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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

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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3 Trebles Festival w/Boston Children's Chorus, Princeton Girlchoir & Children's Chorus of Washington

3 Trebles Festival w/Boston Children's Chorus, Princeton Girlchoir & Children's Chorus of Washington

Washington, DC

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

“3 Trebles Festival” Concert featuring Boston Children’s Chorus, Princeton Girlchoir and Children’s Chorus of Washington’s Bel Canto, Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:30pm at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW, Washington, DC 20007. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Read more

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Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Washington, DC

Chorworks | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

BACHS’ MOTETS - Music by the Bach Family Come and Sing Music by Members of the Bach Family! A great opportunity to sing, hear and learn more about the music of Johann Sebastian’s forbears and relatives! Music by:  Johann Bach Joh. Christoph Bach Joh. Michael Bach Joh. Ludwig Bach Joh. Sebastian Bach Study & Sing with Chorworks Faculty: Philip Cave Sally Dunkley Rosa Lamoreaux Brian Ming Chu Read more

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Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Washington, DC

Chorworks | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

BACHS’ MOTETS - Music by the Bach Family Come and Sing Music by Members of the Bach Family! A great opportunity to sing, hear and learn more about the music of Johann Sebastian’s forbears and relatives! Music by:  Johann Bach Joh. Christoph Bach Joh. Michael Bach Joh. Ludwig Bach Joh. Sebastian Bach Study & Sing with Chorworks Faculty: Philip Cave Sally Dunkley Rosa Lamoreaux Brian Ming Chu Read more

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Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conduct Professional Choir and Orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Symphonic

  Conduct the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C major and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with professional choir and orchestra at the 2016 Conducting Choral Masterpieces workshop. Read more

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Young Men's Choral Festival 2016

Young Men's Choral Festival 2016

Providence, RI

Collette Royer | Children/Youth

Yes, Real Men Sing!® — and they get better at it every year. Reed Spencer, choral conductor, lyric baritone, and choral educator, joins us as choral clinician. The YMCF is a single, jam-packed day of music, camaraderie, pizza, and performance for choral young men in grades eight through twelve — with continuing education opportunities for choral educators and conductors. Friday, Jan. 29, 2015, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College. For more information: http://www.providencesingers.org/YMCF/index.php Read more

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Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Schools, Singing

Singers ages 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washington's programs: Ages 6-9: register for PREP Classes (new session starts in January) Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202 237 1005 and join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. New semester starts January 11. www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Recruitment, Schools, Singing

Singers 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washinton's programs: Ages 6-9: register for PREP Classes (new session starts in January) Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202 237 1005 and join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. New semester starts January 11. www.childrenschorus.com 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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