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

    Lorelei, the first all-female ensemble-in-residence at Boston University's Marsh Chapel, rehearses composer Scott Ordway’s “Dona Nobis Pacem”:

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    "Investigators wanted to determine if lifelong musicianship protects against normal hearing decline in later years, specifically for central auditory processing associated with understanding speech. Hearing problems are prevalent in the elderly, who often report having difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise. Scientists describe this as the 'cocktail party problem.' Part of this difficulty is due to an age-related decrease in the ability to detect and discriminate acoustic information from the environment.

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    "Each sculpture not only maps the meteorological landscape of a specific time and place, but is also a fully functional musical score to be played and interpreted by musicians on instruments as varied as piano, French horn and electric guitar."

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    "Among the deletions were Best Classical Crossover Album, merged vocal and chamber/small group music categories and – most importantly – the dissolution of the Best Classical Album category.

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    "Consider the bizarreness of the product at hand: At face value, the Christmas carol may be the least captivating style of occasional song. While other popular tunes arise from passion or desire, heroism or defeat, the Yuletide songbook is a catalog of modest thrills and postindustrial neuroses.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    2011 GRAMMY Award Nominations were announced last night--view the complete list here. The awards show will air on February 12.

    The Best Choral Performance nominees are as follows:

    Beyond All Mortal Dreams - American A Cappella
    Stephen Layton, conductor (Choir Of Trinity College Cambridge)
    [Hyperion Records]

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the recipients of its 2012 grants (first round). The following Chorus America member organizations received grants:

    [Music Category]

    Baltimore Choral Arts Society
    Baltimore, MD
    $10,000

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "This Saturday, Keith Lockhart [conductor of the Boston Pops] and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will attempt to lead thousands of carolers in an effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Most Carolers in one Place” at the Christian Science Plaza.

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    The St. Olaf Choir, directed by Anton Armstrong, performed on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on November 19. Listen to the broadcast, recorded live from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN:

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