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Choral Lecture Series presented by RICCO this fall

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra presents five online lectures on Wednesday evenings this fall that highlight a number of essential composers and beloved choral works, from medieval chant to the 20th Century, weaving a narrative that brings insight to singers and non-singers alike, regardless of experience and prior knowledge. Each lecture is given by RICCO Music Director Joshua W. Rohde, except for that on November 4, which is presented by Nicholas Rocha. The series will be presented Zoom; subscribers will receive a link to each lecture by email within one day of each event.

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.

CANE Conversations: Grants During a Time of Crisis

This webinar is now available on the Choral Arts New England YouTube channel, at

Join us on Sunday September 6 at 2 pm Eastern time for a panel discussion of Grants During a Time of Crisis. Choral Arts New England Board chair Gregory Brown will speak with artists, grant-makers, and grant-writers about their experiences in the roughly six months since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S., and about their hopes and concerns going forward. There will be time for questions from the audience.

To participate in the event, please register at A link will be sent to all registrants.

Table for More: Race, Access, InClusion and Equity

NATS Boston, Boston Singers' Resource, and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium host a four-part Interactive Webinar Series, presented by G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence (Minneapolis), intended to be a place for interactive discussion of discrimination and injustice in the vocal and choral community. As recent events have made clear, the issues surrounding accessibility, inclusion, and equity demand our attention and action now more than ever. The series takes place on Wednesdays in August from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

31st Annual Ogontz Choral Workshop—Online

Ogontz Arts Foundation will host a three-day choral workshop on Zoom, Monday through Wednesday, August 3, 4, and 5.

David Hill, director of London's Bach Choir and Yale's Schola Cantorum, will lead two sessions a day, exploring a different masterwork each day and providing insight into the context and meaning of each piece. Digital scores will be provided at no extra cost. Paula Rockwell, mezzo-soprano, will lead warm-ups and collaborate with David in helping singers navigate the vocal challenges of each piece. She also will provide a master class opportunity and host a virtual recital, a retrospective of past favorite solos.

Choral Arts New England Hosts Webinar, July 12: Singing at a Distance

Recording now available! Choirs around the world are struggling with the prospect of a continued hiatus from in-person singing. Some choirs have begun to test methods for rehearsing and performing under their local social distancing guidelines. Others are experimenting with methods for singing together via the internet. It is a time of experimentation which is sometimes frustrating and confusing. Our guest panelists from around the world will share their experiences of negotiating the transition back to live performance and provide some perspective on the options open to us all as we think about a return to live, in-person — irreplaceable — communal singing.

Mystic Chorale Online Singalong

The Mystic Chorale invites the public to be part of a musical adventure at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, as part of a series of virtual singalongs instituted by Nick Page, the chorus's founder and artistic director. Leading that night will be special guest Jonathan Singleton. Participants will connect via Zoom, the videoconferencing app.

Social and visiting time begins at 7:15; the sing will begin promptly at 7:30.

Choral Arts New England Conversations, June 14: Virtual Choir

Choral Arts New England has created a new series of informal online chats designed to be a place for choral professionals and enthusiasts to gather and discuss their challenges and triumphs during this forced hiatus from in-person collective music making. Growing out of those is a free webinar on Sunday, June 14, at 7 pm, featuring three musicians that are successfully creating music over the internet.

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).