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Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

Articles

"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

Don Lee | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile

Faculty members and participants at Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium reflect on the qualities that made Shaw a choral icon. Read more

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Choral conductors and singers share their own practicing best practices

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall? Or to a memorable choral performance? Everyone knows the answer. But many are the music scores that sit unattended in car trunks between rehearsals. And many are the frustrated choral conductors who wish their singers would put in the time that the music deserves. Read more

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Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value

Each month, Chorus America has been profiling one of our members in our new Meet A Member series. For December, to mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit and interviewed one of Chorus America's long-time donors: Greg Funfgeld, artistic director of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in New York

Singing for the Pope in New York

Salvatore Diana reflects on the lights, camera, action, and everything behind it

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

Singing for the Pope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – though sometimes, it happens twice. “I can’t say it was my first time singing for a pope,” admits Salvatore Diana. “I had the good fortune of Singing for Pope Benedict when he visited eight years ago.” In fact, Diana sang in services for Pope Francis on back-to-back days during his visit to New York, making for a hectic and thrilling 36 hours or so.  Read more

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Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States has grabbed the nation’s headlines, and thousands will flock to Mass and other public events in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Choruses have proven to be a key component of the papal tour, playing a starring role in many of the festivities and enjoying a flurry of news coverage. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in DC

Singing for the Pope in DC

Diana Saez on teaching pronunciation when the Pope is listening

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

On the first leg of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States, an elite choir of 90 singers assembled from across the region will lift their voices to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Read more

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Alice Parker on a Life Lived in Song

Alice Parker on a Life Lived in Song

Mike Rowan | Careers, Impact/Value, Singing

Composer, conductor, and teacher Alice Parker is a living musical legend and a true champion of the power of the human voice. In a plenary conversation at the 2015 Chorus America Conference, Parker reflected on conducting and composing, her work with Robert Shaw, her involvement with Chorus America and the value of coming together to sing. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Rare Piece for Women's Chorus and Orchestra

Noteworthy: A Rare Piece for Women's Chorus and Orchestra

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Committed to the expansion of repertoire for women's voice, Beth Willer was particulary struck by one flexible and enticing piece. Read more

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Exuberant Voices

Exuberant Voices

Don Lee | Impact/Value, Performance, Schools, Singing

High school choral festivals engage teens, produce powerful music, and leave a lasting impact. Read more

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My Touring Story

My Touring Story

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Singing

Chorus America members share personal stories about touring experiences that made a big impact. Read more

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Resources

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 Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition 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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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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Events

SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ~ POPS: "THE BEST OF BROADWAY"

SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ~ POPS: "THE BEST OF BROADWAY"

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

EXPERIENCE THE CHORAL SOCIETY'S SEASON 52 PREMIER EVENT!!! Read more

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Auditions - DC's premier pops chorus

Auditions - DC's premier pops chorus

Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria ... | Community Outreach, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

The Alexandria Singers are hosting Guest Nights and Open Auditions for our Fall 2016 season. Who we are: SATB pops chorus; mixed voices, all ages; "Glee" style fun, professional quality singing! Come see if we're the right fit for you! Read more

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The Oratorio Society of Virginia Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

The Oratorio Society of Virginia Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Performance, Singing

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2016 Auditions:  Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2016 Auditions: Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our Fall 2016 trimester. Program:   Brush Up Your Shakespeare:  Four Centuries of Songs and Sonnets       Read more

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AUDITIONS!  SACS SEEKS TENORS & BASSES

AUDITIONS! SACS SEEKS TENORS & BASSES

San Antonio, TX

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors

The San Antonio Choral Society currently has openings for Tenors and Basses.  Read more

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AUDITIONS!  SACS SEEKS TENORS & BASSES

AUDITIONS! SACS SEEKS TENORS & BASSES

San Antonio, TX

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors

The San Antonio Choral Society openings for Tenors and Basses.  Read more

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Sing with us!

Sing with us!

Norwalk, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Diversity, Networking, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

Our critically-acclaimed group is now in its 54th year of presenting great choral works in southwestern Connecticut. The mission of the Fairfield County Chorale is to perform a broad range of choral music for the benefit of the community, and to champion the appreciation of excellence in choral literature. Our growing repertoire spans from Bach to Bernstein and from Brahms to Britten. In its performances, the Chorale strives to present the deeper meaning intended by the composer, in the belief that this enriches the musical experience of not only our members but also the community at large. Read more

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September Sing

September Sing

Southport, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

A September Sing featuring selections from Verdi Requiem and Faure Requiem. The audience is the choir at this event. The Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport is at 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT  06890. The Church is 2 blocks south of I-95 at Exit 19. Admission is $10 at the door, music rental is included.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. Read more

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Audition to sing  with Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee

Audition to sing with Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee

11011 N Oriole Ln, Mequon, WI 53092

Bel Canto Chorus | Adults/Seniors

Bel Canto Chorus. Singers are needed for our 2016-17 Season. Our first rehearsal of the season on Wednesday, August 24 from 7:30-10:00pm at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is a “Try it You’ll Like It” rehearsal where you can try us out with no obligation and see if the chorus is for you. It is followed by official auditions on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Mequon United Methodist Church from 10:00am-12:00pm. Previous choral experience and the ability to site read are recommended. If you are interested in attending the rehearsal and possibly auditioning, please contact the Bel Canto Chorus office at 414-481-8801 or email info@belcanto.org for more information. For more information about Bel Canto Chorus, please visit our website www.belcanto.org. Read more

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Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Rehearsal, Singing, Symphonic

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (Dr. Jonathan Harvey, dir.) welcomes singers of all voice parts to our Open Rehearsal, 7-9pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). Come check it out – see what it’s like to sing with us!   We will sing repertoire from throughout our upcoming 2016-17 season, including works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Copland, and our season finale masterwork, Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Come meet new friends, eat some tasty treats, and make beautiful music!   New PVS singers will be entered into a drawing to win voice lessons, concert tickets, meals, and other fabulous prizes.   Interested singers can find more information about the PVS Chorus at www.pvsoc.org, or email chorus@pvso.org. Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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