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.

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    Chorus America recently queried chorus managers via Facebook about the software programs, websites, and apps essential to their daily work. The Girl Choir of South Florida rose to the challenge with a series of blog posts on their "must-have apps."

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      The Young People's Chorus of New York City, under artistic director/founder Francisco J. Núñez, will be presented with a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony today.

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      Choral Arts Classics on WYPR 88.1 spoke with composer, activist, and teacher Ysaye Barnwell about her life in music.

      Listen to the interview.

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      In celebration of its 30th anniversary, The Festival Singers of Atlanta is hosting a composition competition for a choral piece, SATB a cappella or accompanied by keyboard.

      The grand prize is $500, and $100 will go to two pieces granted honorable mention. Also, the Festival Singers of Atlanta will premiere the winning works at its 2012 spring concert.

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      "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?

      Read more from Blue Avocado.

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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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