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Articles

Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Mike Rowan | Careers, Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Profile, Schools

This month's 'Meet A Member' celebrates Music In Our Schools Month, which engages communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. Read more

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Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Education, Performance, Singing

Choosing the right primary teacher at college or conservatory is one of the most important decisions a music student will make in their musical career, according to Deborah Simpkin King. A conductor and educator, King is artistic director and founder of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and its Conducting and Choral Scholar programs. Her tips on finding the perfect fit with a teacher for undergraduate or graduate studies are a great resource to share with young conductors and singers. Read more

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The Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

What practical changes can music educators expect to see?

Debbie Galante Block | Children/Youth, Education, Government/Policy, Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) could be the law that puts music back in all classrooms. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In terms of emphasis on requirements, it might not be that different than No Child Left Behind, but as for philosophy on reform, it is radically different, according to Lynn M. Tuttle, Director of Content and Policy at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Read more

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Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Education, Governance, Innovation, Profile

L. Brett Scott has touched many sides of the choral world in his career so far, and it figures that plenty more is in store. “My association has gone from a symphonic chorus, to research, to a community choir, and now includes a larger choral-orchestral ensemble again,” he says. Read more

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Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation

Choral music has a unique power to touch hearts and souls – but how can choruses leverage that power to impact their communities? These four stories provide some answers.  Read more

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Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value

In preparation for publishing a series of community engagement case studies, we asked our members to share their own experiences with community engagement. The responses we received represent choruses of many types and sizes, from all over North America. They show the many different ways choruses are leveraging the power of choral music to impact their communities. Read more

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Choral conductors and singers share their own practicing best practices

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall? Or to a memorable choral performance? Everyone knows the answer. But many are the music scores that sit unattended in car trunks between rehearsals. And many are the frustrated choral conductors who wish their singers would put in the time that the music deserves. Read more

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Illuminating Early Music

Illuminating Early Music

Zoë Madonna | Conducting, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

When done right, these choral directors say, early music transcends its intimidating reputation and connects with audiences. Read more

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El Sistema For Choruses

El Sistema For Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Schools

New choral programs are embracing Venezuela's El Sistema model to reach children in America's underserved neighborhoods. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR

Meet A Member: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Education, Innovation, Participation, Profile, Schools, Singing

In the chorus-crazy land of Minnesota, there’s a charismatic new face in town putting a unique stamp on the area’s choral scene. Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Events

Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

213 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Chorale presents "Reverent Sounds in A Sacred Space" led by Artistic Director Craig Arnold and featuring members of the New York City Chamber Orchestra at the gorgeous St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, May 23 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holds Auditions June 1-4, 2017

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holds Auditions June 1-4, 2017

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Singing

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding annual auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2017) to 12 on June 1-4, 2017 (times vary), in Pasadena.  Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.   LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.   Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 31st season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County.   LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)    Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven-level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training.  Advancement through the program is based on mid- and end-of-year evaluations.  Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.     High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events.  LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters. There is a $50 fee per audition.  Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request.  Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. 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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Together in Song - Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna

Together in Song - Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna

500 Park Street, Charlottesville, Virginia

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Participation, Performance

The Oratorio Society of Virginia features Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at their fourth-annual Together in Song community sing Saturday, March 18 at Charlottesville’s First Presbyterian Church. Tickets and more info at oratorio society.org. Read more

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LA Children's Chorus Honors Placido Domingo and Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto

LA Children's Chorus Honors Placido Domingo and Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto

506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

sgordon823 | Adults/Seniors, Awards, Children/Youth, Fundraising

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Honors Legendary Opera Star Placido Domingo and Longtime LACC Supporters Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto Read more

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WOMEN'S CHOIR SYMPOSIUM 2017

WOMEN'S CHOIR SYMPOSIUM 2017

Los Angeles, CA

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Networking, Performance, Professional, Singing

  Join VOX Femina Los Angeles & Elektra Women's Choir at the first ever Women's Choir Symposium for 2 days of sharing our collective knowledge!  Casual, interactive, and affordable. Register now! Read more

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Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha

Indianapolis, Indiana

Music for All | Children/Youth

The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha is a national showcase of the finest instrumental scholastic music, selected by audition from across the country to perform. The festival comprises the National Concert Band Festival, the Orchestra America National Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, the Chamber Music National Festival, and the Middle School National Music Festival, as well as three national honor ensembles – the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and the Jazz Band of America. The selected ensembles were invited by achieving the highest level of musical performance and artistry. The National Concert Band Festival serves as a model for noncompetitive performance and education festivals nationwide, with participating musicians also receiving master classes and clinics with renowned artists and educators. Read more

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San Antonio Choral Society Auditions

San Antonio Choral Society Auditions

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement

COME SING WITH US! Message from the Artistic Director, Dr. Jennifer Seighman This year promises an exciting and eclectic assortment of choral music, which I know you will enjoy. My hope is to enable you to make music at the highest possible level to make a difference in your life and in the lives of all who hear our music. What an incredible opportunity we are given each week to come together and re-engage in beauty, inspiration, and life. I am so grateful for what each one of our members brings to our choir.   Read more

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Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

Crazy for You - 25th Anniversary Concert Performance

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Schools, Singing, Venue

Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (original Crazy For You, Show Boat, Contact, The Producers) returns to direct Gershwin’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy For You 25 years to the day from its opening night on Broadway at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on February 19, 2017 at 8:00pm. Joined by Tony award nominees Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and Laura Osnes (Cinderella), who will co-star as Bobby Child and Polly Baker for this one night only event, as well as three-time Tony Award nominee and the original Bobby Child, Harry Groener (Oklahoma!, Cats, Spamalot), who will return as the role of Bela Zangler. Comedic duo Rachel Dratch (SNL) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) will co-star as the comedic Patricia and Eugene Fodor.  Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Education, Schools, Singing

The Chesapeake Children’s Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing. Operating as the children’s branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students in grades 2-8 with a unique choral education. Founder Krystal McCoy, and Director Carl Ellinwood have advanced degrees in music and work diligently alongside manager Tina Dronenburg to bring music education to the youth in our Tri-County area for a minimal fee. The chorus will have the opportunity to perform holiday and spring concerts, as well as take their music to Southern Maryland community stages and festivals. Read more

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Dialogue

Measuring Education Program Impact

Measuring Education Program Impact

Anonymous | Education, Impact/Value

  We know intrinsically that chorus education programs provide great benefit to those involved—but actual data would help. Can anyone offer some specific examples of the impact of their programs? Read more

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