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Articles

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Commissioning Timeline

Commissioning Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Operations, Sample/Template

Commissioning a new work? Follow this two-year timeline to help plot out which steps you should take when. This timeline is appropriate for a work that does not involve complicated instrumental requirements or multiple movements. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Is your chorus ready for a founder transition? This 9-question quiz will help you determine the answer. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director. Read more

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Events

Noteworthy Women: A Celebration in Song

Noteworthy Women: A Celebration in Song

844 W. 32nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Vox performs for the community of Los Angeles in a free concert sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Enjoy selections from our Women of Note season concert as we take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *FREE PARKING across the street in the Hebrew Union College Parking Lot (Entrance on Hoover) Read more

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Lenten Reflections

Lenten Reflections

Camp Hill, PA

Harrisburg Chor... | Performance

The Harrisburg Choral Society presents music for the Lenten Season, and music from the Easter portions of Handel's Messiah. View more infromation here: https://www.harrisburgchoralsociety.org/concerts/2016-lent Read more

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¡Figaro! (90210)

¡Figaro! (90210)

New York, NY

GFPress |

Immigration reform and income equality addressed head-on in the New York stage premier of ¡Figaro! (90210), a contemporary adaptation of Mozart’s classic opera. Read more

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Quintessentially British: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Quintessentially British: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Alexandria, VA

Amanda Boundy | Adults/Seniors, Audiences

     The Fairfax Choral Society Adult Symphonic Chorus, Youth Concert Choir, & Master Singers Women with the Amadeus Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams is considered by many to have been the greatest British composer since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and prolific career, Vaughan Williams created extraordinary music of great power, nobility and expressiveness, embodying the true essence of “Englishness.”  Read more

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Bernstein and Haydn Concert to be Presented by GMChorale on May 1

Bernstein and Haydn Concert to be Presented by GMChorale on May 1

Middletown. CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 5 pm for their performance of two stirring masterpieces, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis), at The Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, CT. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.   Read more

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Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Bellevue, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night can haunt our dreams, and even our music!  Master Chorus Eastside delves into the musical worlds of the mysterious, the otherworldly, and sometimes the wacky in Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Stimulate your imagination with Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, complete with bass drum and thunder sheet, David Brunner’s lighthearted Jabberwocky, and a new work by artistic director Dr. Linda Gingrich, set to the words of the old Scottish prayer that is our theme.  “There is a genuine sense of play that runs through the music in this concert,” says Gingrich.  “We begin and end with lullabies, and everything in between is either a dream or a nightmare!  But really, an entertaining nightmare.” Read more

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Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Bellevue, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night can haunt our dreams, and even our music!  Master Chorus Eastside delves into the musical worlds of the mysterious, the otherworldly, and sometimes the wacky in Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Stimulate your imagination with Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, complete with bass drum and thunder sheet, David Brunner’s lighthearted Jabberwocky, and a new work by artistic director Dr. Linda Gingrich, set to the words of the old Scottish prayer that is our theme.  “There is a genuine sense of play that runs through the music in this concert,” says Gingrich.  “We begin and end with lullabies, and everything in between is either a dream or a nightmare!  But really, an entertaining nightmare.” Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Sings the Durufle Rquiem

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings the Durufle Rquiem

Ellicott City, MD

CPC | Audiences, Performance

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 pm, the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform the Requiem of Maurice Durufle at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City, MD.      Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

choral chorus concert Bach Baroque music singing Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

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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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