Choral Arts New England held a forum on April 11, 2011 in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss recent developments and challenges in choral music.
Choral singing is an essential part of New England, and nationwide it is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts. New England choruses have greatly grown in number and quality in the past several decades, connecting more singers and their audiences with music of the highest quality, and creating vibrant communities through song.
But these are challenging times for choruses. Attendance is down for all the performing arts, the nature of community participation is being changed by new social media, print arts coverage is declining while music sharing opportunities are increasing (if legal and technological obstacles can be met), and the next generation of singers is growing up with American Idol and Glee.
How have choruses grown and adapted and what will be next? A distinguished panel—leaders of professional choruses, auditioned and community choruses, and children’s choruses—explores these questions, with opportunities for the audience to join in the discussion.