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Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Profile

Alexander Lloyd Blake has plenty of jobs to keep himself busy. Blake is the choir director for the LA County High School for the Arts, and principal assistant conductor of the National Children's Chorus’ Los Angeles ensemble. But that’s not all. “I'm an assistant conductor at First Congregational Church LA—that's a new one,” Blake recounts. “And I'm studying for my qualifying exams for my doctorate in choral conducting at USC.” Read more

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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

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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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An Interview with Vijay Gupta

An Interview with Vijay Gupta

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Science

Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.  Read more

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Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

A first-of-its-kind convening highlights some promising ideas for helping the choral field thrive

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

When you stop to think about the ways people sing together, the diversity is breathtaking. Just a partial list includes community, school, collegiate, and church choruses, as well as gospel choirs, barbershop groups, contemporary a cappella ensembles, men’s choruses, and special mission groups like threshold choirs. Read more

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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

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Understanding Audiences

Understanding Audiences

Takeaways from the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data

This August, Chorus America released the results of the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project worked with 23 choruses across North America to survey their audiences.  Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

An expert in audience development and diversification, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. In advance of her keynote plenary on “Dynamic Community Engagement” at Chorus America’s Conference in Cincinnati, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about how the conversation around community engagement has changed—and the opportunities this creates for choruses to “roll up their sleeves and dig in.”  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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Resources

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: Adaptable Op-Ed

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: Adaptable Op-Ed

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Sample/Template

Download this opinion piece to customize and submit to your local newspaper to help raise the profile of choruses in your area. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Sample/Template

Writing grant proposals or even a simple appeal letter is always a challenge. These sample paragraphs may help you as you are trying to "make the case" for your chorus. Read more

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Events

4th Annual Easter Messiah Sing-Along

4th Annual Easter Messiah Sing-Along

Oakland, California

Monique Stevenson | Community Outreach

The Messiah is not just for Christmas anymore!!! Read more

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Friends in Song

Friends in Song

Dallas, TX

Emily Bywaters | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, Performance

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas invites outstanding school choruses to join in song. Read more

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Choral-Orchestral Conducting Workshop with Robert Porco

Choral-Orchestral Conducting Workshop with Robert Porco

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati May ... | Community Outreach, Conducting, Education, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

Designed for Choral Conductors, Music Educators and Church Musicians who want to strengthen their instrumental conducting technique. Select conductors will work with members of the May Festival Chamber Choir, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and soloists. The day-long workshop is free, but reservations are required. Applications and more information can be found on the web at www.mayfestival.com Read more

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Music for the Spirit

Music for the Spirit

Pittsburgh, PA

The Mendelssohn... | Community Outreach

Through the annual Music for the Spirit Concert, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh demonstrate the power of music to promote and spread a spiritual and universal message. Read more

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Felix Festival

Felix Festival

Pittsburgh, PA

The Mendelssohn... | Community Outreach

Side by side sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" with members of the Mendelssohn Choir. Read more

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Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop: St. Matthew Passion

Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop: St. Matthew Passion

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Singing

Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join this choral workshop, an outreach program of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. For this Singsation, guest conductor Matthew Otto will take participants through Bach's St. Matthew Passion, recognized as one of the greatest choral works ever composed. Bring your voice, we provide the music. Read more

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Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop

Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Mendels... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Singing

Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join this choral workshop, an outreach program of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. For this Singsation, guest conductor Thea Kano will take participants through Haydn's Theresien Messe. Bring your voice, we provide the music. Read more

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Music in Our Schools Month

Music in Our Schools Month

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Families

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Read more

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Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day

Washington, DC

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, Government/Policy

The 25th annual Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Read more

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