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Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

From the sweet lyricism of Fauré to the populism of Brahms to the theatricality of Verdi, requiems remain the favorites of singers, conductors, and audiences alike. We talked with Kathy FitzGibbon, director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College and head of faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival, about the enduring appeal of requiems and the modern interpretations they have spawned. Read more

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Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Masterclass in Motion: The Making of a Choral-Orchestral Conductor

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Education

Early- and mid-career learning for choral conductors is hard to find and requires a public process that demands courage and stamina. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Anne Sears and Westminster Choir College

Member Spotlight: Anne Sears and Westminster Choir College

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach

Anne Sears, director of external affairs at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, tells Chorus America's president & CEO Ann Meier Baker about a special audience participation project during this year’s choir tour. Read more

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What Happens After the Premiere?

What Happens After the Premiere?

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Repertoire

To commission and premiere a new piece of music can garner a chorus and a composer media attention, industry recognition, and a concert hall full of audience members. We explore the strategies that choruses have employed to keep their programming fresh and their commissioned works evergreen. Read more

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The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

The Rewards of Adventurous Programming

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

Chorus America/ASCAP Award winners describe their commitment to new music and share strategies for building programs, cultivating audiences, collaborating with composers, and bringing new music to life. Read more

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The Power of "With"

The Power of "With"

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Diversity, Performance, Singing

Choruses bring diverse people together to make beautiful music and offer us a much-needed antidote to the "i" epidemic. Read more

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Singing in Tune

Singing in Tune

Chloe Veltman | Audiences, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it. Read more

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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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Resources

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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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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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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Events

Women of Note

Women of Note

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Singing

Just in time for International Women’s Day, Vox weaves together the stories of noteworthy women through poetry, narration and song.  Join us for an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. Guest Artists:  Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Martin Benvenuto, director TICKETS//  http://voxfemina.org/2015-2016-season/women-of-note/ Read more

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The New York Choral Society (NYChoral) and NYChoral Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Hayes will perform celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s 1985 composition Te Deum in conjunction with Beethoven’s Mass in C on Friday evening, Februar

The New York Choral Society (NYChoral) and NYChoral Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Hayes will perform celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s 1985 composition Te Deum in conjunction with Beethoven’s Mass in C on Friday evening, Februar

New York

Marie Lamboeuf |

The New York Choral Society (NYChoral) and NYChoral Orchestra under the baton of Music Director David Hayes will perform celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s 1985 composition Te Deum in conjunction with Beethoven’s Mass in C on Friday evening, February 5, 2016, 8 p.m. at Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall. Soloists will include soprano Caroline Worra, mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, tenor Dominick Chenes, and baritone Corey McKern.   Pärt                 Te Deum  Beethoven       Mass in C, Op. 86 Read more

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Arvo Pärt Day presented by the New York Choral Society, the Mannes School of Music and the Arvo Pärt Project

Arvo Pärt Day presented by the New York Choral Society, the Mannes School of Music and the Arvo Pärt Project

New York, NY

Marie Lamboeuf |

To honor Arvo Pärt, one of the world’s most remarkable and frequently performed composers alive today, the NewYork Choral Society, the Mannes School of Music at the New School, and the Arvo Pärt Project have designated Sunday, January 24, 2016 as Arvo Pärt Day.  Open to the public with free admission, celebratory events are scheduled to take place from 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School for the Performing Arts, 13th Street & Fifth Avenue.     Up first is a screening of “The Lost Paradise,” a film on Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson by Günter Atteln. Woven into the documentary is the filming of “Adam’s Passion,” a music theatre piece featuring three key works by Pärt, directed by internationally renowned Robert Wilson and premiered in a former submarine factory in Tallinn in May 2015.    At 2:45, members of the New York Choral Society and the Mannes Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro David Hayes, will perform excerpts of Pärt’s music.  “It is a great privilege for me to conduct Maestro Pärt’s ineffable music as part of the events of Avro Pärt Day.  Arvo Pärt is a man who eschews the turbulence of modern life, who has looked deeply into the past, and who has come to enrich our lives with music of contemplation and consonance.”  At 3:45 a symposium panel moderated by Dr. Peter Bouteneff, will discuss the far-reaching impact of Arvo Pärt’s compositions.  Other panel members include Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, and John Schaefer.  Read more

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Sounds of a New Generation

Sounds of a New Generation

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, General, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

  Alma Mater of Pentatonix a cappella music stars Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado and Scott Hoying, as well as country music singing sensation Tim Rushlow, the Martin High School Chorale of Arlington, Texas is known for nurturing and producing big talent. Directed by Kay W. Owens, the evening program will include a variety of offerings and repertoire from the great American songbook. Read more

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Mysticism in Myth, Metaphor, and Miracle

Mysticism in Myth, Metaphor, and Miracle

Atlanta, GA

Coro Vocati | Civic Engagement

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Mysticism in Myth, Metaphor, and Miracle

Mysticism in Myth, Metaphor, and Miracle

Roswell, GA

Coro Vocati | Audiences

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The Rose Ensemble and ARTEK

The Rose Ensemble and ARTEK

122 E. 88th Street, New York, NY

Jordan Sramek |

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The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

300 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104

South Dakota Chorale | General

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt will lead the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.   Christopher Jacobson is the organist. Tickets: $20 General Admission  $5 Students with ID Available at http://www.southdakotachorale.com/concerts or at the door.   Read more

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The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

2000 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502

South Dakota Chorale | General

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt leads the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Christopher Jacobson is the organist.  Tickets: available through First Plymouth's Abendmusik Series www.abendmusik.org/tickets    Read more

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The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

The South Dakota Chorale Sings Music Lost in the Holocaust

2000 D street, Lincoln, NE 68502

South Dakota Chorale | Performance

Artistic Director Brian Schmidt leads the South Dakota Chorale in breathing new life into two lost Masses for choir and organ by composer Marcel Tyberg, who was tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.   Christopher Jacobson is the organist.   Tickets are available through First Plymouth Church  http://abendmusik.org/tickets.html or at the door.     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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