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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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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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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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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Education

More past Fellows speak about the impact of their Masterclass experience. Read more

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Resources

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

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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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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

John Corigliano's Of Rage and Rememberance

Community and Ritual in the Age of AIDS

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire

American Choral Review 54 includes an analysis of John Corigliano's work inspired by the AIDS crisis as well as reviews of summer festivals. 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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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Events

Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St. Allentown, PA 18018

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St.

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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75th Bach at Noon

75th Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St.

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHAMBER CHOIR AND THE ISELER SINGERS - Two Great Choirs

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHAMBER CHOIR AND THE ISELER SINGERS - Two Great Choirs

2205 W. 45th Ave at Yew Street

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing

Every few years Vancouver’s and Toronto’s famous professional choirs join forces in one city or the other - this time, it’s in Vancouver. You are guaranteed a sumptuous sonic experience as the ensembles sing together and individually. Two great choirs... an evening of wonderful music... don’t miss it! Vancouver Chamber Choir Elmer Iseler Singers Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn, Conductors REPERTOIRE Eric Whitacre                Alleluia                                   David Childs                 Salve Regina Hussein Janmohamed   Nur: Reflections on Light  Michael McGlynn          Irish Suite Antonín Dvorák             Songs of Nature  Imant Raminsh             In a Pine Forest                 Benjamin Britten           Flower Songs Leonard Bernstein         Three Songs from Candide Tickets: $20.50 - $55.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-chamber-choir-vancouver-british-columbia-04-22-2016/event/11004EB3D97DA9F5?artistid=899635&majo Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE  Bach, Handel & Schafer

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE Bach, Handel & Schafer

801 Smithe Street at Seymour Street

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

One of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s most acclaimed performances was the 2010 premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s radiant choral/orchestral work The Love that Moves the Universe, based on the final lines of Dante’s Paradiso. In answer to popular demand, we repeat that magical experience, and extend it by singing the equally luminous Jesu, meine Freude by Bach and Laudate pueri Dominum by Handel. Vancouver Chamber Choir and Orchestra Pacifica Singers Jon Washburn, Conductor Repertoire Johann Sebastian Bach                                                                                     Jesu, meine Freude   George Frideric Handel                                                                                       Laudate pueri Dominum R. Murray Schafer                                The Love that Moves the Universe     Tickets: $20.50 - $55.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-love-that-vancouver-british-columbia-03-25-2016/event/11004EB48C775DE8?artistid=899635&majorcat   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The outstanding repertoire of North American choral music is based substantially on the models of musical immigrants from Europe. Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir illuminate many of these ties in this varied and invigorating concert of music from two continents.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Jon Washburn, Conductor   Repertoire Healey Willan              Behold, the tabernacle of God Artus Aux-Cousteaux  Missa grata sum harmonia David Squires              Deep Peace                  Steven Sametz            The Heroine Triumphant                        Ola Gjeilo                    Northern Lights             Samuel Barber            Agnus Dei Carl Orff                      Four Choruses from Catulli Carmina                                                                        Florent Schmitt           En bonnes voix Jon Washburn             Rise! Shine! Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-choral-tapestry-vancouver-british-columbia-03-04-2016/event/11004EB3D977A9F3?artistid=899635&majorc   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE MAESTRO'S ART - The National Conductors' Symposium

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE MAESTRO'S ART - The National Conductors' Symposium

2205 W. 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This year the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s remarkable National Conductors’ Symposium concert focuses on the music of the Masters - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. Five talented conductors from around the world lead the outstanding professional choir along with master conductor and teacher Jon Washburn and pianist Stephen Smith. Join us for an exciting evening of music-making and special insight into the art and craft of choral conducting. Five Symposium Conductors Vancouver Chamber Choir Stephen Smith, Piano Jon Washburn, Conductor    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                  Hostias et preces tibi; Kyrie eleison; Dixit Dominus Ludwig van Beethoven                                                                                         Opferlied; Elegischer Gesang; Agnus Dei Franz Schubert                                    Hymne an den Unendlichen; Gott im Ungewitter; Chor der Engel                              Robert Schumann                                Der Sänger; Der Traum; Der König von Thule Johannes Brahms                                Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich; Verlorene Jugend; Wie lieblich sind deine  Wohnungen   Richard Wagner          Beglückt darf nun dich; Wach' auf!; Treulich geführt Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-maestros-art-vancouver-british-columbia-01-23-2016/event/11004EB3D92EA9C7?artistid=899635&major SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE! Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary       Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Finding the True Meaning

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Finding the True Meaning

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Enjoy this lively concert performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas with actors, jazz duo and the Vancouver Chamber Choir on Saturday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir.   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams             Wassail Song Gustav Holst                             Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                     Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch                   Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger                  Weihnacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel                 Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                                          There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                           A spotless rose Vince Guaraldi, et al.                  Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-charlie-brown-vancouver-british-columbia-12-19-2015/event/11004EB3D926A9BD?artistid=899635&majorc ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE! Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary   Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

  Choose the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s signature performance of A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) with our favourite Welshman - Russell Roberts – narrating on Friday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir. Vancouver Chamber Choir Russell Roberts, Narrator Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant and Jon Washburn, conductors   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams    Wassail Song Gustave Holst                       Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                  Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch             Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger             Weinacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel            Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                              There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                A spotless rose Jon Washburn                     Music for A Child’s Christmas in Wales   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-dylan-thomas-vancouver-british-columbia-12-18-2015/event/11004EB3D91FA9B2?artistid=899635&majorca ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     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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