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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

Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society

2315 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Join us and our special guests the City Singers Youth Choirs.   For our 70th season we will feature the world-premiere of “Long Ago on Christmas” by Keith Tan.   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 | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Join us and our special guests the City Singers Youth Choirs.   For our 70th season we will feature the world-premiere of “Long Ago on Christmas” by Keith Tan.   Read more

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A Choralis Family Christmas

A Choralis Family Christmas

115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church, VA 20046

ChoralisSinger | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Presented by the entire Choralis family of choirs, this concert offers music and holiday fun for all ages. Highlights will include Bob Chilcott's new Gloria, a kid-friendly sing-along, a conducting raffle, and a visit from Santa! Read more

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A Classic Brass Christmas

A Classic Brass Christmas

1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

ChoralisSinger | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Singing, Venue

This annual favorite will feature all the Choralis Christmas concert traditions - candlelight processional, a carol sing-along - as well as the World Premiere of Bob Chilcott's Gloria, written specifically for Choralis. Read more

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LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

David Simmons | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

Of all the emotions that art can provoke, joy might be the most precious -- and the most fleeting. The Congressional Chorus presents an evening of euphoria with its groundbreaking new concert, Living, Laughing & Loving: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance. This dynamic, multi-sensory program unites the 85-member Congressional Chorus with performers from Joy of Motion Dance Center, Afromoda Dance Theater, Capitol Movement, spoken word artists from American Youth Chorus (AYC) and the NorthEast Senior Singers and a live 10-piece instrumental ensemble. Together, this incomparable group of artists will celebrate the "seasons" of life at the inspiring Church of the Epiphany. From poignant and tender ballads to toe-tappin' and roof-raisin' production numbers, Living, Laughing & Loving promises to be night of pure joy. Read more

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GC CALL FOR CHORAL COMPOSITIONS

GC CALL FOR CHORAL COMPOSITIONS

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA

Dr. Jennifer Mo... | Composing/Commissioning

REVIEW DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2015 https://www.smore.com/fr7b4   The Georgia College Choral Ensembles invites submissions for its inaugural call for scores from all living composers. Selected entries will be performed on the choirs' spring concert entitled, Music Lives, on Saturday, April 16 in Milledgeville at First Baptist Church. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF KARL JENKINS: A CONCERT FOR PEACE

THE MUSIC OF KARL JENKINS: A CONCERT FOR PEACE

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Sample/Template, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Venue

 DCINY honors newly-knighted Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised entirely of his compositions. The concert includes one of Jenkins’ earliest works, Songs of Sanctuary (for treble voices), as well as his enduringly popular The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The pieces will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith. http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/1/18/0700/PM/The-Music-of-Karl-Jenkins/    Read more

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Sonic Awakening

Sonic Awakening

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Vox opens its season by exploring the female voice – it sings, it cries, it soars. Fascinating songs will awaken your mind and senses with sounds of glorious voices setting your imagination on fire. Witness unfamiliar, unusual, mysterious, surprising vocalisms that create a new vocabulary of sound. Read more

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Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

4901 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808

Denean Dyson | Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

We celebrate our 50th anniversary with Beethoven's beloved Choral Fantasy and a world premiere by a Long Beach composer. Read more

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