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Articles

The Art of Setting Text

The Art of Setting Text

A Conversation with Libby Larsen and Dale Warland

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Technique/Tool

A renowned composer and choral artist discuss the challenges of choosing and setting texts—what every composer, conductor, and chorus seeking to commission a new choral work should know. Read more

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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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Resources

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the choral output of two influential Canadian composers - John Weinzwieg and John Beckwith. Although their choral output is relatively small in relation to their other output, it has had significant impact both in Canada and abroad. A brief biography of each composer is given before the listing of their choral compositions. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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The Dale Warland Singers

The Dale Warland Singers

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Research Memorandum Series No. 205 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series highlights the achievements of one of America’s premiere choral ensembles, the Dale Warland Singers. It demonstrates the ways that Warland crafted a choral concert program and incorporated new compositions and arrangements. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

Research Memorandum Series No. 204 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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Events

Sing We and Chant It: Music for Chamber Voices - FREE PERFORMANCE!

Sing We and Chant It: Music for Chamber Voices - FREE PERFORMANCE!

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Performance

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents a free concert of chamber music featuring the Chroal Arts Chamber Singers and the Choral Arts Youth Choir. Read more

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Concerts At Good Shepherd: Choral Arts Chamber Singers & Youth Choir

Concerts At Good Shepherd: Choral Arts Chamber Singers & Youth Choir

Burke, VA

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Performance

Concert of Chamber Music at Church of the Good Shepherd. Read more

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Choral Arts Society of Washington: Sing We and Chant It

Choral Arts Society of Washington: Sing We and Chant It

Alexandria, VA

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Performance

Celebrate spring at the historic Athenaeum! Join Scott Tucker, the conductor of the Choral Arts Chamber Singers for Music for Chamber Voices. Read more

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Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

New York, NY

Empire City Men... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Visit www.empirecitymenschorus.org for tickets and info For 2017, ECMC celebrates American composer, Conrad Susa (1935-2013), who was teacher, mentor and great friend to our Artistic Director Vince Peterson.  We are thrilled to be the first men's chorus in the world to publish an album of Conrad's mens choral works and will record our May and December concerts live. Our spring program The Treasured Volume features an entire concert of Conrad Susa works including:   ·       Appalachian folk songs   ·       an arrangement of Vier Ernste Gesange by Brahms   ·       Dirge from Cymbeline   ·       Earth Song   Join us as history is made... and affirmed! May 13 & 16, 2017 at 8 pm The Church of the Holy Apostles 296 9th Avenue @ W.28th Street New York, NY 10001 General Admission $30 Students and Seniors $20 Fellow Artist $10 Kids under 12 tickets $5   Artistic Director, Vince Peterson Accompanist, Sam Shull Read more

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Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

New York, NY

Empire City Men... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Visit www.empirecitymenschorus.org for tickets and info For 2017, ECMC celebrates American composer, Conrad Susa (1935-2013), who was teacher, mentor and great friend to our Artistic Director Vince Peterson.  We are thrilled to be the first men's chorus in the world to publish an album of Conrad's mens choral works and will record our May and December concerts live. Our spring program The Treasured Volume features an entire concert of Conrad Susa works including:   ·       Appalachian folk songs   ·       an arrangement of Vier Ernste Gesange by Brahms   ·       Dirge from Cymbeline   ·       Earth Song   Join us as history is made... and affirmed!   May 13 & 16, 2017 at 8 pm The Church of the Holy Apostles 296 9th Avenue @ W.28th Street New York, NY 10001 General Admission $30 Students and Seniors $20 (15% discount if purchased by April 29, 2017)   Fellow Artist $10 Kids under 12 tickets $5   Artistic Director, Vince Peterson Accompanist, Sam Shull   Read more

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Los Robles Master Chorale Concludes Season with “Lauridsen & Co”

Los Robles Master Chorale Concludes Season with “Lauridsen & Co”

5400 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park, CA 91377

sgordon823 | Adults/Seniors, Performance

Los Robles Master Chorale, Led by Artistic Director Lesley Leighton, Concludes Season with Three Chorale-Commissioned World Premieres and Works by National Medal of the Arts Recipient Morten Lauridsen in Back-To-Back Matinee and Evening Performances of “Lauridsen & Co”   Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4 pm AND 8 pm, at   The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park, CA Read more

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Fitchburg State Choirs present "Sea To Shining Sea: Choral Music of a Diverse America"

Fitchburg State Choirs present "Sea To Shining Sea: Choral Music of a Diverse America"

Fitchburg, MA

J Harvey | General, Performance

Fitchburg State Choirs present the FREE concert "Sea To Shining Sea: Choral Music of a Diverse America," in Weston Auditorium on the campus of Fitchburg State University, 7pm on Monday May 8.   Read more

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LOVE IN BLOOM

LOVE IN BLOOM

Dayton, OH

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

  Love blooms on Mother's Day with a classical concert about love and its hold on the human heart.  Featuring more than 70 singers and soloists, this vocal concert celebrates the music of beautiful new beginnings.  Melodies include Brahms' ode to love, Vaughn Williams' tribute to Shakespeare, and more.  A perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day.  From yours truly, Bach Society of Dayton. Read more

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A Celebration of Great Choruses

A Celebration of Great Choruses

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Virginia celebrates Mother's Day with a Celebration of Great Choruses Read more

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Fairfield County Chorale Spring Concert of Peace & Hope: Fauré and Vaughan Williams

Fairfield County Chorale Spring Concert of Peace & Hope: Fauré and Vaughan Williams

125 East Ave, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Audiences, Education, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem close out our 2016-2017 season. These two deeply expressive works welcome spring with a message of hope. Both Fauré and Vaughan Williams saw firsthand the destructive nature of war and believed music was a means to preserve civilization. Vaughan Williams composed Dona Nobis Pacem in 1936, when memories of the loss of a generation of young men were fresh in the minds of the British public amid fears of a new war. In his piece, Vaughan Williams used text from three poems by Walt Whitman, parts of the Catholic mass, a political speech, and sections of the Bible. 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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