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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 Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

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.

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How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

Musical excellence attracts and retains excellent singers. If the choir never gets better, the best ones will find someplace else to sing. Here are seven strategies for maintaining and enhancing the quality of your chorus.

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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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When Self-Criticism Interferes with Your Potential

Anything worth doing requires playing the “inner game”—successfully navigating one’s own psychological landscape and overcoming the internal criticisms that get in the way of our best performance.

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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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