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Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Member Spotlight: Justin Montigne, Clerestory, San Francisco

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Justin Montigne, a professional choral singer, voice teacher, and registered yoga teacher, teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. His interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. Read more

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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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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

Sacred & Profane with the masterwork Carmina Burana!

Sacred & Profane with the masterwork Carmina Burana!

540 S. Commonwealth Ave, LA, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Performance, Singing, Volunteer

VOX presents Sacred & Profane featuring the masterwork "Carmina Burana"! While the first half of the concert honors the sacred with spiritual themes, the second half lets loose with Carl Orff’s renown and dramatic text. Read more

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World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

World Premiere of "Moses, an Oratorio"

3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Fernando Va... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Artistic Director Charlie Kim, with orchestra, soloists, narration and staging, will perform the world premiere of Sergio Barer's 'Moses, an Oratorio' in the historic and beautifully restored 1920's landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple. General Admission: $18, tickets at www.mosesanoratorio.brownpapertickets.com and go to www.igg.me/at/moseso to view donation rewards including tickets and additional perks Read more

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"The Promise of Living"

"The Promise of Living"

Hershey, PA

Susquehanna Cho... | Singing

  The Susquehanna Chorale, based in central Pennsylvania, will honor the life and memory of renowned choral conductor Robert Page during its spring program, "The Promise of Living," in May.    The Susquehanna Chorale will perform three arrangements by Page: Sondheim’s Our Time and No One Has Ever Loved Me, and Page’s most beloved arrangement of Bernstein’s Make our Garden Grow.   Other repertoire for the concerts will present the varied faces and sources of joy, hope, and enthusiasm for life as presented by some of the Chorale’s favorite British and American composers.   Read more

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Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Hamilton, Ontario

Brott Music Fes... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Brott Music Festival offers singers from across North America a week long retreat featuring rehearsals with Chorus Master, Stephane Potvin, and professional section leads. Daily rehearsals will be supplemented with workshops on score preparation, vocal production, singing in tune, etc. Retreat participants will also receive scores, rehearsal accompanists, the opportunity to perform with a full symphonic orchestra, and perform under the baton of one of Canada’s most decorated conductors, Boris Brott. We will also have a master choral clinician from a world renowned organization like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Canadian Opera Chorus, Elora Festival Singers/Festival, etc. For more information our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brottchorus/, visit our website at http://brottmusic.com/brott-chorus where you can also find an online application, sign-up for our newsletter at http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=bba48b3825, or contact Chorus Manager, Paul Hawkins, at brottchoir@gmail.com.  Read more

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Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Brott Music Festival Choral Retreat

Hamilton, Ontario

Brott Music Fes... | Adults/Seniors, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Symphonic

The Brott Music Festival offers singers from across North America a week long retreat featuring rehearsals with Chorus Master, Stephane Potvin, and professional section leads. Daily rehearsals will be supplemented with workshops on score preparation, vocal production, singing in tune, etc. Retreat participants will also receive scores, rehearsal accompanists, the opportunity to perform with a full symphonic orchestra, and perform under the baton of one of Canada’s most decorated conductors, Boris Brott. We will also have a master choral clinician from a world renowned organization like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Canadian Opera Chorus, Elora Festival Singers/Festival, etc. For more information visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brottchorus/, our website at http://brottmusic.com/brott-chorus where you can also find an online application, sign-up for our newsletter at http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=bba48b3825, or contact Chorus Manager, Paul Hawkins, at brottchoir@gmail.com.  Read more

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L.A. Children’s Chorus Presents Masterclass with Noted Choral Conductor Scott Melvin

L.A. Children’s Chorus Presents Masterclass with Noted Choral Conductor Scott Melvin

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

sgordon823 | Children/Youth, Education, Singing

L.A. Children’s Chorus Presents Masterclass with Noted Choral Conductor Scott Melvin Day-Long Class, Open to Public, Focuses on Building Choral Tone and Expressive Singing for Elementary, Middle School and High School Singers Read more

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The Fairfield County Chorale Presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem

The Fairfield County Chorale Presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

jromano | Education, Families, General, History, Performance, Professional, Singing, Symphonic

David Rosenmeyer conducts the Fairfield County Chorale and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm in Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk, CT Read more

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Con Brio Gala 20th Anniversary Spring Concert

Con Brio Gala 20th Anniversary Spring Concert

Old Lyme, CT

Con Brio Choral... | Singing

Gala Anniversary concert celebrating 20 years 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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