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Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation

Choral music has a unique power to touch hearts and souls – but how can choruses leverage that power to impact their communities? These four stories provide some answers.  Read more

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Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Community Engagement: More Examples From Around North America

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value

In preparation for publishing a series of community engagement case studies, we asked our members to share their own experiences with community engagement. The responses we received represent choruses of many types and sizes, from all over North America. They show the many different ways choruses are leveraging the power of choral music to impact their communities. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in New York

Singing for the Pope in New York

Salvatore Diana reflects on the lights, camera, action, and everything behind it

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Singing, Venue

Singing for the Pope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – though sometimes, it happens twice. “I can’t say it was my first time singing for a pope,” admits Salvatore Diana. “I had the good fortune of Singing for Pope Benedict when he visited eight years ago.” In fact, Diana sang in services for Pope Francis on back-to-back days during his visit to New York, making for a hectic and thrilling 36 hours or so.  Read more

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Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States has grabbed the nation’s headlines, and thousands will flock to Mass and other public events in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Choruses have proven to be a key component of the papal tour, playing a starring role in many of the festivities and enjoying a flurry of news coverage. Read more

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Singing for the Pope in DC

Singing for the Pope in DC

Diana Saez on teaching pronunciation when the Pope is listening

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Rehearsal, Singing

On the first leg of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States, an elite choir of 90 singers assembled from across the region will lift their voices to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Read more

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An Interview with Jane Chu

An Interview with Jane Chu

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Profile

This summer marks one year since Jane Chu began her tenure as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In advance of her keynote conversation at Chorus America’s Boston Conference, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about her career and the important role the arts play in our lives and communities. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition II

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition II

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part II of this two-part series explores how the chorus exponentially increased its development efforts and shares "words to the wise" learned through experience. Read more

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Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part I of this two-part series takes a look at the chorus's image makeover and efforts to attract a younger and more diverse community. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. 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

Auditions for membership

Auditions for membership

Bel Air, MD

BZea | Civic Engagement, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal

Harford Choral Society will hold auditions for all voice parts on Tuesday evenings for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Email info@harfordchoralsociety.org. Visit www.harfordchoralsociety.org Read more

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Mendelssohn Elijah Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Mendelssohn Elijah Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform Mendelssohn's Elijah (in English) with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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Brahms Requiem Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Brahms Requiem Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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Bach Magnificat & Bernstein Chichester Psalms Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Bach Magnificat & Bernstein Chichester Psalms Summer Sing with Pioneer Valley Symphony

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Symphonic

Come perform the Bach Magnificat and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer Church (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035), a venue with plentiful parking and air conditioning. For tickets and more information, find us at https://www.pvsoc.org/summer-sings-2016/ Read more

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"God Bless America - For those who gave their all" Concert

"God Bless America - For those who gave their all" Concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Conducting, General, History, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "God Bless America--For those who gave their all", a free concert by The Musical Revue, directed by Phyllis Scott, on Sunday, May 29, at 4:00pm, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Read more

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Weekend with Will Todd

Weekend with Will Todd

99 South Waverly Street, Shillington, PA 19607

Dr. David A. Mc... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning

English composer Will Tood in residence with Vox Philia Chamber Choir, May 21 and 22, 2016. Read more

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Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

Harmonious Women: Rocking the Universe

11269 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230

VOX Femina | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, General, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Repertoire, Venue

A TASTE OF SEASON 19 Vox performs for the community of Culver City in a free concert sponsored in part by the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission and Sony Entertainment. Enjoy selections from all 3 of our regular season concerts during this afternoon of music.  We will take an uncommon look at the political and social achievements of women in history, women of renown and women of extraordinary creativity. And then we’ll sing and jam to music of rock icons: David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls and other artists. Expect a fun afternoon of music that will get your groove on! This concert is offered free to the public, but RSVP is requested. *$10 Suggested Donation Read more

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Open Call for Women Singers

Open Call for Women Singers

New York City

Public Art Fund | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Public Art Fund, the non- profit arts organization, is seeking women singers to participate in an upcoming performance art project created by an eminent visual artist.  Read more

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Concert for Peace: Moving to Peace

Concert for Peace: Moving to Peace

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Come hear Katherine Hughes, violinist; Kevin Kizer, saxophonist; the HAWK String Quartet (Carol Kalvonjian, violinist, Chuck Bontrager, violist, and Jill Kaeding, cellist); Gary Wendt, organist; Jade Maze, jazz vocalist; and the rhythm section of Kent Wehman, Ken Haebich, and Neal Wehman; with members of the Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir, in a concert exploring the theme of peace on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street (at Glenview Road) in Glenview.  Read more

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Many Voices, One Art: A Bay Area Choral Festival

Many Voices, One Art: A Bay Area Choral Festival

San Francisco, CA

Tricia Bell | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Participation, Singing

It's our 80th birthday and we're throwing a party! Chant to Gospel, Baroque to Broadway, Roots to Body Music... Come sing and learn with us as we celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area choral community.   Enjoy workshops in singing, movement, music talks, plus a special opportunity to sing portions of J.S. Bach’s masterwork, the Mass in B-minor.      Join the SF Bach Choir for a fun day of singing, exploring, eating (lunch and birthday cake provided!) and making friends.     All are welcome--no music reading or vocal training necessary.   Read more

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