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Articles

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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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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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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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

Vancouver Chamber Choir - MONTEVERDI VESPERS OF 1610 - The Early Baroque Masterpiece

Vancouver Chamber Choir - MONTEVERDI VESPERS OF 1610 - The Early Baroque Masterpiece

6265 Crescent Rd at East Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Early Music Vancouver and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are collaborating in this spectacular performance of Monteverdi’s great masterpiece - the monumental Vespers of 1610. The Choir joins in with eight outstanding vocal soloists and an orchestra of Baroque instrumentalists from Pacific MusicWorks under the direction of guest conductorStephen Stubbs.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Jolle Greenleaf, Soprano Catherine Webster, Soprano Laura Pudwell, Mezzo-Soprano Charles Daniels, Tenor Zachary Wilder, Tenor Ross Hauck, Tenor Douglas Williams, Bass-Baritone Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone Pacific MusicWorks Stephen Stubbs, Conductor   Repertoire Claudio Monteverdi     Vespers of 1610   Tickets: $17.50 - $66.00 www.tickets.ubc.ca  604-822-2697 https://tickets.ubc.ca/online/mapSelect.asp?BOset%3A%3AWSmap%3A%3Aseatmap%3A%3Aperformance_ids=2249D2FE-9277-45E3-A158-D871B01328CC SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE!   Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - BYRD TO BARD - The Glorious English Tradition

Vancouver Chamber Choir - BYRD TO BARD - The Glorious English Tradition

2205 W. 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir explore the magnificent choral music of England, ranging from the rich polyphony of Elizabethan master William Byrd to the jaunty Shakespeare settings of present day composer John Rutter.   Repertoire William Byrd                 Mass for Five Voices Edward Elgar                Two Partsongs Benjamin Britten           Deus in adjutorium meum                                                 Michael Tippett             Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time Frederick Delius           To be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water Gerald Finzi                  Three Short Elegies                                                          John Rutter                   Two Shakespeare Settings   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-from-byrd-to-vancouver-british-columbia-09-25-2015/event/11004EB39B6C85B8?artistid=899635&majorcati   1-855-985-2787 SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE!   Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary Read more

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Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert: The Peace of Christmas

Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert: The Peace of Christmas

300 West Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72201

Arkansas Chambe... | Performance

Our annual holiday concert will feature traditional music of the season as well as choral music centered on Christmas peace. This concert is free and open to the public. Read more

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Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Music of the Night

Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Music of the Night

321 Pleasant Valley Drive Little Rock, AR 72212

Arkansas Chambe... | Performance

The opening concert features excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil", "Nocturnes" by Morten Lauridsen and "Water Night" by Eric Whitacre.  Read more

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Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Music of the Night

Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Music of the Night

801 Sherman St Little Rock, AR 72202

Arkansas Chambe... | Performance

The opening concert features excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil", "Nocturnes" by Morten Lauridsen and "Water Night" by Eric Whitacre.  Read more

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The Advent Project with Lori Piitz, piano

The Advent Project with Lori Piitz, piano

201 South Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Rick Roe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media

The professional choral ensemble, The Advent Project, with pianist Lori Piitz, presents a concert of a cappella and piano accompanied Lieder on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 8:00 pm at The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.     Read more

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Triptych: A World Without End

Triptych: A World Without End

57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Symphonic, Venue

Triptych: A World Without End Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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True Concord Voices & Orchestra

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

True Concord Voices & Orchestra A COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT FOR THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center 1941 Broadway at 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp 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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