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Articles

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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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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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

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

  Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale present Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem     Read more

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Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

125 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale present Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem   Read more

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MOZART: "Great" Mass in C Minor

MOZART: "Great" Mass in C Minor

100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205

Douglas McCarroll | Audiences, Civic Engagement

  Join us on February 22, 2017 as over 200 singers fill the stage of the Tobin Center for this thrilling performance, serving as a majestic finale for the Mozart Festival. Read more

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Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Schools, Singing, Venue

Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (original Crazy For You, Show Boat, Contact, The Producers) returns to direct Gershwin’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy For You 25 years to the day from its opening night on Broadway at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on February 19, 2017 at 8:00pm. Joined by Tony award nominees Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and Laura Osnes (Cinderella), who will co-star as Bobby Child and Polly Baker for this one night only event, as well as three-time Tony Award nominee and the original Bobby Child, Harry Groener (Oklahoma!, Cats, Spamalot), who will return as the role of Bela Zangler. Comedic duo Rachel Dratch (SNL) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) will co-star as the comedic Patricia and Eugene Fodor.  Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Concert

The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Concert

184 East 76th Street, New York City

Odyssey Opera | Performance

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs turns the church into a petit Paris with an all-French program that puts the spotlight on the brilliant French Impressionists of music: Marcel Dupré, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulenc. Joined by accompanist Steven Ryan (celebrating his 20th anniversary season with Dessoff) and Dr. Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Dessoff presents a magnifique tribute to French composers and to the majesté of the organ.  Read more

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Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT

Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT

New York, NY

GFPress | Audiences, General, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Award-winning and acclaimed composer/performer Kate Soper’s new work  IPSA DIXIT,will have its NYC premierefor two nights only Friday, February 3rd and Saturday February 4th,2017 at 7:30 PM at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Education, Schools, Singing

The Chesapeake Children’s Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing. Operating as the children’s branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students in grades 2-8 with a unique choral education. Founder Krystal McCoy, and Director Carl Ellinwood have advanced degrees in music and work diligently alongside manager Tina Dronenburg to bring music education to the youth in our Tri-County area for a minimal fee. The chorus will have the opportunity to perform holiday and spring concerts, as well as take their music to Southern Maryland community stages and festivals. Read more

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ChoralArt | Springsong

ChoralArt | Springsong

156 High Street, Portland, ME 04101

Nick MacDonald | Performance, Repertoire, Singing

ChoralArt Camerata concludes the season with a program featuring works drawn from the 16th century, the glorious era of a cappella singing, and ending with the modern era. Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

cantatasingers | Performance

“The greatest soloist in Bach’s Mass is the chorus, and the Cantata Singers are virtually in a class by themselves. Their union of polish and expressivity is an ongoing wonder. Hearing them sing the majestic closing 'Dona nobis pacem' was like seeing the first rays of daylight slowly overtake the night sky, ending in a blaze of radiant sound.” -The Boston Globe, 2007 Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Performance

“The greatest soloist in Bach’s Mass is the chorus, and the Cantata Singers are virtually in a class by themselves. Their union of polish and expressivity is an ongoing wonder. Hearing them sing the majestic closing 'Dona nobis pacem' was like seeing the first rays of daylight slowly overtake the night sky, ending in a blaze of radiant sound.” -The Boston Globe, 2007 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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