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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

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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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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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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