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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

Fall Auditions - The Choral Society of Pensacola

Fall Auditions - The Choral Society of Pensacola

1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL

Choral Society ... | Singing

Audition to sing with The Choral Society of Pensacola, a community of volunteer singers, as they begin preparation for their fall performances. Read more

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Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

Auditions for Commonwealth Chorale

474 Centre Street, Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

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Singers Wanted: Pacific Edge Voices Open Auditions

Singers Wanted: Pacific Edge Voices Open Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Singing

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk. Read more

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Vox Grata Women's Choir (Nashville) Now Auditioning Singers for 2016/17 Season

Vox Grata Women's Choir (Nashville) Now Auditioning Singers for 2016/17 Season

Nashville, TN

Jeanette MacCallum | Singing

Vox Grata, a Nashville-based women’s choir, is now auditioning sopranos and altos for its 2016/2017 concert season.  Auditions will continue through August 8.  Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville.  Rehearsals for the fall season will begin on Monday, August 15.   Read more

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Camerata d'Amici Welcomes New Singers for 2016-2017 Season

Camerata d'Amici Welcomes New Singers for 2016-2017 Season

Redding, CT

JeannieH22 | Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

Camerata d’Amici is a 35-member auditioned choral ensemble, drawn from towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties. It also includes a chamber choir of twelve members. Camerata performs three concerts per season, in December, February, and May, as well as outreach concerts at local retirement communities. The diversity of our repertoire is one of the things that makes Camerata d’Amici unique. The music we sing is exceptionally broad and varied, representing the voices of different eras, cultures and peoples. We aspire through this repertoire to connect with the hearts of our audience, to channel the art of the composer and poet, to communicate what it means to be human. As Beethoven wrote on the title page of his Missa Solemnis: “From the heart – may it return to the heart.” Read more

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Children's Chorus of Washington Auditions

Children's Chorus of Washington Auditions

3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Laura Gross | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Singing

Building on momentum from the artistic director emeritus and founder, Joan Gregoryk’s 20th anniversary season, Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) is delighted to announce its auditions and registration for its remarkable 21st season under the direction of its new artistic director Margaret Nomura Clark. CCW is holding open auditions this June and again in late August and early September for its five internationally recognized ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Young Men’s Ensemble. Auditions, which are open to any children ages 8-18 interested in joining a vocal ensemble, take place on June 7th, 20th, 21st, and 25th at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. For more detailed info, please see the 2016-2017 Audition Dates & Locations schedule below. To schedule a free audition, call CCW at 202-237-1005. Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus Tour Send-Off Concert in Phoenix on June 3rd at 7:00 pm

Phoenix Children's Chorus Tour Send-Off Concert in Phoenix on June 3rd at 7:00 pm

3900 E Stanford Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Phoenix Childre... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Performance, Singing

Phoenix Children's Chorus two touring choirs, Concert & Encore will be performing on Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm at Camelback Bible Church.  Tickets available at http://www.pcchorus.com/annual-concerts/ $3 in advance and $5 at the door The choirs will be premiering a piece commissioned and composed by Mack Wilberg for Chorus America. Read more

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One Voice Children's Choir & Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on June 11th

One Voice Children's Choir & Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on June 11th

1375 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phoenix Childre... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

The internationally renowned One Voice Children’s Choir presents their summer concert “Shine” on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Hall. Joining One Voice Children’s Choir for this special concert is the outstanding Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Read more

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Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 12

Phoenix Children's Chorus Concert in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 12

331 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phoenix Childre... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Families, Repertoire, Singing

Salt Lake City is honored to host the Phoenix Children's Chorus premiering a work by Mack Wilberg.  Come, Little Leaves the Chorus America piece commissioned this spring will be premiered at this free concert.   Read more

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Cappella Romana in Concert:  New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Singing

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America. 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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