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Articles

Building Today's Professional Choruses

Building Today's Professional Choruses

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

Adventuresome repertoire, distinctive voices, flexible organizations, and innovative productions have expanded the concept of what a professional chorus looks like today—here's what it takes to excel. Read more

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Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Jing Ling-Tam | Repertoire, Singing

"Mò Li Hua" (Jasmine Flower) has been popular since the Qing Dynasty. Read more

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The 10 Commandments for Recording Your Chorus

The 10 Commandments for Recording Your Chorus

Brad Spencer | Impact/Value, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

Professionally produced recordings are still one of the best ways you can enhance the quality, image, reputation, and morale of your chorus. Read more

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Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Daniel O'Neill | Community Outreach, Education, Health

Composer Michael Shaieb's oratorio, "Through a Glass, Darkly," is making choral music a vehicle to address methamphetamine addiction in the gay community. When the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC set out to perform it, they did a lot more than just learn the music. Read about the comprehensive outreach initiative they developed to bring this growing social problem to light. Read more

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The Wow Factor

The Wow Factor

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Think choral music is only found in drafty churches or formal concert halls? Think again! These innovators are stretching our imaginations and taking choral performances to the next level. Read more

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Out of the Concert Hall...

Out of the Concert Hall...

Choral Concerts in Unusual Venues

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Innovation, Operations, Performance

What happens when you take your concert to a museum, armory, warehouse, stone mill, or parking garage? Performing music in unusual venues can ignite a spark of creativity and community connection for choruses. Read more

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Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education

How Minnesota's VocalEssence and composer Eric Whitacre helped high school students, choral directors, and community members of all ages discover the power of contemporary choral music through a festival and community sing event. Read more

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Best Little-Known Choral Recordings

Best Little-Known Choral Recordings

Helene Whitson | Repertoire, Singing

Choral music sleuth Helene Whitson has sifted through used CD bins and trolled the Internet to bring you some of the hidden gems of the choral repertoire. Read more

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Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

An Interview With Choral Music's Rock Star

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Profile, Social Media

Eric Whitacre muses on how he gets inspired to compose, his special connection with young people, and what he thinks about the future of choral music. Read more

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What Is "Shape-Note" Singing?

What Is "Shape-Note" Singing?

Elisabeth Higgi... | History, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

In this musical tradition, singers read a variety of different note shapes—each one corresponding to a different syllable: fa, so, la, or mi. Read more

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Resources

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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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

The Choral Works of Stephen Chatman

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 201. This issue provides insight into the music of Stephen Chatman, internationally known Canadian composer and teacher. Graeme Langager gives us a complete listing of Chatman's published and unpublished choral compositions. Read more

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Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Renaissance and Baroque Performance Practice: Invaluable Resources for the Choral Conductor

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 200. A thorough and definitive compilation of resources in Renaissance and Baroque performance practice spanning, approximately, the past 70 years. This issue provides a broad yet in-depth overview of the manifold issues faced by choral conductors in preparing performances of music from these time periods. Read more

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change. Read more

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Events

Cantabile Chamber Chorale Celebrates New Jersey Sesquarcentennial

Cantabile Chamber Chorale Celebrates New Jersey Sesquarcentennial

485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ

Cantabile Chamb... | Audiences, Performance

Cantabile continues the second half of the 2013-2014 season with                        B-R-I-D-G-E-S, a concert of choral works to showcase the themes of innovation, diversity, and liberty in celebration of the Sesquarcentennial (350th) anniversary of the State of New Jersey. Read more

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Treble Voices Now 2014

Treble Voices Now 2014

49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549

Teresa Caldwell | Singing

WomenSing is pleased to announce Treble Voices Now 2014, a San Francisco Bay Area new music festival for upper voiced choirs. Read more

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Youth Inspiring Youth--Composers Public Workshop

Youth Inspiring Youth--Composers Public Workshop

49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, CA

Teresa Caldwell | Performance

The 2014 winners of WomenSing's Youth Inspiring Youth--Commissioning Emerging Composers competition will take part in a public workshop.  Jordan Nelson and Chris Castro, the 2014 competition winners will hear their new compositions performed for the first time as they receive coaching from their mentors, composer and USC professor Cristian Grases, and WomenSing Artistic Director Martin Benvenuto.  A fascinating look at the compositional process in action.  Workshop is free and open to the public. Read more

