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Articles

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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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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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

Calling All Dawns

Calling All Dawns

New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

  Calling All Dawns is a powerful journey of twelve songs in twelve different languages—including Swahili, Mandarin, Hebrew, Irish, and Farsi—all dealing with the themes of life, death and rebirth and carrying a message of unity. Lyrics are drawn from a variety of sources, both sacred and secular: Japanese haiku, Maori proverbs, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, and many more, with each song flowing seamlessly into the next. Songs of sorrow, mystery, and hardship reflect the complexity of mortality, while songs of joy, triumph and exultation bring us roaring back to life, beginning the cycle anew. Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2016 Concerts: Let All The World Sing!

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2016 Concerts: Let All The World Sing!

16th and Dolores Streets, San Francisco

Helene Whitson | Performance

Our Spring 2016 concert Let All The World Sing! is one of serenity and reflection, as well as one of joy and passion!  Don't miss the beauty of Fauré, Britten, and Vaughan Williams! Read more

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Concert for Peace: Moving to Peace

Concert for Peace: Moving to Peace

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Come hear Katherine Hughes, violinist; Kevin Kizer, saxophonist; the HAWK String Quartet (Carol Kalvonjian, violinist, Chuck Bontrager, violist, and Jill Kaeding, cellist); Gary Wendt, organist; Jade Maze, jazz vocalist; and the rhythm section of Kent Wehman, Ken Haebich, and Neal Wehman; with members of the Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir, in a concert exploring the theme of peace on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street (at Glenview Road) in Glenview.  Read more

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South Hadley Chorale presents "Under the Apple Boughs"

South Hadley Chorale presents "Under the Apple Boughs"

South Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

South Hadley Chorale, South Hadley Children's Chorus, and orchestra perform works including Schubert’s Mass in G major, Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine,” Corigliano’s “Fern Hill,” and Vaughan Williams’ “In Windsor Forest,” pieces connected to the beauty of nature. Tickets: http://www.southhadleychorale.org/program.html. Read more

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Elijah

Elijah

5725 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, FL

Choral Society ... | Performance

The Choral Society of Pensacola concludes its 80th season with a performance of Mendelssohn’s powerful oratorio Elijah. Read more

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The Voices of Children

The Voices of Children

Cambridge, MA

Coro Allegro | Performance

Coro Allegro, Boston’s acclaimed classical chorus for members, friends, and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, joins voices with two renowned children’s choruses, Boston City Singers (Jane Money, Artistic Director) and the Toronto Children's Chorus (Elise Bradley, Artistic Director) to present “The Voices of Children.”  Read more

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Together in Song: A Community Sing-In of Fauré's Requiem

Together in Song: A Community Sing-In of Fauré's Requiem

500 Park Stret Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Participation, Performance, Singing

The Oratorio Society will host their third annual community sing-in, inviting interested singers to join a morning workshop followed by an afternoon performance of Fauré's Requiem and selected additional works. Read more

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Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas

131 W. 55th Street, NYC 10019

emilymt | Audiences

MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale) presents Dido and Aeneas By Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate  Starring Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, and Anna Christy  With a World Premiere companion work by Michael John LaChiusa Doug Varone, Director and Choreographer Ted Sperling, Conductor     April 28 and 29, 2016 at New York City Center Read more

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New York City Master Chorale presents "Carmina/10"

New York City Master Chorale presents "Carmina/10"

New York, NY

Erica Kelly | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Singing

Join the New York City Master Chorale as they celebrate their 10th anniversary with “Carmina/10.” This exciting concert features works by Dominick Argento, Leonard Bernstein and Carl Orff. Also featured on this concert are six partner ensembles from around New York City and Washington, DC. The evening culminates with a thrilling performance of Carmina Burana featuring a world-premiere performance by "marvelously daring" Gallim Dance, led by Guggenheim Fellow Andrea Miller.  Read more

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Mesabi Symphony Orchestra presents Great Masters: Brahms featuring A German Requiem and Academic Festival Overture with Two Rivers Chorale and Voices of Reason

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra presents Great Masters: Brahms featuring A German Requiem and Academic Festival Overture with Two Rivers Chorale and Voices of Reason

411 Fifth Avenue South, Virginia, MN 55792

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

      Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Sergey Bogza, presents Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture and A German Requiem (sung in English).     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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