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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

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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AN EVENING WITH JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT & THE MCE

AN EVENING WITH JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT & THE MCE

184 E. 76th St, New York, NY

Manhattan Chora... | Performance

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble welcomes Joseph Flummerfelt to the podium in an evening of favorites from the Maestro’s 30-year conducting career. Chorus Master to the New York Philharmonic, former Artistic Director of Westminster Choir College, and Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Dr. Flummerfelt has selected a program of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky, with a closing set of his own arrangements of beloved folk songs.     Tickets: $30 Premium Reserved, $20 General, $15 Senior/Student Read more

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Madrigalia presents: Singer's Choice

Madrigalia presents: Singer's Choice

Rochester, NY

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Madrigalia presents: Singer's Choice

Madrigalia presents: Singer's Choice

Rochester, NY

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Transient Glory A Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli

Transient Glory A Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli

1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Young People's ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

An evening of specially selected music from the imaginative musical mind of composer Missy Mazzoli, adapted for an ensemble of young voices and Victoire, with soprano soloist Mellissa Hughes.  An inspired aural and visual experience directed by Mark DeChiazza and hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer.  Read more

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus

New York, NY

amandascoleman | Professional

  Perform New York Premiere of R. Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses Soloists include Latonia Moore, Soprano, Ronnita Nicole Miller, Mezzo-Soprano, Rodrick Dixon, Tenor and Donnie Ray Albert, Baritone Read more

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Oratorio Society of Queens presents Bruckner's Epic "Mass in F minor"

Oratorio Society of Queens presents Bruckner's Epic "Mass in F minor"

Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Scale the heights of musical expression with the Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ) in its performance of Anton Bruckner’s "Mass in F minor" for chorus, soloists and orchestra. Thrill to this thundering, heavenly and sublime homage to the universe of late romantic musical tradition. Also featured are opera highlights and the best of America’s musical heritage - reflecting a wide range of music that is the American choral experience - with Maestro David Close and The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. The Oratorio Society of Queens performs it Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 pm in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), Bayside, New York. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare: Music of the British Isles

Columbia Pro Cantare: Music of the British Isles

Columbia MD

CPC | Performance

Columbia Pro Cantare celebrates British and Celtic music in the final concert of its 2013-14 season. The chorus, under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson, will be joined by Jared Denhard, Richard McCready, and the Lexington Brass Quintet. 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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