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Articles

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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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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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

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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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

RUSSIAN ECHOES

RUSSIAN ECHOES

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

A journey across Russian culture with music from the master Sergei Rachmaninov and excerpts from his hauntingly exquisite Vespers.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky, known as Russian Duo, move us with humor, pulsating dance music, rhythmic folk songs, gypsy melodies, and lyrical romances. Read more

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Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

305 East Capital Street Jackson, Mississippi

The Mississippi... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach

Tickets are available at www.mschorus.org Read more

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MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Singing

MasterVoices presents 27 New York Premiere By Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek Featuring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik MasterVoices Orchestra of St. Luke’s James Robinson, Director Ted Sperling, Conductor   October 20 & 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Normandal Lutheran Church (Edina); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (Mahtomedi)

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... | Performance

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The 64-voice National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – www.nlca.com - is pleased to announce its 31st concert season, beginning November 2016 through April 2017. This year’s schedule includes the choir’s cherished All Saints program (to be performed in Edina, St. Cloud, and Mahtomedi); the sacred Christmas Festival concerts in Minneapolis and St. Louis; a Choral TuneUp workshop with Dr. Lee Nelson, Director of the Wartburg College Choir; a joint concert with St. John’s Boys’ Choir; and a historical program of early Lutheran music, which will tour to Duluth andMoorhead and conclude in Minneapolis.  Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

New Britain, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4 pm for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem and motets at New Britain’s South Congregational Church. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by guest organist, Larry Allen. Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more! Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435 Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted 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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