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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

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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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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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

GMChorale to Audition Singers for Letter from Italy, 1944

GMChorale to Audition Singers for Letter from Italy, 1944

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven | Performance

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) invites experienced singers to audition with Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio for their Spring concert season, which will feature Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s Letter from Italy, 1944, the largest and most comprehensive work commissioned by The GMChorale to date.  Read more

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Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Audiences, Performance, Repertoire

This revival of Victor Herbert’s hit Babes in Toyland celebrates 75 years of MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale). Full of glorious melodies, Babes in Toyland stars Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald. Artistic Director Ted Sperling leads the 150 singers of MasterVoices and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Read more

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Bach St. John Passion

Bach St. John Passion

New York, NY

Jennifer Collins | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance

This performance of J.S. Bach’s choral masterpiece, St. John Passion, celebrates 75 years of MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale). To pay tribute to MasterVoices’ founder Robert Shaw, who believed the Passion should be a communal experience, the performance features a new, modern-day English translation and an audience sing-along component. MasterVoices’ Artistic Director Ted Sperling leads the 150-voice chorus and the period-instrument orchestra New York Baroque Incorporated in this dramatic work Read more

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Oratorio Society of Virginia Invites Auditions for 2017 Spring Concerts

Oratorio Society of Virginia Invites Auditions for 2017 Spring Concerts

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Performance, Singing

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Auditions for Spring 2017 Concerts

Auditions for Spring 2017 Concerts

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing

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Schola Cantorum Auditions Choral Singers

Schola Cantorum Auditions Choral Singers

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Mary Powell | Adults/Seniors

Schola Cantorum welcomes adult singers of all vocal ranges to join its seventy-member choir.  Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus - New Singers Welcome!

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus - New Singers Welcome!

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Rehearsal

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (http://pvsoc.org/) is seeking new singers of all voice parts to join us in the spring semester. We will be preparing for a season finale performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" on Saturday May 20 at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center.   Rehearsals begin on Tuesday January 3, 7pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). We rehearse there every Tuesday evening, 7-9pm.   New singers must sign up for a placement hearing, which consists of a short singing session with director Jonathan Harvey exploring range, tonal memory, ear, and intonation. There is no need to prepare a piece. You can sign up for a time here:   http://doodle.com/poll/sutzhtyxnig5s769   Even if your placement hearing is on January 10, you should still come to the first rehearsal on January 3. We look forward to meeting you then! Read more

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Of Meistersingers and Mizmorim: the Wandering Troubador, the Origins of Klezmer, and the Roots of Wagnerian Fantasy

Of Meistersingers and Mizmorim: the Wandering Troubador, the Origins of Klezmer, and the Roots of Wagnerian Fantasy

28 Gramercy Park South (btw 19th and 20th Streets)

salonsanctuary | Audiences

An international ensemble offers a unique program of medieval repertoire from Germany, Poland, France, Bohemia, and the Middle East – distinctive national styles that entwined and emerged over centuries as the iconic soundscape of Ashkenazi Jewry.   Tickets https://www.showclix.com/event/Mizmorim/ 1 888 718 4253 $25/$35/$100   Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Auditions:  Dvorák & Kodály

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2017 Auditions: Dvorák & Kodály

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Participation

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our Spring 2017 trimester.  We have openings in all parts.   Program:   Antonín Dvorák:  Te Deum   Zoltán Kodály:  Missa Brevis   Rehearsals begin Monday, January 9, 2017   Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m. in: To arrange for an audition (ability to blend and sing in tune, some sight reading skill expected) or obtain further information, contact Music Director Robert Gurney at 415-721-4077 or rgurney@sflc.org. For further information about us, check our website at http://www.sflc.org   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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