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Articles

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

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

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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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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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

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ. Read more

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Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ.Repertoire will include pieces by Karen P. Thomas, Sheila Bristow,Henning Sommerro, and more. Vuelie will feature the ensembles singing together on Eric William Barnum's new work, 'Heaven Full of Stars' - and the famous Eatnemen Vuelie (as featured in 'Frozen').  Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Oak Park, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Beatlemania! Read more

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Beatlemania

Beatlemania

Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

  The songs of the Fab Four are now part of our great treasury of popular music, and we’ll bring a dynamic a cappella take to these timeless classics. Multi-talented musician Paul Langford, known for his work in both classical and pop fields, serves as guest music director. Celebrate the 75th birth year of John Lennon with this irresistible program of Beatles favorites. Read more

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Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre"

Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre"

Lakeville, CT

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The Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and a Basso Continuo ensemble of period instrument players from New York and Boston will perform sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Demantius and Eric Whitacre. Read more

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Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre

Crescendo presents "In That Time - In This Time: Monteverdi to Whitacre

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Composing/Commissioning

The Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and a Basso Continuo group of period instrument players from Boston and New York will perform sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Demantius and Eric Whitacre for Crescendo's spring concert program.  Read more

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Wichita Chamber Chorale presents Haydn's Creation

Wichita Chamber Chorale presents Haydn's Creation

Wichita KS

Wichita Chamber... | Performance

With a libretto based on passages from Genesis, Psalms, and Paradise Lost, Franz Joseph Haydn's epic oratorio is among his most inspired works. Only toward the end of his life did Haydn have the opportunity to witness Handel's Messiah  - and Haydn then confessed that he had never before known the full power of what music could be. The Creation was a result of Haydn's epiphany - and became an instant sensation in 1798. Soloists are Lily Guerrero, Randolph Lacy, and Charles Turley. John Harrison is Concertmaster, and Dr Mark Bartel is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale.  Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

410 South Atlantic Ave. Beach Haven NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. 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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