For Singers

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

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Chloe Veltman | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Participation, Schools, Singing

An influx of new programs are beginning to recognize the value of keeping boys singing—through changing voices and for a lifetime. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Nutrition

Keeping Singers Well: Nutrition

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

Because the vast majority of choral singers tag rehearsals and performances onto already busy professional and family lives, their nutrition can be a compromise on any given day. We asked specialists and long-time choristers what nutritional choices can be most beneficial for singers. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

When your body is the instrument, it's imperative to keep it in tip-top shape with good exercise habits and the right amount of sleep. Read more

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Finding Your Tribe: A Life in Choral Music

Finding Your Tribe: A Life in Choral Music

Sharon Gustavson | Impact/Value, Participation, Profile, Singing

One chorus managing director reflects on her lifelong love affair with choral singing. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Hydration

Keeping Singers Well: Hydration

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

While it is ultimately the responsibility of the singer to stay properly hydrated, it's not always so easy. Read more

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Acid Reflux Could Have a Negative Effect on Your Voice

Acid Reflux Could Have a Negative Effect on Your Voice

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing

Dr. Jamie Koufman, founder and director of the Voice Institute of New York, tells us what singers can do to combat the harmful effects of acid reflux. Read more

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Choruses in the Movies: "As it is in Heaven" and "Preaching to the Choir"

Choruses in the Movies: "As it is in Heaven" and "Preaching to the Choir"

Kelsey Menehan | General, Singing

Though set worlds apart, these two films both tell the story of struggling church choirs in need of inspiration—and two men who are drawn in, against their better judgment, to do the inspiring. Read more

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A Love Story and a Choral Commission

A Love Story and a Choral Commission

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Families, Impact/Value

Some couples celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with silver, but Providence Singers member David Keller and his wife Julie Meyers chose music instead. Read more

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Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Tom Hall | History, Performance, Repertoire

What is our responsibility as singers and as choruses when historic choral works are offensive, even hostile, to a whole group of people? Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, discusses Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion. Read more

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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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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

New Vocal Ensemble, “Alchemy,” Announces Fall Concert Season

New Vocal Ensemble, “Alchemy,” Announces Fall Concert Season

50 Court St., Cromwell, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

Alchemy, the region’s newest vocal chamber ensemble, celebrates its first full season with a series of concerts across Connecticut. Read more

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New Vocal Ensemble, “Alchemy,” Announces Fall Concert Season

New Vocal Ensemble, “Alchemy,” Announces Fall Concert Season

26 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

Alchemy, the region’s newest vocal chamber ensemble, celebrates its first full season with a series of concerts across Connecticut. Read more

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New Vocal Ensemble, “Alchemy,” Announces Fall Concert Season

New Vocal Ensemble, “Alchemy,” Announces Fall Concert Season

111 Church Drive, Cheshire

Marcia Bliven | Performance

Alchemy, the region’s newest vocal chamber ensemble, celebrates its first full season with a series of concerts across Connecticut. Read more

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Simple Gifts Gala Concert

Simple Gifts Gala Concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Fundraising, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The musicians of GCC open our 12th Simple Gifts concert season with sacred and secular music performed by vocal and instrumental soloists, small ensembles, the Chancel Choir and the Joyful Ringers Hand Bell Choir!  Read more

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Director's Favorites

Director's Favorites

Redlands, CA

Inland Master C... | Performance

With the advent of our 38th year, Maestro Modica begins his inaugural season with some personal choral favorites ranging from classical through 20th century scores. Read more

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Next Artistic Director

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Next Artistic Director

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Next Artistic Director Noted Conductor, Clinician and Educator who Assumes Post on August 1, 2018, Served as Music Director of American Boychoir from 2004-2017   His Tenure Was Highlighted by 200 Performances and up to Five National and International Tours Annually – including Appearances with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, St. Olaf Choir, Westminster Choir and New York Choral Artists, among Others – Eight Recordings, Live Performances at the Oscars and on CNN andFeatured Role in Fictional Movie Inspired by Choir  Read more

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents San Francisco Opera: Girls of the Golden West

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents San Francisco Opera: Girls of the Golden West

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Rotunda 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Michelle Tabnick PR | Adults/Seniors

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents San Francisco Opera: Girls of the Golden West on Thursday and Friday, September 21 and 22, 2017 at 7:30pm.   Read more

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Nico Muhly and the Countertenor

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Nico Muhly and the Countertenor

1071 Fifth Ave., New York City, NY 10128

Michelle Tabnick PR | General

Composer Nico Muhly discusses his music for countertenor with author and illustrator Maira Kalman and Guggenheim curator for performance and media Nat Trotman.  Read more

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2017 Young Artist Competition

2017 Young Artist Competition

Fairfax, VA

lwicks | Careers

Young soloists between the ages of 22 and 32 are invited to compete in the Choralis 2017 Young Artist Competition on October 14, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Visit www.choralis.org/Education for more information and registration links.    Read more

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South Hadley Chorale seeks Singers of All Voice Parts

South Hadley Chorale seeks Singers of All Voice Parts

South Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Families, General, Symphonic, Volunteer

The South Hadley Chorale seeks volunteer singers of all voice parts for our 2017-18 season! This year, we will be collaborating with the Valley Winds, a wind ensemble based in the Pioneer Valley, on a diverse program of music for choir and winds. Repertoire includes music of Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Persichetti, in a program entitled “Sing Me The Universal: Music of Life and Death.” The South Hadley Chorale rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, at Center Church in South Hadley, MA. Our first rehearsal is on Wednesday October 4, with the season finale concert on March 11 2018, at Abbey Chapel on the campus of Mount Holyoke College. Come check us out at our opening rehearsal on October 4! We’re a warm non-auditioned group with singers from their twenties to their eighties, and we love making beautiful music and having fun together. For more information, see www.southhadleychorale.org or contact mail@southhadleychorale.org.     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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