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Articles

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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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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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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How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

admin_ca | Audiences

To achieve patron engagement and loyalty, you need a core strategy by which to evaluate, understand, and serve your audiences. In this webinar, Matt Lehrman of Audience Avenue, LLC presents a framework that empowers a “whole-organization approach” to building, sorting, and targeting the different audiences your chorus wants to reach. He’ll focus on how to drive deep loyalty, how to inspire return attendance, how to pursue awareness and participation from entirely new population segments, and how to deliver extraordinary experiences that really matter 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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Events

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Performance, Singing

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YWCP SPRING SHOWCASE: Sharing Our Song

YWCP SPRING SHOWCASE: Sharing Our Song

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... | Performance

This final concert of YWCP’s season showcases the full complement of our singers, performing works that illustrate the power of singing. The choruses perform solo and together with music by Schubert, Handel, Randall Thompson, Lajos Bárdos, Kirke Mechem, Libby Larson, Will Todd and others. The choruses will sing in many styles and languages including folksongs from Japan, Estonia, New Zealand and Norway. YWCP’s ensembles have grown this season both in numbers and artistry. We are pleased to share our songs with you in this special culmination of our year’s music education. For more information email us at info@ywcp.org, visit our site at ywcp.org, or call us at 415-312-7787. Tickets available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3352378 Read more

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NYC Master Chorale Presents: Springtime in New York

NYC Master Chorale Presents: Springtime in New York

61 Christopher St New York NY 10014

Danielle Buonaiuto | Adults/Seniors

Join the New York City Master Chorale for their annual cabaret featuring NYCMC singers and pianist Laura Barger under the direction of Thea Kano. Read more

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This Land is Your Land

This Land is Your Land

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance

VOX sings American Folk Music Read more

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Elementum

Elementum

18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach, CA

Meistersingers | Performance

Songs inspired by Fire, Earth, Wind and Water Read more

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Romantic Connections:  A Choral Concert for the Wild at Heart

Romantic Connections: A Choral Concert for the Wild at Heart

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

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

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Fitchburg State Music presents "THE GLORY: Music of Power and Conviction"

Fitchburg State Music presents "THE GLORY: Music of Power and Conviction"

Fitchburg, MA

J Harvey | Performance

Nearly 100 student and community performers will join together to perform music of many styles: pop, spirituals, classical, contemporary, and more. The Orchestra and combined Choirs will also perform Vivaldi's "Gloria" together. This concert includes music about strong beliefs and deep emotions, from many different traditions, in an exploration of what it means for us as humans to believe or feel something with everything we have.  FREE ADMISSION https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/academics/academic-departments/humanities... Read more

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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Dixit Dominus -- The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Handel and Vivaldi

Dixit Dominus -- The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Handel and Vivaldi

Lakeville, CT

kabdrake | Performance

This spring Crescendo's Baroque Oratorio Concert will feature two settings of the Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Handel and Vivaldi. 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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