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

Kids in Pennsylvania Learn Why Bach Is an “Awesome Dude”

Kids in Pennsylvania Learn Why Bach Is an “Awesome Dude”

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Schools

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Bach to School program helps students see the parallels between the music of the master and their own lives.   Read more

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VocalEssence's WITNESS: Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Music

VocalEssence's WITNESS: Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Music

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Schools, Singing, Volunteer

Shining the spotlight on VocalEssence and its remarkable education outreach program serving thousands of students in and around the Twin Cities. Read more

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Welcome to Chorus America's New Website

Welcome to Chorus America's New Website

Chorus America Staff | CA News

Chorus America's new website is now open for business! The new site offers hundreds of articles and resources for the choral music community, tools for easier access and sharing, and more visibility for our members. Read more

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A Winning Formula for Music Education in the Windy City

A Winning Formula for Music Education in the Windy City

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Schools

What are the essential elements of an education outreach program? We take a look at Music of the Baroque’s Strong Voices program, supporting promising young students and choral music in Chicago’s public high schools. Read more

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Singing in the Schools: Putting Education in Chorus DNA

Singing in the Schools: Putting Education in Chorus DNA

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Schools

Winner of Chorus America’s 2010 Education Outreach Award, Chanticleer demonstrates how to grow an education program that touches the lives of the next generation of singers Read more

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Choral Consortiums and the Local Advantage

Choral Consortiums and the Local Advantage

Kelsey Menehan | Innovation, Networking, Operations

Chorus America contacted representatives from about a dozen choral consortiums—umbrella groups that promote regional information sharing and collaboration among choruses. Those who manage these consortiums were eager to tell us about the advantages of collaboration, how they got started and why, and lessons they've learned along the way. Read more

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Choral Consortium Alternatives

Choral Consortium Alternatives

Choral Information Clearinghouses

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Networking, Operations

Several groups function primarily as repositories of information about the choruses in their area. They hesitate to call themselves consortiums because the staff of choruses do not regularly meet or collaborate. These are labors of love where one person or a small cadre of people saw an information gap and set out to fill it. Read more

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Making the Case for School Choirs

Making the Case for School Choirs

A Free Resource from Chorus America Can Help

Ann Meier Baker | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Schools, Technique/Tool

There is plenty of evidence that singing in a choir helps students succeed in school, work, and life. And yet, today choral programs are under siege—competition for school dollars, time in the school day, and a narrow focus on just a few subjects covered on standardized tests all pose significant challenges to the future of school choirs. Read more

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What to Do Before the First Rehearsal of the Year

What to Do Before the First Rehearsal of the Year

Chorus America Staff | Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

The new chorus season is upon us—or fast approaching! But what, if anything, should we as singers do to prepare for the upcoming season? Read more

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IPA for Dummies

IPA for Dummies

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

Well...not for dummies, but for choral singers who wonder, "Do I really, really have to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet?" Of course you don’t, but your singing experience could be much more enjoyable if you do. Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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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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Educational Partnerships

Educational Partnerships

admin_ca | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Schools

Educational partnerships that serve school-age children are a focus for teachers and community choir leaders alike. In this webinar, our panel of experts will explore the different types of partnerships, talk about potential program models, and discuss how to create the ideal program for your community. Participants will walk away with a range of program styles to use in the future and a first-hand account of how programs work in different settings. 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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Events

Summer Singers Day Camp (Grove City location)

Summer Singers Day Camp (Grove City location)

100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127

Edwina French | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, General, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

A fun day camp to inspire and encourage musical talent in children ages 7-11! Read more

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Summer Singers Day Camp (Pittsburgh location)

Summer Singers Day Camp (Pittsburgh location)

2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15222

Edwina French | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

A fun day camp to inspire and encourage musical talent in children ages 7-10! Read more

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Pacific Chorale Choral Sketches

Pacific Chorale Choral Sketches

Orange County, CA

Molly Buzick Pontin | Composing/Commissioning, Education

Pacific Chorale presents a unique learning opportunity for composers who wish to develop their skills in writing choral music, with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan. The purpose of the Choral Sketches initiative is to provide a creative and open environment for composers to deepen their experience writing for voices in a choral context. Choral Sketches is open to composers at any career stage who are currently residing legally in the U.S. Full details and application requirements are at www.pacificchorale.org/choral-sketches. Application deadline is August 1. Read more

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Choral Masterworks: Haydn's The Creation

Choral Masterworks: Haydn's The Creation

Rochester, NY

ESMSummer | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Singing

Summer choral conducting institute at Eastman, led by William Weinert and guest faculty Ann Howard Jones. Read more

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The Complete Conductor - Focus on Brahms

The Complete Conductor - Focus on Brahms

Rochester, NY

ESMSummer | Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

  Summer choral conducting institute at Eastman, led by William Weinert, Eastman's Director of Choral Activities. Read more

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Associated Chamber Music Players presents its first Live Stream Chamber Music Masterclass

Associated Chamber Music Players presents its first Live Stream Chamber Music Masterclass

330 Seventh Avenue

Michelle Tabnick PR | Families

Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) presents its first Live Stream Chamber Music Masterclass on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 2:30-4:30pm EST. The live stream offers an up-close opportunity for players around the globe to engage and participate in this learning and playing opportunity.  Read more

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Transgender Voices Festival

Transgender Voices Festival

St. Paul

Jane Ramseyer Miller | Performance

Join One Voice Mixed Chorus for a Transgender Voices Festival April 13 & 14, 2018 in St. Paul, MN!  The event offers a space for transgender and gender non-conforming singers to explore their voices and identities, grow as artists, and learn techniques for voice care. Workshop video recordings are also planned for voice/music teachers and community choir directors to learn about transgender voices and receive tools to support singers in the classroom and beyond. Continuing education credits for music teachers will be available.   Read more

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Messiah Choral Symposium & Masterclass

Messiah Choral Symposium & Masterclass

Tampa, FL

The Master Chor... | Careers, Conducting, Education, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Led by Doreen Rao, the MCTB Messiah Symposium features morning classes focused on score preparation, performance practices and conducting techniques as these relate specifically to teaching and performing Handel’s Messiah. Following a lunch break, the Choral Symposium will feature a public Conducting Masterclass led by Doreen Rao and joined by special guest Michael Francis (Florida Orchestra's Music Director) and The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers. Read more

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Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

Harmonium Musicianship Workshop Series - Diversity and Inclusion

4 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ

Harmonium Chora... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Professional, Repertoire, Research/Data, Schools, Singing

Harmonium Choral Society presents a choral musicianship workshop for diversity and inclusivity on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave at Kings Road, Madison, NJ.  Exploring Inclusivity and Diversity in the Choral Rehearsal or Music Classroom, with clinician Elise Figa, is appropriate for all singers.  Read more

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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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