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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.

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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: An Interview with James Snyder

Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical: An Interview with James Snyder

Mike Rowan | Careers, History, Profile, Singing

There’s a groundbreaking new musical in New York 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 opening 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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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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Resources

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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Soloist Contract

Soloist Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this contract to help clarify expectations for your hired soloists. Read more

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Events

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

Sab

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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"The Roland M. Carter Choral & Hymn Festival"

"The Roland M. Carter Choral & Hymn Festival"

6300 East Liberty Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh, Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones, Founder-Director, presents 'The Roland M. Carter Choral & Hymn Festival' - 2018. Read more

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Act One of New Opera NYC's Black Square as part of 10 days that shook the world

Act One of New Opera NYC's Black Square as part of 10 days that shook the world

Lyric Theatre

Michelle Tabnick PR |

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Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

474 Centre Street, Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Adults/Seniors, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

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Noël: Music for the Season

Noël: Music for the Season

1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492

cantatasingers | Audiences, Families, Performance, Singing

Celebrate the holiday season with Cantata Singers! Join us for a concert of radiant seasonal music for chamber chorus and ensemble. The beloved voices of Schütz, Harbison, Holst and Vaughan Williams surround this program’s heart—unusual, and unusually gorgeous, music by Bax and Chadwick. There will be two performances of this special program, the first at First Church, Cambridge, and the second, a Cantata Singers’ debut, at Powers Hall, Needham. Read more

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Noël: Music for the Season

Noël: Music for the Season

11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

cantatasingers | Audiences, Performance, Singing

Celebrate the holiday season with Cantata Singers! Join us for a concert of radiant seasonal music for chamber chorus and ensemble. The beloved voices of Schütz, Harbison, Holst and Vaughan Williams surround this program’s heart—unusual, and unusually gorgeous, music by Bax and Chadwick. There will be two performances of this special program, the first at First Church, Cambridge, and the second, a Cantata Singers’ debut, at Powers Hall, Needham. 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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