Jim Arns, Master Director 700

Master 700 Director

Jim Arns has directed the Melodeers Chorus since 1988, and is one of an elite group of directors to receive the Master Director 700, created in 2009 by Sweet Adelines International to honor musical directors whose choruses score 700 points or more (out of a possible 800) in Regional Competitions.


In a recent article in The Pitch Pipe, the official magazine of Sweet Adelines International, Jim described his philosophy regarding the chorus: “As I prepare every week for rehearsal, I want each chorus member to have an intense, rewarding and fun experience. We gather each week to make the best barbershop sound we can, using and building our vocal skills, and having artistic abandon in making the printed page of music come alive through musicianship and showmanship. I want each Melodeer to experience Wednesday night as the highlight of their week.” Jim also serves as principal arranger for all Melodeers repertoire, including those featured on their recordings.

Jim has shaped the Melodeers trademark rich harmonies and distinctly energetic sound by setting a high musical standard at each weekly rehearsal, always challenging members to improve. He is never satisfied with one good run-through of a song. If they sing it well, energetically, emotionally, Jim always asks them to sing it again—even better. Learning to be better singers is a never-ending process in which each member is encouraged to reach higher.

In addition to directing the Melodeers, Jim enjoys an international reputation as a clinician, vocal coach, and music arranger. Although he serves as faculty at numerous regional and international symposia and travels extensively nearly every week of the year, he is “at home” each week to rehearse the Melodeers.

Jim Arns earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Benedictine University, and a Masters degree in Music from Northwestern University.

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Arrangements by Jim Arns

To order Jim's arrangements through SAI, direct your questions to the Sweet Adelines International Sales Department at [email protected] or call (877) 545-5441 toll free inside the U.S./Canada or 918.622.1444 outside US/Canada.

Sweet Adelines International Mailing Address:
PO Box 470168
Tulsa, OK 74147

To order Jim's arrangements through the Barbershop Harmony Society, visit www.harmonymarketplace.com and look under Music and Accessories or call 1-800-876-7464, ext. 8410.


Title

Purchase Via

All By Myself (medley)

SAI

Batman Theme

SAI

Big Bad Bill

SAI

Big Girls Don't Cry

SAI

Billy-A-Dick

SAI

Birdland

SAI

Consider Yourself

BHS

Deep Purple

BHS

Don't Tell Me the Same Things Over Again Medley

SAI

Elmer's Tune

SAI

Everymelodeers.com Needs Somemelodeers.com to Love

SAI

Fever

SAI

For Sentimental Reasons

SAI

From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye

SAI

Frosty The Snowman

SAI

Hannukah Medley

BHS

Heartache Tonight

SAI

Holding Out for a Hero

SAI

Hooked on a Feeling

SAI

How Many Hearts Have Your Broken

SAI

I Got You, Babe Medley (70's Medley)

SAI

I Remember You

SAI

I Wanna Come Back as a Man

SAI

I Wanna Talk About Me

SAI

In My Life

SAI 

In the Still of the Night (I Remember)

SAI

Indiana Medley

BHS

It's All Over Now/Who's Sorry Now Medley

BHS

It's Not Where You Start It's Where You Finish

BHS

It's My Song

SAI

It's Your Song

SAI

Jeopardy Theme

BHS

Laura

SAI

Like an Eagle

SAI

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

SAI

Lulu's Back in Town

SAI

Mack the Knife

SAI

Mamma Goes Where Papa Goes

SAI

Mighty Mouse

SAI

Oh, How I Miss You Tonight

SAI

Papa Oom Mow Mow

SAI

Red Hot Henry Brown

SAI

Rocky Top

SAI

Route Sixty Six

SAI

Saturday in the Park

SAI

Shambala

SAI

There's A Hero

SAI

They Long to Be Close to You

SAI

This is the Moment

SAI

Time After Time

SAI

Underdog Theme

SAI

We Are One

SAI

We Go Together Medley

SAI

You Keep Coming Back Like a Song

SAI

You Made Me Love You

SAI

 

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Northbrook, IL 60065

Phone: (708) 522-6600
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