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Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Profile

“There are so many commonalities between directing a community choir and the church music experience,” says Tom Dooling of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio.  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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My First German Requiem

My First German Requiem

Matthew Sigman | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Symphonic

After performing the Brahms Requiem as the centerpiece of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium in mid-April, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought the work to New York for a special performance at Carnegie Hall. Music journalist Matthew Sigman attended the New York performance—which also included Jonathan Leshnoff’s newly-commissioned work Zohar—and reflects on his experience hearing the masterpiece for the first time. Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. 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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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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Events

In Nature and Song

In Nature and Song

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Join the Richmond Choral Society, under the direction of Markus Compton, in a unique concert of music inspired by nature. Read more

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In Nature and Song

In Nature and Song

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Join the Richmond Choral Society, under the direction  of Markus Compton, in a unique concert of music inspired by nature. Read more

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GMChorale to Present Alchemy in Concert on March 11

GMChorale to Present Alchemy in Concert on March 11

Orange, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale invites you to join them for a very special concert by Alchemy, with 24 voices comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers. The regions newest vocal chamber ensemblecontinues its first full season of concerts across Connecticut on Sunday, March 11, at 4:00 PM Read more

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Beethoven's Missa solemnis

Beethoven's Missa solemnis

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

Cantata Singers returns to Beethoven’s epic Missa solemnis.  Read more

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Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

540 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

Through sacred word and celestial melody, we celebrate the beauty of the astral bodies: the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the wonder they inspire. "Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being." (Rumi) Read more

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Sun, Moon, Stars: A free community concert preview of Heavenly Bodies

Sun, Moon, Stars: A free community concert preview of Heavenly Bodies

844 W 32nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

This free community concert is a preview of VOX Femina's Heavenly Bodies concert. Read more

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100 Singers Honor the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence

100 Singers Honor the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence

New York City, NY

Odyssey Opera | Performance

Esto-Atlantis Choral Concert is part of an international event   acknowledging the Republic of Estonia’s centenary. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare: Sing into Spring

Columbia Pro Cantare: Sing into Spring

3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

CPC | Audiences

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will welcome the season of new beginnings with a concert, "Sing into Spring," Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4 pm. Read more

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Eya - A Marian Meditation (Free Performance)

Eya - A Marian Meditation (Free Performance)

3022 Woodlawn Avenue Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Performance

Award-winning early music vocal ensemble Eya offers a restorative, soul-filled musical meditation featuring a wide-range of medieval chant and polyphony from England, France, Italy, and Spain.  Accompanied by deep quiet and candlelight, the medieval songs selected for the program call upon Mary for strength, guidance, and support.  Admission is free.  For more information about Eya, visit: www.eyaensemble.com Read more

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My Spirit Rejoices - Music of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

My Spirit Rejoices - Music of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC

lwicks | Performance

Choralis showcases three works that express joy and spiritual renewal: Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach and Te Deum by Anton Bruckner, performed with orchestra, and the a cappella motet Schaffe in mir Gott by Johannes Brahms.  For tickets, visit www.choralis.org/concerts 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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