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Music Theory Crash Course: Key Signatures

Music Theory Crash Course: Key Signatures

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

Every once in a while, an invention comes along that changes the game. Like the invention of the light bulb, the washing machine, the Internet, and the garlic press, the development of the key signature was positively monumental—to musicians, at least. Read more

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Music Theory Crash Course: Intervals

Music Theory Crash Course: Intervals

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

All you need to know is various combinations of half-steps and whole-steps. Read more

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Music Theory Crash Course: Chords

Music Theory Crash Course: Chords

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

An understanding of chords can also help you to understand the workings of melody. Read more

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Music Theory Crash Course

Music Theory Crash Course

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

For those who never learned, didn’t understand, slept through class, or simply forgot. Read more

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The Singing Pathologist

The Singing Pathologist

Chorus America Staff | Education, Health, Profile

Arie Perry is a doctor who sings about tumors and diseases, and his songs are downright...infectious. Read more

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Marilyn Horne's Second Act

Marilyn Horne's Second Act

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Education, Profile

Marilyn Horne, one of America's most celebrated opera stars, decided to shine the spotlight on the next generation. Read more

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Do Concerts Suffer from "Ovation Inflation"?

Do Concerts Suffer from "Ovation Inflation"?

Larry Passmore | Audiences, Education, Impact/Value, Performance

Whether or not a concert was exceptional, standing ovations are becoming de rigueur with today's audiences. Is this reflective of declining music programs in the schools? Read more

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Stemming Our Cultural Decline

Stemming Our Cultural Decline

A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia | Civic Engagement, Education, Government/Policy

Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment. Read more

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Bridging Cultural Divides: Can Choruses Lead the Way?

Bridging Cultural Divides: Can Choruses Lead the Way?

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Recruitment

Many types of organizations are tackling issues of diversity. Patricia Moore Harbour, who has facilitated a number of these discussions in a process that she describes as the Transformative Learning Experience, believes arts organizations, especially choruses, may start out ahead of the game. 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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Resources

'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

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

This annotated and linked bibliography for Making the Case for Your School Choir provides data from more than 40 different studies, advocacy guides, and publications at your fingertips. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

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

A PowerPoint template that you can adapt for use when making a presentation on the value of choral singing. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Making the Case' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

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

Use this matrix as a worksheet to help formulate an action plan to support choral music in schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: A Parent's Advocacy Guide

'Making the Case' Tool: A Parent's Advocacy Guide

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

The goal of this supplemental guide is to specifically help parents build a solid case for having choral music as part of the school curriculum. Working with your child’s teacher and other partners, use this information to encourage school boards and administrators to begin, revive, or expand your child’s school choral program. Read more

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Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Two Composition Lessons from Handel

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

Handel’s practice of borrowing from other composers allows us the opportunity to probe into the great composer’s style and creative thought processes. A number of scholars have shown without question that the majority of Handel’s borrowings transform his source materials into new creations entirely his own. But what does “entirely his own” really mean? 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

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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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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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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