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Copyright and the Community Chorus

Copyright and the Community Chorus

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Legal/Licensing, Repertoire, Technology, Volunteer

Now more than ever, it’s important for choruses to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of published music. New technologies are changing the way organizations purchase and use copyrighted materials. To complement a session at the 2018 Chorus America Conference, five music publishers talk about the key questions they are facing. Read more

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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Robert Marovich | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Liza Beth | Careers, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the leading women in the Chorus America community to tell us about the women who inspire their work. Here are their answers. Read more

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Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

Choruses seek to foster an open, welcoming culture, but some practices can exclude and cause pain for transgender singers. Here are some steps your chorus can take to avoid them. Read more

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'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

Jill Kimball | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

For any chorus, finding the right repertoire can be an imposing task. But the process is especially difficult for community choruses. Why is the search so hard for them, how do they deal with the obstacles, and what more can be done to help these ensembles locate the music that’s right for them? Read more

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Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

In our Winter 2017-18 issue of The Voice, Chorus America spoke to conductors and publishers about how to address the challenge of finding quality repertoire for community choruses. So what are some specific pieces that these publishers and composers would recommend for these groups? We asked a wide range of publishers and composers in the field to recommend one work from their own catalogue that they felt is especially suited to community choruses. The list we compiled represents a broad spectrum of cultural traditions, orchestrations, and voicings—including links to websites for more information when available. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

How can choruses foster a more inclusive culture for transgender singers? This list of resources accompanies our article from the Winter 2017-18 issue of the Voice on welcoming transgender singers. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

In creating a chorus culture that is welcoming to transgender singers, terminology can be something that some choral leaders may need catching up on. This list of key terms below supplements our article in the Winter 2017-18 Voice on making choruses welcoming for transgender singers. Read more

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Resources

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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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Is your chorus ready for a founder transition? This 9-question quiz will help you determine the answer. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition. Read more

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Events

Dynamic Duos with Chicago a cappella

Dynamic Duos with Chicago a cappella

Naperville, IL; Oak Park, IL; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance, Singing

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Polish Splendor with Chicago a cappella

Polish Splendor with Chicago a cappella

Evanston, IL; Oak Park, IL; Naperville, IL; Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Families, Performance, Singing

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Silver Bells: Holidays a cappella with Chicago a cappella

Silver Bells: Holidays a cappella with Chicago a cappella

Oak Park, IL; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL; Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Families, Performance, Singing

http://www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts/event/holidays_a_cappella_silver_bells Read more

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The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

212 East Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale presents its first concert of the 2018-2019 season at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., NE, Wahington, DC) on Friday and Saturday November 2 and 3 starting at 8:00 PM.  The concert is free and open to the public. Read more

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walnut Creek, CA

David Morales | Families

Cantare Con Vivo presents its renowned holiday concert Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Read more

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Oakland, CA

David Morales | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families

Cantare Con Vivo presents its renowned holiday concert Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Read more

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VOCE Chamber Singers--  Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

543 Beulah Rd. Vienna, VA 22180

Sid Schwartz | Performance

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VOCE Chamber Singers--  Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

2455 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Sid Schwartz | Performance

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Fired Up! Singing for Justice with Holly Near

Fired Up! Singing for Justice with Holly Near

Los Angeles, CA

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Kenmore, WA

Caroline Little | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the “war to end all wars.” Our concert is inspired by the Christmas truce in 1914 during which roughly 100,000 English, French, and German troops ceased hostilities to offer holiday greetings, mingle, and even exchange gifts. We celebrate this spirit of peace with carols and holiday music from England, France, and Germany. December 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of the creation and premiere of the beloved carol “Silent Night,” written during an era when all of Europe suffered from political upheaval, war, and economic hardship. In 1818, Joseph Mohr brought his original text to organist Franz Xaver Gruber and asked for a simple melody with guitar accompaniment for a Christmas Eve service—the result has since become a timeless expression of light, hope, and solace. 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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