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Articles

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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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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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

Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

East Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Philomusica Concert Choir, Dennis Boyle, Music Director/Conductor, will be holding auditions on Mondays August 29, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 and 20, 2016 after rehearsals at The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.   Read more

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GMChorale to Audition Singers for 2016-2017 Concert Season

GMChorale to Audition Singers for 2016-2017 Concert Season

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) invites experienced singers to audition with Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio for their next concert season, which will include Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem on November 13, 2016 at South Church in New Britain, and Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s Letter from Italy, 1944 on May 4, 2017 at The Bushnell In Hartford, with the Hartford Chorale and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.   Read more

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2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

Bound Brook, New Jersey

Cantabile Chamb... | Singing

Cantabile Chamber Chorale invites singers of all voice parts to audition for 2016-2017 concert season. Read more

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MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS  - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Singing

Experienced singers are invited to audition for the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus by appointment on Wednesday evenings beginning September 7, 2016. Auditions are open to all members of the community ages 16 and up.  All voice parts are welcome to audition; however, the chorus is especially seeking tenors, baritones and basses to add to its impressive ensemble.  Read more

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Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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Do you love to sing a cappella?

Do you love to sing a cappella?

Private

acappellago | Volunteer

Do you live in the Chicago area & love to sing a cappella! Acappellago, a volunteer adult a cappella choir rehearsing & performing in the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking additional singers for its upcoming 2016-17 season. Read more

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 Peace & Awe

Peace & Awe

2333 S. 6th St.

Nina Jones | Audiences

We will be featuring one of John Rutter’s masterpieces, his Requiem.  Written after the death of his father, this work takes the listener from the sorrow of loss to the consolation, reconciliation, and ultimate joy of resurrection.  Rutter’s tender and moving Requiem has earned its reputation as one of the most popular choral compositions of the last 40 years.  Along with works by two of America’s emerging choral voices, Dan Forrest and local composer Penny Corris, the words and music of hope and assurance will take you to a serene and tranquil state of mind. Read more

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The Time Has Come for Peace

The Time Has Come for Peace

Northborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | General

Works by Eriks Esenvald and Karl Jenkins to the theme of peace highlight this first concert of he 2016-2017 season of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Read more

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Auditions: Come Sing with the San Antonio Choral Society

Auditions: Come Sing with the San Antonio Choral Society

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Recruitment

Join us this year for our 52nd signature season bringing choral music to the San Antonio area.The chorus consists of professional and amateur singers from all walks of life, from San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Activities include large-venue concerts, chamber choir engagements, holiday civic events, conventions and regional business functions. We encourage younger vocalists to audition and participate in our mentor program which offers high school students an opportunity to sing major works with a large choral ensemble.Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. from mid-August through mid-May each year. To schedule an audition or for further information contact Dr. Jennifer Seighman, Artistic Director via email at director@sachoralsociety.org. Auditions are by appointment only. Read more

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MasterVoices to Perform at the Verbier Festival

MasterVoices to Perform at the Verbier Festival

Bagnes, Switzerland

emilymt |

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will make its eighth appearance at the Verbier Festival on July 23 and 25, 2016 in concerts conducted by Charles Dutoit and Gábor Takács-Nagy. MasterVoices cherishes a rich collaboration with the Verbier Festival since its first appearance there under James Levine in 2005, and is pleased to return and celebrate their shared vision for artistic excellence and inter-generational exchange through music.   “We are thrilled to welcome MasterVoices for the eighth time to the Verbier Festival,” said Martin T:son Engstroem, Founder and Executive Director of the Festival. “Over the years our audiences have developed a close relationship with this accomplished choir, and they look forward to its magnificent performances. This year MasterVoices will perform in two very different programmes, alongside splendid soloists, and with our own symphony orchestra led by their Music Director Charles Dutoit, and our chamber orchestra led by their Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy.”     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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