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Articles

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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Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Community Outreach, General, Impact/Value, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

When these lifelong choral singers launched a community chorus, they didn't know they were also launching a music folder company. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Bringing the Diversity of Choral Music to Young Professionals

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Singing, Volunteer

A shared passion for singing led Ben Olinsky and his friends to create the 18th Street Singers, a Washington DC-based volunteer ensemble. Over the past nine years, the group has changed in size and membership, but the goal has remained the same: to make choral music more accessible to a new generation of audiences.  Read more

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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Chorus America’s Noteworthy web series highlights choral repertoire that may not be familiar to you—yet. Each month, a different conductor, music director, or other artistic professional recommends a piece of music that hasn't been widely noticed, but in his or her opinion, deserves to be heard. Read more

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

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

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process. Read more

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Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Watch these videos to see how various song leaders lead a community sing. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Dominick DiOrio is one of the youngest people ever to be hired on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He leads the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a 30-member auditioned ensemble that specializes in music of the last 50 years. Chorus America talked to DiOrio about his own compositions and his passion for finding and performing the music of contemporary composers. Read more

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Resources

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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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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Events

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

384 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary and enjoy a selection of favorites from throughout our history, ranging from popular to classical and everything in between! Featuring Bryan Sable on piano, Robert Rawsthorne, percussion, and Justin Bendel on bass. Read more

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Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms

384 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

A powerful, glorious expression of comfort and consolation for those left behind featuring soloists Katy Williams, soprano, John Dooley, baritone, and the PCC Orchestra. Read more

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Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms

1501 W Ingomar Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

A powerful, glorious expression of comfort and consolation for those left behind featuring soloists Katy Williams, soprano, John Dooley, baritone, and the PCC Orchestra. Read more

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Spice, Magic and Mystique: The Music of Southeast Asia

Spice, Magic and Mystique: The Music of Southeast Asia

10 Lincoln Center Plz, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Audiences, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Professional, Singing, Venue

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Forbidden Voices

Forbidden Voices

200 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

  Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert. Highlights include I Will Remember Everything, a new work by celebrated choral composer and conductor, Eric Banks. Originally composed for and performed by KITKA, Vox Femina Los Angeles was chosen to present the second performance in the NEA grant that funded the commission. Read more

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Meistersingers - Ikon: All Night Vigil by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Meistersingers - Ikon: All Night Vigil by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Orange County, California

Meistersingers | Performance

"It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches a glimpse of eternity though the window of time" - Einojunhani Rautaavara What is created when deep faith meets childlike awe? When mature passion meets extraordinary restraint? You get Rautaavara's All-Night Vigil. In the composer's greatest work for a cappella chorus, he takes us through one of the most intimate and exhaustive exhortations of faith. With his now-familiar mystical writing, complete with the usage of quarter-tones and whisper choruses, we welcome Basso-Profundo soloist, Mr. James Hayden, in presenting the California premiere of this monumental masterwork. Join us for an exceptional evening of this profound and gorgeous work of art. Read more

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Verdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance

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Columbia Pro Cantare Celebrates Music by Women Composers

Columbia Pro Cantare Celebrates Music by Women Composers

Columbia, MD

CPC | Performance

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform music by three renowned women composers, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 pm, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. The featured work is the Grand Mass in E-Flat Major by Amy Beach, the first major female American composer.    Read more

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Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River Meets the Sea

Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River Meets the Sea

Batavia, IL

acappellago | Audiences

Acappellago presents "Escape to...Where the River Meets the Sea." Read more

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Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River meets the Sea

Acappellago presents Escape to...Where the River meets the Sea

Oak Brook, IL

acappellago | Audiences

Acappellago will present two performances of its thirteenth annual spring concert, “Escape to…Where the River Meets the Sea.”  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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