In the 2005 study, Choral Conductors Today, Chorus America learned that as many as one-third of choruses are conducted by their founders, and furthermore that a majority of these choruses were founded a generation or more ago. This data suggests that a large number of choruses will be facing significant leadership transitions and indeed, experience in the intervening years has borne out this assertion.
Alice Parker, one of America's most beloved and respected composers, conductors, and educators in choral music, reflects on her long and productive life in music—one decade at a time.
Clearly the concept of subscribing is not dead, just look at the sports world! To make headway against the challenges to build a robust subscription base, we must work smart, be students of our surroundings, and ask fundamental questions.
Choruses looking for new sources of corporate support might do well to investigate small businesses, which, according to a survey by the Business Committee for the Arts, represent a largely untapped resource.
A look at the Gregg Smith Singers' astounding legacy of supporting new choral music in America.
Thanks to a residency program, one composer spends time with three high school choirs, creating new music, new singers, and audiences for the future.
A history of gay and lesbian choruses in America: A movement that began in anger and isolation has given way to musical excellence and collaborations promoting tolerance and inclusion.
We have created an elitist culture around classical music, about clothes and small talk and polite applause, and then we wonder why those who "don't have tuxedos" don't come to our concerts. Should we be working to change this? How can we do it?
Thorough preparation is key to a flawless performance when 200 million listeners tune in to hear the annual (and beloved) broadcast of the King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
And what exactly is choral music? Music claimed by choruses is often not choral in origin—it becomes choral music when a chorus sings it.
We can all tell stories about things we did that derailed a solicitation or embarrassed us (even if we got the gift!). Mistakes may be inevitable, but our awareness of them can reduce their frequency. Increase your prospects for success by understanding these common misperceptions about fundraising.
What should we do when a piece of music offends a whole group of people?