Snowforms

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Join our STN ICE choir for the rare opportunity to sing SNOWFORMS by R Murray Schafer – one of Canada’s most innovative choral compositions.

Our SNOWFORMS project for SATB voices is the second video project of STN ICE – a new choir in the STN family, formed in September 2021 to explore some of Canada’s most exciting and unusual choral music.

All singers are welcome to take part in our project on this mesmerizing composition.

Follow the links below to learn more about the piece and our project.

How does snow sound when you sing it? Join SNOWFORMS and find out.

Fee includes your score, live weekly zoom rehearsals, field trip, and workshops, and a full set of materials to help you learn your part. 

Starts February 5, 2022

SNOWFORMS

Snowforms is a fully graphic score, written originally for children's choir in 1983.

New SATB Version

Through special permission kindly granted from the publisher Arcana Editions, STN Ice will be singing a new performance of the piece for SATB chorus, with sopranos and tenors doubling the upper parts and altos and basses doubling the lower part.

In some parts of our rendition all voices will sing together, while in others we will be mixing or separating voices to create special sonic effects.

SNOWFORMS Exploration & Video Performance

Led by STN ICE conductor Kathryn Whitney, of Snowforms project will take our choristers through a series of exploratory workshop/rehearsals themed around sectionals of the piece, our personal experience of snow, and modes of vocal response.

Our project will result in a virtual choir video in which our STN ICE choristers will contributing audio files with some video elements.

How will it work?

We provide four sets of learning materials to help you learn SNOWFORMS: full-choir and sectional rehearsals, exploratory vocal workshops, reading material, and clear backing tracks to help you learn your part.

At the end of the project, our singers will be recording the piece in sections that correspond to our workshop topics. Singers are welcome to submit recordings for the whole piece or for just one or more sections.

We will also be asking our choristers to submit videos of their own local experience of snow, which will be incorporated into our video.

Meet R. Murray Schafer

R. Murray Schafer was one of the most innovative and influential Canadian composers of his generation. Known throughout the world for his exploratory, challenging, and beautiful works, he was a champion of music as a sonic art, dedicating his professional life to creating a large body of works exploring sound, sound production, sonic experience, and musical expression in all its forms.

Expelled from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 1955 for insubordination, Schafer went on to become one of Canada's most prolific and decorated composers. Recipient of the Canadian Music Council Medial, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Prix Honneger, the Glenn Gould Prize, the Molson Prize, the Louis Applebaum Composer's Award, the Governer General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and numerous honorary doctorates, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2013.

We hope you will join STN Ice for the rare opportunity to sing one of R Murray Schafer's most delicate and beautiful pieces - SNOWFORMS.

Virtual Field Trip

Boreal Forest

As part of our SNOWFORMS project, the choristers of STN Ice will be travelling on the STN Virtual Choir Tour Bus to a remote region of Canada to learn more about the powerful mystery of snow.

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