Category Archives: Clinicians

Summer Sacred Choral Reading Session

Sacred Choral Reading Session Summer 2017

Anticipate the Changing Seasons with New Fall and Christmas Choral Music

Join us in fellowship as Pender’s Music Co. and Hal Leonard proudly present new fall and Christmas choral anthems from the purveyors of some of the finest sheet music available. Patti Drennan, one of our favorite clinicians, will conduct the session. Register now to participate, with up to four members of your congregation. Registration includes complimentary music packet of most music presented, and refreshments.


Church Choral Reading Session Summer 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Quail Springs United Methodist Church

14617 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Schedule:
8:30 Registration, Coffee and Donuts
9:00 Session Begins
10:30 Break, Refreshments
11:00 Session Continues
12:30 Session Over

Cost: $10 per person, includes music packet
Limit 4 per church (example: director plus 3)

TO REGISTER: Call John Staton at (405) 842-7825 or (800) 772-8405, or
e-mail John at jstaton@penders.com

Music on display for sale will include:
Choral anthems • Children’s books • Piano • Piano/organ • Organ • Christmas cantatas • Vocal solos and duets • Handbells

Pender’s Joy of Singing

Joy of Singing and Pender's Sacred Music Session


JOIN PENDER’S MUSIC CO. THIS SUMMER FOR JOY OF SINGING, JOY OF WORSHIP, AND PENDER’S CHURCH MUSIC SESSIONS

Lewisville Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn
785 SH 121 • Lewisville, TX 75067
Friday, July 7 – Saturday, July 8
Graduate credit offered.*


2017 EVENT SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION:

Friday, July 7

The Joy of Singing: Middle/High School Choir & Movement
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Courtesy of Hal Leonard: the most popular reading session in the nation. It’s the best of the best for school choirs. 2-Part, 3-Part Mixed, SAB, and SATB music and movement for middle school and high school groups. PLUS: 2 spotlight topic sessions**
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin, Roger Emerson, Cristi Miller
REGISTER FOR JOY OF SINGING: MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL NOW

The Joy of Singing: Elementary Choir Music & Movement
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Classroom materials and beginning choir music featuring nationally known composers and arrangers. Unison, 2-Part and 3-Part Mixed music and movement for young, developing choirs. PLUS: 2 spotlight topic sessions**
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin, Roger Emerson, Cristi Miller
REGISTER FOR JOY OF SINGING: ELEMENTARY NOW


Saturday, July 8

The Joy of Singing: Classroom Resources
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Collections, activities, movement and musicals for the general music classroom
PLUS: 2 spotlight topic sessions**

Clinicians: John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Cristi Miller, Greg Gilpin
REGISTER FOR JOY OF SINGING: CLASSROOM RESOURCES NOW

Joy of Worship & Pender’s Sacred Choral Session (presented together)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Hal Leonard Joy of Worship presents choral music in a variety of voicings for every sacred setting. Varying from traditional to contemporary worship styles, this session provides a multitude of choral resources for beautifying your worship. Something for every church!

Pender’s Sacred Choral Session is a multi-publisher church choral music reading session including music from Lorenz, Hope, Alfred, and Soundforth.

Clinicians: Joseph Martin, Brad Nix, Heather Sorenson, Bradley Ellingboe, and Patti Drennan
REGISTER FOR JOY OF WORSHIP/PENDER’S SACRED NOW


All Attendees Receive:

  • Morning coffee & light lunch
  • Complimentary music packets***
  • 10% discount on all items purchased at workshop
    ***Music packets of most of the music presented. Prices and workshop details subject to change.

