Impact/Value

Articles

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Eugene Holley Jr. | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Professional, Repertoire

Expanding its work around issues of equity and inclusion in classical music, the Sphinx Organization has launched EXIGENCE, a new professional vocal ensemble made up of singers of color. What were the impulses that led to the creation of EXIGENCE? Why is this development important to the choral field? Read more

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Vu Le on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector

Vu Le on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

Nonprofit leader, humor blogger, and truth-teller. It’s a unique job description, but a perfect fit for Vu Le. Le is the executive director of Seattle-based social justice organization Rainier Valley Corps and the author of NonprofitAF.com, a blog that mixes pop culture and pictures of baby animals with candid insight into the current state of nonprofits. Read more

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Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Sing Skillfully Unto the Lord: The Modern Gospel Chorus Movement in Chicago

Robert Marovich | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In early 20th-century Chicago, the intersection of classical and gospel church traditions gave birth to the modern gospel chorus movement. This history has made Chicago the gospel choir capital of the world—and continues to have an impact on ensemble singing today. Read more

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How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

How Can Many Singers Speak with One Voice?

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Repertoire, Singing

More and more choruses are practicing advocacy inside the concert hall, representing social justice and community issues in their performances. What kinds of steps are they taking to ensure that singers are on the same page so that they can perform as a collective? Read more

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How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

How Do We Talk About the Value of the Arts?

Maureen Simpson | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

There are seemingly countless ways to make the case for the arts. The trick is knowing which ones are most effective. Leaders at five different arts organizations explain how they talk about the value of the arts, and how those messages are connecting with the audiences they are trying to reach. Read more

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Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Making the Case for Choruses: Three Studies in Advocacy

Michael Gallant | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Networking, Profile, Schools

Three choral organizations show how united voices can make a difference for themselves and their communities. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Repertoire for a Cause: Take What You Need

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Impact/Value, 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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Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Liza Beth | Careers, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Profile

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the leading women in the Chorus America community to tell us about the women who inspire their work. Here are their answers. Read more

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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Don Lee | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In an effort to renew our understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges choral conductors encounter and how they affect the choral ecosystem, Chorus America undertook a new study, updating survey findings from a decade ago. The results highlight both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession.  Read more

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Resources

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Theodore Thomas: Building American Orchestras and Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Impact/Value

This issue of the American Choral Review examines the life and legacy of little-known conductor Theodore Thomas, who in the mid 19th-century almost single-handedly built two of the premiere orchestras in the country and was one of the first conductors to treat the chorus as a serious ensemble, fostering performances of large choral-orchestral works. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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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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Events

New York City Jazz Festival 2014

New York City Jazz Festival 2014

Broadway & West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Join Manhattan Concert Productions for their New York City Jazz Festival 2014, live from the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center this Spring. http://mcp.us/new-york-city-jazz-festival/ Read more

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2014 Masterworks Series

2014 Masterworks Series

New York City & Chicago

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Masterworks Series invites qualified ensembles to collaborate on a major work for choir, professional orchestra and soloists. Imagine performing a Brahms' Requiem or Haydn's The Creation on the same stage where so many classical artists past and present have performed! http://mcp.us/masterworks-series/page/3/ Read more

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2014 Children's Choir Series

2014 Children's Choir Series

New York City & Chicago

cpapania | Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Children's Choir Series invites qualified choirs to collaborate with other children's choirs from across the United States to perform exciting repertoire - a distinctive variety of 6 shorter works carefully chosen for effective performance at  home before an excellent artistic experience. Read more

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2014 Cathedral Series

2014 Cathedral Series

New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

Manhattan Concert Productions' Cathedral Series invites church, community, and college choirs to collaborate on a major work for choir, professional orchestra and soloists under the direction of a nationally recognized conductor. Read more

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Broadway Series 2014: TITANIC

Broadway Series 2014: TITANIC

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Manhattan Concert Productions is proud to present the second installment of their Broadway Series, with a concert performance of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Titanic, for one night only at New York's renowned Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. http://mcp.us/broadway-series/ Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL, 60637

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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The Birth of Gospel

The Birth of Gospel

460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Chicago a cappella will take you on a journey from the pre-gospel Classical works sung in many African-American churches to hymns, spirituals, and finally the full flowering of gospel music itself, which began right here in Chicago. Read more

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Melodic Migrations: Global Jewish Music

Melodic Migrations: Global Jewish Music

1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest, IL

Matt Greenberg | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Families, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

This new program shines a spotlight on emotionally powerful and beautiful Jewish a cappella music from around the world, including South Africa, Canada, Europe and elsewhere. Read more

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Dialogue

Measuring Education Program Impact

Measuring Education Program Impact

Anonymous | Education, Impact/Value

  We know intrinsically that chorus education programs provide great benefit to those involved—but actual data would help. Can anyone offer some specific examples of the impact of their programs? Read more

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