Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

Diversity: Necessary, But Not Sufficient

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. 

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide. 

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Member Spotlight: Erica Battle, Detroit Children’s Choir

In Detroit, music and arts organizations are pooling their resources to buy management expertise. That's how Erica Battle, a certified public accountant, stepped into her position as executive director of the Detroit Children's Choir. Here she talks with Chorus America about the shared services model that has been successful in Detroit, her new role, and her recent experience at October's Chorus Management Institute.

Member Spotlight: Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus

Confronting Bullying Through Song

One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies chorus, is committed to building community and creating social change. The group's music director, Jane Ramseyer Miller, talked with Chorus America about how their mission propelled a unique outreach to public school students in the Twin Cities.

Member Spotlight: Roland Carter

Preserving and Performing African-American Music

Choral conductor and composer/arranger Roland Carter has a passion for finding and performing the rich array of choral music from the African American tradition. While at the 2012 Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Chorus America talked with Carter about his life and work. 

Changing Your Chorus from Within

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations

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VocalEssence's WITNESS: Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Music

Shining the spotlight on VocalEssence and its remarkable education outreach program serving thousands of students in and around the Twin Cities.

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