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Articles

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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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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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

GMChorale to Audition Singers for Letter from Italy, 1944

GMChorale to Audition Singers for Letter from Italy, 1944

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) invites experienced singers to audition with Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio for their Spring concert season, which will feature Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s Letter from Italy, 1944, the largest and most comprehensive work commissioned by The GMChorale to date.  Read more

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Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Audiences, Performance, Repertoire

This revival of Victor Herbert’s hit Babes in Toyland celebrates 75 years of MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale). Full of glorious melodies, Babes in Toyland stars Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald. Artistic Director Ted Sperling leads the 150 singers of MasterVoices and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Read more

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Bach St. John Passion

Bach St. John Passion

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance

This performance of J.S. Bach’s choral masterpiece, St. John Passion, celebrates 75 years of MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale). To pay tribute to MasterVoices’ founder Robert Shaw, who believed the Passion should be a communal experience, the performance features a new, modern-day English translation and an audience sing-along component. MasterVoices’ Artistic Director Ted Sperling leads the 150-voice chorus and the period-instrument orchestra New York Baroque Incorporated in this dramatic work Read more

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Oratorio Society of Virginia Invites Auditions for 2017 Spring Concerts

Oratorio Society of Virginia Invites Auditions for 2017 Spring Concerts

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Performance, Singing

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Auditions for Spring 2017 Concerts

Auditions for Spring 2017 Concerts

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing

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Schola Cantorum Auditions Choral Singers

Schola Cantorum Auditions Choral Singers

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Mary Powell | Adults/Seniors

Schola Cantorum welcomes adult singers of all vocal ranges to join its seventy-member choir.  Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus - New Singers Welcome!

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus - New Singers Welcome!

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Rehearsal

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (http://pvsoc.org/) is seeking new singers of all voice parts to join us in the spring semester. We will be preparing for a season finale performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" on Saturday May 20 at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center.   Rehearsals begin on Tuesday January 3, 7pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). We rehearse there every Tuesday evening, 7-9pm.   New singers must sign up for a placement hearing, which consists of a short singing session with director Jonathan Harvey exploring range, tonal memory, ear, and intonation. There is no need to prepare a piece. You can sign up for a time here:   http://doodle.com/poll/sutzhtyxnig5s769   Even if your placement hearing is on January 10, you should still come to the first rehearsal on January 3. We look forward to meeting you then! Read more

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Of Meistersingers and Mizmorim: the Wandering Troubador, the Origins of Klezmer, and the Roots of Wagnerian Fantasy

Of Meistersingers and Mizmorim: the Wandering Troubador, the Origins of Klezmer, and the Roots of Wagnerian Fantasy

28 Gramercy Park South (btw 19th and 20th Streets)

salonsanctuary | Audiences

An international ensemble offers a unique program of medieval repertoire from Germany, Poland, France, Bohemia, and the Middle East – distinctive national styles that entwined and emerged over centuries as the iconic soundscape of Ashkenazi Jewry.   Tickets https://www.showclix.com/event/Mizmorim/ 1 888 718 4253 $25/$35/$100   Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Auditions:  Dvorák & Kodály

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Auditions: Dvorák & Kodály

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

Helene Whitson | Participation

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our Spring 2017 trimester.  We have openings in all parts.   Program:   Antonín Dvorák:  Te Deum   Zoltán Kodály:  Missa Brevis   Rehearsals begin Monday, January 9, 2017   Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m. in: To arrange for an audition (ability to blend and sing in tune, some sight reading skill expected) or obtain further information, contact Music Director Robert Gurney at 415-721-4077 or rgurney@sflc.org. For further information about us, check our website at http://www.sflc.org   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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