The Portland, Maine chorus ChoralArt seeks new Christmas carols from composers with a New England connection (born in, current resident of, or composer currently studying at a college, university, or conservatory in one of the six New England states). The winning entry will be premiered during the 2019–2020 holiday season. Entries must be a cappella or keyboard accompaniment settings for SATB chorus (divisi up to SSATB) of an English text, with a duration of about three minutes. The winning composer will receive a $750 cash prize. There is no cost to apply. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2019.
Choral Arts New England newsletter
The Vermont professonal chorus Counterpoint is presenting a series of workshops throughout the state during the 2018–2019 season that are designed to educate and motivate young students on the dangers of human-caused climate change. The program is called "Six Degrees," a double reference both to the cataclysmic result of the warming of the planet by six degrees Celsius, and to the “six degrees of separation” that connect all of humanity. The program is available to schools and community organizations throughout Vermont for the symbolic fee of $350.00.
The New Hamshire Master Chorale is hosting its second annual singer retreay, called "All of Us", on Saturday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St., in Concord, N.H. The event includes professionally-led breakout sessions on movement, creativity and expression, and vocal technique, as well as a full-group singing session led by Master Chorale Music Director Dan Perkins.
Participation fee is $100, and includes lunch.
Registration (at nhmasterchorale.org), is mandatory and closes on February 28. Participation is limited to 100 people.
Choral Arts New England held a forum on April 11, 2011 in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss recent developments and challenges in choral music.
Choral singing is an essential part of New England, and nationwide it is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts. New England choruses have greatly grown in number and quality in the past several decades, connecting more singers and their audiences with music of the highest quality, and creating vibrant communities through song.
But these are challenging times for choruses. Attendance is down for all the performing arts, the nature of community participation is being changed by new social media, print arts coverage is declining while music sharing opportunities are increasing (if legal and technological obstacles can be met), and the next generation of singers is growing up with American Idol and Glee.
How have choruses grown and adapted and what will be next? A distinguished panel—leaders of professional choruses, auditioned and community choruses, and children’s choruses—explores these questions, with opportunities for the audience to join in the discussion.
Sing and Learn While Working
Berkshire Choral International offers a competitive apprentice program for professional-track undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an opportunity for singers, accompanists, and choral conductors (all must sing) to intensively study and rehearse major orchestral works with eminent conductors. The program includes
- Five hours of choral rehearsals each day
- Classes taught by professional music staff
- Private lessons and coaching
- Master classes
- Group recital
- Participation in Saturday night concert
Travel to one of these venues:
The Community of Jesus in Orleans, Mass., is holding a three-day Gregorian chant retreat from March 27-30, 2019. Surrounded by the beauties of early spring on Cape Cod, attendees will explore some of the richest repertoire of Gregorian chant found in the Holy week chants and discover this ever-relevant form of conversation through sung prayer. For more information see http://communityofjesusretreats.org/gregorian-chant-retreat.html or call 508-240-2400.
Choral Arts New England held its 34th annual awards ceremony and reception on Sunday, November 4, 2018, honoring our 2018 Alfred Nash Patterson grant recipients and our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. Gwyneth Walker. The ceremony was at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
The New England choral community is as vigorous as ever, and many great performances are scheduled throughout the coming year. Listed below are just a few highlights for the season that starts in September 2018. Currently, about 450 performances are listed on the Choral Arts New England events calendar through June 2019; that number will probably double by the end of the year. See the online calendar for complete, up-to-date listings.
The beautiful campus of Smith College in Northampton MA will once again be home to the MassACDA Summer Conference…an event that promises to motivate and inspire choral conductors at every career stage! Anchoring the conference will be headliner clinicians Lynnel Joy Jenkins (Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School, Pennington NJ) and Dr. Peggy Dettwiler (Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA).
The conference begins with a buffet supper followed by a Mozart Requiem Sing conducted by the acclaimed Joseph Flummerfelt.
In celebration of their 50th anniversary year, the Zamir Chorale of Boston is creating a "virtual choir" to sing Louis Lewandowski’s great “Halleluyoh.” The Halleluyoh Virtual Choir will include performances by hundreds of singers from all around the world and incorporate visual history about Lewandowski and his community.