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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

A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

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

Join us for a Downton Abbey Christmas and "Celebrate the Seasons"! Read more

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A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

  Inspired by the overwhelming popularity of last season’s "Music of Downton Abbey" concert and anticipating Season 5 of the PBS television drama, we return to the Gothic splendor of Saint. Mark’s Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English choral and orchestral music for Christmas. "Lady Alice - Duchess of Kirkwood"  returns to provide the history of each piece and pair each selection with memorable events from the story line of the "Downton Abbey" series. We invite you to come and "Celebrate the Seasons" with us! Read more

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań POLAND

Universitas Cantat | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!! please apply here http://cantat.amu.edu.pl/en/universitas-cantat-2015/application-form Read more

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12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań POLAND

Universitas Cantat | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

University choirs and vocal ensembles! Come to Poznań POLAND and have an unforgettible singing adventure! CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!! please apply here http://cantat.amu.edu.pl/en/universitas-cantat-2015/application-form Read more

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Call for Scores - Volti Choral Arts Laboratory

Call for Scores - Volti Choral Arts Laboratory

San Francisco, CA

Barbara Heroux | Composing/Commissioning

Volti invites American composers under age 35 to submit scores for consideration for our workshop and residency program, the Choral Arts Laboratory.  The composer chosen will work with the singers of Volti in creating the piece, which will be premiered by Volti in the 2015/2016 season.  Read more

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Bach and Ruehr

Bach and Ruehr

Boston, MA

cantatasingers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Singing

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 77, “Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben” Elena Ruehr: Eve (World Premiere / Cantata Singers Commission) J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 195a, “Dem Gerechten muß das Licht immer wieder aufgehen” David Hoose, Music Director Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston Check the website for ticket information Read more

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I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Volunteer

Based on original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Read more

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Dream A Better World.....Ignite The Spirit

Dream A Better World.....Ignite The Spirit

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Venue

A high energy musical celebration of spirituals, jazz, and gospel music, join the Lincoln Gospel Choir at the renowned Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for an incredible night of electrifying song and entertainment. Presented by DCINY. Read more

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The Joint is Jumpin’!

The Joint is Jumpin’!

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Vox Femina is having a jazz party, and you’re invited!  The Joint is Jumpin’ and we’ve got a line-up of fabulous guests:  Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Beyoncé!  And while these luminaries aren’t actually going to show up (we think) their music definitely will.  We’ll be singing such standards as “At Last,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” and “A-tisket, A-Tasket,” and newer pieces like “Crazy in Love.” Read more

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Under the Western Sky

Under the Western Sky

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Research/Data, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool

Distinguished Concerts International New York presents a family-friendly afternoon of lively music! Read more

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