High Notes

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 Mike Rowan

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.

by Mike Rowan

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 (among other information) from their donors.

by Mike Rowan

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2016 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 grants, including:

Music Category:
Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

by Chorus America Staff

The recent terrible events in Paris are a sad reminder that cultural gathering places can be targets for violence. A few simple steps can prepare your staff and volunteers to help themselves and others should an incident ever happen.

by Mike Rowan

A cappella group Pentatonix landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the group's first top-selling album, and also the first time in history an a cappella group has seen an album debut at No. 1.

by Liza Beth

Choruses should pay attention to a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would revise regulations on overtime compensation. The new rules would require employers—including nonprofit organizations—to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried employees earning up to $50,440 annually when they work more than 40 hours in a given week.

by Mike Rowan

Our roundup page will be updated throughout the Pope’s US visit as we collect additional features on choral music. Please feel free to email stories to voice@chorusamerica.org, and if you are a Chorus America member, post coverage of you or your chorus in our Member News section.

by Mike Rowan

A new Boston-area group is believed by its founder to be only the second chorus in the country open only to transgender people. The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus, founded by Sandi Hammond, provides a supportive community where trans men and women can make music with others who understand their struggle to feel accepted, and learn to sing with their new voices without damaging their vocal chords during the transition.

by 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 stories of the coal miners and families who worked in the mines of northeastern Pennsylvania.

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