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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

Open Call for Women Singers

Open Call for Women Singers

New York City

Public Art Fund | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Public Art Fund, the non- profit arts organization, is seeking women singers to participate in an upcoming performance art project created by an eminent visual artist.  Read more

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Concert for Peace: Moving to Peace

Concert for Peace: Moving to Peace

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Come hear Katherine Hughes, violinist; Kevin Kizer, saxophonist; the HAWK String Quartet (Carol Kalvonjian, violinist, Chuck Bontrager, violist, and Jill Kaeding, cellist); Gary Wendt, organist; Jade Maze, jazz vocalist; and the rhythm section of Kent Wehman, Ken Haebich, and Neal Wehman; with members of the Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir, in a concert exploring the theme of peace on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street (at Glenview Road) in Glenview.  Read more

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Together in Song: A Community Sing-In of Fauré's Requiem

Together in Song: A Community Sing-In of Fauré's Requiem

500 Park Stret Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Participation, Performance, Singing

The Oratorio Society will host their third annual community sing-in, inviting interested singers to join a morning workshop followed by an afternoon performance of Fauré's Requiem and selected additional works. Read more

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New York City Master Chorale presents "Carmina/10"

New York City Master Chorale presents "Carmina/10"

New York, NY

Erica Kelly | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Singing

Join the New York City Master Chorale as they celebrate their 10th anniversary with “Carmina/10.” This exciting concert features works by Dominick Argento, Leonard Bernstein and Carl Orff. Also featured on this concert are six partner ensembles from around New York City and Washington, DC. The evening culminates with a thrilling performance of Carmina Burana featuring a world-premiere performance by "marvelously daring" Gallim Dance, led by Guggenheim Fellow Andrea Miller.  Read more

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Many Voices, One Art: A Bay Area Choral Festival

Many Voices, One Art: A Bay Area Choral Festival

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Participation, Singing

It's our 80th birthday and we're throwing a party! Chant to Gospel, Baroque to Broadway, Roots to Body Music... Come sing and learn with us as we celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area choral community.   Enjoy workshops in singing, movement, music talks, plus a special opportunity to sing portions of J.S. Bach’s masterwork, the Mass in B-minor.      Join the SF Bach Choir for a fun day of singing, exploring, eating (lunch and birthday cake provided!) and making friends.     All are welcome--no music reading or vocal training necessary.   Read more

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Noteworthy Women: A Celebration in Song

Noteworthy Women: A Celebration in Song

844 W. 32nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Vox performs for the community of Los Angeles in a free concert sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Enjoy selections from our Women of Note season concert as we take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *FREE PARKING across the street in the Hebrew Union College Parking Lot (Entrance on Hoover) Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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Let this be your Lucky Year...Sing with Diablo Women's Chorale in San Francisco's East Bay

Let this be your Lucky Year...Sing with Diablo Women's Chorale in San Francisco's East Bay

Walnut Creek, CA

Sarah Koller-Di... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

If you were lucky enough to see the Diablo Women’s Chorale holiday show in December, then you know what fun and music are all about. The Chorale sang a dozen tunes in both new versions and old, and had the audience of 350 standing on their feet in a finale sing-along. The Chorale is looking for more lucky singers to join them for this upcoming year, 2016. The spring season promises to be a rousing time with selections from Queen, Elvis and recent Disney princess ballads. Read more

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Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY 10590

JeannieH22 | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

      Camerata d’Amici is happy to announce that it has opened its audition period for the remainder of the 2015-2016 concert season. Auditions are by appointment only 1/16-1/23. To set up a specific audition time, or to find out more about Camerata, contact the artistic director, Kristin Sponheim, at conductor@cameratadamici.org. Rehearsals generally take place Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church in South Salem, New York. Camerata d’Amici performs three concerts per season in addition to outreach concerts in neighboring communities. Our concerts for the 2015-2016 season are scheduled for December 6, 2015, March 6, 2016, and May 22, 2016. Read more

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