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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.

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Long-time singers will happily list numerous ways that choral singing enhances their lives. When those singers stay with the same chorus for many years, the benefits flow both ways. We spoke with seven singers who have sung with the same chorus for two or more decades about their experience and its value. Read more

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Best Picture Nominees for People Who Love Choral Music

Best Picture Nominees for People Who Love Choral Music

Lauren Rosenthal | Impact/Value, Singing

Every year, the movie awards season celebrates the best in film and acting. This year, we compiled our own list of nominations: the top films that should be on every choral music lover’s must-see list. The suggestions we received range from new releases to classic films and from light entertainment to inspiring stories. How many of these movies have you seen? What other titles do you think should make the list? Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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12 Signs You Sing in a Chorus: Holiday Edition

12 Signs You Sing in a Chorus: Holiday Edition

Chorus America Staff | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Social Media

The holidays are an especially busy and rewarding time to be a choral singer — balancing family celebrations and errands with rehearsals and performances. In honor of the season, here’s a special list of telltale signs that you might be a singer in a chorus.  Read more

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Happy Thanksgiving from Chorus America!

Happy Thanksgiving from Chorus America!

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Encircled by Sound: Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Part Motet”

Encircled by Sound: Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Part Motet”

Stacy Horn | Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

A choral singer visits a contemporary sound installation inspired by a centuries-old piece of music. Read more

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Natural Vocal Care

Natural Vocal Care

Using herbs to heal a tired and overused voice

David Aaron Katz | Health, Singing

For singers with sore throats or other vocal ailments, these herbal remedies may do the trick - naturally. 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

Sacred & Profane with the masterwork Carmina Burana!

Sacred & Profane with the masterwork Carmina Burana!

540 S. Commonwealth Ave, LA, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance, Singing, Volunteer

VOX presents Sacred & Profane featuring the masterwork "Carmina Burana"! While the first half of the concert honors the sacred with spiritual themes, the second half lets loose with Carl Orff’s renown and dramatic text. Read more

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Los Robles Master Chorale and Agoura High School Choirs Present "Peace and Love," Featuring Sixties Music

Los Robles Master Chorale and Agoura High School Choirs Present "Peace and Love," Featuring Sixties Music

Agoura Hills, CA

sgordon823 | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Performance

Los Robles Master Chorale Combines Forces with Agoura High School Choirs for “Peace and Love,” Family-Friendly Concert Featuring Sixties Music, Including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Folk and Rock Hits from the Era Read more

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World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Fernando Va... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Artistic Director Charlie Kim, with orchestra, soloists, narration and staging, will perform the world premiere of Sergio Barer's 'Moses, an Oratorio' in the historic and beautifully restored 1920's landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple. General Admission: $18, tickets at www.mosesanoratorio.brownpapertickets.com and go to www.igg.me/at/moseso to view donation rewards including tickets and additional perks Read more

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Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Hamilton, Ontario

Brott Music Fes... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Brott Music Festival offers singers from across North America a week long retreat featuring rehearsals with Chorus Master, Stephane Potvin, and professional section leads. Daily rehearsals will be supplemented with workshops on score preparation, vocal production, singing in tune, etc. Retreat participants will also receive scores, rehearsal accompanists, the opportunity to perform with a full symphonic orchestra, and perform under the baton of one of Canada’s most decorated conductors, Boris Brott. We will also have a master choral clinician from a world renowned organization like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Canadian Opera Chorus, Elora Festival Singers/Festival, etc. For more information our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brottchorus/, visit our website at http://brottmusic.com/brott-chorus where you can also find an online application, sign-up for our newsletter at http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=bba48b3825, or contact Chorus Manager, Paul Hawkins, at brottchoir@gmail.com.  Read more

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Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Hamilton, Ontario

Brott Music Fes... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Brott Music Festival offers singers from across North America a week long retreat featuring rehearsals with Chorus Master, Stephane Potvin, and professional section leads. Daily rehearsals will be supplemented with workshops on score preparation, vocal production, singing in tune, etc. Retreat participants will also receive scores, rehearsal accompanists, the opportunity to perform with a full symphonic orchestra, and perform under the baton of one of Canada’s most decorated conductors, Boris Brott. We will also have a master choral clinician from a world renowned organization like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Canadian Opera Chorus, Elora Festival Singers/Festival, etc. For more information visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brottchorus/, our website at http://brottmusic.com/brott-chorus where you can also find an online application, sign-up for our newsletter at http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=bba48b3825, or contact Chorus Manager, Paul Hawkins, at brottchoir@gmail.com.  Read more

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L.A. Children’s Chorus Presents Masterclass with Noted Choral Conductor Scott Melvin

L.A. Children’s Chorus Presents Masterclass with Noted Choral Conductor Scott Melvin

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

L.A. Children’s Chorus Presents Masterclass with Noted Choral Conductor Scott Melvin Day-Long Class, Open to Public, Focuses on Building Choral Tone and Expressive Singing for Elementary, Middle School and High School Singers Read more

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RESCHEDULED Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning  Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

RESCHEDULED Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven | Community Outreach

The 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” will be screened at the Russell Library in Middletown on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. Read more

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Dreams & Machines

Dreams & Machines

1475 Rose St Berkeley CA 94702

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance

For spring, PEV takes flight with European and American works that explore sacred and secular dreams and destinations. 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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