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Working with the Music Director

Working with the Music Director

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership

Artistic leadership of a chorus is both an individual balancing act and a highly collaborative endeavor. Read more

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Learning for Life: A Conducting Masterclass

Learning for Life: A Conducting Masterclass

Karen Deans | Careers, Conducting, Education

Cellists hang out with the other cellists, singers hang out with other singers, but conductors—who do they hang out with? Stephen Czarkowski and 31 other conductors hung out together for four days in May 2006 to share with each other, explore some of the great works in the choral-orchestral repertoire, and learn from some of the nation's finest choral conductors. Read more

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Vance George: My Life in Choral Music So Far

Vance George: My Life in Choral Music So Far

Vance George | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

Vance George, former director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, reflects on a lifetime of musicmaking. Read more

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Finding a New Music Director

Finding a New Music Director

Jeff Lunden | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment

In the 2005 study, Choral Conductors Today, Chorus America learned that as many as one-third of choruses are conducted by their founders, and furthermore that a majority of these choruses were founded a generation or more ago. This data suggests that a large number of choruses will be facing significant leadership transitions and indeed, experience in the intervening years has borne out this assertion. Read more

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Why My Chorus Sings from Memory

Why My Chorus Sings from Memory

Jan Pedersen Schiff | Conducting, Rehearsal

Magical things happen when singers get out of the score, says one longtime chorus conductor. Read more

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Gregg Smith Singers At 50

Gregg Smith Singers At 50

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Repertoire

A look at the Gregg Smith Singers' astounding legacy of supporting new choral music in America. Read more

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Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

George Gelles | Conducting, History, Operations, Repertoire

Never program down to your audience, and never assume that your audience isn't ready to be challenged by fresh interpretations of familiar pieces, by works from the canon that unjustly have been ignored, by the music of today and tomorrow. Read more

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When Children Know the Score

When Children Know the Score

Erin Frisby | Careers, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education

Chorus America's Conducting Masterclasses give conductors valuable podium time. Offered in 2004, this was the first workshop of its kind to specifically invite conductors of children's choruses to advance their professional training by working with the Chicago Children's Choir and orchestra. Read more

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The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Innovation, Professional, Profile

People came from across the country to celebrate the farewell concert of the Dale Warland Singers. What can we learn from a chorus that achieves the pinnacle of aristic acclaim when it decides to close its doors after 31 years—what is the cost of excellence and when is it time to say goodbye? Read more

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Many Roads To Choral Conducting

Many Roads To Choral Conducting

Heidi Waleson | Careers, Conducting, Education, Profile

Powerful early experiences set conductors on career paths with unusual twists and turns. Several conductors recount how they got their start. 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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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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Events

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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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle, WA

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Seattle Pro Musica will join more than two dozen renowned performing arts organizations in a citywide celebration of William Shakespeare. Sounds and Sweet Airs will showcase choral settings of poetry and prose by the Bard of Avon – including world premieres from Northwest composers Jessica French, Don Skirvin, and Giselle Wyers. Read more

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Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

4 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Professional, Repertoire, Research/Data, Schools, Singing

Harmonium Choral Society presents a choral musicianship workshop for diversity and inclusivity on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave at Kings Road, Madison, NJ.  Exploring Inclusivity and Diversity in the Choral Rehearsal or Music Classroom, with clinician Elise Figa, is appropriate for all singers.  Read more

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10128

Michelle Tabnick PR | Conducting

  Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Read more

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