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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

Celebration & Reflection, Part I

Celebration & Reflection, Part I

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Health, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue

A Memorial Day Weekend Concert Suitable for All Ages! Bradley Ellingboe, Composer/Conductor Ellingboe: Star Song - World Premiere (Orchestral Version) Aimee Beckmann-Collier, DCINY Debut Conductor Mozart: Coronation Mass KV 317 Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International   Tickets are on sale now for $20-$100. Call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.org Read more

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(Ch)oral Argument

(Ch)oral Argument

San Francisco and Berkeley, California

Barbara Heroux | Composing/Commissioning

Volti premieres a major new cantata from Ted Hearne, a co-commission with The Crossing, along with new works from Melissa Dunphy and Kirke Mechem.  www.VoltiSF.org   Read more

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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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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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