Civic Engagement

Articles

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

  • Views (4,534)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

  • Views (1,589)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (3,899)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (1,373)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (2,279)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (2,052)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (2,940)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (2,288)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (2,541)
  • Favorites (1)
  • Comments (0)
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

  • Views (1,928)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)

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

  • Views (6,490)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,683)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,769)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (2,977)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,728)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,283)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,383)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (4,477)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,513)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
'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

  • Views (3,073)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)

Events

Sounds of the Season

Sounds of the Season

1501 West Ingomar Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Conducting, Families, Performance, Singing

Ring in the season with the Chorale as we present holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols and popular favorites. Cost: $20 ($22 at door), students-$8, child-0 Read more

  • Views (494)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Pittsburgh Sings! The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs

Pittsburgh Sings! The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs

4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

PCCsing | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Venue

Join us for an exciting afternoon of choral music featuring:  Central Assembly of God Choir, Houston, PA  South Fayette Vocal Express Show Choir  Pittsburgh Concert Chorale  Woodland Hills High School Chamber Choir All choirs will join together for a truly unforgettable finale, singing selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana Read more

  • Views (1,788)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Monmouth Civic Chorus - American Songbook Concert

Monmouth Civic Chorus - American Songbook Concert

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Civic Engagement

  • Views (580)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Audition for the Oratorio Society of Virginia

Audition for the Oratorio Society of Virginia

1119 5th St. SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oratorio Societ... | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Sing with the Oratorio Society of Virginia, Charlottesville's longest running community chorus, for the 2013-14 season! Performances include "Christmas at the Paramount," featuring Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," "Joy to the World," and "Silver Bells," December 21, 2013 at Charlottesville's Paramount Theater, a community sing-in of Vivaldi's "Gloria" to benefit homeless charity PACEM on March 1, 2014, and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" in partnership with Ash Lawn Opera May 2 and 4, 2014 at Charlottesville'sParamount Theater. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm. Read more

  • Views (892)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Community Show Choir Looking for New Singers

Community Show Choir Looking for New Singers

3606 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, General, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase is seeking men and women to audition for the 2013 Fall Season. Try-outs will be August 19 and 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in The Heights. Houston Choral Showcase is Houston's only community adult show choir, singing arrangements in pop, jazz, swing, gospel, and Broadway styles. Read more

  • Views (1,379)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
IT'S OUR PARTY! A SWEET/SASSY 16 PARTY

IT'S OUR PARTY! A SWEET/SASSY 16 PARTY

200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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

MISSION: Vox Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature. Diverse in culture, 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. Through music, we aim to create a world that affirms the worth and dignity of every person. Read more

  • Views (869)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
SA Choral Society presents Beyond the Horizon: Music of the 20th and 21st Century

SA Choral Society presents Beyond the Horizon: Music of the 20th and 21st Century

230 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

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

  Season finalé featuring music of the 20th and 21st century.   Read more

  • Views (940)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
Heritage Presents: 13th Annual Concert Sing On!

Heritage Presents: 13th Annual Concert Sing On!

4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Miriam Dixon | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

We Preserve the Past. We Inspire the Community. We Sing On. Join Heritage Signature Chorale for our annual concert which promises to stir your soul. Tickets may be purchased at www.heritagesignaturechorale.org or by phone (202) 808-0583. Read more

  • Views (3,234)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
The Son of Man

The Son of Man

Santa Clara and San Francisco, CA

Susan Rooke | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

The Peninsula Women's Chorus and The Golden Gate Men's Chorus collaborate in a West Coast premiere. Read more

  • Views (956)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)
SA Choral Society presents POPS - On the Red Carpet: Hollywood Movie Classics

SA Choral Society presents POPS - On the Red Carpet: Hollywood Movie Classics

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX 78240

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

Season Pops Concert featuring “On the Red Carpet: Hollywood Movie Classics”. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon!  Read more

  • Views (1,016)
  • Favorites (0)
  • Comments (0)