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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

Natural Vocal Care

Natural Vocal Care

Using herbs to heal a tired and overused voice

David Aaron Katz | Health, Singing

For singers with sore throats or other vocal ailments, these herbal remedies may do the trick - naturally. Read more

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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

Justin Montigne | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Education, General, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Technique/Tool

Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers. Read more

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11 Signs You Sing in a Chorus

11 Signs You Sing in a Chorus

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing, Social Media

We all know that there is something special about being a choral singer. In fact, Chorus America's research shows that singers are more likely to be good citizens that make positive contributions to their communities than people who don't sing in a chorus. However, there are other qualities that set chorus members apart in ways that are a bit more...unique. With some creativity and the help of our Facebook followers, we came up with 11 signs that you might be a choral singer. Read more

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Movement in Rehearsal

Movement in Rehearsal

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Making time to incorporate movement exercises during rehearsal can be a challenge, but a number of conductors are finding that it makes a real difference in the way their groups sing. Read more

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The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance

Today's GLBT choruses continue to be places to unite in common causes, but their perspectives have changed along with the times. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Professional, Profile, Singing, Strategic Planning

Brett Stover grew up singing in choirs and has served on the boards of an array of music and arts groups in Cincinnati. Now he brings his business savvy and love of the performing arts to Chorus America's Board of Directors. "The more people who are singing, the better off we will all be," he says. Read more

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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Maintaining Your Voice for Optimal Lifelong Singing

Maintaining Your Voice for Optimal Lifelong Singing

Erin Donahue an... | Adults/Seniors, Health, Singing

Healthy vocal habits can help older adults continue to enjoy the benefits of choral singing. Erin Donahue and Wendy LeBorgne, voice pathologists from the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation and the Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati, share expert advice on staying vocally "fit". 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 Cecilia Chorus of New York Summer Sing - Bach and Handel

The Cecilia Chorus of New York Summer Sing - Bach and Handel

New York, NY

lhogan | Participation, Singing

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The Schubert Male Chorus of Grand Rapids presents "Four on the Floor"

The Schubert Male Chorus of Grand Rapids presents "Four on the Floor"

East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Schubert Male C... | Performance

The Schubert Male Chorus, founded in 1883, presents its annual spring concert, "Four on the Floor".  In addition to the Schubert Chourus, The Schubert Gospel Quartet, The Good Libations, Half and Half and Flattery 4 will each present their own special style of music.  A variety of music, including folk, gospel , 50's and 60's oldies, barbershop,  contemporary, classical and patriotic music will be on the menu.  This a concert sure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and musical tastes.  A portion of all money collected helps support our Music Scholarship program.  Visit www.schubertmalechorus.org for information on the chorus and t order tickets. Read more

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Feldenkrais for Singers and Open Rehearsal

Feldenkrais for Singers and Open Rehearsal

224 Waverly Place, New York 10014

Darlene Wyzga | Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

  Join the singers of Schola Cantorum on Hudson for Feldenkrais for Singers and Open Rehearsal Read more

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Shakespeare, Brahms and All That Jazz, Part Two

Shakespeare, Brahms and All That Jazz, Part Two

North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Audiences

The May concert program includes a wide variety of musical styles, from Shakespearean words set to modern music such as  Emma Lou Diemer’s Three Madrigals (accompanied by Shea Velloso, piano)  Matthew Harris’s  Shakespeare Songs, Book III and Book IV.  Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Op. 65  presents various facets of love, This series of songs will be accompanied by Shea Velloso and Brenda Day, piano, four-hands.  In a complete departure from the prior moods described above, Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass presents the Latin ”Missa Breva” with a jazz influence. The Mass is accompanied by Phil Orr, piano and Norman Edge, bass, both jazz  men.    Read more

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Reading Session with Jake Runestad

Reading Session with Jake Runestad

Tampa, FL

The Master Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Join members of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for this special reading session and discussion lead by and featuring the music of award-winning American composer, Jake Runestad. Whether you are a church musician, music educator, or singer you will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience music at its very source! Register by April 18 through The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (www.masterchorale.com). Registration includes a music packet which will be available for pick up at the door of the reading session. Read more

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Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass and World Premiere of Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall

Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass and World Premiere of Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall

7th Avenue & West 57th Street, New York, NY 10001

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

  Manhattan Concert Productions presents Ola Gjeilo’s exquisite Sunrise Mass with the professional Manhattan Chorale , Symphonic Chorus and string orchestra, led by Conductor Craig Arnold at world-renowned Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 18 at 8:30pm.  Manhattan Chorale will also perform the world premiere of Dreamweaver, by composer Ola Gjeilo. Read more

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Spring Concert

Spring Concert

60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont, New York

H.Joyce Duffy | Audiences

The Westchester Chorale presents the beautiful Faure Requiem and the inspirational Memorial for the Departed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco accompanied on the organ by Christopher Creagan. 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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