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The choir began as a simple elementary school choir led by a volunteer director and helped by a volunteer accompanist. The choir had a budget of $200 for the year given to us by our PTA. All other expenses were paid for by donations and grants pursued by the director. The more attention we got the more expenses we had. The Gifford Children’s Choir met outside of the school day for 1 1/2 hours a week.

The Gifford Children’s Choir was an auditioned 80 voice extracurricular choir that promoted works of living composers. Although repertoire also included music of the 20th century and earlier the choir strove to promote new music. In 2009-2010 the choir premiered 5 new works and several new arrangements. This choir was one of 8 choirs at Gifford Elementary School in Racine, WI. Members were in grades 3-5, both boys and girls. The choir sang in 2 to 4 parts. It was directed by Jack Senzig. In 2009-2010 the choir commissioned and premiered three new works by Harvey Sollberger at the WCDA convention in Eau Claire. They performed the premiere of El Tiburón by Alyssa Rae Seversen at the May 25, 2010 concert at Case High School.  

The Caiman Chorus was a choir of 120 auditioned singers in grades 2-5. It was an intermediate level choir perfoming mostly in unison and two parts. The choir premiered an arrangement of Kate Rusby’s “Hail Chime On” written by their director. They also performed Kate Rusby’s “Old Man Time” and sang Kate’s “Sir Eglamore” At the Spring concert in May, 2010. The Caiman Chorus was created and directed by Jack Senzig in 2009 and was directed by Katie McCormick in 2010-2011.

Choreography for 2009-2010 was created by Katie McCormick and Rob Kroes.

Thanks for visiting.  

All material on this blog is © 2010-2011 by Jack Senzig


6 Responses

  1. Just wanted to say thank you for doing and filming and posting the Still Alive video – awesome stuff.

  2. I direct choirs here at my middle school and am wondering if the arrangement of “Still alive” is available for purchase? We end the year with a pops concert and I think this would be a great piece for my 6th grade choir. Thanks!

    • I am excited to hear that you are considering doing “Still Alive.” I have to say that I am not comfortable disseminating the score I created. YouTube has a license that should cover the public performance aspect of what we did, but I that wouldn’t cover me for the print music. I will tell you what I did. The accompaniment is extremely simple to figure out, just arpeggios. I gave the electric violin part to the voices to create the harmony that doesn’t already exist in the vocal parts. I gave a recording to my guitarist, bassist and drummer and they learned it from there. Jonathan Colton doesn’t own the copyright, Valve does and I believe it is covered by BMI. Good luck and let us know when you put up a video. Portal 2 is coming out next year. Releasing your video a couple weeks before it’s release could get you a lot of views.

  3. Hello I see on youtube that you want to translate some brazilian musics ? I am Brazilian from são paulo if you want to I may help you.
    thanks wait your response by e-mail!

  4. Hi!
    I am a music teacher in NC. Just wanted to know where you obtained the Trololo music and orchestrations from. I have looked all over the internet with no luck.

    Thanks in advance

  5. Is it okay to place part of this on my site if perhaps I publish a reference point to this web site?

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