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Donald Palumbo became the Met's chorus master in the 2007-2008 season. He sang in choruses all his life, he says, and eventually worked his way up without any formal conservatory training. Marty Sohl/Courtesy of the Met hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

How The Metropolitan Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 Voices To Sound Like One

Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.

Donald Palumbo became the Met's chorus master in the 2007-2008 season. He sang in choruses all his life, he says, and eventually worked his way up without any formal conservatory training. Marty Sohl/Courtesy of the Met hide caption

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How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

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'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

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