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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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Dressing Your Chorus

Dressing Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

Whether your chorus has 10 singers or 110, what those singers wear matters. The overall look should complement, not distract from, the music and communicate a certain level of seriousness, or as one choral conductor quipped, “not like you just walked in off the street.”  Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Profile

“There are so many commonalities between directing a community choir and the church music experience,” says Tom Dooling of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio.  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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My First German Requiem

My First German Requiem

Matthew Sigman | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Symphonic

After performing the Brahms Requiem as the centerpiece of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium in mid-April, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought the work to New York for a special performance at Carnegie Hall. Music journalist Matthew Sigman attended the New York performance—which also included Jonathan Leshnoff’s newly-commissioned work Zohar—and reflects on his experience hearing the masterpiece for the first time. Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. Read more

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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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Resources

The Choral Music of Healey Willan: Part III

The Choral Music of Healey Willan: Part III

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 189 Read more

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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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Events

Annual A Cappella Jazz & Pop Concert

Annual A Cappella Jazz & Pop Concert

401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco CA 94102

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance

Experience Pacific Edge Voice's outrageously popular and truly original A Cappella Jazz & Pop concert. "Hardly strictly" just jazz and pop, the program often includes rock, folk, Latin, R&B, country, body percussion, or anything that might tickle our fancy, with groups ranging in size from duets to the full 25-member chorus. Read more

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PEV's Annual A Cappella Jazz & Pop Concert

PEV's Annual A Cappella Jazz & Pop Concert

1475 Rose St, Berkeley CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance

Experience Pacific Edge Voice's outrageously popular and truly original A Cappella Jazz & Pop concert. "Hardly strictly" just jazz and pop, the program often includes rock, folk, Latin, R&B, country, body percussion, or anything that might tickle our fancy, with groups ranging in size from duets to the full 25-member chorus. Read more

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Coro Allegro presents “We Are Here”

Coro Allegro presents “We Are Here”

Boston, MA

Coro Allegro | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Diversity, General, Performance, Singing

Coro Allegro, Boston’s acclaimed classical chorus for members, friends, and allies of the LGBT community, and Artistic Director David Hodgkins present “We Are Here,”  featuring Aluta continua: The passion of David Kato Kisule by Eric Banks. Read more

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Vox Grata Women's Choir presents "Songs on an Eastern Wind"

Vox Grata Women's Choir presents "Songs on an Eastern Wind"

Nashville, TN

Jeanette MacCallum | Performance

Vox Grata Women's Choir announces its upcoming Spring Concert – Songs on an Eastern Wind: Choral Music from Central and Eastern Europe.   Read more

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Vox Grata Women's Choir presents "Songs on an Eastern Wind"

Vox Grata Women's Choir presents "Songs on an Eastern Wind"

Nashville, TN

Jeanette MacCallum | Performance

Vox Grata Women's Choir announces its upcoming Spring Concert – Songs on an Eastern Wind: Choral Music from Central and Eastern Europe.   Read more

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MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit Raised More Than $220,000

MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit Raised More Than $220,000

