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August 17, 2012

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.

May 8, 2012

Research Memorandum Series No. 200.

A thorough and definitive compilation of resources in Renaissance and Baroque performance practice spanning, approximately, the past 70 years. This issue provides a broad yet in-depth overview of the manifold issues faced by choral conductors in preparing performances of music from these time periods.

March 6, 2012

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles.

January 10, 2012

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change.

November 24, 2011

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach.

November 17, 2011

Improve your intonation with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach.

November 9, 2011

Choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach offers simple warm-up exercises to help you keep singing and singing.

October 21, 2011

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work.

October 18, 2011

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies.

October 15, 2011

The goal of this supplemental guide is to specifically help parents build a solid case for having choral music as part of the school curriculum. Working with your child’s teacher and other partners, use this information to encourage school boards and administrators to begin, revive, or expand your child’s school choral program.

October 15, 2011

A PowerPoint template that you can adapt for use when making a presentation on the value of choral singing.

October 15, 2011

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity!

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