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Emergency Grants Support 20 New England Choruses

In response to this year's devastating pandemic—which has eliminated live performance of choral music throughout New England—Choral Arts New England instituted a special round of emergency grants to provide some operational relief for choral organizations. Available funding allowed for 20 grants of $500 each; recipients were selected from nearly 60 applicants, with priority given to smaller organizations for whom the grant would have the most impact.

The grant recipients are:

CANE Conversations: Beyond Diversifying Repertoire

Recordings now available for the October 18 and October 25 sessions.

It is easier than ever for the choral community to explore diverse programming options, but a database of repertoire that satisfies certain criteria is good only insofar as concert programmers understand how best to use it, and understand why a diversity of perspectives is important in the first place. As part of an ongoing series, Choral Arts New England presents two online conversations around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion within classical music.

Emergency Grants for Choruses Now Available

The CoViD-19 crisis has had an enormous impact on choral organizations and Choral Arts New England is proud to support our choral communities as they weather these uncertain times. Choral Arts New England Emergency Grants are a special initiative to provide immediate assistance to organizations experiencing difficulty due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Applications will be accepted via our online application form until 11:59 p.m.

Choral Lecture Series presented by RICCO this fall

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra presents five online lectures on Wednesday evenings this fall that highlight a number of essential composers and beloved choral works, from medieval chant to the 20th Century, weaving a narrative that brings insight to singers and non-singers alike, regardless of experience and prior knowledge. Each lecture is given by RICCO Music Director Joshua W. Rohde, except for that on November 4, which is presented by Nicholas Rocha. The series will be presented Zoom; subscribers will receive a link to each lecture by email within one day of each event.

Back Bay Chorale offers "The Complete Chorister"

For Fall 2020, the Back Bay Chorale is offering not performances but instead an innovative weekly opportunity for BBC audience members and friends to learn more about choral music and the community we create through our song. Led by Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett and Associate Conductor Katherine Chan, and joined by a distinguished panel of guests from across the globe, the sessions will offer weekly group singing, explore topics about and around the music we sing, and highlight other singing communities as we seek to better understand our own.

CANE Conversations: Grants During a Time of Crisis

This webinar is now available on the Choral Arts New England YouTube channel, at

Join us on Sunday September 6 at 2 pm Eastern time for a panel discussion of Grants During a Time of Crisis. Choral Arts New England Board chair Gregory Brown will speak with artists, grant-makers, and grant-writers about their experiences in the roughly six months since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S., and about their hopes and concerns going forward. There will be time for questions from the audience.

To participate in the event, please register at A link will be sent to all registrants.

Table for More: Race, Access, InClusion and Equity

NATS Boston, Boston Singers' Resource, and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium host a four-part Interactive Webinar Series, presented by G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence (Minneapolis), intended to be a place for interactive discussion of discrimination and injustice in the vocal and choral community. As recent events have made clear, the issues surrounding accessibility, inclusion, and equity demand our attention and action now more than ever. The series takes place on Wednesdays in August from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

31st Annual Ogontz Choral Workshop—Online

Ogontz Arts Foundation will host a three-day choral workshop on Zoom, Monday through Wednesday, August 3, 4, and 5.

David Hill, director of London's Bach Choir and Yale's Schola Cantorum, will lead two sessions a day, exploring a different masterwork each day and providing insight into the context and meaning of each piece. Digital scores will be provided at no extra cost. Paula Rockwell, mezzo-soprano, will lead warm-ups and collaborate with David in helping singers navigate the vocal challenges of each piece. She also will provide a master class opportunity and host a virtual recital, a retrospective of past favorite solos.