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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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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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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

Cassandra Melodia Women's Choir Spring Concert

Cassandra Melodia Women's Choir Spring Concert

245 West 77th St, New York City, New York 10024

melodianyc | Singing

Melodia Women’s Choir, New York’s premier ensemble for women’s choral music performs the world premiere "Cassandra," by emerging composer Hilary Purrington, in collaboration with taiko group Néo Ensemble and collaborative pianist Taisiya Pushkar. Read more

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Handel's "Messiah"

Handel's "Messiah"

Omaha, NE

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Voices of Omaha presents its 48th performance of Handel’s Messiah. Voces de Omaha presenta su function numero 48 de Mesías de Handel. Read more

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Regional premiere of "Requiem" by Sir Karl Jenkins

Regional premiere of "Requiem" by Sir Karl Jenkins

2990 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA

Williamsport Ci... |

The Williamsport Civic Chorus announces the regional premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Requiem on Sunday, April 24, 2016.  Jenkins is a Welsh composer whose classical and contemporary works have met with great acclaim in both the United Kingdom and abroad.  His Requiem is a modern work (2005), rich in melody and respectful of the great choral traditions of the past.  It is also a work of our time with its hip-hop rhythms and inclusive, multi-cultural influences, especially those from the Orient.  In addition to programming this thoroughly engaging music, Music Director Michael Connor has commissioned original choreography from Jaclyn Gailit-Lutz, which has made the piece even more evocative as her Turning Pointe School of Ballet dancers perform alongside the singers.  Mr. Connor has also slated renowned vocal soloists—Elise Mark (soprano), Sara Phinney Kelley (mezzo soprano), and Joanna Rees (alto)—as well as accompaniment by a small orchestra that notably includes Nora Suggs on shakuhachi flute, Urie Kline on taiko drum, and Mikela Hoffman playing the harp.  For more information, please visit www.williamsportcivicchorus.org Read more

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Calling All Dawns: LIVE STREAM!

Calling All Dawns: LIVE STREAM!

Everywhere

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technology

Watch the Live Stream of CALLING ALL DAWNS. The concert will start at 2pm EST and will feature the music of Christopher Tin and Sydney Guillaume.  Visit our website: http://www.DCINY.org Or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DistinguishedConcertsInternationalNewYork Read more

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Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... |

From Chaos through to Sing the Lord, this grand oratorio tells the dramatic story of Creation, with text taken from Genesis, the Book of Psalms and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Full Choir, orchestra and fabulous guest soloists will fill Koerner Hall with the drama and intensity of Haydn’s masterpiece. Read more

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Misatango: A Tango Mass from Buenos Aires

Misatango: A Tango Mass from Buenos Aires

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Conducting, Education, Performance, Singing

DCINY presents the 20th anniversary of Misatango, in an evening combining the rhythm and melodic design of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin choral mass. Martin Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango) features a chorus of singers from Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and the Netherlands, as well as soloists from around the globe. Richard Nickerson and Robert Westerberg conduct the Maine Festival Chorus. Read more

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Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Cleveland, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.  This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, guaranteed to make life more harmonious. Read more

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Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.  This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, guaranteed to make life more harmonious! Read more

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Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings the divine music of William Byrd

Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.  This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, guaranteed to make life more harmonious! Read more

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Life Passages

Life Passages

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Young Women's Chorus sings about passages in a woman's life including childhood, leaving home, marriage, childbirth and aging. The featured work is the world premiere of a commissioned set of songs on poetry of Sara Teasdale written by Karen P. Thomas. Other selections include music by Bergman, Ligeti, Rautavaara and others, as well as folksongs and spirituals. 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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