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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

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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Is There a Cure for the "Wobbles"?

Is There a Cure for the "Wobbles"?

Margaret Baroody | Adults/Seniors, Health, Singing

"Help! Is there anything I can do to reduce excessive vibrato when I sing?" 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

Costa Brava Music Festival 2016

Costa Brava Music Festival 2016

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Show Choir Try-Outs for a Special Commemorative Season

Show Choir Try-Outs for a Special Commemorative Season

Houston, TX

Houston Choral ... | General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase invites singers to audition for the upcoming spring season. This show choir performs Broadway, pop, jazz, swing, etc. with rehearsals starting in January for performances in April through June. Read more

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Let this be your Lucky Year...Sing with Diablo Women's Chorale in San Francisco's East Bay

Let this be your Lucky Year...Sing with Diablo Women's Chorale in San Francisco's East Bay

Walnut Creek, CA

Sarah Koller-Di... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

If you were lucky enough to see the Diablo Women’s Chorale holiday show in December, then you know what fun and music are all about. The Chorale sang a dozen tunes in both new versions and old, and had the audience of 350 standing on their feet in a finale sing-along. The Chorale is looking for more lucky singers to join them for this upcoming year, 2016. The spring season promises to be a rousing time with selections from Queen, Elvis and recent Disney princess ballads. Read more

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Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY 10590

JeannieH22 | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

      Camerata d’Amici is happy to announce that it has opened its audition period for the remainder of the 2015-2016 concert season. Auditions are by appointment only 1/16-1/23. To set up a specific audition time, or to find out more about Camerata, contact the artistic director, Kristin Sponheim, at conductor@cameratadamici.org. Rehearsals generally take place Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church in South Salem, New York. Camerata d’Amici performs three concerts per season in addition to outreach concerts in neighboring communities. Our concerts for the 2015-2016 season are scheduled for December 6, 2015, March 6, 2016, and May 22, 2016. Read more

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Bernstein and Durufle'

Bernstein and Durufle'

60 Forest Park Avenue

H.Joyce Duffy | Audiences

The Westchester Chorale presents the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein and the Requiem by Maurice Durufle' with soloist and orchestral ensemble. Read more

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GMChorale Auditions for Spring 2016

GMChorale Auditions for Spring 2016

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) invites experienced singers to audition with Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio. Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus seeks new singers for Spring 2016

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus seeks new singers for Spring 2016

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Symphonic

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is looking for new members in every voice part to join us for the second half of our 2015-16 season. If you are looking for a creative musical opportunity, and would like to sing with a full orchestra, we hope you'll consider joining us! Spring repertoire will include Brahms Schicksalslied and Faure Requiem. First rehearsal is Tuesday January 5, 7-9pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA. Contact chorus@pvso.org with any questions. Read more

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Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Schools, Singing

Singers ages 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washington's programs: Ages 6-9: register for PREP Classes (new session starts in January) Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202 237 1005 and join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. New semester starts January 11. www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Recruitment, Schools, Singing

Singers 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washinton's programs: Ages 6-9: register for PREP Classes (new session starts in January) Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202 237 1005 and join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. New semester starts January 11. www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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Children's Chorus of Washington's Holiday Favorites

Children's Chorus of Washington's Holiday Favorites

730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Celebrate the holiday season with Children's Chorus of Washington, DC's premier children's chorus, joined by the Ruckman String Quartet and Amadeus Brass Quintet. For Tickets: http://lisner.gwu.edu/childrens-chorus-washington-holiday-favorites For more information about Children's Chorus of Washington: www.childrenschorus.com 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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