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Articles

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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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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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

MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit

MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit

1 E. 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

emilymt | Performance

  2017 Spring Benefit featuring Kelli O'Hara and Ted Sperling now with special guest Jason Danieley honoring Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Elaine Petschek, and Daisy Soros,Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell and Lauren Flanigan Thursday, March 30, 2017   Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Concerts:  Dvorák & Kodály

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Concerts: Dvorák & Kodály

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

Helene Whitson | Performance

This Spring 2017, we invite you join us as we share the joyous folk-inspired music of Antonin Dvorák, as well as Zoltán Kodály’s stunning Missa Brevis, a work of resilience and hope created in a time of terror.   Read more

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Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Pro Musica | Audiences, Education, Performance

Princeton Pro Musica will present a symposium on its upcoming performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.  Read more

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Honegger's King David

Honegger's King David

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Innovation, Performance

April 29, 2017  |  4 PM & 8 PMPhiladelphia Episcopal CathedralDan Kern, NarratorKiera Duffy, SopranoMaren Montalbano, Mezzo-SopranoSumner Thompson, TenorJillian Harris, ChoreographerChamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Arthur Honegger’s King David is the best oratorio you may never have heard. The young Honegger composed the score as incidental music to a play by René Morax, and quickly earned fame throughout Europe for his unique and captivating musical style blending French Impressionism, the German chorale tradition, and far-eastern influences. The oratorio follows the rise of David from shepherd to warrior to king of Israel, capturing his triumphs and losses, loves and rivalries. Its choruses rival history’s greatest oratorios for their power and beauty. Newly commissioned choreography by Jillian Harris provides a compelling dramatic element to help visualize this remarkable life story. Read more

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 ¡FIGARO! (90210)

¡FIGARO! (90210)

229 West 42nd Street. New York, NY 10036

GFPress | Performance

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MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit

MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit

New York, NY

emilymt | Audiences

MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit featuring Kelli O'Hara and Ted Sperling with special guest Danny Burstein honoring Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Elaine Petschek, and Daisy Soros,Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell and Lauren Flanigan   Thursday, March 30, 2017 Read more

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Music Academy’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Give Free Recital at National Opera Center, March 17

Music Academy’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Give Free Recital at National Opera Center, March 17

National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Ave, NYC

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Since 1997, the Music Academy of the West has proudly hosted the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, the nation’s premier competition focusing on the art of the song recital. The winners of the 2016 competition -- baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl -- embark on a four-city national recital tour this month, including New York City where they will sing at the National Opera Center on March 17. The program features music of Barber, Holst, Ireland, William Bolcom, Moses Hogan, and Matthew Aucoin. Admission is free. Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates Spring in Harlem

The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates Spring in Harlem

3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera | Singing

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 continues its 92nd season with a one-evening-only spring concert of repentance.  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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