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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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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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Resources

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

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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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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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Events

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

300 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104

South Dakota Chorale | General

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt will lead the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.   Christopher Jacobson is the organist. Tickets: $20 General Admission  $5 Students with ID Available at http://www.southdakotachorale.com/concerts or at the door.   Read more

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The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

2000 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502

South Dakota Chorale | General

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt leads the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Christopher Jacobson is the organist.  Tickets: available through First Plymouth's Abendmusik Series www.abendmusik.org/tickets    Read more

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The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

2000 D street, Lincoln, NE 68502

South Dakota Chorale | Performance

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt leads the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.   Christopher Jacobson is the organist.   Tickets are available through First Plymouth Church  http://abendmusik.org/tickets.html or at the door.     Read more

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The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

South Dakota Chorale | Performance

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt leads the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.   Christopher Jacobson is the organist.   Tickets - $20 General Admission   $5 Students with ID Available at www.southdakotachorale.com or at the door.   Read more

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The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "The King's Journey" - An Opera in Two Acts

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "The King's Journey" - An Opera in Two Acts

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance

Original Epiphany Opera to be presented in the sanctuary on Sunday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm. Read more

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Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY 10590

JeannieH22 | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

      Camerata d’Amici is happy to announce that it has opened its audition period for the remainder of the 2015-2016 concert season. Auditions are by appointment only 1/16-1/23. To set up a specific audition time, or to find out more about Camerata, contact the artistic director, Kristin Sponheim, at conductor@cameratadamici.org. Rehearsals generally take place Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church in South Salem, New York. Camerata d’Amici performs three concerts per season in addition to outreach concerts in neighboring communities. Our concerts for the 2015-2016 season are scheduled for December 6, 2015, March 6, 2016, and May 22, 2016. Read more

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Sounds of a New Generation

Sounds of a New Generation

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Alma Mater of Pentatonix a cappella music stars Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado and Scott Hoying, as well as country music singing sensation Tim Rushlow, the Martin High School Chorale of Arlington, Texas is known for nurturing and producing big talent. Directed by Kay W. Owens, the evening program will include a variety of offerings and repertoire from the great American songbook. Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2016 Auditions

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2016 Auditions

1668 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our Spring 2016 trimester. Read more

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Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Ewing, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Singing

  On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00pm, Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Kendall Theater on the campus of The College of NJ in Ewing, NJ. Read more

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Christmas at the Paramount

Christmas at the Paramount

215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Performance

Join the Oratorio Society of Virginia for their annual holiday concert, featuring Respighi's Laud to the Nativity and other holiday songs and carols. 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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