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Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Resources

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 Audition Form

Singer Audition Form

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

A sample form for conductors to use when evaluating potential singers. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

Chorus America Staff | Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this basic sample contract when your chorus is retained to perform by an orchestra. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Events

A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Performance

An exploration of J.S. Bach's amazing musical depth and versatility presenting three of Bach's masterpieces: the rarely-performed Lutheran Mass in F; his exuberant and beloved motet Lobet den Herrn; and one of his best-known and cherished works, the dramatic Cantata 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake). Read more

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A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Performance

An exploration of J.S. Bach's amazing musical depth and versatility presenting three of Bach's masterpieces: the rarely-performed Lutheran Mass in F; his exuberant and beloved motet Lobet den Herrn; and one of his best-known and cherished works, the dramatic Cantata 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake). Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

One College Ave., Grantham, PA 17027

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

The varied repertoire in the Chorale's Spring concerts will showcase the group's versatility, in unaccompanied works and pieces featuring the piano and string quartet. Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, PA 17033

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

The varied repertoire in the Chorale's Spring concerts will showcase the group's versatility, in unaccompanied works and pieces featuring the piano and string quartet. Read more

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Poetry of Music: In the Nick of Time

Poetry of Music: In the Nick of Time

6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing

Celebrating its 11th year, our collaboration with the Fairfax County Public Schools is an unparalleled journey of the creative spirit of our young people.  Read more

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In Paradisum

In Paradisum

7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA

Amanda Boundy | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The FCS Symphonic Chorus and Concert Choir present In Paradisum, a concert of sacred masterworks from 20th century France. Read more

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To the Moon & Back

To the Moon & Back

6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Schools

How much do I love you? To the moon…and back! Join our youngest singers (ages 5-12) in a celebration of family, love and the joy of a bedtime story.  Read more

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American Classical Orchestra presents As The Masters Heard It

American Classical Orchestra presents As The Masters Heard It

New York, NY

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NEW YORK, NY-   On Thursday, March 12 at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall, the American Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Crawford, presents Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Great’, Mozart’s Mass in C ‘Coronation’, featuring world-renowned soloists Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Sarah Craft, alto; Marc Molomot, tenor and Michael Kelly, baritone with the American Classical Orchestra Chorus  and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and ‘Christ on the Mount of Olives’ (excerpt). Maestro Thomas Crawford gives a Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:00PM. Read more

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Pärt: Passio

Pärt: Passio

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The TMC celebrates the 80th birthday of acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt with a performance of his stunning 1982 setting of the St. John Passion, Passio. Organ, Choir, Festival Quintet and a quartet of soloists will be placed around the space to immerse the audience in the hypnotic flow of music and silence that builds over this 70-minute work. Noel Edison, conductor Michael Colvin, tenor Jeremy Bowes, bass Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Festival Chamber Ensemble Read more

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Life and Remembrance

Life and Remembrance

10 Lincoln Center Plz, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Venue

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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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