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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

“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

Micah Hendler | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

It is not every day that in a recital hall at an Ivy League university you hear discussions of how to bring music to the imprisoned, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and the dying. But here I was, a research fellow at the Yale International Choral Festival Symposium, “Choirs Transforming Our World,” and surrounding me were people who spent their lives doing just that. Almost every context in which choral music could be used to repair the world seemed to have an expert. And those experts were in the Morse Recital Hall at the Yale School of Music, presenting, discussing, singing, thinking, together.  It was truly amazing. Read more

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A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Confronting Bullying Through Song

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Innovation, Schools

One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies chorus, is committed to building community and creating social change. The group's music director, Jane Ramseyer Miller, talked with Chorus America about how their mission propelled a unique outreach to public school students in the Twin Cities. Read more

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The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

Eric Friesen | Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing, Social Media

Though the river of time engulfs us in change, the purity and beauty of the human singing voice remains a constant. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brooks Firestone

Member Spotlight: Brooks Firestone

Discovering Choral Singing in the "Evensong" of Life

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Health, Participation, Performance, Singing

Brooks Firestone was looking for an activity that would enliven his retirement years. Little did he know that choral singing would become his passion. Chorus America asked him to describe his unlikely journey. Read more

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Sing for Your Life: What We Can Learn from the “Singing Cultures”

Sing for Your Life: What We Can Learn from the “Singing Cultures”

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

In Finland, people sing in choirs well into their golden years. Julene Johnson, PhD, a research professor at University of California, San Francisco, tells what she has learned about the importance of choral singing and healthy aging. Read more

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Should the United States Change Its National Anthem?

Should the United States Change Its National Anthem?

Kevin Frey | History, Performance, Repertoire

"Get rid of the 'Star Spangled Banner,'" said political commentator Bill Press on a recent episode of his talk radio show. He skewered the song for its violent and militaristic language, and called for its end. But is this view justified? Chorus America's Kevin Frey examines the history of the song, current performance practices, and its significance to Americans. Read more

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Changing Your Chorus from Within

Changing Your Chorus from Within

David Costanza | Diversity, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations Read more

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Singing

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody Read more

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Resources

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Tuning Problems

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Tuning Problems

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Improve your intonation with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Vocal Fatigue

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Vocal Fatigue

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach offers simple warm-up exercises to help you keep singing and singing. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Kent Tritle: Choral Singing Is a "Health Club for the Soul"

Kent Tritle: Choral Singing Is a "Health Club for the Soul"

Kent Tritle | Health, Singing

Conductor Kent Tritle talks about power of choral music to change the world, the importance of taking choral music "into the trenches," and how older singers can keep their voices healthy and strong over many years of singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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Warm Up with the San Francisco Festival Chorale

Warm Up with the San Francisco Festival Chorale

Jimmy Kansau | Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you tired of the same rehearsal warm-ups every week? Do you want to try some different exercises for a change? Sing along with the San Francisco Festival Chorale. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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How Massage Can Benefit Singers

How Massage Can Benefit Singers

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing

Have you ever considered that singing can be a remarkably athletic activity? According to Beth Keltz, a licensed massage therapist, singing requires just as much athleticism as playing baseball or football. Beth and colleague Carly Greenwood, who work with the singers at the Berkshire Choral Festival, explain the benefits of massage for singers. Read more

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Soloist Contract

Soloist Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this contract to help clarify expectations for your hired soloists. Read more

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Events

Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

551 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Empire City Men... | Audiences, Performance, Singing

As the old saying goes: “You’re only as old as you feel” and, in this respect, many of us are deeply connected despite even huge generation gaps. There is so much we can learn from each other. Sometimes the older ones are disenchanted by what they see happening in the world today. Sometimes, the young of society are revving their cars in eagerness to embark on life’s journey, but feel that long-held traditions are holding their gears in neutral… But being a “person of the world” is always being “free and easy;” and truly any place we hang our hats is home at any time. This music celebrates the blissful blindness and naiveté of youth and the youthful mindset. It asserts a person’s freedom in the here and now and studies the idea of fraternity and frivolity with joyful curiosity. Centered in the performance are brilliant male chorus works by David Conte, Camille Saint-Saens, Ulf Långbacka, ECMC Composer-in-Residence Kyle Randall, and more! Please join us. Read more

