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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

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

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

admin_ca | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of specific anatomic, physiologic, and technical issues for singers of all ages. Voice pathologist and singing voice specialist Wendy LeBorgne will explore health and wellness practices and vocal exercises. Participants will come away from this session with increased knowledge related to vocal health and wellness, along with tips for voice maximization for all singers. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Events

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Open Rehearsals

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Open Rehearsals

45 Howard St., Northborough, MA

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Potential members of ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS will be welcomed at open rehearsals on Monday, August 27th; Tuesday, September 4th; and Monday, September 10th.   Rehearsal times for these dates and all regular Monday practices to follow will be from 7:30 until 9:45 PM at Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St., Northborough, MA. Read more

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Choral Society of Pensacola: Fall Auditions

Choral Society of Pensacola: Fall Auditions

Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg. 8, Pensacola, FL 32504

Choral Society ... | Participation

Audition to sing with The Choral Society of Pensacola, a community of volunteer singers, as they begin preparation for their fall performances: "A Celebration for Chorus and Band" and Handel’s "Messiah," the Society's traditional holiday concert. Read more

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Alpharetta Community Chorus Summer Singers

Alpharetta Community Chorus Summer Singers

180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Alpharetta Comm... | Community Outreach

The Alpharetta Community Chorus Summer Singers will rehearse July 13-15, 2018 at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and give a performance in the same venue on July 15th at 3 PM.  Admission is free!  For more information go to www.alpharettacommunitychorus.com/summer-singers   Read more

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Summer Sing of Mendelssohn's "Elijah"

Summer Sing of Mendelssohn's "Elijah"

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Choralis invites area singers to sing-through Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah. Led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, the Sing will feature Kerry Wilkerson, Baritone, as Elijah and additional soloists Danielle Talamantes, Soprano; Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-Soprano; and Dennys Moura, Tenor.  Accompaniment will be by Keyboard Artist Todd Fickley.  Admission is $15 and score rental is $5. Read more

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Summer Sing of Brahms "Ein deutsches Requiem" (in German)

Summer Sing of Brahms "Ein deutsches Requiem" (in German)

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Choralis invites area choristers to sing-through the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (in German), with soloists Laura Choi Stuart, Soprano and James Shaffran, Baritone and Todd Fickley, Keyboard Artist.  The Sing will be led by Choralis Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann. Read more

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Summer Sing of the Faure and Rutter Requiems

Summer Sing of the Faure and Rutter Requiems

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Choralis invites area choristers to sing-through the Fauré Requiem and Rutter Requiem, with soloists Sheri Reed Crotty, soprano and Vincent Fung, baritone and keyboard accompaniment.  The Sing will be led by Choralis Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann. Read more

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Audition for Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus 18-19 Season!

Audition for Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus 18-19 Season!

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Michelle Lee | Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

CALLING ALL VOCALISTS! East Bay a capella chamber chorus Sacred & Profane has openings! Auditions for our 2018-2019 season are available this Summer for all voices. Sacred & Profane has openings for voices in all sections (SATB). If you are an experienced singer with a healthy voice & a great attitude, please audition with us for 2018-2019, our 41st Season. Auditions available by appointment. Read more

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New York Choral Society - 2018-2019 Season Auditions

New York Choral Society - 2018-2019 Season Auditions

Upper East Side

Pat Owens | Performance

NYCHORAL (New York Choral Society) invites you to join our friendly and talented group of singers, led by music director David Hayes. Auditions for all voice parts will be held August 21, 23, 27 and 28, 2018. Learn more about NYCHORAL auditions, membership and our upcoming season at www.nychoral.org. To request an audition or if you have questions, please contact us at auditions@nychoral.org. We look forward to meeting you! Read more

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New York Choral Society - Auditions for 2018-2019 Season

New York Choral Society - Auditions for 2018-2019 Season

Upper East Side

Pat Owens | Volunteer

NYCHORAL (New York Choral Society) invites you to join our friendly and talented group of singers, led by music director David Hayes. Auditions for all voice parts will be held August 21, 23, 27 and 28, 2018. Learn more about NYCHORAL auditions, membership and our upcoming season at www.nychoral.org. To request an audition or if you have questions, please contact us at auditions@nychoral.org. We look forward to meeting you!   Read more

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Summer Singers Day Camp (Grove City location)

Summer Singers Day Camp (Grove City location)

100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127

Edwina French | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, General, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

A fun day camp to inspire and encourage musical talent in children ages 7-11! 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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