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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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Selecting Music for Diverse Audiences

Selecting Music for Diverse Audiences

An Interview with Julian Wachner

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Conducting, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire

With so many music directors juggling multiple podiums, choosing repertoire that meets the specific needs of each chorus and the audience in that community takes on special significance. Read more

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The Rise of A Cappella

The Rise of A Cappella

An Interview with CASA Founder and Sing-Off Producer Deke Sharon

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Community Outreach

Choral music—especially a cappella choral music—is more popular than ever it seems. Chorus America sat down with Deke Sharon, founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) and a producer of NBC's The Sing-Off, to get the inside scoop behind the a cappella choral music movement and its current place in pop culture. 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

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Awards, Fundraising, Performance

The Collegiate Chorale will hold its Spring Benefit, featuring the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2015. The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum. The performance will commence at 7:00pm in the Stern Auditorium, with a seated dinner and dessert with the artists in the Rohatyn Room immediately following the concert. A live auction with a few select items will follow the dinner, led by Steve Rosen. All net proceeds will go toward The Chorale’s artistic and education initiatives. Dress is festive. Benefit tickets are $500 - $1,500, and tables are $5,000 - $15,000. Details are available at collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events. For more information, please contact Selena Lavonier at slavonier@collegiatechorale.org or 646.435.9052.   Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

The Collegiate Chorale Announces the Addition of Eli Tokash to the Cast of The Road of Promise

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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The Collegiate Chorale announces that Eli Tokash will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.   The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s epic 1937 stage spectacle, The Eternal Road, led by Tony Award-winning conductor/director Ted Sperling and featuring a cast of world-renowned singers, a 200-voice chorus, and symphony orchestra.   Like the original stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament. As the congregation awaits their fate, a 13-year old boy appears who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage or faith. The Rabbi enlightens him and gives the community strength by recounting the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah, and more, all of which come alive through Weill’s magnificent musical score. The young boy listens to the stories unfold and emerges as the new hope for his people.   The concert will feature Eli Tokash, Ron Rifkin, Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins, with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  Video Projections by Wendall Harrington and Lighting Design by Frances Aronson.   The May 7 performance will feature a special pre-concert talk at 6pm, presented in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Artistic Director Ted Sperling talks with Ed Harsh, adapter of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise, about the background, historical context, and glorious musical content of this piece.   Both performances of The Road of Promise will be recorded live at Carnegie Hall for release on the Parma/Navona Records label, distributed by Naxos Records.   The Road of Promise performances are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.  The Road of Promise performances have also received endorsement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Collegiate Chorale’s 2015 Spring Benefit Honoree.     Eli Tokash recently appeared as Theo in the Broadway Revival of Pippin. He previously performed in the national tour and Madison Square Garden production of A Christmas Story as Ralphie Parker and the national tour of Mary Poppins as Michael Banks. On television, he can currently be seen recurring as Young Abe on ABC's "Forever." Other film and TV credits include "Blood Ties," "I Love You, But I Lied," and "Undaunted." Workshops and readings: "A Moment in Time" and "The Greatest Showman on Earth" with Hugh Jackman. Aside from his love of performing, Eli's other passions include football and hockey. Special thank you to CESD and Mara Entertainment. Love to Dad, Mom, Tessie and Zak. Read more

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Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Meistersingers - By Any Other Name

Tustin

Meistersingers | Performance

Few things have the power to kindle passions and enliven the senses like the precious rose. Now whether it is a lily, a daisy, orchids or sunflowers, no other object has inspired poets and lovers quite like the "bloom of spring".  Some of choral music's most beautiful melodies and poetry will be presented with Eric Whitacre's, Three Flower Songs, Lauridsen's, Le Chanson de Roses, Mulholland's, O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose and Bernstein's, Make Our Garden Grow. For a night of beautiful prose and even more gorgeous harmonies, don't miss this concert! Read more

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The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

The Philadelphia Singers Farewell Concert

Philadelphia, PA

Michael Martin Mills | Performance

After 43 years, The Philadelphia Singers is closing down. The Farewell Concert is the last opportunity to hear this proclaimed ensemble in concert. Read more

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 I Will Arise...

I Will Arise...

1200 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Ancora | Performance

Seattle-based women’s choir Ancora presents traditional and contemporary songs of the British Isles. Works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Daley, Szymko, Whitacre and more. Read more

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Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

11269 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

When unleashed, the voices and experiences of women have the power to change the world.  Music is as much personal as it is universal.  It can inspire you to action, move you to tears or make you sit up and take notice.  Vox will perform our favorite songs from each of our three season concerts this year. Join us and experience the power for yourself! Featuring selections from Music: A Mirror of Our Humanity, Forbidden Voices and Side by Side by Sondheim, this will be a lovely Sunday afternoon concert in one of our favorite Westside venues. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event is FREE, but please RSVP as space is limited! This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with Support from Sony Pictures Entertainment Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

Rhinebeck Choral Club 2015 Spring Concert

6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  The Rhinebeck Choral Club Presents Our 2015 Spring Concert Sat. May 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm    Sun.  May 17, 2015 at 3 pm The Rhinebeck Reformed Church    6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572 Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students  General Seating For Information Call Donna (518) 537 2884   http://www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org/ The music for this season includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, spiritual to patriotic.  A portion of the concert will feature repertoire by George Gershwin         Read more

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Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Rhinebeck Choral Club Free Performance Fundraiser

Childrens Book Section

Rhinebeck Chora... | Audiences

  Members of the Rhinebeck Choral Club will be giving a free performance at Barnes and Noble in Kingston, NY Rt 9 w.  The Address is 1177 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401   The date is  4/23/2015 between 7 pm and 8 pm    For information phone Donna:  (518)  537-2884 Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

The Collegiate Chorale announces the Addition of Ron Rifkin to the Cast of THE ROAD OF PROMISE

New York, New York

emilymt | Performance

The Collegiate Chorale announces that Ron Rifkin will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise.  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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