Governance

The Importance of Collecting Data on Chorus Operations

How You Can Use the Chorus Operations Survey Report

As chorus leaders you make important decisions annually, monthly, even daily, that affect the future of your organization. In doing so, be sure to consider context, both internal and external, as you make your choices. What are other choruses doing? What are others in the broader nonprofit community doing? What have we ourselves been doing and how might we do it better? We discuss how others have used the Chorus America Chorus Operations Survey Report to inform their decisionmaking.

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Working with the Music Director

Artistic leadership of a chorus is both an individual balancing act and a highly collaborative endeavor.

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10 Questions to Organize Your Day

Managing Time So You Have More of It

If your day is spent managing a chorus, then you know all too well how Murphy’s Law and the ongoing needs of your staff and board can exacerbate the ability to get your own work done.

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In the Board Room, Culture Counts

All the accountability checks in the world won't prevent lousy decisions if board members, managers, and artistic leaders lack teamwork and communications chemistry. Cultivate a healthy culture that brings out the best group traits of your board.

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Finding a New Music Director

In the 2005 study, Choral Conductors Today, Chorus America learned that as many as one-third of choruses are conducted by their founders, and furthermore that a majority of these choruses were founded a generation or more ago. This data suggests that a large number of choruses will be facing significant leadership transitions and indeed, experience in the intervening years has borne out this assertion.

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10 Fundraising Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

We can all tell stories about things we did that derailed a solicitation or embarrassed us (even if we got the gift!). Mistakes may be inevitable, but our awareness of them can reduce their frequency. Increase your prospects for success by understanding these common misperceptions about fundraising.

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Doing Good AND Doing Right: Ethics in Fundraising

Raising money can pose tough ethical dilemmas. Luckily, guidance is available to help you discern right from wrong. 

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The Legacy and Lessons of the Dale Warland Singers

People came from across the country to celebrate the farewell concert of the Dale Warland Singers. What can we learn from a chorus that achieves the pinnacle of aristic acclaim when it decides to close its doors after 31 years—what is the cost of excellence and when is it time to say goodbye?

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Getting Your Board on Board with Fundraising

Are you frustrated by your board's effectiveness in raising dollars? Finding the right board leaders can yield rich dividends. We explore some of the best techniques for getting your board 'on board'.

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How to Create a Five-Star Board

Developing a dynamic board requires identifying a pool of strong candidates, the ability to select the right ones for your organization, and an effective board orientation. It is also important to engage and educate your trustees, to have an effective board rotation plan, to ensure that your representation is diverse, and to evaluate performance so that your board improves with age. And of course, it is always important to show your appreciation to the trustees who give your arts organization its special personality.

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