Operations

Subset of Management, refers specifically to logistics, insurance, etc.

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 45 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2016 report features data from the 2014-2015 season, as well as a new series on board terms and director term limits.

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One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible. 

Whether your chorus has 10 singers or 110, what those singers wear matters. The overall look should complement, not distract from, the music and communicate a certain level of seriousness, or as one choral conductor quipped, “not like you just walked in off the street.” 

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire.

Choruses share stories about making decisions and contingency plans when faced with inclement weather on concert days.

Has bad weather caused you to scramble at the last minute to cancel or salvage a performance? If you have never been forced to react to this type of scenario before, it is a good idea to have a plan in place should it ever occur. These choruses shared their first-hand experiences of dealing with major complications brought on by Mother Nature.

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2015 report features data from the 2013-2014 season.

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Being the only person managing the day-to-day operations of a chorus is not for the faint of heart, but the pay-off can be sweet. Here’s how a number of solo administrators pull it off.

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Your chorus needs effective digital tools to support everyday management, but how do you know what the right tools are? Consider these questions and tips for choosing the most effective technology for your needs. 

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