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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. Read more

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Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part I of this two-part series takes a look at the chorus's image makeover and efforts to attract a younger and more diverse community. Read more

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How the Minnesota Chorale Bounced Back from an Orchestra Shutdown

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Symphonic

What happens when a long-time relationship with an orchestra goes away—taking with it a third of your organization's income?  Shock, dismay, and then a determination to rally around your core mission. Read more

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On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Eric Whitacre Singers recently made its debut U.S. tour in March, organized and presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY.) Chorus America asked four of the Singers to provide some insight into life on the road, performing in American venues, and working with a choral "rock star."    Read more

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Choruses and Community Wellness

Choruses and Community Wellness

Don Lee | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

How can we share the wellness benefits of choral singing with a broader community? A growing number of choral leaders are looking at ways to extend the group singing experience beyond the concert hall. Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Plug the words “choir videos” into your search engine and you’ll get an astounding number of links (Google found 112,000,000. Yes, million.) Is your chorus among them? It could be—and more easily than you may think. Chorus America asked several choruses to tell us how they are making video a key part of their marketing strategy. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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10 New Ways Your Chorus Can Use Facebook and Twitter

10 New Ways Your Chorus Can Use Facebook and Twitter

Lauren Rosenthal | Audiences, Education, Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media, Technology

Whether your chorus is a 150-member children's choir or an eight-member a cappella group, social media can be a powerful tool for staying in touch with your members and your audience. Here are some new ideas to help keep your Facebook and Twitter presence fresh. Read more

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Resources

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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Chorus America Research Memo

Chorus America Research Memo

NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data

Chorus America illustrates how the National Endowment for the Arts' release of a research memo to the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts relates to the 2009 Chorus Impact Study. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2010)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2010)

Roland Kushner | Audiences, Finance, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

The 2010 survey reports on operations data from the 2008-2009 season. An excellent benchmarking tool. Read more

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Shifting Sands of Demand

Shifting Sands of Demand

Alan Brown | Audiences, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Social Media

Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown, presented these research findings and strategies for audience development at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Russell Willis ... | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership

A speech by Russell Willis Taylor of National Arts Strategies that addresses ways to turn times of organizational and environmental crisis into growth and creative thinking opportunities. Delivered at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Events

Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing

37 High St., Marlborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Messiah Sing with audience participation Read more

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Choral Concert

Choral Concert

640 Main St., Shrewsbury ,MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Songs of Hope and Consolation Read more

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Choral Concert

Choral Concert

25 Marlboro Road, (Rte 85), Southborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

ALEXANDER'S FEAST  by Handel Read more

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Choral Concert

Choral Concert

1 Ruggles St.at West Main (Rte 30), Westborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

AVM will present REQUIEM in D by Mozart and TE DEUM BY Karl Jenkins accompanied by a full orchestra.  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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109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

27 Memorial Dr W, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

NEW!!! SECOND AND THIRD WEEKEND IN MAY This change in dates is to accommodate the change in Lehigh's academic calendar. The third weekend overlaps with Lehigh's Alumni Reunion Weekend and we hope this will encourage alumni to attend the festival.    Festival Soloists:Agnes Zsigovics, sopranoRosa Lamoreaux, sopranoDaniel Taylor, countertenorBenjamin Butterfield, tenorWilliam Sharp, baritone Daniel Lichti, bass     Read more

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Spring Concert: The Passion According to Saint John

Spring Concert: The Passion According to Saint John

2344 Center St, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

General Admission: $37, Students $9 Spring Concert Soloists: Thomas Cooley, tenor (Evangelist) William Sharp, baritone (Jesus) Laura Heimes, soprano Laura Atkinson, mezzo-soprano - winner of the 2011 Young American Singer Competition Isaiah Bell, tenor Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Don't miss this opportunity to begin the journey of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday performance of the Saint John Passion. This miraculous work had its first American performance in Bethlehem in 1888. The Bach Choir recorded the work in 2011 and is always happy to further explore Bach's musical genius as he takes us to the poetic heart of the Gospel narrative as told by Saint John. The choir portrays the tragic frenzy of the characters in the eye-witness account, as well as reflecting on the meaning that unfolds in a matchless sequence of chorales beginning with "O great love, o love beyond measure." "A handsome account of Bach's St. John Passion on this new release confirms that the Bach Choir of Bethlehem doesn't rest on anything resembling laurels." Gramophone 2012 Read more

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Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival

Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival

420 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Four fabulous youth choirs join The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra in a program of favorite choruses by Bach, Handel (Coronation Anthem - Zadok the Priest), and Randall Thompson (The Peaceable Kingdom). Our partners, Bel Canto Children's Chorus, Berks Youth Chorus, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir, and Nazareth Area High School Chorale also contribute their own selections chosen for special appeal to young audiences. A select group of young voices chosen from each of the choirs will sing Bach's motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord all ye nations). Bring your family and help us encourage the young singers who will be the choral artists of the future! Read more

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Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Christmas Concert Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor Isaiah Bell, tenor  David Newman, bass-baritone The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the American premiere of Bach'sChristmas Oratorio in 1901, but has not performed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this glorious work for more than ten years. Join us as we follow the shepherds to Bethlehem and exalt in the transcendant beauties of Bach's pastoral sinfonia, choruses of angels bringing their message of peace, an enchanting lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, and Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Read more

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