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High Notes is an online news digest for the choral music community, curated by the Chorus America staff. Here, find links to the latest news, videos, and commentary on music, culture, and nonprofit operations. High Notes also includes information about policy issues that affect the choral field and advocacy alerts. View posts below or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Additional Advocacy Information
Chorus America is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a national coalition of nonprofit arts service organizations advocating for federal policies that impact the nonprofit performing arts sector. Membership in Chorus America includes membership in PAA and you can learn more about PAA's policy agenda in the PAA Advocacy Center.

Chorus America also partners with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to mobilize support for the arts and arts education around the country. You can learn more about the Arts Action Fund's work to advance all the arts in America through its online Action Center.

Prepare Your Chorus for New Overtime Regulations

Chorus America Staff | General, Government/Policy, Management/Leadership, Operations

On December 1, updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect that will impact many choruses. The changes will more than double the minimum salary level that most employees must be paid (from $23,660 to $47,476 per year) to be exempt from...Read more

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Congressional Arts Report Card Shows Your Delegates' Level of Arts Support

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Evaluation, Government/Policy, Research/Data

In advance of the 2016 November elections, the Arts Action Fund has released the 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card to educate voters on how supportive of the arts their members of Congress have been in their voting records.Read more

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Andrea Ramsey's Story Behind Writing Her Commission Consortium Piece

Mike Rowan | CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Profile

Composer Andrea Ramsey took part in the 2016 Chorus America Commisssion Consortiums, an opportunity that allows participating choruses to be a part of commissioning a new work from a leading composer and to premiere the work in their community, by...Read more

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Cantus and Chanticleer Concert To Be Streamed Live

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Performance

On October 3, the world-class male vocal ensembles Cantus and Chanticleer will perform in concert together for the first time, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.Read more

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Support School Arts Funding During National Arts Ed Week

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Government/Policy, Schools

In conjunction with National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 11-17), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is urging arts education advocates to write to their congressional representatives in support of Title IV.Read more

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Save the Date! July 2017 Conducting Academy

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Emerging conductors can improve their technique and advance their careers at Chorus America’s Conducting Academy, to be held July 9-15 at the California State University Fullerton campus.Read more

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Chorus America Releases First-Ever Study on Choral Music Audiences

Mike Rowan | Audiences, CA News, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data

A new report released by Chorus America provides the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. The study’s surveying tools and findings, all available for use by the field, will help choruses...Read more

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Remembering Robert Page

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Profile

Robert Page, one of the leading figures in choral music in the second half of the 20th century and one of Chorus America’s first board members, passed away on Sunday, August 7. Bob was 89.Read more

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Chorus America Founder Gregg Smith Dies

Mike Rowan | CA News, Careers, Conducting, History

Gregg Smith, one of the earliest choral conductors to employ a choir of professional singers and an important figure in Chorus America's organizational history, passed away on July 12, 2016 at the age of 84.Read more

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Connecting the Choral Ecosystem

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Diversity, Impact/Value, Research/Data

Chorus America partnered with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Yale University School of Music to begin a unique project that, for the first time, examines the connections between the different...Read more

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