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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Liza Beth | Careers, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the leading women in the Chorus America community to tell us about the women who inspire their work. Here are their answers. Read more

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Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

Choruses seek to foster an open, welcoming culture, but some practices can exclude and cause pain for transgender singers. Here are some steps your chorus can take to avoid them. Read more

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'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

Jill Kimball | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

For any chorus, finding the right repertoire can be an imposing task. But the process is especially difficult for community choruses. Why is the search so hard for them, how do they deal with the obstacles, and what more can be done to help these ensembles locate the music that’s right for them? Read more

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Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

In our Winter 2017-18 issue of The Voice, Chorus America spoke to conductors and publishers about how to address the challenge of finding quality repertoire for community choruses. So what are some specific pieces that these publishers and composers would recommend for these groups? We asked a wide range of publishers and composers in the field to recommend one work from their own catalogue that they felt is especially suited to community choruses. The list we compiled represents a broad spectrum of cultural traditions, orchestrations, and voicings—including links to websites for more information when available. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

How can choruses foster a more inclusive culture for transgender singers? This list of resources accompanies our article from the Winter 2017-18 issue of the Voice on welcoming transgender singers. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

In creating a chorus culture that is welcoming to transgender singers, terminology can be something that some choral leaders may need catching up on. This list of key terms below supplements our article in the Winter 2017-18 Voice on making choruses welcoming for transgender singers. Read more

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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. Read more

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Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Diversity, Innovation, Repertoire

The December holidays are synonymous with choral music, and thousands of people in North America celebrate with singing in or attending concerts that feature timeless carols and familiar favorites. But some choruses are breaking away from the tried-and-true holiday concert formula. We spoke with several choral leaders whose ensembles are highlighting lesser-known traditions, or using holiday themes to explore more universal concepts or address timely social issues. Read more

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Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Profile

Alexander Lloyd Blake has plenty of jobs to keep himself busy. Blake is the choir director for the LA County High School for the Arts, and principal assistant conductor of the National Children's Chorus’ Los Angeles ensemble. But that’s not all. “I'm an assistant conductor at First Congregational Church LA—that's a new one,” Blake recounts. “And I'm studying for my qualifying exams for my doctorate in choral conducting at USC.” Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Kate Longo | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the Research Memorandum Series, Matthew Bumbach assumes the editorship. The issue focuses on restoring Renaissance repertoire for women’s ensembles using the convent archives of Spain. Compiled by Kathryn Longo. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

admin_ca | Audiences

To achieve patron engagement and loyalty, you need a core strategy by which to evaluate, understand, and serve your audiences. In this webinar, Matt Lehrman of Audience Avenue, LLC presents a framework that empowers a “whole-organization approach” to building, sorting, and targeting the different audiences your chorus wants to reach. He’ll focus on how to drive deep loyalty, how to inspire return attendance, how to pursue awareness and participation from entirely new population segments, and how to deliver extraordinary experiences that really matter Read more

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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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Events

Dixit Dominus -- The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Handel and Vivaldi

Dixit Dominus -- The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Handel and Vivaldi

Lakeville, CT

kabdrake | Performance

This spring Crescendo's Baroque Oratorio Concert will feature two settings of the Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Handel and Vivaldi. Read more

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Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Singing

For its spring concert program the Crescendo Chorus and Crescendo's Period Instrument Ensemble will feature two settings of Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Vivaldi and Handel.  Read more

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Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

543 Beulah Road NE, Vienna, VA

Voce Chamber Singers |

This a cappella program pairs two iconic twentieth-century works, Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor and Herbert Howells's Requiem, as well as music of William Harris and Bob Chilcott, with works by three Tudor composers—Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.  Read more

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Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

2455 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA

Voce Chamber Singers |

This a cappella program pairs two iconic twentieth-century works, Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor and Herbert Howells's Requiem, as well as music of William Harris and Bob Chilcott, with works by three Tudor composers—Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare: Music of World War I

Columbia Pro Cantare: Music of World War I

Columbia, MD

CPC | Performance

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with a concert, “Over There: Music of ‘The Great War’,” Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8 pm. The chorus and guest artists will perform classical and popular songs of the period highlighting different perspectives on the war. Read more

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Naamah's Ark

Naamah's Ark

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance

https://www.mastervoices.org/events/naamahs-ark/ Artists: Victoria Clark (“Naamah”) Sachal Vasandani (“Merman”) Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director) Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (Alan Katz, Leader) Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom MasterVoices Chorus Ted Sperling, Conductor Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution Read more

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A Mere Matter of Life and Death

A Mere Matter of Life and Death

1317 G Street NW, Washington DC, 20005

Thomas Circle S... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The Thomas Circle Singers is a chamber choral ensemble with a dual mission: to perform diverse choral works for the enjoyment of audiences in the Washington DC area and to raise awareness and funds for organizations that address the pressing needs of the city’s underserved citizens. Since 1976, TCS has filled this unique niche, enriching the quality of life for Washington-area residents by offering superb performances of choral classics and new works by living composers, while contributing to the life of the community by donating concert proceeds to DC-based social service organizations. The Seven Heavens (James Whitbourne) WASHINGTON, DC PREMIERE Requiem (Rutter) Read more

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Rainbow Connection: Pride (Boston Choral Ensemble)

Rainbow Connection: Pride (Boston Choral Ensemble)

Cambridge, MA

BCE President | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Join Boston Choral Ensemble for a concert celebrating Pride Week with music and texts by LGBTQIA+ writers and composers, including Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten. https://www.bostonchoral.org/performances/pride/ Read more

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Requiem for the Middle Class - Concert

Requiem for the Middle Class - Concert

Willimantic, CT

Sarah K. | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

Two new choral ensembles in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut will present their debut concert, “Requiem for the Middle Class: a brief survey of a cappella choral music for comfort.”  This preview concert  introducing Voices of Concinnity, a new vocal chamber ensemble, and Choir Matrix, a new community women’s choir, will feature the Howell’s Requiem, and the music of Bruckner, Hogan, Lotti, Daley, and more.  This performance is to benefit the Neighbor Fund, a local organization dedicated to help local people facing deporation. Read more

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Her Songs

Her Songs

6 E. Wright St.

Choral Society ... | Performance

To close its 82nd season, the Choral Society of Pensacola presents Her Songs, a program celebrating the music of women composers from four centuries. 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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