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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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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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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Kate Longo | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the Research Memorandum Series, Matthew Bumbach assumes the editorship. The issue focuses on restoring Renaissance repertoire for women’s ensembles using the convent archives of Spain. Compiled by Kathryn Longo. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the choral output of two influential Canadian composers - John Weinzwieg and John Beckwith. Although their choral output is relatively small in relation to their other output, it has had significant impact both in Canada and abroad. A brief biography of each composer is given before the listing of their choral compositions. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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Events

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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Sun, Moon, Stars: A free community concert preview of Heavenly Bodies

Sun, Moon, Stars: A free community concert preview of Heavenly Bodies

844 W 32nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

This free community concert is a preview of VOX Femina's Heavenly Bodies concert. Read more

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100 Singers Honor the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence

100 Singers Honor the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence

New York City, NY

Odyssey Opera | Performance

Esto-Atlantis Choral Concert is part of an international event   acknowledging the Republic of Estonia’s centenary. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare: Sing into Spring

Columbia Pro Cantare: Sing into Spring

3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

CPC | Audiences

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will welcome the season of new beginnings with a concert, "Sing into Spring," Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4 pm. Read more

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Eya - A Marian Meditation (Free Performance)

Eya - A Marian Meditation (Free Performance)

3022 Woodlawn Avenue Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Performance

Award-winning early music vocal ensemble Eya offers a restorative, soul-filled musical meditation featuring a wide-range of medieval chant and polyphony from England, France, Italy, and Spain.  Accompanied by deep quiet and candlelight, the medieval songs selected for the program call upon Mary for strength, guidance, and support.  Admission is free.  For more information about Eya, visit: www.eyaensemble.com Read more

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My Spirit Rejoices - Music of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

My Spirit Rejoices - Music of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC

lwicks | Performance

Choralis showcases three works that express joy and spiritual renewal: Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach and Te Deum by Anton Bruckner, performed with orchestra, and the a cappella motet Schaffe in mir Gott by Johannes Brahms.  For tickets, visit www.choralis.org/concerts 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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