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Top 10 Types Of Choir

QC Choir - Tips of Choirs

Tips of Choirs (left to right):
Rock Choir, Church Choir, Gospel Choir, Chamber Choir, Symphony Choir, Harmony Group or Acappella;

#10 Symphony Chorus or Choral Society

If you love working on a team, then singing with a large choir may be for you. Symphony choruses and choral societies range in size from as little as fifty singers up to four hundred singers producing one big, beautiful, and breathtaking sound. Do not be scared if you have not sung choral classics like Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand or Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius before as large choruses are comprised of combined experience levels and the sheer power of the numerous voices means you can fluff a few notes without bothering too many instructors.

#9 Chamber Choir

Experienced choral singers will fit right into a chamber choir. Typically, a chamber choir is made up of sixteen to forty singers in total. Chamber choirs have the diverse ability to sound larger than they are yet more intimate than a choral society. Chamber choirs are typically close-knit and remembering everyone's name is relatively easy.

#8 Vocal Consort

If you are a highly experienced chorister with impeccable sight-reading and do not mind singing solos in a musical speciality, then forming your own consort may be the right route to take. Young singers often form these smaller groups to shine within the crowded choral scene. All one needs to do is find a few musically inclined friends, and a catchy italian-sounding name and you've formed a vocal consort.

#7 Church Choir

Although Church choir may be heading into a decline, the choral institution in religious tradition is far too strong to go down with a fight. The only catch is that you will need to be available every Sunday, bright eyed and cheery. Reading music should also be in your skill set as many church choirs only rehearse an hour or so before services. However, if your goal is to join a cathedral choir be prepared for an audition. Many top-shelf choirs, especially in the UK, only accept professionals.

#6 Gospel Choir

Gospel choir is unlike any classical choir you have experienced before. Gospel choir typically does not utilize sheet music and instead the music is learnt by ear with much improvisation and self expression. The world is a gospel choirs oyster as they tend to sing anything from gospel tunes to pop classics.

#5 Barbershop - Harmony Group or Acappella

If your preference is to sing in a small group with only a few fellow singers then a harmony or acapella group may be just the thing for you. Small groups are a good way to attain a sense of pitch and grow confidence in blending and listening skills. With fewer people in a group it is important to hold your line while building complex harmonies to keep your audience interested. The smaller the group you belong to, the harder you will have to work.

#4 Circle Singing

Those more interested in creating music rather than performing it, should join in circle singing. The United States is known for its great Circle singing which was first started by Bobby McFerrin. Circle Singing is a type of community singing where singers who stand together in a circle improvise in making a song. A typical circle singing session will consist of a leader who begins the song improvisation with a few key lines while others will feed in short tunes, beats, and motifs which are then adapted by the remaining members in the circle, thus creating a complete song. Singing is the main goal of a circle group so there are no rehearsals or performances.

#3 Rock Choir

If classical music is not your thing but you would still like to stand aside hundreds of other talented singers and belt out some of your favorite tunes, then give Rock Choir a try. In the UK there is a huge network of community choirs that specialize in singing chart topping, well-known, rock and pop songs. There usually are not any auditions in Rock Choir and they are typically taught by ear. Rock Choir is any easy way to dip your toes into choral music.

#2 Sacred Harp

Sacred Harp is meant for the bold. Sacred Harp is a loud music tradition that originated in the 19th century in the Southern states of America. The Sacred Harp repertoire consists of religious songs sung in acappella four-part harmonies that one bellows. Needless to say, Sacred Harp is not for the faint of heart.

#1 Show Choir

If taking center stage is what your heart desires then you are meant for Show choir. Show choir consists of big, bright, and glittery musical ensembles that combine choral arrangements with the catchy showtunes and full on dance routines. Costumes are a must as well. Think Glee on Broadway.


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