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Articles

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Member Spotlight: Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning

“The phenomenon of a gay men’s chorus is a vital part of the musical fabric of our society. It is not a gimmick to draw a crowd. We have always just wanted to put on great concerts – and make a difference while doing it.” Read more

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Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Member Spotlight: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

"I want to catalyze an international community around our organization and expand the repertoire that we do." Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. 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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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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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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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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Events

Bel Canto Chorus Voices & Strings

Bel Canto Chorus Voices & Strings

160 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217

Bel Canto Chorus | Performance

https://www.belcanto.org/march-concert.html Read more

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Bel Canto Chorus Christmas in the Basilica

Bel Canto Chorus Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Performance

https://www.belcanto.org/december-concert.html Performances take place on the following days and times: Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 7:30 pm   Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 4:00 pm Read more

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Bel Canto Chorus Evensong

Bel Canto Chorus Evensong

2333 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Performance

https://www.belcanto.org/october-concert.html Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Families, General, Recruitment, Schools

The Chesapeake Children's Chorus, part of St. Maries Choral Arts, is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season!  Auditions will take place on Monday, August 28th and Wednesday, September 6th at Leonardtown High School, in Leonardtown, MD from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Auditions are open to boys and girls ages-8-15.  To sign up for an audition, vist www.smchoralarts.org/ccc. Any questions, please contact us at chesapeakechildrenschorus@gmail.com.  We look forward to having you audition with us! Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesapeakechildrenschorus and on Twitter @ChildrensChes for photos and videos of our past performances.   Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas

Vancouver Chamber Choir- A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

The great Baroque composers knew how to write music that literally dances with joy. Make it a party – meet the Vancouver Chamber Choir family of choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Orpheum for a concert which celebrates the Christmas season like no other. Our guest conductor is John William Trotter, the Choir’s former Associate Conductor, who will lead the various forces in music of Bach, Vivaldi and carols for all to sing. Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk. Read more

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Thomanerchor    Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Thomanerchor Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Bethlehem, PA

Renee James | Children/Youth, Families, Fundraising, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

THOMANERCHOR - an extraordinary event you won't want to miss! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 4pm • Central Moravian Church 6pm • Benefactor Cocktails, Dinner & Auction Saucon Valley Country Club   Read more

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Summer of Light: The Transcendental Choral Music of Verdi, Whitacre, Gjeilo & Esenvalds

Summer of Light: The Transcendental Choral Music of Verdi, Whitacre, Gjeilo & Esenvalds

3321 16th Street at Dolores, San Francisco, CA 94114

Helene Whitson | Performance

This Summer 2017, we invite you to join us as we share a Summer of Light, a summer of peace, love and harmony expressed through the transcendental music of the incomparable Giuseppi Verdi, as well as contemporary composers Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, and Eriks Esenvalds. Read more

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LACC Summer Schedule Includes Two International Tours and Free Send-Off Concert July 17

LACC Summer Schedule Includes Two International Tours and Free Send-Off Concert July 17

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

Los Angeles Children's Chorus Summer Schedule Includes Two International Tours and Free Send-Off Concert   Young Men’s Ensemble Is Currently in Southern Hemisphere on 14-Day Tour to Australia and New Zealand; Concert Choir Launches 7-Day Tour to British Columbia in July with Free Send-Off Concert Monday, July 17, 2017, 7 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church Read more

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800-Year-Old Spanish Boychoir Escolania de Montserrat Makes LA Debut

800-Year-Old Spanish Boychoir Escolania de Montserrat Makes LA Debut

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Performance

Spain’s Premier Boychoir, Escolania De Montserrat, Founded in 13th Century and Considered One of Europe’s Oldest Boychoirs and Music Schools, Makes Southern California Debut in Free Concert Presented by Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC)     Concert Marks 800-Year-Old Choir’s Final Stop on U.S. Tour, which also Includes Appearances in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, and Features Works that Span the Ages by Victoria,  Schubert, Civil, Albert Guinovart, Bernat Vivancos and Others 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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