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

    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.

  • by Chorus America Staff
    A Letter to Our Community

    Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO

    Brian Newhouse, Board Chair


    Dear colleagues and friends,

    Everything Chorus America does is guided by our mission: empowering singing ensembles to create vibrant communities and effect meaningful change. In the face of racism and violence against Black Americans in our community, the need for meaningful change is of the utmost urgency.

  • by Catherine Dehoney
    A Letter from Catherine Dehoney

    President and CEO, Chorus America


    Dear friends,

    Our community was hit very hard by the information in a webinar presented by Chorus America and some of our colleague organizations on Tuesday, “What Do Science and Data Say about the Near Term Future of Singing.” We’ve heard and read your reactions expressing strong emotions: grief, disbelief, anger, and—in some cases—steely determination to find a way forward. We share those emotions too.

  • by Mike Rowan

    Chorus America has joined with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), along with American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) to present an important webinar about the near term future of singing as we seek fact based solutions in protecting our singers, teachers and conductors during this time.

  • by Liza Beth

    As U.S. Congress and the Administration consider additional forms of COVID-19 relief, Chorus America and our advocacy partners have developed a new statement outlining policies to support the arts. So far, over 40 organizations have signed on in support of this statement. Please feel free to use the talking points included to help fuel your advocacy efforts with elected officials and make the case for arts support.

    Read the full statement here:

  • by Mike Rowan

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