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

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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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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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

Men's Choral  June 13, 2015

Men's Choral June 13, 2015

19 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ

jd_gsjc | Singing

 Tenors and Basses from all types of choruses are invited to join together and sing music from the rich men’s choral tradition. Share your voice and your enthusiasm.         Read more

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Men's Choral  June 13, 2015

Men's Choral June 13, 2015

19 Kings Highway East Haddonfield, NJ

jd_gsjc | Singing

  Tenors and Basses from all types of choruses are invited to join together and sing music from the rich men’s choral tradition. Share your voice and your enthusiasm.         Read more

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Gala World Premiere of Documentary Film “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.” Narrated by Meryl Streep

Gala World Premiere of Documentary Film “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.” Narrated by Meryl Streep

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven |

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, GMChorale will celebrate Flag Day with the World Premiere screening of a moving documentary entitled, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.” Read more

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ANNOUNCING THE WINDY CITY CHORAL FESTIVAL: APRIL 14-16, 2016

ANNOUNCING THE WINDY CITY CHORAL FESTIVAL: APRIL 14-16, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

John Wiscombe | Performance

Music Celebrations International is pleased to present the ninth-annual Windy City Choral Festival, April 14-16, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

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New York Choral Society Audition Announcement

New York Choral Society Audition Announcement

New York, NY

New York Choral... | Performance

The New York Choral Society is holding auditions for new members! The New York Choral Society (www.nychoral.org) will be holding auditions for all voice parts August 26, 27 and September 2, 3, and 9th. NY Choral’s 2015-16 season will include a guest performance at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala on Nov. 1, several ‘Christmas around New York’ concerts in Dec., and Carnegie Hall performances of Dvorak Requiem on Feb. 5 and Handel Israel in Egypt on May 10th. To schedule an audition, send a request to info@nychoral.org.       Read more

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Bella Voce "Tapestry of Song" Concert

Bella Voce "Tapestry of Song" Concert

South Hero, VT

Vikki Day |

Bella Voce's Tapestry of Song concerts weave together a variety of rich poetry written by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron, and James Joyce with vibrant melodies and harmonies by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Faure and Eric Whitacre. Read more

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GMChorale Announces Soloists for Mozart’s "Requiem" With New Haven Symphony

GMChorale Announces Soloists for Mozart’s "Requiem" With New Haven Symphony

Middletown, CT

Marcia Bliven |

GMChorale to perform Mozart's Requiem with New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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MYSTICS & LOVERS ~ Music for Choir & Intercultural Orchestra

MYSTICS & LOVERS ~ Music for Choir & Intercultural Orchestra

2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

Laudate Singers | Performance

Laudate Singers and Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) present fusion music on a global scale.  Read more

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Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. Read more

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Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. 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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