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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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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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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

Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Wicker Park Choral Singers presents '60 Degrees North'

Chicago, IL

wickerparksings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Join Wicker Park Choral Singers for a FREE choral exploration featuring music from countries located on or near the titular latitudinal line including: Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Canada. Read more

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Choral Arts Institute

Choral Arts Institute

Bellingham, Washingtn

WWU Extended Ed... | Audiences, CA News, Conducting, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire

Explore vocal and conducting techniques under Maestro Vance George, Maestro Michael Palmer, Fabiana Katz, and Dinah Helgeson. Choral Arts Institute is an intense study for: Music Educators Choral Directors Voice Teachers Orchestral Conductors Choral Arts Students Perform Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at the Bellingham Festival of Music, one of America's premier virtuoso orchestra festivals. www.wwu.edu/choralinstitute Read more

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Four Requiems: Music for mourning and consolation

Four Requiems: Music for mourning and consolation

619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY

SONOS Chamber O... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, Professional, Repertoire, Symphonic

In keeping with SONOS Chamber Orchestra’s mission of performing new and not often performed works, we will perform the United States premiere of Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten’s (b. 1962) Requiem for soprano and baritone soloists, one SATB mixed chorus and chamber orchestra.  Also on the program will be the seldom heard baroque requiem "Dies irae" by Johann Sebastian Bach’s son, Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists, 2 SATB choruses and chamber orchestra. (This will be the NY premiere of the piece, and only the second time the piece has been performed in the US, the last time being 1983!) The program will also feature two smaller works of the underperformed Icelandic composer Jón Leifs  (1899-1968): the Elegy for string orchestra and the Requiem for unaccompanied chorus. The encore will be Patrick Cassidy’s Vide Cor Meum featured in the films Hannibal and Kingdom of Heaven. www.sonoschamberorch.org http://www.saintpeters.org/events/detail/512/details/ Read more

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Sing Out!

Sing Out!

Long Beach, CA

lbchorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Our terrific accompanist, Bob Gunn, emerges from behind the piano once again to guest-conduct this summertime celebration of the power of song! Concertgoers of every persuasion will find something to love in this festival of harmony and the human voice. One performance only! Read more

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Eight Decades of Song

Eight Decades of Song

2707 Buffalo Speedway, Houston TX 77098

Houston Show Choir | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

  Houston Choral Showcase will give two show choir performances on June 16 at the St. John’s School Lowe Theater, featuring popular songs from the past 80 years. Tickets for this performance are $15 at the door, with discount pricing for advance purchase or groups of eight or more. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.houstonchoralshowcase.org.   Read more

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Essence of Joy Alumni Singers present "At the Theatre"

Essence of Joy Alumni Singers present "At the Theatre"

130 W. College Ave., State College, PA

VPAMPR EOJAS | Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance, Repertoire

The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers will present, 'An Evening at the Theatre,' on Sat. May 19th at 7:30 PM at The State Theater, 130 W. College Ave., State College, PA. Read more

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Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will close its season of Con·ver·gence with a fascinating exploration of new and old music.  The choral works featured in this concert are mostly well-known and will be presented basically “as written”.  The twist conceived by Artistic Director Thomas Douglas is that the accompaniment will include a five-piece jazz / rock / fusion band, along with stringed instruments!  The purpose is to show how all music springs from the same roots, but can be interpreted in a variety of styles and using different instrumentation. Composers featured in the concerts include: Antonio Vivaldi; W. A. Mozart; G. F. Händel, Johann Pachelbel, J. S. Bach, M. Jagger & K. Richards, Gabriel Faure and Franz Josef Haydn.   Read more

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The Mississippi Chorus presents "Beethoven:  Before & After"

The Mississippi Chorus presents "Beethoven: Before & After"

Jackson, MS

Mandy Kate Myers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

The Mississippi Chorus presents its final concert of the season, "Beethoven:  Before & After," featuring the sole performance of a Wideman International Piano Competition medalist in the State of Mississippi. Read more

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Eastern Portraits

Eastern Portraits

Huntington Beach, CA

Kristen Soderberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

  The OCWC is bringing the musical gems of the Near and Far East to Orange County! Join us for a unique program of music from – and about – Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, and more.   Read more

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Our Song

Our Song

Saint Louis, MO

Gateway Men's Chorus | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Diversity, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Gateway Men’s Chorus celebrates our 25th Silver Anniversary with a concert dedicated to the songs and arrangements we had commissioned over the years. Read more

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