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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

And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

1900 Wellesley Avenue, St. Paul, 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

201 West 4th Street, Duluth, 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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Martin's Cloak: Chant, Poetry and Prose from Medieval Tours, France

Martin's Cloak: Chant, Poetry and Prose from Medieval Tours, France

1621 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN

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

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT Martin’s Cloak Chant, Poetry, and Prose from Medieval Tours, France with special guest lecturer, Yossi Maurey, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Musicologist Read more

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Martin's Cloak: Chant, Poetry and Prose from Medieval Tours, France

Martin's Cloak: Chant, Poetry and Prose from Medieval Tours, France

535 West Thomas Avenue, St. Paul, MN

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

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT Martin’s Cloak Chant, Poetry, and Prose from Medieval Tours, France with special guest lecturer, Yossi Maurey, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Musicologist Read more

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Portraits of Peru, 1785

Portraits of Peru, 1785

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Education, Families, History, Performance, Singing

Exotic Folksongs and Dances from Trujillo Read more

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FREE Season Opening Concert: "A Treasury of Medieval and Renaissance Choral Music"

FREE Season Opening Concert: "A Treasury of Medieval and Renaissance Choral Music"

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Fundraising, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

Come celebrate the opening of our 2013-2014 Performance Season with a free concert at the gorgeous Basilica of Saint Mary. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and enjoy The Rose Ensemble’s  signature sound with this one-hour showcase of medieval and Renaissance repertoire. It’s simple: beautiful early music performed in an incredible space. Show up early to peruse the silent auction and place your bids; proceeds support The Rose Ensemble. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL, 60637

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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