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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

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 Handbook Table of Contents

Singer Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Sample/Template, Singing

Most choruses provide singers with a handbook for participation; use this sample table of contents to make sure you haven't forgotten any policies. Read more

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Singer Audition Form

Singer Audition Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

A sample form for conductors to use when evaluating potential singers. 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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Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Yoga for Singers: Why Yoga?

Justin Montigne | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Instructor Justin Montigne explains how the practice of yoga or proprioceptive awareness can benefit singers. Read more

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Events

SummerSings!

SummerSings!

2315 N Parham Road, Henrico VA 23229

RCSVPD | Singing

 The Richmond Choral Society presents a summer evening musical journey for vocal enthusiasts.  Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk   Pacific Mozart Ensemble has changed their name to Pacific Edge Voices     Read more

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True Concord Voices & Orchestra

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

New York, NY

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

True Concord Voices & Orchestra A COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT FOR THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center 1941 Broadway at 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Tickets $20-$100 Read more

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Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Hallows in the Cathedral: Spirits Rising

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

  As the late autumn sun slips below the horizon, St. Mark’s Cathedral  will resonate once again with the ethereal harmonies enchantingly sung by Seattle Women’s Chorus. From the Romantic to the contemporary, the spooky to the soothing, this diverse concert features an entertaining collection of classical and pop songs and tales that will stir your soul and raise your spirits. http://flyinghouse.org/swc/2015-16/HallowsInTheCathedral.asp Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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Auditions for Bucks County Choral Society

Auditions for Bucks County Choral Society

New Britain, PA

Leland Felt | Participation, Singing, Volunteer

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GMChorale to Audition New Singers

GMChorale to Audition New Singers

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale; www.gmchorale.org) is inviting experienced singers to audition with its Artistic Director, Joseph D'Eugenio, for their next concert season. Following the recent record-breaking attendance at their performances of Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem in collaboration with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the MHS Performing Arts Center, Director D’Eugenio, who has also been selected as Guest Conductor for CONCORA’s Summer Festival 2015 in July, will continue to focus on great choral masterworks, accompanied by the NHSO. Read more

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A Choral Arts Christmas

A Choral Arts Christmas

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Caryn Fraim | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas celebrates the holiday with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. 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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