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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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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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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

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Concerts:  Dvorák & Kodály

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Concerts: Dvorák & Kodály

3321 16th Street at Dolores, San Francisco, CA 94114

Helene Whitson | Performance

This Spring 2017, we invite you join us as we share the joyous folk-inspired music of Antonin Dvorák, as well as Zoltán Kodály’s stunning Missa Brevis, a work of resilience and hope created in a time of terror.   Read more

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Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Pro Musica | Audiences, Education, Performance

Princeton Pro Musica will present a symposium on its upcoming performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.  Read more

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Honegger's King David

Honegger's King David

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Innovation, Performance

April 29, 2017  |  4 PM & 8 PMPhiladelphia Episcopal CathedralDan Kern, NarratorKiera Duffy, SopranoMaren Montalbano, Mezzo-SopranoSumner Thompson, TenorJillian Harris, ChoreographerChamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Arthur Honegger’s King David is the best oratorio you may never have heard. The young Honegger composed the score as incidental music to a play by René Morax, and quickly earned fame throughout Europe for his unique and captivating musical style blending French Impressionism, the German chorale tradition, and far-eastern influences. The oratorio follows the rise of David from shepherd to warrior to king of Israel, capturing his triumphs and losses, loves and rivalries. Its choruses rival history’s greatest oratorios for their power and beauty. Newly commissioned choreography by Jillian Harris provides a compelling dramatic element to help visualize this remarkable life story. Read more

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 ¡FIGARO! (90210)

¡FIGARO! (90210)

229 West 42nd Street. New York, NY 10036

GFPress | Performance

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MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit

MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit

New York, NY

emilymt | Audiences

MasterVoices 2017 Spring Benefit featuring Kelli O'Hara and Ted Sperling with special guest Danny Burstein honoring Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Elaine Petschek, and Daisy Soros,Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell and Lauren Flanigan   Thursday, March 30, 2017 Read more

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Music Academy’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Give Free Recital at National Opera Center, March 17

Music Academy’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Give Free Recital at National Opera Center, March 17

National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Ave, NYC

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Since 1997, the Music Academy of the West has proudly hosted the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, the nation’s premier competition focusing on the art of the song recital. The winners of the 2016 competition -- baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl -- embark on a four-city national recital tour this month, including New York City where they will sing at the National Opera Center on March 17. The program features music of Barber, Holst, Ireland, William Bolcom, Moses Hogan, and Matthew Aucoin. Admission is free. Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates Spring in Harlem

The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates Spring in Harlem

3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera | Singing

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs continues its 92nd season with a one-evening-only spring concert of repentance.  Read more

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Orange County Women's Chorus - Rocking the Boat

Orange County Women's Chorus - Rocking the Boat

Newport Beach, CA

Chardette | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Singing

"We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now." – Martin Luther King, Jr.   Join us for some of the most touching, exhilarating music we've sung yet. 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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