Chorus America Partners With Equity Sings to Launch First-of-its-Kind Program Fostering Equity in Choral Executive LeadershipChorus America Staff | January 12, 2023
Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field, is thrilled to partner with Equity Sings to launch the Choral Executive Leadership Academy.
Multi-Year Journey With To Repair Project Continues With ACDA Presentation, Expanded DocumentaryMike Rowan | November 16, 2022
After giving the April world premiere of To Repair, a multi-movement work commissioned from Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club (UMMGC) has been invited to present the work and discuss the larger ongoing journey that the piece represents at the 2023 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Cincinnati.
New School Year, New Opportunities: First Projects Funded by Partnership Grants BeginKim Theodore Sidey | September 21, 2022
We are entering fall, and students are returning to school! For many of us, the phrase “back to school” brings back memories of new classes, new friends, and singing in school choral music programs. Unfortunately, these opportunities are not available for all.
The Problem and Potential of “The Star-Spangled Banner”Mark Clague | September 9, 2022
Drawing on his new book O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” musicologist Mark Clague offers a historical perspective to help us make sense of today’s complexities surrounding the American national anthem, and how choruses might approach it.
An artist, arts educator, teaching artist, policymaker, and philanthropist, Alysia Lee has a broad perspective on the arts ecosystem. As the founder and artistic director of Sister Cities Girlchoir and as the inaugural president for the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (a position she began in early 2022), she works to advance access, equity, and decolonization—always with a focus on youth, anti-racism, creativity, and justice.
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu's "To Repair" Premieres at Lincoln Center with University of Michigan Men's Glee ClubMike Rowan | April 7, 2022
On April 7, 2022, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club will give the world premiere of To Repair, a multi-movement work reflecting on what is necessary to bring repair to Black communities in America written by composer and educator Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.
Responses and Resources: The Singing Community Lifts Up UkraineMike Rowan | March 10, 2022
Members of the choral and vocal music communities have responded with an outpouring of compassion and support for the people of Ukraine, as the world witnesses heartbreaking violence and loss of life in the wake of Russia’s brutal invasion.
Resources for Relief Efforts
Organizations and individuals in our field with particular knowledge of the region have been sharing their recommendations on ways that people can contribute to much-needed relief efforts to assist Ukrainians. We share the resources that we have seen thus far below.
First Round of 2022 NEA Grants AnnouncedChorus America Staff | January 12, 2022
On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2022 grants. Chorus America is honored to be a recipient of a $90,000 Grants for Art Projects award, among nearly $33.2 million awarded to individuals and arts organizations across the United States.
Cultivating Connection: Choral Educators Embrace Improv, Find Meaning During COVIDIrene Idicheria | November 3, 2021
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.