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Where You Lead, They Will Follow

Where You Lead, They Will Follow

An Interview with Sir David Willcocks

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Profile, Rehearsal

Famed conductor Sir David Willcocks speaks about his special love of choral singing and of choral singers through his experience as director of music at King's College, Cambridge and of the Royal College of Music's Bach Choir. Read more

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He Changed Choral Music in Canada

He Changed Choral Music in Canada

Chronicling Elmer Iseler's Impact

Walter Pitman | Conducting, History, Profile

Ten years after his death, a new book about conductor Elmer Iseler examines his legacy on choral music not just in Canada but throughout the choral music field. Read more

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Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Thomas Sheets | History, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Performances of Verdi's Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp inspire a present-day concert drama that explores the profround relationship between music and its performers. Read more

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The Letter Every Singer Wants to Receive

The Letter Every Singer Wants to Receive

Chorus America Staff | General, History, Participation

I don't know about you, but I have received at least one letter telling me that, no, I would not be singing in the chorus next year. So it was a great balm to read this post-audition letter from the late great choral director Robert Shaw to the members of one of his early choral groups, The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Read more

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Gregg Smith Singers At 50

Gregg Smith Singers At 50

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Repertoire

A look at the Gregg Smith Singers' astounding legacy of supporting new choral music in America. Read more

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Performing Under Pressure

Performing Under Pressure

On Being a King's College Chorister

Karin Brookes | Children/Youth, Education, History, Impact/Value, Singing

Thorough preparation is key to a flawless performance when 200 million listeners tune in to hear the annual (and beloved) broadcast of the King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Read more

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Gay and Lesbian Choruses - Then and Now

Gay and Lesbian Choruses - Then and Now

John D. Sparks | Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value

A history of gay and lesbian choruses in America: A movement that began in anger and isolation has given way to musical excellence and collaborations promoting tolerance and inclusion. Read more

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What Is A Chorus?

What Is A Chorus?

How We Define Choral Music - Now and Then

Tom Kelly | History, Impact/Value, Repertoire

And what exactly is choral music? Music claimed by choruses is often not choral in origin—it becomes choral music when a chorus sings it. Read more

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Sacred Texts in a Secular World

Sacred Texts in a Secular World

A Word To Nonbelievers and Believers

Michael Steinberg | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

What should we do when a piece of music offends a whole group of people? Read more

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Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

George Gelles | Conducting, History, Operations, Repertoire

Never program down to your audience, and never assume that your audience isn't ready to be challenged by fresh interpretations of familiar pieces, by works from the canon that unjustly have been ignored, by the music of today and tomorrow. 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

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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BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

Lexington, KY

Michelle Tabnick PR | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

Ardea Arts announces the World Premiere of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera. Performances will take place at Calvary Baptist Church Recreation Center, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY, on Friday and Saturday, November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 12at 2pm. General Admission, $18, Students $9. For more information, visit www.ardeaarts.com/bounce/. Read more

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Thomanerchor    Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Thomanerchor Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Bethlehem, PA

Renee James | Children/Youth, Families, Fundraising, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

THOMANERCHOR - an extraordinary event you won't want to miss! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 4pm • Central Moravian Church 6pm • Benefactor Cocktails, Dinner & Auction Saucon Valley Country Club   Read more

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World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Fernando Va... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Artistic Director Charlie Kim, with orchestra, soloists, narration and staging, will perform the world premiere of Sergio Barer's 'Moses, an Oratorio' in the historic and beautifully restored 1920's landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple. General Admission: $18, tickets at www.mosesanoratorio.brownpapertickets.com and go to www.igg.me/at/moseso to view donation rewards including tickets and additional perks Read more

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The Fairfield County Chorale Presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem

The Fairfield County Chorale Presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Education, Families, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

David Rosenmeyer conducts the Fairfield County Chorale and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm in Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk, CT Read more

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From Ghetto to Capella: Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy

From Ghetto to Capella: Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy

1 East 65th Street

salonsanctuary | History

The early-music series Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, in conjunction with the Carnegie Hall La Serenissima Festival, offers a program of unaccompanied Hebrew chants and music of Strozzi, S. Rossi, and B. Marcello, among others, illustrating a vibrant dialogue during a time of great oppression—a cross-fertilization of musical ideas and cultures between Venice’s Jews and Catholics that traversed the forbidding walls of the city’s Jewish ghetto. Read more

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Holiday Baroque

Holiday Baroque

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Ring in the holidays with the Fairfield County Chorale. The joyful and festive program features Handel's Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi's Gloria, as well as Baroque favorites by Handel and Bach. Then, in what has fast become a popular FCC tradition, the audience is invited to sing along with the Chorale to a selection of carols and other holiday favorites. Read more

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Entartete Musik

Entartete Musik

200 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143

cantatasingers | Audiences, General, History, Performance, Singing

Chamber Series Director Allison Voth leads Cantata Singers’ members in a program featuring music by Nazi-labeled “degenerate” composers Arnold Schoenberg, Berthold Goldschmidt, Paul Hindemith, and others. 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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Messiah...Refreshed!

Messiah...Refreshed!

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Families, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

DCINY ushers in the holiday season with the sixth annual presentation of its signature version of Handel’s Messiah, the Beecham/Goossens’ 1959 reorchestration for full symphony orchestra. The performance is led by maestro Jonathan Griffith, featuring an international choir made up of singers from five different continents. Read more

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