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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

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

Vox Grata Women's Choir presents "Songs on an Eastern Wind"

Vox Grata Women's Choir presents "Songs on an Eastern Wind"

Nashville, TN

Jeanette MacCallum | Performance

Vox Grata Women's Choir announces its upcoming Spring Concert – Songs on an Eastern Wind: Choral Music from Central and Eastern Europe.   Read more

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MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit Raised More Than $220,000

MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit Raised More Than $220,000

131 W 55th St.

emilymt | Fundraising

MasterVoices raised more than $220,000 to fund the company’s Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O' Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John LaChiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016.   The Gala was attended by 170 guests. The evening began at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Tier at New York City Center, located at 131 W. 55th Street,and lead into the 7:00pm concert. Following the performance, guests enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a brief live auction led by Steve Rosen at Le Parker Meridien’s beautiful Estrela Penthouse, located at 119 W. 56th Street.   The event was led by Chairs Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judy and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair was AON.   The Dido and Aeneas program and 2016 Spring Benefit was dedicated to the memory of James S. Marcus, longtime MasterVoices Board Member.  MasterVoices is forever grateful for his and his wife Ellen’s generosity, and will always remember Jim for his boundless spirit, tremendous wisdom, and deep love of music.   Attendees Artists: Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, Sarah Mesko, Michael John LaChiusa, Doug Varone, Christian Siriano, Ted Sperling, Doug Varone and Dancers, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and MasterVoices.   Gala Chairs: Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs: Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judith and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair is AON. Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford (co-chair), Deborah Stiles (co-chair), Susan Shine (Vice Chair), Sandra Joys (Secretary), Lois Conway (Treasurer), Martina Arroyo, Susan L. Baker, Juliana Chen, Alicia Damley, George G. Grumbach, Jr. , Kenneth Hannan, Jr., Sandra S. Joys, Robert Jurgrau, Ellen F. Marcus, Jill Malila, Ellen Nenner, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin, Petra Slater, Adèle K. Talty, Elizabeth Tunick.   Benefit Committee: M. Bernard Aidinoff & Elsie V. Aidinoff, Rima Ayas & Ronald Moore, André Bishop, Karin and Henry Barkhorn, Kit Smyth Basquin, Susan & David Brownwood, Juliana Chen, Lois Conway, Marilyn and Lawrence Friedland, Cathy J. Friedman & Thomas R. Feyer, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. & Yvonne S. Hannan, Bruce C. Johnson, Sandra & David Joys, Robert Jurgrau & Marc Gollub, Nancy Karch, Sahra T. Lese, Dinny & Lester Morse, Ellen B. Nenner, Richard C. Norton and Gary Schocker,, Naomi and Stuart Paley, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin & Dr. Carl Mankowitz, Christie C. Salomon and Rich Lombard,, Susan Shine, Margo Shulman, Petra & Sam Slater, Deborah Stiles, Adèle K. and John Talty, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey, Elizabeth Tunick, Alan & Elaine Weiler, Judy Francis Zankel.   Other Guests Included: Edward Barnes, Kit Basquin, Norman Benzaquen, Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Hon. Jody Adams, Connie and Henry Christiensen, Jamie Cowperthwait, Peter and Katherine Darrow, Elisabeth De Picciotto, Jennie L and Richard K DeScherer, Junia Doan, Anthony and Judy Evnin, Patsy and Ed Garno, Michael and Mary Gellert, Michael Siegal and Nomi Ghez, Lynn Gilbert, Beth and Gary Glynn, Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin, Ricky Ian Gordon and Kevin Doyle, Paul Gruber and Keith Champagne, Helen Little, Stefania and James McClennen, Richard Prins and Corrine Steensma, Jesse Rosen, Lisa Rubin and Carl Mankowitz, Irving and Lucy Sandler, Robert Simon and Gilles DeVoe, Frank Skillern, Annaliese Soros, Mira Spektor, Nora London, David and Julie Tobey, Christie and Ron Ulrich, Charlotte and Carl von Axelson, Sandra and George Weiksner, Rick Wertheim and Angelo Chan.   Dido and Aeneasfeatured Broadway's leading lady Kelli O'Hara (Tony Award winner for the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I on Broadway), the multi-faceted star Victoria Clark (Tony Award winner for GIGI The Musical on Broadway), Canadian baritone Elliot Madore (Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd), internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Christy (Les dialogues des Carmélites, Die Fledermaus), and American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko (Catone in Utica) with a World Premiere prologue by five-time Tony Award nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Cronicle of a Death Foretold).   Under the artistic direction of conductor Ted Sperling, MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and the Verdi Requiem. Some of the solo artists who have sung with MasterVoices recently include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Idle, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. For more information, visit mastervoices.org.  Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).   The 2015-2016 Season continues with:   Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall   Bridges The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring a World Premiere work, with music by Marisa Michelson and libretto by Royce Vavrek, developed for the launch of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program, Bridges. June 5, 2016 at Ansche Chesed Synagogue   Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2015-16 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.   #     Read more

