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Articles

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

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

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

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

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

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

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

Ten helpful guidelines to help establish a healthy annual performance review process for the music director of your chorus. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

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

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Recruitment, Strategic Planning

A founder transition requires strong leadership from the board. Is your board ready? Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

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

Questions to answer as you begin a founding music director transition. Read more

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The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 198 Read more

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Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

Handel’s practice of borrowing from other composers allows us the opportunity to probe into the great composer’s style and creative thought processes. A number of scholars have shown without question that the majority of Handel’s borrowings transform his source materials into new creations entirely his own. But what does “entirely his own” really mean? Read more

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Events

Sing We and Chant It

Sing We and Chant It

Lafayette, CA

David Morales | Performance

The Cantare Con Vivo Chamber Ensemble opens its season with a program featuring works by Morley, Monteverdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Pärt, Paulus, Diemer and Quick. Read more

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Sing We and Chant It

Sing We and Chant It

Alameda, CA

David Morales | Performance

The Cantare Con Vivo Chamber Ensemble opens its season with a program featuring works by Morley, Monteverdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Pärt, Paulus, Diemer and Quick.  Read more

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Baltic Shores

Baltic Shores

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... | Performance

Come along with us as the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco joins forces with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus for a musical journey to the shores of the Baltic Sea. Rich in cultural identities and languages, the Baltic region inspires this program of contemporary and classic works from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Read more

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DCINY Mentoring Program in January 2019 in NYC with Doreen Rao

DCINY Mentoring Program in January 2019 in NYC with Doreen Rao

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

The DCINY Mentoring Program is an ideal workshop for conductors wishing to gain a supervised, interactive experience with orchestral musicians. Read more

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Winter Tapestry 2018: Winter Dreams

Winter Tapestry 2018: Winter Dreams

West Palm Beach, FL

Beth Clark | Performance

Treat yourself, your friends and family to a magical evening of song with the highly acclaimed Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. Read more

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Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy

Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance, Singing

In culmination of DCINY’s Tenth Anniversary Season, Maestro Jonathan Griffith conducts the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy. The concert will feature performers from all over the globe. Read more

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Coumbia Pro Cantare: Go for Baroque

Coumbia Pro Cantare: Go for Baroque

Columbia, MD

CPC | Audiences, Performance

Columbia Pro Cantare opens its 42nd season October 20, 2018, 8 pm, at the Jim Rouse Theatre with a concert dedicated to Baroque composers Read more

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A Winter Rose: The Holiday Music of Joseph Martin and Mark Hayes

A Winter Rose: The Holiday Music of Joseph Martin and Mark Hayes

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

American composers/conductors Joseph Martin and Mark Hayes bring their original choral music to Carnegie Hall to celebrate the holidays. This performance features the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra. Read more

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Messiah…Refreshed!

Messiah…Refreshed!

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

DCINY celebrates the holiday season with the eighth annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, the Beecham/Goossens 1959 re-orchestration for full symphony orchestra. The performance is led by Maestro Jonathan Griffith, featuring an international choir made up of singers from all over the world. Read more

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Symphony of Carols: The Music of Randol Bass and Pepper Choplin

Symphony of Carols: The Music of Randol Bass and Pepper Choplin

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

This program features holiday music from composer Randol Bass conducted by DCINY Artistic Director and Co-Founder Maestro Jonathan Griffith. The evening will also include the World Premiere of Christmas Presence conducted by the composer, Pepper Choplin. This concert features the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra. 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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