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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

 

The Magnifica @ TMEA | TCU | TWU | UNT


The Magnifica
Brass Quintet from France @
TMEA | TCU | TWU | UNT Feb. 6, 7 & 10, 2012
 

Pender’s Music Co., Arpeges of France (IMD), and Music 1st are bringing the Magnifica Brass Quintet to the February 2012 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio. The members will be presenting a master class and evening concert during the TMEA convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. They will also be spending time in the Pender’s Music Co. Booth (beginning @ #1219) throughout the weekend.

In addition to their appearance at TMEA, the Magnifica will also be presenting master classes and concerts at:

UNT on Monday, Feb. 6;

TCU on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7; and

TWU on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

All university events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Etienne Stoupy (TWU) & David Begnoche (TCU)

are scheduled guest artists.

NOTE: Magnifica performance music and CDs will be available for purchase at each of the venues.

Where Sheet Music, Competition & Creativity Collide (in TX)

If you live in the state of Texas, and you’re involved in music and education in the schools, then the two acronyms TX UIL and TX PML likely spill freely and frequently from your lips. And even if you’re not from Texas, but are involved in music education somewhere in this great country of ours, then you probably know what they mean, right? Just in case you don’t, though, here’s the information in a nutshell taken from the UIL home page: “The University Interscholastic League (UIL) exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for schools in Texas.”

As it pertains to UIL music, of course, this includes marching band, concert band, full and string orchestra, both instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble, and choir. Solo and Ensemble music events in band, choir and orchestra are scheduled in 28 TX UIL Music Regions, and portions of the choral and instrumental sheet music to be performed must come from the Prescribed Music List (PML).

Hence, since the performance at least in part must come from the UIL music list that is not of your own making, the sheet music selection itself is a very important part of the process, because no individual soloist or music performance group wants to play sheet music that is either too easy or too difficult. Nor do they want to play from just any sheet music that is on the UIL music list. It needs to be sheet music that is specifically relevant to their group. Picking out what sheet music is to be played at a competition (or in essence, at a mini concert), is perhaps one of the most difficult parts of the TX UIL music process. That PML piece must be representative of the overall performance level of either that one person (in a solo), or the entire group of musicians involved. Because it’s all about the competition, right? Or is it?

Students want to earn that Division One Rating at the region competitions, so that they are eligible to advance to the TX UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest that is traditionally hosted in Austin every year on Memorial Day Weekend. The annual trek is to Austin, because it was the University of Texas at Austin that created the TX UIL in first place in 1910. So consider that. What has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world, has a more than one hundred year history, and the model from which it was created here in Texas is now emulated all over the country.

But is it really all for just the competition? Most certainly not. Yet in almost any music circle, you’ll find there is usually a constant debate about competition, its merits, and how it relates to music and the arts. There is a school of thought that since music and the arts are creative pursuits, why must competition or the participation in music contests be an integral part of it, particularly in the school classroom? It almost seems contradictory doesn’t it? Music | Creativity | Expression. What is competitive in that? How can you measure creativity? Expression?

Yet (again from the internet pages of the TX UIL), “the Music Program [specifically]…is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in the state of Texas.” Support…enrich…compete, too…and don’t forget to play or sing that choral octavo or instrumental sheet music as creatively and expressively as you can. Because luckily for us, UIL music and competition have and will continue to coexist beautifully together, because as anyone knows, the heart and soul of a school’s music organization is its concert ensemble, whether it be the top-level choral group, or the elite wind ensemble in the concert band program. It is by no coincidence at all that the best marching band programs are a direct reflection of the best concert bands; that the best a cappella choral groups are an extension of the premiere choir in the school; that the wind trios, brass quartets, and percussion ensembles that compete in the TX UIL music contests are usually formed from the top players of their respective programs.

So play on and compete. Seek and find the best band sheet music, choir sheet music, and instrumental sheet music which speak not only to you, but to your students as well. The time to do it is now. Christmas is right around the corner and the TX UIL music competitions will be here before you know it. Therefore, let the sheet music, competition and creativity collide, and trust Pender’s Music Co. to help you. The result will be worth it.

