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Articles

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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The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

Michael Shaughnessy | Audiences, Performance, Technology

Whether your needs are as simple as amplifying announcements from the podium or as complex as balancing voices with instruments in a large space, paying attention to sound design can make or break your concert. 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

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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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

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI

Rhode Island Ci... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance

 The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, presents J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Read more

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

30 Fenner St., Providence, RI 02903

Rhode Island Ci... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance

 The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Sings The Great American Songbook

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings The Great American Songbook

Columbia, MD 21044

CPC | Performance

In the final concert of the 2014-2015 season, Columbia Pro Cantare salutes the music that represents America to the world: popular songs from the 1920s through 1950s that comprise “The Great American Songbook.” Read more

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Handel's "Messiah"

Handel's "Messiah"

Omaha, NE

Edward Bruce Hurd |

Voices of Omaha presents its 47th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah." Read more

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Sing and Be Merry

Sing and Be Merry

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

This concert features all three ensembles of the Young Women's Choral Projects: Prelude, Allegro and the Young Women's Choruses of San Francisco. It includes each ensemble singing its own solo selections, as well as several combined pieces by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams from "Folk Songs of the Four Seasons." Expect a wonderful culmination of a year's music education with YWCP. Read more

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King David by Arthur Honegger

King David by Arthur Honegger

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm, also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama.  Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”, musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor.  The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas, brings performances of this drama to the public in late April 2015.  Guest Artists: Joanna Latini - Soprano Anthony McKay - Narrator Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe - Witch of Endor Read more

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Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Repertoire

 The best of Broadway and The Beatles ... who could ask for anything more? This concert is brimming with songs from your favorite musicals and some of The Beatles’ biggest hits.  We promise you'll love every minute!     Read more

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American Classical Orchestra presents  Maddalena  ai piedi di Christo by Caldara; Handel, Allegri and Torelli

American Classical Orchestra presents Maddalena ai piedi di Christo by Caldara; Handel, Allegri and Torelli

New York, NY

nsg | Performance

NEW YORK, NY-   On Tuesday, April 21st at 8:00PM, the American Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Crawford, presents Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Christo  which will feature Czech soprano Hana Blažíková along with sopranos Lianne Coble and Marcy Richardson; mezzo-sopranos Abigail Fischer and Solange Merdinian; tenors Martin Coyle and Lawrence Jones and baritone Christopher Herbert. The program also includes Handel’s Chandos Anthem, The Lord is My Light; Allegri’s Miserere which features the American Classical Orchestra Chorus and Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto in D Major with John Thiessen, ACO Principal Trumpet. The concert will be held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin,145 West 46th Street, New York City.   Read more

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Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ. Read more

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Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

Vuelie: The Sound of Norway

1217 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Katie Skovholt | Performance

Cantus, the internationally lauded Norwegian women's choir (recently featured in the blockbuster Disney animated film Frozen), joins Chroma, the women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, to perform selections for female voices in the newly remodeled sanctuary at Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ.Repertoire will include pieces by Karen P. Thomas, Sheila Bristow,Henning Sommerro, and more. Vuelie will feature the ensembles singing together on Eric William Barnum's new work, 'Heaven Full of Stars' - and the famous Eatnemen Vuelie (as featured in 'Frozen').  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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