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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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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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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

Triptych: A World Without End

Triptych: A World Without End

57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Symphonic, Venue

Triptych: A World Without End Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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True Concord Voices & Orchestra

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

True Concord Voices & Orchestra A COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT FOR THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center 1941 Broadway at 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Encore! Celebrating 35 years of Dennis Coleman

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Past, present, and future collide as we celebrate the end of an era – our final concert under the baton of our incomparable Artistic Director, Dennis Coleman.  We look back with a poignant sampler of Dennis’ favorite songs from the past 35 years.  We sing of today with exciting new music, written in his honor.  And we look ahead as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and open the door to an exciting new future for our Choruses. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/encore.asp Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  A stage full of 250 fabulous men, gaily performing showtunes? It’s the concert we were born to sing! Let us be your colorful guide down the Great White Way for a show-stopping concert packed with songs from Broadway’s biggest hits and hidden gems.  From classics of the Golden Age to today’s Tony Award-winners, experience the dazzle, flair, and svoir faire that comes naturally to the boys of the Chorus. Celebrate Everything Broadway, our way. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/EverythingBroadway.asp Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  A stage full of 250 fabulous men, gaily performing showtunes? It’s the concert we were born to sing! Let us be your colorful guide down the Great White Way for a show-stopping concert packed with songs from Broadway’s biggest hits and hidden gems.  From classics of the Golden Age to today’s Tony Award-winners, experience the dazzle, flair, and svoir faire that comes naturally to the boys of the Chorus. Celebrate Everything Broadway, our way. http://flyinghouse.org/smc/2015-16/EverythingBroadway.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp Read more

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Camp

Camp

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Performance

  Summer camp memories—the bonfires, the new friendships, the first taste of freedom… and the mosquitoes, the fighting, and those awkward showers.  Relive it all—from a safe distance—when we take you back to camp with the songs and stories of (possibly) more innocent days. Whether it was scoring the winning point or the heartbreak of your bunk-mate crush, CAMP tells the tall tales of growing up, getting lost, and finding ourselves.  http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/camp.asp 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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