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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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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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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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Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Education, Governance, Innovation, Profile

L. Brett Scott has touched many sides of the choral world in his career so far, and it figures that plenty more is in store. “My association has gone from a symphonic chorus, to research, to a community choir, and now includes a larger choral-orchestral ensemble again,” he says. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Illuminating Early Music

Illuminating Early Music

Zoë Madonna | Conducting, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

When done right, these choral directors say, early music transcends its intimidating reputation and connects with audiences. Read more

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Funding in the Future

Funding in the Future

Crowdfunding is the way of the future, so start making it part of your development efforts now.

Danny Ozment | Audiences, Fundraising, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

I am not an expert at fundraising in the traditional sense. As a recovering choral conductor who became a recording engineer, I’ve never held a fundraising position for any arts nonprofit organization. I did, however, spend 10 years working for two symphonic choruses with budgets of over $1 million and administrative staffs of less than five people. Like many of us, I’ve gotten an on-the-job crash course in fundraising and patron cultivation. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR

Meet A Member: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Education, Innovation, Participation, Profile, Schools, Singing

In the chorus-crazy land of Minnesota, there’s a charismatic new face in town putting a unique stamp on the area’s choral scene. 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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