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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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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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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

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

  Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale present Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem     Read more

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Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

125 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale present Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem   Read more

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MOZART: "Great" Mass in C Minor

MOZART: "Great" Mass in C Minor

100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205

Douglas McCarroll | Audiences, Civic Engagement

  Join us on February 22, 2017 as over 200 singers fill the stage of the Tobin Center for this thrilling performance, serving as a majestic finale for the Mozart Festival. Read more

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Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Schools, Singing, Venue

Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (original Crazy For You, Show Boat, Contact, The Producers) returns to direct Gershwin’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy For You 25 years to the day from its opening night on Broadway at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on February 19, 2017 at 8:00pm. Joined by Tony award nominees Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and Laura Osnes (Cinderella), who will co-star as Bobby Child and Polly Baker for this one night only event, as well as three-time Tony Award nominee and the original Bobby Child, Harry Groener (Oklahoma!, Cats, Spamalot), who will return as the role of Bela Zangler. Comedic duo Rachel Dratch (SNL) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) will co-star as the comedic Patricia and Eugene Fodor.  Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Concert

The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Concert

184 East 76th Street, New York City

Odyssey Opera | Performance

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs turns the church into a petit Paris with an all-French program that puts the spotlight on the brilliant French Impressionists of music: Marcel Dupré, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulenc. Joined by accompanist Steven Ryan (celebrating his 20th anniversary season with Dessoff) and Dr. Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Dessoff presents a magnifique tribute to French composers and to the majesté of the organ.  Read more

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Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT

Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT

New York, NY

GFPress | Audiences, General, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Award-winning and acclaimed composer/performer Kate Soper’s new work  IPSA DIXIT,will have its NYC premierefor two nights only Friday, February 3rd and Saturday February 4th,2017 at 7:30 PM at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Education, Schools, Singing

The Chesapeake Children’s Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing. Operating as the children’s branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students in grades 2-8 with a unique choral education. Founder Krystal McCoy, and Director Carl Ellinwood have advanced degrees in music and work diligently alongside manager Tina Dronenburg to bring music education to the youth in our Tri-County area for a minimal fee. The chorus will have the opportunity to perform holiday and spring concerts, as well as take their music to Southern Maryland community stages and festivals. Read more

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ChoralArt | Springsong

ChoralArt | Springsong

156 High Street, Portland, ME 04101

Nick MacDonald | Performance, Repertoire, Singing

ChoralArt Camerata concludes the season with a program featuring works drawn from the 16th century, the glorious era of a cappella singing, and ending with the modern era. Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

cantatasingers | Performance

“The greatest soloist in Bach’s Mass is the chorus, and the Cantata Singers are virtually in a class by themselves. Their union of polish and expressivity is an ongoing wonder. Hearing them sing the majestic closing 'Dona nobis pacem' was like seeing the first rays of daylight slowly overtake the night sky, ending in a blaze of radiant sound.” -The Boston Globe, 2007 Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Performance

“The greatest soloist in Bach’s Mass is the chorus, and the Cantata Singers are virtually in a class by themselves. Their union of polish and expressivity is an ongoing wonder. Hearing them sing the majestic closing 'Dona nobis pacem' was like seeing the first rays of daylight slowly overtake the night sky, ending in a blaze of radiant sound.” -The Boston Globe, 2007 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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