21st Century Choral Music: What’s Next?

A presentation by Jocelyn Hagen
created for the World Choral Symposium, July 2017

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(Jocelyn Hagen) Today I’m going to talk about the future of choral music by looking at where we are today. What are the current trends?

I’m going to divide these trends into 6 sections or sub-topics: text selection, movement, under-served and lesser known cultures and languages, fusion with popular music, let’s get social, and technology.

TEXT SELECTION


Trends: looking beyond traditional literary and sacred texts

quotes (Malala, Joan Szymko)

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Speeches/Political texts/Courtroom transcripts (Buck v. Bell, Scot Hanna-Weir, What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?, Melissa Dunphy) \

 

 

found texts / internet texts (Telegram, Jocelyn Hagen)

nonsense texts (Miniyama Nayo, Paul John Rudoi, Nyon, Nyon, Jake Runestad)

 

 

lesser known or secular Latin texts (Vespertilians, Jocelyn Hagen)

 

composers writing their own texts (Privilege, Ted Hearne)

combining of multiple texts (Sitio, Dominick DiOrio)

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sourcing text from the ensemble (me(n), Joshua Shank) link: read text

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commissioning texts from living poets (Tony Silvestri, Euan Tait)

Inventive (Red Red Noun, Timothy C. Takach)

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MOVEMENT


large form: Toxic Psalms, Carmina Slovenica

small form: Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie, Moira Smiley

in-between: Hands, Jocelyn Hagen

 

Afka Hooyo, Timothy C. Takach (Somalian)

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A Sto Cemo, Moira Smiley (Bosnian/Croatian)

 

Sofðu unga ástin mín, Jocelyn Hagen (Icelandic)

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En Paz, Jesús López Moreno (Mexican)

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FUSION WITH POPULAR MUSIC


NATION & MASHUP EPs

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mashup-ep/id810253848

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-life-around-you-ep/id1215647512

Controlled Burn, collaboration with rapper/writer Dessa

 

Someplace, incorporates beat-boxer

 

Hummingbird, collaboration with composer/electronic musician Peter John (Spearfisher), incorporates popular synth sounds, beats

Look Out Above, collaboration with Dessa

 

Other: Elastic Heart, Timothy C. Takach (complex & refined arrangement of Sia tune)

 

Gravedigger, Timothy C. Takach (complex & refined arrangement of Dave Matthews Band tune)

 

Alleluia/Hallelujah MASHUP, Steve Hackman (mashup arrangement of Randall Thompson’s Alleluia and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah)

 

Larger than Life , Pinkzebra

LINK: https://www.jwpepper.com/Larger-Than-Life/10568074.item#/

LET’S GET SOCIAL


Justice Choir

LINK:  http://www.justicechoir.org

Beer Choir

LINK:  https://beerchoir.com

Virtual Choir

 

TECHNOLOGY


 

Hummingbird, Jocelyn Hagen & Spearfisher, SATB choir, soprano solo, piano and/or electronics

 

Voices of Light, Richard Einhorn (Music composed for silent French film The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928) chorus, orchestra, soloists

LINK:  http://www.richardeinhorn.com/vol/volhomepage.html

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Premiering in 2019) Jocelyn Hagen, mixed choir, orchestra, & video projections

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