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Articles

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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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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Resources

Choral Music from Jewish Tradition: Bibliography

Choral Music from Jewish Tradition: Bibliography

Joshua Jacobson | Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Repertoire

A bibliography of important resources from the Jewish choral tradition prepared by Joshua Jacobson. Read more

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Choral Music from Jewish Tradition:  Music You Should Know and How to Perform it Well

Choral Music from Jewish Tradition: Music You Should Know and How to Perform it Well

Joshua Jacobson | Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Repertoire

A comprehensive repertoire list prepared by Joshua Jacobson. Read more

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Events

Seattle Ladies Choir - Season 9 Summer Concerts

Seattle Ladies Choir - Season 9 Summer Concerts

1410 NE 66th Street, Seattle WA 98115

Seattle Ladies Choir | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Diversity, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

The Seattle Ladies Choir is made up of 50+ members with varying musical experience, from shower singers to professional musicians. Their diverse tastes and talents shine through in their biannual concerts, during which the women perform songs by artists ranging from Radiohead to Katy Perry. Hear them sing in perfect harmony at their Season 9 concerts featuring choral veresions of songs by Sia, Bon Iver, Ingrid Michaelson, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Walk the Moon, Justin Timberlake, and more!  Our concerts will be at the gorgeous Roosevelt High School Mainstage (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115), where you'll enjoy free parking, comfortable theatre seats, air conditioning, excellent acoustics, and perfect views of our shining, singing faces. We have three exciting shows scheduled: Friday June 26, 2015 at 7:30pm Saturday June 27, 2015 at 2:00pm (matinee) Saturday June 27, 2015 at 7:30pm Buy tickets online at seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com Ticket costs vary: General Admission: $13 online, $16 at the door ($2 less for matinee show) Students: $11 online, $14 at the door ($2 less for matinee show) Seniors/Kids: $6 online, $7 at the door  Please note that tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time; tickets available at the door, subject to availability, prices may vary. The show is wheelchair accessible. See you at the concert! Seattle Ladies Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit powered by Shunpike and 4Culture. Visit our website at seattleladieschoir.org for more information. Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah 98027

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Families

Ring in the 4th of July with patriotic music. Focus on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln as 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and his assassination. Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah 98027

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Families

Ring in the 4th of July with patriotic music and focusing on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln Read more

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"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Kogod Arts Center Sidwell Friends

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

Do not miss this unique concert with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus on tour in the US. Combined concert with Children's Chorus of Washington's France Tour Chorus and Sidwell Friends Chamber Chorus. June 24th, 7pm at Sidwell Friends Kogod Arts Center - Meeting room. Free concert (limited seating) with reservation  www.jyc.eventbrite.com Read more

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France Tour send-off concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

France Tour send-off concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401, Nebraska Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Children's Chorus of Washington presents on June 19th at 7pm at Metropolitan Memorial united Methodist Church the French-themed repertoire it will perform at prestigious churches and sites during its upcoming tour to France. www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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From Tudors to Tin Pan Alley

From Tudors to Tin Pan Alley

531 North Neville Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Singing

The Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco sings its tour repertoire before heading off for their second international concert tour. Read more

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Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

Auf Wiedersehen - Germany Tour Send Off Concert

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Singing

The Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco sings its tour repertoire before heading off for their second international concert tour. Read more

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Concert - "Love"

Concert - "Love"

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance, Singing

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Concert - "Love"

Concert - "Love"

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance, Singing

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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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