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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

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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Breath Support for Singers: Don't Inhale... Release!

Breath Support for Singers: Don't Inhale... Release!

Ory Brown | Adults/Seniors, Singing, Technique/Tool

For singers, the breath is everything. This article and video clips from mezzo-soprano Ory Brown's class held at the Berkshire Choral Festival offer some helpful hints and vocal exercises to get the air moving. Read more

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The Rise of A Cappella

The Rise of A Cappella

An Interview with CASA Founder and Sing-Off Producer Deke Sharon

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Community Outreach

Choral music—especially a cappella choral music—is more popular than ever it seems. Chorus America sat down with Deke Sharon, founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) and a producer of NBC's The Sing-Off, to get the inside scoop behind the a cappella choral music movement and its current place in pop culture. Read more

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What to Do Before the First Rehearsal of the Year

What to Do Before the First Rehearsal of the Year

Chorus America Staff | Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

The new chorus season is upon us—or fast approaching! But what, if anything, should we as singers do to prepare for the upcoming season? Read more

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5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

5 Tips for Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Alexander Ruggieri | Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

The All-Night Vigil doesn't last all night anymore, but doing what it takes to perform it well certainly can keep conductors and singers up nights. Here are five tips for conquering this masterpiece: Read more

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Are You a Choral Wacko?

Are You a Choral Wacko?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance

Definition: An affectionate term for all of us die-hard choral singers who can't seem to get enough of the art form we love. Read more

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IPA for Dummies

IPA for Dummies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Well...not for dummies, but for choral singers who wonder, "Do I really, really have to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet?" Of course you don’t, but your singing experience could be much more enjoyable if you do. Read more

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The Top 3 Medical Causes of Vocal Problems

The Top 3 Medical Causes of Vocal Problems

Margaret Baroody | Health, Science, Singing

Vocal health expert Margaret Baroody sheds light on common medical conditions that are at the root of vocal ailments. 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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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

Toscana Music Festival 2015

Toscana Music Festival 2015

Tuscany

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Venezia Music Festival 2015

Venezia Music Festival 2015

Venice

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2015

Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2015

Calella

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Vocal Tai Chi: Moving Voice Between Heaven & Earth, Intro Workshop

Vocal Tai Chi: Moving Voice Between Heaven & Earth, Intro Workshop

Berkeley, CA

FrancescaTaiChi | Singing

   Vocal Tai Chi is a new modality for vocal development and transformation created by composer-vocalist Jenni Roditi GGSM MMus VMTR “It was remarkable”  - Barefoot Doctor www.vocaltaichi.com Read more

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Soundings:  Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

Soundings: Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

7001 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Ed Stawick |

A voice recital highlighting women in music: as muse, composer, and poet.  Featured on the program will be music by Robert Schumann,  Amy Beach, Aaron Copland to texts by Emily Dickinson, and selected songs by women composers of Tin Pan Alley.      Soundings is a free concert series, donations accepted in support of CCUMC Missions and Outreach. Read more

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Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces Core and Volunteer Singer Auditions

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces Core and Volunteer Singer Auditions

Philadelphia, PA

Mendelssohn Clu... | Careers, Community Outreach, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Singing, Symphonic, Volunteer

  Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia announces core and volunteer singer positions available for all voice parts for 2015-2016 season. One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form.   Auditions will take place on March 2 and 3, 2015, from 6-9p.m. for core singers, and on May 4 and 5 from 7-9p.m. for volunteer singers.   Fill out the singer inquiry form at http://mcchorus.org/aud_form.html and you will be contacted to confirm audition times. Core singers must attach a resume to this inquiry to be considered for an audition.   If you have any questions, contact Amanda Schkeeper, Executive Director, at amanda@mcchorus.org   Read more

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Life and Remembrance

Life and Remembrance

10 Lincoln Center Plz, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Venue

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WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

Castelli Romani and Rome, Italy

C D Butler |

From March 11 to 15, 2015, visiting ensembles will be welcomed to Castelli Romani, a historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast area of Rome. http://www.music-contact.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i... Read more

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Pro Arte Chorale Presents “Celebration! Love is in The Air” Concert

Pro Arte Chorale Presents “Celebration! Love is in The Air” Concert

Ridgewood, NJ

Pro Arte Chorale |

Pro Arte Chorale’s second concert of the 2014-2015 Season, Celebration! Love is in The Air will be presented on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ beginning at 8pm.   Join Pro Arte in celebrating the arrival of spring with music of renewal and romance.  You’ll be charmed by Elgar’s musical scenes of the mountains of Bavaria, and share the joy of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ inspired setting of Epithalamion, a 16th century poem by Edmund Spenser, revealing the adventure of love and marriage.     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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