For Singers

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

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Long-time singers will happily list numerous ways that choral singing enhances their lives. When those singers stay with the same chorus for many years, the benefits flow both ways. We spoke with seven singers who have sung with the same chorus for two or more decades about their experience and its value. Read more

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Resources

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Tuning Problems

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Tuning Problems

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Improve your intonation with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Vocal Fatigue

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Vocal Fatigue

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach offers simple warm-up exercises to help you keep singing and singing. Read more

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Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle on Monteverdi Vespers

Kent Tritle | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Conductor Kent Tritle, who conducted Monteverdi's Vespers at the 2011 Berkshire Choral Festival, offers his insights on the challenges of singing this seminal choral work. Read more

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Kent Tritle: Choral Singing Is a "Health Club for the Soul"

Kent Tritle: Choral Singing Is a "Health Club for the Soul"

Kent Tritle | Health, Singing

Conductor Kent Tritle talks about power of choral music to change the world, the importance of taking choral music "into the trenches," and how older singers can keep their voices healthy and strong over many years of singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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Warm Up with the San Francisco Festival Chorale

Warm Up with the San Francisco Festival Chorale

Jimmy Kansau | Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you tired of the same rehearsal warm-ups every week? Do you want to try some different exercises for a change? Sing along with the San Francisco Festival Chorale. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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How Massage Can Benefit Singers

How Massage Can Benefit Singers

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing

Have you ever considered that singing can be a remarkably athletic activity? According to Beth Keltz, a licensed massage therapist, singing requires just as much athleticism as playing baseball or football. Beth and colleague Carly Greenwood, who work with the singers at the Berkshire Choral Festival, explain the benefits of massage for singers. Read more

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Soloist Contract

Soloist Contract

Chorus America Staff | Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this basic sample letter of agreement to hire vocal or instrumental soloists (or a guest ensemble). Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this template as a guide for collecting useful information about new and returning singers during auditions. Read more

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Events

GMChorale Announces Soloists for Mozart’s "Requiem" With New Haven Symphony

GMChorale Announces Soloists for Mozart’s "Requiem" With New Haven Symphony

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale to perform Mozart's Requiem with New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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MYSTICS & LOVERS ~ Music for Choir & Intercultural Orchestra

MYSTICS & LOVERS ~ Music for Choir & Intercultural Orchestra

2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

Laudate Singers | Performance

Laudate Singers and Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) present fusion music on a global scale.  Read more

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Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. Read more

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Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. Read more

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"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

5 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC 20005

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents its Spring Concert, Vive la France!, a celebration of French culture,  on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 4 p.m., at National City Christian Church. This performance features CCW’s five award-winning choral ensembles and guest artist Lauren Cook, accordion. Read more

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Announcing the Four Freedoms Choral Festival: April 22-24, 2016

Announcing the Four Freedoms Choral Festival: April 22-24, 2016

Manassas, Virginia

John Wiscombe | Performance

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his 1941 State of the Union Address with an eye toward America’s involvement in the European war. In the speech, he presented his case for aid to Great Britain and for increased production of war materials. In helping Britain, President Roosevelt stated, the United States was fighting for the universal freedoms that all people possessed. As America entered the war these “four freedoms” — the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear — symbolized the benefits of world-wide democracy for which America would fight, and became a monument to our modern conception of universal human rights. Read more

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The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass"

The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass"

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” Celebrate the promise of the season of renewal and rebirth. Rejoice in hearing Haydn's uplifting and moving "Lord Nelson Mass" sung live by the Oratorio Society of Queens and its own orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, conducted by Maestro David Close on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), Bayside, New York. Read more

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Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg presents Light and Dark

Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg presents Light and Dark

333 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN

kkeegstra | Audiences, Conducting, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Program   RequiemMack Wilberg (b. 1955)   1.Requiem aeternam 2.Kyrie 3.I will lift up mine eyes 4.How lovely is Thy dwelling place 5.O nata lux 6.The Lord is my shepherd 7.I am the resurrection and the life – Requiem aeternam     ******************INTERMISSION*******************     Lux AeternaMorten Lauridsen (b. 1943)   1.Introitus 2.In Te, domine, speravi 3.O nata lux 4.Veni, sancte spiritus 5.Agnus Dei – Lux aeterna       Let Peace Then Still the StrifeMack Wilberg Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. 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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