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Singers invited for concert, "At Last We Sing Again Berkshires"

In celebration of the return to safe singing, four choirs are joining together to present a special event, "At Last We Sing Again Berkshires" on September 4 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Shakespeare & Co.'s New Spruce Outdoor Theater, 70 Kemble Street in Lenox. Participating groups are the Northern Berkshire Chorale, Berkshire Concert Choir, Stockbridge Festival Chorus, and Cantilena Chamber Choir. Unaffiliated singers are also welcome to join the event!

There is a registration fee of $15, to cover facility rental and liability. In compliance with health regulations, all singers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Calling for Nominations for the Phoenix Award

The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact on choral organizations, and Choral Arts New England is proud to support our choral communities as they innovate and persevere through these uncertain times. This year, we have created a special recognition, the Phoenix Award, to highlight choruses who have made notable accomplishments in these difficult times. All choral groups whose primary activities fall within the six New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island) are eligible for nomination.

Consider the following criteria for nominations:

2021 Alfred Nash Patterson Grant Recipients Announced

Choral Arts New England has announced the funding of 10 grants, for a total of $13,000, starting in 2021. The funded projects were selected from 46 proposals received. Last year, 51 applications were received and $13,500 was given in grants. The grant recipients, listed alphabetically, are Classical Uprising (Portland, Maine), Coro Allegro (Boston, Mass.), Ensemble Altera (Johnston, R.I.), The Keene Chorale (Keene, N.H.), The Main Street Children's Choir (New Britain, Conn.), Metropolitan Chorale (Brookline, Mass.), Renaissance Men (Westwood, Mass.), Schoodic Arts for All (Winter Harbor, Maine), Solaris Vocal Ensemble (Essex Junction, Vt.), and Worcester Children's Chorus (Worcester, Mass.).

Altera's Composition Competition Showcases Young Composers

The Providence-based chamber choir Ensemble Altera is sponsoring a composition competition to showcase the work of up-and-coming choral composers. The winning work will be recorded and, if possible, performed for a live audience as part of Altera’s COVID memorial project, “We Remember,” taking place in mid-July. The winnder will also receive a cash prize of $500.

Emergency Grants Support 20 New England Choruses

In response to this year's devastating pandemic—which has eliminated live performance of choral music throughout New England—Choral Arts New England instituted a special round of emergency grants to provide some operational relief for choral organizations. Available funding allowed for 20 grants of $500 each; recipients were selected from nearly 60 applicants, with priority given to smaller organizations for whom the grant would have the most impact.

The grant recipients are:

CANE Conversations: Beyond Diversifying Repertoire

Recordings now available for the October 18 and October 25 sessions.

It is easier than ever for the choral community to explore diverse programming options, but a database of repertoire that satisfies certain criteria is good only insofar as concert programmers understand how best to use it, and understand why a diversity of perspectives is important in the first place. As part of an ongoing series, Choral Arts New England presents two online conversations around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion within classical music.

Emergency Grants for Choruses Now Available

The CoViD-19 crisis has had an enormous impact on choral organizations and Choral Arts New England is proud to support our choral communities as they weather these uncertain times. Choral Arts New England Emergency Grants are a special initiative to provide immediate assistance to organizations experiencing difficulty due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Applications will be accepted via our online application form until 11:59 p.m.