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How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

Alexander Ruggieri | History, Repertoire

There was a time not so long ago when Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil was virtually unknown outside of Russia. But an early transliteration of the work and some pivotal recordings helped to catch the attention of Western choral groups and audiences. We interview choral conductor and Russian music expert Alexander Ruggieri, who tells the story of the Vigil's emergence as one of the best-loved choral masterpieces. Read more

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You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

Tom Kelly | History, Repertoire

To choral singers, Handel's Messiah is as familiar—and as well loved—as their favorite pair of slippers. But what do we really know about this choral masterwork? Harvard music professor and historian Thomas Kelly talks to Chorus America about how this great oratorio came to be and why it captures our hearts like no other piece. Read more

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Messing with Messiah

Messing with Messiah

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Repertoire

The "Hallelujah" chorus is the signature piece from Handel's popular oratorio, as much a part of holiday festivities as "O Tannenbaum" and tinsel. In fact, the entire Messiah has permeated our culture so completely that modern-day musicians have felt free to put their own stamp on it. Read more

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The Rise of A Cappella

The Rise of A Cappella

An Interview with CASA Founder and Sing-Off Producer Deke Sharon

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Community Outreach

Choral music—especially a cappella choral music—is more popular than ever it seems. Chorus America sat down with Deke Sharon, founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) and a producer of NBC's The Sing-Off, to get the inside scoop behind the a cappella choral music movement and its current place in pop culture. Read more

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5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Alexander Ruggieri | Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

The All-Night Vigil doesn't last all night anymore, but doing what it takes to perform it well certainly can keep conductors and singers up nights. Here are five tips for conquering this masterpiece: Read more

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How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony. Read more

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Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Jing Ling-Tam | Repertoire, Singing

"Mò Li Hua" (Jasmine Flower) has been popular since the Qing Dynasty. Read more

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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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The 10 Commandments for Recording Your Chorus

The 10 Commandments for Recording Your Chorus

Brad Spencer | Impact/Value, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

Professionally produced recordings are still one of the best ways you can enhance the quality, image, reputation, and morale of your chorus. Read more

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The Wow Factor

The Wow Factor

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Think choral music is only found in drafty churches or formal concert halls? Think again! These innovators are stretching our imaginations and taking choral performances to the next level. 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

THE MUSIC OF KARL JENKINS: A CONCERT FOR PEACE

THE MUSIC OF KARL JENKINS: A CONCERT FOR PEACE

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Sample/Template, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Venue

 DCINY honors newly-knighted Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised entirely of his compositions. The concert includes one of Jenkins’ earliest works, Songs of Sanctuary (for treble voices), as well as his enduringly popular The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The pieces will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith. http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/1/18/0700/PM/The-Music-of-Karl-Jenkins/    Read more

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Sonic Awakening

Sonic Awakening

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Vox opens its season by exploring the female voice – it sings, it cries, it soars. Fascinating songs will awaken your mind and senses with sounds of glorious voices setting your imagination on fire. Witness unfamiliar, unusual, mysterious, surprising vocalisms that create a new vocabulary of sound. Read more

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Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

4901 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808

Denean Dyson | Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

We celebrate our 50th anniversary with Beethoven's beloved Choral Fantasy and a world premiere by a Long Beach composer. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE  Bach, Handel & Schafer

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE UNIVERSE Bach, Handel & Schafer

801 Smithe Street at Seymour Street

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

One of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s most acclaimed performances was the 2010 premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s radiant choral/orchestral work The Love that Moves the Universe, based on the final lines of Dante’s Paradiso. In answer to popular demand, we repeat that magical experience, and extend it by singing the equally luminous Jesu, meine Freude by Bach and Laudate pueri Dominum by Handel. Vancouver Chamber Choir and Orchestra Pacifica Singers Jon Washburn, Conductor Repertoire Johann Sebastian Bach                                                                                     Jesu, meine Freude   George Frideric Handel                                                                                       Laudate pueri Dominum R. Murray Schafer                                The Love that Moves the Universe     Tickets: $20.50 - $55.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-love-that-vancouver-british-columbia-03-25-2016/event/11004EB48C775DE8?artistid=899635&majorcat   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

