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Articles

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Chorus America Staff | Careers, General, Profile

On December 10th, the choral world lost one of its celebrated and respected choral conductors. Diane Loomer died in Vancouver, Canada after a short illness. She was 72. Here Chorus America board members Susan Knight and Leonard Ratzlaff remember their colleague and friend. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. Read more

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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

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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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'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

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'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

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'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

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Events

From Tudors to Tin Pan Alley

From Tudors to Tin Pan Alley

531 North Neville Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Singing

The Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco sings its tour repertoire before heading off for their second international concert tour. Read more

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Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Singing

The Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco sings its tour repertoire before heading off for their second international concert tour. Read more

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Concert - "Love"

Concert - "Love"

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance, Singing

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Concert - "Love"

Concert - "Love"

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance, Singing

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“American Made” Show Choir Performance

“American Made” Show Choir Performance

4100 University Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Houston Choral ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

  The Houston Choral Showcase Spring Show will be June 7 at University of Houston University Center Theater (4100 University Drive). The performance will begin at 4pm and will feature music to celebrate U.S. songs, artists, movies, and stage shows. Tickets for this performance are $20 at the door, with discount pricing for advance purchase online. For more information, visit the web site at http://houstonchoralshowcase.org. Read more

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Side by Side by Sondeheim

Side by Side by Sondeheim

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Join us for a fun and light-hearted evening of solos, duets and choral pieces from American lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim.  And for a special treat, KT Sullivan will be joining us on stage! Read more

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UC Santa Barbara Dept. of Theater & Dance and LAUNCH PAD Presents: The Talented Ones

UC Santa Barbara Dept. of Theater & Dance and LAUNCH PAD Presents: The Talented Ones

UCSB Campus, Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (Park in Lot 22 or 23)

MediaPro | Performance

  This black comedy examines the thwarted dreams of immigrants eager to make it in their adopted country. As converts to the American Dream, notions of success and failure become challenging and lethal. Mixing realism with memory and dance, The Talented Ones dissects with increasing ferocity this couple’s marriage and aspirations. Written by award-winning playwright, Yussef El Guindi, directed by UCSB’s Risa Brainin, and currently in production by UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD.  Contains strong language: for mature audiences only. Read more

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EPIC: Blockbuster Music from Video Games & Film

EPIC: Blockbuster Music from Video Games & Film

4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Green Gal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences

Angel City Chorale, the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present EPIC: Blockbuster Music from Video Games & Film, its thrilling annual spring concerts, the first weekend in June. This adventurous event will entertain audiences over two very special nights on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, 2015. ACC’s 150+ member choir and its instrumental ensemble will perform a diverse selection of music from the exciting worlds of video games and film in the choir’s eclectic blend of styles, including classical, pop, world, folk, jazz, gospel, and R&B. “The best and brightest composers are writing for video games these days,” says ACC’s Fink. “Talented artists are pouring their souls into this art form, which presents fantastic opportunities to play with a world of sounds in endlessly creative possibilities. This is where it’s happening, where fresh, fun, brilliant new music is emerging." 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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