Chorus America conducts regular and periodic research to track data and identify trends in the choral field. Learn more about the research from the descriptions that follow and access the reports and tools directly using the links below.
Chorus Operations Survey
Our Chorus Operations Survey (COS) is the most comprehensive source of data available on choruses and the choral field. The information gathered helps choruses make better decisions about programming, budgeting, staffing, and other management practices. Chorus America also uses this data to offer general compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders and singers, and to provide customized salary and compensation reports for administrative and artistic leaders.
You can find the most recent Chorus Operations Survey Report here. The 2022 Chorus Operations Survey Report shares how choruses’ budgets, digital and in-person programming practices, and staffing have changed due to the impact of COVID-19.
Chorus America members complete the COS through the SMU DataArts platform every other year.
The Chorus Impact Study: Singing for a Lifetime
This 2019 study builds on previous Chorus Impact Study data about the impact singing has on individuals and communities, and, for the first time, looks in-depth at the role that singing plays in the lives of older adults. The research shows that choral singing in America is stronger than ever, with 54 million Americans singing together today.
Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide
A practical guide on how to be an effective advocate for your school choir.
The Chorus Impact Study: How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses
America's Performing Art: A Study of Choruses, Choral Singers, and Their Impact
A 2003 research report on the impact of choral singing in the U.S.
Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report
This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. (This 2017 report updates data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey, done in 2005.)
Choral-Orchestral Engagements: Common Practices
This practical resources for choruses provides guidance on collaborating successfully with orchestras, based on conversations with more than 30 artistic administrators.