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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

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 Huffman | 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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Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

Vocal Wellness for Singers of All Ages

admin_ca | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of specific anatomic, physiologic, and technical issues for singers of all ages. Voice pathologist and singing voice specialist Wendy LeBorgne will explore health and wellness practices and vocal exercises. Participants will come away from this session with increased knowledge related to vocal health and wellness, along with tips for voice maximization for all singers. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

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

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  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 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—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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Events

 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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 Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith"

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art: Great Songs of Faith"

First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Laura Grainger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Carolina Master Chorale presents "How Great Thou Art:  Great Songs of Faith" as you’ve never heard them before in brilliant concert arrangements for choir, soloists, brass and percussion. Read more

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Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Dixit Dominus--The Voices of Order Over Chaos; Masterworks by Vivaldi and Handel

Great Barrington, MA

kabdrake | Singing

For its spring concert program the Crescendo Chorus and Crescendo's Period Instrument Ensemble will feature two settings of Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by Vivaldi and Handel.  Read more

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A Mere Matter of Life and Death

A Mere Matter of Life and Death

1317 G Street NW, Washington DC, 20005

Thomas Circle S... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, General, Performance, Singing

The Thomas Circle Singers is a chamber choral ensemble with a dual mission: to perform diverse choral works for the enjoyment of audiences in the Washington DC area and to raise awareness and funds for organizations that address the pressing needs of the city’s underserved citizens. Since 1976, TCS has filled this unique niche, enriching the quality of life for Washington-area residents by offering superb performances of choral classics and new works by living composers, while contributing to the life of the community by donating concert proceeds to DC-based social service organizations. The Seven Heavens (James Whitbourne) WASHINGTON, DC PREMIERE Requiem (Rutter) Read more

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Rainbow Connection: Pride (Boston Choral Ensemble)

Rainbow Connection: Pride (Boston Choral Ensemble)

Cambridge, MA

BCE President | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Performance, Singing

Join Boston Choral Ensemble for a concert celebrating Pride Week with music and texts by LGBTQIA+ writers and composers, including Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten. https://www.bostonchoral.org/performances/pride/ Read more

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Requiem for the Middle Class - Concert

Requiem for the Middle Class - Concert

Willimantic, CT

Sarah K. | Community Outreach, Performance, Singing

Two new choral ensembles in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut will present their debut concert, “Requiem for the Middle Class: a brief survey of a cappella choral music for comfort.”  This preview concert  introducing Voices of Concinnity, a new vocal chamber ensemble, and Choir Matrix, a new community women’s choir, will feature the Howell’s Requiem, and the music of Bruckner, Hogan, Lotti, Daley, and more.  This performance is to benefit the Neighbor Fund, a local organization dedicated to help local people facing deporation. Read more

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All-American Independence Celebration

All-American Independence Celebration

Issaquah, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, History, Performance, Singing

Make our popular Celebrate America concert, with its patriotic songs, sing alongs, historical commentary and readings, and the all-American music you know and love, a part of your 4th of July festivities.  This year’s theme: the creation of our American Constitution. Read more

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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Sammamish, WA

Master Chorus E... | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Families, Performance, Singing

Ponder birth, childhood, love, family, and the wisdom that comes with a spirited old age as MCE embarks on a sometimes thoughtful, sometimes whimsical, always entertaining musical journey around the circle of life. Read more

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Open Rehearsals for Bach Mass in B Minor with Ars Musica

Open Rehearsals for Bach Mass in B Minor with Ars Musica

Ridgewood, NJ

ArsMusica | Singing

Ars Musica will hold open rehearsals on Tuesdays March 6th and March 13th,  at 7:30 PM, at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood at 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The open rehearsals will introduce potential members to our music director, James Kennerley, and give anyone who attends the opportunity to meet and speak with chorus members. Auditions may be scheduled at the rehearsal. Read more

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Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

Concert - Bach, Brahms & Haydn

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, General, Performance, Singing

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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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