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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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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Over the years, many talented conductors have participated in Chorus America’s Masterclasses. The Voice asked past Fellows to share where they are now, and how their Masterclass experience has shaped their different professional paths. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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Resources

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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'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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Events

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Bellevue, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night can haunt our dreams, and even our music!  Master Chorus Eastside delves into the musical worlds of the mysterious, the otherworldly, and sometimes the wacky in Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Stimulate your imagination with Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, complete with bass drum and thunder sheet, David Brunner’s lighthearted Jabberwocky, and a new work by artistic director Dr. Linda Gingrich, set to the words of the old Scottish prayer that is our theme.  “There is a genuine sense of play that runs through the music in this concert,” says Gingrich.  “We begin and end with lullabies, and everything in between is either a dream or a nightmare!  But really, an entertaining nightmare.” Read more

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Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Bellevue, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night can haunt our dreams, and even our music!  Master Chorus Eastside delves into the musical worlds of the mysterious, the otherworldly, and sometimes the wacky in Sound Imaginarium: Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Stimulate your imagination with Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, complete with bass drum and thunder sheet, David Brunner’s lighthearted Jabberwocky, and a new work by artistic director Dr. Linda Gingrich, set to the words of the old Scottish prayer that is our theme.  “There is a genuine sense of play that runs through the music in this concert,” says Gingrich.  “We begin and end with lullabies, and everything in between is either a dream or a nightmare!  But really, an entertaining nightmare.” Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Sings the Durufle Rquiem

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings the Durufle Rquiem

Ellicott City, MD

CPC | Audiences, Performance

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 pm, the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform the Requiem of Maurice Durufle at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City, MD.      Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

choral chorus concert Bach Baroque music singing Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

choral concert Bach Baroque composers singing Read more

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Choral Concert by St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir

Choral Concert by St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir

Los Angeles, CA

Gobsmackd | Performance

The award-winning St. George's Weybridge College Youth Choir from England will be performing at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Saturday, February 13 as part of their 2016 California Choral Tour!       Read more

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Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

25 Marlborough Rd., Soutthborough, MA 01772

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Alexander's Feast by Handel with orchestra and soloists Read more

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Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Symphonic

  Conduct the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C major and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with professional choir and orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop. Read more

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At the Pleasure of Mazarin: Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris

At the Pleasure of Mazarin: Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris

417 East 61st Street

salonsanctuary | Performance

  Virtuoso compositions by Roman composers Luigi Rossi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and Giacomo Carissimi from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, brought to France by Cardinal Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert. Read more

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CAMP

CAMP

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Conducting

Seattle Women's Chorus February 26-28, 2016 Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center A hilarious romp through the trials and trails from your favorite outdoor adventures. Summer camp memories: the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitos, the fighting, and those awkward showers. Relive it all — from a safe distance — when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of possibly more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves. Featuring Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt). 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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