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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

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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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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Resources

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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Vehicular Vocalises

Vehicular Vocalises

Chorus America Staff | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Warm-ups to do in the car on your way to rehearsal, brought to you by the Washington Vocal Consortium. Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "Ee," "Ah," and "Ooh" Vowels

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "Ee," "Ah," and "Ooh" Vowels

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin.  Episode One: The “Ee-Ah-Ooh” Vowels Read more

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Italian Latin: When a Word Begins With a Vowel

Italian Latin: When a Word Begins With a Vowel

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series.  Episode Eight: When a Word Begins with a Vowel Read more

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Italian Latin: Review of Pronunciation

Italian Latin: Review of Pronunciation

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Twelve: A Summary Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Terra" and "Super"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Terra" and "Super"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Seven: Pronounce "Terra" and "Super" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Gloria" and "Mirum"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Words "Gloria" and "Mirum"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series.  Episode Six: Pronounce "Gloria" and "Mirum" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "In"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "In"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Ten: The Word "In" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "Excelsis"

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the Word "Excelsis"

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Eleven: The Word "Excelsis" Read more

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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "S" Consonant

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "S" Consonant

Donald McCullough | Singing, Technique/Tool

Conductor Donald McCullough guides us through the treacherous minefield of choral text pronunciation in Italian Latin with this multi-part series. Episode Nine: The "S" Consonant Read more

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Events

Int. Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition

Int. Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition

Wernigerode, Germany

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Musica Sacra a Roma

Musica Sacra a Roma

Rome, Italy

Interkultur |

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Int. Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival

Int. Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival

Linz, Austria

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Venezia in Musica

Venezia in Musica

Venice, Italy

Interkultur |

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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Seeks New Singers

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Seeks New Singers

101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

San Gabriel Val... |

Currently seeking singers for our May 19th concert featuring choral favorites from Hollywood films. New members are welcome to apply through April 10th.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings in Monrovia. Read more

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Singers Wanted/Open Rehearsal - San Gabriel Valley Choral Company

Singers Wanted/Open Rehearsal - San Gabriel Valley Choral Company

101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

San Gabriel Val... |

Currently seeking singers for our May 19th concert featuring choral favorites from Hollywood films. New members are welcome to apply through April 10th.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings in Monrovia. Read more

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Singers Wanted/Open Rehearsal - San Gabriel Valley Choral Company

Singers Wanted/Open Rehearsal - San Gabriel Valley Choral Company

101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

San Gabriel Val... |

Currently seeking singers for our May 19th concert featuring choral favorites from Hollywood films. New members are welcome to apply through April 10th.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings in Monrovia. Read more

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New York Choral Society: American Reflections

New York Choral Society: American Reflections

New York, NY

New York Choral... | Performance

"American Reflections" is the title of the April 20th program, the finale of the 2011- 2012 NYCS season, which is also John Daly Goodwin's final concert as Music Director of the New York Choral Society. All five works on this program of American choral music have figured prominently in the history of the NYCS, in fact, three of them were commissioned and premiered by the NYCS: Stephen Paulus's Whitman's New York, Robert De Cormier's Legacy, and Morton Gould's Quotations. Morten Lauridsen's haunting Lux Aeterna and Charles Ives' masterpiece Psalm 90 complete the program. Mr. Goodwin and the NYCS are proud champions of the music of our time, especially American choral music, and it is fitting that Mr. Goodwin's twenty-five-year tenure at the helm of the NYCS should close with these "American Reflections." Read more

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AUDITIONS for Collaborative Choral/Orchestral Ensemble

AUDITIONS for Collaborative Choral/Orchestral Ensemble

Boston, MA

Sara Karwacki |

Calliope, Boston's collaborative choral/orchestral ensemble, is holding auditions for singers and instrumentalists for our next concert. Rehearsals (Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30) will begin in early June for the concert on September 8, 2012. The program for this performance, “A Mass in Pieces,” includes: Instrumental Prelude; Kyrie: Rossini, Messe Solennelle; Gloria: Bach, Mass in F; Credo: Bruckner, Mass in D Minor; Meditation: Bloch, Sacred Service, Part II (Kedushah); Sanctus: Beethoven, Mass in C; Agnus Dei: Durufle, Requiem; Postlude: Dvorak, Stabat Mater (First Movement). Read more

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4th Annual Easter Messiah Sing-Along

4th Annual Easter Messiah Sing-Along

Oakland, California

Monique Stevenson | Community Outreach

The Messiah is not just for Christmas anymore!!! 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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