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?
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.
What should we do when a piece of music offends a whole group of people?
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.
A practical guide for improving message strategy and branding.
A growing body of research illuminates the connection between participation in the arts and enhanced health and emotional benefits.
Never program down to your audience, and never assume that your audience isn't ready to be challenged by fresh interpretations of familiar pieces, by works from the canon that unjustly have been ignored, by the music of today and tomorrow.
Raising money can pose tough ethical dilemmas. Luckily, guidance is available to help you discern right from wrong.
Chorus America's Conducting Masterclasses give conductors valuable podium time. Offered in 2004, this was the first workshop of its kind to specifically invite conductors of children's choruses to advance their professional training by working with the Chicago Children's Choir and orchestra.
With his finger still firmly affixed on contemporary music's pulse, Minimalist composer Steve Reich, at age 68, creates rich, rhythmic universes of hypnotic sound. Recently hailed by the Village Voice as "America's greatest living composer," the New York-born maverick's works cover the gamut—from his early taped speeches in 1965 to his and video artist Beryl Korot's 2002 digital video opera, Three Tales.
People came from across the country to celebrate the farewell concert of the Dale Warland Singers. What can we learn from a chorus that achieves the pinnacle of aristic acclaim when it decides to close its doors after 31 years—what is the cost of excellence and when is it time to say goodbye?