High Notes

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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.

Remembering Robert Page

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Profile

Robert Page, one of the leading figures in choral music in the second half of the 20th century and one of Chorus America’s first board members, passed away on Sunday, August 7. Bob was 89.Read more

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Chorus America Founder Gregg Smith Dies

Mike Rowan | CA News, Careers, Conducting, History

Gregg Smith, one of the earliest choral conductors to employ a choir of professional singers and an important figure in Chorus America's organizational history, passed away on July 12, 2016 at the age of 84.Read more

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Connecting the Choral Ecosystem

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Diversity, Impact/Value, Research/Data

Chorus America partnered with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Yale University School of Music to begin a unique project that, for the first time, examines the connections between the different...Read more

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In Remembrance: John Evans

Chorus America Staff | CA News

Former Chorus America board member John Evans, previously the head of the music department at the BBC’s Radio 3 and, most recently, executive director of the Oregon Bach Festival, passed away on March 20 at the age of 62.Read more

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Chorus America Announces 2016 Award Recipients

Mike Rowan | Awards, CA News, Impact/Value

Chorus America announced the recipients of its 2016 awards program. Honoring 11 outstanding organizations and individuals, the Chorus America Awards recognize a broad range of achievements in choral music, including artistic excellence, adventurous...Read more

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Canadian Prime Minister Welcomed by Gospel Choir Performance at State Dinner

Mike Rowan | CA News, Government/Policy

At a White House state dinner held in honor of visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Children of the Gospel Choir joined Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles in a performance of the artist's hit song "Brave." The performance had...Read more

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Phoenix Chorale/Kansas City Chorale Collaboration Earns Grammy Nod

Mike Rowan | Awards

The collaborative recording of "Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil," featuring the combined forces of Chorus America members the Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy, was awarded the 2016 Grammy for Best Choral Performance...Read more

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2016 Grammys: Choral Music Nominations

Mike Rowan | Awards, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Performance

Several Chorus America members and friends have been nominated for the 2016 Grammy Awards. The winners will be announced on February 15, 2016. Notable nominations include: Best Choral Performance Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale Conspirare True...Read more

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Board Member Crouch Among Winners of 2015 American Prize in Choral Composing

Mike Rowan | Awards, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance

Chorus America board member Shawn Crouch was named third place winner of the 2015 American Prize in Composition, professional division for choral music, for his piece Paradise.Read more

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Chorus America Submits Opposition to Proposed IRS Donor Regulations

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Fundraising, Government/Policy

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released proposed regulations in September that would permit, but not require, charitable organizations to file a separate return that would require nonprofits to collect social security numbers (aRead more

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