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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

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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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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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

Washington, DC

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

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as Maestro Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chorus lead you on a whirlwind tour of favorite sing-alongs and Christmas classics.  More information: https://choralarts.org/christmas Read more

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Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Washington, DC

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

Join Artistic Director Scott Tucker, the Choral Arts Chorus, special guests The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornets, sackbuts, theorbo, and more for an evening of musical splendor. More information: https://choralarts.org/events/claudio-monteverdi-vespers-of-1610/  Read more

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In the Land of Northern Lights

In the Land of Northern Lights

Washington, DC

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

Join Artistic Director Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chamber Singers for a musical tour of Finland, Norway, and Sweden. More information: https://choralarts.org/events/in-the-land-of-northern-lights/  Read more

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Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

213 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Chorale presents "Reverent Sounds in A Sacred Space" led by Artistic Director Craig Arnold and featuring members of the New York City Chamber Orchestra at the gorgeous St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, May 23 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus Spring Concert

Chesapeake Children's Chorus Spring Concert

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media

The Chesapeke Children's Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing.  Operating as the children's branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students in Grades 2-8 with a unique choral education. Read more

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Glenview Community Church 75th Anniversary Concert

Glenview Community Church 75th Anniversary Concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

In honor of its 75th Anniversary the Glenview Community Church presents “All That Has Life and Breath, Sing to the Lord” conducted by Guillermo Muñoz Küster  on Saturday, May 13 at7:00pm, 1000 Elm St., Glenview.  Read more

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A Celebration of Great Choruses

A Celebration of Great Choruses

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Virginia celebrates Mother's Day with a Celebration of Great Choruses Read more

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Youth Choirs of the Crystal Lake First Congregational Church in concert

Youth Choirs of the Crystal Lake First Congregational Church in concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The Youth Choirs of the Crystal Lake Congregational Church in concert at the Glenview Community Church on Friday, April 21 Read more

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