High Notes

  • Favorites (0)
  • Views (34877)

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.

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

  • Views (640)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (584)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (1,632)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (1,239)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (1,999)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (920)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (962)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (1,168)
  • Comments (0)