Tuesday, January 29, 2008


What? I'm not hot?

ratemyprof, originally uploaded by philipco.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Working on a New Podcast

Hey group . . .

One of the things I do occasionally for my profession is create podcasts . . . and I've about finished up a new one.

In this podcast, I interview Tom Carter, author of the book "Choral Charisma: Singing with Expression." Here's a link to the podcast.

Feel free to comment.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Check out last year's recording and let me know what you think.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

My Favorite Catherine Words

It's a wonderful cold Saturday at home. I did nothing constructive and had fun with my girls. Here's the product of our time together.

UAB Honor Choir 2008 Greets Copeland Triplets

Great group of Alabama high school students do me a favor and greet my little girls. In case you can't hear it all . . .they say: "Hi, Catherine, Caroline, and Claire . . . daddy loves you."

Catherine's grin

Catherine's grin, originally uploaded by philipco.

Copeland triplets enjoy the snow. Quick slideshow.


Friday, January 18, 2008

The Crayola Crayon Portraits Project

Found this on YouTube tonight. Really great work by Keith Kendrick, a former choir member. Recognize anyone?

Saturday Performance Cancelled

They are canceling the rest of UAB Honor Choir at 3:00 pm. today for threat of snow. Dr. Reynolds email:


With the possibility of bad weather, both for our area and for those students coming from other areas of the state, we are canceling all activities tomorrow related to the Honor Choir Weekend. Today's rehearsals and events will end at 3:00 p.m. to permit travel back home.

All the best for a good weekend.

So . . . no performance tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MP3's for you - College Choral Festival Nov 2007

Recording of our performance at College Choral Festival:

Regina coeli (Twardowsky)
O Sacrum (Miskinis)
Song of Triumph (Grotenhuis)

Thanks to Nick Cummins for doing this for ACDA.

Special note to other Alabama college choirs, in case you follow this blog. The CD's are ready!

Two New Singing Dates

Mark your calendars now:

Sunday, March 2, 5:00 p.m.
South Highland Presbyterian Church
"Inspiration Series"
We'll sing for 20-30 minutes.

Sunday, March 30, all morning
We'll sing for three services at Riverchase Methodist Church
Dr. Jeff Reynolds is the new director of music there and has asked us to sing.
There are three services: 8:45, 9:45, 11:00.
Introit, 2-3 anthems, benediction
Hint: You'll be missing your regular church responsibilities that day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

UAB Honor Choir 2008

UAB Concert Choir: Your primary responsibility with this is to show up on the Jeminson Concert Hall stage at 1:30 on Saturday. Section Leaders, have your people called and present by the time we get there that day.

We will rehearse from 1:30-2:15 on the stage and then the concert begins at 3:00. You will sing before the large HS choir and then combine with them on the last number.

We are singing:

Regina Coeli (Twardowsky)
Nunc dimittis (Holst)
He's Got the Whole World (Liebau)

Here's the whole Honor Choir schedule for the high school students. Feel free to sing with us if you want.

Thursday, Jan. 17

5:00-7:00 Registration in Hulsey Center lobby

7:00-9:00 Rehearsals: Jr. High in Hulsey 308

Sr. High in Hulsey Recital Hall

(Take bathroom break at your discretion)

Hand out reminder sheet/summer camp brochure as they leave

Friday, Jan. 18

9:00 Rehearsals: Jr. High in Hulsey 308

Sr. High in Hulsey Recital Hall

(Take bathroom break at your discretion)

11:30-12:15 Jr. High lunch break (Hulsey 312)

12:15-1:15 Sr. High lunch break (Hulsey 312)


12:15-3:00 Jr. High rehearsals – Hulsey 308

1:15-3:00 Sr. High rehearsals – Hulsey Recital Hall

5:45 Clinician Dinner at JAlexander’s (Galleria)

Saturday, Jan. 19

9:00 Rehearsals: Jr. High in Hulsey 308

Sr. High on Jemison stage

10:00 Joint rehearsal– “For Spacious Skies” –all on Jemison stage

Logistical rehearsal – last minute instructions

10:30 Break

10:45 Rehearsals: Jr. High on Jemison stage

Sr. High in Hulsey Recital Hall


2:15 Warm-up/Pep-talk/Line-up: Jr. High in R/K

Sr. High in Hulsey

2:30 Doors open to public

3:00 Concert – No Intermission

Jr. High/UAB Concert Choir/Sr. High/Combined

4:15 All go home and collapse!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Michelle - For Chamber Choir

Two places to purchase it:


Yahoo Music

Posting Dyslexia

Apologies for my recent posting dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that manifests primarily as a difficulty with written language, particularly with reading and spelling.

