Conducting

The goal of a concert is not to perform great music well, but to co-create personally relevant experiences together inside the music.

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There are a few things we could all benefit from knowing about how a chorus functions as a nonprofit organization.

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Richard Westenburg, the founder of New York's famed chorus and orchestra, Musica Sacra, died of colon cancer on February 20, 2008. Westenburg had been an important fixture on the New York scene for more than 40 years.

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Composer David Lang tells about the creative vision of Bang on a Can: Take concerts apart and put them back together again so that music can be heard with fresh ears.

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American Choral Review 50.1

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Which comes first—the melody or the lyrics? Composer Alice Parker explains her creative process.

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Artistic leadership of a chorus is both an individual balancing act and a highly collaborative endeavor.

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Cellists hang out with the other cellists, singers hang out with other singers, but conductors—who do they hang out with? Stephen Czarkowski and 31 other conductors hung out together for four days in May 2006 to share with each other, explore some of the great works in the choral-orchestral repertoire, and learn from some of the nation's finest choral conductors.

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Vance George, former director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, reflects on a lifetime of musicmaking.

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