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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

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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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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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

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. Read more

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"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

5 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC 20005

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents its Spring Concert, Vive la France!, a celebration of French culture,  on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 4 p.m., at National City Christian Church. This performance features CCW’s five award-winning choral ensembles and guest artist Lauren Cook, accordion. Read more

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Announcing the Four Freedoms Choral Festival: April 22-24, 2016

Announcing the Four Freedoms Choral Festival: April 22-24, 2016

Manassas, Virginia

John Wiscombe | Performance

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his 1941 State of the Union Address with an eye toward America’s involvement in the European war. In the speech, he presented his case for aid to Great Britain and for increased production of war materials. In helping Britain, President Roosevelt stated, the United States was fighting for the universal freedoms that all people possessed. As America entered the war these “four freedoms” — the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear — symbolized the benefits of world-wide democracy for which America would fight, and became a monument to our modern conception of universal human rights. Read more

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The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass"

The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass"

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” Celebrate the promise of the season of renewal and rebirth. Rejoice in hearing Haydn's uplifting and moving "Lord Nelson Mass" sung live by the Oratorio Society of Queens and its own orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, conducted by Maestro David Close on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), Bayside, New York. Read more

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Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg presents Light and Dark

Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg presents Light and Dark

333 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN

kkeegstra | Audiences, Conducting, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Program   RequiemMack Wilberg (b. 1955)   1.Requiem aeternam 2.Kyrie 3.I will lift up mine eyes 4.How lovely is Thy dwelling place 5.O nata lux 6.The Lord is my shepherd 7.I am the resurrection and the life – Requiem aeternam     ******************INTERMISSION*******************     Lux AeternaMorten Lauridsen (b. 1943)   1.Introitus 2.In Te, domine, speravi 3.O nata lux 4.Veni, sancte spiritus 5.Agnus Dei – Lux aeterna       Let Peace Then Still the StrifeMack Wilberg Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. Read more

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Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale presents Broadway, The Beatles & Bernstein, April 10 and 12, Sartell, MN

Sartell, MN

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Repertoire

 The best of Broadway and The Beatles ... who could ask for anything more? This concert is brimming with songs from your favorite musicals and some of The Beatles’ biggest hits.  We promise you'll love every minute!     Read more

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Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

2260 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Raj Chaphalkar | Audiences, Repertoire, Singing

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal part of Kantorei's 27th Season Join us as we explore water, earth, and the renewal of spring! Read more

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Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal

7217 W. Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Raj Chaphalkar | Audiences, Repertoire, Singing

Spring Returns: Songs of Renewal part of Kantorei's 27th Season Join us as we explore water, earth, and the renewal of spring! 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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