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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

Artistic Director Succession Plan

Artistic Director Succession Plan

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

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

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Annual Staff Review

Annual Staff Review

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

Use this review template to review past work and create goals for future work. Read more

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Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, 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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Soloist Contract

Soloist Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this contract to help clarify expectations for your hired soloists. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

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

This sample contract provides a template as you incorporate a partnership with an orchestra. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

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

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. Read more

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Board Chair Job Description

Board Chair Job Description

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

Use this template to outline the duties associated with your board chair or board president role. Read more

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Events

Fitchburg State Choirs present "Choral Kaleidoscope"

Fitchburg State Choirs present "Choral Kaleidoscope"

Fitchburg, MA

J Harvey | General, Performance

The Fitchburg State Choirs present "Choral Kaleidoscope," a performance of ever-shifting variety, featuring the Fitchburg State Concert Choir, Fitchburg State Chamber Choir, Harmonic Velocity (FSU's student-led a cappella ensemble), Gardner High School Select Choir, Fitchburg High School Concert Choir, and Naragansett Regional High School Concert Chorus. Selections include pop, spirituals, jazz, Renaissance, Baroque, music of South Africa, Venezuela, Brazil, Russia, and more! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/academics/academic-departments/humanities-...   Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus presents "and the birds will keep singing": Choral Music of the Spanish-Speaking World

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus presents "and the birds will keep singing": Choral Music of the Spanish-Speaking World

Greenfield, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance

Join us for an afternoon of music by composers from the Spanish-speaking world, including works by Ariel Ramirez, Pablo Casals, Maria Guinand, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and more. Featuring the PVS Chorus, PVS Chamber Choir, and guitarist Michael Nix. A portion of the ticket sales will go to Nueva Esperanza, a local non-profit, in support of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. https://www.pvsoc.org/ Read more

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Ancora presents "Sacred Night"

Ancora presents "Sacred Night"

Seattle and Redmond, WA

Ancora | Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

Seattle women’s choir Ancora, directed by Interim Artistic Director Freddie Coleman, accompanied by Justin Hansen, and joined by guest artists Resonance Handbell Quartet, unveils “Sacred Night.” This seasonal winter program features a Gregorian-inspired “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis” by Frank La Rocca, the Bach-inspired “Mass No. 6” by Romanian-born Hungarian György Orbán, and the mystical “Northern Lights” written for treble voices, handbells, and tuned glasses by Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds. Read more

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A Choral Christmas Carol

A Choral Christmas Carol

Sammamish, WA

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

Our poignant adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic A Christmas Carol, for chorus and readers theater, is back by popular demand! Encounter the true spirit of Christmas in this timeless tale of redemption and joy; with David Ketter as the Narrator, and John Deveney as Scrooge. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Winter Rose

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Winter Rose

Kenmore, WA

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, General, Performance, Repertoire

The “winter rose” – also called the “Christmas rose” or “snow rose” – is known for blooming during the darkest days of winter in the mountains of Central Europe. Our holiday concert celebrates the light and hope symbolized by the winter rose with such favorites as Lo, how a rose e’er blooming by Praetorius and A spotless rose by Herbert Howells. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Sounds and Sweet Airs

Seattle, WA

Caroline Little | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Seattle Pro Musica will join more than two dozen renowned performing arts organizations in a citywide celebration of William Shakespeare. Sounds and Sweet Airs will showcase choral settings of poetry and prose by the Bard of Avon – including world premieres from Northwest composers Jessica French, Don Skirvin, and Giselle Wyers. 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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Harmonium Choral Society Presents "Fear Not"

Harmonium Choral Society Presents "Fear Not"

50 S Park Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Singing

This year’s December concert, "Fear Not," is a collage concert with strings, ranging from Monteverdi to Schoenberg.  It will include works by Abbie Betinis and John Rutter, premieres of works by Dale Trumbore and Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, and multicultural carols. Read more

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