Strategic Planning

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part I of this two-part series takes a look at the chorus's image makeover and efforts to attract a younger and more diverse community.

Back from the Brink

How the Minnesota Chorale Bounced Back from an Orchestra Shutdown

What happens when a long-time relationship with an orchestra goes away—taking with it a third of your organization's income?  Shock, dismay, and then a determination to rally around your core mission.

The Art of Strategic Alliances: Best Practices

Considering a strategic alliance? You might also want to consider these best practices drawn from the major findings of the Mendelssohn Club's Strategic Alliances study featured in the article "The Art of Strategic Alliances" by Matthew Sigman.

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The Art of Strategic Alliances

When do partnerships add value and when do they distract from a chorus’s mission?  Philadelphia’s venerable Mendelssohn Club explores the spectrum of collaboration, from artistic to administrative.

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change.

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Nonprofit Chorus Self-Evaluation Tool

A comprehensive evaluation tool for choruses that addresses nine areas: organizational purpose, programs & evaluation, governance, planning, fundraising, financial stability & transparency, marketing & public relations, human resources, and operations & facilities. Each section's questions are organized from legal minimums to best practices.

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning.

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director.

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition.

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