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

    In February, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2021 grants, and Chorus America is honored to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also excited to see many of our partners and members represented in the list of awarded grants, including:

    American Composers Forum

    Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra

    Barbershop Harmony Society

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus

    Chicago Children's Choir

    The Crossing

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America has announced the recipients of its 2021 awards program, recognizing a broad range of achievements in choral music and service to the choral field. The awards program celebrates and fosters meaningful contributions from remarkable individuals and choruses.

    “Chorus America is delighted to recognize the accomplishments of these incredible award winners,” said Chorus America president and CEO Catherine Dehoney. “Their artistry, their dedication, and the joy they bring to their work lift up the entire field and inspire us all.”

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field, is thrilled to announce a new Chorus America Music Education Collaboration Grants program.

  • by Liza Beth

    Chorus America stands with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in response to the recent rise in anti-Asian violence and in acknowledging the longstanding, structural nature of anti-Asian racism. As we've talked more as a staff and checked in with members of our AAPI community, we wanted to add to our Facebook post from last week with some additional resources. Below, you'll find more suggestions for organizations to support and links for further learning.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Chorus America is working with our advocacy partners to stay on top of the latest developments as the federal government enacts new forms of relief. Here are two important pieces of information: a comprehensive update on the American Rescue Plan and an announcement that the SVOG program will start April 8. 

    Under the new terms of the American Rescue Plan, 2021 PPP recipients will be eligible to apply for a Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) and deduct the value of their 2021 PPP loan from the applicant's SVOG maximum grant amount.

  • by Liza Beth

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

  • by Chorus America Staff
    A Letter from Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO; and Brian Newhouse, Board Chair

     

    Dear colleagues and friends,

    We are writing today with an update on Chorus America’s work in the areas of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). This update summarizes our key ADEI work in recent years and lays out our upcoming priorities for the near future.

  • by Chorus America Staff
    Chorus America is hosting a series of Winter Member Forums on February 2-4. These peer-to-peer discussions are a great way to build your network and connect with colleagues across North America.
    • Wondering what other choruses are planning for the spring and summer?
    • Curious about which kinds of virtual programming have successfully kept singers and audiences engaged?
    • Want to talk about action steps your chorus can take toward racial justice?

    Then Member Forums are for you!

  • by Liza Beth

    At the end of December, the U.S. Congress passed a year-end package of FY21 federal funding and coronavirus assistance of unprecedented scope. Now the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury are working to issue official guidance on how the new laws will be implemented, including relaunching the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which reopened this week for both first and second draw loan.

  • by Mike Rowan

    With some help from Silicon Valley, we may be on our way to overcoming the choral field’s most persistent hurdle during the pandemic—latency from internet connections that prevents choruses from truly being able to hear each other and sing together synchronously online. Software entrepreneur Mike Dickey, a parent of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus of San Mateo, California, worked with Stanford University researchers to develop a technology platform called JackTrip Virtual Studio that makes real-time remote singing possible with common internet connections.

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