PBS released a short feature in November 2019 about choral music, focusing on composers Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli and Morten Lauridsen. Their stories placed against the backdrop of a broad view of choral music offers a bit history lesson and a bit modern perspective. The show may be viewed at https://www.pbs.org/video/american-voices-8ndxz5/
Thanks to all for your commitment to the future of the choral arts!
Updated March 10, 2022
I donate to my local chorus. Why should I give to Choral Arts New England as well?
Grant proposals increased in number from 23 in 2003 to 52 in 2019, with a peak of 63 in 2014. Similarly, monetary requests increased from $52,891 in 2003 to $170,392 in 2013, with about $123,000 requested in 2019. The graphs on the left illustrate these trends.
As the graphs also show, the number of grants that we have been able to approve has remained fairly steady, ranging from a low of 7 to a high of 15, even though the number of proposals has increased significantly.
Nationwide, more than 1 in 5 households have at least one family member that sings in a chorus, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children. Here in New England, we have a vibrant choral community, including nearly 500 choruses in the six New England states with combined membership of more than 25,000 individuals.
The Alfred Nash Patterson Fund is invested and managed by The Boston Foundation as a donor advised fund. Each year, Choral Arts New England determines the amount available for grants according to a formula designed to preserve the principal of the fund.
A donation to the "Voice for Voices" Campaign is a gift that will provide funding in support of choral excellence in New England not just once or for a single program, but in perpetuity. It is a gift of enduring impact.
"Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation. One does not have to know anything about Dido and Aeneas to be moved by her lament for him; anyone who has ever lost someone knows what Dido is expressing. And there is, finally, a deep and mysterious paradox here, for while such music makes one experience pain and grief more intensely, it brings solace and consolation at the same time."
— Steven Jay Gould, long-time member of Boston Cecilia