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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

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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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA

Brielle | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Singing

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco CA

Brielle | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Singing

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Brielle | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will close its season of Con·ver·gence with a fascinating exploration of new and old music.  The choral works featured in this concert are mostly well-known and will be presented basically “as written”.  The twist conceived by Artistic Director Thomas Douglas is that the accompaniment will include a five-piece jazz / rock / fusion band, along with stringed instruments!  The purpose is to show how all music springs from the same roots, but can be interpreted in a variety of styles and using different instrumentation. Composers featured in the concerts include: Antonio Vivaldi; W. A. Mozart; G. F. Händel, Johann Pachelbel, J. S. Bach, M. Jagger & K. Richards, Gabriel Faure and Franz Josef Haydn.   Read more

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"Alzheimer's Stories" Music by Robert S. Cohen Libretto by Herschel Garfein

"Alzheimer's Stories" Music by Robert S. Cohen Libretto by Herschel Garfein

Wayne, Nebraska

Robert S. Cohen | Adults/Seniors, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance

The Wayne State College Choir & Orchestra will be performing "Alzheimer's Stories" Read more

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"Alzheimer's Stories"  Music by Robert S. Cohen Libretto by Herschel Garfein

"Alzheimer's Stories" Music by Robert S. Cohen Libretto by Herschel Garfein

400 S. 13th St. Fort Dodge Iowa

Robert S. Cohen | Impact/Value, Innovation

The Fort Dodge Choral Society will be performing "Alzheimer's Stories" this Sunday in association with the Alzheimer's Association. Read more

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