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Articles

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Choral conductors and singers share their own practicing best practices

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall? Or to a memorable choral performance? Everyone knows the answer. But many are the music scores that sit unattended in car trunks between rehearsals. And many are the frustrated choral conductors who wish their singers would put in the time that the music deserves. Read more

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Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value

Each month, Chorus America has been profiling one of our members in our new Meet A Member series. For December, to mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit and interviewed one of Chorus America's long-time donors: Greg Funfgeld, artistic director of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in New York

Singing for the Pope in New York

Salvatore Diana reflects on the lights, camera, action, and everything behind it

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

Singing for the Pope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – though sometimes, it happens twice. “I can’t say it was my first time singing for a pope,” admits Salvatore Diana. “I had the good fortune of Singing for Pope Benedict when he visited eight years ago.” In fact, Diana sang in services for Pope Francis on back-to-back days during his visit to New York, making for a hectic and thrilling 36 hours or so.  Read more

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Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States has grabbed the nation’s headlines, and thousands will flock to Mass and other public events in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Choruses have proven to be a key component of the papal tour, playing a starring role in many of the festivities and enjoying a flurry of news coverage. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in DC

Singing for the Pope in DC

Diana Saez on teaching pronunciation when the Pope is listening

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

On the first leg of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States, an elite choir of 90 singers assembled from across the region will lift their voices to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Read more

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Alice Parker on a Life Lived in Song

Alice Parker on a Life Lived in Song

Mike Rowan | Careers, Impact/Value, Singing

Composer, conductor, and teacher Alice Parker is a living musical legend and a true champion of the power of the human voice. In a plenary conversation at the 2015 Chorus America Conference, Parker reflected on conducting and composing, her work with Robert Shaw, her involvement with Chorus America and the value of coming together to sing. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Rare Piece for Women's Chorus and Orchestra

Noteworthy: A Rare Piece for Women's Chorus and Orchestra

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Committed to the expansion of repertoire for women's voice, Beth Willer was particulary struck by one flexible and enticing piece. Read more

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Exuberant Voices

Exuberant Voices

Don Lee | Impact/Value, Performance, Schools, Singing

High school choral festivals engage teens, produce powerful music, and leave a lasting impact. Read more

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My Touring Story

My Touring Story

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Singing

Chorus America members share personal stories about touring experiences that made a big impact. Read more

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8 Signs You Are On A Chorus Tour

8 Signs You Are On A Chorus Tour

Lauren Rosenthal | Participation, Performance

Touring with your chorus can be an unique experience. Whether traveling domestically or abroad, here's a list of telltale signs that you are on a chorus tour.   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

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Auditions

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Auditions

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

Helene Whitson | Performance

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus invites singers to join us for our Summer 2016 trimester.:  The Sounds of War...  The Pleas for Peace Program: Joseph Haydn:  Mass in Time of War Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Dona Nobis Pacem Rehearsals begin Monday, May 23, 2016. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9:45.  Performances will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - AETERNA - Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Duruflé Requiem

Vancouver Chamber Choir - AETERNA - Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Duruflé Requiem

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

The Vancouver Chamber Choir brings you the finest repertoire for chorus (and orchestra) every Good Friday in hopes that you will make this annual Orpheum concert part of your family's musical tradition. This year the music is particularly wonderful - Pergolesi’s magnificent Stabat Mater, a pinnacle of Italian Baroque music, and the sublimely beautiful Requiem based on Gregorian chant by French master Maurice Duruflé.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - SINGERS’ CHOICE - A Choral Hit Parade

Vancouver Chamber Choir - SINGERS’ CHOICE - A Choral Hit Parade

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

136 singers have been members of the Vancouver Chamber Choir in its first 45 years. Now they all finally get to join in the programme planning process! Each will recommend his or her favourite madrigal, motet, folksong and encore. From the resultant suggestions, it will be Jon’s job to shape a scintillating programme. We expect it to be a veritable choral hit parade!   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC - Renaissance, Romantic and Rustic

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC - Renaissance, Romantic and Rustic

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

This concert will be the final event of our 37th annual National Conductors’ Symposium. Jon Washburn and his five invited conductors from around the world will focus on three distinct musical styles — the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus and Josquin; the Romantic partsong of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Elgar; and the Rustic art of folksong from Britain, France, Germany and North America.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - BRAHMS REQUIEM - The Intimate Brahms

Vancouver Chamber Choir - BRAHMS REQUIEM - The Intimate Brahms

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Brahms himself wrote this famous arrangement of his beloved Requiem for choir and two pianists. Its clarity presents a new, more intimate perspective, a sort of chamber music sensitivity which penetrates like an X-ray into the inner meanings of this most heartfelt of musical masterpieces. We are joined by the Bergmann Duo and round out this all-Brahms programme with melancholic partsongs and vivacious Hungarian Dances.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHRISTMAS STORY - Carols & Readings of the Season

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHRISTMAS STORY - Carols & Readings of the Season

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Christmas time is carol time. The Christmas spirit can be expressed in so many ways: gently, robustly, ceremonially, intimately, poetically, grandly, angelically, rustically, liturgically or by the simplest song or phrase. Kevin Zakresky leads the VCC in a banquet of seasonal music, with a cameo appearance from Fiona Blackburn and the British Columbia Girls Choir.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - HANDEL’S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Vancouver Chamber Choir - HANDEL’S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Martha Guth, Soprano Susan Platts, Mezzo-soprano Colin Balzer, Tenor Tyler Duncan, Baritone   Christmas time is Messiah time, of course, and this year it’s the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s turn again to do the honours. Experience the power and glory of the world’s favourite choral masterwork, given a unique performance by Jon Washburn, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with outstanding Canadian soloists Martha Guth, Susan Platts, Colin Balzer and Tyler Duncan.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - FESTIVA! - Choirs in Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - FESTIVA! - Choirs in Concert

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

The VCC and its family of associated choirs present a Choral-Festival-in-One-Night. Led by Jon Washburn, Carrie Tennant and Kevin Zakresky, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Youth Choir sing individually and in combination. Highlights include Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia and Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787  Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS - Western Hemispherics

Vancouver Chamber Choir - MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS - Western Hemispherics

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Musically, the borders of the Americas are open. We salute the New World, the Western Hemisphere, and its vivacious musical heritage and present-day creative vitality. From Canada and the United States, through Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and Argentina, we find the often exuberant and sometimes sleepy sounds of new found lands. Music of Healey Willan, Hernando Franco, Leonard Bernstein, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jon Washburn, Saúl Cosentino, Samuel Barber, Jorge Córdoba, Astor Piazzolla and Loreena McKennitt!   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - EARTH/SEA/SKY - Music of our Natural World

Vancouver Chamber Choir - EARTH/SEA/SKY - Music of our Natural World

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Music celebrates nature in a million ways and a million pieces. Our opening concert of the season presents just a few of these under the guise of natural madrigals, romantic wilderness, shadowwater, dreamwater, Formosan skies, riddles, water, sun, wind and rain. Music of Morley, Monteverdi, Weelkes, Josquin, Schumann, Whitacre, Britten, Barber, Chatman, Chilcott and more. Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door 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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