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

Making Choruses Cool(er)

Making Choruses Cool(er)

A Conversation with Deke Sharon and Josh Habermann

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

At the opening session of Chorus America’s 2014 Conference, conductor Josh Habermann and a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon talked about new trends in vocal music and breaking down boundaries between the classical and pop worlds. Read more

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Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Singing

Conducting Hope tells the inspiring story of the East Hills Singers at Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas. Producer and director Margie Friedman talks about the only men’s prison choir in the country to perform outside prison walls.  Read more

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Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Getting back into tip-top singing shape after a summer away from performances and rehearsals can be a physical and mental challenge for even the most experienced chorister. Preparing for a new season? Here is a collection of Chorus America resources and other links from around the web to help you get started. Read more

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40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

Kelsey Menehan | History, Performance, Singing

Over the July 4th holiday, A Prairie Home Companion celebrated 40 years on the radio. Philip Brunelle, who was on the very first show in 1974, reflects on his long and fruitful collaboration with the beloved public radio program. Read more

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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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Resources

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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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 | General, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this contract to help clarify expectations for your hired soloists. Read more

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Events

2017 Windy City Choral Festival

2017 Windy City Choral Festival

Chicago, Illinois

John Wiscombe |

We’re pleased to present the 10th-Annual Windy City Choral Festival, March 16-18, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, where choirs from across North America will join together to form a large festival chorus to sing under the artistic direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. Read more

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Encore!

Encore!

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Audiences, Performance

Seattle Men's Chorus & Seattle Women's Chorus June 24 & 25 McCaw Hall Read more

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Everything Broadway

Everything Broadway

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Audiences, Conducting, Performance

Seattle Men's Chorus  April 2 & 3 McCaw Hall   Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

choral chorus concert Bach Baroque music singing Read more

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Bach & His Predecessors

Bach & His Predecessors

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

choral concert Bach Baroque composers singing Read more

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Anything Goes Chorus 35th Annual Concert

Anything Goes Chorus 35th Annual Concert

2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Ellen Robinson | Performance

San Francisco and Oakland Anything Goes Choruses Founded in 1980 by Director Ellen Robinson Piano accompaniment by Alan Steger Read more

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W. A. Mozart - Requiem in D Minor

W. A. Mozart - Requiem in D Minor

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington Cha... | Performance

  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546 Motet: Ave, verum corpus, K. 618 Requiem in d minor, K. 626   Read more

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 Music Changes the World: YWCP Treble Choir Festival Concert

Music Changes the World: YWCP Treble Choir Festival Concert

2515 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 94115

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco presents our Treble Choir Festival Concert on Saturday, April 16, 2pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church. This concert will feature YWCP’s Young Women’s Chorus and Allegro Chorus as well as school choirs from around the Bay Area, conducted by world renowned composer and clinician, Jim Papoulis. Admission is free to the public. Read more

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Presents: Unity Concert

The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Presents: Unity Concert

805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14209

HGrant | Singing

The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Presents Unity Concert Featuring Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm   Read more

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Join Stan Engebretson on the Emerald Isle for the Dublin Choral Festival!

Join Stan Engebretson on the Emerald Isle for the Dublin Choral Festival!

Dublin, Ireland

John Wiscombe |

The Dublin Choral Festival is returning on July 5 - 9, 2017! Lend your voices to sing in a combined mixed-voice choir in Ireland's Fair City.The festival chorus will perform thrilling choral literature under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Stan Engebretson – Chorale Artistic Director for the National Philharmonic.  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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