Conducting & Performing

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Articles

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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Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Community Outreach, General, Impact/Value, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

When these lifelong choral singers launched a community chorus, they didn't know they were also launching a music folder company. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Bringing the Diversity of Choral Music to Young Professionals

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Singing, Volunteer

A shared passion for singing led Ben Olinsky and his friends to create the 18th Street Singers, a Washington DC-based volunteer ensemble. Over the past nine years, the group has changed in size and membership, but the goal has remained the same: to make choral music more accessible to a new generation of audiences.  Read more

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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Chorus America’s Noteworthy web series highlights choral repertoire that may not be familiar to you—yet. Each month, a different conductor, music director, or other artistic professional recommends a piece of music that hasn't been widely noticed, but in his or her opinion, deserves to be heard. Read more

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process. Read more

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Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Watch these videos to see how various song leaders lead a community sing. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Dominick DiOrio is one of the youngest people ever to be hired on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He leads the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a 30-member auditioned ensemble that specializes in music of the last 50 years. Chorus America talked to DiOrio about his own compositions and his passion for finding and performing the music of contemporary composers. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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Resources

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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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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Events

Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

Susquehanna Chorale Presents "Faith, Love, and Fancy"

248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, PA 17033

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

The varied repertoire in the Chorale's Spring concerts will showcase the group's versatility, in unaccompanied works and pieces featuring the piano and string quartet. Read more

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Poetry of Music: In the Nick of Time

Poetry of Music: In the Nick of Time

6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing

Celebrating its 11th year, our collaboration with the Fairfax County Public Schools is an unparalleled journey of the creative spirit of our young people.  Read more

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In Paradisum

In Paradisum

7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA

Amanda Boundy | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The FCS Symphonic Chorus and Concert Choir present In Paradisum, a concert of sacred masterworks from 20th century France. Read more

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To the Moon & Back

To the Moon & Back

6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Schools

How much do I love you? To the moon…and back! Join our youngest singers (ages 5-12) in a celebration of family, love and the joy of a bedtime story.  Read more

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American Classical Orchestra presents As The Masters Heard It

American Classical Orchestra presents As The Masters Heard It

New York, NY

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NEW YORK, NY-   On Thursday, March 12 at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall, the American Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Crawford, presents Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Great’, Mozart’s Mass in C ‘Coronation’, featuring world-renowned soloists Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Sarah Craft, alto; Marc Molomot, tenor and Michael Kelly, baritone with the American Classical Orchestra Chorus  and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and ‘Christ on the Mount of Olives’ (excerpt). Maestro Thomas Crawford gives a Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:00PM. Read more

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Pärt: Passio

Pärt: Passio

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mendels... |

The TMC celebrates the 80th birthday of acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt with a performance of his stunning 1982 setting of the St. John Passion, Passio. Organ, Choir, Festival Quintet and a quartet of soloists will be placed around the space to immerse the audience in the hypnotic flow of music and silence that builds over this 70-minute work. Noel Edison, conductor Michael Colvin, tenor Jeremy Bowes, bass Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Festival Chamber Ensemble Read more

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Life and Remembrance

Life and Remembrance

10 Lincoln Center Plz, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Venue

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WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

Castelli Romani and Rome, Italy

C D Butler |

From March 11 to 15, 2015, visiting ensembles will be welcomed to Castelli Romani, a historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast area of Rome. http://www.music-contact.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i... Read more

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One Voice - Woodstock Community Choir Premiere Concert

One Voice - Woodstock Community Choir Premiere Concert

Woodstock, IL

Woodstock Commu... | Audiences

One Voice Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30pm Woodstock North High School Auditorium http://aplacetoshinemusic.com/community-choir.html Read more

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GMChorale to Perform Mozart’s "Requiem" with New Haven Symphony

GMChorale to Perform Mozart’s "Requiem" with New Haven Symphony

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Audiences

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) is pleased to join with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mozart's incomparably poignant Requiem. 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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