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How to Learn a New Piece of Music

How to Learn a New Piece of Music

Mark Bosnian | Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

Four steps to ironing out those tricky passages so that you hit the mark at performance time. Read more

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Postcards from Tour: Singing Leavitt’s Requiem in Paris

Postcards from Tour: Singing Leavitt’s Requiem in Paris

Cory Davis | Performance, Singing

One choral singer travels to France with a hundred others to perform the European premiere of a new requiem setting by Paul Leavitt. Read more

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The Power of "With"

The Power of "With"

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Diversity, Performance, Singing

Choruses bring diverse people together to make beautiful music and offer us a much-needed antidote to the "i" epidemic. Read more

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Singing in Tune

Singing in Tune

Chloe Veltman | Audiences, Health, Performance, Rehearsal, Science, Singing

The anatomy of choral intonation and techniques for improving it. Read more

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Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Rach On! Performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Grant Gershon | Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

An a cappella masterpiece of staggering beauty and power, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) presents many challenges for the choral singer. Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, chose the piece to open his 10th Anniversary season with LAMC. We talked with him about the work and how he prepared his singers to perform it. Read more

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Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Verdi's Requiem: Under the Influence

Jeffrey Baxter | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

Composers don't exist in a vacuum; they are continually influenced by their predecessors and peers, their culture and society. Here, we look at some of the influences (and influencers) reflected in Verdi's Requiem. Read more

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What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

What do choral singers wish their chorus managers and music directors knew about them? What would make singers' experience in the chorus more enjoyable, more meaningful, more fun? Read more

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Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Boys to Men: Singing Through Voice Change

Chloe Veltman | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Participation, Schools, Singing

An influx of new programs are beginning to recognize the value of keeping boys singing—through changing voices and for a lifetime. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Nutrition

Keeping Singers Well: Nutrition

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

Because the vast majority of choral singers tag rehearsals and performances onto already busy professional and family lives, their nutrition can be a compromise on any given day. We asked specialists and long-time choristers what nutritional choices can be most beneficial for singers. Read more

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Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Keeping Singers Well: Exercise and Sleep

Matthew Sigman | Health, Singing

When your body is the instrument, it's imperative to keep it in tip-top shape with good exercise habits and the right amount of sleep. 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 | 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

Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Choral Workshop with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON

ecnice | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, General, Networking, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technique/Tool

Are you in a choir? Do you like to sing? Do you like choral music? Then, please join the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford who are visiting Grace Church on-the-Hill for a unique evening. An evening where you will rehearse 4 pieces with the Choir and their director, Dr Stephen Darlington, and then sing the program together.  TIME AND PLACE: 7.30pm Monday April 7, 2015 at Grace Church on-the-Hill—300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto  Why are we doing this? One of the principal aims of this concert is to strengthen the bonds of community in Toronto’s choral community. The program is designed to offer something for all tastes and experience. You can be an expert, an amateur or just a fan. The pieces are: Libera me—Fauré  Ave verum—Byrd  Halleluia Chorus—Handel  I’m gonna sing—Traditional TICKETS: $15 (or $10 for parties of 10 or more) Plus there is a $5 rebate if you also buy a Concert Ticket for Tuesday.  Tickets to be sold by Grace Church - http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-choir-of-christ-church-cathedral-oxford-tickets-10337143675 - (416) 488-7884.  To help you prepare openchoir.org is an online tutorial for the Libera me from the Fauré Requiem. More about this here: http://www.chchchoir.org/usa-canada-2014/choral-tutorial/.  Grace Church on-the-Hill (http://www.gracechurchonthehill.ca/), in Toronto, is a centre for choral music in Toronto. Grace Church has itself a very wide choral program with Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Grace Church also hosts 9 other Toronto choirs.  Phone 416-488-7884  Fax 416-488-4770  Email: info@gracechurchonthehill.ca Read more

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National Memorial Day Choral Festival

National Memorial Day Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

John Wiscombe | Performance, Singing

Come sing in honor of America's heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over Memorial Day Weekend under the artistic direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. Not merely a festival for Washington, the National Memorial Day Choral Festival is an event for the entire country – a major event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. Visit the festival website at www.memorialdaychoralfestival.org to learn more. Read more

