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Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Profile

Jean Davidson does not have the background of a typical choral administrator. The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) president and CEO took the job—her first in the choral community—after working in theater, contemporary dance, and instrumental music, where she served as the founding managing director of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Read more

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The Heart of Vocal Harmony

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

Emotional Expression in Group Singing

Mike Rowan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance, Profile, Sample/Template

Music is an emotional medium, yet we often spend rehearsal time in our choirs focused on notes, rhythms, and precision, rarely addressing the meaning of the music, says arranger and producer Deke Sharon. In the new book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing, Sharon puts the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance front and center. Read more

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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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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

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

Award-winning women’s choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles ends its 20th Anniversary season with a bang on June 10! With a brand new commission by composer Jocelyn Hagen, original choreography — a VOX first! — by Sarah Swenson & VOX Dance Theater, and graduates of VOX’s first Choral Scholar Program! Tickets to this fantastic season finale are on sale now! Read more

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Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

New York, NY

Empire City Men... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Visit www.empirecitymenschorus.org for tickets and info For 2017, ECMC celebrates American composer, Conrad Susa (1935-2013), who was teacher, mentor and great friend to our Artistic Director Vince Peterson.  We are thrilled to be the first men's chorus in the world to publish an album of Conrad's mens choral works and will record our May and December concerts live. Our spring program The Treasured Volume features an entire concert of Conrad Susa works including:   ·       Appalachian folk songs   ·       an arrangement of Vier Ernste Gesange by Brahms   ·       Dirge from Cymbeline   ·       Earth Song   Join us as history is made... and affirmed! May 13 & 16, 2017 at 8 pm The Church of the Holy Apostles 296 9th Avenue @ W.28th Street New York, NY 10001 General Admission $30 Students and Seniors $20 Fellow Artist $10 Kids under 12 tickets $5   Artistic Director, Vince Peterson Accompanist, Sam Shull Read more

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Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

Empire City Men's Chorus presents "The Treasured Volume"

New York, NY

Empire City Men... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Visit www.empirecitymenschorus.org for tickets and info For 2017, ECMC celebrates American composer, Conrad Susa (1935-2013), who was teacher, mentor and great friend to our Artistic Director Vince Peterson.  We are thrilled to be the first men's chorus in the world to publish an album of Conrad's mens choral works and will record our May and December concerts live. Our spring program The Treasured Volume features an entire concert of Conrad Susa works including:   ·       Appalachian folk songs   ·       an arrangement of Vier Ernste Gesange by Brahms   ·       Dirge from Cymbeline   ·       Earth Song   Join us as history is made... and affirmed!   May 13 & 16, 2017 at 8 pm The Church of the Holy Apostles 296 9th Avenue @ W.28th Street New York, NY 10001 General Admission $30 Students and Seniors $20 (15% discount if purchased by April 29, 2017)   Fellow Artist $10 Kids under 12 tickets $5   Artistic Director, Vince Peterson Accompanist, Sam Shull   Read more

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"Lyrics & Music!" (part 1)  Herrick’s Lyricks (world premiere)

"Lyrics & Music!" (part 1) Herrick’s Lyricks (world premiere)

16510 Mt Oak Rd, Bowie, MD 20716

Jane Thessin | Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Chamber Singers of the Chesapeake Chorale features the premiere a new cantata by American composer Bruce Trinkley, 'Herrick’s Lyricks', on April 23rd, 2017. Read more

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Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources

20 South Main St., West Hartford, CT

Marcia Bliven | Composing/Commissioning

An exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the creation of Letter from italy, 1944 will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30 Read more

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Orange County Women's Chorus - Rocking the Boat

Orange County Women's Chorus - Rocking the Boat

Newport Beach, CA

Chardette | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Singing

"We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now." – Martin Luther King, Jr.   Join us for some of the most touching, exhilarating music we've sung yet. Read more

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Orange County Women's Chorus - Rocking the Boat

Orange County Women's Chorus - Rocking the Boat

Huntington Beach CA

Chardette | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning

"We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now." – Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for some of the most touching, exhilarating music we've sung yet. Read more

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World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Fernando Va... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Artistic Director Charlie Kim, with orchestra, soloists, narration and staging, will perform the world premiere of Sergio Barer's 'Moses, an Oratorio' in the historic and beautifully restored 1920's landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple. General Admission: $18, tickets at www.mosesanoratorio.brownpapertickets.com and go to www.igg.me/at/moseso to view donation rewards including tickets and additional perks Read more

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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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