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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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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Over the years, many talented conductors have participated in Chorus America’s Masterclasses. The Voice asked past Fellows to share where they are now, and how their Masterclass experience has shaped their different professional paths. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Resources

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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Commissioning Timeline

Commissioning Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Operations, Sample/Template

Commissioning a new work? Follow this two-year timeline to help plot out which steps you should take when. This timeline is appropriate for a work that does not involve complicated instrumental requirements or multiple movements. Read more

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Events

Musica Sacra, Meredith Monk and Jocelyn Hagen Celebrate Women’s History Month | Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center | Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Musica Sacra, Meredith Monk and Jocelyn Hagen Celebrate Women’s History Month | Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center | Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

New York, NY

Nancy Shear Art... | CA News

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LOL-Laugh Out Loud!

LOL-Laugh Out Loud!

Brookline, MA

Anita Kupriss | Performance

Labyrinth Choir's next concert series is called LOL--Laugh Out Loud! Read more

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LOL-Laugh Out Loud!

LOL-Laugh Out Loud!

Lexington, MA

Anita Kupriss | Performance

Labyrinth Choir's next concert series is called LOL--Laugh Out Loud! Read more

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Great Choral Masterpieces

Great Choral Masterpieces

2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA

Nan Hall | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

We asked for your favorites and now we present a wonderful concert of beloved choral anthems from across the centuries. From Palestrina through Mozart, to contemporary genius, Morten Lauridsen, Richmond Choral Society will thrill you with the beauty of these choral masterpieces. www.richmondchoralsociety.org Read more

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Glory Be! One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Debuts Greer World Premiere

Glory Be! One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Debuts Greer World Premiere

Richmond, Virginia

ovcconductor2 | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Richmond’s One Voice Chorus will perform the world premiere of a work by Richmond local composer Bryan Greer in its concert, “Glory Be! Contemporary Spirituals for a Contemporary World.” The program will feature spiritual and gospel arrangements of Moses Hogan, Rosephanye Powell, Richard Smallwood, and Mack Wilberg, among others. Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Presents J.S. Bach Mass in B-minor

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Presents J.S. Bach Mass in B-minor

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Performance, Symphonic

The Mass in B minor invites us to be both emotionally uplifted and intellectually challenged by Bach’s musical imagination. Noel Edison’s skill at bringing choral and orchestral forces together along with the TMC’s clarity of expression are a great match for this monumental work. Read more

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Cuba's Premiere A Capella Men's Chorus Sine Nomine with San Francisco Boys Chorus Feb. 25

Cuba's Premiere A Capella Men's Chorus Sine Nomine with San Francisco Boys Chorus Feb. 25

San Francisco, CA

Rebecca Nestle | Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance

San Francisco Boys Chorus and Ragazzi Boys Chorus present the award-winning men’s chamber chorus CAMERATA VOCALE SINE NOMINE from Havana, Cuba in their first visit to the United States. The internationally-acclaimed group will perform a program of a capella works by early composers and contemporary North American and Cuban composers on Feb. 25, 8 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St. in San Francisco. They will be introduced by San Francisco Boys Chorus’ top performance group, which will perform a short set, along with one or two songs with SINE NOMINE. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through www.sfbc.org or at the door.   Sample SINE NOMINE on youtube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w0opwL2nIo [Ensalada Italiana, Richard Genée] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnQyqvHCT3E [Chan Chan, Francisco Repilado, arr. Jorge Martinez] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbNrw9gqJFU [Cachita, Rafael Hernandez] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1iEu9ZQ4jY [Unicornio Azul, Silvio Rodríguez] Read more

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NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY    Presents  Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms  Gustav Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY Presents Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms Gustav Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus

881 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019

amandascoleman | Performance, Professional, Singing

  The New York Choral Society (NYCS) returns to Carnegie Hall under the baton of David Hayes on Tuesday, April 29th at 8pm to perform the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms in Carnegie Hall with a special appearance by acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh. Read more

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Essence of Joy Alumni Singers Concerts

Essence of Joy Alumni Singers Concerts

Bethlehem, PA

VPAMPR EOJAS | Diversity, Performance, Singing

The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers®, under the direction of Dr. Anthony T. Leach, perform sacred and secular music from the African and African-American choral traditions. The choir, founded in 2005, is composed of alumni of the Essence of Joy Choir of The Pennsylvania State University. Read more

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Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

684 W. North Avenue, Coolidge, Arizona 85128

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Come join The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus for "Medley Madness"- a delightful selection of energetic choral medleys from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer including standards from the Big Band and Swing era favorites! This music is fun for all ages. The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus is conducted by Terrie Ashbaugh, MM Executive Director and Stacey Seaman, MM Assistant Director. Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus is a founding member of the Arizona Choral Arts Association 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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