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

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Chloe Veltman | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Participation, Schools, Singing

An influx of new programs are beginning to recognize the value of keeping boys singing—through changing voices and for a lifetime. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Nutrition

Keeping Singers Well: Nutrition

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

Because the vast majority of choral singers tag rehearsals and performances onto already busy professional and family lives, their nutrition can be a compromise on any given day. We asked specialists and long-time choristers what nutritional choices can be most beneficial for singers. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

When your body is the instrument, it's imperative to keep it in tip-top shape with good exercise habits and the right amount of sleep. Read more

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Finding Your Tribe: A Life in Choral Music

Finding Your Tribe: A Life in Choral Music

Sharon Gustavson | Impact/Value, Participation, Profile, Singing

One chorus managing director reflects on her lifelong love affair with choral singing. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Hydration

Keeping Singers Well: Hydration

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

While it is ultimately the responsibility of the singer to stay properly hydrated, it's not always so easy. Read more

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Acid Reflux Could Have a Negative Effect on Your Voice

Acid Reflux Could Have a Negative Effect on Your Voice

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing

Dr. Jamie Koufman, founder and director of the Voice Institute of New York, tells us what singers can do to combat the harmful effects of acid reflux. Read more

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Choruses in the Movies: "As it is in Heaven" and "Preaching to the Choir"

Choruses in the Movies: "As it is in Heaven" and "Preaching to the Choir"

Kelsey Menehan | General, Singing

Though set worlds apart, these two films both tell the story of struggling church choirs in need of inspiration—and two men who are drawn in, against their better judgment, to do the inspiring. Read more

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A Love Story and a Choral Commission

A Love Story and a Choral Commission

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Families, Impact/Value

Some couples celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with silver, but Providence Singers member David Keller and his wife Julie Meyers chose music instead. Read more

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Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Why the Bach Passions Are Problematic

Tom Hall | History, Performance, Repertoire

What is our responsibility as singers and as choruses when historic choral works are offensive, even hostile, to a whole group of people? Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, discusses Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion. Read more

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Virtual Choir or Bust!

Virtual Choir or Bust!

Cory Davis | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Participation, Profile, Singing, Technology

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0, featuring his composition, "Sleep," attracted 2,058 singers from around the world. One singer shares his experience of participating in this social media experiment. 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

Holidays a cappella

Holidays a cappella

5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Delight in beloved carols, Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and even some superb new discoveries -- all with the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made this holiday performance a Chicago musical tradition. Read more

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Holidays a cappella

Holidays a cappella

Michigan Ave. at Delaware

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Delight in beloved carols, Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and even some superb new discoveries -- all with the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made this holiday performance a Chicago musical tradition. Read more

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Holidays a cappella

Holidays a cappella

171 E Chicago Ave, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

Delight in beloved carols, Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and even some superb new discoveries -- all with the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made this holiday performance a Chicago musical tradition. Read more

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Choralis Offering July Summer Sings of Mozart, Rutter, Brahms

Choralis Offering July Summer Sings of Mozart, Rutter, Brahms

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Choralis invites DC-area singers to join in two evenings of choral masterwork sing-alongs, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann and featuring professional soloists.  On Tuesday, July 18th, the sing-along will be of the Mozart Requiem and Rutter Gloria, and on Tuesday, July 25th, the sing-along will be of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (in German). Admission fee; score rental available. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

1040 N. Harlem Ave.

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

1490 Chicago Ave.

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

1100 E Hyde Park Blvd

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

772 W. 5 Ave

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Schola Cantorum Offers Monday Night Sing-Alongs

Schola Cantorum Offers Monday Night Sing-Alongs

655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

As summer rolls around and choral groups take a hiatus until fall, Schola Cantorum steps in to fill the void. Over six Monday evenings beginning on July 10, Schola’s Summer Sings program provides an opportunity for Bay Area singers to join together as a community to sing some of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time. Without the commitment of rehearsals. Without the pressure of performing for an audience. And with no other goal than the joy of singing works from classical music’s finest composers under the baton of some of the top choral conductors in the Bay Area. Read more

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Join Us!  All Welcome to Audition in August to Sing with NYCHORAL (New York Choral Society)

Join Us! All Welcome to Audition in August to Sing with NYCHORAL (New York Choral Society)

New York, NY

New York Choral... | Volunteer

NYCHORAL (New York Choral Society), led by music director David Hayes, is holding auditions on August 22, 24, 28 and 29, 2017.  See www.nychoral.org for more info or contact us at nychoral@gmail.com. We hope you'll join us! 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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