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Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Justin Montigne, a professional choral singer, voice teacher, and registered yoga teacher, teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. His interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. Read more

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“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

“Choirs Transforming Our World” at the Yale International Choral Festival

Micah Hendler | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

It is not every day that in a recital hall at an Ivy League university you hear discussions of how to bring music to the imprisoned, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and the dying. But here I was, a research fellow at the Yale International Choral Festival Symposium, “Choirs Transforming Our World,” and surrounding me were people who spent their lives doing just that. Almost every context in which choral music could be used to repair the world seemed to have an expert. And those experts were in the Morse Recital Hall at the Yale School of Music, presenting, discussing, singing, thinking, together.  It was truly amazing. Read more

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Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Conductor's Corner: When What You Say Is Not What You Get

Axel Theimer | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Performance, Rehearsal, Research/Data, Singing

Do you feel like the instructions you are giving your singers in rehearsal are not getting the desired result? Conductor Axel Theimer, the founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Kantorei, has developed new approaches that align with research on how humans learn best. Consider his strategies for putting your singers at ease and tapping into their abilities. Read more

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 “Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

“Call Me Maybe” Gets a Choral Twist

Viral Video Shines New Light on Choral Music

Lauren Rosenthal | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Rehearsal, Singing

If you’ve been on the internet during the past month, you’ve probably seen the quirky viral video of a chorus and orchestra covering the popular, can’t-get-it-out-of-your head song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. There are hundreds of other videos online covering the song, ranging from topics like NFL replacement referees to the United States Olympic swim team, so what makes this one so special? With more than two million hits and counting on YouTube, mentions in newspapers around the country, and even a featured performance on the Today Show, who knew choral music could go so viral? Read more

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A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

A Chorister's Front Row Seat on History

Singing for the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Jody Kerssenbrock | Community Outreach, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

The Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra’s 1962 tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was more than anyone bargained for. Jody Kerssenbrock, then a 25-year-old chorister, remembers what it was like to be in "enemy" territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war. Read more

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The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

The Human Singing Voice in the Age of Twitter

Eric Friesen | Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing, Social Media

Though the river of time engulfs us in change, the purity and beauty of the human singing voice remains a constant. Read more

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The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

The Evolution of Choral Concerts: Creating Multisensory Experiences

Kevin Frey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

No longer is choral music constrained to choristers standing on risers at the front of a church or concert hall. In recent years, the traditional format has evolved into multisensory, multimedia experiences. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brooks Firestone

Member Spotlight: Brooks Firestone

Discovering Choral Singing in the "Evensong" of Life

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Health, Participation, Performance, Singing

Brooks Firestone was looking for an activity that would enliven his retirement years. Little did he know that choral singing would become his passion. Chorus America asked him to describe his unlikely journey. Read more

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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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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

Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

Angel City Chorale Presents Bring on the Joy

4350 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010

GreenGal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Angel City Chorale (ACC) presents Bring on the Joy, its 23rd annual holiday concert & sing-along Read more

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THE GLORY OF FREEDOM

THE GLORY OF FREEDOM

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performing works of Wagner, Mahler, Marquez and others. Dr. Lee Nelson transports the Carnegie Hall audience with Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria to be conducted by Dr. Erin Freeman; both works to feature the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

REFLECTIONS OF PEACE

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY presents “Reflections of Peace,” featuring the NY premiere of REQUIEM, written by Grammy-nominated, contemporary Nordic composer, Kim André Arenesen. This lush and dramatic work will be conducted by DCINY’s very own Associate Artistic Director Dr. James Meaders. Dr. Catherine Sailer from the University of Denver conducts Joseph Haydn’s impassioned LORD NELSON MASS, filled with heroic and virtuosic themes, and is considered by scholars to be Haydn’s greatest single composition written at the peak of his career. Jennifer Lapple conducts the talented Flutopia Wind Ensemble in an engaging and reflecting performance. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

DCINY proudly honors UK composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised of both new and lauded compositions by the honoree. Program includes the North American Premiere of Jenkins' Cantata Memoria For the Children of Aberfan and his beautiful Requiem. Conducted by Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor and featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

THE MUSIC OF SIR KARL JENKINS: ABERFAN, CANTATA MEMORIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

881 Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance, Singing, Symphonic

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017  2:00 PM  Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall   Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sir Karl Jenkins, DCINY Composer-in-Residence   Read more

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Christmas by Candlelight

Christmas by Candlelight

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Families, General, Performance, Singing

A beloved candlelight concert by the SF Bach Choir with The Whole Noyse and their Renaissance instruments. Bring the family for a festive, lush, jubilant journey around the world at Christmas, featuring holiday music from many periods and countries — from plainchant to American shape-note hymns, early motets to delightful new works and familiar carols. We’ll surround you with music and candlelight for an unforgettable, moving experience. Read more

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ChoralArt | Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

ChoralArt | Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME 04103

Nick MacDonald | Participation, Performance, Singing

Join ChoralArt for a festive Messiah sing-along with fun group-format solos and accompaniment by the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Columbus, Ohio

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Bethesda, Maryland

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Sunday, February 5, 2017 3 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor Read more

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The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

The St. Olaf Choir 2017 Winter Tour

Richmond, Virginia

St Olaf Coll Guest | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Friday, February 3, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale November 15: www.stolaf.edu/tickets Anton Armstrong, conductor 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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