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Articles

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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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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Resources

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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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

This sample contract provides a template as you incorporate a partnership with an orchestra. Read more

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Events

Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Performance

Join the Choir for a rousing welcome to the holiday season with a concert of traditional and contemporary carols and music for Christmas. The Choir will be joined again this year by the acclaimed 30-piece Canadian Staff Band and by organist David Briggs. Add your voice to the traditional audience carols that will ring out with brass accompaniment. Noel Edison, conductor Jennifer Min-Young Lee, associate conductor David Briggs, organ Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Canadian Staff Band (John Lam, bandmaster) Visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets: http://www.tmchoir.org/festival-of-carols/ Read more

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Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

2315 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Join us and our special guests the City Singers Youth Choirs.   For our 70th season we will feature the world-premiere of “Long Ago on Christmas” by Keith Tan.   Read more

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Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

2315 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Join us and our special guests the City Singers Youth Choirs.   For our 70th season we will feature the world-premiere of “Long Ago on Christmas” by Keith Tan.   Read more

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The 22nd Annual Toy-ful Celebration concert

The 22nd Annual Toy-ful Celebration concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Bring your family to the 22nd Annual Toy-ful Celebration concert at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm in Glenview on Saturday, December 19th at 7:00pm.  Join the 45 voice Chancel Choir, directed by Guillermo Muñoz Küster and the Glenview Concert Band, under the direction of Greg Wojcik, for a festive evening of holiday music and fun.  Read more

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CHRISTMAS 2015 - A CELTIC CHRISTMAS WITH MEN OF WORTH

CHRISTMAS 2015 - A CELTIC CHRISTMAS WITH MEN OF WORTH

Orange County

Meistersingers | Performance

Men of Worth doesn't get to Southern California nearly enough.  That's a fact.  You love good Celtic music, both traditional and contemporary.  That's a fact. You love the Meistersinger sound that so few choirs have.  That's definitely a fact! It would be fantastic if you could have all three of these situations solved with ONE concert.  That's a fact. Well, your wish has come true!  December 12 & 13 promise to be concerts to remember.  And there will some other surprises too, we promise! Read more

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Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | General

  DCINY presents Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s uplifting and spiritually soaring Sunrise Mass conducted by Dr. James Meaders, DCINY Associate Artistic Director.  Dr. Richard Sparks, DCINY Guest Conductor leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International in the New York Premiere of Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode while Tom Shelton conducts a variety of music for young voices. Read more

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Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | General

        DCINY presents Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s uplifting and spiritually soaring Sunrise Mass conducted by Dr. James Meaders, DCINY Associate Artistic Director.  Dr. Richard Sparks, DCINY Guest Conductor leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International in the New York Premiere of Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode while Tom Shelton conducts a variety of music for young voices. Read more

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Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | General

DCINY presents Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s uplifting and spiritually soaring Sunrise Mass conducted by Dr. James Meaders, DCINY Associate Artistic Director.  Dr. Richard Sparks, DCINY Guest Conductor leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International in the New York Premiere of Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode while Tom Shelton conducts a variety of music for young voices. Read more

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Bel Canto Chorus Travels on the Silk Road

Bel Canto Chorus Travels on the Silk Road

Milwaukee, WI

Neal Easterling | Audiences

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Bel Canto Chorus Revelations of Divine Love | Carson Cooman

Bel Canto Chorus Revelations of Divine Love | Carson Cooman

Brookfield, WI

Neal Easterling | Audiences

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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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