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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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 “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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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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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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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 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

Costa Brava Music Festival 2016

Costa Brava Music Festival 2016

MRF MusicFestivals | Singing

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Sounds of a New Generation

Sounds of a New Generation

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, General, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

  Alma Mater of Pentatonix a cappella music stars Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado and Scott Hoying, as well as country music singing sensation Tim Rushlow, the Martin High School Chorale of Arlington, Texas is known for nurturing and producing big talent. Directed by Kay W. Owens, the evening program will include a variety of offerings and repertoire from the great American songbook. Read more

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Show Choir Try-Outs for a Special Commemorative Season

Show Choir Try-Outs for a Special Commemorative Season

Houston, TX

Houston Choral ... | General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase invites singers to audition for the upcoming spring season. This show choir performs Broadway, pop, jazz, swing, etc. with rehearsals starting in January for performances in April through June. Read more

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Let this be your Lucky Year...Sing with Diablo Women's Chorale in San Francisco's East Bay

Let this be your Lucky Year...Sing with Diablo Women's Chorale in San Francisco's East Bay

Walnut Creek, CA

Sarah Koller-Di... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

If you were lucky enough to see the Diablo Women’s Chorale holiday show in December, then you know what fun and music are all about. The Chorale sang a dozen tunes in both new versions and old, and had the audience of 350 standing on their feet in a finale sing-along. The Chorale is looking for more lucky singers to join them for this upcoming year, 2016. The spring season promises to be a rousing time with selections from Queen, Elvis and recent Disney princess ballads. Read more

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Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

Camerata d'Amici invites singers in all vocal parts to join our choral ensemble

111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY 10590

JeannieH22 | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

      Camerata d’Amici is happy to announce that it has opened its audition period for the remainder of the 2015-2016 concert season. Auditions are by appointment only 1/16-1/23. To set up a specific audition time, or to find out more about Camerata, contact the artistic director, Kristin Sponheim, at conductor@cameratadamici.org. Rehearsals generally take place Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church in South Salem, New York. Camerata d’Amici performs three concerts per season in addition to outreach concerts in neighboring communities. Our concerts for the 2015-2016 season are scheduled for December 6, 2015, March 6, 2016, and May 22, 2016. Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus seeks new singers for Spring 2016

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus seeks new singers for Spring 2016

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Symphonic

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is looking for new members in every voice part to join us for the second half of our 2015-16 season. If you are looking for a creative musical opportunity, and would like to sing with a full orchestra, we hope you'll consider joining us! Spring repertoire will include Brahms Schicksalslied and Faure Requiem. First rehearsal is Tuesday January 5, 7-9pm, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA. Contact chorus@pvso.org with any questions. Read more

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Sounds of a New Generation

Sounds of a New Generation

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Education, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Alma Mater of Pentatonix a cappella music stars Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado and Scott Hoying, as well as country music singing sensation Tim Rushlow, the Martin High School Chorale of Arlington, Texas is known for nurturing and producing big talent. Directed by Kay W. Owens, the evening program will include a variety of offerings and repertoire from the great American songbook. Read more

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Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Ewing, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Singing

  On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00pm, Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Kendall Theater on the campus of The College of NJ in Ewing, NJ. Read more

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Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Schools, Singing

Singers ages 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washington's programs: Ages 6-9: register for PREP Classes (new session starts in January) Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202 237 1005 and join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. New semester starts January 11. www.childrenschorus.com 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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