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Articles

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

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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MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival presents Faure's Requiem with guest conductor Amanda Quist

MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival presents Faure's Requiem with guest conductor Amanda Quist

South Hadley, MA

J Harvey |

Faure Requiem Dr. Amanda Quist, guest conductor featuring collegiate and university choirs from across Massachusetts FREE ADMISSION Saturday March 31, 7pm Abbey Chapel Mount Holyoke College Part of the MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Read more

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Haydn's Creation

Haydn's Creation

Huntington Beach, CA

Mary Langsdorf | Performance

Go on—just try to find a more joyous, entertaining, all-around mood-lifting work in the choral-orchestral repertoire than Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation!  Read more

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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Sammamish, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Ponder birth, childhood, love, family, and the wisdom that comes with a spirited old age as MCE embarks on a sometimes thoughtful, sometimes whimsical, always entertaining musical journey around the circle of life. Read more

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Why We Sing - 15th Anniversary Concert

Why We Sing - 15th Anniversary Concert

West Palm Beach, FL

Beth Clark | Children/Youth

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is an award-winning children's choir, celebrating their 15th Anniversary of enriching the lives of children and the arts in their community. www.yspb.org Read more

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Folk Songs & Spirituals

Folk Songs & Spirituals

19211 Dodge Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Meistersingers | Performance

The "Emerald Isle" meets the "Land of the Free" wiht hte best of Irish folk songs with the ever popular African American spiritual.  Come hear the amazing melodies and the amazing voices of Meistersingers! Read more

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Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices |

Your heart will sing when PEV does Arvo Pärt's I Am the True Vine, Durufle's Four Motets, Barber's To be Sung on the Water, and works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Jennifer Higdon and Michael T. Roberts. We are also proud to feature pieces by the winners of our 2017 Composer Call, Javier Martínez-Ramírez, César Zumel Vaquero and Dylan J. Tran. Read more

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Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

San Francisco, CA

Pacific Edge Voices |

Your heart will sing when PEV does Arvo Pärt's I Am the True Vine, Durufle's Four Motets, Barber's To be Sung on the Water, and works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Jennifer Higdon and Michael T. Roberts. We are also proud to feature pieces by the winners of our 2017 Composer Call, Javier Martínez-Ramírez, César Zumel Vaquero and Dylan J. Tran. Read more

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Schola Cantorum Presents Selections of Most-Loved Choruses

Schola Cantorum Presents Selections of Most-Loved Choruses

655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Performance

Get ready for a taste of ten famous choral works when Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley presents a medley of familiar and well-loved choruses in “Hallelujah! Oratorio Masterpieces and Favorites.”  The concert is slated for Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos. Read more

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Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, A 15th Anniversary Concert

Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, A 15th Anniversary Concert

245 West 77th Street, New York, NY

melodianyc | Performance

  Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing women's choral music to the world with a spring program featuring a joyful all-American program of works from Elliott Carter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Sally Lamb McCune, Kevin Siegfried, and the U.S. premiere of "A Brighter Garden," by Paul Halley. Conducted by Cynthia Powell with Taisiya Pushkar on piano and an all-female chamber orchestra. 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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