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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.

Innovative Choral Piece Celebrates Chicago, Premieres Friday

Kevin Frey | Civic Engagement, History, Impact/Value, Singing, Symphonic

The Grant Park Chorus will give the world premiere of a new piece by Michael Gandolfi on Friday. “Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place" celebrates the city of Chicago by interweaving Chicago Tribute headlines from 1962.Read more

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Carmina Flash Mob in Austria

Jan-Marie Petersen | Performance

Singers and instrumentalists from Volksoper Wien give an impromptu performance from Carmina Burana Read more

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Interkultur Launches ChoirTV.com

Chorus America Staff |

Interkultur has launched ChoirTV.com, an online video community for choral singers. The site allows users to upload and showcase their own choral music videos such as concerts and competition performances.Read more

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Grant Opportunities Available via the Aaron Copland Fund for Music ($1,000 - $20,000)

Jan-Marie Petersen | Awards

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music's 2012 Performing Ensembles Program offers funds to support performing organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music.Read more

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"O Fortuna" - The Lyrics People Really Hear

Jan-Marie Petersen | Singing

Gopher tuna! Bring more tuna! Statue of big dog with fleas! Read more

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Conductor Donald Nally Featured on "Noise from the 18th Floor"

Jan-Marie Petersen | Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

"Noise from the 18th Floor" is a new music program from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. It is meant to challenge our notions of music and noise with playlists that represent a range of genres, accompanied by interpretive narratives.Read more

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The Juilliard School To Offer Online Arts Education Courses for K-12

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Education, Technology

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, The Juilliard School and Connections Education are launching JUILLIARD eLEARNING, for K-12 students and educators everywhere.Read more

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Fundraisers: Quick Tips for Setting Up a Kickstarter Campaign

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising

"How does one cash in (literally) on the Kickstarter craze? For starters, it helps to have a unique concept, wicked ambition and one unforgettable pitch. The great news is that Kickstarter provides great tools to showcase all of the above.Read more

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Music Training for Infants Helps Development

Chorus America Staff | Education, Families, Health

"When should you start your child on music lessons? New research suggests the answer is somewhere around age six. "Six months, that is.Read more

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Performance of the Day: One-Man "Chorus" Sings Star Wars Theme Song

Jan-Marie Petersen | Performance

In honor of May the Fourth (a.k.a. Star Wars Day), we present Nick McKaig's a cappella "chorus" rendition of John Williams' "Star Wars" theme song. May the fourth be with you... Read more

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