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Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Noteworthy: A Romantic Era Masterpiece by a Female Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

While pursuing one of his favorite pastimes, conductor Mark Shapiro happened upon a groundbreaking piece from the Romantic era. Read more

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Noteworthy:  The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Noteworthy: The Centennial of R. Nathaniel Dett's "Characteristic Anthem"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The influence of R. Nathaniel Dett has shaped Roland Carter's career ever since Carter took his first piano lessons under the watchful gaze of Dett's picture. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Carter calls our attention to the 2014 centennial of Dett's "Listen to the Lambs." Read more

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Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technology

What are the trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping choruses and choral music? A panel of leaders in the field weighs in. Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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A National Library of Men's Choral Music

A National Library of Men's Choral Music

Michael Doan | Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technology

As all-male colleges went coed in the 1970s, they left something important behind: their music. The Washington Men's Camerata is working to preserve this historic resource. Read more

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Tom Hall | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Profile

Music director and radio host Tom Hall remembers his friend and colleague, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who passed away just short of his 92nd birthday. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Resources

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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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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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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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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Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Two Composition Lessons from Handel

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

Handel’s practice of borrowing from other composers allows us the opportunity to probe into the great composer’s style and creative thought processes. A number of scholars have shown without question that the majority of Handel’s borrowings transform his source materials into new creations entirely his own. But what does “entirely his own” really mean? Read more

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Events

Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent

Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of the Americana with Dailey & Vincent

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue

Grammy-Award Nominated Bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent join forces with DCINY to celebrate the American tradition of country-style Bluegrass music with an electrifying blend of gospel and folk in Carol Barnett’s, “World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” John Purifoy’s “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” spans the Civil War in three thrilling movements of choral delight. The concert will be performed by Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of 200 voices and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. Tickets on Sale Now. $20-$100. Call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or visit CarnegieHall.org       Read more

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Transient Glory A Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli

Transient Glory A Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli

1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Young People's ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

An evening of specially selected music from the imaginative musical mind of composer Missy Mazzoli, adapted for an ensemble of young voices and Victoire, with soprano soloist Mellissa Hughes.  An inspired aural and visual experience directed by Mark DeChiazza and hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer.  Read more

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Reading Session with Jake Runestad

Reading Session with Jake Runestad

Tampa, FL

The Master Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Join members of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for this special reading session and discussion lead by and featuring the music of award-winning American composer, Jake Runestad. Whether you are a church musician, music educator, or singer you will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience music at its very source! Register by April 18 through The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (www.masterchorale.com). Registration includes a music packet which will be available for pick up at the door of the reading session. Read more

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Great Choral Masterpieces

Great Choral Masterpieces

2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA

Nan Hall | 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

We asked for your favorites and now we present a wonderful concert of beloved choral anthems from across the centuries. From Palestrina through Mozart, to contemporary genius, Morten Lauridsen, Richmond Choral Society will thrill you with the beauty of these choral masterpieces. www.richmondchoralsociety.org Read more

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United University Church – Community Concert  - FREE

United University Church – Community Concert - FREE

817 West 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90089

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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Culver City – Community Concert

Culver City – Community Concert

11269 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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 Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota and Orchestra present a concert of English music inspired by the popular PBS television drama, Downton Abbey. The program will provide a "musical tour" of post-Edwardian England by pairing musical selections with memorable events from the story line of the Downton Abbey series.  The concert will feature one world premiere and two U.S. premieres of recently rediscovered works from this time period. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.oratorio.org Read more

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Volti:  Songs of Love, War and Peace

Volti: Songs of Love, War and Peace

San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley, California

Barbara Heroux | Composing/Commissioning

Volti sings new works by five contemporary American composers exploring universal themes of love, war and peace.  Read more

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