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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.

Does Music Help Us Work Better?

Catherine Davies | Health, Research/Data

The New York Times covers a new study from the University of Miami about how listening to music may just help office workers be productive, helping provide focus in the midst of a busy day. Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/...Read more

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When Choir Is Family

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Psychotherapist Roberta Israeloff reflects movingly on the impact of choir singing on her own life and the community in "Not All Families Are Related by Blood" in the August 2012 Psychotherapy Networker magazine. Here's an excerpt:Read more

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Pacific Chorale CEO Elected as Board President of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Professional

"The president and chief executive of the Pacific Chorale was elected last week to head the board of directors for the Assn. of California Symphony Orchestras. Beginning Oct. 1, Kelly Ruggirello will serve her one-year volunteer term as president of ACSO...Read more

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Political Commentary through Song in Uruguay

Kevin Frey | Diversity, Government/Policy

Uruguay is home to the longest annual Carnaval in the world - 40 days of celebration.  Important to this yearly tradition are the murga choirs.  Satirical by nature, with choir members dressed head to toe in make-up and circus-like outfits,...Read more

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NEA Research Shows Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth

Kevin Frey | Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation

The National Endowment for the Arts revealed in a recent study that students of low socioeconomic status who participated in the arts earned higher grades and had a higher rate of college enrollment than their peers who lacked artisitic involvement.Read more

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Music's Positive Influence on Health

Kevin Frey | Health, Science

New studies find that slow music can serve as therapy and that Bach and Mozart can increase longevity. Read more about these and other health benefits on this Yahoo! Health blog.Read more

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Nonprofits in the Year 2011

Kevin Frey | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation

The role of volunteers and social media in nonprofits continues to evolve every year, in large part due to the role of technology.  The Millennial Impact Report has created a wonderful graphic to illustrate their findings from 2011.Read more

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Higgs Boson - "The God Particle" - in Music

Kevin Frey | Science

Scientists in Europe recently discovered the Higgs boson.  Commonly refered to as the "God particle," the Higgs boson plays a role in determinning how particles interact and have mass.  Now, using the data set which revealed the existence of...Read more

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