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Articles

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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Resources

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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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

Community and Ritual in the Age of AIDS

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire

American Choral Review 54 includes an analysis of John Corigliano's work inspired by the AIDS crisis as well as reviews of summer festivals. 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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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Events

SSO to Mark Anniversaries in Performance at the UN General Assembly

SSO to Mark Anniversaries in Performance at the UN General Assembly

New York, NY

emilymt | Diversity

In one of the largest concerts ever held at the General Assembly of the United Nations, August 28 will see Maestro Long Yu assemble his Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to represent China in a musical celebration to mark 70 years since both the ending of World War Two and the establishment of the UN itself.  Read more

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Choral Concert

Choral Concert

640 Main St., Shrewsbury ,MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Songs of Hope and Consolation Read more

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Choral Concert

Choral Concert

25 Marlboro Road, (Rte 85), Southborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

ALEXANDER'S FEAST  by Handel Read more

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Choral Concert

Choral Concert

1 Ruggles St.at West Main (Rte 30), Westborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

AVM will present REQUIEM in d by Mozart and TE DEUM BY Karl Jenkins accompanied by a full orchestra.  Read more

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I Rise

I Rise

Kansas City, MO

Heartland Mens ... | Performance

Celebrate this milestone anniversary with Heartland Men’s Chorus, as we present unforgettable music—and special guests—from our 30-year history. You’ll be transported by songs of inspiration and hope, including the world premiere of a new commission by composer Mark Hayes based on the life and work of Maya Angelou. Read more

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Perfect Pitch

Perfect Pitch

Kansas City, MO

Heartland Mens ... | Performance

With a little less piano and a whole lot of heart, we bring you a (mostly) a cappella concert celebrating the power of the human voice! With aca-awesome music made popular by groups like Pentatonix and in the movie Pitch Perfect, you’ll be wowed by this high-energy pops concert. Special guests include Kansas City beatboxer, Luke Harbur, and KC A Cappella, Kansas City’s high school a cappella ensemble. Read more

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Kansas City Christmas

Kansas City Christmas

Kansas City, MO

Heartland Mens ... | Performance

Join Heartland Men’s Chorus for Kansas City’s non-traditional holiday tradition! We’ll wrap you up in a cozy Christmas sweater and warm your heart with soulful and sassy music of the season, includingLoving, Tender, Present, a new commission about family and the holidays from the 1950s to today. With our mix of classic carols and merry mischief, there’s no place like home for the holidays. Read more

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OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

171-39 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Oratorio Society of Queens Fall Rehearsal Season Rehearsals start for Handel’s "Messiah" Auditions are at 7:00 pm on Mondays, September 14 and 21   The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for their new singing season. You know you love to sing…we know you sing in the shower…so, come on! Join OSQ as a member and also join them onstage and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience at our concerts! Make plans now to register for an audition! Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals that night! The OSQ rehearses every Monday evening (Fall and Spring), from 7:45 to 10:00 pm in Temple Beth Sholom (in the FSG Hall) at 172nd Street and Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale - Annual Youth Choral Festival

Susquehanna Chorale - Annual Youth Choral Festival

1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Susquehanna Cho... | Children/Youth

The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will celebrate the transformative power of song at all ages in life as it presents this year’s annual Youth Choral Festival on Sunday, Nov. 22nd, at 4 p.m. at Messiah College’s High Center. Read more

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109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

27 Memorial Dr W, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

NEW!!! SECOND AND THIRD WEEKEND IN MAY This change in dates is to accommodate the change in Lehigh's academic calendar. The third weekend overlaps with Lehigh's Alumni Reunion Weekend and we hope this will encourage alumni to attend the festival.    Festival Soloists:Agnes Zsigovics, sopranoRosa Lamoreaux, sopranoDaniel Taylor, countertenorBenjamin Butterfield, tenorWilliam Sharp, baritone Daniel Lichti, bass     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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