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 Choral Meditator

The Choral Meditator

Lisa Houston | Health, Innovation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Can meditation make you a better singer? Yes, and that's not all. Meditation can improve relaxation, concentration, and even health. Read more

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Improve Your Sightreading in Three Easy Steps

Improve Your Sightreading in Three Easy Steps

Amanda White | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Amanda White, a coloratura soprano living and working in New York City, offered these tips in Classical Singer, a magazine for singers pursuing professional solo careers. We thought they made great sense for choral singers, too. Read more

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Do Concerts Suffer from "Ovation Inflation"?

Do Concerts Suffer from "Ovation Inflation"?

Larry Passmore | Audiences, Education, Impact/Value, Performance

Whether or not a concert was exceptional, standing ovations are becoming de rigueur with today's audiences. Is this reflective of declining music programs in the schools? Read more

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Executive Burnout

Executive Burnout

Heidi Waleson | Careers, Governance, Health, Management/Leadership

The steady drumbeat of long hours, incessant financial pressure, poor board relationships, and lack of access to professional training take their toll on chorus executives. Here are strategies and perspectives on striking a better balance. Read more

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Learning for Life: A Conducting Masterclass

Learning for Life: A Conducting Masterclass

Karen Deans | Careers, Conducting, Education

Cellists hang out with the other cellists, singers hang out with other singers, but conductors—who do they hang out with? Stephen Czarkowski and 31 other conductors hung out together for four days in May 2006 to share with each other, explore some of the great works in the choral-orchestral repertoire, and learn from some of the nation's finest choral conductors. Read more

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The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

John D. Sparks | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Innovation

Inner-city choruses are serving diverse populations in large urban areas where kids often do not have access or the means to participate in quality musicmaking. These "urban youth choruses" are uniting neighborhoods across differences of race, religion, ethnicity, and economic status to inspire and energize communities with messages of hope and healing. Read more

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When Children Know the Score

When Children Know the Score

Erin Frisby | Careers, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education

Chorus America's Conducting Masterclasses give conductors valuable podium time. Offered in 2004, this was the first workshop of its kind to specifically invite conductors of children's choruses to advance their professional training by working with the Chicago Children's Choir and orchestra. Read more

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Many Roads To Choral Conducting

Many Roads To Choral Conducting

Heidi Waleson | Careers, Conducting, Education, Profile

Powerful early experiences set conductors on career paths with unusual twists and turns. Several conductors recount how they got their start. 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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