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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

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

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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Venezia Music Festival 2017

Venezia Music Festival 2017

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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35th Anniversary Festival Concert

35th Anniversary Festival Concert

River Forest, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, Director, Proudly Presents 35th Anniversary Festival Concert Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Auditions

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Auditions

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Performance

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus invites singers to join us for our Summer 2016 trimester.:  The Sounds of War...  The Pleas for Peace Program: Joseph Haydn:  Mass in Time of War Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Dona Nobis Pacem Rehearsals begin Monday, May 23, 2016. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9:45.  Performances will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. Read more

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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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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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