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Articles

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Profile

“There are so many commonalities between directing a community choir and the church music experience,” says Tom Dooling of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio.  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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My First German Requiem

My First German Requiem

Matthew Sigman | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Symphonic

After performing the Brahms Requiem as the centerpiece of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium in mid-April, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought the work to New York for a special performance at Carnegie Hall. Music journalist Matthew Sigman attended the New York performance—which also included Jonathan Leshnoff’s newly-commissioned work Zohar—and reflects on his experience hearing the masterpiece for the first time. Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Resources

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

Community and Ritual in the Age of AIDS

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire

American Choral Review 54 includes an analysis of John Corigliano's work inspired by the AIDS crisis as well as reviews of summer festivals. Read more

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The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 201. This issue provides insight into the music of Stephen Chatman, internationally known Canadian composer and teacher. Graeme Langager gives us a complete listing of Chatman's published and unpublished choral compositions. Read more

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Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 200. A thorough and definitive compilation of resources in Renaissance and Baroque performance practice spanning, approximately, the past 70 years. This issue provides a broad yet in-depth overview of the manifold issues faced by choral conductors in preparing performances of music from these time periods. Read more

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Chorus America Staff | Research/Data

American Choral Review 53.2 Read more

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Singer Evaluation Form

Singer Evaluation Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this form to evaluate your singers during auditions. Includes range, sight-reading, and vocal quality measures. Read more

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Events

Final Performance for 30-Year Choir Director: "Show People"

Final Performance for 30-Year Choir Director: "Show People"

4100 University Drive, Houston TX 77004

Houston Choral ... | Careers, Management/Leadership, Performance

  Diane Benson is retiring after 30 years as Music Director with Houston Choral Showcase, a community show choir. Her final performance with the group will be on Saturday, June 11 at 4pm. Read more

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Bridges - Connecting Communities Through Music

Bridges - Connecting Communities Through Music

251 W 100th St

emilymt | Audiences

  MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces the inaugural concert for “Bridges – Connecting Communities Through Music,” an outreach initiative that provides people in a New York community with the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. MasterVoices provides the structure of the event, and this season, to get things started, composer Marisa Michelson has been commissioned to create a work with Royce Vavrek to showcase some unique sounds and skills of six highly diverse constituent groups from Lawrence, Long Island, along with MasterVoices.  The groups include the Lawrence High School and Middle School Choruses and Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble, the Meshuga Daddies barbershop quartet, and two groups of Hispanic and Gospel singers.  Prior to the NYC concert at Ansche Chesed, the work will be performed in Lawrence on Thursday, June 2 at the Lawrence High School. Read more

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Songs of Inspiration and Hope

Songs of Inspiration and Hope

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

This family-friendly program features the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, which brings together young people from different backgrounds and ethnicities across the metro-Atlanta area, and a choir of treble voices conducted by Lori Loftus. The performance also features the Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World

Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Education, Performance, Singing

  Join the 84 members of the Lincoln youth choir for a night of glorious gospel and upbeat pop music. Since 2001, the Lincoln High School Gospel Choir has produced a spring show every other year focusing on diversity in our world, incorporating their experience with Jewish, African American, and Native American music. The group has performed at St. John The Divine and Jazz At Lincoln Center in the famous Allen Room overlooking Central Park, and will now bring its talents and broad musical vision to Lincoln Center. Directed by Darcy Reese, the members of the choir will be joined by a professional orchestra and singers including Tonia Hughes and Darnell Davis who will help bring the thrill of music to new heights. Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World seeks to show that today's youth are taking on tough issues through song in order to bring about a more peaceful world. Read more

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Eternal Light

Eternal Light

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

  DCINY presents an afternoon exploring two different kinds of “light music.” One half features Morten Lauridsen’s elegant Lux Aeterna,an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels. The other half features internationally known Venezuelan conductor/composer Cristian Grases leading the young and talented Distinguished Concerts Singers International in a light-hearted, culturally-minded and engaging program.   Read more

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Echoes of Deserts and Mountains

Echoes of Deserts and Mountains

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, Performance, Repertoire

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, led by Director Gary Nicholson, takes the stage at Carnegie Hall in this evening performance featuring young musicians of Colorado. Conductor Steven Rash brings the musicians of Odem High School, Texas, center stage in a wind ensemble program. The Highlands Youth Ensemble from Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy is led by Jane Morison. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents its 23rd Annual Spring Concert, Rhythm Planet

Angel City Chorale Presents its 23rd Annual Spring Concert, Rhythm Planet

Los Angeles, CA 90010

GreenGal | Performance

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present Rhythm Planet, the first weekend in June, featuring the music of two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin and other world beats. A stunning musical journey that traverses the globe, Rhythm Planet celebrates both our diversity and the humanity that unites us all. Read more

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Deadline--SSA Choral Competition

Deadline--SSA Choral Competition

School Sisters ... | Composing/Commissioning

The School Sisters of St. Francis have announced a competition for an SSA composition to be premiered at the centennial celebration of the congregation's landmark St. Joseph Chapel. Read more

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Concord Chorus Performs Mozart's Requiem

Concord Chorus Performs Mozart's Requiem

Lexington, MA

Kevin C. Leong | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The CONCORD CHORUS, conducted by Kevin Leong, celebrates its 70th anniversary this Saturday (5/21) with a concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem and the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s Uriel. Read more

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Concert - Summer Nocturne

Concert - Summer Nocturne

66 St. Stephen's Drive, Orinda, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

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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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