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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Robert Marovich | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today. Read more

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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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Resources

Soloist Contract

Soloist Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this contract to help clarify expectations for your hired soloists. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

This sample contract provides a template as you incorporate a partnership with an orchestra. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

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

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. Read more

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Going for Baroque

Going for Baroque

Jason Paulk | History, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

Sure they wore different fashions back then, but did they sing differently too? Check out these tips and warm-ups that will help you to sing difficult baroque pieces like the B Minor Mass with more ease and authenticity. Read more

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Events

Dreamweaver: The Music of Ola Gjeilo and Dan Forrest

Dreamweaver: The Music of Ola Gjeilo and Dan Forrest

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s soaring Dreamweaver and inspirational Song of the Universal is performed and conducted by James M. Meaders, DCINY conductor. Meaders also leads the choir and orchestra in composer Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo. Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestrain a variety of pieces including Danube Rhapsody. Read more

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Anniversaries: Warren Lee, Piano

Anniversaries: Warren Lee, Piano

881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street), New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music (2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient), Warren Lee has performed in four continents, on stages of all sizes and in collaboration with international artists and orchestras. The acclaimed Steinway Artist’s discography includes From Bach to Gershwin, Ebony and Ivory, and most recently, a solo album, Touches and Traces.  Read more

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Sebastian & Sons

Sebastian & Sons

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance

Sebastian & Sons explores the musical legacy of the J.S. Bach family. Their music. Their relationships. The sights and sounds of their lives. It's a multi-artful concert with the Bach Society chorus, actors from The Human Race Theatre Company, and musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic.   Read more

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Sebastian & Sons

Sebastian & Sons

3939 Stonebridge Rd, Dayton OH 45419

Bach Society of... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance

Sebastian & Sons explores the musical legacy of the J.S. Bach family. Their music. Their relationships. The sights and sounds of their lives. It's a multi-artful concert with the Bach Society chorus, actors from The Human Race Theatre Company, and musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic.   Read more

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Coro Allegro presents "We Will Rise"

Coro Allegro presents "We Will Rise"

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Coro Allegro | Performance

Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, and Artistic Director David Hodgkins present "We Will Rise,” on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00pm, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. Featuring a world premiere by Syran American composer Kareem Roustom, Rage Against the tyrant(s), based on street chants of the “Arab Spring” and Iraqi and Syrian American poetry of resistance, loss, and exodus. Paired with the East Coast premiere of Shawn Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent, lyrical settings of pilgrimage psalms that aim to lift us beyond our divisions to find peace. Tickets:  $65, $45, $25, Seniors and Students 20% off, Student Special: $15. Visit: coroallegro.org Read more

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NYC Master Chorale Presents Glorious Seasons

NYC Master Chorale Presents Glorious Seasons

New York, NY

DBuonaiuto | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance

Vivaldi: Four Seasons and Gloria, with Manhattan School of Music and Dakshina Dance Read more

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NYC Master Chorale Presents Let There Be Light

NYC Master Chorale Presents Let There Be Light

New York NY

DBuonaiuto | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance

Brahms, Howells, Copland Read more

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GMChorale to Present Carissimi’s Baroque Oratorio, "Jepthe"

GMChorale to Present Carissimi’s Baroque Oratorio, "Jepthe"

200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

On April 29, GMChorale will present Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorio, Jephte, in a concert program designed to represent the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  To complement the oratorio, the ensemble will present other choral gems of the Renaissance and Baroque periods in this final concert of the “Resounding Voices” series. Read more

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Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

Diablo Choral A... | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

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Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

Diablo Choral A... | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

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