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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. 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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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Over the years, many talented conductors have participated in Chorus America’s Masterclasses. The Voice asked past Fellows to share where they are now, and how their Masterclass experience has shaped their different professional paths. 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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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. 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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Resources

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

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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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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

Cathedral Echoes

Cathedral Echoes

Costa Mesa, CA

Ryan McSweeney | Performance

Pacific Chorale and John Alexander join forces with Hungarian organist András Gábor Virágh of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest for a program of European and North American works centering on the music of Hungarian composers, including Kodály, Orbán, Bárdos, and Virágh himself. The collaboration between the Chorale and Virágh will continue this July, with four performances scheduled in Budapest and Vienna. Read more

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Cappella Romana in Concert:  New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America. Read more

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Final Performance for 30-Year Choir Director: "Show People"

Final Performance for 30-Year Choir Director: "Show People"

4100 University Drive, Houston TX 77004

Houston Choral ... | Careers, Management/Leadership, Performance

  Diane Benson is retiring after 30 years as Music Director with Houston Choral Showcase, a community show choir. Her final performance with the group will be on Saturday, June 11 at 4pm. Read more

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Bridges - Connecting Communities Through Music

Bridges - Connecting Communities Through Music

251 W 100th St

emilymt | Audiences

  MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces the inaugural concert for “Bridges – Connecting Communities Through Music,” an outreach initiative that provides people in a New York community with the opportunity to come together to make music with MasterVoices, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. MasterVoices provides the structure of the event, and this season, to get things started, composer Marisa Michelson has been commissioned to create a work with Royce Vavrek to showcase some unique sounds and skills of six highly diverse constituent groups from Lawrence, Long Island, along with MasterVoices.  The groups include the Lawrence High School and Middle School Choruses and Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble, the Meshuga Daddies barbershop quartet, and two groups of Hispanic and Gospel singers.  Prior to the NYC concert at Ansche Chesed, the work will be performed in Lawrence on Thursday, June 2 at the Lawrence High School. Read more

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Songs of Inspiration and Hope

Songs of Inspiration and Hope

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

This family-friendly program features the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, which brings together young people from different backgrounds and ethnicities across the metro-Atlanta area, and a choir of treble voices conducted by Lori Loftus. The performance also features the Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World

Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Education, Performance, Singing

  Join the 84 members of the Lincoln youth choir for a night of glorious gospel and upbeat pop music. Since 2001, the Lincoln High School Gospel Choir has produced a spring show every other year focusing on diversity in our world, incorporating their experience with Jewish, African American, and Native American music. The group has performed at St. John The Divine and Jazz At Lincoln Center in the famous Allen Room overlooking Central Park, and will now bring its talents and broad musical vision to Lincoln Center. Directed by Darcy Reese, the members of the choir will be joined by a professional orchestra and singers including Tonia Hughes and Darnell Davis who will help bring the thrill of music to new heights. Show Me LOVE: Bringing Beauty & Love To A Hurting World seeks to show that today's youth are taking on tough issues through song in order to bring about a more peaceful world. Read more

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Eternal Light

Eternal Light

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

  DCINY presents an afternoon exploring two different kinds of “light music.” One half features Morten Lauridsen’s elegant Lux Aeterna,an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels. The other half features internationally known Venezuelan conductor/composer Cristian Grases leading the young and talented Distinguished Concerts Singers International in a light-hearted, culturally-minded and engaging program.   Read more

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Echoes of Deserts and Mountains

Echoes of Deserts and Mountains

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, Performance, Repertoire

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, led by Director Gary Nicholson, takes the stage at Carnegie Hall in this evening performance featuring young musicians of Colorado. Conductor Steven Rash brings the musicians of Odem High School, Texas, center stage in a wind ensemble program. The Highlands Youth Ensemble from Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy is led by Jane Morison. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents its 23rd Annual Spring Concert, Rhythm Planet

Angel City Chorale Presents its 23rd Annual Spring Concert, Rhythm Planet

Los Angeles, CA 90010

GreenGal | Performance

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present Rhythm Planet, the first weekend in June, featuring the music of two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin and other world beats. A stunning musical journey that traverses the globe, Rhythm Planet celebrates both our diversity and the humanity that unites us all. Read more

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Deadline--SSA Choral Competition

Deadline--SSA Choral Competition

School Sisters ... | Composing/Commissioning

The School Sisters of St. Francis have announced a competition for an SSA composition to be premiered at the centennial celebration of the congregation's landmark St. Joseph Chapel. 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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