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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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Copyright and the Community Chorus

Copyright and the Community Chorus

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Legal/Licensing, Repertoire, Technology, Volunteer

Now more than ever, it’s important for choruses to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of published music. New technologies are changing the way organizations purchase and use copyrighted materials. To complement a session at the 2018 Chorus America Conference, five music publishers talk about the key questions they are facing. Read more

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Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Robert Marovich | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, 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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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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Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Mike Rowan | Careers, Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Profile, Schools

This month's 'Meet A Member' celebrates Music In Our Schools Month, which engages communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. 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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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

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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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Caryn Fraim | Composing/Commissioning, Performance

Unique among requiems, Brahms' non-traditional Ein deutsches Requiem is a meditation on mortality from a humanist point of view.  Paired with a world premiere commission from composer Zachary Wadsworth on a Walt Whitman text, this concert is dedicated to the memory of Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Norman Scribner (1936-2015). Read more

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Hymn Fest 9: Sing To The Lord!

Hymn Fest 9: Sing To The Lord!

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

"Hymn Fest 9: Sing To The Lord!"  will be presented on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00pm at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview.  This annual festival is hosted by the 45 voice Chancel Choir with singers from neighboring churches.    Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE  Bach, Handel & Schafer

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE Bach, Handel & Schafer

801 Smithe Street at Seymour Street

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

One of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s most acclaimed performances was the 2010 premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s radiant choral/orchestral work The Love that Moves the Universe, based on the final lines of Dante’s Paradiso. In answer to popular demand, we repeat that magical experience, and extend it by singing the equally luminous Jesu, meine Freude by Bach and Laudate pueri Dominum by Handel. Vancouver Chamber Choir and Orchestra Pacifica Singers Jon Washburn, Conductor Repertoire Johann Sebastian Bach                                                                                     Jesu, meine Freude   George Frideric Handel                                                                                       Laudate pueri Dominum R. Murray Schafer                                The Love that Moves the Universe     Tickets: $20.50 - $55.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-love-that-vancouver-british-columbia-03-25-2016/event/11004EB48C775DE8?artistid=899635&majorcat   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The outstanding repertoire of North American choral music is based substantially on the models of musical immigrants from Europe. Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir illuminate many of these ties in this varied and invigorating concert of music from two continents.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Jon Washburn, Conductor   Repertoire Healey Willan              Behold, the tabernacle of God Artus Aux-Cousteaux  Missa grata sum harmonia David Squires              Deep Peace                  Steven Sametz            The Heroine Triumphant                        Ola Gjeilo                    Northern Lights             Samuel Barber            Agnus Dei Carl Orff                      Four Choruses from Catulli Carmina                                                                        Florent Schmitt           En bonnes voix Jon Washburn             Rise! Shine! Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-choral-tapestry-vancouver-british-columbia-03-04-2016/event/11004EB3D977A9F3?artistid=899635&majorc   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE MAESTRO'S ART - The National Conductors' Symposium

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE MAESTRO'S ART - The National Conductors' Symposium

2205 W. 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This year the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s remarkable National Conductors’ Symposium concert focuses on the music of the Masters - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. Five talented conductors from around the world lead the outstanding professional choir along with master conductor and teacher Jon Washburn and pianist Stephen Smith. Join us for an exciting evening of music-making and special insight into the art and craft of choral conducting. Five Symposium Conductors Vancouver Chamber Choir Stephen Smith, Piano Jon Washburn, Conductor    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                  Hostias et preces tibi; Kyrie eleison; Dixit Dominus Ludwig van Beethoven                                                                                         Opferlied; Elegischer Gesang; Agnus Dei Franz Schubert                                    Hymne an den Unendlichen; Gott im Ungewitter; Chor der Engel                              Robert Schumann                                Der Sänger; Der Traum; Der König von Thule Johannes Brahms                                Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich; Verlorene Jugend; Wie lieblich sind deine  Wohnungen   Richard Wagner          Beglückt darf nun dich; Wach' auf!; Treulich geführt Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-maestros-art-vancouver-british-columbia-01-23-2016/event/11004EB3D92EA9C7?artistid=899635&major SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE! Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary       Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

  Choose the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s signature performance of A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) with our favourite Welshman - Russell Roberts – narrating on Friday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir. Vancouver Chamber Choir Russell Roberts, Narrator Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant and Jon Washburn, conductors   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams    Wassail Song Gustave Holst                       Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                  Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch             Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger             Weinacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel            Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                              There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                A spotless rose Jon Washburn                     Music for A Child’s Christmas in Wales   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-dylan-thomas-vancouver-british-columbia-12-18-2015/event/11004EB3D91FA9B2?artistid=899635&majorca ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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