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Articles

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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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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Resources

The Choral Music of Healey Willan: Part II

The Choral Music of Healey Willan: Part II

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 188 Read more

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The Choral Music of Healey Willan: Part I

The Choral Music of Healey Willan: Part I

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 187 Read more

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The Choral Music of R. Murray Schafer

The Choral Music of R. Murray Schafer

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 184 Read more

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Events

Choral Concert by St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir

Choral Concert by St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir

Los Angeles, CA

Gobsmackd | Performance

The award-winning St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir from England will be performing at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Saturday, February 13 as part of their 2016 California Choral Tour!       Read more

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Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

25 Marlborough Rd., Soutthborough, MA 01772

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Alexander's Feast by Handel with orchestra and soloists Read more

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Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Symphonic

  Conduct the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C major and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with professional choir and orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop. Read more

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At the Pleasure of Mazarin: Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris

At the Pleasure of Mazarin: Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris

417 East 61st Street

salonsanctuary | Performance

  Virtuoso compositions by Roman composers Luigi Rossi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and Giacomo Carissimi from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, brought to France by Cardinal Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert. Read more

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CAMP

CAMP

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Conducting

Seattle Women's Chorus February 26-28, 2016 Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center A hilarious romp through the trials and trails from your favorite outdoor adventures. Summer camp memories: the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitos, the fighting, and those awkward showers. Relive it all — from a safe distance — when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of possibly more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves. Featuring Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt). Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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Acappellago presents "You Name It?!"

Acappellago presents "You Name It?!"

Oak Brook, IL & Batavia, IL

patricia m smith | Audiences

Shakespeare famously asked "What's in a name?" Acappellago's answer? A song!   Read more

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“Renew the Face of the Earth”: Celebrations of the Beauty of Creation

“Renew the Face of the Earth”: Celebrations of the Beauty of Creation

1545 Tremont St., Boston, MA

alarosamontez_s... | Performance

Reflections on the splendor of this fragile Earth, with works by Johannes Brahms, Petr Eben, Patricia Van Ness, Abbie Betinis, Gwyneth Walker, and a commissioned work from Polina Nazaykinskaya.   The Seraphim Singers has created a special niche among Boston’s performing elite with sensitive and probing performances of a wide variety of the masterpieces of sacred choral music drawn from the earliest times to the twenty-first century.  Founded and directed by Jennifer Lester, The Seraphim Singers has gathered critical acclaim for its advanced technique and superb sense of style.   For tickets and information, go to: http://www.seraphimsingers.org/concerts/. Read more

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“Renew the Face of the Earth”: Celebrations of the Beauty of Creation

“Renew the Face of the Earth”: Celebrations of the Beauty of Creation

81 Elm St., Concord, MA

alarosamontez_s... | Performance

Reflections on the splendor of this fragile Earth, with works by Johannes Brahms, Petr Eben, Patricia Van Ness, Abbie Betinis, Gwyneth Walker, and a commissioned work from Polina Nazaykinskaya. The Seraphim Singers has created a special niche among Boston’s performing elite with sensitive and probing performances of a wide variety of the masterpieces of sacred choral music drawn from the earliest times to the twenty-first century.  Founded and directed by Jennifer Lester, The Seraphim Singers has gathered critical acclaim for its advanced technique and superb sense of style. For tickets and information, go to: http://www.seraphimsingers.org/concerts/. 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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