"Desiree graduated a few years ago but she remains as one of our most outstanding graduates. Her recital and project report, Choral Music and the Plucked String: A Conductor’s Guide to Choral Works Accompanied By Plucked Stringed Instruments, was an outstanding example of topic selection, programming and research." ~ Dr. William Belan

Masters in Music: Choral Conducting degree earned in 9/2015.  

Thesis Abstract

This thesis examines various settings of music composed for the choral ensemble accompanied by plucked stringed instruments.  The past five years has brought a new interest in choral music accompanied by pluck string instruments as demonstrated by the repertoire choices of master chorales.  The increasing awareness of world music and cultural diversity necessitates a fresh look into instrumental accompaniment; however, such existing choral repertoire remains largely underperformed, and the associated research, neglected.  The motivation for this thesis is to guide choral conductors through: (1) different plucked-string instruments that date back to the sixteenth-century Italian madrigal and span into twenty-first-century world music, (2) relevant biographical and theoretical research on these composers and their compositions, and (3) the practical demands of performing such repertoire.

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 7pm in the Concert Hall of Grand Arts:
Schedule for the rehearsals and for the recital.

  1. Tuesday, August 19— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA 
  2. Tuesday, August 26— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA 
  3. Tuesday, September 2— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA
  4. Tuesday, September 9— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA 
  5. Tuesday, September 16— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA 
  6. Tuesday, September 23— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA
  7. Tuesday, September 30— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA 
  8. Tuesday, October 7— 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA Room M110 DRESS REHEARSAL w/ harpist &
RECITAL: Tuesday, October 14— 7 PM-8:30 PM @ Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA GRAND ARTS Concert Hall: CALL TIME 5:30 pm
Concert Attire: Gentlemen, Tuxes (tie, vest, whichever you prefer) or All Black.  Ladies: Floor length black formal: (pref. dresses)
Program Order: 
    1. Can She Excuse My Wrongs? from The First Booke of Songs or Ayres (1597)John Dowland Madrigal for SATB & Lute 
    2. Et Misericordia from Vespers of 1610: Claudio Monteverdi SSATBB & Theorbo
    3. Geist der Liebe (1822)Franz Schubert TTBB & Romantic 19th cent. Guitar
    4. Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda Movements 1-4, Group III (1907–08)Gustav Holst SSAA & Harp                       
    5. Cri´ome Mi Madre from Four Spanish Lullabies (2000)Francisco Nunez SSA & Guitar     
    6. Baladilla de los Tres Rios from Romancero Gitano, Op. 152 (1951)  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco SATB & Guitar (1951)
    7. Beat! Beat! Drums! from A Procession Winding Around Me (1991) Jeffrey Van SATB & Guitar
    8. El Abuelo Y El Arcoiris (2004) David V. Montoya SATB, 2-part Treble choir, Solos, Guitar, String Bass & Percussion          
    9. Yanomami Op. 47 (1980)Marlos Nobre SATB & Guitar
CPDL Scores & Pronunciation Concerns:
  1. Can She Excuse My Wrongs? --> http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Firste_Booke_of_Songes_(Dowland,_John)
  2. Et Misericordia from Vespers of 1610: -->Latin:  :) Et Mi-ser-i-cor-di-a ei-us, a pro-ge-ni-es, ti-men-ti-bus e-um
  3. Geist der Liebe--> German, (lots of repeated text) http://imslp.org/wiki/Geist_der_Liebe,_D.747_(Schubert,_Franz)
  4. Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda English http://petrucci.mus.auth.gr/imglnks/usimg/c/cf/IMSLP191116-PMLP329299-HolstOpus26n3.pdf                   
  5. Cri´ome Mi Madre from Four Spanish Lullabies    (under copyright)
  6. Baladilla de los Tres Rios- Spanish (under copyright)
  7. Beat! Beat! Drums! from A Procession Winding Around Me  (under copyright)
  8. El Abuelo Y El Arcoiris (2004) David V. Montoya  Spanish (under copyright)      
  9. Yanomami Op. 47 (1980)Marlos Nobre  (under copyright) Brazilian Indian sounds and words
  Music Packets and CDs will be available starting Tuesday August 12th.  

REHEARSAL PROCESS : Bring a pencil, some water and be prepared to sing at sight.  William Cabison will be at the rehearsals playing your parts on the piano (guitar oriented recital) while I conduct.  Thank you for just jumping in and singing.  I will be happy to vocally warm you up from 6:15pm until 6:30.  If you need to show up 6:30 or after please warm-up before-hand. 

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Directions & PARKING: Grand Arts, Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA 450 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Grand & Cesar Chavez

  • Enter Campus (campus is futuristic architecture, all silver and gray) from Cesar Chavez Blvd.  
  • Make an immediate left to go up an incline.  
  • You will make a right into the parking structure just before a chain-link fence.  
  • Park on that level (G3).  
  • CONCERT HALL: (for the actual recital) Level 3, once you are outside follow signs, the concert hall is located under the giant tower that you can see from the freeway.  The entrance to the theater (Concert Hall) foyer is on Grand Ave.