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Articles

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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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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Resources

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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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

Chorus America Staff |

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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Events

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk. Read more

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Thomanerchor    Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Thomanerchor Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Bethlehem, PA

Renee James | Children/Youth, Families, Fundraising, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

THOMANERCHOR - an extraordinary event you won't want to miss! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 4pm • Central Moravian Church 6pm • Benefactor Cocktails, Dinner & Auction Saucon Valley Country Club   Read more

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Summer of Light: The Transcendental Choral Music of Verdi, Whitacre, Gjeilo & Esenvalds

Summer of Light: The Transcendental Choral Music of Verdi, Whitacre, Gjeilo & Esenvalds

3321 16th Street at Dolores, San Francisco, CA 94114

Helene Whitson | Performance

This Summer 2017, we invite you to join us as we share a Summer of Light, a summer of peace, love and harmony expressed through the transcendental music of the incomparable Giuseppi Verdi, as well as contemporary composers Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, and Eriks Esenvalds. Read more

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LACC Summer Schedule Includes Two International Tours and Free Send-Off Concert July 17

LACC Summer Schedule Includes Two International Tours and Free Send-Off Concert July 17

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

Los Angeles Children's Chorus Summer Schedule Includes Two International Tours and Free Send-Off Concert   Young Men’s Ensemble Is Currently in Southern Hemisphere on 14-Day Tour to Australia and New Zealand; Concert Choir Launches 7-Day Tour to British Columbia in July with Free Send-Off Concert Monday, July 17, 2017, 7 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church Read more

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800-Year-Old Spanish Boychoir Escolania de Montserrat Makes LA Debut

800-Year-Old Spanish Boychoir Escolania de Montserrat Makes LA Debut

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Performance

Spain’s Premier Boychoir, Escolania De Montserrat, Founded in 13th Century and Considered One of Europe’s Oldest Boychoirs and Music Schools, Makes Southern California Debut in Free Concert Presented by Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC)     Concert Marks 800-Year-Old Choir’s Final Stop on U.S. Tour, which also Includes Appearances in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, and Features Works that Span the Ages by Victoria,  Schubert, Civil, Albert Guinovart, Bernat Vivancos and Others Read more

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All Beethoven

All Beethoven

Philadelphia, PA

Chamber Orch of... | Performance

Piano virtuosity, jaw-dropping technique, and passion collide in an unforgettable evening of All Beethoven. This will be a captivating evening of improvisations on works such as Für Elise alongside the debut of pianist Charlie Albright and Curtis trained conductor, Sarah Ioannides. Read more

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Haydn & Goldenthal

Haydn & Goldenthal

Philadelphia, PA

Chamber Orch of... | Performance

Combining the classical and the contemporary, experience the love, passion, and artistry with improvised cadenzas on the beloved Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Don’t miss Oscar award winning composer Elliot Goldenthal’s world premiere of his new concerto for trumpet.  Read more

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Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Mas... | Performance

"Jubilate Deo!" (O Be Joyful in the Lord!) by Dan Forrest "Songs of Celebration by Paul Basler Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and Joseph Jacovino on piano. Joined by soprano soloist Louise Fauteux www.cmchorale.org Read more

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Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert

Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Mas... | Performance

Annual Holiday Prelude Concert www.cmchorale.org Read more

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Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Katy, TX 77449

Houston Choral ... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Schools, Singing

The British International School of Houston’s Accents Choir and soloists will make a guest appearance at the June 9 “Let The Sunshine In” performance by Houston Choral Showcase (HCS), an adult show choir. The June 9 show (and a similar performance by HCS alone on June 10) will feature show tunes, classic pop favorites, jazz pieces, new arrangements of contemporary hits, and other fun surprises. 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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