Choral Arts New England

The deadline for 2016 grant applications has passed.

Choral Arts New England extends the mission of the Alfred Nash Patterson (ANP) Foundation, providing grants that support innovative programming, commissions, and improved management for choral organizations. Alfred Nash Patterson Grants have been awarded continuously since 1985. In 1994, Choral Arts New England initiated a Lifetime Achievement Award to honor significant contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England.

Alfred Nash Patterson grant applications were due February 29, 2016

The deadline has now passed for an Alfred Nash Patterson grant applications for projects starting on or after July 1, 2016. Choral Arts New England has given Alfred Nash Patterson grants, established in memory of the legendary founding music director of Chorus pro Musica, since 1985. The purpose of the grants is to support choral music in New England. More information, including application guidelines and past recipients, are elsewhere on this site.

Generally, grants are meant to encourage special events and activities that might not feasible without outside support. Choral Arts New England tries to distribute its grants throughout the New England area. Organizations in rural, inner-city, or otherwise musically underserved areas are particularly encouraged to apply. This year, we especially encourage projects that reach out to and engage different cultural groups in your community (though any eligible project will be considered).

The application form is fairly simple. You must also submit some financial information and a recording of the chorus (if the applicant is a performing group; grants have also been given to libraries and other organizations that support the choral arts). Most grants have been in the $1,00–2,000 range, but requests for larger (or smaller) amounts will be considered. Note that future and long-term projects are eligible, if well-planned (projects need not begin or end within the year).

Decisions will be announced by early May 2016.

Choral Arts New England 2015 Awards Ceremony

The 31st annual Choral Arts New England Awards Ceremony was held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., at The College Club of Boston, in Boston, Massachusetts. At the ceremony, awards were presented to the recipients of Alfred Nash Patterson Grants for 2015: Blue Heron Choir, Cantilena Chamber Choir, Chorus pro Musica, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), Coro Allegro, Emmanuel Music, Journey Song Charitable Trust, Lorelei Ensemble, Master Singers of Worcester, Vermont Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, Wescustago Youth Chorale, and Women in Harmony.

The special guest of honor was the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Ann Howard Jones, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities for 24 years at Boston University; Conductor of the B.U. Tanglewood Institute Young Artists’ Vocal Program Chorus; and distinguished clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and mentor.

More information on the ceremony can be found in the press release.

About Choral Arts New England

Choral Arts New England was formed in 1980 as a memorial to Alfred Nash “Bud” Patterson, the founder of Boston's Chorus pro Musica and the Master Singers of Worcester and leader, at various times, of the Cape Cod Chorale, the Worcester County Music Association, the Worcester Festival Chorus, and the Brandeis University Chorus. Bud Patterson loved the choral arts and all those who practiced them. In his teaching at Tanglewood and Brandeis and through his personal example, he inspired a whole generation of singers and choral directors throughout New England. He was a cultural leader, articulating ambitious goals for choral music performance, chorus development, and choral music composition. He was a mentor and model for singers, conductors and composers. Upon his death in 1979, many spontaneous gifts were received in his memory; from those seeds, the present organization has grown.

Today, Choral Arts New England conducts the following activities to support choral singing. Further information can be found by following the indicated links.

  1. Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation grants are given annually for outstanding projects that further the choral arts. The grants support adventurous programming and broaden repertory by encouraging performance of new compositions and long-neglected works, support music education and the training of young choral singers, encourage festivals and other cooperative choral projects, and otherwise enrich the quality of choral singing in all six New England states. Grants are carefully evaluated, including a review of applying choruses by a committee of distinguished artistic advisors. Grant application schedule: Applications are due by the end of February for projects that will begin on or after the following July. Decisions are made and applicants notified by the beginning of May, whether or not the application is granted.
  2. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually by Choral Arts New England to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England.
  3. Awards and grants are presented at the annual fall awards ceremony, which is usually held in mid or late October. The ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to meet representatives of various choruses, choral directors, composers, members of the Choral Arts board of directors, and other supporters of our cause.
  4. An online newsletter continually publishes information of interest to New England choral singers, and accepts submissions of items of interest. It is supplemented by a biannual print newsletter, sent to our mailing list.
  5. An online choral calendar that aims to list all major choral events in New England (it can be customized to show only local events). Anyone can submit calendar events.
  6. A directory of choruses of New England, listing all choral societies throughout the region. Anyone can submit a new directory listing for consideration.

Choral Arts New England is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, run by a Board of Directors. We welcome your comments.

Choral Arts New England newsletter goes online

Choral Arts New England has published a newsletter since its inception in 1985. Now that journal has added an online edition, available at

The online publication is for news, announcements, and discussion of matters of interest to choruses and choral singers throughout New England. Look there for accounts of special choral events such as performances, workshops, classes, or community activities, and for stories about people and institutions in the New England choral community. We hope to soon add online discussion groups so people can share experiences and ideas.

There is an "announcements" section for posting such items as concert notices (see also our online choral calendar), auditions for new singers or soloists (see also our chorus directory), and other events, such as fundraising activities, special talks or seminars.

The site is still under development, and we look forward to rapidly making improvements in ease of use, but we hope you will take advantage of it right now. We welcome your ideas, announcements, and other contributions; send them to

Commissions supported by Choral Arts New England

A new list has been compiled of commissions supported by Choral Arts New England grants. The list may be found at:

Choral Arts New England • 781-721-SING (781-721-7464)
P.O. BOX 608 • Newton, MA 02456-0608