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Articles

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Chorus America’s Noteworthy web series highlights choral repertoire that may not be familiar to you—yet. Each month, a different conductor, music director, or other artistic professional recommends a piece of music that hasn't been widely noticed, but in his or her opinion, deserves to be heard. Read more

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process. Read more

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Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Watch these videos to see how various song leaders lead a community sing. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Dominick DiOrio is one of the youngest people ever to be hired on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He leads the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a 30-member auditioned ensemble that specializes in music of the last 50 years. Chorus America talked to DiOrio about his own compositions and his passion for finding and performing the music of contemporary composers. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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 “Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

“Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

Viral Video Shines New Light on Choral Music

Lauren Rosenthal | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Rehearsal, Singing

If you’ve been on the internet during the past month, you’ve probably seen the quirky viral video of a chorus and orchestra covering the popular, can’t-get-it-out-of-your head song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. There are hundreds of other videos online covering the song, ranging from topics like NFL replacement referees to the United States Olympic swim team, so what makes this one so special? With more than two million hits and counting on YouTube, mentions in newspapers around the country, and even a featured performance on the Today Show, who knew choral music could go so viral? Read more

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A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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The Art of Setting Text

The Art of Setting Text

A Conversation with Libby Larsen and Dale Warland

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Technique/Tool

A renowned composer and choral artist discuss the challenges of choosing and setting texts—what every composer, conductor, and chorus seeking to commission a new choral work should know. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Preserving and Performing African-American Music

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Choral conductor and composer/arranger Roland Carter has a passion for finding and performing the rich array of choral music from the African-American tradition. While at the 2012 Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Chorus America talked with Carter about his life and work.  Read more

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Resources

Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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The Dale Warland Singers

The Dale Warland Singers

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Research Memorandum Series No. 205 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series highlights the achievements of one of America’s premiere choral ensembles, the Dale Warland Singers. It demonstrates the ways that Warland crafted a choral concert program and incorporated new compositions and arrangements. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

Research Memorandum Series No. 204 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

Community and Ritual in the Age of AIDS

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire

American Choral Review 54 includes an analysis of John Corigliano's work inspired by the AIDS crisis as well as reviews of summer festivals. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Events

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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Sea to Shining Sea: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks

Sea to Shining Sea: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks

Sun City, AZ

yvonne dolby | Performance

Join us for a musical and visual journey through our National Parks…no camping gear required! ProMusica Arizona is proud to salute and collaborate with the National Park Service to pay tribute to America’s awesome National Parks in its season finale, Sea to Shining Sea: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks. The family-friendly concerts feature music inspired by the majestic and varied beauty of America accompanied by stunning photos and video footage shared by the National Park Service. 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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