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Articles

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

Judith Malafronte | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Technology, Venue

Is this growing trend a gimmick? Or a glimpse of the future? Read more

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50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

Michael Doan | Careers, Profile

Choral conductor Robert Shafer reflects on his many experiences over the span of his 50 years in the Washington, DC choral community with choral singer and writer Michael Doan. Read more

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Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Mike Rowan | Careers, Profile

David Hagen has a deep sense of belonging to the place he was raised. “I'm just an Alaska lover,” he says. “I love the wilderness, and it's something that's a critical part of my life.” Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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Dressing Your Chorus

Dressing Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

Whether your chorus has 10 singers or 110, what those singers wear matters. The overall look should complement, not distract from, the music and communicate a certain level of seriousness, or as one choral conductor quipped, “not like you just walked in off the street.”  Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Profile

“There are so many commonalities between directing a community choir and the church music experience,” says Tom Dooling of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio.  Read more

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Resources

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the choral output of two influential Canadian composers - John Weinzwieg and John Beckwith. Although their choral output is relatively small in relation to their other output, it has had significant impact both in Canada and abroad. A brief biography of each composer is given before the listing of their choral compositions. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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

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

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

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. Read more

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The Dale Warland Singers

The Dale Warland Singers

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Research Memorandum Series No. 205 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series highlights the achievements of one of America’s premiere choral ensembles, the Dale Warland Singers. It demonstrates the ways that Warland crafted a choral concert program and incorporated new compositions and arrangements. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

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. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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Events

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Singing

Award-winning women’s choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles ends its 20th Anniversary season with a bang on June 10! With a brand new commission by composer Jocelyn Hagen, original choreography — a VOX first! — by Sarah Swenson & VOX Dance Theater, and graduates of VOX’s first Choral Scholar Program! Tickets to this fantastic season finale are on sale now! Read more

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VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise: WeHo (Free!)

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise: WeHo (Free!)

1200 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038 ​

Vox Femina Los ... | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Acclaimed women's choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles presents a free preview of the final concert of its 20th anniversary season. Featuring a dynamic new commission by Jocelyn Hagen. Bring the whole family to experience LA's premier women's chorus -- a chorus like no other! Read more

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An American Songbook

An American Songbook

Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Richmond Choral Society presents a tribute to classical American composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson and many others.       Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

DIABLO CHORAL ARTISTS presents a choral journey of Summer Travels, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rossini & Copland. Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

  DIABLO CHORAL ARTISTS presents a choral journey of Summer Travels, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rossini & Copland.  Read more

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GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

Tolland, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale Chamber Singers, comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers, will present a very special concert, “Vocal Alchemy.” Read more

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GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

Glastonbury, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

GMChorale Chamber Singers, comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers, will present a very special concert, “Vocal Alchemy.” Read more

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“How Can I Keep from Singing?” Young Women's Chorus Tour Send-off Concert

“How Can I Keep from Singing?” Young Women's Chorus Tour Send-off Concert

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... | Performance

We couldn’t ask for better ambassadors to Europe than our Young Women’s Chorus who embark this June on a concert tour to Slovenia, Austria and Hungary. Their tour send-off concert features the apt American hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and sacred and secular music from all three European countries, with works by Haydn, Schubert, Kodaly, Jez and Gyöngyösi. In addition, expect lots of Americana, including folk music, jazz and traditional spirituals. For more information email us at info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787. Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & UK's Huddersfield Choral Society joint concert to be webcast

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & UK's Huddersfield Choral Society joint concert to be webcast

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Performance

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is joined by the U.K.’s Huddersfield Choral Society for a concert of choral classics, including many works by some of the great English church composers. Enjoy the grand symphonic sound of the combined voices of these two great choirs. This concert will be webcast live on Livestream. Read more

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Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

213 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Chorale presents "Reverent Sounds in A Sacred Space" led by Artistic Director Craig Arnold and featuring members of the New York City Chamber Orchestra at the gorgeous St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, May 23 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Conductors, do you let your singers ask questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons? Read more

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