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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

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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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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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

Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

551 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Empire City Men... | General, Performance

As the old saying goes: “You’re only as old as you feel” and, in this respect, many of us are deeply connected despite even huge generation gaps. There is so much we can learn from each other. Sometimes the older ones are disenchanted by what they see happening in the world today. Sometimes, the young of society are revving their cars in eagerness to embark on life’s journey, but feel that long-held traditions are holding their gears in neutral… But being a “person of the world” is always being “free and easy;” and truly any place we hang our hats is home at any time. This music celebrates the blissful blindness and naiveté of youth and the youthful mindset. It asserts a person’s freedom in the here and now and studies the idea of fraternity and frivolity with joyful curiosity. Centered in the performance are brilliant male chorus works by David Conte, Camille Saint-Saens, Ulf Långbacka, ECMC Composer-in-Residence Kyle Randall, and more! Please join us.   Read more

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Bella Voce "Heart Songs: Music of the World" Concerts

Bella Voce "Heart Songs: Music of the World" Concerts

Stowe, VT

Vikki Day | Audiences

Music from around the world, highlighting the U.S. premiere of “Heartsongs of the White Wampum” by Canadian composer Tim Corlis which features the talents of guest artist Jane Boxall on the marimba. Tickets and more details at www.bellavocevt.org Read more

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Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma - Final Concert for 2015-16

Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma - Final Concert for 2015-16

7100 S. Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73135

Randy Lind | Performance

The 325 singers of the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma preent the final concert of the 2015-16 season.  Free event - 7pm. Read more

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International Choral Festival of Missoula

International Choral Festival of Missoula

Missoula, Montana

International C... | Community Outreach

Missoula’s International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music.  This prestigious international event is held here every three years and has become known throughout the world for its excellence and hospitality.     Read more

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Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents Around the World in 20 Years on May 22, 2016 at 4:00pm at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium. The concert celebrates the Legacy of retiring CCW Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk, with performances by CCW's all ensembles, an alumni chorus and special guests. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

1740 Rt. 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Singing

The program includes Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs", with poems by Hila Plitmann, wife of Mr. Whitacre, and music by Mr. Whitacre.  The guest violinist will be Elena Chernova-Davis, faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts.  The piano accompanist will be Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzer Opus 52" follows.  This version is for four-part voices and four hand piano accompaniment. Brenda Day, well-known New Jersey musician, will be the guest pianist, along with Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist.  The second half of the concert consists entirely of Norman Noll’s “Songs of Innocence”, commissioned from Mr. Noll in 1995 by Philomusica for its Silver Anniversary season, and revised in 2015.  Shea Velloso, accompanist. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

1740 Rt. 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Singing

The program includes Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs", with poems by Hila Plitmann, wife of Mr. Whitacre, and music by Mr. Whitacre.  The guest violinist will be Elena Chernova-Davis, faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts.  The piano accompanist will be Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzer Opus 52" follows.  This version is for four-part voices and four hand piano accompaniment. Brenda Day, well-known New Jersey musician, will be the guest pianist, with Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. The second half of the concert consists entirely of Norman Noll’s “Songs of Innocence”, commissioned from Mr. Noll in 1995 by Philomusica for its Silver Anniversary season, and revised in 2015. Shea Velloso, accompanist. Read more

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Auditions/Voice placement for Children's Chorus of Washington's 2016-17 season

Auditions/Voice placement for Children's Chorus of Washington's 2016-17 season

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Join the premier youth choral program in the national capital area in its 21st season with new artistic director Margaret Nomura Clark.   For singers ages 5 to 18, schedule an audition today on selected dates in June. Call 202 237 1005. No previous experience necessary. Read more

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 The Oakland Jazz Choir in collaboration with The Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble Celebrate Spring with a joint performance

The Oakland Jazz Choir in collaboration with The Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble Celebrate Spring with a joint performance

55 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607

heatherjazz | Performance

Two of Oakland’s most treasured jazz music non-profits dedicated to celebrating the artistic and cultural significance of America’s Classical Music - Jazz, come together for the first time in a multi-generational fellowship of Jazz. Come join us as we present new music & new friends and experience the pure joy and passion of this harmonic collaboration.    Read more

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Venezia Music Festival 2017

Venezia Music Festival 2017

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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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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