UPDATE: The Angel City Chorale was eliminated in the semifinal round of America's Got Talent. It sang Bruce Springsteen's 9/11 anthem "The Rising" in their final performance, which aired on Sept. 11.
EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding
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?
Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago
In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today.
Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy
Three choral organizations show how united voices can make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Finding the Audience Etiquette Balance
How can choruses be welcoming hosts – particularly to new audiences – while still creating concert experiences that everyone can enjoy?
Five Steps to Actionable Audience Development
To better understand how to engage new audiences and deepen relationships with current patrons, consider wiping the slate clean and taking a fresh approach. Reexamine old assumptions. Redefine terms. Reacquaint yourself with your audience. Allow yourself to dream.
Nontraditional Holiday Choral Programs
The December holidays are synonymous with choral music, and thousands of people in North America celebrate with singing in or attending concerts that feature timeless carols and familiar favorites. But some choruses are breaking away from the tried-and-true holiday concert formula. We spoke with several choral leaders whose ensembles are highlighting lesser-known traditions, or using holiday themes to explore more universal concepts or address timely social issues.
Meet A Member: Anne Longmore, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir director of marketing and community outreach Anne Longmore has an unusual dual career—college professor and arts administrator, thanks to a big move.
Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook
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.
An Interview with Vijay Gupta
Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.