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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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Messing with Messiah

Messing with Messiah

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Repertoire

The "Hallelujah" chorus is the signature piece from Handel's popular oratorio, as much a part of holiday festivities as "O Tannenbaum" and tinsel. In fact, the entire Messiah has permeated our culture so completely that modern-day musicians have felt free to put their own stamp on it. 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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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

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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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Finance, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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Events

Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Oak Park, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

  The songs of the Fab Four are now part of our great treasury of popular music, and we’ll bring a dynamic a cappella take to these timeless classics. Multi-talented musician Paul Langford, known for his work in both classical and pop fields, serves as guest music director. Celebrate the 75th birth year of John Lennon with this irresistible program of Beatles favorites. Read more

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Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre"

Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre"

Lakeville, CT

kabdrake |

The Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and a Basso Continuo ensemble of period instrument players from New York and Boston will perform sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Demantius and Eric Whitacre. Read more

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Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre

Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Composing/Commissioning

The Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and a Basso Continuo group of period instrument players from Boston and New York will perform sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Demantius and Eric Whitacre for Crescendo's spring concert program.  Read more

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Wichita Chamber Chorale presents Haydn's Creation

Wichita Chamber Chorale presents Haydn's Creation

Wichita KS

Wichita Chamber... | Performance

With a libretto based on passages from Genesis, Psalms, and Paradise Lost, Franz Joseph Haydn's epic oratorio is among his most inspired works. Only toward the end of his life did Haydn have the opportunity to witness Handel's Messiah  - and Haydn then confessed that he had never before known the full power of what music could be. The Creation was a result of Haydn's epiphany - and became an instant sensation in 1798. Soloists are Lily Guerrero, Randolph Lacy, and Charles Turley. John Harrison is Concertmaster, and Dr Mark Bartel is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale.  Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

410 South Atlantic Ave. Beach Haven NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Red Bank

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Red Bank

247 Broad St. Red Bank NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Toms River

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Toms River

1070 Hooper Ave. Toms River NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Meet the performers at a reception following the concert. 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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