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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

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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Spring Concert: The Passion According to Saint John

Spring Concert: The Passion According to Saint John

2344 Center St, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

General Admission: $37, Students $9 Spring Concert Soloists: Thomas Cooley, tenor (Evangelist) William Sharp, baritone (Jesus) Laura Heimes, soprano Laura Atkinson, mezzo-soprano - winner of the 2011 Young American Singer Competition Isaiah Bell, tenor Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Don't miss this opportunity to begin the journey of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday performance of the Saint John Passion. This miraculous work had its first American performance in Bethlehem in 1888. The Bach Choir recorded the work in 2011 and is always happy to further explore Bach's musical genius as he takes us to the poetic heart of the Gospel narrative as told by Saint John. The choir portrays the tragic frenzy of the characters in the eye-witness account, as well as reflecting on the meaning that unfolds in a matchless sequence of chorales beginning with "O great love, o love beyond measure." "A handsome account of Bach's St. John Passion on this new release confirms that the Bach Choir of Bethlehem doesn't rest on anything resembling laurels." Gramophone 2012 Read more

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Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Christmas Concert Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor Isaiah Bell, tenor  David Newman, bass-baritone The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the American premiere of Bach'sChristmas Oratorio in 1901, but has not performed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this glorious work for more than ten years. Join us as we follow the shepherds to Bethlehem and exalt in the transcendant beauties of Bach's pastoral sinfonia, choruses of angels bringing their message of peace, an enchanting lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, and Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Read more

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