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

    On December 1, updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect that will impact many choruses. The changes will more than double the minimum salary level that most employees must be paid (from $23,660 to $47,476 per year) to be exempt from overtime pay.

  • by Mike Rowan

    In advance of the 2016 November elections, the Arts Action Fund has released the 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card to educate voters on how supportive of the arts their members of Congress have been in their voting records. The Report Card site includes statistics, facts, and information about the grading scale used, as well as a tool for voters to find their elected representatives, in an effort to allow citizens to make arts-informed decisions this election season.

  • by Mike Rowan

    Composer Andrea Ramsey took part in the 2016 Chorus America Commisssion Consortiums, an opportunity that allows participating choruses to be a part of commissioning a new work from a leading composer and to premiere the work in their community, by donating a commission for treble voices.

  • by Mike Rowan

    On October 3, the world-class male vocal ensembles Cantus and Chanticleer will perform in concert together for the first time, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

  • by Mike Rowan

    In conjunction with National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 11-17), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is urging arts education advocates to write to their congressional representatives in support of Title IV. As part of the landmark Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation that was signed into law in December 2015, a block grant was created under Title IV that provides funding for "Well-Rounded" education subjects, which now includes music and the arts.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Emerging conductors can improve their technique and advance their careers at Chorus America’s Conducting Academy, to be held July 9-15 at the California State University Fullerton campus.

  • by Mike Rowan

    A new report released by Chorus America provides the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. The study’s surveying tools and findings, all available for use by the field, will help choruses create even more meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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.

  • by Mike Rowan

    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.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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 types of choral communities in the U.S.

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