65 episodes

Choir lovers, rejoice! Join International Orange Chorale Director Zane Fiala and SF Chorister Giacomo DiGrigoli as they interview notable choral composers, conductors, and singers, review new and notable performances, chat about the Bay Area choral scene, and cover some of the larger questions, issues, and topics of interest affecting all of us in the choral community.
More at https://www.inunisonpodcast.com

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Choir lovers, rejoice! Join International Orange Chorale Director Zane Fiala and SF Chorister Giacomo DiGrigoli as they interview notable choral composers, conductors, and singers, review new and notable performances, chat about the Bay Area choral scene, and cover some of the larger questions, issues, and topics of interest affecting all of us in the choral community.
More at https://www.inunisonpodcast.com

    EP704: Chorus America: Dr. Kirsten Hedegaard - For the Good of the Earth - Choral Music & EcoActivism

    EP704: Chorus America: Dr. Kirsten Hedegaard - For the Good of the Earth - Choral Music & EcoActivism

    For the next several episodes, we’re partnering with Chorus America to bring you a sneak preview of what’s coming up at  the Chorus America Annual Conference, being held this year in our home town, San Francisco! We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to get to know a bit more about the conference’s speakers and their areas of expertise, and especially to get to know these folks on a personal level. 
    This week on In Unison: a sneak peek of a conversation on socially conscious repertoire that focuses on environmentalism and the growing anxiety regarding climate change. Dr. Kirsten Hedegaard, founder of the EcoVoice Project and director of choral activities at Loyola University Chicago, will moderate a discussion exploring how composers are engaging with this issue in a variety of ways and how choral music provides a unique opportunity to grapple with the climate crisis.
    We hope to see you in San Francisco for the Chorus America Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2023. More information is available at chorusamerica.org.  
    Music excerpts 
    “Fire,” by Katerina Gimon, performed by Loyola Chamber Choir, directed by Kirsten Hedegaard“Earth Song,” by Frank Ticheli, performed by Loyola Chorale & Chamber Choir, and University of Illinois  (chorus members from Urbana-Champaign, Springfield, and Chicago campuses), directed by Kirsten Hedegaard 

    Episode references
    Chorus America conferenceDr. Kirsten HedegaardThe EcoVoice ProjectNew Earth Ensemble

    Theme Song: Mr. Puffy by Avi Bortnik, arr. by Paul Kim. Performed by Dynamic

    • 47 min
    EP703: Chorus America: Dr. Antonio Cuyler - The Great Imagining: Envisioning and Manifesting an Antiracist Choral Field

    EP703: Chorus America: Dr. Antonio Cuyler - The Great Imagining: Envisioning and Manifesting an Antiracist Choral Field

    For the next several episodes, we’re partnering with Chorus America to bring you a sneak preview of what’s coming up at  the Chorus America Annual Conference, being held this year in our home town, San Francisco! We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to get to know a bit more about the conference’s speakers and their areas of expertise, and especially to get to know these folks on a personal level. 
    Building on a shared understanding that songs are stories and choruses and singers are storytellers, today’s episode with Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler will give us a sneak peek at his Chorus America conference session where we explore the question: How can we envision and manifest antiracism in every aspect of our field, from repertoire to the way choral organizations are structured?  
    We hope to see you in San Francisco for the Chorus America Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2023. More information is available at chorusamerica.org.  
    Music excerpts 
    “Chains,” written by Gary Hines, performed by Sounds of Blackness“Optimistic,” written by Gary Hines, performed by Sounds of Blackness“Total Praise,” written by Richard Smallwood, performed by Richard Smallwood and Vision

    Episode references
    Chorus America conferenceDr. Antonio C. CuylerAccess, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cultural OrganizationsArts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African DiasporaAlysia Lee, Baltimore Children & Youth Fund“Hold Fast to Dreams,” by Joel Thompson, performed by the Atlanta Master Chorale, Dr. Eric Nelson, conductor; Joel Thompson, accompanist (YouTube)

    Theme Song: Mr. Puffy by Avi Bortnik, arr. by Paul Kim. Performed by Dynamic

    • 44 min
    EP702: Chorus America: Melanie DeMore - Seeing Each Other through Song

    EP702: Chorus America: Melanie DeMore - Seeing Each Other through Song

    For the next several episodes, we’re partnering with Chorus America to bring you a sneak preview of what’s coming up at  the Chorus America Annual Conference, being held this year in our home town, San Francisco! We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to get to know a bit more about the conference’s speakers and their areas of expertise, and especially to get to know these folks on a personal level. 
    One of the most important ways we can learn about each other is by singing each other’s songs. This belief is at the heart of conductor, singer, and vocal activist Melanie DeMore’s work. Join Melanie for this workshop and session where she will ground us in what it means to be solidly human and challenge us to be more understanding and empathetic through the connection of singing together.

