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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.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    "Although excessive noise has been harmful in a number of ways, music has been shown to improve children with learning disabilities, help elders feel more connected to the world, and even get people into better shape. It provides children with a 'hook' for the brain’s memory centers, allowing them to retain more information, and it can play huge roles in modifying our moods."

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    What are the responsibilities of the board as a body, and what are the responsibilities of each individual board member?

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    First, a Mindset Shift

    "Here’s the most important thing you’re going to learn in this entire article: you aren’t actually redesigning your website (or you shouldn’t be). You are re-energizing the ways in which you engage with your constituents in the digital space. There’s a big difference."

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    "We all know that the sweeping changes that have transformed Earth and its human population over the past century and a quarter had to be expressed in human art. And though the change from year to year is balanced by much that stays the same, cumulatively those changes add up to a classical vs. 'formerly known as classical' divide that artists are constantly bridging in innovative ways."

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    "Older philanthropists often want traditional performances, time-intensive personal relationships and their communications in writing. Their younger counterparts want cutting-edge concerts tied to social issues, more episodic contact, and electronic notifications."

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    "A just-published study from Canada suggests early music education stimulates a child’s brain, leading to improved performance in an entirely different arena—verbal intelligence.

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    "With Jobs' death on Wednesday, one can't help but begin to consider his place in music history. Were he and his iPod as influential as Ahmet Ertegun, Berry Gordy or Thomas Edison, the man who invented the phonograph? Absolutely. Did he change the business like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson? Probably. Were all of their contributions as glossy? Most definitely not. But such is the case with most revolutions: There's bound to be a few casualties."

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    How is the American choral music scene faring these days? Radio host Tom Hall (WYPR 88.1) talks with Ann Meier Baker, president & CEO of Chorus America, and Frank Nemhauser, director of the Berkshire Choral Festival.

    Listen to the podcast.

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    The Really Big Chorus recorded Karl Jenkins' "Agnus Dei" at Abbey Road studios as part of Global Sing for Peace, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11:

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    "The Future of Music Coalition kicked off its annual policy summit on Monday, in Washington, D.C. This year, the focus of the conference--an annual look at music shifts and trends in the areas of policy, technology, and law--is the ways in which artists can continue to make money in an industry where copyright workarounds and illegal downloads have become the norm. Or, as folk musician Erin McKeown said during a panel session, the overarching theme is, simply put, 'How do people pay rent?'"

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