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

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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Writing SATB arrangements so that the bass voice is still audible

When writing the bass voice part for an SATB arrangement, what should be done so that the bass singers voice is not "swallowed" by the other 3 voices - being the lowest of all? (Also most choirs in my ...
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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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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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Female with a deep pitch range (F3-E4)

I just joined my first all female choir (I'm completely untrained), and I was listening to some of their stuff online and all their singers are altos and higher. I'm terrified because my voice has a ...
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The best solfege key for a choir warm-up?

I have to warm up an amateur SATB choir, and I'd like to do a bit of playing around with solfege. Over the course of the exercises, I'd like have singers go from a low to a high "do," or a whole ...
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Automatically create choir rehersal files from midi files

I repeatedly create rehearsal files for my choir from midi files, meaning I download a midi file of the song (or create it myself), import it into a sequencer, and then bounce different audio files, ...
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Is there a name for this music genre?

I always loved music from Woody Allen's film: "Everything you always wanted to know about sex*" and have found it's soundtrack on YouTube here: At 5:17 starts my ...