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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Presents a Season of Masterworks
Old Town Alexandria Patch | August 31, 2016
Choral Arts and Scott Tucker to perform with the Alexandria Symphony April 1-2, 2017.



Choral Arts Society of Washington Concert and 35th Annual Gala
Little Black Blog | January 5, 2016



A Family Christmas: The Choral Arts Society of Washington
The He Said She Said Experience | December 23, 2015



Choral Arts and Singapore Together Celebrate 50th Anniversaries
The Georgetowner | December 16, 2015



Choral Arts Holiday Concert & Gala
The Scene Bisnow  | December 15, 2015



Choral Arts honors late director with touching program
The Washington Post | November 17, 2015
The choristers were in fine form. Phrasing was impeccably precise throughout. Pure intonation and agile ensemble combined to make both “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” and the closing “Selig sind die Toten” particularly beautiful.



Blondes, Brunettes & Brahms
The Scene Bisnow | November 16, 2015
The performance had special significance as it was dedicated to Choral Arts beloved conductor, founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Norman Scribner, who passed away in March. 



How a local chorus is going about memorizing the 70-minute Brahms Requiem -- in German
WAMU | November 13, 2015
“I think you can give a magnificent performance holding music, I really do,” Tucker says. “But I think that there is a way in which, without that barrier of music, the performer is both vulnerable in a way to the audience, and also the effect can be that much more powerful.”



A riveting Mahler Third from Eschenbach, NSO
Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2015
Note, too, the vibrant contributions by the Children's Chorus of Washington and women of the Choral Arts Society of Washington in the penultimate portion of the symphony, with von Otter's voice adding richly to the text.


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Scott Tucker leads Choral Arts in Brahms' German Requiem
WETA | November 10, 2015
Choral Arts conductor Scott Tucker joins Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton for a music-filled journey through Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, which opens Choral Arts' season Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


 
Eschenbach and NSO find coherence elusive in Mahler's Symphony No. 3
The Washington Post | November 5, 2015
The women of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, arranged on either side of the Children’s Chorus of Washington, gave a pleasant bounce to the brief choral movement that followed.



Crowd remembers Julian Bond as champion for generations of activists
The Washington Post | October 7, 2015
More than 1,200 people attended Tuesday’s event. They were serenaded with “Oh Freedom,”  “This Little Light of Mine” and other songs, performed by Ralph Herndon, Scotty Barnhart and three groups: The Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Heritage Signature Chorale and the Freedom Singers.

 


Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond remembered for commitment to social justice
Los Angeles Times | October 6, 2015
Singers from the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Freedom Singers sang some of Bond’s favorite songs during what was a joyous and celebratory remembrance.



Charismatic activist Julian Bond remembered for unwavering devotion to equality for all
Southern Poverty Law Center | October 6, 2015
Music filled the theater for a final time as the Choral Arts Society of Washington and others performed “May the Circle be Unbroken” as the audience stood and applauded. As the last note faded, it was clear that the service was at its end, but not the march for justice to which Bond devoted his life.
 


Women on the move: Choral Arts and others in search of new leadership
The Washington Post | September 18, 2015
More changes in the DC choral world: Debra Kraft, the executive director of Choral Arts announced this week that she will be stepping down at the end of the chorus’s current season.
 

 
How Stephen Colbert pulled off that national anthem scene in Washington
The Washington Post | September 11, 2015
"Do you want to sing the Star Spangled Banner with Stephen Colbert?"
That sort of question doesn’t flash across most people’s iPhone screens. So when Brandon Straub, the associate conductor and pianist of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, got a text from Choral Arts executive director Debra Kraft asking if he’d like to harmonize with comedian, he didn’t hesitate to say “sure why not?” Now all Straub had to do was get off the boat he was chillaxing on and get to the Mall — in two hours.
 

 
Conducting Elite Performance Training
Simulation in Surgical Training and Practice - Surgical Clinics of North America | August 2015
Authors include Elliott Silverman and Scott Tucker
Training to excellent in the conduct of surgical procedures has many similarities to the acquisition and mastery of technical skills in elite level music and sports.  By using coaching techniques and strategies gleaned from analysis of professional music ensembles and athletic training, surgical educators can set conditions that increase the success rate of training to elite performance.  This article describes techniques and strategies used in both music and athletic coaching, and it discusses how they can be applied and integrated into surgical simulation and education.