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Articles

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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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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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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Resources

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

Deer Creek Chorale A Cappella Festival

Deer Creek Chorale A Cappella Festival

Perry Hall High School, Maryland

Martha S. Banghart | Community Outreach

In keeping with its commitment to community service, the Deer Creek Chorale has adopted the Susqehanna Chapter of Habitat for Humanity as the recipient of its fundraising efforts for the 2014-2015 season. There will be 2 major events promoting this partnership.  Read more

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Soundings:  Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

Soundings: Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

7001 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Ed Stawick |

A voice recital highlighting women in music: as muse, composer, and poet.  Featured on the program will be music by Robert Schumann,  Amy Beach, Aaron Copland to texts by Emily Dickinson, and selected songs by women composers of Tin Pan Alley.      Soundings is a free concert series, donations accepted in support of CCUMC Missions and Outreach. Read more

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Stile Antico at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes

Stile Antico at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes

Washington, DC

zannieb |

World-renowned early music ensemble Stile Antico returns to Washington on February 25th for an evening of incomparable polyphony in the ideal acoustic of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes. Read more

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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

Huntington Beach, CA

Mary Langsdorf | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing

Nightingales, bumblebees, swallows, hawks – they’re all here, along with a few tunes about courtship and romance! Read more

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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

Newport Beach, CA

Mary Langsdorf | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Nightingales, bumblebees, swallows, hawks – they’re all here, along with a few tunes about courtship and romance! Read more

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A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Performance

An exploration of J.S. Bach's amazing musical depth and versatility presenting three of Bach's masterpieces: the rarely-performed Lutheran Mass in F; his exuberant and beloved motet Lobet den Herrn; and one of his best-known and cherished works, the dramatic Cantata 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake). Read more

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A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

A BACH SAMPLER: A cantata, a mass, a motet

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Performance

An exploration of J.S. Bach's amazing musical depth and versatility presenting three of Bach's masterpieces: the rarely-performed Lutheran Mass in F; his exuberant and beloved motet Lobet den Herrn; and one of his best-known and cherished works, the dramatic Cantata 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake). Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

One College Ave., Grantham, PA 17027

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

The varied repertoire in the Chorale's Spring concerts will showcase the group's versatility, in unaccompanied works and pieces featuring the piano and string quartet. Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, PA 17033

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

The varied repertoire in the Chorale's Spring concerts will showcase the group's versatility, in unaccompanied works and pieces featuring the piano and string quartet. Read more

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Poetry of Music: In the Nick of Time

Poetry of Music: In the Nick of Time

6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing

Celebrating its 11th year, our collaboration with the Fairfax County Public Schools is an unparalleled journey of the creative spirit of our young people.  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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