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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

Culver City – Community Concert

Culver City – Community Concert

11269 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

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, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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 Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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Manhattan Concert Productions presents Titanic: The Musical

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Titanic: The Musical

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Operations, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

  Manhattan Concert Productions presents a concert performance of Titanic: The Musical live at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.  This concert performance will feature almost all of the original cast members from the Tony Award winning Broadway production, including Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Victoria Clark and Jill Paice, as well as a 220-strong chorus of singers from across the country, accompanied by the full forces of the professional New York City Chamber Orchestra. Experience the Tony award-winning score first hand this Spring for one night only!   Tickets: $50 - $175 Book Now - www.lincolncenter.org Read more

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A Mass Affair – French Kiss

A Mass Affair – French Kiss

Pittsburgh, PA - Downtown

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

  Requiem Masses of Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) and Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) Thomas W. Douglas Artistic Director and Conductor Thomas Octave Baritone Soloist Warren Davidson Concertmaster of the Academy Chamber Orchestra The twist here is that the sections of the Mass will be intermingled, e.g.- the Kyrie of one followed by the Kyrie of the other, then the Credo of the first next to the Credo of the second, etc. – hence the “French Kiss” in the program’s title. Read more

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20th Anniversary "Toy-ful Celebration Holiday Concert!"

20th Anniversary "Toy-ful Celebration Holiday Concert!"

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

This special concert event will combine the Toys Choir and the Glenview Concert Band.  Doors open at 6:30 - come early for the sing along! Read more

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The First Nowell: A Celebration of Christmas

The First Nowell: A Celebration of Christmas

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

  Following last year's sold-out performance, Manhattan Chorale returns to present a rare Christmas treat with The First Nowell: A Celebration of Christmas at Lincoln Center featuring the New York City Chamber Orchestra, led by Conductor Craig Arnold Read more

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Songs of Wisdom

Songs of Wisdom

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Click here for the Vox Femina website: http://www.voxfeminala.org/ Click here to buy tickets: http://www.voxfeminala.org/c1-14_songs_of-wisdom.htm The chorus was founded in January 1997 by Dr. Iris S. Levine and Stacey L. Poston. When the 21 founding members of Vox Femina Los Angeles (Vox) first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) in April 1997, their much-heralded debut added a sparkling new dimension to the cultural life of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region. Since that time, Vox has quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its mission through an aggressive schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach . Vox has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through commissioning new works. In June 2013, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) invited Vox to make FCCLA our official home.  We are delighted to join Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Susan Leary and all the staff and members of FCCLA.  Offering traditional worship, progressive values and inspiring community, FCCLA has created a warm and welcoming spiritual home in the heart of Los Angeles.  The arts are integral to FCCLA and interwoven into their community. Home to the world's largest church pipe organ, FCCLA also boasts stunning architecture.  Sitting for a moment in the sanctuary will inspire your soul.  Vox is proud to call FCCLA home and look forward to performing here several times each year.  Check our concert schedule and mark your calendar so that you too can enjoy the strength, beauty and peace you'll find in this beautiful oasis.  Visit www.fccla.org for more information. Read more

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Songs of Wisdom

Songs of Wisdom

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The chorus was founded in January 1997 by Dr. Iris S. Levine and Stacey L. Poston. When the 21 founding members of Vox Femina Los Angeles (Vox) first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) in April 1997, their much-heralded debut added a sparkling new dimension to the cultural life of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region. Since that time, Vox has quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its mission through an aggressive schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach . Vox has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through commissioning new works. In June 2013, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) invited Vox to make FCCLA our official home.  We are delighted to join Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Susan Leary and all the staff and members of FCCLA.  Offering traditional worship, progressive values and inspiring community, FCCLA has created a warm and welcoming spiritual home in the heart of Los Angeles.  The arts are integral to FCCLA and interwoven into their community. Home to the world's largest church pipe organ, FCCLA also boasts stunning architecture.  Sitting for a moment in the sanctuary will inspire your soul.  Vox is proud to call FCCLA home and look forward to performing here several times each year.  Check our concert schedule and mark your calendar so that you too can enjoy the strength, beauty and peace you'll find in this beautiful oasis.  Visit www.fccla.org for more information. Read more

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Monster Mass

Monster Mass

Pittsburgh, PA

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

Mass in E Minor (no. 2) Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) With the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble Stephen Story, Associate Director Mass for Four Voices in G Minor William Byrd (c. 1540 – 1623) Two beautiful liturgical masses of complementary, but very different musical styles.  With Halloween right around the corner, guests are invited to join the fun and attend in costume! Thomas W. Douglas Artistic Director and Conductor Tickets: $10-$30 sold @ Showclix and on the day of the performance http://www.BachPgh.Showclix.com Venue: St. Agnes Center @ Carlow University 3333 5th Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 More info at www.BachChoirPittsburgh.org Read more

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Pittsburgh Sings! The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs

Pittsburgh Sings! The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs

4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Venue

Join us for an exciting afternoon of choral music featuring:  Central Assembly of God Choir, Houston, PA  South Fayette Vocal Express Show Choir  Pittsburgh Concert Chorale  Woodland Hills High School Chamber Choir All choirs will join together for a truly unforgettable finale, singing selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana 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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