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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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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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My First German Requiem

My First German Requiem

Matthew Sigman | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Symphonic

After performing the Brahms Requiem as the centerpiece of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium in mid-April, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought the work to New York for a special performance at Carnegie Hall. Music journalist Matthew Sigman attended the New York performance—which also included Jonathan Leshnoff’s newly-commissioned work Zohar—and reflects on his experience hearing the masterpiece for the first time. Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Resources

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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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

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

  Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work. Read more

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The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

E 17th St & Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114

info@quirecleve... | Performance

  Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work. Read more

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The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

44 University Ave, Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work.   Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

E 17th St & Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114

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Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

1007 Superior Ave E Cleveland OH 44114-2582

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Claudio Monteverdi was celebrated in his day for the way he portrayed expression & emotion in a revolutionary new musical style. If you love his iconic Vespers, you know how enchanting this music is!  Directed by Ross Duffin, Quire Cleveland presents a free concert, featuring the Mass of the Most Blessed Virgin, framed by brilliant madrigals, reworked into devotional masterpieces.  0 0 2016-08-26T19:31:00Z 1 80 419 Ffortissimo Design 10 5 494 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:JA;} A recent Quire performance at St. John’s Cathedral was deemed “spectacular” — you won’t want to miss this one! Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Colts Neck, NJ

Susan Metz | Performance, Repertoire

The Monmouth Civic Chorus features music from Scandanavia and the Baltic nations in its final concert offering of the season. Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Civic Engagement, Performance

The Monmouth Civic Chorus presents a concert of love songs for its February concert offering. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} Read more

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Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

North Carolina based Composer/Conductor Pepper Choplin guides the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in his newest work, “Go Sing It On The Mountain.” Choplin, full time composer, conductor and humorist has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over 250 anthems for church and school choir with 16 church cantatas and a book of piano arrangements.  Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world. This performance marks Choplins’ third appearance on the DCINY concert series. Read more

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FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

325 Park Avenue, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

The Really Big Chorus returns to New York to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.     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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