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 Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) have collaborated since the beginning of the pandemic to provide our members with the best and most current guidance from the CDC, as well as the latest research on singing and COVID-19. As we convene this winter to share cheer through song, it is crucial that health and safety continue to be at the forefront of organizing. We urge individuals and groups to appropriately assess the personal and organizational risk factors of operating in

  • by Chorus America Staff

    by Alysia Lee and Diana Sáez

     

    It’s no secret that these have been difficult times for choruses and choral music educators lately. It’s why, as board members of Chorus America, we are delighted to share some wonderful news – the launch of Chorus America’s Music Education Partnership Grants. This new funding partnership will be awarding over $900,000 this grants cycle to support collaborations between community organizations and elementary, middle, or junior high schools during the 2022-23 school year.

  • by Irene Idicheria

    As early as May 2020, researchers identified COVID-19 to be highly transmissible through singing and choral musicians had to pivot quickly. Overnight, music educators and choral conductors became experts in planning asynchronous Zoom rehearsals and producing virtual choirs, allowing their ensembles to continue creating through the pandemic. 

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The Performing Arts Alliance, a Chorus America advocacy partner, shared an update on the progress of the SVOG application process and awards.

    The SBA has released Post-Application FAQs and advises that more communication, support materials, and office hours to help awardees through the close-out process are soon to follow.

  • by Don Lee

    To help cultural organizations make informed decisions about resuming programming this season, the consulting firm WolfBrown has created an online resource, the Audience Outlook Monitor (AOM). It draws on research data gathered via surveys deployed at regular time intervals by cohorts of cultural organizations in different cities, in partnership with funders and service organizations.

  • by Christie McKinney

    Chorus America staff is always happy to answer specific questions from members with personalized information and resources. In our High Notes blog feature, Member Questions, we will periodically share answers to frequently asked questions with our whole community. Please feel free to email [email protected] with additional questions or feedback.

  • by Yoshi Campbell
  • by Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) have collaborated since the beginning of the pandemic to provide our members with the best and most current guidance from the CDC, as well as the latest research on singing and COVID-19. This post shares the latest resources from each organization.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Starting in late August, Chorus America will host a series of events to help choruses stay on top of COVID-19 developments and planning for the fall. Events include Member Forums on September 14 and 16 and updates from doctors advising performing arts organizations.

  • by Liza Beth

    Chorus America is excited to announce #RediscoverHarmony, a social media campaign for and about choruses that will launch this fall. #RediscoverHarmony offers all choral organizations a platform and social media toolkit to amplify their work and community impact. 

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