    We hope to see you in San Francisco for the Chorus America Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2023. More information is available at chorusamerica.org.  

    Music excerpts 
    “Aćhe-o-kwa” by Melanie DeMore, performed by Melanie DeMore and St. Paul’s Episcopal School Choir“Sending You Light,” written and performed by Melanie DeMore

    Episode references
    Chorus America conferenceMelanie DeMoreAll One Tribe CollectiveObeah OperaThreshold Choir

    Theme Song: Mr. Puffy by Avi Bortnik, arr. by Paul Kim. Performed by Dynamic

    • 44 min
    EP701: Chorus America: Karen Hopper - Unleash Your Fundraising With Digital Scale

    EP701: Chorus America: Karen Hopper - Unleash Your Fundraising With Digital Scale

    For the next several episodes, we’re partnering with Chorus America to bring you a sneak preview of what’s coming up at  the Chorus America Annual Conference, being held this year in our home town, San Francisco! We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to get to know a bit more about the conference’s speakers and their areas of expertise, and especially to get to know these folks on a personal level. 
    Today’s episode is with Karen Hopper, the Associate Director of Performance Strategy at Razorfish, where she helps Fortune 100 clients make smart decisions about their creative marketing using data.  Karen will be leading the session “Unleash Your Fundraising With Digital Scale,” and today we’ll get a small taste of what Karen’s session will be all about. 
    We hope to see you in San Francisco for the Chorus America Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2023. More information is available at chorusamerica.org.  
    Music excerpts: 
    Alleluia, by Jake Runestad, performed by Kantorei, directed by Joel RinsemaBefore Spring, by Mari Esabel Valverde, text by Amir Rabiyah, performed by Cantus
    Episode references
    Chorus America conferenceKaren HopperJason Max Ferdinand SingersAndy CrestodinaKantoreiCherry Creek SchoolsThe M+R Guide to Effective and Ethical Direct Response CreativeChoral Arts

    • 48 min
    EP601: World Premiere of BABA: The Life and Death of Stana with Karmina Šilec and Shira Cion of Kitka

    EP601: World Premiere of BABA: The Life and Death of Stana with Karmina Šilec and Shira Cion of Kitka

    Today on In Unison, we’re chatting with composer and director Karmina Šilec of Carmina Slovenika and Executive Artistic director Shira Cion of San Francisco-based Kitka about the upcoming premiere of the newly commissioned opera, “BABA: The Life and Death of Stana.”  This new opera offers an innovative, non-narrative take on Balkan epic story-singing traditions and explores themes of gender, otherness, choice, virginity, sexual identity, and the complexities of interpreting these Balkan gender-transformation stories through a contemporary, liberal, western gaze.
    Music excerpts
    "Fly Trembling Spirit," by Kelly Atkins, performed by Kitka“Heyamoli,” by Tamar Buadze, performed by Kitka
    Episode references
    BABA: The Life and Death of StanaKarmina Šilec Choregie technique

    Theme Song: Mr. Puffy by Avi Bortnik, arr. by Paul Kim. Performed by Dynamic

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP508: Painting on a canvas of breath - Craig Hella Johnson of Conspirare

    EP508: Painting on a canvas of breath - Craig Hella Johnson of Conspirare

    Conspiring doesn't have to be a bad thing...

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

sgarner_flatbush ,

Choral nerds rejoice!

I think you guys have created something really special - you're both very charismatic hosts and the balance between conversation and musical excerpts is on point. I enjoy the ways you find to engage with the guests beyond their own work like the ice breakers and questions from other composers. Just the right amount of choral nerdiness. And of course, who doesn't get a kick out of Chorus Dolores who we all know and love. :)

basso54 ,

Well said

I enjoyed the varied interviews. Now how about more diversity. Yes this but these interviews highlighted the lack of diversity in San Francisco choral community. These issue were addressed in a few of the talks.
Congratulations for a fine effort.

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