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Articles

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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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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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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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 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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Events

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI

Rhode Island Ci... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance

 The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, presents J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Read more

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

30 Fenner St., Providence, RI 02903

Rhode Island Ci... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance

 The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Sings The Great American Songbook

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings The Great American Songbook

Columbia, MD 21044

CPC | Performance

In the final concert of the 2014-2015 season, Columbia Pro Cantare salutes the music that represents America to the world: popular songs from the 1920s through 1950s that comprise “The Great American Songbook.” Read more

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Handel's "Messiah"

Handel's "Messiah"

Omaha, NE

Edward Bruce Hurd |

Voices of Omaha presents its 47th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah." Read more

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Sing and Be Merry

Sing and Be Merry

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

This concert features all three ensembles of the Young Women's Choral Projects: Prelude, Allegro and the Young Women's Choruses of San Francisco. It includes each ensemble singing its own solo selections, as well as several combined pieces by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams from "Folk Songs of the Four Seasons." Expect a wonderful culmination of a year's music education with YWCP. Read more

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King David by Arthur Honegger

King David by Arthur Honegger

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm, also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama.  Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”, musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor.  The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas, brings performances of this drama to the public in late April 2015.  Guest Artists: Joanna Latini - Soprano Anthony McKay - Narrator Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe - Witch of Endor Read more

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Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Repertoire

 The best of Broadway and The Beatles ... who could ask for anything more? This concert is brimming with songs from your favorite musicals and some of The Beatles’ biggest hits.  We promise you'll love every minute!     Read more

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American Classical Orchestra presents  Maddalena  ai piedi di Christo by Caldara; Handel, Allegri and Torelli

American Classical Orchestra presents Maddalena ai piedi di Christo by Caldara; Handel, Allegri and Torelli

New York, NY

nsg | Performance

NEW YORK, NY-   On Tuesday, April 21st at 8:00PM, the American Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Crawford, presents Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Christo  which will feature Czech soprano Hana Blažíková along with sopranos Lianne Coble and Marcy Richardson; mezzo-sopranos Abigail Fischer and Solange Merdinian; tenors Martin Coyle and Lawrence Jones and baritone Christopher Herbert. The program also includes Handel’s Chandos Anthem, The Lord is My Light; Allegri’s Miserere which features the American Classical Orchestra Chorus and Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto in D Major with John Thiessen, ACO Principal Trumpet. The concert will be held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin,145 West 46th Street, New York City.   Read more

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Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ. Read more

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Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ.Repertoire will include pieces by Karen P. Thomas, Sheila Bristow,Henning Sommerro, and more. Vuelie will feature the ensembles singing together on Eric William Barnum's new work, 'Heaven Full of Stars' - and the famous Eatnemen Vuelie (as featured in 'Frozen').  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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