A wonderful rewarding experience. Join us!
Musica workshops are openened for choir conductors,
librarians, publishers, composers...
A project to include the whole choral repertoire of the world
into a single multilingual multimedia database.
Registrations are open!
REMINDER: MUSICA, AN INTERNATIONAL CHORAL MUSIC RESOURCE
Are you looking for 17th century German motets for 6 to 8 voices? Or a work
for mixed chorus with string orchestra in English under 10 minutes
in length, preferably from the 18th century? Musica, the International Choral
Repertoire Database (http://www.musicanet.org)
is a tool that can assist you in your search.
Including over 160,000 titles, and growing, the database is currently searchable
in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. In addition to standard
bibliographic fields (composer, title, author of text, publisher, etc.), there
are fields which identify the level of difficulty for conductors to
teach and for choirs to learn a piece, voicing, instrumentation, country of
the composer, century of composition, keywords, and many other variables, all
of which can be used to yield to a precise relevant search.
ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICA
The aim of Musica - the creation of a comprehensive choral resource that is international in scope and available worldwide - is being reached through a cooperative collaboration of choral conductors, music librarians, and publishers. The idea of the Musica working-sessions is to bring choral conductors, music librarians, publishers and composers together for one week to share collegial time and to enter new choral repertoire into the database. A Musica team (all are choral conductors) is present to have a network of computers working smoothly and to teach people how to input new data as well as how to use the power of the database for their own explorations of choral repertoire. Seminars are organized to try to find together solutions for unsolved documentation questions about the database (such as optimization of descriptions of instrumentation, categorized keyword descriptions, etc.).
The success of these sessions is due to several factors:
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MUSICA WORKSHOP?
A Musica workshop aims at entering a significant number of scores in a short amount of time. This is done with score in hand, entering standard bibliographic data, but also entering musical information: tonality, level of difficulty for choir to learn and conductor to teach, to record the correct pronunciation of the texte (audio file), etc...
To do this, you will use the Musica v6 software, being connected to the master database of Musica. Later, you will be able to use this software from your location to continue the work, and with a perfect knowledge of this software, thanks to the workshop.
The first morning of the session is dedicated to better discover the database and receive all instructions on data entry. For the
remainder of the week, you'll be entering new records, as well as
having a chance to do your own research in the database; there may be
some other special projects such as augmenting existing records for
composers, or, for someone who has strong German, French, or Spanish
language skills, providing translations for Musica's multilingual
Generally, the schedule is defined collegially at the beginning of the session. Typically:
- in the morning, work from 9:00 am to 12:15 (coffee break around
But you're a volunteer, and you're free to choose to spend time exploring the town or doing research on the Internet or anything else.
What music will be entered? Participants can bring their favorite pieces to enter, or they can simply grab a stack of music from the local library.
If this sounds like work, well, it is, a sort of ... but also very
satisfying. Previous participants at sessions have enjoyed themselves
so much ... that they come back regularly: Paul, Dominique, Raymond,
Doris, Jane, Kathryn...! >Jean Sturm, Executive Director of Musica International :
office(at)musicanet.org,will be running this session; he has a
very special sense of hospitality and a unique commitment to this
project. He quickly helps to create an environment of friends working
toward a common goal, so even the work is fun.
COST AND ACCOMMODATIONS
There is no tuition fee.
You have only to pay for your travel expenses and your food and lodging.
There is no formal application process to attend a Musica
session. If you think you'd like to join us, please contact
the Musica Coordination (office(at)musicanet.org),
and send a brief summary of your choral experience.
There is no formal application process to attend a Musica session. If you think you'd like to join us, please contact the Musica Coordination (office(at)musicanet.org), and send a brief summary of your choral experience.
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