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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

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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Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Noteworthy: A "Nonsense" Poem Becomes A Full-Length Choral Work

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Using text from beloved author Lewis Carroll, composer Maurice Saylor adapted a well known "nonsense" poem into a full-length choral work for Cantate Chamber Singers (Washington DC). Gisele Becker, music director of the Singers and director of choral activities at George Washington University, explains the process of collaborating on a new composition derived from this unlikely source.  Read more

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Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Noteworthy: A Cantata from a Prolific Synagogue Composer

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Max Janowski's Jewish liturgical works have become standard repertoire for many congregations. Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, introduces us to a little-known Janowski cantata with a compelling message of peace. Read more

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5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

Justin Montigne | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Education, General, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Technique/Tool

Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers. Read more

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11 Signs You Sing in a Chorus

11 Signs You Sing in a Chorus

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing, Social Media

We all know that there is something special about being a choral singer. In fact, Chorus America's research shows that singers are more likely to be good citizens that make positive contributions to their communities than people who don't sing in a chorus. However, there are other qualities that set chorus members apart in ways that are a bit more...unique. With some creativity and the help of our Facebook followers, we came up with 11 signs that you might be a choral singer. Read more

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Movement in Rehearsal

Movement in Rehearsal

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Making time to incorporate movement exercises during rehearsal can be a challenge, but a number of conductors are finding that it makes a real difference in the way their groups sing. Read more

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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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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

Mendelssohn Elijah Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Mendelssohn Elijah Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform Mendelssohn's Elijah (in English) with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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Brahms Requiem Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Brahms Requiem Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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Bach Magnificat & Bernstein Chichester Psalms Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Bach Magnificat & Bernstein Chichester Psalms Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform the Bach Magnificat and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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Camerata d'Amici Welcomes New Singers for 2016-2017 Season

Camerata d'Amici Welcomes New Singers for 2016-2017 Season

Redding, CT

JeannieH22 | Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

Camerata d’Amici is a 35-member auditioned choral ensemble, drawn from towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties. It also includes a chamber choir of twelve members. Camerata performs three concerts per season, in December, February, and May, as well as outreach concerts at local retirement communities. The diversity of our repertoire is one of the things that makes Camerata d’Amici unique. The music we sing is exceptionally broad and varied, representing the voices of different eras, cultures and peoples. We aspire through this repertoire to connect with the hearts of our audience, to channel the art of the composer and poet, to communicate what it means to be human. As Beethoven wrote on the title page of his Missa Solemnis: “From the heart – may it return to the heart.” Read more

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Westchester Chorale Summer Sings

Westchester Chorale Summer Sings

Larchmont, New York

H.Joyce Duffy | Community Outreach

Join the Westchester Chorale on Thursdays,;July 7, 14 and 21 to sing these famous works: Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Brahms Requiem and Schubert Mass in G Major Read more

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NYChoral (New York Choral Society) Auditions 2016-17 Season

NYChoral (New York Choral Society) Auditions 2016-17 Season

New York, NY

New York Choral... | Volunteer

Join us for another fabulous season with music director David Hayes.  Highlights of the 2016-17 season include James MacMillan St. Luke Passion (NY Premiere), Joseph Vella The 'Hyland' Mass: A Prayer for Unity in Diversity (U.S. Premiere), and Haydn Missa in angustiis in d minor (“Nelson-Messe”) with the Duruflé Requiem.  Auditions, by appointment only, begin in late August; scheduling of auditions begins August 8. Read more

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Children's Chorus of Washington Auditions

Children's Chorus of Washington Auditions

3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Laura Gross | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Singing

Building on momentum from the artistic director emeritus and founder, Joan Gregoryk’s 20th anniversary season, Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) is delighted to announce its auditions and registration for its remarkable 21st season under the direction of its new artistic director Margaret Nomura Clark. CCW is holding open auditions this June and again in late August and early September for its five internationally recognized ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Young Men’s Ensemble. Auditions, which are open to any children ages 8-18 interested in joining a vocal ensemble, take place on June 7th, 20th, 21st, and 25th at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. For more detailed info, please see the 2016-2017 Audition Dates & Locations schedule below. To schedule a free audition, call CCW at 202-237-1005. Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus Tour Send-Off Concert in Phoenix on June 3rd at 7:00 pm

Phoenix Children's Chorus Tour Send-Off Concert in Phoenix on June 3rd at 7:00 pm

3900 E Stanford Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Phoenix Childre... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

Phoenix Children's Chorus two touring choirs, Concert & Encore will be performing on Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm at Camelback Bible Church.  Tickets available at http://www.pcchorus.com/annual-concerts/ $3 in advance and $5 at the door The choirs will be premiering a piece commissioned and composed by Mack Wilberg for Chorus America. Read more

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One Voice Children's Choir & Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on June 11th

One Voice Children's Choir & Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on June 11th

1375 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phoenix Childre... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

The internationally renowned One Voice Children’s Choir presents their summer concert “Shine” on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Hall. Joining One Voice Children’s Choir for this special concert is the outstanding Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 12

Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 12

331 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phoenix Childre... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Repertoire, Singing

Salt Lake City is honored to host the Phoenix Children's Chorus premiering a work by Mack Wilberg.  Come, Little Leaves the Chorus America piece commissioned this spring will be premiered at this free concert.   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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