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Articles

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Resources

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

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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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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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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Events

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Awards, Fundraising, Performance

The Collegiate Chorale will hold its Spring Benefit, featuring the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2015. The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum. The performance will commence at 7:00pm in the Stern Auditorium, with a seated dinner and dessert with the artists in the Rohatyn Room immediately following the concert. A live auction with a few select items will follow the dinner, led by Steve Rosen. All net proceeds will go toward The Chorale’s artistic and education initiatives. Dress is festive. Benefit tickets are $500 - $1,500, and tables are $5,000 - $15,000. Details are available at collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events. For more information, please contact Selena Lavonier at slavonier@collegiatechorale.org or 646.435.9052.   Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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The Collegiate Chorale announces that Eli Tokash will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.   The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s epic 1937 stage spectacle, The Eternal Road, led by Tony Award-winning conductor/director Ted Sperling and featuring a cast of world-renowned singers, a 200-voice chorus, and symphony orchestra.   Like the original stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament. As the congregation awaits their fate, a 13-year old boy appears who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage or faith. The Rabbi enlightens him and gives the community strength by recounting the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah, and more, all of which come alive through Weill’s magnificent musical score. The young boy listens to the stories unfold and emerges as the new hope for his people.   The concert will feature Eli Tokash, Ron Rifkin, Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins, with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  Video Projections by Wendall Harrington and Lighting Design by Frances Aronson.   The May 7 performance will feature a special pre-concert talk at 6pm, presented in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Artistic Director Ted Sperling talks with Ed Harsh, adapter of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise, about the background, historical context, and glorious musical content of this piece.   Both performances of The Road of Promise will be recorded live at Carnegie Hall for release on the Parma/Navona Records label, distributed by Naxos Records.   The Road of Promise performances are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.  The Road of Promise performances have also received endorsement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Collegiate Chorale’s 2015 Spring Benefit Honoree.     Eli Tokash recently appeared as Theo in the Broadway Revival of Pippin. He previously performed in the national tour and Madison Square Garden production of A Christmas Story as Ralphie Parker and the national tour of Mary Poppins as Michael Banks. On television, he can currently be seen recurring as Young Abe on ABC's "Forever." Other film and TV credits include "Blood Ties," "I Love You, But I Lied," and "Undaunted." Workshops and readings: "A Moment in Time" and "The Greatest Showman on Earth" with Hugh Jackman. Aside from his love of performing, Eli's other passions include football and hockey. Special thank you to CESD and Mara Entertainment. Love to Dad, Mom, Tessie and Zak. Read more

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Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Tustin

Meistersingers | Performance

Few things have the power to kindle passions and enliven the senses like the precious rose. Now whether it is a lily, a daisy, orchids or sunflowers, no other object has inspired poets and lovers quite like the "bloom of spring".  Some of choral music's most beautiful melodies and poetry will be presented with Eric Whitacre's, Three Flower Songs, Lauridsen's, Le Chanson de Roses, Mulholland's, O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose and Bernstein's, Make Our Garden Grow. For a night of beautiful prose and even more gorgeous harmonies, don't miss this concert! Read more

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The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

Philadelphia, PA

Michael Martin Mills | Performance

After 43 years, The Philadelphia Singers is closing down. The Farewell Concert is the last opportunity to hear this proclaimed ensemble in concert. Read more

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 I Will Arise...

I Will Arise...

1200 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Ancora | Performance

Seattle-based women’s choir Ancora presents traditional and contemporary songs of the British Isles. Works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Daley, Szymko, Whitacre and more. Read more

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Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

11269 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

When unleashed, the voices and experiences of women have the power to change the world.  Music is as much personal as it is universal.  It can inspire you to action, move you to tears or make you sit up and take notice.  Vox will perform our favorite songs from each of our three season concerts this year. Join us and experience the power for yourself! Featuring selections from Music: A Mirror of Our Humanity, Forbidden Voices and Side by Side by Sondheim, this will be a lovely Sunday afternoon concert in one of our favorite Westside venues. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event is FREE, but please RSVP as space is limited! This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with Support from Sony Pictures Entertainment Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Childrens Book Section

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  Members of the Rhinebeck Choral Club will be giving a free performance at Barnes and Noble in Kingston, NY Rt 9 w.  The Address is 1177 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401   The date is  4/23/2015 between 7 pm and 8 pm    For information phone Donna:  (518)  537-2884 Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

New York, New York

emilymt | Performance

The Collegiate Chorale announces that Ron Rifkin will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.  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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