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Articles

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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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Resources

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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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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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 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

“Britten & Fauré”

“Britten & Fauré”

5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI

Rhode Island Ci... | Audiences, Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra presents “Britten & Fauré”   Read more

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“Britten & Fauré”

“Britten & Fauré”

30 Fenner St., Providence, RI

Rhode Island Ci... | Audiences, Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra presents “Britten & Fauré”   Read more

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Requiem: Vive la France

Requiem: Vive la France

65 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Performance

The New Jersey Chamber singers present a concert of some of the great French composers, featuring the Faure Requiem. Read more

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Requiem: Vive la France

Requiem: Vive la France

415 Washington Street

New Jersey Cham... | Performance

The New Jersey Chamber Singers present a concert highlighting the great French composers, featuring the Faure Requiem. Read more

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The Triumph of Hope

The Triumph of Hope

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Conducting, Families, Performance

Direct from the hit UK television show, The Choir, composer/conductor Paul Mealor leads the acclaimed Military Wives Choir. Additionally, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra led by Jason Altieri take the stage at Carnegie Hall in a performance featuring talented young musicians of Nevada. Conductor Greg Oden brings the singers of West Monroe High School Choir from Louisiana to center stage in a program of invigorating and enlightening selections. Read more

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 NYCMC Presents Lady Larks and the Moonshine Men

NYCMC Presents Lady Larks and the Moonshine Men

New York, NY

Erica Kelly | Audiences, Performance, Singing

NYCMC presents Lady Larks and the Moonshine Men Read more

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Young Composers Competition -- The Capital Hearings

Young Composers Competition -- The Capital Hearings

Emma Rackstraw | Awards, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

The Capital Hearings, a 12- to 14-member mixed vocal ensemble, are proud to announce the 2016 Young Composers Competition!  We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit mixed a cappella works of two-to-five minutes in duration that align with our 2016 artistic theme, Politics and Political Capital.  A cash prize of $500 will be awarded.  For full information, please visit http://www.thecapitalhearings.com/competition. Submissions are due Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Eastern). Read more

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35th Anniversary Festival Concert

35th Anniversary Festival Concert

River Forest, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, Director, Proudly Presents 35th Anniversary Festival Concert Read more

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MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit

MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit

131 W. 55th Street New York, NY 10019

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MasterVoices presents its 2016 Spring Benefit featuring Dido and Aeneas By Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate  Starring Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, and Anna Christy  With a World Premiere companion work by Michael John LaChiusa Doug Varone, Director and Choreographer Ted Sperling, Conductor   April 28, 2016 at New York City Center and Le Parker Meridien Read more

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Heritage

Heritage

Rancho Santa Margarita

Meistersingers | Performance

The California mission period is generally considered from 1769 to 1833 with the first mission being founded by St. Junipero Serra at the San Diego de Alcala mission and the last being San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. This time period coincides with the tail end of the Baroque period of music. That style of music was imported from Europe but variations developed with a distinctive Californian flavor. Explore the heritage of our state. Explore Heritage. 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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