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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

Virtual Choir or Bust!

Virtual Choir or Bust!

Cory Davis | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Participation, Profile, Singing, Technology

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0, featuring his composition, "Sleep," attracted 2,058 singers from around the world. One singer shares his experience of participating in this social media experiment. Read more

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Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

We take a look at the man behind the cluster chords: how Eric Whitacre arrived at a life in music, and the ups and downs he's encountered along the way. Read more

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Is Reflux Causing My Vocal Problems?

Is Reflux Causing My Vocal Problems?

Margaret Baroody | Health, Singing

Something is irritating your vocal cords and you think it might be reflux. Vocal health expert Margaret Baroody gives us her take on the situation, along with treatment advice. Read more

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How Do I Control My Voice Break?

How Do I Control My Voice Break?

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Many singers have trouble navigating through the passaggio easily. Three veteran vocal experts from the Washington Vocal Consortium each offer their wisdom for remedying this pesky problem. Read more

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Vocal Strain: When to Sing and When to Give it a Rest

Vocal Strain: When to Sing and When to Give it a Rest

Margaret Baroody | Health, Singing

When should a singer consult a doctor about a vocal problem or injury? One Chorus America member reported that he was left with laryngitis and a sore throat after screaming during a sport event. He wondered what to do, if anything, to recover. Read more

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In Praise of Informal Musicmaking

In Praise of Informal Musicmaking

Kelsey Menehan | Families, Participation, Singing

These days, it seems singing is relegated to rehearsals, religious services, concert halls, and the occasional karaoke bar experience. But whatever happened to just gathering around the piano with friends and family to belt out a few tunes? Read more

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How to Choose a Voice Teacher

How to Choose a Voice Teacher

Lisa Koehler | Careers

You've decided to make the commitment to improving your singing abilities. But how do you find the right instructor to help you on your way? Read more

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From Oxford to Hogwarts: Singing on the Harry Potter Soundtrack

From Oxford to Hogwarts: Singing on the Harry Potter Soundtrack

Gregory Camp | Participation, Profile, Singing

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a film's soundtrack? Singer Gregory Camp knows. Along with his chorus at the University of Oxford, Gregory got the chance to perform on the film soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince—complete with studio time at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. Read more

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Virtual Choir Project Brings Together Distant Strangers in Performance

Virtual Choir Project Brings Together Distant Strangers in Performance

Cory Davis | Education, Innovation, Participation, Singing, Technology

Is a chorus still a chorus if the singers are singing from their computers? Read more

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Got the Holiday Blues? Make Time for Some Choral Therapy

Got the Holiday Blues? Make Time for Some Choral Therapy

Emily Hedrick | Impact/Value

One singer fights the holiday doldrums by traveling to London for a choral Christmas marathon. 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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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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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles. Read more

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Events

Dan Forrest: Requiem for the LIving and Fauré: Requiem

Dan Forrest: Requiem for the LIving and Fauré: Requiem

Louisville, KY 40204

Louisville Chorus | Performance

Joined by With Orchestra, Soloists, and Guest Choir Read more

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NYChoral is Still Auditioning Men (Tenors Especially) for its 2016-17 Season

NYChoral is Still Auditioning Men (Tenors Especially) for its 2016-17 Season

New York, NY

New York Choral... | Volunteer

We are still auditioning men's voices -- especially tenors -- for our 2016-17 season; please e-mail nychoral@gmail.com to request an audition. Join a friendly and talented group of singers performing at wonderful venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  Read more

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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

2315 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Come join the Richmond Choral Society for its first 'open rehearsal' of the 2016-2017 season.  Read more

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ANNOUNCING OUR 2016-2017 SEASON

ANNOUNCING OUR 2016-2017 SEASON

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Adults/Seniors, Audiences

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, September 4, 2016: Choral Society increases collaborative engagements to enhance choral masterworks and audience entertainment experience. Read more

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Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

184 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021

TENET | Audiences

TENET's Green Mountain Project returns to offer their beloved performance of this monumental work.  Read more

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J.S. Bach's St. John Passion

J.S. Bach's St. John Passion

315 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

TENET | Audiences

TENET and the Sebastians team up to perform J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in an unconducted performance with an extraordinary cast!  Read more

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The Cycle Of Invention: The Next Generation

The Cycle Of Invention: The Next Generation

3 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

TENET | Audiences

From the late 13th century to the Roman de Fauvel (compiled 1316), the Ars nova (c. 1322) of Phillipe de Vitry and the music of Guillaume Machaut. Under guest music director Scott Metcalfe, TENET will present a mini series called THE CYCLE OF INVENTION to spotlight Machaut's contribution to composition during the late middle ages while also featuring those who preceded and followed him. During his lifetime, Machaut was known as an incredible poet and a stylistic inventor. Please join us for a drink and treat at the show! This venue is handicap accessible.   For Tickets, visit www.tenet.nyc Read more

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The Cycle of Invention: Guillaume De Machaut

The Cycle of Invention: Guillaume De Machaut

3 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

TENET | Audiences

From the late 13th century to the Roman de Fauvel (compiled 1316), the Ars nova (c. 1322) of Phillipe de Vitry and the music of Guillaume Machaut. Read more

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The Cycle of Invention: The New Art

The Cycle of Invention: The New Art

3 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

TENET | Performance

From the late 13th century to the Roman de Fauvel (compiled 1316), the Ars nova (c. 1322) of Phillipe de Vitry and the music of Guillaume Machaut.     Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus - Joy to the World

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Joy to the World

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Performance

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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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