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Articles

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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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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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

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Neptune

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Neptune

102 Walnut St. Neptune NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Meet the performers at a reception following the concert. Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

83 Power St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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You won’t want to miss this rare performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Renaissance motet Spem in alium, widely considered to be the greatest piece of English early music, as part of the TMC's annual Sacred Music for a Sacred Space Performance.   Read more

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ESSENTIAL VOICES USA PRESENTS BEYOND BROADWAY: COMPOSERS GO CHORAL

ESSENTIAL VOICES USA PRESENTS BEYOND BROADWAY: COMPOSERS GO CHORAL

New York, NY

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On April 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm, Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) will present BEYOND BROADWAY: COMPOSERS GO CHORAL at the DiMenna Space for Classical Music, 450 West 37 Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues), New York City.     The evening will feature ensemble music and conversation with composer/lyricists who have worked closely with conductor and music director Judith Clurman and her Essential Voices USA. Guests attending include Sheldon Harnick, Larry Hochman, Andrew Lippa, Richard Maltby, Joshua Schmidt, Stephen Schwartz, Lynne Shankel, David Shire, Georgia Stitt, Jonathan Tunick, and Maury Yeston. Midge Woolsey will host the evening. Tedd Firth will be at the piano. Read more

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New York Choral Society presents For Those We’ve Loved

New York Choral Society presents For Those We’ve Loved

New York, NY

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New York, NY – For immediate release The New York Choral Society and Music Director David Hayes will continue its season on April 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm at Carnegie Hall with a program titled For Those We’ve Loved.  The program includes On The Transmigration of Souls by John Adams and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Paul Hindemith.  The critically acclaimed Young People’s Chorus of New York City, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, baritone Lee Poulis and The Mannes Orchestra will be joining the New York Choral Society for this performance.   Read more

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We Hear America Singing!

We Hear America Singing!

485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ

Cantabile Chamb... | Performance

Cantabile's 2014-2015 season comes to a close in a concert celebrating composers and music which draw upon our rich and diversee repertoire while continuing our commitment to new and underperformed music. Read more

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Voce Chamber Singers:  Sweet Harmony

Voce Chamber Singers: Sweet Harmony

543 Beulah Rd., Vienna, VA 22180

Joan Winter Skerritt | Families

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Voce Chamber Singers:  Sweet Harmony

Voce Chamber Singers: Sweet Harmony

11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston, VA 20191

Joan Winter Skerritt | Families

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Sanctuary Music by Candlelight

Sanctuary Music by Candlelight

3133 Dumbarton St. NW Washington, DC 20007

Dumbarton Concerts | Adults/Seniors, Performance

Dumbarton Concerts presents The Tiffany Consort conducted by Nicholas White for an evening of Tallis, Allegri, Albinoni, and J.S. Bach. The program also includes the world premiere of "My Mother's Shadow" by Nicholas White, Grammy nominee and the Music Director of The Boston Cecilia. "My Mother's Shadow" is based on the fourth cello suite of J.S. Bach, on whose birthday the concert will take place. Read more

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South Hadley Chorale presents Haydn's "Creation" and Alice Parker

South Hadley Chorale presents Haydn's "Creation" and Alice Parker

South Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing

South Hadley Chorale performs parts 1 and 2 of Haydn's Creation in Alice Parker and Robert Shaw's Engish retranslation, and Alice Parker's Children, Saints, and Charming Sounds joined by the South Hadley Children's Chorus. Alice Parker herself will be our honored guest at the performance. Read more

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Psalms of Praise and Peace

Psalms of Praise and Peace

30 Fenner St. Providence, RI

Rhode Island Ci... | Performance

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale Presents "Psalms of Praise & Peace" 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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