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Vocal Hacks

Vocal Hacks

Kathryn Mueller | Education, General, Singing, Technique/Tool

Every conductor, singer or voice teacher needs a few good vocal hacks. No, we’re not talking mediocre singers; we’re borrowing from the tech world where Merriam-Webster defines a hack as a “creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation.” Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Meet A Member: Tom Dooling, First Presbyterian Church San Antonio

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Profile

“There are so many commonalities between directing a community choir and the church music experience,” says Tom Dooling of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio.  Read more

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The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

The Brahms Requiem: Questions for the Conductor

Don Lee | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Symphonic

The Brahms Requiem served as the artistic focal point of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Centenary Symposium, which centered around the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s April 2016 performance of this masterwork. Symposium faculty shared their thoughts on issues conductors ought to address as they prepare the piece. Read more

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

Choral conductors and singers share their own practicing best practices

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

What does it take to get to Carnegie Hall? Or to a memorable choral performance? Everyone knows the answer. But many are the music scores that sit unattended in car trunks between rehearsals. And many are the frustrated choral conductors who wish their singers would put in the time that the music deserves. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in DC

Singing for the Pope in DC

Diana Saez on teaching pronunciation when the Pope is listening

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

On the first leg of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States, an elite choir of 90 singers assembled from across the region will lift their voices to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Getting back into tip-top singing shape after a summer away from performances and rehearsals can be a physical and mental challenge for even the most experienced chorister. Preparing for a new season? Here is a collection of Chorus America resources and other links from around the web to help you get started. 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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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Resources

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 Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

The Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

This issue of the Research Memorandum Series focuses on resources pertaining to movement education in both the choral rehearsal and in teaching choral conducting. After a brief background on movement methodologies, author Caron Daley lists resources pertaining to the choral rehearsal and choral conducting. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal

This practical resource for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators. Originally published in 2004, the report was reviewed and republished in 2013. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Virtual Voice Lesson: Singing Legato

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus America Staff | General, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Sample/Template, Singing

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: All About Alignment

Virtual Voice Lesson: All About Alignment

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

All of our "singing structures" are along the spine. If your spine is out of alignment or your body is in an uncomfortable position, you cannot support your sound easily. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee shows how to sit or stand in a way that supports and frees the voice. Read more

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Events

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań POLAND

Universitas Cantat | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!! please apply here http://cantat.amu.edu.pl/en/universitas-cantat-2015/application-form Read more

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12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań POLAND

Universitas Cantat | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

University choirs and vocal ensembles! Come to Poznań POLAND and have an unforgettible singing adventure! CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!! please apply here http://cantat.amu.edu.pl/en/universitas-cantat-2015/application-form Read more

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Enrolling with Children's Chorus of Washington

Enrolling with Children's Chorus of Washington

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Schools, Singing

Chorus auditions for singers ages 9 to 18, including placement in Young Men's Ensemble for boys with changing voice,  call now 202 237 1005. For younger singers ages 6-9, register for Prep Class directly online at http://www.childrenschorus.com/programs/prep-class/   Read more

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Sing, Dance, Sparkle! Community Show Choir Looking for New Recruits

Sing, Dance, Sparkle! Community Show Choir Looking for New Recruits

Houston, TX

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Diversity, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase seeks men and women to audition for the 2014 Fall Season. Try-outs will be August 18 and 25 at Zion Lutheran Church in The Heights. Houston Choral Showcase is Houston's only community adult show choir, singing arrangements in pop, jazz, swing, gospel, and Broadway styles. Read more

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I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Volunteer

Based on original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Read more

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GREAT RIVER CHORALE  AUDITIONS for the 2014-15 Concert Season

GREAT RIVER CHORALE AUDITIONS for the 2014-15 Concert Season

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

ALL VOICE PARTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION! 4:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, May 28 Thursday, May 29 Wednesday, June 4 Thursday, June 5 Read more

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The Joint is Jumpin’!

The Joint is Jumpin’!

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Vox Femina is having a jazz party, and you’re invited!  The Joint is Jumpin’ and we’ve got a line-up of fabulous guests:  Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Beyoncé!  And while these luminaries aren’t actually going to show up (we think) their music definitely will.  We’ll be singing such standards as “At Last,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” and “A-tisket, A-Tasket,” and newer pieces like “Crazy in Love.” Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus New Member Auditions

Phoenix Children's Chorus New Member Auditions

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Childre... | Rehearsal

Boys and girls currently in 1st – 11th grade that love to sing are encouraged to audition. Read more

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Feldenkrais for Singers and Open Rehearsal

Feldenkrais for Singers and Open Rehearsal

224 Waverly Place, New York 10014

Darlene Wyzga | Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

  Join the singers of Schola Cantorum on Hudson for Feldenkrais for Singers and Open Rehearsal Read more

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Reading Session with Jake Runestad

Reading Session with Jake Runestad

Tampa, FL

The Master Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Join members of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for this special reading session and discussion lead by and featuring the music of award-winning American composer, Jake Runestad. Whether you are a church musician, music educator, or singer you will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience music at its very source! Register by April 18 through The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (www.masterchorale.com). Registration includes a music packet which will be available for pick up at the door of the reading session. 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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Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Conductors, do you let your singers ask questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons? Read more

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