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

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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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Tuning Problems

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Tuning Problems

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Improve your intonation with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Vocal Fatigue

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Vocal Fatigue

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach offers simple warm-up exercises to help you keep singing and singing. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Kent Tritle: Choral Singing Is a "Health Club for the Soul"

Kent Tritle: Choral Singing Is a "Health Club for the Soul"

Kent Tritle | Health, Singing

Conductor Kent Tritle talks about power of choral music to change the world, the importance of taking choral music "into the trenches," and how older singers can keep their voices healthy and strong over many years of singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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Warm Up with the San Francisco Festival Chorale

Warm Up with the San Francisco Festival Chorale

Jimmy Kansau | Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you tired of the same rehearsal warm-ups every week? Do you want to try some different exercises for a change? Sing along with the San Francisco Festival Chorale. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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How Massage Can Benefit Singers

How Massage Can Benefit Singers

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing

Have you ever considered that singing can be a remarkably athletic activity? According to Beth Keltz, a licensed massage therapist, singing requires just as much athleticism as playing baseball or football. Beth and colleague Carly Greenwood, who work with the singers at the Berkshire Choral Festival, explain the benefits of massage for singers. Read more

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Events

Broadway, Beatles and Blues

Broadway, Beatles and Blues

17200 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85373

yvonne dolby | Audiences

In the first concert of the season, PMAZ presents a medley of tunes by the Beatles, or the “Fab Four” as they were known, plus selections by Broadway greats Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rodgers and others! PMAZ will perform such all-time Beatles favorites as Imagine, Yesterday, She Loves You and All You Need is Love. Broadway hits of the time were outstanding, too, and PMAZ will delight audiences with selections from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and West Side Story to name a few. Top these off with quintessential Blues pieces like Blue Skies, At Last and The St. Louis Blues for a concert sure to inspire great memories! for tickets go to: www.pmaz.org. Read more

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Broadway, Beatles and Blues

Broadway, Beatles and Blues

39808 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086

yvonne dolby | Audiences

In the first concert of the season, PMAZ presents a medley of tunes by the Beatles, or the “Fab Four” as they were known, plus selections by Broadway greats Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rodgers and others! PMAZ will perform such all-time Beatles favorites as Imagine, Yesterday, She Loves You and All You Need is Love. Broadway hits of the time were outstanding, too, and PMAZ will delight audiences with selections from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and West Side Story to name a few. Top these off with quintessential Blues pieces like Blue Skies, At Last and The St. Louis Blues for a concert sure to inspire great memories! For tickets go to: www.pmaz.org. Read more

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"The Sound of the Trumpet" Celebrating Life in England and New England

"The Sound of the Trumpet" Celebrating Life in England and New England

352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Performance

Fall 2018 Choral Concert Read more

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Auditions

Auditions

Norwalk, CT

jromano | Rehearsal

Audition for the Fairfield County Chorale's exciting 2018-2019 season! Read more

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September Sing

September Sing

651 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT

jromano | Singing

Selections from Carmina Burana (Carl Orff) and Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn) Read more

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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

2315 N. Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Come sing with the Richmond Choral Society in an “open rehearsal” on Monday, September 10 from 6:30~8:30pm.  Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2018 Auditions:  Magnificat

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2018 Auditions: Magnificat

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

Helene Whitson | Participation

  Our Fall 2018 concert, Magnificat, gives singers a chance to explore some of the texts of the season.  The Magnificat is a hymn expressing joy and thanksgiving, sung by the Virgin Mary.  We sing settings of this beautiful song of Mary by four different composers, each creating a work reflective of his era and culture.   In addition, we will sing other works appropriate for this joyous time of year. Read more

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Choralis Auditions

Choralis Auditions

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Adult and exceptional high school singers of all voice parts are invited to audition for Choralis, a 100+ mixed voice choir that presents an annual concert season in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC venues.  The 2018-19 season includes works by Britten, Jongen, Vaughn Williams, Handel, Pott, and will end with a performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah.  Each concert this season also will benefit a charity.  Visit http://choralis.org for more information. 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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