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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. 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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Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Education, Performance, Singing

Choosing the right primary teacher at college or conservatory is one of the most important decisions a music student will make in their musical career, according to Deborah Simpkin King. A conductor and educator, King is artistic director and founder of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and its Conducting and Choral Scholar programs. Her tips on finding the perfect fit with a teacher for undergraduate or graduate studies are a great resource to share with young conductors and singers. 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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Vocal Hacks

Vocal Hacks

Kathryn Mueller | Education, General, Singing, Technique/Tool

Every conductor, singer or voice teacher needs a few good vocal hacks. No, we’re not talking mediocre singers; we’re borrowing from the tech world where Merriam-Webster defines a hack as a “creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation.” Read more

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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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Dressing Your Chorus

Dressing Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

Whether your chorus has 10 singers or 110, what those singers wear matters. The overall look should complement, not distract from, the music and communicate a certain level of seriousness, or as one choral conductor quipped, “not like you just walked in off the street.”  Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Resources

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

admin_ca | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of specific anatomic, physiologic, and technical issues for singers of all ages. Voice pathologist and singing voice specialist Wendy LeBorgne will explore health and wellness practices and vocal exercises. Participants will come away from this session with increased knowledge related to vocal health and wellness, along with tips for voice maximization for all singers. Read more

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How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

How to Engage Your Audiences (Yes, Plural!)

admin_ca | Audiences

To achieve patron engagement and loyalty, you need a core strategy by which to evaluate, understand, and serve your audiences. In this webinar, Matt Lehrman of Audience Avenue, LLC presents a framework that empowers a “whole-organization approach” to building, sorting, and targeting the different audiences your chorus wants to reach. He’ll focus on how to drive deep loyalty, how to inspire return attendance, how to pursue awareness and participation from entirely new population segments, and how to deliver extraordinary experiences that really matter Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Events

THE NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY TO PERFORM WHERE EVEN THE SEA SINGS AT STERN AUDITORIUM AT CARNEGIE HALL, FEBRUARY 11, 2018

THE NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY TO PERFORM WHERE EVEN THE SEA SINGS AT STERN AUDITORIUM AT CARNEGIE HALL, FEBRUARY 11, 2018

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Hemsing Associates | Performance

The New York Choral Society (NYCHORAL), under the baton of music director David Hayes, will appear at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium (881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019) with Where Even the Sea Sings, Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2018, at 3 pm. This program juxtaposes three composers of very different backgrounds and styles, inspired by a shared commonality in theme: the grandeur of the “sea”. Each composer responds to this theme in a different way, allowing the audience to experience a deep, personal, journey of the soul. It includes Sir Charles Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, Op. 117, featuring baritone Jarrett Ott and the East Coast premiere of American composer Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3 “The Shore.” Read more

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Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus Auditions 2018

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus Auditions 2018

SF Bay Area

Sacred and Profane | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for 2018! Experienced SATB singers are encouraged to apply, with special need for male voices. SF Bay Area vocalists: Join a fantastic new ensemble in the New Year! Read more

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Sonaré now auditioning ALTOS and TENORS

Sonaré now auditioning ALTOS and TENORS

Summit, New Jersey

Amanda Blutner | Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

Altos and Tenors are encouraged to audition for Sonaré, a young artist program providing solo and cover opportunities in Carnegie Hall engagements during the 2018 Season!   Read more

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Viva Verdi! Favorite opera choruses and arias presented by Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Two Rivers Chorale

Viva Verdi! Favorite opera choruses and arias presented by Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Two Rivers Chorale

900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Favorite opera choruses and arias featuring choir, orchestra and guest soloists. Read more

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Viva Verdi! Favorite opera choruses and arias presented by Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Two Rivers Chorale

Viva Verdi! Favorite opera choruses and arias presented by Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Two Rivers Chorale

11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

Two Rivers Chorale | Performance

Favorite opera choruses and arias featuring choir, orchestra and guest soloists. Read more

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Choral-Inspired Marisa Michelson Premieres The Desire/Divinity Project with 15-Member Constellation Chor

Choral-Inspired Marisa Michelson Premieres The Desire/Divinity Project with 15-Member Constellation Chor

55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera | Performance

Marisa Michelson's Desire/Divinity Project embodies the joyful and aching tension between earthly and divine love by musicalizing the Western worlds oldest erotic poem ("Song of Songs") and Anne Carson's visceral translation of Sappho's fragments. Fifteen singer-movers, members of Constellation Chor, explore singing as a way of merging the interior self with the exterior world. A mixture of live music video, opera, oratorio, and ritual, Desire/Divinity enlivens the sensual and the sacred, the body and the spirit.Conceived, composed and performed by Marisa MichelsonDirected by Ethan HeardMovement Direction by Emma Crane Jaster Read more

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Princeton Pro Musica Presents Monteverdi’s Vespers

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Monteverdi’s Vespers

Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

The Princeton Pro Musica chorus and orchestra will present Monteverdi's Vespers at the Princeto University Chapel on March 3. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.princetonpromusica.org.  Read more

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Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

212 E. Capitol Street, NW, Washighton DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale will present its Winter Concert on January 12 and 13, 2018 begining at 8:00 PM. Program: SCHUBERT: Mass in G Major MOZART: Requiem in D minor Solists: Heather Brown - Soprano Leslie Luxemburg - Alto Tae Kwak - Tenor Daryl Yoder - Bass Admission: Free (free will offering requested)   Read more

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Sing with Sacred & Profane! SATB AUDITIONS

Sing with Sacred & Profane! SATB AUDITIONS

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Sacred and Profane | Networking, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus has openings for voices in all sections (SATB), with specific need for men's voices. If you are an experienced singer with a healthy voice & a great attitude, please audition with us for 2018 as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Season! Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Harrisburg, Pa.

Susquehanna Cho... | Performance

  The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert series, a central Pennsylvania tradition, on Dec. 17 at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Pa.           Read more

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