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Low-Stress Outlets for the Casual Choral Singer

Low-Stress Outlets for the Casual Choral Singer

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Participation, Singing

Looking for a group singing outlet, but unable to commit to a weekly rehearsal? Worried that you need to shake off some rust before joining a “serious” ensemble? Have no fear—relaxed opportunities with smaller time commitments are popping up across the country. Read more

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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire, Singing

More and more choruses are practicing advocacy inside the concert hall, representing social justice and community issues in their performances. What kinds of steps are they taking to ensure that singers are on the same page so that they can perform as a collective? Read more

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How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

Maureen Simpson | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

There are seemingly countless ways to make the case for the arts. The trick is knowing which ones are most effective. Leaders at five different arts organizations explain how they talk about the value of the arts, and how those messages are connecting with the audiences they are trying to reach. Read more

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Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Michael Gallant | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Networking, Profile, Schools

Three choral organizations show how united voices can make a difference for themselves and their communities. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, 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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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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Resources

Educational Partnerships

Educational Partnerships

admin_ca | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Schools

Educational partnerships that serve school-age children are a focus for teachers and community choir leaders alike. In this webinar, our panel of experts will explore the different types of partnerships, talk about potential program models, and discuss how to create the ideal program for your community. Participants will walk away with a range of program styles to use in the future and a first-hand account of how programs work in different settings. Read more

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'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

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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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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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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New York Choral Society Festival

New York Choral Society Festival

3 Spruce Street (bet. Park Row and Gold Street near City Hall), New York, NY

New York Choral... | Community Outreach, Families, General, Singing, Symphonic

With 85 performances at Carnegie Hall and 35 at Avery Fisher Hall under its belt, the New York Choral Society kicks off its summer tour of Italy at the Schimmel Center with a program of Italian and American choral music accompanied by piano. Read more

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MOSTLY MOZART

MOSTLY MOZART

1600 E. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, California

LOS ROBLES MAST... | Community Outreach

  LOS ROBLES MASTER CHORALE In the final concert of the season, Los Robles Master Chorale will present “Mostly Mozart” at 8 p.m., Sat., May 5 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The chorale will present masterworks of the choral repertoire by Mozart, Haydn, and Verdi under the direction of artistic director Lesley Leighton. Read more

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Heritage Jazz Lounge

Heritage Jazz Lounge

2017 I Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006-1804

Dana M. Anderson | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Networking

              The Board of Directors                  of the        Heritage Signature Chorale                  Invites You                        to                     Join Us   Read more

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Discovery Day on Ralph Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem

Discovery Day on Ralph Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem

3700 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland, CA

Oakland Symphon... | Community Outreach, Education, Participation

OSC Discovery Days are a blend of educational workshop, musical presentation and opportunity to sing through sections of fine choral works. Read more

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Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will close its season of Con·ver·gence with a fascinating exploration of new and old music.  The choral works featured in this concert are mostly well-known and will be presented basically “as written”.  The twist conceived by Artistic Director Thomas Douglas is that the accompaniment will include a five-piece jazz / rock / fusion band, along with stringed instruments!  The purpose is to show how all music springs from the same roots, but can be interpreted in a variety of styles and using different instrumentation. Composers featured in the concerts include: Antonio Vivaldi; W. A. Mozart; G. F. Händel, Johann Pachelbel, J. S. Bach, M. Jagger & K. Richards, Gabriel Faure and Franz Josef Haydn.   Read more

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