• Notable Quotes

     
    •  “It’s time to assert choral music’s rightful place as the noblest—and socially most important—of all the performing arts… In a time when society is becoming more fragmented, when individuals are feeling more isolated and alienated, choral music brings people together. It is the music of social cohesion, the music that builds community. It brings together people of different ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds, united in a love of great music…It is the only kind of music that connects people in the most profound ways.” – Knight Kiplinger, Editor in Chief, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Kiplinger’s Letter, and Kiplinger.com
    • “What children would miss most in a musically reduced or barren environment are the musical experiences that music education brings to them. It’s the loss of music that will matter. The biggest loss may simply be the chance to participate in a guided way with music to learn how music is made, to try making music, to learn about the infinite ways that music comes to us and to learn about music’s connections to events and eras of our history…Serious losses would attach to the loss of children’s opportunities to learn to perform music to play [an instrument] or to sing with tutored skills.” – James Catterall, Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
    • “From imagination to social responsibility, the arts teach our children about what it is to be human and enable them to experience their humanity in thought and in action.” –Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Founding Director, Arts in Education Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
    • “To sing in the company of other souls, and to make those consonants slip out so easily and in unison, and to make those chords so rich that they bring tears to your eyes! This is transcendence. This is the power that choral singing has that other music can only dream of.” – Garrison Keillor, humorist, author, and host of A Prairie Home Companion
    • “The arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are at the heart of our national life… So let’s never forget that art strengthens America. And that’s why we’re making sure that America strengthens its arts. It’s why we’re reenergizing the National Endowment for the Arts. That’s why we’re helping to sustain jobs in arts communities across the country. It’s why we’re supporting arts education in our school…” President Barack Obama

    • “You see this in your students as they become more confident and more engaged and more willing to take risks and to take responsibility for their futures. You see it when their academic performance improves, when you see improving attitudes and higher GPAs. And you see young people who never saw themselves as college material, you see them getting those acceptance letters and you see them going on to pursue their degrees. So we all know…the power of the arts to change young people’s lives.” First Lady Michelle Obama

    • “Arts education can help build the case for the importance of a well-rounded, content-rich curriculum in at least three ways: First, the arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college. Second, arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy. And last, but not least, the arts are valuable for their own sake, and they empower students to create and appreciate aesthetic works.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

    • “The arts open up a whole new horizon for every human being and without that, we will have very one-dimensional children who become one-dimensional adults…The arts are essential. We cannot do without them. They are an integral part of a good, overall academic preparation for life.”  Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee

    • "The American economy is shifting from a manufacturing-driven engine to a services-driven enterprise. If young Americans are to succeed and to contribute to what [former] Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan describes as our “economy of ideas,” they will need an education that develops imaginative, flexible and tough-minded thinking. The arts powerfully nurture the ability to think in this manner…young people can be better prepared for the 21st century through quality learning experiences in and through the arts.” Former Secretary of Education Richard Riley

    • “Critical awareness and the abilities to hypothesize, to interpret, and to communicate are essential elements of successful innovation in a conceptual-based economy. As with many skills, such learning is most effective when it is begun at an early age. And most educators believe that exposure to a wide range of subjects— including literature, music, art and languages—plays a considerable role in fostering the development of these skills.” Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan

      above from Chorus America
    • "How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our tears, our highest aspiration?" Jane Swan (b. 1943)

    • "We know an age more vividly through its music than through its historians." Rosanne Ambrose-Brown
    • "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

    • "We listen to great music and know that all our joys and sorrows are part of something beyond our comprehension - and so indefinitely valuable." Jesse O'Neill

    • "Music may achieve the highest of all mission: she may be a bond between nations, races, and states, who are strangers in many ways; she may unite what is disunited and bring peace to what is hostile." Dr. Max Bendiner

    • "Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or to bend a knotted oak." William Congreve (1670-1729)

    • "Music speaks of Platonic truth - the idea river rather than the polluted reality, love as we dream it rather than we experience it, grief noble and uplifting rather than our distracted weeping. It is necessary to our survival and our sanity." Pam Brown

      Above from NDACDA
    • "Any great work of art... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air." -Leonard Bernstein

    • "When words leave off, music begins." -Heinrich Heine

    • "Without music, life would be a mistake." -Friedrich Nietzsche

    • "Rhythm and melody enter into the soul of the well-instructed youth and produce there a certain mental harmony hardly obtainable in any other way." -Plato

    • "I despise a world which does not feel that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." -Ludwig van Beethoven

    • "Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own, and utterly without meaning... except its own." -Leonard Bernstein

    • "Nothing on earth is so well suited to make the sad merry, the merry sad, to give courage to the despairing, to make the proud humble, to lessen envy and hate, as music." -Martin Luther

    • "Music, the mosaic of the air." -Andrew Marvell

    • "Music is the medicine of the mind." -John Logan

    • "Art is the triumph over chaos." -John Chevver
               above from ChoralNet

    • "Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn't otherwise hear. This helps them develop "neurophysiological distinction" between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids." (Time.com, 2014)