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“Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

Viral Video Shines New Light on Choral Music

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?

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The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

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 Graeme Langager gives us a complete listing of Chatman's published and unpublished choral compositions.

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody

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A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

DC's "dean" of choral conductors steps down and reflects on a career that spanned a half century in the U.S. capital

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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process.

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Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it.

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

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.

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Creating a Conducting Video

An Essential Part of a Conductor's Portfolio

Videos play a vital role in advancing the careers of conductors today, both as self-evaluation tools and as a way to easily showcase skills to others. We explore two types of conducting videos, the guidelines to create them, and how to use them to enhance your career.

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Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

From the sweet lyricism of Fauré to the populism of Brahms to the theatricality of Verdi, requiems remain the favorites of singers, conductors, and audiences alike. We talked with Kathy FitzGibbon, director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College and head of faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival, about the enduring appeal of requiems and the modern interpretations they have spawned.

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Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Early- and mid-career learning for choral conductors is hard to find and requires a public process that demands courage and stamina.

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