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Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Michael Gallant | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Networking, Profile, Schools

Three choral organizations show how united voices can make a difference for themselves and their communities. Read more

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Meet A Member: Anne Longmore, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Meet A Member: Anne Longmore, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Careers, Education, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir director of marketing and community outreach Anne Longmore has an unusual dual career—college professor and arts administrator, thanks to a big move. Read more

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Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Mike Rowan | Careers, Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Profile, Schools

This month's 'Meet A Member' celebrates Music In Our Schools Month, which engages communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. 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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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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Vocal Hacks

Vocal Hacks

Kathryn Mueller | Education, General, Singing, Technique/Tool

Every conductor, singer or voice teacher needs a few good vocal hacks. No, we’re not talking mediocre singers; we’re borrowing from the tech world where Merriam-Webster defines a hack as a “creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation.” Read more

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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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The Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

What practical changes can music educators expect to see?

Debbie Galante Block | Children/Youth, Education, Government/Policy, Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) could be the law that puts music back in all classrooms. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In terms of emphasis on requirements, it might not be that different than No Child Left Behind, but as for philosophy on reform, it is radically different, according to Lynn M. Tuttle, Director of Content and Policy at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). 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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Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation

Choral music has a unique power to touch hearts and souls – but how can choruses leverage that power to impact their communities? These four stories provide some answers.  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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Educational Partnerships

Educational Partnerships

admin_ca | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Schools

Educational partnerships that serve school-age children are a focus for teachers and community choir leaders alike. In this webinar, our panel of experts will explore the different types of partnerships, talk about potential program models, and discuss how to create the ideal program for your community. Participants will walk away with a range of program styles to use in the future and a first-hand account of how programs work in different settings. 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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Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity! Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A list of useful quotes from influential leaders in support of the arts and choral music. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Chorus America’s member choruses all across North America are leading the way in working with school music programs to support, revive, or expand choral music education. Here are some examples of how our members are creatively partnering with schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

In the 21st century, America’s manufacturing-driven economy is being replaced by a creative economy. President Obama is calling for a “complete and competitive education” to ensure our place in the global economy. How do the arts—and choral music specifically—help prepare our students to meet these challenges? Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A question-and-answer worksheet to help you expand your network of choral music supporters. Read more

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Events

Vancouver Chamber Choir - FAURÉ REQUIEM The Good Friday Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - FAURÉ REQUIEM The Good Friday Concert

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

Our annual Good Friday concert highlights the Fauré Requiem - one of the landmark works of the 19th century - performed in the composer’s original orchestration based on the warm sound of violas. There are also two very special Baroque works - the touching Seven Last Words from the Cross of the German master Heinrich Schütz and the tragic story of Jephtha’s Daughter by his Italian counterpart Giacomo Carissimi. (This includes one of the greatest lamentations of all time.) Featuring the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Vancouver Youth Choir, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and soloists.   Vancouver Chamber Choir & Orchestra Pacifica Singers Vancouver Youth Choir Soloists Jon Washburn, conductor   Repertoire Heinrich Schütz - Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz Giacomo Carissimi - Historia de Jephte Gabriel Fauré - Requiem   Purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir       Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVER’S ART Valentine’s Eve Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVER’S ART Valentine’s Eve Concert

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

Start your Valentine celebrations the night before - bring your sweetheart and all your friends to our Valentine’s Eve concert! The music is calculated to give you a lift, with lovesongs and some lifesongs, as well, to balance things out. Certainly some wonderful poetry - from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Stephen Sondheim. Featured guest artists are duo-pianists Terence Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Terence Dawson, piano Linda Lee Thomas, piano Jon Washburn, conductor    Repertoire Johannes Brahms - Neue Liebesliederwalzer Alice Parker - Songstream Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story Suite Carl Orff - Lovers' Excerpts from Carmina Burana    Purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir   http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/concerts.php?idm=226       Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - CANADIAN QUINTESSENCE The Conductors’ Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - CANADIAN QUINTESSENCE The Conductors’ Concert

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Repertoire

The annual National Conductors' Symposium concert is a favourite with our regular concert-goers and first-timers, too. Five talented North American conductors get their first chance to pilot the professional choir. Master Conductor Jon Washburn conducts, too, and Stephen Smith is the pianist. The music is all-Canadian, ranging from the old masters to the latest young stars.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Stephen Smith, piano Five guest conductors Jon Washburn, conductor  Repertoire Healey Willan - I beheld her, beautiful as a dove Jon Washburn - Silver Harry Somers - Feller from Fortune Lionel Daunais - Le pont Mirabeau Derek Healey - The Banks of Loch Erin R. Murray Schafer - Miniwanka - The Moments of Water Matthew Emery - Unto Young Eternity John Beckwith - Farewell to Nova Scotia Imant Raminsh - Ave verum corpus Louis Applebaum - The Morning Dew Leon Dubinsky - We Rise Again Andrew Zinck - Agnus Dei Stephen Chatman - Voices of Earth Rob Teehan - There will come soft rains Don Macdonald - Winter Sun  Scott Macmillan - The Beagle and the Beluga and the Eagle’s Fine Times   Purchase single tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/concerts.php?idm=226 Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vancouver, BC

