An organized ensemble of singers, typically one that takes part in church services or performs regularly in public.

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The Elements of the Oratorio

I have had the privilege of singing in choirs performing classical oratorios, which I loved. I am a composer of simpler forms, but have been toying with the prospect of composing what I have been ...
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Vocal fach and passaggio

I am somewhat of a newbie singer and wondering what my voice type is. Most singers are probably aware of the passaggio locations chart for men. But how exactly do you determinate these passaggio ...
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How to read lyrics and music without getting lost?

I can read music enough to follow a vocal line but have never sung from music before. I've ended up in a festive choir and am finding aside from the problems of singing something that's not the tune, ...
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The Musical Effect of a Unison Ensemble

Upon reading sheet music for black spirituals, I discovered something unusual: As you might notice, the bass, tenor, alto, and soprano parts are all singing the exact same notes throughout the ...
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Which pieces did Mozart write originally for SATB choir a cappella?

Specifically: it has to be written for a cappella performance by a mixed soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir. It can't have a mandatory instrumental part (e.g. piano, organ, string quarter, etc.), but may ...
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How to improve the blend between male and female voices on the same part in a choir?

I sing in a small volunteer choir (12-15 people) in which we have women and men singing together on some parts. (Aside from the common tenor-shortage problem, sometimes we sing three-part songs, and ...
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How can I find choir sheet music?

I am looking for sheet music for a particular song I'd like to sing with my choir. I tried googling and searching in some online shops but wasn't lucky. Is there some sort of specialized search ...
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Recruitment and Retention of Choir Students at Native American Reservation High School

I am a first year teacher at Browning High School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Northwestern Montana. I went into this job knowing it would be difficult and I am proud of what my students ...
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countering the “softer = slower” problem?

My choir has a consistent tendency -- absent a metrenome or vigorous conducting -- to slow down for quieter dynamics (and then never regain the original pace). We have several individuals with good ...
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What choir pieces are suited to warm up a new, small choir?

Soon I will have the pleasant duty of leading an amateur choir at a two-week summer camp. I am looking for warming up pieces that are easy, but fun. It should be possible to learn them without having ...
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Why choirs consistently go flat or sharp in certain keys

As a long-time chorister, I've always wondered what drives choirs to flat or sharp out of certain keys. For instance, the choir I sing with consistently fails to remain in the key of F, whereas ...