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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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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Member Spotlight: Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

Gershon’s vision as he begins his 14th season with the Master Chorale is to break down barriers in choral music and redefine the concert experience. 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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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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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

A MESSIAH Sing for the Season

A MESSIAH Sing for the Season

37 High Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

A "MESSIAH" SING will be presented by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers with organ and soloists.  Those in attendance invited to join in. Read more

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IN DEEPEST MIDNIGHT

IN DEEPEST MIDNIGHT

Vienna VA

Joan Winter Skerritt | Performance

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IN DEEPEST MIDNIGHT

IN DEEPEST MIDNIGHT

Reston VA

Joan Winter Skerritt | Performance

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MasterVoices presents St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall

MasterVoices presents St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Performance

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) presents St. John Passion By Johann Sebastian Bach Featuring Michael Slattery, Jesse Blumberg, Adam Lau, Latonia Moore, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss,and Daniel Okulitch With MasterVoices and New York Baroque Incorporated Ted Sperling, Conductor   February 9, 2017 at 7pm Read more

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Merry Gentlemen: An ECMC Holiday (Manhattan)

Merry Gentlemen: An ECMC Holiday (Manhattan)

296 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Empire City Men... | Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The Empire City Men's Chorus will present "Merry Gentlemen," a selection of traditional holiday songs and carols in full dapper array. Read more

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Merry Gentlemen: An ECMC Holiday (Brooklyn)

Merry Gentlemen: An ECMC Holiday (Brooklyn)

199 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Empire City Men... | Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The Empire City Men's Chorus will present "Merry Gentlemen," a selection of traditional holiday songs and carols in full dapper array. Read more

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Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

Oakland, CA

Young Women's C... | Performance

Join YWCP’s premiere chorus, the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco, for an awe-inspiring, candle-lit evening of holiday music. Michael Haydn’s Magnificat, and music by Gyöngyösi, Kodály, Szymko, Sibelius, and others will be featured, as well as many carols for chorus and audience. Read more

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Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

USA and Canada

Toronto Mendels... | Community Outreach, Performance, Social Media

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is joined by the Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs for its annual joyous celebration of music for the season. If you're in Toronto, experience the concert in person at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Can't make it to the concert, then you can enjoy the live concert webcast on Livestream: https://livestream.com/TMChoir/FOC2016 Read more

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GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

On Sunday, December 18, at 5:00 PM, the GMChorale Chamber Singers join forces with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School for the holiday season’s most famous and celebrated choral work:  Handel’s Messiah.  Read more

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... |

Please join us for our Holiday Showcase, Peace on Earth. Our annual Holiday Showcase concert features all four of YWCP’s performing ensembles, over 100 voices strong, singing together and as individual choirs. The young women perform inspiring songs of peace by Bach, Haydn, Levine, Matsushita, Rutter, and Sibelius, as well as carols of the season. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2709151 96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE 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:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} For more information contact info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787.   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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