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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

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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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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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

 Peace & Awe

Peace & Awe

2333 S. 6th St.

Nina Jones | Audiences

We will be featuring one of John Rutter’s masterpieces, his Requiem.  Written after the death of his father, this work takes the listener from the sorrow of loss to the consolation, reconciliation, and ultimate joy of resurrection.  Rutter’s tender and moving Requiem has earned its reputation as one of the most popular choral compositions of the last 40 years.  Along with works by two of America’s emerging choral voices, Dan Forrest and local composer Penny Corris, the words and music of hope and assurance will take you to a serene and tranquil state of mind. Read more

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The Time Has Come for Peace

The Time Has Come for Peace

Northborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | General

Works by Eriks Esenvald and Karl Jenkins to the theme of peace highlight this first concert of he 2016-2017 season of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Read more

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Auditions: Come Sing with the San Antonio Choral Society

Auditions: Come Sing with the San Antonio Choral Society

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Recruitment

Join us this year for our 52nd signature season bringing choral music to the San Antonio area.The chorus consists of professional and amateur singers from all walks of life, from San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Activities include large-venue concerts, chamber choir engagements, holiday civic events, conventions and regional business functions. We encourage younger vocalists to audition and participate in our mentor program which offers high school students an opportunity to sing major works with a large choral ensemble.Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. from mid-August through mid-May each year. To schedule an audition or for further information contact Dr. Jennifer Seighman, Artistic Director via email at director@sachoralsociety.org. Auditions are by appointment only. Read more

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MasterVoices to Perform at the Verbier Festival

MasterVoices to Perform at the Verbier Festival

Bagnes, Switzerland

emilymt |

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will make its eighth appearance at the Verbier Festival on July 23 and 25, 2016 in concerts conducted by Charles Dutoit and Gábor Takács-Nagy. MasterVoices cherishes a rich collaboration with the Verbier Festival since its first appearance there under James Levine in 2005, and is pleased to return and celebrate their shared vision for artistic excellence and inter-generational exchange through music.   “We are thrilled to welcome MasterVoices for the eighth time to the Verbier Festival,” said Martin T:son Engstroem, Founder and Executive Director of the Festival. “Over the years our audiences have developed a close relationship with this accomplished choir, and they look forward to its magnificent performances. This year MasterVoices will perform in two very different programmes, alongside splendid soloists, and with our own symphony orchestra led by their Music Director Charles Dutoit, and our chamber orchestra led by their Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy.”     Read more

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Nova Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Nova Vocal Ensemble Auditions

Los Angeles, CA

NovaVocalEnsemble | Recruitment

Nova Vocal Ensemble is holding auditions for all voice parts on July 31 and August 7 starting at 7 pm and August 14 starting at 2 pm in Glendale. Read more

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Fall Auditions - The Choral Society of Pensacola

Fall Auditions - The Choral Society of Pensacola

1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL

Choral Society ... | Singing

Audition to sing with The Choral Society of Pensacola, a community of volunteer singers, as they begin preparation for their fall performances. Read more

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Singers Wanted: Pacific Edge Voices Open Auditions

Singers Wanted: Pacific Edge Voices Open Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Singing

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk. Read more

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Auditions for ESSENTIAL VOICES USA

Auditions for ESSENTIAL VOICES USA

New York, NY

Cecilia Oh |

  VOLUNTEER SINGER AUDITIONS   Read more

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Auditions for membership

Auditions for membership

Bel Air, MD

BZea | Civic Engagement, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal

Harford Choral Society will hold auditions for all voice parts on Tuesday evenings for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Email info@harfordchoralsociety.org. Visit www.harfordchoralsociety.org Read more

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Vox Grata Women's Choir (Nashville) Now Auditioning Singers for 2016/17 Season

Vox Grata Women's Choir (Nashville) Now Auditioning Singers for 2016/17 Season

Nashville, TN

Jeanette MacCallum | Singing

Vox Grata, a Nashville-based women’s choir, is now auditioning sopranos and altos for its 2016/2017 concert season.  Auditions will continue through August 8.  Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville.  Rehearsals for the fall season will begin on Monday, August 15.   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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