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Joyful, Jubilant and Jazzy!

Joyful, Jubilant and Jazzy!

Larchmont, NY

H.Joyce Duffy | Audiences

The Westchester Chorale presents two rhythmic and ebullient 20th century works:  "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by American composer, Carol Barnett, and "A Little Jazz Mass" by the British composer, Bob Chilcott.i Read more

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Bach: Mass in B Minor (Open Dress Rehearsal)

Bach: Mass in B Minor (Open Dress Rehearsal)

Seattle, WA

Will@SPM | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Seattle Pro Musica presents J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. Read more

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Bach: Mass in B Minor

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Seattle, WA

Will@SPM | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families

Seattle Pro Musica presents J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. Read more

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Pennsbury Community Chorus Spring Concert May 7, 4 PM

Pennsbury Community Chorus Spring Concert May 7, 4 PM

Fairless Hills, PA

Sophia N | Performance

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"God Bless America - For those who gave their all" Concert

"God Bless America - For those who gave their all" Concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Conducting, General, History, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "God Bless America--For those who gave their all", a free concert by The Musical Revue, directed by Phyllis Scott, on Sunday, May 29, at 4:00pm, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Read more

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Weekend with Will Todd

Weekend with Will Todd

99 South Waverly Street, Shillington, PA 19607

Dr. David A. Mc... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning

English composer Will Tood in residence with Vox Philia Chamber Choir, May 21 and 22, 2016. Read more

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MasterVoices announces its 75th Season opener, the New York Premiere of 27

