Choral Newsletter August 2019
August 9, 2019

Dear choral friends,

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying all that summer has to offer. This month is all about one of our favourite music publishers in the world – Bärenreiter!

Bärenreiter publications are every musician’s favourite, with Urtext and Critical Commentary editions that are considered definitive and highly sought-after. We love singing with Bärenreiter blue – do you? Also included in today’s newsletter is a handy resource about other international choral music publishers. Read on below for more details.

And remember, whatever music you are seeking for the upcoming season, The Leading Note has it all!  Contact us anytime for a quote or to place your orders for September rehearsals.

Top 10: Bärenreiter Choral Top 10

Barenreiter Choral Top 10What are our most popular Bärenreiter choral titles? (hint: half of the titles are by the best composer of all times – climbing the charts for over 250 years!). Can you guess who it is? Have a look and find out!



View Bärenreiter’s Top 10

International Choral Music Publishers

The Leading Note supplies choral music from a world-wide network of music publishers.  Not sure what the difference is between Bärenreiter and Breitkopf?  Check out our International Choral Publishers Guide – you might discover a new favourite!

Of course, Canadian publishers such as CypressLeslie MusicWaterloo Music, Kelman Hall and Rhythmic Trident are also readily available to order through The Leading Note!

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Choral Newsletter July 2019
July 5, 2019

Dear choral friends,

This month, we are celebrating Christmas in July!

It may feel strange to be thinking about Christmas in the middle of the hot, sunny summer. Or, as this bit of dialogue from Massenet’s opera Werther puts it: “vous chanter Noel en juillet… c’est s’y prendre à l’avance” (“you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season”). But it is a necessity for choir directors preparing Christmas-themed concerts in the fall. July is the perfect time to plan out your fall programming and get your orders into The Leading Note and avoid the late-summer rush!

Top 10 – Christmas Selections for Children by Jackie Hawley

Ottawa-based choral pedagogue, Jackie Hawley, has curated a list of Christmas selections for children’s choir. See her Top 10 recommendations.



View Jackie Hawley’s Top Ten

Carols for Choirs

Most choirs are familiar with the iconic green and orange volumes of Oxford’s Carols for Choirs series. Originally compiled by Reginald Jacques and David Willcocks, these classic volumes are a staple for choirs performing Christmas repertoire, but did you know that other volumes followed? Carols for Choirs 5, edited by Bob Chilcott and David Blackwell, was released for the 50th anniversary of the original series. Read all about this series on our blog and, remember, these volumes are all 20% off until July 21!
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Oxford University Press Sale!

Receive a 20% discount on all Oxford University Press titles from July 8 to 21, inclusive. Featuring classic Christmas arrangements by John Rutter and Oxford’s always popular Carols for Choirs series, you’ll be sure to find some great repertoire for your Christmas concerts. Oxford also publishes the works of several well-respected choral composers such as Bob Chilcott, and Canada’s own Sarah Quartel, Ruth Watson Henderson, Stephen Chatman, Eleanor Daley, and Healey Willan.

Oxford is one of the oldest and most recognized publishers of academic and educational resources. Take advantage of this opportunity and Shop Now!

This sale is exclusive to customers on our email list, so if you visit our store, be sure to mention the phrase “Oxford Sale” to get your discount.

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More about Oxford’s For Choirs Series
June 28, 2019

Oxford University Press first released Carols for Choirs in 1961.  The landmark publication was an immediate success and has since been followed by four sequels plus the larger collection 100 Carols for Choirs.  Most of the collections are for SATB choirs, but Carols for Choirs 3 is exclusively for treble choirs. There are also two volumes of World Carols for Choirs.

In addition to the carol books, Oxford also has many other titles in the For Choirs series.  These include four volumes of Anthems for Choirs (two of which are specifically for treble choirs) that include material suitable for different times of the year. 
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Carols for Choirs 5: 50th Anniversary Edition

In 1961, Oxford University Press released the first edition of Carols for Choirs. Compiled and Edited by Reginald Jacques and David Willcocks, this book transformed the Christmas season for church choirs and concert choirs alike. The publication made available both practical arrangements of popular Christmas carols for amateur choirs and challenging new repertoire for more professional groups. The book also helped to popularize the service of Nine Lessons and Carols made famous by King’s College, Cambridge.
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Choral Newsletter June 2019
June 8, 2019

Dear choral friends,

Does June bring an end to your choral season? Or, like me, are you embarking on an exciting summer tour? Perhaps you are part of a festival like Unisong Choral Festival, which Ottawa welcomes this year and culminates in a mass choir performance on the National Arts Centre stage on Canada Day. However you are spending your summer months, we hope you can find some time to enjoy more choral music!



