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.
Developed after in-depth interviews with 20 children's choruses, this case study attempts to address common barriers and pre-conceptions about the recruitment issue.
Developed by an executive director, a treasurer, and a lawyer, this handout walks through the basics of sound financial management and how to read financial statements. A great primer for new board members!
You wouldn't run a marathon on your first day back from a jogging hiatus. The same concept applies to singing. Head of faculty at Berkshire Choral Festival and director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College, Kathy Fitzgibbon, offers her advice for coming back to singing after a summer off.
Warm up your voice with Melanie DeMore during this "Morning Sing" at Chorus America's 2011 Conference in San Francisco. Her exuberant energy and innovative technique for teaching the songs are at the core of these refreshing and uplifting clips.
The ancient practice of yoga can help you establish good singing posture, become aware of your body, and use your breath effectively.
Justin shows us how to find "Tadasana," or Mountain Pose—very similar to good singing posture!
Learn to find your "sitting bones" and develop a grounded posture for seated singing.
Chakras are believed in Eastern traditions to be invisible energy "organs" of the body. Justin explains how singers can tap into expressive performances by becoming aware of the chakras.
Instructor Justin Montigne explains how the practice of yoga or proprioceptive awareness can benefit singers.
The bones in the body can move in internal or external rotation -- learn how to recognize the difference between these two motions and develop an awareness for how they can be used to reduce tension.
As singers, we all need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time. Try improving yours with this mindfulness exercise.