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A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment.

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Many types of organizations are tackling issues of diversity. Patricia Moore Harbour, who has facilitated a number of these discussions in a process that she describes as the Transformative Learning Experience, believes arts organizations, especially choruses, may start out ahead of the game.

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The concept of ubuntu: "A person is a person through other people." Throughout black South African history—from ancient times when societies were migratory to the more recent struggle against apartheid—the people have relied on each other for their very survival. One conductor brought the lessons of ubuntu back home to his chorus.

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Erasing Our Choral Inferiority Complex

It's time we check our choral inferiority complex at the door and assert choral music's rightful place as the noblest of the performing arts.

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Clearly the concept of subscribing is not dead, just look at the sports world! To make headway against the challenges to build a robust subscription base, we must work smart, be students of our surroundings, and ask fundamental questions. 

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Thanks to a residency program, one composer spends time with three high school choirs, creating new music, new singers, and audiences for the future.

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How We Define Choral Music - Now and Then

And what exactly is choral music? Music claimed by choruses is often not choral in origin—it becomes choral music when a chorus sings it.

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Activities undertaken by children and teens can profoundly influence the shape of their lives, and singing in a chorus is unusually powerful. Interviews with choral singers show that such early encounters grow into close, passionate relationships with music and choral singing, reflecting the positive influence that choral singing plays in bringing value, direction, and meaning to lives. 

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