MasterVoices announces its 75th Season opener, the New York Premiere of 27

131 W 55th St., NYC, NY

emilymt | Audiences

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will open its 75th anniversary season with Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, with libretto by Royce Vavrek, starring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober,Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik, conducted by Ted Sperling, and directed by James Robinson, with Orchestra of St. Luke’s on October 20 and 21, 2016 at New York City Center.   27 explores the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, who hosted regular salon evenings at their Paris home at 27 Rue de Fleurus, with such guests as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Man Ray, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway. Originally commissioned by Opera Theater of St. Louis, 27 received its world premiere in June 2014. For the New York Premiere, Ricky Ian Gordon has expanded portions of the opera originally sung by a small male ensemble and re-scored them for the full MasterVoices chorus.   “It’s with great excitement that MasterVoices brings 27 to City Center for its New York Premiere,” said Ted Sperling, MasterVoices’ Artistic Director. “MasterVoices has had a long association with Ricky Ian Gordon, presenting the lauded New York Premiere of The Grapes of Wrath in 2010, and is building a new relationship with librettist Royce Vavrek, whose Naamah’s Ark we will premiere this June. We at MasterVoices are committed to bringing worthy works to the New York audience that would otherwise go unheard, and 27 is perfectly suited both to our mission and to the new series we’ve initiated this season at New York City Center. We’re delighted to be welcoming back the singular Stephanie Blythe as Gertrude Stein, and to be working with the radiant Heidi Stober (Alice B. Toklas) for the first time. 27 is more than a celebration of the influence that Gertrude Stein had on her contemporary artist friends; it’s also an expression of the love and devotion Alice B. Toklas felt towards Gertrude, and her desire to be recognized as her wife in an era where that was not possible. It could not be a better time to remind ourselves of the timelessness of this struggle, as we wrestle with what it means for us today.”   “When I pitched the piece to Ted Sperling and MasterVoices,” commented Ricky Ian Gordon, 27’s composer, “it was because I heard in my head a way of expanding the texture of the three-man chorus to full chorus, in a way that I felt beautiful and exciting, and in no way robbed from the integrity of the piece. I ended up creating a new version, wherein I did nothing to what the actual cast does, but added the chorus to both augment and enhance some moments, and invent others. Now it feels like an entirely new opera to me, more epic, less intimate, but fresh and independent. I am very happy to premiere this new version with MasterVoices and Ted Sperling,” Gordon said.   “The first thing that you notice about Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27… is that it moves. Royce Vavrek, the librettist, taking his cue from Stein’s own short phrases and cells of text, created a playful, quick-witted libretto that pushed Mr. Gordon beyond his trademark melodies into a brighter, friskier style. With so many contemporary composers falling into the trap of endless declamation, it is a treat to hear this lively fantasia about a curious historical figure that embraces her peculiarities but makes her sympathetic. It is no small matter that the piece was written for Stephanie Blythe, an outsize personality herself, whose grand, multifaceted mezzo brings the character to vibrant life.” – Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal BIOS   Ricky Ian Gordon's work spans art song, opera, and musical theater, and has been performed and recorded by such internationally renowned singers as Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Nathan Gunn, Judy Collins, Kelli O'Hara, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Cabell, the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Frederica Von Stade, Andrea Marcovicci, Harolyn Blackwell, and Betty Buckley, among many others.
 His most recent productions include Morning Star – libretto by William Hoffman, directed by Ron Daniels, conducted by Christopher Allen; 27 (world premiere) – libretto by Royce Vavrek, directed by James Robinson, conducted by Michael Christie; A Coffin In Egypt – libretto by Leonard Foglia based on Horton Foote's play, directed by Leonard Foglia, conducted by Timothy Myers; Rappahannock County – libretto by Mark Campbell, directed by Kevin Newbury, conducted by Rob Fisher; the musical Sycamore Trees – directed by Tina Landau, book by Ricky Ian Gordon and Nina Mankin; and The Grapes of Wrath – A Two Act Concert Version of the Opera with a libretto by Michael Korie, with MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) at Carnegie Hall, directed by Eric Simonson, conducted by Ted Sperling, narrated by Jane Fonda. Gordon recently completed an opera based on Giorgio Bassani's novel, "The Garden of the Finzi Continis" with librettist Michael Korie, and is currently working on commissions from New York's Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. Mr. Gordon studied at Carnegie Mellon, and now teaches Master Classes and Composition Classes in Colleges and Universities throughout the country including Yale, NYU, Northwestern, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Catholic, Bennington, Vassar, and his alma mater. He has been the featured Composer-in-Residence at countless music festivals and among his honors are an OBIE Award, the 2003 Alumni Merit Award for exceptional achievement and leadership from Carnegie-Mellon University, A Shen Family Foundation Award, the Stephen Sondheim Award, The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, The Constance Klinsky Award, and awards from ASCAP, of which he is a member, The National Endowment of the Arts, and The American Music Center. Mr. Gordon's works are published by Williamson Music, Carl Fischer Music, and Presser Music and are available everywhere and widely recorded on various labels. For more, visit:  http://www.rickyiangordon.com/bio.php.   