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When Children Sing, It's a Family Affair

When Children Sing, It's a Family Affair

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Education, Families

Participation in a children's chorus yields a return on investment that might seem hard to quantify at first. Parents talk about the many rewards—growing confidence, enhanced musical knowledge and skill, an ability to work together in an accepting, nurturing community, opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures, close friendships—and the challenges of such an investment. Read more

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7 Ways To Be a Better Singer

7 Ways To Be a Better Singer

Jan-Marie Petersen | Education, Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

In many cases, we've been led to believe that the ability to sing well is a talent you're born with—not a skill you can develop. But that's simply not the case: Most everyone can improve their vocal abilities and musicianship skills. Read more

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Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Daniel O'Neill | Community Outreach, Education, Health

Composer Michael Shaieb's oratorio, "Through a Glass, Darkly," is making choral music a vehicle to address methamphetamine addiction in the gay community. When the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC set out to perform it, they did a lot more than just learn the music. Read about the comprehensive outreach initiative they developed to bring this growing social problem to light. Read more

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Tell Me A Story: The Personal Impact of Singing

Tell Me A Story: The Personal Impact of Singing

Ann Meier Baker | Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Singing

Personal stories can be a vital way to communicate the value of your chorus. Read more

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Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Heidi Waleson | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Impact/Value, Schools

Choruses are pouring more resources and creativity into education outreach programs that have a far-reaching impact on students, teachers, schools, and communities—as well as on the choral artists who deliver them. Read more

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"Blend, You Rascals!"

"Blend, You Rascals!"

A Choral Cliché Explained

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

The late Robert Shaw used to give this directive—right before explaining what a ridiculous request it was. Even so, choral directors continue to say it, and singers continue to wonder, Is it me? What should I do? Read more

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Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education

How Minnesota's VocalEssence and composer Eric Whitacre helped high school students, choral directors, and community members of all ages discover the power of contemporary choral music through a festival and community sing event. Read more

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Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

An Interview With Choral Music's Rock Star

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Profile, Social Media

Eric Whitacre muses on how he gets inspired to compose, his special connection with young people, and what he thinks about the future of choral music. Read more

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Deliberate Practice

Deliberate Practice

Michael Shaughnessy | Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

You might consider any type of practice to be deliberate, but it may take a very specific kind of practice to achieve real proficiency. Read more

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Music Theory Crash Course: Scales

Music Theory Crash Course: Scales

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

You can admit it: You have often thought about the many traits that reptiles and musicians share, haven't you? So then you know that, besides exceptional dexterity and slightly odd-looking faces, reptiles and musicians both need scales. 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

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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Summer Singers Day Camp (Grove City location)

Summer Singers Day Camp (Grove City location)

100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127

Edwina French | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, General, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

A fun day camp to inspire and encourage musical talent in children ages 7-11! Read more

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Summer Singers Day Camp (Pittsburgh location)

Summer Singers Day Camp (Pittsburgh location)

2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15222

Edwina French | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

A fun day camp to inspire and encourage musical talent in children ages 7-10! Read more

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Pacific Chorale Choral Sketches

Pacific Chorale Choral Sketches

Orange County, CA

Molly Buzick Pontin | Composing/Commissioning, Education

Pacific Chorale presents a unique learning opportunity for composers who wish to develop their skills in writing choral music, with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan. The purpose of the Choral Sketches initiative is to provide a creative and open environment for composers to deepen their experience writing for voices in a choral context. Choral Sketches is open to composers at any career stage who are currently residing legally in the U.S. Full details and application requirements are at www.pacificchorale.org/choral-sketches. Application deadline is August 1. Read more

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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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Kazakhstan Astana Ballet Gala

Kazakhstan Astana Ballet Gala

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Performance

"Modern Kazakhstan Culture in the Global World," a project of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Culture and Sport. 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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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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