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Articles

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

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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

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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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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

Triptych: A World Without End

Triptych: A World Without End

57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Symphonic, Venue

Triptych: A World Without End Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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True Concord Voices & Orchestra

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

True Concord Voices & Orchestra A COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT FOR THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center 1941 Broadway at 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  A stage full of 250 fabulous men, gaily performing showtunes? It’s the concert we were born to sing! Let us be your colorful guide down the Great White Way for a show-stopping concert packed with songs from Broadway’s biggest hits and hidden gems.  From classics of the Golden Age to today’s Tony Award-winners, experience the dazzle, flair, and svoir faire that comes naturally to the boys of the Chorus. Celebrate Everything Broadway, our way. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/EverythingBroadway.asp Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  A stage full of 250 fabulous men, gaily performing showtunes? It’s the concert we were born to sing! Let us be your colorful guide down the Great White Way for a show-stopping concert packed with songs from Broadway’s biggest hits and hidden gems.  From classics of the Golden Age to today’s Tony Award-winners, experience the dazzle, flair, and svoir faire that comes naturally to the boys of the Chorus. Celebrate Everything Broadway, our way. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/EverythingBroadway.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp 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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