Impact/Value

Tired of the bar scene? Online dating services not doing it for you? Have you considered joining a chorus?

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A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment.

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Writing a successful foundation proposal is not rocket science, but it does require vision, research, planning, cultivation, and careful implementation.

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Choristers make beautiful music together—sometimes as couples! Some 58 percent of choristers we polled said they socialize with fellow choristers outside of rehearsals and performances, and 37 percent said they had dated members of the chorus in which they sing. Choruses can be a great place to meet friends, and even a potential mate.

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Many types of organizations are tackling issues of diversity. Patricia Moore Harbour, who has facilitated a number of these discussions in a process that she describes as the Transformative Learning Experience, believes arts organizations, especially choruses, may start out ahead of the game.

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When choruses take the time to really sing the text—be it biblical or poetic, somber or silly—we demonstrate the moral consequence of lives that are animated by beauty, passion, and love.

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The concept of ubuntu: "A person is a person through other people." Throughout black South African history—from ancient times when societies were migratory to the more recent struggle against apartheid—the people have relied on each other for their very survival. One conductor brought the lessons of ubuntu back home to his chorus.

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Erasing Our Choral Inferiority Complex

It's time we check our choral inferiority complex at the door and assert choral music's rightful place as the noblest of the performing arts.

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The past decade seems to have had more than its fair share of natural disasters and tragedies. In the aftermath of a major event, how should your chorus approach its fundraising activities? What do you say to those who challenge the idea of funding the arts at a time of great social need? 

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How We Listen to Music in a Busier World

In contemporary society, it can sometimes feel like we are constantly multitasking. But does music still offer a space for meditation and contemplation?

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