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Healey Willan's Missa Brevis Settings for St. Mary Magdalene

American Choral Review 51.1

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Where You Lead, They Will Follow

An Interview with Sir David Willcocks

Famed conductor Sir David Willcocks speaks about his special love of choral singing and of choral singers through his experience as director of music at King's College, Cambridge and of the Royal College of Music's Bach Choir.

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He Changed Choral Music in Canada

Chronicling Elmer Iseler's Impact

Ten years after his death, a new book about conductor Elmer Iseler examines his legacy on choral music not just in Canada but throughout the choral music field.

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The Choral Music of Harry Somers and Harry Freedman

Research Memorandum Series No. 194

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Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Performances of Verdi's Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp inspire a present-day concert drama that explores the profround relationship between music and its performers.

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The Letter Every Singer Wants to Receive

I don't know about you, but I have received at least one letter telling me that, no, I would not be singing in the chorus next year. So it was a great balm to read this post-audition letter from the late great choral director Robert Shaw to the members of one of his early choral groups, The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

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Why People Who Hate Choral Music Love Carmina Burana

Conductor Tom Hall on Why Its So Exciting

Since its premiere in 1937, Carl Orff's bawdy rollick through the fields and swamps of Love, Lust, and Booze has commanded the kind of following that rock bands dream of. Among the zipped up, stiffly starched giants of the choral repertoire, Carmina Burana is the bad girl who can't seem to keep her blouse buttoned.

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Johannes Eccard and the Late Sixteenth-Century German Partsong

American Choral Review 50.2

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Choral Masterworks: Is Any One Version "The Best"?

Choral conductor Tom Hall pulls back the veil on several well-loved choral works in this interview.

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Richard Westenburg: An Appreciation

Richard Westenburg, the founder of New York's famed chorus and orchestra, Musica Sacra, died of colon cancer on February 20, 2008. Westenburg had been an important fixture on the New York scene for more than 40 years.

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