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Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

The Concert - Tuesday April 8 at 7.30 pm. Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 Phone: (416) 488-7884 E-mail: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Price: $30 per head, there is a $5 discount if you also buy a Workshop Ticket for Monday. The Pieces Christe Jesu -- Taverner Ave verum -- Byrd See, see the word is incarnate -- Gibbons Organ piece Five Spirituals -- Tippett (Joint choirs in “Steal Away” and “Deep river”) INTERVAL Cantique de Jean Racine -- Fauré  Libera me -- Fauré* Sung Jointly with Grace My soul there is a country -- Parry Where does the uttered music go -- Walton Organ piece O God thou art my God* Purcell Sung Jointly with Grace 2 choruses from Foundling Hospital anthem Handel (Hallelujah chorus) Read more

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Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Networking, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you in a choir? Do you like to sing? Do you like choral music? Then, please join the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford who are visiting Grace Church on-the-Hill for a unique evening. An evening where you will rehearse 4 pieces with the Choir and their director, Dr Stephen Darlington, and then sing the program together.  TIME AND PLACE: 7.30pm Monday April 7, 2015 at Grace Church on-the-Hill—300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto  Why are we doing this? One of the principal aims of this concert is to strengthen the bonds of community in Toronto’s choral community. The program is designed to offer something for all tastes and experience. You can be an expert, an amateur or just a fan. The pieces are: Libera me—Fauré  Ave verum—Byrd  Halleluia Chorus—Handel  I’m gonna sing—Traditional TICKETS: $15 (or $10 for parties of 10 or more) Plus there is a $5 rebate if you also buy a Concert Ticket for Tuesday.  Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 - (416) 488-7884.  To help you prepare openchoir.org is an online tutorial for the Libera me from the Fauré Requiem. More about this here: http://www.chchchoir.org/usa-canada-2014/choral-tutorial/.  Grace Church on-the-Hill (http://www.gracechurchonthehill.ca/), in Toronto, is a centre for choral music in Toronto. Grace Church has itself a very wide choral program with Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Grace Church also hosts 9 other Toronto choirs.  Phone 416-488-7884  Fax 416-488-4770  Email: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Read more

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Cathedral Echoes

Cathedral Echoes

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ryan McSweeney | Performance

Pacific Chorale and cellist Timothy Landauer perform in the resonant acoustics of San Juan Capistrano's Mission Basilica, under the baton of Artistic Director John Alexander. Including works by Bruckner, Tavener, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Bach, and Barber. Read more

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Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat

Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat

Jakarta

tigaKaki | Education

Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat dalam rangka memperingati 75 tahun Cap Kaki Tiga, Setia, Manfaat hadir di dunia. Read more

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Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

54 Pearl Street

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Reg E. Cathey of House of Cards joins the acclaimed Western Wind Ensemble for a moving and joyous celebration of the struggle for freedom and triumph over adversity through theatre and music.  Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://www.salonsanctuary.org or by calling 1 888 718-4253               Read more

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Anthracite Fields

Anthracite Fields

13 South 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Mendelssohn Clu... | Performance

Retrace mining lore back to the anthracite fields of central Pennsylvania through this new, folk-classical hybrid by composer Julia Wolfe, runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music. Mendelssohn Club joins forces with the internationally renowned Bang on a Can All-Stars on this world premiere inspired by Wolfe’s research and miner family interviews, using the architecture of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral’s sanctuary space as a dramatic backdrop. Read more

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

83 Power St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mendels... |

Enjoy the glories of French composers Maurice Duruflé and Louis Vierne in a concert of music for chorus and organ. Duruflé’s Requiem, based on the Gregorian plainchant Mass for the Dead, focuses on the ideas of peace, faith and hope. The dramatic dialogue between chorus and organ in Vierne’s Messe Solennelle is at times majestic, prayerful and exulting. Noel Edison, conductor Caron Daley, Associate Conductor Michael Bloss, organ Toronto Mendelssohn Choir For more information or to purchase tickets, kindly visit http://tmchoir.org/tmcPerformances/sacred-music.cfm 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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