here watchers have all heard about Glee, however, did you know that Glee was not the first musical TV show to bring the chorus into the living room? Throughout history, pretty much since the birth of musicals and the television entertainment medium, people have been bringing the musicals to the TV screen.
Let’s look at some of the best examples of this from both past and present.
Cop Rock is one of the big ones a lot of people remember, but not because it was any good. If you will, try to imagine a courtroom drama/police procedural – not unlike Law and Order. In fact, imagine an episode of Law and Order where the judge takes his seat and calls the defense. Adam Schiff stands up, clears his throat…and then suddenly pulls out an electric keyboard, singing about his client’s innocence. That’s pretty much Cop Rock in a nutshell.
The Aquabats! Super Show! is a little more recent but, at least, this particular show’s format matched and even warranted the need for music. Being an educational program geared toward kids, the band would perform catchy tunes, turning children all over the world into an unwitting choir. Who could blame them with such infectious songs.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted my three boys to have an opportunity to sing more. I am a trained music teacher, and it occurred to me that I needed to take the lead in a project to involve boys in a summer choir. I contracted with a young man who had extensive choral and vocal experience, and asked for a summer commitment from him. Then, through friends and acquaintances I gathered twenty vocally talented boys between the ages of seven through 18. We rehearsed at a local church and the director lined up several singing engagements Read the rest of this entry »
Building A Singing Career Through Chorus Groups
Developing A Strong Foundation For Singing
Many famous singers began their career as chorus singers. In this regard, singing in a chorus group teaches an emerging singer many beneficial elements. These elements include harmonizing with peers, training the voice, the fundamentals of singing and training the range of your singing. In fact, these skills are developed at most music institutions throughout the world. Therefore, chorus groups allows singers enough Read the rest of this entry »
When most people think of chorus, they might assume that this is just a musical style that is specifically for high school students. The truth of the matter is that there are many professional chorus groups out there and they can really make a name for themselves once they get started in the industry. Some of the most famous groups got themselves started by simply playing in a variety of different venues. Some might have traveled to different church functions while others specifically worked with musicians who were creating an album Read the rest of this entry »
Many children learn to sing in a group during their music lessons at school. The music teacher teaches the children to sing fun songs that they sing together in front of their parents at many different school programs. As the children grow up, many of them continue with their singing and soon join church choirs or college choirs during holiday times and other times. Even singers who cannot read music soon learn after much practice which note they need to start out on, and which key the song is written in. Singers who sing Read the rest of this entry »
Being in a chorus or choir takes dedication and work. It’s more than showing up for rehearsal and singing along. Being in a chorus group usually means you must audition to join. You just can’t show up one day and expect to be a member.
There are different types of chorus groups. There are community choirs, church choirs and concert choirs. Once selected, you must be committed to your rehearsals and practice. It takes work and dedication and perseverance. You often times have to purchase music, uniforms and other Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you have always been a fan of singing in public, or if you just enjoy the idea of singing in a group with others, you have the ability to join a local and popular chorus group, depending on where you are currently living and the availability of chorus groups near you that you are interested in reviewing and possibly joining yourself. Before you join a chorus group, it is important to determine the schedule you have available and where you want the chorus group to be located based on your city and transportation options.