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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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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." 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

VOX20: Reflections

VOX20: Reflections

200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity

Looking to the future, we honor our past. Featuring special guests and alumnae from the VOX family tree and a commission by Christina Whitten Thomas. Read more

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Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

San Francisco CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Singing

PEV offers traditional and contemporary music for the holiday season, including the third cantata from J.S. Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat with Christmas interpolations, and featuring the Amaranth Quartet. Read more

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Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

Adoration and Celebration: Bach and More

Berkeley CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Singing

PEV offers traditional and contemporary music for the holiday season, including the third cantata from J.S. Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat with Christmas interpolations, and featuring the Amaranth Quartet. Read more

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Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

Boston, MA

Manager | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing, Venue

This monumental Solemn Mass setting, considered Beethoven’s greatest work, has been called a five-movement choral symphony. It expresses his deepest and most personal spirituality with all of his passion, creativity and musical power. Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Begins 92nd Season at Alice Tully Hall 11/7

The Dessoff Choirs Begins 92nd Season at Alice Tully Hall 11/7

New York City

Odyssey Opera | Performance

The Dessoff Choirs in Concert: We Remember Sarah Brailey soprano Melissa Attebury mezzo-soprano Marc Andrew Day tenor Joe Damon Chappel bass Malcolm J. Merriweather conductor The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra When: Monday, November 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Where: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway at 65th Street, New York City, Train: 1 to 66th Street Tickets: $45-75. To purchase, contact The Dessoff Choirs at dessoff.org or call Lincoln Center at 212.721.6500.  Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs, with soloists and orchestra, opens its 92nd season at Alice Tully Hall. For one night only, Dessoff presents We Remember including Mozart’s Requiem and contemporary choral works reflecting on the lives of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and paying tribute to composer Steven Stucky, a champion of new music. Read more

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Woman Rising: The 20th Anniversary Season!

Woman Rising: The 20th Anniversary Season!

Los Angeles, CA

Vox Femina Los ... | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, History, Performance, Singing

Acclaimed women’s choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles presents its 20th anniversary season, Woman Rising! Lauded for their tremendous vocal talents and for giving women voice through the performance of quality choral literature from women composers, VOX is pulling out all the stops for this landmark 20th Anniversary Season with three incredible subscription concerts & more! Read more

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, K. 626

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, K. 626

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

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Concert for Students - Living the Dream...Singing the Dream

Concert for Students - Living the Dream...Singing the Dream

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Children/Youth, Education, Performance

1 hour concert for students Read more

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Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

29th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Performance

Our Annual Concert of Holiday 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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