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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

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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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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

What Cheer!

What Cheer!

634 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Coro Vocati | Audiences

Join us for our holiday concert What Cheer! hosted by the concert series at All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta.  Read more

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Family-Friendly Holiday Concert with Schola Cantorum

Family-Friendly Holiday Concert with Schola Cantorum

Mountain View, CA

Mary Powell | Performance

Ring in the season with Schola Cantorum as they sing carols and lullabies, featuring virtuoso harp soloist Dan Levitan, in their holiday concert, “Christmas Angels,” on Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.    Read more

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Christmas at The Paramount - The Oratorio Society of Virginia

Christmas at The Paramount - The Oratorio Society of Virginia

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Virginia celebrates 50 years with Handel's Christmas Messiah in two festive concerts. Read more

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23rd Annual Toy-ful Celebration Concert at the Glenview Community Church

23rd Annual Toy-ful Celebration Concert at the Glenview Community Church

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Come join us for the 23rd annual “A Toy-Ful Celebration Holiday Concert!”  to benefit the  U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Read more

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Holiday Baroque

Holiday Baroque

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Ring in the holidays with the Fairfield County Chorale. The joyful and festive program features Handel's Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi's Gloria, as well as Baroque favorites by Handel and Bach. Then, in what has fast become a popular FCC tradition, the audience is invited to sing along with the Chorale to a selection of carols and other holiday favorites. Read more

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus Winter Concert Spotlights Works By Vivaldi, Britten, Handel, Holst and Others

Los Angeles Children's Chorus Winter Concert Spotlights Works By Vivaldi, Britten, Handel, Holst and Others

585 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101

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Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Performance

Celebrate the peace, drama and joy of the season with beautiful choral music featuring organ, piano, harp, flute & percussion.  Perfect for the whole family!     Read more

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The Floor of Heaven: Scenes from a Merchant and Songs from his Venice: Featuring music of Campion, Dowland, Pilkington, Monteverdi, and Salomone Rossi

The Floor of Heaven: Scenes from a Merchant and Songs from his Venice: Featuring music of Campion, Dowland, Pilkington, Monteverdi, and Salomone Rossi

647 Columbus Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets, New York, NY 10025

salonsanctuary | Performance

Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is poised between two Empires – The Sceptered Isle and La Serenissima. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Venetian ghetto, The Floor of Heaven interweaves moments from Shakespeare's complex and revolutionary text with the play's original music and songs from the English-Venetian soundscape that Shakespeare's characters would have played and heard. Featuring music of Campion, Dowland, Pilkington, Monteverdi, and Salomone Rossi.   Acclaimed musicians soprano Jessica Gould, countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, educated at Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music, collaborate with a cast of noted actors, and directors Erica Gould and Deborah Houston to create a dynamic reflection on Shylock's Venice. Script adaptation by Erica Gould. Read more

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MasterVoices announces the release of the world premiere recording of The Road of Promise on Navona Records

MasterVoices announces the release of the world premiere recording of The Road of Promise on Navona Records

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Singing

  MasterVoices announces the release of the world premiere recording of The Road of Promise on Navona Records881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019 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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