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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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Member Spotlight: KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes & the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Cincinnati

Member Spotlight: KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes & the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Cincinnati

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance

Many young professionals lose the choral experience they loved in school. KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes hit on a surefire draw: Invite 20- and 30-somethings to rehearse and perform in a local bar. Read more

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How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Performance, Recruitment

Musical excellence attracts and retains excellent singers. If the choir never gets better, the best ones will find someplace else to sing. Here are seven strategies for maintaining and enhancing the quality of your chorus. Read more

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Creating a Conducting Video

Creating a Conducting Video

An Essential Part of a Conductor's Portfolio

David Hayes | Careers, Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Technique/Tool, Technology

Videos play a vital role in advancing the careers of conductors today, both as self-evaluation tools and as a way to easily showcase skills to others. We explore two types of conducting videos, the guidelines to create them, and how to use them to enhance your career. Read more

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Choral Music on the Radio

Choral Music on the Radio

A New Blend

Don Lee | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Technology

Today's radio programmers are moving past the bad rap of early research and experimenting with a richer mix of choral and vocal music. Read more

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Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Matthew Sigman | Community Outreach, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

A journey through the history of Jewish liturgical music alters a chorus’s path to the future. Read more

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Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Music To Die For: Why We Love Requiems

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

From the sweet lyricism of Fauré to the populism of Brahms to the theatricality of Verdi, requiems remain the favorites of singers, conductors, and audiences alike. We talked with Kathy FitzGibbon, director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College and head of faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival, about the enduring appeal of requiems and the modern interpretations they have spawned. Read more

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Resources

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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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

RUSSIAN ECHOES

RUSSIAN ECHOES

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

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

A journey across Russian culture with music from the master Sergei Rachmaninov and excerpts from his hauntingly exquisite Vespers.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky, known as Russian Duo, move us with humor, pulsating dance music, rhythmic folk songs, gypsy melodies, and lyrical romances. Read more

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Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - matinee and full performance

305 East Capital Street Jackson, Mississippi

The Mississippi... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach

Tickets are available at www.mschorus.org Read more

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MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

MasterVoices presents the New York Premiere of 27

131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Singing

MasterVoices presents 27 New York Premiere By Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek Featuring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik MasterVoices Orchestra of St. Luke’s James Robinson, Director Ted Sperling, Conductor   October 20 & 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

National Lutheran Choir presents All Saints Concert: All Shall be Well

Normandal Lutheran Church (Edina); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (Mahtomedi)

National Luther... |

  This annual program invites the listener to honor and remember loved ones that have passed and features the music of Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, and Sergei Rachmaninoff plus a new piece, “There We Shall Rest,” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.  Read more

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National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

National Lutheran Choir Announces 2016-17 Season

Twin Cities, MN

National Luther... | Performance

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The 64-voice National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – www.nlca.com - is pleased to announce its 31st concert season, beginning November 2016 through April 2017. This year’s schedule includes the choir’s cherished All Saints program (to be performed in Edina, St. Cloud, and Mahtomedi); the sacred Christmas Festival concerts in Minneapolis and St. Louis; a Choral TuneUp workshop with Dr. Lee Nelson, Director of the Wartburg College Choir; a joint concert with St. John’s Boys’ Choir; and a historical program of early Lutheran music, which will tour to Duluth andMoorhead and conclude in Minneapolis.  Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

Kathy | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

GMChorale to open 40th Concert Season with Duruflé’s "Requiem"

New Britain, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4 pm for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem and motets at New Britain’s South Congregational Church. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by guest organist, Larry Allen. Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life

1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Two Rivers Chorale presents The Road Home, Songs of Gratitude, Home, and the Journey of Life   To open its nineteenth season, Two Rivers Chorale presents a heartwarming fall concert of choral music celebrating our beautiful world, the glory of music, the journey of life, the blessing of home and belonging.   Featuring timeless works by Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Paulus, Ticheli, Stroope, Dickau, Forrest and more! Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435 Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 1900 Wellesley Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 1601 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 Free concerts - no ticket or reservation needed Donations accepted 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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