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

Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Spotlight on Eric Whitacre

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

We take a look at the man behind the cluster chords: how Eric Whitacre arrived at a life in music, and the ups and downs he's encountered along the way. Read more

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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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Got the Holiday Blues? Make Time for Some Choral Therapy

Got the Holiday Blues? Make Time for Some Choral Therapy

Emily Hedrick | Impact/Value

One singer fights the holiday doldrums by traveling to London for a choral Christmas marathon. 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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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

Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Hadley, MA

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

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (Dr. Jonathan Harvey, dir.) welcomes singers of all voice parts to our Open Rehearsal, 7-9pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). Come check it out – see what it’s like to sing with us!   We will sing repertoire from throughout our upcoming 2016-17 season, including works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Copland, and our season finale masterwork, Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Come meet new friends, eat some tasty treats, and make beautiful music!   New PVS singers will be entered into a drawing to win voice lessons, concert tickets, meals, and other fabulous prizes.   Interested singers can find more information about the PVS Chorus at www.pvsoc.org, or email chorus@pvso.org. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

East Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Philomusica Concert Choir, Dennis Boyle, Music Director/Conductor, will be holding auditions on Mondays August 29, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 and 20, 2016 after rehearsals at The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.   Read more

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GMChorale to Audition Singers for 2016-2017 Concert Season

GMChorale to Audition Singers for 2016-2017 Concert Season

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) invites experienced singers to audition with Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio for their next concert season, which will include Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem on November 13, 2016 at South Church in New Britain, and Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s Letter from Italy, 1944 on May 4, 2017 at The Bushnell In Hartford, with the Hartford Chorale and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.   Read more

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2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

Bound Brook, New Jersey

Cantabile Chamb... | Singing

Cantabile Chamber Chorale invites singers of all voice parts to audition for 2016-2017 concert season. Read more

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MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS  - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Singing

Experienced singers are invited to audition for the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus by appointment on Wednesday evenings beginning September 7, 2016. Auditions are open to all members of the community ages 16 and up.  All voice parts are welcome to audition; however, the chorus is especially seeking tenors, baritones and basses to add to its impressive ensemble.  Read more

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Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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Do you love to sing a cappella?

Do you love to sing a cappella?

Private

acappellago | Volunteer

Do you live in the Chicago area & love to sing a cappella! Acappellago, a volunteer adult a cappella choir rehearsing & performing in the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking additional singers for its upcoming 2016-17 season. Read more

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 Peace & Awe

Peace & Awe

2333 S. 6th St.

Nina Jones | Audiences

We will be featuring one of John Rutter’s masterpieces, his Requiem.  Written after the death of his father, this work takes the listener from the sorrow of loss to the consolation, reconciliation, and ultimate joy of resurrection.  Rutter’s tender and moving Requiem has earned its reputation as one of the most popular choral compositions of the last 40 years.  Along with works by two of America’s emerging choral voices, Dan Forrest and local composer Penny Corris, the words and music of hope and assurance will take you to a serene and tranquil state of mind. Read more

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The Time Has Come for Peace

The Time Has Come for Peace

Northborough, MA

Assabet Valley ... | General

Works by Eriks Esenvald and Karl Jenkins to the theme of peace highlight this first concert of he 2016-2017 season of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Read more

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Auditions: Come Sing with the San Antonio Choral Society

Auditions: Come Sing with the San Antonio Choral Society

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas McCarroll | Recruitment

Join us this year for our 52nd signature season bringing choral music to the San Antonio area.The chorus consists of professional and amateur singers from all walks of life, from San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Activities include large-venue concerts, chamber choir engagements, holiday civic events, conventions and regional business functions. We encourage younger vocalists to audition and participate in our mentor program which offers high school students an opportunity to sing major works with a large choral ensemble.Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. from mid-August through mid-May each year. To schedule an audition or for further information contact Dr. Jennifer Seighman, Artistic Director via email at director@sachoralsociety.org. Auditions are by appointment only. 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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