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Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Profile

Alexander Lloyd Blake has plenty of jobs to keep himself busy. Blake is the choir director for the LA County High School for the Arts, and principal assistant conductor of the National Children's Chorus’ Los Angeles ensemble. But that’s not all. “I'm an assistant conductor at First Congregational Church LA—that's a new one,” Blake recounts. “And I'm studying for my qualifying exams for my doctorate in choral conducting at USC.” Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. 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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An Interview with Vijay Gupta

An Interview with Vijay Gupta

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Science

Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.  Read more

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Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

A first-of-its-kind convening highlights some promising ideas for helping the choral field thrive

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

When you stop to think about the ways people sing together, the diversity is breathtaking. Just a partial list includes community, school, collegiate, and church choruses, as well as gospel choirs, barbershop groups, contemporary a cappella ensembles, men’s choruses, and special mission groups like threshold choirs. Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Understanding Audiences

Understanding Audiences

Takeaways from the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data

This August, Chorus America released the results of the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project worked with 23 choruses across North America to survey their audiences.  Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

An expert in audience development and diversification, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. In advance of her keynote plenary on “Dynamic Community Engagement” at Chorus America’s Conference in Cincinnati, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about how the conversation around community engagement has changed—and the opportunities this creates for choruses to “roll up their sleeves and dig in.”  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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Resources

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: Adaptable Op-Ed

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: Adaptable Op-Ed

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Sample/Template

Download this opinion piece to customize and submit to your local newspaper to help raise the profile of choruses in your area. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Sample/Template

Writing grant proposals or even a simple appeal letter is always a challenge. These sample paragraphs may help you as you are trying to "make the case" for your chorus. Read more

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Events

Together in Song - Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna

Together in Song - Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna

500 Park Street, Charlottesville, Virginia

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Participation, Performance

The Oratorio Society of Virginia features Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at their fourth-annual Together in Song community sing Saturday, March 18 at Charlottesville’s First Presbyterian Church. Tickets and more info at oratorio society.org. Read more

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RESCHEDULED Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning  Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

RESCHEDULED Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Community Outreach

The 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” will be screened at the Russell Library in Middletown on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. Read more

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Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning  Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Community Outreach

The 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” will be screened at the Russell Library in Middletown on Thursday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. The screening, free and open to the public, will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Karyl Evans. Read more

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Spread the Love at Schola Cantorum's Valentine's Sing-along

Spread the Love at Schola Cantorum's Valentine's Sing-along

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

Recapture that romantic feeling as you belt out songs of love at Schola Cantorum’s annual Valentine’s sing-along, Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Avenue in Los Altos. Read more

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Holiday Baroque

Holiday Baroque

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Ring in the holidays with the Fairfield County Chorale. The joyful and festive program features Handel's Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi's Gloria, as well as Baroque favorites by Handel and Bach. Then, in what has fast become a popular FCC tradition, the audience is invited to sing along with the Chorale to a selection of carols and other holiday favorites. Read more

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Schola Cantorum's 50th Anniversary "Messiah Sing" in its Entirety

Schola Cantorum's 50th Anniversary "Messiah Sing" in its Entirety

500 Castro Street, Mountain View, Ca

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

To celebrate 50 years of their annual "Messiah Sing," Schola Cantorum offers the opportunity for participants to sing the entire version on Monday, December 19. Read more

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Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

USA and Canada

Toronto Mendels... | Community Outreach, Performance, Social Media

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is joined by the Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs for its annual joyous celebration of music for the season. If you're in Toronto, experience the concert in person at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Can't make it to the concert, then you can enjoy the live concert webcast on Livestream: https://livestream.com/TMChoir/FOC2016 Read more

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