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Articles

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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James MacMillan's St. John Passion

James MacMillan's St. John Passion

Donald Nally | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

In a commentary for Chorus America’s online feature Noteworthy, Donald Nally commends James MacMillan’s St. John Passion to choral music colleagues—despite its considerable challenges. Not only is its scale monumental, the oratorio may invite controversy. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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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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Resources

Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Chorus America Staff | Research/Data

American Choral Review 53.2 Read more

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Singer Evaluation Form

Singer Evaluation Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this form to evaluate your singers during auditions. Includes range, sight-reading, and vocal quality measures. Read more

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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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Events

All Beethoven

All Beethoven

Philadelphia, PA

Chamber Orch of... | Performance

Piano virtuosity, jaw-dropping technique, and passion collide in an unforgettable evening of All Beethoven. This will be a captivating evening of improvisations on works such as Für Elise alongside the debut of pianist Charlie Albright and Curtis trained conductor, Sarah Ioannides. Read more

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Haydn & Goldenthal

Haydn & Goldenthal

Philadelphia, PA

Chamber Orch of... | Performance

Combining the classical and the contemporary, experience the love, passion, and artistry with improvised cadenzas on the beloved Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Don’t miss Oscar award winning composer Elliot Goldenthal’s world premiere of his new concerto for trumpet.  Read more

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Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Mas... | Performance

"Jubilate Deo!" (O Be Joyful in the Lord!) by Dan Forrest "Songs of Celebration by Paul Basler Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and Joseph Jacovino on piano. Joined by soprano soloist Louise Fauteux www.cmchorale.org Read more

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Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert

Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Mas... | Performance

Annual Holiday Prelude Concert www.cmchorale.org Read more

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Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Katy, TX 77449

Houston Choral ... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Schools, Singing

The British International School of Houston’s Accents Choir and soloists will make a guest appearance at the June 9 “Let The Sunshine In” performance by Houston Choral Showcase (HCS), an adult show choir. The June 9 show (and a similar performance by HCS alone on June 10) will feature show tunes, classic pop favorites, jazz pieces, new arrangements of contemporary hits, and other fun surprises. Read more

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VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Singing

Award-winning women’s choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles ends its 20th Anniversary season with a bang on June 10! With a brand new commission by composer Jocelyn Hagen, original choreography — a VOX first! — by Sarah Swenson & VOX Dance Theater, and graduates of VOX’s first Choral Scholar Program! Tickets to this fantastic season finale are on sale now! Read more

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VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise: WeHo (Free!)

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise: WeHo (Free!)

1200 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038 ​

Vox Femina Los ... | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Acclaimed women's choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles presents a free preview of the final concert of its 20th anniversary season. Featuring a dynamic new commission by Jocelyn Hagen. Bring the whole family to experience LA's premier women's chorus -- a chorus like no other! Read more

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An American Songbook

An American Songbook

Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Richmond Choral Society presents a tribute to classical American composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson and many others.       Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

DIABLO CHORAL ARTISTS presents a choral journey of Summer Travels, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rossini & Copland. Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

  DIABLO CHORAL ARTISTS presents a choral journey of Summer Travels, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rossini & Copland.  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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