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At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however.
A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity.
When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world.
The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it.
With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city.
SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices.
Composer, conductor, and teacher Alice Parker is a living musical legend and a true champion of the power of the human voice. In a plenary conversation at the 2015 Chorus America Conference, Parker reflected on conducting and composing, her work with Robert Shaw, her involvement with Chorus America and the value of coming together to sing.
With the 2015 premiere of Rise, a cantata about race in America, Cantate Chamber Singers took a collaborative approach to an important issue.
Committed to the expansion of repertoire for women's voice, Beth Willer was particulary struck by one flexible and enticing piece.