Helpful links:

Band PML | New Selections for 2011 | Texas UIL (slideshow)
New Texas UIL | PML Concert Band Additions for 2011-2012 (pdf)
Choral PML | New Selections for 2011 | Texas UIL (slideshow)
New Texas UIL | PML Choral Additions for 2011-2012 (pdf)
Orchestra PML | New Selections for 2011 | Texas UIL (slideshow)
New Texas UIL | PML Full & String Orchestra Additions for 2011-2012 (pdf)
Texas UIL | PML Vocal
Texas UIL | PML Instrumental
Texas UIL | PML String

 

 

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!

March is Music in Our Schools Month

Did you know that March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM)? That’s right, in just a few days there will be a prime chance to highlight the music program in your own school, or perhaps the school(s) of your past, or maybe the school(s) of someone you know and/or are related to.

MIOSM is when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation, and the celebration has grown since its inception in 1973. MIOSM began as a single statewide event. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is a perfect venue for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages. The theme for 2011 is Music Lasts a Lifetime.

It’s also a prime time to heighten the awareness of all school music programs, since it’s budget time for many school boards. In this era where all cuts are discussed in earnest, there’s no better opportunity than now to chime in and make your case for the preservation of your program.

Things that can help:

Music in Our Schools Month Website: The destination for resources and guidance in celebrating the month in your school, including logos, activity ideas, contests, advocacy and more.

SupportMusic.com: SupportMusic.com is a public service initiative that impacts resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States and abroad. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens visit the website every month and use its resources to keep music education strong in their schools and communities.

The Make Your Case database, powered by SupportMusic.com, and presented through MENC: This destination will help you build a case for your music program, particularly if it’s threatened. Music education advocates can use the facts, statistics, research, and anecdotes on specific topics for presentations, speeches, and other communications with school board members, administrators, and legislators.

Music indeed lasts a lifetime…..celebrate Music in Our Schools Month!

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, posts 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!

Back to Bach

The Denton Bach Society (DBS) hosts a competition each year for young musicians, where the prizes in each division include $150 cash, a Pender’s Music Co. gift certificate, and the opportunity to perform at a Denton Bach Society event.

Any high school or home-schooled student of voice, piano or an orchestral instrument may enter. Students from Denton County and its adjacent counties are eligible (Competitors must have turned 14 by September 1, 2010).

Do you want to enter, or know someone who might be interested? Here’s what you need to know:

The Music: To enter, eligible musicians must prepare two challenging pieces, each in a contrasting style. The pieces must be approved by the student’s instructor, as well as the DBS audition committee. The audition itself lasts only 10 minutes, so participants may not be required to perform each piece in their entirety.

The Money: An entry fee of $15 is required, and needs to be made to The Denton Bach Society. It should be sent with the completed application form.

 

The Method: Applications may be obtained at Pender’s Music Company [Denton].

The Mail: The Application and fee must be mailed to Heidi Klein, Denton, TX 76201. Postmark may be no later than Friday, April 15, 2011. Entrants will be notified of the exact time and place of their audition.

The Denton Bach Society: The Denton Bach Society (DBS) exists to provide Denton and the greater North Texas Community with the highest quality choral and instrumental music, particularly of the baroque period, at a reasonable cost and in a format which encourages attendance by the widest possible audience. Established in 1976 as a not-for-profit organization, the Society and its performance groups, the Denton Bach Choir and the Denton Bach Orchestra continue to offer the community a unique and accessible opportunity to experience fine choral and instrumental music. For more information about the DBS or the Competition, you may contact Heidi Klein – heidiklein@verizon.net.

Tuesday’s Tidbits for Strings, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com about once 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!

One O’Clock Lab Band @ TMEA

Hopefully all of you jazzers out there @ the TMEA Convention made it to the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band concert that was held last night at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. If not, however, all is not lost. Pender’s is one of the primary distributors of UNT’s Lab Band recordings.

UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, the One O’Clock Lab band, was nominated for a Grammy (Best Large Jazz Ensemble) in 2009 for their CD, Lab 2009; their conductor, Steve Wiest, was also nominated that year for his composition, Ice-Nine (Best Instrumental Composition), which is recorded on the same CD.

The UNT College of Music, their Jazz Studies Program (the first of its kind in the nation), and the Lab Band traditions have a great history in North Texas, as well as across the country. If you missed the performance at TMEA, maybe you can catch one later in the spring.