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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

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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Vocal Hacks

Vocal Hacks

Kathryn Mueller | Education, General, Singing, Technique/Tool

Every conductor, singer or voice teacher needs a few good vocal hacks. No, we’re not talking mediocre singers; we’re borrowing from the tech world where Merriam-Webster defines a hack as a “creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation.” 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

New Film about Morten Laurdisen to Show in Washington, DC

New Film about Morten Laurdisen to Show in Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Anonymous | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Technology

"Shining Night" Film to Show at DC Independent Film Festival Opening Night The event includes choral music at St. Patrick's Church, a film screening at E Street Cinema, and a Q&A with Lauridsen and film director Michael Stillwater. Learn more. Read more

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SCSO's "English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

SCSO's "English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Chor... | Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Symphonic

The SCSO's "English Grandeur" concert features works by the late Romantic English composers: William Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Song of Thanksgiving" and "Five Mystical Songs" William Mathias - "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" (Music for Lady Diana's wedding) Information: http://www.sacramentochoral.com Read more

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"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Chor... | Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Symphonic

The SCSO's "English Grandeur" concert features works by the late Romantic English composers: William Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Song of Thanksgiving" and "Five Mystical Songs" William Mathias - "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" (Music for Lady Diana's wedding) Information: http://www.sacramentochoral.com Read more

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"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

"English Grandeur" Performance features Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and works by Vaughan Williams

1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Chor... | Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Symphonic

The SCSO's "English Grandeur" concert features works by the late Romantic English composers: William Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Song of Thanksgiving" and "Five Mystical Songs" William Mathias - "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" (Music for Lady Diana's wedding) Read more

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Dulcis Memoria

Dulcis Memoria

1227 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Cantori Domino | Performance

Maurice Durufle, REQUIEM and Jonathan Willcocks, LUX PERPETUA conducted by Jonathan Willcocks in our annual Dulcis Memora concert on Memorial Day Weekend.  Chorus, soloists and orchestra. Read more

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RITUALS: East/West

RITUALS: East/West

1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mendelssohn Clu... | Performance

  Eastern culture and western tradition collide in RITUALS: East/West, featuring the world premiere of Philadelphia composer Andrea Clearfield's Tse Lo Ga (At the Threshold of Life) and the magnificent Fauré Requiem.  Inspired by her 2008 journey to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal to study the traditions of Tibetan chant dance, Clearfield's commission represents a unique collaboration with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Philadelphia Tibetan community, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Mendelssohn Club.  Join us for an evening of transformative music, bringing Philadelphia arts and culture together to bridge cultural divides.  Tickets are $28 online at http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/217/ and $30 at the door.  For more information visit http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/ Read more

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Broadway Showstoppers; Berlin, Bernstein, Sondheim

Broadway Showstoppers; Berlin, Bernstein, Sondheim

Scottsdale Az.

Carolyn Eynon | Adults/Seniors

Music of Berlin, Bernstein and Sondheim in ensembles, duets, solos including instruments dancing and visual projections on stage walls.  Tickets at Kerr; call 480-596-2660 Feb 24 and 25; 8;00pm. all tix $25. doors open at 7;15pm Read more

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World Voice Day

World Voice Day

Kelsey Menehan | Singing

Every year on April 16, otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons and other voice health professionals worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day. World Voice Day encourages men and women, young and old, to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery has sponsored the U.S. observance of World Voice Day since its inception in 2002. Read more

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Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop: St. Matthew Passion

Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop: St. Matthew Passion

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Singing

Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join this choral workshop, an outreach program of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. For this Singsation, guest conductor Matthew Otto will take participants through Bach's St. Matthew Passion, recognized as one of the greatest choral works ever composed. Bring your voice, we provide the music. 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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