Community Engagement

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

Guerilla Concerts

Singing is an anywhere, anytime activity in many parts of the world. There, it's not something you go to—it's something you are. What if we took music out into the world rather than always asking people to come to it? One ensemble endeavors to do just that by taking choral music to the most unlikely places.

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The Crowd Snores

Are we chasing audiences with marketing and theatrics at the expense of real engagement? Some observations and lessons from the world of opera.

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Homeless Women Find Healing in DC Chorus

One conductor witnesses the restorative power of music in her chorus at Washington, DC's N Street Village shelter.

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The Shifting Sands of Demand

Trends in Arts Audience Behaviors

Drawing on a wide range of arts industry research and his own observations about the larger environment in which arts groups operate, Alan Brown shares six interrelated macro trends affecting audience behaviors and demand for arts programming.

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Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Writing grant proposals or even a simple appeal letter is always a challenge. These sample paragraphs may help you as you are trying to "make the case" for your chorus.

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The Audience Talks

Conversations with Choral Music Concertgoers

Through interviews with random, "ordinary" audience members, we discover how they found their way to choral concerts and what keeps them coming back for more—article includes practical recommendations for choral leaders.

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How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony.

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Breaking the Silence of Addiction

Composer Michael Shaieb's oratorio, "Through a Glass, Darkly," is making choral music a vehicle to address methamphetamine addiction in the gay community. When the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC set out to perform it, they did a lot more than just learn the music. Read about the comprehensive outreach initiative they developed to bring this growing social problem to light.

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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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