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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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Vu Le on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector

Vu Le on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

Nonprofit leader, humor blogger, and truth-teller. It’s a unique job description, but a perfect fit for Vu Le. Le is the executive director of Seattle-based social justice organization Rainier Valley Corps and the author of NonprofitAF.com, a blog that mixes pop culture and pictures of baby animals with candid insight into the current state of nonprofits. Read more

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Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Robert Marovich | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today. Read more

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How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire, Singing

More and more choruses are practicing advocacy inside the concert hall, representing social justice and community issues in their performances. What kinds of steps are they taking to ensure that singers are on the same page so that they can perform as a collective? Read more

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How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

Maureen Simpson | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

There are seemingly countless ways to make the case for the arts. The trick is knowing which ones are most effective. Leaders at five different arts organizations explain how they talk about the value of the arts, and how those messages are connecting with the audiences they are trying to reach. Read more

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Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Michael Gallant | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Networking, Profile, Schools

Three choral organizations show how united voices can make a difference for themselves and their communities. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Liza Beth | Careers, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the leading women in the Chorus America community to tell us about the women who inspire their work. Here are their answers. Read more

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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Don Lee | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In an effort to renew our understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges choral conductors encounter and how they affect the choral ecosystem, Chorus America undertook a new study, updating survey findings from a decade ago. The results highlight both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession.  Read more

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Resources

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. 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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Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity! Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A list of useful quotes from influential leaders in support of the arts and choral music. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Chorus America’s member choruses all across North America are leading the way in working with school music programs to support, revive, or expand choral music education. Here are some examples of how our members are creatively partnering with schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

In the 21st century, America’s manufacturing-driven economy is being replaced by a creative economy. President Obama is calling for a “complete and competitive education” to ensure our place in the global economy. How do the arts—and choral music specifically—help prepare our students to meet these challenges? Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A question-and-answer worksheet to help you expand your network of choral music supporters. Read more

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Events

King David by Arthur Honegger

King David by Arthur Honegger

Pittsburgh, PA

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

Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm, also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama.  Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”, musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor.  The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas, brings performances of this drama to the public in late April 2015.  Guest Artists: Joanna Latini - Soprano Anthony McKay - Narrator Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe - Witch of Endor Read more

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Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

1200 North La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

  Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert.   Highlights include a new work by Eric Banks, which chronicles the life of Russia’s first openly lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok. Read more

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Holiday Happening!

Holiday Happening!

Pittsburgh, PA

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

  “Beautiful”, “Inspiring”, “Thoughtful”, “Stunning” – Words used to describe the music in the next Bach Choir concert - A Holiday Happening. We are excited to collaborate with the Boys Choir of the Afro American Music Institute under the direction of Dr. James Johnson in what promises to be a beautiful and fun-filled celebration of the holiday season. Read more

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Leipzig Conducting Workshop

Leipzig Conducting Workshop

Leipzig, Germany

bach_institute_valpo | Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

- Conducting tutelage under the direction ofChristopher M. Cock, director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University. - Each conducting participant will have a minimum of two hours of podium time, including opportunities to conduct the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra. - Each conducting participant will conduct two short works in services at the St. Thomas Church, one a cappella and one choral/orchestral. - Members of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra will offer classes demonstrating instrumental techniques using historic instruments. - Musicology Lectures offered by Dr. Katherina Uhde, Valparaiso University. - All participants will sing cantata Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180, under the direction of Dr. Cock. Read more

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American Folksongs & Spirituals: A Fusion of New Music, Poetry, Visual Arts and Dance

American Folksongs & Spirituals: A Fusion of New Music, Poetry, Visual Arts and Dance

1317 G St., NW

CongressionalChorus | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Venue

Congressional Chorus presents its annual, multi-sensory collaborative concert on November 15, 2014 at 7:30PM at the historic Church of the Epiphany.  This innovative concert was discussed in a case study during the June 2014 Chorus America Conference entitled "Attract New People as Audiences and Singers."  This concert is quickly becoming renowned as one of the most unique choral performances of its kind in the USA and Canada!     Click here for a Behind-the-Scenes w/ Collaborator Joy of Motion's Choreographer Helen Hayes:  bit.ly/FolksongsYDE  Read more

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MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY - FREE Community Concert

MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY - FREE Community Concert

817 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Music can inspire us to be the change we wish to see.  It unites us through common cause, uplifts us in times of need, and is our call to action. Music is as much personal as it is universal. Join us as we shine a spotlight on human rights, the plight of children in need and the fight against cancer.  This concert is not only a reflection of the struggles we face in the world, it is also a realization of the beauty and strength we find as we strive to create a better world.  This concert features a new commission by David O with text by Larissa FastHorse - sponsored by Vox alumna Donna Burroughs.  This performance is made possible in part by grants from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Read more

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MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY

MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Music can inspire us to be the change we wish to see.  It unites us through common cause, uplifts us in times of need, and is our call to action. Music is as much personal as it is universal. Join us as we shine a spotlight on human rights, the plight of children in need and the fight against cancer. This concert is not only a reflection of the struggles we face in the world, it is also a realization of the beauty and strength we find as we strive to create a better world. Read more

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The Occasional Oratorio of George Frederic Handel

The Occasional Oratorio of George Frederic Handel

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Occasional Oratorio (HWV 62) was pulled together in short order by George Frederic Handel to rally the English troops to stave off a threatened invasion by the Scots in 1746. This is the “Occasion” which prompted the work. The Occasional Oratorio could be described as a secular Messiah with the King and military success replacing the second coming. In order to craft the piece quickly the composer pulled out some great choruses that had not yet made their way into larger works, and also repurposed some of his earlier religious pieces by changing the words to fit the more secular purpose. Read more

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A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

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

Join us for a Downton Abbey Christmas and "Celebrate the Seasons"! Read more

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Dialogue

Measuring Education Program Impact

Measuring Education Program Impact

Anonymous | Education, Impact/Value

  We know intrinsically that chorus education programs provide great benefit to those involved—but actual data would help. Can anyone offer some specific examples of the impact of their programs? Read more

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