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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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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Resources

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

Voce Chamber Singers Present: The Angels Sang

Voce Chamber Singers Present: The Angels Sang

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon, Va

Joan Winter Skerritt | Audiences

Celebrate the holidays with Voce! Read more

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Frost and Fire

Frost and Fire

506-4 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

Cantaré Childre... | Families

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Holiday Happening!

Holiday Happening!

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

  “Beautiful”, “Inspiring”, “Thoughtful”, “Stunning” – Words used to describe the music in the next Bach Choir concert - A Holiday Happening. We are excited to collaborate with the Boys Choir of the Afro American Music Institute under the direction of Dr. James Johnson in what promises to be a beautiful and fun-filled celebration of the holiday season. Read more

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Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

New York, NY

21C Media Group | Performance, Professional

Music at Trinity Wall Street represents a high-water mark of the holiday season in New York City. December has long brought acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In the words of the New York Times, “to experience the full, formidable range of Messiah…let Trinity be your guide.” This season, Julian Wachner, Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, will lead the ensembles in the Messiah at Trinity Church (Dec 17, 19, 21) andLincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Dec 18). Read more

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Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

New York, NY

21C Media Group | Performance, Professional

Music at Trinity Wall Street represents a high-water mark of the holiday season in New York City. December has long brought acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In the words of the New York Times, “to experience the full, formidable range of Messiah…let Trinity be your guide.” This season, Julian Wachner, Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, will lead the ensembles in the Messiah at Trinity Church (Dec 17, 19, 21) andLincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Dec 18). Read more

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Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

New York, NY

21C Media Group | Performance, Professional

Music at Trinity Wall Street represents a high-water mark of the holiday season in New York City. December has long brought acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In the words of the New York Times, “to experience the full, formidable range of Messiah…let Trinity be your guide.” This season, Julian Wachner, Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, will lead the ensembles in the Messiah at Trinity Church (Dec 17, 19, 21) and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Dec 18). Read more

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Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra Present Messiah

New York, NY

21C Media Group | Performance, Professional

Music at Trinity Wall Street represents a high-water mark of the holiday season in New York City. December has long brought acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In the words of the New York Times, “to experience the full, formidable range of Messiah…let Trinity be your guide.” This season, Julian Wachner, Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, will lead the ensembles in the Messiah at Trinity Church (Dec 17, 19, 21) and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Dec 18). Read more

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Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

1585 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mendels... |

We’ll raise the roof with the 30-piece Canadian Staff Band. Join us for our popular annual Christmas concert of festive music and stories. Add your voice to the audience sing-along of familiar carols.   Read more

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Leipzig Conducting Workshop

Leipzig Conducting Workshop

Leipzig, Germany

bach_institute_valpo | Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

- Conducting tutelage under the direction ofChristopher M. Cock, director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University. - Each conducting participant will have a minimum of two hours of podium time, including opportunities to conduct the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra. - Each conducting participant will conduct two short works in services at the St. Thomas Church, one a cappella and one choral/orchestral. - Members of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra will offer classes demonstrating instrumental techniques using historic instruments. - Musicology Lectures offered by Dr. Katherina Uhde, Valparaiso University. - All participants will sing cantata Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180, under the direction of Dr. Cock. Read more

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You Are the Music

You Are the Music

239 West 49th Street

Darlene Wyzga | Performance

$20 advance $25 at the door http://www.scholaonhudson.org/current_season Works by Sametz, Runestad, Shank, Dickau, Forrest, and more, speak to music as a uniquely powerful catalyst for engaging the divine, engaging each other, even reaching deeper within ourselves. Largely featuring music written within Schola’s 20 seasons (!), favorites from the American choral canon by Thompson and Foster will also be included. 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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