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7 Ways To Be a Better Singer

7 Ways To Be a Better Singer

Jan-Marie Petersen | Education, Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

In many cases, we've been led to believe that the ability to sing well is a talent you're born with—not a skill you can develop. But that's simply not the case: Most everyone can improve their vocal abilities and musicianship skills. Read more

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Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Daniel O'Neill | Community Outreach, Education, Health

Composer Michael Shaieb's oratorio, "Through a Glass, Darkly," is making choral music a vehicle to address methamphetamine addiction in the gay community. When the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC set out to perform it, they did a lot more than just learn the music. Read about the comprehensive outreach initiative they developed to bring this growing social problem to light. Read more

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Tell Me A Story: The Personal Impact of Singing

Tell Me A Story: The Personal Impact of Singing

Ann Meier Baker | Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Singing

Personal stories can be a vital way to communicate the value of your chorus. Read more

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Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Heidi Waleson | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Impact/Value, Schools

Choruses are pouring more resources and creativity into education outreach programs that have a far-reaching impact on students, teachers, schools, and communities—as well as on the choral artists who deliver them. Read more

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"Blend, You Rascals!"

"Blend, You Rascals!"

A Choral Cliché Explained

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

The late Robert Shaw used to give this directive—right before explaining what a ridiculous request it was. Even so, choral directors continue to say it, and singers continue to wonder, Is it me? What should I do? Read more

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Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education

How Minnesota's VocalEssence and composer Eric Whitacre helped high school students, choral directors, and community members of all ages discover the power of contemporary choral music through a festival and community sing event. Read more

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Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

Eric Whitacre Speaks Out

An Interview With Choral Music's Rock Star

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Profile, Social Media

Eric Whitacre muses on how he gets inspired to compose, his special connection with young people, and what he thinks about the future of choral music. Read more

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Deliberate Practice

Deliberate Practice

Michael Shaughnessy | Education, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

You might consider any type of practice to be deliberate, but it may take a very specific kind of practice to achieve real proficiency. Read more

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Music Theory Crash Course: Scales

Music Theory Crash Course: Scales

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

You can admit it: You have often thought about the many traits that reptiles and musicians share, haven't you? So then you know that, besides exceptional dexterity and slightly odd-looking faces, reptiles and musicians both need scales. Read more

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Music Theory Crash Course: Key Signatures

Music Theory Crash Course: Key Signatures

Chorus America Staff | Education, Technique/Tool

Every once in a while, an invention comes along that changes the game. Like the invention of the light bulb, the washing machine, the Internet, and the garlic press, the development of the key signature was positively monumental—to musicians, at least. Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity! Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A list of useful quotes from influential leaders in support of the arts and choral music. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Chorus America’s member choruses all across North America are leading the way in working with school music programs to support, revive, or expand choral music education. Here are some examples of how our members are creatively partnering with schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

In the 21st century, America’s manufacturing-driven economy is being replaced by a creative economy. President Obama is calling for a “complete and competitive education” to ensure our place in the global economy. How do the arts—and choral music specifically—help prepare our students to meet these challenges? Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A question-and-answer worksheet to help you expand your network of choral music supporters. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

This annotated and linked bibliography for Making the Case for Your School Choir provides data from more than 40 different studies, advocacy guides, and publications at your fingertips. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A PowerPoint template that you can adapt for use when making a presentation on the value of choral singing. Read more

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Events

Spring Follies

Spring Follies

8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Schools, Singing

The final concert of the Fairfax Choral Society Central Campus Youth Concert season will celebrate the songs of the stage – Spring Follies!  Read more

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"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

5 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC 20005

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents its Spring Concert, Vive la France!, a celebration of French culture,  on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 4 p.m., at National City Christian Church. This performance features CCW’s five award-winning choral ensembles and guest artist Lauren Cook, accordion. Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. Read more

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Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

Step It Up: YWCP Choral Camp for Girls

1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

Young Women's C... | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

With YWCP Choir Directors & Kodály-certified Instructors Danelle Johnson and Samantha Maas-Baldwin   Improve your singing, theory and sight-singing skills in an interactive and supportive setting. Have fun singing with other girls who love music! 1-4 years of previous musical training (vocal or instrumental) suggested. Read more

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King David by Arthur Honegger

King David by Arthur Honegger

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Le Roi David, composed in 1921, is comprised of 27 short vignettes and employs a narrator to tell the tale. The music embraces several musical styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to Baroque to jazz. This oratorio, or more specifically, dramatic psalm, also includes guest artists that enhance the music and drama.  Called “lyrical, colorful, lovely, exciting, grotesque, and even grand when called for”, musical highpoints include Honegger's psalm-settings, ethereal alleluia settings, and the dramatic scene of Saul and the Witch of Endor.  The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, with Artistic Director Thomas Douglas, brings performances of this drama to the public in late April 2015.  Guest Artists: Joanna Latini - Soprano Anthony McKay - Narrator Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe - Witch of Endor Read more

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Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky Choral Initiative

Big Sky, Montana

Kevin Krasinski | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

A seven-day mountain training and performance experience for aspiring singers and conductors and a career development opportunity for high caliber professionals. High up in the mountains of Montana, the Choral Initiative is an artistic partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and The Crossing, and the project aims to bring a small group of top talent together in an environment that supports rigorous training and fosters the creation of inspiring new music. Read more

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Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Conducting Choral Masterpieces Workshop

Bacau, Romania

Charles Gambetta | Careers, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 20 conductors for 12 days of conducting study and performance in Bacau, Romania with master teachers William Weinert, Director or Choral Studies at the Eastman School of Music; Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); Ovidiu Balan, Music Director, Bacau Philharmonic and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method. Read more

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A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

A Musical Journey Through the American Civil War

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

RCSVPD | Community Outreach, Education, History, Performance, Singing

  The Richmond Choral Society Presents: A multisensory reflection through choral and instrumental music with narration by Tim Timberlake and visual images from the Virginia Historical Society.   Read more

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Dialogue

Measuring Education Program Impact

Measuring Education Program Impact

Anonymous | Education, Impact/Value

  We know intrinsically that chorus education programs provide great benefit to those involved—but actual data would help. Can anyone offer some specific examples of the impact of their programs? Read more

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