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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

BACHday Bash 2013

BACHday Bash 2013

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Fundraising, General, History, Impact/Value, Venue

We hope you can join us as the Bach Choir celebrates its 78th season with scrumptious food & superb libations, an exciting silent auction, and a grand new venue - the historically restored Mansions on Fifth Hotel. All proceeds will benefit the Choir as it continues to present unique and dramatic choral productions. Read more

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Show Choir 80th Anniversary Holiday Concert

Show Choir 80th Anniversary Holiday Concert

8300 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, History, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

  Houston Choral Showcase celebrates 80 years of singing with a fun-filled holiday show at 3pm on Sunday, December 16th, at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway in the Memorial Area. This community show choir will present jazzy arrangements of holiday tunes, songs from favorite Christmas movies, holiday classics old and new, comedy, and more. The choir has previously used the names of Greater Houston Chorus and Houston Community Chorus, and any former members in attendance at the show will be invited on stage for a special time of recognition. Tickets for this performance are $15 at the door, with discount pricing for advance purchase online. http://www.houstonchoralshowcase.org. Read more

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VocalEssence WITNESS: Marian Anderson

VocalEssence WITNESS: Marian Anderson

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Laura Holst | History, Performance

VocalEssence presents a semi-staged production about Marian Anderson Read more

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Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Chicago, IL

wickerparksings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Join Wicker Park Choral Singers for a FREE choral exploration featuring music from countries located on or near the titular latitudinal line including: Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Canada. 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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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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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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Our Song

Our Song

Saint Louis, MO

Gateway Men's Chorus | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Diversity, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Gateway Men’s Chorus celebrates our 25th Silver Anniversary with a concert dedicated to the songs and arrangements we had commissioned over the years. Read more

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