I'll try to do be better.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Meet the competition in Ireland

Here's the description of all the choirs we'll be singing with in Ireland.

The festival directors describe the group this way:

This year the festival received an exceptional number of very high quality application for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. We are absolutely delighted to announce that as many as 15 choir have been selected to participate in the 2008 competition, representing; Canada, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S.A.

We'll have to be stunning. Can you be rise to new heights?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Recommendation Brahms Requiem

Sadie Sarah Hyde asked for it:

My recommendation . . .

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony and Chorus

Monday, January 07, 2008

Spring 2008 Dates - updated

Here's what I've got right now. Mark it down:

Early commitment:
Saturday, January 19, 2008: UAB Honor Choir
Meet: 1:45
Concert: 3:00

Fridays we will not rehearse:
January 11, 2008 Friday choir off
January 18, 2008 Friday choir off (added 1/7/2008)
January 25, 2008 Friday choir off
February 8, 2008 Friday choir off
February 15, 2008 Friday choir off
February 22, 2008 Friday choir off
February 29, 2008 Friday choir off
March 7, 2008 Friday choir off (updated on 1/7/2008)
April 11, 2008 Friday choir off

Brahms REQUIEM Rehearsal dates:
Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 7-9:30
Friday, Feb. 15 8 p.m. CONCERT
Saturday, Feb. 16 8 p.m. CONCERT

Special Concerts and Performances:
February 25, 2008 ACDA Invitational Choir Festival
March 2, 2008: POSSIBLE Church performance at 5:00 service. Hold the date for now.
March 4, 2008 "Look AHEAD Dinner Performance" Winfrey Hotel 8:00 p.m.
(this performance will take place without opera students)

Spring Concert:
April 18, 2008 UAB Spring Choir Concert

Other Choir days off:
Thursday, March 6

Friday, January 04, 2008

Chafles Henfy Rinds Effof in Pfevious Post

My apologies to Chafles rof the r/f mistake in the pfevious post. I'm soffy, Chafles.

My music and my running

Apple and ITunes sure make it easy to share information about yourself. (not that anyone cares, that is)

Anyway, I saw this My iTunes widget functioning on Chris Josef's blog and got a version for my own. It is in addition to the other iTunes widget that displays my latest run. It's not that I care to share all that information, but I'm trying to use it as a motivational tool . . . if my last run is displayed, maybe I'll actually fun more.

Dr. Gainey and I are talking about attempting a big run coming up . . but, again . . . I'm not sure I'll survive. We'll see how the training goes over the next few weeks.

In other wacky news:

The UAB Choir Blog is first among GOOGLE hits for the phrase "burger king eliminates the whopper". bIZARRE, eH?

dad the babysitter

Caroline and I are watching YouTube videos today. (the nanny has the day off!)

The other girls are playing. Somewhere.

Program: UAB Honor Choir performance

Here's what we'll be singing on 1/19:

Regina Coeli
Romuald Twardowski (b. 1930)

Justorum Animae, Op. 38, No. 1
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

He's Got the Whole World
Raymond Liebau (b. 1954)

I'm bringing back the Stanford piece because I want to get a good recording of that work - I saw it on our Fall Concert video the other day and really liked it.

We'll be learning the Liebau piece first this Spring.

It's 1/19 not 1/12


On an earlier calendar, the UAB Concert Choir was singing on January 12 (UAB Honor Choir). The date of the Honor Choir got moved back one weekend and so did our singing date.

So . . . mark your calendars. We are singing on Saturday, January 19th in the afternoon.