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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

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF KARL JENKINS: A CONCERT FOR PEACE

THE MUSIC OF KARL JENKINS: A CONCERT FOR PEACE

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Sample/Template, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Venue

 DCINY honors newly-knighted Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised entirely of his compositions. The concert includes one of Jenkins’ earliest works, Songs of Sanctuary (for treble voices), as well as his enduringly popular The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The pieces will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith. http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/1/18/0700/PM/The-Music-of-Karl-Jenkins/    Read more

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Sonic Awakening

Sonic Awakening

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Vox opens its season by exploring the female voice – it sings, it cries, it soars. Fascinating songs will awaken your mind and senses with sounds of glorious voices setting your imagination on fire. Witness unfamiliar, unusual, mysterious, surprising vocalisms that create a new vocabulary of sound. Read more

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Discovering British Choral Music with David Hill and Choir (Novello/Chester Music UK)

Discovering British Choral Music with David Hill and Choir (Novello/Chester Music UK)

New Haven CT

Matthew Berry | Conducting

Novello is holding an open day ‘Discovering British Choral Music’ with David Hill and choir in the Marquand Chapel at Yale University on Saturday 7 November from 2-4pm. It will feature works by Paul Mealor, John Tavener, Nico Muhly, Tarik O’Regan, Richard Rodney Bennett and James Whitbourn, among many others Read more

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Divine Majesty: A glorious revival of 19th century synagogue music

Divine Majesty: A glorious revival of 19th century synagogue music

West Newton, Mass.

Zamir Chorale o... | Conducting

  The world-renowned Zamir Chorale of Boston will present Divine Majesty: A glorious revival of 19th century synagogue music - some of the most glorious synagogue music ever written —music that has disappeared from many synagogues.  Under the direction of founder and artistic director, Joshua Jacobson, the concert will feature music for the Torah service (taking out the scrolls—the heart of a Jewish Sabbath or festival synagogue service) by three luminaries of the 19th century: Salomon Sulzer (1804-1890), Louis Lewandowski (1821- 1894), and Samuel Naumbourg (1817- 1880).   Cantor Peter Halpern is the soloist.         To enrich the listening experience, the November 17th performance will also feature visual images of the magnificent 19th century European synagogues where these pieces were sung, and remarks by Dr. Jacobson, a leading authority on Jewish choral music, about the composers and historical and musical context about the compositions. Divine Majesty is a free concert (voluntary contribution encouraged) and is made possible by an anonymous underwriter in memory of Mary Wolfman Epstein and Cantor Barney Mould.  Divine Majesty is a free concert (voluntary contribution encouraged) and is made possible by an anonymous underwriter in memory of Mary Wolfman Epstein and Cantor Barney Mould.  Limited seating.  Reservations required through zamir.org.  For questions, contact manager@zamir.org, 617-244-6333.       Read more

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Divine Majesty: A glorious revival of 19th century synagogue music

Divine Majesty: A glorious revival of 19th century synagogue music

West Newton, Mass.

Zamir Chorale o... | Conducting

  The world-renowned Zamir Chorale of Boston will present Divine Majesty: A glorious revival of 19th century synagogue music - some of the most glorious synagogue music ever written —music that has disappeared from many synagogues.  Under the direction of founder and artistic director, Joshua Jacobson, the concert will feature music for the Torah service (taking out the scrolls—the heart of a Jewish Sabbath or festival synagogue service) by three luminaries of the 19th century: Salomon Sulzer (1804-1890), Louis Lewandowski (1821- 1894), and Samuel Naumbourg (1817- 1880).   Cantor Peter Halpern is the soloist. To enrich the listening experience, the November 17th performance will also feature visual images of the magnificent 19th century European synagogues where these pieces were sung, and remarks by Dr. Jacobson, a leading authority on Jewish choral music, about the composers and historical and musical context about the compositions. Divine Majesty is a free concert (voluntary contribution encouraged) and is made possible by an anonymous underwriter in memory of Mary Wolfman Epstein and Cantor Barney Mould.  Divine Majesty is a free concert (voluntary contribution encouraged) and is made possible by an anonymous underwriter in memory of Mary Wolfman Epstein and Cantor Barney Mould.  Limited seating.  Reservations required through zamir.org.  For questions, contact manager@zamir.org, 617-244-6333.       Read more

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Choral Classics with Joseph Flummerfelt

Choral Classics with Joseph Flummerfelt

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115

cantatasingers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing

Cantata Singers' 52nd season opens with a program led by world-renowned choral conductor, Joseph Flummerfelt. Read more

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Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

4901 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808

Denean Dyson | Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

We celebrate our 50th anniversary with Beethoven's beloved Choral Fantasy and a world premiere by a Long Beach composer. Read more

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Hymn Fest 9: Sing To The Lord!

Hymn Fest 9: Sing To The Lord!

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

"Hymn Fest 9: Sing To The Lord!"  will be presented on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00pm at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview.  This annual festival is hosted by the 45 voice Chancel Choir with singers from neighboring churches.    Read more

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109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

27 Memorial Dr W, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

NEW!!! SECOND AND THIRD WEEKEND IN MAY This change in dates is to accommodate the change in Lehigh's academic calendar. The third weekend overlaps with Lehigh's Alumni Reunion Weekend and we hope this will encourage alumni to attend the festival.    Festival Soloists:Agnes Zsigovics, sopranoRosa Lamoreaux, sopranoDaniel Taylor, countertenorBenjamin Butterfield, tenorWilliam Sharp, baritone Daniel Lichti, bass     Read more

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