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

The Key to Good Singing: Just Breathe!

The Key to Good Singing: Just Breathe!

Chorus America Staff | Singing, Technique/Tool

In principle, we live in a sea of air. Singing is vibrating that air: We take a breath, our abdominals engage and we send the air back up our windpipe. And that's about all there is to it. It's just that simple—and it's just that hard. Read more

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Brave New Chorus(es)

Brave New Chorus(es)

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Ever started over in a new city? One singer's cross-country move leads to a search for a new chorus. Read more

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Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Watch & Learn A Chinese Folksong

Jing Ling-Tam | Repertoire, Singing

"Mò Li Hua" (Jasmine Flower) has been popular since the Qing Dynasty. Read more

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When It's More than Just Singing

When It's More than Just Singing

Choristers Share Their Most Memorable Experiences

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Singing

We asked choral singers all over the continent to tell about their "mountaintop" experience as a choral singer. The responses were heartwarming, tear-jerking, hysterical, awe-inspiring, and... a great reminder of why we sing. Read more

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Breaking Up with Your Choir

Breaking Up with Your Choir

Cory Davis | Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Like a romantic relationship, joining a choir is a commitment that requires give and take—and lots of time. Lately, however, you feel like your choir participation has been more of a time consuming chore, rather than something you signed up to do for fun. How do you know when enough's enough? Read more

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From the Wreckage, A Song

From the Wreckage, A Song

Jan-Marie Petersen | Impact/Value, Singing

One choral community suffers from the loss of one of its own in the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Read more

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Mind Over Meter

Mind Over Meter

Michael Shaughnessy | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire, Singing

So you thought you could count...that is, until you met the 7/8 and 5/4 time signatures. Honestly, why are those meters so troublesome? Read more

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L.A. Rising

L.A. Rising

Michael Shaughnessy | Profile, Singing, Symphonic

The "left coast" is fast becoming a center for creativity in the choral arts. Read more

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Music and the Mind

Music and the Mind

Michael Shaughnessy | Adults/Seniors, Health, Profile, Science, Singing

Unraveling the mystery of music's profound impact on the human brain. Read more

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The Wow Factor

The Wow Factor

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Think choral music is only found in drafty churches or formal concert halls? Think again! These innovators are stretching our imaginations and taking choral performances to the next level. 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 | 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

Requiem, Op.9 Maurice Duruflé

Requiem, Op.9 Maurice Duruflé

1501 W Ingomar Rd, Pittsburgh, PA; 384 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, General, Professional, Singing

  Experience the beauty and serenity of this exquisite work, featuring orchestra, organist David Billings and mezzo-soprano Eva Rainforth. Read more

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Southern Arizona Women's Chorus Call for Members

Southern Arizona Women's Chorus Call for Members

1220 W. Magee Road (just east of LaCanada), Tucson, Arizona 85704

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Volunteer

The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus (SAWC) is a premier women’s community chorus of Tucson Arizona.  Members meet to provide an avenue for women ages 18 years and older a way to join together and experience a vast and varied repertoire of music from classical, jazz, swing , internal fold songs and much more to  entertain the communities of Southern Arizona.   Read more

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Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

684 W. North Avenue, Coolidge, Arizona 85128

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Come join The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus for "Medley Madness"- a delightful selection of energetic choral medleys from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer including standards from the Big Band and Swing era favorites! This music is fun for all ages. The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus is conducted by Terrie Ashbaugh, MM Executive Director and Stacey Seaman, MM Assistant Director. Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus is a founding member of the Arizona Choral Arts Association Read more

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Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

1556 N Arizola Rd , Casa Grande, Arizona 85122

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Families, Impact/Value, Performance

Come join The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus for "Medley Madness"- a delightful selection of energetic choral medleys from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer including standards from the Big Band and Swing era favorites! This music is fun for all ages. The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus is conducted by Terrie Ashbaugh, MM Executive Director and Stacey Seaman, MM Assistant Director. Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus is a founding member of the Arizona Choral Arts Association. Read more

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Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85718

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Singing

Come join The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus for "Medley Madness"- a delightful selection of energetic choral medleys from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer including standards from the Big Band and Swing era favorites! This music is fun for all ages. The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus is conducted by Terrie Ashbaugh, MM Executive Director and Stacey Seaman, MM Assistant Director. Read more

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Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

Swing with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus through Medley Madness - Medleys by the Oldies

1220 W. Magee Road (just east of LaCanada), Tucson, Arizona 85704

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Come join The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus for "Medley Madness"- a delightful selection of energetic choral medleys from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer including standards from the Big Band and Swing era favorites! This music is fun for all ages.  Read more

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United University Church – Community Concert  - FREE

United University Church – Community Concert - FREE

817 West 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90089

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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Culver City – Community Concert

Culver City – Community Concert

11269 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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 Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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Norrington Conducts Missa Solemnis

Norrington Conducts Missa Solemnis

New York, NY

Orchestra of St... | Symphonic

Beethoven reveals his spiritual views and unparalleled musical innovation in the glorious Missa Solemnis. Sir Roger Norrington, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year, leads Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Oratorio Society of New York in a powerful performance. 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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