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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

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

Yoga for Singers: Internal/External Rotation

Yoga for Singers: Internal/External Rotation

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The bones in the body can move in internal or external rotation -- learn how to recognize the difference between these two motions and develop an awareness for how they can be used to reduce tension. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: How Yoga Supports Concentration

Yoga for Singers: How Yoga Supports Concentration

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

As singers, we all need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time. Try improving yours with this mindfulness exercise. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Exploring the Chakras

Yoga for Singers: Exploring the Chakras

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Chakras are believed in Eastern traditions to be invisible energy "organs" of the body. Justin explains how singers can tap into expressive performances by becoming aware of the chakras. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Aligning with Mountain Pose

Yoga for Singers: Aligning with Mountain Pose

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Justin shows us how to find "Tadasana," or Mountain Pose—very similar to good singing posture! Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: All About Alignment

Virtual Voice Lesson: All About Alignment

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

All of our "singing structures" are along the spine. If your spine is out of alignment or your body is in an uncomfortable position, you cannot support your sound easily. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee shows how to sit or stand in a way that supports and frees the voice. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Importance of Warming Up

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Importance of Warming Up

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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Virtual Voice Lesson: Placing the Sound

Virtual Voice Lesson: Placing the Sound

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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Virtual Voice Lesson: Feeling the Breath

Virtual Voice Lesson: Feeling the Breath

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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Virtual Voice Lesson: Maintaining Vowel Shape

Virtual Voice Lesson: Maintaining Vowel Shape

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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Virtual Voice Lesson: Breathing with Ease

Virtual Voice Lesson: Breathing with Ease

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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Events

The Connecticut Choral Society Auditions

The Connecticut Choral Society Auditions

36 Main Street, Newtown, CT

Jill Heidel | Singing

Are you looking for an unique opportunity to sing with a highly trained NYCity conductor?  With a chorus that has sung all over the world including the Lake Como Italy Opera House this past July? Then you will want to audition for CCS. Read more

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Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

474 Centre Street, Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Singing, Volunteer

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Choral Summer 2018: Sing In Norway!

Choral Summer 2018: Sing In Norway!

Trondheim, Norway

Stanford Univer... | Children/Youth, Singing

Coralua.com V Coralua Trondheim • International Choir Festival Norway, 7th – 13th July 2018 Choral workshops • Singing Tour • Concert • Visits For children, middle school and adult choirs. Sing with excellent choral conductors such as Bob Chilcott and Sanna Valvanne, perform your own repertoire at the best venues of Trondheim and Oppdal, and meet singers from many different countries! Read more: Coralua.com Contact us: trondheim@coralua.com Read more

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Auditions for Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco

Auditions for Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth

Do you know a young woman who loves to sing? The Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco is having auditions! YWCP is holding auditions for all four choirs, our premier choir, Young Women's Chorus (grades 7-12) as well as our three training choirs, Vivo Chorus (grades 6-12), Allegro Chorus (grades 4-8), and Prelude Chorus (grades 2-6).  Auditions will be held on Wednesday August 23 & Saturday September 9 for the 2017-2018 Season. For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions   415.312.7787   info@ywcp.org Scholarships Available Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Families, General, Recruitment, Schools

The Chesapeake Children's Chorus, part of St. Maries Choral Arts, is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season!  Auditions will take place on Monday, August 28th and Wednesday, September 6th at Leonardtown High School, in Leonardtown, MD from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Auditions are open to boys and girls ages-8-15.  To sign up for an audition, vist www.smchoralarts.org/ccc. Any questions, please contact us at chesapeakechildrenschorus@gmail.com.  We look forward to having you audition with us! Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesapeakechildrenschorus and on Twitter @ChildrensChes for photos and videos of our past performances.   Read more

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Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley Holds Mozart and Bach Sing-Along

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley Holds Mozart and Bach Sing-Along

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Singing

Schola Cantorum wraps up their Summer Sings program with a sing-along to Bach’s “Magnificat,” and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” Monday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. Lou De La Rosa will conduct. Schola will provide the scores. Held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Cost: $15 general, ages 25 and under free with student ID. For tickets, visit ScholaCantorum.org, or call 650-254-1700. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- LIGHT TRANSFORMING "Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg"

Vancouver Chamber Choir- LIGHT TRANSFORMING "Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg"

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Michael Zaugg is the guest conductor for this last concert of the 2017-2018 subscription season. Originally from Switzerland, he is now the conductor and music director of Alberta’s Pro Coro Canada. Michael is a long-time friend and collaborator with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, whom he has hosted many times in Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. His programme will have many new and intriguing choral works by Rautavaara, Rheinberger, Soderqvist, Whitacre, Archer, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Kuula, Knudson and Joby Talbot. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - RACHMANINOV VESPERS "and Lauridsen Lux aeterna"

Vancouver Chamber Choir - RACHMANINOV VESPERS "and Lauridsen Lux aeterna"

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s music for the Orthodox “All-Night Vigil” - often known in the West as the “Vespers” - is known as his finest unaccompanied choral work, one of the landmarks of the entire choral repertoire. The Vancouver Chamber Choir combines with the Vancouver Cantata Singers to create a suitable Slavic sonority. As a companion piece, the Pacifica Singers join us for a 21st-century masterpiece and Vancouver Chamber Choir favourite – Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” for choirs and orchestra, an intimate work of quiet serenity centred around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance and goodness. And as a little bonus, Gabriel Faure’s exquisite “Messe basse” in Jon Washburn’s orchestral version, featuring the vibrant young singers of the Vancouver Youth Choir. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- MOODS AND MODES "Emotion in Music"

Vancouver Chamber Choir- MOODS AND MODES "Emotion in Music"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Choral programmes are often organized by similarities of the composers included or the texts being sung or chronologically by the eras they represent. But for this concert we’re experimenting with affective elements of music, grouping pieces together by the emotions they evoke. Of course, all music affects us emotionally, even those by composers who try expressly to not be expressive. Our Moods and Modes concert is more playful in concept, taking us on an evening’s journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity, playfulness, sorrow and humour. Music of Bennet, Antognini, two Bachs, Dvorak, Beckwith, Berring, Alfven, Bernstein, Dowland, Josquin and Brazinskas. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- MAESTRO! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir- MAESTRO! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Our Conductors’ Concert is always one of the most fascinating events of the choral season. As the culmination of our 38th annual National Conductors’ Symposium, Jon Washburn and five invited conductors from around the world and pianist Stephen Smith will focus on three distinct musical genres — famous prayers, indigenous songs and story ballads. Come and enjoy the unusual repertoire and the varied interpretations of the six conductors. Music by Mozart, Bruckner, Durufle, Foss, Enkhbayar, Healey, Adams, Crossin, Bartok, Daunais, Washburn and more. 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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