A home for choral leaders to find information on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI)

Chorus America is committed to providing robust information and support to the choral community on matters related to access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). While no single collection of resources is ever comprehensive or final when it comes to ADEI, we intend to make this page the "home base" for choral leaders to build a foundational understanding that will spark your curiosity to keep learning, help you foster important conversations, and most importantly take action to more deeply incorporate ADEI into your singing ensembles.

We believe in modeling successful organizational practices to the choral field, and strive to show leadership by prioritizing ADEI in our own organization and representing our progress with integrity and transparency. In addition to curating resources here, this space serves as a visible record to reflect Chorus America's commitment to - and accountability for - action on ADEI, which includes a prominent goal in our current strategic plan and inclusion in our core values.

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.

Performing Arts Alliance June 2023 Advocacy Update

This June 2023 update from the Performing Arts Alliance shares advocacy news on actions you can take to protect your LGBTGIA2S+ artists, staff, and audience members; proposed ticketing legislation, and National Endowment for the Arts news on FY24 appropriations and upcoming grant opportunities. Chorus America is an organizational member of the Performing Arts Alliance, which advocates for America’s professional nonprofit arts sector before Congress and key policy makers.


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.

Chorus America Partners With Equity Sings to Launch First-of-its-Kind Program Fostering Equity in Choral Executive Leadership

Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field, is thrilled to partner with Equity Sings to launch the Choral Executive Leadership Academy.

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.

Multi-Year Journey With To Repair Project Continues With ACDA Presentation, Expanded Documentary

After giving the April world premiere of To Repair, a multi-movement work commissioned from Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club (UMMGC) has been invited to present the work and discuss the larger ongoing journey that the piece represents at the 2023 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Cincinnati.

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