JOY OF SINGING HOTELS:

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Lewisville (workshop site)
785 SH 121 Bypass | Lewisville TX 75067
972-459-4600
Rate: $129/night
Group Code: PENDB
Booking Deadline: June 14
Book online now

Joy of Singing sessions feature new music from: Hal Leonard | Shawnee Press | Boosey & Hawkes | G. Schirmer Caldwell & Ivory | DeHaske | Fred Bock Music Company | Pavane Publishing

VanderCook College of Music
*VanderCook College of Music will allow attendees of Joy of Singing 1 hour of graduate credit. To be eligible, a student must have a degree in a music-related discipline. Any exceptions must be approved directly by VanderCook College of Music. To earn the credit, a student must attend two full days of Joy of Singing workshops. Students must also complete and submit the assigned project within two weeks after the completion of workshops: a lesson plan for at least one selected choral piece from the Joy of Singing workshops that you attend. A template will be provided for the lesson plan. Tuition: $320, due in full with VanderCook College of Music registration. Get more information here or contact Patrick Benson, Director of Continuing and Online Education at pbenson@vandercook.edu or 312-788-1139.

**Spotlight topic sessions are 30-minute “mini-clinics” by presenters on a topic relevant to the age group focused on that day.

Those categories with “movement” specified will have John Jacobson choreography demonstrations integrated into the session, as time allows. Access to John Jacobson choreography videos and notes for 20 new songs is included in the registration fee for all school sessions.

Church Choral Reading Summer 2015

Anticipate the Changing Seasons with
New Fall and Christmas Choral Music

Heather Sorenson

Heather Sorenson

In a Mixed-Publisher Church Choral Reading Session, the Hal Leonard Corporation and Pender’s Music Co. will present new fall and Christmas choral music. Heather Sorenson will also present new highlights from several other publishers—including Lorenz, Alfred, Shawnee Press, and Hope. Join in fellowship with others by participating with up to four members of your congregation (ex: director plus three). Registration includes complimentary music packet of most music presented and morning refreshments.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Quail Springs United Methodist Church

14617 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Schedule:
8:30 Registration, Coffee and Donuts
9:00 Session Begins
10:30 Break, Refreshments
10:45 Session Continues
12:30 Session Over

Cost: $10 per person, includes music packet
Limit 4 per church (example: director plus 3)

TO REGISTER: Call John Staton at (800) 772-8405 or
e-mail John at jstaton@penders.com

Music on display for sale will include:
Christmas cantatas • vocal solos and duets • children’s choir books • handbell music • piano duet • piano • piano/organ duo • organ

Sing-a-bration 2015

Join Us: Lewisville Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn
785 SH 121 • Lewisville, TX 75067
Thursday, July 9 thru Saturday, July 11

ONLINE ADVANCE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT JULY 6
On-site registration is available. Please arrive by 8:30 am to register at the door.

Full workshop includes Sing-a-bration, Joy of Singing, and John Jacobson Choreography
Order Full Elementary Workshop Now | Order Full Secondary Workshop Now

Pender’s Sing-a-bration Thursday, July 9 
This multi-level reading session, representing music from Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press and Heritage Music Press, is divided into two tracks, each with separate rotations, locations and online registrations.
Elementary: General Music & Beginning Choir $55 Order Now
Secondary: Middle School, High School, Beyond $55 Order Now

Sing-a-bration Clinicians

CLINICIANS: Greg Gilpin, Shawnee Press; Andy Beck, Alfred Music Publishing; Douglas Wagner, Heritage Music Press

Hal Leonard Joy of Singing Friday, July 10 
Courtesy of Hal Leonard: The most popular reading session in the nation, now in two tracks! It’s the best of the best for school choirs. Attend the Elementary session, which will include Classroom Materials and Beginning Choir Music or the Middle School/High School session—both with all five nationally known composers and arrangers.
Elementary: Classroom & Beginning Choir $55 Order Now
Secondary: Middle School, High School, Beyond $55 Order Now

Joy of Singing Clinicians

CLINICIANS: Laura Farnell, Rollo Dilworth, John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Mac Huff

Joy of Worship & 
Pender’s Sacred Choral Session Saturday, July 11 
(These two sessions are presented together)
Review the best new church chorals for adult choir $55 Order Now

