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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

San Clemente Choral Society Announces Our Fall 2015 Season - Holidays Past and Present

San Clemente Choral Society Announces Our Fall 2015 Season - Holidays Past and Present

San Clemente, CA

LP | General

SAN CLEMENTE CHORAL SOCIETY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FALL 2015 SEASON!  Rehearsals Wed. Nights 7-9 PM Starting Sept. 9, 2015 Read more

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The Advent Project with Lori Piitz, piano

The Advent Project with Lori Piitz, piano

201 South Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Rick Roe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media

The professional choral ensemble, The Advent Project, with pianist Lori Piitz, presents a concert of a cappella and piano accompanied Lieder on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 8:00 pm at The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.     Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Open Rehearsal - SEEKING NEW SINGERS!

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Open Rehearsal - SEEKING NEW SINGERS!

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Symphonic, Volunteer

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is seeking new singers of all voice parts! Join our dedicated and friendly ensemble of singers from throughout western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, as we perform great choral-orchestral music together with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Our 2015-16 season begins with a free open rehearsal on Tuesday September 1, 7-9pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). At the open rehearsal, we’ll sing excerpts from every piece we’re performing this season, have some tasty snacks, and enjoy each other’s company – come check us out!    Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Embraces New Name - MasterVoices - and Unveils 2015-2016 Season

The Collegiate Chorale Embraces New Name - MasterVoices - and Unveils 2015-2016 Season

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New York, NY (August 3, 2015) – New York City’s famed Collegiate Chorale – founded in 1941 by legendary conductor Robert Shaw – announced four strategic initiatives that position the organization for its next phase of performing excellence:  ·      A new name – MasterVoices – to reflect a broadening and deepening of artistic vision; ·      A new partnership with New York City Center, featuring concert performances of operettas and operas in English, debuting with The Pirates of Penzance and Dido and Aeneas; ·      A revival of the organization's commitment to commissioning new work, with world premieres this season by Michael John LaChiusa and Marisa Michelson; and ·      A new outreach program, “Bridges,” in which MasterVoices will engage with a community in the New York City area each season to create and perform a newly commissioned work and explore creative performing spaces throughout the five boroughs.   Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus 2015-2016 Auditions

Monmouth Civic Chorus 2015-2016 Auditions

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Recruitment

Auditions to join the Monmouth Civic Chorus for its 2015-2016 season start on Wed., September 9. Read more

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SummerSings!

SummerSings!

2315 N Parham Road, Henrico VA 23229

RCSVPD | Singing

 The Richmond Choral Society presents a summer evening musical journey for vocal enthusiasts.  Read more

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Auditions for Singers - Los Robles Master Chorale

Auditions for Singers - Los Robles Master Chorale

Oak Park, CA

Lesley Leighton | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

Los Robles Master Chorale is a 90-voice SATB volunteer chorus serving southern California.  We present 4-5 concerts per season of varied repertoire from around the world, and partner with New West Symphony in presenting many great masterworks with orchestra. Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk   Pacific Mozart Ensemble has changed their name to Pacific Edge Voices     Read more

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Commonwealth Chorale -- Auditions for Experienced Choral Singers

Commonwealth Chorale -- Auditions for Experienced Choral Singers

Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Volunteer

Auditions for experienced volunteers in all voice parts. Read more

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Craig Jessop to conduct the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, May 29, 2016

Craig Jessop to conduct the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, May 29, 2016

Washington, D.C.

John Wiscombe | Performance

Choirs are now being accepted to the 2016 National Memorial Day Choral Festival, taking place May 27-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The event culminates in two outstanding performances – the first, on Sunday, May 29, is a matinee concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and, the second, as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30. 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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