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Articles

Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

From the sweet lyricism of Fauré to the populism of Brahms to the theatricality of Verdi, requiems remain the favorites of singers, conductors, and audiences alike. We talked with Kathy FitzGibbon, director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College and head of faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival, about the enduring appeal of requiems and the modern interpretations they have spawned. Read more

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Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Early- and mid-career learning for choral conductors is hard to find and requires a public process that demands courage and stamina. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Anne Sears and Westminster Choir College

Member Spotlight: Anne Sears and Westminster Choir College

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach

Anne Sears, director of external affairs at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, tells Chorus America's president & CEO Ann Meier Baker about a special audience participation project during this year’s choir tour. Read more

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What Happens After the Premiere?

What Happens After the Premiere?

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Repertoire

To commission and premiere a new piece of music can garner a chorus and a composer media attention, industry recognition, and a concert hall full of audience members. We explore the strategies that choruses have employed to keep their programming fresh and their commissioned works evergreen. Read more

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The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

Chorus America/ASCAP Award winners describe their commitment to new music and share strategies for building programs, cultivating audiences, collaborating with composers, and bringing new music to life. Read more

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The Power of "With"

The Power of "With"

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Diversity, Performance, Singing

Choruses bring diverse people together to make beautiful music and offer us a much-needed antidote to the "i" epidemic. Read more

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Singing in Tune

Singing in Tune

Chloe Veltman | Audiences, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it. Read more

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From Score to Seat

From Score to Seat

A Composer and Her Audience

Gabriela Lena Frank | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Innovation, Profile

Composer Gabriela Lena Frank explores the evolving relationship with her audience, beginning with her doting parents. Read more

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The Rise of the Professional Chorus

The Rise of the Professional Chorus

Matthew Sigman | Careers, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

We look back on the emergence of professional choruses in North America and the role of professional singers in bringing them public acclaim. Read more

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Grant Gershon | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it. Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Kate Longo | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the Research Memorandum Series, Matthew Bumbach assumes the editorship. The issue focuses on restoring Renaissance repertoire for women’s ensembles using the convent archives of Spain. Compiled by Kathryn Longo. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

admin_ca | Audiences

To achieve patron engagement and loyalty, you need a core strategy by which to evaluate, understand, and serve your audiences. In this webinar, Matt Lehrman of Audience Avenue, LLC presents a framework that empowers a “whole-organization approach” to building, sorting, and targeting the different audiences your chorus wants to reach. He’ll focus on how to drive deep loyalty, how to inspire return attendance, how to pursue awareness and participation from entirely new population segments, and how to deliver extraordinary experiences that really matter Read more

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The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the choral output of two influential Canadian composers - John Weinzwieg and John Beckwith. Although their choral output is relatively small in relation to their other output, it has had significant impact both in Canada and abroad. A brief biography of each composer is given before the listing of their choral compositions. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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Events

Dynamic Duos with Chicago a cappella

Dynamic Duos with Chicago a cappella

Naperville, IL; Oak Park, IL; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance, Singing

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Polish Splendor with Chicago a cappella

Polish Splendor with Chicago a cappella

Evanston, IL; Oak Park, IL; Naperville, IL; Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Families, Performance, Singing

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Silver Bells: Holidays a cappella with Chicago a cappella

Silver Bells: Holidays a cappella with Chicago a cappella

Oak Park, IL; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL; Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Families, Performance, Singing

http://www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts/event/holidays_a_cappella_silver_bells Read more

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The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

212 East Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale presents its first concert of the 2018-2019 season at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., NE, Wahington, DC) on Friday and Saturday November 2 and 3 starting at 8:00 PM.  The concert is free and open to the public. Read more

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walnut Creek, CA

David Morales | Families

Cantare Con Vivo presents its renowned holiday concert Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Read more

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Oakland, CA

David Morales | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families

Cantare Con Vivo presents its renowned holiday concert Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Read more

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VOCE Chamber Singers--  Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

543 Beulah Rd. Vienna, VA 22180

Sid Schwartz | Performance

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VOCE Chamber Singers--  Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

2455 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Sid Schwartz | Performance

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Fired Up! Singing for Justice with Holly Near

Fired Up! Singing for Justice with Holly Near

Los Angeles, CA

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Kenmore, WA

Caroline Little | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the “war to end all wars.” Our concert is inspired by the Christmas truce in 1914 during which roughly 100,000 English, French, and German troops ceased hostilities to offer holiday greetings, mingle, and even exchange gifts. We celebrate this spirit of peace with carols and holiday music from England, France, and Germany. December 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of the creation and premiere of the beloved carol “Silent Night,” written during an era when all of Europe suffered from political upheaval, war, and economic hardship. In 1818, Joseph Mohr brought his original text to organist Franz Xaver Gruber and asked for a simple melody with guitar accompaniment for a Christmas Eve service—the result has since become a timeless expression of light, hope, and solace. 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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