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Articles

Vance George: My Life in Choral Music So Far

Vance George: My Life in Choral Music So Far

Vance George | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

Vance George, former director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, reflects on a lifetime of musicmaking. Read more

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Do Choral Concerts Need To Be More Visual?

Do Choral Concerts Need To Be More Visual?

Sandra Bernhard | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Stage director Sandra Bernhard and conductor Stephen Coker consider ways choruses might enhance the concert experience by using visuals and storytelling techniques. Read more

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Finding a New Music Director

Finding a New Music Director

Jeff Lunden | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment

In the 2005 study, Choral Conductors Today, Chorus America learned that as many as one-third of choruses are conducted by their founders, and furthermore that a majority of these choruses were founded a generation or more ago. This data suggests that a large number of choruses will be facing significant leadership transitions and indeed, experience in the intervening years has borne out this assertion. Read more

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Why My Chorus Sings from Memory

Why My Chorus Sings from Memory

Jan Pedersen Schiff | Conducting, Rehearsal

Magical things happen when singers get out of the score, says one longtime chorus conductor. Read more

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Alice Parker: Reflections on a Life Lived in Song

Alice Parker: Reflections on a Life Lived in Song

Alice Parker | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Profile

Alice Parker, one of America's most beloved and respected composers, conductors, and educators in choral music, reflects on her long and productive life in music—one decade at a time. Read more

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Tomorrow's Voices: A Composer In the Classroom

Tomorrow's Voices: A Composer In the Classroom

Katryn Conlin | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education, Schools

Thanks to a residency program, one composer spends time with three high school choirs, creating new music, new singers, and audiences for the future. Read more

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Gregg Smith Singers At 50

Gregg Smith Singers At 50

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Repertoire

A look at the Gregg Smith Singers' astounding legacy of supporting new choral music in America. Read more

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Performing Under Pressure

Performing Under Pressure

On Being a King's College Chorister

Karin Brookes | Children/Youth, Education, History, Impact/Value, Singing

Thorough preparation is key to a flawless performance when 200 million listeners tune in to hear the annual (and beloved) broadcast of the King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Read more

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What Is A Chorus?

What Is A Chorus?

How We Define Choral Music - Now and Then

Tom Kelly | History, Impact/Value, Repertoire

And what exactly is choral music? Music claimed by choruses is often not choral in origin—it becomes choral music when a chorus sings it. Read more

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Sacred Texts in a Secular World

Sacred Texts in a Secular World

A Word To Nonbelievers and Believers

Michael Steinberg | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

What should we do when a piece of music offends a whole group of people? 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

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

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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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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle, 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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Princeton Pro Musica Presents “Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite”

Princeton Pro Musica Presents “Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite”

1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, General

The Princeton Pro Musica chorus and orchestra, with its guests, the Trenton Children's Chorus, returns to Trenton’s War Memorial for its third annual holiday concert of carols and seasonal tunes. Read more

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Fanfare for the 4th—Musical Visions of America

Fanfare for the 4th—Musical Visions of America

Louisville, KY

Louisville Chorus | Performance

i15th annual multimedia choral cinema presentation of the founding, expansion, and refinement of America. Read more

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A Disney Musical Fantasy

A Disney Musical Fantasy

Louisville, KY

Louisville Chorus | Performance

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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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