Education Programs

Articles about a chorus's education programs, not conductor training

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago.

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Music Education Grants – What We’ve Learned and How We Are Responding

In 2022, Chorus America was presented with a remarkable opportunity to impact some of our communities’ youngest singers, which resulted in the establishment of the Music Education Partnership Grants program.

Highlights from the 2023 Choral-Orchestral Conducting Academy

If you're studying to be a choral conductor, and aspiring to direct some of the iconic large-scale works with orchestra in the choral repertoire, it can be quite a challenge to find opportunities to gain this particular experience. Even in graduate-level programs, podium time for choral conductors to rehearse while the massive combined choral-orchestral forces are gathered is very scarce indeed.

Presenting the Participants of the 2023 Choral-Orchestral Conducting Academy

Chorus America is thrilled to introduce the participants of the 2023 Choral-Orchestral Conducting Academy. This year’s cohort comprises 12 Conducting Fellows and 15 Conducting Scholars. Bios of the participants can be found on our website

Grantee Spotlight: A Closer Look into Projects from Partners in the Southwest

Phoenix Boys Choir, Tucson Girls Chorus, VOX Femina Los Angeles, and Desert Sounds are part of the first inaugural cohort of recipients of Chorus America’s Music Education Partnership Grants. The program awarded over $900,000 to 20 community organizations and schools across the United States and Canada to fund projects designed to increase access to choral music and promote non-a

Berkshire Choral International's Apprentice Program provides early experience for young musicians seeking a choral career


The first thing that most people might know about Berkshire Choral International is the immersive week-long experiences that BCI offers for adult singers and lifelong choral enthusiasts. Perhaps not as widely known is this choral institution's longstanding commitment to developing future generations of choral professionals. For more than 30 years, the BCI Apprentice Program has provided opportunities for young aspiring choral conductors, singers, and accompanists to gain valuable experience early in their careers. Chorus America spoke with staff members and recent apprentices from BCI to learn about what the Apprentice Program looks like in today's choral field.

Investing in the next generation, Albany Pro Musica launches 2023 Pro Musica International Choral Festival


Music education - and inspiring a new generation of singers - is central to the mission of Albany Pro Musica, which has been elevating choral music in New York's Capital Region since 1981. Now, the chorus is embarking on its largest educational project yet, launching the inaugural Pro Musica International Choral Festival to be held in the summer of 2023. In partnership with the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Ontario and the University at Albany, this new festival will bring students across the U.S. and Canada together to study and perform with distinguished faculty and world-class musicians. Thanks to a generous grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc., the costs of tuition, room, and board are fully covered for every participating student.

With its longstanding commitment to working with young singers, Albany Pro Musica understands the value of bringing in a top-notch faculty to engage with the students, including one person with whom the Chorus America community is certainly familiar. We asked Rollo Dilworth, our current board member and past chair, a few questions about the inaugural festival, where he will serve as festival guest conductor and composer, and direct the closing performance including a new work commissioned from him for the festival.


A Conference We’ll Remember: Reconnecting at the 2022 Chorus America Conference

The 2022 Conference In-Person Event in Baltimore, MD, marked the long-awaited return of in-person Conference activities for Chorus America. For two years, COVID-19 forced the flagship annual gathering to shift to an online alternative, but on June 15-17, 2022, the Chorus America community reunited once again for inspiring plenary sessions, uplifting performances, special celebratory events, and more.

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.

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