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Messing with Messiah

Messing with Messiah

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Repertoire

The "Hallelujah" chorus is the signature piece from Handel's popular oratorio, as much a part of holiday festivities as "O Tannenbaum" and tinsel. In fact, the entire Messiah has permeated our culture so completely that modern-day musicians have felt free to put their own stamp on it. Read more

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Reaching for Artistic Excellence

Reaching for Artistic Excellence

How Choruses Actively Plan for Improvement

Kelsey Menehan | Governance, Impact/Value, Professional, Recruitment, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

No matter where your chorus is on the road toward artistic excellence, you can take steps to get better—a diverse sample of choruses tell their inspiring stories. Read more

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Building Today's Professional Choruses

Building Today's Professional Choruses

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

Adventuresome repertoire, distinctive voices, flexible organizations, and innovative productions have expanded the concept of what a professional chorus looks like today—here's what it takes to excel. Read more

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The Changing Contract with Your Audience

The Changing Contract with Your Audience

Ann Meier Baker | Audiences, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

Are we in the business of delivering excellent performances or delighting our audiences? The answer of course is both, but too many see it as an either-or construct, limiting their potential. Read more

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The Wow Factor

The Wow Factor

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Think choral music is only found in drafty churches or formal concert halls? Think again! These innovators are stretching our imaginations and taking choral performances to the next level. Read more

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Commercial's Soundtrack Uses Only Human Voices

Commercial's Soundtrack Uses Only Human Voices

Michael Shaughnessy | Innovation, Singing

This car commercial features a soundtrack that seems to include many different instruments, but actually there's just one—the voice. Read more

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Out of the Concert Hall...

Out of the Concert Hall...

Choral Concerts in Unusual Venues

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Innovation, Operations, Performance

What happens when you take your concert to a museum, armory, warehouse, stone mill, or parking garage? Performing music in unusual venues can ignite a spark of creativity and community connection for choruses. Read more

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Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

Sara Pearsaul Vice | Community Outreach, Governance, History, Innovation

What allows one chorus to thrive for more than a century while another is forced to close down after just a few years? Leaders of some of the longest-running choral organizations credit a combination of factors for their longevity. Read more

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Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

An Interview With Choral Music's Rock Star

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Profile, Social Media

Eric Whitacre muses on how he gets inspired to compose, his special connection with young people, and what he thinks about the future of choral music. Read more

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Inside Conspirare: A Different Kind of Chorus

Inside Conspirare: A Different Kind of Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

Choruses have a real chance to be innovators and maybe help lead the way for all the arts. 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

Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

11269 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Venue

A TASTE OF SEASON 19 Vox performs for the community of Culver City in a free concert sponsored in part by the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission and Sony Entertainment. Enjoy selections from all 3 of our regular season concerts during this afternoon of music.  We will take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. And then we’ll sing and jam to music of rock icons: David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls and other artists. Expect a fun afternoon of music that will get your groove on! This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *$10 Suggested Donation Read more

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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Minneapolis, Minnesota

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation in April. Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn.  Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists and orchestra. In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994. A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Read more

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Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

Saint Paul, Minnesota

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Families, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce a powerful presentation in April. Voices of Light merges Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn.  Voices of Light features the 90-member Oratorio Society Chorus, soloists and orchestra. In reviewing the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote: “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Richard Einhorn’s music has attracted huge audiences on its own. The Sony Classical release of Voices of Light featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has been an international bestseller since its release in 1994. A projection screen, measuring 18 feet high by 24 feet wide has been designed especially for both performances. The movie will be shown using dual 12K High Definition projectors.   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Read more

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Noteworthy Women: A Celebration in Song

Noteworthy Women: A Celebration in Song

844 W. 32nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, General, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Vox performs for the community of Los Angeles in a free concert sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Enjoy selections from our Women of Note season concert as we take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *FREE PARKING across the street in the Hebrew Union College Parking Lot (Entrance on Hoover) Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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Women of Note

Women of Note

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

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Singing

Just in time for International Women’s Day, Vox weaves together the stories of noteworthy women through poetry, narration and song.  Join us for an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. Guest Artists:  Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Martin Benvenuto, director TICKETS//  http://voxfemina.org/2015-2016-season/women-of-note/ Read more

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"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Kogod Arts Center Sidwell Friends

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

Do not miss this unique concert with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus on tour in the US. Combined concert with Children's Chorus of Washington's France Tour Chorus and Sidwell Friends Chamber Chorus. June 24th, 7pm at Sidwell Friends Kogod Arts Center - Meeting room. Free concert (limited seating) with reservation  www.jyc.eventbrite.com Read more

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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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