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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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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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12 Signs You Sing in a Chorus: Holiday Edition

12 Signs You Sing in a Chorus: Holiday Edition

Chorus America Staff | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Social Media

The holidays are an especially busy and rewarding time to be a choral singer — balancing family celebrations and errands with rehearsals and performances. In honor of the season, here’s a special list of telltale signs that you might be a singer in a chorus.  Read more

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5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers

Justin Montigne | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Education, General, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Technique/Tool

Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers. 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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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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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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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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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Importance of Warming Up

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Importance of Warming Up

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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Events

Audition Notice for Experienced Musical Director in the Hudson Valley Area

Audition Notice for Experienced Musical Director in the Hudson Valley Area

21 Ferncliff Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Ground floor near the Chapel

Rhinebeck Chora... | Conducting, Diversity, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

  Audition Notice for Experienced Musical Director in the                                              Hudson Valley Area The Rhinebeck Choral club will be holding auditions for the paid position. The Rhinebeck Choral Club is an SATB Mixed Community Chorus. 2 seasons from Sept. and May. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at ArchCare at Ferncliff. The rehearsal atmosphere is dedicated, but casual. We want our members to enjoy the experience.   For details call Mr. Eric Rossman at (845) 527-7768 by March 1, 2014, to schedule you audition When: Audition dates are March 19 and 26 and April 9, 2014   Where: ArchCare at Ferncliff, 21 Ferncliff Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Read more

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Houston Community Show Choir Looking for New Singers

Houston Community Show Choir Looking for New Singers

3606 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase is seeking men and women to audition for the 2014 Spring Season. Try-outs will be January 13 and 20 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. For more information, visit the web site at http://houstonchoralshowcase.org or call 281-346-0161. Read more

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Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

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

Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) - Call now (202) 237-1005. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing! Read more

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Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

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

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Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Inside the Score (Britten's War Requiem): Voices of Children

Washington, DC 20016

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, General, History, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

First educational collaboration of two of DC's signature choral groups, The Washington Chorus and Children's Chorus of Washington, exploring Britten's use of children's voices in his War Requiem. Read more

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2014 Octavo Series

2014 Octavo Series

New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago

cpapania | Conducting, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

The Octavo Series is Manhattan Concert Productions' most popular event for high schools. Qualified ensembles will collaborate with other high school choirs from across the United States to perform exciting repertoire - a distinctive variety of six shorter works carefully chosen for effective performance at home preceding an excellent artistic experience in New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C. http://mcp.us/octavo-series/page/3/ Read more

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New York City Jazz Festival 2014

New York City Jazz Festival 2014

Broadway & West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Join Manhattan Concert Productions for their New York City Jazz Festival 2014, live from the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center this Spring. http://mcp.us/new-york-city-jazz-festival/ Read more

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2014 Masterworks Series

2014 Masterworks Series

New York City & Chicago

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Masterworks Series invites qualified ensembles to collaborate on a major work for choir, professional orchestra and soloists. Imagine performing a Brahms' Requiem or Haydn's The Creation on the same stage where so many classical artists past and present have performed! http://mcp.us/masterworks-series/page/3/ Read more

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2014 Children's Choir Series

2014 Children's Choir Series

New York City & Chicago

cpapania | Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Children's Choir Series invites qualified choirs to collaborate with other children's choirs from across the United States to perform exciting repertoire - a distinctive variety of 6 shorter works carefully chosen for effective performance at  home before an excellent artistic experience. 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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