High Notes Blog

Chorus America's High Notes blog is curated by the Chorus America staff. Here, find articles on what our members are up to, and links to the latest news and commentary on the issues that matter to the choral field. High Notes also includes information about policy issues and advocacy alerts.

Additional Advocacy Information

Chorus America is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a national coalition of nonprofit arts service organizations advocating for federal policies that impact the nonprofit performing arts sector. Membership in Chorus America includes membership in PAA and you can learn more about PAA's policy agenda in the PAA Advocacy Center.

  • by Mike Rowan

    At a White House state dinner held in honor of visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Children of the Gospel Choir joined Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles in a performance of the artist's hit song "Brave." The performance had attendees clapping along and drew an immediate standing ovation at its conclusion. The trip by Trudeau was the first official visit to the US by a Canadian leader in nearly 20 years.

  • by Mike Rowan

    The collaborative recording of "Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil," featuring the combined forces of Chorus America members the Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy, was awarded the 2016 Grammy for Best Choral Performance on Monday, Febuary 15. This marks the second time each ensemble - both of which are led by Bruffy - has won the award. The recording was also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

  • by Mike Rowan

    Several Chorus America members and friends have been nominated for the 2016 Grammy Awards. The winners will be announced on February 15, 2016. Notable nominations include:

    Best Choral Performance
    Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale
    True Concord
    Harry Christophers

    Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
    Roomful of Teeth

  • by Mike Rowan

    Chorus America board member Shawn Crouch was named third place winner of the 2015 American Prize in Composition, professional division for choral music, for his piece Paradise.

  • by Mike Rowan

    The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released proposed regulations in September that would permit, but not require, charitable organizations to file a separate return that would require nonprofits to collect social security numbers (among other information) from their donors.

  • by Mike Rowan

    The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2016 grants, and Chorus America is pleased to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also proud to see so many choral organizations represented in the list of awarded grants, including:

    Music Category:
    Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The recent terrible events in Paris are a sad reminder that cultural gathering places can be targets for violence. A few simple steps can prepare your staff and volunteers to help themselves and others should an incident ever happen.

  • by Mike Rowan

    A cappella group Pentatonix landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the group's first top-selling album, and also the first time in history an a cappella group has seen an album debut at No. 1.

  • by Liza Beth

    Choruses should pay attention to a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would revise regulations on overtime compensation. The new rules would require employers—including nonprofit organizations—to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried employees earning up to $50,440 annually when they work more than 40 hours in a given week.

  • by Mike Rowan

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