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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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Copyright and the Community Chorus

Copyright and the Community Chorus

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Legal/Licensing, Repertoire, Technology, Volunteer

Now more than ever, it’s important for choruses to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of published music. New technologies are changing the way organizations purchase and use copyrighted materials. To complement a session at the 2018 Chorus America Conference, five music publishers talk about the key questions they are facing. Read more

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Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Robert Marovich | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today. Read more

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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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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

Baltimore Choral Arts performs Mendelssohn's Elijah

Baltimore Choral Arts performs Mendelssohn's Elijah

Towson, MD

Linda_Moxley | Performance

Music Director Tom Hall leads the Chorus, Orchestra, Peabody Children's Chorus and vocal soloists including Thom King, Danielle Talamantes, Shazy King and Peter Drackley, in this powerful masterwork.  Read more

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Baltimore Choral Arts Ruby Cabaret

Baltimore Choral Arts Ruby Cabaret

Hunt Valley, MD

Linda_Moxley | Fundraising

New York cabaret singer Eric Comstock performs at this Baltimore Choral Arts fundraiser which salutes Tom Hall's 30th anniversary as Music Director.  The evening features dinner, silent and live auctions and performances by the Choral Arts Chamber Chorus in addition to the featured presentation. Read more

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"Music of the World"

"Music of the World"

Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

Mueller | Community Outreach

Celebrated composer and Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will be at the 2012 World Choir Games for choral workshops and a highly anticipated evening Celebration Concert. Read more

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Pops Concert "Bold Broadway"

Pops Concert "Bold Broadway"

1501 W. Ingomar Rd Pittsburgh, Pa 15237

PCCsing | Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, Networking, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Pops Concert: May 6 at 4PM   "Bold Broadway: The Best of the Great White Way"  Read more

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Pops Concert "Bold Broadway"

Pops Concert "Bold Broadway"

384 Fox Chapel Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15238

PCCsing | Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Pops Concert: May 5 at 8PM   "Bold Broadway: The Best of the Great White Way" . Read more

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Pops Concert "Bold Broadway"

Pops Concert "Bold Broadway"

Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228

PCCsing | Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Pops Concert: May 4 at 8PM   "Bold Broadway: The Best of the Great White Way" This concert will feature Broadway favorites from such legendary composers as Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Meredith Wilson, and more. A three-piece jazz combo will accompany the 90 voice Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.     Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Performs Jazz by Brubeck

Columbia Pro Cantare Performs Jazz by Brubeck

Columbia, Maryland

Columbia Pro Ca... | Performance

Choral and instrumental works of Dave Brubeck take center stage at Columbia Pro Cantare's May 5 concert with the Eric Mintel Quartet. Read more

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J.S. Bach "Mass in B minor"

J.S. Bach "Mass in B minor"

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Performance

  Artistic Director Frances Fowler Slade will conduct Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 - a work which reflects the summation of Bach's career, and his final compositional endeavor - in her final concert with Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra. Soloists are Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano, Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano, Robert Petillo, tenor, and Kevin Deas, bass. Tickets priced at $25-$55, and may be ordered at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling (609) 683-5122. Read more

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Indianapolis Symphony Performs World Premiere of Stephen Hough's "Missa Mirabilis" Apr. 6-7

Indianapolis Symphony Performs World Premiere of Stephen Hough's "Missa Mirabilis" Apr. 6-7

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Sy... | Audiences

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of renowned pianist and composer Stephen Hough's "Missa Mirabilis" for Chorus and Orchestra in concerts Easter weekend April 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.  They will be joined by the vocal forces of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.  For tickets go to www.IndianapolisSymphony.org Read more

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Voce presents BEATLES UNPLUGGED

Voce presents BEATLES UNPLUGGED

907 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington DC

Joan Winter Skerritt | Performance

Voce Chamber Singers presents an a cappella program with Voce’s 21 voices performing such Beatles classics as Can't Buy Me Love • Yellow Submarine • Blackbird • Yesterday • Girl • Back in the USSR • Eleanor Rigby • Here Comes the Sun • When I'm 64 • Michelle • Penny Lane • You've Got to Hide Your Love Away • I'll Follow the Sun • and many more! 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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