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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

Choralis Presents "A Classic Brass Christmas"

Choralis Presents "A Classic Brass Christmas"

Fairfax, VA

lwicks | Performance

Ring in the Christmas season with the lively and merry sounds of choirs and brass! Choralis, Ēchos chamber choir, and special guests The Classical Brass Quintet join to perform a festive selection of Christmas music.  Enjoy the stirring beauty of the candlelight processional and an audience sing-along of favorite carols. Read more

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Choralis Presents "A Classic Brass Christmas"

Choralis Presents "A Classic Brass Christmas"

Washington, DC

lwicks | Performance

Ring in the Christmas season with the lively and merry sounds of choirs and brass! Choralis, Ēchos chamber choir, and special guests The Classical Brass Quintet join to perform a festive selection of Christmas music.  Enjoy the stirring beauty of the candlelight processional and an audience sing-along of favorite carols. Read more

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Messiah Sing-Along with Choralis

Messiah Sing-Along with Choralis

Fairfax, VA

lwicks | Performance

A holiday tradition for over 200 years, the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah is a rousing way to inaugurate the season.  Choralis, professional soloists, and organist Todd Fickley will perform this perennial favorite accompanied by a chamber orchestra, with the audience invited to sing along on the well-loved choruses.  Read more

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Choralis Presents "Century of the Common Man"

Choralis Presents "Century of the Common Man"

Washington, DC

lwicks | Performance

Choralis presents a program of music inspired by the wartime courage and sacrifice of the“common man,” including excerpts from Britten’s War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and a complete performance of Joseph Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Sant- Sacrement. In addition, organist Todd Fickley perform Durufle’s Prelude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain and a brass ensemble will perform Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Read more

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Hear Me Roar

Hear Me Roar

Seattle, WA

SMCSWC | Performance

A blowout concert marking our 15 years on stage; where we’ve been and where we’re going!  Read more

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"Melancholy, Desire and Joy" The Sonatas of Corelli, Bach & Handel at Saint James Place

"Melancholy, Desire and Joy" The Sonatas of Corelli, Bach & Handel at Saint James Place

352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | General

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Transform. Innovate. Inspire.

Transform. Innovate. Inspire.

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

The Rensselaer Orchestra is an ensemble of undergraduate and graduate students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Under the direction of Maestro Nicholas DeMaison, the ensemble will perform Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82. This performance will celebrate the launch of Rensselaer’s new Bachelor of Science in Music. Read more

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The Music of Dinos Constantinides

The Music of Dinos Constantinides

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

DCINY presents an evening of Mediterranean-inspired music by Greek composer Dinos Constantinides. Constantinides’ works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In this concert, faculty members from the Louisiana State University School of Music perform his original compositions. Read more

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The Music of Dinos Constantinides

The Music of Dinos Constantinides

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

DCINY presents an evening of Mediterranean-inspired music by Greek composer Dinos Constantinides. Constantinides’ works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In this concert, faculty members from the Louisiana State University School of Music perform his original compositions. Read more

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I Am in Need of Music

I Am in Need of Music

1550 W. 33rd Ave., Vancouver

Elektra Marketing | Audiences

Two forces of Canadian classical music come together for a very special concert in Vancouver. Elektra Women’s Choir is delighted to collaborate for the first time with soprano Suzie LeBlanc in a program of music about music, ranging from Henry Purcell to the world premiere of a work by Vancouver composer and Elektra pianist Stephen Smith. 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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