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.
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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.
Recording now available! Choirs around the world are struggling with the prospect of a continued hiatus from in-person singing. Some choirs have begun to test methods for rehearsing and performing under their local social distancing guidelines. Others are experimenting with methods for singing together via the internet. It is a time of experimentation which is sometimes frustrating and confusing. Our guest panelists from around the world will share their experiences of negotiating the transition back to live performance and provide some perspective on the options open to us all as we think about a return to live, in-person — irreplaceable — communal singing.
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:
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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