Community Engagement

Civic Engagement and Community Outreach have been used so interchangeably in our tagging that we propose using one tag: "Community Engagement" instead

Out of the Concert Hall...

Choral Concerts in Unusual Venues

What happens when you take your concert to a museum, armory, warehouse, stone mill, or parking garage? Performing music in unusual venues can ignite a spark of creativity and community connection for choruses.

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Time Out for Good Behavior

An Executive Sabbatical Renews and Refuels

After more than a decade as chief executive of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Allison Vulgamore took a sabbatical to travel to a prison in Morocco for boys. She shares her transformative experience of preparing them to sing in a concert without the benefit of a shared language.

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Chorus Education Outreach Programs

Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Choruses are pouring more resources and creativity into education outreach programs that have a far-reaching impact on students, teachers, schools, and communities—as well as on the choral artists who deliver them.

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Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

What allows one chorus to thrive for more than a century while another is forced to close down after just a few years? Leaders of some of the longest-running choral organizations credit a combination of factors for their longevity.

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Bringing Today's Choral Composers into Your Community

How Minnesota's VocalEssence and composer Eric Whitacre helped high school students, choral directors, and community members of all ages discover the power of contemporary choral music through a festival and community sing event.

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Stemming Our Cultural Decline

A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment.

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Bridging Cultural Divides: Can Choruses Lead the Way?

Many types of organizations are tackling issues of diversity. Patricia Moore Harbour, who has facilitated a number of these discussions in a process that she describes as the Transformative Learning Experience, believes arts organizations, especially choruses, may start out ahead of the game.

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The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

Inner-city choruses are serving diverse populations in large urban areas where kids often do not have access or the means to participate in quality musicmaking. These "urban youth choruses" are uniting neighborhoods across differences of race, religion, ethnicity, and economic status to inspire and energize communities with messages of hope and healing.

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The Death of Performing Arts Subscriptions - Or Not?

Clearly the concept of subscribing is not dead, just look at the sports world! To make headway against the challenges to build a robust subscription base, we must work smart, be students of our surroundings, and ask fundamental questions. 

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Tomorrow's Voices: A Composer In the Classroom

Thanks to a residency program, one composer spends time with three high school choirs, creating new music, new singers, and audiences for the future.

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