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Articles

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Resources

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 201. This issue provides insight into the music of Stephen Chatman, internationally known Canadian composer and teacher. Graeme Langager gives us a complete listing of Chatman's published and unpublished choral compositions. Read more

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Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 200. A thorough and definitive compilation of resources in Renaissance and Baroque performance practice spanning, approximately, the past 70 years. This issue provides a broad yet in-depth overview of the manifold issues faced by choral conductors in preparing performances of music from these time periods. Read more

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Chorus America Staff | Research/Data

American Choral Review 53.2 Read more

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Singer Evaluation Form

Singer Evaluation Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this form to evaluate your singers during auditions. Includes range, sight-reading, and vocal quality measures. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

This sample contract provides a template as you incorporate a partnership with an orchestra. Read more

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Events

Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... |

From Chaos through to Sing the Lord, this grand oratorio tells the dramatic story of Creation, with text taken from Genesis, the Book of Psalms and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Full Choir, orchestra and fabulous guest soloists will fill Koerner Hall with the drama and intensity of Haydn’s masterpiece. Read more

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Misatango: A Tango Mass from Buenos Aires

Misatango: A Tango Mass from Buenos Aires

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Conducting, Education, Performance, Singing

DCINY presents the 20th anniversary of Misatango, in an evening combining the rhythm and melodic design of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin choral mass. Martin Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango) features a chorus of singers from Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and the Netherlands, as well as soloists from around the globe. Richard Nickerson and Robert Westerberg conduct the Maine Festival Chorus. Read more

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Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Cleveland, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.  This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, guaranteed to make life more harmonious. Read more

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Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.  This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, guaranteed to make life more harmonious! Read more

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Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.  This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, guaranteed to make life more harmonious! Read more

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Life Passages

Life Passages

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Young Women's Chorus sings about passages in a woman's life including childhood, leaving home, marriage, childbirth and aging. The featured work is the world premiere of a commissioned set of songs on poetry of Sara Teasdale written by Karen P. Thomas. Other selections include music by Bergman, Ligeti, Rautavaara and others, as well as folksongs and spirituals. Read more

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Life Passages

Life Passages

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Young Women's Chorus sings about passages in a woman's life including childhood, leaving home, marriage, childbirth and aging. The featured work is the world premiere of a commissioned set of songs on poetry of Sara Teasdale written by Karen P. Thomas. Other selections include music by Bergman, Ligeti, Rautavaara and others, as well as folksongs and spirituals. Read more

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Life Passages

Life Passages

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Young Women's Chorus sings about passages in a woman's life including childhood, leaving home, marriage, childbirth and aging. The featured work is the world premiere of a commissioned set of songs on poetry of Sara Teasdale written by Karen P. Thomas. Other selections include music by Bergman, Ligeti, Rautavaara and others, as well as folksongs and spirituals. Read more

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VOCE CHAMBER SINGERS presents: AMERICAN CHORAL CLASSICS

VOCE CHAMBER SINGERS presents: AMERICAN CHORAL CLASSICS

Reston VA 20191

Joan Winter Skerritt | Performance

  VOCE CHAMBER SINGERS presents: AMERICAN CHORAL CLASSICS featuring the world premiere of a new Voce commission by DC-area composer, Stephen Caracciolo. We will also reprise some of the best of Voce’s previous commissions—a distinguished catalogue of works which have made a valuable contribution to the world of contemporary American choral music.      Read more

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Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

11269 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Venue

A TASTE OF SEASON 19 Vox performs for the community of Culver City in a free concert sponsored in part by the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission and Sony Entertainment. Enjoy selections from all 3 of our regular season concerts during this afternoon of music.  We will take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. And then we’ll sing and jam to music of rock icons: David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls and other artists. Expect a fun afternoon of music that will get your groove on! This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *$10 Suggested Donation Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Conductors, do you let your singers ask questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons? Read more

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