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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Chorus America polled a number of choral directors and singers about the pros and cons of allowing questions in rehearsal. Their answers shed light on different teaching and learning styles and the collaborative process in general. Read more

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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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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

Rearranged: A Seattle Pro Musica Cabaret

Rearranged: A Seattle Pro Musica Cabaret

Seattle, WA

Caroline Little | Performance, Singing

SPM performs tunes from beloved movie musicals at The Triple Door! Join members of Seattle Pro Musica and emcee Karen P. Thomas for a lively evening of Broadway choruses and cabaret solos, all drawn from stage and screen musicals. Enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and delicious food from the Wild Ginger-inspired menu while watching the talented members of SPM share their favorite standards. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Kenmore, WA

Caroline Little | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the “war to end all wars.” Our concert is inspired by the Christmas truce in 1914 during which roughly 100,000 English, French, and German troops ceased hostilities to offer holiday greetings, mingle, and even exchange gifts. We celebrate this spirit of peace with carols and holiday music from England, France, and Germany. December 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of the creation and premiere of the beloved carol “Silent Night,” written during an era when all of Europe suffered from political upheaval, war, and economic hardship. In 1818, Joseph Mohr brought his original text to organist Franz Xaver Gruber and asked for a simple melody with guitar accompaniment for a Christmas Eve service—the result has since become a timeless expression of light, hope, and solace. Read more

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Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle Pro Musica Presents: Silent Night

Seattle, WA

Caroline Little | Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the “war to end all wars.” Our concert is inspired by the Christmas truce in 1914 during which roughly 100,000 English, French, and German troops ceased hostilities to offer holiday greetings, mingle, and even exchange gifts. We celebrate this spirit of peace with carols and holiday music from England, France, and Germany. December 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of the creation and premiere of the beloved carol “Silent Night,” written during an era when all of Europe suffered from political upheaval, war, and economic hardship. In 1818, Joseph Mohr brought his original text to organist Franz Xaver Gruber and asked for a simple melody with guitar accompaniment for a Christmas Eve service—the result has since become a timeless expression of light, hope, and solace. Read more

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Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy

Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Performance, Singing

In culmination of DCINY’s Tenth Anniversary Season, Maestro Jonathan Griffith conducts the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy. The concert will feature performers from all over the globe. Read more

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September Sing

September Sing

651 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT

jromano | Singing

Selections from Carmina Burana (Carl Orff) and Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn) Read more

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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

2315 N. Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Come sing with the Richmond Choral Society in an “open rehearsal” on Monday, September 10 from 6:30~8:30pm.  Read more

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Choralis Auditions

Choralis Auditions

Falls Church, VA

lwicks | Singing

Adult and exceptional high school singers of all voice parts are invited to audition for Choralis, a 100+ mixed voice choir that presents an annual concert season in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC venues.  The 2018-19 season includes works by Britten, Jongen, Vaughn Williams, Handel, Pott, and will end with a performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah.  Each concert this season also will benefit a charity.  Visit http://choralis.org for more information. Read more

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Audition for Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus 18-19 Season!

Audition for Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus 18-19 Season!

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Michelle Lee | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

CALLING ALL VOCALISTS!East Bay a capella chamber chorus Sacred & Profane has openings for voices in all sections (SATB)! Auditions for our 2018-2019 season are available this Summer. S&P is in special need of male voices, women's spots are limited, but all are welcome to audition . If you are an experienced singer with a healthy voice & a great attitude, please join us for 2018-2019, our 41st Season. Auditions available by appointment. Read more

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Boston Choral Ensemble Summer Sing

Boston Choral Ensemble Summer Sing

Boston, MA

BCE President | Audiences, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing

Boston Choral Ensemble hosts and informal Summer Sing in Gordon Chapel at Old South Church in Copley Square. Find out more on our website: https://www.bostonchoral.org/season-18-19/summer-sing-2018-faure-requiem/ 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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