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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

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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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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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

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Christmas Concert Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor Isaiah Bell, tenor  David Newman, bass-baritone The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the American premiere of Bach'sChristmas Oratorio in 1901, but has not performed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this glorious work for more than ten years. Join us as we follow the shepherds to Bethlehem and exalt in the transcendant beauties of Bach's pastoral sinfonia, choruses of angels bringing their message of peace, an enchanting lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, and Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Read more

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Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

Christmas Concert: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1, 2 & 3

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Christmas Concert Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor Isaiah Bell, tenor  David Newman, bass-baritone The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the American premiere of Bach'sChristmas Oratorio in 1901, but has not performed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this glorious work for more than ten years. Join us as we follow the shepherds to Bethlehem and exalt in the transcendant beauties of Bach's pastoral sinfonia, choruses of angels bringing their message of peace, an enchanting lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, and Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

37 S. Fifth St. Allentown, PA 18101

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St. Allentown, PA 18018

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. Read more

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Bach at Noon

Bach at Noon

73 W. Church St.

Bach Choir of B... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Free Admission and no need for a reservation. Doors open at 11:30am - come early to be sure of a seat. Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. A free-will offering will be received. 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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