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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

San Diego Children’s Choir is looking for children who love to sing!

San Diego Children’s Choir is looking for children who love to sing!

123 Camino de la Reina, Suite 202 South, San Diego, CA

Carrie Cottriall | Children/Youth

  San Diego Children’s Choir is holding auditions in December and January. The Choir offers children, ages 4-18, a chance to achieve artistic excellence, attain personal goals and perform service to the community.  Read more

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Christmas Swings

Christmas Swings

Walnut Creek, California

Sarah Koller-Di... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Education, General, History, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Join the spirited Diablo Women's Chorale to kick off the coming holiday season. You'll be delighted by a swinging twist on many of your Christmas favorites.  Advance tickets available at www.diablowomenschorale.org Read more

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LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

David Simmons | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

Of all the emotions that art can provoke, joy might be the most precious -- and the most fleeting. The Congressional Chorus presents an evening of euphoria with its groundbreaking new concert, Living, Laughing & Loving: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance. This dynamic, multi-sensory program unites the 85-member Congressional Chorus with performers from Joy of Motion Dance Center, Afromoda Dance Theater, Capitol Movement, spoken word artists from American Youth Chorus (AYC) and the NorthEast Senior Singers and a live 10-piece instrumental ensemble. Together, this incomparable group of artists will celebrate the "seasons" of life at the inspiring Church of the Epiphany. From poignant and tender ballads to toe-tappin' and roof-raisin' production numbers, Living, Laughing & Loving promises to be night of pure joy. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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Applications Open | Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

Applications Open | Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

National Arts S... | Management/Leadership

National Arts Strategies, with the University of Pennsylvania as their collaborator, has developed the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. This eight-month online and in-person cultural leadership program, now in its second year, allows participants to learn at their own pace, in a way that works with their busy schedule and their budget. This program uniquely equips early to mid-career arts and culture professionals with the foundational knowledge and actionable tools to hone their expertise, cultivate their personal strengths and learn to lead with confidence. Read more

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OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

171-39 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Oratorio Society of Queens Fall Rehearsal Season Rehearsals start for Handel’s "Messiah" Auditions are at 7:00 pm on Mondays, September 14 and 21   The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for their new singing season. You know you love to sing…we know you sing in the shower…so, come on! Join OSQ as a member and also join them onstage and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience at our concerts! Make plans now to register for an audition! Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals that night! The OSQ rehearses every Monday evening (Fall and Spring), from 7:45 to 10:00 pm in Temple Beth Sholom (in the FSG Hall) at 172nd Street and Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Read more

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Enroll with Children's Chorus of Washington for its 20th Anniversary Season

Enroll with Children's Chorus of Washington for its 20th Anniversary Season

Washington, DC

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Join the premier Children's Chorus in the Nation's Capital in celebrating 20 years of Harmony. Audition on selected dates in August and September for placement in one of its five ensembles, and for younger singers ages 6-9, register directly for its PREP classes. Read more

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A Tribute to Paul Bouman and Carl Schalk - Oak Park Concert Chorale Spring Concert

A Tribute to Paul Bouman and Carl Schalk - Oak Park Concert Chorale Spring Concert

River Forest IL

Oak Park Concer... | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting

  he Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present A Tribute to Paul Bouman and Carl Schalk on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 4:00pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West Division Street, River Forest, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email info@OakParkConcertChorale.org. For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.       OPCC’s spring concert honors prominent local composers Paul Bouman and Carl Schalk. Both are known for their numerous contributions to choral music, and choirs throughout the world have performed their compositions. They have a profound influence on the many facets of church music, especially in the Lutheran denomination. Our concert will showcase recent compositions by both composers, who have continued to write new music throughout their retirement. An assortment of baroque, romantic, and twentieth century works will also be featured, including the premiere of The Wolf and the Lamb by Dr. Philip Gehring, composed especially for our concert. Please join us in celebrating the lifetime achievements of these two composers.   Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. 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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