Conducting

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

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.

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The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

Chorus America/ASCAP Award winners describe their commitment to new music and share strategies for building programs, cultivating audiences, collaborating with composers, and bringing new music to life.

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

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.

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Singing in Tune

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it.

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The Rise of the Professional Chorus

We look back on the emergence of professional choruses in North America and the role of professional singers in bringing them public acclaim.

28 American Master Choral Composers

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

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

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Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Template for Evaluating Finalists

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating conductors who have been identified as finalists during a music director search.

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

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.

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Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

A Sample from the Dessoff Choirs

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating all potential conductors during a search.

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it.

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