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

A repeat of A Charlie Brown Christmas from last year, with actors Peter Carlone, Pippa Johnstone and John Voth plus jazz duo Michael Creber and Jodi Proznick. Also a special guest appearance of our new associate ensemble, the Vancouver Youth Choir conducted by Carrie Tennant.   Repertoire includes Charles Schultz A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi and others Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Gaudete omnes, Giovanni Gabrieli O magnum mysterium, Michael Praetorius Ein Kindelein so löbelich, Derek Holman Make we joy now in this feast, The Flower of Jesse, Mary is a Lady bright, Ola Gjeilo Away in a Manger and The holly and the ivy.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Peter Carlone, actor Pippa Johnstone, actor John Voth, actor Michael Creber, piano Jodi Proznick, bass Vancouver Youth Choir, Carrie Tennant, conductor Jon Washburn, conductor   Charles Schultz - A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi and others - Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck - Gaudete omnes Giovanni Gabrieli - O magnum mysterium Michael Praetorius - Ein Kindelein so löbelich Derek Holman - Make we joy now in this feast Derek Holman - The Flower of Jesse Derek Holman - Mary is a Lady bright Ola Gjeilo - Away in a Manger Ola Gjeilo - The holly and the ivy Read more

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A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS  -  A Child’s Christmas in Wales

A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools

Our signature performance of A Dylan Thomas Christmas (2014 is the centenary of the poet's birth!). Our favourite Welshman, actor Russell Roberts, will be there to bring the Christmas magic to life.  Vancouver Chamber Choir Russell Roberts, reader Jon Washburn, conductor   Repertoire Dylan Thomas - A Child’s Christmas in Wales Jon Washburn - Twelve Carols for A Dylan Thomas Christmas Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck - Gaudete omnes Giovanni Gabrieli - O magnum mysterium Michael Praetorius - Ein Kindelein so löbelich Derek Holman - Make we joy now in this feast Derek Holman - The Flower of Jesse Derek Holman - Mary is a Lady bright Ola Gjeilo - Away in a Manger  Ola Gjeilo - The holly and the ivy    To purchase single tickets:  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir     Read more

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HANDEL'S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

HANDEL'S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools

It’s Messiah year for the Vancouver Chamber Choir again, so we get to present our fast-moving version of the world’s favourite choral masterwork. Come and join us as we tell the greatest story of all time. Jon Washburn conducts the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with special guest soloists Monica Whicher, Allyson McHardy, Benjamin Butterfield and Stephen Hegedus.   Vancouver Chamber Choir & Orchestra Pacifica Singers Monica Whicher, soprano Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano Benjamin Butterfield, tenor Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone Jon Washburn, conductor     George Frideric Handel - Messiah   Subscribe now by calling 604-738-6822 or purchase single tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir Read more

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Saint Paul - Felix Mendelssohn

Saint Paul - Felix Mendelssohn

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Education, Families, History, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The dramatic story of the patron saint of Minnesota’s capital city, Saint Paul was the first of Mendelssohn’s oratorios. Completed in 1835, it was patterned after the passions of J.S. Bach, whose music Mendelssohn had championed. Its three principal themes are the martyrdom of Saint Stephen, the conversion of Saul to Paul, and the apostle’s subsequent career. Now rarely performed, this monumental masterwork was one of the most popular pieces of the 19th century. For Information and Tickets, visit http://oratorio.org Read more

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The Occasional Oratorio of George Frederic Handel

The Occasional Oratorio of George Frederic Handel

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Occasional Oratorio (HWV 62) was pulled together in short order by George Frederic Handel to rally the English troops to stave off a threatened invasion by the Scots in 1746. This is the “Occasion” which prompted the work. The Occasional Oratorio could be described as a secular Messiah with the King and military success replacing the second coming. In order to craft the piece quickly the composer pulled out some great choruses that had not yet made their way into larger works, and also repurposed some of his earlier religious pieces by changing the words to fit the more secular purpose. Read more

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A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Join us for a Downton Abbey Christmas and "Celebrate the Seasons"! Read more

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Dialogue

Measuring Education Program Impact

Measuring Education Program Impact

Anonymous | Education, Impact/Value

  We know intrinsically that chorus education programs provide great benefit to those involved—but actual data would help. Can anyone offer some specific examples of the impact of their programs? Read more

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