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March 13, 2007

Back from the Choral Directors convention

There were no postings recently as it's been an extremely busy and rewarding week of a cappella, both for business and pleasure. Catalog manager Nate and I spent the past week exhibiting at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention in Miami Beach, Florida. It's a whole lot of work preparing and vending at this very large convention as we are ordering and shipping thousands of a cappella CDs which end up being more than fit in a pickup truck bed. We know, we tried!

But also the convention is a chance to meet in person some of the composers and conductors whose CDs and arrangements we sell thru our web site. It was an honor and pleasure to meet with such great artists as Dale Warland, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and to hang out with the Swingle Singers whose booth was next to ours. Perhaps being English myself I am bias but what a wonderful group of folks are the Swingles whose vocal talents are equal to their charming demeanor. They sang several showcase sets and were received enthusiastically by the discerning ACDA audiences.

One of the biggest treats was meeting (and having many good laughs) with another esteemed English artist David Fanshawe. Specially invited by the ACDA to world premiere his choral work "Pacific Song", in its Double Choir version, as performed by the Multicultural Honor Choir conducted by Dr Rollo Dilworth. David is a highly regarded choral composer probably most known for "African Sanctus where he juxtaposed his Mass with live recordings of traditional African music, which Fanshawe had recorded himself. I was also most amused by his business card which states "David Fanshawe: Composer and Explorer". Not too many folks can claim such an exotic title.

Having never been to Miami Beach before I was most impressed with the art deco architecture in South Beach with some truly amazing building. Such a refreshing change from the bland corporate hotels that one usually see in resort areas.

Posted by acapnews at March 13, 2007 12:30 AM