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

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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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Henrico, VA

RCSVPD | Community Outreach, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Come sing with the Richmond Choral Society in an “open rehearsal”. Read more

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Ember vocal ensemble Auditions

Ember vocal ensemble Auditions

440 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Deborah Simpkin King |

Ember to hold winter auditions for choral ensemble openings on January 6th in Jersey City, NJ, by appointment only. Interested professional and avocational singers with ensemble experience/skill can inquire or schedule an audition by going to http://www.scholaonhudson.org/auditions.  Read more

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Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Concert

212 E. Capitol Street, NW, Washighton DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale will present its Winter Concert on January 12 and 13, 2018 begining at 8:00 PM. Program: SCHUBERT: Mass in G Major MOZART: Requiem in D minor Solists: Heather Brown - Soprano Leslie Luxemburg - Alto Tae Kwak - Tenor Daryl Yoder - Bass Admission: Free (free will offering requested)   Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus invites Singers of all voice parts to an Open Rehearsal

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus invites Singers of all voice parts to an Open Rehearsal

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | General, Symphonic

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus seeks new singers in all voice parts for the second half of our 2017-18 season. Three spring performances will include repertoire by Gwyneth Walker (with the composer!), Verdi, and Vaughan Williams. Rehearsals start on TUESDAY JANUARY 2, 7-9pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA. Plentiful parking, warm, well-lit, and right off I-91! Rehearsals continue on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring. This spring is a particularly exciting one for the Pioneer Valley Symphony, as we bring in the finalists for our new Music Director! Make your voice heard as we set the course for the Pioneer Valley Symphony's future. Contact chorus@pvso.org for more information, and to set up a low-pressure placement hearing with Chorus Director Jonathan Harvey. Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Open Rehearsal, Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Open Rehearsal, Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Recruitment

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2018 Auditions:  Britten, Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, Gjeilo, Esenvalds & more

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2018 Auditions: Britten, Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, Gjeilo, Esenvalds & more

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our exciting Spring 2018 trimester.  We have openings in all parts, especially for Altos, Tenors and Basses.  We know all choristers will enjoy singing this delightful and varied program.     Program:  Between Earth And Sky: Songs Of Nature And Humanity   Benjamin Britten:  Rejoice in the Lamb  (Christopher Smart)  *  Spring Carol (Ceremony of Carols)  (William Cornysh)   Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Linden Lea  (William Barnes)   Eric Whitacre:  The Seal Lullaby  (Rudyard Kipling)   Ola Gjeilo:  Tundra  *  Across The Vast, Eternal Sky  (Charles Silvestri)   Eriks Esenvalds:  The Cloud (Sara Teasdale)  *  My Song (Rabindranath Tagore)   Norman Dello Joio:  A Jubilant Song  (Walt Whitman)   Charles Villiers Stanford:  Chillingham  *  The Blue Bird  (Mary Coleridge)   Z. Randall Stroope:  In Time Of Silver Rain  (Langston Hughes)  *  The Pasture  (Robert Frost) Read more

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Sing with Sacred & Profane! SATB AUDITIONS

Sing with Sacred & Profane! SATB AUDITIONS

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Sacred and Profane | Networking, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus has openings for voices in all sections (SATB), with specific need for men's voices. If you are an experienced singer with a healthy voice & a great attitude, please audition with us for 2018 as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Season! Read more

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American Lyric Theater presents ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert

American Lyric Theater presents ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert

129 W. 67th Street, NYC, 10023

Michelle Tabnick PR |

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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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