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Articles

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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The Art of Setting Text

The Art of Setting Text

A Conversation with Libby Larsen and Dale Warland

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Technique/Tool

A renowned composer and choral artist discuss the challenges of choosing and setting texts—what every composer, conductor, and chorus seeking to commission a new choral work should know. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Preserving and Performing African-American Music

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Choral conductor and composer/arranger Roland Carter has a passion for finding and performing the rich array of choral music from the African-American tradition. While at the 2012 Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Chorus America talked with Carter about his life and work.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Justin Raffa and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Washington State

Member Spotlight: Justin Raffa and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Washington State

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

Artistic director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers since 2008, Justin Raffa has spearheaded a series of outreach programs within the Tri-Cities’ Latino community. Read more

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How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Strategies for reaching out to prospective singers Read more

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Singing

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody Read more

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A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

Robin L. Perry | Conducting

DC's "dean" of choral conductors steps down and reflects on a career that spanned a half century in the U.S. capital Read more

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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it. Read more

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Resources

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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The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 201. This issue provides insight into the music of Stephen Chatman, internationally known Canadian composer and teacher. Graeme Langager gives us a complete listing of Chatman's published and unpublished choral compositions. Read more

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Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 200. A thorough and definitive compilation of resources in Renaissance and Baroque performance practice spanning, approximately, the past 70 years. This issue provides a broad yet in-depth overview of the manifold issues faced by choral conductors in preparing performances of music from these time periods. Read more

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change. Read more

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Events

Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

The Concert - Tuesday April 8 at 7.30 pm. Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 Phone: (416) 488-7884 E-mail: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Price: $30 per head, there is a $5 discount if you also buy a Workshop Ticket for Monday. The Pieces Christe Jesu -- Taverner Ave verum -- Byrd See, see the word is incarnate -- Gibbons Organ piece Five Spirituals -- Tippett (Joint choirs in “Steal Away” and “Deep river”) INTERVAL Cantique de Jean Racine -- Fauré  Libera me -- Fauré* Sung Jointly with Grace My soul there is a country -- Parry Where does the uttered music go -- Walton Organ piece O God thou art my God* Purcell Sung Jointly with Grace 2 choruses from Foundling Hospital anthem Handel (Hallelujah chorus) Read more

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Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Networking, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you in a choir? Do you like to sing? Do you like choral music? Then, please join the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford who are visiting Grace Church on-the-Hill for a unique evening. An evening where you will rehearse 4 pieces with the Choir and their director, Dr Stephen Darlington, and then sing the program together.  TIME AND PLACE: 7.30pm Monday April 7, 2015 at Grace Church on-the-Hill—300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto  Why are we doing this? One of the principal aims of this concert is to strengthen the bonds of community in Toronto’s choral community. The program is designed to offer something for all tastes and experience. You can be an expert, an amateur or just a fan. The pieces are: Libera me—Fauré  Ave verum—Byrd  Halleluia Chorus—Handel  I’m gonna sing—Traditional TICKETS: $15 (or $10 for parties of 10 or more) Plus there is a $5 rebate if you also buy a Concert Ticket for Tuesday.  Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 - (416) 488-7884.  To help you prepare openchoir.org is an online tutorial for the Libera me from the Fauré Requiem. More about this here: http://www.chchchoir.org/usa-canada-2014/choral-tutorial/.  Grace Church on-the-Hill (http://www.gracechurchonthehill.ca/), in Toronto, is a centre for choral music in Toronto. Grace Church has itself a very wide choral program with Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Grace Church also hosts 9 other Toronto choirs.  Phone 416-488-7884  Fax 416-488-4770  Email: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Read more

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Cathedral Echoes

Cathedral Echoes

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ryan McSweeney | Performance

Pacific Chorale and cellist Timothy Landauer perform in the resonant acoustics of San Juan Capistrano's Mission Basilica, under the baton of Artistic Director John Alexander. Including works by Bruckner, Tavener, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Bach, and Barber. Read more

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Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat

Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat

Jakarta

tigaKaki | Education

Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat dalam rangka memperingati 75 tahun Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat hadir di dunia. Read more

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Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

54 Pearl Street

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Reg E. Cathey of House of Cards joins the acclaimed Western Wind Ensemble for a moving and joyous celebration of the struggle for freedom and triumph over adversity through theatre and music.  Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://www.salonsanctuary.org or by calling 1 888 718-4253               Read more

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Anthracite Fields

Anthracite Fields

13 South 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Mendelssohn Clu... | Performance

Retrace mining lore back to the anthracite fields of central Pennsylvania through this new, folk-classical hybrid by composer Julia Wolfe, runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music. Mendelssohn Club joins forces with the internationally renowned Bang on a Can All-Stars on this world premiere inspired by Wolfe’s research and miner family interviews, using the architecture of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral’s sanctuary space as a dramatic backdrop. Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

83 Power St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mendels... |

Enjoy the glories of French composers Maurice Duruflé and Louis Vierne in a concert of music for chorus and organ. Duruflé’s Requiem, based on the Gregorian plainchant Mass for the Dead, focuses on the ideas of peace, faith and hope. The dramatic dialogue between chorus and organ in Vierne’s Messe Solennelle is at times majestic, prayerful and exulting. Noel Edison, conductor Caron Daley, Associate Conductor Michael Bloss, organ Toronto Mendelssohn Choir For more information or to purchase tickets, kindly visit http://tmchoir.org/tmcPerformances/sacred-music.cfm Read more

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Virginia Arts Festival Presents Actéon

Virginia Arts Festival Presents Actéon

Norfolk, VA

amandascoleman | Audiences, Families, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

  The Virginia Arts Festival presents a rare evening of period music conducted by one of the most revered names in early music performance, William Christie, on Tuesday, April 15, at Norfolk’s First Lutheran Church. Mr. Christie will lead the musicians of Juilliard415, the principal period-instrument ensemble of The Juilliard School, and singers from Juilliard Opera in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s 18th-century treasure, Actéon. Read more

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Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance

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Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance

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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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