Impact/Value

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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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EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding

Chorus America Staff | 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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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

Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers | Inspirations: North American Debut Tour

Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers | Inspirations: North American Debut Tour

Boston, MA

DCINY | Audiences, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Singing

  Announcing the debut US tour of Eric Whitacre and his professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers in March 2013 – Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. The programme will include recent works from Eric such as “Alleluia” and “The City and the Sea” as well as some of the greats of his catalogue, “When David Heard“, “A Boy and a Girl” and “Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine“. Other composers featured include Lauridsen, Monteverdi and Bach. Read more

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Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers | Inspirations: North American Debut Tour

Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers | Inspirations: North American Debut Tour

North Bethesda, MD

DCINY | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Impact/Value, Performance, Professional, Singing

  Announcing the debut US tour of Eric Whitacre and his professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers in March 2013 – Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. The programme will include recent works from Eric such as “Alleluia” and “The City and the Sea” as well as some of the greats of his catalogue, “When David Heard“, “A Boy and a Girl” and “Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine“. Other composers featured include Lauridsen, Monteverdi and Bach.     Read more

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Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Southborough, MA

Robert Eaton | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Education, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Singing, Technique/Tool, Technology

Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. An incredibly moving composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, Voices of Light has been hailed as "a triumph" (Los Angeles Times) and "an overwhelming experience" (Chicago Tribune). Read more

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BACHday Bash 2013

BACHday Bash 2013

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Fundraising, General, History, Impact/Value, Venue

We hope you can join us as the Bach Choir celebrates its 78th season with scrumptious food & superb libations, an exciting silent auction, and a grand new venue - the historically restored Mansions on Fifth Hotel. All proceeds will benefit the Choir as it continues to present unique and dramatic choral productions. Read more

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Purcell The Indian Queen

Purcell The Indian Queen

Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

H&H presents a program of comedy, romance, intrigue, and beautiful music with this dramatic semi-opera and scenes from other Purcell works. Read more

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Messiah in Space

Messiah in Space

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

    The second concert in the season entitled Time Voyagers presents a reprise of the very popular interpretation of George Frederic Handel’s brilliant oratorio Messiah, in a version entitled Messiah in Space. This does not have to do with travel into the cosmos, but places the well-known work in a most intriguing physical space. The Hunt Armory provides a unique setting for a dramatic revision of this masterwork. Recounting the biblical stories of the Messiah surrounded by the implements of war offers a thoughtful new approach to the beautiful music in this stunning oratorio. When last presented in 2007, Messiah in Space drew rave reviews from audience members and the press. Bach Choir Artistic Director Thomas W. Douglas comments, “The passage of time only enhances our appreciation of the brilliance of this musical work. We now want to recount the biblical story in a context that speaks of the conflict between conscience and human nature. When the Prophet asks, ‘Why do the nations rage so furiously together?’, we often experience that in a church setting. Hearing that within the walls of Hunt Armory the meaning is magnified and provokes even deeper consideration.” These performances continue the commitment of the Bach Choir to present unique programs in intriguing venues. This season of Time Voyagers continues the vision of Artistic Director Douglas by programming an interesting exploration of Time and its meaning as we examine our own place in the temporal universe with Messiah in Space. Tickets are available in advance at www.BachPgh.Showclix.com or at 1-888-718-4253   Tickets are also available at the door on the day of performance.   Prices range from $10-$30.   More info at www.BachChoirPittsburgh.org Read more

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Time Remembered / Time Forgotten

Time Remembered / Time Forgotten

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

The first concerts in the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh season entitled Time Voyagers will present a collection of choral works all dealing with time and the elements that affect us. Time Remembered/Time Forgotten features the Pittsburgh premiere of Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories.  Also on this program are Howard Hansen’s Song of Democracy based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. The program finishes with a newly discovered SATB a cappella arrangement of the beautiful Vocalise of Sergei Rachmaninoff along with two new choral works from Diane Benjamin, Are We Not Your Family? and Remembering Read more

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Auditions: San Antonio Choral Society 2012-2013 Season

Auditions: San Antonio Choral Society 2012-2013 Season

4242 Bluemel Road, San Antonio, TX 78240

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Recruitment, Technology, Volunteer

Auditions are currently being held for NEW Singers.   Read more

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Chicago's Choir - AUDITIONS

Chicago's Choir - AUDITIONS

Chicago, IL

wickerparksings | Community Outreach, Conducting, General, Impact/Value, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Wicker Park Choral Singers is looking for singers for our 5th Anniversary Season!   If you have a strong passion for choral music and are looking to share it with a fun, energetic group of musicians, we would love to hear you! Happy Singing! 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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