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Articles

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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The Art of Setting Text

The Art of Setting Text

A Conversation with Libby Larsen and Dale Warland

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Technique/Tool

A renowned composer and choral artist discuss the challenges of choosing and setting texts—what every composer, conductor, and chorus seeking to commission a new choral work should know. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Preserving and Performing African-American Music

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Choral conductor and composer/arranger Roland Carter has a passion for finding and performing the rich array of choral music from the African-American tradition. While at the 2012 Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Chorus America talked with Carter about his life and work.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Justin Raffa and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Washington State

Member Spotlight: Justin Raffa and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Washington State

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

Artistic director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers since 2008, Justin Raffa has spearheaded a series of outreach programs within the Tri-Cities’ Latino community. Read more

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How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Strategies for reaching out to prospective singers Read more

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Singing

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody Read more

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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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Resources

'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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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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Events

SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS presents STREET REQUIEM

SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS presents STREET REQUIEM

New Orleans, LA

Steven Edwards |

Raising awareness and impacting homelessnes through the arts, Symphony Chorus of New Orleans partners with Ozanam Inn and Hotel Hope to present STREET REQUIEM. Read more

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Choralis Presents "A Classical Brass Christmas"

Choralis Presents "A Classical Brass Christmas"

Fairfax, VA

lwicks | Performance

Choralis starts off the holiday concert season with a performance of John Rutter’s Gloria! and many other seasonal favorites.  With guest artists The Classical Brass Quintet. Read more

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Choralis Presents "A Classic Brass Christmas"

Choralis Presents "A Classic Brass Christmas"

Washington, DC

lwicks | Performance

Choralis starts off the holiday concert season with a performance of John Rutter’s Gloria! and many other seasonal favorites.  With guest artists The Classical Brass Quintet. Read more

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One World, One Voice - A Performance by Ēchos

One World, One Voice - A Performance by Ēchos

Fairfax, VA

lwicks | Performance

Ēchos chamber choir will offer a program of music that includes pieces for double choir, highlighting the importance of working together, as well as world music, underscoring the healing power of music on a global scale. Read more

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Choralis Performing Haydn  Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

Choralis Performing Haydn Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

Alexandria, VA

lwicks | Performance

Choralis will present Haydn’s choral masterpiece, a vivid retelling of the Biblical account of Creation, featuring one of the most beloved choruses in all of classical literature, The Heavens are Telling.  Performed in German with orchestra.  Guest artists: Keely Borland, soprano; Robert Petillo, tenor; and Steven Combs, bass. Read more

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Welcome Christmas

Welcome Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

Laura Holst |

VocalEssence salutes many of the composers that call Minnesota home in a blend of the most beloved music of the season. Read more

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Welcome Christmas

Welcome Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

Laura Holst |

VocalEssence salutes many of the composers that call Minnesota home in a blend of the most beloved music of the season. Read more

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Welcome Christmas

Welcome Christmas

Roseville, MN

Laura Holst |

VocalEssence salutes many of the composers that call Minnesota home in a blend of the most beloved music of the season. Read more

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Welcome Christmas

Welcome Christmas

Apple Valley, MN

Laura Holst |

VocalEssence salutes many of the composers that call Minnesota home in a blend of the most beloved music of the season. Read more

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Star of Wonder

Star of Wonder

Minneapolis, MN

Laura Holst | Children/Youth, Families

Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite carols at our 45-minute holiday concert. Sit up close and experience the wonder of choral singing (maybe for the first time). Pillows, baby bottles, and teddy bears welcome! 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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