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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution.

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Making Choruses Cool(er)

A Conversation with Deke Sharon and Josh Habermann

At the opening session of Chorus America’s 2014 Conference, conductor Josh Habermann and a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon talked about new trends in vocal music and breaking down boundaries between the classical and pop worlds.

Noteworthy: The Only A Cappella Work by an Orchestral Composer and DJ

Sirens, a series of six a cappella movements by composer Mason Bates, explores texts about things that are alluring or attractive. Ragnar Bohlin found the piece itself, particularly the fifth movement, so compelling that he knew he had to have his own chorus perform it. 

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem.

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words.

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era.

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing.

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs."

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Research Memorandum Series No. 204

This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand.

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition.

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