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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

New York City Master Chorale: "One More for the Road" Cabaret

New York City Master Chorale: "One More for the Road" Cabaret

61 Christopher Street, New York, NY

Erica Kelly | Audiences, Performance, Singing, Venue

Following up on their sold-out performance last season, Thea Kano and the singers of the New York City Master Chorale return to the Duplex with "One More for the Road". Read more

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The Song That Nature Sings

The Song That Nature Sings

681 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Schools, Singing

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Broadway Goes Choral!

Broadway Goes Choral!

4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, VA 22311

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Many bright lights illuminated New York’s theatre district as “The Great White Way.” Now, the bright lights come down to Northern Virginia as the Fairfax Choral Society presents Broadway Goes Choral. Read more

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Spring Follies

Spring Follies

8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Amanda Boundy | Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance, Schools, Singing

The final concert of the Fairfax Choral Society Central Campus Youth Concert season will celebrate the songs of the stage – Spring Follies!  Read more

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI

Rhode Island Ci... | Performance, Singing

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Read more

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Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. Read more

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Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

Hope Eternal: From Darkness Into Light

1740 Route 130 N, North Brunswick, NJ

Faith Knabe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

This concert includes several selections describing the transformation of mankind’s darkest thoughts and questions about why terrible things happen to a glimmer of hope and then to the acceptance of the light of God’s salvation.  This transformation crosses centuries as seen by the selection of specific pieces from the Romantic period, the early Baroque period, and the modern day period. Read more

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"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

"Vive la France!" Spring Concert - Children's Chorus of Washington

5 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC 20005

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Singing, Venue

  Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) presents its Spring Concert, Vive la France!, a celebration of French culture,  on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 4 p.m., at National City Christian Church. This performance features CCW’s five award-winning choral ensembles and guest artist Lauren Cook, accordion. Read more

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UConn Festival Choir presents Carmina Burana

UConn Festival Choir presents Carmina Burana

University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

J Harvey | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Singing

  The University of Connecticut's college/community chorus, Festival Choir, presents Carl Orff's monumental cantata Carmina Burana, in von der Mehden auditorium on the Storrs campus at 3pm on Saturday, April 18.  Read more

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The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass"

The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass"

222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Oratorio Society of Queens Sings Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” Celebrate the promise of the season of renewal and rebirth. Rejoice in hearing Haydn's uplifting and moving "Lord Nelson Mass" sung live by the Oratorio Society of Queens and its own orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, conducted by Maestro David Close on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), Bayside, New York. 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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