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Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Profile

Alexander Lloyd Blake has plenty of jobs to keep himself busy. Blake is the choir director for the LA County High School for the Arts, and principal assistant conductor of the National Children's Chorus’ Los Angeles ensemble. But that’s not all. “I'm an assistant conductor at First Congregational Church LA—that's a new one,” Blake recounts. “And I'm studying for my qualifying exams for my doctorate in choral conducting at USC.” Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Don Lee | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In an effort to renew our understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges choral conductors encounter and how they affect the choral ecosystem, Chorus America undertook a new study, updating survey findings from a decade ago. The results highlight both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession.  Read more

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Creating a Lifelong Singer

Creating a Lifelong Singer

Jill Kimball | Children/Youth, Conducting, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

When Susan McMane was in high school, she probably spent about as much time chanting “two, four, six, eight” as she did singing “do, re, mi.”  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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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

Don Lee | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile

Faculty members and participants at Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium reflect on the qualities that made Shaw a choral icon. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Profile

“There are so many commonalities between directing a community choir and the church music experience,” says Tom Dooling of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio.  Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. Read more

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Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Education, Governance, Innovation, Profile

L. Brett Scott has touched many sides of the choral world in his career so far, and it figures that plenty more is in store. “My association has gone from a symphonic chorus, to research, to a community choir, and now includes a larger choral-orchestral ensemble again,” he says. Read more

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Choral conductors and singers share their own practicing best practices

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall? Or to a memorable choral performance? Everyone knows the answer. But many are the music scores that sit unattended in car trunks between rehearsals. And many are the frustrated choral conductors who wish their singers would put in the time that the music deserves. Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. Read more

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The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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Artistic Leader Job Description

Artistic Leader Job Description

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

This sample administrative job description can help you define a new or existing role for an executive or managing director. Read more

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Artistic Director Succession Plan

Artistic Director Succession Plan

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

This detailed succession plan template walks you through the process of selecting a new artistic leader. It offers best-practices, a step-by-step guide and templates for important documents. Read more

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Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Conducting Pedagogy: A Resource Reference Guide of Conducting Literature and Textbooks

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Research Memorandum Series No. 206 This issue of the Research Memorandum Series includes a compilation of resources geared towards both the conducting pedagogue and the conductor seeking knowledge and self-improvement. It also provides an overview of the different types of conducting literature that exists. Read more

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Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. 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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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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Events

Messiah Choral Symposium & Masterclass

Messiah Choral Symposium & Masterclass

Tampa, FL

The Master Chor... | Careers, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Led by Doreen Rao, the MCTB Messiah Symposium features morning classes focused on score preparation, performance practices and conducting techniques as these relate specifically to teaching and performing Handel’s Messiah. Following a lunch break, the Choral Symposium will feature a public Conducting Masterclass led by Doreen Rao and joined by special guest Michael Francis (Florida Orchestra's Music Director) and The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sacred Ground

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sacred Ground

804 9th Ave Seattle, WA 98104

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

Sacred Ground focuses on sacred choral music that speaks to our spiritual relationship with the natural world. Included are the recently-premiered Canticle of the Sun by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits, An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Host for multiple choirs by Healey Willan, and Amazing grace by Hyo-Won Woo  which incorporates bird song and other sounds of nature to unite the spiritual and natural worlds. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle, WA

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Seattle Pro Musica will join more than two dozen renowned performing arts organizations in a citywide celebration of William Shakespeare. Sounds and Sweet Airs will showcase choral settings of poetry and prose by the Bard of Avon – including world premieres from Northwest composers Jessica French, Don Skirvin, and Giselle Wyers. Read more

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Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

4 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Professional, Repertoire, Research/Data, Schools, Singing

Harmonium Choral Society presents a choral musicianship workshop for diversity and inclusivity on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave at Kings Road, Madison, NJ.  Exploring Inclusivity and Diversity in the Choral Rehearsal or Music Classroom, with clinician Elise Figa, is appropriate for all singers.  Read more

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10128

Michelle Tabnick PR | Conducting

  Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Mostly Modern Festival & Institute

Mostly Modern Festival & Institute

Saratoga Springs, NY

Holly Hickman | CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. The institute has over 100 students & over 20 faculty members. There will be an orchestra, a choir, 4 chamber ensembles, masterclasses, lectures, and private lessons. The Institute is open to musicians 18 and older, and welcomes people in all stages of their career.  MMF takes place at Skidmore College at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College is ideally located in Saratoga Springs, New York, three hours by car from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal. All public performances take place at the stunning Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, a 600-seat acoustically tuned space. The MMF Institute is now accepting applications for singers, conductors, composers and instrumentalists.  APPLY ONLINE NOW Read more

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BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

Lexington, KY

Michelle Tabnick PR | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

Ardea Arts announces the World Premiere of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera. Performances will take place at Calvary Baptist Church Recreation Center, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY, on Friday and Saturday, November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 12at 2pm. General Admission, $18, Students $9. For more information, visit www.ardeaarts.com/bounce/. Read more

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Simple Gifts Gala Concert

Simple Gifts Gala Concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Fundraising, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The musicians of GCC open our 12th Simple Gifts concert season with sacred and secular music performed by vocal and instrumental soloists, small ensembles, the Chancel Choir and the Joyful Ringers Hand Bell Choir!  Read more

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2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

2018 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in Songs from June 28-July 2, 2018 Read more

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Christmas with Choral Arts

Christmas with Choral Arts

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music.   More information: https://choralarts.org/christmas Read more

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