Royce Vavrek is a Brooklyn-based librettist and lyricist known for his standing as “a favorite collaborator of the postclassical set” (Time Out New York), his name “virtually synonymous with contemporary opera in New York” (I Care If You Listen). His work has been called “sharp, crisp, witty” (See Magazine), “taut” (The New Yorker), “meticulous” (Operavore, WQXR Radio), “full-throated” (CulturePOP), “dramatically wild” and “exhilarating” (The New York Times). Royce is co-Artistic Director of The Coterie, an opera-theater company founded with soprano Lauren Worsham. He holds a BFA in Filmmaking and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU. He is an alum of ALT’s Composer Librettist Development Program. For more, visit: http://www.bretadamsltd.net/content/client/lyricists/royce-vavrek/.   Renowned opera singer and recitalist, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner, German lieder to contemporary and classic American song. Ms. Blythe has performed on many of the world's great stages, such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris National Opera and San Francisco, Chicago Lyric and Seattle Operas. Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon, and Giulio Cesare; and Frugola, Principessa, and Zita in Il Trittico; Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre; Waltraute in Götterdämmerung; Azucena in Il Trovatore; Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera; Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress; Ježibaba in Rusalka; Jocasta in Oedipus Rex; Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites; Mistress Quickly in Falstaff; and Ino/Juno in Semele. She also created the role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This summer she sings the title role in Samson et Dalilah with the Atlanta Symphony, and next season she returns to the San Francisco Opera as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and the Houston Grand Opera as Nettie Fowler in Carousel. She also performs her new program, Sing, America! Ms. Blythe was named Musical America's Vocalist of the Year in 2009, received an Opera News Award in 2007, and won the Richard Tucker Award in 1999. Ms. Blythe released her first crossover recording on the Innova label with pianist Craig Terry in 2013 and is also the Artistic Director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar at the Crane School of Music. For more, visit: http://www.stephanieblythemezzo.com/about/.   Stunning audiences with her sterling lyric soprano voice and incisive stage personality, American soprano Heidi Stober has established herself as a house favorite at leading companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Since her critically acclaimed debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in the fall of 2008, Ms. Stober has cultivated a long standing relationship with the company, going on to appear in a variety of leading roles including Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Micaëla in Carmen, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in a new production of L’elisir d’amore, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Nannetta in Falstaff, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Princess Ninette in Robert Carsen’s new production of Prokofiev’s L’Amour des Trois Oranges. Heidi’s professional training took place at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and she holds degrees from Lawrence University and the New England Conservatory. For more, visit: http://www.heidistober.com/biography/.   Tenor Theo Lebow began 2015 with a very successful return to Seattle Opera as Jupiter and Apollo in Handel’s Semele. The Seattle Times praised him for his “Tonal beauty, alacrity, and commendable passagework.” In the spring of 2015, Mr. Lebow sang a wide variety of concert and recital engagements, including a debut with The German Forum, and a return to The New York Festival Of Song for concerts at both Merkin Hall, New York City, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. He also sang Schubert’s “Die Winterreise” at the Gretna Music Festival with the Henschel String Quartet, a performance later broadcast on NPR. A notable success was Mr. Lebow’s debut in May 2014 with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera 27, a recording of the opera has since been recorded on Albany Records. For more, visit http://www.kenbensonartists.com/roster/artist/theo-lebow.   Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh is a versatile singer on the rise, whom Opera News recently claimed was “so clearly headed for success.” Most recent credits include the title role in Eugene Onegin, Argante in Rinaldo, Cecco in Gli Uccelatori, Le Directeur/ Gendarme in Les Mammelles de Tiresias, and Ramiro in L’heure Espangole at the Wiener Kammeroper in Vienna. Tobias also sang the role of Schaunard in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera and Argante in Rinaldo at the New Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Upcoming engagements include Carmina Burana with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, a leading role in an upcoming production for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at the Franz Lehàr Festival at Bad Ischl, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and Littore/Tribune in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Theater an der Wien, Escamillo in Carmen,The Father in Hansel and Gretel at the Wiener Kammeroper, and Morales in Carmen with Palm Beach Opera. As a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he created the roles of Leo Stein and Man Ray in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. He is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, from which he earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. For more, visit: http://tobiasgreenhalgh.com/about/.   