A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia
Dana Gioia | Civic Engagement, Education, Government/Policy
Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment.
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Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Diversity, Profile
When Brazeal Dennard passed away in 2010, he left behind a rich musical legacy. This 2007 article profiled the life and career of this champion for African-American music as he celebrated 60 years conducting the Angelic Choir of the Peoples Baptist Church in Detroit.
Mary Ann de Barbieri | Governance, Technique/Tool
So, it's your turn: You have been asked to step into the role of board chair. But what will be expected of you? How can you be sure that you can provide the leadership needed? How can you fulfill the expectations outlined in the job description? We explore top traits of board leaders, how to motivate your team, and crafting productive partnerships among your staff.
The Power of Purpose
Heidi Waleson | Governance, Impact/Value
For a handful of choruses, a unique mission galvanizes their entire community—singers, board, audience, and staff—and is the organizing principle around which all else revolves.
How You Can Use the Chorus Operations Survey Report
Bess Hamilton Foley | Governance, Operations, Research/Data
As chorus leaders you make important decisions annually, monthly, even daily, that affect the future of your organization. In doing so, be sure to consider context, both internal and external, as you make your choices. What are other choruses doing? What are others in the broader nonprofit community doing? What have we ourselves been doing and how might we do it better? We discuss how others have used the Chorus America Chorus Operations Survey Report to inform their decisionmaking.
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Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Technique/Tool
Are more composers increasingly looking to the choral genre as a means for expression? We explore the issue in this roundtable discussion featuring Heather Hitchens of Meet The Composer, John Nuechterlein of the American Composers Forum, and Joanne Hubbard Cossa of the American Music Center.