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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. 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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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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Resources

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the choral output of two influential Canadian composers - John Weinzwieg and John Beckwith. Although their choral output is relatively small in relation to their other output, it has had significant impact both in Canada and abroad. A brief biography of each composer is given before the listing of their choral compositions. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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The Dale Warland Singers

The Dale Warland Singers

Chorus America Staff |

Research Memorandum Series No. 205 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series highlights the achievements of one of America’s premiere choral ensembles, the Dale Warland Singers. It demonstrates the ways that Warland crafted a choral concert program and incorporated new compositions and arrangements. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

Research Memorandum Series No. 204 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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Events

GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

On Sunday, December 18, at 5:00 PM, the GMChorale Chamber Singers join forces with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School for the holiday season’s most famous and celebrated choral work:  Handel’s Messiah.  Read more

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... |

Please join us for our Holiday Showcase, Peace on Earth. Our annual Holiday Showcase concert features all four of YWCP’s performing ensembles, over 100 voices strong, singing together and as individual choirs. The young women perform inspiring songs of peace by Bach, Haydn, Levine, Matsushita, Rutter, and Sibelius, as well as carols of the season. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2709151 96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} For more information contact info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787.   Read more

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SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Performance

  Our annual caroling sing-along to celebrate the hope and joy of the holiday season.  Savor the sounds of guitar virtuoso Jim McCutcheon, the angelic voices of Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, and the melodic bells of Kettering Advent Ringers.  Join us for an evening to lift your spirits and bring good cheer! Read more

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Hodie! -  Christmas Concert

Hodie! - Christmas Concert

Forest Park IL

Oak Park Concer... | Performance, Singing

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Hodie! on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 4:00pm, at  St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Avenue, Forest Park, IL.      Christmas begins with Hodie! in festive settings by Healey Willan and Jan Sweelinck! Come celebrate the season as OPCC sings carols ancient and modern – five of which are premiered at this concert, including works by Carl Schlak, Grace Brooks, Paul Lindblad and Harvey Hahn. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

4350 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Angel City Chorale (ACC) presents Bring on the Joy, its 23rd annual holiday concert & sing-along Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in

The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in

319 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY

Odyssey Opera |

 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 celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.  Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in

The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in

3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera |

The Messiah Sing is a beloved seasonal event and the start of a new tradition for Dessoff. It marks the ensemble’s debut at the James Memorial Chapel at the Union Theological Seminary. All singers and non-singers alike are invited to join with the choir on the work’s many choruses while Dessoff singers will have the opportunity to perform the solo arias. Read more

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REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents “Reflections of Peace,” featuring the NY premiere of REQUIEM, written by Grammy-nominated, contemporary Nordic composer, Kim André Arenesen. This lush and dramatic work will be conducted by DCINY’s very own Associate Artistic Director Dr. James Meaders. Dr. Catherine Sailer from the University of Denver conducts Joseph Haydn’s impassioned LORD NELSON MASS, filled with heroic and virtuosic themes, and is considered by scholars to be Haydn’s greatest single composition written at the peak of his career. Jennifer Lapple conducts the talented Flutopia Wind Ensemble in an engaging and reflecting performance. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

DCINY proudly honors UK composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised of both new and lauded compositions by the honoree. Program includes the North American Premiere of Jenkins' Cantata Memoria For the Children of Aberfan and his beautiful Requiem. Conducted by Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor and featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Sing-in Concert 12/10

The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Sing-in Concert 12/10

619 Lexington Avenue, 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 celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.  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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