Bass-baritone, Daniel Brevik, raised in the small town of Holliston, Massachusetts, grew up playing football, delivering newspapers and singing Sinatra tunes. During his studies at Plymouth State University, Brevik started singing with the Chamber Singers, and under the superb direction of Dr. Daniel Perkins, toured around The U.S., Vietnam, and Italy. Brevik was soon awarded the Wendy Shattuck Presidential Scholarship by the New England Conservatory for his studies in opera. Although his experience in opera was limited, his coaches and teachers, combined with hard work helped him to learn fast. After receiving his masters from NEC, Danny was hired as a member of the 2013 Gerdine Young Artist program at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Danny proved to be a stand-out during his first engagement with OTSL and was rehired as the “Android” for OTSL’s The Very Last Green Thing. OTSL later asked him to become a soloist in their artist in residence program where he got to showcase his skills in Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Country Music and R&B at schools around St. Louis. In 2014, the role of 27's Henri Matisse/Ernest Hemmingway was written for Brevik, and as a result, he got to perform in the world premiere. Brevik continued his quest of sharing music, traveling and singing all over Moldova, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, on a mission of spreading the joy of music to third world countries. For more, visit:  http://dannybrevik.wix.com/dbrevik#!biography/c1enr.   Ted Sperling has maintained an active and successful career in the theater and concert worlds for over thirty years. A multi-faceted artist, he is a director, music director, conductor, orchestrator, singer, pianist, violinist and violist. He is the Artistic Director of MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) and Principal Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic.  Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include the rapturously received revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I and South Pacific; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Mr. Sperling has an active concert career, working with many major symphony orchestras, and singers Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Idina Menzel, Paulo Szot and Deborah Voigt.  For more, visit tedsperling.net.   American stage director James Robinson is Artistic Director at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where he has mounted productions including Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (American premiere), Ash’s The Golden Ticket (world premiere), Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (also presented at the Wexford Festival), and Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and Nixon in China (a production seen throughout the United States and Canada). Elsewhere, Robinson has directed new productions for Houston Grand Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor, Giulio Cesare and Abduction from the Seraglio), San Francisco Opera (Norma, Il Trittico and L’Elisir d’amore) and the Canadian Opera Company (Norma, Elektra and Nixon in China). For the Santa Fe Opera, he has directed new productions of Capriccio, Così fan tutte and The Rake’s Progress, and numerous productions for the New York City Opera (La bohème, Hansel and Gretel and Il viaggio a Reims). His work has also been seen at the Australian Opera, the Washington Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Minnesota Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. Additionally, he has created productions for the London Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein’s Mass and Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher), the Hollywood Bowl (Amadeus), Carnegie Hall, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Future plans include a revival of Dr Sun Yat Sen and collaborations with Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera. For more, visit:http://www.rayfieldallied.com/artists/james-robinson/   Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and the Caramoor Summer Season. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor. OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble make up OSL’s artistic core. Through its Education & Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive in- and after-school instrumental instruction program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.   Under the artistic direction of conductor Ted Sperling, MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at New York City Center, Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and Verdi’s Requiem. Some of the solo artists who have sung with MasterVoices recently include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Idle, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. For more information, visit mastervoices.org.  Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).   MasterVoices’ 2015-2016 Season continues with:   Dido and Aeneas By Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate With a World Premiere of “The Daughters of Necessity: A Prologue” by Michael John LaChiusa   Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko Conducted by Ted Sperling and Directed and Choreographed by Doug Varone With Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Doug Varone and Dancers   April 28, 2016 at 7pm and April 29, 2016 at 8pm New York City Center Tickets available at nycitycenter.org Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall Tickets available at carnegiehall.org   Bridges The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring Naamah’s Ark, a World Premiere work with music by Marisa Michelson and libretto by Royce Vavrek, developed for the launch of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program, Bridges. June 5, 2016 at Ansche Chesed Synagogue   The Verbier Festival, Switzerland MasterVoices makes its 8th appearance at the Verbier Festival with performances of: Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, on June 23, 2016 Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Charles Dutoit, July 25, 2016 Both programs will be livestreamed on Medici.tv     Read more

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Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

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Conductors, do you let your singers ask questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons? Read more

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