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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How the Minnesota Chorale Bounced Back from an Orchestra Shutdown

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Symphonic

What happens when a long-time relationship with an orchestra goes away—taking with it a third of your organization's income?  Shock, dismay, and then a determination to rally around your core mission. Read more

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The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance

Today's GLBT choruses continue to be places to unite in common causes, but their perspectives have changed along with the times. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Professional, Profile, Singing, Strategic Planning

Brett Stover grew up singing in choirs and has served on the boards of an array of music and arts groups in Cincinnati. Now he brings his business savvy and love of the performing arts to Chorus America's Board of Directors. "The more people who are singing, the better off we will all be," he says. Read more

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Choruses and Community Wellness

Choruses and Community Wellness

Don Lee | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

How can we share the wellness benefits of choral singing with a broader community? A growing number of choral leaders are looking at ways to extend the group singing experience beyond the concert hall. Read more

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Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Plug the words “choir videos” into your search engine and you’ll get an astounding number of links (Google found 112,000,000. Yes, million.) Is your chorus among them? It could be—and more easily than you may think. Chorus America asked several choruses to tell us how they are making video a key part of their marketing strategy. Read more

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Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Evaluate Your Chorus’ Education Program—On Any Budget

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Research/Data, Schools

Your chorus has created and launched an exciting education program. How will you fund its evaluation? Kimberly Meisten of VocalEssence and David Myers of the University of Minnesota School of Music presented these ideas at the 2012 Chorus America Conference. Read more

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Community Sings: Resources

Community Sings: Resources

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Repertoire, Singing, Technique/Tool

Want to learn more about organizing or leading a community sing? Here are some resources to explore. Read more

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Hope and Hard Work: Government Support of the Arts in the U.S.

Hope and Hard Work: Government Support of the Arts in the U.S.

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Government/Policy, History, Impact/Value, Research/Data

During campaign season, "government support" comes up often as a discussion topic. As the U.S. approaches its November election, it feels like an appropriate time to remind ourselves about how government support applies to the arts. Here are some thoughts from Chorus America to get you started. Read more

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Resources

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, Chorus America developed this guide to help chart a path toward proactive advocacy on behalf of choral music education. Contains a step-by-step advocacy plan as well as research and statistics on the value of choral singing in school from more than 40 studies. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

'Making the Case' Tool: The Comparative Advantages of Choruses

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The top 10 reasons why choral singing is a great activity! Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

'Making the Case' Tool: Quotes Linking Arts Education and Student Achievement

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A list of useful quotes from influential leaders in support of the arts and choral music. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

'Making the Case' Tool: Partnerships Between Schools and Independent Youth Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Chorus America’s member choruses all across North America are leading the way in working with school music programs to support, revive, or expand choral music education. Here are some examples of how our members are creatively partnering with schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Choral Singing and Student Achievement Fact Sheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

In the 21st century, America’s manufacturing-driven economy is being replaced by a creative economy. President Obama is calling for a “complete and competitive education” to ensure our place in the global economy. How do the arts—and choral music specifically—help prepare our students to meet these challenges? Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

'Making the Case' Tool: Build Your Network Worksheet

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A question-and-answer worksheet to help you expand your network of choral music supporters. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

'Making the Case' Tool: Annotated and Linked Bibliography

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

This annotated and linked bibliography for Making the Case for Your School Choir provides data from more than 40 different studies, advocacy guides, and publications at your fingertips. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

'Making the Case' Tool: Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

A PowerPoint template that you can adapt for use when making a presentation on the value of choral singing. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Making the Case' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

Use this matrix as a worksheet to help formulate an action plan to support choral music in schools. Read more

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'Making the Case' Tool: A Parent's Advocacy Guide

'Making the Case' Tool: A Parent's Advocacy Guide

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Impact/Value, Research/Data, Schools, Technique/Tool

The goal of this supplemental guide is to specifically help parents build a solid case for having choral music as part of the school curriculum. Working with your child’s teacher and other partners, use this information to encourage school boards and administrators to begin, revive, or expand your child’s school choral program. Read more

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Events

SA Choral Society presents POPS: Beatlemania!

SA Choral Society presents POPS: Beatlemania!

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX 78240

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing

Season Pops Concert featuring popular hits by the famous 60’s British rock band, The Beatles!. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon!  Read more

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Calmus Ensemble Leipzig

Calmus Ensemble Leipzig

228 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Families, General, Professional

The Serenade! International Choral Series, produced by Classical Movements, Inc., is proud to present an encore performance of the award-winning German a cappella quintet, Calmus Ensemble Leipzig.  The quintet has become one of the most successful a cappella ensembles in Germany, and their concert in Old Town Alexandria will be an unforgettable experience. Read more

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Escolania de Montserrat

Escolania de Montserrat

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Education, Families, General, History, Performance

Thousands travel to see them every day, but now the Escolania de Montserrat from Barcelona is coming to us!  On March 16 at Strathmore, one of the oldest choirs in the world will present the program, “Montserrat and Cataluña: A Thousand Years of Music,” featuring works by such notable composers as Pablo Casals.  The concert is part of the choir's first ever tour to the United States.    Read more

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Great Choral Masterpieces

Great Choral Masterpieces

2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA

Nan Hall | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

We asked for your favorites and now we present a wonderful concert of beloved choral anthems from across the centuries. From Palestrina through Mozart, to contemporary genius, Morten Lauridsen, Richmond Choral Society will thrill you with the beauty of these choral masterpieces. www.richmondchoralsociety.org Read more

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Glory Be! One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Debuts Greer World Premiere

Glory Be! One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Debuts Greer World Premiere

Richmond, Virginia

ovcconductor2 | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire

Richmond’s One Voice Chorus will perform the world premiere of a work by Richmond local composer Bryan Greer in its concert, “Glory Be! Contemporary Spirituals for a Contemporary World.” The program will feature spiritual and gospel arrangements of Moses Hogan, Rosephanye Powell, Richard Smallwood, and Mack Wilberg, among others. Read more

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United University Church – Community Concert  - FREE

United University Church – Community Concert - FREE

817 West 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90089

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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Culver City – Community Concert

Culver City – Community Concert

11269 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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 Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

Half the Sky: Hear Our Voices

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Founded in January 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature.  Diverse in age, race, belief and sexual identity, we are a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect us as a family of women.  We are currently celebrating our 17th season.  Forty women make up the chorus, which is a fun "family" to belong to.  Membership is by audition only.  Visit www.voxfemina.org or call 310-922-0025 for more information! Read more

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Britten, Saint Nicolas

Britten, Saint Nicolas

15415 Red Robin Road, San Antonio, TX 78255

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Season 49 holiday concert celebrating Benjamin Britten’s 100th Anniversary. Read more

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Huntington Choral Society - American Reflections:  The Winter Solstice

Huntington Choral Society - American Reflections: The Winter Solstice

188 Oakwood Rd. (McKay Rd.), Huntington, NY 11743

Huntington Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Singing

The Huntington Choral Society presents "American Reflections:  The Winter Solstice".  Read more

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