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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Resources

'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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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

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

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

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

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

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

Ten helpful guidelines to help establish a healthy annual performance review process for the music director of your chorus. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

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

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Recruitment, Strategic Planning

A founder transition requires strong leadership from the board. Is your board ready? Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

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

Questions to answer as you begin a founding music director transition. Read more

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The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 198 Read more

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Events

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Washington, DC

Chorworks | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

BACHS’ MOTETS - Music by the Bach Family Come and Sing Music by Members of the Bach Family! A great opportunity to sing, hear and learn more about the music of Johann Sebastian’s forbears and relatives! Music by:  Johann Bach Joh. Christoph Bach Joh. Michael Bach Joh. Ludwig Bach Joh. Sebastian Bach Study & Sing with Chorworks Faculty: Philip Cave Sally Dunkley Rosa Lamoreaux Brian Ming Chu Read more

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Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Washington, DC

Chorworks | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

BACHS’ MOTETS - Music by the Bach Family Come and Sing Music by Members of the Bach Family! A great opportunity to sing, hear and learn more about the music of Johann Sebastian’s forbears and relatives! Music by:  Johann Bach Joh. Christoph Bach Joh. Michael Bach Joh. Ludwig Bach Joh. Sebastian Bach Study & Sing with Chorworks Faculty: Philip Cave Sally Dunkley Rosa Lamoreaux Brian Ming Chu Read more

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Fairfield County Chorale presents Americana

Fairfield County Chorale presents Americana

Norwalk, CT

FCC | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing

Join the FCC for a concert of American choral music, both a cappella and with piano, featuring selections by Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, Moses Hogan and Connecticut’s own Charles Ives, as well as music from choral traditions such as spirituals and shape note singing. Read more

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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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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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