Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

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.

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.

An artist, arts educator, teaching artist, policymaker, and philanthropist, Alysia Lee has a broad perspective on the arts ecosystem. As the founder and artistic director of Sister Cities Girlchoir and as the inaugural president for the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (a position she began in early 2022), she works to advance access, equity, and decolonization—always with a focus on youth, anti-racism, creativity, and justice.

Chorus America Announces $950,000 in Awards to 21 Grant Partners in New Program Supporting Partnerships Between Choruses and Schools

Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field, is thrilled to announce awards totaling $950,000 to 21 inaugural grant partners of its new Music Education Partnership Grants program, made possible through a new funding partnership.

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu's "To Repair" Premieres at Lincoln Center with University of Michigan Men's Glee Club

On April 7, 2022, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club will give the world premiere of To Repair, a multi-movement work reflecting on what is necessary to bring repair to Black communities in America written by composer and educator Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.

How Chorus America Centered ADEI in Our New Grant Program

by Alysia Lee and Diana Sáez

 

It’s no secret that these have been difficult times for choruses and choral music educators lately. It’s why, as board members of Chorus America, we are delighted to share some wonderful news – the launch of Chorus America’s Music Education Partnership Grants. This new funding partnership will be awarding over $900,000 this grants cycle to support collaborations between community organizations and elementary, middle, or junior high schools during the 2022-23 school year.

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