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Articles

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

Judith Malafronte | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Technology, Venue

Is this growing trend a gimmick? Or a glimpse of the future? Read more

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50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

Michael Doan | Careers, Profile

Choral conductor Robert Shafer reflects on his many experiences over the span of his 50 years in the Washington, DC choral community with choral singer and writer Michael Doan. Read more

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Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Mike Rowan | Careers, Profile

David Hagen has a deep sense of belonging to the place he was raised. “I'm just an Alaska lover,” he says. “I love the wilderness, and it's something that's a critical part of my life.” Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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Dressing Your Chorus

Dressing Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

Whether your chorus has 10 singers or 110, what those singers wear matters. The overall look should complement, not distract from, the music and communicate a certain level of seriousness, or as one choral conductor quipped, “not like you just walked in off the street.”  Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. 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 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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Events

Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

  DIABLO CHORAL ARTISTS presents a choral journey of Summer Travels, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rossini & Copland.  Read more

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GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

Tolland, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale Chamber Singers, comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers, will present a very special concert, “Vocal Alchemy.” Read more

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GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

GMChorale to Present “Vocal Alchemy” on June 3 & June 4

Glastonbury, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

GMChorale Chamber Singers, comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers, will present a very special concert, “Vocal Alchemy.” Read more

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“How Can I Keep from Singing?” Young Women's Chorus Tour Send-off Concert

“How Can I Keep from Singing?” Young Women's Chorus Tour Send-off Concert

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... | Performance

We couldn’t ask for better ambassadors to Europe than our Young Women’s Chorus who embark this June on a concert tour to Slovenia, Austria and Hungary. Their tour send-off concert features the apt American hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and sacred and secular music from all three European countries, with works by Haydn, Schubert, Kodaly, Jez and Gyöngyösi. In addition, expect lots of Americana, including folk music, jazz and traditional spirituals. For more information email us at info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787. Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & UK's Huddersfield Choral Society joint concert to be webcast

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & UK's Huddersfield Choral Society joint concert to be webcast

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Performance

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is joined by the U.K.’s Huddersfield Choral Society for a concert of choral classics, including many works by some of the great English church composers. Enjoy the grand symphonic sound of the combined voices of these two great choirs. This concert will be webcast live on Livestream. Read more

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Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

213 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Chorale presents "Reverent Sounds in A Sacred Space" led by Artistic Director Craig Arnold and featuring members of the New York City Chamber Orchestra at the gorgeous St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, May 23 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus Spring Concert

Chesapeake Children's Chorus Spring Concert

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media

The Chesapeke Children's Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing.  Operating as the children's branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students in Grades 2-8 with a unique choral education. Read more

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holds Auditions June 1-4, 2017

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holds Auditions June 1-4, 2017

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Singing

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding annual auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2017) to 12 on June 1-4, 2017 (times vary), in Pasadena.  Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.   LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.   Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 31st season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County.   LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)    Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven-level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training.  Advancement through the program is based on mid- and end-of-year evaluations.  Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.     High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events.  LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters. There is a $50 fee per audition.  Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request.  Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Read more

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Bach’s Mass in B Minor / Concord Chorus

Bach’s Mass in B Minor / Concord Chorus

Lexington, MA

Kevin Leong | General

Join the Concord Chorus for Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnificent “Mass in B Minor” with professional soloists and period orchestra. Read more

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Schola Cantorum Closes Season with a Concert of Past Commissions and New Works

Schola Cantorum Closes Season with a Concert of Past Commissions and New Works

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Audiences

Schola Cantorum will wind up their concert season with reminiscences of music the choral group has performed in their 53-year history, plus new works, two of which are inspired by local high school poets.  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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