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

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley Holds Mozart and Bach Sing-Along

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley Holds Mozart and Bach Sing-Along

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Singing

Schola Cantorum wraps up their Summer Sings program with a sing-along to Bach’s “Magnificat,” and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” Monday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. Lou De La Rosa will conduct. Schola will provide the scores. Held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Cost: $15 general, ages 25 and under free with student ID. For tickets, visit ScholaCantorum.org, or call 650-254-1700. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- LIGHT TRANSFORMING "Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg"

Vancouver Chamber Choir- LIGHT TRANSFORMING "Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg"

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Michael Zaugg is the guest conductor for this last concert of the 2017-2018 subscription season. Originally from Switzerland, he is now the conductor and music director of Alberta’s Pro Coro Canada. Michael is a long-time friend and collaborator with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, whom he has hosted many times in Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. His programme will have many new and intriguing choral works by Rautavaara, Rheinberger, Soderqvist, Whitacre, Archer, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Kuula, Knudson and Joby Talbot. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - RACHMANINOV VESPERS "and Lauridsen Lux aeterna"

Vancouver Chamber Choir - RACHMANINOV VESPERS "and Lauridsen Lux aeterna"

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s music for the Orthodox “All-Night Vigil” - often known in the West as the “Vespers” - is known as his finest unaccompanied choral work, one of the landmarks of the entire choral repertoire. The Vancouver Chamber Choir combines with the Vancouver Cantata Singers to create a suitable Slavic sonority. As a companion piece, the Pacifica Singers join us for a 21st-century masterpiece and Vancouver Chamber Choir favourite – Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” for choirs and orchestra, an intimate work of quiet serenity centred around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance and goodness. And as a little bonus, Gabriel Faure’s exquisite “Messe basse” in Jon Washburn’s orchestral version, featuring the vibrant young singers of the Vancouver Youth Choir. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- MOODS AND MODES "Emotion in Music"

Vancouver Chamber Choir- MOODS AND MODES "Emotion in Music"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Choral programmes are often organized by similarities of the composers included or the texts being sung or chronologically by the eras they represent. But for this concert we’re experimenting with affective elements of music, grouping pieces together by the emotions they evoke. Of course, all music affects us emotionally, even those by composers who try expressly to not be expressive. Our Moods and Modes concert is more playful in concept, taking us on an evening’s journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity, playfulness, sorrow and humour. Music of Bennet, Antognini, two Bachs, Dvorak, Beckwith, Berring, Alfven, Bernstein, Dowland, Josquin and Brazinskas. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- MAESTRO! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir- MAESTRO! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Our Conductors’ Concert is always one of the most fascinating events of the choral season. As the culmination of our 38th annual National Conductors’ Symposium, Jon Washburn and five invited conductors from around the world and pianist Stephen Smith will focus on three distinct musical genres — famous prayers, indigenous songs and story ballads. Come and enjoy the unusual repertoire and the varied interpretations of the six conductors. Music by Mozart, Bruckner, Durufle, Foss, Enkhbayar, Healey, Adams, Crossin, Bartok, Daunais, Washburn and more. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - RIVERS OF LIGHT "Choral Explorations I with Timothy Shantz""

Vancouver Chamber Choir - RIVERS OF LIGHT "Choral Explorations I with Timothy Shantz""

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Our guest conductor for this concert is Timothy Shantz from Calgary, where he is the music director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices, as well as chorus master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He will lead the Vancouver Chamber Choir and pianist Stephen Smith in a programme from favourite composers old and new in our familiar performance home at Dunbar Ryerson United Church in Kerrisdale. Music of Esenvalds, Sisask, Debussy, O’Regan, Palestrina, Brahms, Ryan, Elgar, Monteverdi and Jonathan Dove. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas

Vancouver Chamber Choir- A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

The great Baroque composers knew how to write music that literally dances with joy. Make it a party – meet the Vancouver Chamber Choir family of choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Orpheum for a concert which celebrates the Christmas season like no other. Our guest conductor is John William Trotter, the Choir’s former Associate Conductor, who will lead the various forces in music of Bach, Vivaldi and carols for all to sing. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir-REJOICE! "European Carols & Readings"

Vancouver Chamber Choir-REJOICE! "European Carols & Readings"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach

Chilly December days herald the warmth and intimacy of Christmas choirs singing the Nativity story. You are invited – join conductor Jon Washburn, organist Bryn Nixon and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for an evening of beloved favourites and new discoveries, all in the welcoming ambience of Dunbar Ryerson United Church. Music of Praetorius, Bach, Berlioz, Rubbra, Sibelius, Joubert, Tavener, Quinn, Mendelssohn and traditional carols galore. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir-THE MASTERS "Great Choral Music"

Vancouver Chamber Choir-THE MASTERS "Great Choral Music"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Vancouver Chamber Choir alumna Kathleen Allan leads a programme of music from some of the greatest choral masters - Palestrina, Gabrieli, Bach, Brahms, Britten and Poulenc. Also, Jon Washburn combines the Choir’s professional singers with advanced choral students from six Metro Vancouver university music departments in the annual FOCUS! event – guaranteed choral excitement!  Read more

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HERITAGE "Singing Canada’s Choral Songs"

HERITAGE "Singing Canada’s Choral Songs"

2205 W 45 Ave, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Canada’s choral music has always been one of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s specialties. In this concert, we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and conductor Jon Washburn’s 50th year in Vancouver with a great panorama of Canadian repertoire. Music of Willan, Somers, Beckwith, Raminsh, Chatman, Emery, Allan, Archer and a few special surprises from Canada’s past and future. 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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