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10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

10 Questions: Interviews with Choral Conductors

Steven Zopfi | Careers, Conducting, Profile

Steven Zopfi's "Ten Questions" project asks choral conductors today about their career development and the future of the choral field. Here Grant Gershon, Craig Hella Johnson, and Ragnar Bohlin respond. Click on the questions below to view their answers. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Repertoire

In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. 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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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Kate Longo | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the Research Memorandum Series, Matthew Bumbach assumes the editorship. The issue focuses on restoring Renaissance repertoire for women’s ensembles using the convent archives of Spain. Compiled by Kathryn Longo. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

admin_ca | Audiences

To achieve patron engagement and loyalty, you need a core strategy by which to evaluate, understand, and serve your audiences. In this webinar, Matt Lehrman of Audience Avenue, LLC presents a framework that empowers a “whole-organization approach” to building, sorting, and targeting the different audiences your chorus wants to reach. He’ll focus on how to drive deep loyalty, how to inspire return attendance, how to pursue awareness and participation from entirely new population segments, and how to deliver extraordinary experiences that really matter Read more

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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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Events

MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival presents Faure's Requiem with guest conductor Amanda Quist

MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival presents Faure's Requiem with guest conductor Amanda Quist

South Hadley, MA

J Harvey |

Faure Requiem Dr. Amanda Quist, guest conductor featuring collegiate and university choirs from across Massachusetts FREE ADMISSION Saturday March 31, 7pm Abbey Chapel Mount Holyoke College Part of the MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Read more

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Haydn's Creation

Haydn's Creation

Huntington Beach, CA

Mary Langsdorf | Performance

Go on—just try to find a more joyous, entertaining, all-around mood-lifting work in the choral-orchestral repertoire than Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation!  Read more

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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Sammamish, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Ponder birth, childhood, love, family, and the wisdom that comes with a spirited old age as MCE embarks on a sometimes thoughtful, sometimes whimsical, always entertaining musical journey around the circle of life. Read more

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Why We Sing - 15th Anniversary Concert

Why We Sing - 15th Anniversary Concert

West Palm Beach, FL

Beth Clark | Children/Youth

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is an award-winning children's choir, celebrating their 15th Anniversary of enriching the lives of children and the arts in their community. www.yspb.org Read more

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Folk Songs & Spirituals

Folk Songs & Spirituals

19211 Dodge Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Meistersingers | Performance

The "Emerald Isle" meets the "Land of the Free" wiht hte best of Irish folk songs with the ever popular African American spiritual.  Come hear the amazing melodies and the amazing voices of Meistersingers! Read more

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Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices |

Your heart will sing when PEV does Arvo Pärt's I Am the True Vine, Durufle's Four Motets, Barber's To be Sung on the Water, and works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Jennifer Higdon and Michael T. Roberts. We are also proud to feature pieces by the winners of our 2017 Composer Call, Javier Martínez-Ramírez, César Zumel Vaquero and Dylan J. Tran. Read more

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Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

Let Me Hear Your Heart Sing

San Francisco, CA

Pacific Edge Voices |

Your heart will sing when PEV does Arvo Pärt's I Am the True Vine, Durufle's Four Motets, Barber's To be Sung on the Water, and works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Jennifer Higdon and Michael T. Roberts. We are also proud to feature pieces by the winners of our 2017 Composer Call, Javier Martínez-Ramírez, César Zumel Vaquero and Dylan J. Tran. Read more

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Schola Cantorum Presents Selections of Most-Loved Choruses

Schola Cantorum Presents Selections of Most-Loved Choruses

655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Performance

Get ready for a taste of ten famous choral works when Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley presents a medley of familiar and well-loved choruses in “Hallelujah! Oratorio Masterpieces and Favorites.”  The concert is slated for Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos. Read more

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Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, A 15th Anniversary Concert

Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, A 15th Anniversary Concert

245 West 77th Street, New York, NY

melodianyc | Performance

  Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing women's choral music to the world with a spring program featuring a joyful all-American program of works from Elliott Carter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Sally Lamb McCune, Kevin Siegfried, and the U.S. premiere of "A Brighter Garden," by Paul Halley. Conducted by Cynthia Powell with Taisiya Pushkar on piano and an all-female chamber orchestra. Read more

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Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, A 15th Anniversary Concert

Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, A 15th Anniversary Concert

296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY

melodianyc | Performance

  Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing women's choral music to the world with a spring program featuring a joyful all-American program of works from Elliott Carter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Sally Lamb McCune, Kevin Siegfried, and the U.S. premiere of "A Brighter Garden," by Paul Halley. Conducted by Cynthia Powell with Taisiya Pushkar on piano and an all-female chamber orchestra. 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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