James Fankhauser


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James Fankhauser recently retired as Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia and Music Director of the Vancouver Cantata Singers. His choirs have frequently represented Canada in the BBC's International Choral Competition, where the Cantata Singers took first prize in 1981 and the University Singers took third in 1995. Also in 1995 his University Singers tied for first at the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition. Rehearsals and performances as a student with Robert Shaw and Robert Fountain secured his life-long interest in concepts such as "music-as-inevitability" and "perfect time as well as perfect pitch." Studies with John Nelson, Music Director of the Aspen Choral Institute, provided a challenging and thorough "tune-up" in the technical clarity of conducting. A degree in musicology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Fulbright Grant to study at Oxford University contributed to his sense of musical style and performance practice.

Career highlights include conducting the highly-acclaimed National Youth Choir of Canada in 1990, receiving a JUNO nomination in 1994 and winning the ACCC's 1994 "Outstanding Choral Recording" award. The summer of 2001 brought an opportunity to be one of the judges at the International Chamber Choir Competition at Marktoberdorf, Germany.

As Joseph Was A-Walking    arr. James Fankhauser
SATB    $2.35    CP 1091 
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A lovely tune, fine lyrics, arranged by a master craftsman - this is a sure winner for any Christmas concert. Provides a chance for your best soloist to shine (written for Tenor).

Risky Encores vol.1    by James Fankhauser
SATB    $2.35    CP 1040 
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A collection of folk songs arranged as encores by Jim Fankhauser for his University Choir — very suitable for non-encore use. They are fairly simple but do require a moderate amount of rehearsal to sing well. Contains: Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl; Viva Tutte Le Vezzose; On Mondays I Never Go To Work.

Risky Encores vol.2    arr. James Fankhauser
SATB    $2.50    CP 1041 
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Contains: Mrs. Murphys Chowder; Good Fish Chowder; Shootin With Rasputin

De Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy    arr. James Fankhauser
TTBB    $2.50    CP 1265 
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Calypso Style - great fun. Add percussion.  watch this Youtube video!