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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

Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St.

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

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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75th Bach at Noon

75th Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St.

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

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHAMBER CHOIR AND THE ISELER SINGERS - Two Great Choirs

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHAMBER CHOIR AND THE ISELER SINGERS - Two Great Choirs

2205 W. 45th Ave at Yew Street

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing

Every few years Vancouver’s and Toronto’s famous professional choirs join forces in one city or the other - this time, it’s in Vancouver. You are guaranteed a sumptuous sonic experience as the ensembles sing together and individually. Two great choirs... an evening of wonderful music... don’t miss it! Vancouver Chamber Choir Elmer Iseler Singers Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn, Conductors REPERTOIRE Eric Whitacre                Alleluia                                   David Childs                 Salve Regina Hussein Janmohamed   Nur: Reflections on Light  Michael McGlynn          Irish Suite Antonín Dvorák             Songs of Nature  Imant Raminsh             In a Pine Forest                 Benjamin Britten           Flower Songs Leonard Bernstein         Three Songs from Candide Tickets: $20.50 - $55.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-chamber-choir-vancouver-british-columbia-04-22-2016/event/11004EB3D97DA9F5?artistid=899635&majo Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE  Bach, Handel & Schafer

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE Bach, Handel & Schafer

801 Smithe Street at Seymour Street

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

One of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s most acclaimed performances was the 2010 premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s radiant choral/orchestral work The Love that Moves the Universe, based on the final lines of Dante’s Paradiso. In answer to popular demand, we repeat that magical experience, and extend it by singing the equally luminous Jesu, meine Freude by Bach and Laudate pueri Dominum by Handel. Vancouver Chamber Choir and Orchestra Pacifica Singers Jon Washburn, Conductor Repertoire Johann Sebastian Bach                                                                                     Jesu, meine Freude   George Frideric Handel                                                                                       Laudate pueri Dominum R. Murray Schafer                                The Love that Moves the Universe     Tickets: $20.50 - $55.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-love-that-vancouver-british-columbia-03-25-2016/event/11004EB48C775DE8?artistid=899635&majorcat   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The outstanding repertoire of North American choral music is based substantially on the models of musical immigrants from Europe. Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir illuminate many of these ties in this varied and invigorating concert of music from two continents.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Jon Washburn, Conductor   Repertoire Healey Willan              Behold, the tabernacle of God Artus Aux-Cousteaux  Missa grata sum harmonia David Squires              Deep Peace                  Steven Sametz            The Heroine Triumphant                        Ola Gjeilo                    Northern Lights             Samuel Barber            Agnus Dei Carl Orff                      Four Choruses from Catulli Carmina                                                                        Florent Schmitt           En bonnes voix Jon Washburn             Rise! Shine! Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-choral-tapestry-vancouver-british-columbia-03-04-2016/event/11004EB3D977A9F3?artistid=899635&majorc   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Finding the True Meaning

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Finding the True Meaning

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Enjoy this lively concert performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas with actors, jazz duo and the Vancouver Chamber Choir on Saturday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir.   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams             Wassail Song Gustav Holst                             Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                     Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch                   Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger                  Weihnacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel                 Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                                          There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                           A spotless rose Vince Guaraldi, et al.                  Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-charlie-brown-vancouver-british-columbia-12-19-2015/event/11004EB3D926A9BD?artistid=899635&majorc ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE! Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary   Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

  Choose the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s signature performance of A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) with our favourite Welshman - Russell Roberts – narrating on Friday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir. Vancouver Chamber Choir Russell Roberts, Narrator Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant and Jon Washburn, conductors   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams    Wassail Song Gustave Holst                       Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                  Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch             Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger             Weinacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel            Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                              There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                A spotless rose Jon Washburn                     Music for A Child’s Christmas in Wales   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-dylan-thomas-vancouver-british-columbia-12-18-2015/event/11004EB3D91FA9B2?artistid=899635&majorca ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - NEW WAVE - The Latest in Choral Music

Vancouver Chamber Choir - NEW WAVE - The Latest in Choral Music

2205 W. 45th Avenue at Yew St, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Singing

The 21st century has proved to be a new renaissance for choral composition. There are dozens of outstanding living composers - both young and old - and we will bring you a scintillating selection of recent pieces bycomposers from Argentina, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA and Canada.   Vancouver Chamber Choir The Focus! Choir Jon Washburn, Conductor        Repertoire Ivo Antognini               Canticum novum Eric Whitacre               Lux nova William Hawley            Four Reveries Rob Teehan                  O nata lux Tarik O'Regan              Love Reckons by Itself Alone Saúl Cosentino             Tango Barroco Fredrik Sixten               Behold the Lamb ofGod Pärt Uusberg                Õhtul Ola Gjeilo                     The Spheres Paul Mealor                  Upon a bank with roses set about Daniel Knaggs              Trois chansons Dale Warland                Benedicamus Domino    Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-new-wave-vancouver-british-columbia-11-13-2015/event/11004EB3D915A9AA?artistid=899635&majorcatid=10   www.ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE!   Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - MONTEVERDI VESPERS OF 1610 - The Early Baroque Masterpiece

Vancouver Chamber Choir - MONTEVERDI VESPERS OF 1610 - The Early Baroque Masterpiece

6265 Crescent Rd at East Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Early Music Vancouver and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are collaborating in this spectacular performance of Monteverdi’s great masterpiece - the monumental Vespers of 1610. The Choir joins in with eight outstanding vocal soloists and an orchestra of Baroque instrumentalists from Pacific MusicWorks under the direction of guest conductorStephen Stubbs.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Jolle Greenleaf, Soprano Catherine Webster, Soprano Laura Pudwell, Mezzo-Soprano Charles Daniels, Tenor Zachary Wilder, Tenor Ross Hauck, Tenor Douglas Williams, Bass-Baritone Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone Pacific MusicWorks Stephen Stubbs, Conductor   Repertoire Claudio Monteverdi     Vespers of 1610   Tickets: $17.50 - $66.00 www.tickets.ubc.ca  604-822-2697 https://tickets.ubc.ca/online/mapSelect.asp?BOset%3A%3AWSmap%3A%3Aseatmap%3A%3Aperformance_ids=2249D2FE-9277-45E3-A158-D871B01328CC SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE!   Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary Read more

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