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Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Member Spotlight: Dominick DiOrio, Composer and Choral Conductor, Indiana University

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Dominick DiOrio is one of the youngest people ever to be hired on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He leads the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a 30-member auditioned ensemble that specializes in music of the last 50 years. Chorus America talked to DiOrio about his own compositions and his passion for finding and performing the music of contemporary composers. Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Celebrating the Life of Diane Loomer, C.M. 1940-2012

Chorus America Staff | Careers, General, Profile

On December 10th, the choral world lost one of its celebrated and respected choral conductors. Diane Loomer died in Vancouver, Canada after a short illness. She was 72. Here Chorus America board members Susan Knight and Leonard Ratzlaff remember their colleague and friend. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. Read more

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 “Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

“Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

Viral Video Shines New Light on Choral Music

Lauren Rosenthal | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Rehearsal, Singing

If you’ve been on the internet during the past month, you’ve probably seen the quirky viral video of a chorus and orchestra covering the popular, can’t-get-it-out-of-your head song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. There are hundreds of other videos online covering the song, ranging from topics like NFL replacement referees to the United States Olympic swim team, so what makes this one so special? With more than two million hits and counting on YouTube, mentions in newspapers around the country, and even a featured performance on the Today Show, who knew choral music could go so viral? Read more

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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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Resources

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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'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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Events

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

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Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

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Porgy in Paris

Porgy in Paris

Ridgewood, NJ

ArsMusica |

Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin and Stabat Mater by Francis Poulenc - music that pushed the boundaries of the composer's respective cultures. Don’t miss Ars Musica’s concert of their music, Porgy in Paris – two game-changing works from America and France showcasing the jazziest harmonies, snappiest rhythms, and the most luscious choral music!  For more information and Tickets, visit: http://www.arsmusica.org/porgy-in-paris-poulenc-gershwin/   Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Spring Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Spring Concert

Mechanicsburg / Central Pennsylvania

Katie Hammaker | Performance

  The award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will conclude its season with “Roots & Wings,” its spring concert series, on May 11 and 12, 2018.    Conductor Linda L. Tedford has created a program that celebrates the roots - spiritual, historical and relational - that give us the wings to soar! Read more

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Masterworks Chorale performs Duruflé Requiem

Masterworks Chorale performs Duruflé Requiem

Boston, MA

Kevin C. Leong | Performance

The Masterworks Chorale, led by music director Kevin Leong, presents Maurice Duruflé’s beautiful Requiem and other French music for choir and organ at historic Old South Church in Boston’s Copley Square. Read more

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In Nature and Song

In Nature and Song

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Join the Richmond Choral Society, under the direction of Markus Compton, in a unique concert of music inspired by nature. Read more

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In Nature and Song

In Nature and Song

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Join the Richmond Choral Society, under the direction  of Markus Compton, in a unique concert of music inspired by nature. Read more

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GMChorale to Present Alchemy in Concert on March 11

GMChorale to Present Alchemy in Concert on March 11

Orange, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale invites you to join them for a very special concert by Alchemy, with 24 voices comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers. The regions newest vocal chamber ensemblecontinues its first full season of concerts across Connecticut on Sunday, March 11, at 4:00 PM Read more

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Beethoven's Missa solemnis

Beethoven's Missa solemnis

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

Cantata Singers returns to Beethoven’s epic Missa solemnis.  Read more

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Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

540 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

Through sacred word and celestial melody, we celebrate the beauty of the astral bodies: the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the wonder they inspire. "Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being." (Rumi) 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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