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The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

Judith Malafronte | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Technology, Venue

Is this growing trend a gimmick? Or a glimpse of the future? Read more

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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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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

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

Oakland, CA

Young Women's C... | Performance

Join YWCP’s premiere chorus, the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco, for an awe-inspiring, candle-lit evening of holiday music. Michael Haydn’s Magnificat, and music by Gyöngyösi, Kodály, Szymko, Sibelius, and others will be featured, as well as many carols for chorus and audience. Read more

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Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

USA and Canada

Toronto Mendels... | Community Outreach, Performance, Social Media

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is joined by the Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs for its annual joyous celebration of music for the season. If you're in Toronto, experience the concert in person at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Can't make it to the concert, then you can enjoy the live concert webcast on Livestream: https://livestream.com/TMChoir/FOC2016 Read more

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GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

On Sunday, December 18, at 5:00 PM, the GMChorale Chamber Singers join forces with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School for the holiday season’s most famous and celebrated choral work:  Handel’s Messiah.  Read more

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... |

Please join us for our Holiday Showcase, Peace on Earth. Our annual Holiday Showcase concert features all four of YWCP’s performing ensembles, over 100 voices strong, singing together and as individual choirs. The young women perform inspiring songs of peace by Bach, Haydn, Levine, Matsushita, Rutter, and Sibelius, as well as carols of the season. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2709151 96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} For more information contact info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787.   Read more

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SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Performance

  Our annual caroling sing-along to celebrate the hope and joy of the holiday season.  Savor the sounds of guitar virtuoso Jim McCutcheon, the angelic voices of Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, and the melodic bells of Kettering Advent Ringers.  Join us for an evening to lift your spirits and bring good cheer! Read more

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Hodie! -  Christmas Concert

Hodie! - Christmas Concert

Forest Park IL

Oak Park Concer... | Performance, Singing

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Hodie! on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 4:00pm, at  St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Avenue, Forest Park, IL.      Christmas begins with Hodie! in festive settings by Healey Willan and Jan Sweelinck! Come celebrate the season as OPCC sings carols ancient and modern – five of which are premiered at this concert, including works by Carl Schlak, Grace Brooks, Paul Lindblad and Harvey Hahn. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

4350 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Angel City Chorale (ACC) presents Bring on the Joy, its 23rd annual holiday concert & sing-along Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in

The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in

319 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY

Odyssey Opera |

 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 celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.  Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in

The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in

3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera |

The Messiah Sing is a beloved seasonal event and the start of a new tradition for Dessoff. It marks the ensemble’s debut at the James Memorial Chapel at the Union Theological Seminary. All singers and non-singers alike are invited to join with the choir on the work’s many choruses while Dessoff singers will have the opportunity to perform the solo arias. Read more

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REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents “Reflections of Peace,” featuring the NY premiere of REQUIEM, written by Grammy-nominated, contemporary Nordic composer, Kim André Arenesen. This lush and dramatic work will be conducted by DCINY’s very own Associate Artistic Director Dr. James Meaders. Dr. Catherine Sailer from the University of Denver conducts Joseph Haydn’s impassioned LORD NELSON MASS, filled with heroic and virtuosic themes, and is considered by scholars to be Haydn’s greatest single composition written at the peak of his career. Jennifer Lapple conducts the talented Flutopia Wind Ensemble in an engaging and reflecting performance. 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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