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Articles

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 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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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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Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Don Lee | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In an effort to renew our understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges choral conductors encounter and how they affect the choral ecosystem, Chorus America undertook a new study, updating survey findings from a decade ago. The results highlight both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession.  Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, 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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Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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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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Resources

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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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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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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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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Events

The Magic of A Cappella

The Magic of A Cappella

Napa, CA

Jan Lanterman | Composing/Commissioning

Featuring a mostly a cappella concert conducted by Artistic Director Jan Lanterman and Associate Conductor Jason Nett with works by Whitacrre, Lauridsen, Stroope, Shank, Josquin,  and more, plus the world premiere of "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day" by Jason Nett.  Performed in the acoustically rich and beautiful First United Methodist Church in the Napa Valley.  Tickets and more information available at www.napavalleychorale.org or 707-251-6165. Read more

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Evensong

Evensong

1501 S. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Richard Hynson | Performance

Bel Canto presents an afternoon of sacred choral music in Milwaukee's magnificent St. Joseph Center Chapel.  Inspired by the long-standing Anglican tradition of celebrating light's victory over darkness, Richard Hynson's Evensong serves as the cornerstone of the program.  Other works include Finzi's The Full, Final Sacrifice, Britten's Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac Op. 51, and Rutter's For the Beauty of the Earth. Featuring Bel Canto Chorus and Boy Choirs with soprano Rebecca Whitney, baritone Jonathan Laabs, counter tenor Eric Jurenas, tenor Daniel O'Dea, organist Kevin Bailey, and pianist Michelle Hynson.    Read more

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In Praise of Spring - Chorus concert

In Praise of Spring - Chorus concert

Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico Symp... | Audiences

Dvorak - In Nature, Op. 63 Gorecki - Totus Tuus, Op 60 Part - Magnificat Ives - Psalm 90 for Chorus, Organ & Bells Read more

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Mary/Magdalene

Mary/Magdalene

1393 York Avenue at 74th Street, NYC, NY

salonsanctuary | Performance

Jessica Gould, soprano & Meg Bragle, mezzo The Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Ensemble The passion story as told by its female protagonists, as heard through recently discovered repertoire by Ferrandini, Pergolesi, and Ristori. Read more

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Songs With(out) Words:  is there there there?

Songs With(out) Words: is there there there?

San Francisco, Berkeley and Mill Valley, California

Volti | Performance

Gertrude Stein’s poetry inspires Seattle composer John Muehleisen in his new piece for VOLTI, San Francisco’s award-winning chamber choir.  Volti concerts on March 2/3/4, 2012, in San Francisco, Mill Valley and Berkeley, explore the expressive potential of the human voice, both through poetry and through the beauty and variety of the pure musical sounds achievable with an ensemble of 20 top-notch professional singers.  The all-contemporary program features recent works by Bay Area composers Robin Estrada and David Conte, as well as the Muehleisen world premiere.  Read more

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Shining Night: A Film/Choral Tribute to Morten Lauridsen

Shining Night: A Film/Choral Tribute to Morten Lauridsen

New York City

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

Opening the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) weekend, 'Shining Light: An Illuminating Festival of Concerts Celebrating Composer Morten Lauridsen", including a night of film, a Saturday afternoon Lincoln Center performance of Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and a Sunday evening Carnegie Hall performance of both Lauridsen and Whitacre's music, conducted by Eric Whitacre and accompanied on piano by Morten Lauridsen. Read more

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Britten War Requiem

Britten War Requiem

Providence, RI

Allison McMillan | Audiences

Providence Singers join with Chorus pro Musica, New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children's Chorus to perform Britten's titanic War Requiem, on Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm at Boston’s neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Holy Cross; and on Sunday, March 4 at 3:30 pm at Providence’s Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.  More information at www.providencesingers.org. Read more

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2012 World Choir Games

2012 World Choir Games

Cincinnati, OH

Chorus America Staff | Awards, Participation, Performance, Singing

Imagine thousands of choir members from all across the globe, dressing in traditional attire and parading through the streets of downtown Cincinnati USA. That is how the seventh World Choir Games will get under way on July 4, 2012, when the largest international choral competition in the world comes to North America for the first time. Read more

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Choral-Orchestral Conducting Masterclass

Choral-Orchestral Conducting Masterclass

New York, NY

Anonymous | Careers, Conducting, Performance

For professional conductors who want to improve their technique and advance their careers 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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