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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. Read more

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Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation

Choral music has a unique power to touch hearts and souls – but how can choruses leverage that power to impact their communities? These four stories provide some answers.  Read more

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Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value

In preparation for publishing a series of community engagement case studies, we asked our members to share their own experiences with community engagement. The responses we received represent choruses of many types and sizes, from all over North America. They show the many different ways choruses are leveraging the power of choral music to impact their communities. Read more

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Singing and the Brain

Singing and the Brain

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Research/Data, Science, Singing

Humans have a special ability to learn songs and change them over time—a skill that is useful in treating neurological problems and may help support overall brain health. Researcher Aniruddh D. Patel explains. Read more

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Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Meet A Member: Don Matlock, Montana A Cappella Society

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Performance

“Our philosophy is no one should be denied the joy of music because of money. There’s no membership dues, there’s no fee for music. That carries over to the audience. All of our concerts are free to the public.” Read more

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More Touring Experiences

More Touring Experiences

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

More Chorus America members share personal stories about touring experiences that made a big impact. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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Resources

Chorus Impact Study

Chorus Impact Study

How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses

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

Chorus America's landmark study on the impact of choral singers of all ages on the communities in which they live. The study tracks a marked increase in the number of singers across the USA, it also collects data on the impact of choral singing on children and youth for the first time. Read more

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Chorus Impact Study: Executive Summary

Chorus Impact Study: Executive Summary

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

The key findings from the 2009 Chorus Impact Study. Read more

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'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: PowerPoint Presentation

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: PowerPoint Presentation

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Sample/Template

A PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the key findings and data points from the 2009 Chorus Impact Study. Read more

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America's Performing Art

America's Performing Art

A Study of Choruses, Choral Singers, and Their Impact

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In 2003, Chorus America commissioned this ground-breaking study of the qualities of adult choral singers, as well as providing the first participation figures for choral singing. Read more

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Events

Vancouver Chamber Choir- LIGHT TRANSFORMING "Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg"

Vancouver Chamber Choir- LIGHT TRANSFORMING "Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg"

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Michael Zaugg is the guest conductor for this last concert of the 2017-2018 subscription season. Originally from Switzerland, he is now the conductor and music director of Alberta’s Pro Coro Canada. Michael is a long-time friend and collaborator with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, whom he has hosted many times in Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. His programme will have many new and intriguing choral works by Rautavaara, Rheinberger, Soderqvist, Whitacre, Archer, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Kuula, Knudson and Joby Talbot. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - RACHMANINOV VESPERS "and Lauridsen Lux aeterna"

Vancouver Chamber Choir - RACHMANINOV VESPERS "and Lauridsen Lux aeterna"

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s music for the Orthodox “All-Night Vigil” - often known in the West as the “Vespers” - is known as his finest unaccompanied choral work, one of the landmarks of the entire choral repertoire. The Vancouver Chamber Choir combines with the Vancouver Cantata Singers to create a suitable Slavic sonority. As a companion piece, the Pacifica Singers join us for a 21st-century masterpiece and Vancouver Chamber Choir favourite – Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” for choirs and orchestra, an intimate work of quiet serenity centred around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance and goodness. And as a little bonus, Gabriel Faure’s exquisite “Messe basse” in Jon Washburn’s orchestral version, featuring the vibrant young singers of the Vancouver Youth Choir. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- MOODS AND MODES "Emotion in Music"

Vancouver Chamber Choir- MOODS AND MODES "Emotion in Music"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Choral programmes are often organized by similarities of the composers included or the texts being sung or chronologically by the eras they represent. But for this concert we’re experimenting with affective elements of music, grouping pieces together by the emotions they evoke. Of course, all music affects us emotionally, even those by composers who try expressly to not be expressive. Our Moods and Modes concert is more playful in concept, taking us on an evening’s journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity, playfulness, sorrow and humour. Music of Bennet, Antognini, two Bachs, Dvorak, Beckwith, Berring, Alfven, Bernstein, Dowland, Josquin and Brazinskas. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- MAESTRO! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir- MAESTRO! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Our Conductors’ Concert is always one of the most fascinating events of the choral season. As the culmination of our 38th annual National Conductors’ Symposium, Jon Washburn and five invited conductors from around the world and pianist Stephen Smith will focus on three distinct musical genres — famous prayers, indigenous songs and story ballads. Come and enjoy the unusual repertoire and the varied interpretations of the six conductors. Music by Mozart, Bruckner, Durufle, Foss, Enkhbayar, Healey, Adams, Crossin, Bartok, Daunais, Washburn and more. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - RIVERS OF LIGHT "Choral Explorations I with Timothy Shantz""

Vancouver Chamber Choir - RIVERS OF LIGHT "Choral Explorations I with Timothy Shantz""

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Our guest conductor for this concert is Timothy Shantz from Calgary, where he is the music director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices, as well as chorus master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He will lead the Vancouver Chamber Choir and pianist Stephen Smith in a programme from favourite composers old and new in our familiar performance home at Dunbar Ryerson United Church in Kerrisdale. Music of Esenvalds, Sisask, Debussy, O’Regan, Palestrina, Brahms, Ryan, Elgar, Monteverdi and Jonathan Dove. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir- A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas

Vancouver Chamber Choir- A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

The great Baroque composers knew how to write music that literally dances with joy. Make it a party – meet the Vancouver Chamber Choir family of choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Orpheum for a concert which celebrates the Christmas season like no other. Our guest conductor is John William Trotter, the Choir’s former Associate Conductor, who will lead the various forces in music of Bach, Vivaldi and carols for all to sing. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir-REJOICE! "European Carols & Readings"

Vancouver Chamber Choir-REJOICE! "European Carols & Readings"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach

Chilly December days herald the warmth and intimacy of Christmas choirs singing the Nativity story. You are invited – join conductor Jon Washburn, organist Bryn Nixon and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for an evening of beloved favourites and new discoveries, all in the welcoming ambience of Dunbar Ryerson United Church. Music of Praetorius, Bach, Berlioz, Rubbra, Sibelius, Joubert, Tavener, Quinn, Mendelssohn and traditional carols galore. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir-THE MASTERS "Great Choral Music"

Vancouver Chamber Choir-THE MASTERS "Great Choral Music"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Vancouver Chamber Choir alumna Kathleen Allan leads a programme of music from some of the greatest choral masters - Palestrina, Gabrieli, Bach, Brahms, Britten and Poulenc. Also, Jon Washburn combines the Choir’s professional singers with advanced choral students from six Metro Vancouver university music departments in the annual FOCUS! event – guaranteed choral excitement!  Read more

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HERITAGE "Singing Canada’s Choral Songs"

HERITAGE "Singing Canada’s Choral Songs"

2205 W 45 Ave, Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth

Canada’s choral music has always been one of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s specialties. In this concert, we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and conductor Jon Washburn’s 50th year in Vancouver with a great panorama of Canadian repertoire. Music of Willan, Somers, Beckwith, Raminsh, Chatman, Emery, Allan, Archer and a few special surprises from Canada’s past and future. Read more

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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Come join the Richmond Choral Society for its first 'open rehearsal' of the 2017-2018 season.  Read more

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