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.

Proposed Overtime Rule Would Affect Choruses

Liza Beth | Management/Leadership

Choruses should pay attention to a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would revise regulations on overtime compensation.Read more

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Transgender Chorus Helps Members Find Their Voices

Mike Rowan | Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

A new Boston-area group is believed by its founder to be only the second chorus in the country open only to transgender people.Read more

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2015 Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Multimedia Choral Work

Lauren Rosenthal |

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music was awarded to Julia Wolfe for her work Anthracite Fields. The piece was commissioned and performed by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and uses voice, music, movement, and lighting and video projections to tell the...Read more

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New Online Tool Helps Musicians Better Engage with Fans

Lauren Rosenthal | Audiences, Technique/Tool, Technology

YouTube recently launched "YouTube for Artists", a web platform featuring insights and tools to help musicians share their music and find and engage fans.Read more

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Catherine Dehoney Named Chorus America President & CEO

Chorus America Staff |

The governing board of Chorus America has named Catherine Dehoney as President & CEO of Chorus America, effective March 23, 2015. Dehoney brings a wealth of experience in arts management and fundraising, having served most recently as the executive...Read more

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First Round of 2015 NEA Grants Announced

Chorus America Staff | Awards, CA News

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2015 grants, and Chorus America is pleased to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also proud to see so many choral organizations represented in the list of awarded...Read more

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Making Music Theory Easier

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool

Looking to brush up on your music theory knowledge? Professor and graphic designer Toby Rush has created a series of free, downloadable PDFs that are easy to understand and fun to look at — perfect for long-time singers and musical newcomers alike. More...Read more

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Ann Meier Baker Selected as NEA's New Director of Music and Opera

Liza Beth |

Chorus America president and CEO Ann Meier Baker, has been selected as the National Endowment for the Art's (NEA's) new director of music and opera and will begin the position in January 2015.Read more

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Remembering Stephen Paulus

Liza Beth | General

Composer Stephen Paulus, whose work so enriched the entire choral community, will be deeply missed. One beautiful piece with a special place in Chorus America's heart is “When Music Sounds,” which was premiered by a massed choir of Minnesota choruses at...Read more

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