2009, September

SBO Staff • ChoralNew ProductsSeptember 2009 • September 30, 2009

Sensaphonics Upgrades Earphones with Field-Replaceable Cable
Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, manufacturer of custom earphones for in-ear monitoring, has released field-replaceable cables for its ProPhonic 2X-S and 2MAX dual-driver custom earphones.

Designed by Sensaphonics Japan, the new cables are a tour grade, dual-conductor design, featuring a memory-wire insert at the earpiece end and a split adjuster (zipper) to ensure a secure fit behind the head. Users may specify either matte silver or black, in lengths of 52 or 60 inches.

The new field-replaceable cables are included as standard on all new ProPhonic 2X-S and 2MAX earphones; pricing remains unchanged. The original integrated cable and Sensaphonics’ breakaway cable assemblies will remain available upon request.


New Elson’s Pocket Music Dictionary from Theodore Presser
Theodore Presser’s New Elson’s Pocket Music Dictionary was edited by composer and educator Matthew Herman and updated to reflect the technologies and theories of 20th- and 21st-century music, along with an augmented composer list and the inclusion of jazz and contemporary music definitions. The New Elson’s Pocket Music Dictionary provides more than double the number of definitions than any other pocket dictionary.


Shawnee Press’ Expressions 2009-2010
Expressions 2009-2010 is a three-CD promotion from Shawnee Press, featuring choral works for school music programs. Featured composers and arrangers included are Jill and Michael Gallina, Greg Gilpin, Darmon Meader, Russ Robinson, Mark Hayes, and Earlene Rentz. Styles covered include, concert, festival, winter, holiday and patriotic pieces as well as jazz and popular chorals. Resources from writers Timothy Seelig, Valerie Lippoldt Mack, and Rick Weymuth are designed to give the music educator new ideas and information to teach and rehearse students. These choral collections, mini-musicals, and musicals are designed to teach as well as entertain.


Inscape from GIA ChoralWorks Series
GIA ChoralWorks’ newest CD release, Inscape, was composed by Gerald Custer, performed by Anam Cara, and conducted by James Jordan. The CD is accessible to high school and college choirs.


Salisbury Vespers from Oxford University Press
Composed by Bob Chilcott, Salisbury Vespers pays homage to this most ancient of services, combining settings of the traditional Vespers psalms with anonymous early texts and words from the Sarum Primer of 1516. Marian motets punctuate the psalm settings, and the work is concluded with a substantial setting of the Magnificat, using the plainsong melody from the same section in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Written for large mixed choir, chamber choir, and children’s choir, Salisbury Vespers could equally be performed by a large mixed choir, with the parts for chamber choir and children’s choir being sung by smaller sections taken from within the large chorus.


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