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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Commissioning Journeys: A Collaborative Meditation on the Civil Rights Movement

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value

With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Rare Piece for Women's Chorus and Orchestra

Noteworthy: A Rare Piece for Women's Chorus and Orchestra

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Committed to the expansion of repertoire for women's voice, Beth Willer was particulary struck by one flexible and enticing piece. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Noteworthy: A Piece Loved By Audiences and Singers Alike

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

With Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, Karen P. Thomas found a piece that makes a strong impression on audiences and is both challenging and rewarding for singers. Read more

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James MacMillan's St. John Passion

James MacMillan's St. John Passion

Donald Nally | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

In a commentary for Chorus America’s online feature Noteworthy, Donald Nally commends James MacMillan’s St. John Passion to choral music colleagues—despite its considerable challenges. Not only is its scale monumental, the oratorio may invite controversy. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Noteworthy: A Passion That Is Challenging, Controversial—and Worth It

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Programming a modern St. John Passion invites controversy in a way that programming a historical setting such as Bach's does not. For Donald Nally, the musical and philosophical discussions raised by James MacMillan's St. John Passion made taking on the work an experience of growth for all involved. Read more

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Resources

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

Research Memorandum Series No. 204 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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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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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Commissioning Timeline

Commissioning Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Operations, Sample/Template

Commissioning a new work? Follow this two-year timeline to help plot out which steps you should take when. This timeline is appropriate for a work that does not involve complicated instrumental requirements or multiple movements. Read more

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The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 198 Read more

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Events

VOX20: Reflections

VOX20: Reflections

200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity

Looking to the future, we honor our past. Featuring special guests and alumnae from the VOX family tree and a commission by Christina Whitten Thomas. Read more

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CREO: A U.S. Premiere with Manhattan Chorale

CREO: A U.S. Premiere with Manhattan Chorale

129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

The acclaimed Manhattan Chorale returns to the intimate Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center for one night only on October 18 at 8:00pm with founder and conductor, Craig Arnold, and members of the all professional New York City Chamber Orchestra for the U.S. premiere of Hyo-Won Woo's CREO. Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 12

Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 12

331 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phoenix Childre... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Repertoire, Singing

Salt Lake City is honored to host the Phoenix Children's Chorus premiering a work by Mack Wilberg.  Come, Little Leaves the Chorus America piece commissioned this spring will be premiered at this free concert.   Read more

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Cappella Romana in Concert:  New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America. Read more

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Concord Chorus Performs Mozart's Requiem

Concord Chorus Performs Mozart's Requiem

Lexington, MA

Kevin C. Leong | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The CONCORD CHORUS, conducted by Kevin Leong, celebrates its 70th anniversary this Saturday (5/21) with a concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem and the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s Uriel. Read more

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Weekend with Will Todd

Weekend with Will Todd

99 South Waverly Street, Shillington, PA 19607

Dr. David A. Mc... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning

English composer Will Tood in residence with Vox Philia Chamber Choir, May 21 and 22, 2016. Read more

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Huntington Choral Society Spring Concert

Huntington Choral Society Spring Concert

188 Oakwood Rd (McKay Rd), Huntington, NY 11743

Huntington Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Performance, Singing

The Huntington Choral Society cordially invites you to their spring concert. Come hear Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Vespers, the Requiem by Duruflé and works by Long Island composer Jennifer Tibbitts. Read more

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Deadline: Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Christmas Carol Commission Competition

Deadline: Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Christmas Carol Commission Competition

Indianapolis, IN

Michael Pettry | Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, General, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces the seventh annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music. Submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance. Read more

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Young Composers Competition -- The Capital Hearings

Young Composers Competition -- The Capital Hearings

Emma Rackstraw | Awards, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

The Capital Hearings, a 12- to 14-member mixed vocal ensemble, are proud to announce the 2016 Young Composers Competition!  We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit mixed a cappella works of two-to-five minutes in duration that align with our 2016 artistic theme, Politics and Political Capital.  A cash prize of $500 will be awarded.  For full information, please visit http://www.thecapitalhearings.com/competition. Submissions are due Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Eastern). Read more

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35th Anniversary Festival Concert

35th Anniversary Festival Concert

River Forest, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, Director, Proudly Presents 35th Anniversary Festival Concert Read more

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