High Notes Blog

Chorus America's High Notes is curated by the Chorus America staff. Here, find links to the latest news, videos, and commentary on music, culture, and nonprofit operations. High Notes also includes information about policy issues that affect the choral field and advocacy alerts.

Additional Advocacy Information

Chorus America is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a national coalition of nonprofit arts service organizations advocating for federal policies that impact the nonprofit performing arts sector. Membership in Chorus America includes membership in PAA and you can learn more about PAA's policy agenda in the PAA Advocacy Center.

Chorus America also partners with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to mobilize support for the arts and arts education around the country. You can learn more about the Arts Action Fund's work to advance all the arts in America through its online Action Center.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2020 grants, and Chorus America is honored to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also excited to see many of our partners and choral organizations represented in the list of awarded grants, including:

    American Composers Forum

    Apollo's Fire

    Barbershop Harmony Society

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus

    Cathedral Choral Society

    Chicago A Cappella

  • by Lisa Husseini

    Spoiler Alert: If your only takeaway from this blog post is the title, you will have all you need to transform your organization radically and sustainably.

    I get to spend all of my days speaking with leaders and members of arts organizations about their successes and struggles. As a result, I have seen an overwhelming pattern in small and midsize professional arts organizations that is plaguing the industry. I call that plague conventional success.

  • by Alexblake

    Alexander Lloyd Blake is a conductor, vocal arranger, singer, and music activist in Los Angeles, and directs Tonality, a choral ensemble founded in 2016 that solely focuses on themed concerts on social justice. 

     

    Alex Blake

     

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed making it much costlier to apply to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) for the required visas for international guest artists, including O and P artist visa applications filed by performing arts groups and other nonprofit arts organizations nationwide.

  • by ProMusica Arizona Staff

    Over the past several years, the leadership at ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ), a 100-member community chorale and orchestra based in Phoenix, has evolved into an all-women team. This wasn’t part of a strategic plan—artistic director and principal conductor Patti Graetz, concertmaster Meghan Ruel, executive director Yvonne Dolby, and board chair Jan Sandoz all stepped into their roles with the organization because they had specific skills to offer. But this leadership team has ushered in an exciting time of growth and collaboration—both internal and external—at PMAZ.

  • by Mike Rowan

    President and CEO Catherine Dehoney was invited the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) to present remarks on Chorus America's 2019 Chorus Impact Study: Singing For a Lifetime at NCCO's 8th National Conference (NCCO8), November 7-9 in College Park, Maryland.

  • by Mike Rowan
  • by Mike Rowan

    At Gisele Becker’s final concert as music director of Cantate Chamber Singers, she celebrated the end of her 25-year tenure in a unique way: conducting a piece side by side with music director-designate Victoria Gau. “I had requested a piece be written for my last concert that would be in part for two conductors,” said Becker. “Andrew Simpson, a very dear friend and our accompanist, wrote the piece to my husband Bert's poetry.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The Chorus Impact Study: Singing for a Lifetime sheds new light on the impact choral singing has on individuals and communities—especially singers ages 65 and up.

  • by Dale Trumbore

    With her new book, Staying Composed: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Anxiety within a Creative Life, composer Dale Trumbore has written the book that she always wanted to read. As a young composer, she found several inspiring biographies and memoirs from composers that she looked up to, but, she says, “there was really not that much information out there at all about making a living as a creative person or overcoming hurdles in the creative process from the perspective of a musician.”

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