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

Low-Stress Outlets for the Casual Choral Singer

Low-Stress Outlets for the Casual Choral Singer

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Participation, Singing

Looking for a group singing outlet, but unable to commit to a weekly rehearsal? Worried that you need to shake off some rust before joining a “serious” ensemble? Have no fear—relaxed opportunities with smaller time commitments are popping up across the country. Read more

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Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Liza Beth | Careers, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the leading women in the Chorus America community to tell us about the women who inspire their work. Here are their answers. Read more

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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. Read more

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Creating a Lifelong Singer

Creating a Lifelong Singer

Jill Kimball | Children/Youth, Conducting, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

When Susan McMane was in high school, she probably spent about as much time chanting “two, four, six, eight” as she did singing “do, re, mi.”  Read more

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A New Career Path for Singers

A New Career Path for Singers

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Innovation, Professional, Singing

A growing number of singers are knitting together careers by traveling from city to city to perform with professional choral ensembles. Here’s how this model works for them – and how it impacts the choral field. Read more

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Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical

Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical

An interview with IN TRANSIT cast member James Snyder

Mike Rowan | Careers, History, Profile, Singing

There's a groundbreaking musical powered entirely by the human voice. In Transit is Broadway’s first a cappella musical, boasting a creative team that includes Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez and contemporary a cappella guru Deke Sharon. The show’s run is an exciting development for proponents of vocal music, and a prime showcase for actors with unique a cappella singing talents like James Snyder. Read more

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The Heart of Vocal Harmony

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

Emotional Expression in Group Singing

Mike Rowan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance, Profile, Sample/Template

Music is an emotional medium, yet we often spend rehearsal time in our choirs focused on notes, rhythms, and precision, rarely addressing the meaning of the music, says arranger and producer Deke Sharon. In the new book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing, Sharon puts the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance front and center. Read more

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Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Mike Rowan | Careers, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Profile

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit for December and spoke to a Chorus America donor, Michael Pettry, executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, who has also been known to be generous with his time and talents. President & CEO Catherine Dehoney spoke to Michael about his latest work with the Symphonic Choir and what inspires him to give. Read more

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Choral Podcasts

Choral Podcasts

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

Podcasts: They seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days. Similar to social media and the smartphone, the rise of podcasts—audio programs released as a series of episodes that you can subscribe to and download onto your device—has brought significant changes to the way we consume our media today. In 2013, Apple’s podcasts hit the one billion subscriber mark. 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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Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

admin_ca | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of specific anatomic, physiologic, and technical issues for singers of all ages. Voice pathologist and singing voice specialist Wendy LeBorgne will explore health and wellness practices and vocal exercises. Participants will come away from this session with increased knowledge related to vocal health and wellness, along with tips for voice maximization for all singers. 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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Events

AUDITIONS  2012-2013 Season - Children's Chorus of Washington

AUDITIONS 2012-2013 Season - Children's Chorus of Washington

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington, DC

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Schools, Singing

  Join an organization dedicated to foster both the artistic and personal development of a diverse and dedicated community of young children and teenagers. It provides them with the highest quality, performance-based music education program and lots of fun! Auditions are easy, a simple placement hearing with no preparation or previous experience necessary. It is held BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on selected dates in May and June. For information or to schedule an audition, CALL NOW 202 237 1005. For details check www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - Montréal

Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - Montréal

Montréal

Cory Davis | Conducting, Health, Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

Join Feldenkrais practitioners Julian Wachner (conductor/composer) and Maud Tizon (dancer/choreographer) for a day-long, intensive master class designed especially for musicians, actors, dancers and other performers. Read more

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Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - NYC

Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - NYC

265 West 37th Street, 17th Floor, NYC

Cory Davis | Conducting, Health, Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

Join Feldenkrais practitioners Julian Wachner (conductor/composer) and Maud Tizon (dancer/choreographer) for a day-long, intensive master class designed especially for musicians, actors, dancers and other performers. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA

Brielle | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Singing

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco CA

Brielle | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Singing

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Brielle | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will close its season of Con·ver·gence with a fascinating exploration of new and old music.  The choral works featured in this concert are mostly well-known and will be presented basically “as written”.  The twist conceived by Artistic Director Thomas Douglas is that the accompaniment will include a five-piece jazz / rock / fusion band, along with stringed instruments!  The purpose is to show how all music springs from the same roots, but can be interpreted in a variety of styles and using different instrumentation. Composers featured in the concerts include: Antonio Vivaldi; W. A. Mozart; G. F. Händel, Johann Pachelbel, J. S. Bach, M. Jagger & K. Richards, Gabriel Faure and Franz Josef Haydn.   Read more

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"Northern Lights"

"Northern Lights"

St Cloud, MN 56302

Great River Chorale |

Great River Chorale and the St. John’s Boys’ Choir perform together for the first time! Join us to experience a concert inspired by light, earth and fire. This is a concert not to be missed! Dr. Matthew Ferrell is Visiting Artistic Director for the 2011-2012 Great River Chorale season.  Andre'-Louis Heywood is Artistic Director for The St John's Boys' Choir. Read more

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An Evening of Spanish Music

An Evening of Spanish Music

60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont, New York

H.Joyce Duffy |

A distinctive program accompanied by guitar of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Romancero Gitano" , set to poems of Federico Garcia Lorca and Manuel Oltra's "10 Cancons Tradicionals" a grouping of folk songs from various regions of Spain, sung in Spanish and Catalan.   Read more

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A Singer's Celebration

A Singer's Celebration

1740 Route 130 North, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Performance

This program contains a selection of choral masterpieces accompanied by a Positive organ and a violoncello. 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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