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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

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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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Noteworthy: A Spotlight on Under-the-Radar Choral Repertoire

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

Chorus America’s Noteworthy web series highlights choral repertoire that may not be familiar to you—yet. Each month, a different conductor, music director, or other artistic professional recommends a piece of music that hasn't been widely noticed, but in his or her opinion, deserves to be heard. 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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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process. 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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On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Eric Whitacre Singers recently made its debut U.S. tour in March, organized and presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY.) Chorus America asked four of the Singers to provide some insight into life on the road, performing in American venues, and working with a choral "rock star."    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

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

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Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

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Worldwide Play-In Weekend

Worldwide Play-In Weekend

Michelle Tabnick PR |

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Thy Will Be Done

Thy Will Be Done

Michelle Tabnick PR |

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Schola Cantorum Invites Singers to Perform with Choir at March Concert

Schola Cantorum Invites Singers to Perform with Choir at March Concert

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Participation

Imagine performing Mozart and Handel with a community chorus and orchestra, without having to audition, and with minimal rehearsals. That’s the opportunity Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley presents singers at their concert, “Hallelujah! Oratorio Masterpieces and Favorites,” held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church on March 18 at 3:00 pm.  Read more

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Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir

Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir

15 Common St., Southborough, MA

Robert Eaton | Adults/Seniors

On Sunday, March 11, at 3:30pm, Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present a unique  program of three rarely-heard short masses specifically written for organ and chorus by some of he Romantic era's masters of choral music. Read more

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Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir

Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir

15 Common St., Southborough, MA

Robert Eaton | Adults/Seniors

On Sunday, March 11, at 3:30pm, Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present a unique  program of three rarely-heard short masses specifically written for organ and chorus by some of he Romantic era's masters of choral music. Read more

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L.A. Children’s Chorus Offers ‘First Experiences in Singing’ Class

L.A. Children’s Chorus Offers ‘First Experiences in Singing’ Class

585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Singing

L.A. Children’s Chorus Offers ‘First Experiences in Singing’ Class to Introduce Children Ages 6 and 7 to Joy of 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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