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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Over the years, many talented conductors have participated in Chorus America’s Masterclasses. The Voice asked past Fellows to share where they are now, and how their Masterclass experience has shaped their different professional paths. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Resources

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

Susquehanna Chorale Presents One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Susquehanna Chorale Presents One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

One College Ave., Grantham, PA 17027

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  Experience life as the Irish see it, joining the Susquehanna Chorale in all things Irish featuring music from Ireland, Irish step dancers from the Coyle School of Dance, and Celtic musicians. Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Susquehanna Chorale One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

248 E. Derry Rd., Hershey, PA 17033

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  Experience life as the Irish see it, joining the Susquehanna Chorale in all things Irish featuring music from Ireland, Irish step dancers from the Coyle School of Dance, and Celtic musicians. Read more

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Skylark Presents From Winter to Spring

Skylark Presents From Winter to Spring

Atlanta, GA

Matthew Guard | Performance, Professional

Skylark, Atlanta's critically acclaimed all-star professional choral ensemble, is pleased to present From Winter to Spring, an inspiring program exploring music inspired by two seasons.  We first share a set of winter-themed pieces, including Poulenc’s chilling Soir de Neige.  We then (optimistically!) turn to the coming of Spring, prominently featuring Benjamin Britten’s Flower Songs.  In addition to works by Poulenc, Britten, and Debussy, this program will feature what we believe is the Atlanta debut of Sir John Tavener’s Butterfly Dreams, an 8-movement, 10-part setting of poems exploring the fleeting beauty of the butterfly.   January 24th at 8pm Covenant Presbyterian Church 2461 Peachtree Rd. NE   January 25th at 8pm Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 2885 Briarcliff Rd. NE Tickets: $30 General Admission / $20 Seniors Students and Music Educators Admitted FREE Tickets Available at the door or online at www.skylarkensemble.org/tickets     The Skylark Vocal Ensemble is a professional chamber choir of vocalists and musicians with a passion for small ensemble performance. As Atlanta's only "all-star" chamber choir featuring world-class artists who fly in from around the United States to make music together, Skylark creates some of the best live choral music in America in inspiring performances spanning musical genres.  Read more

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Rochester Oratorio Society presents 'Liturgy & Legacy'

Rochester Oratorio Society presents 'Liturgy & Legacy'

1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY

Rebecca Ruoff | Performance

The Rochester Oratorio Society and the School of the Arts Concert Choir, come together under ROS Artistic Director Eric Townell in a program of traditional and American classics by Argento, Paulus, Copland, Poulenc, and RPO Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik. The ROS takes its wonderful show on the road in 2014, visiting several capitals and provinces in Eastern Europe to perform its unique blend of these traditional classics and American choral favorites. Your preview happens on Friday May 16th, 7:30PM,  in the luxuriant acoustic of Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, 1050 East Avenue, Rochester NY. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Sings Rutter REQUIEM

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings Rutter REQUIEM

Ellicott City, MD

CPC | Performance

 On March 16, 2014, Columbia Pro Cantare will perform the lyrical Requiem by British composer John Rutter. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Singathon

Columbia Pro Cantare Singathon

Columbia, MD

CPC | Community Outreach

  Columbia Pro Cantare will present it third annual “Singathon,” Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11 am to 1 pm at The Mall in Columbia. Admission to the performance is free. No ticket is required. Read more

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Spirit of Old Russia, Part II

Spirit of Old Russia, Part II

1 Aitken Place (19 Sidney Place) Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn) *please see description for additional concert dates

Russian Chamber... | Performance

Join us for an evening of rarely-performed classical, sacred and folk Russian choral gems. The jangling of 'troika' bells on a winter road, the deeply personal sacred chant, the mysterious and famous 'Russian melancholy' - all of these sounds unite in the RCCNY's winter program to convey what words cannot: the spirit of Old Russia. Read more

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Randall Thompson's Requiem: An American Masterpiece

Randall Thompson's Requiem: An American Masterpiece

Philadelphia, PA

Megan M. Machnik |

The Philadelphia Singers presents a special encore of their most critically acclaimed performance to date.  With a double chorus of 60 vocalists, this rare piece is an American masterpiece by one of the nations' most celebrated composers! Read more

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Glad Tidings! Great Joy! Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert

Glad Tidings! Great Joy! Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert

Melrose Park, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Performance

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Glad Tidings! Great Joy!  on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:00pm, at  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email info@OakParkConcertChorale.org. For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org. Read more

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Britten, Saint Nicolas

Britten, Saint Nicolas

15415 Red Robin Road, San Antonio, TX 78255

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Season 49 holiday concert celebrating Benjamin Britten’s 100th Anniversary. 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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