Joy of Worship Clinicians

CLINICIANS: Joseph Martin, Brad Nix, Patti Drennan, Pepper Choplin

Hal Leonard John Jacobson Workshop Saturday, July 11 
This fun, fast-paced motivational session is designed for choral music teachers at all levels and their students. Enjoy John’s humor, enthusiasm and energy as you learn full staging for up to 20 songs, and get ideas for an additional 20. Not only that, join special guest Laura Farnell for even more songs and ideas. Includes free DVD download, music packet and choreography notes.
Music teachers at all levels $60 Order Now
Student (no music packet) $50 Order Now

Hal Leonard John Jacobson Workshop

CLINICIANS: John Jacobson and Laura Farnell

ALL ATTENDEES RECEIVE:
Morning coffee & light lunch
Complimentary music packets*
10% discount on all items purchased at workshop
*Music packets of most of the music presented. Prices and workshop details subject to change.

Registration opens April 1 for Sing-a-bration 2015

SING-A-BRATION HOTELS:
Hilton Garden Inn (workshop site)
785 SH 121 Bypass | Lewisville TX 75067
972-459-4600
Rate: $124 per night Thurs-Sat*
Hampton Inn & Suites
2650 Lake Vista Dr | Lewisville TX 75067
972-315-3200
Rate: $89 per night Thurs-Sat*

*Discounted rate with group code “PENDER.” 
Wednesday reservations are $10 more. Deadline to book with special room rate is June 22, 2015.

Church Choral Reading Session with Joel Raney

Join us this Saturday, January 12th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for our Sacred Reading workshop at the First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, OK.

Pianist, conductor, composer and clinician Joel Raney will introduce more than 40 new Easter and General Church Service titles for choir from the top sheet music publisher, including Alfred, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Shawnee Press.

Registration fee is $10 and includes refreshments (served at 8:30 am) and complimentary music packets including most of the titles presented.

For more information or to register, call Pender’s Music Company at (405) 842-7825 or (800) 772-8405 or email us at jstaton@penders.com

 

Sing-a-bration 2011 Wrap-Up

Greetings from Texas!

Were you able to attend Sing-a-bration in Lewisville, and want to make sure that you got the best-of-the-best for the upcoming school year? Or, were you unable to join us, and you’d like know what you missed?

Either way, here are some visuals from our recent event! First, check out our photo gallery (which is posted on Flickr, YouTube and Facebook, too). It’s always fun to see people in their element…!

Next, here are some resources posted just for you! Below are the 2011 Sing-a-bration titles that were highlighted at our recent workshop event at the Lewisville Convention Center (aka Hilton Garden Inn) in Lewisville, TX.

They’re presented as slide shows, session by session (Sing-a-bration Elementary, Sing-a-bration Secondary, Joy of Singing Elementay, Joy of Singing Middle School/High School, Joy of Worship w/ Multi-Pub Sacred Music Reading Session, and John Jacobson Choregraphy Workshop).

Simply browse through the slide shows (through www.slideshare.net/pendersmusicco). View each of the titles, and if you see one that you are interested in, click on the sheet music/cover image of it: You’ll then go directly to more information about it on our website.

(www.penders.com)

To make a purchase, Add quantities to your Pender’s Online Shopping Cart, etc.

Don’t miss out! Now’s the time to stock up for FALL! And don’t forget to use the coupon code — Singabration — to get a 10% discount on your order

(through September 1st, 2011)

New for YOU! Joy of Singing in two tracks!

New for YOU!

Joy of Singing ELEMENTARY -and- MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL @ Sing-a-bration 2011!

For the first time ever, Hal Leonard’s very popular Joy of Singing session will be offered in two tracks during our Sing-a-bration weekend of choral workshops. By popular demand, we worked closely with our publisher partner in creating a schedule that allows us to have two Joy of Singing sessions running concurrently with each other. The sessions are scheduled for Friday, July 15th, from 9am to 4pm @ the Lewisville Convention Center.

