Conducting & Performing

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Articles

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it. Read more

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Member Spotlight: KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes & the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Cincinnati

Member Spotlight: KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes & the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Cincinnati

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance

Many young professionals lose the choral experience they loved in school. KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes hit on a surefire draw: Invite 20- and 30-somethings to rehearse and perform in a local bar. Read more

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How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Performance, Recruitment

Musical excellence attracts and retains excellent singers. If the choir never gets better, the best ones will find someplace else to sing. Here are seven strategies for maintaining and enhancing the quality of your chorus. Read more

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Creating a Conducting Video

Creating a Conducting Video

An Essential Part of a Conductor's Portfolio

David Hayes | Careers, Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Technique/Tool, Technology

Videos play a vital role in advancing the careers of conductors today, both as self-evaluation tools and as a way to easily showcase skills to others. We explore two types of conducting videos, the guidelines to create them, and how to use them to enhance your career. Read more

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Choral Music on the Radio

Choral Music on the Radio

A New Blend

Don Lee | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Technology

Today's radio programmers are moving past the bad rap of early research and experimenting with a richer mix of choral and vocal music. Read more

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Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Matthew Sigman | Community Outreach, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

A journey through the history of Jewish liturgical music alters a chorus’s path to the future. Read more

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Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

From the sweet lyricism of Fauré to the populism of Brahms to the theatricality of Verdi, requiems remain the favorites of singers, conductors, and audiences alike. We talked with Kathy FitzGibbon, director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College and head of faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival, about the enduring appeal of requiems and the modern interpretations they have spawned. Read more

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Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Early- and mid-career learning for choral conductors is hard to find and requires a public process that demands courage and stamina. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Anne Sears and Westminster Choir College

Member Spotlight: Anne Sears and Westminster Choir College

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach

Anne Sears, director of external affairs at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, tells Chorus America's president & CEO Ann Meier Baker about a special audience participation project during this year’s choir tour. Read more

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Resources

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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Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Arthur Farwell’s New York City “Song and Light Festival”

Chorus America Staff | Research/Data

American Choral Review 53.2 Read more

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Singer Audition Form

Singer Audition Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

A sample form for conductors to use when evaluating potential singers. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

Chorus America Staff | Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this basic sample contract when your chorus is retained to perform by an orchestra. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Events

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky, Montana

Kevin Krasinski | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

A seven-day mountain training and performance experience for aspiring singers and conductors and a career development opportunity for high caliber professionals. High up in the mountains of Montana, the Choral Initiative is an artistic partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and The Crossing, and the project aims to bring a small group of top talent together in an environment that supports rigorous training and fosters the creation of inspiring new music. Read more

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Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 20 conductors for 12 days of conducting study and performance in Bacau, Romania with master teachers William Weinert, Director or Choral Studies at the Eastman School of Music; Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); Ovidiu Balan, Music Director, Bacau Philharmonic and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method. Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

Diablo Choral Artists(formerly Voices of Musica Sacra), directed by Mark Tuning, presents "Vespers: Music for Evening Prayers", with string ensemble.   March 13, 8:00 pm and March 15, 3:00 pm Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

Diablo Choral Artists(formerly Voices of Musica Sacra), directed by Mark Tuning, presents "Vespers: Music for Evening Prayers", with string ensemble.   March 13, 8:00 pm and March 15, 3:00 pm Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

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Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented

Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented

11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138

alarosamontez_s... | Diversity, Performance

  The Seraphim Singers and Kol Arev Chamber Choir of Hebrew College perform choral music inspired by the holy city of Jerusalem, ranging from the ancient psalms to a newly commissioned work by Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Read more

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An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Fundraising, General, Profile

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia invites you to join us for an evening celebrating Alan Harler Read more

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A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

RCSVPD | Community Outreach, Education, History, Performance, Singing

  The Richmond Choral Society Presents: A multisensory reflection through choral and instrumental music with narration by Tim Timberlake and visual images from the Virginia Historical Society.   Read more

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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Resonant Witness"

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Resonant Witness"

122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

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On Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm, join the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) for its spring choral concert “Resonant Witness,” a journey through grief, loss, and injustice, on the way to hope, healing, and reconciliation.  Featuring the music of J. S. Bach, Dvorak, Coleridge-Taylor, Hailstork, and Robles, this concert will be held in the beautiful Romanesque sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016).  Tickets range from $5-20 and may be purchased in advance at a discount here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sgvcc-presents-resonant-witness-choral-concert-tickets-15578993188       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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