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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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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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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

The Future Sings

The Future Sings

506 - 4 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

Cantaré Childre... | Performance

The finale to our 15th anniversary season. Read more

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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents Music from Movies (Monrovia, CA)

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents Music from Movies (Monrovia, CA)

101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

San Gabriel Val... | Performance

Under the direction of Artistic Director Alexander Ruggieri, the concert will present choral favorites from the silver screen, featuring solos, duets, small ensembles, and the full chorale. Read more

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SB Children's Chorus presents “An Evening of A Cappella & Jazz”

SB Children's Chorus presents “An Evening of A Cappella & Jazz”

721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

MediaPro | Children/Youth

WHO:          Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus presents   WHAT:              “An Evening of A Cappella & Jazz” – a special fundraising event featuring UCSB’s dynamic a cappella groups: VocalMotion, BFOM (Brothas from Otha Mothas), and Naked Voices; Pacific Sound, Ventura’s award-winning a cappella men’s choir; and Santa Barbara Jazz Collective. Plus, special youth art exhibit by the Incredible Children’s Arts Network (ICAN).   WHEN:            Sunday, May 6, 2012        6 – 8 p.m.   WHERE:             Marjorie Luke Theatre,                   721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103                         On the campus of Santa Barbara Jr. High   COST:                        All tickets $15.  at the door (under 5 free) Special advance price $12        Save and buy in advance: Family Pack, Buy 3 tickets and get one FREE! Only $36 ($45 at the door)     INFO:            (805) 512-9840 or log on to purchase at sbchildrenschorus.com/tickets/   ABOUT: Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus is a county-wide, non-denominational music education and performing organization for children ages 8-14. We provide children of the community with the opportunity for musical training and performing in a fun and challenging environment. Founded in 1993, SBCC will be here for years to come to serve your children. With the continuing decline in funding for school-based music programs, especially in the elementary and secondary school levels, SBCC is dedicated to filling a vital gap in bringing the benefits of music and vocal performance to children.   All proceeds from ticket sales to this special fundraising event will go to toward the organization’s Concert Chorus scholarship program for low-income students.   www.sbchildrenschorus.com www.mcfaddenpr.com Read more

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

St Cloud, MN

Great River Chorale |

Great River Chorale and the St. John’s Boys’ Choir, under the direction of Andre'-Louis Heywood, perform together for the first time! Join us to experience a concert inspired by light, earth and fire. Dr. Matthew Ferrell is Visiting Artistic Director for the 2011-2012 Great River Chorale season. Read more

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J.S. Bach Mass in B minor

J.S. Bach Mass in B minor

Princeton University, 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 will be Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano, Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano, Robert Petillo, tenor, and Kevin Deas, bass. Tickets are priced at $25-$55 and can be purchased at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling (609) 683-5122. Read more

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Spring Ramble with the Harmonium Chamber Singers

Spring Ramble with the Harmonium Chamber Singers

100 W. Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors

  The Harmonium Chamber Singers, 20 of the most advanced members of Harmonium Choral Society under the direction of Dr. Anne J. Matlack, will take the listener on a spring ramble through the centuries, around the world, and into many musical genres.  The eclectic program of sacred and secular music includes works by Ticheli, Billings, Weelkes, Martin Sedek, Monteverdi, Kverno, and even a madrigal version of “Born to Be Wild.”   Tickets at the door only:  $15; $10 students/seniors; children under 12 free. Read more

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Spring Ramble with the Harmonium Chamber Singers

Spring Ramble with the Harmonium Chamber Singers

66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors

  The Harmonium Chamber Singers, 20 of the most advanced members of Harmonium Choral Society under the direction of Dr. Anne J. Matlack, will take the listener on a spring ramble through the centuries, around the world, and into many musical genres.  The eclectic program of sacred and secular music includes works by Ticheli, Billings, Weelkes, Martin Sedek, Monteverdi, Kverno, and even a madrigal version of “Born to Be Wild.” $20 suggested donation at the door Read more

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Comforting Words

Comforting Words

Bellingham, WA

The Whatcom Chorale | General

Sacred works by Bach, Brahms, Bruckner.  For more information, visit www.whatcomchorale.org. Read more

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SONDHEIM! A CHORAL CELEBRATION

SONDHEIM! A CHORAL CELEBRATION

Pennsburg, PA

Valley Choral S... | Performance

Come and join the Valley Choral Society as it brings to life the words and music of Stephen Sondheim in "SONDHEIM A CHORAL CELEBRATION". This springs concert will feature music from the Broadway productions of "Gypsy", Company", "Follies" "Sweeny Todd" and many others. Read more

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SONDHEIM! A CHORAL CELEBRATION

SONDHEIM! A CHORAL CELEBRATION

Perkasie, PA

Valley Choral S... | Performance

Come and join the Valley Choral Society as it brings to life the words and music of Stephen Sondheim in "SONDHEIM A CHORAL CELEBRATION". This springs concert will feature music from the Broadway productions of "Gypsy", Company", "Follies" "Sweeny Todd" and many others. 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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