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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Education

More past Fellows speak about the impact of their Masterclass experience. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: The Beat Goes On

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Over the years, many talented conductors have participated in Chorus America’s Masterclasses. The Voice asked past Fellows to share where they are now, and how their Masterclass experience has shaped their different professional paths. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Community Outreach, General, Impact/Value, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

When these lifelong choral singers launched a community chorus, they didn't know they were also launching a music folder company. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Bringing the Diversity of Choral Music to Young Professionals

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Singing, Volunteer

A shared passion for singing led Ben Olinsky and his friends to create the 18th Street Singers, a Washington DC-based volunteer ensemble. Over the past nine years, the group has changed in size and membership, but the goal has remained the same: to make choral music more accessible to a new generation of audiences.  Read more

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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Chorus America’s Noteworthy web series highlights choral repertoire that may not be familiar to you—yet. Each month, a different conductor, music director, or other artistic professional recommends a piece of music that hasn't been widely noticed, but in his or her opinion, deserves to be heard. Read more

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Resources

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Finance, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Ten helpful guidelines to help establish a healthy annual performance review process for the music director of your chorus. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Recruitment, Strategic Planning

A founder transition requires strong leadership from the board. Is your board ready? Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

Questions to answer as you begin a founding music director transition. Read more

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The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 198 Read more

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Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

Handel’s practice of borrowing from other composers allows us the opportunity to probe into the great composer’s style and creative thought processes. A number of scholars have shown without question that the majority of Handel’s borrowings transform his source materials into new creations entirely his own. But what does “entirely his own” really mean? Read more

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Events

Dynamic Duos with Chicago a cappella

Dynamic Duos with Chicago a cappella

Naperville, IL; Oak Park, IL; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance, Singing

http://www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts/event/dynamic_duos Read more

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Polish Splendor with Chicago a cappella

Polish Splendor with Chicago a cappella

Evanston, IL; Oak Park, IL; Naperville, IL; Chicago, IL

Matt Greenberg | Families, Performance, Singing

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Silver Bells: Holidays a cappella with Chicago a cappella

Silver Bells: Holidays a cappella with Chicago a cappella

Oak Park, IL; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL; Naperville, IL

Matt Greenberg | Families, Performance, Singing

http://www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts/event/holidays_a_cappella_silver_bells Read more

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The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

212 East Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale presents its first concert of the 2018-2019 season at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., NE, Wahington, DC) on Friday and Saturday November 2 and 3 starting at 8:00 PM.  The concert is free and open to the public. Read more

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walnut Creek, CA

David Morales | Families

Cantare Con Vivo presents its renowned holiday concert Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Read more

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Oakland, CA

David Morales | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families

Cantare Con Vivo presents its renowned holiday concert Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Read more

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VOCE Chamber Singers--  Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

543 Beulah Rd. Vienna, VA 22180

Sid Schwartz | Performance

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VOCE Chamber Singers--  Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

2455 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Sid Schwartz | Performance

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Fired Up! Singing for Justice with Holly Near

Fired Up! Singing for Justice with Holly Near

Los Angeles, CA

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Kenmore, WA

Caroline Little | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the “war to end all wars.” Our concert is inspired by the Christmas truce in 1914 during which roughly 100,000 English, French, and German troops ceased hostilities to offer holiday greetings, mingle, and even exchange gifts. We celebrate this spirit of peace with carols and holiday music from England, France, and Germany. December 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of the creation and premiere of the beloved carol “Silent Night,” written during an era when all of Europe suffered from political upheaval, war, and economic hardship. In 1818, Joseph Mohr brought his original text to organist Franz Xaver Gruber and asked for a simple melody with guitar accompaniment for a Christmas Eve service—the result has since become a timeless expression of light, hope, and solace. 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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