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Articles

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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James MacMillan's St. John Passion

James MacMillan's St. John Passion

Donald Nally | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

In a commentary for Chorus America’s online feature Noteworthy, Donald Nally commends James MacMillan’s St. John Passion to choral music colleagues—despite its considerable challenges. Not only is its scale monumental, the oratorio may invite controversy. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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Resources

Singer Evaluation Form

Singer Evaluation Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this form to evaluate your singers during auditions. Includes range, sight-reading, and vocal quality measures. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

This sample contract provides a template as you incorporate a partnership with an orchestra. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Commissioning Timeline

Commissioning Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Operations, Sample/Template

Commissioning a new work? Follow this two-year timeline to help plot out which steps you should take when. This timeline is appropriate for a work that does not involve complicated instrumental requirements or multiple movements. Read more

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'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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Events

A "Romantic" Evening

A "Romantic" Evening

190 S. Fairmont Blvd., Anaheim Hills, CA

Meistersingers | Audiences

Not only are most of the songs of the Romantic period focused on the concept of love but are filled with truly amazing poetry and are marked by an appreciation for all things emotional. Love, nature, the past, relationships, and even loneliness, death, and fear were all experiences to be explored, understood and discussed.   Come join us! Read more

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Crepuscolo Götterämmerung: Song Settings at the Twilight of the Ancien Régime

Crepuscolo Götterämmerung: Song Settings at the Twilight of the Ancien Régime

417 East 61st Street between 1st and York Avenues, New York, NY 10065

salonsanctuary | Performance

Music from the time of the Emancipation of the Ghetto by Dussek, Henry, Meyerbeer, Domenico Maria Puccini, and Spohr Read more

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"The Promise of Living"

"The Promise of Living"

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  The Susquehanna Chorale, based in central Pennsylvania, will honor the life and memory of renowned choral conductor Robert Page during its spring program, "The Promise of Living," in May.          Read more

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"The Promise of Living"

"The Promise of Living"

Hershey, PA

Susquehanna Cho... | Singing

  The Susquehanna Chorale, based in central Pennsylvania, will honor the life and memory of renowned choral conductor Robert Page during its spring program, "The Promise of Living," in May.    The Susquehanna Chorale will perform three arrangements by Page: Sondheim’s Our Time and No One Has Ever Loved Me, and Page’s most beloved arrangement of Bernstein’s Make our Garden Grow.   Other repertoire for the concerts will present the varied faces and sources of joy, hope, and enthusiasm for life as presented by some of the Chorale’s favorite British and American composers.   Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents Swing Into Spring!  April 22, 2017 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Two Rivers Chorale presents Swing Into Spring! April 22, 2017 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

2200 County Highway 10, Mounds View, MN 55112

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

  This concert features Big Band and Choir and the great music of the Swing Era!   Read more

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Handel's "Messiah"

Handel's "Messiah"

Omaha, NE

ehurd | Performance

Voices of Omaha presents its 49th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" without charge as a gift to the community. Read more

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Beyond Impressionism

Beyond Impressionism

Marietta, Georgia

Cammie Stephens | Performance

The 160-voice Michael O'Neal Singers join forces with Georgia Philharmonic orchestra for Debussy's NOCTURNES and Vaughan Williams's DONA NOBIS PACEM. www.mosingers.com or 770.594.7974 for more information Read more

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Crowning Glory

Crowning Glory

6 East Wright Street, Pensacola, FL 32501

Choral Society ... | Performance

The Choral Society of Pensacola presents Mozart's Coronation Mass and Puccini's Messa di Gloria. 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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