . . . it will make you look good to alert your professors about the conflict before the semester even begins.
Dean Bert Brouwer and Chairman Jeff Reynolds have given their blessing on our planned trip with the stipulation that we do everything in our power to officially alert professors to our upcoming conflict.
So . . . don't contact them right now . . . but be thinking about it. When the time is right, I will give you all of the information you will need to properly inform your professor of our trip.
This is how the itinerary is shaping up:
29, Tuesday—Evening departure from Atlanta.
30, Wednesday—Upon arrival in Shannon this morning, board the motorcoach for the drive to Cork to participate in the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy as part of the 54th Cork International Choral Festival. Upon arrival in Cork, check into our hotel for a five-night stay (based on centrally located Jury’s Inn). Dinner is independent.
01, Thursday—Participation in the Cork International Choral Festival.
02, Friday—Participation in the Cork International Choral Festival.
03, Saturday—Participation in the Cork International Choral Festival.
04, Sunday—Participation in the Cork International Choral Festival.
05, Monday—After breakfast, we'll board the motorcoach for our transfer to Dublin. Upon arrival in Dublin, a panoramic tour will give us an introduction to the capital city of Ireland with views of Halfpenny Bridge, the Guinness Brewery, O'Connell Street, the historic Post Office, the elegant Customs House, and Georgian Dublin. After our tour, we'll stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral, with time to explore this famous religious structure. In the late afternoon, check into the hotel for overnight accommodations. Dinner is planned at nearby restaurant.
06, Tuesday—Half-day sightseeing tour in Dublin, including a visit to Trinity College Dublin to see the famous Celtic-Christian manuscript, The Book of Kells. The book was moved to Trinity College in the 17thcentury and contains the four gospels in Latin. The remainder of the day is at leisure and dinner is independent.
07, Wednesday—A motorcoach transfer will be provided to the Dublin Airport.