Conducting & Performing

Chorus America advances the artistry of choruses by providing masterclasses for choral conductors, sessions on repertoire and performance practice, convenings of artistic directors, research on conducting careers and transitions, information on performance trends and innovations, and forums for discussion of artistic issues.

Articles

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

  • Views (1,203)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (1)
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

  • Views (3,247)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (1)
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

  • Views (2,635)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (1,825)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Over the years, many talented conductors have participated in Chorus America’s Masterclasses. The Voice asked past Fellows to share where they are now, and how their Masterclass experience has shaped their different professional paths. Read more

  • Views (2,416)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

  • Views (2,273)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (2,847)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (7,119)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (3,859)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (1)
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

  • Views (3,033)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (1)

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

  • Views (2,550)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (1,148)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (1,157)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (1,104)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (1,301)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (1,135)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (1,132)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)

Events

The Passing of the Year

The Passing of the Year

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Performance

One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form. Read more

  • Views (6)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Eastern Voices

Eastern Voices

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Performance

One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form. Read more

  • Views (6)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
A Feast of Carols

A Feast of Carols

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Performance

One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form. Read more

  • Views (6)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Beginnings...

Beginnings...

Rittenhouse

Amanda Schkeeper |

One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form. Read more

  • Views (6)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Columbia Pro Cantare Performs "Northern Lights"

Columbia Pro Cantare Performs "Northern Lights"

Columbia, MD

CPC | Performance

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus opens it 39th season with “Northern Lights,” a concert featuring the music of composers from Scandinavia and neighboring countries celebrating anniversaries this year. Read more

  • Views (10)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

18 Belvidere Street, Boston, MA 02115

alarosamontez_s... |

  • Views (11)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

alarosamontez_s... |

  • Views (11)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
SSO to Mark Anniversaries in Performance at the UN General Assembly

SSO to Mark Anniversaries in Performance at the UN General Assembly

New York, NY

emilymt | Diversity

In one of the largest concerts ever held at the General Assembly of the United Nations, August 28 will see Maestro Long Yu assemble his Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to represent China in a musical celebration to mark 70 years since both the ending of World War Two and the establishment of the UN itself.  Read more

  • Views (25)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Choral Concert

Choral Concert

640 Main St., Shrewsbury ,MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Songs of Hope and Consolation Read more

  • Views (21)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Choral Concert

Choral Concert

25 Marlboro Road, (Rte 85), Southborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

ALEXANDER'S FEAST  by Handel Read more

  • Views (19)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (1,704)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)