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Viewers of the 2017 National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., observed a unique performance when Captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America” with singer Renee Fleming . This may not seem extraordinary—unless you know what Captain Avila looks like. Wheelchair-bound, he had difficulty...
This year is the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth—April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia—and there are musical celebrations planned across the country and around the world. And with good reason. She is a singer’s singer, a voice like crystal with a purity of range and intonation and a...
Having grown up in what he calls “a musical household,” Robert Accordino first learned about the benefits of music participation for people with autism while an undergrad studying psychology and music. Before heading to medical school, he did graduate work at Oxford University where he first...
”Once you join an amateur group, you are a member of a great fraternity, whose purpose is the most dignified one you can imagine: to inspire one another and unite in building up a creation that is greater than one individual’s deeds." —Paul Hindemith, composer, in A Composer’s World Community music...
It would seem a tall order to musically impress Renée Fleming, an opera legend who has heard and sung some of the world’s most compelling performances. But on a recent visit to the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), she experienced something even she...
A chorus singing, all dressed in black with green scarves.

For 30 years, St. Paul, Minnesota’s One Voice Mixed Chorus has been building community by raising their voices in song. The largest LGBTA (the A is for allies) chorus in the nation, One Voice received a 2016 Challenge America grant from the NEA to not...

A laughing man stands in a circle of seated high school students
If you walk by Chris Sogn’s science class during the Earth sciences unit at Avanti High School in Olympia, Washington, you’ll be greeted not only by wide-eyed, engaged students, but...
Susan Jacobs has been curating music for film soundtracks since Spike Lee's 1986 feature debut, She's Gotta Have It . Since then, she's become one of the most prominent music supervisors in the business, perhaps best known for her celebrated work on the HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies . In short,...
There is modern dance and modern art, indie rock and experimental theater. Within the opera world however, tradition has maintained a firmer grip, and most of us still expect the grand themes, grand scale, and grand voices of the art form’s original 16th-century roots. But for musicians and...
Back in early June, the NEA partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health on a two-day symposium called Sound Health: Music and the Mind . True to its title, the gathering brought together researchers and therapists, artists and musicians,...

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