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).
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 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.
The Highland Glee Club is seeking a new music director as our current director is retiring after 15 years of service.
The Highland Glee Club has been in existence since 1908. We perform four part men's choral arrangements ranging from classical to traditional folk to show tunes. There are two main concerts per year, one in Needham and one in Newton. We rehearse in Needham on Monday evenings for two hours twenty six weeks a year. The music director shall have an extensive background and experience in choral conducting.
The New England choral community continues to grow, and many great performances were scheduled throughout 2019-2020. Originally, about 480 performances were listed on the Choral Arts New England events calendar through June 2020; but that has changed significantly since the coronovirus. See the online calendar for complete, up-to-date listings.
The Choral Arts New England calendar is a great resource if you'd like to learn about patterns and statistics — and if you're interested in learning if a particular work has been sung (much), or what your favorite soloist is doing. You can get charts (as well as numbers) of the number of events at any time during the year, for the past five years. You can also search the calendar to find performances of interest during that time period.
Featured choral events
- ChoralArt [ME] 9/12 & 9/13: Considering Matthew Shepard.
“All of us who love choral music are lucky to have the strength and staying power and hard work of Choral Arts New England… There’s something elemental about singing together. The complexities of any group of people resolve when—or at least while—they’re singing together… This complex and conflicted world needs music. Let’s keep it going!”
— Wayne Abercrombie, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient