Tuesday, June 2, 2015

When We Sing

Tuesday greetings on a beautifully sunny day here in the Midwest.

Here in the Catholic music publishing world, these months leading up to the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians are exciting in so many ways.

Many resources to assist parish musicians, some worked on over many years, are now arriving from the various printing houses WLP works with to produce the best for the Church.

One of those resources arrived in the past few days, Christine Jordanoff's When We Sing: Simple Techniques for Conducting Children's Choirs.

The description on WLP's web site says it all:

"For almost 30 years, Christine Jordanoff has been shaping the voices of young singers of the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh. Now, much to the delight of children's music school teachers and directors everywhere, she releases this new book. Through practical and time-tested lessons and examples, this book focuses on the musical, vocal, and liturgical development of children and includes video demonstrations with actual chorus singers. Intended for children in grades 3-6, this book is an absolute treasure for anyone who works with children's choirs."

Several months ago, I had the chance to take a look at the video clips of Christine working with her singers; the resource includes these videos I only wish I had had this book and the included DVD when I was conducting children's choirs. I know now that the sound they produced would have been so much better. I would have been a better conductor and they would have known more of their own musical potential. This is a much needed resource in our parishes and schools today.

Thanks for listening to this little WLP commercial today.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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