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Articles

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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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  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

Hymn Fest 8 “God is My Rock!”  concert

Hymn Fest 8 “God is My Rock!” concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

Hymn Fest 8 “God is My Rock!”  will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 8th at 4:00pm at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview.  This annual festival is hosted by the 45 voice Chancel Choir with singers from neighboring churches.   Read more

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A Cappella en Español

A Cappella en Español

Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Chicago a cappella brings to you its winter concert series Read more

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A Cappella en Español

A Cappella en Español

Oak Park, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Chicago a cappella brings to you its winter concert series Read more

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A Cappella en Español

A Cappella en Español

Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Chicago a cappela brings to you its winter concert series Read more

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Exodus: African American Gospel Concert

Exodus: African American Gospel Concert

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General

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The Yellow River Cantata

The Yellow River Cantata

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General

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The Collegiate Chorale presents SUSANNA

The Collegiate Chorale presents SUSANNA

23 W. 43rd Street

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The Collegiate Chorale continues its 2014-15 season with George F. Handel’s Susanna on February 3, 2015 at 8pm at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.  Tickets are $30-$95 and are available at TicketMaster.com.  For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/susanna.       Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: FREE Community Concert

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: FREE Community Concert

1585 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mendels... | Conducting, Performance

This free TMC outreach concert and webcast represent a fabulous opportunity to hear the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Singers perform diverse works from the choral repertoire—from works for large-scale choir to those for a chamber chorale. Read more

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Inspired, St. Charles Singers with Guest Conductor Craig Hella Johnson

Inspired, St. Charles Singers with Guest Conductor Craig Hella Johnson

307 Cedar Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174

Kay Kendall | Performance

Acclaimed choral director Craig Hella Johnson, a multiple Grammy award nominee, will guest conduct the St. Charles Singers in a concert program titled “Inspired” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. Read more

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Inspired, St. Charles Singers with Guest Conductor Craig Hella Johnson

Inspired, St. Charles Singers with Guest Conductor Craig Hella Johnson

310 S. Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187

Kay Kendall | Performance

Acclaimed choral director Craig Hella Johnson, a multiple Grammy award nominee, will guest conduct the St. Charles Singers in a concert program titled “Inspired” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 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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