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

    As this article is published, votes are still being counted in the 2020 United States general election - though for months now, the choral field has been using the power of our art to encourage the public to make their voices heard in this much-anticipated event. Our Chorus Impact Study has consistently found that choristers exhibit remarkably high levels of civic leadership, and the projects of these choruses and composers certainly live up to those research findings.

  • by Jennifer Weyman

    “Awake! Awake! Ye sisters all,” is the opening line to the “Suffrage Marching Song,” by Fanny Connable and Florence Livingston Lent, composed in 1914 to benefit the Equal Suffrage Cause. Like many political movements, the suffrage movement was inherently linked with music, making the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification a natural programmatic theme. Choruses across the U.S. are honoring this anniversary with new events and commissions featuring women’s voices, including premieres happening this weekend.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    With a few months of fall behind us, and the holidays and planning for spring ahead, it feels like a good time to check in. We're hearing from many of you with questions about how choruses like yours are operating at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Fall 2020 Chorus Survey and Member Forums are designed to help answer these questions and inform your future planning.


  • by Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America is pleased to announce a transition for the American Choral Review (ACR) and the Research Memorandum Series (RMS) to a new home with the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).

  • by Anonymous

    I created the Young People's Chorus of New York City to bring children from all backgrounds together to make music. I am now questioning what more we need to do to better serve our young singers.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    A Joint Letter from the American Choral Directors Association, the Barbershop Harmony Society, Chorus America, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing

  • by Mike Rowan

    Slowly and cautiously - and with great hope - corners of the choral community are beginning to explore possibilities of in-person singing, adapting to take precautions as COVID-19 concerns remain. The summer appears to have allowed the field some room to plan and experiment, with a few projects airing this weekend. True to choral form, these ventures display an abundance of creativity and represent a broad range of ideas!

  • by Mike Rowan

    Chorus America is excited to be a community partner of a newly-launched initiative, The Choral Commons, founded by University of San Diego director of choral studies Emilie Amrein and Boston University professor of music André de Quadros.

  • by Liza Beth

    During the month of July, House and Senate negotiators will shape a new approach to the expiring Paycheck Protection Program and pandemic unemployment benefits. Legislators will also consider enhanced charitable giving incentives, dedicated stimulus funding, and other policies to support workers, employers, and communities.

    As Congress increasingly considers targeted approaches to the next COVID-19 policy package, it is essential that we all work together to seek full eligibility for relief. Today, we ask that you consider taking the following actions:

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America’s Awards Program recognizes excellence and outstanding leadership in the choral field. Please join us for a virtual Awards Celebration on Friday, June 12 at 3:00 pm Eastern.

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