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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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthem, 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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Applications Are Now Being Accepted For  The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for  Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

Applications Are Now Being Accepted For The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Opera | Education

Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for a unique residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors: The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera.  Female conductors, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches and accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium are encouraged to apply for the expanded institute, now in its second year.  Although the emphasis is on women conductors on the cusp of major careers in opera, more seasoned applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors will reconvene on November 26, 2016 and run through December 11, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  This year’s institute will include two public concerts (details pending) in addition to intensive one-on-one’s, master classes, career advancement curriculum, and opportunities to conduct the highly regarded Dallas Opera Orchestra. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2016.   The institute, conceived by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, was created a year ago with initial support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation.  Since that time, it has garnered additional generous support from Linda and Mitch Hart, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the TACA Bowden & Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. Read more

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Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

83 Power St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mendels... | Performance

The TMC returns to St. Paul’s for a concert that fills the beauty of the Basilica with evocative and contemplative music. As has become tradition, the Choir will sing some works from the Choir Loft with the sound washing down over the audience, and some works from the front of the Church.   Read more

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Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival

Eugene, OR

Oregon Bach Festival | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Performance

The internationally-renowned Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) announces its 47th season of world-class concerts and musicians. 2016 promises a summer of familiar favorites, new works, and a reinvigorated love for the Festival’s eponymous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. OBF 2016 will run from June 23 through July 10 and feature more than 50 concerts, lectures, and community events. Performances and lectures will primarily be centered in Eugene, Oregon, and will delight audiences at Silva Concert Hall and Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, as well as historic Beall Concert Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

1627 Monument Ave, Richmond VA

RCSVPD | Performance

The Richmond Choral Society celebrates music from the acclaimed PBS series Downton Abbey and of the era.     Read more

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3 Trebles Festival w/Boston Children's Chorus, Princeton Girlchoir & Children's Chorus of Washington

3 Trebles Festival w/Boston Children's Chorus, Princeton Girlchoir & Children's Chorus of Washington

Washington, DC

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

“3 Trebles Festival” Concert featuring Boston Children’s Chorus, Princeton Girlchoir and Children’s Chorus of Washington’s Bel Canto, Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:30pm at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW, Washington, DC 20007. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Read more

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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Minneapolis, Minnesota

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation in April. Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn.  Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists and orchestra. In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994. A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Read more

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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Saint Paul, Minnesota

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation in April. Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn.  Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists and orchestra. In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994. A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Brahms' Requiem

Cantata Singers presents Brahms' Requiem

Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, General, Performance, Professional, Singing

Brahms’ emotional German Requiem is uniquely paired with J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 60, “O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” and Ricercar, and Anton Webern’s Five Movements for String Orchestra.  Single Tickets: $25-$69 | Discounts for students, seniors, and groups For tickets and information: www.cantatasingers.org or 617.868.5885 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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