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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community.

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition.

How Important is Sight-Singing?

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection?

12 Signs You Sing in a Chorus: Holiday Edition

The holidays are an especially busy and rewarding time to be a choral singer  balancing family celebrations and errands with rehearsals and performances. In honor of the season, here’s a special list of telltale signs that you might be a singer in a chorus. 

5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers.

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Research Memorandum Series No. 203

This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand.

Movement in Rehearsal

Making time to incorporate movement exercises during rehearsal can be a challenge, but a number of conductors are finding that it makes a real difference in the way their groups sing.

More Tips for Memorizing Music

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently.

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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013.

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process.

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