Management & Governance

Chorus America strengthens the governance, management, marketing, fundraising, and operations of choruses by providing practical tools, templates, training, and strategies for its administrative and board leaders. We track the annual operations of choruses, identify best practices and assessment tools, and help our members build audiences for choral music.

Articles

An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

An expert in audience development and diversification, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. In advance of her keynote plenary on “Dynamic Community Engagement” at Chorus America’s Conference in Cincinnati, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about how the conversation around community engagement has changed—and the opportunities this creates for choruses to “roll up their sleeves and dig in.”  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

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. Read more

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Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Chorus America Staff | Awards, Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Operations

Three funders share their do’s and don’ts for successful grant applications.   Read more

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Making the First Hire

Making the First Hire

Don Lee | Careers, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Strategic Planning

Hiring your chorus’s first employee is an important step. Here’s how to make sure you get it right. Read more

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Meet A Member: Yvonne Turner, Brazeal Dennard Chorale

Meet A Member: Yvonne Turner, Brazeal Dennard Chorale

Mike Rowan | Careers, Profile

How does a chorus's legacy continue after its visionary founder is no longer around? It takes the will of a community. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Audiences Everywhere!

Audiences Everywhere!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Marketing/Public Relations

The people who would love to come to your next concert are out there. But it will require more than just more advertising or deeper discounts to find them and bring them into the fold. Arts consultant Matt Lehrman explains.  Read more

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The Essential Board Plan

The Essential Board Plan

By Jay W. Vogt and Judy A. Ozbun

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Operations

These four simple steps will get your board working well on the right work. Read more

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Meet A Member: Mary Henriques, Pensacola Children's Chorus

Meet A Member: Mary Henriques, Pensacola Children's Chorus

Mike Rowan | Careers, Children/Youth

Each month, Chorus America president and CEO Catherine Dehoney sits down to have a conversation over the phone with one of our members. This January, she spoke with Mary Henriques, executive director of the Pensacola Children's Chorus. Read more

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When Extreme Weather Threatens a Concert

When Extreme Weather Threatens a Concert

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

Mike Rowan | Management/Leadership, Operations

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. Read more

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Resources

Fundraising Plan Outline

Fundraising Plan Outline

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Fundraising, Operations, Sample/Template

The most effective choruses plan out their annual fundraising; use this outline as a starting place. Read more

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Finance Scavenger Hunt

Finance Scavenger Hunt

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Sample/Template, Technique/Tool

Developed by an executive director, a treasurer, and a lawyer, this handout walks through the basics of sound financial management and how to read financial statements. A great primer for new board members! Read more

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Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of Interest Policy

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

Use this policy template to ensure that your chorus is in compliance with tax requirements. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus America Staff | General, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Sample/Template, Singing

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. Read more

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Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Developed after in-depth interviews with 20 children's choruses, this case study attempts to address common barriers and pre-conceptions about the recruitment issue. Read more

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Bylaws Template (USA)

Bylaws Template (USA)

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use these sample by-laws to get your new chorus off the ground, adding in any clauses required by your state legislation. (USA only) Read more

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Bylaws Checklist (Canada)

Bylaws Checklist (Canada)

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use this checklist to ensure that your chorus' by-laws include all the necessary components. (Canada only) Read more

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Budget Template

Budget Template

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Operations, Sample/Template

This Excel spreadsheet template provides a guideline for building a basic budget, including allocating expenses and income across the calendar year. Read more

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Board Member End-of-Term Questions

Board Member End-of-Term Questions

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool

Use this questionnaire at the end of each board member's term. Read more

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Board Member Agreement

Board Member Agreement

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Sample/Template

This sample shows what a board membert agreement might look like. You can use this for new members or when members renew terms. Read more

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Events

National Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Online Auction

National Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Online Auction

Michelle Tabnick PR |

Bidding is now open at www.nationalchorale50thanniversary.org  Read more

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10128

Michelle Tabnick PR | Conducting

  Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Cathedra

Cathedra

McLean, VA

Alison Combes | Performance

Cathedra in concert at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, VA.  www.singcathedra.org Read more

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Autumn Rhapsody

Autumn Rhapsody

New York, New York

melodianyc | Performance

  Vivaldi's Magnificat, as originally performed by women's voices Dvořák's Largo, part of NY Phil 175th Anniversary New World Symphony U.S. Premiere of Seven Blake Songs by Rudi Tas NY Preimere of Ütle Sina (Tell Me) by Tonu Kõrvits  Read more

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Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

115 E. 57th St, 11th Floor, NYC 10022

emilymt |

  MasterVoices announces the appointment of two new Co-Chairs of its Board of Directors, Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles, to succeed its former Co-Chairs, Susan Baker and George Grumbach. Read more

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UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's  Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

NY, NY

Cathy Fischer -... | Education, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

New York Choral Consortium is proud to present a day-long workshop on audience development and choral ear training at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in NYC, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, providing excellent opportunities to network and mingle with your colleagues from across the choral community. Read more

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

Anonymous |

Giving ticket discounts to seniors and students is a widespread practice, but should we be concerned about age discrimination? Read more

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