Impact/Value

Think choral music is only found in drafty churches or formal concert halls? Think again! These innovators are stretching our imaginations and taking choral performances to the next level.

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An Executive Sabbatical Renews and Refuels

After more than a decade as chief executive of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Allison Vulgamore took a sabbatical to travel to a prison in Morocco for boys. She shares her transformative experience of preparing them to sing in a concert without the benefit of a shared language.

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Personal stories can be a vital way to communicate the value of your chorus.

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Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Choruses are pouring more resources and creativity into education outreach programs that have a far-reaching impact on students, teachers, schools, and communities—as well as on the choral artists who deliver them.

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What allows one chorus to thrive for more than a century while another is forced to close down after just a few years? Leaders of some of the longest-running choral organizations credit a combination of factors for their longevity.

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An Interview With Choral Music's Rock Star

Eric Whitacre muses on how he gets inspired to compose, his special connection with young people, and what he thinks about the future of choral music.

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In times of economic drought, singers and choruses wonder if and how their chorus will survive. Glen Howard, arts consultant and choral singer, shares his insights about approaching potential funders and making a compelling case for choral music.

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We sat down with Conspirare founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson to get the inside scoop on how the group came to be and the magic behind their success.

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You might consider any type of practice to be deliberate, but it may take a very specific kind of practice to achieve real proficiency.

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Warbly sopranos, amateur conductors, untrained musicians—you never know what you're going to get with a church choir. But one singer explains why she keeps coming back for more...

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