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Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

Choruses seek to foster an open, welcoming culture, but some practices can exclude and cause pain for transgender singers. Here are some steps your chorus can take to avoid them. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

How can choruses foster a more inclusive culture for transgender singers? This list of resources accompanies our article from the Winter 2017-18 issue of the Voice on welcoming transgender singers. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

In creating a chorus culture that is welcoming to transgender singers, terminology can be something that some choral leaders may need catching up on. This list of key terms below supplements our article in the Winter 2017-18 Voice on making choruses welcoming for transgender singers. Read more

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Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Diversity, Innovation, Repertoire

The December holidays are synonymous with choral music, and thousands of people in North America celebrate with singing in or attending concerts that feature timeless carols and familiar favorites. But some choruses are breaking away from the tried-and-true holiday concert formula. We spoke with several choral leaders whose ensembles are highlighting lesser-known traditions, or using holiday themes to explore more universal concepts or address timely social issues. 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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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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An Interview with Vijay Gupta

An Interview with Vijay Gupta

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Science

Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.  Read more

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Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

A first-of-its-kind convening highlights some promising ideas for helping the choral field thrive

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

When you stop to think about the ways people sing together, the diversity is breathtaking. Just a partial list includes community, school, collegiate, and church choruses, as well as gospel choirs, barbershop groups, contemporary a cappella ensembles, men’s choruses, and special mission groups like threshold choirs. Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. 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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Resources

Access and Accommodation Resources

Access and Accommodation Resources

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool

A list of resources to help choruses provide reasonable accommodation in accordance with ADA regulations. Read more

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Choral Music from Jewish Tradition: Bibliography

Choral Music from Jewish Tradition: Bibliography

Joshua Jacobson | Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Repertoire

A bibliography of important resources from the Jewish choral tradition prepared by Joshua Jacobson. Read more

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Choral Music from Jewish Tradition:  Music You Should Know and How to Perform it Well

Choral Music from Jewish Tradition: Music You Should Know and How to Perform it Well

Joshua Jacobson | Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Repertoire

A comprehensive repertoire list prepared by Joshua Jacobson. Read more

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National Performing Arts Convention Final Report (2008)

National Performing Arts Convention Final Report (2008)

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Technology

The National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) was a five-day extravaganza, bringing together more than 30 different arts service organizations and their constituents to learn from each other and from high-profile experts from all arts fields. The final report summarizes the activities and outcomes of NPAC. Read more

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Events

Time Remembered / Time Forgotten

Time Remembered / Time Forgotten

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

The first concerts in the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh season entitled Time Voyagers will present a collection of choral works all dealing with time and the elements that affect us. Time Remembered/Time Forgotten features the Pittsburgh premiere of Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories.  Also on this program are Howard Hansen’s Song of Democracy based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. The program finishes with a newly discovered SATB a cappella arrangement of the beautiful Vocalise of Sergei Rachmaninoff along with two new choral works from Diane Benjamin, Are We Not Your Family? and Remembering Read more

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Auditions: San Antonio Choral Society 2012-2013 Season

Auditions: San Antonio Choral Society 2012-2013 Season

4242 Bluemel Road, San Antonio, TX 78240

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Recruitment, Technology, Volunteer

Auditions are currently being held for NEW Singers.   Read more

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Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Chicago, IL

wickerparksings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Join Wicker Park Choral Singers for a FREE choral exploration featuring music from countries located on or near the titular latitudinal line including: Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Canada. Read more

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Celebrating the Muse

Celebrating the Muse

200 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Green Gal | Adults/Seniors, CA News, Diversity, Performance, Singing

Vox Femina Los Angeles concludes its 15th anniversary season by celebrating the music, people and events that have inspired the choir over the years. They take a look back at special songs from their very first concert, commissions by well-known composers and the guest performers that shared the stage with Vox. Singer alumni will also be joining the festivities. Read more

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Angel City Chorale Presents Angels Over L.A.:  An L.A. Story

Angel City Chorale Presents Angels Over L.A.: An L.A. Story

Los Angeles, CA

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Singing

Angel City Chorale Presents Angels Over L.A.:  An L.A. Story A Concert Featuring the Work of Los Angeles Composers June 2 & 3 at 7:00pm Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles Read more

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Sing Out!

Sing Out!

Long Beach, CA

lbchorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Our terrific accompanist, Bob Gunn, emerges from behind the piano once again to guest-conduct this summertime celebration of the power of song! Concertgoers of every persuasion will find something to love in this festival of harmony and the human voice. One performance only! Read more

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Sentimental Journey 2

Sentimental Journey 2

520 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

Nan Hall | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Richmond Choral Society presents 'Sentimental Journey 2', Music from the Roaring 20's, the Golden 30's and the Swingin'40's, featuring Jason Jenkins on bass, Eric Lyttle on piano, Keith Willingham on drums with Markus Compton conducting. For ticket info go to www.richmondchoralsociety.org  Read more

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Thresholds

Thresholds

73 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ

gking1110 | Diversity

Within the SCH season theme of Healing, Thresholds is the annual ethnic focus on a specific culture. Read more

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Friends in Song

Friends in Song

Dallas, TX

Emily Bywaters | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, Performance

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas invites outstanding school choruses to join in song. Read more

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