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The Rise of the Professional Chorus

The Rise of the Professional Chorus

Matthew Sigman | Careers, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

We look back on the emergence of professional choruses in North America and the role of professional singers in bringing them public acclaim. Read more

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Grant Gershon | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it. Read more

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Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Tom Hall | History, Performance, Repertoire

What is our responsibility as singers and as choruses when historic choral works are offensive, even hostile, to a whole group of people? Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, discusses Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion. Read more

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Homeless Women Find Healing in DC Chorus

Homeless Women Find Healing in DC Chorus

Amanda Weber | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Health, Singing

One conductor witnesses the restorative power of music in her chorus at Washington, DC's N Street Village shelter. Read more

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Selecting Music for Diverse Audiences

Selecting Music for Diverse Audiences

An Interview with Julian Wachner

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Conducting, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire

With so many music directors juggling multiple podiums, choosing repertoire that meets the specific needs of each chorus and the audience in that community takes on special significance. Read more

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How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

Alexander Ruggieri | History, Repertoire

There was a time not so long ago when Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil was virtually unknown outside of Russia. But an early transliteration of the work and some pivotal recordings helped to catch the attention of Western choral groups and audiences. We interview choral conductor and Russian music expert Alexander Ruggieri, who tells the story of the Vigil's emergence as one of the best-loved choral masterpieces. Read more

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You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

Tom Kelly | History, Repertoire

To choral singers, Handel's Messiah is as familiar—and as well loved—as their favorite pair of slippers. But what do we really know about this choral masterwork? Harvard music professor and historian Thomas Kelly talks to Chorus America about how this great oratorio came to be and why it captures our hearts like no other piece. Read more

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The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

Michael Shaughnessy | Audiences, Performance, Technology

Whether your needs are as simple as amplifying announcements from the podium or as complex as balancing voices with instruments in a large space, paying attention to sound design can make or break your concert. Read more

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5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Alexander Ruggieri | Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

The All-Night Vigil doesn't last all night anymore, but doing what it takes to perform it well certainly can keep conductors and singers up nights. Here are five tips for conquering this masterpiece: Read more

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IPA for Dummies

IPA for Dummies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Well...not for dummies, but for choral singers who wonder, "Do I really, really have to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet?" Of course you don’t, but your singing experience could be much more enjoyable if you do. 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

DCINY Mentoring Program in January 2019 in NYC with Doreen Rao

DCINY Mentoring Program in January 2019 in NYC with Doreen Rao

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

The DCINY Mentoring Program is an ideal workshop for conductors wishing to gain a supervised, interactive experience with orchestral musicians. Read more

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Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

Diablo Choral A... | 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

Diablo Choral A... | 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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