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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

OSL@DMC: Holiday Sing

OSL@DMC: Holiday Sing

450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Orchestra of St... | Community Outreach

RSVP for OSL's Holiday Sing - bringing the voices of the community together in a celebration of the season. Surround yourself with the sounds and spirit of the holidays and sing along as OSL accompanies your favorite songs and carols. This event is presented free of charge as part of the OSL@DMC series; reservations are required. Reserve your seats online. Reserve your seats by phone: 212.594.6100   Cost: Free Read more

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Songs of Wisdom

Songs of Wisdom

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Click here for the Vox Femina website: http://www.voxfeminala.org/ Click here to buy tickets: http://www.voxfeminala.org/c1-14_songs_of-wisdom.htm The chorus was founded in January 1997 by Dr. Iris S. Levine and Stacey L. Poston. When the 21 founding members of Vox Femina Los Angeles (Vox) first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) in April 1997, their much-heralded debut added a sparkling new dimension to the cultural life of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region. Since that time, Vox has quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its mission through an aggressive schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach . Vox has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through commissioning new works. In June 2013, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) invited Vox to make FCCLA our official home.  We are delighted to join Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Susan Leary and all the staff and members of FCCLA.  Offering traditional worship, progressive values and inspiring community, FCCLA has created a warm and welcoming spiritual home in the heart of Los Angeles.  The arts are integral to FCCLA and interwoven into their community. Home to the world's largest church pipe organ, FCCLA also boasts stunning architecture.  Sitting for a moment in the sanctuary will inspire your soul.  Vox is proud to call FCCLA home and look forward to performing here several times each year.  Check our concert schedule and mark your calendar so that you too can enjoy the strength, beauty and peace you'll find in this beautiful oasis.  Visit www.fccla.org for more information. Read more

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Songs of Wisdom

Songs of Wisdom

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The chorus was founded in January 1997 by Dr. Iris S. Levine and Stacey L. Poston. When the 21 founding members of Vox Femina Los Angeles (Vox) first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) in April 1997, their much-heralded debut added a sparkling new dimension to the cultural life of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region. Since that time, Vox has quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its mission through an aggressive schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach . Vox has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through commissioning new works. In June 2013, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) invited Vox to make FCCLA our official home.  We are delighted to join Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Susan Leary and all the staff and members of FCCLA.  Offering traditional worship, progressive values and inspiring community, FCCLA has created a warm and welcoming spiritual home in the heart of Los Angeles.  The arts are integral to FCCLA and interwoven into their community. Home to the world's largest church pipe organ, FCCLA also boasts stunning architecture.  Sitting for a moment in the sanctuary will inspire your soul.  Vox is proud to call FCCLA home and look forward to performing here several times each year.  Check our concert schedule and mark your calendar so that you too can enjoy the strength, beauty and peace you'll find in this beautiful oasis.  Visit www.fccla.org for more information. Read more

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Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Washington, DC 20016

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, General, History, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

First educational collaboration of two of DC's signature choral groups, The Washington Chorus and Children's Chorus of Washington, exploring Britten's use of children's voices in his War Requiem. Read more

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Piedmont Avenue Restaurant Stroll

Piedmont Avenue Restaurant Stroll

Pacific Boychoi... | Community Outreach

Please join Pacific Boychoir Academy on October 16th for the fourth annual Piedmont Avenue Restaurant Stroll. Read more

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Pacific Boychoir Academy Open House

Pacific Boychoir Academy Open House

Oakland, CA

Pacific Boychoi... | Children/Youth

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Pacific Boychoir Academy Open House

Pacific Boychoir Academy Open House

Oakland, CA

Pacific Boychoi... | Children/Youth

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Call for Scores from Young Composers

Call for Scores from Young Composers

San Francisco, CA

Barbara Heroux | Composing/Commissioning

Volti invites American composers under age 35 to submit scores for consideration for its Choral Arts Laboratory program.  http://voltisf.org/volti/education/choral-arts-lab/ Read more

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START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY with CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON (CCW)

START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY with CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON (CCW)

Washington, DC

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

Call now (202) 237-1005 and schedule an audition for 2013-14 season. For All girls and boys, ages 9-18. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing! Other program offered to younger singers, ages 6-9 with no audition necessary. 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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