Nationwide, more than 1 in 5 households have at least one family member that sings in a chorus, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children. Here in New England, we have a vibrant choral community, including nearly 500 choruses in the six New England states with combined membership of more than 25,000 individuals.

Choral Arts New England (CANE) provides essential support and resources for New England choruses, and has done so since its founding in 1980 as a memorial  to Alfred Nash "Bud" Patterson, an inspiring cultural leader, mentor and model for singers, conductors and composers. That support includes:

  • Annual Alfred Nash Patterson grants to choral groups in New England. Over 260 grants, totaling over $330,000, have been awarded since 1985.
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award, presented annually to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England.
  • An online choral calendar listing all major choral events in New England. It typically lists over 800 performances of some 550 unique concert programs. A directory of choruses throughout New England (currently listing over 460 choruses), including details on audition opportunities and summer activities. Sharing of news and information about the choral community through a website, on social media, and with a print newsletter.

This prospectus provides an overview of the mission, programs, leadership and functioning of Choral Arts New England. Please read on.