Education & Training

Chorus America provides administrative, board, and artistic leadership development and peer networking through quality training programs, conferences, masterclasses, management institutes, online learning, technical assistance, and personal consultations. We advance the skills of singers and support the development of choral music education programs for children and adults.

Articles

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

Past Imperfect, Present Future

Eric Booth | Community Outreach, Impact/Value

If arts organizations want to stay relevant, the time has come to get serious about building connections with the wealth of creative activity in our communities. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

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

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5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

Justin Montigne | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Education, General, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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Movement in Rehearsal

Movement in Rehearsal

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Justin Montigne, a professional choral singer, voice teacher, and registered yoga teacher, teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. His interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. Read more

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Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Research/Data, Schools

Your chorus has created and launched an exciting education program. How will you fund its evaluation? Kimberly Meisten of VocalEssence and David Myers of the University of Minnesota School of Music presented these ideas at the 2012 Chorus America Conference. Read more

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Events

Princeton Pro Musica Presents a Symposium on Handel’s "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton Pro Musica Presents a Symposium on Handel’s "Israel in Egypt"

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, History

  Princeton Pro Musica will hold a symposium panel discussion prior to its May concert of great music by G.F. Handel, featuring the oratorio Israel In Egypt. The free symposium will be held at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, on Monday, April 28 at 7:00pm. No tickets are required. Read more

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New Choral Conducting Workshop with Professional Orchestra and Choir

New Choral Conducting Workshop with Professional Orchestra and Choir

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Conducting

Conduct the Mozart and Brahms Requiems plus the Dvorak Te Deum and Poulenc Gloria with a professional orchestra and choir. Read more

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Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Networking, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you in a choir? Do you like to sing? Do you like choral music? Then, please join the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford who are visiting Grace Church on-the-Hill for a unique evening. An evening where you will rehearse 4 pieces with the Choir and their director, Dr Stephen Darlington, and then sing the program together.  TIME AND PLACE: 7.30pm Monday April 7, 2015 at Grace Church on-the-Hill—300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto  Why are we doing this? One of the principal aims of this concert is to strengthen the bonds of community in Toronto’s choral community. The program is designed to offer something for all tastes and experience. You can be an expert, an amateur or just a fan. The pieces are: Libera me—Fauré  Ave verum—Byrd  Halleluia Chorus—Handel  I’m gonna sing—Traditional TICKETS: $15 (or $10 for parties of 10 or more) Plus there is a $5 rebate if you also buy a Concert Ticket for Tuesday.  Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 - (416) 488-7884.  To help you prepare openchoir.org is an online tutorial for the Libera me from the Fauré Requiem. More about this here: http://www.chchchoir.org/usa-canada-2014/choral-tutorial/.  Grace Church on-the-Hill (http://www.gracechurchonthehill.ca/), in Toronto, is a centre for choral music in Toronto. Grace Church has itself a very wide choral program with Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Grace Church also hosts 9 other Toronto choirs.  Phone 416-488-7884  Fax 416-488-4770  Email: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Read more

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Calmus Ensemble Leipzig

Calmus Ensemble Leipzig

228 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Families, General, Professional

The Serenade! International Choral Series, produced by Classical Movements, Inc., is proud to present an encore performance of the award-winning German a cappella quintet, Calmus Ensemble Leipzig.  The quintet has become one of the most successful a cappella ensembles in Germany, and their concert in Old Town Alexandria will be an unforgettable experience. Read more

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Escolania de Montserrat

Escolania de Montserrat

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Families, General, History, Performance

Thousands travel to see them every day, but now the Escolania de Montserrat from Barcelona is coming to us!  On March 16 at Strathmore, one of the oldest choirs in the world will present the program, “Montserrat and Cataluña: A Thousand Years of Music,” featuring works by such notable composers as Pablo Casals.  The concert is part of the choir's first ever tour to the United States.    Read more

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Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival

Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival

Nashville, TN

WTYC | Children/Youth

  Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival brings together the best of children's choirs, artists from Opera, Broadway and Country/Blues genres and Grammy award-winning orchestral players in ''Music City'' Nashville, TN Read more

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Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival

Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival

Nashville, TN

WTYC | Children/Youth

  Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival brings together the best of children's choirs, artists from Opera, Broadway and Country/Blues genres and Grammy award-winning orchestral players in ''Music City'' Nashville, TN Read more

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Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

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

Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) - Call now (202) 237-1005. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing! Read more

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Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

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

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Dialogue

Measuring Education Program Impact

Measuring Education Program Impact

Anonymous | Education, Impact/Value

  We know intrinsically that chorus education programs provide great benefit to those involved—but actual data would help. Can anyone offer some specific examples of the impact of their programs? Read more

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