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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

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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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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Resources

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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Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "R" Consonant

Italian Latin: Learn to Pronounce the "R" 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 Five: The Evil "R" Read more

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Events

Celebration & Reflection

Celebration & Reflection

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences

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Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Symposium: Princeton Pro Musica and Carmina Burana

Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Pro Musica | Audiences, Education, Performance

Princeton Pro Musica will present a symposium on its upcoming performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.  Read more

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Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: Carmina Burana

Princeton Pro Musica in Concert: Carmina Burana

Princeton, NJ 08544

Princeton Pro Musica | Performance

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Community Conversation: A Three Lecture Series, “Transforming the Silence,”  At President’s College, University of Hartford

Community Conversation: A Three Lecture Series, “Transforming the Silence,” At President’s College, University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

Marcia Bliven | Community Outreach

Three informative lectures are part of a series of eight Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of Letter from Italy, 1944, to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on May 4, 2017. Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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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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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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