Choral Arts New England newsletter
The Mystic Chorale invites the public to be part of a musical adventure at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, as part of a series of virtual singalongs instituted by Nick Page, the chorus's founder and artistic director. Leading that night will be special guest Jonathan Singleton. Participants will connect via Zoom, the videoconferencing app.
Social and visiting time begins at 7:15; the sing will begin promptly at 7:30.
Choral Arts New England has created a new series of informal online chats designed to be a place for choral professionals and enthusiasts to gather and discuss their challenges and triumphs during this forced hiatus from in-person collective music making. Growing out of those is a free webinar on Sunday, June 14, at 7 pm, featuring three musicians that are successfully creating music over the internet.
Choral Arts New England has announced the funding of 13 grants, for a total of $13,500, in the 2020–2021 season. The funded projects were selected from 51 proposals received. Last year, 52 applications were received and $13,650 was given in grants. The grant recipients are Cappella Clausura (Newtonville, Mass.), CONCORA (Hartford, Conn.), Concord Chorus (Concord, Mass.), Counterpoint (Montpelier, Vt.), Emmanuel Music (Boston, Mass.), Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (Peterborough, N.H.), Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, Mass.), Hartford Chorale (Hartford, Conn.), Music on the Hill (Wilton, Conn.), Providence Singers (Providence, R.I.), Una Voce Chamber Choir (Bath, Maine), Voices of Concinnity (Mansfield Center, Conn.), and Wescustago Youth Chorale (Yarmouth, Maine).
Two videos in support of the campaign. First, pre-COVID:
And the second, our response:
Is your organization struggling with strategic issues during the Covid19 crisis? Do you need help with a strategic planning for marketing direction, impact measurement, planning for growth, board governance, or even succession planning?
Community Action Partners (a program of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston) offers single session brainstorming sessions for Boston-area nonprofits and their management needs. Brainstorm sessions are three-hour meetings to discuss a clearly defined challenge. Typically five to seven alumni volunteers participate in each facilitated session. The program is available for consultation during the Covid19 crisis—brainstorm applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The National Collegiate Choral Organization is holding a Webinar Series on “Collegiate Choral Music during the Coronavirus Pandemic” from March 24 through April 2 (and possibly beyond). Each event features members of the NCCO National Board; all events are free and open to the public.
Webinar #1: Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m.: Running Choir “Online:” Strategies for adapting our choral curriculum to remote instruction
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an outpouring of help, advice, and (online) music. Here we give some resources of particular interest to New England choruses, and link to resource pages from others with similar interests. We welcome your contributions to this list.
One of the major consequences of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has been the cancellation of many performances, costing many singers an important part of their livelihood. The Boston Singers' Relief Fund (BSRF) was founded 10 years ago to help singers in time of need. As an immediate response to the current situation, BSRF is offering one-time grants to compensate New England-based classical singers for some or all of the income they lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
The application and full information are on the BSRF website. Available funds are limited (and donations are being accepted).
The GMChorale has become one of New England’s finest and most engaging choruses since its founding in 1977 as The Greater Middletown Chorale. The 80-voice Chorale performs a widerange of choral repertoire, from masterworks to newly commissioned pieces. The chorus is currently seeking a General Manager and Deputy to the Executive/Artistic Director (E/AD), to support the GMChorale’s artistic mission and vision by developing and implementing effective strategies to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.