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Articles

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Resources

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

WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

Castelli Romani and Rome, Italy

C D Butler |

From March 11 to 15, 2015, visiting ensembles will be welcomed to Castelli Romani, a historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast area of Rome. http://www.music-contact.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i... Read more

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One Voice - Woodstock Community Choir Premiere Concert

One Voice - Woodstock Community Choir Premiere Concert

Woodstock, IL

Woodstock Commu... | Audiences

One Voice Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30pm Woodstock North High School Auditorium http://aplacetoshinemusic.com/community-choir.html Read more

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GMChorale to Perform Mozart’s "Requiem" with New Haven Symphony

GMChorale to Perform Mozart’s "Requiem" with New Haven Symphony

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Audiences

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) is pleased to join with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mozart's incomparably poignant Requiem. Read more

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Requiem à Deux

Requiem à Deux

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Venue

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The Philadelphia Singers - Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling

The Philadelphia Singers - Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling

1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Michael Martin Mills | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Philadelphia Singers presents the East Coast premiere of "The Radio Hour" by composer Jake Heggie, libretto by Gene Scheer, choreography by Sean Curran in a program called "Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling."  For more information and tickets visit www.philadelphiasingers.org. Read more

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Rachmaninoff Vespers

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Roswell, Georgia

Cammie Stephens | Performance

The 160-voice chorus presents Rachmaninoff's exquisite "All Night Vigil", commonly known as "Vespers." Read more

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Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

1200 North La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

  Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert.   Highlights include a new work by Eric Banks, which chronicles the life of Russia’s first openly lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok. Read more

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The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

1501 W Ingomar Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary and enjoy a selection of favorites from throughout our history, ranging from popular to classical and everything in between! Featuring Bryan Sable on piano, Robert Rawsthorne, percussion, and Justin Bendel on bass. Read more

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The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

384 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary and enjoy a selection of favorites from throughout our history, ranging from popular to classical and everything in between! Featuring Bryan Sable on piano, Robert Rawsthorne, percussion, and Justin Bendel on bass. Read more

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Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms

384 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

A powerful, glorious expression of comfort and consolation for those left behind featuring soloists Katy Williams, soprano, John Dooley, baritone, and the PCC 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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