For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world.
A shared passion for singing led Ben Olinsky and his friends to create the 18th Street Singers, a Washington DC-based volunteer ensemble. Over the past nine years, the group has changed in size and membership, but the goal has remained the same: to make choral music more accessible to a new generation of audiences.
Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers.
A singer discovers that while life can be hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular. Excerpted from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn.
Choruses are finding crowdfunding success, from raising money for specific projects to participating in community giving events.
Today's GLBT choruses continue to be places to unite in common causes, but their perspectives have changed along with the times.
Memorizing music can be daunting, but choruses that require it report that their singers connect better with the conductor, with the music, and ultimately with the audience. The memorization techniques that worked for them can help ease the process.
Participating in a chorus can have a transformative effect on a child’s academic achievement and overall well-being.
Whether taking up a new activity or continuing a lifelong practice, older adults who sing are reaping a host of social and health benefits.
The power of group singing to elevate mood and forge relationships can help people weather challenges and face life’s ups and downs.