For Singers

Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

Articles

Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

We take a look at the man behind the cluster chords: how Eric Whitacre arrived at a life in music, and the ups and downs he's encountered along the way. Read more

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Is Reflux Causing My Vocal Problems?

Is Reflux Causing My Vocal Problems?

Margaret Baroody | Health, Singing

Something is irritating your vocal cords and you think it might be reflux. Vocal health expert Margaret Baroody gives us her take on the situation, along with treatment advice. Read more

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How Do I Control My Voice Break?

How Do I Control My Voice Break?

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Many singers have trouble navigating through the passaggio easily. Three veteran vocal experts from the Washington Vocal Consortium each offer their wisdom for remedying this pesky problem. Read more

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Vocal Strain: When to Sing and When to Give it a Rest

Vocal Strain: When to Sing and When to Give it a Rest

Margaret Baroody | Health, Singing

When should a singer consult a doctor about a vocal problem or injury? One Chorus America member reported that he was left with laryngitis and a sore throat after screaming during a sport event. He wondered what to do, if anything, to recover. Read more

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In Praise of Informal Musicmaking

In Praise of Informal Musicmaking

Kelsey Menehan | Families, Participation, Singing

These days, it seems singing is relegated to rehearsals, religious services, concert halls, and the occasional karaoke bar experience. But whatever happened to just gathering around the piano with friends and family to belt out a few tunes? Read more

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How to Choose a Voice Teacher

How to Choose a Voice Teacher

Lisa Koehler | Careers

You've decided to make the commitment to improving your singing abilities. But how do you find the right instructor to help you on your way? Read more

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From Oxford to Hogwarts: Singing on the Harry Potter Soundtrack

From Oxford to Hogwarts: Singing on the Harry Potter Soundtrack

Gregory Camp | Participation, Profile, Singing

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a film's soundtrack? Singer Gregory Camp knows. Along with his chorus at the University of Oxford, Gregory got the chance to perform on the film soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince—complete with studio time at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. Read more

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Virtual Choir Project Brings Together Distant Strangers in Performance

Virtual Choir Project Brings Together Distant Strangers in Performance

Cory Davis | Education, Innovation, Participation, Singing, Technology

Is a chorus still a chorus if the singers are singing from their computers? Read more

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How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

Alexander Ruggieri | History, Repertoire

There was a time not so long ago when Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil was virtually unknown outside of Russia. But an early transliteration of the work and some pivotal recordings helped to catch the attention of Western choral groups and audiences. We interview choral conductor and Russian music expert Alexander Ruggieri, who tells the story of the Vigil's emergence as one of the best-loved choral masterpieces. Read more

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You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

Tom Kelly | History, Repertoire

To choral singers, Handel's Messiah is as familiar—and as well loved—as their favorite pair of slippers. But what do we really know about this choral masterwork? Harvard music professor and historian Thomas Kelly talks to Chorus America about how this great oratorio came to be and why it captures our hearts like no other piece. Read more

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Resources

Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this template as a guide for collecting useful information about new and returning singers during auditions. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus America Staff | General, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Sample/Template, Singing

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. Read more

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Access and Accommodation Resources

Access and Accommodation Resources

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool

A list of resources to help choruses provide reasonable accommodation in accordance with ADA regulations. Read more

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Daily Warm-Ups to Prepare for the New Choral Season

Daily Warm-Ups to Prepare for the New Choral Season

Kathy Fitzgibbon | Singing, Technique/Tool

You wouldn't run a marathon on your first day back from a jogging hiatus. The same concept applies to singing. Head of faculty at Berkshire Choral Festival and director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College, Kathy Fitzgibbon, offers her advice for coming back to singing after a summer off. Read more

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Sing Along with Melanie DeMore

Sing Along with Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore | Singing, Technique/Tool

Warm up your voice with Melanie DeMore during this "Morning Sing" at Chorus America's 2011 Conference in San Francisco. Her exuberant energy and innovative technique for teaching the songs are at the core of these refreshing and uplifting clips. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The ancient practice of yoga can help you establish good singing posture, become aware of your body, and use your breath effectively. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Instructor Justin Montigne explains how the practice of yoga or proprioceptive awareness can benefit singers. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Twists

Yoga for Singers: Twists

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Long seated rehearsal? Alleviate tiredness in the lower back with this simple twist. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Pose for Sitting and Singing

Yoga for Singers: Pose for Sitting and Singing

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Learn to find your "sitting bones" and develop a grounded posture for seated singing. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Lunge

Yoga for Singers: Lunge

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Learn how tension in the tailbone can negatively affect your singing, and how to counteract it with a lunge exercise. Read more

