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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

"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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Misatango: A Tango Mass from Buenos Aires

Misatango: A Tango Mass from Buenos Aires

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Conducting, Education, Performance, Singing

DCINY presents the 20th anniversary of Misatango, in an evening combining the rhythm and melodic design of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin choral mass. Martin Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango) features a chorus of singers from Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and the Netherlands, as well as soloists from around the globe. Richard Nickerson and Robert Westerberg conduct the Maine Festival Chorus. Read more

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Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

11269 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Venue

A TASTE OF SEASON 19 Vox performs for the community of Culver City in a free concert sponsored in part by the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission and Sony Entertainment. Enjoy selections from all 3 of our regular season concerts during this afternoon of music.  We will take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. And then we’ll sing and jam to music of rock icons: David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls and other artists. Expect a fun afternoon of music that will get your groove on! This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *$10 Suggested Donation Read more

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Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival

Eugene, OR

Oregon Bach Festival | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Performance

The internationally-renowned Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) announces its 47th season of world-class concerts and musicians. 2016 promises a summer of familiar favorites, new works, and a reinvigorated love for the Festival’s eponymous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. OBF 2016 will run from June 23 through July 10 and feature more than 50 concerts, lectures, and community events. Performances and lectures will primarily be centered in Eugene, Oregon, and will delight audiences at Silva Concert Hall and Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, as well as historic Beall Concert Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Read more

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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Minneapolis, Minnesota

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation in April. Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn.  Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists and orchestra. In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994. A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Read more

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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Saint Paul, Minnesota

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation in April. Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn.  Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists and orchestra. In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994. A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Read more

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New York City Master Chorale presents "Carmina/10"

New York City Master Chorale presents "Carmina/10"

New York, NY

Erica Kelly | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Singing

Join the New York City Master Chorale as they celebrate their 10th anniversary with “Carmina/10.” This exciting concert features works by Dominick Argento, Leonard Bernstein and Carl Orff. Also featured on this concert are six partner ensembles from around New York City and Washington, DC. The evening culminates with a thrilling performance of Carmina Burana featuring a world-premiere performance by "marvelously daring" Gallim Dance, led by Guggenheim Fellow Andrea Miller.  Read more

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Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Washington, DC

Chorworks | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

BACHS’ MOTETS - Music by the Bach Family Come and Sing Music by Members of the Bach Family! A great opportunity to sing, hear and learn more about the music of Johann Sebastian’s forbears and relatives! Music by:  Johann Bach Joh. Christoph Bach Joh. Michael Bach Joh. Ludwig Bach Joh. Sebastian Bach Study & Sing with Chorworks Faculty: Philip Cave Sally Dunkley Rosa Lamoreaux Brian Ming Chu Read more

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Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Chorworks Summer Choral Workshop 2016: BACHS’ MOTETS Music by the Bach Family

Washington, DC

Chorworks | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

BACHS’ MOTETS - Music by the Bach Family Come and Sing Music by Members of the Bach Family! A great opportunity to sing, hear and learn more about the music of Johann Sebastian’s forbears and relatives! Music by:  Johann Bach Joh. Christoph Bach Joh. Michael Bach Joh. Ludwig Bach Joh. Sebastian Bach Study & Sing with Chorworks Faculty: Philip Cave Sally Dunkley Rosa Lamoreaux Brian Ming Chu Read more

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