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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Member Spotlight: Robbin and Jon Rose, Founders of My Music Folders

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Community Outreach, General, Impact/Value, Operations, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

When these lifelong choral singers launched a community chorus, they didn't know they were also launching a music folder company. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Member Spotlight: Ben Olinsky, Artistic Director, 18th Street Singers

Bringing the Diversity of Choral Music to Young Professionals

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Singing, Volunteer

A shared passion for singing led Ben Olinsky and his friends to create the 18th Street Singers, a Washington DC-based volunteer ensemble. Over the past nine years, the group has changed in size and membership, but the goal has remained the same: to make choral music more accessible to a new generation of audiences.  Read more

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11 Signs You Sing in a Chorus

11 Signs You Sing in a Chorus

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing, Social Media

We all know that there is something special about being a choral singer. In fact, Chorus America's research shows that singers are more likely to be good citizens that make positive contributions to their communities than people who don't sing in a chorus. However, there are other qualities that set chorus members apart in ways that are a bit more...unique. With some creativity and the help of our Facebook followers, we came up with 11 signs that you might be a choral singer. Read more

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Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Why Singing Requiems Makes Us Happy

Stacy Horn | Adults/Seniors, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing, Volunteer

A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn. Read more

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Movement in Rehearsal

Movement in Rehearsal

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Making time to incorporate movement exercises during rehearsal can be a challenge, but a number of conductors are finding that it makes a real difference in the way their groups sing. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Professional, Profile, Singing, Strategic Planning

Brett Stover grew up singing in choirs and has served on the boards of an array of music and arts groups in Cincinnati. Now he brings his business savvy and love of the performing arts to Chorus America's Board of Directors. "The more people who are singing, the better off we will all be," he says. Read more

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More Tips for Memorizing Music

More Tips for Memorizing Music

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

The article "Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?" shares memorization techniques that choruses have found helpful. In this followup piece, Gary Holt, artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, expands on how he gets his singers "off book" quickly and efficiently. Read more

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Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Should Choruses Memorize Their Music?

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process. Read more

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Maintaining Your Voice for Optimal Lifelong Singing

Maintaining Your Voice for Optimal Lifelong Singing

Erin Donahue an... | Adults/Seniors, Health, Singing

Healthy vocal habits can help older adults continue to enjoy the benefits of choral singing. Erin Donahue and Wendy LeBorgne, voice pathologists from the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation and the Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati, share expert advice on staying vocally "fit". Read more

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Resources

Chorus Impact Study

Chorus Impact Study

How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

Chorus America's landmark study on the impact of choral singers of all ages on the communities in which they live. The study tracks a marked increase in the number of singers across the USA, it also collects data on the impact of choral singing on children and youth for the first time. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Virtual Voice Lesson: Getting to Know Your Instrument

Shauna Fallihee | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

In a series of video lessons, soprano soloist and voice teacher Shauna Fallihee guides you in the essential steps to freeing your natural voice and singing with ease. Read more

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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 Evaluation Form

Singer Evaluation Form

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

Use this form to evaluate your singers during auditions. Includes range, sight-reading, and vocal quality measures. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

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

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. 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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Events

Sing with Cantare Con Vivo this July

Sing with Cantare Con Vivo this July

Berkeley, CA

David Morales | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

This July, sing with Cantare Con Vivo in a concert featuring great anthems from the Christian tradition.  Read more

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An Afternoon of Jazz

An Afternoon of Jazz

Henrico, VA

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Come listen to the Richmond Choral Society and tap your toes to favorites from America’s own music!  Read more

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Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

Concert - Variations on Love & Laughter

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Performance, Singing

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Singing

For its spring concert program the Crescendo Chorus and Crescendo's Period Instrument Ensemble will feature two settings of Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Vivaldi and Handel.  Read more

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A Mere Matter of Life and Death

A Mere Matter of Life and Death

1317 G Street NW, Washington DC, 20005

Thomas Circle S... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The Thomas Circle Singers is a chamber choral ensemble with a dual mission: to perform diverse choral works for the enjoyment of audiences in the Washington DC area and to raise awareness and funds for organizations that address the pressing needs of the city’s underserved citizens. Since 1976, TCS has filled this unique niche, enriching the quality of life for Washington-area residents by offering superb performances of choral classics and new works by living composers, while contributing to the life of the community by donating concert proceeds to DC-based social service organizations. The Seven Heavens (James Whitbourne) WASHINGTON, DC PREMIERE Requiem (Rutter) Read more

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Rainbow Connection: Pride (Boston Choral Ensemble)

Rainbow Connection: Pride (Boston Choral Ensemble)

Cambridge, MA

BCE President | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Join Boston Choral Ensemble for a concert celebrating Pride Week with music and texts by LGBTQIA+ writers and composers, including Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten. https://www.bostonchoral.org/performances/pride/ Read more

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Requiem for the Middle Class - Concert

Requiem for the Middle Class - Concert

Willimantic, CT

Sarah K. | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

Two new choral ensembles in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut will present their debut concert, “Requiem for the Middle Class: a brief survey of a cappella choral music for comfort.”  This preview concert  introducing Voices of Concinnity, a new vocal chamber ensemble, and Choir Matrix, a new community women’s choir, will feature the Howell’s Requiem, and the music of Bruckner, Hogan, Lotti, Daley, and more.  This performance is to benefit the Neighbor Fund, a local organization dedicated to help local people facing deporation. Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

Issaquah, WA

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

Make our popular Celebrate America concert, with its patriotic songs, sing alongs, historical commentary and readings, and the all-American music you know and love, a part of your 4th of July festivities.  This year’s theme: the creation of our American Constitution. 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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