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Mind Over Meter

Mind Over Meter

Michael Shaughnessy | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Singing

So you thought you could count...that is, until you met the 7/8 and 5/4 time signatures. Honestly, why are those meters so troublesome? Read more

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Why I Love Singers

Why I Love Singers

Alice Parker | Impact/Value, Professional, Profile, Rehearsal, Singing

Renowned choral composer and conductor Alice Parker shares with us her observations about singers and tells us why we are a special bunch. Read more

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"Blend, You Rascals!"

"Blend, You Rascals!"

A Choral Cliché Explained

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

The late Robert Shaw used to give this directive—right before explaining what a ridiculous request it was. Even so, choral directors continue to say it, and singers continue to wonder, Is it me? What should I do? Read more

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Ligeti in Winter

Ligeti in Winter

Gregory Boals | Audiences, Impact/Value, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Much in the same way you might stop and get to know your neighbors during a snowstorm, a difficult piece can draw singers together in solidarity amdist the flurry of notes. Read more

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Deliberate Practice

Deliberate Practice

Michael Shaughnessy | Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

You might consider any type of practice to be deliberate, but it may take a very specific kind of practice to achieve real proficiency. Read more

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Conquering the B Minor Mass

Conquering the B Minor Mass

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Technique/Tool

The Bach B Minor Mass takes Olympian fortitude to learn and perform. In this interview with conductor and historian Dennis Shrock, we take a look at the history of the work and what singers can do to make the performance experience easier on themselves. Read more

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Where You Lead, They Will Follow

Where You Lead, They Will Follow

An Interview with Sir David Willcocks

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Profile, Rehearsal

Famed conductor Sir David Willcocks speaks about his special love of choral singing and of choral singers through his experience as director of music at King's College, Cambridge and of the Royal College of Music's Bach Choir. Read more

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Families, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

The Berkshire Choral Festival is summer camp for adults who can't get enough of choral singing during the year. A first-time attendee shares her adventure in choral fantasy land. Read more

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Final Thoughts Before A Concert

Final Thoughts Before A Concert

An Interview with Craig Jessop

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Technique/Tool

Do you ever wonder what choral conductors think about after the last orchestra rehearsal before the big performance? Chorus America contributor Kelsey Menehan sat down with Craig Jessop at the Berkshire Choral Festival to find out. Read more

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What Every Singer Should Know About Their Chorus

What Every Singer Should Know About Their Chorus

Catherine Davies | Management/Leadership, Operations, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

There are a few things we could all benefit from knowing about how a chorus functions as a nonprofit organization. Read more

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Resources

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. 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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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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Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. 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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Virtual Voice Lesson: All About Alignment

Virtual Voice Lesson: All About Alignment

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

All of our "singing structures" are along the spine. If your spine is out of alignment or your body is in an uncomfortable position, you cannot support your sound easily. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee shows how to sit or stand in a way that supports and frees the voice. Read more

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Events

Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) - Call now (202) 237-1005. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing! Read more

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Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Schools, Singing

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Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Washington, DC 20016

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, General, History, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

First educational collaboration of two of DC's signature choral groups, The Washington Chorus and Children's Chorus of Washington, exploring Britten's use of children's voices in his War Requiem. Read more

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2014 Octavo Series

2014 Octavo Series

New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago

cpapania | Conducting, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

The Octavo Series is Manhattan Concert Productions' most popular event for high schools. Qualified ensembles will collaborate with other high school choirs from across the United States to perform exciting repertoire - a distinctive variety of six shorter works carefully chosen for effective performance at home preceding an excellent artistic experience in New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C. http://mcp.us/octavo-series/page/3/ Read more

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New York City Jazz Festival 2014

New York City Jazz Festival 2014

Broadway & West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Join Manhattan Concert Productions for their New York City Jazz Festival 2014, live from the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center this Spring. http://mcp.us/new-york-city-jazz-festival/ Read more

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2014 Masterworks Series

2014 Masterworks Series

New York City & Chicago

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Masterworks Series invites qualified ensembles to collaborate on a major work for choir, professional orchestra and soloists. Imagine performing a Brahms' Requiem or Haydn's The Creation on the same stage where so many classical artists past and present have performed! http://mcp.us/masterworks-series/page/3/ Read more

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2014 Children's Choir Series

2014 Children's Choir Series

New York City & Chicago

cpapania | Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Children's Choir Series invites qualified choirs to collaborate with other children's choirs from across the United States to perform exciting repertoire - a distinctive variety of 6 shorter works carefully chosen for effective performance at  home before an excellent artistic experience. Read more

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2014 Cathedral Series

2014 Cathedral Series

New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Cathedral Series invites church, community, and college choirs to collaborate on a major work for choir, professional orchestra and soloists under the direction of a nationally recognized conductor. Read more

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Broadway Series 2014: TITANIC

Broadway Series 2014: TITANIC

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Manhattan Concert Productions is proud to present the second installment of their Broadway Series, with a concert performance of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Titanic, for one night only at New York's renowned Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. http://mcp.us/broadway-series/ Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Conductors, do you let your singers ask questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons? Read more

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