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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

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: 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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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

Sharing Masterworks withYoung Artists

Sharing Masterworks withYoung Artists

Louisville, KY

Louisville Chorus |

Joined by YPAS Concert—Jacob Cook, Director and Organist Timothy Baker Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Open Rehearsal, Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Open Rehearsal, Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

PEV is hosting an open rehearsal on Monday, September 11th from 7:30pm to 9pm, with opportunities afterward to meet with our director, Dr. Lynne Morrow. We'd love to meet you, sing with you, chat with you, eat snacks with you and discover if we would be a good fit for each other. Please RSVP so we can have music ready for you! (And please forward this email to your friends!) Read more

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Princeton Pro Musica Presents Brahms’ Requiem

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Brahms’ Requiem

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, General, Performance

The Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will present Johannes Brahms’ Requiem at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, at 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 5. Soprano Rochelle Ellis and baritone Paul Max Tipton will join the 100+-member chorus and orchestra in the performance of this large-scale work, considered among the most sublime and moving of all choral masterworks.      Tickets are priced at $60, $45, $25, $10 (under 21). There is a group discount of 20% for 10 or more. Order tickets online at www.princetonpromusica.org. For more information on group sales, call (609) 683-5122. Read more

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2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

2018 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in Songs from June 28-July 2, 2018 Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2017 Auditions:  Poulenc, Vaughan Williams & more

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2017 Auditions: Poulenc, Vaughan Williams & more

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

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

Our Fall 2017 program will put you in the mood for the joys of the season, with the ever popular Poulenc Gloria and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We’ll also sing smaller jewels, both sacred and secular.  You don’t want to miss singing these delightful compositions! Read more

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GMChorale Auditions for New Singers

GMChorale Auditions for New Singers

111 Church Drive, Cheshire

Marcia Bliven | Recruitment

Auditions for GMChorale's 2017-2018 season will be held at First Congregational Church of Cheshire (111 Church Drive, Cheshire) beginning on Tuesday, August 22. Read more

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Funny That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Seeks New Singers

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Seeks New Singers

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Singing

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is hosting an OPEN REHEARSAL to launch our 2017-18 concert season. We are looking for new singers of all voice parts, and we hope you’ll join us! On Tuesday August 29, 7-9pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), we will sing through selections from each of our five upcoming concerts this season, including works by Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Ariel Ramirez, and more. Read more

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Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Networking, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

  Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th St., San Francisco, 94103 SFBC is taking over Standard Deviant Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing! Enjoy food, a cold beer, and a taste of the Bach Choir.  Artistic Director Magen Solomon will lead us through highlights of our 2017-2018 season. Standard Deviant is even brewing a special bock for the occasion!   Additional event info at www.sfbach.org/brew. Read more

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Join the San Francisco Bach Choir for our 82nd season!

Join the San Francisco Bach Choir for our 82nd season!

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

  Auditions for new singers will take place on August 29 and September 5, 2017. Please visit www.sfbach.org/join for audition and membership information.  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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