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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.

by Lauren Rosenthal

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

by 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 director for development at the Castleton Festival.

by Chorus America Staff

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 grants, including:

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  • Baltimore Choral Arts Society
by Lauren Rosenthal

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.

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by 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. We know firsthand how much the entire field will benefit from her leadership and collaborative spirit, and are grateful for everything she has given Chorus America during her 15 years of service to the organization.

by Liza Beth

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 the opening night of our 2012 Conference in Minneapolis. Hear the performance, as well as Stephen speaking about the meaning behind it, at the end of the second part of MPR’s concert broadcast.

by Liza Beth

How can high-quality arts programs attract and retain low-income urban tweens? A new report from the Wallace Foundation draws on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide, to offer some answers. The report also includes 10 principles for developing effective programming.

by Liza Beth

As its boy sopranos start experiencing puberty earlier and earlier, the St. Thomas Boys Choir is having a hard time maintaining the legacy of choirmaster Johann Sebastian Bach, reports The New York Times Magazine.

by Liza Beth

Is your chorus about to miss what might be your best patron cultivation opportunity all year? Read about the planning that your organization should do now so that you can capitalize on the holiday rush of ticket buying and year-end giving, from Joanne Steller of TRG Arts.

by Lauren Rosenthal

What makes a piece of music scary? From Verdi to Wagner to Mahler, the right combination of notes can create a bone-chilling reaction.

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