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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

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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"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

"Heard in the Halls": Robert Shaw's Legacy

Don Lee | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile

Faculty members and participants at Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium reflect on the qualities that made Shaw a choral icon. 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

Alexander Technique Workshop April 2 in Central New Jersey

Alexander Technique Workshop April 2 in Central New Jersey

Somerset, NJ

Susan Metz | Singing

The New Jersey Choral Consortium will hold a workshop on The Alexander Technique: Breathing Coordination for Singers, presented by certified Alexander Technique teacher Valerie Van Hoven. The workshop is on Sunday afternoon, April 2, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Middlebush Reformed Church, 1 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873. The cost is $10 for attendees in NJ Choral Consortium member choruses, or $15 for non-members; walk-in registrations are welcome if space is available. Register online at njchoralconsortium.org or by mail to New Jersey Choral Consortium, P.O. Box 5424, Somerset, NJ 08875-5424. For questions and further information, email info@njchoralconsortium.org. Read more

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Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning  Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Manchester, CT

Marcia Bliven |

  The 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” will be screened at the Little Theater of Manchester, Cheney Hall, in Manchester on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. Read more

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Together in Song - Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna

Together in Song - Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna

500 Park Street, Charlottesville, Virginia

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Participation, Performance

The Oratorio Society of Virginia features Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at their fourth-annual Together in Song community sing Saturday, March 18 at Charlottesville’s First Presbyterian Church. Tickets and more info at oratorio society.org. Read more

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LA Children's Chorus Honors Placido Domingo and Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto

LA Children's Chorus Honors Placido Domingo and Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto

506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

sgordon823 | Adults/Seniors, Awards, Children/Youth, Fundraising

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Honors Legendary Opera Star Placido Domingo and Longtime LACC Supporters Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto Read more

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WOMEN'S CHOIR SYMPOSIUM 2017

WOMEN'S CHOIR SYMPOSIUM 2017

Los Angeles, CA

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Networking, Performance, Professional, Singing

  Join VOX Femina Los Angeles & Elektra Women's Choir at the first ever Women's Choir Symposium for 2 days of sharing our collective knowledge!  Casual, interactive, and affordable. Register now! Read more

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Sacred & Profane with the masterwork Carmina Burana!

Sacred & Profane with the masterwork Carmina Burana!

540 S. Commonwealth Ave, LA, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance, Singing, Volunteer

VOX presents Sacred & Profane featuring the masterwork "Carmina Burana"! While the first half of the concert honors the sacred with spiritual themes, the second half lets loose with Carl Orff’s renown and dramatic text. Read more

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Los Robles Master Chorale and Agoura High School Choirs Present "Peace and Love," Featuring Sixties Music

Los Robles Master Chorale and Agoura High School Choirs Present "Peace and Love," Featuring Sixties Music

Agoura Hills, CA

sgordon823 | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Performance

Los Robles Master Chorale Combines Forces with Agoura High School Choirs for “Peace and Love,” Family-Friendly Concert Featuring Sixties Music, Including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Folk and Rock Hits from the Era Read more

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World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Fernando Va... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Artistic Director Charlie Kim, with orchestra, soloists, narration and staging, will perform the world premiere of Sergio Barer's 'Moses, an Oratorio' in the historic and beautifully restored 1920's landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple. General Admission: $18, tickets at www.mosesanoratorio.brownpapertickets.com and go to www.igg.me/at/moseso to view donation rewards including tickets and additional perks 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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