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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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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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Exuberant Voices

Exuberant Voices

Don Lee | Impact/Value, Performance, Schools, Singing

High school choral festivals engage teens, produce powerful music, and leave a lasting impact. 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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Resources

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—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 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

Fairfield County Chorale Presents Dvořák's Stabat Mater

Fairfield County Chorale Presents Dvořák's Stabat Mater

Norwalk, CT

Alex Karantza | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, General, Performance, Singing

 On Saturday, May 14th, at 7:30pm, the Fairfield County Chorale concludes its 2015–2016 Season with Dvořák's Stabat Mater, along with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mozart's Ch'io mi scordi di te? ... Non temer, amato bene. The Chorale will be joined by soloists Anna Dugan, Malena Dayen, Alok Kumar, and Adam Lau, and four pianists, including Ilya Yakushev and Cristina Stanescu. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $5 for students. Electronic tickets at fairfieldcountychorale.org, or call 203-254-1333 or email info@fairfieldcountychorale.org. Read more

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Huntington Choral Society Spring Concert

Huntington Choral Society Spring Concert

188 Oakwood Rd (McKay Rd), Huntington, NY 11743

Huntington Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Performance, Singing

The Huntington Choral Society cordially invites you to their spring concert. Come hear Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Vespers, the Requiem by Duruflé and works by Long Island composer Jennifer Tibbitts. Read more

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YWCP's Young Women's Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 7-12

YWCP's Young Women's Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 7-12

San Francisco

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

Sing with Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco! Auditions for Fall 2016 Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, June 5 For girls in grades 2-12 For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions or 415.312.7787   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILIBLE Read more

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YWCP's Allegro Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 5-10

YWCP's Allegro Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 5-10

San Francisco

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

Sing with Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco! Auditions for Fall 2016 Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, June 5 For girls in grades 2-12 For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions or 415.312.7787   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILIBLE Read more

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YWCP's Prelude Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 2-7

YWCP's Prelude Chorus Seeking Girls Who Love to Sing, Grades 2-7

San Francisco

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

Sing with Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco! Auditions for Fall 2016 Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, June 5 For girls in grades 2-7 For more information or to sign up for an audition: www.ywcp.org/auditions or 415.312.7787   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILIBLE Read more

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Budapest Music Festival 2017

Budapest Music Festival 2017

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

Empire City Men's Chorus Spring Concert "Free and Easy: songs of youth and pleasure"

551 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Empire City Men... | Audiences, Performance, Singing

As the old saying goes: “You’re only as old as you feel” and, in this respect, many of us are deeply connected despite even huge generation gaps. There is so much we can learn from each other. Sometimes the older ones are disenchanted by what they see happening in the world today. Sometimes, the young of society are revving their cars in eagerness to embark on life’s journey, but feel that long-held traditions are holding their gears in neutral… But being a “person of the world” is always being “free and easy;” and truly any place we hang our hats is home at any time. This music celebrates the blissful blindness and naiveté of youth and the youthful mindset. It asserts a person’s freedom in the here and now and studies the idea of fraternity and frivolity with joyful curiosity. Centered in the performance are brilliant male chorus works by David Conte, Camille Saint-Saens, Ulf Långbacka, ECMC Composer-in-Residence Kyle Randall, and more! Please join us. Read more

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Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

Around the World in 20 Years - A Grand Finale Concert for Joan Gregoryk

730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents Around the World in 20 Years on May 22, 2016 at 4:00pm at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium. The concert celebrates the Legacy of retiring CCW Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk, with performances by CCW's all ensembles, an alumni chorus and special guests. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

1740 Rt. 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Singing

The program includes Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs", with poems by Hila Plitmann, wife of Mr. Whitacre, and music by Mr. Whitacre.  The guest violinist will be Elena Chernova-Davis, faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts.  The piano accompanist will be Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzer Opus 52" follows.  This version is for four-part voices and four hand piano accompaniment. Brenda Day, well-known New Jersey musician, will be the guest pianist, along with Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist.  The second half of the concert consists entirely of Norman Noll’s “Songs of Innocence”, commissioned from Mr. Noll in 1995 by Philomusica for its Silver Anniversary season, and revised in 2015.  Shea Velloso, accompanist. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

Philomusica Concert Choir "Songs of Love and Innocence"

1740 Rt. 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Singing

The program includes Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs", with poems by Hila Plitmann, wife of Mr. Whitacre, and music by Mr. Whitacre.  The guest violinist will be Elena Chernova-Davis, faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts.  The piano accompanist will be Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzer Opus 52" follows.  This version is for four-part voices and four hand piano accompaniment. Brenda Day, well-known New Jersey musician, will be the guest pianist, with Shea Velloso, Philomusica’s accompanist. The second half of the concert consists entirely of Norman Noll’s “Songs of Innocence”, commissioned from Mr. Noll in 1995 by Philomusica for its Silver Anniversary season, and revised in 2015. Shea Velloso, accompanist. 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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