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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

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Children/Youth, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

The innovative a cappella ensemble known as Khorikos debuts a piece from their own acclaimed competition, joining the Del Mar Master Chorus and Concert Choir and the Alice High School Honors Band for this performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Famed for their cutting-edge take on everything from medieval polyphony to contemporary sound sculpture, Khorikos has performed with major U.S. and international orchestras, and is set to sing Frank La Rocca's Miserere, while the Del Mar ensemble also premieres a new work by Ross Bernhardt, along with Bob Chilcott's Canticles of Light. The Alice High band takes on an eclectic program of instrumental works for wind ensemble. Presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). Tickets $20-$100 On Sale Now! Read more

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Celebration & Reflection, Part I

Celebration & Reflection, Part I

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Health, History, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue

A Memorial Day Weekend Concert Suitable for All Ages! Bradley Ellingboe, Composer/Conductor Ellingboe: Star Song - World Premiere (Orchestral Version) Aimee Beckmann-Collier, DCINY Debut Conductor Mozart: Coronation Mass KV 317 Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International   Tickets are on sale now for $20-$100. Call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.org Read more

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Jazz Mazz

Jazz Mazz

Pittsburgh, PA - North Side

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

Mass of Hope by Joe Negri Missa Kenya by Paul Basler The Negri Mass will be accompanied by Joe and his quartet and will feature Maureen Budway, mezzo-soprano and Thomas Douglas, baritone as soloists with the Choir. 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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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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Chicago a cappella presents: Holidays A Cappella

Chicago a cappella presents: Holidays A Cappella

Chicago & Chicago suburbs

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Diversity, Families, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Join Chicago a cappella, “the area's best unaccompanied group”, as they bring audiences their ever-surprising mix of holiday music.  Bask in familiar melodies and enjoy lush, inspiring holiday music including traditional European and American carols, Christmas spirituals, folksongs, Hanukkah delights, and more! Guest directed by Anne Heider, the esteemed Artistic Director Emerita of Bella Voce.  Tickets at www.chicagoacappella.org or 773-281-7820. 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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CHORAL CHAMELEON SUMMER INSTITUTE for Composers & Conductors

CHORAL CHAMELEON SUMMER INSTITUTE for Composers & Conductors

New York City

JefferyThyer | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

The Choral Chameleon Institute is an eight-day intensive workshop in New York City, designed to immerse emerging composers and conductors of choral music in the intricacies of the choral idiom in a nurturing environment surrounded by respected professionals. It gives students an opportunity to explore and experiment with writing and conducting techniques in a "best-case scenario". During the course of the institute, many new pieces of choral music are cultivated and ultimately publicly performed, with live recording of the concert. Standards of the choral repertoire serve as a springboard for young conductors to work on challenging matters of gesture, musicianship, and rehearsal technique. Generous lab and podium time is given to all participants to ensure maximum practical and hands-on experience. The Choral Chameleon Institute also places heavy emphasis on ear training and analysis as means of deep, joyful discovery and informed, innovative interpretation.   Read more

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