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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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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

Micah Hendler | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

It is not every day that in a recital hall at an Ivy League university you hear discussions of how to bring music to the imprisoned, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and the dying. But here I was, a research fellow at the Yale International Choral Festival Symposium, “Choirs Transforming Our World,” and surrounding me were people who spent their lives doing just that. Almost every context in which choral music could be used to repair the world seemed to have an expert. And those experts were in the Morse Recital Hall at the Yale School of Music, presenting, discussing, singing, thinking, together.  It was truly amazing. Read more

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A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Confronting Bullying Through Song

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Innovation, Schools

One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies chorus, is committed to building community and creating social change. The group's music director, Jane Ramseyer Miller, talked with Chorus America about how their mission propelled a unique outreach to public school students in the Twin Cities. Read more

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Hope and Hard Work: Government Support of the Arts in the U.S.

Hope and Hard Work: Government Support of the Arts in the U.S.

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Government/Policy, History, Impact/Value, Research/Data

During campaign season, "government support" comes up often as a discussion topic. As the U.S. approaches its November election, it feels like an appropriate time to remind ourselves about how government support applies to the arts. Here are some thoughts from Chorus America to get you started. Read more

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The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

Eric Friesen | Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing, Social Media

Though the river of time engulfs us in change, the purity and beauty of the human singing voice remains a constant. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Research/Data, Schools

Your chorus has created and launched an exciting education program. How will you fund its evaluation? Kimberly Meisten of VocalEssence and David Myers of the University of Minnesota School of Music presented these ideas at the 2012 Chorus America Conference. 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

Call for singers for Toys for Tots Concert

Call for singers for Toys for Tots Concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Are you a singer who can’t make a regular commitment to a choir? Are you looking to give back this holiday season? Join us in the Glenview Community Toys Chorus performing in the Toy-Ful Celebration concert to raise toys for Toys for Tots. There are two rehearsals on Wednesday, December 6 and December 13 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm (music provided). The concert is on Saturday, December 16. Call time is 5:30pm for the 7:00pm concert at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview, IL. Email Guillermo Muñoz-Küster, Choir Director, at Guillermo@gccucc.org. Read more

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Sing Along to Handel’s “Messiah”

Sing Along to Handel’s “Messiah”

Mountain View, CA

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

The audience becomes the choir for Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s 51st annual sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah,” Monday, December 18 at 7:30 pm.  Read more

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Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

2315 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

  Celebrate the peace, drama and joy of the season with beautiful choral music featuring organ, piano, harp and violin.  Perfect for the whole family!     Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle, WA

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Seattle Pro Musica will join more than two dozen renowned performing arts organizations in a citywide celebration of William Shakespeare. Sounds and Sweet Airs will showcase choral settings of poetry and prose by the Bard of Avon – including world premieres from Northwest composers Jessica French, Don Skirvin, and Giselle Wyers. Read more

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Resound Ensemble Fall Concert: Quicksand Years

Resound Ensemble Fall Concert: Quicksand Years

San Francisco, CA

Anne Marie Borch | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Performance, Repertoire, Venue

The theme of this concert, "Quicksand Years," is named after a piece of the same title in our program. The text is taken from Walt Whitman's collection of poems from 1855, Leaves of Grass.  Read more

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Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

4 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Professional, Repertoire, Research/Data, Schools, Singing

Harmonium Choral Society presents a choral musicianship workshop for diversity and inclusivity on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave at Kings Road, Madison, NJ.  Exploring Inclusivity and Diversity in the Choral Rehearsal or Music Classroom, with clinician Elise Figa, is appropriate for all singers.  Read more

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BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

Lexington, KY

Michelle Tabnick PR | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

Ardea Arts announces the World Premiere of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera. Performances will take place at Calvary Baptist Church Recreation Center, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY, on Friday and Saturday, November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 12at 2pm. General Admission, $18, Students $9. For more information, visit www.ardeaarts.com/bounce/. Read more

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Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, Performance

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Legacy Concert Series

Legacy Concert Series

Mesa & Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Childre... | Community Outreach

Legacy Concert Series by joining the award-winning Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC) and Australian Girls Choir (AGC) for a program featuring individual and collaborative performances from all three ensembles. Tickets available at http://phoenixchildrenschorus.org/performances/ Read more

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Together We Sing Festival

Together We Sing Festival

Saint Paul, MN

Laura Holst | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Participation, Singing

All are invited to join us for this day long exploration of culture and community through song. This year, we will “Sing with Our Whole Selves” and dig deeper into the connection between singing and dance with our guest workshop leaders. Our service component will focus on helping young people who are experiencing chronic physical challenges. Read more

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