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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

Seattle Ladies Choir - Season 9 Summer Concerts

Seattle Ladies Choir - Season 9 Summer Concerts

1410 NE 66th Street, Seattle WA 98115

Seattle Ladies Choir | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Diversity, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

The Seattle Ladies Choir is made up of 50+ members with varying musical experience, from shower singers to professional musicians. Their diverse tastes and talents shine through in their biannual concerts, during which the women perform songs by artists ranging from Radiohead to Katy Perry. Hear them sing in perfect harmony at their Season 9 concerts featuring choral veresions of songs by Sia, Bon Iver, Ingrid Michaelson, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Walk the Moon, Justin Timberlake, and more!  Our concerts will be at the gorgeous Roosevelt High School Mainstage (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115), where you'll enjoy free parking, comfortable theatre seats, air conditioning, excellent acoustics, and perfect views of our shining, singing faces. We have three exciting shows scheduled: Friday June 26, 2015 at 7:30pm Saturday June 27, 2015 at 2:00pm (matinee) Saturday June 27, 2015 at 7:30pm Buy tickets online at seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com Ticket costs vary: General Admission: $13 online, $16 at the door ($2 less for matinee show) Students: $11 online, $14 at the door ($2 less for matinee show) Seniors/Kids: $6 online, $7 at the door  Please note that tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time; tickets available at the door, subject to availability, prices may vary. The show is wheelchair accessible. See you at the concert! Seattle Ladies Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit powered by Shunpike and 4Culture. Visit our website at seattleladieschoir.org for more information. Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah 98027

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Families

Ring in the 4th of July with patriotic music. Focus on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln as 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and his assassination. Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah 98027

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Families

Ring in the 4th of July with patriotic music and focusing on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln Read more

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"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Kogod Arts Center Sidwell Friends

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

Do not miss this unique concert with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus on tour in the US. Combined concert with Children's Chorus of Washington's France Tour Chorus and Sidwell Friends Chamber Chorus. June 24th, 7pm at Sidwell Friends Kogod Arts Center - Meeting room. Free concert (limited seating) with reservation  www.jyc.eventbrite.com Read more

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France Tour send-off concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

France Tour send-off concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401, Nebraska Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Children's Chorus of Washington presents on June 19th at 7pm at Metropolitan Memorial united Methodist Church the French-themed repertoire it will perform at prestigious churches and sites during its upcoming tour to France. www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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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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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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