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Articles

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Chorus America Staff | Careers, General, Profile

On December 10th, the choral world lost one of its celebrated and respected choral conductors. Diane Loomer died in Vancouver, Canada after a short illness. She was 72. Here Chorus America board members Susan Knight and Leonard Ratzlaff remember their colleague and friend. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. Read more

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Messing with Messiah

Messing with Messiah

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Repertoire

The "Hallelujah" chorus is the signature piece from Handel's popular oratorio, as much a part of holiday festivities as "O Tannenbaum" and tinsel. In fact, the entire Messiah has permeated our culture so completely that modern-day musicians have felt free to put their own stamp on it. 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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More Touring Experiences

More Touring Experiences

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

More Chorus America members share personal stories about touring experiences that made a big impact. Read more

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Noteworthy: The Only A Cappella Work by an Orchestral Composer and DJ

Noteworthy: The Only A Cappella Work by an Orchestral Composer and DJ

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Sirens, a series of six a cappella movements by composer Mason Bates, explores texts about things that are alluring or attractive. Ragnar Bohlin found the piece itself, particularly the fifth movement, so compelling that he knew he had to have his own chorus perform it.  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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Resources

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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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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Events

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  As the late autumn sun slips below the horizon, St. Mark’s Cathedral  will resonate once again with the ethereal harmonies enchantingly sung by Seattle Women’s Chorus. From the Romantic to the contemporary, the spooky to the soothing, this diverse concert features an entertaining collection of classical and pop songs and tales that will stir your soul and raise your spirits. http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/HallowsInTheCathedral.asp Read more

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Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

  As the late autumn sun slips below the horizon, St. Mark’s Cathedral  will resonate once again with the ethereal harmonies enchantingly sung by Seattle Women’s Chorus. From the Romantic to the contemporary, the spooky to the soothing, this diverse concert features an entertaining collection of classical and pop songs and tales that will stir your soul and raise your spirits. http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/HallowsInTheCathedral.asp Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards.   Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas: Holiday Concert and Gala

A Choral Arts Christmas: Holiday Concert and Gala

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. This concert will feature an ensemble from the Singapore Youth Choir, this year’s Embassy partner. The Choral Arts 35th annual Holiday Concert and Gala will follow the concert, under the Gracious Honorary Patronage of The Ambassador of Singapore Ashok Mirpuri and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri. Read more

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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Participation, Performance

A holiday treat for even the littlest music fan, this one-hour highly participatory concert delights with songs of Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and filling every soul with joy.  Perfect for children ages 5 and older … and don’t forget the grandparents! Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. http://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=935 Read more

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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim |

Paired with a world premiere commission from composer Zachary Wadsworth on a Walt Whitman text, Brahms’ non-traditional Ein deutsches Requiem is unique among requiems, as it is a meditation on mortality from a humanist point of view. The Brahms Requiem was the last concert conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Norman Scribner, and this concert is dedicated to his memory (1936 – 2015).     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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