Choral Music Makes it Big on the Little Screen

SBO Staff • ChoralMay 2010Opening Notes • May 19, 2010

Wondering about what kind of exposure vocal music is receiving during primetime these days? The answer is “an awful lot.” Between “Glee,” “Clash of the Choirs,” “American Idol,” “The Sing-Off,” and the upcoming “Makin’ the Choir,” it seems that vocal-music-oriented television programming has never been more popular.

While “American Idol” has been producing big ratings for almost a decade, mainstream television’s focus on choral music took off in 2007 with “Clash of the Choirs,” a reality miniseries produced by BBC America and airing on NBC. This prime-time music contest featured celebrity singers who recruited and auditioned choristers from their hometowns to form a 20-member ensemble and sing for $250K in prizes. Incidentally, the choral group led by Cincinnati’s Nick Lachey, of 98

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