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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

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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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  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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8 Signs You Are On A Chorus Tour

8 Signs You Are On A Chorus Tour

Lauren Rosenthal | Participation, Performance

Touring with your chorus can be an unique experience. Whether traveling domestically or abroad, here's a list of telltale signs that you are on a chorus tour.   Read more

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 Overcoming Musical Performance Anxiety

Overcoming Musical Performance Anxiety

A Q&A with Wendy Nixon Stothert

Chorus America Staff | Performance, Singing

Can’t breathe? Butterflies in your stomach? Afraid to open your mouth? Here are some strategies to combat Musical Performance Anxiety.  Read more

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Making Choruses Cool(er)

Making Choruses Cool(er)

A Conversation with Deke Sharon and Josh Habermann

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

At the opening session of Chorus America’s 2014 Conference, conductor Josh Habermann and a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon talked about new trends in vocal music and breaking down boundaries between the classical and pop worlds. Read more

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Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Singing

Conducting Hope tells the inspiring story of the East Hills Singers at Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas. Producer and director Margie Friedman talks about the only men’s prison choir in the country to perform outside prison walls.  Read more

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Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

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. 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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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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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

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

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Events

Zamir Chorale of Boston Auditions

Zamir Chorale of Boston Auditions

160 Herrick Rd., Newton, MA

Joshua Jacobson |

The Zamir Chorale of Boston, recognized by American Record Guide as “America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble,” will hold vocal auditions on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Rd., Newton, from 7:00-9:30 pm.  Read more

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Messiah Sing

Messiah Sing

37 High St., Marlborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Messiah Sing with audience participation Read more

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OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

171-39 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Oratorio Society of Queens Fall Rehearsal Season Rehearsals start for Handel’s "Messiah" Auditions are at 7:00 pm on Mondays, September 14 and 21   The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for their new singing season. You know you love to sing…we know you sing in the shower…so, come on! Join OSQ as a member and also join them onstage and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience at our concerts! Make plans now to register for an audition! Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals that night! The OSQ rehearses every Monday evening (Fall and Spring), from 7:45 to 10:00 pm in Temple Beth Sholom (in the FSG Hall) at 172nd Street and Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Read more

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Fairfax Choral Society Youth & Adult Auditions

Fairfax Choral Society Youth & Adult Auditions

Fairfax (Adult), Annandale, Herndon, Centreville (Youth) - Virginia

Amanda Boundy | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Singing

Do you love to sing? Join the Fairfax Choral Society with opportunities for ages 0 – adult! Read more

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109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

109th Bethlehem Bach Festival

27 Memorial Dr W, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

NEW!!! SECOND AND THIRD WEEKEND IN MAY This change in dates is to accommodate the change in Lehigh's academic calendar. The third weekend overlaps with Lehigh's Alumni Reunion Weekend and we hope this will encourage alumni to attend the festival.    Festival Soloists:Agnes Zsigovics, sopranoRosa Lamoreaux, sopranoDaniel Taylor, countertenorBenjamin Butterfield, tenorWilliam Sharp, baritone Daniel Lichti, bass     Read more

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Spring Concert: The Passion According to Saint John

Spring Concert: The Passion According to Saint John

2344 Center St, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

General Admission: $37, Students $9 Spring Concert Soloists: Thomas Cooley, tenor (Evangelist) William Sharp, baritone (Jesus) Laura Heimes, soprano Laura Atkinson, mezzo-soprano - winner of the 2011 Young American Singer Competition Isaiah Bell, tenor Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Don't miss this opportunity to begin the journey of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday performance of the Saint John Passion. This miraculous work had its first American performance in Bethlehem in 1888. The Bach Choir recorded the work in 2011 and is always happy to further explore Bach's musical genius as he takes us to the poetic heart of the Gospel narrative as told by Saint John. The choir portrays the tragic frenzy of the characters in the eye-witness account, as well as reflecting on the meaning that unfolds in a matchless sequence of chorales beginning with "O great love, o love beyond measure." "A handsome account of Bach's St. John Passion on this new release confirms that the Bach Choir of Bethlehem doesn't rest on anything resembling laurels." Gramophone 2012 Read more

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Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival

Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival

420 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Four fabulous youth choirs join The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra in a program of favorite choruses by Bach, Handel (Coronation Anthem - Zadok the Priest), and Randall Thompson (The Peaceable Kingdom). Our partners, Bel Canto Children's Chorus, Berks Youth Chorus, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir, and Nazareth Area High School Chorale also contribute their own selections chosen for special appeal to young audiences. A select group of young voices chosen from each of the choirs will sing Bach's motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord all ye nations). Bring your family and help us encourage the young singers who will be the choral artists of the future! Read more

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Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Christmas Concert Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor Isaiah Bell, tenor  David Newman, bass-baritone The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the American premiere of Bach'sChristmas Oratorio in 1901, but has not performed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this glorious work for more than ten years. Join us as we follow the shepherds to Bethlehem and exalt in the transcendant beauties of Bach's pastoral sinfonia, choruses of angels bringing their message of peace, an enchanting lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, and Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Read more

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Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Christmas Concert Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor Isaiah Bell, tenor  David Newman, bass-baritone The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the American premiere of Bach'sChristmas Oratorio in 1901, but has not performed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this glorious work for more than ten years. Join us as we follow the shepherds to Bethlehem and exalt in the transcendant beauties of Bach's pastoral sinfonia, choruses of angels bringing their message of peace, an enchanting lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, and Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. 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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