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A Conversation with Craig Hella Johnson

A Conversation with Craig Hella Johnson

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

We sat down with Conspirare founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson to get the inside scoop on how the group came to be and the magic behind their success. Read more

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Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Thomas Sheets | History, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Performances of Verdi's Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp inspire a present-day concert drama that explores the profround relationship between music and its performers. Read more

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Why People Who Hate Choral Music Love Carmina Burana

Why People Who Hate Choral Music Love Carmina Burana

Conductor Tom Hall on Why Its So Exciting

Chorus America Staff | Innovation, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Since its premiere in 1937, Carl Orff's bawdy rollick through the fields and swamps of Love, Lust, and Booze has commanded the kind of following that rock bands dream of. Among the zipped up, stiffly starched giants of the choral repertoire, Carmina Burana is the bad girl who can't seem to keep her blouse buttoned. Read more

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David Lang on Hearing Music with Fresh Ears

David Lang on Hearing Music with Fresh Ears

David Lang | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Profile

Composer David Lang tells about the creative vision of Bang on a Can: Take concerts apart and put them back together again so that music can be heard with fresh ears. Read more

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The Choral Meditator

The Choral Meditator

Lisa Houston | Health, Innovation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Can meditation make you a better singer? Yes, and that's not all. Meditation can improve relaxation, concentration, and even health. Read more

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Attracting the Average Joe

Attracting the Average Joe

Ann Meier Baker | Audiences, Innovation

Attracting audiences is not just about marketing. Savvy choral leaders know to always look for new ideas to refresh the concert presentation. Read more

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The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

John D. Sparks | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Innovation

Inner-city choruses are serving diverse populations in large urban areas where kids often do not have access or the means to participate in quality musicmaking. These "urban youth choruses" are uniting neighborhoods across differences of race, religion, ethnicity, and economic status to inspire and energize communities with messages of hope and healing. Read more

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Do Choral Concerts Need To Be More Visual?

Do Choral Concerts Need To Be More Visual?

Sandra Bernhard | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Stage director Sandra Bernhard and conductor Stephen Coker consider ways choruses might enhance the concert experience by using visuals and storytelling techniques. Read more

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The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Innovation, Professional, Profile

People came from across the country to celebrate the farewell concert of the Dale Warland Singers. What can we learn from a chorus that achieves the pinnacle of aristic acclaim when it decides to close its doors after 31 years—what is the cost of excellence and when is it time to say goodbye? Read more

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College a cappella!

College a cappella!

Heidi Waleson | Innovation, Performance, Schools

College a cappella pretty much started at Yale in 1909 with the Whiffenpoofs, a Glee Club spin-off quartet that sang regularly at Mory's Temple Bar, a campus restaurant. Now, a cappella singing has exploded, spreading to campuses all over the U.S. and abroad. Read about how this movement has taken off. 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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