Washington, DC – September 30, 2009 – The Choral Arts Society of Washington today announces the expansion of its K-12 music education program to include an interactive Online Learning Community for educators, launched through its newly designed website, www.choralarts.org.
“Choral Arts is pleased to be the first chorus in the United States to provide a free online resource of this scope,” said Debra Kraft, Executive Director of Choral Arts. The website draws on Choral Arts’ 45-year history as an organization and its 15+ year history providing education programs for the teachers and students in Washington, DC. She added, “this new online resource will provide teachers with a wealth of information, enabling them to integrate vocal music into all aspects of the curriculum.”
The website includes free lesson plans aligned with the National Standards for Education, music-integration resources, full-length recordings of vocal works, downloadable composer study guides and teacher contests, among many other resources for classroom use. The Online Learning Community also provides expanded resources supporting Choral Arts’ two print curriculum publications, Voices: A Teacher’s Guide (Civil Rights) and Celebrating Sacred Rhythms: A Teacher’s Guide (Latin American). To gain access to these resources, interested educators should visit www.choralarts.org/OnlineEducation/default.aspx and register for the Online Learning Community.
According to Stephanie Cronenberg, Choral Arts’ Director of Education and Community Programs, “this new online program creates an excellent alternative for teachers who do not have the resources available to enroll in an in-person professional development program, increasing the breadth of music-integration in schools regardless of school budgets.”
The website is designed for teachers of all grades, K-12. Beyond the teacher website, Choral Arts also offers professional development through a music-integration workshop, an in-school residency program, and two student concerts in Washington, DC.
The online nature of the new program will help Choral Arts reach schools outside of the Washington Metropolitan area, making an impact on a national level. Added Ms. Cronenberg, “Choral Arts hopes to expand the reach of [its] existing education programs to national and international audiences on a scope equivalent to [its] national and international prominence as a performing ensemble.”
As with all Education and Community Programs at Choral Arts, the site aligns directly with the organization’s artistic vision and programming and with the organization’s mission which reads, in part: “to promote and share the art of choral music through education and public outreach.” The Education and Community Programs strive to provide resources for and access to excellent choral music-based experiences for audiences of all ages. In addition, these programs seek to nurture critical and creative thinking through music.
Now entering its 45th Anniversary Season, The Choral Arts Society of Washington is one of the major choral organizations in the United States. Under the leadership of its Founder and Artistic Director Norman Scribner, Choral Arts presents its symphonic chorus of over 180 professional-caliber volunteer singers in an annual season subscription series at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other DC-area venues. In addition, the Society has designed and implemented an award-winning educational program, and presented a variety of community outreach programs which include its popular Family Christmas Concerts and Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Chorus has performed with leading symphony orchestras, sung under the world’s most distinguished conductors, produced 17 acclaimed recordings, toured nationally and internationally, and participated in numerous special events both live and televised. Choral Arts has an impressive history of commissioning and performing new works, as well as presenting area and world premieres of outstanding contemporary music.
For additional information: www.choralarts.org
Contact: Stephanie Cronenberg, Director of Education and Community Programs