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Articles

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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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. 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

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

305 East Capital Street Jackson, Mississippi

The Mississippi... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach

Tickets are available at www.mschorus.org Read more

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MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Singing

MasterVoices presents 27 New York Premiere By Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek Featuring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik MasterVoices Orchestra of St. Luke’s James Robinson, Director Ted Sperling, Conductor   October 20 & 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Normandal Lutheran Church (Edina); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (Mahtomedi)

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... | Performance

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The 64-voice National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – www.nlca.com - is pleased to announce its 31st concert season, beginning November 2016 through April 2017. This year’s schedule includes the choir’s cherished All Saints program (to be performed in Edina, St. Cloud, and Mahtomedi); the sacred Christmas Festival concerts in Minneapolis and St. Louis; a Choral TuneUp workshop with Dr. Lee Nelson, Director of the Wartburg College Choir; a joint concert with St. John’s Boys’ Choir; and a historical program of early Lutheran music, which will tour to Duluth andMoorhead and conclude in Minneapolis.  Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

New Britain, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4 pm for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem and motets at New Britain’s South Congregational Church. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by guest organist, Larry Allen. Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more! Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435 Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more!   Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435   Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105   Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303   Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted 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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