Vancouver Chamber Choir - CHORAL TAPESTRY - Our Heritage of Song

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The outstanding repertoire of North American choral music is based substantially on the models of musical immigrants from Europe. Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir illuminate many of these ties in this varied and invigorating concert of music from two continents.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Jon Washburn, Conductor   Repertoire Healey Willan              Behold, the tabernacle of God Artus Aux-Cousteaux  Missa grata sum harmonia David Squires              Deep Peace                  Steven Sametz            The Heroine Triumphant                        Ola Gjeilo                    Northern Lights             Samuel Barber            Agnus Dei Carl Orff                      Four Choruses from Catulli Carmina                                                                        Florent Schmitt           En bonnes voix Jon Washburn             Rise! Shine! Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-choral-tapestry-vancouver-british-columbia-03-04-2016/event/11004EB3D977A9F3?artistid=899635&majorc   ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE MAESTRO'S ART - The National Conductors' Symposium

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE MAESTRO'S ART - The National Conductors' Symposium

2205 W. 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

This year the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s remarkable National Conductors’ Symposium concert focuses on the music of the Masters - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. Five talented conductors from around the world lead the outstanding professional choir along with master conductor and teacher Jon Washburn and pianist Stephen Smith. Join us for an exciting evening of music-making and special insight into the art and craft of choral conducting. Five Symposium Conductors Vancouver Chamber Choir Stephen Smith, Piano Jon Washburn, Conductor    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                  Hostias et preces tibi; Kyrie eleison; Dixit Dominus Ludwig van Beethoven                                                                                         Opferlied; Elegischer Gesang; Agnus Dei Franz Schubert                                    Hymne an den Unendlichen; Gott im Ungewitter; Chor der Engel                              Robert Schumann                                Der Sänger; Der Traum; Der König von Thule Johannes Brahms                                Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich; Verlorene Jugend; Wie lieblich sind deine  Wohnungen   Richard Wagner          Beglückt darf nun dich; Wach' auf!; Treulich geführt Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-the-maestros-art-vancouver-british-columbia-01-23-2016/event/11004EB3D92EA9C7?artistid=899635&major SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE! Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary       Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Finding the True Meaning

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Finding the True Meaning

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Enjoy this lively concert performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas with actors, jazz duo and the Vancouver Chamber Choir on Saturday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir.   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams             Wassail Song Gustav Holst                             Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                     Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch                   Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger                  Weihnacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel                 Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                                          There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                           A spotless rose Vince Guaraldi, et al.                  Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00 Student rush tickets $10 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-charlie-brown-vancouver-british-columbia-12-19-2015/event/11004EB3D926A9BD?artistid=899635&majorc ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787 SUBSCRIBE TO FOUR OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE! Download our season brochure here: http://tinyurl.com/VCC45thAnniversary   Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS - A Child's Christmas in Wales

1550 W. 33rd Avenue at Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

  Choose the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s signature performance of A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) with our favourite Welshman - Russell Roberts – narrating on Friday evening. The concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir. Vancouver Chamber Choir Russell Roberts, Narrator Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant and Jon Washburn, conductors   Repertoire Ralph Vaughan Williams    Wassail Song Gustave Holst                       Lullay my liking                                        Felix Mendelssohn                  Weihnachten Johannes Weyrauch             Maria duch ein Dornwald ging Erhard Mauersberger             Weinacht Jakob Heinrich Lützel            Machet die Tore weit Colin Britt                              There is no rose Ola Gjeilo                                A spotless rose Jon Washburn                     Music for A Child’s Christmas in Wales   Tickets: $27.50 - $32.00  Student rush tickets $10 at the door  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/vancouver-chamber-choir-a-dylan-thomas-vancouver-british-columbia-12-18-2015/event/11004EB3D91FA9B2?artistid=899635&majorca ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-2787     Read more

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