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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 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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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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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

Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2016

Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2016

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Istra Music Festival 2016

Istra Music Festival 2016

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Roma Music Festival 2016

Roma Music Festival 2016

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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New York Choral Society 2015 Summer Sings

New York Choral Society 2015 Summer Sings

2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY

New York Choral... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Singing

Presented by The New York Choral Society David Hayes, Music Director   The New York Choral Society invites you to experience the fun of singing classical choral masterpieces, popular opera choruses and a selection of holiday music with acclaimed conductors from the New York area. Join us in raising the roof with song each Wednesday in July. Read more

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Kicking off New York City's Summer Sing Season, The New York Choral Consortium Presents its Fifth Annual Big Sing!

Kicking off New York City's Summer Sing Season, The New York Choral Consortium Presents its Fifth Annual Big Sing!

405 West 59th St, NY, NY

Cathy Fischer -... | Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Singing

The New York Choral Consortium’s fifth annual Big Sing (massive sing in) will take place on Monday, June 8 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul the Apostle Church, at 405 West 59th St.  Both singers and the general public are invited to join in a performance of all-time favorite choral works.  The highly anticipated and very popular Big Sing has come to serve as the kick starter for NYC’s “Summer Sing” season hosted by various choral societies throughout the city, which also allow any lover of choral music to attend and take part.   Read more

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"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Kogod Arts Center Sidwell Friends

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

Do not miss this unique concert with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus on tour in the US. Combined concert with Children's Chorus of Washington's France Tour Chorus and Sidwell Friends Chamber Chorus. June 24th, 7pm at Sidwell Friends Kogod Arts Center - Meeting room. Free concert (limited seating) with reservation  www.jyc.eventbrite.com Read more

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Eastside Sings - Participate in four July choral sing-alongs

Eastside Sings - Participate in four July choral sing-alongs

1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

George Tinker | Adults/Seniors, Families, Networking, Participation, Performance, Singing

  Eastside Sings presents four choral sing-alongs open to all who love choral music. Singers of all abilities are invited to participate. The 2015 lineup includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Fauré’s Requiem, on Tuesday evenings, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21 & 7/28 @7-9:30pm. This will be held at 1st Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Free parking. Tickets are $8/night, $25/all 4 nights. Information 425-881-0445   Read more

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Auditions for ESSENTIAL VOICES USA

Auditions for ESSENTIAL VOICES USA

New York City, NY

nsg | Performance

Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) will hold auditions for their volunteer singers, for their 2015-2016 season, on August 23, 2015.   Hailed as one of New York’s premiere ensembles, EVUSA will perform in four performances this fall, with the New York Pops, on the Carnegie Hall Subscription series. In the spring, the group will sing in a Composer Speaks performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. A holiday sing-along and recording project will also be scheduled.   Email auditions.evusa@gmail.com to schedule an audition. Singers should prepare a classical song or aria & a musical theater selection. You will be asked to sight read at the audition.   (Note: If you are a professional singer, you will be asked to sing for EVUSA’s choral contractor.) Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Youth Auditions

Susquehanna Chorale Youth Auditions

100 S. 24th St., Camp Hill, PA 17011

Susquehanna Cho... | Children/Youth

Linda L. Tedford, Conductor,  announces auditions for its Educational Outreach Program choirs, the  Susquehanna Youth, Young Women's, and Children's Chorales, for the 2015-16 season.   Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Youth Auditions

Susquehanna Chorale Youth Auditions

100 S 24th St., Camp Hill, PA 17011

Susquehanna Cho... | Children/Youth

Linda L. Tedford, Conductor,  announces auditions for its Educational Outreach Program choirs, the  Susquehanna Youth, Young Women's, and Children's Chorales, for the 2015-16 season.   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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