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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.

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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 Liza Beth

    In live interactions, the listener bears almost as much responsibility as the speaker, writes author and marketing guru Seth Godin in his blog. This concept makes a lot of sense when it comes to working well with others, but could also apply to the interaction between performers and the audience at a live event.

  • by Liza Beth

    We've all heard a lot about the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), but what about adding the arts to that mix? This list of skills that children learn from the arts makes a powerful case for turning STEM to STEAM, writes the Washington Post's Valerie Strauss.

  • by Liza Beth

    What does it look like to have singing at the center of your nation's culture? In Latvia, the choral tradition is celebrated with five-yearly song festivals and young people attend the opera after work instead of going out to bars, writes British composer Gabriel Jackson in this article from Gramophone.

  • by Liza Beth

    Almost everyone has experienced the phenomenon of the "earworm," a tune that gets stuck in your head that you just can't shake out. In fact, it happens to 90% of people at least once per week. Researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London are collecting these songs and bits of melody in hopes of learning more about the way human memory works. Listen to the NPR story here and let us know what your earworms are. Any choral musical moments among them?

  • by Liza Beth

    Staying on top of new technology is on many arts organizations' to-do lists for the coming year. This collection of 85 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits from Nonprofit Tech 2.0 is a great place to start.

  • by Liza Beth

    As a counterpoint to the many predictions about what will happen in the arts world during 2013, Barry Hessenius of Barry's Blog writes about what likely will not happen. He feels that many of the major issues facing the field, like arts education and audience development, have been the same for several years. Do you agree with his assessment?

  • by Liza Beth

    William Carlos Williams famously wrote poetry and practiced medicine. In the same tradition of doctors who are also artists, Phillip Pearl, a professor of neurology, pediatrics and music at George Washington University, has blended his passions for medicine and music into a presentation entitled "The Neurology of Famous Musicians." Hear the full story from WAMU 88.5 here.

  • by Liza Beth

    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. Among the issues discussed are creative placemaking and the importance of arts education, which he feels is the next big issue that the NEA should address.

  • by Liza Beth

    Why, exactly, do certain musical moments stay with us long after the sounds have faded from our ears? In this New York Times article, published in November, Anthony Tommasini examines several of his personal musical moments in an effort to explain why a brief passage can have such a huge emotional impact.

  • by Liza Beth

    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 sections of the work-in-progress. Read more from Jessica Wong of CBC News.

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