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Copyright and the Community Chorus

Copyright and the Community Chorus

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Legal/Licensing, Repertoire, Technology, Volunteer

Now more than ever, it’s important for choruses to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of published music. New technologies are changing the way organizations purchase and use copyrighted materials. To complement a session at the 2018 Chorus America Conference, five music publishers talk about the key questions they are facing. Read more

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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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How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire, Singing

More and more choruses are practicing advocacy inside the concert hall, representing social justice and community issues in their performances. What kinds of steps are they taking to ensure that singers are on the same page so that they can perform as a collective? Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

Jill Kimball | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

For any chorus, finding the right repertoire can be an imposing task. But the process is especially difficult for community choruses. Why is the search so hard for them, how do they deal with the obstacles, and what more can be done to help these ensembles locate the music that’s right for them? Read more

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Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

In our Winter 2017-18 issue of The Voice, Chorus America spoke to conductors and publishers about how to address the challenge of finding quality repertoire for community choruses. So what are some specific pieces that these publishers and composers would recommend for these groups? We asked a wide range of publishers and composers in the field to recommend one work from their own catalogue that they felt is especially suited to community choruses. The list we compiled represents a broad spectrum of cultural traditions, orchestrations, and voicings—including links to websites for more information when available. 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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Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Diversity, Innovation, Repertoire

The December holidays are synonymous with choral music, and thousands of people in North America celebrate with singing in or attending concerts that feature timeless carols and familiar favorites. But some choruses are breaking away from the tried-and-true holiday concert formula. We spoke with several choral leaders whose ensembles are highlighting lesser-known traditions, or using holiday themes to explore more universal concepts or address timely social issues. Read more

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Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Profile

Alexander Lloyd Blake has plenty of jobs to keep himself busy. Blake is the choir director for the LA County High School for the Arts, and principal assistant conductor of the National Children's Chorus’ Los Angeles ensemble. But that’s not all. “I'm an assistant conductor at First Congregational Church LA—that's a new one,” Blake recounts. “And I'm studying for my qualifying exams for my doctorate in choral conducting at USC.” Read more

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Resources

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Restoring the Motets of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria for Women’s Chorus

Kate Longo | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the Research Memorandum Series, Matthew Bumbach assumes the editorship. The issue focuses on restoring Renaissance repertoire for women’s ensembles using the convent archives of Spain. Compiled by Kathryn Longo. Read more

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Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Herbert Howells in America: Three Commissions

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Repertoire

With this issue of the American Choral Review, Timothy Newton assumes the editorship. The lead article examines new perspectives on Howells’ compositional activity in America by presenting three case studies. The issue also includes a concert report from Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and reviews of recent recordings The Wonder of Christmas and The ABC’s of Russian Diction. 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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Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Choral Compositions by John Weinzweig and John Beckwith

Chorus America Staff | Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the choral output of two influential Canadian composers - John Weinzwieg and John Beckwith. Although their choral output is relatively small in relation to their other output, it has had significant impact both in Canada and abroad. A brief biography of each composer is given before the listing of their choral compositions. Read more

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Arvo Part

Arvo Part

Chorus America Staff | History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on the compositions of internationally known composer Arvo Pärt. After a brief biography of the world renowned Estonian composer, compiler Mark Vuorinen lists Pärt’s complete current choral compositions, both unaccompanied and accompanied. This issue places into one convenient document the choral output of this seminal artist. Read more

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The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

Research Memorandum Series No. 204 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. 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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Events

Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

Hearts of Courage, Songs for Life

11269 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Venue, Volunteer

When unleashed, the voices and experiences of women have the power to change the world.  Music is as much personal as it is universal.  It can inspire you to action, move you to tears or make you sit up and take notice.  Vox will perform our favorite songs from each of our three season concerts this year. Join us and experience the power for yourself! Featuring selections from Music: A Mirror of Our Humanity, Forbidden Voices and Side by Side by Sondheim, this will be a lovely Sunday afternoon concert in one of our favorite Westside venues. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event is FREE, but please RSVP as space is limited! This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with Support from Sony Pictures Entertainment Read more

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King David by Arthur Honegger

King David by Arthur Honegger

Pittsburgh, PA

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

Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm, also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama.  Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”, musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor.  The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas, brings performances of this drama to the public in late April 2015.  Guest Artists: Joanna Latini - Soprano Anthony McKay - Narrator Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe - Witch of Endor Read more

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Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Repertoire

 The best of Broadway and The Beatles ... who could ask for anything more? This concert is brimming with songs from your favorite musicals and some of The Beatles’ biggest hits.  We promise you'll love every minute!     Read more

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Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

2260 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Raj Chaphalkar | Audiences, Repertoire, Singing

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal part of Kantorei's 27th Season Join us as we explore water, earth, and the renewal of spring! Read more

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Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

7217 W. Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Raj Chaphalkar | Audiences, Repertoire, Singing

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal part of Kantorei's 27th Season Join us as we explore water, earth, and the renewal of spring! Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Beach Haven

410 South Atlantic Ave. Beach Haven NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Red Bank

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Red Bank

247 Broad St. Red Bank NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Toms River

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Toms River

1070 Hooper Ave. Toms River NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Meet the performers at a reception following the concert. Read more

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The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Neptune

The New Jersey Chamber Singers "Whimsy" concert in Neptune

102 Walnut St. Neptune NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Audiences, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This Spring, New Jersey Chamber Singers invite you to a concert entitled Whimsy. Every concert usually has at least one piece that seems to be everyone's favorite, and it's usually the encore. This concert is packed full of "encores." This lighthearted program features repertoire composed by some of the most eccentric minds and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Joined by concert organist, Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, the concert will open with Benjamin Britten's festival cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb. In addition to a set of songs completely dedicated to animals, the program features a few parody songs and multicultural folk songs from Hungary, Australia, and Taiwan. Don't miss this chance to finally hear a concert full of favorites. Meet the performers at a reception following the concert. Read more

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Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky, Montana

Kevin Krasinski | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

A seven-day mountain training and performance experience for aspiring singers and conductors and a career development opportunity for high caliber professionals. High up in the mountains of Montana, the Choral Initiative is an artistic partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and The Crossing, and the project aims to bring a small group of top talent together in an environment that supports rigorous training and fosters the creation of inspiring new music. Read more

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