High Notes Blog

Chorus America's High Notes blog is curated by the Chorus America staff. Here, find articles on what our members are up to, and links to the latest news and commentary on the issues that matter to the choral field. High Notes also includes information about policy issues 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.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "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. Today, while there is an enormous amount of compelling evidence about the value of these opportunities for young people, the reality is that school music programs are being cut at an alarming rate, leaving some of us wondering if it’s more appropriate to sing a dirge this month, rather than a song in celebration."

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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 bankruptcy?

    What, besides strong finances, does sustainability require? Is it possible that financial security actually deters sustainability?

  • by Chorus America Staff
  • by Chorus America Staff

    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 it from you, they won't feel like part of the family.
  • 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."

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