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The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Festival

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Festival

Salzburg, Austria

John Wiscombe | Performance, Singing

Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this cultural phenomenon, with a choral extravaganza on June 26, 2015 in the magnificently gorgeous Mozarteum Salzburg. The program will feature a parade of legendary hits from The Sound of Music, including Edelweiss and Do-Re-Mi, as well as classics from other Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterworks, such as South Pacific, The King and I, Carousel, and more. Artistic direction will be led by Emmy- and Grammy- nominated conductor and vocal educator, Judith Clurman. Along with the performance, you will enjoy tours of famous Sound of Music sites, with breathtaking views of Salzburg used in the making of the film. Music Celebrations International is pleased to organize and produce this special event with support from the Salzburg Tourist Board. To learn more, please visit the festival website at www.som50fest.org. Read more

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Rome International Choral Festival

Rome International Choral Festival

Vatican City & Rome, Italy

John Wiscombe | Performance, Singing

The Rome International Choral Festival is one of Rome's premier annual summer music events. The seventh-annual festival will feature Mass participation at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on June 22, 2015, and a formal finale concert at Rome's famed Saint Mary above Minerva Basilica on June 23, 2015. The festival chorus will include mixed-voice singers and choirs from across North America that will come together to rehearse and perform en masse under the baton of maestro Z. Randall Stroope. Please visit the festival website at www.romechoralfestival.org. Read more

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Virginia Arts Festival Presents Actéon

Virginia Arts Festival Presents Actéon

Norfolk, VA

amandascoleman | Audiences, Families, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

  The Virginia Arts Festival presents a rare evening of period music conducted by one of the most revered names in early music performance, William Christie, on Tuesday, April 15, at Norfolk’s First Lutheran Church. Mr. Christie will lead the musicians of Juilliard415, the principal period-instrument ensemble of The Juilliard School, and singers from Juilliard Opera in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s 18th-century treasure, Actéon. Read more

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Treasures of the English Cathedral

Treasures of the English Cathedral

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Singing

  Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits with glorious music from England. Majestic, hopeful, inspiring all describe the music by celebrated English composers John Rutter, Herbert Howells, John Tavener and Gerald Finzi that will be sung by the 100-voice Princeton Pro Musica chorus, conducted by Dr. Ryan James Brandau, Artistic Director. Read more

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SA Choral Society presents POPS: Beatlemania!

SA Choral Society presents POPS: Beatlemania!

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX 78240

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing

Season Pops Concert featuring popular hits by the famous 60’s British rock band, The Beatles!. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon!  Read more

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Totally Wicked: Featuring the Music of Stephen Schwartz

Totally Wicked: Featuring the Music of Stephen Schwartz

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Audiences, Performance, Professional, Singing

Seattle Men's Chorus' Spring Concert! Totally Wicked Featuring the Music of Stephen Schwartz March 29 - 30 | McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA March 29 - 8:00PM March 30 - 2:00PM With Special Guest, Megan Hilty Read more

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Bonifantes Boys Choir Concert

Bonifantes Boys Choir Concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Families, Schools, Singing

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents The Bonifantes Boys Choir on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00pm.  Founded in 1999 in Pardubice, Czech Republic by its Artistic Director, Jan Míšek, the Bonifantes Boys Choir is part of a school known as Bonifantes School of Arts with an enrollment of 350 students.  The touring choir is comprised of 32 boys ages 10 – 18.  They will perform Czech and European sacred, secular and folk choral works as well as American works, spanning from the Renaissance to 20th century.  A free will offering will be taken. Read more

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Great Choral Masterpieces

Great Choral Masterpieces

2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA

Nan Hall | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

We asked for your favorites and now we present a wonderful concert of beloved choral anthems from across the centuries. From Palestrina through Mozart, to contemporary genius, Morten Lauridsen, Richmond Choral Society will thrill you with the beauty of these choral masterpieces. www.richmondchoralsociety.org 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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