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

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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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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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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Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

admin_ca | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of specific anatomic, physiologic, and technical issues for singers of all ages. Voice pathologist and singing voice specialist Wendy LeBorgne will explore health and wellness practices and vocal exercises. Participants will come away from this session with increased knowledge related to vocal health and wellness, along with tips for voice maximization for all singers. 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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Events

Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - Montréal

Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - Montréal

Montréal

Cory Davis | Conducting, Health, Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

Join Feldenkrais practitioners Julian Wachner (conductor/composer) and Maud Tizon (dancer/choreographer) for a day-long, intensive master class designed especially for musicians, actors, dancers and other performers. Read more

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Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - NYC

Feldenkrais Workshops for Performing Artists - NYC

265 West 37th Street, 17th Floor, NYC

Cory Davis | Conducting, Health, Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

Join Feldenkrais practitioners Julian Wachner (conductor/composer) and Maud Tizon (dancer/choreographer) for a day-long, intensive master class designed especially for musicians, actors, dancers and other performers. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA

Brielle | Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Singing

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco CA

Brielle | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Singing

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

Volti: Pathways, Floods and Delusions

2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Brielle | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

VOLTI, possibly “the finest collection of chamber singers in the country” (SF Classical Voice), winds up a season that’s been filled with the excitement of discovery, exploring the nexus between poetry and sound, the translation of inspiration to creation, as some of the best and brightest composers working today share their talents and insights on life and art in the 21st century. Read more

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Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Con•tra•dic•tion – A choral fusion experience

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will close its season of Con·ver·gence with a fascinating exploration of new and old music.  The choral works featured in this concert are mostly well-known and will be presented basically “as written”.  The twist conceived by Artistic Director Thomas Douglas is that the accompaniment will include a five-piece jazz / rock / fusion band, along with stringed instruments!  The purpose is to show how all music springs from the same roots, but can be interpreted in a variety of styles and using different instrumentation. Composers featured in the concerts include: Antonio Vivaldi; W. A. Mozart; G. F. Händel, Johann Pachelbel, J. S. Bach, M. Jagger & K. Richards, Gabriel Faure and Franz Josef Haydn.   Read more

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"Northern Lights"

"Northern Lights"

St Cloud, MN 56302

Great River Chorale |

Great River Chorale and the St. John’s Boys’ Choir perform together for the first time! Join us to experience a concert inspired by light, earth and fire. This is a concert not to be missed! Dr. Matthew Ferrell is Visiting Artistic Director for the 2011-2012 Great River Chorale season.  Andre'-Louis Heywood is Artistic Director for The St John's Boys' Choir. Read more

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An Evening of Spanish Music

An Evening of Spanish Music

60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont, New York

H.Joyce Duffy |

A distinctive program accompanied by guitar of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Romancero Gitano" , set to poems of Federico Garcia Lorca and Manuel Oltra's "10 Cancons Tradicionals" a grouping of folk songs from various regions of Spain, sung in Spanish and Catalan.   Read more

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A Singer's Celebration

A Singer's Celebration

1740 Route 130 North, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Performance

This program contains a selection of choral masterpieces accompanied by a Positive organ and a violoncello. Read more

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A Singer's Celebration

A Singer's Celebration

7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Faith Knabe | Performance

Philomusica presents a program of choral masterpieces accompanied by a Positive organ, and a violoncello. 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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