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Articles

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: 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

Song of the Universal: Music of Corigliano, Whitacre, Gjeilo

Song of the Universal: Music of Corigliano, Whitacre, Gjeilo

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin Alley and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Performance

  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney, presents a concert of melody, poetry, and inspiration:  Song of the Universal: Music of Corigliano, Whitacre, and Gjeilo Read more

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Cantare Con Vivo presents "Sing & Rejoice!"

Cantare Con Vivo presents "Sing & Rejoice!"

Berkeley, CA

David Morales | Performance

This July, Cantare Con Vivo Artistic Director David Morales will direct a Cantare summer concert centered on music from the Christian church tradition.  Read more

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Song/Play

Song/Play

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Singing

DCINY welcomes back composers Francisco J. Núñez and Cristian Grases to the Carnegie Hall stage with a world premiere program featuring two brand new works created for youth voices featuring the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras directed by Hanrich Claassen performs works by Nancy Bloomer Deussen and Edvard Grieg. Read more

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Spirit Journey

Spirit Journey

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Singing

Featuring the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra, Composer/Conductor Pepper Choplin leads his work Our Father: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer. Co-Conductors Kevin McBethand Andy Waggoner lead choir and orchestra in a new world premiere by American composer Mark Hayes, Spirit Suite 1 & 2. Read more

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Gabriel Faure : Requiem

Gabriel Faure : Requiem

Washington, DC.

Caryn Fraim |

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem Florent Schmitt: Psalm 47 Lili Boulanger: Psalm 24 “La terre appartient à l’Éternel" Read more

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Into the Light

Into the Light

Washington, DC.

Caryn Fraim |

Music. Space. Resonance Read more

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Living the Dream...Singing the Dream

Living the Dream...Singing the Dream

Washington, DC.

Caryn Fraim |

31st Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Read more

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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

Washington, DC.

Caryn Fraim |

For the young and the young at heart (Ages 5 and up) Read more

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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

Alexandria, VA

Caryn Fraim |

For the young and the young at heart (Ages 5 and up) Read more

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Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts

Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim |

Celebrate this Christmas with the Choral Arts Society of Washington! 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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