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Articles

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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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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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

Con Brio Christmas Concert

Con Brio Christmas Concert

Old Lyme, CT

Con Brio Choral... | Adults/Seniors

Con Brio’s Celebrated Christmas Concerts, with Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Orchestra and Guest Soloists Terrence Fay, Tenor, and Christopher Grundy, Bass, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce  Two performances both at Christ the King Church, Old Lyme CT: Friday December 9 at 8 pm and Sunday December 11 at 3 pm. Tickets: www.conbrio.org or call 860 526 5399 Read more

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Christmas by Candlelight

Christmas by Candlelight

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

A beloved candlelight concert by the SF Bach Choir with The Whole Noyse and their Renaissance instruments. Bring the family for a festive, lush, jubilant journey around the world at Christmas, featuring holiday music from many periods and countries — from plainchant to American shape-note hymns, early motets to delightful new works and familiar carols. We’ll surround you with music and candlelight for an unforgettable, moving experience. Read more

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Christmas by Candlelight

Christmas by Candlelight

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, General, Performance, Singing

A beloved candlelight concert by the SF Bach Choir with The Whole Noyse and their Renaissance instruments. Bring the family for a festive, lush, jubilant journey around the world at Christmas, featuring holiday music from many periods and countries — from plainchant to American shape-note hymns, early motets to delightful new works and familiar carols. We’ll surround you with music and candlelight for an unforgettable, moving experience. Read more

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ChoralArt | An Epiphany Celebration

ChoralArt | An Epiphany Celebration

156 High Street, Portland, ME 04101

Nick MacDonald | Performance, Repertoire

Conclude the holiday season with the sumptuous sounds of ChoralArt Camerata in the honey-hued acoustics of the Williston-Immanuel United Church. Read more

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ChoralArt | Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

ChoralArt | Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME 04103

Nick MacDonald | Participation, Performance, Singing

Join ChoralArt for a festive Messiah sing-along with fun group-format solos and accompaniment by the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Columbus, Ohio

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Bethesda, Maryland

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Sunday, February 5, 2017 3 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Richmond, Virginia

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Friday, February 3, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Raleigh, North Carolina

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Charlotte, North Carolina

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:30 p.m.   Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor 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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