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Handling Singer Dismissals the Right Way

Handling Singer Dismissals the Right Way

Kathryn Mueller | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Technique/Tool

A community chorus is held together by its singers’ commitment to each other and to the group. But what happens when a volunteer singer becomes disruptive to that community spirit—and won’t comply with repeated requests to change their ways? Does your chorus have a carefully spelled-out dismissal procedure, or do you handle things on a case-by-case basis? Or are you sitting there crossing your fingers and hoping it won’t happen, because there is no precedent in recent memory? Read more

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The Heart of Vocal Harmony

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

Emotional Expression in Group Singing

Mike Rowan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance, Profile, Sample/Template

Music is an emotional medium, yet we often spend rehearsal time in our choirs focused on notes, rhythms, and precision, rarely addressing the meaning of the music, says arranger and producer Deke Sharon. In the new book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing, Sharon puts the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance front and center. 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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Get Prepared with 5 Easy Tips from ArtsReady

Get Prepared with 5 Easy Tips from ArtsReady

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Technique/Tool

Having a business continuity plan in place can help protect your chorus, and enable you to get up and running again as soon as possible. Read more

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2014 Conference: Quotable Quotes and Top Tweets

2014 Conference: Quotable Quotes and Top Tweets

Chorus America Staff | General

Chorus America's Conference is four days long, but those four days are packed with enough content, new ideas, and great moments to last until it's time to do it all over again. Here is a collection of some of the speaker quotes and #choruscon tweets that our staff have been talking about for the past few weeks. Have a favorite moment that we missed? Let us know in the comments below. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technology

What are the trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping choruses and choral music? A panel of leaders in the field weighs in. Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Community Outreach, General, Impact/Value, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

When these lifelong choral singers launched a community chorus, they didn't know they were also launching a music folder company. Read more

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Resources

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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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Fundraising Plan

Fundraising Plan

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

Use this fundraising plan template to build overall goals for your organization and to clarify specific goals for foundation, government, corporate, and individual funding.  Read more

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Executive Director Succession Plan

Executive Director Succession Plan

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

This detailed succession plan template walks you through the process of selecting a new executive director. It offers best-practices, a step-by-step guide and templates for important documents. Read more

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Bylaws Template for U.S. Organization

Bylaws Template for U.S. Organization

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

This template can help in the creation or revision of organizational bylaws, specifically for organizations in the United States. Read more

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Board End-of-Term Questions

Board End-of-Term Questions

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

These questions can be used to help assess performance at the end of a board member's term.  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 Leader Contract - Sample 3

Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 3

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

This sample contract template can be used to clarify expectations for a new or existing artistic leader. Read more

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Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 2

Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 2

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

This sample contract template can be used to clarify expectations for a new or existing artistic leader. Read more

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Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 1

Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 1

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

This sample contract template can be used to clarify expectations for a new or existing artistic leader. Read more

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Events

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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New York Choral Society Festival

New York Choral Society Festival

3 Spruce Street (bet. Park Row and Gold Street near City Hall), New York, NY

New York Choral... | Community Outreach, Families, General, Singing, Symphonic

With 85 performances at Carnegie Hall and 35 at Avery Fisher Hall under its belt, the New York Choral Society kicks off its summer tour of Italy at the Schimmel Center with a program of Italian and American choral music accompanied by piano. Read more

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Celebrate America

Celebrate America

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, General, History, Performance, Singing

  Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the 4th of July.  American music of all styles, from early Americana to folk tunes to spirituals and more stand side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24th.  This year’s theme is The American Melting Pot, and the songs, stories and sing alongs that always play such a vital role in this concert will examine the immigrant experience and the many threads that have intertwined to create our American culture.  MCE is delighted to welcome The Bottom Line Duo as our special guests, a cello/string bass (and sometimes ukulele) husband-and-wife team who will blow you away with their incredible talent and witty sense of humor.   Read more

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Eight Decades of Song

Eight Decades of Song

2707 Buffalo Speedway, Houston TX 77098

Houston Show Choir | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

  Houston Choral Showcase will give two show choir performances on June 16 at the St. John’s School Lowe Theater, featuring popular songs from the past 80 years. Tickets for this performance are $15 at the door, with discount pricing for advance purchase or groups of eight or more. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.houstonchoralshowcase.org.   Read more

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Handel Messiah

Handel Messiah

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Audiences, Conducting, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

A tradition for 159 years – make it yours! Harry Christophers conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally acclaimed soloists in Handel’s dramatic masterwork. Read more

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Annual Spring Concert Celebrating 85 Years of Singing!

Annual Spring Concert Celebrating 85 Years of Singing!

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside,NY 11364

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Queens celebrates its 85th anniversary! Founded in 1927, it is the oldest and longest-running musical institution in the borough. To celebrate this historic landmark in community music-making, the chorus presents Beethoven’s “Mass in C, Op. 86” as well as a special Armed Forces Salute, African-American Spirituals and Opera highlights. Read more

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Heritage Jazz Lounge

Heritage Jazz Lounge

2017 I Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006-1804

Dana M. Anderson | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Networking

              The Board of Directors                  of the        Heritage Signature Chorale                  Invites You                        to                     Join Us   Read more

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Bach Symposium

Bach Symposium

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | General

  On Monday, May 7 at 7:00pm, Princeton Pro Musica will present a free symposium on Bach at the Princeton Public Library. The evening will feature esteemed scholars Wendy Heller, Professor of Music at Princeton University, and George Stauffer, Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Professor Heller has taught courses on Bach at the University, and participated in the PPM symposium on the St. John Passion. Dr. Stauffer has written 5 books on Bach, including one on the B minor Mass. Read more

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Comforting Words

Comforting Words

Bellingham, WA

The Whatcom Chorale | General

Sacred works by Bach, Brahms, Bruckner.  For more information, visit www.whatcomchorale.org. Read more

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