Category Archives: Reading Sessions

Sacred Choral Reading Session

Sacred Choral Reading Session January 2018

To Register: Call  (800) 772-8405

Join Pender’s and clinician Pepper Choplin on January 6, 2018 for the Sacred Choral Reading Session! Hear new spring and Easter choral music including choral anthems, children’s books, piano, organ, Easter cantatas, vocal solos and duets, handbells, and more! Enjoy morning refreshments and a complimentary music packet, and participate with up to four members of your congregation (director plus three).

January 6, 2018

Grace United Methodist Church
6316 N Tulsa
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Cost:
$10.00 per person
Limit 4 per church (example: director plus 3)

Schedule:
8:30 Registration (coffee and donuts)
9:00 Session begins
10:45 Break (refreshments)
11:00 Session Continues
12:30 Session ends

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

OKC Sacred Choral Reading Session January 2017

Sacred Choral Reading Session January 2017

To Register: Call  (800) 772-8405

Come join one of our favorite clinicians, Patti Drennan, for a Mixed-Publisher Reading Session. Pender’s Music Co. will present new Spring & Easter choral music from various publishers including Alfred, Beckenhorst, Hal Leonard, Hope, Lorenz, and Shawnee. Expand the fellowship by participating with up to four members of your congregation (example: director plus three). Registration includes complimentary music packet and morning refreshments.

Music on display will include: choral anthems, children’s books, piano, piano/organ, Easter cantatas, vocal solos & duets, organ, handbells.

January 7, 2017

Messiah Lutheran Church
3600 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Cost:
$10.00 per person
Limit 4 per church (example: director plus 3)

Schedule:
8:30 Registration (coffee and donuts)
9:00 Session begins
10:45 Break (refreshments)
11:00 Session Continues
12:30 Session ends

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

Church Choral Reading Session Summer 2016

Anticipate the Changing Seasons with New Fall and Christmas Choral Music

Brad Nix

Brad Nix

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. Brad Nix, a widely published composer and consulting editor for Shawnee Press, 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 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016
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

Join Us for Pender’s Sing-a-bration 2016

Sing-a-bration 2016

Pender’s Joy of Singing choral workshop features more clinicians than any other Joy of Singing workshop in the nation!

JOIN US THIS SUMMER
Lewisville Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn
785 SH 121 • Lewisville, TX 75067
Thursday, July 7 – Saturday, July 9

ONLINE ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. On-site registration will be available. Please arrive by 8:30 am to register at the door.

Complete Session Packages:

Elementary/Developing Choir Package $165 Includes:
Pender’s Sing-a-bration: Elementary/Developing Choir Music
Hal Leonard The Joy of Singing:
Elementary/Developing Choir Music & Movement
Classroom Music & Movement

2016 Middle/High School Choir Package $110 Includes:
Pender’s Sing-a-bration: HS/MS Choir Music & Movement
Hal Leonard The Joy of Singing: HS/MS Choir Music & Movement

Joy of Worship & Pender’s Sacred Choral Session Package $55 Includes:
Hal Leonard Joy of Worship
Pender’s Sacred Choral Session

NEW! Graduate credit now offered. Learn more.*


PENDER’S SING-A-BRATION 2016 EVENT SCHEDULE:

Thursday, 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 for middle school and high school groups. PLUS: 3 spotlight topic sessions
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Cristi Miller, Mark Brymer, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin

Sing-a-bration: Elementary/Developing Choir Music
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
An elementary multi-level reading session, presenting music from Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press and Heritage Music Press.
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Patti Drennan, Greg Gilpin


Friday, July 8

The Joy of Singing: Elementary/Developing Choir Music & Movement
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Classroom materials and beginning choir music featuring five nationally known composers and arrangers.Unison and 2-Part music for beginning choirs. PLUS: 3 spotlight topic sessions
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Cristi Miller, Mark Brymer, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin

Sing-a-bration: Middle/High School Choir Music
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
A middle/high school multi-level reading session, presenting music from Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press, and Heritage Music Press.
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Patti Drennan, Greg Gilpin


Saturday, July 9

The Joy of Singing: Classroom Music & Movement
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, Sharon Burch, Cristi Miller

Joy of Worship & Pender’s Sacred Choral Session (presented together)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Hal Leonard Joy of Worship: review the best new church chorals for adult choirs. Joy of Worship presents music for all types of worship from traditional to contemporary in a variety of voicings. Something for every church!
Joy of Worship Clinicians: Heather Sorenson, Allan Petker, John Purifoy

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


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.

SING-A-BRATION HOTELS:

Hilton Garden Inn (workshop site)
785 SH 121 Bypass | Lewisville TX 75067
972-459-4600
Rate: $126/night Thurs-Sat
Group Code: PEND1
Booking Deadline: May 30

Hampton Inn & Suites
2650 Lake Vista Dr | Lewisville TX 75067
972-315-3200
Rate: $99/night Thurs-Sat
Group Code: PDM
Booking Deadline: June 22

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 Sing-a-bration 1 hour of graduate credit when they attend any 2 full days of the sessions offered and submit a lesson plan assignment. To receive the credit, attendees must register and pay an additional $320 to VanderCook College of Music. Additional information and registration forms may be found here.

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

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

 

Arranging Pop Tunes for Choir

For Choral Cache Thursday, here’s an article that was recently written for “Ledger Lines,” an e-newsletter that is produced by Alfred Publishing. It’s written by Michael Spresser, one of Alfred’s choral editors:

Arranging Today’s Pop Chorals
By Michael Spresser
Alfred Pop & Lawson-Gould Editor

In the history of choral music, the arranging of popular music is still a relatively new phenomenon. Some of the earliest arrangements of popular songs of the day were developed in the 1930s, when Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians became one of the first ensembles known for singing ‘pop’ music. As you know, many of today’s current top pop songs are lyrically inappropriate, lack a strong melody, or the melody simply isn’t conducive to choral harmony.What does Alfred look for in a current pop choral arrangement? Many of the same things that are found in any successful choral composition:

– Does the melody stay within an appropriate range and tessitura for developing voices?

– Does the arranger use the best voice-leading possible? In other words, do the parts move in a way that help a singer experience success?

– Does the arrangement allow for proper and healthy vocal technique?

– Does the arrangement replicate the sound of the original while allowing for solid choral harmony?

– Does the arrangement encourage the building of listening skills and the teaching of basic musical concepts?

– Does the accompaniment enhance, while still supporting, the choral parts?

– Is the arrangement rhythmically accurate (true to the original), without being difficult to read?

– Does the arrangement allow solo opportunities where appropriate?

All of these questions, and more, are considered when we select our current pop arrangements. Arrangements that maintain choral integrity while also maintaining the style of the original are [some of the hallmarks] of Alfred publications.

Check out some of their newest releases that were featured at our recent choral reading session event, Sing-a-bration!


*Content used by permission of Alfred Publishing Company.

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.