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Articles

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

Emotional Expression in Group Singing

Mike Rowan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance, Profile, Sample/Template

Music is an emotional medium, yet we often spend rehearsal time in our choirs focused on notes, rhythms, and precision, rarely addressing the meaning of the music, says arranger and producer Deke Sharon. In the new book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing, Sharon puts the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance front and center. Read more

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Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Mike Rowan | Careers, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Profile

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit for December and spoke to a Chorus America donor, Michael Pettry, executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, who has also been known to be generous with his time and talents. President & CEO Catherine Dehoney spoke to Michael about his latest work with the Symphonic Choir and what inspires him to give. Read more

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Choral Podcasts

Choral Podcasts

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

Podcasts: They seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days. Similar to social media and the smartphone, the rise of podcasts—audio programs released as a series of episodes that you can subscribe to and download onto your device—has brought significant changes to the way we consume our media today. In 2013, Apple’s podcasts hit the one billion subscriber mark. Read more

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Vocal Hacks

Vocal Hacks

Kathryn Mueller | Education, General, Singing, Technique/Tool

Every conductor, singer or voice teacher needs a few good vocal hacks. No, we’re not talking mediocre singers; we’re borrowing from the tech world where Merriam-Webster defines a hack as a “creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation.” Read more

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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

Don Lee | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile

Faculty members and participants at Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium reflect on the qualities that made Shaw a choral icon. 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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Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value

Each month, Chorus America has been profiling one of our members in our new Meet A Member series. For December, to mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit and interviewed one of Chorus America's long-time donors: Greg Funfgeld, artistic director of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in New York

Singing for the Pope in New York

Salvatore Diana reflects on the lights, camera, action, and everything behind it

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

Singing for the Pope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – though sometimes, it happens twice. “I can’t say it was my first time singing for a pope,” admits Salvatore Diana. “I had the good fortune of Singing for Pope Benedict when he visited eight years ago.” In fact, Diana sang in services for Pope Francis on back-to-back days during his visit to New York, making for a hectic and thrilling 36 hours or so.  Read more

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Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States has grabbed the nation’s headlines, and thousands will flock to Mass and other public events in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Choruses have proven to be a key component of the papal tour, playing a starring role in many of the festivities and enjoying a flurry of news coverage. Read more

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Resources

Vehicular Vocalises

Vehicular Vocalises

Chorus America Staff | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Warm-ups to do in the car on your way to rehearsal, brought to you by the Washington Vocal Consortium. Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "Ee," "Ah," and "Ooh" Vowels

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "Ee," "Ah," and "Ooh" Vowels

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin.  Episode One: The “Ee-Ah-Ooh” Vowels Read more

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Italian Latin: When a Word Begins With a Vowel

Italian Latin: When a Word Begins With a Vowel

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series.  Episode Eight: When a Word Begins with a Vowel Read more

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Italian Latin: Review of Pronunciation

Italian Latin: Review of Pronunciation

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Twelve: A Summary Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Terra" and "Super"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Terra" and "Super"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Seven: Pronounce "Terra" and "Super" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Gloria" and "Mirum"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Gloria" and "Mirum"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series.  Episode Six: Pronounce "Gloria" and "Mirum" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "In"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "In"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Ten: The Word "In" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "Excelsis"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "Excelsis"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Eleven: The Word "Excelsis" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "S" Consonant

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "S" Consonant

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Nine: The "S" Consonant Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "R" Consonant

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "R" Consonant

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Five: The Evil "R" Read more

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Events

THE GLORY OF FREEDOM

THE GLORY OF FREEDOM

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performing works of Wagner, Mahler, Marquez and others. Dr. Lee Nelson transports the Carnegie Hall audience with Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria to be conducted by Dr. Erin Freeman; both works to feature the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents “Reflections of Peace,” featuring the NY premiere of REQUIEM, written by Grammy-nominated, contemporary Nordic composer, Kim André Arenesen. This lush and dramatic work will be conducted by DCINY’s very own Associate Artistic Director Dr. James Meaders. Dr. Catherine Sailer from the University of Denver conducts Joseph Haydn’s impassioned LORD NELSON MASS, filled with heroic and virtuosic themes, and is considered by scholars to be Haydn’s greatest single composition written at the peak of his career. Jennifer Lapple conducts the talented Flutopia Wind Ensemble in an engaging and reflecting performance. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

DCINY proudly honors UK composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised of both new and lauded compositions by the honoree. Program includes the North American Premiere of Jenkins' Cantata Memoria For the Children of Aberfan and his beautiful Requiem. Conducted by Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor and featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

881 Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017  2:00 PM  Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall   Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sir Karl Jenkins, DCINY Composer-in-Residence   Read more

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ChoralArt | Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

ChoralArt | Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME 04103

Nick MacDonald | Participation, Performance, Singing

Join ChoralArt for a festive Messiah sing-along with fun group-format solos and accompaniment by the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Columbus, Ohio

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Bethesda, Maryland

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Sunday, February 5, 2017 3 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Richmond, Virginia

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Friday, February 3, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Raleigh, North Carolina

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Charlotte, North Carolina

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:30 p.m.   Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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