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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

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

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Aging

Singing and Healthy Aging

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Performance, Singing

Whether taking up a new activity or continuing a lifelong practice, older adults who sing are reaping a host of social and health benefits. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Health, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

As wonderful and therapeutic as choral singing can be, the rehearsal process is sometimes stressful for both singers and conductors. Here are a few ideas for creating a hospitable and healthy space that enhances the body, mind, and spirit of all involved.  Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Chorus America Staff | Careers, General, Profile

On December 10th, the choral world lost one of its celebrated and respected choral conductors. Diane Loomer died in Vancouver, Canada after a short illness. She was 72. Here Chorus America board members Susan Knight and Leonard Ratzlaff remember their colleague and friend. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. Read more

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Messing with Messiah

Messing with Messiah

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Repertoire

The "Hallelujah" chorus is the signature piece from Handel's popular oratorio, as much a part of holiday festivities as "O Tannenbaum" and tinsel. In fact, the entire Messiah has permeated our culture so completely that modern-day musicians have felt free to put their own stamp on it. Read more

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Resources

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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'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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Events

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Awards, Fundraising, Performance

The Collegiate Chorale will hold its Spring Benefit, featuring the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2015. The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum. The performance will commence at 7:00pm in the Stern Auditorium, with a seated dinner and dessert with the artists in the Rohatyn Room immediately following the concert. A live auction with a few select items will follow the dinner, led by Steve Rosen. All net proceeds will go toward The Chorale’s artistic and education initiatives. Dress is festive. Benefit tickets are $500 - $1,500, and tables are $5,000 - $15,000. Details are available at collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events. For more information, please contact Selena Lavonier at slavonier@collegiatechorale.org or 646.435.9052.   Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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The Collegiate Chorale announces that Eli Tokash will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.   The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s epic 1937 stage spectacle, The Eternal Road, led by Tony Award-winning conductor/director Ted Sperling and featuring a cast of world-renowned singers, a 200-voice chorus, and symphony orchestra.   Like the original stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament. As the congregation awaits their fate, a 13-year old boy appears who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage or faith. The Rabbi enlightens him and gives the community strength by recounting the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah, and more, all of which come alive through Weill’s magnificent musical score. The young boy listens to the stories unfold and emerges as the new hope for his people.   The concert will feature Eli Tokash, Ron Rifkin, Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins, with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  Video Projections by Wendall Harrington and Lighting Design by Frances Aronson.   The May 7 performance will feature a special pre-concert talk at 6pm, presented in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Artistic Director Ted Sperling talks with Ed Harsh, adapter of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise, about the background, historical context, and glorious musical content of this piece.   Both performances of The Road of Promise will be recorded live at Carnegie Hall for release on the Parma/Navona Records label, distributed by Naxos Records.   The Road of Promise performances are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.  The Road of Promise performances have also received endorsement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Collegiate Chorale’s 2015 Spring Benefit Honoree.     Eli Tokash recently appeared as Theo in the Broadway Revival of Pippin. He previously performed in the national tour and Madison Square Garden production of A Christmas Story as Ralphie Parker and the national tour of Mary Poppins as Michael Banks. On television, he can currently be seen recurring as Young Abe on ABC's "Forever." Other film and TV credits include "Blood Ties," "I Love You, But I Lied," and "Undaunted." Workshops and readings: "A Moment in Time" and "The Greatest Showman on Earth" with Hugh Jackman. Aside from his love of performing, Eli's other passions include football and hockey. Special thank you to CESD and Mara Entertainment. Love to Dad, Mom, Tessie and Zak. Read more

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Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Tustin

Meistersingers | Performance

Few things have the power to kindle passions and enliven the senses like the precious rose. Now whether it is a lily, a daisy, orchids or sunflowers, no other object has inspired poets and lovers quite like the "bloom of spring".  Some of choral music's most beautiful melodies and poetry will be presented with Eric Whitacre's, Three Flower Songs, Lauridsen's, Le Chanson de Roses, Mulholland's, O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose and Bernstein's, Make Our Garden Grow. For a night of beautiful prose and even more gorgeous harmonies, don't miss this concert! Read more

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The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

Philadelphia, PA

Michael Martin Mills | Performance

After 43 years, The Philadelphia Singers is closing down. The Farewell Concert is the last opportunity to hear this proclaimed ensemble in concert. Read more

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 I Will Arise...

I Will Arise...

1200 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Ancora | Performance

Seattle-based women’s choir Ancora presents traditional and contemporary songs of the British Isles. Works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Daley, Szymko, Whitacre and more. Read more

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Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

11269 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

When unleashed, the voices and experiences of women have the power to change the world.  Music is as much personal as it is universal.  It can inspire you to action, move you to tears or make you sit up and take notice.  Vox will perform our favorite songs from each of our three season concerts this year. Join us and experience the power for yourself! Featuring selections from Music: A Mirror of Our Humanity, Forbidden Voices and Side by Side by Sondheim, this will be a lovely Sunday afternoon concert in one of our favorite Westside venues. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event is FREE, but please RSVP as space is limited! This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with Support from Sony Pictures Entertainment Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Childrens Book Section

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  Members of the Rhinebeck Choral Club will be giving a free performance at Barnes and Noble in Kingston, NY Rt 9 w.  The Address is 1177 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401   The date is  4/23/2015 between 7 pm and 8 pm    For information phone Donna:  (518)  537-2884 Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

New York, New York

emilymt | Performance

The Collegiate Chorale announces that Ron Rifkin will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.  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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