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Articles

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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Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Matthew Sigman | Community Outreach, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

A journey through the history of Jewish liturgical music alters a chorus’s path to the future. Read more

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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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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

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

E 17th St & Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)

2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

info@quirecleve... | Performance

Kick off the holiday season with this *cherished Cleveland tradition* in its 8th annual rendition — great choral singers united in presenting seasonal delights! Carols for Quire explores exquisite choral music for Christmas from many lands and centuries. Along with favorites from the past, this year’s highlights include a lively "ensalada" of popular Spanish Christmas songs, and a setting in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin. Read more

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Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces

1007 Superior Ave E Cleveland OH 44114-2582

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Claudio Monteverdi was celebrated in his day for the way he portrayed expression & emotion in a revolutionary new musical style. If you clove his iconic Vespers, you know how enchanting this music is!  Directed by Ross Duffin, Quire Cleveland presents a free concert, featuring the Mass of the Most Blessed Virgin, framed by brilliant madrigals, reworked into devotional masterpieces.  A recent Quire performance at St. John’s Cathedral was deemed “spectacular” — you won’t want to miss this one! Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

Colts Neck, NJ

Susan Metz | Performance, Repertoire

The Monmouth Civic Chorus features music from Scandanavia and the Baltic nations in its final concert offering of the season. Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Love Is In The Air

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Civic Engagement, Performance

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Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

Go Sing It On The Mountain: A Christmas Cantata

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

North Carolina based Composer/Conductor Pepper Choplin guides the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in his newest work, “Go Sing It On The Mountain.” Choplin, full time composer, conductor and humorist has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over 250 anthems for church and school choir with 16 church cantatas and a book of piano arrangements.  Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world. This performance marks Choplins’ third appearance on the DCINY concert series. Read more

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FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

FREE! Fauré Requiem: A 9/11 Memorial Concert

325 Park Avenue, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

The Really Big Chorus returns to New York to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.     Read more

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SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ~ POPS: "THE BEST OF BROADWAY"

SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ~ POPS: "THE BEST OF BROADWAY"

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

EXPERIENCE THE CHORAL SOCIETY'S SEASON 52 PREMIER EVENT!!! Read more

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DCINY presents: Warren Lee, Piano

DCINY presents: Warren Lee, Piano

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music, Warren Lee’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with international artists and leading orchestras. His acclaimed discography includes From Bach To Gershwin, Ebony and Ivory; and most recently, a solo album Touches and Traces. His DCINY Artist Series debut at Carnegie Hall will feature compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and the performer himself. With Additional Support and Sponsorship by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of New York and the Bank of East Asia.   Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Columbia Pro Cantare 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Columbia, MD

CPC | General, History, Performance, Repertoire

Columbia Pro Cantare will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala concert at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. 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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