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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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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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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

Chorus America Staff |

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

Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

USA and Canada

Toronto Mendels... | Community Outreach, Performance, Social Media

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is joined by the Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs for its annual joyous celebration of music for the season. If you're in Toronto, experience the concert in person at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Can't make it to the concert, then you can enjoy the live concert webcast on Livestream: https://livestream.com/TMChoir/FOC2016 Read more

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GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

GMChorale Chamber Singers to Present “Messiah” with NHSO

200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

On Sunday, December 18, at 5:00 PM, the GMChorale Chamber Singers join forces with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School for the holiday season’s most famous and celebrated choral work:  Handel’s Messiah.  Read more

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... |

Please join us for our Holiday Showcase, Peace on Earth. Our annual Holiday Showcase concert features all four of YWCP’s performing ensembles, over 100 voices strong, singing together and as individual choirs. The young women perform inspiring songs of peace by Bach, Haydn, Levine, Matsushita, Rutter, and Sibelius, as well as carols of the season. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2709151 96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} For more information contact info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787.   Read more

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SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

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

  Our annual caroling sing-along to celebrate the hope and joy of the holiday season.  Savor the sounds of guitar virtuoso Jim McCutcheon, the angelic voices of Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, and the melodic bells of Kettering Advent Ringers.  Join us for an evening to lift your spirits and bring good cheer! Read more

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Hodie! -  Christmas Concert

Hodie! - Christmas Concert

Forest Park IL

Oak Park Concer... | Performance, Singing

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Hodie! on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 4:00pm, at  St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Avenue, Forest Park, IL.      Christmas begins with Hodie! in festive settings by Healey Willan and Jan Sweelinck! Come celebrate the season as OPCC sings carols ancient and modern – five of which are premiered at this concert, including works by Carl Schlak, Grace Brooks, Paul Lindblad and Harvey Hahn. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

4350 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Angel City Chorale (ACC) presents Bring on the Joy, its 23rd annual holiday concert & sing-along Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in

The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in

319 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY

Odyssey Opera |

 Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.  Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in

The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in

3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera |

The Messiah Sing is a beloved seasonal event and the start of a new tradition for Dessoff. It marks the ensemble’s debut at the James Memorial Chapel at the Union Theological Seminary. All singers and non-singers alike are invited to join with the choir on the work’s many choruses while Dessoff singers will have the opportunity to perform the solo arias. Read more

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REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents “Reflections of Peace,” featuring the NY premiere of REQUIEM, written by Grammy-nominated, contemporary Nordic composer, Kim André Arenesen. This lush and dramatic work will be conducted by DCINY’s very own Associate Artistic Director Dr. James Meaders. Dr. Catherine Sailer from the University of Denver conducts Joseph Haydn’s impassioned LORD NELSON MASS, filled with heroic and virtuosic themes, and is considered by scholars to be Haydn’s greatest single composition written at the peak of his career. Jennifer Lapple conducts the talented Flutopia Wind Ensemble in an engaging and reflecting performance. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

DCINY proudly honors UK composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised of both new and lauded compositions by the honoree. Program includes the North American Premiere of Jenkins' Cantata Memoria For the Children of Aberfan and his beautiful Requiem. Conducted by Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor and featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. 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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