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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Aging

Singing and Healthy Aging

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Performance, Singing

Whether taking up a new activity or continuing a lifelong practice, older adults who sing are reaping a host of social and health benefits. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Health, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

As wonderful and therapeutic as choral singing can be, the rehearsal process is sometimes stressful for both singers and conductors. Here are a few ideas for creating a hospitable and healthy space that enhances the body, mind, and spirit of all involved.  Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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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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Resources

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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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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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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Events

Bel Canto Chorus Christmas in the Basilica

Bel Canto Chorus Christmas in the Basilica

Milwaukee, WI

Neal Easterling | Audiences

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Bel Canto Chorus Christmas in the Basilica

Bel Canto Chorus Christmas in the Basilica

Milwaukee, WI

Neal Easterling | Audiences

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MOZART, MEALOR, MARTIN: Music of Joy and Sorrow

MOZART, MEALOR, MARTIN: Music of Joy and Sorrow

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

Featuring: Paul Mealor, DCINY Composer-in-Residence James Jordan, DCINY Guest Conductor Mealor: Stabat Mater Mealor: Jubilate Deo (World Premiere) Joseph Martin, DCINY Guest Conductor The Music of Joseph Martin Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, ed. Süßmayr Vance George, DCINY Guest Conductor Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Presents Friede auf Erden: Peace on Earth

Pacific Edge Voices Presents Friede auf Erden: Peace on Earth

Berkeley, CA

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Join Pacific Edge Voices in an uncommonly beautiful holiday celebration featuring the rarely performed and moving Magnificat by Imant Raminsh, a Canadian composer of Latvian descent. Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Presents Friede auf Erden: Peace on Earth

Pacific Edge Voices Presents Friede auf Erden: Peace on Earth

San Francisco, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance

Join Pacific Edge Voices in an uncommonly beautiful holiday celebration featuring the rarely performed and moving Magnificat by Imant Raminsh, a Canadian composer of Latvian descent. Read more

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Christmas Swings

Christmas Swings

Walnut Creek, California

Sarah Koller-Di... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Education, General, History, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Join the spirited Diablo Women's Chorale to kick off the coming holiday season. You'll be delighted by a swinging twist on many of your Christmas favorites.  Advance tickets available at www.diablowomenschorale.org Read more

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On a Snowy Night

On a Snowy Night

First Baptist Church, 681 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170

Amanda Boundy | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Performance, Singing

The Fairfax Choral Society West & South Campus Youth Choirs Read more

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A Choralis Family Christmas

A Choralis Family Christmas

115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church, VA 20046

ChoralisSinger | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Presented by the entire Choralis family of choirs, this concert offers music and holiday fun for all ages. Highlights will include Bob Chilcott's new Gloria, a kid-friendly sing-along, a conducting raffle, and a visit from Santa! Read more

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A Classic Brass Christmas

A Classic Brass Christmas

1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

ChoralisSinger | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Singing, Venue

This annual favorite will feature all the Choralis Christmas concert traditions - candlelight processional, a carol sing-along - as well as the World Premiere of Bob Chilcott's Gloria, written specifically for Choralis. Read more

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MORTALS AND ANGELS: A BLUEGRASS TE DEUM WITH DAILEY & VINCENT

MORTALS AND ANGELS: A BLUEGRASS TE DEUM WITH DAILEY & VINCENT

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

Country and classical collide as DCINY presents the world premiere of Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum, by Carol Barnett and Marisha Chamberlain. Commissioned by the DCINY Premiere Project, the work fuses traditional bluegrass music within a classical structure, incorporating texts from ancient scripture and contemporary prayer. The performance will feature country music superstars Dailey & Vincent alongside the Distinguished Concerts Singers International and maestro Jonathan Griffith, for a groundbreaking evening of new music. 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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