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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

The Key to Good Singing: Just Breathe!

The Key to Good Singing: Just Breathe!

Chorus America Staff | Singing, Technique/Tool

In principle, we live in a sea of air. Singing is vibrating that air: We take a breath, our abdominals engage and we send the air back up our windpipe. And that's about all there is to it. It's just that simple—and it's just that hard. Read more

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Brave New Chorus(es)

Brave New Chorus(es)

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Ever started over in a new city? One singer's cross-country move leads to a search for a new chorus. Read more

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Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Jing Ling-Tam | Repertoire, Singing

"Mò Li Hua" (Jasmine Flower) has been popular since the Qing Dynasty. Read more

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When It's More than Just Singing

When It's More than Just Singing

Choristers Share Their Most Memorable Experiences

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Singing

We asked choral singers all over the continent to tell about their "mountaintop" experience as a choral singer. The responses were heartwarming, tear-jerking, hysterical, awe-inspiring, and... a great reminder of why we sing. Read more

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Breaking Up with Your Choir

Breaking Up with Your Choir

Cory Davis | Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Like a romantic relationship, joining a choir is a commitment that requires give and take—and lots of time. Lately, however, you feel like your choir participation has been more of a time consuming chore, rather than something you signed up to do for fun. How do you know when enough's enough? Read more

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From the Wreckage, A Song

From the Wreckage, A Song

Jan-Marie Petersen | Impact/Value, Singing

One choral community suffers from the loss of one of its own in the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Read more

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Mind Over Meter

Mind Over Meter

Michael Shaughnessy | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Singing

So you thought you could count...that is, until you met the 7/8 and 5/4 time signatures. Honestly, why are those meters so troublesome? Read more

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L.A. Rising

L.A. Rising

Michael Shaughnessy | Profile, Singing, Symphonic

The "left coast" is fast becoming a center for creativity in the choral arts. Read more

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Music and the Mind

Music and the Mind

Michael Shaughnessy | Adults/Seniors, Health, Profile, Science, Singing

Unraveling the mystery of music's profound impact on the human brain. Read more

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The Wow Factor

The Wow Factor

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Think choral music is only found in drafty churches or formal concert halls? Think again! These innovators are stretching our imaginations and taking choral performances to the next level. 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 | 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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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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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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Events

Cantabile Chamber Chorale Celebrates New Jersey Sesquarcentennial

Cantabile Chamber Chorale Celebrates New Jersey Sesquarcentennial

485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ

Cantabile Chamb... | Audiences, Performance

Cantabile continues the second half of the 2013-2014 season with                        B-R-I-D-G-E-S, a concert of choral works to showcase the themes of innovation, diversity, and liberty in celebration of the Sesquarcentennial (350th) anniversary of the State of New Jersey. Read more

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Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

Concert: Choirs of Chirst Church Cathedral, Oxford and Grace Church on-the-Hill

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

The Concert - Tuesday April 8 at 7.30 pm. Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 Phone: (416) 488-7884 E-mail: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Price: $30 per head, there is a $5 discount if you also buy a Workshop Ticket for Monday. The Pieces Christe Jesu -- Taverner Ave verum -- Byrd See, see the word is incarnate -- Gibbons Organ piece Five Spirituals -- Tippett (Joint choirs in “Steal Away” and “Deep river”) INTERVAL Cantique de Jean Racine -- Fauré  Libera me -- Fauré* Sung Jointly with Grace My soul there is a country -- Parry Where does the uttered music go -- Walton Organ piece O God thou art my God* Purcell Sung Jointly with Grace 2 choruses from Foundling Hospital anthem Handel (Hallelujah chorus) Read more

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Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Networking, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you in a choir? Do you like to sing? Do you like choral music? Then, please join the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford who are visiting Grace Church on-the-Hill for a unique evening. An evening where you will rehearse 4 pieces with the Choir and their director, Dr Stephen Darlington, and then sing the program together.  TIME AND PLACE: 7.30pm Monday April 7, 2015 at Grace Church on-the-Hill—300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto  Why are we doing this? One of the principal aims of this concert is to strengthen the bonds of community in Toronto’s choral community. The program is designed to offer something for all tastes and experience. You can be an expert, an amateur or just a fan. The pieces are: Libera me—Fauré  Ave verum—Byrd  Halleluia Chorus—Handel  I’m gonna sing—Traditional TICKETS: $15 (or $10 for parties of 10 or more) Plus there is a $5 rebate if you also buy a Concert Ticket for Tuesday.  Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 - (416) 488-7884.  To help you prepare openchoir.org is an online tutorial for the Libera me from the Fauré Requiem. More about this here: http://www.chchchoir.org/usa-canada-2014/choral-tutorial/.  Grace Church on-the-Hill (http://www.gracechurchonthehill.ca/), in Toronto, is a centre for choral music in Toronto. Grace Church has itself a very wide choral program with Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Grace Church also hosts 9 other Toronto choirs.  Phone 416-488-7884  Fax 416-488-4770  Email: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Read more

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National Memorial Day Choral Festival

National Memorial Day Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

John Wiscombe | Performance, Singing

Come sing in honor of America's heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over Memorial Day Weekend under the artistic direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. Not merely a festival for Washington, the National Memorial Day Choral Festival is an event for the entire country – a major event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. Visit the festival website at www.memorialdaychoralfestival.org to learn more. Read more

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The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Festival

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Festival

Salzburg, Austria

John Wiscombe | Performance, Singing

Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this cultural phenomenon, with a choral extravaganza on June 26, 2015 in the magnificently gorgeous Mozarteum Salzburg. The program will feature a parade of legendary hits from The Sound of Music, including Edelweiss and Do-Re-Mi, as well as classics from other Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterworks, such as South Pacific, The King and I, Carousel, and more. Artistic direction will be led by Emmy- and Grammy- nominated conductor and vocal educator, Judith Clurman. Along with the performance, you will enjoy tours of famous Sound of Music sites, with breathtaking views of Salzburg used in the making of the film. Music Celebrations International is pleased to organize and produce this special event with support from the Salzburg Tourist Board. To learn more, please visit the festival website at www.som50fest.org. Read more

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Rome International Choral Festival

Rome International Choral Festival

Vatican City & Rome, Italy

John Wiscombe | Performance, Singing

The Rome International Choral Festival is one of Rome's premier annual summer music events. The seventh-annual festival will feature Mass participation at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on June 22, 2015, and a formal finale concert at Rome's famed Saint Mary above Minerva Basilica on June 23, 2015. The festival chorus will include mixed-voice singers and choirs from across North America that will come together to rehearse and perform en masse under the baton of maestro Z. Randall Stroope. Please visit the festival website at www.romechoralfestival.org. Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus 30th Anniversary Spring Concert Series

Phoenix Children's Chorus 30th Anniversary Spring Concert Series

203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phoenix Childre... | Audiences

The Phoenix Children's Chorus will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a special concert series including an alumni reunion.  Members from the past 30 years will be performing with the current choir of 325 children ages 8-18. www.pcchorus.org    Read more

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Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance

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Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance

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Treasures of the English Cathedral

Treasures of the English Cathedral

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Singing

  Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits with glorious music from England. Majestic, hopeful, inspiring all describe the music by celebrated English composers John Rutter, Herbert Howells, John Tavener and Gerald Finzi that will be sung by the 100-voice Princeton Pro Musica chorus, conducted by Dr. Ryan James Brandau, Artistic Director. 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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