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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Celebrating Music in Our Schools Month

Celebrating Music in Our Schools Month

Lauren Rosenthal | Impact/Value, Schools, Singing

March is Music In Our Schools Month—a great time to highlight the importance of comprehensive music education for all young people. Need a little inspiration? Here is a collection of Chorus America resources and helpful links from around the web. Read more

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Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Long-time singers will happily list numerous ways that choral singing enhances their lives. When those singers stay with the same chorus for many years, the benefits flow both ways. We spoke with seven singers who have sung with the same chorus for two or more decades about their experience and its value. Read more

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Resources

How Massage Can Benefit Singers

How Massage Can Benefit Singers

Chorus America Staff | Health, Singing

Have you ever considered that singing can be a remarkably athletic activity? According to Beth Keltz, a licensed massage therapist, singing requires just as much athleticism as playing baseball or football. Beth and colleague Carly Greenwood, who work with the singers at the Berkshire Choral Festival, explain the benefits of massage for singers. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this template as a guide for collecting useful information about new and returning singers during auditions. Read more

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Singer Handbook Table of Contents

Singer Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Sample/Template, Singing

Most choruses provide singers with a handbook for participation; use this sample table of contents to make sure you haven't forgotten any policies. Read more

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Singer Audition Form

Singer Audition Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

A sample form for conductors to use when evaluating potential singers. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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Access and Accommodation Resources

Access and Accommodation Resources

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool

A list of resources to help choruses provide reasonable accommodation in accordance with ADA regulations. Read more

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Daily Warm-Ups to Prepare for the New Choral Season

Daily Warm-Ups to Prepare for the New Choral Season

Kathy Fitzgibbon | Singing, Technique/Tool

You wouldn't run a marathon on your first day back from a jogging hiatus. The same concept applies to singing. Head of faculty at Berkshire Choral Festival and director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College, Kathy Fitzgibbon, offers her advice for coming back to singing after a summer off. Read more

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Sing Along with Melanie DeMore

Sing Along with Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore | Singing, Technique/Tool

Warm up your voice with Melanie DeMore during this "Morning Sing" at Chorus America's 2011 Conference in San Francisco. Her exuberant energy and innovative technique for teaching the songs are at the core of these refreshing and uplifting clips. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The ancient practice of yoga can help you establish good singing posture, become aware of your body, and use your breath effectively. Read more

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Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Instructor Justin Montigne explains how the practice of yoga or proprioceptive awareness can benefit singers. Read more

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Events

Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

Diablo Choral Artists(formerly Voices of Musica Sacra), directed by Mark Tuning, presents "Vespers: Music for Evening Prayers", with string ensemble.   March 13, 8:00 pm and March 15, 3:00 pm Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

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Diablo Choral Artists(formerly Voices of Musica Sacra), directed by Mark Tuning, presents "Vespers: Music for Evening Prayers", with string ensemble.   March 13, 8:00 pm and March 15, 3:00 pm Read more

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Diablo Choral Artists concert

Diablo Choral Artists concert

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Singing

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Badenia Advent Music Festival 2015

Badenia Advent Music Festival 2015

Baden

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Advent Music Festival 2015

Advent Music Festival 2015

Prague

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Wien Music Festival 2015

Wien Music Festival 2015

Vienna

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Lago di Garda Music Festival 2015

Lago di Garda Music Festival 2015

Lake Garda

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Cracovia Music Festival 2015

Cracovia Music Festival 2015

Cracow

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Paris Music Festival 2015

Paris Music Festival 2015

Paris

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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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