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Events

Vancouver Chamber Choir - AETERNA - Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Duruflé Requiem

Vancouver Chamber Choir - AETERNA - Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Duruflé Requiem

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

The Vancouver Chamber Choir brings you the finest repertoire for chorus (and orchestra) every Good Friday in hopes that you will make this annual Orpheum concert part of your family's musical tradition. This year the music is particularly wonderful - Pergolesi’s magnificent Stabat Mater, a pinnacle of Italian Baroque music, and the sublimely beautiful Requiem based on Gregorian chant by French master Maurice Duruflé.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - SINGERS’ CHOICE - A Choral Hit Parade

Vancouver Chamber Choir - SINGERS’ CHOICE - A Choral Hit Parade

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

136 singers have been members of the Vancouver Chamber Choir in its first 45 years. Now they all finally get to join in the programme planning process! Each will recommend his or her favourite madrigal, motet, folksong and encore. From the resultant suggestions, it will be Jon’s job to shape a scintillating programme. We expect it to be a veritable choral hit parade!   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC - Renaissance, Romantic and Rustic

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC - Renaissance, Romantic and Rustic

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

This concert will be the final event of our 37th annual National Conductors’ Symposium. Jon Washburn and his five invited conductors from around the world will focus on three distinct musical styles — the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus and Josquin; the Romantic partsong of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Elgar; and the Rustic art of folksong from Britain, France, Germany and North America.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - BRAHMS REQUIEM - The Intimate Brahms

Vancouver Chamber Choir - BRAHMS REQUIEM - The Intimate Brahms

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Brahms himself wrote this famous arrangement of his beloved Requiem for choir and two pianists. Its clarity presents a new, more intimate perspective, a sort of chamber music sensitivity which penetrates like an X-ray into the inner meanings of this most heartfelt of musical masterpieces. We are joined by the Bergmann Duo and round out this all-Brahms programme with melancholic partsongs and vivacious Hungarian Dances.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHRISTMAS STORY - Carols & Readings of the Season

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHRISTMAS STORY - Carols & Readings of the Season

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Christmas time is carol time. The Christmas spirit can be expressed in so many ways: gently, robustly, ceremonially, intimately, poetically, grandly, angelically, rustically, liturgically or by the simplest song or phrase. Kevin Zakresky leads the VCC in a banquet of seasonal music, with a cameo appearance from Fiona Blackburn and the British Columbia Girls Choir.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - HANDEL’S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Vancouver Chamber Choir - HANDEL’S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Martha Guth, Soprano Susan Platts, Mezzo-soprano Colin Balzer, Tenor Tyler Duncan, Baritone   Christmas time is Messiah time, of course, and this year it’s the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s turn again to do the honours. Experience the power and glory of the world’s favourite choral masterwork, given a unique performance by Jon Washburn, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with outstanding Canadian soloists Martha Guth, Susan Platts, Colin Balzer and Tyler Duncan.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - FESTIVA! - Choirs in Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - FESTIVA! - Choirs in Concert

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

The VCC and its family of associated choirs present a Choral-Festival-in-One-Night. Led by Jon Washburn, Carrie Tennant and Kevin Zakresky, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Youth Choir sing individually and in combination. Highlights include Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia and Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787  Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS - Western Hemispherics

Vancouver Chamber Choir - MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS - Western Hemispherics

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Musically, the borders of the Americas are open. We salute the New World, the Western Hemisphere, and its vivacious musical heritage and present-day creative vitality. From Canada and the United States, through Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and Argentina, we find the often exuberant and sometimes sleepy sounds of new found lands. Music of Healey Willan, Hernando Franco, Leonard Bernstein, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jon Washburn, Saúl Cosentino, Samuel Barber, Jorge Córdoba, Astor Piazzolla and Loreena McKennitt!   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - EARTH/SEA/SKY - Music of our Natural World

Vancouver Chamber Choir - EARTH/SEA/SKY - Music of our Natural World

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Music celebrates nature in a million ways and a million pieces. Our opening concert of the season presents just a few of these under the guise of natural madrigals, romantic wilderness, shadowwater, dreamwater, Formosan skies, riddles, water, sun, wind and rain. Music of Morley, Monteverdi, Weelkes, Josquin, Schumann, Whitacre, Britten, Barber, Chatman, Chilcott and more. Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Sing-along III: Deep Waters

Sing-along III: Deep Waters

1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Community Outreach

Join Lynne Morrow and Pacific Edge Voices for our third and final sing-along of the season! We'll explore themes of water in African American spirituals like Wade in the Water and Deep River, which express the yearning to reach the other side, whether it be freedom or heaven.  Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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