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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Education

More past Fellows speak about the impact of their Masterclass experience. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Community Outreach, General, Impact/Value, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

When these lifelong choral singers launched a community chorus, they didn't know they were also launching a music folder company. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Bringing the Diversity of Choral Music to Young Professionals

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Singing, Volunteer

A shared passion for singing led Ben Olinsky and his friends to create the 18th Street Singers, a Washington DC-based volunteer ensemble. Over the past nine years, the group has changed in size and membership, but the goal has remained the same: to make choral music more accessible to a new generation of audiences.  Read more

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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Chorus America’s Noteworthy web series highlights choral repertoire that may not be familiar to you—yet. Each month, a different conductor, music director, or other artistic professional recommends a piece of music that hasn't been widely noticed, but in his or her opinion, deserves to be heard. Read more

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Dominick DiOrio is one of the youngest people ever to be hired on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He leads the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a 30-member auditioned ensemble that specializes in music of the last 50 years. Chorus America talked to DiOrio about his own compositions and his passion for finding and performing the music of contemporary composers. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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 “Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

“Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

Viral Video Shines New Light on Choral Music

Lauren Rosenthal | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Rehearsal, Singing

If you’ve been on the internet during the past month, you’ve probably seen the quirky viral video of a chorus and orchestra covering the popular, can’t-get-it-out-of-your head song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. There are hundreds of other videos online covering the song, ranging from topics like NFL replacement referees to the United States Olympic swim team, so what makes this one so special? With more than two million hits and counting on YouTube, mentions in newspapers around the country, and even a featured performance on the Today Show, who knew choral music could go so viral? Read more

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Resources

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Is your chorus ready for a founder transition? This 9-question quiz will help you determine the answer. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Finance, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Ten helpful guidelines to help establish a healthy annual performance review process for the music director of your chorus. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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Events

Rochester's Classical Idol

Rochester's Classical Idol

2131 Elmwood Ave

Rebecca Ruoff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Networking, Singing

Join Rochester Oratorio Society for their 8th season of Classical Idol, Rochester’s own international professional singing competition. Professional vocal solo performers will be making their way to Rochester for two intensive days of competition, in hopes of being crowned the next Classical Idol. Semi-Finals will take place on Friday May 9th at Asbury First United Methodist Church starting at 1:00pm, and are open to the public for free. 10 finalists will be announced that night. Finalists will then perform in front of a panel of judges and the public on Saturday May 10th at Temple B’rith Kodesh. Light food, and a silent auction will start at 6:00pm , with the competition starting at 7:30pm.  Read more

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Candide

Candide

Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... |

The Oratorio Society of Virginia and Ash Lawn Opera announce their inaugural collaboration with two performances of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on May 2 and 4, 2014, at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA.  The Oratorio Society's Music Director, Michael Slon, will conduct the 85-member Oratorio Society chorus, 28-piece chamber orchestra, and principal soloists drawn from major theaters across the country, in semi-staged performances directed by Andrea Dorf McGray (Washington National Opera). Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival.  Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this comedic and fast-paced operetta traces the travels and travails of the naive Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, and a host of colorful characters on their quest to find "the best of all possible worlds." Performances are Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  A pre-performance lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to each performance by UVA Music Performance Librarian Winston Barham.  Tickets range from $12-$49; for more information, go to www.oratoriosociety.org, or call (434) 295-4385. Read more

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Candide

Candide

Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... |

The Oratorio Society of Virginia and Ash Lawn Opera announce their inaugural collaboration with two performances of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on May 2 and 4, 2014, at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA.  The Oratorio Society's Music Director, Michael Slon, will conduct the 85-member Oratorio Society chorus, 28-piece chamber orchestra, and principal soloists drawn from major theaters across the country, in semi-staged performances directed by Andrea Dorf McGray (Washington National Opera). Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival.  Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this comedic and fast-paced operetta traces the travels and travails of the naive Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, and a host of colorful characters on their quest to find "the best of all possible worlds." Performances are Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  A pre-performance lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to each performance by UVA Music Performance Librarian Winston Barham.  Tickets range from $12-$49; for more information, go to www.oratoriosociety.org, or call (434) 295-4385. Read more

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Celebration & Reflection, Part I

Celebration & Reflection, Part I

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Health, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue

A Memorial Day Weekend Concert Suitable for All Ages! Bradley Ellingboe, Composer/Conductor Ellingboe: Star Song - World Premiere (Orchestral Version) Aimee Beckmann-Collier, DCINY Debut Conductor Mozart: Coronation Mass KV 317 Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International   Tickets are on sale now for $20-$100. Call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.org Read more

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Winging Wildly

Winging Wildly

San Francisco, CA

Barbara Heroux | Performance

Join Volti as we celebrate our 35th birthday with a fundraising gala honoring our longtime association with San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem -- "the dean of American choral composers." Tickets@VoltiSF.org Read more

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(Ch)oral Argument

(Ch)oral Argument

San Francisco and Berkeley, California

Barbara Heroux | Composing/Commissioning

Volti premieres a major new cantata from Ted Hearne, a co-commission with The Crossing, along with new works from Melissa Dunphy and Kirke Mechem.  www.VoltiSF.org   Read more

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Cry Out and Shout!

Cry Out and Shout!

River Forest, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Performance

  The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Cry Out and Shout! on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West Division Street, River Forest, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email info@OakParkConcertChorale.org. For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.   Read more

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Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Venue

  The PPM Chorus and Orchestra close the season in grand Baroque style with a performance of Handel’s colossal oratorio “Israel in Egypt” (1736), with double chorus, period-instrument orchestra and soloists. “Israel in Egypt” has endeared itself to skilled choirs with its use of vivid tone-painting and dynamic rhythms to evoke the plagues and other details, from jumping frogs to whirring flies, pounding hail and swelling waves. Rounding out the program is Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G Major for orchestra and instrumental soloists. Read more

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American Voices - Children's Chorus of Washington

American Voices - Children's Chorus of Washington

Washington, DC 20005

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

  AMERICAN VOICES, featuring American Classics and Broadway favorites Children’s Chorus of Washington - All ensembles Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 4pm National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005 Tickets & Information: www.childrenschorus.com/support-ccw/tickets/     $25/adult ($30 at the door); $10/children under age 12 ($12 at the door) Read more

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Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent

Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue

Grammy-Award Nominated Bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent join forces with DCINY to celebrate the American tradition of country-style Bluegrass music with an electrifying blend of gospel and folk in Carol Barnett’s, “World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” John Purifoy’s “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” spans the Civil War in three thrilling movements of choral delight. The concert will be performed by Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of 200 voices and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. Tickets on Sale Now. $20-$100. Call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or visit CarnegieHall.org       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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