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

Vu Le on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector

Vu Le on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

Nonprofit leader, humor blogger, and truth-teller. It’s a unique job description, but a perfect fit for Vu Le. Le is the executive director of Seattle-based social justice organization Rainier Valley Corps and the author of NonprofitAF.com, a blog that mixes pop culture and pictures of baby animals with candid insight into the current state of nonprofits. Read more

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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire, Singing

More and more choruses are practicing advocacy inside the concert hall, representing social justice and community issues in their performances. What kinds of steps are they taking to ensure that singers are on the same page so that they can perform as a collective? Read more

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How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

Maureen Simpson | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

There are seemingly countless ways to make the case for the arts. The trick is knowing which ones are most effective. Leaders at five different arts organizations explain how they talk about the value of the arts, and how those messages are connecting with the audiences they are trying to reach. Read more

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Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Michael Gallant | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Networking, Profile, Schools

Three choral organizations show how united voices can make a difference for themselves and their communities. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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What Does Arts Advocacy Look Like in Washington?

What Does Arts Advocacy Look Like in Washington?

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Government/Policy

Chorus America communications manager Mike Rowan represented our organization and the choral field at Arts Advocacy Day 2018, and came back with some insider tips on how the process works in our nation’s capital. Read more

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Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Liza Beth | Careers, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the leading women in the Chorus America community to tell us about the women who inspire their work. Here are their answers. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Don Lee | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In an effort to renew our understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges choral conductors encounter and how they affect the choral ecosystem, Chorus America undertook a new study, updating survey findings from a decade ago. The results highlight both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession.  Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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Resources

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2018)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2018)

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Our Chorus Operations Survey is the most comprehensive source of data available on choruses and the choral field. The information gathered helps choruses make better decisions about programming, budgeting, staffing, and other management practices. Read more

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General Compensation Report: Over $1,000,000

General Compensation Report: Over $1,000,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: $500,000-$1,000,000

General Compensation Report: $500,000-$1,000,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: $250,00-$500,000

General Compensation Report: $250,00-$500,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: $100,000-$250,000

General Compensation Report: $100,000-$250,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: Up to $100,000

General Compensation Report: Up to $100,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2016)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2016)

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 45 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 2016 report features data from the 2014-2015 season, as well as a new series on board terms and director term limits. Read more

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Intrinsic Impact Audience Project - Full Report

Intrinsic Impact Audience Project - Full Report

admin_ca | Audiences, Research/Data

The Intrinsic Impact Audience Project is the first-ever systematic study of choral music audiences. The results shed light on what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music performances. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, Chorus America has made the study and the surveying tools used available to the field to help all choruses create meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities. Read more

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Intrinsic Impact Audience Project - Executive Summary

Intrinsic Impact Audience Project - Executive Summary

admin_ca | Audiences, Research/Data

  The Intrinsic Impact Audience Project is the first-ever systematic study of choral music audiences. The results shed light on what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music performances. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, Chorus America has made the study and the surveying tools used available to the field to help all choruses create meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities. Read more

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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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Events

Vox Femina Los Angeles Presents No Ordinary Women

Vox Femina Los Angeles Presents No Ordinary Women

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

GreenGal | Singing

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Time Remembered / Time Forgotten

Time Remembered / Time Forgotten

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

The first concerts in the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh season entitled Time Voyagers will present a collection of choral works all dealing with time and the elements that affect us. Time Remembered/Time Forgotten features the Pittsburgh premiere of Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories.  Also on this program are Howard Hansen’s Song of Democracy based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. The program finishes with a newly discovered SATB a cappella arrangement of the beautiful Vocalise of Sergei Rachmaninoff along with two new choral works from Diane Benjamin, Are We Not Your Family? and Remembering Read more

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Grace and Spiritus Chorale Auditions for 2012-2013 Season

Grace and Spiritus Chorale Auditions for 2012-2013 Season

254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201

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  We add new voices to our chorus each year and invite interested singers to contact us for an audition for the 2012-13 Season on September 5, 12, or 19.  Read more

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Reston Chorale Art Show and Sale

Reston Chorale Art Show and Sale

Reston, Virginia

Sing4u | Fundraising

Reston Chorale Art Show and Sale Read more

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Post an event

Post an event

New York, New York

New York City L... | Singing

2012 Mini-Concert   Read more

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Music in Our Schools Month

Music in Our Schools Month

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Families

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Read more

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Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day

Washington, DC

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Government/Policy

The 25th annual Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. 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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