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Articles

Reaching for Artistic Excellence

Reaching for Artistic Excellence

How Choruses Actively Plan for Improvement

Kelsey Menehan | Governance, Impact/Value, Professional, Recruitment, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

No matter where your chorus is on the road toward artistic excellence, you can take steps to get better—a diverse sample of choruses tell their inspiring stories. Read more

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Breaking Up with Your Choir

Breaking Up with Your Choir

Cory Davis | Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Like a romantic relationship, joining a choir is a commitment that requires give and take—and lots of time. Lately, however, you feel like your choir participation has been more of a time consuming chore, rather than something you signed up to do for fun. How do you know when enough's enough? Read more

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Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Heidi Waleson | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Impact/Value, Schools

Choruses are pouring more resources and creativity into education outreach programs that have a far-reaching impact on students, teachers, schools, and communities—as well as on the choral artists who deliver them. Read more

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Knowing When to Say No

Knowing When to Say No

Cory Davis | Careers, Health, Networking, Professional

When you're a freelance musician eager for work, why would you ever pass up a gig? Read more

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"Blend, You Rascals!"

"Blend, You Rascals!"

A Choral Cliché Explained

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

The late Robert Shaw used to give this directive—right before explaining what a ridiculous request it was. Even so, choral directors continue to say it, and singers continue to wonder, Is it me? What should I do? Read more

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Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education

How Minnesota's VocalEssence and composer Eric Whitacre helped high school students, choral directors, and community members of all ages discover the power of contemporary choral music through a festival and community sing event. Read more

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From Choral to Solo...and Back Again?

From Choral to Solo...and Back Again?

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Professional, Singing

Like oil on water, there's probably good reason for the conventional wisdom that solo singing and choral singing just don't mix. And yet, there are growing numbers of professional singers who are bridging both worlds and are building complete and joyful careers singing both solo and choral repertoire. In fact, for many, it is the choral part of their careers that is most gratifying to them. Read more

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So You Can Sing but Can You Talk?

So You Can Sing but Can You Talk?

Jan-Marie Petersen | Careers, Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking

Call it what you will—networking, hobnobbing, rubbing elbows—it is a skill that everyone should know how to do, even choral singers. Read more

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Singing as Your Day Job

Singing as Your Day Job

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Impact/Value, Profile, Singing

Tenor Michael Lichtenauer describes his unlikely journey from a desk job in Kansas to a career as a professional singer with Chanticleer and then the Los Angeles Master Chorale—and the lessons he learned along the way. Read more

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Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Ann Stahmer | Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Singing

How would you cope with the loss of the one thing that defines you as a singer—your voice? A long-time choral singer tells all. 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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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

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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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10128

Michelle Tabnick PR | Conducting

  Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Mostly Modern Festival & Institute

Mostly Modern Festival & Institute

Saratoga Springs, NY

Holly Hickman | CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Performance, Schools, Singing, Symphonic

The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. The institute has over 100 students & over 20 faculty members. There will be an orchestra, a choir, 4 chamber ensembles, masterclasses, lectures, and private lessons. The Institute is open to musicians 18 and older, and welcomes people in all stages of their career.  MMF takes place at Skidmore College at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College is ideally located in Saratoga Springs, New York, three hours by car from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal. All public performances take place at the stunning Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, a 600-seat acoustically tuned space. The MMF Institute is now accepting applications for singers, conductors, composers and instrumentalists.  APPLY ONLINE NOW Read more

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Next Artistic Director

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Next Artistic Director

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Next Artistic Director Noted Conductor, Clinician and Educator who Assumes Post on August 1, 2018, Served as Music Director of American Boychoir from 2004-2017   His Tenure Was Highlighted by 200 Performances and up to Five National and International Tours Annually – including Appearances with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, St. Olaf Choir, Westminster Choir and New York Choral Artists, among Others – Eight Recordings, Live Performances at the Oscars and on CNN andFeatured Role in Fictional Movie Inspired by Choir  Read more

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2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

2018 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in Songs from June 28-July 2, 2018 Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Families, General, Recruitment, Schools

The Chesapeake Children's Chorus, part of St. Maries Choral Arts, is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season!  Auditions will take place on Monday, August 28th and Wednesday, September 6th at Leonardtown High School, in Leonardtown, MD from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Auditions are open to boys and girls ages-8-15.  To sign up for an audition, vist www.smchoralarts.org/ccc. Any questions, please contact us at chesapeakechildrenschorus@gmail.com.  We look forward to having you audition with us! Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesapeakechildrenschorus and on Twitter @ChildrensChes for photos and videos of our past performances.   Read more

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Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

Manhattan Chorale presents Reverent Sounds in a Sacred Space

213 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Chorale presents "Reverent Sounds in A Sacred Space" led by Artistic Director Craig Arnold and featuring members of the New York City Chamber Orchestra at the gorgeous St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, May 23 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holds Auditions June 1-4, 2017

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holds Auditions June 1-4, 2017

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Singing

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding annual auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2017) to 12 on June 1-4, 2017 (times vary), in Pasadena.  Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.   LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.   Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 31st season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County.   LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)    Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven-level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training.  Advancement through the program is based on mid- and end-of-year evaluations.  Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.     High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events.  LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters. There is a $50 fee per audition.  Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request.  Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Read more

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Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Pro Musica | Audiences, Education, Performance

Princeton Pro Musica will present a symposium on its upcoming performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.  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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