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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Children

Singing and Healthy Children

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing

Participating in a chorus can have a transformative effect on a child’s academic achievement and overall well-being. Read more

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Singing and Wellness Resource Guide

Singing and Wellness Resource Guide

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Evaluation, General, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Schools, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

Continue to explore the topic of Singing and Wellness with this online Resource Guide that includes studies cited in Voice articles as well as further reading. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Erica Battle, Detroit Children’s Choir

Member Spotlight: Erica Battle, Detroit Children’s Choir

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Diversity, Education, General, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Schools

In Detroit, music and arts organizations are pooling their resources to buy management expertise. That's how Erica Battle, a certified public accountant, stepped into her position as executive director of the Detroit Children's Choir. Here she talks with Chorus America about the shared services model that has been successful in Detroit, her new role, and her recent experience at October's Chorus Management Institute. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Confronting Bullying Through Song

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Innovation, Schools

One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies chorus, is committed to building community and creating social change. The group's music director, Jane Ramseyer Miller, talked with Chorus America about how their mission propelled a unique outreach to public school students in the Twin Cities. Read more

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Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Research/Data, Schools

Your chorus has created and launched an exciting education program. How will you fund its evaluation? Kimberly Meisten of VocalEssence and David Myers of the University of Minnesota School of Music presented these ideas at the 2012 Chorus America Conference. Read more

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Six Essential Steps for Evaluating Your Chorus’s Education Program

Six Essential Steps for Evaluating Your Chorus’s Education Program

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Schools

Your chorus has created and launched an exciting education program. How will you measure its effectiveness? Kimberly Meisten of VocalEssence and David Myers of the University of Minnesota School of Music presented some winning ideas at the 2012 Chorus America Conference. Read more

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Students Discover Their “Voices Within”

Students Discover Their “Voices Within”

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Impact/Value

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s education outreach program leads young people into the heart of the creative process Read more

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Lessons Learned from Successful School Education Programs

Lessons Learned from Successful School Education Programs

Kelsey Menehan |

Consider these insights and cautionary tales gleaned from the experience of four choruses about how to establish and maintain a strong, school-based education outreach program. Read more

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“We Wrote That!” LA Students Become Composers, with a Little Help from Their Friends

“We Wrote That!” LA Students Become Composers, with a Little Help from Their Friends

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Repertoire

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Voices Within artist residency program teaches public school students how to tap their creative voices to compose and perform their own original songs. Read more

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Resources

Educational Partnerships

Educational Partnerships

admin_ca | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Schools

Educational partnerships that serve school-age children are a focus for teachers and community choir leaders alike. In this webinar, our panel of experts will explore the different types of partnerships, talk about potential program models, and discuss how to create the ideal program for your community. Participants will walk away with a range of program styles to use in the future and a first-hand account of how programs work in different settings. Read more

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Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity! Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A list of useful quotes from influential leaders in support of the arts and choral music. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Chorus America’s member choruses all across North America are leading the way in working with school music programs to support, revive, or expand choral music education. Here are some examples of how our members are creatively partnering with schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

In the 21st century, America’s manufacturing-driven economy is being replaced by a creative economy. President Obama is calling for a “complete and competitive education” to ensure our place in the global economy. How do the arts—and choral music specifically—help prepare our students to meet these challenges? Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A question-and-answer worksheet to help you expand your network of choral music supporters. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

This annotated and linked bibliography for Making the Case for Your School Choir provides data from more than 40 different studies, advocacy guides, and publications at your fingertips. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A PowerPoint template that you can adapt for use when making a presentation on the value of choral singing. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Making the Case' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Use this matrix as a worksheet to help formulate an action plan to support choral music in schools. Read more

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Events

Cracovia Music Festival 2013

Cracovia Music Festival 2013

Cracow

MRF MusicFestivals | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Cracow (Poland)   CRACOW – one of the twelve most important towns in the world The former capital of Poland is one of Europe’s last undiscovered destinations. Here the Holy Father Pope John Paul II served as a Bishop for more than twelve years. Centre of the old town is Rynek (main market place), one of Europe’s most beautiful and largest market places. This market place is divided by huge cloth halls as well as the gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. At the south edge of the old town rises the Wawelburg with the famous King’s castle. In these historic surroundings, in the renowned churches of Krakow as well as in the concert hall with its appealing acoustics, the festival concerts take place. Read more

