Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What do they teach in these schools...

Classes that they REALLY ought to require for your degree in Choral Conducting:

  • Math 101: Scheduling
  • Math 203: Scheduling
  • Math 405: Scheduling
  • Design 101: How to lay out attractive recruitment and concert posters
  • Design 102: What the hell is up with that Facebook timeline thing
  • English 101: Writing a Decent Resume
  • English 102: Writing a Decent Press Release
  • English 201: Writing a Decent Newsletter Update
  • English 202: Writing a Decent Blog Post
  • Social Media 101: Twitter, Facebook, and You
  • Social Media 201: Surviving a Discussion Thread on Choralnet
  • Comp 101: E-mail: How Mohammed Dealt With the Mountain
  • Comp 201: E-mail: Mailing Lists: Getting Off Them
  • Comp 301: E-mail: Mailing Lists: Getting Other People On Yours
  • Advanced Seminar: Carpentry 400, or Dealing With Your Board
  • Advanced Seminar: Econ 400, or Getting Above Minimum Wage
  • Advanced Seminar: Public Relations 400, or Explaining Why We're Not Doing That John Rutter/Eric Whitacre Piece
and finally:
  • Score-Reading 400: Because you'll never have time to practice, so you'd better be able to sight-read deez notes!
What'd I miss?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Self-Promoting Open Thread

Got something to promote? Promote away!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Free ticket offer!

Hey there, concert-goers: an opportunity for FREE tickets!

If you would like to go to either of La Donna Musicale's upcoming performances, then be the first to e-mail ladonna@ladm.org. Mention that you saw the offer on this blog; feel free to use the code ALLEGRAISAWESOME.

Soprani Virtuosi!

Friday, October 26th at 7PM
First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Sunday, October 28th at 4PM
United Parish of Brookline
210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

We are pleased to introduce internationally known opera singer Robert Crowe, a 1995 National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition. He returns to Boston after many years singing leading roles in the major opera houses of Europe. Mr. Crowe will delight us with both flashy virtuosity and heart-rending pathos, recreating the musical world of the fabled castrati. Joining him will be a rising star, Colombian soprano Camila Parias. Together they will summon Eros with their intertwining harmonies as they sing duets of 18th-century composer Maria Antonia Walpurgis and 17th -century composers Maria Nascinbeni and Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana. Music by Camilla de Rossi and the great educator of female musicians Antonio Vivaldi will top off our concert.

Robert Crowe, Camila Parias, soprani
Laura Gulley, Joy Grimes, violins
Jane Starkman, viola – Janet Haas, violone
Ruth McKay, harpsichord - Laury GutiƩrrez, viola da gamba, director

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Self-Promoting Open Thread

Are you singing this weekend? Are we allowed to come? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday job annoucement

Calling all organists and accompanists! A friend of mine is the music director at this UU/UCC church, and they are looking for an organist. She is super-easy to work with; check it out!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Self-Promoting Open Thread

Are you getting gussied up to perform this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Saturday, October 06, 2012


I am busy this weekend!

Tonight, as previously mentioned, I'm singing in a concert with Schola Cantorum. We're doing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Romancero Gitano with Aaron Larget-Caplan on guitar, and also Victoria's Missa O Magnum Mysterium, among other things. Singing with Schola is always an utter delight.

And tomorrow, I'm singing in a concert with the Video Game Orchestra at Symphony Hall! I'm pretty sure this is my Symphony Hall debut, and it is going to be an extremely cool concert. It's really a window into another musical world for me; the world of video game music is not one I've had a lot of contact with, but we have a number of guest composers who are going to be there, and we'll be doing music from Final Fantasy, Grandia, Kingdom Hearts, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Chrono Trigger. Details about the concert are here.

One of these things is definitely for you, I'm sure; so that means I will definitely see you this weekend!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Thursday Self-Promoting Open Thread

Got any concerts coming up? Have at it in the comments!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Come hear Schola Cantorum this weekend!

This weekend Schola Cantorum is doing a very cool concert. We are performing a set of pieces by Castelnuovo-Tedescho that are settings of de Lorca poems. The work, Romancero Gitano, is for mixed chorus and guitar, and it's very cool! We'll also be doing Victoria's Missa O Magnum Mysterium and some other works by Spanish composers. I hope you can come! Saturday at 8 pm in downtown Boston!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Monday link: Help me out!

This Monday link is quite special!

My women's chorale, Cantilena, has set up a deal with Amazon whereby if you buy on Amazon through a certain link, a percentage of the proceeds go straight to us.

I know there are a number of non-profits who have set up this deal with Amazon, and it is such a simple way to benefit us. If you go to www.cantilena.org and scroll to the bottom of the front page, there is a button you can click that will take you directly to Amazon. Any purchase you make when arriving at Amazon from our site will be credited to our total, and at the end of each month a percentage (between 4% and 8%, depending on volume) of the monthly total will be deposited in our bank account.

Please give this a try the next time you buy anything on Amazon!