August 6th, 2014
Getting back into tip-top singing shape after a summer away from performances and rehearsals can be a physical and mental challenge for even the most experienced chorister. Preparing for a new season? Here is a collection of Chorus America resources and other links from around the web to help you get started.
Chorus America Resources
- Natural Vocal Care: Using herbs to heal a tired and overused voice For singers with sore throats or other vocal ailments, these herbal remedies may do the trick - naturally.
- Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition Here are some tips and tricks for brushing up on your sight-singing skills.
- 5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers Good singers use their entire body when they sing. Here are five basic yoga poses to help you, including demonstrations by an expert.
- Should Choruses Memorize Their Music? Memorization techniques that you can use before your next rehearsal.
- The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw A collection of Robert Shaw's most used warm-ups that focus on tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette.
- Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Chorus America polled a number of choral directors and singers about the pros and cons of allowing questions in rehearsal.
- The Feldenkrais Method for Singers A collection of videos outlining proper singing technique using movement and minimal effort.
Other Helpful Links From Around The Web
- The Voice and Swallowing Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai A collection of resources, including vocal warmups. The Institue also features an interactive community of artists who share vocal experience and health tips on the SingWell Facebook page.
- Tips on Maintaining Excellent Vocal Health Do's and don'ts from a professional vocal therapist from the NYU Voice Center