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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.

Choruses and Schools Work Together To Help Bridge the Music Education Gap

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education

"March is Music In Our Schools Month and this annual celebration is a wonderful opportunity for people to sing (pun intended) the praises of outstanding school music programs that are an important part of a comprehensive and competitive education.Read more

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Sustaining Arts Organizations: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Research/Data

Why are some arts groups able to persevere--and even thrive--when they are chronically 'under-capitalized' and perpetually on the brink of extinction? On the other hand, why are well-established, large institutions with sizable endowments filing for...Read more

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Tips for Arts Marketing

Chorus America Staff | Marketing/Public Relations

From The Arts Marketing blog and writer Chad M. Bauman, outgoing Director of Communications at Arena Stage: Always give an "exclusive" to your best and most loyal customers. Trust me, if they read something important in the daily paper before they hear...Read more

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New Law Standardizes Airline Rules for Musical Instrument Storage

Chorus America Staff | Legal/Licensing

"Pending issuance of final regulations, the amended law will, among other things, allow travelers to carry aboard any instrument or related gear that can be safely stored in the cabin, rather than risk it being damaged in the plane’s cargo hold or during...Read more

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Singing Rewires Damaged Brains

Chorus America Staff | Science

"Teaching stroke patients to sing 'rewires' their brains, helping them recover their speech, say scientists. By singing, patients use a different area of the brain from the area involved in speech. If a person's 'speech center' is damaged by a stroke,...Read more

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The Battle of Digital vs. Analog Recordings: Which Sounds Better?

Chorus America Staff | Technology

"According to Rolling Stone magazine, sales of vinyl albums continue to grow, setting a new record in 2010. Does vinyl reproduce sound better, or is it just a trend? Two audio experts join NPR guest host John Dankosky to talk about the science of audio,...Read more

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Audiences Flock to 'Difficult' Contemporary Classical Music

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Repertoire

"When Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann was a student 25 years ago, 'if you had more than 30 people at a concert it was a failure because it was populist crap.' Today, there are growing signs that contemporary classical music is shrugging off its...Read more

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Why We Hear Some Chords as Harmonious and Others as Dissonant

Chorus America Staff | Science

"Bernardo Spagnolo of the University of Palermo in Italy and his Russian colleagues have developed a model that they believe explains why it is we humans hear some notes as harmonious, and others as dissonant. The team, as described in their paper in...Read more

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