131 W 55th St.

emilymt | Fundraising

MasterVoices raised more than $220,000 to fund the company’s Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O' Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John LaChiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016.   The Gala was attended by 170 guests. The evening began at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Tier at New York City Center, located at 131 W. 55th Street,and lead into the 7:00pm concert. Following the performance, guests enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a brief live auction led by Steve Rosen at Le Parker Meridien’s beautiful Estrela Penthouse, located at 119 W. 56th Street.   The event was led by Chairs Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judy and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair was AON.   The Dido and Aeneas program and 2016 Spring Benefit was dedicated to the memory of James S. Marcus, longtime MasterVoices Board Member.  MasterVoices is forever grateful for his and his wife Ellen’s generosity, and will always remember Jim for his boundless spirit, tremendous wisdom, and deep love of music.   Attendees Artists: Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, Sarah Mesko, Michael John LaChiusa, Doug Varone, Christian Siriano, Ted Sperling, Doug Varone and Dancers, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and MasterVoices.   Gala Chairs: Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs: Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judith and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair is AON. Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford (co-chair), Deborah Stiles (co-chair), Susan Shine (Vice Chair), Sandra Joys (Secretary), Lois Conway (Treasurer), Martina Arroyo, Susan L. Baker, Juliana Chen, Alicia Damley, George G. Grumbach, Jr. , Kenneth Hannan, Jr., Sandra S. Joys, Robert Jurgrau, Ellen F. Marcus, Jill Malila, Ellen Nenner, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin, Petra Slater, Adèle K. Talty, Elizabeth Tunick.   Benefit Committee: M. Bernard Aidinoff & Elsie V. Aidinoff, Rima Ayas & Ronald Moore, André Bishop, Karin and Henry Barkhorn, Kit Smyth Basquin, Susan & David Brownwood, Juliana Chen, Lois Conway, Marilyn and Lawrence Friedland, Cathy J. Friedman & Thomas R. Feyer, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. & Yvonne S. Hannan, Bruce C. Johnson, Sandra & David Joys, Robert Jurgrau & Marc Gollub, Nancy Karch, Sahra T. Lese, Dinny & Lester Morse, Ellen B. Nenner, Richard C. Norton and Gary Schocker,, Naomi and Stuart Paley, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin & Dr. Carl Mankowitz, Christie C. Salomon and Rich Lombard,, Susan Shine, Margo Shulman, Petra & Sam Slater, Deborah Stiles, Adèle K. and John Talty, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey, Elizabeth Tunick, Alan & Elaine Weiler, Judy Francis Zankel.   Other Guests Included: Edward Barnes, Kit Basquin, Norman Benzaquen, Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Hon. Jody Adams, Connie and Henry Christiensen, Jamie Cowperthwait, Peter and Katherine Darrow, Elisabeth De Picciotto, Jennie L and Richard K DeScherer, Junia Doan, Anthony and Judy Evnin, Patsy and Ed Garno, Michael and Mary Gellert, Michael Siegal and Nomi Ghez, Lynn Gilbert, Beth and Gary Glynn, Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin, Ricky Ian Gordon and Kevin Doyle, Paul Gruber and Keith Champagne, Helen Little, Stefania and James McClennen, Richard Prins and Corrine Steensma, Jesse Rosen, Lisa Rubin and Carl Mankowitz, Irving and Lucy Sandler, Robert Simon and Gilles DeVoe, Frank Skillern, Annaliese Soros, Mira Spektor, Nora London, David and Julie Tobey, Christie and Ron Ulrich, Charlotte and Carl von Axelson, Sandra and George Weiksner, Rick Wertheim and Angelo Chan.   Dido and Aeneasfeatured Broadway's leading lady Kelli O'Hara (Tony Award winner for the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I on Broadway), the multi-faceted star Victoria Clark (Tony Award winner for GIGI The Musical on Broadway), Canadian baritone Elliot Madore (Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd), internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Christy (Les dialogues des Carmélites, Die Fledermaus), and American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko (Catone in Utica) with a World Premiere prologue by five-time Tony Award nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Cronicle of a Death Foretold).   Under the artistic direction of conductor Ted Sperling, MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and the Verdi Requiem. Some of the solo artists who have sung with MasterVoices recently include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Idle, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. For more information, visit mastervoices.org.  Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).   The 2015-2016 Season continues with:   Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall   Bridges The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring a World Premiere work, with music by Marisa Michelson and libretto by Royce Vavrek, developed for the launch of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program, Bridges. June 5, 2016 at Ansche Chesed Synagogue   Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2015-16 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.   #     Read more

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Joyful, Jubilant and Jazzy!

Joyful, Jubilant and Jazzy!

Larchmont, NY

H.Joyce Duffy | Audiences

The Westchester Chorale presents two rhythmic and ebullient 20th century works:  "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by American composer, Carol Barnett, and "A Little Jazz Mass" by the British composer, Bob Chilcott.i Read more

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Bach: Mass in B Minor (Open Dress Rehearsal)

Bach: Mass in B Minor (Open Dress Rehearsal)

Seattle, WA

Will@SPM | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Seattle Pro Musica presents J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. Read more

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Bach: Mass in B Minor

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Seattle, WA

Will@SPM | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families

Seattle Pro Musica presents J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. Read more

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Pennsbury Community Chorus Spring Concert May 7, 4 PM

Pennsbury Community Chorus Spring Concert May 7, 4 PM

Fairless Hills, PA

Sophia N | Performance

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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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