The Elementary session will be led by clinicians Roger Emerson, John Jacobson, Mac Huff, and Cristi Cary Miller. Hal Leonard’s Classroom Reading material, which in the past has been scheduled as a separate event, will be incorporated throughout the day. In addition to the classroom reading, Joy of Singing Elementary will feature musicals, collections, classroom resources, octavos and more.

Joy of Singing for Middle School/High School will include octavos, medleys, large works and other choral resources. Clinicians scheduled are Roger Emerson, Mac Huff, John Jacobson, and Denise Eaton (Spring, TX).

Online registrations for all of our Sing-a-bration choral reading workshops has begun, and the full schedule, pricing information, lodging options and more are available by clicking on the Sing-a-bration logo, located here, or on our main website, http://www.penders.com/.

Spend your weekend with us!

Sing-a-bration 2011

July 14th through 16th

Lewisville Convention Center – Lewisville, TX.

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Sing-a-bration Elementary – Thursday, July 14th – 9am to 4pm

Sing-a-bration Secondary – Thursday, July 14th – 9am to 4pm

Joy of Singing Elementary – Friday, July 15th – 9am to 4pm

Joy of Singing Middle School/High School – Friday, July 15th – 9am to 4pm

John Jacobson Choreography Workshop – Saturday, July 16th – 9am to 4pm

Joy of Worship – Saturday, July 16th, 9am to 4pm

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Choral Cache Thursdays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

Sing-a-bration is Makin’ a Move!

Exciting, important announcement! The Pender’s Music Company summer choral event, Sing-a-bration, is MOVING! That’s right. Our weekend of workshops that has been held in Grapevine for the last several years is getting a new home, and we’re all pretty excited about it around here, so we wanted to get the word out early to all of you.

We’re moving to Lewisville, TX to the Lewisville Convention Center, aka The Hilton Garden Inn. The dates for 2011 are from Thursday, July 14th through Saturday, July 16th. All workshops, each day (and the Pender’s on-site store), will be held in the convention center meeting space, which is attached to the Hilton Garden Inn. This facility is conveniently located at Exit 447B of Interstate I-35, near the intersection of I-35 and State Highway 121.

We have many reasons to be excited about moving to Lewisville and the Hilton Garden Inn:

  • There is more than enough meeting space for all of our workshops (and the Pender’s store). We’ll all be under ONE roof, for the duration of the event.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn is only three years old. It’s a beautiful hotel, is carpeted throughout, etc. The convention space is attached to the hotel, and can be accessed through an inside corridor near the main lobby, or through its separate main entrance that is adjacent to a huge parking area (free). There will be plenty of room for everyone.
  • In addition to the Hilton Garden Inn, there are several great hotels in the area, and we’ve set aside room blocks at three others, with very reasonable room rates, beginning at $79 per night.
  • The larger meeting space(s) allow us more flexibility in scheduling, and what we’re able to offer each of you. We’ve listened to your feedback, and we have some wonderful plans in store (more on that in a bit).
  • All food and beverage will be catered through the Hilton Garden Inn, which means that the hotel’s catering/convention staff will be there for us, the entire time.
  • We will have a completely separate area set up for lunch, at round tables – and if the weather is good, we may even dine out alfresco, on the Tuscany Garden Patio, with its covered pavilion and fountain.
  • Free wireless internet throughout the meeting space.
  • The Lewisville Convention Center is just minutes from Vista Ridge Mall, many other shopping areas, dozens of restaurants, etc. With Lewisville Lake, golf courses and more, there’s something in the area for everyone.

The NEW Schedule

Thursday, July 14th (9am to 4pm)

The first day remains our traditional Sing-a-bration day – Multi-Publisher workshops, in two tracks – Elementary and Secondary — with Andy Beck (Alfred Publishing Co.), Mary Lynn Lightfoot (Heritage Music Press), and Greg Gilpin (Shawnee Press).

