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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

Luster Featuring World Premiere of Tyler's Suite

Luster Featuring World Premiere of Tyler's Suite

San Francisco, CA

Justin Taylor |

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will be joined by Cabaret Star Ann Hampton Callaway in LUSTER: AN AMERICAN SONGBOOK  LUSTER will include the World Premiere of “Tyler’s Suite,” Presented in Collaboration with the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and Composed by the Top American Composers of this Century  Read more

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Handel's "Messiah"

Handel's "Messiah"

Omaha, NE

Edward Bruce Hurd | Performance

Voices of Omaha presents its 46th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” as a gift to the community at the Holland Performing Arts Center, Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. There is no admission charge! Read more

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The Rhinebeck Choral Club 2014 Spring Concert Series

The Rhinebeck Choral Club 2014 Spring Concert Series

6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | General

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club                              Presents The Rhinebeck Choral Club 2014 Spring Concert Series   Rhinebeck Reformed Church 6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572   Sat. May 3 at 7:30 pm Sun. May 4 at 3 pm http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/Welcome.html   Our Guest Artist will be:   Evergreen Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Under the Direction of Carole Argulewicz http://evergreenchorus.org/ General Seating Adults $10 Students $ 8   For Information Call (845) 849-5865 Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2014 Spring Concert Series

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2014 Spring Concert Series

,Rhinebeck, New York 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Performance

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club                                  Presents The Rhinebeck Choral Club 2014 Spring Concert Series   Rhinebeck Reformed Church 6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572   Sat. May 3 at 7:30 pm                Sun. May 4 at 3 pm     Our Guest Artist will be:   Evergreen Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Under the Direction of Carole Argulewicz   General Seating Adults $10 Students $ 8   For Information Call (845) 849-5865         Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale at the Tabernacle

Susquehanna Chorale at the Tabernacle

41 Boulevard St., Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  Come and experience the choral art, which is indeed a unique treasure. It alone combines the power of the written word with music's ability to evoke an emotional response, resulting in an experience that exceeds and transcends our ordinary understanding of what it means to be alive. Everyone in the Susquehanna Chorale is passionate about the power of this extraordinary art form, and we are excited about the opportunity to share this passion and this art with you.   Read more

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Nicholas McGegan Conducts  Handel: SAMSON

Nicholas McGegan Conducts Handel: SAMSON

New York, NY

amandascoleman | Audiences, Families, General, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

  On March 4, 2014 at 8:00pm, at Alice Tully Hall, British conductor and early music specialist Nicholas McGegan leads Handel’s Samson. He will be joined by soloists Thomas Cooley (Samson), Megan Chartrand (Dalila), Virginia Warnken (Micah), John Taylor Ward (Manoa) and Andrew Padgett (Harapha) and the American Classical Orchestra. Samson, a dramatic three-act oratorio is considered one of Handel’s finest works. The piece uses a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, who based it on Milton’s Samson Agonistes, which was based on the figure Samson in the Book of Judges. There will be a pre-performance discussion with musicologist Dr. Neal Zaslaw at 7:00 pm at Alice Tully Hall. Tickets can be purchased on www.aconyc.org and pricing ranges from $35-$90. Read more

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Bach Choir 2014 Spring Concert: Haydn Creation

Bach Choir 2014 Spring Concert: Haydn Creation

Bethlehem, PA

Bach Choir of B... | Performance

Haydn's majestic oratorio, The Creation, performed by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra. Read more

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Bach Choir 2014 Family Concert: Young Meister Bach Opera

Bach Choir 2014 Family Concert: Young Meister Bach Opera

Bethlehem, PA

Bach Choir of B... | Performance

The premiere of a one-act comic opera inspired by J.S. Bach's youthful misadventures. Read more

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Coro Allegro presents "Baroque Gems"

Coro Allegro presents "Baroque Gems"

Boston, MA

Coro Allegro | Performance

Coro Allegro presents works by J.S. Bach, Isabella Leonarda, Jan Dismas Zelenka, and Anna Bon. Read more

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Coro Allegro presents "Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank"

Coro Allegro presents "Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank"

Cambridge, MA

Coro Allegro | Performance

Coro Allegro presents James Whitbourn's Annelies 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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