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Articles

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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The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

Past Imperfect, Present Future

Eric Booth | Community Outreach, Impact/Value

If arts organizations want to stay relevant, the time has come to get serious about building connections with the wealth of creative activity in our communities. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

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

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? 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

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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Children's Chorus of Washington Auditions

Children's Chorus of Washington Auditions

3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Laura Gross | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Singing

Building on momentum from the artistic director emeritus and founder, Joan Gregoryk’s 20th anniversary season, Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) is delighted to announce its auditions and registration for its remarkable 21st season under the direction of its new artistic director Margaret Nomura Clark. CCW is holding open auditions this June and again in late August and early September for its five internationally recognized ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Young Men’s Ensemble. Auditions, which are open to any children ages 8-18 interested in joining a vocal ensemble, take place on June 7th, 20th, 21st, and 25th at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. For more detailed info, please see the 2016-2017 Audition Dates & Locations schedule below. To schedule a free audition, call CCW at 202-237-1005. Read more

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Cappella Romana in Concert:  New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America. Read more

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Mira Costa High School Bands and Orchestras

Mira Costa High School Bands and Orchestras

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Children/Youth, Education, Performance, Repertoire, Schools

Under the direction of Mr. Joel Carlson, the Grammy Award-winning music program for the wind ensembles, vocal ensembles and symphony at Mira Costa High School (MCHS) in Manhattan Beach, California is rooted in a tradition and commitment to comprehensive music education through performance. Read more

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Weekend with Will Todd

Weekend with Will Todd

99 South Waverly Street, Shillington, PA 19607

Dr. David A. Mc... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning

English composer Will Tood in residence with Vox Philia Chamber Choir, May 21 and 22, 2016. Read more

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Ola Gjeilo in Washington, DC

Ola Gjeilo in Washington, DC

Washington, DC 20005

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  Norwegian-born composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo will be in residence with the Thomas Circle Singers, Washington, DC, from May 20-22, 2016. Read more

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Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents Around the World in 20 Years on May 22, 2016 at 4:00pm at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium. The concert celebrates the Legacy of retiring CCW Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk, with performances by CCW's all ensembles, an alumni chorus and special guests. Read more

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Fanfare for the 4th—Musical Visions of America

Fanfare for the 4th—Musical Visions of America

4100 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Chorus | History

77th Season multimedia event Read more

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Applications Are Now Being Accepted For  The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for  Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

Applications Are Now Being Accepted For The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Opera | Education

Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for a unique residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors: The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera.  Female conductors, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches and accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium are encouraged to apply for the expanded institute, now in its second year.  Although the emphasis is on women conductors on the cusp of major careers in opera, more seasoned applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors will reconvene on November 26, 2016 and run through December 11, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  This year’s institute will include two public concerts (details pending) in addition to intensive one-on-one’s, master classes, career advancement curriculum, and opportunities to conduct the highly regarded Dallas Opera Orchestra. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2016.   The institute, conceived by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, was created a year ago with initial support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation.  Since that time, it has garnered additional generous support from Linda and Mitch Hart, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the TACA Bowden & Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. Read more

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Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival

Eugene, OR

Oregon Bach Festival | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Performance

The internationally-renowned Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) announces its 47th season of world-class concerts and musicians. 2016 promises a summer of familiar favorites, new works, and a reinvigorated love for the Festival’s eponymous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. OBF 2016 will run from June 23 through July 10 and feature more than 50 concerts, lectures, and community events. Performances and lectures will primarily be centered in Eugene, Oregon, and will delight audiences at Silva Concert Hall and Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, as well as historic Beall Concert Hall on the University of Oregon campus. 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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