Announcing: David Hoose Commissioning Grant

Choral Arts New England is excited to announce the opening of the application period for the first David Hoose Commissioning Grant. 

The David Hoose Commissioning Grant honors and continues David’s vision by supporting the commissioning of new choral music with instrumental accompaniment.  The grant is supported by a fund raised by dedicated donors from across the choral community who wish to perpetuate and grow his contributions to choral music.  Choral Arts New England is honored to award this grant.

2024 Alfred Nash Patterson Grant Recipients

Choral Arts New England is delighted to announce the funding of 16 project grants totaling $29,000, which exceeds our previous highest award total of $25,000 in the 2023 cycle. Award recipients represent choral organizations across New England, including from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, and were chosen out of 48 applications.

Award recipients will be honored at our grant ceremony in the fall of 2024, and the projects are described below from excerpts of the applications. In addition, where a recipient received a named grant, is listed next to the recipient’s name.

Congratulations to all our awardees, and please stay tuned for our next application cycle to open for 2025!

Summer 2024 Choral Programs in (and near) New England

Summer is a perfect time for getting out of old routines and devoting time to music. New England holds some special retreats that offer programs where choral singers can get away for a week or more to focus and learn; elsewhere, singers take advantage of summer freedom to rehearse and perform a special choral work. Many choruses open their doors to the public to host “summer sings,” where participants sing a masterwork in a single session under expert direction, and often with professional soloists— a perfect way to participate in great music with a minimum commitment.

Choral Arts New England Mourns Peter Bagley

Choral Arts New England joins the choral world in mourning the death of Dr. Peter Bagley, the recipient of our 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Bagley was an inspiration to all, as teacher, conductor, arranger, mentor and friend.  He was a pathfinder for African-American choral conductors.  He shared the joy of great choral music with audiences everywhere, and earned the admiration of his colleagues and choristers.

2023 Alfred Nash Patterson Grant Recipients

Choral Arts New England is delighted to announce the funding of 13 project grants totaling $25,000, which exceeds our previous highest award total of $23,500 in the 2022 cycle. Award recipients represent choral organizations across New England, including from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and were chosen out of 42 applications.

Award recipients will be honored at our grant ceremony in the fall of 2023, and the projects are described below from excerpts of the applications. In addition, the name of the grant, if applicable, is listed next to the recipient’s name.

Congratulations to all our awardees, and please stay tuned for our next application cycle to open for 2024!

“Choral singing is one of the great human social experiences. People singing together under inspired leadership share the experience of living in great music, and in so doing are in touch with one another closely, warmly and openly."
    — Phyllis Curtin, soprano soloist and teacher at Tanglewood and Boston University