High Notes Blog

Chorus America's High Notes is 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.

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.

  • by Chorus America Staff
  • by Chorus America Staff

    "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 baggage handling."

    Read more from BMI.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "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, they can learn to use their 'singing center' instead."

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "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, and how perceptions can shape the sound experience."

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "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 elitist reputation, with audiences flocking to work previously regarded as austere and impenetrable.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "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 Physical Review Letters, say that such harmony can be explained by our auditory neural system."

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "When learning a new piece, use imaging to simulate your execution and instill a vivid mental map before you play or sing--e.g. to absorb an unfamiliar phrase, instrumentalists might move their fingers in the air as they vocalize; singers could silently mouth words as they internally hear a tune. When you image, create a multisensory experience and make your imaginary playing or singing as realistic as you can: hear the music in your mind, register tactile and movement sensations, connect with the expressive shape of each phrase."

  • by Chorus America Staff
  • by Chorus America Staff
  • by Chorus America Staff

    "When singers sing high notes, their eyebrows go higher than when they sing low notes. While that may not be an absolute physiological rule, a team of Danish and American researchers discovered that it happens pretty consistently." Read more from the Guardian.

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