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Bradley Ellingboe

Bradley Ellingboe

Bradley Ellingboe’s illustrious career spans choral conducting, solo performance, composition, scholarship, and teaching. With a repertoire that includes over 140 pieces, his compositions, like the Requiem and Star Song, have been acclaimed globally. Notably, he conducted the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’s opera “Shoes for the Santo Niño” in 2011.

Retiring from the University of New Mexico after 30 years, where he served as Director of Choral Activities, Ellingboe earned accolades like UNM Faculty of the Year in 2008. A respected figure in music education, he’s conducted and taught at esteemed institutions worldwide.

Recognized by ASCAP since 2000, Ellingboe’s choral works are published by prestigious companies. His music, performed by renowned ensembles like the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and VocalEssence, reflects his enduring influence on the choral landscape. Moreover, his expertise has benefited choirs preparing for luminaries such as Dave Brubeck and Morten Lauridsen.

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Taylor Scott Davis and Jennaya Robison's Premier Christmas Carol Suite

Taylor Scott Davis and Jennaya Robison present an enchanting addition to holiday performances with their inaugural suite of Christmas carols, “Journey Into Light.” Featuring beloved classics like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night,” this suite, the first of many to come, promises to captivate audiences.

Ideal for school or church choirs, the arrangements boast brilliant orchestration adaptable for both full ensembles and chamber orchestras. With a duration of approximately 15 minutes, these fresh arrangements ensure timeless enjoyment and are destined to become cherished favorites for years to come.

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Christmas Carol Delights: Taylor Scott Davis and Jennaya Robison's "Ring Out, Wild Bells"

Taylor Scott Davis and Jennaya Robison unveil another gem for the holiday season with their latest suite of Christmas carols, “Ring Out, Wild Bells.” Suite two features timeless favorites such as “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High,” complemented by instrumental renditions of “Carol of the Bells” and “Kling, Glöcken, Kling.”

Designed for school or church choirs, the suite boasts a dazzling orchestration adaptable for full or chamber-sized orchestras. Released by National Music Publications in 2023, these arrangements promise to become cherished favorites, offering approximately 10 minutes of festive musical delight for audiences of all ages.

Michelle Jensen

Michelle Jensen

Michelle Jensen, MM, is a versatile figure in the music realm, excelling as a choral director, clinician, and educator. Currently, she directs the Chamber Singers and imparts knowledge in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. Jensen’s journey also includes roles as an adjunct instructor at USC, where she’s currently pursuing a DMA in Choral Music, having already earned her BM and MME degrees there.

Beyond academia, Jensen is a seasoned performer, boasting an extensive portfolio encompassing commercials, voice-overs, music videos, and television appearances. She’s a member of both SAG and AFTRA.

With a solid foundation in choral music and education, Jensen is sought after as a clinician, adjudicator, honor choir conductor, and guest artist nationwide and internationally.

Ken Berg

Ken Berg

Ken Berg directed choirs and chaired the Fine Arts department at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham for nearly three decades, achieving top honors at district, state, and national festivals. After retiring from high school teaching in 2005, he spent six years as Music Minister and Composer in Residence at Mountain Brook Baptist Church. Since 2011, he’s been fully dedicated to his role as Music Director and Resident Composer for the Birmingham Boys Choir, leading them on extensive tours across Costa Rica, Europe, Japan, and Canada, and performing at prestigious conventions.

As a Samford University graduate, Ken has been deeply engaged in music education and choral leadership. Together with his wife Susan, he directs the Birmingham Boys Choir, while also nurturing their sons’ musical talents. Ken’s impact extends to his involvement with ACDA and the Royal School of Church Music, along with his nationwide work as a clinician and adjudicator. His compositions and arrangements, published by esteemed music publishers, reflect his profound expertise and creative prowess.

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Finding Serenity: Delving into Jace Wittig's Rendition of 'Down in the River to Pray

Down in the River to Pray,” a timeless American spiritual arranged by Jace Wittig and featured in The Elena Sharkova Choral Series, is a stirring addition to any choir’s repertoire. With a voicing for SSAA and a moderate difficulty level suitable for all seasons, this arrangement is sure to inspire and uplift listeners.

Jace Wittig, known for his role as Assistant Conductor and Young Men’s Division director of the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, brings his expertise to this piece, creating a stunning arrangement that builds dynamically.

Originally propelled to fame when a Colorado all-state treble choir’s impromptu performance went viral on YouTube, this arrangement has since gained international recognition, even earning a spot at the ACDA National Convention.

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"Im Wald": A sprightly and refreshing piece, beautifully edited by Michelle Jensen

“Im Wald” (“In the Forest”), the sixth piece in Fanny Hensel’s “Gartenlieder,” edited by Michelle Jensen, is a delightful gem. Its sprightly melody and refreshing atmosphere make it a perfect addition to any program celebrating spring, nature, or the joy of singing itself.

Im Wald” not only showcases Hensel’s talent but also serves as a reminder of the many talented women composers who contributed to music in the 19th century. Released by National Music Publishers in 2023, this arrangement for SATB voices is accessible yet rewarding, offering choirs a chance to explore the works of a remarkable composer.

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Anton Arensky

Anton Stepanovich Arensky, born in Novgorod in 1861, emerged as a leading figure in nineteenth-century Russian music. His early musical education under his mother, an amateur pianist, and support from his father, a dedicated cellist and physician, laid the foundation for his career. He enrolled at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1879.

Despite his premature death at forty-five, Arensky’s influence on Russian music was profound. In just twenty-five years, he composed a diverse body of work, including three operas, a ballet, orchestral compositions, chamber music, vocal pieces, and choral works. Though his piano compositions are now somewhat overlooked, they remain a significant part of his legacy. While details of his personal life are sparse, Arensky garnered widespread recognition and acclaim during his lifetime.

During his tenure as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, Arensky formed strong bonds with influential contemporaries like Tchaikovsky and Taneyev. His impact extended to a generation of composers, including Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Glière, and Gretchaninov, who were among his students. Notably, his opera “Son na Volge” (A Dream on the Volga) achieved early success, and his appointment as Director of the Imperial Chapel further solidified his reputation.

Following his retirement in 1901, Arensky devoted himself entirely to composition and performance. As both a pianist and conductor, he continued to captivate audiences, cementing his legacy as a versatile and talented musician.

Where Everything Is Music

In this fresh adaptation of a 13th-century Persian poet Rumi’s text, the focus is on the therapeutic qualities of singing. Crafted for TTBB men’s chorus, the expressive solo violin and flowing piano accompaniment evoke the soothing ambiance of the sea. Ideal for proficient high school or college ensembles, Bradley Ellingboe’s knack for crafting memorable melodies shines through once more.

Ukolebavka (Lullaby)

Dvořák is renowned for his skill in adapting folk songs, yet this lullaby is entirely his creation. Nevertheless, his deep connection to his roots is evident in the melody. This piece is another masterpiece from the esteemed Czech composer, offering a moderate level of challenge.

Hate Has No World

Commissioned by Albany Pro Musica for an international choral festival featuring high school students, this composition sets a stirring text by Wendell Berry. Designed for SATB chorus, piano, and body percussion, its themes of peace and inclusivity will deeply connect with both performers and listeners.