Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MLC Compline 8-23-10

Martin Luther College, The WELS College of Ministry in New Ulm, MN, live streamed their evening Compline service from August 23, 2010.  I composed the liturgical music for this setting of Compline many years ago.  It's nice to hear it used!  What a beautiful chapel to worship in!  Thanks to MLC Audio for recording it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2010 Orientation Day Handouts

Just in case someone lost theirs (and parents wonder what we talked about in class), here are the handouts for all my classes from WLA's Orientation Day 2010.

Freshman Choir
Music Technology | Music Tech Lab Policies
Viking Choir
Traveling Choir | TC Church Schedule 2010-2011

Just a reminder that Picture Day is September 2, 2010 and all choirs will have their pictures taken! Check our the Concert Attire on each choir's handout for what they should wear for Picture Day and every concert.

Friday, August 13, 2010

WLA 2010-2011 Concert Season Poster

UPDATE 8/16/10 – The time of the 12.22.10 Christmas Concert was corrected to 1:00 PM and WLA's address was added to the bottom.
Click the poster image on the left to download or print the WLA 2010-2011 Fine Arts Department Concert Season poster.  I will be handing them out at the K-12 inservice on Monday, August 16, 2011 to the teachers of the WLA association. I will be sending posters out to all the association churches once school starts.  If you are a WELS church in the WLA Association and don't get a poster, please call me (920-251-4490) or email me (dawitte@wlavikings.org) and I will happily send one to you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Traveling Choir Church Schedule 2010-2011

I've just completed the 2010-2011 Traveling Choir Church Schedule.  Click here for the link on Google Docs.  From there you can print a hardcopy for yourself.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

East Regional WELS Choralfest 2010

Start planning ahead to see the WLA Academy Kids perform at Manitowoc Lutheran HS Nov. 12 & 14, 2010 for the East Regional WELS Choralfest!  A Facebook group has been formed for anyone to join and get updates about this annual choral event.  Joel Ungemach is the host director at MLHS and has provided to following information:

1.      The festival weekend is November 12-14, 2010.
2.      The clinicians for the weekend are Paul Kassulke and Jon Pasbrig (both former MLHS directors)
3.      On Saturday we will be welcoming Five by Design as our “Artists in Residence”
a.      Vocal clinic at MLHS for our Choral Fest participants
b.     Show at the Capital Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc.

God’s blessings to you!

Joel P. Ungemach
Director of Choral Music
Assistant Principal: Curriculum & Supervision of Instruction
Manitowoc Lutheran High School
4045 Lancer Circle
Manitowoc, WI  54220
Phone:920-682-0215 Ext. 380
Fax 920-682-2363

Monday, August 2, 2010

Choral Concert Themes

Recently, I had the opportunity to share some of the reasons why I program my high school choir concerts using themes with the other WELS high school choir directors at our 2nd "Annual" WELS Choral Dialogues.  I like themes because they are a creative challenge.  Sometimes it's following an idea, like "Song of the Civil War" or "Rhythm".  Sometimes, it's following a composer, like Mozart, Gershwin, or Paul Manz. Other times the idea for a concert comes from a word, like "Light" for a sacred Christmas concert, or a certain piece of music becomes the central focus for a concert, like Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque.  The following is a partial list of concert themes I've tackled over the years at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  Where I have them electronically, the programs for each concert are linked.

Work Songs, Slave Songs and Spirituals (Fall '10)
Rhythm - one of the elements of music, suggested by Ritmo (Dan Davison, Walton)
“His Truth is Marching On” - The Civil War in Song
Cole Porter
“By George!” - George Gershwin
Mostly Mozart
“Presidents, Politics, and Parties” - Campaign Songs of the American Presidency
“Good Words, Good Music” - Famous poems set to music
Jackson Berkey
Van Gogh’s Starry Night
American Song/South Dakota Shadows

Hymn Festivals:
Paul Manz
Jaroslav Vajda
Irish Hymns
Holy Week
“Dangerous” Hymns
Shape Note
Paul Gerhardt
The Life of Christ

Sacred Christmas:
Celtic (coming Christmas '10 or '11)
Light - centered around Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque
“Come and Worship” - Each verse of Angels from the Realms of Glory gave a section to the concert
"Tidings of Comfort and Joy" - Isaiah’s Prophecies fulfilled
"Night of Miracles, Night of Grace" (highlighting a newly designed Christmas mural)
"For Unto You is Born This Day"

Proposed Secular Concert Themes:
  • Due East: Nor'easter (Stephen Chatman)
  • Due East: Minke Whale (Stephen Chatman)
  • Due East: Farewell Nancy (Stephen Chatman)
  • Due East: Fishing (Stephen Chatman)
  • Waternight (Eric Whitacre)
  • Wade in the Water (Traditional Spiritual)
  • Lukey's Boat (Stephen Chatman)
Video Game Soundtracks (coming May 22, 2011)
John Williams
Daysongs (songs that are about the day)
TV Shows/Movie Themes
An Award Winning Night (Songs which have won awards)
Sentimental Journey (Songs of WWII)
Color (songs about colors)
Blue (Blue Moon, Blue Rondo alla Turk, The Blues, etc.)
Minnesota's 150th Anniversary (anything to do with MN)
Wacky/Strange Songs
Aspects of Love (a Valentines Day concert)
Underground Railroad

Hymn Festival Theme Ideas:
K. Lee Scott
Richard Hillert
Richard Proulx
Isaac Watts
Martin Luther (2017 - 500th Anniversary of Lutheran Reformation)
Christian Worship Supplement
Russian "Hymns" (April 10, 2011)
Welsh Hymns
American Hymns
English/Victorian Hymns

Sacred Christmas Concert Theme Ideas:
Voices of Christmas (from the point of view of each of the Christmas characters)
Prophecies of Isaiah

Sacred Concert Ideas:
The Church Year in Song