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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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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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Resources

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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Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Yoga for Singers: Introduction

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The ancient practice of yoga can help you establish good singing posture, become aware of your body, and use your breath effectively. Read more

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Events

Auditions - DC's premier pops chorus

Auditions - DC's premier pops chorus

Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria ... | Community Outreach, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

The Alexandria Singers are hosting Guest Nights and Open Auditions for our Fall 2016 season. Who we are: SATB pops chorus; mixed voices, all ages; "Glee" style fun, professional quality singing! Come see if we're the right fit for you! Read more

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The Oratorio Society of Virginia Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

The Oratorio Society of Virginia Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Performance, Singing

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September Sing

September Sing

Southport, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

A September Sing featuring selections from Verdi Requiem and Faure Requiem. The audience is the choir at this event. The Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport is at 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT  06890. The Church is 2 blocks south of I-95 at Exit 19. Admission is $10 at the door, music rental is included.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. Read more

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Messiah...Refreshed!

Messiah...Refreshed!

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

andrea@DCINY.org | Families, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

DCINY ushers in the holiday season with the sixth annual presentation of its signature version of Handel’s Messiah, the Beecham/Goossens’ 1959 reorchestration for full symphony orchestra. The performance is led by maestro Jonathan Griffith, featuring an international choir made up of singers from five different continents. Read more

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Eternal Light

Eternal Light

881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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

DCINY proudly presents UK Composer Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem led by Maestro Jonathan Griffith. In continuing with the theme of musical levity and light, conductor Bradley Ellingboe leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra in Lux Eterna by Morten Lauridsen. Read more

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“Summer’s Bounty” Benefit Concert – Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir

“Summer’s Bounty” Benefit Concert – Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir

Greenfield, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Singing

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY CHAMBER CHOIR presents   SUMMER'S BOUNTY - a choral celebration featuring six centuries of a cappella music Sunday, August 28, 2016 3pm All Souls Church, Greenfield 399 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301 Donations Welcome ALL PROCEEDS GO TO BENEFIT THE STONE SOUP CAFE   For more information: www.pvsoc.org chorus@pvso.org www.stonesoupgreenfield.org Read more

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Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Open Rehearsal with Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus

Hadley, MA

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

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (Dr. Jonathan Harvey, dir.) welcomes singers of all voice parts to our Open Rehearsal, 7-9pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). Come check it out – see what it’s like to sing with us!   We will sing repertoire from throughout our upcoming 2016-17 season, including works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Copland, and our season finale masterwork, Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Come meet new friends, eat some tasty treats, and make beautiful music!   New PVS singers will be entered into a drawing to win voice lessons, concert tickets, meals, and other fabulous prizes.   Interested singers can find more information about the PVS Chorus at www.pvsoc.org, or email chorus@pvso.org. Read more

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Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions

East Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Philomusica Concert Choir, Dennis Boyle, Music Director/Conductor, will be holding auditions on Mondays August 29, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 and 20, 2016 after rehearsals at The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.   Read more

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2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

2016-2017 Auditions for Cantabile Chamber Chorale

Bound Brook, New Jersey

Cantabile Chamb... | Singing

Cantabile Chamber Chorale invites singers of all voice parts to audition for 2016-2017 concert season. Read more

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MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS  - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS ANNOUNCES MEMBER AUDITIONS - AWARD-WINNING CHORUS ESPECIALLY SEEKING TENORS & BASSES

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Singing

Experienced singers are invited to audition for the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus by appointment on Wednesday evenings beginning September 7, 2016. Auditions are open to all members of the community ages 16 and up.  All voice parts are welcome to audition; however, the chorus is especially seeking tenors, baritones and basses to add to its impressive ensemble.  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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