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Victor Searle




For more than 60 years Victor Searle served as a music educator, organist, composer-arranger, choral and instrumental conductor at universities, churches, and civic organizations throughout Japan. A native of Oklahoma, he arrived in Japan as a teenager when his father was assigned to Gen. MacArthur`s staff. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in organ and opera, Mr. Searle returned to Japan accepting an appointment as university organist, professor of music, and director of the famed male choir at North Japan University. From 1960-2002 he served the music faculty of Nihon University after finishing graduate work at Westminister in Princeton, NJ. His arrangements of African-American spirituals and Japanese folk melodies gained wide acclaim and are performed by choirs throughout Japan. He was a respected consultant for organ installation and restoration, personally renovating the historic Mistukoshi organ. His teachers and mentors include Robert Shaw, Mildred Andrews, Dame Eva Turner, Giuseppe Bentonelli, and John Finley Williamson. Additionally, he served as interpreter for Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Alan Hovhaness, Aaron Copland, and Virgil Thompson and other great musician during their visits to Japan. Mr. Searle made numerous appearances on national television and guest conducted orchestras and choruses in Japan.




Moon Over A Ruined Castle

 Moon Over A Ruined Castle 
Composer: Take Rentaro  Arranger: Victor C. Searle  Author/Lyricist: Doi Bansui 

Voicing: TTBB 
Season: general  Released: January 2006  Difficulty: medium
Sample Sound File Listen
   From the Randy Stenson Male Chorus Series comes this moving Japanese story-song. The text is provided in both Japanese and English. Told primarily by a solo tenor voice, the male chorus sound provides the accompaniment. Great for high school and college male choirs.

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  P1280 - TTBB  [buy now]

The Mountain Temple

 The Mountain Temple 
Arranger: Victor Searle 

Voicing: TTBB  Released: January 2010  Difficulty: Medium
Sample Sound File Listen
   Selected for the Randy Stenson Male Chorus Series, this Japanese children's song has been artfully arranged by veteran teacher Victor Searle. A children's song for male voices? Yes, and that is what makes it all the more fun. The ''temple'' stories are as playful as the rest of us and the arrangement makes this piece an amusing and animated delight. High school and college.

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  P1352 - TTBB  [buy now]