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Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical: An Interview with James Snyder

Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical: An Interview with James Snyder

Mike Rowan | Careers, History, Profile, Singing

There’s a groundbreaking new musical in New York powered entirely by the human voice. In Transit is Broadway’s first a cappella musical, boasting a creative team that includes Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez and contemporary a cappella guru Deke Sharon. The show’s opening is an exciting development for proponents of vocal music, and a prime showcase for actors with unique a cappella singing talents like James Snyder. Read more

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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Illuminating Early Music

Illuminating Early Music

Zoë Madonna | Conducting, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

When done right, these choral directors say, early music transcends its intimidating reputation and connects with audiences. Read more

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40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

Kelsey Menehan | History, Performance, Singing

Over the July 4th holiday, A Prairie Home Companion celebrated 40 years on the radio. Philip Brunelle, who was on the very first show in 1974, reflects on his long and fruitful collaboration with the beloved public radio program. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Long-time singers will happily list numerous ways that choral singing enhances their lives. When those singers stay with the same chorus for many years, the benefits flow both ways. We spoke with seven singers who have sung with the same chorus for two or more decades about their experience and its value. Read more

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Resources

Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. 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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Going for Baroque

Going for Baroque

Jason Paulk | History, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

Sure they wore different fashions back then, but did they sing differently too? Check out these tips and warm-ups that will help you to sing difficult baroque pieces like the B Minor Mass with more ease and authenticity. Read more

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Events

Princeton Pro Musica Presents a Symposium on Handel’s "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton Pro Musica Presents a Symposium on Handel’s "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, History

  Princeton Pro Musica will hold a symposium panel discussion prior to its May concert of great music by G.F. Handel, featuring the oratorio Israel In Egypt. The free symposium will be held at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, on Monday, April 28 at 7:00pm. No tickets are required. Read more

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Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

The Concert - Tuesday April 8 at 7.30 pm. Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 Phone: (416) 488-7884 E-mail: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Price: $30 per head, there is a $5 discount if you also buy a Workshop Ticket for Monday. The Pieces Christe Jesu -- Taverner Ave verum -- Byrd See, see the word is incarnate -- Gibbons Organ piece Five Spirituals -- Tippett (Joint choirs in “Steal Away” and “Deep river”) INTERVAL Cantique de Jean Racine -- Fauré  Libera me -- Fauré* Sung Jointly with Grace My soul there is a country -- Parry Where does the uttered music go -- Walton Organ piece O God thou art my God* Purcell Sung Jointly with Grace 2 choruses from Foundling Hospital anthem Handel (Hallelujah chorus) Read more

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Escolania de Montserrat

Escolania de Montserrat

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Families, General, History, Performance

Thousands travel to see them every day, but now the Escolania de Montserrat from Barcelona is coming to us!  On March 16 at Strathmore, one of the oldest choirs in the world will present the program, “Montserrat and Cataluña: A Thousand Years of Music,” featuring works by such notable composers as Pablo Casals.  The concert is part of the choir's first ever tour to the United States.    Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota and Orchestra present a concert of English music inspired by the popular PBS television drama, Downton Abbey. The program will provide a "musical tour" of post-Edwardian England by pairing musical selections with memorable events from the story line of the Downton Abbey series.  The concert will feature one world premiere and two U.S. premieres of recently rediscovered works from this time period. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.oratorio.org Read more

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Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Washington, DC 20016

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, General, History, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

First educational collaboration of two of DC's signature choral groups, The Washington Chorus and Children's Chorus of Washington, exploring Britten's use of children's voices in his War Requiem. Read more

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And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Audiences, Conducting, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

And Glory Shone Around An Early American Christmas Celebrate the season with The Rose Ensemble’s critically-acclaimed program of three hundred years of American music. Filled with sounds both familiar and fresh, we’ll deck the concert halls with Shaker hymns, Colonial country dances, Kentucky harmonies, and joyful seasonal carols from across the North American landscape. Perfect for winter and Christmastide, this popular holiday concert evokes the warmth of hearth and home. Read more

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And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Audiences, Conducting, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

And Glory Shone Around An Early American Christmas Celebrate the season with The Rose Ensemble’s critically-acclaimed program of three hundred years of American music. Filled with sounds both familiar and fresh, we’ll deck the concert halls with Shaker hymns, Colonial country dances, Kentucky harmonies, and joyful seasonal carols from across the North American landscape. Perfect for winter and Christmastide, this popular holiday concert evokes the warmth of hearth and home. Read more

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And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Audiences, Conducting, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

And Glory Shone Around An Early American Christmas Celebrate the season with The Rose Ensemble’s critically-acclaimed program of three hundred years of American music. Filled with sounds both familiar and fresh, we’ll deck the concert halls with Shaker hymns, Colonial country dances, Kentucky harmonies, and joyful seasonal carols from across the North American landscape. Perfect for winter and Christmastide, this popular holiday concert evokes the warmth of hearth and home. Read more

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