For Singers

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

There’s No Place Like Chorus for the Holidays

There’s No Place Like Chorus for the Holidays

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Singing

Instead of participating in a traditional holiday chorus concert this year, one singer finds community in a different sort of musical gathering. Read more

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Online Music Resources for Choral Singers

Online Music Resources for Choral Singers

Daniel Sommer | Rehearsal, Singing, Technology

Looking for an obscure piece of music? The lyrics to a song in French? Sheet music for Handel's Messiah? These online resources will help you find what you need. Read more

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4 Techniques for Memorizing Lyrics

4 Techniques for Memorizing Lyrics

Mark Bosnian | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Having trouble getting the words to stick in your mind? Here are several strategies for succeeding at memorization. Read more

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How to Learn a New Piece of Music

How to Learn a New Piece of Music

Mark Bosnian | Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

Four steps to ironing out those tricky passages so that you hit the mark at performance time. Read more

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Postcards from Tour: Singing Leavitt’s Requiem in Paris

Postcards from Tour: Singing Leavitt’s Requiem in Paris

Cory Davis | Performance, Singing

One choral singer travels to France with a hundred others to perform the European premiere of a new requiem setting by Paul Leavitt. Read more

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Singing in Tune

Singing in Tune

Chloe Veltman | Audiences, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it. Read more

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Grant Gershon | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it. Read more

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Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Jeffrey Baxter | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Composers don't exist in a vacuum; they are continually influenced by their predecessors and peers, their culture and society. Here, we look at some of the influences (and influencers) reflected in Verdi's Requiem. Read more

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What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

What do choral singers wish their chorus managers and music directors knew about them? What would make singers' experience in the chorus more enjoyable, more meaningful, more fun? Read more

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Brutally Honest: Complaint Choirs Around the World

Brutally Honest: Complaint Choirs Around the World

Jan-Marie Petersen | Innovation, Participation

It is a truth universally acknowledged that people like to voice their frustrations to anyone who will listen. The idea of "complaint choirs" arose out of this cathartic need, and since 2005, groups have been popping up all across the globe. Here's a look at some of our favorite videos. 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

L.A. Children’s Chorus Offers ‘First Experiences in Singing’ Class

L.A. Children’s Chorus Offers ‘First Experiences in Singing’ Class

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Singing

L.A. Children’s Chorus Offers ‘First Experiences in Singing’ Class to Introduce Children Ages 6 and 7 to Joy of Singing Read more

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The Rose Ensemble presents "American Roots"

The Rose Ensemble presents "American Roots"

1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA

Jordan Sramek |

The Rose Ensemble presents its program of early American music, covering over 300 years of American songs and harmonies. Read more

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National Chorale presents Showcase at APAP 2018

National Chorale presents Showcase at APAP 2018

1335 Sixth Avenue, NYC, 10019

Michelle Tabnick PR |

National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey presents a Showcase Performance on Sunday, January 14 Read more

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National Chorale presents Showcase at APAP 2018

National Chorale presents Showcase at APAP 2018

1335 Sixth Avenue, NYC, 10019

Michelle Tabnick PR |

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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Detroit, MI: Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

Eugene Rogers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation

EXIGENCE, the new Sphinx Organization vocal ensemble, is dedicated to the belief that there is a great need, an exigence, for diversity in the arts and the world of choral music. Lead by founding conductor Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE is comprised of vocal artists within the Black and Latino communities, including solo performers, voice-teachers, conductors and composers who recognize the power of community and expression through choral music. A Vision Unfolding is the inaugural performance by this groundbreaking group and will feature a range of music from traditional classical concert repertoire to newly commissioned works by Black and Latino composers. Using three perspectives of the concert theme, A Vision Unfolding of mercy, equanimity and hope, the program includes works by Verdi, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Woo, Guillaume, Castañeda, Hearne, Hill and two premieres – A Vision Unfolding by Derrick Spiva, Jr. and Caged Bird by Joel Thompson. A Vision Unfolding at the Hartford Baptist Memorial Church in Detroit on February 2nd, 2018, is a part of SphinxConnect – Sphinx's national convention, the epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity. Tickets for A Vision Unfolding will be available online or at the door. This inaugural performance by EXIGENCE will be followed by a performance on Feb. 4th at the Finals Concert of the national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players (tickets sold separately). Please join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music with EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding. “We believe that vocal concert music continues to need more voices at the table from disparate backgrounds and perspectives” –Dr. Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE founding director Read more

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Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus Auditions 2018

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus Auditions 2018

SF Bay Area

Sacred and Profane | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for 2018! Experienced SATB singers are encouraged to apply, with special need for male voices. SF Bay Area vocalists: Join a fantastic new ensemble in the New Year! Read more

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Sonaré now auditioning ALTOS and TENORS

Sonaré now auditioning ALTOS and TENORS

Summit, New Jersey

Amanda Blutner | Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

Altos and Tenors are encouraged to audition for Sonaré, a young artist program providing solo and cover opportunities in Carnegie Hall engagements during the 2018 Season!   Read more

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GMChorale Auditions for Spring 2018

GMChorale Auditions for Spring 2018

50 Court St., Cromwell, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) invites experienced singers to audition with Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio for their next concert on April 29, 2018. Read more

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Princeton Pro Musica Presents Monteverdi’s Vespers

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Monteverdi’s Vespers

Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance

The Princeton Pro Musica chorus and orchestra will present Monteverdi's Vespers at the Princeto University Chapel on March 3. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.princetonpromusica.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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