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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

American Lyric Theater in partnership with MasterVoices presents The Halloween Tree

American Lyric Theater in partnership with MasterVoices presents The Halloween Tree

129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10036

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American Lyric Theater in partnership with MasterVoices presents   The Halloween Tree Based on the Novel by Ray Bradbury By Theo Popov & Tony Asaro   Featuring Mark S. Doss as Moundshroud with Emma Grimsley, Shirin Eskandani, Spencer Viator, Brian Wallin, Michael Kelly,Jarrett Porter and members of MasterVoices Adam Turner, Conductor   October 30, 2016 at 3pm   Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center  Read more

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RUSSIAN ECHOES

RUSSIAN ECHOES

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

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

A journey across Russian culture with music from the master Sergei Rachmaninov and excerpts from his hauntingly exquisite Vespers.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky, known as Russian Duo, move us with humor, pulsating dance music, rhythmic folk songs, gypsy melodies, and lyrical romances. Read more

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Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

305 East Capital Street Jackson, Mississippi

The Mississippi... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach

Tickets are available at www.mschorus.org Read more

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MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Singing

MasterVoices presents 27 New York Premiere By Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek Featuring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik MasterVoices Orchestra of St. Luke’s James Robinson, Director Ted Sperling, Conductor   October 20 & 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Twin Cities, MN

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  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Normandal Lutheran Church (Edina); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (Mahtomedi)

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

New Britain, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4 pm for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem and motets at New Britain’s South Congregational Church. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by guest organist, Larry Allen. Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more! Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435 Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted 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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