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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. Read more

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Creating a Lifelong Singer

Creating a Lifelong Singer

Jill Kimball | Children/Youth, Conducting, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

When Susan McMane was in high school, she probably spent about as much time chanting “two, four, six, eight” as she did singing “do, re, mi.”  Read more

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A New Career Path for Singers

A New Career Path for Singers

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Innovation, Professional, Singing

A growing number of singers are knitting together careers by traveling from city to city to perform with professional choral ensembles. Here’s how this model works for them – and how it impacts the choral field. Read more

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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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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

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Seeks New Singers

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Seeks New Singers

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Singing

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is hosting an OPEN REHEARSAL to launch our 2017-18 concert season. We are looking for new singers of all voice parts, and we hope you’ll join us! On Tuesday August 29, 7-9pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), we will sing through selections from each of our five upcoming concerts this season, including works by Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Ariel Ramirez, and more. Read more

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Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Networking, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

  Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th St., San Francisco, 94103 SFBC is taking over Standard Deviant Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing! Enjoy food, a cold beer, and a taste of the Bach Choir.  Artistic Director Magen Solomon will lead us through highlights of our 2017-2018 season. Standard Deviant is even brewing a special bock for the occasion!   Additional event info at www.sfbach.org/brew. Read more

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Join the San Francisco Bach Choir for our 82nd season!

Join the San Francisco Bach Choir for our 82nd season!

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

  Auditions for new singers will take place on August 29 and September 5, 2017. Please visit www.sfbach.org/join for audition and membership information.  Read more

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The Connecticut Choral Society Auditions

The Connecticut Choral Society Auditions

36 Main Street, Newtown, CT

Jill Heidel | Singing

Are you looking for an unique opportunity to sing with a highly trained NYCity conductor?  With a chorus that has sung all over the world including the Lake Como Italy Opera House this past July? Then you will want to audition for CCS. Read more

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Christmas with Choral Arts

Christmas with Choral Arts

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music.   More information: https://choralarts.org/christmas Read more

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Christmas with Choral Arts

Christmas with Choral Arts

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music.  More information: https://choralarts.org/christmas Read more

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Christmas with Choral Arts

Christmas with Choral Arts

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music.   More information: https://choralarts.org/christmas Read more

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A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as Maestro Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chorus lead you on a whirlwind tour of favorite sing-alongs and Christmas classics.  More information: https://choralarts.org/christmas Read more

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Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Join Artistic Director Scott Tucker, the Choral Arts Chorus, special guests The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornets, sackbuts, theorbo, and more for an evening of musical splendor. More information: https://choralarts.org/events/claudio-monteverdi-vespers-of-1610/  Read more

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In the Land of Northern Lights

In the Land of Northern Lights

Washington, DC

Caryn Fraim | Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Join Artistic Director Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chamber Singers for a musical tour of Finland, Norway, and Sweden. More information: https://choralarts.org/events/in-the-land-of-northern-lights/  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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