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

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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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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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

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Brahms’ Requiem

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Brahms’ Requiem

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, General, Performance

The Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will present Johannes Brahms’ Requiem at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, at 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 5. Soprano Rochelle Ellis and baritone Paul Max Tipton will join the 100+-member chorus and orchestra in the performance of this large-scale work, considered among the most sublime and moving of all choral masterworks.      Tickets are priced at $60, $45, $25, $10 (under 21). There is a group discount of 20% for 10 or more. Order tickets online at www.princetonpromusica.org. For more information on group sales, call (609) 683-5122. Read more

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2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

2018 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in Songs from June 28-July 2, 2018 Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2017 Auditions:  Poulenc, Vaughan Williams & more

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2017 Auditions: Poulenc, Vaughan Williams & more

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

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

Our Fall 2017 program will put you in the mood for the joys of the season, with the ever popular Poulenc Gloria and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We’ll also sing smaller jewels, both sacred and secular.  You don’t want to miss singing these delightful compositions! Read more

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GMChorale Auditions for New Singers

GMChorale Auditions for New Singers

111 Church Drive, Cheshire

Marcia Bliven | Recruitment

Auditions for GMChorale's 2017-2018 season will be held at First Congregational Church of Cheshire (111 Church Drive, Cheshire) beginning on Tuesday, August 22. Read more

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Funny That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Performance

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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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Seeks New Singers

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Seeks New Singers

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Singing

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is hosting an OPEN REHEARSAL to launch our 2017-18 concert season. We are looking for new singers of all voice parts, and we hope you’ll join us! On Tuesday August 29, 7-9pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), we will sing through selections from each of our five upcoming concerts this season, including works by Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Ariel Ramirez, and more. Read more

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Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Networking, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

  Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th St., San Francisco, 94103 SFBC is taking over Standard Deviant Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing! Enjoy food, a cold beer, and a taste of the Bach Choir.  Artistic Director Magen Solomon will lead us through highlights of our 2017-2018 season. Standard Deviant is even brewing a special bock for the occasion!   Additional event info at www.sfbach.org/brew. Read more

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Join the San Francisco Bach Choir for our 82nd season!

Join the San Francisco Bach Choir for our 82nd season!

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

  Auditions for new singers will take place on August 29 and September 5, 2017. Please visit www.sfbach.org/join for audition and membership information.  Read more

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The Connecticut Choral Society Auditions

The Connecticut Choral Society Auditions

36 Main Street, Newtown, CT

Jill Heidel | Singing

Are you looking for an unique opportunity to sing with a highly trained NYCity conductor?  With a chorus that has sung all over the world including the Lake Como Italy Opera House this past July? Then you will want to audition for CCS. Read more

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Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

474 Centre Street, Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Singing, Volunteer

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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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