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Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Finding the Right Teacher: An Interview with Deborah Simpkin King

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Education, Performance, Singing

Choosing the right primary teacher at college or conservatory is one of the most important decisions a music student will make in their musical career, according to Deborah Simpkin King. A conductor and educator, King is artistic director and founder of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and its Conducting and Choral Scholar programs. Her tips on finding the perfect fit with a teacher for undergraduate or graduate studies are a great resource to share with young conductors and singers. Read more

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Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

A first-of-its-kind convening highlights some promising ideas for helping the choral field thrive

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

When you stop to think about the ways people sing together, the diversity is breathtaking. Just a partial list includes community, school, collegiate, and church choruses, as well as gospel choirs, barbershop groups, contemporary a cappella ensembles, men’s choruses, and special mission groups like threshold choirs. Read more

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Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical: An Interview with James Snyder

Inside Broadway's First A Cappella Musical: An Interview with James Snyder

Mike Rowan | Careers, History, Profile, Singing

There’s a groundbreaking new musical in New York powered entirely by the human voice. In Transit is Broadway’s first a cappella musical, boasting a creative team that includes Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez and contemporary a cappella guru Deke Sharon. The show’s opening is an exciting development for proponents of vocal music, and a prime showcase for actors with unique a cappella singing talents like James Snyder. Read more

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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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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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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

Fairfield County Chorale Spring Concert of Peace & Hope: Fauré and Vaughan Williams

Fairfield County Chorale Spring Concert of Peace & Hope: Fauré and Vaughan Williams

125 East Ave, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Audiences, Education, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem close out our 2016-2017 season. These two deeply expressive works welcome spring with a message of hope. Both Fauré and Vaughan Williams saw firsthand the destructive nature of war and believed music was a means to preserve civilization. Vaughan Williams composed Dona Nobis Pacem in 1936, when memories of the loss of a generation of young men were fresh in the minds of the British public amid fears of a new war. In his piece, Vaughan Williams used text from three poems by Walt Whitman, parts of the Catholic mass, a political speech, and sections of the Bible. Read more

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"Lyrics & Music!" (part 1)  Herrick’s Lyricks (world premiere)

"Lyrics & Music!" (part 1) Herrick’s Lyricks (world premiere)

16510 Mt Oak Rd, Bowie, MD 20716

Jane Thessin | Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Chamber Singers of the Chesapeake Chorale features the premiere a new cantata by American composer Bruce Trinkley, 'Herrick’s Lyricks', on April 23rd, 2017. Read more

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Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning  Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep

20 South Main St., West Hartford, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

The 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” will be screened in the Noah Webster Room, West Hartford Public Library, 20 S. Main St. on Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. Read more

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Community Conversations: “Letter from Italy, 1944: A Musical Moment” at the Musical Club of Hartford

Community Conversations: “Letter from Italy, 1944: A Musical Moment” at the Musical Club of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

  On Thursday, April 20, as part of the 10 a.m. meeting program of the Musical Club of Hartford, a presentation, entitled “Letter from Italy, 1944: A Musical Moment,” will be made by Jack Anthony Pott, tenor lead soloist, and Joseph D’Eugenio, Production Director. Read more

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Youth Choirs of the Crystal Lake First Congregational Church in concert

Youth Choirs of the Crystal Lake First Congregational Church in concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The Youth Choirs of the Crystal Lake Congregational Church in concert at the Glenview Community Church on Friday, April 21 Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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J.S. Bach – The Reformer

J.S. Bach – The Reformer

Richmond, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

  Richmond Choral Society presents J.S. Bach -  The Reformer, a concert of Bach cantatas, including A Mighty Fortress and Now Thank We All Our God.       Read more

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Alexander Technique Workshop April 2 in Central New Jersey

Alexander Technique Workshop April 2 in Central New Jersey

Somerset, NJ

Susan Metz | Singing

The New Jersey Choral Consortium will hold a workshop on The Alexander Technique: Breathing Coordination for Singers, presented by certified Alexander Technique teacher Valerie Van Hoven. The workshop is on Sunday afternoon, April 2, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Middlebush Reformed Church, 1 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873. The cost is $10 for attendees in NJ Choral Consortium member choruses, or $15 for non-members; walk-in registrations are welcome if space is available. Register online at njchoralconsortium.org or by mail to New Jersey Choral Consortium, P.O. Box 5424, Somerset, NJ 08875-5424. For questions and further information, email info@njchoralconsortium.org. Read more

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The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates Spring in Harlem

The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates Spring in Harlem

3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Odyssey Opera | Singing

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs continues its 92nd season with a one-evening-only spring concert of repentance.  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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