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As it marks its 40th year of supporting New England choruses, Choral Arts New England is launching a two-year campaign to double its grant-making endowment. Founded in 1980 as the Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation, the organization has built an endowment of more than $300,000; to date, its annual grants program has given more than 260 grants, totaling over $330,000, to support choral singing in the six New England states. Grants have helped create new choruses, reinvigorated long-established choruses, and supported transformative experiences for choral singers, their audiences, and their communities.

While funds available for grants have remained steady for over a decade, both the number of high-quality proposals and the amount requested have more than doubled in that time. The New England choral community has greatly expanded over the decades, and choruses in today’s world—our communities' voices—play a unique role in building community and giving inspiration.

Back Bay Chorale offers "The Complete Chorister"

For Fall 2020, the Back Bay Chorale is offering not performances but instead an innovative weekly opportunity for BBC audience members and friends to learn more about choral music and the community we create through our song. Led by Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett and Associate Conductor Katherine Chan, and joined by a distinguished panel of guests from across the globe, the sessions will offer weekly group singing, explore topics about and around the music we sing, and highlight other singing communities as we seek to better understand our own.

List Your Online Events!

The Choral Arts New England chorus calendar is now listing online events (webcasts, virtual concerts, webinars) that are of interest to the choral community. To list your event, use the online form and put the event link in the "Location/Address" box; you may leave the city/state/Zip fields blank. Events must take place at a certain date and time (since this is a calendar), but need not list a physical location.

2020 Alfred Nash Patterson Grant Recipients Named

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).

Harvard Business School pro bono nonprofit consulting

Is your organization struggling with strategic issues during the Covid19 crisis? Do you need help with a strategic planning for marketing direction, impact measurement, planning for growth, board governance, or even succession planning?

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.

Statistics and other Information from the Chorus Calendar

The Choral Arts New England calendar is a great resource if you'd like to learn about patterns and statistics — and if you're interested in learning if a particular work has been sung (much), or what your favorite soloist is doing. You can get charts (as well as numbers) of the number of events at any time during the year, for the past five years. You can also search the calendar to find performances of interest during that time period.

“I have an idea that people join choruses to experience self expression and also the oneness of a number of humans all and together looking for the highest expression of a big thought in music. Maybe we can never go all the way with a man like Bach, but we can go further with him than we could ever go on our own.” —Alfred Nash Patterson