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

    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.

  • by Mike Rowan

    In a year when choruses and audiences are not able to gather in concert venues for some of their most beloved and time-honored traditions, many groups are coming up with new ways to celebrate the season.

  • by Chorus America Staff
    A Letter to Tim Sharp

    Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO

    Brian Newhouse, Board Chair

    Dear Tim,

    On behalf of the Board, staff, and members of Chorus America, we thank you for your extraordinary leadership of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). As you begin your next phase professionally and personally, please know that your tireless efforts to ensure quality choral music education in this country and beyond will have ripple effects far into the future.

  • by Liza Beth

    In the wake of the 2020 election season, here is an update from our partners at the Performing Arts Alliance about how you can take immediate action for COVID-19 relief and begin the process of building relationships with policy leaders in the new year.

  • by Catherine Dehoney
    A Letter from Catherine Dehoney

    President and CEO, Chorus America


    Dear choral colleagues,

    I spent election night watching a movie to keep anxiety at bay, with brief breaks to check on the news. Every update on the vote count felt like another confirmation of the division present in our country and the uncertainty we all face. At one point, my husband Bill turned to me with a tired sigh and said, “Choruses are great, but I don’t think you can sing your way out of this.”  

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