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Articles

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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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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Resources

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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'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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Events

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

305 East Capital Street Jackson, Mississippi

The Mississippi... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach

Tickets are available at www.mschorus.org Read more

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MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Singing

MasterVoices presents 27 New York Premiere By Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek Featuring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik MasterVoices Orchestra of St. Luke’s James Robinson, Director Ted Sperling, Conductor   October 20 & 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Normandal Lutheran Church (Edina); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (Mahtomedi)

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... | Performance

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The 64-voice National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – www.nlca.com - is pleased to announce its 31st concert season, beginning November 2016 through April 2017. This year’s schedule includes the choir’s cherished All Saints program (to be performed in Edina, St. Cloud, and Mahtomedi); the sacred Christmas Festival concerts in Minneapolis and St. Louis; a Choral TuneUp workshop with Dr. Lee Nelson, Director of the Wartburg College Choir; a joint concert with St. John’s Boys’ Choir; and a historical program of early Lutheran music, which will tour to Duluth andMoorhead and conclude in Minneapolis.  Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

New Britain, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4 pm for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem and motets at New Britain’s South Congregational Church. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by guest organist, Larry Allen. Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more! Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435 Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more!   Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435   Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105   Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303   Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted 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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