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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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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. 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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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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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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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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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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Resources

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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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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The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 201. This issue provides insight into the music of Stephen Chatman, internationally known Canadian composer and teacher. Graeme Langager gives us a complete listing of Chatman's published and unpublished choral compositions. Read more

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Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 200. A thorough and definitive compilation of resources in Renaissance and Baroque performance practice spanning, approximately, the past 70 years. This issue provides a broad yet in-depth overview of the manifold issues faced by choral conductors in preparing performances of music from these time periods. Read more

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Events

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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All Beethoven

All Beethoven

Philadelphia, PA

Chamber Orch of... | Performance

Piano virtuosity, jaw-dropping technique, and passion collide in an unforgettable evening of All Beethoven. This will be a captivating evening of improvisations on works such as Für Elise alongside the debut of pianist Charlie Albright and Curtis trained conductor, Sarah Ioannides. Read more

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Haydn & Goldenthal

Haydn & Goldenthal

Philadelphia, PA

Chamber Orch of... | Performance

Combining the classical and the contemporary, experience the love, passion, and artistry with improvised cadenzas on the beloved Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Don’t miss Oscar award winning composer Elliot Goldenthal’s world premiere of his new concerto for trumpet.  Read more

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Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Mas... | Performance

"Jubilate Deo!" (O Be Joyful in the Lord!) by Dan Forrest "Songs of Celebration by Paul Basler Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and Joseph Jacovino on piano. Joined by soprano soloist Louise Fauteux www.cmchorale.org Read more

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Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Prelude Concert

Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Mas... | Performance

Annual Holiday Prelude Concert www.cmchorale.org Read more

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Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Katy, TX 77449

Houston Choral ... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Schools, Singing

The British International School of Houston’s Accents Choir and soloists will make a guest appearance at the June 9 “Let The Sunshine In” performance by Houston Choral Showcase (HCS), an adult show choir. The June 9 show (and a similar performance by HCS alone on June 10) will feature show tunes, classic pop favorites, jazz pieces, new arrangements of contemporary hits, and other fun surprises. 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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