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Low-Stress Outlets for the Casual Choral Singer

Low-Stress Outlets for the Casual Choral Singer

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Participation, Singing

Looking for a group singing outlet, but unable to commit to a weekly rehearsal? Worried that you need to shake off some rust before joining a “serious” ensemble? Have no fear—relaxed opportunities with smaller time commitments are popping up across the country. Read more

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How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire, Singing

More and more choruses are practicing advocacy inside the concert hall, representing social justice and community issues in their performances. What kinds of steps are they taking to ensure that singers are on the same page so that they can perform as a collective? Read more

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Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

Choruses seek to foster an open, welcoming culture, but some practices can exclude and cause pain for transgender singers. Here are some steps your chorus can take to avoid them. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

How can choruses foster a more inclusive culture for transgender singers? This list of resources accompanies our article from the Winter 2017-18 issue of the Voice on welcoming transgender singers. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

In creating a chorus culture that is welcoming to transgender singers, terminology can be something that some choral leaders may need catching up on. This list of key terms below supplements our article in the Winter 2017-18 Voice on making choruses welcoming for transgender singers. Read more

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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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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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Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

admin_ca | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of specific anatomic, physiologic, and technical issues for singers of all ages. Voice pathologist and singing voice specialist Wendy LeBorgne will explore health and wellness practices and vocal exercises. Participants will come away from this session with increased knowledge related to vocal health and wellness, along with tips for voice maximization for all singers. 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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Events

Celebrate America

Celebrate America

1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, General, History, Performance, Singing

  Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the 4th of July.  American music of all styles, from early Americana to folk tunes to spirituals and more stand side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24th.  This year’s theme is The American Melting Pot, and the songs, stories and sing alongs that always play such a vital role in this concert will examine the immigrant experience and the many threads that have intertwined to create our American culture.  MCE is delighted to welcome The Bottom Line Duo as our special guests, a cello/string bass (and sometimes ukulele) husband-and-wife team who will blow you away with their incredible talent and witty sense of humor.   Read more

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Eight Decades of Song

Eight Decades of Song

2707 Buffalo Speedway, Houston TX 77098

Houston Show Choir | Audiences, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

  Houston Choral Showcase will give two show choir performances on June 16 at the St. John’s School Lowe Theater, featuring popular songs from the past 80 years. Tickets for this performance are $15 at the door, with discount pricing for advance purchase or groups of eight or more. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.houstonchoralshowcase.org.   Read more

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Handel Messiah

Handel Messiah

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Audiences, Conducting, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

A tradition for 159 years – make it yours! Harry Christophers conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally acclaimed soloists in Handel’s dramatic masterwork. Read more

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Bach Magnificat

Bach Magnificat

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

H&H opens the 2012-2013 Season with Harry Christophers conducting the glorious Bach Magnificat, featuring the Handel and Haydn Society's Chorus. http://www.handelandhaydn.org/concerts/2012-2013/bach-magnificat Read more

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Voce Chamber Singers auditions

Voce Chamber Singers auditions

Herndon, VA

Joan Winter Skerritt | Singing

Auditions for mixed chamber chorus. Volunteer singers. All soloists selected from ensemble. Read more

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Auditions: Valley Concert Chorale 2012-2013 Season

Auditions: Valley Concert Chorale 2012-2013 Season

Livermore, CA

Valley Concert ... | Singing

The Valley Concert Chorale, the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, will hold auditions by appointment for their upcoming 2012-2013 concert season on the following dates: Monday, May 14, Monday, June 4, Monday, August 27, Monday, September 10. Read more

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BRAVA! Sings ... Come On! GET HAPPY!

BRAVA! Sings ... Come On! GET HAPPY!

6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN 55436

Mary Scott | Audiences, Families, Performance, Singing

This spring, BRAVA! is inviting you to journey through a varied musical landscape. Travel with us as we share gently rolling melodies, grand musical scenery, and some amusing side trips. You’ll hear songs to send your spirit soaring and tunes to set your toes tapping…all performed with BRAVA!’s unique blend of vocal skills and sparkling enthusiasm. We plan to take our own advice - Come On! Get Happy! – and BRAVA! would like to have you join us! Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m., Colonial Church, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN 55436. Tickets available at the door: Adults $10; Seniors/Students $8; Children 12 & under free. For more information, visit www.bravasings.net. Read more

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Annual Spring Concert Celebrating 85 Years of Singing!

Annual Spring Concert Celebrating 85 Years of Singing!

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside,NY 11364

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

The Oratorio Society of Queens celebrates its 85th anniversary! Founded in 1927, it is the oldest and longest-running musical institution in the borough. To celebrate this historic landmark in community music-making, the chorus presents Beethoven’s “Mass in C, Op. 86” as well as a special Armed Forces Salute, African-American Spirituals and Opera highlights. Read more

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Mozart Coronation

Mozart Coronation

301 Massachusetts Avenue

Handel and Hayd... | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The season concludes with a program of coronations. Mozart’s Coronation Mass includes the tender Agnus Dei. Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 was a favorite of Marie Antoinette, leading to the name La reine, by which it’s still known today. Read more

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Shining Night: San Francisco Premiere

Shining Night: San Francisco Premiere

San Francisco, California

Barbara Heroux | Singing

Volti presents the Northern California premiere of "Shining Night:  A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen," as part of a gala evening including live singing by Volti, a singalong with Morten Lauridsen at the piano, and a silent auction and raffle benefitting Volti's commissioning program.  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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