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Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

551 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Empire City Men... | General, Performance

As the old saying goes: “You’re only as old as you feel” and, in this respect, many of us are deeply connected despite even huge generation gaps. There is so much we can learn from each other. Sometimes the older ones are disenchanted by what they see happening in the world today. Sometimes, the young of society are revving their cars in eagerness to embark on life’s journey, but feel that long-held traditions are holding their gears in neutral… But being a “person of the world” is always being “free and easy;” and truly any place we hang our hats is home at any time. This music celebrates the blissful blindness and naiveté of youth and the youthful mindset. It asserts a person’s freedom in the here and now and studies the idea of fraternity and frivolity with joyful curiosity. Centered in the performance are brilliant male chorus works by David Conte, Camille Saint-Saens, Ulf Långbacka, ECMC Composer-in-Residence Kyle Randall, and more! Please join us.   Read more

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Bella Voce "Heart Songs: Music of the World" Concerts

Bella Voce "Heart Songs: Music of the World" Concerts

Stowe, VT

Vikki Day | Audiences

Music from around the world, highlighting the U.S. premiere of “Heartsongs of the White Wampum” by Canadian composer Tim Corlis which features the talents of guest artist Jane Boxall on the marimba. Tickets and more details at www.bellavocevt.org Read more

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Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma - Final Concert for 2015-16

Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma - Final Concert for 2015-16

7100 S. Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73135

Randy Lind | Performance

The 325 singers of the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma preent the final concert of the 2015-16 season.  Free event - 7pm. Read more

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International Choral Festival of Missoula

International Choral Festival of Missoula

Missoula, Montana

International C... | Community Outreach

Missoula’s International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music.  This prestigious international event is held here every three years and has become known throughout the world for its excellence and hospitality.     Read more

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Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents Around the World in 20 Years on May 22, 2016 at 4:00pm at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium. The concert celebrates the Legacy of retiring CCW Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk, with performances by CCW's all ensembles, an alumni chorus and special guests. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

1740 Rt. 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Singing

The program includes Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs", with poems by Hila Plitmann, wife of Mr. Whitacre, and music by Mr. Whitacre.  The guest violinist will be Elena Chernova-Davis, faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts.  The piano accompanist will be Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzer Opus 52" follows.  This version is for four-part voices and four hand piano accompaniment. Brenda Day, well-known New Jersey musician, will be the guest pianist, along with Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist.  The second half of the concert consists entirely of Norman Noll’s “Songs of Innocence”, commissioned from Mr. Noll in 1995 by Philomusica for its Silver Anniversary season, and revised in 2015.  Shea Velloso, accompanist. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

1740 Rt. 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Singing

The program includes Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs", with poems by Hila Plitmann, wife of Mr. Whitacre, and music by Mr. Whitacre.  The guest violinist will be Elena Chernova-Davis, faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts.  The piano accompanist will be Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzer Opus 52" follows.  This version is for four-part voices and four hand piano accompaniment. Brenda Day, well-known New Jersey musician, will be the guest pianist, with Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. The second half of the concert consists entirely of Norman Noll’s “Songs of Innocence”, commissioned from Mr. Noll in 1995 by Philomusica for its Silver Anniversary season, and revised in 2015. Shea Velloso, accompanist. Read more

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Auditions/Voice placement for Children's Chorus of Washington's 2016-17 season

Auditions/Voice placement for Children's Chorus of Washington's 2016-17 season

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Join the premier youth choral program in the national capital area in its 21st season with new artistic director Margaret Nomura Clark.   For singers ages 5 to 18, schedule an audition today on selected dates in June. Call 202 237 1005. No previous experience necessary. Read more

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 The Oakland Jazz Choir in collaboration with The Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble Celebrate Spring with a joint performance

The Oakland Jazz Choir in collaboration with The Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble Celebrate Spring with a joint performance

55 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607

heatherjazz | Performance

Two of Oakland’s most treasured jazz music non-profits dedicated to celebrating the artistic and cultural significance of America’s Classical Music - Jazz, come together for the first time in a multi-generational fellowship of Jazz. Come join us as we present new music & new friends and experience the pure joy and passion of this harmonic collaboration.    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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