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Articles

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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The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

Michael Shaughnessy | Audiences, Performance, Technology

Whether your needs are as simple as amplifying announcements from the podium or as complex as balancing voices with instruments in a large space, paying attention to sound design can make or break your concert. Read more

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5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Alexander Ruggieri | Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

The All-Night Vigil doesn't last all night anymore, but doing what it takes to perform it well certainly can keep conductors and singers up nights. Here are five tips for conquering this masterpiece: Read more

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How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony. Read more

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The Singer's Responsibility for Artistic Excellence

The Singer's Responsibility for Artistic Excellence

Kelsey Menehan | Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Over 40 million people sing in choruses in the United States and countless more worldwide. But why don't choruses usually garner the prestige that, say, symphony orchestras do? Is it because we're just not measuring up? 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

Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented

Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented

11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138

alarosamontez_s... | Diversity, Performance

  The Seraphim Singers and Kol Arev Chamber Choir of Hebrew College perform choral music inspired by the holy city of Jerusalem, ranging from the ancient psalms to a newly commissioned work by Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Read more

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An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Fundraising, General, Profile

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia invites you to join us for an evening celebrating Alan Harler Read more

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A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

RCSVPD | Community Outreach, Education, History, Performance, Singing

  The Richmond Choral Society Presents: A multisensory reflection through choral and instrumental music with narration by Tim Timberlake and visual images from the Virginia Historical Society.   Read more

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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Resonant Witness"

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Resonant Witness"

122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

San Gabriel Val... |

On Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm, join the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) for its spring choral concert “Resonant Witness,” a journey through grief, loss, and injustice, on the way to hope, healing, and reconciliation.  Featuring the music of J. S. Bach, Dvorak, Coleridge-Taylor, Hailstork, and Robles, this concert will be held in the beautiful Romanesque sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (122 S. California Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016).  Tickets range from $5-20 and may be purchased in advance at a discount here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sgvcc-presents-resonant-witness-choral-concert-tickets-15578993188       Read more

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Choral Art Society presents Alzheimer's Stories

Choral Art Society presents Alzheimer's Stories

South Portland, Maine

aagraichen | Performance

The Choral Art Society of Portland, Maine presents Time Remembered - Time Forgotten, the New England premiere of Alzheimer's Stories. The event also features songs of celebration and remembrance, poetry, and Alzheimer's disease outreach. A portion of ticket sales goes to the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  Read more

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The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

North Harford Performing Arts Center, Maryland

Martha S. Banghart | Community Outreach

The Deer Creek Chorale will sponsor the Maryland premiere of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass bringing together the Monroe Crossing and 4 guest choirs with Dr. Paul Rardin (Temple University) on the podium. Monies raised from the performance will assist in the building of a house in Bel Air, Md. Many of the singers will be a part of the build-day on April 25th.  Read more

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Deer Creek Chorale A Cappella Festival

Deer Creek Chorale A Cappella Festival

Perry Hall High School, Maryland

Martha S. Banghart | Community Outreach

In keeping with its commitment to community service, the Deer Creek Chorale has adopted the Susqehanna Chapter of Habitat for Humanity as the recipient of its fundraising efforts for the 2014-2015 season. There will be 2 major events promoting this partnership.  Read more

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Soundings:  Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

Soundings: Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

7001 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Ed Stawick |

A voice recital highlighting women in music: as muse, composer, and poet.  Featured on the program will be music by Robert Schumann,  Amy Beach, Aaron Copland to texts by Emily Dickinson, and selected songs by women composers of Tin Pan Alley.      Soundings is a free concert series, donations accepted in support of CCUMC Missions and Outreach. Read more

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Stile Antico at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes

Stile Antico at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes

Washington, DC

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World-renowned early music ensemble Stile Antico returns to Washington on February 25th for an evening of incomparable polyphony in the ideal acoustic of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes. 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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