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Articles

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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My First German Requiem

My First German Requiem

Matthew Sigman | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Symphonic

After performing the Brahms Requiem as the centerpiece of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium in mid-April, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought the work to New York for a special performance at Carnegie Hall. Music journalist Matthew Sigman attended the New York performance—which also included Jonathan Leshnoff’s newly-commissioned work Zohar—and reflects on his experience hearing the masterpiece for the first time. Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. 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

Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

San Francisco CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Singing

PEV offers traditional and contemporary music for the holiday season, including the third cantata from J.S. Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat with Christmas interpolations, and featuring the Amaranth Quartet. Read more

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Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

Berkeley CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Singing

PEV offers traditional and contemporary music for the holiday season, including the third cantata from J.S. Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat with Christmas interpolations, and featuring the Amaranth Quartet. Read more

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Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

Boston, MA

Manager | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing, Venue

This monumental Solemn Mass setting, considered Beethoven’s greatest work, has been called a five-movement choral symphony. It expresses his deepest and most personal spirituality with all of his passion, creativity and musical power. Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Begins 92nd Season at Alice Tully Hall 11/7

The Dessoff Choirs Begins 92nd Season at Alice Tully Hall 11/7

New York City

Odyssey Opera | Performance

The Dessoff Choirs in Concert: We Remember Sarah Brailey soprano Melissa Attebury mezzo-soprano Marc Andrew Day tenor Joe Damon Chappel bass Malcolm J. Merriweather conductor The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra When: Monday, November 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Where: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway at 65th Street, New York City, Train: 1 to 66th Street Tickets: $45-75. To purchase, contact The Dessoff Choirs at dessoff.org or call Lincoln Center at 212.721.6500.  Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs, with soloists and orchestra, opens its 92nd season at Alice Tully Hall. For one night only, Dessoff presents We Remember including Mozart’s Requiem and contemporary choral works reflecting on the lives of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and paying tribute to composer Steven Stucky, a champion of new music. Read more

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Woman Rising: The 20th Anniversary Season!

Woman Rising: The 20th Anniversary Season!

Los Angeles, CA

Vox Femina Los ... | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, History, Performance, Singing

Acclaimed women’s choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles presents its 20th anniversary season, Woman Rising! Lauded for their tremendous vocal talents and for giving women voice through the performance of quality choral literature from women composers, VOX is pulling out all the stops for this landmark 20th Anniversary Season with three incredible subscription concerts & more! Read more

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, K. 626

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, K. 626

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

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Concert for Students - Living the Dream...Singing the Dream

Concert for Students - Living the Dream...Singing the Dream

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Children/Youth, Education, Performance

1 hour concert for students Read more

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Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

29th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

Our Annual Concert of Holiday Music Read more

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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

For the Young and Young at Heart (Ages 5 and up) 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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