Roberta Humez, 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, dies

Choral Arts New England notes the passing of the distinguished choral director and music educator Roberta Berry Humez on October 2, 2022, just two months before her 100th birthday.  Ms. Humez was recognized at the 2002 Awards Ceremony as the ninth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award cited her pioneering work in establishing and directing the children's chorus Youth pro Musica, as well as her many other contributions to choral music in New England.

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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.

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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.

“Choral music, especially serious choral music, is confrontational. Music is not here to please or to make us feel good. Nor is it here to soothe or to respond to our specific needs. Its power lies not in giving answers, but in asking questions. And in order to ask searching questions so that we might have a chance of answering them for ourselves, the music must be of a high order.” —David Hoose, 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient