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Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Preserving and Performing African-American Music

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Choral conductor and composer/arranger Roland Carter has a passion for finding and performing the rich array of choral music from the African-American tradition. While at the 2012 Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Chorus America talked with Carter about his life and work.  Read more

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Sing for Your Life: What We Can Learn from the “Singing Cultures”

Sing for Your Life: What We Can Learn from the “Singing Cultures”

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

In Finland, people sing in choirs well into their golden years. Julene Johnson, PhD, a research professor at University of California, San Francisco, tells what she has learned about the importance of choral singing and healthy aging. Read more

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How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Strategies for reaching out to prospective singers Read more

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Changing Your Chorus from Within

Changing Your Chorus from Within

David Costanza | Diversity, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations Read more

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Singing

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody Read more

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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it. Read more

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Mothers and Music Education: The Influence and the Impact

Mothers and Music Education: The Influence and the Impact

Jan-Marie Petersen | Families, History, Impact/Value, Singing

Mom. It's one little word, but such an enormous job. In celebration of mothers, we asked members of our Facebook page to tell us: "What impact did your mother have on your life in music?" Read more

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You’re Never Too Old To Sing

You’re Never Too Old To Sing

Leda Scearce | Adults/Seniors, Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Is your voice, like your body, showing some age? Voice specialist Leda Scearce offers insights and tips for keeping your instrument agile and well tuned. Read more

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When Self-Criticism Interferes with Your Potential

When Self-Criticism Interferes with Your Potential

Frank Nemhauser | Singing, Technique/Tool

Anything worth doing requires playing the “inner game”—successfully navigating one’s own psychological landscape and overcoming the internal criticisms that get in the way of our best performance. Read more

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Resources

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—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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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 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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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

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 the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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Events

Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival

Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Join choirs from across the United States and Canada at the Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival. Perform for appreciative audiences in the culturally rich southern Puerto Rico city of Ponce. Broaden your understanding of the unique aspects of Caribbean and Puerto Rican choral traditions during a workshop at the Juan Morel Campos Institute of Music in Ponce. www.music-contact.com Read more

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Festival of Peace and Brotherhood

Festival of Peace and Brotherhood

Rome and Castelli Romani, Italy

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Visiting ensembles will be welcomed to this historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast of Rome. www.music-contact.com Read more

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Side by Side by Sondeheim

Side by Side by Sondeheim

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

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Join us for a fun and light-hearted evening of solos, duets and choral pieces from American lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim.  And for a special treat, KT Sullivan will be joining us on stage! Read more

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Stamford Chorale Concert

Stamford Chorale Concert

884 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT

thestamfordchorale | Singing

The Stamford Chorale will sing “American Folk Songs -- Musical Gems of Our Country” under the direction of David Gomez.    Read more

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Men's Choral  June 13, 2015

Men's Choral June 13, 2015

19 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ

jd_gsjc | Singing

 Tenors and Basses from all types of choruses are invited to join together and sing music from the rich men’s choral tradition. Share your voice and your enthusiasm.         Read more

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Men's Choral  June 13, 2015

Men's Choral June 13, 2015

19 Kings Highway East Haddonfield, NJ

jd_gsjc | Singing

  Tenors and Basses from all types of choruses are invited to join together and sing music from the rich men’s choral tradition. Share your voice and your enthusiasm.         Read more

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New York City Master Chorale: "One More for the Road" Cabaret

New York City Master Chorale: "One More for the Road" Cabaret

61 Christopher Street, New York, NY

Erica Kelly | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Venue

Following up on their sold-out performance last season, Thea Kano and the singers of the New York City Master Chorale return to the Duplex with "One More for the Road". Read more

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The Song That Nature Sings

The Song That Nature Sings

681 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Schools, Singing

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Broadway Goes Choral!

Broadway Goes Choral!

4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, VA 22311

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Many bright lights illuminated New York’s theatre district as “The Great White Way.” Now, the bright lights come down to Northern Virginia as the Fairfax Choral Society presents Broadway Goes Choral. 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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