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Articles

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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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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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Chorus America Staff | Careers, General, Profile

On December 10th, the choral world lost one of its celebrated and respected choral conductors. Diane Loomer died in Vancouver, Canada after a short illness. She was 72. Here Chorus America board members Susan Knight and Leonard Ratzlaff remember their colleague and friend. Read more

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Resources

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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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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Events

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

  Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale present Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem     Read more

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Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

Brahms German Requiem presented by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale

125 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale present Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem   Read more

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MOZART: "Great" Mass in C Minor

MOZART: "Great" Mass in C Minor

100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205

Douglas McCarroll | Audiences, Civic Engagement

  Join us on February 22, 2017 as over 200 singers fill the stage of the Tobin Center for this thrilling performance, serving as a majestic finale for the Mozart Festival. Read more

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Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Schools, Singing, Venue

Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (original Crazy For You, Show Boat, Contact, The Producers) returns to direct Gershwin’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy For You 25 years to the day from its opening night on Broadway at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on February 19, 2017 at 8:00pm. Joined by Tony award nominees Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and Laura Osnes (Cinderella), who will co-star as Bobby Child and Polly Baker for this one night only event, as well as three-time Tony Award nominee and the original Bobby Child, Harry Groener (Oklahoma!, Cats, Spamalot), who will return as the role of Bela Zangler. Comedic duo Rachel Dratch (SNL) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) will co-star as the comedic Patricia and Eugene Fodor.  Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Concert

The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Concert

184 East 76th Street, New York City

Odyssey Opera | Performance

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 turns the church into a petit Paris with an all-French program that puts the spotlight on the brilliant French Impressionists of music: Marcel Dupré, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulenc. Joined by accompanist Steven Ryan (celebrating his 20th anniversary season with Dessoff) and Dr. Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Dessoff presents a magnifique tribute to French composers and to the majesté of the organ.  Read more

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Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT

Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT

New York, NY

GFPress | Audiences, General, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Award-winning and acclaimed composer/performer Kate Soper’s new work  IPSA DIXIT,will have its NYC premierefor two nights only Friday, February 3rd and Saturday February 4th,2017 at 7:30 PM at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Education, Schools, Singing

The Chesapeake Children’s Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing. Operating as the children’s branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students in grades 2-8 with a unique choral education. Founder Krystal McCoy, and Director Carl Ellinwood have advanced degrees in music and work diligently alongside manager Tina Dronenburg to bring music education to the youth in our Tri-County area for a minimal fee. The chorus will have the opportunity to perform holiday and spring concerts, as well as take their music to Southern Maryland community stages and festivals. Read more

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ChoralArt | Springsong

ChoralArt | Springsong

156 High Street, Portland, ME 04101

Nick MacDonald | Performance, Repertoire, Singing

ChoralArt Camerata concludes the season with a program featuring works drawn from the 16th century, the glorious era of a cappella singing, and ending with the modern era. Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

cantatasingers | Performance

“The greatest soloist in Bach’s Mass is the chorus, and the Cantata Singers are virtually in a class by themselves. Their union of polish and expressivity is an ongoing wonder. Hearing them sing the majestic closing 'Dona nobis pacem' was like seeing the first rays of daylight slowly overtake the night sky, ending in a blaze of radiant sound.” -The Boston Globe, 2007 Read more

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Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

Cantata Singers presents Bach's B Minor Mass

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Performance

“The greatest soloist in Bach’s Mass is the chorus, and the Cantata Singers are virtually in a class by themselves. Their union of polish and expressivity is an ongoing wonder. Hearing them sing the majestic closing 'Dona nobis pacem' was like seeing the first rays of daylight slowly overtake the night sky, ending in a blaze of radiant sound.” -The Boston Globe, 2007 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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