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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. Read more

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Noteworthy: The Only A Cappella Work by an Orchestral Composer and DJ

Noteworthy: The Only A Cappella Work by an Orchestral Composer and DJ

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Sirens, a series of six a cappella movements by composer Mason Bates, explores texts about things that are alluring or attractive. Ragnar Bohlin found the piece itself, particularly the fifth movement, so compelling that he knew he had to have his own chorus perform it.  Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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Resources

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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'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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Events

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

2128 4th Street S. Minneapolis, MN 55455

connieshaver | Performance

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to present Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, which will be performed by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, world-class soloists and a professional orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey. Read more

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Randall Thompson: Requiem

Randall Thompson: Requiem

2128 4th Street S. Minneapolis, MN 55455

connieshaver | Performance

A world premiere of Thompson's setting for double chorus and double string ensemble. Read more

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Greater Love: In Search of the Hidden Road

Greater Love: In Search of the Hidden Road

1079 Summit Avenue

connieshaver | Performance

Featuring Benjamin Britten's Cantata Misericordium, Britten's Saint Nicolas and Howard Goodall's Beatitudes. Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Concerts: The Sounds of War...The Pleas for Peace

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Concerts: The Sounds of War...The Pleas for Peace

3321 16th Street at Dolores, San Francisco, CA 94114

Helene Whitson | Performance

This Summer 2016, we perform two monumental choral works that center on war and peace, Joseph Haydn’s stirring Mass in Time of War and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ profound Dona Nobis Pacem. Read more

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Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Lourdes High School

The Rose Ensemble |

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land 11th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour September 16 - 30, 2016 with special guest, Yair Dalal, composer and instrumentalist Read more

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Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Lourdes High School

The Rose Ensemble |

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land 11th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour September 16 - 30, 2016 with special guest, Yair Dalal, composer and instrumentalist Read more

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Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

400 Tiger Drive Marshall, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Professional

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land 11th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour September 16 - 30, 2016 Ticket Information: https://www.roseensemble.org/shows/jerusalem-treasures-holy-land with special guest, Yair Dalal, composer and instrumentalist Read more

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Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

806 Summit Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Performance

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land 11th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour September 16 - 30, 2016 Ticket Information: https://www.roseensemble.org/shows/jerusalem-treasures-holy-land with special guest, Yair Dalal, composer and instrumentalist Read more

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Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

600 East 4th Street Morris, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Professional

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land 11th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour September 16 - 30, 2016 Ticket Information: https://www.roseensemble.org/shows/jerusalem-treasures-holy-land with special guest, Yair Dalal, composer and instrumentalist Read more

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Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

170 Good Counsel Drive Mankato, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Professional

Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land 11th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour September 16 - 30, 2016 Ticket Information: https://www.roseensemble.org/shows/jerusalem-treasures-holy-land with special guest, Yair Dalal, composer and instrumentalist 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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