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New Choral Broadcasts to Get Us Through COVID-19

*Previously, we highlighted choruses and choral leaders who launched creative online participatory singing outlets to combat COVID-19.

As self-quarantining and social distancing continue amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in North America and around the globe, more choruses are finding new ways to get their music and message out to their communities who are at home. Here are a handful of choral broadcasts we've seen start up in recent days.

 

Leadership and Diversity in the Arts: My Experience at SphinxConnect 2020

As diversity, equity, and inclusion have increasingly come to the forefront for so many classical music organizations today, there’s a forum that has become a leading space in DEI conversations for the past five years: SphinxConnect.

First Round of 2020 NEA Grants Announced

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2020 grants, and Chorus America is honored to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also excited to see many of our partners and choral organizations represented in the list of awarded grants, including:

American Composers Forum

Apollo's Fire

Barbershop Harmony Society

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Cathedral Choral Society

Chicago A Cappella

Voices of Change: Building a More Inclusive Choral Community

A panel discussion at the 2019 Conference capped off Chorus America’s inaugural “Voices of Change” program—an effort to foster more collaboration and inclusiveness in the Philadelphia-area choral community and provide leaders with education on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Now the time has come to identify insights from this cohort that are relevant to choruses elsewhere. What might choral leaders expect when venturing into DEI discussions and attempting to build new connections in their choral communities? Voices of Change participants, facilitator Nicole Robinson, and Chorus America staff reflect on what was gained over the course of the year, as well as seeds planted that will take continued work to nurture.

Q&A with John Rosser; Artistic Director, World Symposium of Choral Music 2020 in New Zealand

The World Symposium on Choral Music is an eight-day festival held every three years, organized by the International Federation for Choral Music. The next symposium is scheduled for July 2020, to be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand. In anticipation of WSCM2020, symposium artistic director John Rosser, who also founded and directs the Auckland-based chamber choir Viva Voce, spoke with Chorus America about next year’s event and its theme, tangata whenua.

Community in the Professional Chorus

Last fall, Indiana University music professor, conductor, and composer Dominick DiOrio took a sabbatical to travel across the United States to observe a wide spectrum of professional vocal ensembles, from small to large and from nascent to established. After attending rehearsals and performances and meeting with artistic directors, executives, and singers, he was left with the sense that, at their core, these professional choruses have more in common with their community counterparts than he imagined. 

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