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Articles

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

Judith Malafronte | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Technology, Venue

Is this growing trend a gimmick? Or a glimpse of the future? Read more

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50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

Michael Doan | Careers, Profile

Choral conductor Robert Shafer reflects on his many experiences over the span of his 50 years in the Washington, DC choral community with choral singer and writer Michael Doan. Read more

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Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Mike Rowan | Careers, Profile

David Hagen has a deep sense of belonging to the place he was raised. “I'm just an Alaska lover,” he says. “I love the wilderness, and it's something that's a critical part of my life.” Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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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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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

Dreams & Machines

Dreams & Machines

1475 Rose St Berkeley CA 94702

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance

For spring, PEV takes flight with European and American works that explore sacred and secular dreams and destinations. Read more

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Dreams & Machines

Dreams & Machines

1111 O'Farrell St San Francisco, CA 94109

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance

For spring, PEV takes flight with European and American works that explore sacred and secular dreams and destinations. Read more

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Broadway at 92Y Chorus

Broadway at 92Y Chorus

92nd Street Y

Broadway at 92n... | Audiences

Come listen to the Broadway at 92Y Chorus Concert on Sunday, February 19th at 4 pm at the 92nd St Y (Lexington Ave at 92nd St, NYC). Free. Hear songs from “Waitress”, “West Side  Story”, “The Music Man”, “Gypsy”, “New York, New York (film)”, and “Forty-Second Street”. The Broadway at 92Y Chorus is over 20 years old and remains the only community chorus in New York City devoted to the classic repertory from the American musical theater, stage and screen. Free admission.   Read more

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A Joyful Noise, the Princeton Pro Musica in Concert

A Joyful Noise, the Princeton Pro Musica in Concert

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Audiences, Families, General, Performance

A Joyful Noise, the Princeton Pro Musica in Concert Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms Britten Festival Te Deum O’Regan Triptych Guest Artists: The College of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 p.m. University Chapel, Princeton University Read more

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MasterVoices presents Babes in Toyland

MasterVoices presents Babes in Toyland

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Performance

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), closes its 75th anniversary season with Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland on April 27, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019).The production will be conducted by MasterVoices’ Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature the MasterVoices chorus, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald, with Orchestra of St. Luke's.   Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare: Eastern European Masters

Columbia Pro Cantare: Eastern European Masters

Ellicott City, MD

Columbia Pro Ca... | Audiences, Performance

Eastern European composers hold a special place in the heart of CPC Artistic Director, Frances Motyca Dawson. That is why, in Columbia Pro Cantare's 40th anniversary season, the chorus is dedicating a performance to some of the works of the region's known (and little known) composers. Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz |

The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus is thrilled to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the season of love. Read more

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An Evening with Troy Colt Bands

An Evening with Troy Colt Bands

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences

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Vocal Colors

Vocal Colors

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences

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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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