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Articles

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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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

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

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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

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

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

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. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Resources

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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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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Events

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ. Read more

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Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ.Repertoire will include pieces by Karen P. Thomas, Sheila Bristow,Henning Sommerro, and more. Vuelie will feature the ensembles singing together on Eric William Barnum's new work, 'Heaven Full of Stars' - and the famous Eatnemen Vuelie (as featured in 'Frozen').  Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Oak Park, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

  The songs of the Fab Four are now part of our great treasury of popular music, and we’ll bring a dynamic a cappella take to these timeless classics. Multi-talented musician Paul Langford, known for his work in both classical and pop fields, serves as guest music director. Celebrate the 75th birth year of John Lennon with this irresistible program of Beatles favorites. Read more

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Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre"

Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre"

Lakeville, CT

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The Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and a Basso Continuo ensemble of period instrument players from New York and Boston will perform sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Demantius and Eric Whitacre. Read more

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Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre

Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Composing/Commissioning

The Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and a Basso Continuo group of period instrument players from Boston and New York will perform sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Demantius and Eric Whitacre for Crescendo's spring concert program.  Read more

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Wichita Chamber Chorale presents Haydn's Creation

Wichita Chamber Chorale presents Haydn's Creation

Wichita KS

Wichita Chamber... | Performance

With a libretto based on passages from Genesis, Psalms, and Paradise Lost, Franz Joseph Haydn's epic oratorio is among his most inspired works. Only toward the end of his life did Haydn have the opportunity to witness Handel's Messiah  - and Haydn then confessed that he had never before known the full power of what music could be. The Creation was a result of Haydn's epiphany - and became an instant sensation in 1798. Soloists are Lily Guerrero, Randolph Lacy, and Charles Turley. John Harrison is Concertmaster, and Dr Mark Bartel is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale.  Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

410 South Atlantic Ave. Beach Haven NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. 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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