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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

Barbershop Festival 2013

Barbershop Festival 2013

7th Avenue & West 57th Street, New York, NY 10001

National Concerts | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Celebrate 75 years of Barbershop Harmony in America with Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall, New York City on December 1, 2013. http://mcp.us/barbershop-festival/  Read more

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Audition for the Oratorio Society of Virginia

Audition for the Oratorio Society of Virginia

1119 5th St. SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Sing with the Oratorio Society of Virginia, Charlottesville's longest running community chorus, for the 2013-14 season! Performances include "Christmas at the Paramount," featuring Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," "Joy to the World," and "Silver Bells," December 21, 2013 at Charlottesville's Paramount Theater, a community sing-in of Vivaldi's "Gloria" to benefit homeless charity PACEM on March 1, 2014, and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" in partnership with Ash Lawn Opera May 2 and 4, 2014 at Charlottesville'sParamount Theater. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

East Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Philomusica Concert Choir is holding auditions in August, September and October for its December 2013 concerts, "Wonder Tidings". Read more

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Coro Allegro Auditions

Coro Allegro Auditions

Boston, MA

Coro Allegro | Rehearsal

Coro Allegro, a chorus for members and friends of the LGBT communities, affirms, strengthens, and enriches the lives of its members and the broader community through the presentation of outstanding performances of classical choral music. Coro Allegro was founded in 1990 to provide Boston with a LGBT chorus specializing in classical repertoire.  Initially composed of 20 singers, Coro has grown to more than 60 members, and under the direction of David Hodgkins it has become one of Boston's most highly regarded choral ensembles. Read more

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Community Show Choir Looking for New Singers

Community Show Choir Looking for New Singers

3606 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase is seeking men and women to audition for the 2013 Fall Season. Try-outs will be August 19 and 26 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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Singing is good for the soul. Join OSQ. Become a member. Rehearsals start for Handel's "Messiah"

Singing is good for the soul. Join OSQ. Become a member. Rehearsals start for Handel's "Messiah"

Flushing, Queens, NY

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, General, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for their Annual Holiday Concert scheduled for Sunday, December 22. If you sing and would like to join them onstage, and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience, make plans now to register for an audition! Auditions are at 7:00 pm on Mondays, September 9 and September 16. Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals that night! Read more

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START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY with CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON (CCW)

START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY with CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON (CCW)

Washington, DC

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Performance, Rehearsal, Schools, Singing

Call now (202) 237-1005 and schedule an audition for 2013-14 season. For All girls and boys, ages 9-18. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing! Other program offered to younger singers, ages 6-9 with no audition necessary. www.childrenschorus.com   Read more

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Great River Chorale (St. Cloud, MN) Announces Auditions for the 2013-2014 Concert Season

Great River Chorale (St. Cloud, MN) Announces Auditions for the 2013-2014 Concert Season

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Volunteer

Great River Chorale is a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud. The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members (ages 18 and up) are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. Read more

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CHORAL CHAMELEON SUMMER INSTITUTE for Composers & Conductors

CHORAL CHAMELEON SUMMER INSTITUTE for Composers & Conductors

New York City

JefferyThyer | Adults/Seniors, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Innovation, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

The Choral Chameleon Institute is an eight-day intensive workshop in New York City, designed to immerse emerging composers and conductors of choral music in the intricacies of the choral idiom in a nurturing environment surrounded by respected professionals. It gives students an opportunity to explore and experiment with writing and conducting techniques in a "best-case scenario". During the course of the institute, many new pieces of choral music are cultivated and ultimately publicly performed, with live recording of the concert. Standards of the choral repertoire serve as a springboard for young conductors to work on challenging matters of gesture, musicianship, and rehearsal technique. Generous lab and podium time is given to all participants to ensure maximum practical and hands-on experience. The Choral Chameleon Institute also places heavy emphasis on ear training and analysis as means of deep, joyful discovery and informed, innovative interpretation.   Read more

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Registration Open for Encore Creativity for Older Adults Summer Institutes at Chautauqua

Registration Open for Encore Creativity for Older Adults Summer Institutes at Chautauqua

Chautauqua, NY

Jeanne Kelly | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Encore Creativity for Older Adults returns to Chautauqua for the 6th year to present the Summer Institutes for Adults 55+.  Three concurrent tracks in Choral singing, Movement and Theatre.  Visit www.encorecreativity.org for more information and to register. 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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