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Articles

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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Resources

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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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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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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Events

Quintessentially British: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Quintessentially British: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Alexandria, VA

Amanda Boundy | Adults/Seniors, Audiences

     The Fairfax Choral Society Adult Symphonic Chorus, Youth Concert Choir, & Master Singers Women with the Amadeus Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams is considered by many to have been the greatest British composer since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and prolific career, Vaughan Williams created extraordinary music of great power, nobility and expressiveness, embodying the true essence of “Englishness.”  Read more

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Bernstein and Haydn Concert to be Presented by GMChorale on May 1

Bernstein and Haydn Concert to be Presented by GMChorale on May 1

Middletown. CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 5 pm for their performance of two stirring masterpieces, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis), at The Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, CT. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.   Read more

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Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Bellevue, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night can haunt our dreams, and even our music!  Master Chorus Eastside delves into the musical worlds of the mysterious, the otherworldly, and sometimes the wacky in Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Stimulate your imagination with Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, complete with bass drum and thunder sheet, David Brunner’s lighthearted Jabberwocky, and a new work by artistic director Dr. Linda Gingrich, set to the words of the old Scottish prayer that is our theme.  “There is a genuine sense of play that runs through the music in this concert,” says Gingrich.  “We begin and end with lullabies, and everything in between is either a dream or a nightmare!  But really, an entertaining nightmare.” Read more

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Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Bellevue, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night can haunt our dreams, and even our music!  Master Chorus Eastside delves into the musical worlds of the mysterious, the otherworldly, and sometimes the wacky in Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Stimulate your imagination with Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, complete with bass drum and thunder sheet, David Brunner’s lighthearted Jabberwocky, and a new work by artistic director Dr. Linda Gingrich, set to the words of the old Scottish prayer that is our theme.  “There is a genuine sense of play that runs through the music in this concert,” says Gingrich.  “We begin and end with lullabies, and everything in between is either a dream or a nightmare!  But really, an entertaining nightmare.” Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Sings the Durufle Rquiem

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings the Durufle Rquiem

Ellicott City, MD

CPC | Audiences, Performance

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 pm, the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform the Requiem of Maurice Durufle at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City, MD.      Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

choral concert Bach Baroque composers singing Read more

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Choral Concert by St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir

Choral Concert by St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir

Los Angeles, CA

Gobsmackd | Performance

The award-winning St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir from England will be performing at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Saturday, February 13 as part of their 2016 California Choral Tour!       Read more

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Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

25 Marlborough Rd., Soutthborough, MA 01772

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Alexander's Feast by Handel with orchestra and soloists Read more

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Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Symphonic

  Conduct the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C major and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with professional choir and orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop. 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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