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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

Mozart's Requiem - Sung By You

Mozart's Requiem - Sung By You

4000 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA

Oakland Symphon... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Education, Participation, Singing, Symphonic

20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION The Oakland Symphony Chorus celebrates the 20th Anniversary Edition of our annual Summer Sing-Ins. Come sing-along to Requiem Masses by a collection of your favorite composers: Verdi, Faure', Brahms and Mozart. Experience the grandeur of Bach's B Minor Mass and choruses from his St. Matthew Passion. Also in this year's line-up is Haydn's Creation Mass. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir 2012 Fall Auditions

Philomusica Concert Choir 2012 Fall Auditions

176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Volunteer

Philomusica Concert Choir, a volunteer auditioned choir, is holding auditions on September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 2012. Read more

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New York Choral Society Summer Sings

New York Choral Society Summer Sings

New York, NY

New York Choral... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach

When was the last time you sang in public? Are you a choral music buff but don't have time to belong to a chorus? Join others in raising the roof with song. Blow away your vocal cobwebs and experience the great fun and satisfaction of singing as part of a group. Keep your passion for singing alive by joining us in our 52nd annual celebration of summer. It's easy; we lend you the scores for the evening, provide accompaniment and soloists in the comfortable air-conditioned surroundings at Peter Norton Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, and you are the chorus. Read more

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Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Chicago, IL

wickerparksings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Join Wicker Park Choral Singers for a FREE choral exploration featuring music from countries located on or near the titular latitudinal line including: Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Canada. Read more

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20th Anniversary Edition Oakland Symphony Chorus Summer Sing-Ins

20th Anniversary Edition Oakland Symphony Chorus Summer Sing-Ins

Oakland, CA

Oakland Symphon... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Education, Participation

20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION The Oakland Symphony Chorus celebrates the 20th Anniversary Edition of our annual Summer Sing-Ins starting Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at St. Paschal's Church at 3700 Dorisa Avenue, near the Oakland Zoo. Come sing-along to Requiem Masses by a collection of your favorite composers: Verdi, Faure', Brahms and Mozart. Experience the grandeur of Bach's B Minor Mass and choruses from his St. Matthew Passion. Also in this year's line-up is Haydn's Creation Mass. Reserve your Tuesday nights, July 10 - August 14, 2012 NOW for choral music at its best: Sung by YOU.       July 10 – Bach, B minor Mass Greg Wait, Prof. of Music, Stanford Univ; Dir. Schola Cantorum   July 17 – Faure’, Requiem & Choruses from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion Michael Morgan, Music Director, Oakland East Bay Symphony   July 24 – Mozart, Requiem *** (Note different location below) Dr. Buddy James, Assoc. Prof Music, Cal State East Bay   July 31 – Haydn, Creation Cort Bender, Music Director   August 7 – Verdi, Requiem Dr. Lynne Morrow, Music Director, OSC & Pacific Mozart Ensemble   August 14 – Brahms, Requiem Vance George, Former Director San Francisco Symphony Chorus       Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and July 31 – August 14, 2012 St. Paschal Baylon Church   3700 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland ***Tuesday, July 24 ONLY   First Covenant Church 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland       7:00 – 9:30 pm $15 per evening   (Programs subject to change) Read more

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Celebrating the Muse

Celebrating the Muse

200 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Green Gal | Adults/Seniors, CA News, Diversity, Performance, Singing

Vox Femina Los Angeles concludes its 15th anniversary season by celebrating the music, people and events that have inspired the choir over the years. They take a look back at special songs from their very first concert, commissions by well-known composers and the guest performers that shared the stage with Vox. Singer alumni will also be joining the festivities. Read more

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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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