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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

Meistersingers - Ikon: All Night Vigil by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Meistersingers - Ikon: All Night Vigil by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Orange County, California

Meistersingers | Performance

"It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches a glimpse of eternity though the window of time" - Einojunhani Rautaavara What is created when deep faith meets childlike awe? When mature passion meets extraordinary restraint? You get Rautaavara's All-Night Vigil. In the composer's greatest work for a cappella chorus, he takes us through one of the most intimate and exhaustive exhortations of faith. With his now-familiar mystical writing, complete with the usage of quarter-tones and whisper choruses, we welcome Basso-Profundo soloist, Mr. James Hayden, in presenting the California premiere of this monumental masterwork. Join us for an exceptional evening of this profound and gorgeous work of art. Read more

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Verdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance

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Columbia Pro Cantare Celebrates Music by Women Composers

Columbia Pro Cantare Celebrates Music by Women Composers

Columbia, MD

CPC | Performance

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform music by three renowned women composers, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 pm, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. The featured work is the Grand Mass in E-Flat Major by Amy Beach, the first major female American composer.    Read more

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Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River Meets the Sea

Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River Meets the Sea

Batavia, IL

acappellago | Audiences

Acappellago presents "Escape to...Where the River Meets the Sea." Read more

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Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River meets the Sea

Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River meets the Sea

Oak Brook, IL

acappellago | Audiences

Acappellago will present two performances of its thirteenth annual spring concert, “Escape to…Where the River Meets the Sea.”  Read more

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Acappellago presents In Nature's Realm

Acappellago presents In Nature's Realm

Wheaton, IL

acappellago | Fundraising

  Acappellago announces that on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm, it will present its seventh biennial benefit recital and silent auction. This year’s musical theme is “In Nature’s Realm.” Read more

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She Sings: A Concert Celebrating the Power of Women's Voices

She Sings: A Concert Celebrating the Power of Women's Voices

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Young Women's C... | Singing

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She Sings: A Concert Celebrating the Power of Women's Voices

She Sings: A Concert Celebrating the Power of Women's Voices

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Young Women's C... | Singing

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

Around the World in 80 Minutes

7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

yvonne dolby | Audiences

  ProMusica Arizona singers and instrumentalists will present a unique twist and international experience for the audience of Around the World in 80 Minutes. Upon entering the venue, ticket holders will be given a schedule of eight 20-minute mini-concerts from which they can choose the four events they want to attend – a “design your own world tour concert experience.” The selections include an exciting mix of music from across the globe before the grand finale. 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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