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Articles

From Score to Seat

From Score to Seat

A Composer and Her Audience

Gabriela Lena Frank | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Innovation, Profile

Composer Gabriela Lena Frank explores the evolving relationship with her audience, beginning with her doting parents. Read more

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The Rise of the Professional Chorus

The Rise of the Professional Chorus

Matthew Sigman | Careers, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

We look back on the emergence of professional choruses in North America and the role of professional singers in bringing them public acclaim. Read more

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Grant Gershon | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it. Read more

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Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Jeffrey Baxter | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Composers don't exist in a vacuum; they are continually influenced by their predecessors and peers, their culture and society. Here, we look at some of the influences (and influencers) reflected in Verdi's Requiem. Read more

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What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

What do choral singers wish their chorus managers and music directors knew about them? What would make singers' experience in the chorus more enjoyable, more meaningful, more fun? Read more

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Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Chloe Veltman | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Participation, Schools, Singing

An influx of new programs are beginning to recognize the value of keeping boys singing—through changing voices and for a lifetime. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

When your body is the instrument, it's imperative to keep it in tip-top shape with good exercise habits and the right amount of sleep. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Hydration

Keeping Singers Well: Hydration

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

While it is ultimately the responsibility of the singer to stay properly hydrated, it's not always so easy. Read more

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Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Tom Hall | History, Performance, Repertoire

What is our responsibility as singers and as choruses when historic choral works are offensive, even hostile, to a whole group of people? Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, discusses Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion. Read more

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Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

We take a look at the man behind the cluster chords: how Eric Whitacre arrived at a life in music, and the ups and downs he's encountered along the way. Read more

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Resources

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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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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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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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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Events

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  As the late autumn sun slips below the horizon, St. Mark’s Cathedral  will resonate once again with the ethereal harmonies enchantingly sung by Seattle Women’s Chorus. From the Romantic to the contemporary, the spooky to the soothing, this diverse concert features an entertaining collection of classical and pop songs and tales that will stir your soul and raise your spirits. http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/HallowsInTheCathedral.asp Read more

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Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

  As the late autumn sun slips below the horizon, St. Mark’s Cathedral  will resonate once again with the ethereal harmonies enchantingly sung by Seattle Women’s Chorus. From the Romantic to the contemporary, the spooky to the soothing, this diverse concert features an entertaining collection of classical and pop songs and tales that will stir your soul and raise your spirits. http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/HallowsInTheCathedral.asp Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards.   Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas: Holiday Concert and Gala

A Choral Arts Christmas: Holiday Concert and Gala

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. This concert will feature an ensemble from the Singapore Youth Choir, this year’s Embassy partner. The Choral Arts 35th annual Holiday Concert and Gala will follow the concert, under the Gracious Honorary Patronage of The Ambassador of Singapore Ashok Mirpuri and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri. Read more

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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Participation, Performance

A holiday treat for even the littlest music fan, this one-hour highly participatory concert delights with songs of Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and filling every soul with joy.  Perfect for children ages 5 and older … and don’t forget the grandparents! Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. http://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=935 Read more

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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim |

Paired with a world premiere commission from composer Zachary Wadsworth on a Walt Whitman text, Brahms’ non-traditional Ein deutsches Requiem is unique among requiems, as it is a meditation on mortality from a humanist point of view. The Brahms Requiem was the last concert conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Norman Scribner, and this concert is dedicated to his memory (1936 – 2015).     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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