Advocacy & Research

Chorus America is the leading advocacy and research organization for choruses and provides data that defines the character, scope, and impact of choral participation on singers and their communities. We give voice to the choral field, collaborate with arts colleagues on key advocacy initiatives, and provide tools to make a compelling case for support of choral music.

Articles

Singing and the Brain

Singing and the Brain

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Research/Data, Science, Singing

Humans have a special ability to learn songs and change them over time—a skill that is useful in treating neurological problems and may help support overall brain health. Researcher Aniruddh D. Patel explains. Read more

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An Interview with Jane Chu

An Interview with Jane Chu

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Profile

This summer marks one year since Jane Chu began her tenure as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In advance of her keynote conversation at Chorus America’s Boston Conference, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about her career and the important role the arts play in our lives and communities. Read more

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Big Things Can Happen in Small Places

Big Things Can Happen in Small Places

Kelsey Menehan | Finance, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Participation

In 2014, the Chorus of Westerly won more than $1 million in Rhode Island state funds to support the renovation of its historic performance hall. Here’s how they did it.   Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

Past Imperfect, Present Future

Eric Booth | Community Outreach, Impact/Value

If arts organizations want to stay relevant, the time has come to get serious about building connections with the wealth of creative activity in our communities. Read more

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Diversity: Necessary, But Not Sufficient

Diversity: Necessary, But Not Sufficient

David C. Howse | Diversity, Impact/Value

Talking about diversity is nothing new to us in the arts and cultural world. But to realize the fruits of these conversations, we need to move beyond the idea of diversity to a deeper level of understanding and respect for ourselves and others.  Read more

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Celebrating Music in Our Schools Month

Celebrating Music in Our Schools Month

Lauren Rosenthal | Impact/Value, Schools, Singing

March is Music In Our Schools Month—a great time to highlight the importance of comprehensive music education for all young people. Need a little inspiration? Here is a collection of Chorus America resources and helpful links from around the web. Read more

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Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technology

What are the trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping choruses and choral music? A panel of leaders in the field weighs in. Read more

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The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance

Today's GLBT choruses continue to be places to unite in common causes, but their perspectives have changed along with the times. Read more

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A National Library of Men's Choral Music

A National Library of Men's Choral Music

Michael Doan | Composing/Commissioning, History, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Technology

As all-male colleges went coed in the 1970s, they left something important behind: their music. The Washington Men's Camerata is working to preserve this historic resource. Read more

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Resources

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2015)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2015)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2015 report features data from the 2013-2014 season. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2014)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2014)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2014 report features data from the 2012-2013 season. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2013)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2013)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2013 report features data from the 2011-2012 season. If you are interested in learning more about the survey's findings and other critical arts research, you can find Chorus America's latest webinar, "Research Your Chorus Should Know About!" on-demand here.  Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2012 report features data from the 2010-2011 season. Read more

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Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity! Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A list of useful quotes from influential leaders in support of the arts and choral music. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Chorus America’s member choruses all across North America are leading the way in working with school music programs to support, revive, or expand choral music education. Here are some examples of how our members are creatively partnering with schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

In the 21st century, America’s manufacturing-driven economy is being replaced by a creative economy. President Obama is calling for a “complete and competitive education” to ensure our place in the global economy. How do the arts—and choral music specifically—help prepare our students to meet these challenges? Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A question-and-answer worksheet to help you expand your network of choral music supporters. Read more

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Events

Applications Are Now Being Accepted For  The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for  Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

Applications Are Now Being Accepted For The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Opera | Education

Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for a unique residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors: The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera.  Female conductors, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches and accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium are encouraged to apply for the expanded institute, now in its second year.  Although the emphasis is on women conductors on the cusp of major careers in opera, more seasoned applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors will reconvene on November 26, 2016 and run through December 11, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  This year’s institute will include two public concerts (details pending) in addition to intensive one-on-one’s, master classes, career advancement curriculum, and opportunities to conduct the highly regarded Dallas Opera Orchestra. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2016.   The institute, conceived by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, was created a year ago with initial support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation.  Since that time, it has garnered additional generous support from Linda and Mitch Hart, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the TACA Bowden & Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. Read more

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Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala Raised Nearly $300,000

Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala Raised Nearly $300,000

emilymt |

MasterVoices honored by the Martina Arroyo Foundation at 11th Annual Gala   Read more

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LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

LIVING, LAUGHING & LOVING: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance

1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

David Simmons | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, Performance, Singing, Venue

Of all the emotions that art can provoke, joy might be the most precious -- and the most fleeting. The Congressional Chorus presents an evening of euphoria with its groundbreaking new concert, Living, Laughing & Loving: Celebrating The Circle of Life Through Song, Poetry and Dance. This dynamic, multi-sensory program unites the 85-member Congressional Chorus with performers from Joy of Motion Dance Center, Afromoda Dance Theater, Capitol Movement, spoken word artists from American Youth Chorus (AYC) and the NorthEast Senior Singers and a live 10-piece instrumental ensemble. Together, this incomparable group of artists will celebrate the "seasons" of life at the inspiring Church of the Epiphany. From poignant and tender ballads to toe-tappin' and roof-raisin' production numbers, Living, Laughing & Loving promises to be night of pure joy. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

"Gonna Make This Place Your Home" Concert with Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Kogod Arts Center Sidwell Friends

Children's Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Singing

Do not miss this unique concert with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus on tour in the US. Combined concert with Children's Chorus of Washington's France Tour Chorus and Sidwell Friends Chamber Chorus. June 24th, 7pm at Sidwell Friends Kogod Arts Center - Meeting room. Free concert (limited seating) with reservation  www.jyc.eventbrite.com Read more

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Bella Voce "Tapestry of Song" Concert

Bella Voce "Tapestry of Song" Concert

Burlington, VT

Vikki Day |

Bella Voce's Tapestry of Song concerts weave together a variety of rich poetry written by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron, and James Joyce with vibrant melodies and harmonies by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Faure and Eric Whitacre.   Read more

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Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

Forbidden Voice @ Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood

1200 North La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

  Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert.   Highlights include a new work by Eric Banks, which chronicles the life of Russia’s first openly lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok. Read more

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A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Join us for a Downton Abbey Christmas and "Celebrate the Seasons"! Read more

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A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

  Inspired by the overwhelming popularity of last season’s "Music of Downton Abbey" concert and anticipating Season 5 of the PBS television drama, we return to the Gothic splendor of Saint. Mark’s Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English choral and orchestral music for Christmas. "Lady Alice - Duchess of Kirkwood"  returns to provide the history of each piece and pair each selection with memorable events from the story line of the "Downton Abbey" series. We invite you to come and "Celebrate the Seasons" with us! Read more

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Dialogue

How Do You Use Research?

How Do You Use Research?

Anonymous | Research/Data

  What are some ways you have used research, such as the Chorus Impact Study, to benefit your chorus locally? Read more

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