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Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Health, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

As wonderful and therapeutic as choral singing can be, the rehearsal process is sometimes stressful for both singers and conductors. Here are a few ideas for creating a hospitable and healthy space that enhances the body, mind, and spirit of all involved.  Read more

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Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Community Sings: Video Demonstrations

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Watch these videos to see how various song leaders lead a community sing. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Dominick DiOrio is one of the youngest people ever to be hired on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He leads NOTUS, a 30-member auditioned ensemble that specializes in music of the last 50 years. Chorus America talked to DiOrio about his own compositions and his passion for finding and performing the music of contemporary composers. Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Chorus America Staff | Careers, General, Profile

On December 10th, the choral world lost one of its celebrated and respected choral conductors. Diane Loomer died in Vancouver, Canada after a short illness. She was 72. Here Chorus America board members Susan Knight and Leonard Ratzlaff remember their colleague and friend. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. Read more

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Resources

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Finance, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Ten helpful guidelines to help establish a healthy annual performance review process for the music director of your chorus. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Recruitment, Strategic Planning

A founder transition requires strong leadership from the board. Is your board ready? Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 3 Key Transition Questions

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

Questions to answer as you begin a founding music director transition. Read more

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The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 198 Read more

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Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

Handel’s practice of borrowing from other composers allows us the opportunity to probe into the great composer’s style and creative thought processes. A number of scholars have shown without question that the majority of Handel’s borrowings transform his source materials into new creations entirely his own. But what does “entirely his own” really mean? Read more

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Events

Romantic Connections:  A Choral Concert for the Wild at Heart

Romantic Connections: A Choral Concert for the Wild at Heart

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

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Fitchburg State Music presents "THE GLORY: Music of Power and Conviction"

Fitchburg State Music presents "THE GLORY: Music of Power and Conviction"

Fitchburg, MA

J Harvey | Performance

Nearly 100 student and community performers will join together to perform music of many styles: pop, spirituals, classical, contemporary, and more. The Orchestra and combined Choirs will also perform Vivaldi's "Gloria" together. This concert includes music about strong beliefs and deep emotions, from many different traditions, in an exploration of what it means for us as humans to believe or feel something with everything we have.  FREE ADMISSION https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/academics/academic-departments/humanities... Read more

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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Dixit Dominus -- The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Handel and Vivaldi

Dixit Dominus -- The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Handel and Vivaldi

Lakeville, CT

kabdrake | Performance

This spring Crescendo's Baroque Oratorio Concert will feature two settings of the Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Handel and Vivaldi. Read more

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Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Singing

For its spring concert program the Crescendo Chorus and Crescendo's Period Instrument Ensemble will feature two settings of Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Vivaldi and Handel.  Read more

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Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

543 Beulah Road NE, Vienna, VA

Voce Chamber Singers |

This a cappella program pairs two iconic twentieth-century works, Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor and Herbert Howells's Requiem, as well as music of William Harris and Bob Chilcott, with works by three Tudor composers—Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.  Read more

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Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

2455 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA

Voce Chamber Singers |

This a cappella program pairs two iconic twentieth-century works, Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor and Herbert Howells's Requiem, as well as music of William Harris and Bob Chilcott, with works by three Tudor composers—Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare: Music of World War I

Columbia Pro Cantare: Music of World War I

Columbia, MD

CPC | Performance

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with a concert, “Over There: Music of ‘The Great War’,” Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8 pm. The chorus and guest artists will perform classical and popular songs of the period highlighting different perspectives on the war. Read more

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Naamah's Ark

Naamah's Ark

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance

https://www.mastervoices.org/events/naamahs-ark/ Artists: Victoria Clark (“Naamah”) Sachal Vasandani (“Merman”) Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director) Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (Alan Katz, Leader) Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom MasterVoices Chorus Ted Sperling, Conductor Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution 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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