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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

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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How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

How Rachmaninoff and the Orthodox Choral Tradition Conquered the West

Alexander Ruggieri | History, Repertoire

There was a time not so long ago when Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil was virtually unknown outside of Russia. But an early transliteration of the work and some pivotal recordings helped to catch the attention of Western choral groups and audiences. We interview choral conductor and Russian music expert Alexander Ruggieri, who tells the story of the Vigil's emergence as one of the best-loved choral masterpieces. Read more

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You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

You Had Me at Hallelujah: The Magic of Handel's Messiah

Tom Kelly | History, Repertoire

To choral singers, Handel's Messiah is as familiar—and as well loved—as their favorite pair of slippers. But what do we really know about this choral masterwork? Harvard music professor and historian Thomas Kelly talks to Chorus America about how this great oratorio came to be and why it captures our hearts like no other piece. 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

Choral Workshop 2017 in Poland

Choral Workshop 2017 in Poland

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Adult Chorus Auditions for The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Winter Celebration

Adult Chorus Auditions for The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Winter Celebration

Appointment Required

Tad Czyzewski | Volunteer

Strong singers (age 18+) of all ancestries are invited to audition for the 34th annual Christmas Revels, a festive, fully-staged musical and theatrical production. This year’s show will include music, dance and drama of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. Join a cast of over 100, ages 8 to 85, for one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration and merriment seen by over 10,000 people each December. Eight shows between December 10-18 at GWU Lisner Auditorium in DC. Please read website before scheduling audition. Auditions are free, chorus members are not paid.   Read more

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Weekend with Will Todd

Weekend with Will Todd

99 South Waverly Street, Shillington, PA 19607

Dr. David A. Mc... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning

English composer Will Tood in residence with Vox Philia Chamber Choir, May 21 and 22, 2016. Read more

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Patience & Sarah

Patience & Sarah

New York, NY

GFPress | Performance

The first opera to portray an openly romantic relationship between two women returns to NYC for two nights only Read more

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Singers Wanted: Pacific Edge Voices Open Auditions

Singers Wanted: Pacific Edge Voices Open Auditions

Berkeley CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Recruitment

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk. Now is your chance to be part of the Bay Area’s uncommon chorus, the Grammy-nominated Pacific Edge Voices!   Read more

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Fairfield County Chorale Presents Dvořák's Stabat Mater

Fairfield County Chorale Presents Dvořák's Stabat Mater

Norwalk, CT

Alex Karantza | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

 On Saturday, May 14th, at 7:30pm, the Fairfield County Chorale concludes its 2015–2016 Season with Dvořák's Stabat Mater, along with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mozart's Ch'io mi scordi di te? ... Non temer, amato bene. The Chorale will be joined by soloists Anna Dugan, Malena Dayen, Alok Kumar, and Adam Lau, and four pianists, including Ilya Yakushev and Cristina Stanescu. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $5 for students. Electronic tickets at fairfieldcountychorale.org, or call 203-254-1333 or email info@fairfieldcountychorale.org. Read more

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YWCP's Young Women's Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 7-12

YWCP's Young Women's Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 7-12

San Francisco

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Singing

Sing with Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco! Auditions for Fall 2016 Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, June 5 For girls in grades 2-12 For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions or 415.312.7787   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILIBLE Read more

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YWCP's Allegro Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 5-10

YWCP's Allegro Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 5-10

San Francisco

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Singing

Sing with Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco! Auditions for Fall 2016 Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, June 5 For girls in grades 2-12 For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions or 415.312.7787   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILIBLE Read more

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YWCP's Prelude Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 2-7

YWCP's Prelude Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 2-7

San Francisco

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Singing

Sing with Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco! Auditions for Fall 2016 Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, June 5 For girls in grades 2-7 For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions or 415.312.7787   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILIBLE 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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