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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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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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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

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Awards, Fundraising, Performance

The Collegiate Chorale will hold its Spring Benefit, featuring the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2015. The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum. The performance will commence at 7:00pm in the Stern Auditorium, with a seated dinner and dessert with the artists in the Rohatyn Room immediately following the concert. A live auction with a few select items will follow the dinner, led by Steve Rosen. All net proceeds will go toward The Chorale’s artistic and education initiatives. Dress is festive. Benefit tickets are $500 - $1,500, and tables are $5,000 - $15,000. Details are available at collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events. For more information, please contact Selena Lavonier at slavonier@collegiatechorale.org or 646.435.9052.   Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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The Collegiate Chorale announces that Eli Tokash will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.   The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s epic 1937 stage spectacle, The Eternal Road, led by Tony Award-winning conductor/director Ted Sperling and featuring a cast of world-renowned singers, a 200-voice chorus, and symphony orchestra.   Like the original stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament. As the congregation awaits their fate, a 13-year old boy appears who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage or faith. The Rabbi enlightens him and gives the community strength by recounting the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah, and more, all of which come alive through Weill’s magnificent musical score. The young boy listens to the stories unfold and emerges as the new hope for his people.   The concert will feature Eli Tokash, Ron Rifkin, Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins, with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  Video Projections by Wendall Harrington and Lighting Design by Frances Aronson.   The May 7 performance will feature a special pre-concert talk at 6pm, presented in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Artistic Director Ted Sperling talks with Ed Harsh, adapter of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise, about the background, historical context, and glorious musical content of this piece.   Both performances of The Road of Promise will be recorded live at Carnegie Hall for release on the Parma/Navona Records label, distributed by Naxos Records.   The Road of Promise performances are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.  The Road of Promise performances have also received endorsement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Collegiate Chorale’s 2015 Spring Benefit Honoree.     Eli Tokash recently appeared as Theo in the Broadway Revival of Pippin. He previously performed in the national tour and Madison Square Garden production of A Christmas Story as Ralphie Parker and the national tour of Mary Poppins as Michael Banks. On television, he can currently be seen recurring as Young Abe on ABC's "Forever." Other film and TV credits include "Blood Ties," "I Love You, But I Lied," and "Undaunted." Workshops and readings: "A Moment in Time" and "The Greatest Showman on Earth" with Hugh Jackman. Aside from his love of performing, Eli's other passions include football and hockey. Special thank you to CESD and Mara Entertainment. Love to Dad, Mom, Tessie and Zak. Read more

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Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Tustin

Meistersingers | Performance

Few things have the power to kindle passions and enliven the senses like the precious rose. Now whether it is a lily, a daisy, orchids or sunflowers, no other object has inspired poets and lovers quite like the "bloom of spring".  Some of choral music's most beautiful melodies and poetry will be presented with Eric Whitacre's, Three Flower Songs, Lauridsen's, Le Chanson de Roses, Mulholland's, O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose and Bernstein's, Make Our Garden Grow. For a night of beautiful prose and even more gorgeous harmonies, don't miss this concert! Read more

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The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

Philadelphia, PA

Michael Martin Mills | Performance

After 43 years, The Philadelphia Singers is closing down. The Farewell Concert is the last opportunity to hear this proclaimed ensemble in concert. Read more

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 I Will Arise...

I Will Arise...

1200 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Ancora | Performance

Seattle-based women’s choir Ancora presents traditional and contemporary songs of the British Isles. Works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Daley, Szymko, Whitacre and more. Read more

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Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

11269 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

When unleashed, the voices and experiences of women have the power to change the world.  Music is as much personal as it is universal.  It can inspire you to action, move you to tears or make you sit up and take notice.  Vox will perform our favorite songs from each of our three season concerts this year. Join us and experience the power for yourself! Featuring selections from Music: A Mirror of Our Humanity, Forbidden Voices and Side by Side by Sondheim, this will be a lovely Sunday afternoon concert in one of our favorite Westside venues. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event is FREE, but please RSVP as space is limited! This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with Support from Sony Pictures Entertainment Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Childrens Book Section

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  Members of the Rhinebeck Choral Club will be giving a free performance at Barnes and Noble in Kingston, NY Rt 9 w.  The Address is 1177 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401   The date is  4/23/2015 between 7 pm and 8 pm    For information phone Donna:  (518)  537-2884 Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

New York, New York

emilymt | Performance

The Collegiate Chorale announces that Ron Rifkin will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.  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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