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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 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: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR

Meet A Member: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Education, Innovation, Participation, Profile, Schools, Singing

In the chorus-crazy land of Minnesota, there’s a charismatic new face in town putting a unique stamp on the area’s choral scene. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in New York

Singing for the Pope in New York

Salvatore Diana reflects on the lights, camera, action, and everything behind it

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

Singing for the Pope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – though sometimes, it happens twice. “I can’t say it was my first time singing for a pope,” admits Salvatore Diana. “I had the good fortune of Singing for Pope Benedict when he visited eight years ago.” In fact, Diana sang in services for Pope Francis on back-to-back days during his visit to New York, making for a hectic and thrilling 36 hours or so.  Read more

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Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States has grabbed the nation’s headlines, and thousands will flock to Mass and other public events in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Choruses have proven to be a key component of the papal tour, playing a starring role in many of the festivities and enjoying a flurry of news coverage. 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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Alice Parker on a Life Lived in Song

Alice Parker on a Life Lived in Song

Mike Rowan | Careers, Impact/Value, Singing

Composer, conductor, and teacher Alice Parker is a living musical legend and a true champion of the power of the human voice. In a plenary conversation at the 2015 Chorus America Conference, Parker reflected on conducting and composing, her work with Robert Shaw, her involvement with Chorus America and the value of coming together to sing. Read more

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Tips for Selecting Soloists for Your Chorus

Tips for Selecting Soloists for Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

More on navigating the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists. Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Drawing Solo Voices from Within the Chorus

Drawing Solo Voices from Within the Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Performance, Singing

Looking for a soloist for your next performance? Try giving your chorus members a chance to shine in solo roles. Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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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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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

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

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  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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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. 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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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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Events

Auditions - DC's premier pops chorus

Auditions - DC's premier pops chorus

Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria ... | Community Outreach, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

The Alexandria Singers are hosting Guest Nights and Open Auditions for our Fall 2016 season. Who we are: SATB pops chorus; mixed voices, all ages; "Glee" style fun, professional quality singing! Come see if we're the right fit for you! Read more

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The Oratorio Society of Virginia Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

The Oratorio Society of Virginia Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Performance, Singing

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September Sing

September Sing

Southport, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

A September Sing featuring selections from Verdi Requiem and Faure Requiem. The audience is the choir at this event. The Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport is at 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT  06890. The Church is 2 blocks south of I-95 at Exit 19. Admission is $10 at the door, music rental is included.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. Read more

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Messiah...Refreshed!

Messiah...Refreshed!

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Families, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

DCINY ushers in the holiday season with the sixth annual presentation of its signature version of Handel’s Messiah, the Beecham/Goossens’ 1959 reorchestration for full symphony orchestra. The performance is led by maestro Jonathan Griffith, featuring an international choir made up of singers from five different continents. Read more

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Eternal Light

Eternal Light

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

DCINY proudly presents UK Composer Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem led by Maestro Jonathan Griffith. In continuing with the theme of musical levity and light, conductor Bradley Ellingboe leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra in Lux Eterna by Morten Lauridsen. Read more

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“Summer’s Bounty” Benefit Concert – Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir

“Summer’s Bounty” Benefit Concert – Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir

Greenfield, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY CHAMBER CHOIR presents   SUMMER'S BOUNTY - a choral celebration featuring six centuries of a cappella music Sunday, August 28, 2016 3pm All Souls Church, Greenfield 399 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301 Donations Welcome ALL PROCEEDS GO TO BENEFIT THE STONE SOUP CAFE   For more information: www.pvsoc.org chorus@pvso.org www.stonesoupgreenfield.org Read more

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Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Rehearsal, Singing, Symphonic

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (Dr. Jonathan Harvey, dir.) welcomes singers of all voice parts to our Open Rehearsal, 7-9pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). Come check it out – see what it’s like to sing with us!   We will sing repertoire from throughout our upcoming 2016-17 season, including works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Copland, and our season finale masterwork, Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Come meet new friends, eat some tasty treats, and make beautiful music!   New PVS singers will be entered into a drawing to win voice lessons, concert tickets, meals, and other fabulous prizes.   Interested singers can find more information about the PVS Chorus at www.pvsoc.org, or email chorus@pvso.org. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

East Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Philomusica Concert Choir, Dennis Boyle, Music Director/Conductor, will be holding auditions on Mondays August 29, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 and 20, 2016 after rehearsals at The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.   Read more

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2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

Bound Brook, New Jersey

Cantabile Chamb... | Singing

Cantabile Chamber Chorale invites singers of all voice parts to audition for 2016-2017 concert season. Read more

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MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS  - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Singing

Experienced singers are invited to audition for the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus by appointment on Wednesday evenings beginning September 7, 2016. Auditions are open to all members of the community ages 16 and up.  All voice parts are welcome to audition; however, the chorus is especially seeking tenors, baritones and basses to add to its impressive ensemble.  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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