Top 10 lists – Donald Patriquin

Our Guide to Choral Music Repertoire includes an ever-growing section of Top 10 Recommendations from our community of choral directors and composers.  With Canada Day fast approaching, we want to highlight the list curated by popular Canadian composer Donald Patriquin, which includes both original compositions and arrangements of Canadian folksongs. Did you know that The Leading Note is Patriquin’s exclusive Canadian distributor for his A Tempo works?
View Donald Patriquin’s Top Ten

Even More Resources!

We are constantly adding new titles to our online store and trying to include sample pages and sample audio, wherever possible. An excellent resource being developed by some of our publishing partners is a series of YouTube videos which combine the two.  These videos flip through the pages of the score, synchronized to the audio so that you can both hear and see the music.  Here is a list of titles on our website that can be viewed this way.  Be sure to make the video full screen for best results!
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Alfred Music Sale!

From June 10 to 23, 2019, receive a 20% discount on music published and distributed by Alfred Music.  This sale includes Alfred Music’s own high quality educational choral titles plus favourites from British publisher Faber Music and Canada’s own Gordon V. Thompson.  Also, included in the sale are economical editions of choral masterworks from Kalmus Publications and inexpensive full scores from Dover Publications.
View All Alfred Music Choral Titles


New RCM Voice Series: Special Offer
May 24, 2019

RCM Voice Series - Complete SetThe Royal Conservatory’s 2019 edition of their acclaimed voice series is NOW HERE!

Featuring a refreshed selection of extraordinary Repertoire, Vocalises, and Recitatives, this series aims to build a solid foundation for well-rounded musical success by integrating appropriate technique at every level and promoting healthy vocal development in young students.

The new 2019 series includes:

  • An exciting variety of songs suitable for students of all levels, ages, and voice types,
  • A holistic approach to encourage best practices in singing, and
  • An online community with access to recordings.

We are pleased to offer a 20% discount on the Complete Set of the new 2019 RCM Voice series books. The 12 books in this set consist of:

The Voice Series Syllabus is available separately (although the 20% discount will be applied if it is purchased in conjunction with the complete set).

This offer is valid until the end of August, 2019.

Please click here to view the details governing the crossover period for the use of the 2012 syllabus to the 2019 syllabus.

Please note that a $15 shipping charge will apply if you would like this set delivered to you (sorry, but we can’t afford to give you a 20% discount plus free shipping :-( ).

Choral Newsletter May 2019
May 13, 2019

Dear choral friends,

Happy spring! We hope that your choral season has been a great success and you are wrapping up or preparing for final concerts. The end of the choral season means that you can start looking forward to exciting plans for next season and, as always, your choral print music specialists at The Leading Note are here to help!

Order through the summer!

To be sure that you are not caught short at your first rehearsal this fall, contact us as soon as possible to place your orders. Let us know when you need the music to arrive to you and we will do everything possible to meet your deadline.
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Use our resources!

We would like to draw your attention to our invaluable Guide to Choral Music Repertoire which includes many resources to help you plan your choral programs. We will be highlighting the various parts of this guide in the coming months so you can have all the tools necessary to select your music. First up is a series of articles covering various aspects of choral music.
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Ever wondered how your choir can afford the newest and best choral arrangements?

Check out Jackie Hawley’s article explaining how to use sponsorships to build your choir’s library.



Read Jackie Hawley’s Article

Edition Peters Sale!

From May 13 to May 26, receive a 20% discount on all music from Edition Peters. If your choir is programming major works by Brahms, Bruckner, Verdi, Haydn or Bach, Edition Peters is one to consider. They also publish a few classic titles by Canada’s own Healey Willan, as well as more contemporary arrangements by Voces8, Jonathan Dove and select works by the ever-popular Ola Gjeilo.
View All Edition Peters Choral Titles


Music Library Sponsorship: Fundraiser and Community Builder
May 10, 2019

Jackie Hawley

This is a guest post by Jackie Hawley, who has been a regular contributor to Anacrusis, the official journal of the Choral Canada and current board member of Choirs Ontario.  She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa and co-founder of the Nipiit-Katittut – Voices United (NKVU) educational engagement project.

Good ideas should be shared! Here is something that has worked very well for my choirs. I hope you will find this useful for your choir as well.

A few years ago, when my Cantiamo Girls Choir was quite new, we had a local business person offer to make a donation to the choir. We had not solicited this sort of thing at that time in the choir’s development so we were happily inspired to think about how we could recognize our supporters with more than a tax receipt. This person had a favourite piece that we had sung in our concert. I thought that it might be a nice idea to have the donation directed towards covering the cost of buying those scores for the choir. (Read more…)