Friday, July 15th (9am to 4pm)

For Day Two, we have something NEW! Yes, it’s still Hal Leonard’s popular Joy of Singing (not to worry), but for the first time ever, this day will ALSO be in two tracks – Choose Elementary or Middle School/High School. The Elementary track WILL include Classroom Reading with Cristi Cary Miller. The other featured clinicians from Hal Leonard, for both tracks, are Roger Emerson, Mac Huff and John Jacobson. We also welcome Denise Eaton for the first time, to round out the Middle School/High School slate of presenters.

Saturday, July 16th (9am to 4pm)

On Day Three, there will be two different workshops, running concurrently – the ever-popular John Jacobson Choreography and Reading session, as well as a full day of Joy of Worship, our church session.

Half of the church session will be presented by Hal Leonard and their affiliated publishers (Brookfield Press, Daybreak Music, Integrity, Fred Bock, and more); the other half will be our Multi-Publisher offerings (Alfred, Beckenhorst, Lorenz, Roger Dean, Shawnee Press, and others). Our clinicians for Joy of Worship will include Joseph Martin and Mary McDonald.

Hotel Information

Here is the information regarding the blocks of rooms that we have set aside for Singabration. Please use the appropriate Group Codes, etc, in order to receive the correct rate.

Hilton Garden Inn (Lewisville Conv Ctr)
785 SH 121
972-459-4600
$129 Group Code PENDER

Hampton Inn & Suites
2650 Lake Vista Dr
972-315-3200
$99 Group Code: PEN

Courtyard Marriott
2701 Lake Vista Drive
972-316-3100
$89 Group Code: Singabration

Comfort Suites
755A Vista Ridge Mall Dr
(972) 315-6464
$79 *Mention Pender’s Music Co.

OMEA & Student Motivation

The Oklahoma Music Educators Convention/Conference begins this week, so preparations for the Pender’s Music exhibit are in the final stages. There are many interesting clinics that are to be presented in the Band Division. One of them will feature Harry Haines (Professor of Music, Emeritus) and Russ Teweleit (Associate Director of Bands), from West Texas A&M University. They’ll be addressing student motivation and assessment.

The clinic will also include audio and video recordings of three band/wind ensemble classics: Armenian Dances (Reed), Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger), and La Gazza Ladra (Rossini). The young bands featured in the audio and video are from Professor Haines’s public school teaching days, which just goes to show you that the classics, aged though they may be, never seem to lose their allure, for both audiences and students alike. They challenge the students, and impress the crowds. What’s not to like about that?

Who: Harry Haines & Russ Teweleit, Clinicicans

What: Student Motivation

Where: Oklahoma Music Educators Convention ( OMEA, Tulsa, OK Convention Center)

When: 8:00 to 8:50am, Friday, January 21st, 2011

Midweek Newspeak for Band and Instrumental, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

Vocal Jazz Ensemble, anyone?

It’s Choral Cache Thursday @ Pender’s Music Co.! As we begin 2011, we also begin a new initiative — The Pender’s Buzz — an added way in bringing content, resources, teaching tidbits & strategies, social media and more to our loyal customers. And since our home base is in Texas, early 2011 is filled with preparations in getting ready for TMEA. So it’s quite fitting that one of our inaugural posts begins with just that! So, here we go…

Don’t miss all of the Alfred choral sessions at TMEA February 9-11! School choral reading sessions will feature incredibly popular clinician Sally K. Albrecht presenting new choral arrangements of pop titles that can be performed by both large and small choral ensembles! When you get a chance, check out Alfred’s clinic schedule!

The annual Jazz Education Network Conference was just last week, so while the genre is fresh on our minds, it’s a great time to evaluate the ins and outs of adding a vocal jazz ensemble to the choral curriculum. Small vocal groups are really popular right now, so take a look at this article, entitled How Do I Start a Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Darmon Meader, Arranger, Saxophonist, Conductor, Singer, and founder of New York Voices:

“The vocal jazz ensemble world has continued to grow and develop over the past few decades. Over the past 50 years, groups such as Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Singers Unlimited, The Manhattan Transfer, and New York Voices have given this idiom significant exposure. Like instrumental jazz before it, vocal jazz has become more and more respected in the public school education system.

