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

“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

Micah Hendler | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

It is not every day that in a recital hall at an Ivy League university you hear discussions of how to bring music to the imprisoned, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and the dying. But here I was, a research fellow at the Yale International Choral Festival Symposium, “Choirs Transforming Our World,” and surrounding me were people who spent their lives doing just that. Almost every context in which choral music could be used to repair the world seemed to have an expert. And those experts were in the Morse Recital Hall at the Yale School of Music, presenting, discussing, singing, thinking, together.  It was truly amazing. 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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A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Confronting Bullying Through Song

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, Impact/Value, Innovation, Schools

One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies chorus, is committed to building community and creating social change. The group's music director, Jane Ramseyer Miller, talked with Chorus America about how their mission propelled a unique outreach to public school students in the Twin Cities. Read more

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The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

Eric Friesen | Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing, Social Media

Though the river of time engulfs us in change, the purity and beauty of the human singing voice remains a constant. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brooks Firestone

Member Spotlight: Brooks Firestone

Discovering Choral Singing in the "Evensong" of Life

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Health, Participation, Performance, Singing

Brooks Firestone was looking for an activity that would enliven his retirement years. Little did he know that choral singing would become his passion. Chorus America asked him to describe his unlikely journey. Read more

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Sing for Your Life: What We Can Learn from the “Singing Cultures”

Sing for Your Life: What We Can Learn from the “Singing Cultures”

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

In Finland, people sing in choirs well into their golden years. Julene Johnson, PhD, a research professor at University of California, San Francisco, tells what she has learned about the importance of choral singing and healthy aging. Read more

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Should the United States Change Its National Anthem?

Should the United States Change Its National Anthem?

Kevin Frey | History, Performance, Repertoire

"Get rid of the 'Star Spangled Banner,'" said political commentator Bill Press on a recent episode of his talk radio show. He skewered the song for its violent and militaristic language, and called for its end. But is this view justified? Chorus America's Kevin Frey examines the history of the song, current performance practices, and its significance to Americans. Read more

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Changing Your Chorus from Within

Changing Your Chorus from Within

David Costanza | Diversity, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations 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

Sing with Cantare Con Vivo this July

Sing with Cantare Con Vivo this July

Berkeley, CA

David Morales | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

This July, sing with Cantare Con Vivo in a concert featuring great anthems from the Christian tradition.  Read more

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An Afternoon of Jazz

An Afternoon of Jazz

Henrico, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Come listen to the Richmond Choral Society and tap your toes to favorites from America’s own music!  Read more

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Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Performance, Singing

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2018 Auditions:  Corigliano, Whitacre, Gjeilo

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2018 Auditions: Corigliano, Whitacre, Gjeilo

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin Alley and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our exciting Summer 2018 trimester.  We have openings in all parts, especially for Altos, Tenors and Basses.  We know all choristers will enjoy singing this delightful and varied program.     Program:  Song of the Universal John Corigliano:  Fern Hill  Eric Whitacre:  Five Hebrew Love Songs  *  This Marriage   Ola Gjeilo:  Luminous Night of the Soul  *  Song of the Universal Rehearsals begin Monday, May 21, 2018 Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Our concerts will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Trinity+St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, San Francisco. To arrange for an audition (ability to blend and sing in tune, some sight reading and musicianship skill expected) or obtain further information, contact Music Director Robert Gurney at 415-721-4077 or rgurney@sflc.org. For further information about us, check our website at http://www.sflc.org   Read more

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Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

1400 Quincy St., NE, Washington, DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

    The Chorale of   The Friday Morning Music Club   Paul Leavitt, Director       Presents       Sergei Rachmaninoff’s       Beautiful and moving       ALL-NIGHT VIGIL (Vespers)           Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:00 PM       Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America    1400 Quincy Street, NE,   Washington, DC 20017   Read more

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Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

212 East Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC

FMMC Chorale | Performance

  The Chorale of   The Friday Morning Music Club   Paul Leavitt, Director       Presents       Sergei Rachmaninoff’s       Beautiful and moving       ALL-NIGHT VIGIL (Vespers)           Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00 P.M.   Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00 P.M.       Lutheran Church of the Reformation   212 East Capitol St.   Washington, DC 20003   Read more

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Two Rivers Chorale and Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota present Generations: A Place Called Home

Two Rivers Chorale and Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota present Generations: A Place Called Home

4310 County Road 137, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Two Rivers Chorale |

Two Rivers Chorale and Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota present a collaborative and multi-generational concert with music that focuses on belonging and finding “home.” Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

Issaquah, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, History, Performance, Singing

Make our popular Celebrate America concert, with its patriotic songs, sing alongs, historical commentary and readings, and the all-American music you know and love, a part of your 4th of July festivities.  This year’s theme: the creation of our American Constitution. Read more

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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Sammamish, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Ponder birth, childhood, love, family, and the wisdom that comes with a spirited old age as MCE embarks on a sometimes thoughtful, sometimes whimsical, always entertaining musical journey around the circle of life. Read more

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Brooklyn Music School presents An Evening of Opera and Cabaret

Brooklyn Music School presents An Evening of Opera and Cabaret

124 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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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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