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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

Schola Cantorum Offers Haydn and Mozart Sing-Along

Schola Cantorum Offers Haydn and Mozart Sing-Along

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Singing

Sing along to Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” and Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers” at Schola Cantorum’s Summer Sings program.  Read more

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Choralis Offering July Summer Sings of Mozart, Rutter, Brahms

Choralis Offering July Summer Sings of Mozart, Rutter, Brahms

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Choralis invites DC-area singers to join in two evenings of choral masterwork sing-alongs, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann and featuring professional soloists.  On Tuesday, July 18th, the sing-along will be of the Mozart Requiem and Rutter Gloria, and on Tuesday, July 25th, the sing-along will be of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (in German). Admission fee; score rental available. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

1040 N. Harlem Ave.

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

1490 Chicago Ave.

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

1100 E Hyde Park Blvd

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

772 W. 5 Ave

Matt Greenberg | Singing

When creativity bumps up against social pressure, the resulting music does -and doesn't- sound Jewish; Experience a wide range of music by Jewish Composers and their struggle with embracing their heritage and conforming to outside musical styles. Read more

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Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Katy, TX 77449

Houston Show Choir | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Schools, Singing

The British International School of Houston’s Accents Choir and soloists will make a guest appearance at the June 9 “Let The Sunshine In” performance by Houston Choral Showcase (HCS), an adult show choir. The June 9 show (and a similar performance by HCS alone on June 10) will feature show tunes, classic pop favorites, jazz pieces, new arrangements of contemporary hits, and other fun surprises. Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Recruitment, Singing

The Grammy-nominated Pacific Edge Voices is recruiting singers for its 2017-2018 season. All voice parts wanted, tenors especially wanted. Read more

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VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise!

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Singing

Award-winning women’s choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles ends its 20th Anniversary season with a bang on June 10! With a brand new commission by composer Jocelyn Hagen, original choreography — a VOX first! — by Sarah Swenson & VOX Dance Theater, and graduates of VOX’s first Choral Scholar Program! Tickets to this fantastic season finale are on sale now! Read more

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VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise: WeHo (Free!)

VOX Femina Los Angeles presents Women on the Rise: WeHo (Free!)

1200 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038 ​

Vox Femina Los ... | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing

Acclaimed women's choral ensemble VOX Femina Los Angeles presents a free preview of the final concert of its 20th anniversary season. Featuring a dynamic new commission by Jocelyn Hagen. Bring the whole family to experience LA's premier women's chorus -- a chorus like no other! 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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