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'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

Jill Kimball | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

For any chorus, finding the right repertoire can be an imposing task. But the process is especially difficult for community choruses. Why is the search so hard for them, how do they deal with the obstacles, and what more can be done to help these ensembles locate the music that’s right for them? Read more

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Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

In our Winter 2017-18 issue of The Voice, Chorus America spoke to conductors and publishers about how to address the challenge of finding quality repertoire for community choruses. So what are some specific pieces that these publishers and composers would recommend for these groups? We asked a wide range of publishers and composers in the field to recommend one work from their own catalogue that they felt is especially suited to community choruses. The list we compiled represents a broad spectrum of cultural traditions, orchestrations, and voicings—including links to websites for more information when available. Read more

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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. 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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Singing and the Brain

Singing and the Brain

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Research/Data, Science, Singing

Humans have a special ability to learn songs and change them over time—a skill that is useful in treating neurological problems and may help support overall brain health. Researcher Aniruddh D. Patel explains. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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More Touring Experiences

More Touring Experiences

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

More Chorus America members share personal stories about touring experiences that made a big impact. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Resources

Chorus Impact Study

Chorus Impact Study

How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

Chorus America's landmark study on the impact of choral singers of all ages on the communities in which they live. The study tracks a marked increase in the number of singers across the USA, it also collects data on the impact of choral singing on children and youth for the first time. Read more

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Chorus Impact Study: Executive Summary

Chorus Impact Study: Executive Summary

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Research/Data

The key findings from the 2009 Chorus Impact Study. Read more

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'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: PowerPoint Presentation

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: PowerPoint Presentation

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Sample/Template

A PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the key findings and data points from the 2009 Chorus Impact Study. Read more

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America's Performing Art

America's Performing Art

A Study of Choruses, Choral Singers, and Their Impact

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In 2003, Chorus America commissioned this ground-breaking study of the qualities of adult choral singers, as well as providing the first participation figures for choral singing. Read more

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Events

Encore Institute at Chautauqua Institution August 27-31, 2012

Encore Institute at Chautauqua Institution August 27-31, 2012

Chautauqua, NY

Jeanne Kelly | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Singing

Encore Creativity for Older Adults presents its fifth annual Summer Institute  at New York's famed Chautauqua Institution for adults over the age of 55 . Read more

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Four Requiems: Music for mourning and consolation

Four Requiems: Music for mourning and consolation

619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY

SONOS Chamber O... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, Professional, Repertoire, Symphonic

In keeping with SONOS Chamber Orchestra’s mission of performing new and not often performed works, we will perform the United States premiere of Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten’s (b. 1962) Requiem for soprano and baritone soloists, one SATB mixed chorus and chamber orchestra.  Also on the program will be the seldom heard baroque requiem "Dies irae" by Johann Sebastian Bach’s son, Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists, 2 SATB choruses and chamber orchestra. (This will be the NY premiere of the piece, and only the second time the piece has been performed in the US, the last time being 1983!) The program will also feature two smaller works of the underperformed Icelandic composer Jón Leifs  (1899-1968): the Elegy for string orchestra and the Requiem for unaccompanied chorus. The encore will be Patrick Cassidy’s Vide Cor Meum featured in the films Hannibal and Kingdom of Heaven. www.sonoschamberorch.org http://www.saintpeters.org/events/detail/512/details/ Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents Angels Over L.A.:  An L.A. Story

Angel City Chorale Presents Angels Over L.A.: An L.A. Story

Los Angeles, CA

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Singing

Angel City Chorale Presents Angels Over L.A.:  An L.A. Story A Concert Featuring the Work of Los Angeles Composers June 2 & 3 at 7:00pm Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles Read more

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Sing Out!

Sing Out!

Long Beach, CA

lbchorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Our terrific accompanist, Bob Gunn, emerges from behind the piano once again to guest-conduct this summertime celebration of the power of song! Concertgoers of every persuasion will find something to love in this festival of harmony and the human voice. One performance only! Read more

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Sentimental Journey 2

Sentimental Journey 2

520 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

Nan Hall | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Richmond Choral Society presents 'Sentimental Journey 2', Music from the Roaring 20's, the Golden 30's and the Swingin'40's, featuring Jason Jenkins on bass, Eric Lyttle on piano, Keith Willingham on drums with Markus Compton conducting. For ticket info go to www.richmondchoralsociety.org  Read more

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Celebrate America

Celebrate America

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, General, History, Performance, Singing

  Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the 4th of July.  American music of all styles, from early Americana to folk tunes to spirituals and more stand side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24th.  This year’s theme is The American Melting Pot, and the songs, stories and sing alongs that always play such a vital role in this concert will examine the immigrant experience and the many threads that have intertwined to create our American culture.  MCE is delighted to welcome The Bottom Line Duo as our special guests, a cello/string bass (and sometimes ukulele) husband-and-wife team who will blow you away with their incredible talent and witty sense of humor.   Read more

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From the Mountains to the Sea

From the Mountains to the Sea

4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors

Harmonium Choral Society celebrates the 15th annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest with a program that features the 2012 winning composition by Jacob Gelber, Cranford High School junior, plus a suite of commissioned choral works by past contest winners.>Also on the program are works by Victoria, Kodály, Chen Yi, Billings and others. Read more

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The King's Singers

The King's Singers

Morrow, GA

IMGArtistsNYC | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

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Annual Spring Concert Celebrating 85 Years of Singing!

Annual Spring Concert Celebrating 85 Years of Singing!

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside,NY 11364

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Queens celebrates its 85th anniversary! Founded in 1927, it is the oldest and longest-running musical institution in the borough. To celebrate this historic landmark in community music-making, the chorus presents Beethoven’s “Mass in C, Op. 86” as well as a special Armed Forces Salute, African-American Spirituals and Opera highlights. Read more

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