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The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

Chorus America/ASCAP Award winners describe their commitment to new music and share strategies for building programs, cultivating audiences, collaborating with composers, and bringing new music to life. Read more

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The Power of "With"

The Power of "With"

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Diversity, Performance, Singing

Choruses bring diverse people together to make beautiful music and offer us a much-needed antidote to the "i" epidemic. Read more

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Singing in Tune

Singing in Tune

Chloe Veltman | Audiences, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it. Read more

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From Score to Seat

From Score to Seat

A Composer and Her Audience

Gabriela Lena Frank | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Innovation, Profile

Composer Gabriela Lena Frank explores the evolving relationship with her audience, beginning with her doting parents. Read more

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The Rise of the Professional Chorus

The Rise of the Professional Chorus

Matthew Sigman | Careers, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

We look back on the emergence of professional choruses in North America and the role of professional singers in bringing them public acclaim. Read more

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Grant Gershon | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it. Read more

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Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Jeffrey Baxter | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Composers don't exist in a vacuum; they are continually influenced by their predecessors and peers, their culture and society. Here, we look at some of the influences (and influencers) reflected in Verdi's Requiem. Read more

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What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

What do choral singers wish their chorus managers and music directors knew about them? What would make singers' experience in the chorus more enjoyable, more meaningful, more fun? Read more

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Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Chloe Veltman | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Participation, Schools, Singing

An influx of new programs are beginning to recognize the value of keeping boys singing—through changing voices and for a lifetime. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

When your body is the instrument, it's imperative to keep it in tip-top shape with good exercise habits and the right amount of sleep. Read more

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Resources

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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Commissioning Timeline

Commissioning Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Operations, Sample/Template

Commissioning a new work? Follow this two-year timeline to help plot out which steps you should take when. This timeline is appropriate for a work that does not involve complicated instrumental requirements or multiple movements. Read more

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Events

Rochester's Classical Idol

Rochester's Classical Idol

2131 Elmwood Ave

Rebecca Ruoff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Networking, Singing

Join Rochester Oratorio Society for their 8th season of Classical Idol, Rochester’s own international professional singing competition. Professional vocal solo performers will be making their way to Rochester for two intensive days of competition, in hopes of being crowned the next Classical Idol. Semi-Finals will take place on Friday May 9th at Asbury First United Methodist Church starting at 1:00pm, and are open to the public for free. 10 finalists will be announced that night. Finalists will then perform in front of a panel of judges and the public on Saturday May 10th at Temple B’rith Kodesh. Light food, and a silent auction will start at 6:00pm , with the competition starting at 7:30pm.  Read more

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Candide

Candide

Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... |

The Oratorio Society of Virginia and Ash Lawn Opera announce their inaugural collaboration with two performances of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on May 2 and 4, 2014, at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA.  The Oratorio Society's Music Director, Michael Slon, will conduct the 85-member Oratorio Society chorus, 28-piece chamber orchestra, and principal soloists drawn from major theaters across the country, in semi-staged performances directed by Andrea Dorf McGray (Washington National Opera). Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival.  Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this comedic and fast-paced operetta traces the travels and travails of the naive Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, and a host of colorful characters on their quest to find "the best of all possible worlds." Performances are Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  A pre-performance lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to each performance by UVA Music Performance Librarian Winston Barham.  Tickets range from $12-$49; for more information, go to www.oratoriosociety.org, or call (434) 295-4385. Read more

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Candide

Candide

Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... |

The Oratorio Society of Virginia and Ash Lawn Opera announce their inaugural collaboration with two performances of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on May 2 and 4, 2014, at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA.  The Oratorio Society's Music Director, Michael Slon, will conduct the 85-member Oratorio Society chorus, 28-piece chamber orchestra, and principal soloists drawn from major theaters across the country, in semi-staged performances directed by Andrea Dorf McGray (Washington National Opera). Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival.  Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this comedic and fast-paced operetta traces the travels and travails of the naive Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, and a host of colorful characters on their quest to find "the best of all possible worlds." Performances are Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  A pre-performance lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to each performance by UVA Music Performance Librarian Winston Barham.  Tickets range from $12-$49; for more information, go to www.oratoriosociety.org, or call (434) 295-4385. Read more

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Celebration & Reflection, Part I

Celebration & Reflection, Part I

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Health, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue

A Memorial Day Weekend Concert Suitable for All Ages! Bradley Ellingboe, Composer/Conductor Ellingboe: Star Song - World Premiere (Orchestral Version) Aimee Beckmann-Collier, DCINY Debut Conductor Mozart: Coronation Mass KV 317 Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International   Tickets are on sale now for $20-$100. Call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.org Read more

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Winging Wildly

Winging Wildly

San Francisco, CA

Barbara Heroux | Performance

Join Volti as we celebrate our 35th birthday with a fundraising gala honoring our longtime association with San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem -- "the dean of American choral composers." Tickets@VoltiSF.org Read more

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(Ch)oral Argument

(Ch)oral Argument

San Francisco and Berkeley, California

Barbara Heroux | Composing/Commissioning

Volti premieres a major new cantata from Ted Hearne, a co-commission with The Crossing, along with new works from Melissa Dunphy and Kirke Mechem.  www.VoltiSF.org   Read more

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Cry Out and Shout!

Cry Out and Shout!

River Forest, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Performance

  The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Cry Out and Shout! on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West Division Street, River Forest, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email info@OakParkConcertChorale.org. For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.   Read more

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Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Venue

  The PPM Chorus and Orchestra close the season in grand Baroque style with a performance of Handel’s colossal oratorio “Israel in Egypt” (1736), with double chorus, period-instrument orchestra and soloists. “Israel in Egypt” has endeared itself to skilled choirs with its use of vivid tone-painting and dynamic rhythms to evoke the plagues and other details, from jumping frogs to whirring flies, pounding hail and swelling waves. Rounding out the program is Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G Major for orchestra and instrumental soloists. Read more

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American Voices - Children's Chorus of Washington

American Voices - Children's Chorus of Washington

Washington, DC 20005

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

  AMERICAN VOICES, featuring American Classics and Broadway favorites Children’s Chorus of Washington - All ensembles Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 4pm National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005 Tickets & Information: www.childrenschorus.com/support-ccw/tickets/     $25/adult ($30 at the door); $10/children under age 12 ($12 at the door) Read more

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Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent

Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue

Grammy-Award Nominated Bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent join forces with DCINY to celebrate the American tradition of country-style Bluegrass music with an electrifying blend of gospel and folk in Carol Barnett’s, “World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” John Purifoy’s “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” spans the Civil War in three thrilling movements of choral delight. The concert will be performed by Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of 200 voices and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. Tickets on Sale Now. $20-$100. Call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or visit CarnegieHall.org       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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