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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

Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

Conductor's Corner: Tips for Healthy Rehearsals

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

As wonderful and therapeutic as choral singing can be, the rehearsal process is sometimes stressful for both singers and conductors. Here are a few ideas for creating a hospitable and healthy space that enhances the body, mind, and spirit of all involved.  Read more

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Member Spotlight; Melinda Pollack-Harris, Sing to Live Community Chorus, Chicago

Member Spotlight; Melinda Pollack-Harris, Sing to Live Community Chorus, Chicago

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

When Melinda Pollack-Harris was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she needed music to face the challenge. That was the inspiration for Sing to Live Community Chorus for women, loved ones, and friends touched by cancer. Read more

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Choruses and Community Wellness

Choruses and Community Wellness

Don Lee | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

How can we share the wellness benefits of choral singing with a broader community? A growing number of choral leaders are looking at ways to extend the group singing experience beyond the concert hall. Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Plug the words “choir videos” into your search engine and you’ll get an astounding number of links (Google found 112,000,000. Yes, million.) Is your chorus among them? It could be—and more easily than you may think. Chorus America asked several choruses to tell us how they are making video a key part of their marketing strategy. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Member Spotlight: Jerry Rubino, Voices of Experience, Minneapolis

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Health, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

After 23 years of many roles with the Dale Warland Singers, including associate conductor, Jerry Rubino is leading a new "artistically ambitious" choir of seniors called Voices of Experience. Chorus America talked to Rubino about what he calls his "ministry" of music—how he encourages singers to bring their full, expressive selves to singing. Read more

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Chorus America's Top 10 Most Viewed Web Articles

Chorus America's Top 10 Most Viewed Web Articles

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflections, resolutions—and top 10 lists. Here are 2012's most viewed articles from the Chorus America website. Read more

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Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Chorus America polled a number of choral directors and singers about the pros and cons of allowing questions in rehearsal. Their answers shed light on different teaching and learning styles and the collaborative process in general. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Justin Montigne, a professional choral singer, voice teacher, and registered yoga teacher, teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. His interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. 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

Open House:	We’re Vegas bound – want to gamble on barbershop?

Open House: We’re Vegas bound – want to gamble on barbershop?

Grace Lutheran Church lower level, 900 N. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914

Shirley Mercier | Singing

The Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines is heading to perform in Las Vegas this fall and is looking for ladies with singing talents.  Reading music is not a requirement, but a passion for performance and excellence is!  The Fox Valley Chorus sings a variety of songs from many eras, all done accapella in the barbershop style. If you enjoy singing and performing with excellence, then the Fox Valley Chorus is for you!  Come to our Open House on February 24, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church lower level, 900 N. Mason Street in Appleton.  Our rehearsals run from 7:00-930 PM every Tuesday evening.  Take a gamble on barbershop and explore this fun and exciting music style!   Read more

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Verdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance

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Broadway Cabaret II

Broadway Cabaret II

4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940

Harmonium Chora... | Fundraising

Please join us for the second annual Harmonium Choral Society Broadway Cabaret Fundraiser, back by popular demand.  Harmonium members with a passion and talent for musical theatre will perform songs from Hammerstein and Kern to Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Lippa; the repertoire swings from hilarious to stirring.  This is a night of music that promises to rival anything you may hear on the other side of the Hudson.  Don't miss it! Read more

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Dark Night of the Soul Choral Concert

Dark Night of the Soul Choral Concert

50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960

Harmonium Chora... | Composing/Commissioning, Performance

Harmonium Choral Society presents the mesmerizing title work by Ola Gjeilo with string quartet and pinao, the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's entire choral setting of "Farlorn Alemen," plus works by Schutz, Purcell, Halley and others. Read more

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A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass

A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Venue

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Grant Us Peace

Grant Us Peace

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Audiences, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

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Milestones, Two Friends; One Ocean: The Sacred Music of Knut Nystedt and Leland Sateren presented by Two Rivers Chorale and the Northwestern Choir.

Milestones, Two Friends; One Ocean: The Sacred Music of Knut Nystedt and Leland Sateren presented by Two Rivers Chorale and the Northwestern Choir.

900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115

Two Rivers Chorale | Audiences

  Milestones, Two Friends; One Ocean: The Sacred Music of Knut Nystedt and Leland Sateren. A tapestry of compositions by these two lifetime friends, who changed the landscape of choral music in the US and Norway.    Read more

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Milestones, Two Friends; One Ocean: The Sacred Music of Knut Nystedt and Leland Sateren presented by Two Rivers Chorale and the Northwestern Choir.

Milestones, Two Friends; One Ocean: The Sacred Music of Knut Nystedt and Leland Sateren presented by Two Rivers Chorale and the Northwestern Choir.

3003 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, MN 55113

Two Rivers Chorale | Audiences

Milestones, Two Friends; One Ocean: The Sacred Music of Knut Nystedt and Leland Sateren. A tapestry of compositions by these two lifetime friends, who changed the landscape of choral music in the US and Norway.   Read more

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Hymn Fest 8 “God is My Rock!”  concert

Hymn Fest 8 “God is My Rock!” concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

Hymn Fest 8 “God is My Rock!”  will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 8th at 4:00pm at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview.  This annual festival is hosted by the 45 voice Chancel Choir with singers from neighboring churches.   Read more

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Total Vocal

Total Vocal

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Audiences, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

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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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