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Articles

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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Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

George Gelles | Conducting, History, Operations, Repertoire

Never program down to your audience, and never assume that your audience isn't ready to be challenged by fresh interpretations of familiar pieces, by works from the canon that unjustly have been ignored, by the music of today and tomorrow. Read more

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When Children Know the Score

When Children Know the Score

Erin Frisby | Careers, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education

Chorus America's Conducting Masterclasses give conductors valuable podium time. Offered in 2004, this was the first workshop of its kind to specifically invite conductors of children's choruses to advance their professional training by working with the Chicago Children's Choir and orchestra. Read more

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The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Innovation, Professional, Profile

People came from across the country to celebrate the farewell concert of the Dale Warland Singers. What can we learn from a chorus that achieves the pinnacle of aristic acclaim when it decides to close its doors after 31 years—what is the cost of excellence and when is it time to say goodbye? Read more

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Say Little and Do Much: An Interview with Steve Reich

Say Little and Do Much: An Interview with Steve Reich

Victoria Looseleaf | Composing/Commissioning, Profile, Repertoire

With his finger still firmly affixed on contemporary music's pulse, Minimalist composer Steve Reich, at age 68, creates rich, rhythmic universes of hypnotic sound. Recently hailed by the Village Voice as "America's greatest living composer," the New York-born maverick's works cover the gamut—from his early taped speeches in 1965 to his and video artist Beryl Korot's 2002 digital video opera, Three Tales. Read more

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Studying Bach with Mel Gibson

Studying Bach with Mel Gibson

Tom Hall | Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, History, Repertoire

Performances of Bach's Passions, particularly in light of the attention that Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ has received, present an opportunity for Christians and Jews to confront issues of religious intolerance, the role of the arts, and how the arts might, advertently or inadvertently, promote intolerance. We can use our role as musical leaders to engage in this important dialogue on religious intolerance. Read more

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Choral Recordings To Die For

Choral Recordings To Die For

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Symphonic

It might be time to update and upgrade your own choral recording library. When the Voice asked today's classical music broadcast personalities, "What three or four choral recordings would you take to the ends of the earth with you, and why?" they came up with the following, sometimes surprising, favorites. Read more

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Many Roads To Choral Conducting

Many Roads To Choral Conducting

Heidi Waleson | Careers, Conducting, Education, Profile

Powerful early experiences set conductors on career paths with unusual twists and turns. Several conductors recount how they got their start. Read more

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Navigating a Founder Transition

Navigating a Founder Transition

Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas?

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning

What image comes to mind when you hear the term founder transition? Do you think tempest? Do you think sunset cruise? During my work as an arts management consultant I have encountered many organizations navigating a founder transition. This experience has given me a great deal of respect for those who have made successful founder transitions and is the basis for the observations and suggestions I share with organizations facing this important evolution. Read more

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Resources

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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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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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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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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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

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

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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Events

Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Harrisburg, Pa.

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert series, a central Pennsylvania tradition, on Dec. 17 at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Pa.           Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Elizabethtown, Pa.

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert series, a central Pennsylvania tradition, on Dec. 15, 16 and 17.         Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert series, a central Pennsylvania tradition, on Dec. 15, 16 and 17.             Read more

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Fitchburg State Choirs present "Choral Kaleidoscope"

Fitchburg State Choirs present "Choral Kaleidoscope"

Fitchburg, MA

J Harvey | General, Performance

The Fitchburg State Choirs present "Choral Kaleidoscope," a performance of ever-shifting variety, featuring the Fitchburg State Concert Choir, Fitchburg State Chamber Choir, Harmonic Velocity (FSU's student-led a cappella ensemble), Gardner High School Select Choir, Fitchburg High School Concert Choir, and Naragansett Regional High School Concert Chorus. Selections include pop, spirituals, jazz, Renaissance, Baroque, music of South Africa, Venezuela, Brazil, Russia, and more! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/academics/academic-departments/humanities-...   Read more

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Beautiful Star: Christmas with Voce

Beautiful Star: Christmas with Voce

543 Beulah Rd. Vienna, VA 22180

Joan Winter Skerritt | Performance

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Beautiful Star: Christmas with Voce

Beautiful Star: Christmas with Voce

2455 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Joan Winter Skerritt | Performance

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A Holiday with Friends - Colors of the Season

A Holiday with Friends - Colors of the Season

Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Dana M. Anderson | Audiences, Families

Led by Artistic Director / Founder, Stanley J. Thurston, the chorale will perform holiday songs from the Western and African-American choral tradition. For a full listing of our December events and to purchase tickets, go to: heritagesignaturechorale.org Read more

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Fairfield County Chorale Presents Handel's Messiah

Fairfield County Chorale Presents Handel's Messiah

125 East Ave, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Celebrate the holidays with a Sunday afternoon concert of Handel's Messiah, December 10th at 3:00pm Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk, CT. Read more

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Christmas Concert - Diablo Choral Artists

Christmas Concert - Diablo Choral Artists

1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

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Christmas Concert - Diablo Choral Artists

Christmas Concert - Diablo Choral Artists

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

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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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