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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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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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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

Vox Femina LA presents Vox Rocks!

Vox Femina LA presents Vox Rocks!

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

VOX Femina | Performance

Rock out with VOX Femina!  This is VOX as you’ve never seen (or heard) them before! They’ll sing and jam to the music of rock legends,  indie rock and top of Pop. Featuring songs by Joni Mitchell, Queen, David Bowie, Indigo Girls, Pink, Adele, Lady Gaga, and other artists. Plus Vox will be joined on stage at DTLA's Zipper Hall by The Bangles' Vicki Peterson! Read more

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Cathedral Echoes

Cathedral Echoes

Costa Mesa, CA

Ryan McSweeney | Performance

Pacific Chorale and John Alexander join forces with Hungarian organist András Gábor Virágh of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest for a program of European and North American works centering on the music of Hungarian composers, including Kodály, Orbán, Bárdos, and Virágh himself. The collaboration between the Chorale and Virágh will continue this July, with four performances scheduled in Budapest and Vienna. Read more

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Cappella Romana in Concert:  New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America. Read more

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Final Performance for 30-Year Choir Director: "Show People"

Final Performance for 30-Year Choir Director: "Show People"

4100 University Drive, Houston TX 77004

Houston Choral ... | Careers, Management/Leadership, Performance

  Diane Benson is retiring after 30 years as Music Director with Houston Choral Showcase, a community show choir. Her final performance with the group will be on Saturday, June 11 at 4pm. Read more

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Bridges - Connecting Communities Through Music

Bridges - Connecting Communities Through Music

251 W 100th St

emilymt | Audiences

  MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces the inaugural concert for “Bridges – Connecting Communities Through Music,” an outreach initiative that provides people in a New York community with the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. MasterVoices provides the structure of the event, and this season, to get things started, composer Marisa Michelson has been commissioned to create a work with Royce Vavrek to showcase some unique sounds and skills of six highly diverse constituent groups from Lawrence, Long Island, along with MasterVoices.  The groups include the Lawrence High School and Middle School Choruses and Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble, the Meshuga Daddies barbershop quartet, and two groups of Hispanic and Gospel singers.  Prior to the NYC concert at Ansche Chesed, the work will be performed in Lawrence on Thursday, June 2 at the Lawrence High School. Read more

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Songs of Inspiration and Hope

Songs of Inspiration and Hope

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

This family-friendly program features the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, which brings together young people from different backgrounds and ethnicities across the metro-Atlanta area, and a choir of treble voices conducted by Lori Loftus. The performance also features the Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World

Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Education, Performance, Singing

  Join the 84 members of the Lincoln youth choir for a night of glorious gospel and upbeat pop music. Since 2001, the Lincoln High School Gospel Choir has produced a spring show every other year focusing on diversity in our world, incorporating their experience with Jewish, African American, and Native American music. The group has performed at St. John The Divine and Jazz At Lincoln Center in the famous Allen Room overlooking Central Park, and will now bring its talents and broad musical vision to Lincoln Center. Directed by Darcy Reese, the members of the choir will be joined by a professional orchestra and singers including Tonia Hughes and Darnell Davis who will help bring the thrill of music to new heights. Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World seeks to show that today's youth are taking on tough issues through song in order to bring about a more peaceful world. Read more

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Eternal Light

Eternal Light

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

  DCINY presents an afternoon exploring two different kinds of “light music.” One half features Morten Lauridsen’s elegant Lux Aeterna,an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels. The other half features internationally known Venezuelan conductor/composer Cristian Grases leading the young and talented Distinguished Concerts Singers International in a light-hearted, culturally-minded and engaging program.   Read more

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Echoes of Deserts and Mountains

Echoes of Deserts and Mountains

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, Performance, Repertoire

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, led by Director Gary Nicholson, takes the stage at Carnegie Hall in this evening performance featuring young musicians of Colorado. Conductor Steven Rash brings the musicians of Odem High School, Texas, center stage in a wind ensemble program. The Highlands Youth Ensemble from Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy is led by Jane Morison. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents its 23rd Annual Spring Concert, Rhythm Planet

Angel City Chorale Presents its 23rd Annual Spring Concert, Rhythm Planet

Los Angeles, CA 90010

GreenGal | Performance

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present Rhythm Planet, the first weekend in June, featuring the music of two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin and other world beats. A stunning musical journey that traverses the globe, Rhythm Planet celebrates both our diversity and the humanity that unites us all. 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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