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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

The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance

Today's GLBT choruses continue to be places to unite in common causes, but their perspectives have changed along with the times. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Professional, Profile, Singing, Strategic Planning

Brett Stover grew up singing in choirs and has served on the boards of an array of music and arts groups in Cincinnati. Now he brings his business savvy and love of the performing arts to Chorus America's Board of Directors. "The more people who are singing, the better off we will all be," he says. Read more

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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Maintaining Your Voice for Optimal Lifelong Singing

Maintaining Your Voice for Optimal Lifelong Singing

Erin Donahue an... | Adults/Seniors, Health, Singing

Healthy vocal habits can help older adults continue to enjoy the benefits of choral singing. Erin Donahue and Wendy LeBorgne, voice pathologists from the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation and the Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati, share expert advice on staying vocally "fit". Read more

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On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Eric Whitacre Singers recently made its debut U.S. tour in March, organized and presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY.) Chorus America asked four of the Singers to provide some insight into life on the road, performing in American venues, and working with a choral "rock star."    Read more

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A National Library of Men's Choral Music

A National Library of Men's Choral Music

Michael Doan | Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technology

As all-male colleges went coed in the 1970s, they left something important behind: their music. The Washington Men's Camerata is working to preserve this historic resource. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Children

Singing and Healthy Children

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing

Participating in a chorus can have a transformative effect on a child’s academic achievement and overall well-being. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Aging

Singing and Healthy Aging

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Performance, Singing

Whether taking up a new activity or continuing a lifelong practice, older adults who sing are reaping a host of social and health benefits. Read more

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Singing and Psychological Well-being

Singing and Psychological Well-being

Kelsey Menehan | Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Research/Data, Singing

The power of group singing to elevate mood and forge relationships can help people weather challenges and face life’s ups and downs. Read more

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Singing at the Threshold

Singing at the Threshold

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

A growing movement to bring singing into hospice and hospital settings eases end-of-life transitions for patients and their families. 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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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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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Events

Susquehanna Chorale Auditions

Susquehanna Chorale Auditions

300 E. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

Linda L. Tedford, Conductor,  announces auditions for the 2015-16 season.   Auditions are by appointment.  Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Auditions

Susquehanna Chorale Auditions

212 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, PA 17033

Susquehanna Cho... | Adults/Seniors

Linda L. Tedford, Conductor,  announces auditions for the 2015-16 season.   Auditions are by appointment.  Read more

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San Gabriel Valley Choral Company's 20th Anniversary Concert and Silent Auction

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company's 20th Anniversary Concert and Silent Auction

300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

San Gabriel Val... | Community Outreach

  Join the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company as it celebrates its 20th anniversary with a silent auction and gala concert called "Lights, Camera, Action!"  This evening of glitz and glam will be filled with musical favorites from such film and television shows and be preceded by a silent-auction featuring many fabulous items! Silent auction starts at 6:00pm; concert starts at 7:00pm.  See www.sgvccsingers.org for more info and tickets. Read more

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Concert - "Love"

Concert - "Love"

66 St. Stephen's Lane, Orinda

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance, Singing

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Concert - "Love"

Concert - "Love"

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Performance, Singing

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Advent Sing in Vienna

Advent Sing in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Jodi Breckenridge | Performance

Perform concerts in Vienna’s prestigious City Hall, where Strauss first presented the waltz to the world and Pavarotti, Carreras, and Domingo performed. Sing in the gilded Abbey of Melk, considered the most stunning example of Baroque architecture in Europe, and share holiday songs at the festive Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, where a seven-year-old Mozart played for Empress Maria Theresa. Become part of a quintessential European Advent season! Exchange with other choirs attending the festival from around the world and hear their unique musical presentations. Soak up the ambiance and magic of the season as you stroll the festively adorned streets of the city and browse the many Christmas Markets for souvenirs and specialty items from Austria. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the 800-year-old wine village of Gumpoldskirchen. Take this opportunity to bring your choir to the home of classical music in Europe and add your voices to this festive celebration of the Holiday Season.   Read more

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Cantate Barcelona

Cantate Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Jodi Breckenridge | Performance

Cantate Barcelona invites choirs from around the world to this beautiful and historical region of Spain. Explore the culturally rich city of Barcelona and the fascinating region of Catalonia that surrounds it. The highlight of your tour will be performing for and with other international guest choirs for large, enthusiastic audiences. Read more

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Krakow International Choral Festival

Krakow International Choral Festival

Krakow, Prague

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Perform in Poland's most prestigious venues Immerse yourself in the magic of one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities Your choir will also have the opportunity to participate in an adjudicated performance before a panel of internationally renowned conductors. Listen, perform, learn, and interact with choristers from mostly Eastern European countries. Throughout the festival, there will be many chances for your singers to exchange music and make friends with fellow choral singers from around the world. Read more

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Cantus Salzburgensis

Cantus Salzburgensis

Salzburg, Austria

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Massed sing performance of Mozart’s Missa Solemnis in the Salzburg Cathedral. Salzburg is a city known worldwide for its music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of Austria’s greatest sons, was born here in 1756, and many great masters of the Classical Era lived and worked here as well. Salzburg’s orchestras and choirs carry on these great musical traditions on the stages and in the concert halls of the city today. www.music-contact.com Read more

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Tuscany International Choral Festival

Tuscany International Choral Festival

Montecatini Terme, Florence, Pisa and Lucca, Italy

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Each year in June, the International Choral Festival in Tuscany, Italy attracts choirs from as far away as South Africa and Asia. The festival is set in the picturesque Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme, nestled between the rolling hills of Pistoia. The festivities begin on Thursday night as choirs form a procession and walk to the Torretto Spa for the Opening Ceremony. Guests enjoy a traditional Tuscan Flag Throwing Ceremony and performances by local choirs. 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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