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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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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. 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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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Is your chorus ready for a founder transition? This 9-question quiz will help you determine the answer. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Finance, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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Events

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Performance, Singing

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Naamah's Ark

Naamah's Ark

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance

https://www.mastervoices.org/events/naamahs-ark/ Artists: Victoria Clark (“Naamah”) Sachal Vasandani (“Merman”) Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director) Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (Alan Katz, Leader) Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom MasterVoices Chorus Ted Sperling, Conductor Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution Read more

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Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

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Choral Masterworks: Haydn's The Creation

Choral Masterworks: Haydn's The Creation

Rochester, NY

ESMSummer | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Singing

Summer choral conducting institute at Eastman, led by William Weinert and guest faculty Ann Howard Jones. Read more

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The Complete Conductor - Focus on Brahms

The Complete Conductor - Focus on Brahms

Rochester, NY

ESMSummer | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

  Summer choral conducting institute at Eastman, led by William Weinert, Eastman's Director of Choral Activities. Read more

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5 conductors from across North America conduct TMC in live webcast concert

5 conductors from across North America conduct TMC in live webcast concert

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional

Webcast of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Elora Singers in concert. The choirs will be conducted by the five conductors from across North America participating in the TMC's Choral Conductors' Symposium led by Noel Edison. Read more

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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Detroit, MI: Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

Eugene Rogers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation

EXIGENCE, the new Sphinx Organization vocal ensemble, is dedicated to the belief that there is a great need, an exigence, for diversity in the arts and the world of choral music. Lead by founding conductor Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE is comprised of vocal artists within the Black and Latino communities, including solo performers, voice-teachers, conductors and composers who recognize the power of community and expression through choral music. A Vision Unfolding is the inaugural performance by this groundbreaking group and will feature a range of music from traditional classical concert repertoire to newly commissioned works by Black and Latino composers. Using three perspectives of the concert theme, A Vision Unfolding of mercy, equanimity and hope, the program includes works by Verdi, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Woo, Guillaume, Castañeda, Hearne, Hill and two premieres – A Vision Unfolding by Derrick Spiva, Jr. and Caged Bird by Joel Thompson. A Vision Unfolding at the Hartford Baptist Memorial Church in Detroit on February 2nd, 2018, is a part of SphinxConnect – Sphinx's national convention, the epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity. Tickets for A Vision Unfolding will be available online or at the door. This inaugural performance by EXIGENCE will be followed by a performance on Feb. 4th at the Finals Concert of the national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players (tickets sold separately). Please join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music with EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding. “We believe that vocal concert music continues to need more voices at the table from disparate backgrounds and perspectives” –Dr. Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE founding director Read more

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Messiah Choral Symposium & Masterclass

Messiah Choral Symposium & Masterclass

Tampa, FL

The Master Chor... | Careers, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Led by Doreen Rao, the MCTB Messiah Symposium features morning classes focused on score preparation, performance practices and conducting techniques as these relate specifically to teaching and performing Handel’s Messiah. Following a lunch break, the Choral Symposium will feature a public Conducting Masterclass led by Doreen Rao and joined by special guest Michael Francis (Florida Orchestra's Music Director) and The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sacred Ground

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sacred Ground

804 9th Ave Seattle, WA 98104

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

Sacred Ground focuses on sacred choral music that speaks to our spiritual relationship with the natural world. Included are the recently-premiered Canticle of the Sun by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits, An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Host for multiple choirs by Healey Willan, and Amazing grace by Hyo-Won Woo  which incorporates bird song and other sounds of nature to unite the spiritual and natural worlds. Read more

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