However, the vocal jazz ensemble is a bit of a “mutt” or hybrid, which can often confuse and frustrate choral enthusiasts and educators. Though an SATB style of music, the roots of the style are deeply ingrained in instrumental jazz. SATB vocal jazz voicings are often more related to jazz piano voicings or big band saxophone section writing than to traditional choral sensibilities.

Over the years, I have had many choral directors approach me, asking how to start a vocal jazz ensemble. Many of these directors had vast choral experience, but were new to the jazz idiom and found the whole thing a bit daunting. So, what does this mean for the choral instructor who is venturing into this for the first time? First of all, it is important to have a solid understanding of basic jazz harmony. Understanding and being able to recognize (both visually and aurally) common jazz chord progressions, song forms, chord symbols, and upper-structures such as 9, #11, & 13 are important steps to being able to develop a solid vocal jazz choir.


Most SATB vocal jazz writing uses a concept called “four-way close” writing. This means that the harmony is conceived from the melody note down, with all chord notes (including upper-structure notes) in play. What this means is that the vocalists will often be singing much more dense and challenging harmonies than found in their traditional choral repertoire. The Sopranos almost always sing the melody, which is usually the easiest part. The Altos may have some challenging harmony notes, but more often then not they are still singing in a comfortable relationship with the Soprano part. The Tenors and Basses usually have the most challenging parts, so it is safe to say that your vocal jazz ensemble will only be as solid as the men that sing in the ensemble. Your male vocalists will need extra attention to develop their ears for this type of challenging harmony. In addition to traditional warm-ups, give your men some warm-ups that develop their jazz harmony senses: hearing and singing tri-tone 7ths and 3rds between the two parts, singing major and minor 2nds between parts, and singing major and minor 7ths between parts. These are just a few ideas that reflect the types of harmonic relationships found in vocal jazz writing.

Even though the Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts are often less melodic, they are just as important as the Soprano part. So, encourage the lower voices to think of their parts not only as harmonic support, but as melodic entities unto themselves. In New York Voices, we often talk about thinking in two planes at once: the vertical plane involves tuning, matching vowels and tone, and dynamics, while the horizontal plane involves the melodic direction of all four parts.

Vibrato or no vibrato? As I mentioned earlier, vocal jazz is a direct off-shoot of instrumental jazz. Since the Bebop era and beyond, instrumental jazz has used vibrato sparingly, more as a color or device than as a natural part of the sound. This developed both for stylistic and harmonic reasons. By the nature of jazz writing, straight tone often is required to allow the harmonies to resonate properly, whether being played by a big band, or sung by a choir. With that said, there is room for some vibrato at times. Some songs may incorporate a looser style or gospel influences where vibrato is more appropriate. You also may find that longer chords may allow for vibrato to be added once the harmony has been established. Also, the larger your ensemble, the less room there is for vibrato.

A couple of closing thoughts:

• Listen, listen, and then listen some more. The more jazz your students listen to, the more comfortable they will become with the idiom.
• When picking repertoire, be realistic about the reach and abilities of your ensemble. We would all love to sing Gene Puerling arrangements, Take Six repertoire, or the entire New York Voices songbook, but most groups are not ready for that level of harmonic and rhythmic complexity. Explore easier and medium level repertoire to find music that will challenge you and your ensemble, without overwhelming them.
• Lastly, if you have an instrumental jazz program in your school, try to connect with the instrumental jazz faculty and students. Your instrumental jazz instructor might be able to add valuable input, and you also might find a few instrumental students that would like to sing in your ensemble. Who knows, you might have a budding young singer sitting in the sax section of your school’s big band. Come to think of it, that’s how I got my start in all of this vocal jazz craziness!”

Choral Cache Thursdays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

(Article provided by Alfred Publishing, Co.)