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 Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate

    January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This date commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honors the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of the Nazi regime.  

  • by Chorus America Staff

    As we begin 2023, this update from the Performing Arts Alliance shares advocacy news, actions you can take to support the arts in the U.S., and an upcoming grant deadline for the National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects. Chorus America is an organizational member of the Performing Arts Alliance, which advocates for America’s professional nonprofit arts sector before Congress and key policy makers.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The National Endowment for the Arts(NEA) announced the recipients of the first round of 2023 grants on January 10, 2023. The NEA will distribute $34 million in funding to individuals and arts organizations across the United States, and Chorus America is honored to be a recipient of an $85,000 Grants for Art Projects award. 

    We are also thrilled to see many choral organizations and partners present in the list of awarded grants, including:  

    American Composers Forum

    Apollo's Fire

    Barbershop Harmony Society

  • by Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate

    While the 2022 holiday season is once again filled with live choral performances, more closely resembling a pre-pandemic December, broadcasting partnerships with local television and radio networks are increasingly a powerful way for choruses to reach audiences beyond the concert hall. We share a list of televised and radio-broadcasted holiday specials featuring Chorus America members and details about how to experience them this festive season. 


  • by Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate

    National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November in the United States to honor and uplift indigenous communities, their heritage, and history.

  • by Mike Rowan

    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.

  • by Kim Theodore Sidey

    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.  

  • by Mark Clague

    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.

  • by Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate

    The 2022 Conference In-Person Event in Baltimore, MD, marked the long-awaited return of in-person Conference activities for Chorus America. For two years, COVID-19 forced the flagship annual gathering to shift to an online alternative, but on June 15-17, 2022, the Chorus America community reunited once again for inspiring plenary sessions, uplifting performances, special celebratory events, and more.

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