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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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More Touring Experiences

More Touring Experiences

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

More Chorus America members share personal stories about touring experiences that made a big impact. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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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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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

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

  Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work. Read more

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The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

E 17th St & Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114

info@quirecleve... | Performance

  Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work. Read more

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The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

44 University Ave, Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work.   Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

E 17th St & Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

1007 Superior Ave E Cleveland OH 44114-2582

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Claudio Monteverdi was celebrated in his day for the way he portrayed expression & emotion in a revolutionary new musical style. If you love his iconic Vespers, you know how enchanting this music is!  Directed by Ross Duffin, Quire Cleveland presents a free concert, featuring the Mass of the Most Blessed Virgin, framed by brilliant madrigals, reworked into devotional masterpieces.  0 0 2016-08-26T19:31:00Z 1 80 419 Ffortissimo Design 10 5 494 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:JA;} A recent Quire performance at St. John’s Cathedral was deemed “spectacular” — you won’t want to miss this one! Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Colts Neck, NJ

Susan Metz | Performance, Repertoire

The Monmouth Civic Chorus features music from Scandanavia and the Baltic nations in its final concert offering of the season. Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Civic Engagement, Performance

The Monmouth Civic Chorus presents a concert of love songs for its February concert offering. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} Read more

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Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

North Carolina based Composer/Conductor Pepper Choplin guides the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in his newest work, “Go Sing It On The Mountain.” Choplin, full time composer, conductor and humorist has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over 250 anthems for church and school choir with 16 church cantatas and a book of piano arrangements.  Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world. This performance marks Choplins’ third appearance on the DCINY concert series. Read more

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FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

325 Park Avenue, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

The Really Big Chorus returns to New York to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.     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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