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

Let’s Get Physical: Singing and Disease-Specific Therapy

Let’s Get Physical: Singing and Disease-Specific Therapy

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Singing

Singing has been found to be a potentially potent treatment for a wide variety of conditions, both alleviating symptoms and providing patients with a sense of positivity and community. Read more

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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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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

Soundings:  Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

Soundings: Women as Mystery, Muse and Master

7001 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Ed Stawick |

A voice recital highlighting women in music: as muse, composer, and poet.  Featured on the program will be music by Robert Schumann,  Amy Beach, Aaron Copland to texts by Emily Dickinson, and selected songs by women composers of Tin Pan Alley.      Soundings is a free concert series, donations accepted in support of CCUMC Missions and Outreach. Read more

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Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces Core and Volunteer Singer Auditions

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces Core and Volunteer Singer Auditions

Philadelphia, PA

Mendelssohn Clu... | Careers, Community Outreach, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Singing, Symphonic, Volunteer

  Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia announces core and volunteer singer positions available for all voice parts for 2015-2016 season. One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form.   Auditions will take place on March 2 and 3, 2015, from 6-9p.m. for core singers, and on May 4 and 5 from 7-9p.m. for volunteer singers.   Fill out the singer inquiry form at http://mcchorus.org/aud_form.html and you will be contacted to confirm audition times. Core singers must attach a resume to this inquiry to be considered for an audition.   If you have any questions, contact Amanda Schkeeper, Executive Director, at amanda@mcchorus.org   Read more

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Life and Remembrance

Life and Remembrance

10 Lincoln Center Plz, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Venue

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WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

WINGS OF SONG at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Castelli Romani, Italy

Castelli Romani and Rome, Italy

C D Butler |

From March 11 to 15, 2015, visiting ensembles will be welcomed to Castelli Romani, a historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast area of Rome. http://www.music-contact.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i... Read more

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Pro Arte Chorale Presents “Celebration! Love is in The Air” Concert

Pro Arte Chorale Presents “Celebration! Love is in The Air” Concert

Ridgewood, NJ

Pro Arte Chorale |

Pro Arte Chorale’s second concert of the 2014-2015 Season, Celebration! Love is in The Air will be presented on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ beginning at 8pm.   Join Pro Arte in celebrating the arrival of spring with music of renewal and romance.  You’ll be charmed by Elgar’s musical scenes of the mountains of Bavaria, and share the joy of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ inspired setting of Epithalamion, a 16th century poem by Edmund Spenser, revealing the adventure of love and marriage.     Read more

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Requiem à Deux

Requiem à Deux

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

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

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The Philadelphia Singers - Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling

The Philadelphia Singers - Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling

1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Michael Martin Mills | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Philadelphia Singers presents the East Coast premiere of "The Radio Hour" by composer Jake Heggie, libretto by Gene Scheer, choreography by Sean Curran in a program called "Myths and Magic: Voice of Storytelling."  For more information and tickets visit www.philadelphiasingers.org. Read more

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Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

1200 North La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

  Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert.   Highlights include a new work by Eric Banks, which chronicles the life of Russia’s first openly lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok. Read more

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San Diego Sings! Festival 2015

San Diego Sings! Festival 2015

San Diego, CA

Carol Manifold | Community Outreach

The Choral Consortium of San Diego presents San Diego Sings! Festival 2015. Twenty of the finest choirs in the San Diego area will each perform throughout the day, 11am-5pm. At the midpoint of the day, all 20 choirs (1000 voices!) will join together with the audience and the Spreckels Organ to perform a new commissioned piece, "How Can I Keep from Singing?", composed by San Diego native Bradley Nelson. The day concludes with a community sing led by Kenneth Anderson, conductor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir of San Diego. Come experience this unprecedented musical event and the joy of choral singing! 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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