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Articles

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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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. 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

IL POVERELLO: Exploring the Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi

IL POVERELLO: Exploring the Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi

Seattle, WA

Jordan Sramek | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

Acclaimed Rose Ensemble from Saint Paul to Perform at Trinity Parish on Friday, November 20 Read more

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Singing, Ringing, Caroling!

Singing, Ringing, Caroling!

6919 Transit Road, Swormville NY 14051

WNYSinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Buffalo Choral Arts Society (BCAS) ushers in the holiday season by welcoming back guest performers the Royalton Ringers handbell quartet. Join us for an evening of festive music guaranteed to inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Read more

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Singing, Ringing, Caroling!

Singing, Ringing, Caroling!

50 Franklin Street, Buffalo NY 14202

WNYSinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Buffalo Choral Arts Society (BCAS) ushers in the holiday season by welcoming back guest performers the Royalton Ringers handbell quartet. Join us for an evening of festive music guaranteed to inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Read more

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Singing Ringing Caroling

Singing Ringing Caroling

Hamburg, NY 14075

WNYSinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Buffalo Choral Arts Society (BCAS) ushers in the holiday season by welcoming back guest performers the Royalton Ringers handbell quartet. Join us for an evening of festive music guaranteed to inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Read more

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A Concert for Marriage Equality: Musical Celebrations and the Mozart Requiem for Those Who Never Saw This Day

A Concert for Marriage Equality: Musical Celebrations and the Mozart Requiem for Those Who Never Saw This Day

Cambridge, MA

kathrynnn | Diversity, Performance, Singing

Coro Allegro Boston’s acclaimed classical chorus for members, friends, and allies of the LGBT community David Hodgkins, Artistic Director presents A Concert for Marriage Equality A Musical Celebration of the Supreme Court Victory A Requiem for Those Who Never Saw This Day Read more

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Magnificent Masterworks; Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart

Magnificent Masterworks; Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart

Bristol, RI

Collette Royer |

  Providence Singers presents Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart , November 7, 7:30 PM in Providence & November 8, 3 PM in Bristol For tickets and information: (401)751-5700 http://www.providencesingers.org Read more

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Magnificent Masterworks:  Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart

Magnificent Masterworks: Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart

Providence, RI

Collette Royer |

  Providence Singers presents Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart , November 7, 7:30 PM in Providence & November 8, 3 PM in Bristol  For information and tickets, (401)751-5700  http://www.providencesingers.org Read more

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Magnificent Masterworks:  Vivaldi, Bach & Mozaert

Magnificent Masterworks: Vivaldi, Bach & Mozaert

Providence, RI

Collette Royer |

  Providence Singers presents Vivaldi, Bach & Mozart , November 7, 7:30 PM in Providence & November 8, 3 PM in Bristol  For information and tickets, (401)751-5700  http://www.providencesingers.org Read more

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Made in Minnesota: Music of the Season

Made in Minnesota: Music of the Season

St. Cloud, MN

Great River Chorale | Performance

Great River Chorale celebrates the holidays with music and narrations by Minnesota composers and poets. Read more

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Looking Back: Holiday Highlights From SFLyric Chorus's First 20 Years

Looking Back: Holiday Highlights From SFLyric Chorus's First 20 Years

San Francisco, CA

Helene Whitson | Performance

Our Fall 2015 concert, Looking Back:  Holiday Highlights From Our First 20 Years, is a selection of San Francisco Lyric Chorus singers’ holiday music favorites from our past 20 years of programs. We’ll have poetry settings, from e.e. cummings to Robert Herrick to Edgar Allen Poe.  We’ll be singing music by fabulous choral composers, from Berlioz and Stravinsky to Mechem and Busto, and, of course, Eric Whitacre.  You’re not going to want to miss this concert! 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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