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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

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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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

The Walden School Young Musicians Program

The Walden School Young Musicians Program

Dublin, New Hampshire

Seth Brenzel | Children/Youth

The Walden School Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18. Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in Dublin, NH. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors. Visit our website for more information or to download an application:  http://waldenschool.org/young-musicians-program/ Contact us for more information at students@waldenschool.org Read more

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The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat

The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat

Northampton, Massachusetts

Seth Brenzel | Composing/Commissioning

The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) offers training and development opportunities for the well-rounded musician (ages 18+). Visit our website for more information and to download an application:  http://waldenschool.org/creative-musicians-retreat/ Write us for more info at retreat@waldenschool.org Read more

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Choral-Orchestral Conducting Workshop with Robert Porco

Choral-Orchestral Conducting Workshop with Robert Porco

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati May ... | Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Designed for Choral Conductors, Music Educators and Church Musicians who want to strengthen their instrumental conducting technique. Select conductors will work with members of the May Festival Chamber Choir, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and soloists. The day-long workshop is free, but reservations are required. Applications and more information can be found on the web at www.mayfestival.com Read more

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SCSO's "English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

SCSO's "English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Chor... | Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Symphonic

The SCSO's "English Grandeur" concert features works by the late Romantic English composers: William Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Song of Thanksgiving" and "Five Mystical Songs" William Mathias - "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" (Music for Lady Diana's wedding) Information: http://www.sacramentochoral.com Read more

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"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Chor... | Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Symphonic

The SCSO's "English Grandeur" concert features works by the late Romantic English composers: William Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Song of Thanksgiving" and "Five Mystical Songs" William Mathias - "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" (Music for Lady Diana's wedding) Information: http://www.sacramentochoral.com Read more

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"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Chor... | Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Symphonic

The SCSO's "English Grandeur" concert features works by the late Romantic English composers: William Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Song of Thanksgiving" and "Five Mystical Songs" William Mathias - "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" (Music for Lady Diana's wedding) Read more

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Scholarship Auditions for NJ High School Seniors

Scholarship Auditions for NJ High School Seniors

247 Broad St, Red Bank NJ 07701

Susan Metz | Children/Youth

The Monmouth Civic Chorus will hold its annual vocal scholarship auditions for New Jersey high school seniors planning to pursue higher education. Auditions will be held by appointment only. The application deadline is March 17 and the application fee is $10. For information or an audition appointment, call 732-933-9333, e-mail scholarship@monmouthcivicchorus.org or visit http://www.monmouthcivicchorus.org and click on Support Us. Read more

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35th Annual Conference

35th Annual Conference

Minneapolis, MN

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Chorus America's 35th Annual Conference is not to be missed! Featuring performances by nine of Minnesota's premier choruses, a massed youth choir, a morning sing with Garrison Keillor, and keynote speakers Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Melanie de More, among others, this Conference will inspire and educate. 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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