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Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Diversity, Innovation, Repertoire

The December holidays are synonymous with choral music, and thousands of people in North America celebrate with singing in or attending concerts that feature timeless carols and familiar favorites. But some choruses are breaking away from the tried-and-true holiday concert formula. We spoke with several choral leaders whose ensembles are highlighting lesser-known traditions, or using holiday themes to explore more universal concepts or address timely social issues. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, 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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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. Read more

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A New Career Path for Singers

A New Career Path for Singers

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Innovation, Professional, Singing

A growing number of singers are knitting together careers by traveling from city to city to perform with professional choral ensembles. Here’s how this model works for them – and how it impacts the choral field. Read more

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Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Profile

Jean Davidson does not have the background of a typical choral administrator. The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) president and CEO took the job—her first in the choral community—after working in theater, contemporary dance, and instrumental music, where she served as the founding managing director of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Read more

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The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

Judith Malafronte | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Technology, Venue

Is this growing trend a gimmick? Or a glimpse of the future? Read more

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Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical

Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical

An interview with IN TRANSIT cast member James Snyder

Mike Rowan | Careers, History, Profile, Singing

There's a groundbreaking musical 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 run 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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The Heart of Vocal Harmony

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

Emotional Expression in Group Singing

Mike Rowan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance, Profile, Sample/Template

Music is an emotional medium, yet we often spend rehearsal time in our choirs focused on notes, rhythms, and precision, rarely addressing the meaning of the music, says arranger and producer Deke Sharon. In the new book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing, Sharon puts the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance front and center. Read more

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Choral Podcasts

Choral Podcasts

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

Podcasts: They seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days. Similar to social media and the smartphone, the rise of podcasts—audio programs released as a series of episodes that you can subscribe to and download onto your device—has brought significant changes to the way we consume our media today. In 2013, Apple’s podcasts hit the one billion subscriber mark. Read more

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Understanding Audiences

Understanding Audiences

Takeaways from the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data

This August, Chorus America released the results of the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project worked with 23 choruses across North America to survey their audiences.  Read more

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Resources

Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Russell Willis ... | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership

A speech by Russell Willis Taylor of National Arts Strategies that addresses ways to turn times of organizational and environmental crisis into growth and creative thinking opportunities. Delivered at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Economic Impact Study (2009)

Economic Impact Study (2009)

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Fundraising, Innovation, Operations, Research/Data

Member choruses reported on the impact of the recession on their financial and organizational outlook in a brief survey conducted in 2009. Read more

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National Performing Arts Convention Final Report (2008)

National Performing Arts Convention Final Report (2008)

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Technology

The National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) was a five-day extravaganza, bringing together more than 30 different arts service organizations and their constituents to learn from each other and from high-profile experts from all arts fields. The final report summarizes the activities and outcomes of NPAC. Read more

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Events

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky, Montana

Kevin Krasinski | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

A seven-day mountain training and performance experience for aspiring singers and conductors and a career development opportunity for high caliber professionals. High up in the mountains of Montana, the Choral Initiative is an artistic partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and The Crossing, and the project aims to bring a small group of top talent together in an environment that supports rigorous training and fosters the creation of inspiring new music. Read more

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Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 20 conductors for 12 days of conducting study and performance in Bacau, Romania with master teachers William Weinert, Director or Choral Studies at the Eastman School of Music; Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); Ovidiu Balan, Music Director, Bacau Philharmonic and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method. 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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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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A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

  Inspired by the overwhelming popularity of last season’s "Music of Downton Abbey" concert and anticipating Season 5 of the PBS television drama, we return to the Gothic splendor of Saint. Mark’s Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English choral and orchestral music for Christmas. "Lady Alice - Duchess of Kirkwood"  returns to provide the history of each piece and pair each selection with memorable events from the story line of the "Downton Abbey" series. We invite you to come and "Celebrate the Seasons" with us! Read more

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I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Volunteer

Based on original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Read more

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Dream A Better World.....Ignite The Spirit

Dream A Better World.....Ignite The Spirit

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Venue

A high energy musical celebration of spirituals, jazz, and gospel music, join the Lincoln Gospel Choir at the renowned Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for an incredible night of electrifying song and entertainment. Presented by DCINY. Read more

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