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Choral Music on the Radio

A New Blend

Today's radio programmers are moving past the bad rap of early research and experimenting with a richer mix of choral and vocal music.

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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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What Happens After the Premiere?

To commission and premiere a new piece of music can garner a chorus and a composer media attention, industry recognition, and a concert hall full of audience members. We explore the strategies that choruses have employed to keep their programming fresh and their commissioned works evergreen.

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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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4 Techniques for Memorizing Lyrics

Having trouble getting the words to stick in your mind? Here are several strategies for succeeding at memorization.

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The Power of "With"

Choruses bring diverse people together to make beautiful music and offer us a much-needed antidote to the "i" epidemic.

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Singing in Tune

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it.

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A Chorus Guide to Getting the Right Permissions

Securing the rights to perform, commission, record, or distribute music gets more complicated with every technological advance—here are basic guidelines to keep your chorus on the right side of legal.

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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