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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

Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing a vocal part other than your own? A playful series from Classical Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the world from soprano, alto, tenor, and bass perspectives. Read more

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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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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

The Collegiate Chorale Embraces New Name - MasterVoices - and Unveils 2015-2016 Season

The Collegiate Chorale Embraces New Name - MasterVoices - and Unveils 2015-2016 Season

emilymt |

New York, NY (August 3, 2015) – New York City’s famed Collegiate Chorale – founded in 1941 by legendary conductor Robert Shaw – announced four strategic initiatives that position the organization for its next phase of performing excellence:  ·      A new name – MasterVoices – to reflect a broadening and deepening of artistic vision; ·      A new partnership with New York City Center, featuring concert performances of operettas and operas in English, debuting with The Pirates of Penzance and Dido and Aeneas; ·      A revival of the organization's commitment to commissioning new work, with world premieres this season by Michael John LaChiusa and Marisa Michelson; and ·      A new outreach program, “Bridges,” in which MasterVoices will engage with a community in the New York City area each season to create and perform a newly commissioned work and explore creative performing spaces throughout the five boroughs.   Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus 2015-2016 Auditions

Monmouth Civic Chorus 2015-2016 Auditions

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Recruitment

Auditions to join the Monmouth Civic Chorus for its 2015-2016 season start on Wed., September 9. Read more

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SummerSings!

SummerSings!

2315 N Parham Road, Henrico VA 23229

RCSVPD | Singing

 The Richmond Choral Society presents a summer evening musical journey for vocal enthusiasts.  Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk   Pacific Mozart Ensemble has changed their name to Pacific Edge Voices     Read more

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Commonwealth Chorale -- Auditions for Experienced Choral Singers

Commonwealth Chorale -- Auditions for Experienced Choral Singers

Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Volunteer

Auditions for experienced volunteers in all voice parts. Read more

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Craig Jessop to conduct the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, May 29, 2016

Craig Jessop to conduct the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, May 29, 2016

Washington, D.C.

John Wiscombe | Performance

Choirs are now being accepted to the 2016 National Memorial Day Choral Festival, taking place May 27-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The event culminates in two outstanding performances – the first, on Sunday, May 29, is a matinee concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and, the second, as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30. Read more

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Auditions for Harford Choral Society

Auditions for Harford Choral Society

401 Thomas Run Rd. Bel Air, MD 21015

HarfordChoral | Networking

The Harford Choral Society will be holding auditions for all voice parts. Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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Auditions for Bucks County Choral Society

Auditions for Bucks County Choral Society

New Britain, PA

Leland Felt | Participation, Singing, Volunteer

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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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