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.

When Medicine and Music Intersect

Liza Beth | General, Health, Technique/Tool

William Carlos Williams famously wrote poetry and practiced medicine.Read more

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Rocco Landesman Reflects

Liza Beth | Civic Engagement, Education, General, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Research/Data

Outgoing National Endowment for the Arts chair Rocco Landesman reflects on what's new and what's next for the arts in this exit interview with Barry's Blog.Read more

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What Are Your Choral Musical Moments?

Liza Beth | Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

Why, exactly, do certain musical moments stay with us long after the sounds have faded from our ears?Read more

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The Audience as Co-Composer

Liza Beth | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Technology

Composer Tod Machover and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have been hard at work on an "interactive symphony" that incorporates city sounds recorded and submitted by the public. Their newest project is a digital app that allows people to remix certain...Read more

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#GivingTuesday: Let's Do the Numbers

Liza Beth | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Participation, Social Media, Volunteer

#GivingTuesday's success may make it a new holiday tradition, writes Raymund Flandez in this Chronicle of Philanthropy article. Created as an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday brought nonprofits together around a common message...Read more

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Naxos Celebrates 25 Years of Recording Classical Music

Liza Beth | Composing/Commissioning, General, Operations, Technology

In it's 25-year history, the record label Naxos has become a major force in the classical music field, including recording many important choral works.Read more

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The Power of Song ... and Viral Video

Liza Beth | Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Innovation, Singing

Norman Lebrecht, who writes the Slipped Disc blog for ArtsJournal, first posted about the Wuppertal Boy's Choir's moving performance in honor of International Children's Day on Monday, November 26.Read more

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Is Your Organization Fun?

Liza Beth | Audiences, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media

"Great art doesn't have to be devoid of entertainment value." In this post on his Arts Marketing blog, Chad Bauman (Associate Executive Director of Arena Stage and the director of the Technology in Arts Management program at American University) writes...Read more

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Consider the Warhorse: For Better or Worse, It's Not Going Anywhere

Liza Beth | Audiences, Performance, Symphonic

"We listen to it because it’s famous, and it’s famous because we keep listening to it." In this Boston Globe article, Matthew Guerrieri writes about warhorses, those classic pieces of music that seem to get programmed again and again.Read more

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Would You Give Less Without a Tax Deduction?

Liza Beth | Fundraising, General, Government/Policy

As we embark on the season of giving, Michelle Singletary, who writes the nationally syndicated Washingon Post column "The Color of Money," takes a look at the charitable tax deduction. Reducing or eliminating this deduction is one of the strategies...Read more

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