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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

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky, Montana

Kevin Krasinski | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

A seven-day mountain training and performance experience for aspiring singers and conductors and a career development opportunity for high caliber professionals. High up in the mountains of Montana, the Choral Initiative is an artistic partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and The Crossing, and the project aims to bring a small group of top talent together in an environment that supports rigorous training and fosters the creation of inspiring new music. Read more

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Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 20 conductors for 12 days of conducting study and performance in Bacau, Romania with master teachers William Weinert, Director or Choral Studies at the Eastman School of Music; Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); Ovidiu Balan, Music Director, Bacau Philharmonic and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method. Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

Diablo Choral Artists(formerly Voices of Musica Sacra), directed by Mark Tuning, presents "Vespers: Music for Evening Prayers", with string ensemble.   March 13, 8:00 pm and March 15, 3:00 pm Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

Diablo Choral Artists(formerly Voices of Musica Sacra), directed by Mark Tuning, presents "Vespers: Music for Evening Prayers", with string ensemble.   March 13, 8:00 pm and March 15, 3:00 pm Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

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Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented

Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented

11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138

alarosamontez_s... | Diversity, Performance

  The Seraphim Singers and Kol Arev Chamber Choir of Hebrew College perform choral music inspired by the holy city of Jerusalem, ranging from the ancient psalms to a newly commissioned work by Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Read more

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An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Fundraising, General, Profile

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia invites you to join us for an evening celebrating Alan Harler Read more

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A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

RCSVPD | Community Outreach, Education, History, Performance, Singing

  The Richmond Choral Society Presents: A multisensory reflection through choral and instrumental music with narration by Tim Timberlake and visual images from the Virginia Historical Society.   Read more

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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Resonant Witness"

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Resonant Witness"

122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

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On Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm, join the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) for its spring choral concert “Resonant Witness,” a journey through grief, loss, and injustice, on the way to hope, healing, and reconciliation.  Featuring the music of J. S. Bach, Dvorak, Coleridge-Taylor, Hailstork, and Robles, this concert will be held in the beautiful Romanesque sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016).  Tickets range from $5-20 and may be purchased in advance at a discount here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sgvcc-presents-resonant-witness-choral-concert-tickets-15578993188       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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