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Roger Ames

Living in: United States

Roger Ames was born in Cooperstown, New York, the son of a self-taught church organist and first-grade teacher (his free pass to play the organ as a teenager). This and undoubtedly his mother's 42 years as a teacher helped define his passionate love for creating music as well as teaching and conducting it.

He has written numerous large works, both sacred and secular. His Requiem for Our Time, using the poetry of Anne Sexton, has been performed both in the United States and abroad, and received its New England premiere by the Boston Chorus Pro Musica in November of 2007. It was recently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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James Jordan, Roger Ames : Evoking Sound: The Choral Warm-Up Modal Exercises  : Songbook : James Jordan : G-6912

James Jordan, Roger Ames : Evoking Sound: The Choral Warm-Up Modal Exercises

In response to the success of The Choral Warm-Up: Core Vocal Exercises, teachers and conductors have been requesting more exercises to expand the modal breadth of the series. Choir directors will find these exercises to be a key component in their quest to improve the musicianship and vocalism of their singers.

Songlist: Aeolian Scale, Dorian Legato, Dorian Martellato, Dorian 4, Dorian Scale, Lydian 2, Lydian 3, Lydian 4, Lydian 5, Lydian Scale, Mixolydian, Mixolydian 4, Mixolydian Scale, Phrygian 1, Phrygian 2, Phrygian 2 Round, Phrygian 4, Phrygian Scale, Aeolian Range Extension, Dorian Range Extension, Lydian Range Extension, Mixolydian Range Extension, Phrygian Range Extension

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6472b | Songbook | $24.95


Roger Ames : Accompanied Model Canons for Choirs : Songbook & 1 CD : G-7145

Roger Ames : Accompanied Model Canons for Choirs

This addition to the successful Choral Warm-Up series provides one of the most important tools in teaching elements of choral intonation: canons. By singing canons, the ensemble can develop listening skills that revolve around "listening to everyone but themselves." These modal canons by Roger Ames extend that listening skill even further by adding harmonically supportive and enriching accompaniments. The Conductor's Edition provides teaching objectives and simple piano accompaniments for the eleven exercises. The introduction by James Jordan includes valuable information on how to use this material to begin musicianship training. The included companion CD contains the piano accompaniments only, providing great flexibility in using these exercises in both group rehearsal and individual study. Choir directors who want to improve the musicianship, vocal skills, and tuning of their singers will find these modal canons to be an outstanding addition to their library of warm-ups. Roger Ames is music director of the Composer Librettist Studio at New Dramatists (New York City); director of composition, theory, and vocal music at Great Neck North High School (New York); and music director of Pantomonium, Inc. (also in New York City).

Songlist: Legato, High, forward singing in the lower register, Leaps, Register consistency, Upward leaps, Martellato, Learning to re-sing vowels, Central elements of diction, Shaping musical ideas, Maintaining a high second scale degree, Building round vocal sounds, Downward leaps, Exercises

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8741b | Songbook & 1 CD | $24.95


Individual Folios

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Annie Laurie - Danny Boy : SSATTBB : Roger Ames : William Douglas : Songbook & 1 CD : GIA8372 : 785147837206

Roger Ames : Annie Laurie - Danny Boy

Performance features the Walt Whitman Voices; Steven Altinel, conductor

Composer: William Douglas

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Voicing: SSATTBB | Sheet Music | Piano


Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace : SSATBB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA5926 : 785147592600

Roger Ames : Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace

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Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace - SSAA edition : SSAA : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA7198 : 785147719809

Roger Ames : Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace - SSAA edition

A serious choral work for women's chorus, dedicated to the children of the victims of 9/11. After the second stanza, a chorale-like Kyrie eleison section is introduced and is then juxtaposed with the tune on stanza 3, sung by the mezzo-soprano soloist. The work continues to develop in skillful ways that crescendo through ff alleluias, eventually diminishing to a pp "Was lost, but now I'm found." Serious concert material.

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | Piano


Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace - TTBB edition : TTBB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA8542 : 785147854203

Roger Ames : Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace - TTBB edition

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Come, O Christ : SATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6235 : 785147623502

Roger Ames : Come, O Christ

This plea for Christ to come into our lives moves along with a fair amount of unison singing that nonetheless requires careful attention to phrasing and nuance. It expands into two parts in octaves (ST/AB), building into an SATB f then ff, finally tapering off into a four-part canon that fades into a ppp ending. A fairly easy piece that requires a disciplined choir.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | Organ


Go Down, Moses : SATB divisi : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA8587 : 785147858706

Roger Ames : Go Down, Moses

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Love's Gift - SATB edition : SATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6234 : 785147623403

Roger Ames : Love's Gift - SATB edition

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Love's Gift - TTBB edition : TTBB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA8389 : 785147838906

Roger Ames : Love's Gift - TTBB edition

Hear an amazing performance of Roger Ames's "Love's Gift" here.

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | Piano


Old Dan Tucker Meets Cindy : SSATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6489 : 785147648901

Roger Ames : Old Dan Tucker Meets Cindy

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | Reduction


Pick a Bale O' Cotton : SATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : 08763932 : 728215028557

Roger Ames : Pick a Bale O' Cotton

For the medium adult choir, this fun and spirited traditional folk tune is a great addition to your choir's repertoire. They are guaranteed to have fun with this one from our James Jordan Choral Series.

Country: American Folk

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.45 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08763932


Polish Carol (W'zlobie Lezy) : SATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : 08763929 : 728215028526

Roger Ames : Polish Carol (W'zlobie Lezy)

Arranged by Roger Ames for the James Jordan Choral Series, this lovely carol has a pronunciation guide for the Polish text as well as a very nice Engligh translation. Difficulty Level: Medium Middle School, High School or Easy Adult. Duration - 00:03:10.

Country: Poland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.45 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08763929


Riddle Song : SSATBB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6488 : 785147648802

Roger Ames : Riddle Song

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Voicing: SSATBB | Sheet Music | Reduction


She Moved through the Faire : SSATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6507 : 785147650704

Roger Ames : She Moved through the Faire

From the Evoking Sound Choral Series Solfege edition: Mixolydian mode. SSATB. (9-M)

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | None


Splendor in the Grass : SATB divisi : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6892 : 785147689201

Roger Ames : Splendor in the Grass

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | Piano


The Erie Canal : SSATB : Roger Ames : Sheet Music : GIA6487 : 785147648703

Roger Ames : The Erie Canal

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | Piano

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