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Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Preserving and Performing African-American Music

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Choral conductor and composer/arranger Roland Carter has a passion for finding and performing the rich array of choral music from the African-American tradition. While at the 2012 Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Chorus America talked with Carter about his life and work.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Justin Raffa and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Washington State

Member Spotlight: Justin Raffa and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Washington State

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

Artistic director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers since 2008, Justin Raffa has spearheaded a series of outreach programs within the Tri-Cities’ Latino community. Read more

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How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Strategies for reaching out to prospective singers Read more

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Singing

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody Read more

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A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

Robin L. Perry | Conducting

DC's "dean" of choral conductors steps down and reflects on a career that spanned a half century in the U.S. capital Read more

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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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Resources

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 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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Events

Triptych: A World Without End

Triptych: A World Without End

57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Symphonic, Venue

Triptych: A World Without End Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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True Concord Voices & Orchestra

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

True Concord Voices & Orchestra A COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT FOR THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center 1941 Broadway at 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  A stage full of 250 fabulous men, gaily performing showtunes? It’s the concert we were born to sing! Let us be your colorful guide down the Great White Way for a show-stopping concert packed with songs from Broadway’s biggest hits and hidden gems.  From classics of the Golden Age to today’s Tony Award-winners, experience the dazzle, flair, and svoir faire that comes naturally to the boys of the Chorus. Celebrate Everything Broadway, our way. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/EverythingBroadway.asp Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  A stage full of 250 fabulous men, gaily performing showtunes? It’s the concert we were born to sing! Let us be your colorful guide down the Great White Way for a show-stopping concert packed with songs from Broadway’s biggest hits and hidden gems.  From classics of the Golden Age to today’s Tony Award-winners, experience the dazzle, flair, and svoir faire that comes naturally to the boys of the Chorus. Celebrate Everything Broadway, our way. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/EverythingBroadway.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp 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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