Don't miss this riveting story on Ysaye Barnwell's journey with cancer

Sing to Inspire: Wanting Memories

Classical Music Features Tesfa Wondemagegnehu · Oct 19, 2015
How do you choose to fight cancer? Well, I asked composer and activist Dr. Ysaye Barnwell that question last week during our interview and her answer shocked me. Barnwell, with great conviction, looked at me and said, "I do not resist this, I just move with it." After that answer, it hit me. My mother wasn't selfish, I was. For years I sought answers that hopefully reinforced my belief on how my mother incorrectly chose to fight cancer. She chose to fight it in her way, just like Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.

Ysaye is quite possibly one of the most inspiring beings I have ever come across. Her soul burns with passion and her eyes shimmer with hope. As I sat there for a few moments watching Barnwell and Cantus veteran, Paul John Rudoi, share inspiring memories, I began to feel nostalgic and wanted to join in the fun. We talked, we laughed, and when Ysaye began talking about her iconic composition, Wanting Memories, we all cried. It started with her sharing one of her few memories of her father giving her a lesson that wasn't music related. "If you want to win against your opponent, you must use your opponent's resistance against himself", exclaimed Ysaye! We all sat there quietly as she began to elaborate and weave the story of memories, music, and life together. And then it happened. She began reading the text of Wanting Memories. After she was done, there was nothing left to be said. Our lives had been changed by the powerful force that is Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.
Read about Ysaye's journey here.

Give Us Hope Performed for Pope Francis NYC 2015

Jim Papoulis is donating his composer royalties to the Foundation For Small Voices, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness and funding to programs supporting the empowerment of children throughout the world by fostering their creativity through music and role models.

Item....: 48005176 SDOFBW GIVE US HOPE SATB
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Catalog Description: GIVE US HOPE SATB AND PIANO
Price . .: $2.25
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Item....: 48004977 SDOFBW GIVE US HOPE 3PT
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Oxford University Press announces death Sir David Willcocks

Oxford University Press is sad to announce the death today at his home in Cambridge of Sir David Willcocks.
He had an illustrious career as a composer, conductor, and organist, and his music was exclusively published by Oxford University Press, with whom he enjoyed a long, happy, and fruitful association.

In 1957, Oxford University Press appointed Sir David as an editor for the Oxford Anthems series, which he went on to develop over the next forty years as a substantial and distinguished body of music for church and cathedral choirs. David Willcocks, together with Reginald Jacques, compiled and edited a new Christmas carol collection, modelled on the content and spirit of the ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ Christmas Eve services, then being directed by Sir David at King’s College, Cambridge. The result was Carols for Choirs, published in 1961, which became instantly popular, and remains in print to this day. Sir David, with John Rutter, then co-edited the second, third, and fourth volumes of the series, along with 100 Carols for Choirs. The Carols for Choirs series re-defined and shaped Christmas music for millions of singers and listeners worldwide, and firmly established the importance of choral singing as an integral part of seasonal festivities and services. His famous and distinctive last-verse descants and harmonizations for the popular carols became important calling cards of Sir David: instantly recognizable, eminently and enjoyably singable, and emotionally uplifting for the listener. Sir David was also a composer of carols in his own right, and in 2014 Oxford University Press published, to mark his ninety-fifth birthday, a collection of his works in this genre, A Celebration in Carols.

Ben Selby, Director of Music Publishing at OUP, said: ‘Sir David’s stature as a choral director and composer was an inspiration to professional and amateur singers around the world. The name of Sir David Willcocks is synonymous with English choral singing. He will be sadly missed.’

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NJMEA 2015

Deb and Justin holding the fort at NJMEA15. Always great to see our friends in New Jersey. VERY COLD!!!
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The 65 arrangements in this collection span multiple decades and styles, making this a must-have for those who love Christmas music and the holiday season. Timeless carols, lyrical pop hits and playful children's songs are all included, guaranteeing hours of enjoyment for the entire family! Lyrics and chord symbols are provided.

Titles: A Marshmallow World * All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth * All Through the Night * Angels We Have Heard on High * Arabian Dance * Auld Lang Syne * Away in a Manger * Believe (from The Polar Express) * C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S * Christmas in Killarney * The Christmas Waltz * Deck the Hall * Feliz Navidad * The First Noel * The Friendly Beasts * Frosty the Snowman * Gesu Bambino * The Gift * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * Good King Wenceslaus * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * Hark! the Herald Angels Sing * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * Here We Come A-Caroling * Holly Jolly Christmas * I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day * I Saw Three Ships * I'll Be Home for Christmas * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Jingle Bell Rock * Jingle Bells * Jolly Old St. Nicholas * Joy to the World * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * The Little Drummer Boy * Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming * The Merry Christmas Polka * Nuttin' for Christmas * O Christmas Tree * O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) * O Come, O Come, Emmanuel * O Holy Night * O Little Town of Bethlehem * Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow * Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree * Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Silent Night * Sleigh Ride * Suzy Snowflake * The Twelve Days of Christmas * The Ukrainian Bell Carol * (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays * There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas * Toyland * Up on the Housetop * We Three Kings of Orient Are * We Wish You a Merry Christmas * Welcome Christmas * What Child Is This? * Where Are You Christmas * Winter Wonderland. 144 pages.

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