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Articles

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Noteworthy: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration Based on a Centuries-Old Sufi Text

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Jon Washburn's long-time fascination with the work of the Sufi poet Rumi led to a new collaboration inspired by the poet's 12th-century words. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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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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Resources

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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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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Events

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

44 University Ave, Akron, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy. It has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, with English text. Whatever your beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work.   Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

E 17th St & Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

1007 Superior Ave E Cleveland OH 44114-2582

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Claudio Monteverdi was celebrated in his day for the way he portrayed expression & emotion in a revolutionary new musical style. If you clove his iconic Vespers, you know how enchanting this music is!  Directed by Ross Duffin, Quire Cleveland presents a free concert, featuring the Mass of the Most Blessed Virgin, framed by brilliant madrigals, reworked into devotional masterpieces.  A recent Quire performance at St. John’s Cathedral was deemed “spectacular” — you won’t want to miss this one! Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Colts Neck, NJ

Susan Metz | Performance, Repertoire

The Monmouth Civic Chorus features music from Scandanavia and the Baltic nations in its final concert offering of the season. Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Civic Engagement, Performance

The Monmouth Civic Chorus presents a concert of love songs for its February concert offering. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} Read more

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Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

North Carolina based Composer/Conductor Pepper Choplin guides the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in his newest work, “Go Sing It On The Mountain.” Choplin, full time composer, conductor and humorist has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over 250 anthems for church and school choir with 16 church cantatas and a book of piano arrangements.  Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world. This performance marks Choplins’ third appearance on the DCINY concert series. Read more

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FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

325 Park Avenue, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

The Really Big Chorus returns to New York to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.     Read more

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SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ~ POPS: "THE BEST OF BROADWAY"

SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ~ POPS: "THE BEST OF BROADWAY"

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

EXPERIENCE THE CHORAL SOCIETY'S SEASON 52 PREMIER EVENT!!! Read more

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DCINY presents: Warren Lee, Piano

DCINY presents: Warren Lee, Piano

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music, Warren Lee’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with international artists and leading orchestras. His acclaimed discography includes From Bach To Gershwin, Ebony and Ivory; and most recently, a solo album Touches and Traces. His DCINY Artist Series debut at Carnegie Hall will feature compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and the performer himself. With Additional Support and Sponsorship by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of New York and the Bank of East Asia.   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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