Community Engagement

Civic Engagement and Community Outreach have been used so interchangeably in our tagging that we propose using one tag: "Community Engagement" instead

Music Education Grants – What We’ve Learned and How We Are Responding

In 2022, Chorus America was presented with a remarkable opportunity to impact some of our communities’ youngest singers, which resulted in the establishment of the Music Education Partnership Grants program.

Born in the Bronx, raised in Alaska and Texas, and now based in Oakland, Melanie DeMore is a singer/composer, choral conductor, music director, and three-time Grammy nominee. Describing herself as a vocal activist, she leads vocal and stick-pounding workshops for professional choirs and community groups and was a founding member of the ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir.

Managing the Trend Toward Last-Minute Ticket Purchases

For many choruses, a trend toward last-minute ticket-buying seems to have accelerated in recent months. Pre-pandemic, Christopher Eanes, executive director of Cathedral Choral Society (CCS), had been watching season subscriptions decline steadily, and now, he says, “it's also showing itself in the single ticket sales. People really are waiting until the week of or even the day before to decide.” He reports that ticket sales in the two days before the CCS Christmas concert accounted for 10 percent of event revenue.

NEA Announces First Round of 2023 Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts(NEA) announced the recipients of the first round of 2023 grants on January 10, 2023. The NEA will distribute $34 million in funding to individuals and arts organizations across the United States, and Chorus America is honored to be a recipient of an $85,000 Grants for Art Projects award. 

We are also thrilled to see many choral organizations and partners present in the list of awarded grants, including:  

American Composers Forum

Apollo's Fire

Barbershop Harmony Society

Forging Broadcasting Partnerships for Choral Holiday Specials

While the 2022 holiday season is once again filled with live choral performances, more closely resembling a pre-pandemic December, broadcasting partnerships with local television and radio networks are increasingly a powerful way for choruses to reach audiences beyond the concert hall. We share a list of televised and radio-broadcasted holiday specials featuring Chorus America members and details about how to experience them this festive season. 


Conductor, administrative leader, and scholar Arreon Harley Emerson’s personal and professional development weaves together many different strands into a singular story. As an equity coach and nonprofit strategist, he consults with arts and cultural organizations to center diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in their work. As the former director of music and operations at the Choir School of Delaware, Harley-Emerson led an organization with a legacy of serving Wilmington’s youth and families that dates back to 1883.

New School Year, New Opportunities: First Projects Funded by Partnership Grants Begin

We are entering fall, and students are returning to school! For many of us, the phrase “back to school” brings back memories of new classes, new friends, and singing in school choral music programs. Unfortunately, these opportunities are not available for all.  

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