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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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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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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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Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Education, Performance, Singing

Choosing the right primary teacher at college or conservatory is one of the most important decisions a music student will make in their musical career, according to Deborah Simpkin King. A conductor and educator, King is artistic director and founder of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and its Conducting and Choral Scholar programs. Her tips on finding the perfect fit with a teacher for undergraduate or graduate studies are a great resource to share with young conductors and singers. Read more

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50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

50 Years in Washington: An Interview with Robert Shafer

Michael Doan | Careers, Profile

Choral conductor Robert Shafer reflects on his many experiences over the span of his 50 years in the Washington, DC choral community with choral singer and writer Michael Doan. Read more

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Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Mike Rowan | Careers, Profile

David Hagen has a deep sense of belonging to the place he was raised. “I'm just an Alaska lover,” he says. “I love the wilderness, and it's something that's a critical part of my life.” 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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Choral Podcasts

Choral Podcasts

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

Podcasts: They seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days. Similar to social media and the smartphone, the rise of podcasts—audio programs released as a series of episodes that you can subscribe to and download onto your device—has brought significant changes to the way we consume our media today. In 2013, Apple’s podcasts hit the one billion subscriber mark. Read more

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Resources

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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Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Kate Longo | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the Research Memorandum Series, Matthew Bumbach assumes the editorship. The issue focuses on restoring Renaissance repertoire for women’s ensembles using the convent archives of Spain. Compiled by Kathryn Longo. Read more

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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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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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Events

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Charlotte, North Carolina

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:30 p.m.   Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Charleston, West Virginia

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Indianapolis, Indiana

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Monday, January 30, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Naperville, Illinois

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Sunday, January 29, 2017 3 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Madison, Wisconsin

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, General, Performance

Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets  Read more

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Coro Allegro--Magnificat

Coro Allegro--Magnificat

Cambridge, MA

Coro Allegro | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

  Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director, launches our 25th season as Boston’s acclaimed classical chorus for members, friends, and allies of the LGBT community with “Magnificat.” Our season of celebrations begins with joyous and grand Bach choral settings, deeply cathartic works by Barber and Gluck, plus Kodaly folk songs to mark the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Featuring Teresa Wakim, soprano, Clare McNamara, alto, Jason McStoots, tenor, Thomas Jones, bass, and Kristina Nilsson, concertmaster. Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00pm, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. Tickets:  $65 (A), $45 (B), $25 (C), Seniors and Students: 20% off, Student Special C: $15. Visit: coroallegro.org   Read more

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CREO: A U.S. Premiere with Manhattan Chorale

CREO: A U.S. Premiere with Manhattan Chorale

129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

The acclaimed Manhattan Chorale returns to the intimate Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center for one night only on October 18 at 8:00pm with founder and conductor, Craig Arnold, and members of the all professional New York City Chamber Orchestra for the U.S. premiere of Hyo-Won Woo's CREO. Read more

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Cappella Romana in Concert:  New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America. Read more

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"God Bless America - For those who gave their all" Concert

"God Bless America - For those who gave their all" Concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Conducting, General, History, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "God Bless America--For those who gave their all", a free concert by The Musical Revue, directed by Phyllis Scott, on Sunday, May 29, at 4:00pm, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Read more

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The Triumph of Hope

The Triumph of Hope

881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Conducting, Families, Performance

Direct from the hit UK television show, The Choir, composer/conductor Paul Mealor leads the acclaimed Military Wives Choir. Additionally, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra led by Jason Altieri take the stage at Carnegie Hall in a performance featuring talented young musicians of Nevada. Conductor Greg Oden brings the singers of West Monroe High School Choir from Louisiana to center stage in a program of invigorating and enlightening selections. Read more

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