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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

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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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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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

Bella Voce Holiday Concerts: "Feast of Carols"

Bella Voce Holiday Concerts: "Feast of Carols"

81 St. Paul Street, Burlington, VT

Vikki Day | Performance

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus - Beloved carols old & new with guests John Mantegna, guitar and the Essex Children’s Choir.  Read more

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San Francisco Bach Choir presents "Christmas by Candlelight"

San Francisco Bach Choir presents "Christmas by Candlelight"

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

 Welcome the holiday season with the choir's beloved traditional candlelight concert with the ever-popular merry band "The Whole Noyse" and their bag of Renaissance instruments. Read more

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LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

David Simmons | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

Of all the emotions that art can provoke, joy might be the most precious -- and the most fleeting. The Congressional Chorus presents an evening of euphoria with its groundbreaking new concert, Living, Laughing & Loving: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance. This dynamic, multi-sensory program unites the 85-member Congressional Chorus with performers from Joy of Motion Dance Center, Afromoda Dance Theater, Capitol Movement, spoken word artists from American Youth Chorus (AYC) and the NorthEast Senior Singers and a live 10-piece instrumental ensemble. Together, this incomparable group of artists will celebrate the "seasons" of life at the inspiring Church of the Epiphany. From poignant and tender ballads to toe-tappin' and roof-raisin' production numbers, Living, Laughing & Loving promises to be night of pure joy. Read more

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Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma

Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma

Rome, Italy

John Wiscombe |

The Rome International Choral Festival is one of Rome’s premier annual summer music events. The eighth-annual festival will feature Mass participation at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on June 23, 2017, and a formal finale concert at Rome’s famed Basilica of Saint Mary above Minerva on June 24, 2017 The festival chorus will include mixed-voice singers and choirs from across North America that will come together to rehearse and perform en masse under the baton of maestro Z. Randall Stroope. Tour and festival production is provided by Music Celebrations International. Read more

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Christmas Music Sing-Along

Christmas Music Sing-Along

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, General, Singing

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Once Upon A Starry Night

Once Upon A Starry Night

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing

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Sing, Choirs of Angels

Sing, Choirs of Angels

2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Young Women's C... | Singing

This concert will feature YWCP's Prelude, Allegro and the Young Women's Choruses. You will hear music of Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach, Randall Thompson, John Rutter, Michael Haydn and others,including traditional seasonal carols. Young Women's Chorus will also be singing the premiere performance of a new choral piece by Frank La Rocca.  Read more

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Sing, Choirs of Angels

Sing, Choirs of Angels

2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Young Women's C... | Singing

This concert will feature YWCP's Prelude, Allegro and the Young Women's Choruses. You will hear music of Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach, Randall Thompson, John Rutter, Michael Haydn and others,including traditional seasonal carols. Young Women's Chorus will also be singing the premiere performance of a new choral piece by Frank La Rocca.  Read more

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Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

2345 Channing Way BErkeley, CA 94704

Young Women's C... | Singing

YWC sings Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, as well a new commission by Bay Area composer Frank La Rocca. Other music by Tomás Luis Victoria, Michael Haydn, Levente Gyöngyösi, Tarik O'Regan, and familiar carols of the season will be heard in the glow of candlelight. 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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