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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

Sunday Morning with Alice Parker

Sunday Morning with Alice Parker

Downers Grove, IL

First United Me... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, General, Singing

Alice Parker will be leading a hymn sing for our church service - 11:00 am - Noon Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

ChoralArt | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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Light Shines Eternal

Light Shines Eternal

Portland, ME

ChoralArt | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire

ChoralArt presents Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata and James Whitbourn's Luminosity. Read more

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The ICELAND Concert - Fri. Oct. 7 - Ford Theatres

The ICELAND Concert - Fri. Oct. 7 - Ford Theatres

Hollywood, California

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the next phase of its epic new multidisciplinary production, ICELAND, in concert form, at the Ford Theatres’ stunning, newly renovated amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:30pm. Written and composed by O-Lan Jones, in collaboration with critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley,ICELAND is a modern love story, set in a mythical and timeless world, where ancient creatures challenge the hero and heroine on an archetypal journey. The work tells an intimate story, beginning in an Icelandic airport and journeying off the map of the known world, into the realm of “The Hiddenfolk” and the vast mythic inner landscapes of Iceland. The ICELAND Concert at the Ford, presented for the first time with full orchestration and complete score, will be directed and choreographed by local legend Ken Roht, with musical direction by David O, as well as additional creative scenic design elements and impressionistic costumes. Additional information can be found at fordtheatres.org. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Columbia Pro Cantare 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Columbia, MD

CPC | General, History, Performance, Repertoire

Columbia Pro Cantare will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala concert at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. Read more

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“Summer’s Bounty” Benefit Concert – Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir

“Summer’s Bounty” Benefit Concert – Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir

Greenfield, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY CHAMBER CHOIR presents   SUMMER'S BOUNTY - a choral celebration featuring six centuries of a cappella music Sunday, August 28, 2016 3pm All Souls Church, Greenfield 399 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301 Donations Welcome ALL PROCEEDS GO TO BENEFIT THE STONE SOUP CAFE   For more information: www.pvsoc.org chorus@pvso.org www.stonesoupgreenfield.org Read more

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Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Rehearsal, Singing, Symphonic

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (Dr. Jonathan Harvey, dir.) welcomes singers of all voice parts to our Open Rehearsal, 7-9pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). Come check it out – see what it’s like to sing with us!   We will sing repertoire from throughout our upcoming 2016-17 season, including works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Copland, and our season finale masterwork, Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Come meet new friends, eat some tasty treats, and make beautiful music!   New PVS singers will be entered into a drawing to win voice lessons, concert tickets, meals, and other fabulous prizes.   Interested singers can find more information about the PVS Chorus at www.pvsoc.org, or email chorus@pvso.org. Read more

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The Time Has Come for Peace

The Time Has Come for Peace

Northborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | General

Works by Eriks Esenvald and Karl Jenkins to the theme of peace highlight this first concert of he 2016-2017 season of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Read more

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Mendelssohn Elijah Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Mendelssohn Elijah Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform Mendelssohn's Elijah (in English) with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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Brahms Requiem Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Brahms Requiem Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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