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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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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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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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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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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

"An Evening at Eisenstadt"

"An Evening at Eisenstadt"

142 Market Street, Williamsport, PA

Williamsport Ci... |

Orchestra and soloists join the Chorus in presenting music commissioned by the Eszterhazy family in the Austro-Hungarian empire.  Sit back and imagine being listening to the masters as they performed at Eisenstadt. Read more

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Poems and Prayers: Mohammed Fairouz Third Symphony

Poems and Prayers: Mohammed Fairouz Third Symphony

New York, NY

Michael Kerschner |

The Young New Yorkers' Chorus, Michael Kerschner, Artistic Director, joins conductor Yoon Jae Lee and Ensemble 212. The distinguished lineup of soloists includes mezzo soprano Rachel Calloway , baritone David Kravitz and clarinetist David Krakauer . For more information, please go to http://ynyc.org/current-season   Read more

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Jubilate! A Celebration in Song

Jubilate! A Celebration in Song

San Francisco, CA

Claire Quinn-Duggan | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

  This concert is the first in a series of collaborations for the San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) this Spring, and it is set to be an eclectic evening of song.   The San Francisco Boys Chours will open the concert with selections from Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel, followed by American spirituals and a jazzy hat number.   The Cardinal Vaughan Choir will then continue with a selection of secular and sacred music, with works by Bruckner, Haydn, Gabrieli, Brahms and more.    Read more

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Kids and Their Music

Kids and Their Music

Napa, CA

Jan Lanterman |

The Napa Valley Children's Chorus joins the Napa Valley Chorale in a special concert featuring both choirs and a combined choirs piece as well!  One of the goals of Napa Valley Chorale is to promote lifelong opportunities for singing, so we welcome the Napa Valley Children's Chorus in this first-ever combined concert.  The audience will hear young voices conducted by Kim Markovich and adult & older youth voices conducted by Artistic Director Jan Lanterman and Associate Conductor Jason Nett.  More information at www.napavalleychorale.org or 707-261-6165. Read more

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The Magic of A Cappella

The Magic of A Cappella

Vallejo, CA

Jan Lanterman |

A mostly a cappella concert featuring works by Josquin, Whitacre, Lauridsen, Stroope, Shank, and more, plus the world premiere of "How Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day" by Jason Nett.  Performed in the lovely sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at the corner of Virginia Street & Sonoma Blvd. in Vallejo.  This is the first time Napa Valley Chorale has performed in Vallejo and the first time it has launched a March concert!  Come and hear the magic of human voices joined in beautiful music....  More information at www.napavalleychorale.org or 707-261-6165. Read more

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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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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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