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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. 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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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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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

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

Alison Burke - HCS | 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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Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival

Eugene, OR

Oregon Bach Festival | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Performance

The internationally-renowned Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) announces its 47th season of world-class concerts and musicians. 2016 promises a summer of familiar favorites, new works, and a reinvigorated love for the Festival’s eponymous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. OBF 2016 will run from June 23 through July 10 and feature more than 50 concerts, lectures, and community events. Performances and lectures will primarily be centered in Eugene, Oregon, and will delight audiences at Silva Concert Hall and Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, as well as historic Beall Concert Hall on the University of Oregon campus. 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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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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The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "The King's Journey" - An Opera in Two Acts

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "The King's Journey" - An Opera in Two Acts

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance

Original Epiphany Opera to be presented in the sanctuary on Sunday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm. Read more

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