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Paris Music Festival 2013

Paris Music Festival 2013

Paris

MRF MusicFestivals | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

3rd International festival of choirs and orchestras in Paris (France)   PARIS - city of love, dreams and senses Nobody can think of Paris without various associations and a multitude of pictures crossing their mind: the river Seine, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Napoleon, the Arc de Triumphe, the Champs-Elysees. No other city exalts the imagination like this metropolis, which is also particularly popular for its musical events. As of late these also include the Paris Music Festival. Read more

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Toscana Music Festival 2013

Toscana Music Festival 2013

Montecatini Terme

MRF MusicFestivals | Audiences, Children/Youth, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

5th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Tuscany (Italy)   TUSCANY – country of cypress trees and soft hills Italy’s most popular holiday region is renowned for its joy of life, culinary delights and rich culture. About half of the world’s art treasures can be found in Italy, a great part of them in the Tuscany. Particularly famous are Florence, the region’s capital, but also Pisa, Siena, and Lucca – the home of Giacomo Puccini. The concerts of the Toscana Music Festivals are arranged in the classy ambience of the Spa of Montecatini and the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta.   Read more

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Roma Music Festival 2013

Roma Music Festival 2013

Roma

MRF MusicFestivals | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

2nd International festival of choirs and orchestras in Rome (Italy)   ROME – a multifaced myth Names such as “Eternal City” or “Centre of the World” are not too modest. However, the Italian metropolis boasts them, and emphasizes its significance in the world history. During a short stay it is simply impossible to visit all attractions of the town whose history dates 3000 years back. Among the most important ones there are: the Vatican with St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps, the Catacombs, the Collosseum, the Roman Forum or Trastevere – the commercial district of Rome. You may enrich the cultural variety of this exceptional city by participating in concerts held in churches and concert halls during the Roma Music Festival. Read more

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Venezia Music Festival 2013

Venezia Music Festival 2013

Venice

MRF MusicFestivals | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Participation, Performance, Schools, Symphonic

4th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Venice and Jesolo (Italy)   VENICE – city of channels and gondolas Since 1987 Venice and its lagoon have been on the UNESCO-list of cultural heritage. For many people it is the most beautiful city in the world, and is especially fascinating due to its architectural wealth. The heart of Venice - Piazza San Marco with the gorgeous Basilica - is one of the beautiful places in the world. Read more

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Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2013

Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2013

Barcelona

MRF MusicFestivals | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Participation, Performance, Schools, Symphonic

2nd International festival of choirs and orchestras on the Costa Barcelona (Spain)   COSTA BARCELONA – a true bathing paradise Long beaches covered with fine sand. Villages with white houses by the ocean. Crystal-clear sea. Underwater paradises and nature parks with untouched landscapes in all shades of green in small bays between rocks. As the cradle and inspiration of the artist Salvador Dalí the region is known for its impressive historic and cultural heritage. The concerts of the Costa Barcelona Music Festival wish to enrich the holiday feeling of the sunny coast region with musical accents. Read more

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Istra Music Festival 2013

Istra Music Festival 2013

Istria

MRF MusicFestivals | Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

3rd International festival of choirs and orchestras in Istria (Croatia)   ISTRIA - the country by the sea The largest peninsula of the Adriatic is Croatia’s most popular holiday destination. Despite the relatively small surface of Istria it offers an unbelievable multitude of impressive sceneries to be discovered. The combination of natural beauties, the healing powers of air, sun and the ocean, as well as the hospitality of the local inhabitants are like magic. Besides gorgeous parks, a picturesque stone coast and long beaches the Croatian Riveria provides many superb cultural events, such as the Istra Music Festival with performances from choirs and orchestras from all over the world. Read more

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Advent Music Festival 2013

Advent Music Festival 2013

Prague

MRF MusicFestivals | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

4th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Prague (Czech Republic)   PRAGUE – one of Europe’s most beautiful metropoles Experience the Golden City on the Vltava with its pre-Christmas flair and numerous sights like the famous Prague Castle, Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge, and the Golden Alley. On the first weekend of Advent you have the opportunity to enrich and experience the magical atmosphere with your musical performances in front of the picturesque backdrop. Read more

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AUDITIONS  2012-2013 Season - Children's Chorus of Washington

AUDITIONS 2012-2013 Season - Children's Chorus of Washington

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington, DC

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

  Join an organization dedicated to foster both the artistic and personal development of a diverse and dedicated community of young children and teenagers. It provides them with the highest quality, performance-based music education program and lots of fun! Auditions are easy, a simple placement hearing with no preparation or previous experience necessary. It is held BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on selected dates in May and June. For information or to schedule an audition, CALL NOW 202 237 1005. For details check www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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