Founding Director, Doreen Rao
For more information, biography, and publications visit www.doreenrao.com
Choral Music Experience Series
For developing choirs including middle school, junior high and beginning level high school singers, this CME series features a culturally diverse and educationally conceived choral repertoire composed and arranged to motivate and inspire continued musical growth through the transition years. Interchangeable voicings are often used.
Using original compositions and inspired arrangements from diverse Celtic traditions, both ancient and modern, Celtic Voices features music from Ireland, Scotland, England and Europe. Includes works for treble and mixed chorus for use in both the classroom and the concert hall.
This original CME series for children’s choirs pioneered “artistry in education” as the first published resource to encourage the development of musicianship through performance repertoire. Includes a culturally and stylistically diverse repertoire for young treble choirs at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of challenge.
Featuring a broad and comprehensive range of selected choral music for mixed voice high school, college, and community choirs, the music in this CME series is inspired by great poetry and distinguished texts in many languages. It has it all, from a cappella to multi-movement works with orchestra or instrumental ensemble accompaniment.
Doreen Rao’s signature series showcases familiar multi-movement works recommended for professional and educational performance contexts. These 20th Anniversary editions feature newly edited and compiled versions of CME favorites. Includes culturally diverse repertoire, a cappella and accompanied.
For holiday festivals, liturgical use or concert stage, Holiday Lights celebrates the season in many different styles. Selected American, Canadian, British and European composers and arrangers are included in this CME series.
Sandra Snow, editor
Especially for women, In High Voice features an innovative and expressive repertoire for high school, collegiate and community women’s choirs. Included in this CME series are selected choral classics, serious contemporary works and world music repertoire for treble choirs of all levels and abilities.
Jonathan Reed, advisor
Especially for men, In Low Voice offers an original and exciting repertoire for high school, collegiate and community men’s choirs. Selected choral classics, serious contemporary works and world music repertoire for men’s choirs of all levels and abilities are included in this CME series.
Janet Galvan, advisor
A unique series designed to broaden the student’s knowledge of authentic Latin American vocal styles containing Indian, Arabic, African, Hispanic and European influences. Predominantly in Spanish with English translations, this CME series includes repertoire for treble and mixed voiced choirs at all levels of ability.
Emily Ellsworth, advisor
A series of dramatic inspired works developed to encourage interactive musical experiences for young choirs. Repertoire in this CME series includes standard classics, new and experimental projects.
Circle of Sound
A Contemplative Approach to Singing - Through Meditation, Movement and Vocalization.
Circle of Sound Voice Education is a contemplative approach to singing that blends ancient Eastern breathing meditation and martial art movement practices with Western bel canto vocalization exercises as an inspiring and healthful way of enriching traditional approaches to studio, classroom, and rehearsal pedagogy. This revolutionary approach connects the power of singing to the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit – all in one great textbook.
We Will Sing!
The complete resource for training young choirs
Provides everything you need: the basics of how to produce a good singing tone, basic music theory, reading and ear training, vocal exercises, 18 songs, rehearsal guides, evaluation questions and assessment materials
Offers an insightful, practical approach to classroom music. Helps instill a life-long love of music in your students while giving them a solid foundation in musical understanding and singing skill.
The 18 choral arrangements in the book are also available in three separate "Performance Program" books, making them easy to use in concert as well as in the classroom. Program 1: O Music, Sweet Music-Mason/Rao; The Sally Gardens-arr. Britten; Simple Gifts-arr. Copland; She's Like The Swallow-arr. Dolloff; A Spring Morning-Carey/Rao; Good Night-Kabalevsky. Program 2: Jubilate Deo-Praetorius/Rao; The Path To The Moon-Thiman; I Know Where I'm Goin'-arr. Hughes; Oliver Cromwell-arr. Britten; Bist Du Bei Mir-Bach; Ching-A-Ring Chaw-arr. Copland. Program 3: Hodie from "A Ceremony Of Carols"-Britten; A Child Is Born-Anon.; Poor Little Children-Spiritual; How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Them from "Messiah"-Handel; In Dulci Jubilo-Bach and Jingle Bell Swing-arr. Elliott.
Choral Conducting/Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success
On this extraordinary DVD, master conductor Sandra Snow outlines a new paradigm for choral teaching and rehearsing within performance-based classes.
The heart of this DVD features 38 mini-rehearsal segments of Dr. Snow, Jonathan Reed, and colleagues teaching and leading a variety of mixed, women’s, and men’s choirs at the high school and college levels. These segments model how to continually analyze and respond to the sounds being produced by an ensemble.
Extensive, full-color animated graphics support the score study and analysis sections of this DVD, as well as the helpful, step-by-step demonstrations of the process of improving keyboard and perceptive listening skills.
For any practitioner of the choral arts, this DVD takes a groundbreaking approach to the role of the conductor/teacher, helping to bring true growth to the musicianship of choral singers.