The Mass Cultural Council has announced Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations—unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 for Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients must be "fully cultural" in nature. Priority is given to organizations who have not received prior pandemic-related assistance, those located in communities with low median income and low educational attainment, those led by or serving ethnicities of color, and those with demonstrated impact on job creation or tourism in Massachusetts.
Choral Arts New England announcements
Andover Choral Society seeks an experienced, visionary, and collaborative music director with a deep knowledge of classical choral music to lead, inspire, and grow the organization. Founded in 1929, Andover Choral Society is a non-auditioned 60-80 member SATB community chorus located in Andover, MA, with a mission to present exceptional performances, connect to the larger community, and foster an appreciation of choral music. Membership draws from towns throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights, with two choral concerts per season.
The Community of Jesus in Orleans, Mass. offers a Gregorian Chant retreat in July. Surrounded by the beautiful environs of summer on Cape Cod, learn about St. Benedict, the founder of Benedictine monasticism, and how he defined the Liturgy of the Hours in his rule. The retreat will also cover some basics of singing Gregorian chant.
Monadnock Chorus, located in Peterborough NH, is seeking an Artistic Director. The role of the AD is to plan, rehearse and conduct concerts of the Chorus (and orchestra, if applicable) for the Fall/Winter 2022 season: concert dates December 10 & 11, 2022; and the Spring 2023 season: concert dates May 6th & 7th 2023. The AD also selects repertoire and selects professional musicians and soloists for concerts based on the repertoire being performed.
Choral Arts New England is delighted to announce the funding of 14 Alfred Nash Patterson grants, for a total of $23,550, in the 2022 grant cycle. The total amount awarded this year is the largest in the history of the grants program, thanks to the continued success of the capital campaign, "A Voice for Voices". The campaign will continue to accept new pledges and donations through the middle of 2022.
Providence Singers is seeking a Choral Music Director to lead In Harmony, a new after-school choral program for high school singers. This part-time, year-round contract position will provide artistic and educational leadership for the group and build the program from the ground up. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic educator who inspires a life-long love of music in their students.
Applications are now available for 2022 Alfred Nash Patterson Grants. To apply for a grant, complete the online form on or before the deadline of Monday, February 28, 2022. Located elsewhere on this website are full application instructions, information about last year's recipients, and a list of past recipients.
Composers are invited to submit a new work for Ensemble Altera’s second annual Composition Competition. The winning work(s) will be premiered and recorded by the ensemble as part of its summer project, The Lamb’s Journey. A prize fund of $500 is available.
Composers are invited to set William Blake’s poem, "The Lamb" as an a cappella composition lasting between three and five minutes, scored for any combination of mixed voices up to eight parts. The competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or experience. The deadline for submissions is Friday July 15, 2022.
Choral Arts New England held its annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 4 p.m. in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Due to public health-related space restrictions, attendance at the event is by invitation only. However, the ceremony will be available for streaming live and available for later viewing on YouTube (linked on the Choral Arts YouTube channel).
New England choruses have been severely tested in the past 18 months, and they have responded with tenacity and ingenuity. This year, Choral Arts New England decided to highlight some of the choruses who have made notable accomplishments during the pandemic by instituting a special Phoenix Award. The award particularly recognized continuing to make music in some way; engaging membership and the community; being creative, visionary and resourceful; contributing to artistic well-being; keeping musicians and/or staff employed; and providing educational opportunities.